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Society holiday dinner to be Dec. 19

Historical Society members are invited to the Christmas Dinner on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road (State Route 224 and Struthers Road intersection). The main meat, dessert and beverage will be provided by the Society. Members are asked to bring a side dish, casserole or salad to be shared by all. RSVP to Diane Baughman at 330-536-6877 by Dec. 14.

Historical society elects officers

An election of officers took place during the November meeting of the Poland Historical Society. Re-elected to serve in 2018 were President Larry Baughman, Vice-President Laurie Fox, Secretary Dave Smith, Treasurer Joann Eiselstein and Trustees Larry Bartos, Dick Dale, June Deeley, Ted Heineman, Sue Holloway, Joe Majzik, Ginny Meloy, Doris Rice, Lew Shirey, Pete Sturbi and Ed Virostek.

More PSHS students named honor roll list

Ninth-graders Nola Argiro, Summer Bailing and James Scotford were named to the High Honors list, while tenth-grader Mai West was named to the Honorable Mention list and Jessica Taylor was named to the ninth-grade Honorable Mention list for Poland Seminary High School’s Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. The students were a late addition to the Dec. 2 printed honor roll list.

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 Poland library on Dec. 18 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and again on Dec. 29 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 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.

Holy Family seniors to meet on Dec. 18

The Holy Family Seniors Group will meet for their Christmas luncheon on Dec. 18 at the Holy Family Parish Hall, located at 2729 Center Road in Poland. A catered luncheon will be served at noon. The cost is $4 per member and $15 for non-members. Cash payment will be accepted at the door, but attendees should RSVP by Dec. 14 to Ruth Burns at 330-757-1334 or Laurie Fox at 330-536-8860. Members who would like to participate in a gift exchange should bring a $5 wrapped gift. Following lunch, members will enjoy playing cards and Bingo.

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.

Seven basics for simple health

Go to the Poland library on Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. to hear how former resident Marlene Nudo-Veltre used seven simple steps founded on common sense practices to help her recover from a serious illness. Nudo-Veltre is the author of “7 Basics for Simple Health.” This event is for adults.

ASL is focus of Baby Brilliant event

Learn how to use American Sign Language (ASL) with your child through rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at the Poland library on Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. Learn easy corresponding signs to learn and share with your little ones.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for Kindergarten through play at this event at the Poland library on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. Read a story and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for kindergarten. Activities will vary at each program. This event is for children who are ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

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 on Dec. 13 and 20 at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library every Thursday in December at 10:30 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. 21 will be a holiday program.

Gingerbread house holiday program

Sip hot chocolate and listen to Christmas music while you build and decorate a miniature gingerbread house using graham crackers, icing, gumdrops and more at the Poland library on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636, or register at the Poland library. This event is for school-age children.

Listen and create

Listen to a holiday story and then create something special at the Poland library on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Poland library. This event is for children of all ages. This is a holiday program.

Ugly Christmas sweater contest

Poland library staff will model their ugliest Christmas sweaters and pictures will be posted. Vote for your favorite at the library from Dec. 4-22 and be entered to win a gift card from a random drawing on Dec. 22.

Trim a tree for December

Decorate an ornament for the Poland library’s all-seasons tree during library hours throughout December. This event is for children of all ages.

Read to Roxie

Relax and read to Roxie, a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International, on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Poland library. 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 children in grades 1-4.

Paracord survival bracelets and keychains

Make a bracelet or keychain for yourself, friends or family using paracord on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Poland library. This event is for adults, teens and tweens.

Get connected with digital media at the library

If you would like to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices, this event at the Poland library on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. is for you. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland branch to register. This event is for adults.

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.

Yoga Class offered at the library

Friends of PLYMC is sponsoring a Yoga Class every Wednesday at the Poland library in the meeting room. Classes are from 5-6 p.m., and you pay as you attend. It is $10 per session and for more information, call 330-740-6086.

Celebrate “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Join the Poland library on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. to use the force and celebrate the upcoming release “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Crafts, games, fun and refreshments will be served at this event for adults, tweens and teens.

Find the elf on a bookshelf

During the month of December, visit the Poland library to see all the places and mischief the elf, Dewey, is getting into. Look for Dewey on the bookshelf photos on the library’s Facebook page and Instagram and add some of your own.

GA to meet twice

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.

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.

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