Have lunch with Santa
Austintown Bounce will host Lunch with Santa on Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Admission is $6 and includes a hot dog and drink. Every child receives a free snowglobe. No discounts, passes or coupons will be accepted. Ausintown Bounce is located at 4317 Kirk Road in Austintown. For more information, call 330-793-JUMP.
Learn to Play Program sign ups
The Penguins, Ice Zone and the Phantoms have announced the addition of a second Little Penguins Learn to Play Program. Children interested can sign up at the Ice Zone from Dec. 20 until Jan. 6. The program costs $160 and it includes equipment as well as Saturday on-ice sessions. The 10 week on-ice program starts on Jan. 25 and it is limited to the first 25 skaters who sign up on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact the Ice Zone at 330-965-1423.
Social connections field trip
Adults ages 18-25 are invited to join the Autism Society of Ohio on its seasonal field trip Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Arms Family Museum, located at 648 Wick Ave. The group is invited for dinner, dessert and discussion about managing holiday expectations and stress at Roberto’s Italian Ristorante in Downtown Youngstown following the field trip. Admission is $6 for adults. Preregistration is requested. To register, call 330-743-9184 or e-mail email@example.com. ASO-MV hosts the group for 18-25 year-olds and adults 26 and older starting at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month for field trips or meetings at the Autism Society of Ohio Family Resource Center at the Ohio One Building in Downtown Youngstown. These groups and their activities are appropriate for those verbal men and women with moderate to high-functioning autism. Membership is open and spaces are still available. A small membership fee will be assessed to cover the costs of the program.
Ankle and Foot Care shoe drive continues
Ankle and Foot Care Centers is accepting donations of new and nearly new shoes that will be distributed to local needy families by the Salvation Army.
Shoes can be dropped off at any of the practice’s 21 locations, including Austintown (1450 S. Canfield-Niles Road – Route 46), Boardman (1265 Boardman-Canfield Road or 8175 Market St.), Cornersburg (3507 Canfield Road) and Poland (3262 Center Road – Route 224). Shoes will be accepted through Jan. 3.
Acceptable shoes range from children’s sizes to adult, both men and women, and all types of shoes from athletic to dress to casual. Boots in children’s sizes are especially needed this time of year. For more information, visit www.ankleandfootcare.com.
GA to meet
Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting will be offered Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman and another will be offered Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Cornersburg. Both meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are closed meetings. Only those suffering from gambling addictions are allowed to attend. Meetings usually last from 8:45-9:15 p.m. For more information, call 330-505-5060.
All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for New Year’s Day Jan. 1 and for Martin Luther King Day Jan. 20.
Friends of the library
Join the Boardman library Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. for the Good Books for Young Adults meeting with Dr. Regina Reese of YSU’S College of Education.
Blood pressure screening
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be having a blood pressure screening at the Boardman library Jan. 6 from 12:30-3 p.m.
Reader’s choice book club
Join the Boardman library Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. to discuss “Day of Infamy” by Walter Lord. See what others are reading, share your favorite books, and find out what new ones are being published. Refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.
Book character matching event
Join the Boardman library during regular hours throughout the month of January to match a book character to his or her book. The winner of a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card will be selected by a drawing from the pool of completely correct entries. Contest sheets must be returned to the Boardman library by Jan. 31. This event is for adults.
Learn how to use an eReader
Adults and teens are invited to come to the Boardman library during library hours throughout January or call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman library to make an appointment or register at the librarian’s desk for an individual session to learn how to download books onto an eReader.
Learn the new version of Hotmail
Adults and teens are invited to come to the Boardman library during regular hours throughout January or call the Boardman library at 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman library to make an appointment for an individual session or register at the librarian’s desk to learn the new Outlook version of Hotmail.
Learn about Hoopla and Zinio
Adults and teens are invited to come to the Boardman library during regular hours throughout January to learn how to download free movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman library to make an appointment for an individual session or register at the librarian’s desk.
Learn basic computer skills
Adults and teens are invited to join the Boardman library throughout January to learn basic computer skills. Make an appointment during library hours. Space limited to three, so be the first to sign up. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting at Boardman library
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join the Boardman library Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. to check out the monthly TAB meeting. Help plan and support teen activities at the library and meet new people. Newcomers are always welcome.
Giant dominoes event
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join the Boardman library Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. to arrange the giant dominoes in a pattern. Tap the first domino and watch it fall. Snacks will be provided.
Check into chess
Families are invited to join the Boardman library Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m. to play chess. The library will teach those interested in learning how to play.
Show what you know: hand knitting
Learn how to knit at the Boardman library Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Sign up by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Boardman Library to register for the one hour knitting lesson. Bring a size 10 knitting needle and a ball of four ply in a light color (if making a scarf) or cotton (if making a dish cloth). Program is open to all interested adults and teens.
It’s all about yarn
Bring in your crochet, knitting, plastic canvas or anything with yarn project to the Boardman library Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and learn from one another. Adults and teens are encouraged to bring all unfinished yarn objects.
Sensory story time
Children of all ages are invited to join the Boardman library Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. for family story time with a sensory focus. This program is designed for children with different needs, including those with Autism, speech and language delays, cognitive impairments, AD/HD and other special needs and challenges. There will be books, music and sensory stations with a schedule board and double visuals. Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the specific library.
Let the games begin
The winter Olympics in Russia start Feb. 7. Get a head start at the Boardman library Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. for the winter Olympic games program. For school-age children in grades K-6.
Itsy bitsy puzzle pieces
Children of all ages are invited to join the Boardman library during library hours throughout January to mix and match puzzle pieces to make a picture frame or collage.
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Boardman library every Wednesday in January at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your children, ages 2-3, become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fun time for 4s and 5s
Join the Boardman library every Tuesday in January at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books,songs, rhymes, finger play and other activities that will help your children, ages 4-5, become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones, ages 6-23 months, are invited to the Boardman library Jan, 4, 10, 18 and 24 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.
A ship to remember
The whole family is invited to join local historian Paul Rohrbaugh at the Boardman library Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. for “A Ship to Remember: the Centennial of the RMS Titanic’s Maiden Voyage and Sinking.” Learn what is myth and what is history in the legend of this tragic sailing. No reservations are needed.
Gambler Anonymous to meet
Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A meeting will be Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive, and another will be Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Cornersburg. Both meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are closed meetings - only those suffering from gambling addictions are allowed to attend. Meetings usually last from 8:45-9:15 p.m. For more information, call 330-505-5060.
YSU students contribute to animal charity
A group of YSU students, comprised of Scott Mozingo, Brad-Michael Sampson, Jeremy Nation, Lichun Qiao and Garrett McIntyre, recently spent time volunteering with Youngstown Animal Charity Humane Society, where they learned that the charity, which runs entirely off of donations, is in need of assistance from the community. To contribute, go to 4140 Market Street in Boardman and purchase shirts, bumper stickers and key chains or donate old blankets, newspapers, animal food and more. For more information, contact Animal Charity at 330-788-1064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter garden conservatory will be Dec. 7 - Jan. 5
The D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens will be showcasing holiday color and festivities with floral displays and decorated trees in a special built conservatory starting Dec. 7 through Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Children can walk through the greenhouse and take a plant home. The Davis Center is closed on Mondays except Dec. 30 and Wednesdays, Dec. 25. and Jan. 1.
Winter nights dinners
The Garden Cafe will be offering its Prix Fixe Dinner again this year Dec. 22 and 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. by registration only. A holiday dinner will be provided after viewing the garden lights. To make a reservation or for more information, call 330-740-7074.
Children ages 3-5 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 19 from 1-2 p.m. or Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. until noon to learn about how the sun warms the earth and makes plants grow. A sunny snack, story and sunshine art will be provided. Registration is required. There is a $6 fee; FFRG member $4. An adult must accompany each child. Only bring the participating children.
Let’s be friends
This exhibit in the Melnick museum, runs throughout December to celebrate the 25 anniversary of the Friends of Fellow Riverside Gardens.
Nature’s holiday style
Children ages 6-12 are invited to Birch Hill Cabin on Dec. 21 from 10-11:30 a.m to create gifts, decorations and wrappings using natural materials. Pre-register at Ford Nature Center by Dec. 16. There is a $7 fee; $10 if unregistered. An adult must accompany each child. Only bring the participating children.
Natural holiday decorations
Children ages 6-11 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. to decorate a holiday Norfolk Island pine tree with pine cones and berries and make ornaments from natural materials. Registration is required. There is a $15 fee; FFRG members $12. An adult must accompany each child. Only bring the participating children.
Glass by James Michael
Join Ohio artist James Michael and his students Nov. 15 through Jan. 12 in Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens as they assimilate a variety of metals and alloys into clear and colored glass to produce freeform sculptures. Entrapped air bubbles produce abstract forms within the glass.
It’s a winter
Celebrate the arrival of winter Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. with a hike through the rocks. Meet at Bears Den Cabin. Participants are invited to the Ford Nature Center after the hike for hot chocolate. Tricky footing on rocks. The hike has a moderate rating of three miles.
Meet at Newport Wetlands Dec. 29 at 1:30 p,m, for the final hike of 2013. Burn up to 1,000 calories. The hike has a moderate-difficult rating of five miles.
Winter solstice hike
Meet at Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. for a moderate hike of 1-2 miles.
What’s all the Hoopla?
Would you like to learn how to download free movies, TV shows,music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices? Register at the Boardman Librarian’s desk or call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman Library to make an appointment throughout December for an individual session. Adults and teens.
What have they done to Hotmail?
Confused about how to use the new Outlook version of Hotmail? Register at the Boardman Librarian’s desk or call 330-744-8636 throughout December and ask for Boardman Library to make an appointment for an individual session.
Apps for eReaders
Need help downloading library books to your eReader? Register at the Boardman Librarian’s desk throughout December or call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman Library to make an appointment for an individual session.
Basic computer training
Come to the Boardman library during library hours throughout December to learn basic computer skills.Register at the Boardman librarian’s desk or call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman library to make an appointment for an individual session.
Blood drive to be Dec. 26
Proudly serving the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. Taking blood donations Dec. 26 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. to help the community. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Babies and books set at library
Babies ages 6 to 23 months can join the Boardman library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader Dec. 7, 13, 21 and 27 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Non-profit organizations can now sell admission buttons
First Night Youngstown is the premier New Year’s Eve event in downtown Youngstown. To be admitted into First Night entertainment venues during this New Year’s Eve event, attendees must purchase an admission button. Area non-profit organizations may sell admission buttons and keep a portion of the proceeds. The more the organization sells, the more it earns.
Organizations may begin selling now, and through Dec. 21. For more information, email email@example.com or call 330-744-9966.
BSTN is now on Armstrong Channel 204
Armstrong Cable has moved the Boardman School Television Network station to Channel 204.
BSTN TV provides informational programing about the Boardman community, concerts, organizational events, its government and special features to the Mahoning Valley. Armstrong Cable customers have been able to view this station on Armstrong Cable Channel 19, however, it has recently been moved to Channel 204.
According to Armstrong Cable the move has been made as part of their switch from analog to digital programming which provides faster service.