Applying for federal student aid can be very intimidating, but the MCCTC Adult Career Center, located at 7300 N. Palmyra Road in Canfield, is ready to help. Join them for a hands-on FAFSA workshop on Jan. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. and learn about the types of Federal Title IV funding available, common misunderstandings and mistakes completing the application, and gain hands-on assistance with completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must register for this free event. Seating is limited. To register, contact 330-729-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to bring the following items with you: a photo I.D., your Social Security number, your Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S citizen), your 2016 and 2017 Federal Income Tax Returns, your 2016 and 2017 W-2’s and other records of money earned, records of investments (if applicable), records of untaxed income (if applicable) and a current bank statement.
CHS swim and dive team hosts annual pancake breakfast
The Canfield High School swim and dive team will host its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser on Jan. 6 in the Canfield High School cafeteria from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or from any CHS swimmer, diver or booster parents. The cost is $6.50 for adults and $4 for children. Take-out breakfasts are also available for purchase. The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice. The proceeds will benefit the swim and dive team program. Money raised supports coach salaries, pool rental fees, meet entry fees, equipment, team suits, the team banquet and awards, after-meet meals and special busing to the NEAC conference championship meet. The Canfield High School swim and dive team boosters organize the event and take over the high school kitchen to prepare the breakfast. Members of the swim and dive team take shifts bussing tables, selling raffle tickets and making sure that everyone has enough to eat.
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Canfield library on Jan.8, 15, 22 and 29 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 every Thursday in January at 10 a.m. at the Canfield 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.
Elmer the elephant’s 30th birthday
Celebrate Elmer the elephant’s 30th birthday at the Canfield library on Jan. 12 at 2:30 p.m. Wear your brightest clothing and celebrate. There will be party games, songs, a craft and, of course, a special treat of birthday cake and ice cream. This event is for children who are ages 3 and up.
Gotta Move story time
This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Canfield library every Wednesday in January at 10 a.m. for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, talk and play.
Lego my library
Meet at the Canfield library on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.
Tales to tails
Read to your favorite therapy dogs on Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Canfield library. This helps develop reading skills, promotes confidence and encourages a love of reading. Bring a book of your choice or they’ll find one for you. This event is for children in grades K and up. Therapy dogs provided by Pet Partners of Greater Youngstown, a local Pet Therapy group.
Slime time for tweens
Join the Canfield library in the laboratory on Jan. 26 at 2:30 p.m. as they create several slime species. Try your hand at making and playing with unicorn, fluffy, galaxy, clear and glow-in-the-dark varieties of slime. All necessary supplies will be provided, including containers to bring home a sample or two. Light snacks and a drink will be enjoyed after clean up. This event is for tweens who are ages 9-12.
Chocolate cake day
Bring your favorite chocolate cake recipe to the Canfield library on Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. to share. Come learn about the history and health benefits of chocolate, try your luck at a chocolate trivia quiz, play a competitive game and taste a chocolate dessert. A tasty treat will be served. This event is for adults and teens.
Learn to line dance
Learn to line dance at the Canfield library at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 24. Line dancing is a fun, exciting activity to dance your way to good health. Line dances are very easy to learn, mainly because the steps are straightforward, and you do not have to coordinate your movements with a partner. Line dances also involve repeating series of steps, so if you get lost, you can easily catch up with the rest of the class. This class will combine low, moderate and high energy line dance routines and will help you burn calories at the same time. This event is for adult and teens.
Coloring for grown-ups
Join the Canfield library on Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. and tap into your creative side with the newest relaxation craze: coloring for grown-ups. Colored pencils and markers will be provided along with intricate abstract and themed design sheets. This program is for adults and teens only.
Sit and stitch
Sit and stitch with others at the Canfield library on Jan. 10 and 24 at 11 a.m. Share ideas and skills while making new friends. Bring your UFOs (unfinished objects): quilting, appliqu , knitting or crochet projects, and supplies. This is not an instructor-led activity. This event is for adults.
Join the Canfield library on Jan. 5 at 2:30 p.m. for a Saturday movie matinee. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children age 7 years and younger must be with an adult. This event is for the family.
Join the Canfield library on Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. for a movie night where they will be watching a newly released DVD. Feel free to bring your own small snacks and drinks. This event is for adults and teens. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Movie will be either PG or PG-13.
The power of Ancestry.com
This program, which will take place on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield library, is a demonstration of the Ancestry database. As an online tool, it is essential for beginning and advancing research. Learn how to use this resource. Registration is required by phoning 330-744-8636 or online via the library’s events calendar. For adults and teens.
Microsoft Word - class 1
Learn the basic skills of Microsoft Word at the Canfield library on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. This beginner’s class that will cover the Word menus, and functions like cut/copy/paste, font, save and print. Some basic computer skills are required. Class will soon be followed by Microsoft Word - class 2 and class 3. Register online via the library events calendar or call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults and teens.
Off the shelves
This monthly book club will have a lively discussion of titles chosen “off the shelves” of the Canfield library’s book club room. Upcoming dates are Jan. 29 at 6:30 a.m. and Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at the Canfield library. They will discuss “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler. This event is for adults.
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.
Blood pressure screening
There will be a blood pressure screening by Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association on Jan. 16 from 1-2 p.m. at the Canfield library.
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.
Friendly Squares January square 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.
Valley STEM + ME2 accepting applications for 2019-2020
Enrollment is open for incoming ninth- and tenth-grade students interested in applying to the Valley STEM + ME2 Academy for the 2019-2020 school year. The 7,500 square foot lab is housed on the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Campus in Canfield. Valley STEM accepts 100 ninth-grade students and 100 tenth-grade students from all over the county. Call or email Jessica Cene, marketing coordinator, at 330-729-4000 or email@example.com with any questions or to schedule a tour. All interested applicants should apply at https://valleystem.enrolltrack.com/StudentPortal/#.
Local church hosts Lessons and Carols event
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, located at 550 N. Broad St, in Canfield, will present the annual service of Lessons and Carols. This service consists of numerous Bible readings by parish lectors, introducing an equal number of Advent carols, which are sung by the sanctuary choir with the congregation joining in. It will take place on Dec. 23 at 10:15 a.m. There will be refreshments to follow in the church fellowship hall. Any questions can be directed to the church office at 330-533-3531. All are welcome.
Off the shelves
Attend this monthly book club for a lively discussion of titles chosen “off the shelves” of the Canfield library’s book club room. At the Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. meetings, they will discuss “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. In January, they will discuss “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler.
There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Canfield library from 2-7 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.
Coupon swap at the library
If you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have, drop in during Canfield library hours during December to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.
Practice your new skill to rattle the tiles and join the fun on Dec. 26 (a Wednesday) from 1-3 p.m. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend. (Mah-Jongg sets not provided). This event is for adults.
All Mahoning County libraries will be closed for holidays as follows: Dec. 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31, as well as on Jan. 1.
International Peace Light comes to Mahoning Valley
The International Peace Light will arrive in Youngstown on the evening of Dec. 3 and within the following week it will be distributed. In Mahoning County, it will be available at JMJ Spiritual Connection store, located at 3408 Canfield Road in Youngstown (Cornersburg), beginning on Dec. 4 until Christmas Eve during normal business hours and Camp Stambaugh Scout Shop, located at 3712 Leffingwell Road in Canfield, beginning on Dec. 8 until Dec. 22 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12–7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Holiday fun will be a cinch at the Canfield library on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at the WHO-LIDAY party starring “The Grinch.” They will view the movie and more. This event is for children of all ages and is a holiday program.
Ugly sweater contest at the library
Join in the fun to vote for the library staff member wearing the ugliest holiday sweater from Dec. 10-15 at the Canfield library during regular hours. One vote per person per day, and your vote enters you into a drawing for a gift certificate prize.
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 10 a.m. every Thursday in December at the Canfield library.
Gotta Move story time
This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care giver. Join the Canfield library every Wednesday in December at 10 a.m. for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, talk and play.
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.