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OFCS Update – November 2, 2018

November 2, 2018

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – THIS TUES., NOV. 6TH – ELECTION DAY

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As usual, there will be no school for students on Election Day, this Tuesday, November 6th. Olmsted Falls City School District staff members will, however, be in district for their regularly scheduled professional development day.

School will resume on Wednesday, November 7th.

To access the complete 2018-2019 school year, please click HERE

(Note:  The 2019-2020 school year calendar will be available shortly after Thanksgiving break; please watch the blog for update and link once next year’s calendar has been posted.) 


REMINDER:  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS THIS WEEKEND

DocumentDon’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday night! 

Daylight Savings Time officially ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, Nov. 4th.

Enjoy the extra hour on Sunday!


OFHS EXPANSION NEARS COMPLETION; ALL STUDENTS OFFICIALLY UNDER SAME ROOF AS OF TODAY!

student successStudents and staff at Olmsted Falls High School do not have much longer to wait before they begin enjoying all of the newly constructed expanded portions of the building, which include nine new science classrooms, four new business classrooms (including Fab Lab), four new art classrooms and a significantly expanded music wing for our band and choir programs.  The official move from the classroom trailers into the new classroom spaces got underway at the end of last week, with business and science classes being the first to transition over to the new spaces. Today – Friday, November 2nd – marks the first official day with all of our high school students under the one roof!  It is now official:  OFHS STUDENTS NO LONGER ATTEND CLASS IN THE CLASSROOM TRAILERS!

New science classrooms and science wing hallway were officially occupied today!

New business wing including Fab Lab!

Choir classes, which were being temporarily held in the auxiliary gym, were able to move into their new choir room earlier this week.  Band and art classes are the remaining groups to make their final moves. It is anticipated that all students and staff will occupy their new spaces by mid-November, ahead of the Thanksgiving break.

CP_leftAR_upperRightOlmsted Falls City School District and Olmsted Falls High School continue to be incredibly grateful to the school community who supported the November 2006 combined bond/permanent improvement levy which has made the much-needed expansion and renovations to our high school facility possible WITHOUT any increase to taxpayers.  We look forward to inviting our school community to an official open house event to showcase the new OFHS! Please watch the blog and our community School Report for date and time to be announced.


SAVE THE DATE: SPECIAL SCREENING OF “ANGST” SET FOR NOV. 27TH & DEC. 3RD

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Please join Olmsted Falls PTA Council and Olmsted Falls City Schools for a special screening of the independent film, Angst.  The purpose of this film, produced by IndieFlix, is to help raise awareness around anxiety in children and adolescents.  According to the makers of the film, the goal is “to start a global conversation about anxiety” and “to create conversation, change and hope.”

Two community screening opportunities, co-sponsored by Olmsted Falls PTA Council and Olmsted Falls City Schools, are being offered following the Thanksgiving break:

What:  Screening of the film Angst, followed by a panel discussion.

When:  Tuesday, November 27th and Monday, December 3rd

Where:  Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium

The film runs approximately 55 minutes.  For additional information on Angst, please visit www.angstmovie.com.  


ASSEMBLY PROVIDES OFHS/OFMS STUDENTS VALUABLE FRAMEWORK FOR BUILDING A POSITIVE DIGITAL BRAND FOR THEMSELVES 

Olmsted Falls City Schools welcomed Dr. Scott Grant to the district this week for a series of informative assemblies on the use of social media and the importance of personal branding.  Dr. Grant, a college professor and president of Triple Threat Leadership, LLC,  travels throughout the state providing leadership and social media education presentations to schools and organizations that focus on building a positive purpose, plan, and value.

Dr. Grant’s goal is to help students (and all people who utilize social media regularly) begin to think about how they can use social media as a strategic tool, rather than a negative influence in their lives. He was honest and straightforward with students about how organizations consider social media during scholarship selection, recruitment and hiring processes, and how to best consider building what he calls a strong “brand value equation” for yourself.

student successStudents in grades 8, 9 and 12 participated in the assemblies and gained valuable information to help guide their thinking about the purpose, plan and positive value in their social media posts, as well as what their posts tell other people about them.  

Thank you to Dr. Grant for spending the day with us here in Olmsted Falls!


STUDENT-SUPERINTENDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL GATHERS FOR FIRST MEETING OF YEAR

IMG_3795Students from OFMS and OFHS joined OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd this week for the first Superintendent-Student Advisory Council meeting of the new school year. The group, launched last school year, serves as a forum for a more amplified student voice to provide direct input and feedback about the school district. Participating students in grades 6-12 were nominated by their building principals, with two students selected to represent each grade.

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Student members from OFHS include: Emerson Long, Katie Voisinet, Lindsey LaPinta, Sean Dougher, Kaitlyn Linder, Neil Spooner, Trae Henderson and Ruthie Ortega.

Student members from OFMS include: Daniel Green, Sarah Tedeshchi, Leah Kerber, Luke Ventimiglia, Josh Gonzalez and Claire Schultz.

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The Superintendent-Student Advisory Council will meet four times throughout the school year to engage in discussions about student leadership and talk about how they as a group can make an impact on their school community.  The group reviewed several discussion items and ideas from their inaugural meeting held last year which had already made a positive impact for students, such as the new all day orientation program held for incoming freshmen at the high school.  The group also screened the movie “Angst” which the school community will have an opportunity to view at screenings being scheduled for late November and early December.

Dr. Lloyd looks forward to continuing conversations and exploring potential projects with the Superintendent-Student Advisory Council throughout the year.  Thank you to each of these students for their time, input and participation. 


POST-SEASON ACTION FOR BULLDOG FOOTBALL AND CROSS COUNTRY

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Congratulations to the Bulldog Football team on completing the regular season with an overall record of 8-2 (7-2 in the SWC) and, for the fourth year in a row, qualifying for the OHSAA Playoffs.  The #5 Bulldogs will travel to #4 Avon Lake TONIGHT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND – with kick off scheduled for 7 p.m.  The winner of this quarterfinal game will face the winner of #1 Toledo Central Catholic/#8 Toledo St. John’s on Friday, November 9th at 7 p.m. (site:  TBD).  For additional playoff information, please click HERE.

backus-joe1.jpgCongratulations also to OFHS senior Joe Backus for qualifying to compete in the 2018 OHSAA Cross Country State Tournament, scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 10th  the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, OH.  For additional information on the OHSAA Cross Country State Tournament, please click HERE.

student successBest of luck to all of these amazing OFHS student athletes as they compete in the post-season! 

Let’s Go Bulldogs!!

 


THIRD GRADERS ENJOY HALLOWEEN INSPIRED SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

Multiple third grade classes collaborated while participating in a cross curricular, Halloween inspired activities including poetry, experimenting, predicting and analyzing. They determined that dry ice changes states of matter from a solid to a gas and explored the density of a variety of liquids.


BUS SAFETY WEEK SHOUT OUT!

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Our Motor Vehicle Inspection team from the Ohio State Highway Patrol made a special visit to Olmsted Falls City School District last week in support of National School Bus Safety Week. 

The team was in our district on Monday, October 22nd and visited both Falls-Lenox Primary School and the Early Childhood Center during selected bus arrivals / departures.

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The OFCS Transportation Department appreciates our partnership with the OSHP MVI team and look forward to their visits each year!  

OFCS also appreciates our amazing team of school bus drivers and mechanics who help keep our students safe during their bus rides each and every school day! 

Thank you to everyone for helping us promote safety in Bulldog country!


DYSLEXIA SIMULATION EVENT DRAW 125+ PARTICIPANTS

More than 125 people participated in this week’s Dyslexia Simulation event hosted on Monday, October 29th by the Helping Hands organization from Olmsted Falls City Schools.  Partnering with the Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (NOBIDA), this special event took place at Olmsted Falls Middle School and  included  a series of simulations to allow participants to experience the challenges individuals with dyslexia confront when performing language-related tasks.

CP_leftstudent successParticipants included teachers, administrators and parents from Olmsted Falls City Schools as well as others from the surrounding area.  The hands-on workshop was designed to improve understanding and encourage the use of effective teaching techniques and accommodations for students struggling with dyslexia.  

Thank you to all who attended and especially to NOBIDA for working with OFCS to put on this informative event for our community. 


DISTINGUISHED HALL OF FAME

The Alumni Association held the Olmsted Falls High School Distinguished Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday, October 25th. More than 150 of the community attended the event that honored six outstanding individuals.

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The honorees were Barb Filipek Terlep, ’58; Dick Railsback, ’59; Barbi Constantin Sargent, ’64; Rick Adler, ’66; Dan Martin, ’81; and Dave VanArsdale, Educator. Congratulations to all!


OFCS IN THE NEWS: BALANCED SCORECARDS & REGIONAL BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL GARNER MEDIA ATTENTION

Great things are happening in Olmsted Falls City Schools!  Two recent projects that Olmsted Falls City Schools has been involved with – and recently reported on here in the district’s blog – also garnered local media attention this week.

CP_leftstudent successTo read coverage about the new OFCS Balanced Scorecards, please click HERE.

To read coverage about OFCS participation in the new Southwest Regional Business Advisory Council, please click HERE.


TEAM FROM OFMS GEMS CLUB PRESENT ENERGY BIKE EXPERIENCE TO BOARD

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Members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education were treated to an interactive presentation by students from the OFMS GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) during their regular meeting in October. 

Dp1B-_JU4AExXO0The team of students shared their experience participating in the NOPEC Energy Bike Project (featured in our last blog post).

student successPictured  (L to R): OFCS Dr. Jim Lloyd, OFMS Project Lead the Way Teacher Mrs. Stacey Wisniewski, OFMS GEM students Michelle Nickel, Emily Jones and Sofia Faust, and Board of Education President Mr. Joe Bertrand


BOARD RECOGNIZED NATIONAL MERIT STUDENTS FROM OFHS

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education was proud to honor four OFHS students at the October meeting for being recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Each student was introduced by OFHS Assistant Principal Sean Baker, who also detailed an impressive list of extra-curricular activities that these students are involved in!

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Pictured  (L to R): OFCS Dr. Jim Lloyd, National Merit Semi-Finalist Benjamin Meredyk, National Merit Semi-Finalist Daniel Fidler, National Merit Commended Student Rachel Drobnak, National Merit Commended Student Sofie Iwamasa, and Board of Education President Mr. Joe Bertrand.

Congratulations again to these exemplary students!

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GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS RECOGNIZED UNDER FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Olmsted Falls City School District proudly recognized our new Gold Level Sponsors during the final home football game of the regular season on Friday, October 19th.

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Olmsted Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd welcomed the following special guests onto the home track between the 1st & 2nd quarters for the special acknowledgement of each of our new Gold Level Sponsors:

First Federal Lakewood – Vice President of Treasury Management & Public Funds Bonny Carroll; and Olmsted Township Branch Manager Thomas Helmick

Ganley Westside Imports – Lease Return Coordinator Morgen Mueller

Ryco Sports – Owners Bob & Laurie Wikle; and Store Manager Mindy Ovelgonne

Southwest General – President & CEO Bill Young

Thank you again to our Gold Level Sponsor for their partnership and support of Olmsted Falls City Schools!


BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES TREASURER’S OCTOBER FORECAST

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Treasurer/CFO Emily Dales

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education approved the district’s latest Five-Year Forecast during their regular monthly meeting held on October 18th. The Five-Year Forecast is a planning tool that is required by the State of Ohio and shows three years of actual financial data, with five years of future projections. All school districts must submit to the Ohio Department of Education a board approved Five-Year Forecast on bi-annually timeline, each October and May.

5YrForecast_CoverGraphicThe Five-Year Forecast is a dynamic budgeting tool that helps our Treasurer’s office plan and demonstrate the district’s effective and efficient annual operations and how we continue to be good stewards of our community’s taxpayer dollar. This tool can also help in determining when the District needs to ask for additional operating dollars. Olmsted Falls City Schools has not gone to the taxpayers for operating dollars since February 2010, which at the time was projected to last three years. Strong fiscal management and planning by the school district has helped stretch these funds nearly nine years.

AR_upperRightAnother interesting item discussed during the review of the forecast was the district’s strategic management of Bond Proceeds. A portion of the Bond proceeds were invested during the early stages of the OFHS construction and renovation project. This allowed the District to earn additional interest dollars which go direct into the construction budget. It was initially estimated that OFCS could earn approximately $250,000 in interest. Thanks to the multiple Federal interest rate hikes the Districts short-term investment plan had generated earnings of more than $400,000 by the end of September.

To review the full Five-Year Forecast Report including the detailed assumptions, Board approved on October 18, 2018, please click HERE.

To view only the current Five-Year Forecast, please click HERE.

As always, if you have any questions about the current Five-Year Forecast or any other aspect of district finances, please contact Treasurer/CFO Ms. Emily Dales at 440.427.6000.


DON’T MISS THE BTC’s PRODUCTION OF ELF, JR.  THIS WEEK – NOV. 8, 9 & 10TH

The Bulldog Theatre Company is excited to present its version of Elf, Jr., a musical version of the popular holiday movie, next week!

The BTC production features a talented cast and crew of 68 middle schoolers who have been busily preparing for the big nights, and looking forward to performing in front of an audience.

Kick off your holiday season with this fantastic and fun musical!  The BTC production of Elf, Jr. is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on the Olmsted Falls Middle School cafetorium stage on the following dates:

Thursday, November 8th

Friday, November 9th

Saturday, November 10th

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LIMITED SEATING-IN-THE-ROUND AVAILABLE FOR OFHS MASQUERS’ “TWELVE ANGRY JURORS” PLAY

The OFHS Masquers will perform “Twelve Angry Jurors” at Olmsted Falls High School.  Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 16th and 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 17th.

Only 125 tickets are available. Since the auditorium is unavailable, the large study hall room in the academic wing – room 606 – will be transformed into an intimate black-box theater setting with seating in-the-round.  This setting offers actors and the audience a new theatrical experience at Olmsted Falls.

The play takes place in a jury room as the jurors deliberate the fate of a young Latino man accused of murdering his father. “Twelve Angry Jurors” is a classic play originally published in 1954 and is associated with the acclaimed 1957 film starring Henry Fonda as Juror 8.  The original work is titled “Twelve Angry Men,” but when the play is opened to female actors / jurors it is referred to as “Twelve Angry Jurors.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. They may be obtained by calling 440-427-6070.


OFHS PTA APPLEBEE’S FUNDRAISER – THIS WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7TH

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The OFHS PTA would like to invite to its Dine-to-Donate event on Wednesday, November 7th from 11 am to 9 pm at the Great Northern Applebee’s.  Enjoy a nice family night out, no cooking and you will benefit the HS PTA! 
ApplebeesApplebee’s will donate 15% of your check when you present the  flyer to your server.  Please click HERE to download the flyer.
Proceeds from this event help to fund the scholarships presented to OFHS seniors each year.
Thank you for your support!

OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – SATURDAY, NOV. 10TH  – IN MEDIA CENTER
Attention ALL Olmsted Falls dancers, singers, comedians, musicians, jugglers, bands and magicians ages kindergarten through grade 12!
Is there another talent you have? Why not share it with the community.
The 32nd Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show AUDITIONS is from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, November 10th in the school’s Media Center.  There is so much talent in the schools and the community is just waiting to see what is in store this year.
Keep watching this weekly blog and posted flyers in your school for more details.  The OFHS PTA Talent Show will be Friday, February 1st, 2019 – so be sure to mark your calendars

For information, please contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, ro msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or Mrs. Ferrini at 440-427-0894 or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net. with questions.

Remember, tryouts are in the school’s Media Center, not the auditorium.

OFHS PTA VARSITY LETTER JACKET – HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE EXTENDED!  ORDER BY NOV. 21ST TO RECEIVE IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

OFHSLetterJacket_PicThe Olmsted Falls High School PTA has extended the ordering deadline for this year’s letter jackets to Wednesday, Nov. 21st.  Orders received by Nov. 21st will arrive in time for Christmas.

Please click HERE for additional information and the order form.

Email any questions to Kristie Patton at pattonkristie95@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued support of PTA and programs!


POST PROM NOVEMBER FUNdraisers!

Post Prom invites you to the following upcoming FUNdraiser events to benefit Post Prom:

November 6th – Ladies Night Out with Entertainment
Join us at Tony K’s from 6:30 – 9:30 PM on November 6, 2018 for a ladies night of entertainment. Tickets are $35 per person and includes a taco bar dinner, snacks, soda and guest reader Laura Lyn. Cash bar is also available. Contact Kelly Atkins (bobcatteach@gmail.com), Lisa Hanna (klhanna@cox.net) or Sara Galaska (sjgalaska@hotmail.com) for tickets.

November 12th – Powder Puff
Come on out and cheer on our senior girls and junior girls as they battle in a Power Puff match at the high school football field on November 12, 2018. This event is always a lot of fun and the girls need your support. There will be concessions, a 50/50 raffle, and even a special halftime performance. Gates open at 6:15 pm. Game time is 7 pm. Tickets are $5 at the gate, or $4 pre-sale at the high school during lunches on Oct. 30th – Nov. 1st.

December 3rd – Bingo with Vendors
Join us at Grindstone Tap House, in Berea, for a fun evening of bingo and shopping on December 3, 2018. This is a great time to get together with friends and shop for Christmas with various local vendors. Tickets are $10 pre-sale or at the door…but get it pre-sale and your ticket includes 12 bingo cards, or purchase at the door and your ticket only includes 10 bingo cards. Text Melissa Kozub at 440-785-6312 for more information and tickets.

Also…Any senior parents, or junior parents, who would like to learn more about Post Prom planning, please join us at our next monthly meeting November 14th and/or December 19th at 7pm in the OFHS media center. You can also be added to our email distribution by contacting ofhs2019postprom@yahoo.com and follow us on Facebook (OFHS 2019 Post Prom Committee) and Twitter (OFHSPostProm2019).


OFHS CAREER EXPLORATION DATABASE 

Did You Know?  Olmsted Falls High School has a Career Exploration Database of volunteers willing to help our high school students learn more about a wide variety of career fields.  Launched in 2015, our Career Exploration Database provides a listing of organizations and companies in the surrounding region that are willing to provide our high school and middle school students with experiences that might include: discussing careers, job shadowing, internship or externship opportunities, and so on. We currently have a list of more than 100 parents and local community members in our Career Exploration Database and it has become a highly valuable resource to our students.

student successEnsuring that all of our students leave Olmsted Falls Schools with identified career pathways to their future success is a priority for our District. An important component of the Strategic Plan as it relates to Student Success is providing a variety of opportunities for students to explore their potential career interests in a real world setting. Having a network of opportunities available for our students to plug into will be a valuable part of helping them to identify pathways for their future.

CP_leftWe are currently seeking to further expand this database across all career fields to ensure that we have resources available for whatever area our students are interested in exploring. We are especially in need of volunteers from the following fields: architecture, banking, communications, environmental science, marketing and medical physicians.

If you or someone you know is interested in adding your name and area of expertise to our growing database, please click HERE to provide your information online for our Career Exploration Database.

If you have questions or would like to learn more, you can also contact OFHS College & Career Counselor Aimee Caldrone at 427-6100.


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFER FREE HOMEWORK HELP

new-olmsted-falls-library-main-doors-april-2013-imag1710.jpgDid you know that our local Cuyahoga County Public Library branch offers free after-school homework help to students in grades K – 8?

CP_leftAn experienced educator will be available to provide students with drop-in homework assistance for two hours after school, Monday through Thursday. Any students at the library after school from 3:30 to 5:30 can receive help from the Homework Mentor.

To access a flyer with additional information, please click HERE.


DISTRICT SEEKING SUBSTITUTES FOR SEVERAL JOB CLASSIFICATIONS

OFCS Triple A LogoBe a part of our outstanding Triple A school district!  Work with great people and fantastic kids!  Olmsted Falls Schools is currently looking for substitute paraprofessionals, cleaners, bus drivers and custodians to support our daily operational efforts in these important areas.  Having dedicated substitute support staff is a critical component to our district’s success.

Are you interested in joining our Bulldog team in a substitute capacity?  Click HERE to begin the application process.  You may also call 440.427.6000 and ask to speak to our Human Resources Department if you have questions.


 

HSApp_PhoneGraphicHAVE YOU DOWNLOADED THE NEW OFHS MOBILE APP?

Stay in touch with OFHS while on the go with the new OFHS Mobile App, which can be downloaded for free via either the App Store or Google Play.

The new app features:  news, notifications, calendars, athletics, staff and parent resources.

To access the links to download to your mobile device, please click HERE.


REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

twitterJust a reminder that Olmsted Falls City Schools and all of our buildings are on Twitter!  We invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

@OFCSDistrict(Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS




VOTE AND BUY GOODIES ON ELECTION DAY

Local Girl Scout Troop 71477 will have its annual Bake Sale on Election Day – this Tuesday – at Falls-Lenox Primary School. The sale will run from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Many baked goods will be available as well as boxed lunches to take on the go.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR – SANTA’S SECRET SHOP – DECEMBER 1st

It’s not too early to plan having your children attend this year’s Santa’s Secret Shop set for Saturday, December 1st, at Falls-Lenox Primary School. 

The event, which lets kids shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of “elves,”  runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A holiday raffle will occur during that time, with such items as a new Xbox One X game system, as well as crafts, photo booth and food for purchase. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit the Olmsted Falls Cub Scout Pack 102.


CREATE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE WITH YOUR  FAMILY

Local Girl Scout Troop 71477 will sponsor a fundraiser at the Olmsted Community Center Saturday, December 1st.

After shopping at the Santa’s Secret Shop, walk next door to the Olmsted Community Center where you can make a gingerbread house to take home.  The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


LOCAL COMMUNITY THEATER PERFORMS BABES IN TOYLAND

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Olmsted Performing Arts invites the community to its Babes in Toyland production from December 7th-9th at Crocker Park Market Square in Westlake. Tickets are $15 and are available at opatickets.com.  Call (440) 973-4363 with questions.



 

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