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Newcomers of Mahoning Valley to have luncheon

Newcomers of Mahoning Valley is having its November luncheon on Nov. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at A La Carte Catering in Canfield. Lori Factor will be talking about special events coming up at Youngstown State University and Stambaugh Auditorium. They are also having a holiday gathering on Dec. 11 at Johnny’s Restaurant, located at 7807 Market St. in Boardman, at 11:30 a.m. Members and guests will be playing a game to win prizes of goodies. To participate in the game, you need to bring something to eat or drink that would be enjoyed in the coming season. The birthday group will be celebrating on Dec. 17 at Longhorns at 11:30 a.m. and Round Towners will be going to Caffe Capri on Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. For more information about the December gatherings, call Ilona at 3330-704-0236 or Jorine at 330-757-7212.

Gingerbread house holiday program

Sip hot chocolate and listen to Christmas music while you build and decorate a miniature gingerbread house using graham crackers, icing, gumdrops and more at the Poland library on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. This event is for children of all ages; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636, or register at the Poland library. This is a holiday program.

Medicare enrollment: what you need to know for 2019

Find out what you need to know before enrolling in Medicare in 2019 at this event at the Poland library on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Register by calling 330-744-8636 or register online. This event is for adults.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for kindergarten through play at the Poland library on Dec. 18 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 event is for ages 2-6.

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 Wednesday in December at the Canfield library.

Lighting of the Village at the Poland library

Stop by the Poland library as you’re taking part in the Lighting of the Village on Dec. 1. They will have Christmas songs and stories from 5:30-6 p.m. and crafts from 6-7 p.m. This event is for the whole family and is a holiday program.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library every Thursday in December 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. The Dec. 20 program is a holiday one.

Bookstores and libraries invited to join in celebration of Short Fiction Day

The annual Celebrate Short Fiction Day takes place on Dec. 21, and founder Nancy Christie is inviting bookstores and libraries to create their own event. Christie explained that she created “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day to honor the short story in all its forms and lengths. She encourages libraries and bookstores to host their own “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day events and has provided tip sheets on her web page (http://tinyurl.com/CelebrateShortFictionDay) for those looking for ideas.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care giver. Join the Poland library on Dec. 28 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.

Trim a tree for December

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

Holiday Lego my library

Meet at the Poland library on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and enjoy creating holiday Lego designs. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up. This is a holiday program.

Read to Roxie

Relax and read to Roxie, a registered therapy dog with GO TEAM Therapy Dogs, at the Poland library on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. 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.

Snack and sign

This event is for all fifth-eighth graders. Come to the Poland library on Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. to learn signs and a song to celebrate the holiday season. A snack will be provided. This event is a holiday program.

Color your world

Join the Poland library on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. for a relaxing evening of coloring for teens and adults. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own. This event is for adults and teens.

Get connected with digital media at the library

If you would like to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices, attend this program at the Poland library on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland branch to register. This event is for adults.

Retired educators to meet in December

The Mahoning Retired Teachers Association will meet on Dec. 12 at Drake’s Landing in Canfield. The social hour will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:45 a.m., followed by the meeting and program. Susan Harris will preside. The Boardman High School jazz band will provide the entertainment. Carol Kinsey, regional liaison from ORTA, will present updates from STRS. The community service project is monetary donations and toys for the Salvation Army. Grilled chicken salad or the buffet lunch, which will feature baked ham, will be served. All area educators are invited to attend. For more information, visit www.mahoningcountyretiredteachers.com.

Carlozzi Financial Services hosts ninth annual funds drive

The public is invited to join Carlozzi Financial Services to help local families in need this holiday season by giving a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank. A donation only in the form of a check made payable to Second Harvest Food Bank will be accepted. The check can be mailed to Carlozzi Financial Services, 831 Southwestern Run, Suite 1, Poland, OH 44514. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 7. Mark Carlozzi and his staff are hoping to exceed the $1,600 that was collected last year. For more information, visit www.CarlozziFinancialServices.com.

Trim a tree for November

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

Yoga class

The Poland library will host a yoga class every Wednesday in November from 5-6 p.m. in the meeting room. Pay as you attend. Class is $10 per session. This event is for adults.

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 Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. Learn easy corresponding signs to learn and share with your little ones.

Snack-n-Sign at Poland

This event is for all fifth-eighth graders: go to the Poland library on Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. to learn sign language and about Deaf culture through fun, interactive games and activities. A snack will be provided.

Color your world

Join the Poland library on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. for a relaxing evening of coloring for teens and adults. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own. This event is for adults and teens.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Canfield library on Nov. 29 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.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Poland library on Nov. 30 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 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 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.

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