Austintown Bounce hosts Santa lunch
Austintown Bounce, located at 4317 Kirk Road in Austintown, will host a Lunch with Santa event on Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Santa will be on site from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Admission to the event is $7, and includes a hot dog and small fountain drink, unlimited play on the inflatables and more. A photographer will be available for photos with Santa. No coupons or passes will be accepted at this event.
Pancake breakfast to be Dec. 3
Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus #3930 are sponsoring a sausage and pancake breakfast on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the parish center, located at 4500 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown. The menu consists of sausage, a variety of pancakes and beverages. The cost for adults is $5 and $3 for children 12 and younger.
Join a gift wrapping fundraiser with the friends of the library
On Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., the Friends and Junior Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will be gift wrapping at Barnes & Noble in Boardman. Tips from this fundraising event go to the Friends of PLYMC for children and teen programs. Come out and support the Friends. If you make a purchase at Barnes & Noble on Dec. 8, tell the cashier that you want to support the Friends of PLYMC, so that a percentage of the sale will go to the Friends. To volunteer or for more information, call the Development Office at 330-740-6086.
Local dog rescue hosts cookie walk
Legacy Dog Rescue, a 501c3 non profit organization, will be hosting a Cookie Walk on Dec. 9, at Austintown Family Video, located at 4385 Kirk Road in Austintown, from 12–4 p.m. Mix and match homemade cookies, brownies, cupcakes and more for $5 per dozen. Get your holiday baking done the easy way while also supporting this organization’s efforts to help the abused, neglected and abandoned dogs of Trumbull and Mahoning County.
Gotta Move Story Time at the library
Every Thursday at 10 a.m., join the Austintown library for a story time for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care giver. Join in 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, talk and play.
Library to host Holiday Walk
Take a walk down Holiday Lane at the Austintown library on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. as you read stories and have fun with different activities that will be sure get you into the holiday spirit. Light refreshments will be provided for children of all ages.
Join the library for a Miser’s Brothers Christmas
Revel in the nostalgia of these classic Christmas characters at the Austintown library on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. with your family and remember what it was like that magical year when Santa Claus took a holiday on the night before Christmas morning. There will be music, crafts and games, as well as a surprise visit from Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the Miser Brothers themselves.
Join the Nutcracker Sweets Party at the library
Get the holidays cracking by attending the Austintown library’s Nutcracker Sweets Party on Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Featuring activities and games inspired by the classic story, the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky, and of course, a candy bar, this program will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. This party is for children of all ages.
Build with legos in December
Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Austintown library on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided for children ages 6 and up.
Austintown Library to host blood drive
The Mahoning Chapter of the American red Cross will be taking blood donations to help the community at the library on Dec. 2 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Learn about Christmas around the globe
Jingle Bell Genealogy: Christmas Traditions from Around the World will meet on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. Learn about Yuletide celebrations as enjoyed in selected countries. This program is for adults and teens.
Play strategy board games at the library
Do you like to play strategy board games? Come to the Austintown library on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. to play games like “Ticket to Ride,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Carcassonne.” Play what’s here or bring your own to share. Light refreshments will be served for adults and teens.
Join...And the Rest is History book club
There are no assigned titles for this meeting on Dec. 4 at the Austintown library at 10 a.m. Join other members for lively discussions of the latest readings in history and historical fiction. Pick a subject that sparks your interest, and share your thoughts on your selection. All areas of history and historical fiction are welcome in this meeting for adults.
Join a basic e-mail class
Learn how easy it is to set up your own e-mail account at the Austintown library on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover setting up an Internet based e-mail account and how to use it. Some knowledge of computers and Internet is required. Registration required as space is limited. Register online via the library’s event calendar or call 330-744-8636.
Read to Reese in December
On the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m., come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners at the Austintown library. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This program is for school aged children.
Austintown Fitch senior operates toy drive
Lexi Cintron, a senior at Austintown Fitch High School, has been involved with charity work for as long as she can remember. Growing up, her parents often took her to the Salvation Army to donate toys. At the age of 6, she thought of the idea to conduct her own, independent toy drive. Ten years later, she has collected and donated more than 5,000 toys to various organizations to helping families in need. With one year left of “Lexi’s Toy Drive," she wishes to help as many people as she can through Someplace Safe, a shelter for domestically battered women and children. Those interested in helping can drop off donations to Spalon of Sara Morris, located at 5000 E. Market St. Suite 21, in Howland, during Dec. 2-16 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Book-a-Librarian offers additional help
If you would like a personal introduction to resources available at the library or need more time with a librarian than you can get over the phone or if you just walk in, this program is for you. 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 or the internet; downloading e-books and audiobooks, researching a topic, discovering new books and authors, 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 to book a librarian at ay of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.
Swap coupons at the library
Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in during library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.
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 Tuesdays at 6 p.m., a meeting will take place at the Oxford House, located at 320 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.