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Knitting guild to meet on Feb. 14

The Western Reserve Knitting Guild will meet on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Community Building in Fair Park in Canfield. A program of a knitted headband with right and left twists will be presented by Shawn Anderson. Those wishing to participate should bring size 8 US circular knitting needles, scissors, a stitch marker and a tapestry needle. The pattern will be provided. Anyone interested in joining the Guild or donating yarn for charity work can contact

Newcomers meetings for January and February

Newcomers of Mahoning Valley Book Club will be meeting on Feb. 9 and will be discussing a book by David Baldacci, “The Camel Club.” The Movie Group saw “La La Land” in January and is looking forward to seeing another good movie on Feb. 15. Needlework will resume meeting on Feb. 7 and a restaurant and date will be chosen for Roundtowners, also in February. The birthday luncheon will be announced at the luncheon in January. The luncheon in February will be on the 22nd at 11:30 a.m. at the Poland library. Lunch will be catered by Kravitz. Attorney and former judge Shirley Christian will be speaking. For more information about the group or meetings, contact Amy at 330-953-3349 or Jorine at 330-757-7212.

PLYMC offers online learning service

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) is offering a free service which connects library cardholders to the popular learning platform, Library customers can get to the free offerings by using the PLYMC portal through a link on the website. Look on the horizontal menu under “LEARN” for the link. Library customers can learn anytime, day or night. is available online 24/7. The learning resource offers more than 3,000 courses and 150,000 video tutorials taught by experts. Some available areas include 3-D, animation, audio, business, design, home computing, photography, video, the web, technical skills, business techniques, creative skills and more. is a paid service which is being provided free of charge to PLYMC cardholders through the library’s website: Ohio residents who don’t have a card will find it easy to sign up. With a digital card, online offerings such as can be used without worry about fines or fees. Sign up from home for a digital card at:

ABWA meeting to be Feb. 14

The Mill Creek Chapter of American Business Women’s Association will host its Feb. 14 meeting at A La Cart in Canfield. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and costs $18. The menu consists of city chicken and lemon chicken, red skin potatoes, California blend vegetables, tossed salad, cole slaw, Jello, rolls and beverages and dessert. The guest speaker for the evening will be owner of Mr. Darby’s, Bob Neapolitano. The new store is on Market Street, next to Antones. A short meeting will follow. The public is invited. Reservations are due no later than Jan. 31. Call Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527. Plans are underway for the upcoming basket auction, to take place on April 30 at the Ursuline Motherhouse on Shields Road. For more information about the auction, call Judy Codespote at 330-797-1488. Profits from this fundraiser go into the Education Fund of the Chapter to educate students and send members to leadership conferences sponsored by our national offices of ABWA.

Friendly Squares to have monthly dance

The Niles Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on Feb. 11 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Dress is casual and there is a $6 donation per person at the door. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. The theme this month is Valentine’s Day, so wear something red if you so desire and celebrate the holiday with the Friendly Squares. Gene Hammond will be the caller. For additional information, call Gene at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

Valentine’s Day music

A holiday concert sure to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Local professional musicians will treat you to chamber music guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood at the Boardman library on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. No reservations are needed for this special event. This is for adults.

An updated Mahoning County Plat Book is now available at the OSU Extension Office in Canfield. This publication contains township maps of the entire county, showing plat maps (including all rural landowners) with detailed information on each section.

The book also contains an alphabetical list of land owners relating to the page and section of the plat book. The details of each parcel include the outline of the parcel, who owns the land and how many acres are included. The book is published by Farm and Home Publishers (FHP). FHP uses county and townships offices, ODOT information and 911 information to produce this accurate map.

The sale of the Mahoning County Plat Book is a fundraiser for the Mahoning County 4-H program. This book makes a great gift for the avid hunter, hiker or bird watcher of the family. Updated full-color Index Maps show each township’s geographic location in detail. Each plat book is $25 plus tax (totaling $26.69). To inquire or purchase a copy, call 330-533-5538 or visit the OSU Extension Office at 490 S. Broad St, in Canfield.

Alternatives for managing anxiety, stress and depression

The use of antidepressants has skyrocketed over the past two decades. One in four women in their 40s and 50s takes an antidepressant. Too often the side effects of these medications leave people wondering if the cure is worse than the disease. You’re invited to a free seminar presented by the local leading authority on natural ways to address the genetic, environmental and dietary causes of these chemical imbalances. Call 330-729-1350 today to reserve your spot for this free seminar. Seating is limited. The seminar will take place at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center in Boardman on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The address is 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex).

Rescue Mission benefit dinner

The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley will be hosting an annual benefit at Antone’s Banquet Centre in Boardman on Feb. 17 to support the general fund of the Rescue Mission. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the buffet will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dessert and brief testimonies from clients who have received life-changing services from the Mission. This year, worship music will be featured after the meal and the Rescue Mission is excited to welcome local musicians Pastor Chris Drombetta and Lori Reighn Matta to the event. Reserved seating for this one night event is available now. Call the Mission’s Development Department weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 330-744-5485 for reservations. The dinner consists of baked haddock almondine, eggplant parmesan, Greek style baked chicken, rolls, Caesar salad, char grilled mixed medley garlic vegetables, rigatoni, roasted redskin potatoes, dessert, coffee and soft drinks. Seats are $50 per person and corporate sponsorships are available at the bronze level for $250, silver level $500 and gold level at $1,000 and above. All seats will be advance sale. Visit for more details and to download an order form.

Playtime at your library

You’ll 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 at the Boardman library on Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. Activities will vary at each program. This event is for ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet and greet story time with the Youngstown Phantoms

Meet the Youngstown Phantoms, listen to stories, and get a special giveaway at the Boardman library on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. No reservations are needed for this special story time that will be fun for the whole family.

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 February at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2’s and 3’s

Join the Boardman library on Feb. 1, 15 and 22 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.

Lego Mindstorms Robots, part one

Discover how to build, program and test Lego Mindstorms Robots at the Boardman library on Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children will work through the stages of building and programming the robots with a break to eat. Pizza will be provided. This event is for grades 3-7. Sign up by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Boardman library. Space is limited.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Boardman library on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children ages 6 and up.

Night owl

An evening story time for children ages 3-5 at the Boardman library on Feb. 7 and 28 at 7 p.m. Each child must be accompanied by an adult in this 30-minute program featuring finger plays, stories and a craft activity.

Puppet pals project

School’s out come make a puppet, practice your lines and perform for family and friends at the Boardman library on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. The two hour workshop starts at 2 p.m. for students in grades 1-6 and ends with a puppet show at 3:30 p.m. Parent volunteers are welcomed. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Boardman library to register. This event is for school-age children.

Valentine’s Day family story time

Bring the whole family for holiday stories, games, food and fun for all ages to this one hour program at the Boardman library on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Children under the age of seven must be accompanied by an adult.

Check into chess

Join the Boardman library on Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m. as they play chess. This is a family program for all ages. If you would like to learn to play, they’ll be happy to teach you.

It’s all about yarn

Bring in your crochet, knitting, plastic canvas, or “anything with yarn” project and learn from one another at the Boardman library on Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring all yarn UFOs (unfinished objects). This event is for teens and adults.

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 Thursdays at 6 p.m., a meeting will take place in Faith Chapel Fellowship Church, located at 511 E. Pershing St. in Salem, while at 7:30 p.m. a meeting will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, located at 1181 Churchill-Hubbard Road in Youngstown. Both of these locations are handicapped accessible. For more information on OA or meetings, go to 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.


Join the Boardman library on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. to create a journal using a cereal box, thread and some paper. It is a great way to start recording wonderful moments. Registration is required. This is for grades 7-12.


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, the Internet, downloading e-books & audiobooks, researching a topic, discovering new books & authors to read & enjoy, business, non-profit, or Genealogy help. To schedule an appointment: visit any library, call 330-744-8636 or go online at This event is for teens and adults.

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