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Live Nativities, Holiday Cookies & Gift Wrapping for Charity: A Weekend Planner

See what's happening in and around Mentor this weekend

1. NATIVITY COMES TO LIFE

Where/When: North Mentor Centenary United Methodist Church, 7 to 9 p.m., Friday through Sunday

Why Go: Step back into time and visit the birthplace of the baby Jesus.

The manger has Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds, angels, a donkey and sheep with a narrator telling the story of Jesus's birth.

Take time to visit the church's sanctuary that is more than 150 years old and enjoy a cup of coffee, hot chocolate and cookies while viewing pictures from past nativities.

Pricing: Free

2. GIFT WRAPPING FOR A CAUSE

Where/When: , several days including Friday and Monday

Why Go: Support a Prom To Remember -- a dance especially for teens who have been affected by cancer -- by helping to wrap Christmas gifts at the Western Reserve Harley-Davidson.

You can volunteer for gift wrapping duty at this link.

Pricing: Free

3. DUCT TAPE ART AT MENTOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

Where/When: Mentor Public Library main branch, 4:30 to 6 p.m., today (Thursday)

Why Go: Teens can create fun, unique picture frames and ornaments from duct tape and other simple supplies.

It makes a perfect holiday gift.

Some duct tape will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite roll to make an impressive frame.

See photos from previous Duct Tape Art sessions at the library.

The event is free but teens should register here beforehand.

Pricing: Free

4. MAKING HOLIDAY COOKIES AT YOUNG CHEF'S ACADEMY

Where/When: Great Lakes Mall, noon to 2 p.m., today (Thursday)

Why Go: Young chefs (ages five to 14) will learn some tricks in the kitchen and make 30 holiday treats and cookies.

Sign up online at www.youngchefsacademy.com -- click "register now," select Events and then click the Holiday Cookie Event -- or call 440-572-2855 to register over the phone.

Pricing: $30

5. MENTOR SENIOR CENTER VETERANS GROUP

Where/When: Mentor Senior Center, 7 p.m., today (Thursday)

Why Go: This group meets the third Thursday of every month and is open to all military veterans.

Pricing: Free

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