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Junior League hosts New York trip

The Junior League of Youngstown is hosting a round trip from Youngstown to New York City April 13-15. Spend the day as you wish for your selection of Broadway plays, shopping, sightseeing and dining. The “NYE Ball Drop” price is $139 per person if paid in full by Dec. 31 and $149 per person without a discount. Payment plans are accepted and must be paid in full by March 14 and will be $149 per person. Tickets are available until March 14 for the trip. Your ticket is transferable in the event you are unable to attend. No cash refunds will be issued. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in the 291 Leagues in four countries. For more information, contact Fund Development Chairman Amy Banks at 330-743-2000 or email juniorleagueofyoungstown@gmail.com.

Listen and Lego

Listen to a story and then have fun building with Legos at the Poland library on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. Legos will be provided and this program is for ages 4-7.

Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County joins Sharing the Love campaign

Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County recently announced that it will be participating in the tenth annual Subaru Share the Love Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America – one of four national Share the Love charitable partners supported through the promotion. From Nov. 16 until Jan. 2, Subaru of America will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charity. Participating Meals on Wheels America members, like Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County, will receive a share of the donation raised by Subaru in their state. Meals on Wheels has partnered with Boardman Subaru in Boardman to raise awareness for the popular year-end sales and giving event, and drive support for Meals on Wheels by participating in Mill Creek Park’s ‘Winter Celebration- Toyland’ at the annual holiday tree walk at the Davis Center. Meals on Wheels will have a tree featuring Subaru’s, share the love EVENT, which runs Dec. 2-31. For more information, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove.

Cardinal Mooney announces alumni basketball game in honor of Dave Petty

On Dec. 27 from 6-10 p.m., Cardinal Mooney High School, located at 2545 Erie St. in Youngstown, will host its second Men’s & Women’s Alumni Basketball Game in honor of Alumnus Dave Petty - Class of 1984. Petty was a beloved alum, coach and teacher at CMHS before his untimely passing in 2010. To honor Petty’s legacy, CMHS will host a co-ed basketball game to benefit its Adopt-A-Student Scholarship Fund. Last year’s inaugural game raised more than $3,000 for tuition assistance for deserving, at-need students. Registration to play in the game is required and donations are welcome. Players can register or interested parties may donate at https://www.cardinalmooney.com/events/. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call the school for more information at 330-788-5007.

ASL club January class announced

Join the Poland library on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. to learn American Sign Language (ASL). The purpose of the ASL club is to teach attendees of any age about American Sign Language. During the meetings, you will practice and learn the various aspects of the language and culture of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. The goal is to bring awareness of and instill the love of ASL. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience and refreshments will be provided.

Newcomers of Mahoning Valley will meet on Dec. 18

The Newcomers of Mahoning Valley will meet on Dec. 18 at Johnny’s Fine Food and Spirits, located at 7807 Market St. in Boardman. The meeting will begin at noon. Hostesses are Bonnie Lambert and Alice Marchione. Instead of a speaker, members will play a Christmas gift exchange game. There will be an update of all sub groups, including the new travelers group. For more information about the group or for reservations, call Jorine at 330-757-7212 or Barbara at 330-758-3934.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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