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Mahoning County 4-H royal court announced

The 2017 Mahoning County 4-H Royal Court has recently been announced. Kristyn Svetlak from Poland has been named to the Royal Court.

Poland Relay for Life hits goal for second year

The Poland Relay for Life has hit its fundraising goal two years in a row. In 2016, the Poland Relay for Life hit its goal of $53,000. This year’s goal was $55,000 and the 2017 Poland Relay for Life hit this mark by earning $55,163. The relay had until Aug. 31 to reach this goal, and through several generous donations and fundraising incentives, they were successful. The Poland Relay for Life leadership and teams thank all communities, sponsors, supporters, families and friends for making this possible. The Poland Relay for Life is now making big plans for next year’s event. The 2018 theme will be “Luau for Life.” This celebration of life, sand and surf will feature a luau for the survivors and caregivers, and fun tropical activities throughout the event. Every team will select a tropical island as their own inspiration. The date of the 2018 Poland Relay for Life will be announced in a few months. Sept. 1 is the beginning of the 2018 relay season, and the Poland Relay for Life hopes to sign up several new teams to help them hit their goal for a third year. Anyone wishing to start a team should contact Kim Deemer at 330-423-8941.

Weekly square dance lessons begin on Sept. 12

The Niles Friendly Squares, a local square dance group dedicated to keeping alive the uniquely American art form of square dancing, will begin a new year of weekly square dance lessons. The introductory session will be on Sept. 12 from 7-9 p.m. Each session builds upon the previous session and will include learning new steps along with plenty of review and practice each week to help attendees master the moves. The sessions are designed to cover all the steps in the Basic Square Dance Program. Gene Hammond will be the instructor. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through December with a second session beginning Jan. 9. There is a fee of $6 per person per lesson. The Friendly Squares also sponsors monthly dances with alternating dances, or tips, for new dancers to practice their skills, as well as tips for more experienced dancers. All the lessons and monthly dances take place at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. To sign up for lessons or for additional information, contact Gene or Frankie Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370. The Friendly Squares will also be performing square dance demonstrations at the Canfield Fair on Aug. 31 from 7-8 p.m. and on Sept. 3 from 2-3 p.m. on the stage located in front of the International Building.

Acupuncture hour

Improve your physical and mental well-being by joining Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center’s monthly acupuncture “happy hour” Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Wind down from the work week and everyday hustle with a relaxing acupuncture session with Valentina Khoury Dubasik, ND, LOM. Call 330-729-1350 or go to OhioND.com to reserve your spot. The cost is $20. The next happy hour will be Sept. 28. Seating is limited. The center’s address is 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex).

Holy Family Seniors to meet on Aug. 21

The Holy Family Seniors Group will meet Aug. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in Holy Family Parish Hall, located at 2729 Center Road in Poland. Hostesses for this meeting are Milly Chopp and Theresa Pesa. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by Bingo and card games. Call Ruth Burns, President, at 330-757-1334 or to Laurie Fox, Secretary/Treasurer, at 330-536-8850 for information.

Boardman Park to host disc golf tournament

Whether you are new to disc golf or you are a pro, don’t miss Ace Race 2017, taking place on Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m. at Boardman Park. Each year, disc golfers from around the globe gather at their local disc golf courses for one purpose: to throw aces (a hole in one). Tees are moved up so holes are generally between 100 and 150 feet, making every hole “aceable” and allowing players of all abilities to participate. The entry fee is $40 and includes lunch, two Ace Race discs, that you must use that day, and other disc golf gear. The grand prize will be a disc golf bag along with discs to fill it. Additional prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin, a putting competition and a 50/50 raffle. Register online at boardmandiscgolf.weebly.com or in the Boardman Park office. The deadline to register is Sept. 1. For more information, email Shawn Golden at shawngolden@gmail.com or call the Park Office at 330-726-8105. Prize donations and event sponsors are always welcome and appreciated. Contact Shawn Golden for more information. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boardman Park Disc Golf Course.

DIY marshmallows

Learn to make marshmallows at home with just a few easy steps at this program at the Poland library on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. The process will be demonstrated, and samples will be available for tasting. (Food waiver must be signed.) This event is for adults and teens.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Poland library on Aug. 25 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. This blood drive will serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Yoga class

Friends of PLYMC is sponsoring a Yoga Class every Wednesday in August from 5-6 p.m. at the Poland library. Pay as you attend at $10 a session. For more information, call 330-740-6086. This event is for adults.

The Oakland Center for the Arts presents…

Join professional musicians for musical performances at the Poland library on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. This event will feature “A History of Blues.” This event is for adults.

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 August at 10 a.m.

Read to Roxie

Relax at the Poland library on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. and read to Roxie, 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 event is for grades 1-4.

Yoga class

Friends of PLYMC is sponsoring a Yoga Class every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. at the Poland library. Pay as you attend at $10 a session. For more information, call 330-740-6086. This event is for adults.

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 at the Oxford House, located at 30 Benton Road in Salem. This location is handicapped accessible. On Thursdays, a meeting will take place 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. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, a meeting will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, located at 1181 Churchill-Hubbard Road in Youngstown. This location is also 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.

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.

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