Canfield Community Briefs

Canfield bands perform holiday concerts

The Canfield Middle School Band will perform a holiday concert Dec. 11. The fifth and sixth-grade bands will perform at 6 p.m. and the seventh and eighth-grade bands will begin at 7:30. The Canfield Middle School Bands are under the direction of James Volenik, who is in his 28th year of teaching at Canfield. Megan Aubihl, student teacher from the University of Akron, will be assisting. More than 390 students participate in band program at Canfield Middle School.

The Canfield High School Bands will present their annual Holiday Concert Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. There are 172 students who participate in the high school bands and they are under the direction of Michael Kelly, who is in his eighth year of teaching at Canfield.

There will be a cookie and cocoa reception following the seventh and eighth-grade concert, as well as the high school concert. Both the middle and high school band concerts will be held in the Canfield High School auditorium and are free.

Women’s newcomers club hosts Christmas event

The Newcomers Club of Canfield, formerly known as Welcome Wagon Club of Canfield, will hold its December meeting, holiday dinner, and gift exchange at Barney’s Deli, 132 S. Broad St., Canfield, on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Tamara at 330-702-1673 or Cost for the dinner is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Members are asked to bring a $10 gift exchange item.

The Newcomers Club of Canfield is open to all women in the Mahoning Valley. It provides an opportunity for members in the community to welcome newcomers, engage in recreational and social activities, and to help support the civic, social and charitable life of the community.

Operation Blessing collection

Canfield Operation Blessing will be collecting new or gently used toys for local children now through Dec. 19 at the Canfield Presbyterian Church, located at 140 West Main St. Parents of children in need will be able to select a toy at the church on Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Career center hosts holiday open house

Students in the Horticulture Program at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center have opened the school’s floral shop to the public for its annual Holiday Open House.

The event features a large assortment of silk wreaths, swags and arrangements, fresh mixed pine and spruce wreaths, fresh table centerpieces, pine roping and poinsettias all prepared by students in the program.

The floral shop will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 17.

To place an order or for more information, contact Mary June Emerson, Horticulture Instructor, at 330-729-4000 extension 1672.

Clothing store seeks candy donations

The Pretty and Plus Shop in Struthers will participate in the community’s Children’s Community Christmas party Dec. 15 at St. Nick’s Great Hall.

The store is seeking donations of individually-wrapped candies for children with special diet needs. Sugar-free candies, nut-free and gluten-free candies are needed. Even small trinkets or toys, books, toothbrushes or wrap bands would be accepted. Items must be at the Pretty and Plus Store by Dec. 12 in order to be included.

The store is also collecting non-perishable food items for the Youngstown Food Bank. Anyone bringing $5 worth of food items will receive a gift certificate worth $5 off any $10 purchase in the month of January.

The Pretty and Plus Store is the only plus-sized consignment store beteen the Valley and Columbus. The store offers clothing in sizes 14 and up. Hours are Wednesday through Friday, 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10-7 in December.

Auxiliary taking reservations for Christmas luncheon

St. Anthony’s Auxiliary of Struthers will have its Christmas Luncheon Dec. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at Johnny’s Restaurant, Market Street in Boardman. Call 330-726-8019 for information.

Sulmona Valley Auxiliary to meet in Boardman

Sulmona Valley Auxiliary will have its Christmas party Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at Cafe Capri, Market Street in Boardman. Ellen Hall is chairperson. Call 330-726-8019 for information.

Women’s association hosts December meeting

Tri-Gold chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will hold its next meeting Dec. 12 at Rachel’s on Westchester Drive. Social time will be at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6. Topic for the evening will be Christmas Memories.

The dinner choices are chicken and greens for $21, pasta alfredo for $20 or chicken franchise for $21. Dessert will be provided by the members, who are asked to bring Christmas cookies.

Call 330-652-0589 or 330-793-6208 for reservations.

Farmers National Bank hires Bannon

Breen Bannon, a new commercial lender, comes to Farmers from Huntington National Bank where he most recently was Vice President and Sales Executive of Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance. He has more than 18 years of banking experience, including 10 years in commercial lending.

A lifelong Valley resident, Bannon received his BS in Business Administration from Youngstown State University. He is active in the Downtown Kiwanis, Youngstown Warren Chamber of Commerce, and Warren Youngstown Junior Achievement. Breen is also a member of the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and YSU Alumni Association.

Get free pancakes on Feb. 5

IHOP is giving away free pancakes on Feb. 5 to celebrate National Pancake Day. The fundraiser aims to raise $3 million to kick off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th anniversary. Visit any IHOP location to participate.

Making Kids Count Christmas tree

Making Kids Count, along with other local businesses, decorated a Christmas tree at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park. Fellows Riverside Gardens is a winter wonderland through Dec. 31. Visit and enjoy the decorated trees and other holiday decorations throughout the Davis Center. On Dec. 9, 16, and 23, families can come for Winter Nights through the gardens, which will be illuminated with lights and luminaries, then warm up in the Davis center with music, hot cocoa, and sugar cookies. Share the joy of the holiday season by bringing a nonperishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Hot dog shop offers full breakfast menu

Rick’s Hot Dog Shoppe in Austintown is now offering a full breakfast menu.

In addition to hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches, the restaurant serves a full breakfast menu, including specialty omelets like Philly cheesesteak and Gyro omelets, sausage and gravy and traditional breakfast foods.

The shop is located on the corner of Mahoning Avenue and Idaho Road, near Fitch High School. The building is the former Red Barn and Jay’s Hot Dogs.

Rick’s is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The location features a dining room with big screen televisions and offers carryout orders. For more information or to order, call Rick’s at 330-953-3441.

Holiday tales and talk for 2s and 3s

The Canfield library will host developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader on Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday fun time for 4s and 5s

The Canfield library will host developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader on Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

P.A.R. food drive

The Professional Alliance of ReSalers (P.A.R.) are sponsoring a holiday food drive from Nov. 14 to Dec. 14 to benefit those in need in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Customers are asked to donate non-perishable items, such as pasta, canned goods, peanut butter, cereal and canned tuna.

Drop off items at one of the following shops: D j Vu D cor (4742 Mahoning Ave, Austintown), Educational Consignment Plus (4950 Mahoning Ave, Austintown), Second Time Around Consignment (4954 Mahoning Ave, Austintown), Penny Pinchers (6826 Market St, Boardman), and Hannah’s Closet (47 W. McKinley Way, Poland).

Adopt an Angel charity

Adopt an Angel has been helping families and animal shelters in the Valley since 2008. They are currently accepting donations of all sorts — anything from clothing, canned goods and newspapers to toiletries. You can arrange for special pick-up (for those with special circumstances only) or donations can be dropped off at any time at the North Lima Business Complex, located at 11836 South Avenue, North Lima.

Donations can be made at any Huntington Bank with all proceeds to benefit 10 local families and six local animal rescues. Call Jaime Hughes at 330-531-1705 or email

Bonding with babies and books

Caregivers and their little ones ages 6 to 23 months can go to the Canfield library on Monday at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

The Canfield library will host developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader on Wednesday, as well as Dec. 26 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fun time for 4s and 5s

The Canfield library will host developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lego my library

Children 6 and up will meet at the Canfield library on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. to enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided.

Tales to tails at library

Sign up to read to a registered therapy dog on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield library, which helps develop reading skills, promotes confidence, and encourages a love of reading. Readers of all levels and abilities are welcome. Bring a book of your choice. Dogs are provided by K-9 for Compassion, registered Delta society therapy dogs. Sign up is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Canfield library. For school-aged children.

Trim a tree in December

Decorate an ornament for the Canfield library’s all-seasons tree during regular hours for the month of December.

Blood pressure check

The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free blood pressure check at the Canfield library on Dec. 18 from 1-3 p.m.

Coupon swap at library

If you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have, the Canfield library will be hosting a coupon swap to stretch your shopping dollars and for learning new tips from other coupon-clippers today at 10 a.m.

Holiday closing for libraries

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 23-25 and Dec. 30-31, Jan. 1.

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