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Financial aid workshop

There will be a financial aid workshop at Poland Seminary High School on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. This workshop is geared to parents of graduating seniors, and is intended to answer the many questions concerning the financial aid process. Parents of juniors are also welcome to attend to get an idea of what is forthcoming. Speakers at the workshop will be Gina McHenry from YSU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship along with Poland Seminary High School’s guidance counselors, Mike Vagas and Judy Volosin. Specific topics to be addressed include the types of financial aid, how the financial aid process works, completing the FAFSA, alternative funding sources for higher education and a question and answer session.

Audobon Society to hear Bue speak

The Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley invites the public to “Bigfoot in Ohio and Beyond” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Canfield library. Is the Ivory Billed Woodpecker extinct? Ornithologists search. Does Bigfoot exist? Researchers investigate. The speaker for this event, Amy Bue, is a mother, teacher, editor, aspiring novelist and a cancer survivor with an enormous bucket list. As far as “Bigfooting” goes, she had her own sighting of something strange near Meander Reservoir in 2012. After several years on her own and with friends, in 2015, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) invited her to join as an investigator. She works mostly locally but travels wherever the action is, including as far as the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. She’s involved with next month’s Bigfoot Day in Beaver Creek State Park.

Local dancers invited to North Bloomfield event

On Sept. 29 the North Bloomfield Historical Society will host a Western Square Dance from 7-9:30 p.m. No dancing experience is needed. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 330-506-3370.

Cardinal Mooney to host seventh- and eighth-grade parent night

Cardinal Mooney High School will host a seventh- and eighth-grade parent night on Oct. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the school auditorium, located at 2545 Erie St, in Youngstown. Prospective families are encouraged to attend to learn about block scheduling, financial assistance and admissions. Current CMHS students and parents will present on the benefits of a Mooney education. This is an all ages event as special seasonal activities will take place in the school gymnasium for children in grades kindergarten through sixth-grade. RSVPs are encouraged but not required and can be made at www.cardinalmooney.com/events.

Newcomers club to meet on Sept. 26

The Newcomers of Mahoning Valley will host their first meeting at A la Carte Restaurant in Canfield on Sept. 26. The gathering is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Jeanne Moore and Phyllis Scoville will be hostesses. This meeting will let them catch up on summer activities and preview the plans and schedules for the 2018-19 year. Newcomers was formed 25 years ago to offer those with lifestyle changes an opportunity to meet new people and become acquainted with events and places in the area. They will review their various groups: Needlework, Roundtowners, movie and book clubs. For information or to make reservations, call Jorine at 330-757-7212 or Barbara at 330-758-3934.

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.

Libraries remain open for holiday

All PLYMC libraries will be open on Columbus Day, Oct. 8.

Chaney alumni to celebrate 80th birthdays at luncheon

The Chaney High School Class of 1956 will meet for a luncheon on Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Davidson’s Restaurant, located on State Route 62 in Cornersburg, Meals will be ordered from the menu. Spouses and friends are welcome. Come and socialize and celebrate your 80th birthday. For more information, call Larry Probert at 330-799-1204.

Gamblers Anonymous meetings

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 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.

Celebrate teen read week with Mindy McGinnis

Help the Poland library celebrate Teen Read Week, which is a national event from Oct. 7-13, with award-winning, Ohio author and blogger, Mindy McGinnis on Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. McGinnis writes across multiple genres including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery and fantasy. “A Madness so Discreet,” McGinnis’s gothic historical set in an insane asylum, won the Edgar award for Best Teen Mystery in 2015. She also manages a blog titled, “Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire,” which features author interviews, writing advice, query critiques and help in navigating the seas of the publishing world. You can also listen to her weekly podcast that features interviews with published authors.

Mushroom Guru: Walt Sturgeon

Mushroom guru and author Walt Sturgeon will present on the myriad of colors, forms and habitats of our native macro fungi at the Poland library on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Edible and toxic species will be shown. Folklore and examples of bioluminescent species, insectivorous fungi and hallucinogenic mushrooms will also be presented. Walt is a member and trustee of the Ohio Mushroom Society which has been affiliated with the North American Mycological Association since 1982. This event is for adults.

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.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader. This is a holiday program and children may attend in costume. This event is for children who are ages 2-3.

Halloween painting party

Create your very own painting as you follow along step-by-step at this program at the Poland library on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register. This is a holiday program.

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.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for kindergarten through play at the Poland library on Oct. 16 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. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult to this one hour program.

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. 3, 10 and 17 at 10 a.m.

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 Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. Learn easy corresponding signs to learn and share with your little ones.

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.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care giver. Join the Poland library on Oct. 19 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 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.

Build a robot

Build and program a Lego Mindstorms GRIPP3R Robot at this event on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Poland library. The GRIPP3R robot is constructed for some heavy-duty lifting. It’s go the muscle to grab and drop a can of soda with its powerful grasping grippers for ages 10 and up. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register. Space is limited.

Halloween painting party

Create your very own painting as you follow along step-by-step at the Poland library at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4. Snacks will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register. This event is for tweens and teens (grades 5-12) and is a holiday program.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Poland library on Oct. 9 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This event is for adults.

Beginning conversational French

Join Ron Saffell for this series of six programs every Wednesday starting on Sept. 19 and ending on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. and learn French using games and fun activities. This event is for adults only. Reservations are needed for each date you will attend.

Poland Friends of the Library meeting and presentation

Melissa Ames, Vice President of Better Business Services, will present “Scams, Frauds, and How to Protect Yourself” at the next meeting of the Poland Friends of the Library on Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Poland library. An annual potluck picnic will follow. Dessert will be provided.

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.

Gilchrist to be honored

Stephanie Gilchrist, Executive Director of Inspiring Minds Youngstown, will be honored as “Woman of the Year” at a special event during National Business Women’s Week Æ, sponsored by the Youngstown Business and Professional Women. The event will take place on Oct. 16 at The Lake Club, located at 1140 Paulin Road in Poland. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Dr. Anne McMahon Scholarship Award, which is awarded annually to a deserving female student furthering her education at Youngstown State University. The cost for event tickets is $55 each. For more information about YBPW or to make reservations for the Woman of the Year event, contact Becky Davis, YBPW 1st Vice President, at ybpwboard2@gmail.com.

Retiring your flag

During the month of September, Shepherd of the Valley is taking in tired, torn and faded American flags that need to be retired. Most flags are not retired and burned with the ceremony they deserve. Some are burned in a barrel; some in a pile on the ground; others are cremated at a funeral home. Shepherd of the Valley wants to change this. Flags can be dropped off at any Shepherd of the Valley community between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Drop-off hours for the corporate offices are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Flags will be delivered to a local veteran’s group for proper disposal. For more information, contact the nearest Shepherd of the Valley community at Boardman - 7148 West Boulevard - 330-726-9061, Poland - 301 W. Western Reserve Road - 330-726-7110 and Corporate Office/At Home With Shepherd - 5525 Silica Road in Austintown - 330-530-4038.

Valley Legacy Awards 2018 nominees announced

Nominees were recently announced for the 2018 Valley Legacy Awards. Now in its 14th year, the annual event honors civic-minded seniors and senior advocates for their contributions to the Mahoning Valley. The 22 nominees will be recognized and the Valley Legacy Awards presented to the winning Outstanding Seniors and Outstanding Advocates at a luncheon on Oct. 10. Those nominated by members of the community are: Outstanding Senior Award for Professional Excellence - Elder George Dial (Austintown), Stephana Liptak (Poland), Rich Morgan (Boardman) and Outstanding Senior Advocate - Laurie Antunze and Molly (Boardman). The Valley Legacy Awards luncheon will take place on Oct. 10 at The Maronite Center, located at 1555 S Meridian Road in Youngstown. Tickets are $30 and the public is invited. For tickets or more information, call June Jagunic at 330-530-4038, ext. 2050 or visit https://www.shepherdofthevalley.com/valley-legacy-awards/.

Bonding with babies and 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 Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. Learn easy corresponding signs to learn and share with your little ones.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library every Thursday in September 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 September

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

Snack-n-sign

This event is for all fifth-eighth graders. Go to the Poland library on Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. to learn sign language and about Deaf culture through fun, interactive games and activities. A snack will be provided. This event is for tweens and teens.

Guess the banned books

Banned Book Week will be celebrated at the Poland library Sept. 23-29 during regular library hours. They have shredded some of the most challenged YA books and you need to guess the titles. Someone will win a prize. Don’t worry, the books shredded were ones that were worn out and replaced. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

DIY gourmet caramel apples

If you have ever want to make those delicious apples they sell at local festivals and gourmet shops, dripping with caramel, chocolate and decadent toppings, this event at the Poland library on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. is your chance. Make an apple for yourself and sample some pre-made goodies. This event is for tweens, teens and adults. Registration is required and can be made by calling 330-744-8636 and asking for the Poland library.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Poland library on Sept. 25 from 12:30-6:30 p.m.to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Beginning conversational French

If you want to know how to order from a menu or ask for help in French or want to learn about French culture and food, join Ron Saffell for this series of six programs, every Wednesday starting on Sept. 19 and ending on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m., and learn French using games and fun activities. This event is for adults only. Reservations are needed for each date you will attend.

Yoga class

The Friends of PLYMC are sponsoring a yoga class every Wednesday in the Poland library meeting room at 5 p.m. Pay as you attend. The cost is $10 per session. Class is from 5-6 p.m. For more information, call 330-740-6086. 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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