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Mill Creek ABWA chpater to meet

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its Jan. 9 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield beginning with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes creamed chicken over biscuit, roast pork, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, salad, applesauce, Jell-O and dessert. The cost is $18. Reservations may be made by calling Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 by Dec. 31. Speakers for the evening will be Liz Notman, who will discuss a seminar she attended at the YWCA, and Mary Brown and Judy Codespote will report on the conference they attended in Lancaster, Pa. The public is welcome.

Lego My Library presented in January

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Poland library on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided at this program for ages 6 and up.

Join the winter painting party

Create your very own painting as you follow along step-by-step with a presenter. This program is offered on Jan. 18 for grades 5-12 and Jan. 22 for grades k-4 at the Poland library at 6 p.m. There will be snacks provided. Space is limited and registration is required, so call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register.

Appy hour at the library

What’s an app? What apps are right for me? Learn all about popular apps for smartphones and mobile devices at the Poland library on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. See a variety of apps that will help you connect to your library, find a good place to eat, keep you entertained in a long grocery line, find a great new recipe or find great music to listen to on your walk. Registration is recommended; call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library. This program is for adults and teens.

Listen and Create

Listen to a story and then create something special at the Poland library on Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. Children of all ages can participate.

Read to Roxie

Relax and read to Roxie, a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International, at the Poland library at 6 p.m. on Jan. 23. 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 program is for grades 1-4.

Trim a Tree for January

Decorate an ornament for our all-seasons tree at the Poland library. Children of all ages can decorate.

Learn American Sign Language with the baby brilliant program

Learn how to use American Sign Language (ASL) with your child through rhymes, songs and stories on Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. at the Poland library. This will be followed by time to play and socialize. Learn easy corresponding signs to learn and share with your little ones.

Bond with babies and books at the library

Join the Poland library every Wednesday in January at 10 a.m. for a story time 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

Weekly square dance lessons to begin Jan. 9

The Friendly Squares will begin a second session of weekly square dance lessons for beginners. The introductory session will be Jan. 9 from 7-9 p.m. Each weekly session builds upon the previous session and will include learning new steps along with plenty of review and practice each week to help attendees master the moves. The sessions are designed to cover all the steps in the basic square dance program. Gene Hammond will be the instructor. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through April and there is a nominal fee of $6 per person per lesson. The Friendly Squares will also host their next dance on Jan. 13 at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. Dress is casual and there is a $6 donation per person at the door. To sign up for lessons or for additional information, contact Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Boy Scouts to participate in gold rush

The Whispering Pines Distract Klondike Gold Rush will take place the weekend of Jan. 5-7 at Great Trail Council’s Camp Stambaugh, where Boy Scouts from throughout Mahoning County and Hubbard will converge at the camp in search of gold, fun and the excitement of the Klondike Gold Rush. A Scout Klondike Derby is based on the real-life struggles encountered by the men and dogs crossing the frozen Klondike in search of wealth in the gold fields. Scouts will have the opportunity to conquer some of the same challenges that these adventures faced, in hopes of finding their own treasure. The Scouts will experience seven stations to test their abilities and earn gold. If you would like to join Scouting or for more information, call the Great Trail Council Scout office at 330-773-0415 or visit the website at www.gtcbsa.org. For more information about all the Scouting programs in the Mahoning County area, contact John Brkic, Whispering Pines District Executive at 330-773-0415, ext. 230 or at John.Brkic@scouting.org.

Achieving ideal weight for life workshop offered

Dr. Ted Suzelis, ND, is offering a 3-hour personalized weight loss workshop at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center in Boardman on Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. until noon. The address is 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex). The cost is $49, additional options available. This workshop is a comprehensive plan to teach participants how to eat healthy, lose weight and create a lifelong strategy for optimal health. Suzelis’ strategy for weight loss doesn’t include diet pills, shakes, special pre-packaged foods or starvation diets. Recipients will receive support and accountability, meal planning and portion control strategies. For more information on this workshop or to register, call 330-729-1350 or register online at OhioND.com. Space is limited for a small group.

Show your library card for Phantoms ticket discount

If you show your PLYMC library card at the Covelli Centre box office on Jan. 15, you can purchase at a ticket for that day’s 1:35 p.m. game at special price of $9. At that game, there will be activities and special promotions. Your library card can save you money through the “Show Me Your Card” offers; go to LibraryVisit.org to learn more.

Library bounces with excitement for Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit is coming to the Poland library on Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the upcoming movie release of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into Farmer McGregor’s vegetable garden. Learn more about the author and get “hoppy” with games, activities and a craft. Light refreshments will be provided at this program for children of all ages.

Play Bookopoly

Teens and adults, play Bookopoly for fun and prizes. Pick up your game board and instructions at any branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and play Bookopoly from Jan. 1 through March 31. Work your way around the game board by completing tasks, such as checking out a book, visiting our Pop-up Library or getting out into the community. Completing color sets earns you an entry slip for a prize drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. Complete the entire board to enter into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. The contest ends March 31 and all prizes will be awarded on April 16.

Blood Drive hosted by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross

Go to the Poland library from 12:30-6:30 p.m. on Jan. 2. and from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Jan. 12. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Get connected with digital media at your 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, join the Poland library on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. No registration is required at this program for adults and teens.

Meet Freddie Seitz at the library

“Choose kind.” That is the precept surrounding the movie and bestselling novel “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio. Meet Poland High School graduate Freddie Seitz, along with his mother, at the Poland library on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. and learn about their family’s journey of living with a facial difference.

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.

Snack-N-Sign program hosted at the library

Fifth- through eighth-graders, go to the Poland library after school on Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. to learn sign language and about Deaf culture through fun, interactive games and activities. A snack will be provided.

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.

American Sign Language 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.

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.

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. 31, Jan. 1 and Jan 15.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library every Thursday in January 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.

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.

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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