Poland Schools foundation honor three for excellent recognition
The 25th annual Poland Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence recognition dinner is Oct. 17 at Avion on the Water. Join them as they honor Jan Decker, retired secretary of Poland Middle School; Pam Yost, fifth-grade teacher, and class of 1973 alumnus Doug Sweeney, president of Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Truck Company in Boardman. Tickets are a $50 donation, of which $25 is deductible as a charitable donation, and benefits special projects, teachers’ grants and the foundation endowment. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 3. For tickets or information, contact Holly Fender at 330-757-0783.
Mill Creek ABWA chapter to meet on Oct. 10
The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its Oct. 10 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Networking will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The speaker for the evening will be Cindy Best from Howard Hanna Realtors. She will speak about how she got started in the business and the current trends in the real estate world. The menu will include Southern baked chicken, Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, salad, Jello, applesauce and apple cake for dessert. The cost is $18. Reservations may be made by calling Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2507 or Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 by Sept. 30. The public is welcome.
Shoe donation aims to help hurricane victims
Doctors Lawrence Karlock, Catherine Karlock, John Flauto, Joseph Arters and Darleen Abadco, and the staff at Austintown Podiatry Associates are looking to help the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They are collecting shoes to donate to the victims who have lost their footwear. If you would like to participate, donate shoes at one of the three offices: 1300 South Canfield-Niles Road, Suite 1, in Austintown; 7010 South Ave., Suite 3, in Boardman or 3802 Elm Road in Warren.
Be off beat with this club
Join the Poland library on the first Thursday in every month for the Offbeat Book club. This month’s event will take place on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. There are no required titles to read, though some are occasionally suggested. October’s theme will be “Thrillers.” November is “Families - Literary or Real.” In December, the group talk about its “Favorite Fictional Characters.” This event is for adults.
Flower shop at MCCTC opens for business
The student-run flower shop at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center will opened for its fall open house beginning on Sept. 22 and will be open throughout the month of October. A variety of fall silk floral arrangements and wreaths will be available. Fall mums are also available for sale and can be dressed for a gift or planted outside. The shop will be decorated and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. during this time. Extended hours are available upon request. Choose from the selection of pre-made items or purchase materials elsewhere and the students can create a beautiful piece for you. Fresh arrangements for any occasion can be made to order with a few days notice. Also they are taking orders for homecoming corsages. For more information, call 330-729-4000, ext. 1672 or ext. 1671.
Connect with digital media at the library
Get connected with digital media at the Poland library and learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the specific branch to register. This event is for adults and teens.
Business seminar at the Poland library
Join Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Poland library for a seminar that is geared for entrepreneurs, business leaders and anyone interested in learning about competitors, potential clients, industry-specific economic forecasts, targeting new markets and market research. The featured databases, First Research, Mergent Intellect and ReferenceUSA (Business, HealthCare, New Business and Residential modules), bring timely and authoritative information to develop strategic marketing. Other sources, including Thomas.net and the Secretary of State Business Search, will be discussed. Companies pay thousands for this type of information and it is available to everyone for free, right in their local library branch. This seminar will demonstrate access through your phone or computer. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. This program is for adults.
Make a folded-book pumpkin
Meet at the Poland library on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. for a fun introduction to recycled book projects. Transform a book into a pumpkin to take home. All materials will be provided. This event is for adults and teens.
Snack-N-Sign at the library
Students in grades five through eight: go to the Poland library on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. to learn sign language and learn about Deaf culture through fun, interactive games and activities. A snack will be provided. This program is for fifth- through eight-graders only.
Create edible books
It’s Teen Read Week, and the Poland library is celebrating its teen readers with a delicious make-it-and-take-it edible book craft Oct. 9-14 during library hours. Stop at the librarians’ desk and pick up your free edible book kit. This event is for teens in grades 7-12
Decorate a pumpkin to win
The Pumpkin Palooza decorating contest will take place at the Poland library on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. The library will supply pumpkins, paint and decorations; you are also welcome to bring any decorating items you need. Decorated pumpkins will be displayed for voting, and the creator of the winning pumpkin will receive a gift card. This event is for tweens and teens, in grades 5-12. Register at the Poland library or call 330-744-8636.
Listen and Lego
Listen to a story and then have fun building with Legos on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Poland library. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 4-7.
Build a robot at the library
Learn about Lego WeDo Robots at the Poland library on Oct. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. Children will work through the stages of building and programming a robot that will pull objects. This event is for children in grades 1-4. Call 330-744-8636 to register. Space is limited.
Lego my library
Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Poland library on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.
Friendly Squares have Halloween dance Oct. 14
The Friendly Squares will host its monthly square dance on Oct. 14 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State Street in Niles. Neil Harner will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. The theme for the dance is Halloween. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Cider and donuts will be served by the refreshment committee. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.
Quarter auction presented to benefit local charities
The GFWC/Ohio Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League is hosting its second Quarter Auction on Oct. 21 at Saint Nicholas Social Hall, located at 764 Fifth Street in Struthers. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bidding starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and the proceeds will benefit local charities. Chips, popcorn, water and soda will be available for purchase. Bring your quarters, friends and have some fun. For questions or tickets, call RoseAnn Winner or Tina Bellino at 330-314-4858, Quarter Auction Chairwomen. Tickets are also available from league members.
Chaney class of 1956 to meet
Chaney High School’s class of 1956 will meet for lunch at noon on Oct. 19 at Davidson’s Restaurant in Cornersburg. Meals will be ordered from the menu. Spouses and friends are welcome. Come and socialize. For more information, call Larry Probert at 330-799-1204.
Area dancers travel for square dance
On Sept. 30, the North Bloomfield Historical Society will host a Square Dance at the Town Hall, located at state routes 45 and 87, from 7-9:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 330-506-3370.
Don’t lose your shoe at this costume ball
Come to the Poland library on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. in costume if you dare (not required) and enjoy crafts, stories and more. Snacks will be provided. 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 Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. 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 those in grades 1-4.
Trim a tree for October
Decorate an ornament for our all-seasons tree during the month of October. This event is offered during regular Poland library hours in October.
Listen and craft
Listen to a story at the Poland library on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. and then create something special. For October, listen to a Halloween story and make a Halloween craft. This event is for children of all ages.
Take your tot to Tales and Talk
Go to the Poland library’s Baby Brilliant program every Thursday in October 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.
Bond with babies and books
Join the library for Baby Brilliant every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Poland library. The program is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months-old. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.
Poland Relay for Life benefit fundraiser
Join the Poland Relay for Life on Sept. 30 at 28 Island Drive in Poland for a benefit fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and the Poland Relay for Life. Raffle baskets, bake sale and trash to treasure items will be available on both days, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Raffle baskets include a tailgating grill, date night items and several gift cards. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Prepare for kindergarten through play
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 program is for children who are ages 2-6 years-old. It will take place on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Poland library.
Win a tickets to Disney Live at Covelli Center
Go to any PLYMC library to color a picture and enter a drawing to win four tickets (a family pack) to the 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 performance of Disney Live’s “Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic.” The contest runs from Oct. 2-19. Each library in the system will have its own drawing during regular library hours.
Get a look into hoarding disorder
Molly Suehr and Rachel Cline, trained under the direction of Cory Chalmers, host of A&E’s “Hoarders” television show, will help us to understand hoarding disorder. The presentation will provide a definition, an idea of the prevalence of hoarders, the varying levels of hoarding and the differing hording types. What type of person hoards? You may be surprised. Go to the meeting at the Poland library on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.
Become a safer consumer
Melissa Ames from the Better Business Bureau will be on hand to educate concerning frauds and scams and to teach us how to be safer consumers at the library on Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.
Learn the history of cinema with urban explorer
Join the “Historic Theaters of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley” and historian Sean T. Posey as he traces the evolution of modern cinema through the rich local history of the Mahoning Valley. Books will be available for sale. No reservations are needed. Join Posey at the library on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.
Solve an enchanted murder mystery at the library
This mystery event at the Poland library on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. will be performed for teens, by teens. Murder in the Library: Once Upon a Murder - Once upon a time, there was a faraway land called the Enchanted Realm, whose people got along harmoniously for many centuries...until Queen Black gained control. It was not long before happy endings turned into nightmares. Queen Black has invited all of the territories to the Dark Castle to sign a peace treaty and she may have evil intentions. Nonetheless, you must solve the murder before the killer strikes again. Listen carefully to the suspects, study the crime scene and watch for any unusual circumstances. Only the sleuth with the most correct answers will win the prize. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for teens only. Registration is required; call 330-744-8636 or visit www.libraryvisit.org. Teens are encouraged to dress as their favorite fairy tale character. This event is for teens only.
Author and Youtube sensation to appear at the library
Help the Poland library celebrate Teen Read Week with YouTube star, Paige McKenzie. McKenzie is the face of “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” Network, now boasting a viewership of 230 million and author of the best-selling young adult trilogy of the same name. Praised by R.L. Stine and Wes Craven, “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” book series is soon to be a TV series with the Weinstein Company. McKenzie will be speaking about what it’s like to be a triple threat: YouTuber, author and actress beginning when she was still in high school. This event is for teens and adults at the Poland library on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m.
Friends of the library to meet in October
Friends of the Poland Library will meet on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. There will not be a coffee hour. There will be a pot luck luncheon following the speaker and the business meeting. Members are asked to bring a salad or casserole. Officers will provide the dessert. Debbie Liptak, Development Director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, will be the speaker. Her topic will be “All That’s New at the Library.” Donations of books, magazines, CDs and DVDs for the Poland library book cart may be bought to all meetings. Meetings are open to the public and new members are welcome. Dues are $10 dollars yearly.
Historical society to have bus trip Nov 15
The Society has announced plans for a fundraiser bus trip to Cambridge, Ohio to visit Charles Dickens Village on Nov. 15. The bus departs from Poland Methodist Church, located at 1940 Boardman-Poland Road (State Route 224) at 8:30 a.m. and arrives in Cambridge at 11 a.m. The day’s schedule includes a guided tour of the Dickens Historical Village mannequins; Kennedy’s Bakery; Guernsey County Historical Society; lunch on your own at Theo’s, a home-cooking style restaurant; downtown shopping in unique shops; Cambridge Glass Museum and Dickens Courthouse Light Show. The bus departs for home at 6 p.m. The cost is $85 per person and includes bus and all admissions, lunch not included. Proceeds will benefit the efforts of the Poland Historical Society in preserving the history of Poland. Reservations can be made by sending your name, address, phone number and email address, along with check made payable to Poland Historical Society, and mail to the Historical Society, PO Box 5052, Poland, OH 44514 before Oct. 13. Questions should be directed to Larry Bartos at 330-757-4223.
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 at the Oxford House, located at 30 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.