Incoming freshman orientation meeting
There will be an orientation meeting for all eighth-graders and their parents who reside in the Poland School District on Feb. 7 in the Poland High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Poland High School’s counselors will provide information which will assist incoming freshmen make wise decisions about their course selection. Topics to be covered will include graduation requirements, end of course exams/graduation points, course levels, curriculum choices and placement tests, post-secondary/college entrance requirements, athletic participation rules/OHSAA and extracurricular options. If you have any questions, call the guidance office at Poland High School at 330-757-7036.
Historical society has first January meeting
The Poland Historical Society will host its first meeting of 2019 on Jan. 15 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road (State Route 224) in Poland Township. The regular business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. A presentation titled “Keeping Your Family’s Past” by Pam Speis, Mahoning Valley Historical Society Archivist, begins at 7:30 p.m. The society’s 2019 membership begins in January. Dues are $10 per person for the calendar year. Send checks made payable to “Poland Historical Society” to P.O. Box 5052, Poland, OH 44514. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address. Dues may also be paid to Treasurer Joanne Eiselstein at the January meeting.
Fundraising event to support Celebrate Poland
The committee that plans the annual Celebrate Poland festival is sponsoring a “Breakfast, Baskets and More” event on Jan. 26 at 8 a.m. at the Poland Seminary High School cafeteria. The event concludes at noon. The breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, pastries and drinks by donation. In addition to the opportunity to bid on baskets, there is a chance to win a 50 inch Smart TV donated by Anthony Traficanti at six tickets for $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any committee member or by calling 330-651-2999. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. You need not be present to win. All proceeds from the breakfast will go toward funding the non-profit Celebrate Poland community event, which will take place on June 28 and 29.
The Poland library will host a yoga class in the library meeting room every Wednesday throughout January from 5-6 p.m. Pay as you attend. Class is $10 per session. This event is for adults.
All Mahoning County libraries will be closed on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Seniors group to gather on Jan. 21
The Holy Family Seniors Group will meet on Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Family Parish Hall, located at 2729 Center Road in Poland. Lunch is $4 per member and will be served at noon, followed by Bingo and card games. Members are reminded that meetings will be canceled during the winter months if the weather is too cold or snowy for safe travel. Questions should be directed to Ruth Burns, president, at 330-757-1334; Carol Huck, vice president, at 330-757-3203; or Laurie Fox, secretary/treasurer, at 330-536-8850.
Library receives ‘Mental Health First Aid’ grant
The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) has received a grant for $4,999 for Mental Health First Aid training. The grant is from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and awarded by the State Library of Ohio, under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). With this grant, library employees and participants from the public will be trained to assist people showing signs of behaviors associated with mental health issues or addiction and connect them to professional services to address their needs. The grant provides for training in two areas, youth and adult, and aims to educate 100 people interested in this type of specialized instruction. There will be two Adult Mental Health First Aid training sessions and two Youth Mental Health First Aid training sessions at PLYMC libraries. Those sessions will be scheduled in the coming months. The library is partnering with the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Alta Care Group, which will provide instructors.
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 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 1.5 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 disease.
This event is for all fifth- eighth-graders. Come to the Poland library on Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. to learn sign language and about Deaf culture through fun, interactive games and activities. A snack will be provided.
Cardinal Mooney hosts 27th annual “Athletic Hall of Fame” dinner
On Feb. 17, Cardinal Mooney High School will host its 27th annual “Athletic Hall of Fame” dinner at the Lake Club, located at 1140 Paulin Road in Poland. Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A dinner buffet will begin at 6:45 p.m. with the induction ceremony set for 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 each, with a table of eight for $600. All proceeds go directly to the Ron Stoops Scholarship Fund, which has been established by the Stoops family to provide tuition scholarships for students who attend Cardinal Mooney. This class of inductees includes Anthony “Toner” Barone, Joe Cerni, John D’Apolito, Aieshya Dixon, Katie Duracky, Walter Fyda, Greg Iaderosa, Curtis Ingram, Danielle Kepics, Ken Kraft, Bryan Lyons, Chuck Saulino, Bill Scott, Alex Simon and Val Zajac. To reserve your tickets, visit www.cardinalmooney.com/Events by Feb. 9 or call the Cardinal Mooney Development Office at 330788-5113. If you are unable to attend the dinner but would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, you can do so by mailing your donation to the Ron Stoops Scholarship Fund, c/o Cardinal Mooney High School, 2545 Erie St., Youngstown, Ohio 44507.
Read to Roxie
Relax and read to Roxie, a registered therapy dog with GO TEAM Therapy Dogs, on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Poland library. 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 grades 1-4.
PLYMC’s American Sign Language (ASL) club
Become part of the Poland library’s American Sign Language club on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. The purpose of the ASL club is to teach attendees of any age about American Sign Language. During meetings, they will practice and learn the various aspects of the language and culture of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. The club’s goal is to bring awareness of and instill the love of ASL. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience. Refreshments will be provided. This event is for the entire family.
DIY touch screen gloves
Go to the Poland library on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and they’ll teach you to use conductive thread to turn a pair of regular gloves into touch screen compatible ones. The library will supply gloves, or you can bring your own favorite pair from home. Registration required. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.
DIY valentine mugs
Learn how to make a valentine-themed mug at the Poland library on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. All materials will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library. This event is for adults, teens and tweens.
Microsoft Excel - class 1
Learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel for creating simple and useful spreadsheets at the Poland library on Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. This beginner’s class will cover setting up a spreadsheet and entering data. Some basic computer skills are required. Class will soon be followed by Microsoft Excel - classes 2 and 3. Register online via the library events calendar or call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults and teens.
More than a book club
Gather at the Poland library on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. to discuss the stories and information you are currently reading and researching. Whether you listen to audiobooks, read novels, read the newspaper or research online, share your sources and learn about others. This event is for adults.
Blood pressure screening
There will be a blood pressure screening by Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association on Jan. 18 from 10:15-11:15 a.m. at the Poland library.
Kindergarten readiness stations
Kindergarten readiness stations are in every Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County library branch and feature fun activities for you and your preschool child to complete together. For the month of January, the stations focus on social and emotional development, which is about learning how to manage feelings, manage friendships and solve problems. Before kindergarten, children should be able to recognize and identify their own emotions and the emotions of others. They should also be able to communicate a range of emotions in socially accepted ways. The kindergarten readiness stations offer fun activities to build these skills. Working on these skills now will help children be successful in their interactions with teachers and classmates when they get to school. Stop by any branch to try out our new kindergarten readiness stations and help your child build these important skills.
Friendly Squares January square dance
The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on Jan. 12 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State Street in Niles. Neil Harner will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be cuing line dances. 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.
Bonding with babies, books and signs
Come to the Poland library on Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. and learn how to use American Sign Language (ASL) with your child through rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. 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 January 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bonding with babies and books
This event, which will take place on Jan. 16 and 23 at 10 a.m. 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.
Playtime at your library
Read a story at the Poland library on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for kindergarten. Activities will vary at each program. This event is for children who are ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
A gross story
Hear a gross story at the Poland library on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m., then guess gross items in boxes, see some gross science experiments and have more gross fun. This event is for children in grades K-4.
Gotta Move story time
This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Poland library on Jan. 18 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 January
Decorate an ornament for the Poland library’s all-seasons tree during regular hours in January. This event is for children of all ages.
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 4:30 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.