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Classmates to meet to discuss reunion plans

Classmates from the Poland Seminary High School class of 1969 are invited to a meeting to decide on the date and location for their 50th reunion to take place in 2019. The meeting will take place on May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road (State Route 224 and Struthers Road intersection) in Poland Township. If you can’t attend the meeting but would like to share ideas for the reunion, send an email to Dave Watts at misty50@zoominternet.net. Another part of the planning includes locating all classmates by updating mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses for all classmates and those updates may also be sent to Watts in an email.

Poland branch becomes first in state to offer special loan

The Poland branch of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage recently announced that it is the first in Ohio to offer a USDA Rural Development New Construction loan. For more information about the USDA Rural Development Construction mortgage loan, contact Brandon Davis at AmeriFirst Home Mortgage at bdavis@amerifirst.com or 330-965-1808. The Poland branch is located at 577 E. Western Reserve Road.

Ladies in Little Black Dresses for Literacy

Reserve your place now for a Literary Society fundraising event, Ladies in Little Black Dresses for Literacy, at the Lake Club, located at 1140 Paulin Road in Poland, at 6 p.m. on June 7. Tickets are $40 each and include heavy appetizers and one glass of wine. There will be a cash bar. This event benefits Library Foundation funds: the Carol A. Bacon Literary Society Fund and the Martha Muransky Children’s Literacy Fund. These boutiques will sell accessories and a portion of the proceeds from participating boutiques will benefit these funds: Suzanne’s, Ivory & Birch, Matilda Jane Clothing. Along with the, sponsors of the event are The Muransky Companies, in memory of Martha Muransky, and Home Savings. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of a book by their favorite author to swap with other attendees and can also donate once-read or brand new children’s books. For information and to register, contact the library’s development office at 330-740-6086.

Playtime at your library

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 at the Poland library on June 5 at 10 a.m. Activities will vary at each program. This event is for ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in June at the Poland 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.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library on June 14 at 10:30 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.

Basic conversational French

Join Ron Saffell for this series of programs and learn French using games and fun activities on June 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Poland library. This event is for teens and tweens, but adults are welcome. Reservations are needed.

Business start-up workshop

Are you thinking about starting a business in the near future or further down the road? This program at the Poland library on June 4 at 6:30 p.m. will address key topics for beginning a business and will discuss the library’s sources and services for business start-up and beyond. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. This event is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital at the Poland library on June 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and June 21 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Trim a tree for May

Decorate an ornament during regular hours throughout May for the Poland library’s all-seasons tree. This event is for children of all ages.

Poland Lions host Treasures of the Trunk Sale

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 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 sake items are welcome. There are 50 spaces available. The cost per space is $15 until May 30. Spaces increase to $20 on June 1. For more information and a vendor application, call Lion Judy at 330-360-3641 or Lion Lori at 330-506-9511.

Meet Renate Frydman on May 23

Join the Poland library on May 23 at noon for a special author event featuring Renate Frydman, whose book, “Anschel’s Story: Determined to Survive,” tells the story of her late-husband’s survival in Nazi-occupied Poland. The author will sign and sell books at this event. Reservations are required; contact the Library’s Development Office at 330-740-6086. The event is sponsored by the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Literary Society and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.

Bonding with babies, books and signs

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 May 30 at 10 a.m. Learn easy corresponding signs to learn and share with your little ones.

Read to Roxie

Relax and read to Roxie at 6 p.m. on May 22 at the Poland library. Roxie is a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. Each child will be given a 15-minute reading session while spots remain. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register. This event is for children in grades 1-4.

No need to knead

Join the Poland library on May 29 at 6 p.m. as they teach you how to make homemade bread without kneading. Sample a finished loaf, and take home a batch of dough to bake at home. Ingredients will be provided, but they ask attendees to bring their own mixing bowl and mixing spoon. (Food waiver must be signed) Space is limited; registration recommended. This event is for adults and teens.

Decades rewind party

The Poland library is hosting a special summer program for teens on July 12 at 6 p.m. Celebrate the hits of the past at this music decades party. Feel free to come in costume and dance the night away.

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 on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Poland library.

Tales & Talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library on Thursdays during May at 10:30 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.

Local libraries close for holidays in May

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on May 27 and on Memorial Day, May 28.

Yoga class

The Friends of PLYMC are sponsoring a Yoga Class every Wednesday during May from 5-6 p.m. at the Poland branch library in the meeting room. Pay as you attend at $10 per session.

Scholarship applications now avaialble

Applications for this year’s $1,000 Youngstown State University Scholarship from The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest are available by by contacting Deborah Mottle at mottlesmurals@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is June 15.

Register for Summer Discovery beginning on May 1

Visit a Mahoning County public library or sign up online on or after May 1 to register for this year’s Summer Discovery Program. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” It will run from May 1 until July 31. Sign up and receive a coupon and Mahoning Valley Scrappers ticket voucher. Children who complete the program have the chance to have breakfast with Marc Brown, author/illustrator of the “Arthur” series. Children can complete activities or read books to earn prizes (while supplies last) and to earn a chance to win a gift card. Children who complete the program by July 22 will be invited to a breakfast event on July 27, sponsored by Sweeney Chevy Buick GMC. Teens and adults can also participate in Summer Discovery by reading books to earn prizes and earn a chance to win a gift card.

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 $35. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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