Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist training to be offered
The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program training will be offered through Mahoning County OSU Extension starting on Jan. 22. Soils, botany, entomology and environmental stewardship are only a few of the topics that will be covered in OCVN trainings, along with input from speakers and resources for your use. After training, volunteers will be paired with parks, nature centers and other locations to provide service and insight learned from the program. Applications for the OCVN program can be found at http://go.osu.edu/naturalisttraining. Trainings will take place two Mondays per month and three Saturdays from the end of January through May 19. The cost for this program is $175, which includes the manual, refreshments, meals speakers and more. If you have questions, call Mahoning County Extension at 330-533-5538.
Gotta Move story time at the library
Join the Canfield library every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. for the Gotta Move story time. This program is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join them 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.
Blood Pressure Check to be at the library
A blood pressure check hosted by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be offered at the Canfield library from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 19.
Tales and Talk for 2’s and 3’s in January
Join the Canfield library every Tuesday 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.
Smith family owned DQ Stores to host Fan Appreciation Day
The Smith family-owned Dairy Queen stores will be hosting Fan Appreciation Day on Jan. 17 at the Cornersburg location at 3555 S. Meridian Road in Youngstown. The DQ stores will have half price DQ cakes and novelties such as Dilly Bars, Buster Bars and DQ sandwiches all day on Jan. 17 while supplies last.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Basic Computer Class offered at the library
Learn very basic computer skills at this program at the Canfield library on Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover use of a mouse, computer terms and simple internet use. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 to register for this class for adults.
Bonding with babies and books
This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months at the Canfield library every Thursday in January at 10 a.m. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.
Friendly Squares to host dance on Jan. 13
The Friendly Squares will also 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.
Off the Shelves... January date announced
Join the library’s monthly book club for a lively discussion of titles chosen “Off the Shelves” of the Canfield library’s book club room on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. and Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. This program is for adults. The January read will be, “The Widow” by Fiona Barton.
January Forever Young book club to meet on Jan. 23
If you love reading YA books, join the Canfield library on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. to read and discuss a different Young Adult book every month. The January reading will be “Frostblood” by Elly Blake. This book club is for adults.
Show me the bunny
Peter Rabbit is coming to the Canfield library on Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the upcoming movie release of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into Farmer McGregor’s vegetable garden. Learn more about the author and get “hoppy” with games, activities and a craft. Light refreshments will be provided at this program for children of all ages.
Basic Microsoft Word class at the library
Learn very basic computer skills involving the Microsoft Office Word program at the Canfield library on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover cut and paste and the Word menus. Space is limited so call 330-744-8636 to register. This class is for adults.
Coloring for grown-ups January program announced
Join the Canfield library on Jan. 22 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.
Get Connected with Hoopla
Want to discover what Hoopla can do for you? Join the Canfield library on Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. in learning how to use your library card to download free movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, comics and eBooks. Registration required at this program for adults. Call 330-744-8636 to register as space is limited. You must have an e-mail account before attending.
Mah-Jongg Mondays announces January dates
Drop in to play Mah-Jongg with others who love the game. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend. Mah-Jongg sets are not provided. Dates for the January programs are Tuesdays, Jan. 2 and 16, and Mondays, Jan. 8, 22 and 29 from 1-3 p.m.
Movie night at library to have 80’s theme
Join the Canfield library for a blast from the past where participants will relive classic movies from the 80’s on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. Feel free to bring your own small snacks and drinks. The movie will be either PG or PG-13. This movie night is for teens and adults. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Discover the benefits of Zentangle
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn therapeutic art program that turns simple patterns into unique works of art. A class will be offered at the Canfield library on Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. The benefits of Zentangle are numerous, from its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, to the resulting increase in focus and dexterity. This program is for adults.
Create a DIY animal planter at the library
Turn a plastic animal toy into a planter on Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Canfield library. Soil and a plant will be provided. This program is for tweens, ages 9-12.
Drive through dinners offered at Lord of Life Church
Drive through chicken dinners will be offered at Lord of Life Church, located at 550 N Broad Street in Canfield, on Jan. 25 from 3-6 p.m. The dinners will consist of chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, three bean salad, a roll and butter, and cake. The cost is $9 per dinner (cash only) and the proceeds will help with ministry expenses. Each customer will get $1 off the purchase price if they bring a can of vegetables that will be donated to the needy via the Rescue Mission or some other worthwhile organization. Simply pull up to the back door and the church will serve you. Questions can be taken to the church office at 330-533-3531.
Read around the room
Join the 2018 Reading Challenge to “read around the Canfield library book club room.” Read six titles from the book club room for the winter challenge, from Jan. 1 until March 31, and fill out the Reading Challenge form as an entry into a drawing for a reader’s prize pack. E-books and audiobooks of book club titles are acceptable, and all entries must be submitted by March 31; winner drawn on April 4. One entry per person is permitted at this program for adults.
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 email@example.com.
Old Fashioned Makerspace - dolls and puppets at the library
In a time before today’s technology, children had to come up with their own toys. Bring your imagination to the Canfield library on Jan. 13 at 2:30 p.m. and learn how to make several, including corn husk, clothespin, finger and paper puppets/dolls. All materials provided, including paint and glue. This program is for ages 4-13.
Holiday library closings announced for the end of the year
All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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.
Mah-Jongg Mondays at the library
Drop in to play Mah-Jongg with others who love the game. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend every Monday at the Canfield library from 1-3 p.m. Mah-Jongg sets not provided for this program for adults.
Coupon Swap at the library
Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in to the Canfield library during library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.
Join a chair yoga class at the library
Chair Yoga is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. It is $10 a class, and you can pay as you attend. Class meets every Friday and dress comfortably. For more information, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086.
Give a high five to the dogs
Come and read to the Canfield library’s favorite therapy dogs. Give them a “High Five” to welcome them to the library. Bring your own book, or the library will find one for you. School aged children can read to the therapy dogs the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Therapy dogs provided by Pawz for People, a Community Partner of Pet Partners, local Pet Therapy group.
The Mahoning Valley Corvettes joins in with Salem car cruise for event
The call to take over The Salem Super cruise, Salem’s largest annual event attracting thousands, was recently answered by The Mahoning Valley Corvettes. The non-profit car club dates back to 1962 including members from every surrounding community and Salem. Many of the club members have enjoyed the Salem Super Cruise and will now partner with the City of Salem to put on the event entering its 14th year. The Salem Super Cruise is open to all cars and trucks, not just Corvettes. Motorcycles are also welcome. The weekend benefits the Second Harvest Foodbank, which feeds many hungry local families. The event will take place June 7-10 and will feature activities, some free, including a parade, car show, food, live bands and more. The Mahoning Valley Corvettes look forward to partnering with the City of Salem to provide a this weekend for the entire family.
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.