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Kuzman’s Polka Pals reunion opens program season for historical society

A polka party reunion, with music by the former Kuzman’s Polka Pals, will take place at Kravitz’s Deli Meeting Room, located at 3135 Belmont Avenue in Liberty on Janu. 20 at 10 a.m., sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. This kicks off the 2018 WHMHS public program season. All programs are open to the public. Member admission is $5. Non-member admission is $6. Refreshments will be served and a 50/50 raffle will take place, to benefit the society’s education mission. Reservations are suggested. Walk-ins admitted, based upon seat availability. To make reservations or for more information, contact Richard S. Scarsella, WHMHS chairman, at 330-726-8277.

Boardman Park is now taking reservations for 2018-2019

Boardman Park is currently taking reservations for 2018 and 2019. Reservations can be made online at www.boardmanpark.com, or through the park office by calling 330-726-8105 or visiting the park office at 375 Boardman-Poland Road in the Georgeanna Parker Activity Center. Office hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The park offers four indoor rooms and five seasonal open-air pavilions to accommodate 40-232 guests for occasions such as a graduation party, bridal or baby shower, birthday party, reunion, business meeting or a special family function. If you are planning a wedding, the Gazebo, Maag Outdoor Theatre and St. James Meeting House, Boardman’s most prominent Historical landmark, are popular for ceremonies. Facilities are available for rent year-round. The park also provides a variety of outdoor recreational facilities in close proximity to the reservable facilities, including baseball fields, playgrounds, walking/hiking trails, tennis, pickle ball and sand volleyball courts and a disc golf course.

Father-daughter dance to be at Boardman Park

Boardman Park will be having the 15th annual Father-Daughter Princess Dance at the Lariccia Family Community Center. Fathers or Father figures who have a daughter(s) between the ages of 5-12 can enjoy a memorable evening of dinner, a professional photo, crafts and dancing with their little princess. This semi-formal dance will take place six nights: Feb. 9 and 10 from 6-9 p.m., Feb. 15-17 from 6-9 p.m. and Feb. 18 from 5-8 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 9. You may purchase your tickets at the park office or by phone 330-726-8105, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., or online at www.boardmanpark.com. Tickets must be purchased in advance as tickets will not be sold at the door. The cost for Boardman residents is $40 per couple and non-residents are $50 per couple. It will be $20 for additional Boardman child, $25 per additional non-Boardman resident child. For more information on this and other events at Boardman Park, visit the park website or call the park office at 330-726-8105.

Baby Brilliant program presents “Playtime at Your Library”

Prepare for kindergarten through play at the Boardman library on Jan. 17 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. This program is for ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult to this one-hour program.

Tales and Talk for 2’s and 3’s announced for January

Join the Boardman library every Wednesday in January 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.

Steel industry pioneer retells decline of Mahoning Valley steel industry

Steel industry pioneer, Bill Farragher, known as the creator of the legendary Youngstown Sheet and Tube trademark, will retell the decline of the Mahoning Valley steel industry on Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. at Boardman Library, located at 7680 Glenwood Avenue in Boardman, for the Boardman Historical Society. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested. Walk-ins are admitted, based upon seat availability. Phone board member Dona Hammond at 330-726-0651 for reservations or more program information. For more information about the society, contact BHS president, Richard S. Scarsella, at 330-726-8277.

Fan Appreciation Day offered at the Boardman DQ

The Boardman Dairy Queen, located at 6120 Market Street in Boardman, is thanking their customers by hosting a Fan Appreciation Day on Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. until 9. p.m. Everything on the menu will be half off including DQ cakes and novelties such as Buster Bars and Dilly Bars. This also includes the hot food items such as chili dogs, snack melts and pretzel sticks. Gift cards will not be included and special orders will not be included. This location is open all year.

YMCA calls for art

The Davis Family YMCA in Boardman is now accepting art for its fifth annual FIVE Squared benefit art show and sale. Art must be submitted by Jan. 15. Name, title of the piece and contact info should be on the back and pieces can be mailed to The Davis Family YMCA, located at 45 McClurg Road in Boardman. All art must be 5 inches by 5 inches on a stiff surface. Any medium will be accepted, but must be light weight enough to hang on wall via sticky tack. Heavier pieces may have a hanging wire attached to back. Donations will be accepted from all ages and skill levels. Each artist may donate up to eight pieces and children may donate up to four. Early entry is encouraged. All art and artists’ names will be featured on a commemorative photomontage, featured at the Opening Reception on Feb. 4 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Boardman YMCA. All art with be hung anonymously and patrons may purchase art for $25. Once sold, a SOLD sign will be hung along with the artist’s name. Buyers will find out the name of the artist only after purchase. Pieces that do not sell will be available for pick up on or after March 7. A high resolution file will be sent to participating artists who provide an email address. Proceeds fund ARTreach programs for under-served children and families in the community. Artists may download a prospectus at the Gallery at the YMCA, ymcaart.blogspot.com or facebook.com/FIVEsquaredYMCA. Email sgray@youngstownymca.org for more information.

Lego My Library presented in January

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Boardman library on Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. Legos will be provided at this program for ages 6 and up.

Friendly Squares to host dance on Jan. 13

The Friendly Squares will host their next dance on Jan. 13 at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. Dress is casual and there is a $6 donation per person at the door. To sign up for lessons or for additional information, contact Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Show your library card for Phantoms ticket discount

If you show your PLYMC library card at the Covelli Centre box office on Jan. 15, you can purchase at a ticket for that day’s 1:35 p.m. game at special price of $9. At that game, there will be activities and special promotions. Your library card can save you money through the “Show Me Your Card” offers; go to LibraryVisit.org to learn more.

Play Bookopoly at the library

Teens and adults, play Bookopoly for fun and prizes. Pick up your game board and instructions at any branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and play Bookopoly from Jan. 1 through March 31. Work your way around the game board by completing tasks, such as checking out a book, visiting our Pop-up Library or getting out into the community. Completing color sets earns you an entry slip for a prize drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. Complete the entire board to enter into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. The contest ends March 31 and all prizes will be awarded on April 16.

January I Read YA! Book Club to be Jan. 22

Adult fans of young adult literature from ages 18 and up, this book club is for you. Talk about why you like YA at the Boardman library on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The January book for discussion is “What to Say Next” by Julie Buxbaum.

Join a peg loom weaving class

Make a dish cloth or a small blanket for a stuffed toy. Learn how to do peg loom weaving with simple household supplies at the Boardman library on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Bring 1-2 balls of cotton or acrylic yarn. Pre-registration is required for this one-hour program that is a family program for school-age children, teens and adults.

Join D&D at the library

Do you like fantasy and have a good imagination? Join the library’s beginners Dungeons and Dragons club and join the adventure on Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library. Refreshments and snacks are provided at this program for grades 7-12.

Junior League hosts New York trip

The Junior League of Youngstown is hosting a round trip from Youngstown to New York City April 13-15. Spend the day as you wish for your selection of Broadway plays, shopping, sightseeing and dining. The “NYE Ball Drop” price is $139 per person if paid in full by Dec. 31 and $149 per person without a discount. Payment plans are accepted and must be paid in full by March 14 and will be $149 per person. Tickets are available until March 14 for the trip. Your ticket is transferable in the event you are unable to attend. No cash refunds will be issued. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in the 291 Leagues in four countries. For more information, contact Fund Development Chairman Amy Banks at 330-743-2000 or email juniorleagueofyoungstown@gmail.com.

Blood pressure screening at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be at the Boardman library on Jan. 2 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. with blood pressure screenings.

Holiday library closings announced

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Registration is open for Herbology Part 1

Board-certified Naturopath, Dr. Danni, is now taking registrations for Part 1 of her popular Herbology series of courses. This course will be the foundations for parts 2, 3 and 4, which will be offered throughout the year (though it is not a requirement to take them sequentially.) This is a three-week course on Thursdays starting Jan. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. Classes will take place at ETI Technical College, located at 2076 Youngstown Warren Road in Niles. The cost to attend is a $55 donation to the Phoenix House Building Fund. The focus of Herbology Part 1 is nutritives (things that provide nourishment) in the form of poultices, infusions and syrups. Those taking the course will learn fundamentals about herbs, how to use them, as well as when they are and are not appropriate for use. Register in advance to guarantee your seat. Use of herbs is a natural method that often benefits people with conditions as wide-ranging as fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, infections, diabetes and more. To register, click here or call us at 330-758-9567.

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.

Puzzle Swap at the library

Swap six of your once done jigsaw puzzles with others. This is offered every second Wednesday of the month at the Boardman library at 4 p.m. For more information, call the Development Office at 330-740-6086.

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 Boardman library every Tuesday in January at 10 a.m.

Local team has fundraiser

The Canfield Girls Basketball Boosters will host Designer Bag Bingo at St. Michaels Parish Family Life Center on Jan. 20, 2018. Thirteen games of bingo will be played, with an authentic designer handbag, including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach, Tory Birch, Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Phillip Lim, awarded as the prize for each game. The handbag for the grand finale game will include the highest valued handbag filled with gift cards. Other raffles will be offered. Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 at the door and include 12 rounds of bingo, grand finale bingo, hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. Additional bingo cards and daubers will be available to purchase. A cash bar of beer and wine will also be offered. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with bingo beginning at 6 p.m. All funds raised will benefit the Lady Cards Basketball program. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit Facebook and search Lady Cards Basketball Boosters Designer Purse Bingo. Tickets will also be available to purchase at Canfield High School girls basketball home games.

Book-a-Librarian offers additional help

If you would like a personal introduction to resources available at the library or need more time with a librarian than you can get over the phone or if you just walk in, this program is for you. 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 or the internet; downloading e-books and audiobooks, researching a topic, discovering new books and authors, 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 to book a librarian at ay of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

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.

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