Authors To Bring Food Fun To The Parma Heights Library On December 17

Mark your calendars now for this special program at the Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, which you don’t want to miss. Award-winning authors Fran Golden and David G. Molyneaux, former travel editor of the Plain Dealer, will visit our library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 to discuss their latest book, Unique Eats and Eateries of Cleveland, and will also discuss some of the people who built Cleveland’s most iconic restaurants. Golden and David G. Molyneaux have been writing and eating their way through the Forest City for decades. They’ll appear in Meeting Room A of the library, 6206 Pearl Road. Register online for the program at

ERIE HEIGHTS BRASS ENSEMBLE – The group will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 12 with a holiday-themed program. Register online at

RING THOSE HOLIDAY BELLS -- The Celebration Ringers will present a holiday concert at 7 p.m. December 14 at Divinity Lutheran Church, 11877 Blossom Avenue, Parma Heights. The concert is presented through Divinity’s Arts in Action program. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Arts in Action is a program of Divinity with the purpose of infusing the local community using the church as a venue, for community outreach in all forms of the fine and performing arts. It was founded by Greenbriar Drive residents Fredric and Marlene Dray.  Mrs. Dray is the principal organist of the church, and a retired Parma City School District music teacher.

The Celebration Ringers are a community handbell choir dedicated to taking their music ministry to senior citizens, churches and other audiences in Northeast Ohio. They typically schedule eight to twelve concerts twice a year. The group was founded in 2000 by six people from Strongsville who rang three octaves of borrowed handbells and has since grown to 18 people from seven communities and six churches. The group owns 5-1/2 octaves of handbells and seven octaves of hand chimes with percussion instruments, keyboard, a public address system, and a utility trailer. The group has traveled to cities in six states to participate in handbell festivals.

SENIOR CENTER HOLIDAY PARTY – The second annual Parma Heights Senior Center Holiday Party will be held in the Dining Room of the Senior Center at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 12.  There will be food, refreshments and prizes.   Doors will open at 5 p.m. You must reserve your spot via phone by calling the Center at 440.888.4416.

The Center will also have a “Noon Year’s Eve Party,” including a New Year’s Eve Toast, at Noon on Tuesday, December 31. Sounds like big fun! The Parma Heights Senior Center is located on the first floor of the Educator Apartment complex, 9275 North Church Drive.  Trish James is the driving force there.

PLAID TIDINGS AT THE CASSIDY THEATRE – It’s the best of Forever Plaid tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top.  Running on the Cassidy Main Stage from December 5-22, Plaid Tidings will make your holiday season much more fun. With a book by Stuart Ross, this musical includes a riotous three minute, eleven second version of the “Ed Sullivan Show,” featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and the Vienna Boys Choir, plus a Plaid Caribbean Christmas. For tickets or additional information call the Cassidy Theatre Box Office at 440.842.4600 or visit

CLASSICAL CONCERT – The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of Valley Forge High School, located at 9999 Independence Boulevard.  Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock will feature “Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt, “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas” by Craig Courtney accompanied by the combined choirs of Parma, Valley Forge, Normandy, and Padua Franciscan High Schools and the CCC-West Collegiate Choir.  The concert will also feature a transcription by orchestra member Everett Brandt and cartoon video of “Corny Concerto” shown with music performed by the orchestra.  Christmas favorites to be featured are the Robert Bowden arrangement of “A Christmas Treat”, “Christmas on Broadway” arranged by John Higgins, and everyone’s favorite “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. The orchestra, in its 51st season, consists of 75 members of all walks of life from all over the entire Greater Cleveland area.  They meet weekly for rehearsals and present at least four concerts annually. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Family passes of $20 are available for families of up to 2 adults and their children.  All tickets are available at the door beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Parma Symphony Orchestra is a self-supporting community orchestra in cooperation with the Parma City Schools.  For more information can be found on Facebook, the group’s website, or by calling Business Manager Joe Germana 440-882-2012.

GERMAN CHRISTMAS SERVICE – The Annual German Christmas Service at Divinity Lutheran Church, 11877 Blossom Avenue, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 1 in the church Sanctuary. There will be music courtesy of the Bavaria Singers. The sermon will be preached in English. Refreshments will be served in the church parlor following the service. For more information, call 440.845.2060.

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Rick Haase

Rick Haase is a freelance writer from Parma Heights.

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