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Local church hosts holiday event

Free to the public, the Joy of Christmas event will take place at Canfield Presbyterian Church on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and includes Charlie Brown themed crafts and games. They will also have music and pictures with Santa. Families may register for the event by visiting the church’s website at www.canfieldpresbyterian.org. Contact Jason Campbell at jasonc@canfieldpresbyterian.org for details.

Blood Drive at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross proudly serves the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. The Mahoning Chapter will be taking blood donations to help the community at the Canfield library on Dec. 28 from 2-7 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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.

Free Blood Pressure Check at the library

Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be at the Canfield library from 1-2 p.m. on Dec. 20 for a free blood pressure check event.

Friends of PLYMC Canfield Committee Meeting announced

The Canfield Friends of the PLYMC will meet on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield library.

Mah-Jongg Mondays at the library

Drop in to play Mah-Jongg with others who love the game. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend every Monday at the Canfield library from 1-3 p.m. Mah-Jongg sets not provided for this program for adults. The final December meeting will be on Tuesday Dec. 26 from 1-3 p.m.

Coupon Swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in to the Canfield library during library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.

Local church offers chicken dinners

Drive through chicken dinners will be offered at Lord of Life Church, located at 550 N. Broad Street in Canfield, on Dec. 28 from 3-6 p.m. They will consist of chicken parmesan, spaghetti, three bean salad, roll and butter, and cake. The cost is $9 per dinner (cash only) and the proceeds will help with ministry expenses. Each customer will get $1 off the purchase price if they bring a can of vegetables that will be donated to the needy via the Rescue Mission or some other worthwhile organization. Simply pull up to the back door and they will serve you. Questions can be called to the church office at 330-533-3531.

Join Off the Shelves...Book Club

Welcome to this monthly book club for a lively discussion of titles chosen “Off the Shelves” of the Canfield library’s book club room. The club will meet on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. and again on Dec. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun with these upcoming reads: December: “Britt-Marie was Here” by Fredrik Backman, January: “The Widow” by Fiona Barton and February: “The Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz.

Forever Young book club to meet in December

Do you love reading YA books? Join this club at the Canfield library on Dec. 19. at 6:30 p.m. where they will be reading and discussing a different young adult book every month. This month, they will be discussing “Tell Me Three Things” by Julie Buxbaum. This program is for adults.

Lord of Life to host Gathering Place event

Lord of Life Church, located at 550 N. Broad Street in Canfield, will host a Gathering Place event on Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. This Gathering Place program will consist of holiday music provided by Tim Elder, minister of music at Lord of Life Church. Attendees are asked to bring Christmas cookies to share. A pasta luncheon will be provided by Woodlands. Attendees should arrive promptly at 11 a.m. This is a free community outreach social program offered to all senior citizens that takes place on the second Monday of the month every month. Different games and activities are also offered each month. The contact person for these events is Bernadette Beler at 330-533-6045 or the church at 330-533-3531

Canfield High School advances in Samsung’s $2 Million National STEAM contest

Canfield High School was named one of the nation’s 255 state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Tom Slaven’s AP Chemistry classroom was chosen based on their proposal to use STEAM skills to address the closure of local lakes due to high E. coli levels. To tackle this project, students will develop a prototype of a treatment system that could reduce the amount compounds making into the lake that are promoting the bacterial growth to unsafe levels. As one of five state finalists in Ohio, Slaven will win a Samsung Chromebook Æ to use in his classroom. Canfield High School will now have the opportunity to advance in the competition for additional classroom technology prizes. Slaven is currently working on an Activity Plan outlining how his students will execute their project. If he is named the Ohio State Winner in December, Canfield High School will receive a $25,000 Samsung technology package. Slaven is available for interviews about the local issue they’re working to solve and the importance of hands-on STEAM learning. For interview opportunities, contact Renee English, Media and Communications, at 330-314-3883.

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 Canfield library every Thursday in December at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Canfield library every Tuesday in December 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. 19 will be a holiday program.

Ugly sweater contest at the library

Join in the fun to vote for the Canfield library staff member wearing the ugliest holiday sweater from Dec. 11-16. One vote per person per day, and your vote enters you into a drawing for a gift certificate prize to Dough House Cookies at the Canfield library. This is available during library hours.

Lego Mindstorms - program a robot

Find out how to program Lego Mindstorms Robots on Dec. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Canfield library. Learn about the Lego Mindstorms software and use it to program robots to get through challenges. This event is for those who are in fifth grade and up. Call 330-744-8636 to register. Space is limited.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Canfield library. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.

Tween DIY gift wrap and bows

If you are tired of the same old boring wrapping paper or want those holiday gifts to be extra special, go to the Canfield library on Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. and make your own wrapping paper and bows to take home. Choose and create two different designs and coordinating bows to take home. A treat will be provided. This event is for tweens age 9-12.

Coloring for grown-ups

Join the Canfield library on Dec. 18 from 10-11:15 a.m. and tap into your creative side with the newest relaxation craze: coloring for grown-ups. Colored pencils and markers will be provided along with intricate abstract and themed design sheets. This program is for teens and adults only.

DIY Christmas ornament

Join the Canfield library on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in creating your own Christmas ornament. Supplies will be provided and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults and teens.

Canfield movie night - holiday edition

Ring in the holiday season by joining the Canfield library on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. where they will be watching a holiday-themed movie. Feel free to bring your own small snacks and drinks. This event is for children of all ages. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Movie will be either PG or PG 13. This is a holiday program.

Facebook for beginners at Canfield

See how you can connect with family and friends on Facebook at this event on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Canfield library. Join the library where they will show you how to start posting, sharing and liking posts right away. Don’t have a Facebook account? Call ahead and the librarians will schedule a time to help you create an account before the class. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Gotta Move Story Time at the library

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m., join the Canfield 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.

Join a chair yoga class at the library

Chair Yoga is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. It is $10 a class, and you can pay as you attend. Class meets every Friday and dress comfortably. For more information, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086.

Give a high five to the dogs

Come and read to the Canfield library’s favorite therapy dogs. Give them a “High Five” to welcome them to the library. Bring your own book, or the library will find one for you. School aged children can read to the therapy dogs the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Therapy dogs provided by Pawz for People, a Community Partner of Pet Partners, local Pet Therapy group.

The Mahoning Valley Corvettes joins in with Salem car cruise for event

The call to take over The Salem Super cruise, Salem’s largest annual event attracting thousands, was recently answered by The Mahoning Valley Corvettes. The non-profit car club dates back to 1962 including members from every surrounding community and Salem. Many of the club members have enjoyed the Salem Super Cruise and will now partner with the City of Salem to put on the event entering its 14th year. The Salem Super Cruise is open to all cars and trucks, not just Corvettes. Motorcycles are also welcome. The weekend benefits the Second Harvest Foodbank, which feeds many hungry local families. The event will take place June 7-10 and will feature activities, some free, including a parade, car show, food, live bands and more. The Mahoning Valley Corvettes look forward to partnering with the City of Salem to provide a this weekend for the entire family.

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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