Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”

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December 18 1892, Tchaikovsky’s “the Nutcracker” publicly premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

To check out more about Tchaikovsky or the “The Nutcracker”, stop into the Green Branch Library.

 

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Happy Hanukkah

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At sundown on December 16, the festival of Hanukkah begins. Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the Holy Temple.  To learn more about this holiday checkout the following books:

      

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GREEN GIVES BACK or “What’s that box in the front hall?”

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‘Tis the season to give, and what better way to show your generosity than to give to those in need?

 

The second annual Green Gives Back campaign is on now through December 31st to collect items for Green Good Neighbors and the Blessings in a Backpack initiative at Green Schools.

 

What can you give?

*Non-perishable food items

*Personal care products (including toilet paper, soap, shampoo, feminine products, diapers, dish soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, facial tissues, paper towels, etc.)

 

Where can you give?

Collection boxes are available all over the city. We have 2 boxes right here in our front hall at the library.

 

Other places to donate:

*All City of Green buildings

*All Green Local Schools buildings

(Items collected at the schools will first go to the Blessings in a Backpack program. What cannot be used by the Blessings program will be donated to Green Good Neighbors.)

*A wide variety of local businesses and agencies.

For a complete list, go here: http://www.cityofgreen.org/green-gives-back

 

Neighbors helping neighbors is a special part of the holiday season and part of what makes our city a great place to live and work.

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Pearl Harbor Day

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To quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 7, 1941 is “a date that will live in infamy…” December 7 of every year has been set aside as a day of remembrance for both the men and women that were lost that day as well as the day the United States entered World War II.

 

For more information on this event, check out the following:

Books:

Pearl Harbor Christmas: a world at war, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub.

 

Pearl Harbor by Ernest Arroyo.

 

Pearl Harbor: a primary source history by Jacqueline Laks Gorman.

 

Websites:

http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/day-of-infamy/

http://www.nps.gov/valr/index.htm

http://pacifichistoricparks.org/phh_events.php

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/23/phoenix-museum-to-display-uss-arizona-flag/19463137/

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/pearlhbr/pearlhbr.htm

 

Place:

MAPS Air Museum

http://mapsairmuseum.org/

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Do you want to build a snowman?

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It may be cold outside, but the warmth of your kitchen is sure to win over the tummies of your little ones. Here are a few edible snowman treats to make on those oh..so..cold days when the kids are stuck inside.

 

Olaf the Snowman snacks

Ingredients:

  • Graham crackers
  • Blue-tinted frosting or blue candy melts
  • Jumbo-size marshmallows
  • Medium-size marshmallows
  • Miniature-size marshmallows
  • Black candy melts
  • Black licorice rope
  • Orange candy slices
  • 1/2-inch candy eyes

 

Snowman Fruit pops

Bananas

Dark Grapes

Mini Chocolate Chips

Red Fruit Roll Ups

Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds (orange)

Decorative Straws or Lollipop sticks

 

 

And what better to enjoy these yummy snacks then by reading a few snowman stories to go with it.

      

 

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Is Christmas for the Birds?

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Only if you plan on participating in the 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Sunday December 14th!

It’s simple.

You may participate from the comfort of your home, counting the birds at your feeder. You may also partner with an experienced volunteer and drive /traipse around the backcountry counting all the bird species you see or hear.

Your work will help biologists and conservationists tally the species and the numbers within the species of birds in our locale.  Because birds are indicators of environmental health, this data, over time, will provide insight into the long-term health of our bird populations’ and our environment’s overall health.

Add to that the value of creating wonderful memories with your friends and family, what’s not to love? (We’re not even going to mention the benefits of fresh air and great exercise!)

Sound like a good time?

If so, just contact the Greater Akron Audubon Society at http://www.akronaudubon.org/

While you’re waiting for December 14th, the following items at the Green Branch Library, may be of help to you.

 

        

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Turkey Trot

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Hey, runners and walkers, looking to put some more fun into your Thanksgiving?

Sign up for the Annual Green Professionals Association 5K Turkey Trot Run & Walk.

The event begins Thanksgiving morning at Green Memorial Stadium, located at 1737 Steese Road.

Start times are 7:30 a.m. for the 1-mile walkers and 8:00 a.m. for the 5K runners.

 

Age brackets for participants are 14 &under, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & up.

 

All registered runners receive a race-day t-shirt.

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 Male & Female in each 5K class and top 3 Male & Female Overall.

For 1 Mile Walkers, prizes will be awarded to the Top 4 finishers in each age bracket.

 

You can register online today at www.green-professionals-association.org

The deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, November 25 at 5 p.m.

Adult pre-registration is $25.

Adult registration (day of race) is $30

1 mile Kids “Fun Run” is $10

Proceeds benefit GPA scholarship opportunities for GHS seniors.

For more info, contact greenprofessionalsassociation@gmail.com

 

Last year’s Turkey Trot brought out 686 runner/walkers from 15 states and 2 countries.

$11,000 was raised to fund scholarships and community projects.

 

So come out and run for fun and a good cause. The walking course will take you by the scenic Green Branch Library. Hope to see you on the road. The race is on!

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Christmas Along the Corridors

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Date: November 29, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Event Description

Keep It Local in Green will piggyback off American Express Small Business Saturday by featuring specials and events along Massillon Road corridor in Green.  We will offer all your holiday needs right here at your local shops in Green! Here are some of the Holiday Happenings:

  • 10:30am  - Hot Wheels Derby – Green Branch Library
  • 11:30am - Christmas Caroling – Green Branch Library
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm - Wine Tasting & Chair Massages - Gerri’s Closet
  • 12:45pm – 1:30pm – Fireside Chat at Westside Bakery – Decorating Holiday Desserts
  • 1:00 pm – Winter Storytime – Green Branch Library
  • 1:45pm – 2:45pm – Paint a Snowman – ArtByMarla at Gallery143
  • All Day - Romeo’s Pizza – Large 1 item pizza for $10
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Winter Weather

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Winter is Coming. If you look outside today it looks as if it’s already here. We will be seeing these words a lot the next  four months.  For more weather facts check out our weather and meteorology books at Green Branch.
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 Know what winter storm warning terms mean:
o    Winter Weather Advisory: Expect winter weather condition (e.g., accumulation of snow, freezing rain, and sleet) that could cause severe inconvenience and life-threatening hazards.
o    Frost/Freeze Warning: Expect below-freezing temperatures.
o    Winter Storm Watch: Be alert; a storm is likely.
o    Winter Storm Warning: Take action; the storm is in or entering the area.
o    Blizzard Warning: Seek refuge immediately! Snow and strong winds, near-zero visibility, deep snow drifts, and life-threatening wind chill.
o    Other terms are available from NOAA.
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World Pancreatic Awareness Day

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Today, November 13, is World Pancreatic Awareness Day.  Purple is the color chosen to make others aware of one of the most deadly cancers known.  It receives less than 2% of overall cancer research funding. It is usually diagnosed too late and 80% of patients have an average of 4 -6 months life expectancy.  Early diagnosis is the key to fighting this deadly disease. The early symptoms are sometimes vague but include abdominal pain, jaundice, loss of appetite, back pain, unexplained weight loss, and significant indigestion. If patients are diagnosed early enough to do surgery, their chances of surviving increase to 5 years or more.  While the death rates for other cancers are declining, pancreatic death rates are increasing. During the time it took me to type this blog, 12 people died of pancreatic cancer already today. These books are available for more information on this cancer.  

           

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