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.
Gamblers 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 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.
Ankle and Foot Care Centers’ 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
YSU students place in midwest regional tournament
Youngstown State University students beat out teams from schools throughout the midwest to place first and second in the Midwest Regional Tournament of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association. Matt Stevens and Andrik Massaro, both of Canfield, are Political Science majors who participated in the event. The regional competition at the College of Wooster included teams from universities throughout the midwest, including the University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve University. At the competition, students simulate presenting legal arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Anthony Stratis graduates
Anthony Stratis of Canfield will graduate from the University of Akron with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. Stratis was the recipient of the Ray C. Bliss scholarship and was on the Dean’s List several times. Stratis will be attending the Ray Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron in pursuit of a Masters degree this January.
Harmon named to first-team
Senior Matthew Harmon of Canfield has been named to the 2013 D3football.com All-North Region first-team. Harmon had his finest season as a collegian and was a first-team All-OAC pick. The four-year starter led the OAC in punting with a 41.6-yard average in 45 attempts and had a 39.5-yard net average and dropped 22-of-his-45 punts inside the opposition’s 20-yard line. His 41.6-yard average ranked eighth in Division III. Harmon also earned OAC Special Teams Player of the Week versus Muskingum University. The Yellow Jackets finished 6-4 overall in 2013 and had their 44th winning season (plus one .500 season).
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.
Traveler’s Christmas Eve to be Dec. 22
Western Reserve United Methodist Church, located at 4580 Canfield Road will be hosting its second annual Traveler’s Christmas Eve service on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. The service is designed to help those who have a busy family schedule on Christmas Eve and are unable to attend church. Candles, carols and communion will be a part of service. For more information, call the church at 330-792-5805.
Memories of Christmas Past
Memories of Christmas Past opens Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 5. Admission for the exhibit is $6 for adults, $5 for Senior Citizens and $4 for Children ages 3-18 (under 3 free). Hours for the museum are Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. and Thursdays 1-8 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Proceeds from the event help fund the educational and exhibit programs sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Sponsors of the event include the Anne Kilcawley Christman Foundation, The Frank and Pearl E. Gelbman Foundation, Charlotte Gelhaar, WFMJ, The Youngstown Vindicator, Denise DeBartolo York, Fred Martin Ford, Packer Thomas, Virginia Dineen, CR Electric, YPS Integrated Systems and V&D Painting.
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 in the gardens
Fellows Riverside Gardens will have extended evening hours Dec, 15, 22 and 29 from 5-7 p.m. for the festivities of Winter Celebration. There will be cookies, hot cocoa and entertainment. Support the Second Harvest Food Bank with a donation of a non-perishable food item.
Winter nights dinners
The Garden Cafe will be offering its Prix Fixe Dinner again this year Dec. 15, 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.
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.
Let’s be friends
This exhibit in the Melnick museum, runs throughout December 2013 to celebrate the 25 anniversary of the Friends of Fellow Riverside Gardens
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.
Name that holiday tune
Stop by the Canfield library during library hours throughout December and see how well you know your holiday songs by naming the song that the lyric is from. If you get all of them right, you could win a prize! For teens in grades 7-12.
Holiday movie match
Children of all ages are invited to join the Canfield library throughout December during library hours to match the character to the holiday film for a chance to win a prize.
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.
Arms Museum plans Christmas program
Plans for this year’s Memories of Christmas Past are underway at the Arms Family Museum. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is looking to the Valley community for some help with this year’s display.
Highlights this year will be on local Valley traditions and will include family heirlooms, nativity collections, handmade cigar box doll houses and a large collection from John Garver, inventor of the locally produced Plakie twirler ornaments. The society is looking for Christmas items related to downtown department stores. McKelveys, McCrorys, Higbees, Strouss-Hirshberg or any other downtown establishment are desirable. Items will be displayed on a short-term loan basis and will be returned to the owner after the exhibit closes in January.
Email a description and picture of items to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Historical Society with any questions at 330-743-2589. Memories of Christmas Past opens on Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 5, 2014. Visit www.mahoninghistory.org for more details.