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Lions announce Peace Poster contest

The Poland Lions announced their local Peace Poster contest for 2018. The theme this year is “Kindness Matters.” The international contest will give the winner a chance to address the United Nations on Peace Day at the United Nations in 2019 and a $5,000 cash prize. The local winner will receive a $50 cash prize and certificate for their winning entry. The contest is open to students ages 11,12 and 13 as of the date of Nov. 3. Students who’s 14th birthday occurs before the 2018 date are eligible to enter. Contestants are asked to create a poster that visually represents the contest theme. All contest rules can be found on the International Lions website at www.lionsclubs.org/peaceposter. as well as pictures of winning posters from past contests. An entry information packet can also be obtained from the Poland Middle School’s art teacher, Mrs. Dimuzio. Deadline for entries is Nov. 2 to be returned to the school office.

Dia de los Muertos

Learn more about the Mexican celebration of Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Poland library. Participants will decorate their own sugar skulls to take home. This event is for tweens and teens in grade 5-12 and adults. Registration is required.

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 Poland libraryon Nov. 7, 14 and 21 at 10 a.m.

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.

Appy hour

Learn what an app is and which apps are right for you at this event at the Poland library on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. Learn all about popular apps for smartphones and mobile devices. See a variety of apps that will help you connect to your library, find a good place to eat, keep you entertained in a long grocery line, find a great new recipe or find great music to listen to on your walk. Registration is recommended and can be made by calling 330-744-8636 and asking for Poland library. This event is for adults and teens.

Poland Friends of the Library meeting and presentation

Bridget Lackey, Dietician and Community Health Educator from Mercy Health, will speak on Healthier at Home and will discuss information on common health problems, self-care, prevention and determining when it’s time to seek medical care at this event at the Poland library on Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Cardinal Mooney to host annual eighth-grade day

Cardinal Mooney High School will host its annual eighth-grade day on Nov. 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the school, located at 2545 Erie Street in Youngstown. Students currently in eighth grade from all area parochial, public and charter schools are invited to spend the day in classes ranging from computer science and math to art and theology. This event is free, but pre-event registration in required. For more information and to register, visit www.cardinalmooney.com/events.

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.

Local Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-Treat in Poland will take place on Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Canfield library on Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 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.

Christie to sign books

Local author Nancy Christie will have a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Boardman on Nov. 17 beginning at 1 p.m. for her book, “Rut-Busting Book for Writers.” For more information about Christie and her books, visit the books page of her website, http://www.nancychristie.com/books/.

Mill Creek ABWA to have anniversary meeting

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its Nov. 13 anniversary meeting at A la Cart Catering in Canfield beginning with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu will include roast beef, southern baked chicken, sand trap potatoes, California blend vegetables, cole slaw, tossed salad, tomato, pepper and onion salad, rolls, coffee or tea and cake for dessert. The cost is $23 per person. Reservations may be made by calling Mary Brown at 330-770-6253 by Nov. 8. The Austintown Fitch choir will be the entertainment for the evening to help the chapter celebrate their 56th anniversary. The public is welcome.

Local retired teachers association to have Nov. 14 meeting

Mahoning Retired Teachers Association will meet on Nov. 14 at Drake’s Landing in Canfield. The social hour will begin at 11 a.m. and lunch at 11:45 a.m., followed by the meeting and program. Susan Harris will preside. The American Legion will present colors in honor of Veteran’s Day. Scholarship chairperson Sonia Tsvetkoff will introduce and present MRTA’s scholarships to YSU School of Education students. Deana DeLuca will present a program on “Mindfulness and Meditation.” This month’s community service project will be donations to the Canfield Veterans Auxiliary. Grilled chicken salad or the buffet, which will feature roasted turkey, will be served. All area educators are invited to attend. To make a reservation, contact Maggie Skripac at 330-953-1200 by Nov. 7. For more information, visit www.mahoningretiredteachers.com.

Friendly Squares dance in November

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on Nov. 10 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be cuing line dances. The theme for the dance is Veterans. 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.

Get connected with digital media

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 event at the Poland library on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. This event is for adults. Call 330-744-8636 to register.

Tenth annual Danielle Scott Memorial Writing Contest

Danielle Scott was a beloved Teen Advisory Board member whom was lost to cancer. The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is sponsoring the 10th annual Danielle Scott Memorial Writing Contest to honor Danielle and her love of writing. Teens may enter one poem with a theme of their choice. Entries may be submitted online at http://www.libraryvisit.org/teens/danielle or on standard 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper to any public library in Mahoning County Oct. 1-31. If you submit your entry online, make sure you select the writing type (poem) and be sure to include your phone number. Hard copies must be typed. Be sure to include your name, telephone number, grade and school on your entry. Entries are not returnable. One winner will be chosen and will be awarded a plaque and a monetary prize. All entrants must be in grades 7-12 and either live in or attend school in Mahoning County.

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 Poland library on Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. This is a holiday program and children may attend in costume.

Spooky Halloween science

Join the Poland library on Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. for some spooky, messy Halloween fun, including an exploding pumpkin, creepy crafts and a take-home treat. This event is for children in grades 1-6 and is a holiday program.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library every Thursday in October 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.

Trim a tree for October

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

Yoga class

The Poland library will offer a yoga class every Wednesday in October at 5 p.m. Pay as you attend at $10 per session. This event is for adults.

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 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.

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