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Outside Asanda Imports on Thanksgiving weekend, Santa’s Elves performed as a crowd of adults and children gathered for the annual tree lighting. When the elves are not performing or helping Santa, they go by the names Morgan Wheeler, Emory Schweitzer, Dylan Koepp, and Layne Burner and are students at Tecumseh High School. They will perform again when Santa comes to the Glen Helen building on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Suzanne Szempruch)

Outside Asanda Imports on Thanksgiving weekend, Santa’s Elves performed as a crowd of adults and children gathered for the annual tree lighting. When the elves are not performing or helping Santa, they go by the names Morgan Wheeler, Emory Schweitzer, Dylan Koepp, and Layne Burner, and are students at Tecumseh High School. They will perform again when Santa comes to the Glen Helen building on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Suzanne Szempruch)

Holiday happenings in Yellow Springs

The village is gearing up for a weekend of winter wonder with several events planned in celebration of the season.

Glen Helen and Tecumseh Land Trust have paired up to kick things off with a poetry reading, “Solstice: The Turning Point,” from 7–9 p.m. in the Vernet Ecological Center, featuring 12 Ohio poets. An open mic session and a wine and cheese reception will follow the readings. The event is free and open to the public.

Holiday Fest in the Springs, a series of holiday-related events taking place around Yellow Springs, will be held Saturday, Dec. 14. The day kicks off with screenings of Elf at the Little Art Theatre at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is free for children 12 and under and $5 for adults. Santa’s Holiday Wagon will be waiting right outside the theater from 1:30–3:30 p.m. to ferry guests to the Glen for more holiday fun. Guests will arrive at the Vernet Ecological Center on Corry Street where, beginning at 1 p.m., Santa’s elves will be waiting to greet them. All are invited to enjoy hot chocolate, crafts and treats at the Vernet Ecological Center, and of course, a visit with the the big man in red himself. Santa Claus will take pictures with fans from 1:30–4 p.m. Entertainment from YS Kids Playhouse will also liven up the Glen, beginning at 3 p.m.

The Dayton Mandolin Orchestra will perform on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Senior Center. The orchestra will perform selections by Vivaldi and Rossini, Russian and Hawaiian seasonal music and 19th and 20th century songs, with guest soprano Jennifer Gilchrist. Donations at the door will benefit the Senior Center.

That same evening, the 57th annual community carol sing will be held from 4–5 p.m. in the Senior Center great room. Music books and piano accompaniment will be provided, and donations will be accepted to benefit the Senior Center.

For those who’d like to make the most of the “season of giving,” there’s still time to participate in the annual “Share the Joy” program, hosted by the library. This annual gift-giving project helps residents of Yellow Springs and Miami Township who are in need of assistance with holiday gifts. Those in need have filled out request forms, and volunteers have coded the requests and hung them on a tree in the library. Holiday shoppers can choose tags from the tree and make purchases, returning their wrapped gifts, with tags attached, to the library. Presents must be returned, wrapped, with tree tag attached securely, no later than Friday, Dec. 20 at library close. All donors and recipients remain anonymous.

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