Santa Claus is coming to town, and he'll arrive during Johnstown's Christmas parade, scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. Saturday Dec. 4.

Christmas Parade, events are Saturday

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he'll arrive during Johnstown's Christmas parade, scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. Saturday Dec. 4.

The event is organized by Angels and Astronauts Child Conservation League.

The parade will begin at Johnstown-Monroe High School and proceed north on Main Street, escorting Santa to his house in the park yard. Santa will greet children in his house until noon that day, and each child will receive a stocking provided and filled by CCL members.

Santa's House will also be open weekdays beginning Wednesday, Dec. 8, through Tuesday, Dec. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays. Santa will also be receiving visitors on Saturdays, Dec. 11 and 18, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Also during the holidays, children may drop off their letters to Santa at a special mailbox at Shull's Hardware. Letters should include a return address and the names of each child in the household, so that each may receive a return letter from Santa. No postage is required.

Faith Fellowship to host community for brunch

"Munchin' at the Manger," a free Christmas brunch for children through grade 6 and their families, will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Johnstown Recreation Center.

The breakfast will feature pancakes and sausage, cereal and more. There will be crafts, games and other activities for children.

The event, which immediately follows the Johnstown Christmas Parade, is sponsored by Faith Fellowship and is open to the community.

More information is available at 740-967-0148 or on the web at

Theater to screen holiday movies

The Sterling Theater in the Pataskala Town Hall, 430 Main St., will reopen this holiday season after 20 years of abandonment.

The nonprofit group The Historic Pataskala Town Hall Inc. has been working to restore the 350-seat facility.

Two holiday events are planned in the theater. A sold-out community dinner will be served on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Pataskala United Methodist Church before a screening of a holiday film at the theater.

Seats for the movie still are available. Also on Dec. 9 will be a celebrity auction of gingerbread houses.

On Friday, Dec. 10, the theater will feature a children's holiday cartoon night. Santa Claus will be in his house on Town Hall's front lawn.

Tickets may be purchased at any Pataskala Banking Company or Nutcracker Family Restaurant.

Tickets for Thursday's movie are $10; Tickets for Friday are $10 general admission and $5 children under 14.

'A Joyful Noise!' to be heard Dec. 5

The Newark-Granville Symphony will present the concert "A Joyful Noise!" at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Midland Theatre in Newark.

The symphony will be joined by the Newark High School concert choir and the Granville High School Chamber Singers.

Selections will include Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," "We Need a Little Christmas," and a carol sing-along.

The symphony is conducted by Timothy Weiss. The GHS Chamber Singers are led by Paul Jackson; and the Newark choir is directed by Kim and Mike Wigglesworth.

Tickets, $25 general admission and $5 students, are available by calling the Midland box office at (740) 345-5483 or at the door. Organizers note that the concert is popular and the line for tickets on the night of the performance may be long.

For more information, call (740) 975-4633 or visit

LMH implements back-up technology

Licking Memorial Hospital has announced that it expects work on a new data center to be complete by the end of 2010.

The center will provide additional assurance of system availability, including patient information databases, according to information from LMH.

The hospital has two electrical systems that would be activated if power is lost: the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and generators. The generators are activated automatically if the normal supply of power lapses, resulting in full power within 10 seconds.

The UPS is designed to activate immediately when power is lost, and to remain active until generator power begins. The UPS system ensures that the flow of electricity is continuous.

LMH's generators operate on diesel fuel. They are tested weekly to ensure they work properly.

Health career expo Dec. 15 at COTC

Central Ohio Technical College will hold a Health Career Expo on Wednesday, Dec. 15, in the John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Drive.

The free event is open to any community members interested in health care education and careers.

An optional campus tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. Information tables and refreshments will be available starting at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m.

Information about COTC's associate degree and certificate offerings in such fields as nursing, sonography, radiologic technology, surgical technology and emergency medical services will be offered.

To register or for more information, call (740) 366-9139 or visit The registration deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 1.

LCHD awarded anti-tobacco grant

The Licking County Health Department has received a $75,000 tobacco use prevention grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control.

The grant, "Reducing the Disproportionate Toll of Tobacco Use in Populations with Smoking Rates above 24 percent" was approved by the Ohio Department of Health.

According to information from the county health department, the grant will be used for tobacco prevention staff members and local tobacco counter-marketing campaigns.

For more information, call health educator Mary Richardson at (740) 349-1663 or visit