* The Hudson Police Department will collect non-perishable goods and donations as part of its "Fill-A-Cruiser" program to help needy families during the holidays.
Citizens may drop donations off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at either Acme Fresh Market, 116 W. Streetsboro St., or Heinen's Village Market, 19 Clinton St. in First & Main. A Hudson police cruiser will be parked in front of both locations with police officers on hand to accept donations to fill the cruiser.
Collected donations will be delivered to the Hudson Food Pantry.
Learn how to volunteer with Relay For Life
* The 2013 Hudson Relay For Life Committee invites community members to help kick off the Relay season Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Farinacci Pizza in Hudson, 86 Owen Brown St. There will be food, drinks, prizes, and a guest speaker from the Relay Advisory Team. Packets will be available for teams to start fundraising. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/hudson.
HHA program looks
at millionaires row
* Local historian and storyteller Dan Ruminski will share stories of Cleveland's fabled "Millionaires Row" when he speaks to members and guests of the Hudson Heritage Association on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The founder of Cleveland History Lessons, Ruminski has become an expert on the growth of Cleveland during the late 19th century and early 20th century. He speaks to groups throughout the region on a range of topics that trace Cleveland's rise to one of the country's preeminent cities.
In the second half of the 19th century, Euclid Avenue was regarded as one of the most beautiful streets in the world, often compared to the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Stretching more than four miles, the street was home to more than 250 mansions built by families including the Rockefellers, Wades, Mathers and Hannas. Reports indicate that at the time, the tax value of those homes far exceeded the value of the homes lining New York's Fifth Avenue.
Ruminski will talk about the families who built the mansions, what they cost and where the money came from. He will share photos showing interiors and exteriors, and discuss the factors that caused the decline and destruction of a street that once was considered a "must see" for travelers from Europe.
The meeting is free and open to the public and will take place at the Barlow Community Center. Refreshments will be served following the program. For more information, call 330-342-7996.
Senior Citizens to
meet for lunch Nov. 9
* Hudson Senior Citizens will have its monthly luncheon meeting Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m. at Barlow Community Center. Reservations are required by Nov. 2. The cost is $9 and the event will be catered by Rock Fresh. The program will be presented by Charlotte Marky, author of "Escape from Hungary." The book will be available for purchase. The senior group will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a cake provided by Lee-Bishop Unit 464, American Legion Auxiliary.
Hudson Senior Citizens is open to anyone 60 and older. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Nancy Yari at 330-656-2922.
Preschool fair scheduled for Nov. 13
* The Hudson Preschool Parents' annual preschool fair will be Nov. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St. The event is free and open to the public. The keynote speaker will be Angela Marie Pace, an occupational therapist from the Hudson City Schools who will explain the "Developmental Approach to Handwriting." Parents and community members can also learn about area preschools, talk to preschool directors, and gather information about preschools.
MOMS Club plans drawing class for kids
* KidzArt will conduct a drawing class aimed at preschoolers for the MOMS Club Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Hudson Library Flood Meeting Room. KidzArt is a drawing-based international art program that builds confidence and emphasizes creative thinking skills. For more information, email email@example.com.
Legion Auxiliary meets for dinner Nov. 7
* The Lee Bishop Unit 464, American Legion Auxiliary, will meet Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Western Reserve Christian Church, 516 W. Streetsboro St. The membership dinner will be box lunches from Hudson's on the Green and will be free to all members who have paid their 2013 dues or will pay them that evening. Reservations are required by calling Cathy Williams at 330-342-0180. Indication a choice of ham, turkey or chicken salad sandwich.
Girls on the Run 5K to take place at Blossom
* Girls on the Run of Greater Summit serves more than 400 girls at 34 different sites in Summit, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Portage and Medina counties. Its mission is "to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and content using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running." The Girls on the Run program combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education that instills self-esteem through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships and physical training.
On Nov. 11, Girls on the Run of Greater Summit will present the Girls on the Run 5K at Blossom Music Center. This race is a non-timed event and fun for the entire family. The race will be the capstone event to the fall season and is open to anyone interested in participating alongside the girls. Registration is available online at www.gotrgreatersummit.org or www.active.com. For more information visit www.gotrgreatersummit.org.
The Greater Summit Council of Girls on the Run hosts two ten-week sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Gift Shoppe open Dec. 1
* The Holiday Gift Shoppe sponsored by Hudson Community First will be Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hudson Middle School, 77 N. Oviatt St. Admission is free. Children shop at the "Secret Santa" workshop in a secure, supervised and escorted environment for fun and affordable gifts for friends and family while the waiting adults enjoy the vendor/shopping area. Email Patty Ulmer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
* Hudson Kiwanis is again offering poinsettias in time for the Christmas holiday season. Three colors are available: red, white and pink. Each has five or more blooms in a 6 1/2-inch pot. They are $9 each. The deadline for ordering is Nov. 24.
All of the proceeds from the sales go to support the youth of Hudson. Hudson Kiwanis, formed in 1951, since 2000 has contributed more than $500,000 to the Hudson schools and community.
For more information and to order, visit www.hudsonkiwanis.com. Credit cards are accepted. Orders can also be placed through any Kiwanis member.
Learn how iPad helps those with special needs
* The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties will host a free, community presentation titled "iPad -- Successful Use with Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities" Nov. 14. The presentation is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Road in Stow, in the Stow Council Chambers. The presentation will be given by Laurie Heikkila, technology consultant for the Summit County Educational Service Center. The event is open to the public.
The presentation will provide an overview of the iPad and its meaningful educational and social use by students and adults with developmental disabilities. Heikkila will share examples of current use, considerations when purchasing an iPad, and other important user information. Time will also be allocated for questions from the audience.
Heikkila is an internationally recognized educator, speaker, curriculum consultant, and workshop leader. She has more than 16 years of experience in technology education. As a mother of a child with special needs, Heikkila combines personal and professional experience in her talks.
The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties is a nonprofit organization that advocates for people with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. For more information and to RSVP for the talk, call The Arc office at 330-836-5863.
Junior Achievement plans online auction
* The Junior Achievement Online Holiday Auction, presented by First Communications Inc., starts Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. Junior Achievement will auction off a variety of items, including vacation packages, gift baskets, sporting events, dining gift certificates, spa packages, family activities and more.To participate, visit
juniorachievement. Final bids will be taken until 9 p.m. Nov. 29. All items will be delivered in time for holiday gift giving.