Historical Society Christmas party
The Poland Historical Society members are invited to the Christmas party on Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road (Route 224 and Struthers Road intersection). The main meat, dessert and beverage will be provided by the society and they ask members to bring a side dish, casserole or salad. RSVP to Diane Baughman at 330-536-6877 by Dec. 13. The society has begun their membership drive for 2017. Annual membership dues are $10 per person. Checks should be made payable to Poland Historical Society and can be mailed to the Poland Historical Society, P.O. Box 5052, Poland, OH 44514. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address. Membership dues and donations are vitally important to the society in their efforts to maintain the Little Red Schoohouse museum and to “Preserve the Past for the Future”.
Holy Family Seniors to meet
The Holy Family Seniors Group will meet for their Christmas luncheon on Dec. 19 at the Holy Family Parish Hall, located at 2729 Center Road in Poland. A catered luncheon will be served at 11:45 a.m. The cost is $12 per person, checks made payable to Holy Family Seniors Group may be sent to Laurie Fox, Treasurer, 6656 Lowellville Road, Lowellville, OH 44436 before Dec. 14. Cash payment will also be accepted at the door, but you must RSVP by Dec. 14. Members who would like to participated in a gift exchange should bring a $5 wrapped gift. Following lunch, members will enjoy playing cards and Bingo. If you have any questions or to RSVP, please call Laurie Fox at 330-536-8850 or Ruth Burns, President, at 330-757-1334.
NSS Christmas party
Local Assembly 731 of the National Slovak Society (NSS Life) will host a Christmas Party for NSS members and their family on Dec. 17 from 2-5 p.m. at the Lowellville Rod and Gun Club, located at 6225 Quarry Road in Lowellville. Santa and Mrs. Clause will arrive at 2:30 p.m. for a visit with the children and will have a gift for each child. Light lunch refreshments will be provided. Each family is asked to bring a plate of cookies to share on the cookie table. Families are also asked to bring items that will be donated to the Mahoning Valley Rescue Mission to help in their efforts to keep the homeless warm this winter such as blankets and winter clothes. RSVP before Dec. 10 to allow time for final preparations. Questions and RSVP should be directed to Laurie Fox, President, at 330-536-8850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 on Dec. 10
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.
Gingerbread house holiday program
Sip hot chocolate and listen to Christmas music while you build and decorate a miniature gingerbread house using graham crackers, icing, gumdrops and more at the Poland library on Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. This event is for children of all ages; children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required, so stop in the Poland library or call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register.
Decorate the felt holiday tree
Little ones can add felt decorations to the special holiday tree at the Poland library during library hours in December.
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.
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 Poland library every Wednesday in December at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Poland library every Thursday in December at 10:30 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 Poland library on Dec. 13 at 10:30 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.
Elf on the bookshelf
During the month of December, visit the Poland 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.
Lego my library
Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Poland library on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.
Read to Roxie
Relax and read to Roxie at the Poland library on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. Roxie is a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. Each child will be given a 15-minute reading session while spots remain. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland Library to register. This program is for grades first through fourth.
Trim a tree for December
Decorate an ornament for our all-seasons tree at the Poland library during library hours in December. This is for children of all ages.
Get connected with digital media at your library
Would you like to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices? Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland branch to register for a class on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. This event is for teens and adults.
Proudly serving the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital, the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations to help our community at the Poland library on Dec. 19 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and Dec. 30 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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 email@example.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.
Friends of PLYMC is sponsoring a Yoga Class every Wednesday in the Poland library meeting room from 5-6 p.m. Pay as you attend at $10 per session.
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.