The Woman's Club of Hudson will have its annual Christmas Holiday Luncheon Dec. 4 at the Rosewood Grill in Hudson. It will begin with a social at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The speaker will be Ellen Percy Kraly. She earned her bachelor's degree from Bucknell, master's degree in demography from the Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Fordham University. Among many awards and prestigious positions, she has served as director of the Upstate Institute, consultant to the United Nations and the National Academy of Sciences. She is the William R. Kenan Professor of Geography at Colgate, where she has received several distinguished teaching awards, and is editor of International Migration Review. Kraly will talk on "Climbing for a Cause." She has climbed the "46 High Peaks" of the Adirondacks. In 1994 Kraly was diagnosed with breast cancer, leading to a new set of life changing experiences. In the years since her diagnosis, she has discovered a positive way to combine lessons learned from both cancer and climbing, by climbing for cancer. In 2004 she participated in her first "Climb to Fight Breast Cancer," a fundraising event for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash. As a result of her climbs, Kraly has raised nearly $45,000 for breast cancer research. Her presentation to the Woman's Club of Hudson will combine a photographic essay of her climbs with a personal reflection on the climb's ability to heal and raise vital funds for breast cancer research. The Woman's Club will also have a fundraiser at this luncheon. The proceeds will go to ongoing efforts to provide scholarships to Hudson High School students. It will be a "Make It, Bake It, Fake It" Chinese raffle. Members of The Woman's Club will make items, bake items or purchase items for this event. The cost of the luncheon is $25, and the public is invited. For details, call Lenore Yash Cusumano at 234-380-1369. During December, the club will offer hand-decorated miniature Christmas trees for sale at Hudson's on the Green Restaurant. They're $12 each. Hudson's on the Green is donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Woman's Club Scholarship Fund. Children Services seeks holiday help Summit County Children Services is asking county residents to make the upcoming holiday season come alive for the children in its care. Since tax dollars may not be used for certain expenses, community donations are requested for the following programs: The Holiday Toy Room: The Holiday Toy Room is a place where foster parents, kinship caregivers and client families "shop" for toys and gifts to give to their children. Everything is available at no cost to eligible agency client families. Donations of toys and gifts for all ages of children (especially teen boys), and/or financial contributions to purchase toys are needed. Donations of gloves and mittens are also requested. Donations are due by Nov. 16. Adopt-a-Family: Agency social workers recommend individual children for this program and each child provides a "wish list" of a few items. Donors purchase and wrap the gifts and deliver them to the agency - then social workers deliver the gifts personally to the children's homes. Gifts for this program must be delivered by Dec. 7. Food Gift Card Program: Gift cards in increments of $20 or $25 to local grocery stores are provided to needy families during the holidays. Those interested may either donate the gift cards or the money to purchase them. Contributions for this program are due by Nov. 16. Donations may be dropped off or mailed to Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington St. in Akron, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. For more information on the holiday programs, contact Patricia Roy at 330-379-2055 or email@example.com. Hospital expands free 'How to Quit' classes Summa Western Reserve Hospital, 1900 23rd St. in Cuyahoga Falls, will expand its free group counseling sessions for smokers who are seeking to quit. The hospital's Lung Health Program will offer classes Nov. 20, 27 and Dec. 4 and 11; Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 5; Feb. 12, 19, 26 and March 5 and 12. Call 330-929-LUNG (5864) for class times, to register or for more information.