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Essential oil class to take place

Naturopathic Doctor Dannielle MacDuff is offering a four-week course on how and when to use essential oils and how to include them in your first aid kit. The course is of particular interest to individuals who prefer holistic health remedies rather than prescription medication. This course takes place at ETI Technical College, located at 2076 Youngstown-Warren Road in Niles, on Jan. 19 and 26, and Feb. 2 and 9. Classes begin at 7 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. The entire course costs a $65 donation to the Phoenix House Building Fund and includes all costs and materials associated with the class. Interested parties can register online at drdanni.eventbrite.com or call 330-758-9567. Call Dr. MacDuff with any questions.

APA shoe drive taking place

In the spirit of the holidays, Austintown Podiatry Associates recently announced its annual shoe drive. They are accepting new and gently used shoes at all three offices. The shoes will then be delivered to those who are less fortunate. Shoes can be dropped off at any of the three locations during business hours. The Austintown office is located at 1300 S Canfield-Niles Road in Austintown, the Warren location is 3802 Elm Road N.E. in Warren and the Boardman location is 7010 South Ave., Suite 3.

Friendly Squares to host January dance and chili night

The Niles Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on Jan. 14 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 is a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. January is “Chili Night,” with chili and light refreshments being served midway through the evening. Gene Hammond will be the caller. For more information, call Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

Monday Night Writers meeting scheduled

The next meeting of Monday Night Writers will be Jan. 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the small meeting room at the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, located at 43 W. Main St, in Canfield. Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend. Led by professional writer Nancy Christie, author of “Traveling Left Of Center And Other Stories,” the two-hour sessions offer an opportunity for members to get group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’ For more information, contact Christie at nancy@nancychristie.com.

Cardinal Mooney open house

On Jan. 29 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Cardinal Mooney High School, located at 2545 Erie St. in Youngstown, will host an open house. Attendants will be treated to student guided tours, meet and greets with faculty, information sessions about curriculum, scheduling and financial assistance, on-site applications for admission and entering for a chance to win tuition discounts.

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 Poland library on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. Activities will vary at each program. This event is for ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bonding with babies and books and signs, oh my!

Come to the Poland library on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. and learn how to use American Sign Language (ASL) with your child through rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. 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 Feb. 1, 8 and 15 at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2’s and 3’s

Join the Poland library every Thursday in February 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.

Fun time for 4s and 5s

Join the Poland library on Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes and finger plays, and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

How many kisses?

Guess how many Hershey’s kisses are in the jar at the Poland library during library hours Feb. 1-15. If your guess is the closest, you can take them all home. This is for children grades 1-6.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Poland library on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children ages 6 and up.

Listen and Lego

Listen to a story and then have fun building with Legos at the Poland library on Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. Legos will be provided. This is for children ages 4-7.

Read to Roxie

Relax and read to Roxie at the Poland library on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Roxie is a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. 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.

Trim a tree for February

Decorate an ornament for the all-seasons tree at the Poland library during library hours in February. This event is for children of all ages.

Willy Wonka and the chocolate fountain

You don’t need a golden ticket to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a scrumdiddlyumptious way. Join the Poland library on Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. for games and treats inspired by Willy Wonka himself. Create a Valentine, take home some lickable wallpaper and of course, dip some goodies in the river of chocolate. This event is for children of all ages.

Candy sushi

Would you like to try sushi, but not crazy about raw fish? Try making sushi with candy. Drop in as they make the “rice” and assemble all the candy in to some yummy sushi at the Poland library on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. This event is for teens in grades 7-12. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register.

Color your world

Join the Poland library on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. for a relaxing evening of adult coloring. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own. This event is for teens and adults.

Free Throw Competition to be Jan. 29

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship will take place on Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Family School’s gym. All boys and girls that are between the ages of 9 and 14 are invited to participate in the local competition. This is the third year for the event.

Altered books workshop

Learn how to turn an old book into a work of art at the Poland library on Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. This class for beginners will focus on learning some basic techniques, rather than a finished project. All materials are provided. Registration is required, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Poland branch. This program is for adults.

Appy hour

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 Poland.

Wedding planning tips

The honor of your presence is requested at the Poland library. Join them to learn more about how to decorate cupcakes and make your own wedding favor boxes (Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.) and how to make a boutonniere, corsage and bouquet (on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.). RSVP by calling 330-744-8636 to register or visit www.libraryvisit.org.

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 every Wednesday in January at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2’s and 3’s

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.

Read to Roxie

Relax and read to Roxie at the Poland library on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Roxie is a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. 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 is for children in grades 1-4.

Trim a tree for January

Decorate an ornament for our all-seasons tree at the Poland library during library hours in January. This event is for children of all ages.

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 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.

Winter painting party for grades 5-12

Create your very own painting as you follow along step-by-step with the presenter at the Poland library on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register. This is for grades 5-12.

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.

Yoga class

Friends of PLYMC is sponsoring a Yoga Class every Wednesday in the Poland library meeting room from 5-6 p.m. Pay as you attend at $10 per session.

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, the Internet, downloading e-books and audiobooks, researching a topic, discovering new books and authors to read and enjoy, 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. This is for teens and adults.

America’s Schoolmaster exhibit

The Early Days of William Holmes McGuffey will be on display in the Melnick Museum at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Learn more about the early days of McGuffey and his boyhood homestead, located in Coitsville and now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve. The exhibit will be open though January 2017.

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