Business Briefs: Learning center conducts food drive

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KinderCare Learning Center of Hudson, 5812 Darrow Road, is hosting a "Pluck A Feather, Feed the Hungry" non-perishable food drive. Children and families "pluck" turkey feathers and bring in the items written on the feather to donate. All items collected are donated to the food pantry at Rejoice Lutheran Church in Hudson. The center's goal is to collect 700 items. It collected 402 items in 2011. Residents of Hudson and surrounding areas can drop of any donations at the center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Nov. 16. Call Lynn Coneglio at 330-656-2737 for more details. Scuba classes offered at LifeCenter Plus LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club will provide complete scuba-diving lessons for NAUI certification over one weekend in November. Classes will take place Nov. 16 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; and Nov. 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LifeCenter Plus indoor pool. Sessions are limited to 12 students. During the session, students will cover dive equipment, the science of diving, practical application and responsible safety practices. Participants must be 10 years old or older, a good swimmer, in good health and very comfortable in the water. Members and nonmembers are welcome. Swimmers who satisfactorily complete the class can test to become a certified scuba diver by diving locally with an instructor or at a tropical location via the Universal Referral, a worldwide program that enables students to be referred for certification dives. For more information, contact Jim Clark, aquatics director and NAUI scuba instructor at LifeCenter Plus, at 330-655-2377 ext. 125. Marcelita's hosts Karaoke party for kids Children and their families are invited to a karaoke party Nov. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at Marcelita's Mexican Restaurant, 7774 Darrow Road. A karaoke DJ will be there with a playlist of almost any song imaginable -- from Sesame Street to Lady Gaga -- according to organizers. Everyone who sings gets a treat, and there will be nachos. Marcelita's full menu will be also be available for purchase. The event supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Donations of any amount are appreciated and will go directly to the organization to help fund research and provide services for blood cancer patients and their families. For more information, email sjcash@pol.net. Great Clips sells wrist bands for hospital In conjunction with partners the Cleveland Browns and The Cleveland Clinic, Great Clips of Hudson is raising funds for the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital. Stop into Great Clips of Hudson for a cut or style and for $2 purchase a "Believe in Miracles" wrist band in Cleveland Browns orange. In return, Great Clips will provide a coupon for $2 off your next service. So far, Great Clips of Hudson has donated more than $2,000 to The Clinic's Children's Hospital and is the leading salon donor out of 76 salons in the Cleveland-Akron/Canton market. Great Clips of Hudson is in the Acme Plaza next to Panera. Donate to holiday lights, food banks Great Clips of Hudson will collect donations for the city's Holiday Lighting Fund and will match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $200 total. Great Clips of Hudson is in the Acme Plaza. Call 330-653-3090 or visit www.greatclips.com for more information. For the fifth year in a row, Great Clips of Hudson will accept donations of non-perishable food items. In return for a donation, Great Clips will provide a certificate good for $2 off a haircut in the new year. All donations will benefit local food banks. Great Clips collected a record 1,200 pounds of food donated last year and hopes to beat that mark. Great Clips of Hudson is in the Acme Plaza. Call 330-653-3090 or visit www.greatclips.com for more information. 'Mompreneur' selected as contest finalist Hudson resident Tricia Price, co-founder of Reflect Who I Am, was selected from more than 50 applicants as one of the five finalists for the Dix & Eaton 60 for 60 contest. The promotion is part of Dix & Eaton's 60th anniversary celebration, and the winner receives 60 hours of professional communication services valued at $10,000. The winner will be selected through social media voting on Dix & Eaton's Facebook page. Voting is open until Nov. 12 at noon EST. The finalist's photo with the most "likes" at that time will be awarded the work. Reflect Who I Am creates original mirror-image shirts for girls and sells them through their website www.reflectwhoiam.com The confidence-building T-shirts are designed to encourage girls to celebrate who they are and help boost their self esteem. If they win, Price and her business partner, Marci Hower, plan on using the communication services to launch a national public relations campaign focusing on the Reflect Who I Am mission. For more information, visit www.reflectwhoiam.com or www.dix-eaton.com. Make reservations for awards breakfast The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hudson Economic Growth Board will recognize one or more outstanding Hudson businesses Dec. 6 for their achievements and economic impact on the quality of life in Hudson. Also, keynote speaker Travis Smith, CEO of JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, will present his view of the economic outlook for 2013. The 2012 annual award's breakfast, sponsored by COSE and Windstream, will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores Conference Center, 5555 Darrow Road in Hudson. Reservations can be made online at www.explorehudson.com or by calling the Chamber at 330-650-0621. The cost is $10 per person and the deadline for reservations is Nov. 30. Hudson author visits Hudson resident Carrie Rubin will bring her medical thriller "The Seneca Scourge" to the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. In the book, Dr. Sydney McKnight, a young physician battling the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time, joins forces with Dr. Casper Jones, an odd new research virologist. For more information, call 330-653-2252. Learned Owl hosts Taekwondo black belt Author Mike Mullin will demonstrate his Taekwondo techniques and sign his new book, "Ashen Winter," at the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. "Ashen Winter" is the second book in his Ashfall trilogy that explores a world under Yellowstone National Park where a supervolcano has erupted. Mullin has a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo, and lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. For more information, call 330-653-2252. 'What happens next' author visits shop Novelist Colleen Clayton will appear at the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., with her novel "What Happens Next" Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Clayton has worked with troubled teens as a social worker and as program supervisor for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She lives in Ohio with her family and recently received her master's degree from the Northeast Ohio Consortium at Youngstown State University. For more information, call 330-653-2252. Hear bedtime story at book shop Nov. 18 Authors Mayra Porrata and Crystal Pirri, along with illustrator Kaleb Rice, will bring their new children's book, "A Nighttime trip to Planet Nuf," back to the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 330-653-2252. Silhouette artist returns to Learned Owl n Silhouette artist Terry Bramble will return to the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Nov. 18 and 19. Bramble is known for his portraits of children. Single portraits are $34, but with an additional $15 purchase from the book shop, they are $24. Appointments may be made for any time on Nov. 18 between noon and 5 p.m. or Nov. 19 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Each appointment lasts about 30 minutes. For more information or to make an appointment, call 330-653-2252.

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