Poland Community Briefs

Wine taste fundraiser to be Feb. 6

The ninth annual St. Michael Parish Wine Taste will take place on Feb. 6 inside the church Family Life Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the Center. For more information, contact the Parish Office at 330-533-6839.

First Night Youngstown is seeking event staff

First Night Youngstown, a family-friendly, alcohol-free, celebration of the arts, is looking for event staff to assist in its downtown New Year’s Eve event on Dec. 31. Event Staff must be at least 16-years of age (with parental approval) or older. Staff is needed to sell admission buttons at each of the indoor First Night Youngstown venues. Event staff will work in pairs and each staff member will be awarded a $25 stipend at the end of the evening. The 4-hour shifts will vary depending on the venue. Event Staff will not be scheduled after 10 p.m. An event staff training session is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of the Ohio One Building. The Ohio One Building is located in downtown Youngstown at the intersection of E. Boardman and Champion Streets. For more information and an application, visit the www.firstnightyoungstownoh.com, call the FNY Office at 330-744-9966 or email at infofirstnightyoungstown@netzero.net.

Student art on display

The Davis Family YMCA is hosting its annual Student Art Show from Dec. 1-21 at the McClurg Road facility. Students who learned or honed their skills at the Y during 2014 were invited to participate. More than 30 students will show 60 pieces of art. While many are beginners, others have become so accomplished that they’ve been accepted into some of the most prestigious art shows in the area, often winning awards and selling their work. The opening reception will take place on Dec. 7 from 1-2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the community. For more information, call the Y at 330-480-5656 or email sgray@youngstownymca.org.

Poland Historical Society meeting

The Poland Historical Society will celebrate the Christmas Season together following their 6:30 p.m. meeting on Dec. 16 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road in Poland Township. Members are asked to bring a covered dish to share. Sandwiches, dessert and beverage will be provided. Questions and RSVP should be directed to Larry Baughman, President, at 330-757-2788 or Dave Smith, Secretary, at 330-757-8375.

Breakfast with Santa

The second annual Breakfast with Santa to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will take place on Dec. 6 from 9-11 a.m. at Antone’s Banquet Centre, located at 8578 Market St. in Boardman. Breakfast with Santa will feature a breakfast buffet, visits with Santa, a mascot parade, craft and activity stations, decorate a doughnut, face painting, singing and dancing and a chance auction. All children will receive a special gift and a free photo with Santa. Guests may bring their camera for additional pictures with the mascots and other entertainers which include Scrappy from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Sparky from the Youngstown Phantoms, the Chick Fil A Cow, Disney princesses, Sir CC from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chuck E. Cheese, YSU’s Pete and Penny Penguin, Pete Za Hut, Sprinkles and Cuppie from Dunkin Donuts, and Webster from the Akron Rubber Ducks. Celebrate the season and create memories that will last a lifetime at this family event. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. For ticket reservations and sponsorship information, visit www.akronchildrens.org/breakfast or call 330-746-8712.

Holiday closings

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; Christmas Day, Dec. 25; New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31; and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

Friends of PLYMC’s Canfield Committee sets fundraiser

Support the new Canfield Library by purchasing Stone Fruit Coffee special blend for the holidays. The cost is $15 per bag. Coffee can be purchased from one of the Friends of the Library or at Stone Fruit Coffee in Canfield. Proceeds benefit the Canfield Library Capital Campaign.

Cheers to the new Canfield library

Pick up a flyer at the library and bring it to the Canfield Ruby Tuesday fundraiser on Dec. 30, all day, and 20 percent of the net sales will return to support the Canfield Library Capital Campaign. Flyers will be available in PLYMC libraries.

Blood pressure screening

There will be a blood pressure screening by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross on Dec. 23 from 1-4 p.m. at the Poland library. This event is for adults.

Enjoy the holly days

Join the Poland library on Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for holiday games, songs, stories, crafts and more fun. This event is for school age children.

Get connected with digital media

Learn how to download free ebooks, audiobooks, movies, tv shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices on Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland branch to register. This event is for adults.

Using the ancestry database

In this program on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Poland library, the Genealogy and Local History Librarian will demonstrate the power of the Ancestry database and show how it can be used effectively for genealogical research. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services. This event is for adults.

TAB holiday party

Have holiday fun and find out what the Teen Advisory Board is all about at the Poland library on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. They will play holiday games, listen to music, make a holiday craft, talk about favorite holiday stories, enjoy snacks and more. TAB helps plan and support teen activities at the library. This event is for teens in grades 7-12 and is a holiday program.

Gingerbread house

Stop by the Poland library for some holiday cheer on Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. Use graham crackers, icing, gumdrops and more to build and decorate a miniature gingerbread house. Space is limited and registration is required. Stop in the Poland Library or call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register. This event is for tweens and teens in grades 4-12 and is a holiday program.

Trim a tree for December

Decorate an ornament for the Poland library’s all-season tree during regular library hours in the month of December. This event is for children of all ages.

Lighting of the Village at the library

Stop by the Poland library as you’re taking part in the Lighting of the Village on Dec. 6. They will have Christmas crafts from 5:30-7 p.m. and songs and stories from 6:15-6:45 p.m. Kravitz Delicatessen will be open during the event for sandwich purchases and will be giving away hot cider and cookies while supplies last. Fun for the whole family. The Friends of PLYMC Bookstore, located in the Poland Library lower level, will have a half-price sale on everything in the store from 5-7 p.m. This is a holiday program.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Poland library on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children ages 6 and up.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Poland library for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning on Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.

Fun time for 4s and 5s

Join the Poland library for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes and finger plays, and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader on Dec. 11 and 18 at 1 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dec. 18 is a holiday program.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library for developmentally appropriate book, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader on Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at 10:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dec. 18 is a holiday program.

Bonding with babies and books

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. The Poland library will host twenty minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs, and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Senior Christmas luncheon to be Dec. 15

The Holy Family Senior Club will enjoy a catered Christmas luncheon on Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, located at 2729 Center Road in Poland. Members can make reservations by calling Ruth Burns, President, at 330-757-1334 and sending $13 per person to her home address: 6834 James St., Poland, OH 44514. Following lunch, members will play Bingo and cards.

Local businesses to host St. Claus Saturday

The Poland Village Business Association presents St. Claus Saturday on Dec. 6 from 2-5 p.m. Participating Poland Village Businesses will be offering treats, discounts and coupons. Many businesses will be giving special Santa Surprise gifts to the first 100 families to visit business locations. Saint Claus Saturday is an effort by the Poland Village Business Association to encourage people to get to shop the businesses that are located in the Village, and use professional services located nearby. Saint Claus Saturday gives both local and people from other areas a chance to reconnect with the Village Businesses while having fun with the whole family. Participating businesses include Friends of the Library (Poland Library, 311 South Main Street), Aebischer Jewelry (68 S Main Street), Allstate Insurance (60 S Main Street), Cocca’s Pizza (18 E McKinley Way), Consign and Design (11 W McKinley Way), Frameworks (1 North Main Street), Homes Savings and Loan (202 South Main Street, visit them at 15 East McKinley Way), Kravitz Delicatessen (inside the Poland library), LaFrance Cleaners (90 South Main Street), Mahoning Valley Medical (15 East McKinley Way), Martial Arts Training Center (15 West McKinley Way), Northwood Realty (5 West McKinley Way), Pathways of Ohio Counseling Center (84 South Main Street, visit them at 12 South Main Street), Precision Orthodontics (101 South Main Street), Special Touch Salon (12 South Main Street), Talmer Bank and Trust (2 South Main Street), Town One Station (57 North Main Street), Village Pantry (221 South Main Street), Volpini Real Estate (1975 East Western Reserve Road), Walgreen’s (30 West McKinley Way), Arlante Salon (101 South Main Street, Wither’s Plaza), Farmer’s National Bank (106 W McKinley Way) and S&T Engraving (80 South Main Street).

Holiday open house

Join the staff of Poland Veterinary Centre on Dec. 6 from 2-4 p.m. for a holiday open house. Holidays remind us to cherish our families - human and furry members alike. This year, the Poland Veterinary Centre lost a wonderful little girl who deeply touched the hearts of our staff and many others. Help them honor Dr. Wolfe and her family by donating to Easter Seals in Claire’s memory. When you give to Easter Seals, 100 percent of your monetary donation is used to provide services to children and adults with disabilities in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. In addition, Easter Seals requests donations of new craft supplies for children and adults as well as other new items - just ask an employee or visit www.polandvet.com for a complete list. For your donation, receive a free picture of your dog or cat with Santa. Photos will be available to download and order prints on Dec. 8. After your pet’s photo, you can enjoy snacks and refreshments, tour the hospital, create a special paw imprint ornament, holiday bandana and pet toys, and learn about preventative care 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.

Natural chemical imbalance relief seminar

Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. will be presenting a free seminar titled, “Feeling Anxious, Depressed or Stressed? Natural Chemical Imbalance Relief” on Dec. 11 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center in Boardman (SouthBridge West Complex at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3). Learn about a new testing procedure that can measure neurotransmitter levels to accurately assess chemical imbalances in the brain. This seminar will also discuss natural therapies that specifically target these chemical imbalances to relieve anxiousness, depressed mood, sleep disturbances and other related health issues. For more information or to register, call 330-729-1350 or online at OhioND.com. There is free admission, but RSVP is required.

HMHP name changes to Mercy Health

In November, Humility of Mary Health Partners will change its name to Mercy Health. The change will more accurately reflect a partnership with the network of healthcare providers that comprise Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio. This transition began in July when Catholic Health Partners (CHP), HMHP’s parent, changed its name to Mercy Health. At that time, it was determined that all CHP markets would eventually mirror that name change. These changes are in name only. All services, locations, modes of operation, care providers, administrators and employees will remain the same. As part of the system name change, HMHP Physician Associates, HMHP’s employed physician group, will become Mercy Health Physicians. The names of HMHP’s three health centers – St. Elizabeth, St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth Boardman -- will change to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, St. Joseph Warren Hospital and St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital. During this transition, the Mercy Health name will be added to many materials, but new signage reflecting this name change will not be installed on buildings until a definitive time frame has been established for the full migration to the Mercy Health brand across all markets.

Carlozzi Financial Services hosts annual funds and food drive

Carlozzi Financial Services is again helping local families in need this holiday season. The public is invited to join Carlozzi Financial Services and their clients and give a monetary donation or a non-perishable food item to Second Harvest Food Bank. Monetary donations or non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Carlozzi Financial Services, located at 831 Southwestern Run, Suite 1, in Poland. For more information, visit www.CarlozziFinancialServices.com. Second Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 9.2 million pounds of food in 2013 in the tri-county area. Last year, Carlozzi Financial Services collected over 190 pounds of food and $960.00 in monetary donations.

YWCA offers free preschool to eligible families

The YWCA of Youngstown has received a grant from the Ohio Department of Education to provide free preschool to eligible families. Families below 100 percent of the federal poverty line will qualify for free preschool. Families between 100 percent and 200 percent of the FPL will qualify on a sliding scale fee basis. The child must not have ever received any local, state or federal childcare funding and must be age 3 or 4 or not yet age eligible for Kindergarten. The ODE preschool hours at the YWCA are 9-11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Breakfast and lunch are not included. The YWCA is also now enrolling for CDI Headstart. CDI Headstart hours are 8:30 a.m. until noon, Monday through Thursday. CDI Headstart provides free preschool for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds who are income eligible. Extended care is available for those who need it. For more information, contact Jennie at jandrews@ywcaofyoungstown.org or 330-746-6361, ext. 125.

MCCTC’s Horticulture Club poinsettia fundraiser

The Horticulture FFA Club at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center is taking orders for red poinsettias for the upcoming holiday season. The plants are single, pinched (multiple bloom) in a 6.5 inch pot. You have your choice of green, red or gold foil for around the pot and you can also add a white, green or a red satin bow. The poinsettias will be ready for pick-up starting Nov. 20 and the sale will go until Dec. 17. The cost of the plants is $8.50. To order a poinsettia plant, call 330-729-4015, ext. 1671, or stop in at the Horticulture Program at 7300 North Palmyra Road in Canfield.

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