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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.

Holiday worship services at Lord of Life Lutheran

On Dec. 17 at 5 p.m., there will be alternative worship; on Dec. 18, there will be service of lessons and carols at 10:15 a.m. with a brunch after worship; on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., there will be the Christmas Eve service of candlelight and holy communion with the sanctuary choir performing at 7:30 p.m.; on Dec. 25 at 10:15 a.m., there will be Christmas Day worship and holy communion; on Dec. 31 at 5 p.m., there will be alternative worship and on Jan. 1 at 10:15 a.m., there will be worship and holy communion. Child care will be provided for all services.

CHS to host craft show

The 28th annual Canfield High School Senior Class Craft Show will take place on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the high school. There will be 200 unique vendors setting up shop. Students from the class of 2017 will be assisting with the event from set up to parking to clean up. Parking and admission are free. Overflow parking is available. In addition to the craft show, there are concessions and a Chinese Auction. For more information, contact Anthony Holben, senior class advisor, at 330-533-5507, ext. 2007.

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 Canfield library on Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. This event is for children ages 2-6.

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 Canfield library every Thursday in December at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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

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 These free seminars fill up quickly, so be sure to RSVP to claim your spot.

JWL 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.

Bonding with babies and books and signs

Learn how to use American Sign Language (ASL) with your child through rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at the Canfield library on Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. Learn easy corresponding signs to learn and share with your little ones. Babies, ages 6-23 months, must be accompanied with an adult.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Canfield library every Tuesday 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.

Family story time - holiday fun

Welcome to a holiday story time with a fun craft and more at the Canfield on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. This event is for ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.

Gotta move story time

This event is for children, ages 2-5, who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Canfield library every Wednesday in December at 10 a.m. and 11:30 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.

Fun time for 4s and 5s

Join the Canfield library on Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Canfield library on Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. and Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Grab and go craft for December

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

Tales to tails

Sign up to read aloud to a registered therapy dog at the Canfield library on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Readers of all levels and abilities are welcome. This event helps develop reading skills, promotes confidence and encourages a love of reading. Each session is 15 minutes. Bring a book of your choice. This event is for children in grades K and up. Dogs are provided by K9’s for Compassion, a community partner of Pet Partners. Sign up is required by calling 330-744-8636.

Gee - I’m-a-tree

Tinker with the science of geometry while creating two different types of winter trees at the Canfield library on Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. One is made from bolts, nuts and fender washers, the other from gumdrops and toothpicks. This event is for children in grades 4-6.

Take a guess

Guess the number of items in the jar at the Canfield library during library hours in December. The closest guess wins a small prize.

TAB Canfield

Join the Canfield library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and get to know the new Canfield library, take a look at some new teen books and share ideas on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. A snack will be provided. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Helping Hands has limited time deals

Helping Hands Closet at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, located at 4580 Canfield Road in Canfield is offering a limited time special on all coats and blazers at 50 percent off and children’s and teen items are currently 70 percent off. Helping Hands is open each Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

DIY holiday gift ideas

Looking for simple gift ideas that you can make yourself? Go and spend the afternoon learning about easy-to-make holiday gifts that are perfect for family or friends at the Canfield library on Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. Choose one gift to make and take home. Snacks will be provided. This is for teens in grades 7-12.

Candy cane sugar scrubs

Just in time for Christmas, you can make candy cane sugar scrubs at the Canfield library on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Both yummy and pretty. Learn how to make these luxurious, exfoliating body scrubs using sugar and other simple ingredients, and make one to take home. This event is for adults.

Coloring for grown-ups

Join the Canfield library on Dec. 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. and Dec. 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. and tap into your creative side with the newest relaxation craze: coloring for grown-ups. Colored pencils and markers will be provided along with intricate abstract and themed design sheets. This program is for teens and adults only.

DIY dog toy

Don’t leave your furry friends out this holiday season. Join the Canfield library in making a DIY dog toy that your pet will love on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register.‚ã This program is for teens and adults.

A family tree of researchers

Genealogists are like a family. So gather together and share at the Canfield library on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The genealogy and local history librarian will be on hand to answer questions, chat about library services, share new research tools, reflect on your successes of 2016, address upcoming challenges for the new year and, most of all, celebrate genealogy. Come to this year-end forum and help decorate our “family tree” with your presence. Edible resources will be served. This event is for adults and teens. Registration is required by phoning 330-744-8636 or online via the library’s events calendar.

Get connected at your library

Would you like to learn about all that OverDrive can do for you? Join the Canfield library on Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in this beginners class where you will learn how to set up an OverDrive account, download materials and get an overview of the OverDrive features. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register.

Off the shelves

Welcome to the monthly book club to discuss titles chosen “off the shelves” of the Canfield library’s new Book Club room on Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m. December will feature “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown.

Blood drive

Proudly serving the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital, the American Red Cross will take blood donations to help our community at the Canfield library on Dec. 29 from 1-6 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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 Canfield library to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Ugly sweater contest

Join in the fun to vote for the library staff member wearing the ugliest holiday sweater at the Canfield library on Dec 15, 16 and 17. One vote per person per day, and your vote enters you into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to Kravitz Express at Canfield library.

Friends of PLYMC meeting

The Canfield committee meeting will be at the Canfield library on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Sights and sounds of Christmas

On Dec. 4, Canfield United Methodist Church will host “The Sights and Sounds of Christmas,” a unique Christmas experience for students (pre-school to age 21) in our community with special needs. CUMC will offer a Christmas experience that is welcoming and accessible to all multiple disability students, The program will be a multi-sensory Christmas experience including a nativity dress up, farm animal petting, cookie decorating and tasting, music making and sensory toy playing. The program will begin at 3 p.m. and is open to area students with multiple disabilities. The programs will focus on experiencing the love of God and the Christmas story through the use of our five senses. The program is designed by a group of educators who are part of the CUMC congregation. If you would like any further information about the services, call the church at 330-533-9801.

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 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

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 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 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.

Toys for Tots at Kennsington

Kennsington Golf Club and CTW Development Corp. have teamed up with the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program for its annual toy drive, which is going on now through Dec. 8. Kennsington, located in Canfield’s Westford Lifestyle Community, will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the organization to give to local children this holiday season. In addition, anyone who donates a toy will receive a certificate for 9 holes of golf, courtesy of the course. In past years, Kennsington has been one of the chapter’s top contributors and hopes to continue the streak.

Softball boosters shopping trip

The Canfield Softball Boosters are organizing a shopping trip to New York City and you can come too. The bus will depart from Canfield High School at 11 p.m. on Dec. 9 and arrive into NYC by 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 10. The bus will stay with the group throughout the day, making stops at Rockefeller Center, Freedom Tower and 9/11 Memorial, Union Square and Times Square, as well as other places of interest. Stay with the bus, or enjoy the time on your own. You will depart at 11 p.m. and arrive back at Canfield High School by Sunday morning. The cost is $159 per person and must be prepaid. All passengers aged 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call 330-506-2274 for more details or mail your payment along with the names of the passengers to: Canfield Softball Boosters, 101 Laurel Hills Drive, Canfield, OH 44406. Space is limited.

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.

Chair yoga

Chair yoga is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. Pay as you attend at $10 per class. You should dress comfortably. Class will meet the first Friday of every month at the Canfield library at 10 a.m. This class is for adults.


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 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 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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