Fellows hosts Breakfast with Santa
Fellows Riverside Gardens is hosting a Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 8 from 9-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Space is limited. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-716-7116 to make reservations. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. All participants, including children younger than the age of 2, must be pre-registered. The cost to participate is $16 for children ages 12 and older, $10.50 for children ages 2-11 and free for children younger than the age of 2.
Canfield students create colorful holiday
The National Honor Society and art club at Canfield High School are hoping to make the holiday season a little more colorful for local children. Candice Kraykovich organized a coloring book drive to befit the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown. Books can be donated to CHS until Dec. 18.
Gathering Place event to take place on Dec. 10
There will be a Gathering Place event at Lord of Life Church, located at 550 N. Broad Street in Canfield, on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Steve Fazzini will provide musical entertainment for this holiday program. He plays both the guitar and piano, and will share vocals as well. Attendees are requested to bring holiday cookies or candy to share. Lunch will again be provided by the Woodlands. A nurse from Buckeye Hospice will provide free blood pressure checks at the beginning of the program, so arrive promptly at 11 a.m. This is a free community outreach social program offered to all senior citizens that is offered on the second Monday of the month every month. Different games and activities are also offered each month.
Local church hosts Lessons and Carols event
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, located at 550 N. Broad St, in Canfield, will present the annual service of Lessons and Carols. This service consists of numerous Bible readings by parish lectors, introducing an equal number of Advent carols, which are sung by the sanctuary choir with the congregation joining in. It will take place on Dec. 23 at 10:15 a.m. There will be refreshments to follow in the church fellowship hall. Any questions can be directed to the church office at 330-533-3531. All are welcome.
Blood pressure screening
There will be a blood pressure screening by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association on Dec. 19 from 1-2 p.m. at the Canfield library.
Breakfast with Santa at Camp Stambaugh
Children of all ages are invited to have Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 15 from 8-11 a.m. in the Camp Stambaugh Dining Hall, located at 3712 Leffingwell Road in Canfield. Everyone will enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa and there will be free gifts for the children. Bring your camera and take your own pictures with Santa. The cost is free for children ages 4 and under, $5 for children ages 5-12 years-old and $8 for those older than those ages, including adults. Register online at https://scoutingevent.com/433-santa. This breakfast is sponsored by the Stambaugh Campmasters. If you have any questions, contact the Chief Campmaster, Brad Lang, at 330-883-8921.
Off the shelves
Attend this monthly book club for a lively discussion of titles chosen “off the shelves” of the Canfield library’s book club room. At the Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. meetings, they will discuss “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. In January, they will discuss “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler.
Science cafe at Canfield library
Discuss issues relating to science and the world at the Canfield library on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. This month they will start by discussing whether we should have zoos or not. Articles from various sources will be discussed. This event is for adults.
There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Canfield library from 2-7 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 27. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). More information can be found online at www.RedCrossBlood.org.
Coupon swap at the library
If you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have, drop in during Canfield library hours during December to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.
Practice your new skill to rattle the tiles and join the fun on Dec. 10, 17 and 26 (a Wednesday) from 1-3 p.m. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend. (Mah-Jongg sets not provided). This event is for adults.
All Mahoning County libraries will be closed for holidays as follows: Dec. 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31, as well as on Jan. 1.
Friendly Squares Christmas dinner and dance
The Friendly Squares will host their Christmas Dinner Dance on Dec. 8 at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. The festivities begin with a Christmas dinner for Friendly Squares members from 6-7:30 p.m. Members should RSVP for dinner by Nov. 30 to Frankie Hammond at 330-506-3370. Bring a covered dish to share. Square dancing, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Gene Hammond and Neil Harner will be the callers and Frankie Hammond will be cuing the 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. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.
International Peace Light comes to Mahoning Valley
The International Peace Light will arrive in Youngstown on the evening of Dec. 3 and within the following week it will be distributed. In Mahoning County, it will be available at JMJ Spiritual Connection store, located at 3408 Canfield Road in Youngstown (Cornersburg), beginning on Dec. 4 until Christmas Eve during normal business hours and Camp Stambaugh Scout Shop, located at 3712 Leffingwell Road in Canfield, beginning on Dec. 8 until Dec. 22 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12–7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Holiday fun will be a cinch at the Canfield library on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at the WHO-LIDAY party starring “The Grinch.” They will view the movie and more. This event is for children of all ages and is a holiday program.
Remembering the 1950s
Christmas department store windows, aluminum trees, bubble lights and Mr. Jingeling. Relive the excitement and nostalgia of a 50s Christmas in Northeast Ohio with Laura Loew from Lost in the Past at this event at the Canfield library on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. After the presentation, stay for some live holiday music by Stellare Strings, string quartet. This event is for adults.
Ugly sweater contest at the library
Join in the fun to vote for the library staff member wearing the ugliest holiday sweater from Dec. 10-15 at the Canfield library during regular hours. One vote per person per day, and your vote enters you into a drawing for a gift certificate prize.
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 10 a.m. every Thursday in December at the Canfield library.
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Canfield library on Dec. 11 and 18 at 10 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.
Bookstores and libraries invited to join in celebration of Short Fiction Day
The annual Celebrate Short Fiction Day takes place on Dec. 21, and founder Nancy Christie is inviting bookstores and libraries to create their own event. Christie explained that she created “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day to honor the short story in all its forms and lengths. She encourages libraries and bookstores to host their own “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day events and has provided tip sheets on her web page (http://tinyurl.com/CelebrateShortFictionDay) for those looking for ideas.
Gotta Move story time
This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care giver. Join the Canfield library every Wednesday in December 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.
Tales to tails
Read to your favorite therapy dogs on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Canfield library. This helps develop reading skills, promotes confidence and encourages a love of reading. Bring a book of your choice or the librarians will find one for you. This event is for children in grades K and up. Therapy dogs are provided by Pet Partners of Greater Youngstown, a local pet therapy group.
Learn how to write a personal letter
The class, which will take place on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Canfield library, will go over formatting for personal letters, including condolence/sympathy, thank you, character reference, and commendation. Tips to help with your letter will also be discussed, including addressing correspondence and components. Stationary paper, pens and envelopes will be available. This event is for adults and teens.
Create a cat castles
Spoil your cat rotten for the holidays by making them a cat castle at the Canfield library on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. The library will supply cardboard, paper, crayons and a few other items. Bring your own scissors, cat toys and other supplies to attach if you would like. This event is for adults and teens.
Coloring for grown-ups
Join the Canfield library on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m and tap into your creative side with the newest relaxation craze: coloring for grown-ups. Colored pencils and markers will be provided along with intricate abstract and themed design sheets. This event is for adults and teens.
Holiday bead work
Make a holiday bracelet during this event at the Canfield library on Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. and have something to wear for this festive season. This event is for ages 9-12.
Sit and stitch
Sit and stitch with others at the Canfield library at 11 a.m. on Dec. 20. Share ideas and skills while making new friends. Bring your UFOs (Unfinished Objects): quilting, appliqu , knitting or crochet projects and supplies. This is not an instructor-led activity. This event is for adults.
Join the Canfield library on Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. for a Saturday movie matinee. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children ages 7-years and younger must be with an adult. This event is for the entire family.
Christmas traditions from around the world
In the final genealogy program of 2018, which will take place on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m., they will explore Yuletide celebrations as enjoyed in selected countries. This event is for adults and teens. Registration is required by calling the information services department at 330-744-8636 or online at the library’s events calendar.
Retired educators to meet in December
The Mahoning Retired Teachers Association will meet on Dec. 12 at Drake’s Landing in Canfield. The social hour will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:45 a.m., followed by the meeting and program. Susan Harris will preside. The Boardman High School jazz band will provide the entertainment. Carol Kinsey, regional liaison from ORTA, will present updates from STRS. The community service project is monetary donations and toys for the Salvation Army. Grilled chicken salad or the buffet lunch, which will feature baked ham, will be served. All area educators are invited to attend. For more information, visit www.mahoningcountyretiredteachers.com.
Kennsington Golf Club and CTW Development Corp. collect toys
Kennsington Golf Club and Grille and CTW Development Corp. have teamed up with the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program for its annual toy drive, which is going on now through Dec. 14. Kennsington, located in Canfield’s Westford Lifestyle Community, will collect new, unwrapped toys that will go to less fortunate children in the Mahoning Valley this holiday season. During the drive, anyone who donates a toy will receive a coupon for nine holes of golf at the course. This has been a standing tradition since the organizations first partnered on the toy drive nearly a decade ago. The local Toys for Tots, located in Vienna, serves both Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Toys can be brought to Kennsington Golf Club’s ProShop, located at 4171 Westford Place in Canfield, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
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.
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 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.