An arrangement of Christmas cookies made by students at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg.

Wigilia celebration and dinner

The Polish-American Community of Toledo and the Toledo Poznan Alliance are issuing an invitation to their annual wigilia, a beautiful and traditional Polish pre-Christmas celebration. It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Olivet Lutheran Church Christian Life Center, 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania. (The doors open at 5 p.m.)

This lovely event includes candle lighting, the singing of koledy (carols), and a nine-course vegetarian meal in keeping with Old World customs: carrot raisin salad (salataka z rodzynkami z marchwii), dill pickle soup (zupa orgokowa), Polish coffee cake (placek), creamed cucumbers (mizeria), salmon (wedzony losos), sweet and sour cabbage (kapusta slodko dwasna), cheese and potato pierogi from Busia’s Pierogi Shack (pierogi z serem), Papal Cream Cake (Kremowka Papieska), and walnuts and honey (orzechy wloskie i miod).

Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door; they cost $15 for members of the host groups.

For more information or to make reservations, call Rozanne at 419-944-5312 or email [email protected].

Christmas Cookie Auction

The Bavarian Sports Club, at 2102 Lagrange St., is hosting its annual Christmas Cookie Silent Auction. Bidding starts at 8 p.m. Friday after the club’s weekly 6 p.m. dinner event, and continues through to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Kinder Weihnachten Party (which starts at noon).

Those who would like to take a chance on winning some delicious homemade treats can place bids on either Friday evening or Sunday afternoon, with the selected cookies going to the highest bidders.

If you’d like to support the cause by baking rather than buying, donate a plate with 24 of your best cookies on a decorative dish you don’t need to get back, wrap them in cellophane (so everyone can see how fabulous they are), and drop them off at the club before 8 p.m. Friday.