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CHRISTMAS BENEFIT: Alta Care Group, the Valley agency committed to the social, emotional, behavioral, educational and physical well-being of children, adolescents, young adults and families in our community, is partnering with local non-profit One Time For The Kids for a holiday fundraiser.

One Time For The Kids will host its annual Christmas benefit from 7 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the Embassy Banquet Centre in Struthers. All proceeds will go toward Alta Care Group and its new Camp Challenge building project.

The fundraiser is open to the community and features dinner, live music, open bar, an auction and raffle. Tickets are $50 per person and available for purchases online at onetimeforthekids.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available to individuals, businesses and organizations looking to support the fundraiser.

To purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, visit


VACCINE CLINICS OPEN: Mercy Health-Youngstown has opened two new vaccine clinics to increase access to the community.

The Pfizer vaccine will be offered at Mercy Health-Wick Primary Care at Youngstown State University, 330 Wick Ave., Youngstown. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for ages 5 and older.

The Moderna vaccine will be available at Mercy Health-Howland Medical Center, 1932 Niles Cortland SE, Warren. Vaccines at this site will be available for anyone 18 and older.

Both clinics will be open weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each site will also offer both first and second doses as well as booster doses. To schedule a vaccination appointment at either clinic, call 1-866-624-0366, or use the Mercy MyChart app (https://www.mercy.com/patient-resources/mychart) or log onto https://www.mercy.com/.

FIRST DOSE AVAILABLE: Individuals interested in starting their Moderna COVID-19 vaccination primary series can call Mahoning County Public Health at 330-270-2855, Option 3, to schedule an appointment. The first dose primary series is available on a weekly basis.

Booster vaccinations are by appointment only and based on a limited number of appointments each Friday. Appointments for a Friday clinic can be made throughout the week up until Thursday at noon. Any appointments made after the noon deadline will be scheduled for the following Friday.

Appointments can be made through MCPH’s scheduling system, ArmorVax, which can be found at www.mahoninghealth.org, or you may call 330-270-2855, Ext. 185, for assistance. Recipients are to bring their ID and COVID-19 vaccination card.

Eligible booster recipients will be asked to attest they have one of the qualifying conditions, but specific proof will not be required.

EASY ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE: Jewish Family and Community Services is partnering with Heyday Health to provide easy access to health care for individuals on Medicare.

Dr. Nupur Mehta and his team are offering in home visits and will also be available by appointment at JFCS.

For more information, contact Lynne Azar at 330-746-7929, Ext. 199.

Heyday Health offers in-home, phone, and video primary care visits for adults on Medicare and Medicare Advantage in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley.

Jewish Family and Community Services meets the social service needs of the community through diverse programs and services including guardianships, counseling, group housing, and mobile meals. Visit jewishyoungstown.org/jfcs to learn more.

MEDICARE CHECKUP DAY: The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program is conducting free Medicare Checkup Day webinars around the 2022 Medicare open enrollment period through Dec. 7.

The events are meant to educate participants about Medicare basics, coverage options and financial assistance programs.

For a full outreach schedule, visit www.insurance.ohio.gov.

OSHIIP staff is available 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-800-686-1578 and OSHIIPmail@insurance.ohio.gov.

SPECIAL NEEDS ADDRESSED: The Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, in collaboration with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and Mahoning County commissioners, is creating the Mahoning County Special Needs Registry.

The registry is a voluntary service designed to help police officers and other first responders better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency by providing those responders with information regarding a registrant’s special needs, emergency contact information, physical description and photograph.

Individuals can participate by applying at prosecutor.mahoningcountyoh.gov. Written applications may also be requested from the prosecutor’s office by emailing a request to prosecutor@mahoningcountyoh.gov or calling 330-740-2330.

DUAL-DIAGNOSIS CONNECTIONS: NAMI Mahoning Valley announces a new weekly Connections support group for adults dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. Lead by a NAMI trained individual who is living in mental health and substance abuse recovery, the group meets 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

For more information, email staff@namimv.org or call 330-727-9268.

MVI HOSPICE CARE: Bereavement support groups are free to anyone who has lost a loved one, including a pet. Contact 330-759-9487 for information. The next session is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Boardman Park administration building, 375 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship for all who struggle with compulsive food behavior, including bulimics, anorexics and overeaters, will meet 7 p.m. Mondays at Good Hope Lutheran Church, 12030 Market St., North Lima.

For more information, contact Kristen at 412-389-6019.

NAR-ANON MEETS: Nar-Anon, a 12-step program for relatives and friends adversely affected by loved ones and friends, meets 7 p.m. Fridays at Rust City Church, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles.

For more information, contact Merle at 330-307-7607.

PROGRAM TO DELIVER GOODS: Local nonprofit Life is Good No Matter What helps adults with cancer in northeast Ohio who may be unable to leave their homes for an escape.

The Good Delivery Program seeks to deliver goods in the form of dinner, flowers / plants, groceries, craft beer and up to $75 toward bills.

Both traditional escapes and the Good Delivery Program are open to all adults battling cancer. Visit www.lifeisgoodnomatterwhat.org to nominate someone or learn more.

FREE FITNESS PROGRAM: The Stepping Out Program, provided through a grant from the Mercy Health Foundation, offers free fitness classes and activities online and in person throughout the Mahoning Valley.

For information, call Doris Bullock, project coordinator, at 330-720-3293 or email her at dibullock@mercy.com. For a schedule of virtual and in-person classes, visit www.mercy.com.

ADDICTION SCREENINGS: Narconon can help families take steps to help someone overcome addiction. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals.

For information, visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org.


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