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To be most effective, it's crucial that volunteers working with urban organizations comprehend poverty. First Congregational Church of Hudson's (FCCH) Mission Board is hosting a free workshop. It will explore the causes, hidden rules and impact of poverty. This is not a program, but an approach to working with those in poverty. Training will be led by Adrienne Bradley, director of Bridges Summit County. Bridges is an initiative in Summit County that believes poverty can be eliminated if all economic classes come together to create relationships, build resources, improve outcomes and support people moving out of poverty. Anyone interested in attending this workshop is invited.

The workshop will be at FCCH, 47 Aurora Street, Hudson, OH on the following Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.: Dec. 6, Jan. 17 and Feb. 21.

To register go to www.hudsonucc.org, navigating to the Grow and Serve tab, then Poverty Workshop where you will find a link to registration. Or Contact Sue Wimer at swimer@hudsonucc.org.

Fair Trade Fair event at First Congregational Dec. 10

The Fair Trade Fair will be Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Hudson, 47 Aurora St.

Purchase with purpose this season from Holy Land Handicraft Co-op, Amani Beads, Canaan Fair Trade, Fair Trade on Main, Esperanza threads, Noonday Collection, Puro Fairtrade coffee, A Light of Hope Candle and more. Find the perfect Christmas gift and make a difference with your purchases this year. There's something for everyone on your list with over a dozen different vendors participating--from wallets made of upcycled tires, olive oil from 500-year-old olive trees, lamps made of pressed leaves, to necklaces made out of water buffalo horn and hand carved nativity sets.

If you haven't attended a fair trade event before, this is such a wonderful opportunity to see what can happen in areas that suffer the cycle of poverty and oppression when sustainable opportunities become available. As Americans become increasingly concerned about the state of the world and look for opportunities to use their power in the marketplace to make a positive difference, those involved in fair trade seek to provide an avenue for consumers to vote with their dollar. Fair Trade is not just a market; it is also a social movement that brings strength, hope and real choice to the world's consumers. Bring friends, bring family, bring children as they will experience learning about how various handicrafts are made through the world.

Search for the Christ Child Dec. 11

Search for the Christ Child, an interactive journey, can be taken Dec. 11 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Hudson United Methodist Church, 2600 Hudson-Aurora Road.

Experience the joy of the shepherds and the singing of angels. Search for the Christ Child begins in the inn where a census is taken. After light refreshments, a shepherd guide will accompany groups of travelers on an interactive pilgrimage in search of the Christ Child. You are encouraged to dialogue along the way as you meet shepherds tending their live flock, angels, wise men and innkeepers. Meet the "sleepy man," visit King Herod's palace, travel through a marketplace and ultimately reach the nativity.

This 30-minute journey is free, wheelchair accessible and for all ages. Canned food donations will be accepted and donated to local food banks.

For additional information, call the church office at 330-650-2650 ext. 34. There are live animals.

Alzheimer's caregiver support group meeting Dec. 15

The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes Alzheimer's caregiver support groups available free of charge, open to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved with affected by the disease or a related dementia.

The meeting will be Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rm. 104, 340 N. Main St., Hudson.

Groups meet monthly. For more information or to confirm, please contact the Alzheimer's Association HelpLine at 1-800-272-3900.