Newcomers club to meet on April 25
Newcomers of Mahoning Valley will meet on April 25 at Das Dutch House Restaurant, located at 1485 South Ave in Columbiana. Lunch will be at noon and after a brief business meeting, members will be free to shop at the various stores in the complex. Hostesses are Donna Beule and Sally Rose. New members are always welcome. For more information about the group or to make reservations, call Jorine at 330-757-7212 or Barbara at 330-758-3934.
Poland Forest wildflower walk
The Friends of Poland Forest invite the public to their Spring Wildflower Walk on April 29 beginning 10 a.m. at the College Street entrance to the forest. The leisurely hike will explore this beautiful nature preserve for approximately two hours. For more information, call 330-757-9057.
Strawberry 5K and Fun Run to benefit food bank
On June 9, Molnar Farms is hosting an inaugural Strawberry 5K and Fun Run through the farm grounds, located at 3115 E. Western Reserve Road in Poland. Proceeds after expenses and all food donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. The cost for the 5K is $30 before May 5 and $35 after that date. The Fun Run is $10. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run begins at 10:30 a.m. Runners that sign up for the 5K before May 21 will receive a free race T-shirt. Anyone interested in participating can register at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Poland/Strawberry5k. Molnar Farms is also collecting non-perishable food items on race day. Anyone bringing five canned goods will receive 1 quart of strawberries. For more information, contact Molnar Farms at Questions@molnarfarms.com. Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, a member of Feeding America, assists 148 hunger-relief programs in the Tri-County area. In 2017, the Food Bank distributed 10.6 million pounds of food, including more than 3 million pounds of produce. For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org or call 330-792-5522.
Basket auction fundraiser to be April 29
The Mill Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will sponsor its annual basket auction on April 29 at the Ursuline Center, located at 4280 Shields Road in Canfield. The doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the drawing will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Donations at the door will be $5, which will include a chance at the door prizes, 25 chances at the table gifts and a refreshment. Other refreshments are available. The auction benefits the education fund for the chapter. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Audubon Society presents mini documentary
Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley invites the public to “America’s Other Audubon” at 7 p.m. on April 23 at the Canfield library. Inspired by seeing some of John James Audubon’s engravings for “Birds of America at the 1876 World’s Fair in Philadelphia,” 29-year-old amateur naturalist Genevieve Estelle Jones embarked on her own project, “Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio.” When she died suddenly of typhoid fever, her family decided to finish her work; a labor of love that took seven years. Joy M. Kiser, an Ohioan and former librarian for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., will present a mini documentary on Kiser, which will include details about the family, archival photographs and other information not included in her book, America’s Other Audubon.
Fiesta De Las Americas to be April 26
The Ursuline High School Spanish Club is hosting its annual Fiesta De Las Americas event on April 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Ursuline High School cafeteria. The event will feature performances by the Slippery Rock University Ballet, the Labra Brothers Band and more. The cost to attend is $2 for students and $5 for adults.
Books, Bags and Bling sale to be April 21
Poland United Methodist Church will host the annual Books, Bags and Bling sale on April 21 from 9 a.m. until noon. The church is located at 1940 Boardman-Poland Road in Poland.
Ukulele group to meet
There will be another Steel Valley Ukers meeting at the Austintown library on April 21 from 3-5 p.m. The group is a non-profit, and there is no fee to attend any of their meetings. The group plays ukuleles and is open to people of all ages and skill levels.
Local shrine club to host dinner event
The Youngstown Shrine Club will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on April 29 at the club’s main hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and a beverage, as well as dessert. This is a community event and the public is invited to attend. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club officer or on the day of the event; carry-outs are also available. For additional information, contact the club at 330-549-3857, ext. 0.
Dunkin’ Donuts helps feed local families
Now through April 30, Dunkin’ Donuts in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties will be selling icons for a $1 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. With every icon purchased, the customer receives a $1 off coupon for a pound of coffee. For every $1 given, the Food Bank can distribute $11 worth of food to hungry families in our community. Last year, Dunkin’ Donut locations in the Mahoning Valley raised more than $21,000 to feed local families. The campaign is a collaborative effort of four food banks, including Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. All funds raised will remain in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties to feed our friends and neighbors. For more information on how you can get involved in Harvest for Hunger, visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org or www.harvestforhunger.org.
Blood pressure screenings offered
Blood pressure screenings by Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be at the Poland library on April 20 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Trim a tree for April
Decorate an ornament for our all-seasons tree. This is for children of all ages during regular hours at the Poland library.
Program a robot
Find out how to program Lego Mindstorms Robots at the Poland library on April 28 at 3 p.m. Learn about the Lego Mindstorms software and use it to program robots to get through challenges. This event is for those in fifth grade and up. Call 330-744-8636 to register as space is limited.
Have a snack and learn to sign
This event is for all fifth- through eighth-graders, Come to the Poland library after school to learn sign language and about Deaf culture through fun, interactive games and activities on April 27 at 3:30 p.m. A snack will be provided.
Baby Brilliant presents Playtime at Your Library
Prepare for kindergarten through play at the Poland library on April 27 at 10 a.m. 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 and all children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Yoga class offered by Friends of the Library
Friends of PLYMC is sponsoring a Yoga Class every Wednesday in April at the Poland library in the meeting room at 5 p.m. It is $10 a session and you can pay as you attend. These classes are for adults.
Learn ASL with Baby Brilliant program
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 April 25 at 10 a.m. Learn easy corresponding signs to learn and share with your little ones.
Tales and Talk for 2’s and 3’s announced for April
Join the Poland library every Thursday 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.
Poland Lions host annual fundraiser
The Poland Lions are hosting their annual Treasures of the Trunk Sale on June 9. The event takes place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Poland High School’s stadium parking lot, located at State Route 170 and Dobbins Road. Vendors are being sought for this one-day sale. Crafters, home goods, furniture, toys, specialty items and garage sale items are welcome. No hot food or soft drink venders or raffle drawings. There is a limit of 100 spaces and you must bring your own table (tables up to 8 feet in length work best in front of your trunk). The cost per space is $15 until May 1. Spaces increase to $20 after May 1. Vendors may arrive after 7:30 a.m. and must be in their assigned spot by 8:30 a.m. No refunds are given for any reason and the event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call Lion Judy at 330-360-3641 or Lion Lori at 330-506-9511.
Celebrate 40 years with Northeast Ohio Adoption Services
The Northeast Ohio Adoption Services is celebrating 40 years of families and children by offering an Evening with Dominic Tocco & Brotherhood. The event will take place on April 21 from 6-10 p.m. at The Lake Club in Poland. Enjoy a variety of music from Frank Sinatra, to Pitbull to Bruno Mars. A balloon pull and live and chance auctions will also be available. Tickets are $100 per person, which includes two drinks, or $175 per couple which includes four drinks. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. All of the proceeds will benefit Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. To reserve tickets or sponsor, call Kathy at 330-856-5582, ext. 110.
Poland class of 1968 to host reunion
The Poland Seminary High School class of 1968 is having a 50-year reunion on Sept. 15 at the Magic Tree, located on South Avenue in Boardman. For more information, call Jay at 330-953-0953.
Friends of PLYMC is sponsoring a Yoga Class every Wednesday at the Poland library in the meeting room from 5-6 p.m. Pay as you attend. The cost is $10 per session. For more information, call 330-740-6086. This event is for adults.
Bonding with babies and books
This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months at the Poland library every Wednesday in April at 10 a.m. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.
Pink Ribbon Golf Classic to be in July
The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 16. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. The 18-hole scramble will be followed by lunch and a Chinese auction and raffle. For further details, contact Donna Mowrey at 330-207-9630 or Nancy Felton at 330-533-2712.
4-H Endowment Dinner and Auction to be April 21
The second annual 4-H Endowment Dinner and Auction will take place April 21 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center, located at 7440 South Ave. in Boardman. A silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 6 p.m. and a live auction to follow. Auction items range from gift baskets to top-quality firearms to 2018 OSU Football tickets and more. Proceeds from this auction will benefit the Mahoning County 4-H Endowment fund, an interest-bearing account maintained at the Ohio State University, which is used to benefit Mahoning County 4-H. This fund allows 4-H members to partake in many leadership and team building events such as the Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp, Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, 4-H Camp Whitewood and leadership conferences in Washington D.C. To purchase tickets or make a donation towards the Endowment Dinner and Auction, contact the Mahoning County Extension Office at 330-533-5538. Tickets are $30 and a table for eight is $300 and the deadline to purchase is April 6.
Poland Historical Society spring 2018 meetings and topics announced
The Poland Historical Society membership drive for 2018 is underway, and annual membership dues are $10 per person. Checks should be made payable to Poland Historical Society and can be mailed to the Poland Historical Society, P.O. Box 5052, Poland, OH 44514. Include your name, address, phone number and email address. Membership dues and donations are vitally important to the society in their efforts to maintain the Little Red Schoolhouse museum and to “Preserve the Past for the Future.” Members are not obligated to attend monthly meetings, but are always welcome. The society makes an effort to provide informative, interesting programs following the business portion of each meeting. Program topics scheduled for the first five months of 2018 include March 21- “Walter Arrel, Inn on the Green;” April 18 - “Ohio Indian Mounds” and May 15 - “Poland Township Park.”
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.
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.