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Mill Creek ABWA to have Aug. 13 meeting

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its Aug. 13 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 hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, tossed salad, fresh fruit, Jell-O, dessert, coffee and tea. The cost is $15 and reservations may be made by calling Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 or Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 by July 31. The speaker for the evening will be Kelly Kotel, who is the Adult Program Specialist with the library. The scholarship recipients will also be present at this August meeting. The public is welcome.

Hopewell Theatre hopes to raise funds with fun

Hopewell Theatre’s 2019–2020 season kickoff “Fun” Raiser, an evening of food, fun, and prizes, will take place on Aug. 25 from 6-9 p.m. at A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon Street in Canfield. Tickets cost $30 and include a full dinner buffet, dessert, cash wine bar, entertainment and silent auction prizes. Local favorites Glenn Stevens and Regina Reynolds will emcee a terrific entertainment lineup - Just Friends Community Chorus will perform favorite hits of the 1950s, Tom Gent and Maureen Gorman Stenglein will sing classic show tunes, and stand-up comedian Jenna Cintavey and improvisational comedy troupe The Dinner Theatre Rejects will bring the laughs. For tickets, visit http://hopewelltheatre.org or call 330-746-5455. Hopewell Theatre, founded in 1992 as the Victorian Players, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to producing quality theatrical performances in the Mahoning Valley. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with performances, events, auditions and other Hopewell news—www.facebook.com/HopewellTheatre.

More than a book club

Gather together on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Poland library 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.

Get connected with digital media at the library

If you would like to learn how to download free e-books, 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 Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults and teens.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Poland library on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Aug. 20 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visitwww.RedCrossBlood.org.

Retiree group to have Aug. 6 meeting

Public Employee Retirees, P.E.R.I Chapter 18, will meet on Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. at the Avion Banquet Center, located at 2177 Western Reserve Road. Lunch will be served at noon for a cost of $13. There will be a 50/50 raffle. A social worker for elder abuse from the Adult Protective Services of Mahoning County will be the guest speaker. Reservations can be made by July 30 with Ceil Kidd at 330-533-2149, Helen Verdream at 330-629-8227 or Mary Grace Welsh at 330-743-8425. Information and updates with proposed changes from the State to the O.P.E.R.S. health/pension benefits will be discussed. Retirees and public employees under O.P.E.R.S. are invited to attend. The schedule for upcoming meetings/luncheons for 2019 will be Oct. 1 and Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. at the Avion Banquet Center. During the meetings throughout the year, the P.E.R.I. officers will continue to provide information to the members with our O.P.E.R.S health and pension benefits updates, and various guest speakers. They welcome O.P.E.R.S. retirees and employees to join Chapter 18 for a $10 yearly membership fee, which can be paid at the meetings. Spouses can join as associate members for $5 yearly fee.

Local music combo to play in the park

On Aug. 5, the Jim Frank Combo will perform in Canfield on the green beginning at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. The band will play a variety of songs and also take requests. In case of rain, the venue will be at the First Methodist church across from the gazebo.

Friends of PLYMC yoga class

Pay as you attend for this yoga class at the Poland library every Wednesday in August from 5-6 p.m. Class is $10 per session. Dress comfortably.

Mushroom guru - Walt Sturgeon

Mushroom guru and author Walt Sturgeon will present on the myriad colors, forms and habitats of our native macro fungi on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Poland library. Edible and toxic species will be shown. Folklore and examples of bioluminescent species, insectivorous fungi and hallucinogenic mushrooms will also be presented. Sturgeon 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.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library on Aug. 15 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.

Ice cream bash with games galore

Celebrate with ice cream and games at the Poland library’s end of summer reading bash on Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For families and children of all ages.

Read to Roxie

Relax and read to Roxie, a registered therapy dog with GO TEAM Therapy Dogs at the Poland library on Aug. 20 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 grades 4 and under.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, which will take place every Wednesday in August 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.

Funky flowers with the Youngstown Chapter of the EGA

Join the Youngstown Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild on Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Poland library to learn Tenerife embroidery. Tenerife is a fast and fun needle lace technique that is great for decorating just about anything including clothing. The project is worked on the stitcher’s choice of patterned fabric and includes a variety of pearl cottons to personalize your flowers. Once you learn the basics, you’ll want to put this embroidery everywhere. Registration is required. Sign up via the online calendar or call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults.

Appy hour

Learn all about popular apps for smartphones and mobile devices at the Poland library on July 27 at 10 a.m. 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 recommended, call 330-744-8636, and ask for Poland. This event is for adults and teens.

YMCA hosts Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Kennedy Family Fund of The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley to support its fifth annual Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.: Finding Rewards In Every New Day, an inclusive day camp experience for children, teens and young adult students with autism and their friends. The first program of its kind in the Mahoning Valley, Camp F.R.I.E.N.D. is facilitated by ABA Therapy Solutions. Camp will take place Aug. 12-16 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day at the Central YMCA in Youngstown. The grant will help more families share in this fun, summer rite of passage by allowing the camp to expand the number of campers that can attend and enabling the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley to offer financial-based scholarships. Camp costs $150 per student per week and financial scholarships are available. Registration forms are available for download at AutismMV.org/campfriend and can be mailed by request by emailing ASMV at camp@autismmv.org. The Autism Society is still welcoming volunteers, interns and neurotypical peers to assist. Donations from individuals and business sponsorships are currently being accepted to help defer additional costs.

Libby - the one-tap reading app for ebooks

Learn more about the library’s new mobile app Libby (The One Tap Reading App powered by OverDrive) by attending a live demonstration on July 30 at 6 p.m. at the Poland library. Libby provides a simple, elegant user experience for current and new users alike, and makes it easy for you to access your loans and holds, navigate the catalog, and more. This event features two Overdrive Technical Support Specialists walking you through setting up and using Libby. Bring your device or phone and you can start downloading free books and audiobooks today. The presentation is an hour and will be followed by an open Q&A with the specialists. This event is for adults and teens.

PSHS Class of 1969 to reunite on Aug. 3

The Poland High School Class of 1969 will host its 50th class reunion on Aug. 3 at the Reserve Run Golf Course’s Another Round Bar and Grille. Throughout the next few months, former classmates will meet to finalize plans for the evening event along with plans for additional get together activities on Aug. 2 and Aug. 4. The next meeting of the planning committee will take place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road in Poland Township. Classmates interested in helping with the reunion are invited to attend the meeting. Contact Dave Watts (misty50@zoominternet.net) or Laurie Burns Fox (lamlfox@zoominternet.net) if you’d like to help but can’t attend the meeting.

Gamblers Anonymous Meetings

If you or someone you love has a gambling addiction, Gamblers Anonymous may be able to help. Gamblers Anonymous meetings 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 is offered 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.

Summer Discovery Program

Children can sign up online or at any Mahoning County public library on or after May 1, to register for this year’s Summer Discovery Program, A Universe of Stories. Summer Discovery runs from May 1 through July 31. 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 sign up will receive a Dairy Queen coupon and Mahoning Valley Scrappers game voucher. Children who complete the program by July 24, will be invited to a breakfast event on Aug. 2, featuring author Laura Numeroff. Teens and adults can sign up online at LibraryVisit.org or in person and read 10 books to earn your choice of book. Read 15 books for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Participants will receive a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game voucher just for signing up.

Yoga class

The Friends of PLYMC yoga class will take place every Wednesday in July from 5-6 p.m. at the Poland library. Pay as you attend. Class is $10 per session and meets every Wednesday. Dress comfortably.

Historical society to host day trip

The Poland Historical Society will host a day trip to Pittsburgh on Sept. 18. The itinerary begins when the bus leaves from the Poland Methodist Church, located at 1940 Boardman-Poland Road, at 8:30 a.m., arriving in Pittsburgh at 10 a.m. and includes a visit to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, lunch at the Schenley Park Caf , followed by a tour of the Frick Art and Historical Center and the Clayton Mansion. The bus will leave Pittsburgh at 5 p.m. for the return trip to Poland. The cost of this fundraiser bus trip is $115 and includes the bus, admissions and lunch. Registration for the trip is due by Aug. 12, but early registration is recommended. Registration forms are available through the Poland Historical Society or can be emailed. Make check payable to the Poland Historical Society and mail to P.O. Box 5052, Poland, OH 44514. Include name, address, phone number and email. Questions should be directed to Larry Bartos at 330-757-4223. Requests for registration forms may be emailed to phs@polandtownship.com.

PSHS Class of 1969 to reunite on Aug. 3

The Poland High School Class of 1969 will host its 50th class reunion on Aug. 3 at the Reserve Run Golf Course’s Another Round Bar and Grille. Throughout the next few months, former classmates will meet to finalize plans for the evening event along with plans for additional get together activities on Aug. 2 and Aug. 4. The next meeting of the planning committee will take place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road in Poland Township. Classmates interested in helping with the reunion are invited to attend the meeting. Contact Dave Watts (misty50@zoominternet.net) or Laurie Burns Fox (lamlfox@zoominternet.net) if you’d like to help but can’t attend the meeting.

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.

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