Unity doctors ranked among the best

n Unity Health Network recently announced that 12 of its physicians, including several who practice in Hudson, were ranked among the "The Best Doctors in America" for 2012 in Akron Life Magazine. The list represents the top 5 percent of physicians in the U.S. These physicians are acknowledged and voted to the list by fellow physicians and peers who have deemed them as the best in their fields.

"It is a wonderful honor for Unity Health Network to have these extraordinary physicians who are ranked among the best in the country," said Tawnya Bosko, vice president and chief operations officer of Unity Health Network. "We are extremely proud of all of our physicians and staff members who work hard every day to provide Northeast Ohio with the best health care."

The Unity Health Network physicians who practice in Hudson and are featured on the list include: Nader Botros, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine; J. Matthew Chase, family medicine; David Fantelli, internal medicine; Charles Fuenning, pulmonary and critical care medicine; and Paul Gibbons, internal medicine and pediatrics.

Fair trade store hosts program on Haiti

n Janet Rhodes brings you Fair Trade, 134 N. Main St., will host a Cultures of the World program Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. The program will explore Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Children are invited to learn about the riches that come from this impoverished land.

Cultures of the World is an experiential educational opportunity for children using story, drama, music, art, games, dance, geography and simple language lessons to bring alive different cultures from around the world. These monthly programs are co-sponsored by the Foundation for Fair Trade Ministry which aims to create peace by promoting fair trade principles. One of the fundamental principles of fair trade is to support indigenous traditions and cultures. Cultures of the World is designed to foster respect and appreciation for the rich heritages across the earth.

The cost for the hour-long class is $5 with a $15 maximum per family. Space is limited. To register, call the store at 330-653-9006 or email janet@janetrhodes.com.

TV anchor, sportswriter to visit book shop

n Lydia Esparra will be at the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. to share her children's book, "Heaven Is All Around You." Motivated to write the book after she lost her sister to colon cancer, Esparra has crafted an inspirational story help children cope with the death of a loved one. Esparra, Emmy-winning news anchor at WOIO Channel 19, is a Youngstown native and a graduate of Ursuline High School and The Ohio State University. She comes from a family of 10 children and was a member of the family band, described by Memby Esparra as "the Puerto Rican version of the Partridge Family."

n Plain Dealer sports columnist Terry Pluto, the "sportswriter who writes about faith," will meet and greet fans and autograph copies of his new book "Faith and You, Vol. 2" Dec. 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St. in Hudson. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-653-2252.

Laurel Lake to host Holiday Open House

n Laurel Lake Retirement Community will host its annual Holiday Open House Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at 200 Laurel Lake Drive in Hudson. Space is limited. Early reservations are being accepted at 1-866-650-2100. Lights and decorations will greet visitors, who will enjoy light refreshments and live music as they mix and mingle with members of the Laurel Lake community. After, Laurel Lake residents will open their homes as part of a guided walking tour. Each apartment or villa will showcase unique floor plans, interior design ideas and creative additions.

Howard Hanna helps Children's Free Care

n Howard Hanna Realtors will host Breakfast with Santa Dec. 8 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon at the Summa Wellness Center in Hudson. The event, catered by Hudson's Restaurant, will include a 50-50 raffle, raffle prizes, a $10,000 cash raffle, and professional photos with Santa for purchase. The cost of the breakfast is $10 for children 8 and younger, and $15 for adults. Make reservations by calling 330-463-7825.

The breakfast is a benefit for the Children's Free Care Fund. Howard Hanna's annual Children's Free Care Fundraising Campaign is its 24th year. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services raised $695,972 during last year's campaign, which was presented to nine different hospitals.

Visit www.howardhanna.com/event for more information on fundraising events.

Summa event looks

at variety of cultures

n Summa Western Reserve Hospital, in conjunction with Summa Health System, will host "Sharing the Season" Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital's auditorium at 1900 23rd St. in Cuyahoga Falls. The free, public event focuses on the meaning, traditions and cuisine of various cultural celebrations and observances from around the world to coincide with the holiday season. Free valet parking is available to all guests.

Sharing the Season features a series of free activities and entertainment and guests are invited to sample various multi-ethic food stations. Snowflake Tea Room will demonstrate a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony at 11 a.m. and educate guests about Japanese culture. Sangeeta Patel will provide a DVD presentation about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights celebrating life, at 12:15 p.m. Michael Searching Bear will perform a Native American solo flute performance at 12:45. Food stations will include Hispanic, Chinese, Native American, Scandinavian and Christian culinary traditions.

Tea Society plans

Pop-Up Salon and Shop

n Secret Tea Society founder and tea aficionado Angela Strach-Gotthardt will open Secret Tea Society Holiday Pop-Up Salon and Shop, a temporary retail tea salon and shop in historic downtown Hudson during the upcoming holiday season.

Located within the Brewster Mansion, an 1853 Gothic-style brick and sandstone mansion at 9 Aurora St., the "pop-up" tea salon and shop will offer a curated selection of specialty teas, pots and accessories. Tastings, to include herbal blends, rooibos, white, green, oolong, black and pu'erh teas, will take place daily, along with an opportunity to chat about issues of the day. Strach-Gotthardt will also bring in many items from her personal furnishings collection.

From Dec. 5 through 22, Secret Tea Society Holiday Pop-Up Salon and Shop will be open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. To learn more about the Secret Tea Society, visit www.secretteasociety.com.