My name is Melissa. I grew up in PA, but moved to NC to attend college. Although I couldn't wait to leave the cold and the small town behind, in the city I can't seem to find the the comfort and warmth like I did back home.
'The Nutcracker': Saturday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m.; autism-friendly performance, Friday, Dec. 19, noon; Warner Theatre, 811 State St.; Lake Erie Ballet presents a Christmas favorite. Cost: $17-$31; autism-friendly performance, $5 (reservations required). Info: 452-4857, www.lakeerieballet.org.
Non-Native Decorations: Saturday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m.-noon; Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive; learn how to make a wreath or dreamcatcher using plants; materials provided; preregister by Dec. 12. Cost: $15. Info: 833-7424.
Beach Glass Ornaments for Kids: Saturday, Dec. 20, 1-2 p.m.; Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive; craft a pine cone beach glass ornament; all materials provided; preregistration required. Cost: $4 per child. Info: 833-7424.