Poland Community Briefs

Junior Women’s League open house

The Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League is having a new membership open house with a ladies social get together on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Glenellen, located at 9661 Market St. in Boardman.

The Junior Women’s League is social service organization and the club affords women the opportunity to get together and make friends while volunteering their time to benefit worthwhile causes.

Women interested in joining or receiving more information can contact membership Chairperson Yvonne Ford at 330-718-2013 or 330-755-6828.

New Chinese course offered at Mooney

Cardinal Mooney High School is adding a Chinese language course to its course offerings. Principal John Young noted that the course “reflects the growing inter-relationship between the Chinese and American economies. We were alerted to the need for the course by alumni and parents who have traveled to China on business.”

The courses will be taught by Lauren Mangino, who is a retired teacher from the Warren City Schools. Mangino has traveled in China and taught Chinese courses at Warren Harding.

An informational meeting for parents and students interested in the course has been scheduled for Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Mooney. Details about the course offering and requirements will be discussed at that time.

Baby brilliant set at library

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6 to 23 months. The Poland library will host 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Jan. 16, 23, and 30. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Local church hosts puppet party

Poland Presbyterian Church is hosting the Sadecky Puppets at its Pioneer Club’s Puppets Party Jan. 11 from 4-5:30 p.m. Themes addressed in the puppet show include bullying, respect and caring. The show is free.

Fun for 4s and 5s at library

The Poland 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 Tuesday, as well as Jan. 15, 22, and 29 at 1 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Yellow Creek Park concert series

Get out of the cold and enjoy the first concert of the year at Yellow Creek Lodge in Struthers on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Lego my library is Jan. 22

Children, age 6 and up, will meet at the Poland library from 6-7 p.m. on Jan. 22 and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. For school-age children.

Tales for toddlers set in January

Join the Poland library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader at 10 and 11 a.m. on Thursday and Jan. 17, 24, and 31. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library hosts Pajama Jam

The Poland library will host sleepy-time fun for the family on Jan. 28 from 6:30-7 p.m. Put on your PJs and bring out the whole family for stories and more fun.

Trim a tree for January

Decorate an ornament for the Poland library’s all-seasons tree during regular hours throughout the month of January. For children of all ages.

Library hosts ‘Appy hour’ for teenagers

If your teen is asking “What’s an app?” or “What apps are right for me?” attend the Poland library’s “Appy hour” event from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Jan 25 and learn all about popular apps for smart phones and mobile devices. See a variety of apps that will make your life easier and more fun. For teens in grades 7-12.

Connect with your eReader

Bring your eReader to the Poland library from 10-11 today or at 6 p.m. on Monday and the librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the’s Digital Catalog on their website. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.

Friends of the Library won’t meet in January

Friends of the Poland Library will not meet in January. The next regular meeting is in Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.

Book discussion to focus on “The Charge”

The Poland library will host a book discussion facilitated by Greg Smith and sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC at 8 a.m. Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29. All sessions are open to the public. Attendees wanting more information can contact the Library’s Development Department at 330-740-6086.

‘Appy hour’ set for adults

Learn all about popular apps for smart phones and mobile devices at the Poland library on Jan. 15 from 6-7 p.m. See a variety of apps that will help you connect to your library, find a good place to eat, keep you entertained in a long grocery line, find a great new recipe, or find great music to listen to on your walk. Registration is recommended; call 330-744-8636, and ask for Poland. This program is for adults.

Holiday closings for libraries

All libraries in the Public of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Poland church hosts Alzheimer’s workshop

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter will be offering two educational workshops on Jan. 8 and 22 at Poland United Methodist Church, 1940 Boardman-Poland Road, Both programs will begin at 6:30 p.m.

In the Jan. 8 program, The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, attendees will learn the basics of Alzheimer’s and how it may differ from other types of dementia or memory loss conditions. Additional topics covered will include risk factors, diagnosis, stages of the disease and treatments.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers, on Jan. 22, is a one-hour program that will define common symptoms of dementia and communication techniques for caregivers. Those attending will learn about access to services and how to maintain good health as a caregiver. Both programs are free and those interested may attend either or both programs. To register, interested individuals should call Poland United Methodist Church at 330-757-1553.

Poland hosts financial aid workshop

Poland High School will host a financial aid workshop Monday at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. This workshop is geared toward parents of graduating seniors and is intended to answer the many questions concerning the financial aid process.

Specific topics to be addressed are types of financial aid, how the financial aid process works, completing the FAFSA and alternative funding sources for higher education. Speakers at the workshop will be Gina McHenry from YSU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship, along with Poland High School’s Guidance Counselors Rob Sainato and Judy Volosin.

Breakfast botany is Jan. 25

Start your morning on Jan. 25 from 8:30-10 a.m. with a brisk garden walk in the frosty air. Return to the Garden Caf for a light breakfast and learn about spruce trees. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The fee is $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents,

Piloxing in the park in January

This unique program, instructed by Angela Lubonovich, mixes Pilates and boxing into a fat-blasting and muscle-toning workout guaranteed to whip you into shape. Bring a mat and water. Classes are held at Pioneer Pavilion Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 6-7 p.m. Call REC to register; the fee is $10 per session.

Do Pilates in the park

Increase your understanding of various Pilate’s concepts and movements with instructor Angela Lubonovich Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Classes held at Pioneer Pavilion. Bring a mat and water. Call REC to register; the fee is $32 all four sessions or $10 per session.

Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens

Join Marina Perdos in the mornings (9:30-11 a.m.) and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings (5:30-7 p.m.) for a blend of energizing yoga styles that will help you keep a healthy outlook Tuesdays and Thursdays in January. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. There is a $10 fee per class. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information.

T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens

Ease stress, improve health, and increase vitality Wednesdays in January from noon until 1 p.m. Join Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. There is a $10 fee per class.

Workout boot camp is Jan. 12

Kick start your workout with a jam-packed hour of head-to-toe fitness on Jan. 12 from 10-11 a.m. This functional boot camp will consist of drills that benefit the beginner exerciser to the advanced athlete. The class is instructed by JoAnne Maloney and will take place at Yellow Creek Lodge. Call REC to register; the fee is $10.

Yoga basics on Sundays

Feel comfortable in a class for everyone Sundays from Jan. 20-March 10 from 9-10:30 a.m. while you learn the basics taught by Karres Cvetkovich. The fee is $80 for eight weeks or $75 if registered by Jan. 12. Gift Certificates are available. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register.

Resolution and roundtable

If your New Year’s resolution is to get more exercise, join Mill Creek Park’s first walk of the new year on Jan. 6 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Afterward, sit down with Bill Whitehouse for a potpourri discussion about nature- and park-related topics from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Attend one or both. Meet at Birch Hill Cabin. This hike has a moderate rating and is 2 miles long.

Winter farmscape set at Mill Creek Park

Hike at Mill Creek Park and explore what winter has brought to the diverse habitats along the Mindy Henning Memorial Trail. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. This hike has a moderate rating for unpaved trails and is 2 miles long.

See shades of winter at the gorge

Find out how many colors Mother Nature displays in the dead of winter as you search the Gorge area for matches to the shades in a big box of Crayolas. Meet at the Lanterman’s Mill parking lot on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. This hike has a moderate rating for possible icy trails and it will span 2 miles.

Learn about ice making

During the early 1900s, the Youngstown Ice Company harvested ice for commercial use from Mill Creek and the Mahoning River. Look back at the ice harvesting industry and then take a walk to see what remains of the Youngstown Ice Company’s heyday at Mill Creek Park Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Those interested can then continue with a hike around Lake Glacier. Meet at the Davis Center. This hike is a moderate rating with hills and steps and will span 1/4 or 3 miles.

Health and wellness walks in Mill Creek

Meet at the Mill Creek golf course overflow parking lot on Jan. 9 or the MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. to hike for the health of it and experience the many benefits of walking. The Jan. 9 hike has an easy rating and will be 1 or 3 miles and the Jan. 23 hike has a moderate rating and will be 2 or 4 miles.

Loose Knit Group meets in January

All hands helping to “Warm Up America,” are welcome at the Loose Knit Group Jan. 4 and 18 from 10 a.m. until noon, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for more information.

Do yoga with MetroMutts dogs

Mill Creek Park will be hosting yoga with your dog Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. All levels are welcome, including those who have never practiced yoga. Dress comfortably, bring a mat and water for yourself and treats for your dog. Class will be conducted by Maureen Lauer-Gatta, owner of The Yoga Room in Warren, Ohio. Classes will be at Pioneer Pavilion. The cost for MetroMutts members is $5 and $10 for non-members.

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley

Ford Nature Center’s staff will tell you all about nonsense nature on Jan. 22. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meet at MetroParks Farm.

Potting paperwhites

Children ages 3 – 5 will learn about flower bulbs and plant pots of cheery paperwhites to take home Jan. 8 from 1-2 p.m. and Jan. 19 from 11 until noon. A snack and story will add to the fun. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The fee is $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents.

Tales for twos: winter edition

Two-year-olds are invited to bundle up and enjoy the sights and fun of winter at Mill Creek Park Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. Create a craft for the birds then take a short walk. Preregister at Ford Nature Center. The fee is $2 for residentas and $3 for non-residents.

Gone trackin’ for wild animals

This event is for children ages 3-5. Learn what wild animals are out and about during the winter at Mill Creek Park on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. or Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. Investigate their tracks and other signs through a story, activities, and outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather and preregister at Ford Nature Center. The fee is $2 for residents and $3 for non-residents.

Make good luck bean wreaths

It has been said that beans will bring good luck in the New Year. Children ages 6 and older can bring good fortune to their homes by making a colorful wreath of different kinds of dried beans at Mill Creek Park on Jan. 19 from 1:30-3 p.m. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The fee is $9 for residents and $12 for non-residents.

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.

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. to 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.

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