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Newcomers Club to have December meeting

The December Meeting of the Newcomers Club of Canfield is the annual Christmas Party. It will take place on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Pat Kury. Dinner will be catered by Mr. Anthony’s at a cost of $12 per person. The menu includes Italian risotto balls, chicken francais, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and butter, cheesecake, coffee, tea and cider. RSVP via text or call to Julie at 330-518-1853 or Rose at 330-540-4931. There will be a gift exchange. Bring a gift ($20) that starts with the third letter of your first name. Last month, they collected items for the children at Beatitude House to give to their mothers for Christmas. The purpose of the Newcomers Club of Canfield is to provide an opportunity for members of the community in and around Canfield to develop friendships, welcome newcomers and to support the civic, social and charitable life of the community. It is further formed to engage in recreational and social activities in support of these purposes.

Lord of Life gathering place event

The Lord of Life Church will be having a gathering place event on Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at Lord of Life Church, located at 550 N. Broad Street in Canfield. The program will include a local Celtic soprano performing Celtic Christmas carols, accompanied by Tim Elder, Minister of Music at Lord of Life. Attendees are encouraged to bring Christmas cookies and treats to share. A special lunch will be provided. Call the church office at 330-533-3531 by Dec. 7 to make a reservation, as they are expecting a larger group than usual. This is a free community outreach social program offered to all senior citizens that is offered on the second Monday of the month, every month. Different games and activities are also offered each month. Come out and join in a fulfilling afternoon of fun and socialization. Spread the word and bring your friends. Contact person for these events is Bernadette Beler at 330-533-6045 or the church at 330-533-3531.

Drive through chicken dinners to be offered

Drive through chicken dinners will be offered at Lord of Life Church, located at at 550 N. Broad Street in Canfield, on Dec. 22 from 3-6 p.m. The dinners will consist of chicken francaise, rice pilaf, green beans, holiday broccoli salad and a roll with butter. The cost is $9 per dinner (cash only), and the proceeds will help with ministry expenses. Each customer will get $1 off the purchase price if they bring a can of vegetables that will be donated to the needy via the Rescue Mission or some other worthwhile organization. Questions can be called to the church office at 330-533-3531.

Overeaters Anonymous to have local meetings

Overeaters Anonymous is offering meetings at several local locations and on a variety of days. On Saturdays at 10 a.m., there will be a meeting at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in the Church Hall, Room 2, located at 4453 Warren-Sharon Road in Vienna, Ohio. This location is handicapped accessible. On Sundays at 7 p.m., there will be a meeting at Shenango Presbyterian Church, located at 3144 Wilmington Road (Route 18) in New Castle, Pa. This location is handicapped accessible. On Mondays, a meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Girard Multigenerational Center, located at 443 Trumbull Avenue in Girard. This location is handicapped accessible. On Wednesdays, a meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Care - Northside Medical Center in the Medical Education Building, auditorium A, located at 500 Gypsy Lane in Youngstown. This location is handicapped accessible. On Thursdays at 6 p.m., a meeting will take place in Faith Chapel Fellowship Church, located at 511 E. Pershing St. in Salem, while at 7:30 p.m. a meeting will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, located at 1181 Churchill-Hubbard Road in Youngstown. Both of these locations are handicapped accessible. For more information on OA or meetings, go to www.oa.org or call one of the following Help Hotlines: Mahoning or Trumbull Counties - 330-747-2696; Columbiana County - 330-424-7767; Lawrence County - 724-674-3697.

Harry Potter fun at Barnes and Noble

The Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) and the Junior Friends of PLYMC will host a Harry Potter-themed Holiday Gift Wrapping fundraiser at Barnes and Noble in Boardman from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Dec. 9. Join the fun; wear a favorite Harry Potter t-shirt or costume when you visit. PLYMC Friends and Junior Friends will gift wrap for donations. Additionally, if customers mention at Barnes and Noble that they would like to help the Friends of PLYMC, a percentage of their purchase will go to the Friends. Support your library, have a gift or two wrapped and join in the Harry Potter fun.

Friendly Squares to host holiday dance

The Niles Friendly Squares will host their Christmas dance on Dec. 10, at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Gene Hammond and Neil Harner will be the callers. Dress is casual. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for both new dancers currently taking lessons and for more experienced dancers. Admission is $6 per person and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

Learn Contra Dance and make new friends

The Western Reserve Contra Dance will take place from 7-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Dublin Grange Hall, located at 6571 Fairground Blvd. in Canfield. See http://www.westernreservecontradance.com for more information. The “contra” is a New England social dance, with ever-changing partners and live traditional music by the band “One String Short.” A caller will teach each dance and guide the dancers. Dress is casual, beginners and all ages are welcome, partners are not required and new friends will be made. Admission is $8 and light refreshments will be served. The Grange Hall is located just off 224, behind the CVS pharmacy.

GA to meet twice this week

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 is offered every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, and another is offered 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. For more information, call the local Gamblers Anonymous hotline at 330-505-5060.

Auditions for Victorian Players

The Victorian Players recentky announced auditions for two one-acts scheduled for Feb. 3-12. The first is “Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist,” by Carolyn Gage. A highly academic psychoanalyst takes the famed Harriet Tubman to task for her heroic behavior. Two African-American women are needed, ages 20-35 years-old. The second is “Mason-Dixon,” by Carolyn Gage. A former slave-owner seeks her former slave’s help in spying on Jefferson Davis. This act is based on a true story. Two women are needed; one white woman and one African-American woman, ages 45-65 years-old. Prepare a two-minute monologue of your choice. Expect also to be asked to read from the script. These auditions will take place at the Victorian Players Theater, located at 702 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown, on Dec. 13 from 4-7 p.m. and Dec. 14 from 4-7 p.m. For more information, call the director, Dr. Lundeana Thomas, at 502-210-1252.

Holiday worship services at Lord of Life

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.

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.

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.

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 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 by 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.

Fun time for 4s and 5s

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Book-A-Librarian

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 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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