Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice a week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting will be offered on Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, and another will be offered on Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (Cornersburg). Both meetings begin promtly at 7:30 p.m. and are closed meetings - only those suffering from gambling addictions are allowed to attend. Meetings usually last until 8:45-9:15 p.m. For more information, call 330-505-5060.
Blue Christmas service will be Dec. 8
A Blue Christmas service will be offered Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at Lane Family Funeral Homes (Anstrom Chapel), located at 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman. For more information or to RSVP, call Western Reserve United Methodist Church at 330-792-5805. This service will be for anyone who has experienced a loss. Area chapters of the American Business Women’s Association announce their first combined Christmas party, beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Holiday Inn, located at 7410 South Ave. in Boardman. The Mill Creek, Tri-Gold and Youngstown Charter chapters will host a full-course dinner and an optional $15 gift exchange. Entertainment will be provided by Canfield High School’s all-female chorus, “One Octave Higher,” led by choral director Kelly Scurich. All members and their guests are required to reserve their dinners by calling Shirley Pappagallo at 330-270-9779. The cost is $26 per person and reservations are due by Dec. 1 with checks payable to Network Council of ABWA.
Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Mill
Bring the whole family to Lanterman’s Mill Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 for this holiday tradition. There will be musicians and artisans demonstrating their crafts. Enjoy a taste of roasted chestnuts and a visit with Santa. The mill will be 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 at 330-740-7107 for details.
Santa’s wintertime barn will be Dec. 1
Santa will be visiting the MetroParks Farm Dec. 1. There will be animals from around the world and an opportunity to pose for pictures in Santa’s sleigh. Children can make a craft to celebrate the holidays.
Winter garden conservatory 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.
Wreath of Greens to be Dec. 10 and 14
Create your own holiday wreath with instructor Pam Baytos at Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Dec 14 from 10 a.m. until noon. Registration is required. There is a $24 fee; FFRG member $20.
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.
Make a Christmas Hurricane Centerpiece
Join florist Marie Borocz at Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 19 as she guides you through the process of creating a Christmas table centerpeice. The centerpieces will include fresh red carnations, white mums, boxwood, ornaments, red berries and a red candle. Registration is required with a $39 fee; FFRG members $30.
Garden Cafe breakfast on Dec. 20
Start your morning with a walk in Fellows Riverside Gardens followed by breakfast and an opportunity to learn about trees Dec. 20 from 8:30-10 a.m. Registration is required. There is a $9 fee; FFRG members $7.
Yoga basics classes
Learn the basics of yoga taught by Karres Cvetkovich Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 9-10:30 a.m. Bring a mat and small blanket. Pre-registration is not required. There is a $10 fee per class.
Pilates basics classes
Join instructor Angela Lubonovich Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 6:30 -7:30 p.m Dec. 2, 9 and 16 to work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment, and breathing. Bring a mat and water. Pre-registration is not required. There is a $10 fee per class.
Loose Knit Group to meet Dec. 6 and 20
Help create blankets for organizations that give to those in need Dec. 6 and 20 from 10 a.m. until noon in the Antonucci Library at Fellows Riverside Gardens. All are welcome, experienced or wanting to learn. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated. Registration not required.
Tea tasting will be Dec. 12
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a tea tasting led by Dr. YT Chiu. Tapas and a variety of four teas will be provided. Proceeds benefit the Family Garden. Registration is required. The cost is $24; FFRG members $20.
Winter nights dinner
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.
Pilates Sculpt will be Dec. 4, 11 and 18
Join Angela Lubonovic Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m to learn how to use hand weights to tone the body with an emphasis on core strength and control. Bring a mat, water and two pound weights if you have them. Pre-registration is not required. There is a $10 fee per class.
Tales for Tots: Mice!
Toddlers (2-3 years-old) will learn about mice through storytelling and a holiday craft Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. There is a $2 fee; $3 if not registered. Call Ford Nature Center to pre-register/pay. An adult must accompany each child. Only bring the participating children.
Children’s nature hour: time to sleep
Through a story, craft and activity, children ages 3-6 are invited Dec. 6 and 7 at 10 a.m. to learn about animals that go into a very deep sleep for the winter. There is a $2 fee; $3 if unregistered. Call Ford Nature Centure to pre-register/pay. An adult must accompany each child. Only bring the participating children.
T’ai Chi in the Gardens
Join Marie Lew from noon until 1 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18 in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Pre-registration is not required. There is a $10 fee per class.
Yoga in the gardens
Join Marina Perdos from 9:30-11 a.m. and Karres Cvetkovich from 5:30-7 p.m. for a blend of yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Pre-registration is not required. There is a $10 fee per class.
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.
Join Ford Nature Center Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. for a reading followed by a discussion of author John D’Agata’s investigation into topics such as the Las Vegas water supply, suicide, politics and the controversial disposal of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.
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.
Hiking in evergreens
This hike will meet at Ford Nature Center Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. to look at some of the evergreens. This hike is a moderate rating of three miles.
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.
Christmas at the Mill hike
Meet at Scholl Recreation area Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. to take a walk to visit Christmas at the Mill. The hike has a moderate rating of two miles.
Winter solstice hike
Meet at Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. for a moderate hike of 1-2 miles.
Youngstown Christmas bird count
Volunteers are invited Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to help census birds seen within the count circle with a 15 mile diameter. The count is administered by the National Audubon society and organized locally through the Mahoning Valley chapter. All abilities are welcome and you can devote as much time as you want. You may even focus on your own yard. Contact Gary Meiter at 234-564-7900 or Wild Birds Unlimited at 330-629-2473
Health and wellness walks
Meet at Ford Nature Center Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. for a moderate hike of 2-4 miles and at the overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. for a hike with an easy rating of 1-2 miles.
MetroMutts: jingle hike
Bring your canine companion to the MetroParks bikeway trailhead at MetroParks Farm in Canfield Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. for this holiday hike on the MetroParks Bikeway. Dogs will receive a jingle bell collar. Humans will be given hot cider and treats in the barn after the hike. The hike is an easy rating of two miles, weather permitting.
Where are all the wolves?
Join Ford Nature Center Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. for a presentation to learn about wolves. Attendance will also count as a hike.
Join the Austintown library Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. for discussion about topics of interest. This event is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC and is for adults.
Friends of Austintown Library annual holiday luncheon
A seasonal program will be presented at the Upstairs Resaurant on Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. A quartet from the Stephen Foster Chorus will perform holiday songs, led by Director John McCaughan. Reservations are required and seating is limited.
Page Turners book club
Come to the Austintown library Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. to hear what others are reading and share your favorite read. This event is for adults.
Bring your Kindle to the library Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. and learn how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog on the website. Don’t forget your Amazon account and email information. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.
Nook for newbies
Bring your Nook to the Austintown library Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. and learn how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog on the website. Don’t forget your Adobe ID and email information. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.
Blood drive to be Dec. 10
Proudly serving the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Austintown library will host a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross Dec. 10 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. to help the community. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Come to the Austintown library Dec. 3 and 17 at 2:30 p.m. and play video games on the big screen. For teens in grades 7-12.
Rainbow loom bracelet event for teens
Children in grades 4 and up are invited to join the Austintown library Dec. 21 at 11:30 a.m. for the Rainbow Loom craft programs. 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. To register, call 330.744.8636 or sign up online at www.libraryvisit.org/programs.aspx. Warning: Rainbow Loom Kits contain small rubber bands and sharp points.
Lego my library
Children ages 6 and up can join the Austintown library on Dec. 4 from 6-7 p.m. to enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided.
Holiday puppet show: “Thank You, Santa”
Children of all ages can join the Austintown library Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. for a puppet show, caroling, craft and a treat.
Guess and go
Children of all ages are invited to take part in a guessing game to win a jar of candy throughout December during Austintown library hours.
Grab and go craft for December
Children of all ages are invited to make a craft to take home during Austintown library hours throughout December.
Gotta move story time set
Gotta move storytime will be every Thursday in December. Children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver can join the Austintown library for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development, and motivate language learning. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.
Library hosts Fun for 4s and 5s
Join the Austintown library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader Dec. 4 and 11 at 11:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tales for toddlers set for Wednesdays
Join the Austintown library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader Dec. 4 and 11 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tales for toddlers set for Wednesdays
Join the Austintown 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 Wednesday in November at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Babies and books set at library
Babies ages 6 to 23 months can join the Austintown library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader Dec. 3, 10 and 17 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.
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. Visit www.mahoninghistory.org for more details.