Holiday Open House
Join the staff of Poland Veterinary Centre on Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m. to benefit Second Chance Animal Rescue and Friends of Fido. Bring unused cat and dog toys, Milkbone dog treats, paper towels, sturdy trash bags, laundry soap (without bleach), white vinegar, Dawn dish soap, new large litter boxes, Acana cat food, dog beds or gently-used blankets and towels. Cash donations will also be gladly accepted. For your donation, receive a free picture of your dog or cat with Santa. Photos will be available to pick up in the office on Dec. 9, or the file can be e-mailed. After your pet’s photo, enjoy snacks and refreshments, tour the hospital, create a special paw imprint ornament and holiday bandana and learn about preventative dental care (and take home some goodies) from the technicians.
Friends and relatives are also invited to bring their well-socialized pets. Be sure to keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier for its safety.
Quilt group to meet Nov. 19
That Quilt Group I Belong To will host its November meeting on Nov. 19 at Fair Park in Canfield. Doors will be open from 1-5 p.m. for those who wish to work on charity quilts. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The “make and take” project this month is an appliqu ed angel designed from the Dresden plate pattern. Kits are $8. To sign up, call Ginger at 330-702-0532. That Quilt Group I Belong To Is open to all quilters in the Mahoning Valley, including all skill levels. For membership information, call president Ginger Mangie at 330-702-0532.
Newcomers Club meeting to be Nov. 12
The November meeting of the Newcomers Club of Canfield will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. The evening will include a wine tasting and holiday decoration ideas for your home. Attendees are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Call Diane at 330-758-2139 to RSVP, and for location and directions.
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. For information about meeting times and locations, contact NewcomersCanfield@gmail.com or Tina Holland at 330-533-1161.
Monday Night Writers to meet Nov. 18
Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend the next meeting of Monday Night Writers, to be Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield. The event will be led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie. The two-hour sessions include a mix of writing exercises, information on the creative and business aspects of writing, and group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’
The fee is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, contact Nancy Christie at 330-793-3675 or at email@example.com.
Babyak to speak at International Torch Clubs dinner
Carole Babyak will be the guest speaker at the Youngstown Chapter of International Torch Clubs dinner and discussion meeting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 18 in Kilcawley Center, Bresnahan Rooms I and II, on the campus of Youngstown State University. The title of Babyak’s talk is “Finding My Civil War Ancestors” and she will read chapters from her upcoming novel about a Southern Civil War soldier. The public is invited to attend. Dinner for non-members is $20. Call 33-)757-4148 for reservations. For club information, call 330-792-7351.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child, a function of Samaritan’s Purse, is busy collecting shoebox gifts to send to hurting children around the world, most of them have never received a gift in their lives. Everyone is invited to help, all you need is a heart for children.
If you or your group are interested in helping and want more information, contact Sandy at 330-565-8057 or Nancy at 330-565-4221. If you are familiar with Operation Christmas Child and you are looking for a ‘Relay Center’ (drop off area), this year National Collection week is Nov. 18-25 and Tabernacle EPC, located at 2432 South Raccoon Road. The Hours of Operation are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. and Nov 25. (last day) from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Give them a call or visit www.samaritanspurse.org to find out how to help a needy child.
Women’s association to meet Nov. 13
The Tri-gold Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet Nov. 13 at A La Cart Catering, located at 429 Lisbon St. in Canfield. A social will begin at 5:30 p.m, with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $19 per person and will cover a dinner of baked ham, roast beef, eggplant parmesan, scalloped potato’s, peas and carrots and tossed salad, as well as rolls and butter, coffee or tea and a dessert of cherries in the snow. For reservations, call 330-533-8730 or 330-757-9368. Guests are welcome with reservations to the numbers listed.
Local doctor to present memory lecture
Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. will be presenting a free seminar titled, “Reversing Memory Loss” on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center located in South Bridge West (behind Second Sole) at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3. Join the doctor for an informative seminar on proven methods to improve and keep your memory. He will discuss factors related to deteriorating memory as we age, along with discussing natural methods to improve your memory. To register, call 330-729-1350 or register online at OhioND.com. Free is admission, but RSVP is required.
Poland lights up village
For the fifth consecutive year, the Village of Poland will celebrate the Christmas season with the Lighting of the Village Celebration on Dec. 7. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and features holiday carols, cookies and cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa’s arrival in Poland and the lighting of the village Christmas tree and decorations. The evening will end when every child has had a chance to talk to Santa.
The lighting of the village celebration is free and open to the public, and is run solely on donations from generous businesses and individuals. Donations are welcome and can be mailed to the Poland Junior Women’s Club in care of Carolyn Fender, 8651 Hilltop Drive Poland, OH 44514. For more information, or to volunteer, call 330-716-1705.
Spaghetti dinner benefit to be Nov. 17 The Jack Aey Cancer Benefit Fund Raiser Spaghetti Dinner and Chinese Auction will be Nov. 17 from 12-4 p.m. at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, located at 4580 Canfield Road (Route 62) in Canfield. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $6 for youth, ages 6 and younger. Takeout will be available. Donations can be made at Home Savings - Joyce Aey, with a memo to Jack Aey Benefit.
AWBA to celebrate 51 years
The 51st Anniversary Celebration of the Mill Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Rachel’s, located at 54 Westchester Drive in Austintown. A buffet dinner featuring caesar salad, lasagna, chicken francaise and dessert will be served. Entertainment will be provided by The Austintown Fitch High School Show Choir. Members, please note that standing reservations do apply to this meeting. Guests are welcome to come and learn about the opportunities for professional growth and community service that the chapter has afforded to members since it was chartered in 1962. The cost is $21 per person and reservations may be made through Nov. 5 by calling Jackie Prologo of the anniversary committee at 330-538-2596, Bonnie Pannunzio at 330-793-2437, or Kathy Novak at 330-746-7704.
Boardman Park to host mother/son date night
Boardman Park will be hosting its Mom and Son Date “Knight” on Nov. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Lariccia Family Community Center.
Come celebrate an evening with your little man making memories; eating, dancing, making crafts and posing for a professional photo as a keepsake of this fun night with mommy’s little Knight. Also, moms, don’t forget to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities.
The boys (ages 3-8) are welcome to dress as their favorite hero, knight/Batman/Star Wars/super hero or just nice dress attire.
Tickets will be on sale at the park office beginning Oct. 22, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Cost is $15 per couple, $5 per additional child for residents and $18 per couple, $5 per additional child for non residents. No walk-in reservations will be accepted.
Prince and Prince party fundraiser to be Nov. 16
Princesses and princes from preschool to third grade are invited to dress up as their favorite Disney princess or prince and join the fun on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m at the Poland library. Parents are invited to bring their camera and smart phone for photo opportunities. Refreshments will be served, compliments of the Friends of PLYMC. Admission is $10 per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult; the adult is admitted free. Admission includes a free voucher to the “Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic” presentation at the Covelli Centre. The first 100 reservations will be accepted. For reservations, call the Development Office at 330-740-6086. Additionally, the library is also sponsoring a contest to win tickets. Stop in a library near you between Nov. 16 - Dec. 4 to register to win a family four-pack of tickets to the show.
Society to discuss birds
The Audubon Society-Mahoning Valley will host a meeting on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. “Birds in Flight” is our local licensed bird rehabilitation center. Director Heather Merritt will share what it takes to bring birds back to good health after they have an accident. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 1.888.846.8851. Held at MetroParks Farm.
Mad moon hike set
The Mad Moon hike will be Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. We’ll hope the nearly full moon will light our way to the Keystone State and back. Meet at Stavitch Bicycle Trail on East Liberty Street in Lowellville.
Moderate rating, 4 miles.
Birding the sanctuary
Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead this walk on Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. The hike will be at the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, a 264-acre park district property closed to the public. Because of parking limitations, reservations must be made by calling Ford Nature Center by 5 p.m., Nov. 15. No walk-ins will be permitted.
Hike ten on the tenth
The Mill Creek Metro Parks invites you to take participate in a 10-mile challenge on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
A to Z hike to be Nov. 24
Join the Mill Creek Metro Parks on an alphabet hike through the Mill Creek Gorge on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. During the hike, hunt for natural items that go from A to Z. Meet at Lanterman’s Mill. Moderate rating, two miles.
Health and wellness walks set
The Metro Parks will host a health and wellness walk beginning at 9 a.m. The walk will be Nov. 20, meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at Kirk Road. Moderate rating, two or four miles.
Learn yoga basics
Feel comfortable in a class meant for everybody while you learn the basics of yoga taught by Karres Cvetkovich every Sunday in November from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Experience the release of mental and physical tensions that act as powerful barriers to enjoying life. Cost is $10 per class.
Practice Yoga at the park
Yoga will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday in November from 9:30-11 a.m. and from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Classes are outdoors weather permitting. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Cost is $10 per class; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.
Take T’ai Chi
T’ai Chi Step One will be offered every Wednesday in November from noon to 1 p.m. Ease stress, improve health and increase vitality. 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. The cost is $10 per class; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.
Participate in Pilates
Pilates basics will be taught every Monday in November from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment and breathing with fitness trainer Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Cost $10 per sessio; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.
Sculpt with Pilates
Pilates Sculpt will be offered every Wednesday in November from 6-7 p.m. Join trainer Angela Lubonovich in using light hand weights to tone the body with emphasis on core strength and control. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Bring a mat, water (and two number weights if you have them). Cost is $10 per session; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.
Learn to make apple dumplings
Children, ages 6-11, are invited to warm up their autumn with apple dumplings on Nov. 23 from 1:30-3 p.m. Enjoy learning how to make your own apple dumpling, sample dumplings already made, and hear stories about apples throughout history. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Cost is $12, FFRG member $10.
Bountiful Harvest to be Nov. 21, 23
Fellows Riverside Gardens will host Bountiful Harvest Nov. 21 from 1-2 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. until noon. Preschoolers, ages 3-5, will Learn about a few of the vegetables and fruits harvested and eaten at the first Thanksgiving and create a cornucopia using some of these foods. Students will also enjoy a snack and story. Cost is $8, FFRG members $6.
Children’s Nature Hour set
Children’s Nature Hour: Scat? What’s That? will be Nov. 15 and 16 at 10 a.m. Everything, including animal droppings, has a place in nature. Children ages 3-6 will have fun learning about this silly subject. Pre-registration/payment required at Ford Nature Center. Cost is $2 for residents, $3 for non-residents.
Savor botanical delights
Botanical delights: Elderberries will be Nov. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Elderberry, named the 2013 herb of the year, is a versatile culinary and medicinal plant. Enjoy learning the history and folklore surrounding the Elder Tree, savor elderberry delights, and make and take home some immune supporting elderberry syrup. Cost is $16 (FFRG members $12). Experience breakfast botany
Breakfast Botany: Arborvitae will be Nov. 22 at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Start your morning with a brisk walk to see plants growing in the Gardens. Return to the Garden Caf to enjoy a light breakfast and hear interesting facts about trees. Cost is $9 (FFRG member $7).
MetroMutts presentation to be Nov. 17
MetroMutts: Keeping Harmony in a Household with Children and Dogs will be Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. The program is presented by The Learning Dog. Teaching our dogs boundaries around children and teaching children to respect a dog’s space is the key to keeping the peace. Whether it is a new baby on the way or introducing a new dog into a household with children, this seminar will cover all aspects of introductions and maintaining a happy household. Held at Pioneer Pavilion. Please leave your dog sleeping peacefully at home.
Cost is MetroMutts members free; not-yet-members $5.
MetroMutts Hike set
Bring your canine companion for this hike along High Drive Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.. Meet at Scholl Pavilion.
Join a loose knit group
Enjoy the lovely view from the Antonucci Library as you help to “Warm Up America” with other crafters making projects to donate to local hospitals Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. until noon. All helping hands are welcome, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated at any time. Registration is not necessary. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens.
Enjoy olde fashioned Christmas at the Mill
Bring the family to Lanterman’s Mill for this holiday tradition Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Be entertained by musicians and other fine performers. Watch as artisans such as a potter, tinsmith and woodcarver demonstrate their crafts. Have a taste of roasted chestnuts, a visit with Santa, and the sight of the Mill festively dressed in fresh greenery and ribbons. If you wish to share the holiday spirit with others, bring a hat, scarf, or mittens to decorate a “Giving Tree” for children in need this winter. Call Ford Nature Center for details.
Shop in the holiday open house
The Shop In the Gardens offers unique finds and gifts for that special someone on your holiday list. You will find gorgeous accessories and d cor for yourself and your home. All holiday items are discounted 20 percent during the holiday open house Nov. 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Dr. DiDomenico speaks at lecture
Dr. Lawrence A. DiDomenico, managing partner of Ankle and Foot Care Centers, was invited to lecture at an orthopedic international foot surgeon’s conference Sept. 13-14.
The event, the 20th Lubecker Seminar for practice in foot surgery, was offered in Lubeck, Germany.
Dr. DiDomenico spoke on Diabetic limb salvage, Charcot joint arthropathy and the Lapidus bunionectomy. The Lapidus bunionectomy is a procedure used to treat bunions, one of the most common sources of foot pain. Bunions occur when the big toe angles in toward the other toes, causing enlargement of the metatarsophalangeal joint. Restrictive shoes, arthritis and constant pressure inside the joint cause pain for bunion sufferers and may necessitate corrective surgery.
Sandwich sale supports cancer patient
Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2985 Center Road, Poland, will hold a sausage sandwich sale to support a member who is undergoing chemotherapy. The fall fundraiser is scheduled for Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until sandwiches are sold out. A suggested donation of $6 provides a sandwich, chips, and a can of pop. Cheese is 50 cents extra. All sales are drive through only - no pre-sale.
Mahoning County chapter of Thrivent Financial is sponsoring this event. For more information contact pastor Julianne Smith at 330-757-3272.
Blanket drive to begin Nov. 1
The Poland Lions Club is sponsoring a Blanket of Kindness Drive from Nov. 1-17. They are collecting new and gently used washable blankets and comforters in all sizes for children and families in need. Donation sites are Friendly’s Restaurant, Poland United Methodist Church, Poland Home Savings and Loan, Poland Walgreens and Poland Union Elementary School. Monetary donations can be mailed to The Poland Lions Blanket Drive, P.O. Box 5424 Poland, Ohio 44514.
Library to close for the holidays
All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, and Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.
Author to sign books at library
Meet Les Cochran, author of the novel “Signature Affair,” will visit the Poland Library on Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. The former president of YSU will be selling his book and signing copies. Sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC.
Author to present
Author Allan May will present at the Poland library on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. May is the author of “Crimetown, USA” and “The Jungle Inn,” chronicles of mafia activity in the Mahoning Valley. He will discuss “Crimetown, USA” and do a book-signing. The Friends of PLYMC will meet. For adults.
Learn about databases
Join Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, to learn about databases to assist you in making your personal finance choices on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Poland library. Featured databases are Business Insights: Global, Morningstar Investment Research Center, and Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage. WI-FI access allows you to bring your device to research these powerful sources of reference. For adults.
Screen your blood pressure
Easter Seals Private Duty Blood Pressure Screening - Providing free health assessments at the Poland library on Nov. 26 from 1-4 p.m. A nurse will be available for blood pressure screenings, pulse, oxygen saturation and weight. Easter Seals Private Duty is offering this service thanks to a grant to provide assessments to seniors in Mahoning County aged 60 plus, but participation will not be limited to seniors at the library.
Give blood at the library
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive at the Poland library on Nov. 27 from 12:30-6:30 p.m.
Show what you know
The Poland library will host Show What You Know: Machine Knitting on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Adults and teens are invited to a machine knitting class to make and embellish a snowman toy or ornament. The snowman will be on display during the month of November. Class is one hour in the children’s room at the Poland library. Reserve your spot by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland Library.
Catching fire at the library
The Poland library will be celebrating the movie release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. There will be games, crafts, food, prizes and more. For teens in grades 7-12.
Make rainbow loom bracelets
Children in grades 4 and up, are invited to the Rainbow Loom craft program on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library. Rainbow Loom bracelets are fun, unique and great to give away as presents. Each session is limited to the first 12 tweens and teens who sign up. Beginners will be walked through the single pattern bracelet, but templates will be provided for loomers with more experience. Warning: Rainbow Loom Kits contain small rubber bands and sharp points. To register, call 330-744-8636 or sign up online at http://www.libraryvisit.org/programs.aspx. Program available to kids in fourth grade and up only.
Holiday pajama jam set
The Poland library will host Pajama Jam: Sleepy-Time Fun for the Family on Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Put on your pajamas and bring out the whole family for stories and fun.
Lego my library on Tuesday
Children, age 6 and up, can create Lego designs at the Poland library on Nov. 19 from 6-7 p.m. Legos will be provided.
Babies and books set at library
Babies ages 6-23 months can join the Poland library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader every Wednesday in November at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tales for toddlers set for Thursday
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 every Thursday in November at 10 and 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Library hosts Fun for 4s and 5s
Join the Poland library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader every Tuesday in November at 1 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
MCCTC students open salon
Cosmetology students at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center opened The Salon at MCCTC to the public. Salon hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8:15-10:30 a.m. Appointments are recommended. The cosmetology students will offer haircuts, styling, perms, hair color, manicures and hair removal. All services are performed by students under the supervision of their instructor and prices start at just $5. New to the salon this year is a retail space with Paul Mitchell product, shellac manicures and a redesigned salon space.
To make an appointment, call Cosmetology Instructor Lisa Argiro at 330-729-4000, ext. 1310.
Poland Players to present comedy
The Poland Players will present “Get Bill Shakespeare off the Stage,” a comedy by Joseph Robinette on Nov. 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. in the Poland Seminary High School auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults. For ticket information call 330-757-7018, ext. 0.
Caring family portrait sessions offered
Autism Society of Ohio and Mill Creek MetroParks are excited to offer a caring, patient family portrait session for families with disabilities thanks to the generous offer of Positive Light Photography
The 20-minute per family session will take place outdoors weather permitting, but a seasonal indoor session will be set up in case of inclement weather.
Reservations will be taken for the three 20-minute slots per hour. The barns will be open and complimentary hayrides will be offered to participants.
Families will receive a free sitting and a best choice 5x7 to be mailed to them within two weeks.
For $10, they will be mailed not only their photo, but a disc of all the professional-level photos taken during their session allowing for personal use and reproduction of your choice.
Space is limited. To reserve your spot, call 330-501-7553
Retire old flags
During the month of October, Shepherd of the Valley – Poland is taking in tired, torn and faded American flags that need to be retired.
Most flags are not retired and burned with the ceremony they deserve. Some are burned in a barrel; some in a pile on the ground; others are cremated at a funeral home. Shepherd of the Valley wants to change this.
Flags can be dropped off at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland (301 W. Western Reserve Road) between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. All flags collected will be delivered to a local veteran’s group for proper disposal.
For more information, contact Elida Cowles, LPN, Marketing/Admissions Director, Shepherd of the Valley at 330-726-7110, ext. 0, or ECowles@ShepherdoftheValley.com.
New restaurant to open
The Shops at Boardman Park will be soon be offering a new and fun option in dining to the Boardman area: DiBella’s Old Fashioned Subs.
DiBella’s will be located next to Quaker Steak and Lube, and offer old-fashioned quality and value in their dining experience. They provide a unique casual atmosphere, reminiscent of a 1940’s NY style corner sandwich shop. They deliver fast and friendly service, always providing a quality product, this is DiBella’s tradition: to provide a good old-fashioned experience, based on a fresh, quality product, a friendly face to serve you and a value for your dollar.
Poland Historical Society sets fall schedule
The Poland Historical Society meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road in Poland Township. Each month the regular business meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. with a free program planned for 7:30 p.m. which are open to the public. The program schedule is as follows:
Nov. 19 – Following the business meeting, historical society trustees will talk about why and how “Poland” got its name.
Dec. 17 – Annual Christmas dinner for members will be offered at the schoolhouse.
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. Please 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.