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Boardman High School Orchestras to Present Winter Concert

The award-winning Boardman High School symphony, chamber and classical orchestras will present their annual Winter Orchestra Festival on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Boardman Performing Arts Center. Admission is a $3 donation for adults and a $1 donation for students. Pre-schoolers and senior citizens are admitted free of charge. The Boardman orchestra program is under the direction of Michele Prokop, Bill Amendol and Joel Monaco.

Dr. Alan Kidon joins Ankle & Foot Care Centers

Ankle & Foot Care Centers recently announced the addition of Dr. Alan Kidon to its staff of physicians and surgeons. Dr. Kidon is accepting new patients in the group’s Columbiana, Market Street (Boardman) and East Liverpool offices. He also practices at Northside Medical Center. With the addition of Dr. Kidon, Ankle & Foot Care Centers now has 18 podiatric foot and ankle surgeons serving patients in 20 locations in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Dr. Kidon specializes in sports medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Local church hosts live nativity

On Dec. 10, continuously from 1-4 p.m., Disciples Christian Church, located at 565 Boardman-Canfield Road (Route 224 across from the Giant Eagle Get-Go) in Boardman, will present The Journey to Bethlehem, featuring a live nativity. This walk-through drama recreates the sights and sounds of Bethlehem in Biblical times. Inside Fellowship Hall, which will be transformed into the ancient city of Bethlehem, make a craft to remind you of your “journey” to the manger. Enjoy visiting, cookies and cocoa. A special feature this year is an indoor stable backdrop where children can dress up as Mary, Joseph or a stable. For more information, call the church office at 330-758-8189 or email dcc4bdmn@sbcglobal.net.

Blood Drive at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross proudly serves the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. The Mahoning County Chapter will be taking blood donations to help the community at the Boardman library on Dec. 16 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and again on Dec. 26 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Puzzle Swap at the library

Swap six of your once done jigsaw puzzles with others. This is offered every second Wednesday of the month at the Boardman library at 4 p.m. For more information, call the Development Office at 330-740-6086.

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 and the internet; downloading e-books and audiobooks; researching a topic; discovering new books and authors and 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.

Holiday closings at the library

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Jan. 1.

I Read YA! book club to meet in December

The I Read YA! book club is for adult fans of young adult literature from ages 18-118. The next meeting will be on Dec. 18 at the Boardman library at 6:30 p.m. This month, the group will be discussing “One of Us is Lying” by Karen M. McManus.

Boardman Park to host string quartet concert

Enjoy a free concert of holiday favorites played with such elegance and grace by the Elegant String Quartet on Dec. 16 from 5-6 p.m. at Boardman Park. The concert will take place in the St. James Meeting House, which will be lavished with handmade decorations created by the Holborn Herb Growers Guild.

Origami ornament

Make an ornament that will be perfect for the holidays by folding paper into beautiful swans and butterflies on Dec. 12 from 7-8 p.m. at the Boardman library. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Fancy bows for holiday packages

Learn to make beautiful bows for your holiday packages on Dec. 13 from 7-8 p.m. at the Boardman library. Bring your holiday packages to wrap. Paper and ribbon will be provided. Registration is required. 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 Boardman library every Tuesday in December at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Boardman library on Dec. 6, 13 and 20 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. Dec. 20 will be a holiday program.

Local team has fundraiser

The Canfield Girls Basketball Boosters will host Designer Bag Bingo at St. Michaels Parish Family Life Center on Jan. 20, 2018. Thirteen games of bingo will be played, with an authentic designer handbag, including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach, Tory Birch, Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Phillip Lim, awarded as the prize for each game. The handbag for the grand finale game will include the highest valued handbag filled with gift cards. Other raffles will be offered. Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 at the door and include 12 rounds of bingo, grand finale bingo, hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. Additional bingo cards and daubers will be available to purchase. A cash bar of beer and wine will also be offered. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with bingo beginning at 6 p.m. All funds raised will benefit the Lady Cards Basketball program. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit Facebook and search Lady Cards Basketball Boosters Designer Purse Bingo. Tickets will also be available to purchase at Canfield High School girls basketball home games.

Make a memory at the library

Join the Boardman library on Dec. 14 from 7-7:30 p.m. for holiday stories and songs. Make an ornament that will instantly become a favorite. Children of all ages are invited, preschoolers must attend with a parent.

Nutcracker sweets party

Get the holidays cracking by attending the Boardman library’s Nutcracker Sweets Party on Dec. 27 from 10-11 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 event is for children of all ages.

Cuffle earns CMPS designation

Ryan Cuffle, a mortgage banker with Top Flite Financial, Inc, has passed the qualifying exams to earn the Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS Æ) designation granted by the CMPS Institute. The CMPS Institute is a national organization that certifies mortgage bankers and brokers to help borrowers choose the right mortgage strategies. The CMPS curriculum incorporates five essential skill sets, including mortgage and real estate taxation; housing, financial and mortgage markets; cash flow planning; real estate investment planning and ethics and compliance. Cuffle can be reached at rcuffle@topflitefinancial.com or call 330-501-9528.

McGuffey Society historian to speak

William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s historian, Richard S. Scarsella, will present a program on the nationally known local educator, author of the Eclectic Readers, on Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library, located at 7680 Glenwood Avenue in Boardman, for the Boardman Historical Society. The program is part of a new series of the historical society’s public offerings. The presentations are open to the public. Admission is free. Reservations are suggested. Walk-ins are welcomed and admitted based upon seating availability. Phone board member Dona Hammond at 330-726-0651 for reservations or more program information. Program topics include the development of the readers, their social and cultural significance on American education and society and the role of the WHMHS in keeping his legacy alive. Known as a local historian, Scarsella is chairman of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society and president of the Boardman Historical Society. The Boardman Historical Society maintains a museum of Boardman and local artifacts at Boardman Park in the historic Dechon House. Tours are by appointment only. For more information about the society, contact Boardman Historical Society president Richard S. Scarsella at 330-726-8277.

F5RS to host Hoppy Holidays open house

F5RS will host a Hoppy Holiday open house on Dec. 9 and 10 from 12-4 p.m. at their location, 11836 South Ave. in the Old School Marketplace, building “E” in the basement. There is an elevator for those who need it. Meet the adoptable bunnies of F5RS, a 501c3 rescue and sanctuary. Refreshments will be available and there will be a Scentsy raffle. Make toys for your own animals or the shelter, shop and more. Participants will be able to learn more about Bunnies in Baskets therapy bunnies. On site adoptions are possible with approved application, found at orgsites.com/oh/F5RS.

Reader’s Choice Book Club to host December meeting

Join the book club at the Boardman library on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. to discuss “After the Fall” by Noah Hawley. Share your favorite books and find out what new ones are being published. They will preview January’s book, “Circling the Sun,” by Paula McLain.

Local church to host Christmas Cookie Walk

There will be a Christmas Cookie Walk on Dec. 9 from 9-11 a.m. or until it is sold out at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Dr. in Boardman, next door to West Boulevard School. Homemade cookies will be sold by the dozen at the price of $5.50 per dozen. The Bethel “Piecemakers” will have hand sewn and miscellaneous items for sale.

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.

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.

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