Consumer information series: understanding video games
This program on understanding video games, which will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Boardman library, provides a brief history of the medium, explores some of the appeal and controversies surrounding gaming and introduces consumers to important tools like ESRB (Electronic Software Ratings Board) ratings so they can make informed purchases. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. This event is for adults
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Boardman library on Jan.2, 9, 23 and 30 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bonding with babies and books
This event, which will take place on Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library, 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.
Playtime at your library
Read a story at the Boardman library on Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. 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 event is for children who are ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Winter stories and a craft will be offered for children ages 4-5 on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library. Preschoolers must attend this 30-minute story time with an adult.
Lego my library
Meet at the Boardman library on Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.
Join the Boardman library’s beginners Dungeons and Dragons club on Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. and take part in a new adventure. Now is a great time to build a new character at the start of the library’s third campaign. Go on dangerous quests with daring fights and hopefully you roll a D20 to save the day. Refreshments and snacks are provided. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.
Cardinal Mooney speech and debate hosts Christmas cookie walk
On Dec. 22 beginning at 10 a.m., the Cardinal Mooney High School speech and debate team will host a cookie walk in the school cafeteria, located at 2545 Erie St. in Youngstown. More than 20 varieties of cookies, including fudge, brownies, nut rolls and more, will be on sale at $8 per pound. This event is open to the public. Proceeds to benefit the CMHS speech and debate team.
Teen advisory board (TAB)
Join TAB at the Boardman library on Jan. 2 at 6:30 p.m. to help plan and support teen activities at the library. Meet new people and have fun. Refreshments and snacks are provided. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.
‘I Read YA’ book club
This event is for adult fans of young adult (YA) literature who are ages 18 and older. Talk about why you like YA. Read and discuss. On Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library, they will be discussing “A Madness so Discreet” by Mindy McGinnis. This event is for adults.
Reader’s Choice book club
This book club will discuss “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” by Brad Ricca on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Boardman library. Share your favorite books and find out what new ones are being published. They will preview February’s book, “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. This event is for adults.
There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Boardman library on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online at www.RedCrossBlood.org.
Blood pressure screening
There will be a blood pressure screening by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross on Jan. 7 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Boardman library.
Kindergarten readiness stations
Kindergarten readiness stations are in every Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County library branch and feature fun activities for you and your preschool child to complete together. For the month of January, the stations focus on social and emotional development, which is about learning how to manage feelings, manage friendships and solve problems. Before kindergarten, children should be able to recognize and identify their own emotions and the emotions of others. They should also be able to communicate a range of emotions in socially accepted ways. The kindergarten readiness stations offer fun activities to build these skills. Working on these skills now will help children be successful in their interactions with teachers and classmates when they get to school. Stop by any branch to try out our new kindergarten readiness stations and help your child build these important skills.
Friendly Squares dance
The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on Jan. 12 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 cuing line dances. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.
Healthy eating program
Healthy Eating for You, a free program sponsored by Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley and led by a registered dietitian, will address portion size, reading and understanding nutrition labels, and learning to eat mindfully. This program will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 9 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, located at 8401 Market St. in Boardman. To register, call 330-480-3070. For information, call Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley at 330-729-1180.
There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Boardman library from 1:30-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 27. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). More information can be found online at www.RedCrossBlood.org.
All Mahoning County libraries will be closed for holidays as follows: Dec. 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31, as well as on Jan. 1.
Carter’s pajama drive to benefit patients at Akron Children’s
Now through Jan. 5, Carter’s in Boardman is collecting new pajamas for patients at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley that will be distributed throughout the holiday season. Customers can purchase a pair of new pajamas for the drive when shopping at the Carter’s store in the Shops at Boardman Park. All donations will stay local for patients at the hospital’s Beeghly campus. Last year’s campaign resulted in donations of 2,032 pairs of pajamas at a value of $36,576. For more information, contact Kelsey Moreton, development coordinator, at 330-746-8726 or email@example.com.
Health challenge takes place on Jan. 7
On Jan. 7, the Bhakta School of Transformation wellness center will offer its second 90-day Diabesity Challenge. Information on the challenge can be found at https://somaessentialhealing.com/the-diabesity-challenge-2019/.
Gamblers Anonymous meetings
If you or someone you love has a gambling addiction, Gamblers Anonymous, the only known remedy for arresting such an illness, may be able to help. A meeting of Gamblers Anonymous will take place on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman. Another G.A. meeting will take place on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church, located at at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (Cornersburg). There is no charge for the meetings, although collections are taken up at each meeting to provide for coffee, sugar and creamer, treats and free literature. The average contribution given by members at most meetings is $2. Meetings last about one-and-a-half hours and are both closed meetings, or, you must have suffered from a gambling addiction to attend. The Youngstown-area G.A. groups are friendly and welcoming and established members love to see new members join the fold. They are more than happy to help suffering gamblers and are knowledgeable about how to stay clean from this dreadful disease.
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 4:30 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 1451 Churchill Hubbard Road in Youngstown. 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.