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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.

Chili Cook-off to be Nov. 26

The annual Chili Cook-off during the Ohio State and Michigan football game will be on Nov. 26. Doors will open two hours prior to game, and the public is encouraged to attend. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door for $25. There will be food, refreshments, door prizes, chili judging and fun, as well as the greatest rivalry in college football. The event will take place in the YSC main hall, located at 1735 W. South Range Road (Route 165) in North Lima. Attendees are encouraged to bring their best chili recipe for sampling and judging. The Youngstown Shrine Club’s membership works to promote and provide support to the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children in North America through donations and promotional events. Shriner Hospitals treat children who have orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. Advanced care is provided in a family-centered environment that is focused on maximizing a child’s quality of life regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

Find the fantastic beasts

Newt’s beasts have escaped his suitcase and made their way to the library. Find them, match them and answer the riddle at the Austintown library during library hours in November. All participants earn a prize. One winner receives a grand prize. Your journey begins in the teen department. This is for tweens and teens in grades 4-12.

Football alumni social

Calling all Cards, past, present and future. The MVR will host Mooney players and fans from the past six decades as they celebrate the weekend together with their family on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle and autograph collection for unique Mooney Auction gifts.

CMHS launches giving Tuesday initiative

CMHS will make a substantial donation to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley on behalf of all Lumen Christi 8th Graders in the Youngstown Diocese on Nov. 29. Other charitable endeavors involving the Mooney Family will take place throughout the day.

Pre-Kindergarten story time

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

Tales and talk for 2’s & 3’s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in November 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.

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.

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.

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 at 10 a.m. every Tuesday in November. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales and talk for 2’s & 3’s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in November 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.

Vote for your favorite picture book character

It’s voting season so come to the Austintown library during library hours in November to vote for your favorite picture book character in honor of National Picture Book Month.

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.

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