Newcomer’s Group to meet Jan. 22
Newcomer’s Group of Mahoning Valley will be having its monthly luncheon meeting on Jan. 22 at 11:30 a.m. at TJ’s Restaurant and Lounge at the Holiday Inn in Boardman. Join them if you would like an opportunity to meet and form new friendships in the community. Heidi Daniels from the Youngstown Public Library will be speaking about the benefits and services offered in the library system. Contact Angie at 330-799-3933 or Anne-Louise at 330-792-9632 for more information or reservations.
Saxon Club to host pork-kraut dinner
The Youngstown Saxon Club, located at 710 S. Meridian Road, will host its next pork-kraut dinner on Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The price of $8.75 ($5 for children) includes dessert and coffee, tea or soda. The publis is welcome and take-outs will be available.
Hospice of the Valley’s volunteer classes scheduled for February
Hospice of the Valley’s new volunteer class will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 1 and 8 at Hospice House, located at 9803 Sharrott Road in Poland, and Feb. 3 through March 3 at McGonigle Funeral Home, located at 1090 E. State Street in Sharon, Pa.
Volunteers will learn what Hospice of the Valley’s team of doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains do for patients and their families and how volunteers fit into that team. Hospice volunteers serve in a variety of ways including companions for hospice patients at home or in nursing homes as well as helping at the Hospice House inpatient facility. They also provide respite services to family members.
New volunteers are needed for all areas of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties and western Pennsylvania. Volunteer assignments are made close to the volunteer’s home.
For more information or to register, call 330-788-1992.
Torch Club to offer essay contest
The Youngstown Torch Club, a local dinner/discussion/debate organization, which meets monthly on the campus of YSU, is offering a $1,000 essay scholarship competition, open to any current YSU student. Students may submit a paper previously written for any college course, or an original work, on any subject or topic of interest. Papers are requested to be 800-1000 words and deadline for submission is March 1.
Remit paper to: email@example.com or send to Dr. Tom Copeland, 313 N. Belle Vista Ave. Youngstown 44509.
For more information, visit Youngstown TORCH Club on Facebook.
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Canfield library Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Canfield library every Wednesday in February at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your children ages 2-3 become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fun for 4s and 5s
Join the Canfield library every Tuesday in February at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your children ages 4-5 become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Gotta Move storytime
Join the Canfield library Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. for a variety of musical and movement activities that stimulate brain development, and motivate language learning. Act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play. For children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver.
Grab and go craft event
Join the Canfield library throughout February to make a craft to take home. For children of all ages.
Lego my library
Join the Canfield library Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. to create Lego designs. Legos will be provided. For children ages 6 and up.
Tales to tails
Come to the Canfield library Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. to read to a registered therapy dog. Readers of all levels and abilities are welcome. Bring a book of your choice. Dogs are provided by K-9 for Compassion, registered Delta society therapy dogs. Sign up is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Canfield library. For school-age children.
Create with beads
Tweens are invited to join the Canfield library Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. to design bead rings, bracelets or hair ornaments. Craft materials supplied.
February fun facts
Stop by the library throughout February to test your knowledge of the month. If you get all of the questions right, you could win a prize. For teens in grades 7-12.
Hot chocolate tasting
Stop by the Canfield library Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. to taste a variety of hot chocolates. Vote on your favorite and the results will be posted. Marshmallows provided. For teens in grades 7-12.
Join the Canfield library Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. for the monthly teen book discussion group. There will be pizza and conversation. Meetings will take place monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the month’s selected book. February’s book is “A Northern Light,” by Jennifer Donnelly. Try to read the book prior to the discussion, but don’t let that stop you from attending if you haven’t. The group’s name will be chosen this month. For teens in grades 7-12.
Get connected with your eReader
Bring your eReader to the Canfield library Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. until noon to learn how to download eBooks from the library’s digital catalog on the website. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.
Blood pressure check
The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be having a blood pressure check at the Canfield library Feb. 18 from 1-3 p.m.
Come to the Canfield library Feb. 14 or 15 from 9 a.m. until noon to swap coupons or learn new tips from others.
Free tax preparation and electronic filing for qualifying individuals
The Canfied library will again provide locations for free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and those (at any age) with low to moderate income beginning the week of Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. All sites are staffed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS. TCE sites staffed by AARP volunteers. Volunteers will provide counseling on eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Canfield Library (TCE). To make an appointment call 330-533-8420.
Air Force veteran to speak
Ernest Stadvec, who is both a World War II and Korean veteran, will speak on his experiences in both wars at the January meeting of the Mahoning Valley World War II Heritage Society Jan. 20. The meeting is at Ala Carte Catering on Lisbon St. in Canfield at 6:30 p.m., consisting of a buffet dinner followed by the speaker. Dave Frank is the coordinator of the event and may be reached at 330 757-0515 (home), 330 533-6737 (work), or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday Night Writers meeting scheduled
Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend the next meeting of Monday Night Writers on Jan. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield. The event is led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie and the two-hour sessions includes 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.
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 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 last about 1 1/2 hours. Those who believe gambling has affected any part of their lives are urged to attend. For more information, call 330-505-5060.
Torch Club dinner and discussion to be Jan. 20
The Youngstown Chapter of International Torch Clubs’ dinner-discussion meeting will be offered the evening of Jan. 20 at Pete’s Place, located within Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University. The speaker will be Linda Porter. The title of her speech is “Talking Out of School” and it considers the motivations, dangers and consequences of whistle-blowing.
The public is invited to attend. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and lecture at 7 p.m. Dinner for non-members is $20.
Attending only the lecture is free of charge. Call 330-757-4148 for dinner reservations.
Ursuline Center lecture event
Agapi Mantos, a registered and licensed dietician and certified specialist in gerontological nutrition with Park Vista, Youngstown, and an instructor at Youngstown State University, will offer a lecture Feb. 3 from 9:30-10 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m. in the Silver Sneakers Room inside the Ursuline Motherhouse on which dietary choices keep hearts in peak condition and how to best evaluate nutrition labels. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information or to register, contact Sister Mary Ellen Dean at 330-792-7636.
Fun time for 4s and 5s
Join the Canfield library every Tuesday in January at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger play and other activities that will help children ages 4-5 become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Canfield library every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger play and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Grab and go craft event
Children of all ages are invited to the Canfield library throughout the month of January to make a craft to take home.
Tales to tails
Readers of all levels and abilities are welcome to join the Canfield library Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. to read to a registered therapy dog. Bring a book of your choice. Dogs are provided by K-9 for Compassion, registered Delta society therapy dogs. Sign up is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Canfield library.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join the Canfield library Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. for the first monthly teen book discussion group. Pizza will be provided. Meetings will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. to discuss that month’s selected book. January’s book is “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” by Ann Brashares.
Top book of 2013
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to stop by the Canfield library throughout January to complete an entry form of their favorite books of 2013. Prizes may be awarded. The winner will be chosen by random drawing. Results of the winning book will be posted.
Blood pressure check
The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be hosting a free blood pressure check at the Canfield library Jan. 21 from 1-3 p.m.
Learn to Play Program sign ups