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Third annual Polar Run set for Dec. 16

Three years ago, two students organized the Polar Run at Austintown Fitch High School to benefit ALS research, inspired by the reading of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie.” This year, another student group, led by senior Kylie Vestal, is organizing the run/walk to benefit local veterans. In addition to the run/walk, the night will begin with a tribute lap for veterans and/or their family members, as well as for active service members. The Polar Run will take place on Dec. 16 with registration beginning at 5 p.m. and the event beginning at 6 p.m. Participants can register the night of the event, but to ensure receipt of a shirt, advance registration is recommended by Dec. 1. The registration form and more information can be found at www.austintownschools.org in the “District News” section and the Fitch “School News” section.

Fitch choir hosts annual Christmas concert

The Fitch choir is getting in the holiday spirit. The choir’s annual Christmas concert, “A Holiday to Remember,” will take place on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. in the newly renovated Fitch Auditorium. The cost for the concert is $6 for adults, $4 for students and free for Veterans.

Free pancake, sausage and egg breakfast

There will be a free breakfast on Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Smith Corners United Methodist Church at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Rd. in Austintown. Donations are accepted and proceeds will go to World Service Projects.

Knitting Guild meeting to be Dec. 4

The Western Reserve Knitting Guild will host a members and guest cookie exchange at the Canfield library large community room on Dec. 4 from 1-4 p.m. Members and guests are asked to bring four dozen or more cookies to exchange. You will leave the event with the same amount of cookies you bring, but in a different variety. Coffee and tea will be provided by the guild so if you wish, bring a few extra cookies to share with the event-goers while you stitch and chat. A program of knitted Christmas ornaments will be presented. Participants for the ornaments are asked to bring size three US straight needles or double pointed needles, scissors and a tapestry or darning needle. Yarn and embellishments for the ornaments will be provided. You do not have to participate in both events if you do not wish, just come for some friendly fellowship. The library is not sponsoring or participating in this event. For more information on this event, joining the Western Reserve Knitting Guild or donating yarn for charity work, contact the organization at wrkg.ohio@gmail.com.

MCCTC floral design open house

The Floral Design and Landscaping program at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center is having a holiday open house from Nov. 28 until Dec. 9. Come out to purchase all your holiday needs. Silk wreaths and table arrangements are available, as well as fresh wreaths with mixed holiday greens and fresh pine centerpieces (pre-made or special orders). Don’t forget about poinsettias. Stop in for both single and double poinsettias. The floral shop and greenhouse is open for business Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Give a week’s notice on any special order. If you have any questions or need to place an order, call 330-729-4000 ext. 1671, or stop in at the MCCTC Floral Shop - door number 6, located at 7300 North Palmyra Road in Canfield.

Balancing your thyroid naturally

Are you taking your thyroid medication, getting your TSH level checked and been told that “everything looks normal” and yet you still feel foggy, tired and overweight? There are some simple, natural things you can do to help yourself feel better that you won’t hear about anywhere else. Join Dr. Ted Suzelis, ND a local leading authority on natural thyroid balance, for a free seminar on Dec. 8 at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center in Boardman. The address is 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex). For more information or to reserve your seat, call 330-729-1350 or go to OhioND.com. These free seminars fill up quickly, so be sure to RSVP to claim your spot.

Pre-Kindergarten story time

This program is for 4 and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. They will use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten at the Austintown library every Wednesday in December at 11:30 a.m.

Junior Women’s League Christmas social

The annual Christmas Social of the Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League will take place on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Steamers Restaurant, located at at 10078 Market St. in North Lima. Members are to bring unwrapped items for teen girls, ages 12-16 years-old, for the Christmas Operation Blessing. The Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League is open to all women ages 18 and up, residing in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties who are interested in friendship, fun and community involvement. Their mission is to provide a creative outlet for women interested in providing community service in areas of arts, conservation, education, home life, international affairs and public affairs. Women interested in joining or receiving more information can contact Membership Chairwomen Linda Crish at 330-727-9321.

Supper at the corner

This supper is free as a community outreach of the church and open to all each month. This will take place on Dec. 15 from 4:30-6 p.m at the Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown. Donations will be accepted to continue this program.

Pancake and sausage breakfast to be Dec. 4

Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus #3930 is sponsoring a pancake and sausage breakfast on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the parish center, located at 4500 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown. The menu consists of pancakes, sausage and beverages. The cost for adults is $5 and $3 for children 12 and under.

Rotary program a success

Austintown Rotary Club welcomed Rev. Matt Miller and Darlene Williams from Highway Tabernacle, who reported on the success of the program and thanked Rotarians for their continued financial support. Now in its 17th year of operation, the program offers Austintown Fitch students a place to eat, play games, talk and get some exercise after each home football game. Running from 9 p.m. until midnight, an average of 500 youth have a safe and supervised place to “hang” and meet their friends.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in December at 10 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bonding with babies and books

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at the Austintown library every Tuesday in December at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Elf on the bookshelf

During the month of December, visit the Austintown library during library hours in December to see all the places and mischief the Elf on the Shelf is getting into. Look for the Elf on the Shelf photos on the library’s Facebook page and Instagram and add some of your own. This program is for the family.

Dairy Queen holiday events

Dairy Queen will be hosting its annual Christmas events on Dec. 10 in Austintown DQ, located at 146 N. Canfield Niles Road, and Dec. 16 at the Cornersburg DQ, located at 3555 S. Meridian Road. Santa Arrives by Firetruck at 5 p.m. He is bringing his best behaved reindeer with him. You get to pet the reindeer. Free 4x6 pictures with Santa and Curly the Cone will be provided and Santa has treats for all. The stores will be decorated for the holidays. They will be roasting chestnuts on an open fire. Come and try one for free. There will be an outdoor fire with hot dogs, marshmallows and hot chocolate. Enjoy dinner at the DQ and make a fun family night of it. You can also decorate a DQ cupcake with red and green sprinkles, candy, icing and gel.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for kindergarten through play. You’ll read a story and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for kindergarten at the Austintown library on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. This event is for children ages 2-6.

Pictures with Santa at Legacy Dog Rescue

Legacy Dog Rescue, a 501c3 non profit organization, will be hosting pictures with Santa on Dec. 3 at Austintown Family Video, located at 4385 Kirk Road in Austintown, from 12-5 p.m. Everyone is welcome – pets, children, families – bring them all. Email only photo is $5, print and take 4x6 will be $8 and order a 5x7 for $12. Come out and support efforts to help the abused, neglected and abandoned dogs of Trumbull and Mahoning County.

Gotta move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Austintown library every Thursday in December at 10 a.m. 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.

Grab and go craft for December

Make a craft to take home at the Austintown library during library hours in December. This event is for children of all ages.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Austintown library on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Life-size Candy Land

Join the Austintown library on an adventure through the Peppermint Forest, Lollipop Woods and the Chocolate Swamp as you journey to Candy Castle on Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. Gather up candy along the way. This event is for children of all ages.

Read to Reese

Come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners at the Austintown library on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Registration is required. Space is limited, so register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This event is for school-age children.

TAB meeting Austintown

Join the Austintown area TAB (Teen Advisory Board) at the Austintown library on Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Help plan and support teen activities at the Library. Meet new people and have fun. Snacks will be provided. This is for teens in grades 7-12.

Gift-wrapped books

You can’t judge a book by its cover when it’s wrapped up like a present. Choose a book by a few key words, check it out at the Austintown library during library hours in December, take it home, unwrap and enjoy. Relax during the holiday season with a good book. You might discover a new favorite author. This is for teens and adults.

Wrap it up

Get some suggestions for wrapping up your holiday gifts and make a few items to take home at the Austintown library on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Feel free to bring your own ideas to share. This is for teens and adults.

Color your world

Join the Austintown library on Dec. 8 from 6-7 p.m. for a relaxing evening of adult coloring. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own. Colorful light refreshments will be served. This is for teens and adults.

Scrapbooking club

Scrapbook a page and share your scrapbooking ideas at the Austintown library on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Paper and supplies will be provided. All adults and teens welcome.

Holiday movie matinee

Join the Austintown library for a Christmas Holiday Movie Matinee on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy the movie. Children ages 7 and younger must be with an adult. The movie will be rated PG or G.

Basic Microsoft Excel class

Learn the basics of Microsoft Office Excel at the Austintown library on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. This is a beginner’s class, but basic computer skills are required. Space is limited, so call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults.

Uploading digital pictures

Learn to upload your pictures onto different internet sites to share with family and friends, as well as how to send them in emails at the Austintown library on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Knowledge of computers and internet required. This class is for adults.

Chapter Chat book club

Love books? Come to the Chapter Chat Book Club where you will be reading and discussing a book together every month at the Austintown library on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. Each month will be a new genre. Call the Austintown library at 330-744-8636 to find out this month’s exciting read.

Page Turners book club

Love books? Looking for a good read? Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun at the Austintown library on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. This event is for adults.

Tea and Mystery book club

Join the library to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find at the Austintown library on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

Coupon swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in during library hours at the Austintown library to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Guess the holiday book

Can you guess the holiday book title from cut up pages in a jar? One winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries at the Austintown library.

Socrates Philosophy group

If you love philosophy and want to discuss philosophical topics, join the Austintown library for Socrates Cafe` Philosophy Group on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. This is open to the public, and is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. For more information, contact the development office at 330-740-6086.

Holiday library closings

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 24, 25, 26 and 31 as well as Jan. 1 and 2.

Celebrate Short Fiction Day

Space is still available for area fiction writers who want to be part of the upcoming “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day. The annual literary event is scheduled for Dec. 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Courtyard Square, located at 645 E. State Street in Salem. The public event, now in its third year, provides local writers with the opportunity to share their work with area fans, participants and other authors able to sell their own books during the event. A limited number of spaces at $10 each are available for those authors who aren’t reading but would like to make their books available for sale. Sellers must bring their own tables — no larger than 6 feet. Space reservations are required and must be paid in advance. To reserve a space or for more info, contact Courtyard Square at 804-513-8027 or lisacahill@mac.com. Checks are to be made out to CI Ohio LTD and authors will be responsible for their own sales. More information is available online at http://tinyurl.com/CSFDay2016.

Carlozzi annual funds 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 to give a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank. Monetary donations can be mailed to Carlozzi Financial Services, 831 Southwestern Run, Suite 1, Poland. For information, visit www.CarlozziFinancialServices.com. Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 10.4 million pounds of food in 2015 in the tri-county area. Last year, Carlozzi Financial Services collected $1,225 in monetary donations. Mark Carlozzi is hoping that this year will be even greater.

Boardman Park Christmas events

Create a new family tradition by gathering your family and friends and coming out to Boardman’s Community Christmas on Dec. 4 from 4-6 p.m., to decorate your own family named tree, see Santa and enjoy Holiday music. Beginning at 4 p.m., bring some natural decorations and decorate one of the park’s pine trees. Reserve your tree by calling the park office at 330-726-8105, or e-mailing Angela at angela@boardmanpark.com. Santa will be arriving by fire truck at 4:20 p.m. Be sure to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa in the gazebo. Then, head up to The St. James Meeting House and enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate while listening to Christmas music and caroling led by Tom Ruggieri and Linda Smrek and The Boardman High School Band beginning at 4:30 p.m. The lighting of the Community Christmas Tree will take place at 4:45 p.m. All activities are free and will take place near the gazebo and St. James Church. They will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Boardman Lions Club Food Pantry at Boardman Center Intermediate School.

Celebrate Short Fiction Day

Space is still available for area fiction writers who want to be part of the upcoming “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day. The annual literary event is scheduled for Dec. 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Courtyard Square, located at 645 E. State Street in Salem. The public event, now in its third year, provides local writers with the opportunity to share their work with area fans, participants and other authors able to sell their own books during the event. A limited number of spaces at $10 each are available for those authors who aren’t reading but would like to make their books available for sale. Sellers must bring their own tables — no larger than 6 feet. Space reservations are required and must be paid in advance. To reserve a space or for more info, contact Courtyard Square at 804-513-8027 or lisacahill@mac.com. Checks are to be made out to CI Ohio LTD and authors will be responsible for their own sales. More information is available online at http://tinyurl.com/CSFDay2016.

Carlozzi annual funds 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 to give a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank. Monetary donations can be mailed to Carlozzi Financial Services, 831 Southwestern Run, Suite 1, Poland. For information, visit www.CarlozziFinancialServices.com. Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 10.4 million pounds of food in 2015 in the tri-county area. Last year, Carlozzi Financial Services collected $1,225 in monetary donations. Mark Carlozzi is hoping that this year will be even greater.

Boardman Park Christmas events

Create a new family tradition by gathering your family and friends and coming out to Boardman’s Community Christmas on Dec. 4 from 4-6 p.m., to decorate your own family named tree, see Santa and enjoy Holiday music. Beginning at 4 p.m., bring some natural decorations and decorate one of the park’s pine trees. Reserve your tree by calling the park office at 330-726-8105, or e-mailing Angela at angela@boardmanpark.com. Santa will be arriving by fire truck at 4:20 p.m. Be sure to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa in the gazebo. Then, head up to The St. James Meeting House and enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate while listening to Christmas music and caroling led by Tom Ruggieri and Linda Smrek and The Boardman High School Band beginning at 4:30 p.m. The lighting of the Community Christmas Tree will take place at 4:45 p.m. All activities are free and will take place near the gazebo and St. James Church. They will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Boardman Lions Club Food Pantry at Boardman Center Intermediate School.

GA 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 takes place every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, and another takes place every Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (in Cornersburg). Both meetings begin promptly 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.

Get one-on-one assistance from library

Would you like a personal introduction to resources available at the library? Need more time with a librarian than you can get over the phone or if you just walk in? Book-a-Librarian sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. A library staff member will give undivided attention to customers who want in-depth help with a wide variety of library services, such as: learning to use a computer, email, the Internet, downloading e-books and audiobooks, researching a topic, discovering new books and authors to read and enjoy, business, non-profit or Genealogy help. To schedule an appointment, visit any library, call 330-744-8636 or go online at www.LibraryVisit.org/Book-a-Librarian. This is for teens and adults.

America’s Schoolmaster exhibit

The Early Days of William Holmes McGuffey will be on display in the Melnick Museum at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Learn more about the early days of McGuffey and his boyhood homestead, located in Coitsville and now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve. The exhibit will be open though January 2017.

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