Trumbull Retired Teachers Association will have a luncheon at noon Dec. 11 at Ciminero’s in Niles. For information, visit


First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown will introduce its first Dinner Speaker Series with John Allen at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield. John Allen, editor of Crux and senior Vatican analyst for CNN, will speak on “Francis After 5” with an opportunity for questions regarding Pope Francis. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 6:30. Cost is $18. Call 330-720-4498 for reservations. Visit for information.

Friendly Squares will host its Christmas Dinner Dance on Dec. 8 at the Niles SCOPE Center, 14 E. State St., Niles. Festivities begin with a dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are due today to Frankie Hammond at 330-506-3370. Take a covered dish to share. Square dancing, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:30 and end at 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. Cost is $6 per person at the door. For information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Mahoning Valley Young Professionals will host its annual Holiday Gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8 at DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. The event will include dinner, dancing, auctions and entertainment. Tickets range from $40 to $75 and can be purchased by searching Mahoning Valley Young Professionals Holiday Gala at

Newcomers of Mahoning Valley will host a holiday gathering at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at Johnny’s Restaurant, 7807 Market St., Boardman. Members and guests will be playing a game to win prizes of goodies. To participate in the game, take something to eat or drink. The birthday group will celebrate at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at Longhorns, and Round Towners will be going to Caffe Capri at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19. For information about the December gathering, call Ilona at 330-704-0236 or Jorine at 330-757-7212. Newcomers welcomes anyone who is looking to learn more about the community and is interested in forming new friendships, especially anyone who has had a change in their life and would like to try something new.

Round Table Woodcarvers meet every Thursday from 9 to 11:45 a.m. at the Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Anyone interested is welcome. For information, call 330-792-4355.

Youngstown Baseball Oldtimers will meet at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13 for the annual Christmas meeting at the Kramer Field Pavilion on Bears Den Road. Refreshments will be served, and there will be election of officers. All members are urged to attend. For information, call Nick at 330-782-6520 or Dan at 330-540-8751.


Youngstown Council of Catholic Nurses will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at A La Cart Catering.

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Canfield Republican Women’s Club dinner meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Kevin Lawson will perform the music of Sinatra, Nat King Cole and others. The group also will be installing its 2019-20 CRWC board. The buffet dinner is $15 per person. Spouses and friends are encouraged to attend. Those attending should take their own beverages. Reservations are due by Sunday to Jacie Mettee at 330-726-0363 or email Sharon at

Trumbull County Federated Democratic Women’s Club will have its annual Holiday Celebration and Installation Dinner at Stonebridge Grille and Tavern, 1415 Niles-Cortland Road, at 6 p.m. Monday. Mary Jane Trapp, newly elected court of appeals judge, will be officiating the installation of new officers, which include president Fran Wilson, vice president Joan Murphy, secretary Linda Richter, treasurer, Marie Persin and trustees Mary Brown and Barb Simeon Wike. Guests are welcome. For information, call 330-545-2023.

Trumbull County Republican Party will host its annual Christmas celebration brunch at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at Kyra Restaurant, 5000 E. Market St., Warren. Cost is $20. The community service mission for the year will be “Trumbull County Take Flight.” Donations of socks and grocery-store gift cards as well as monetary donations will be accepted. Reservations must be made by Dec. 10 and may be made by mailing a check payable to TCGOP, P.O. Box 8552, Warren, OH 44484. The event is open to party members, nonmembers, spouses and guests. For information, call 833-878-6285 or email


D.A.R.E. Singles Group meets at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday at Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road. Activities for the week: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, bowling at Boardman Lanes; and 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 7, card night at Denny’s on Mahoning Avenue, Austintown.


Poland Historical Society members and their guests will celebrate the Christmas season at 5:30 p.m. Monday with dinner at the Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., Poland. The society will provide the main meat for the dinner, and members are asked to take either a side dish, casserole or salad or dessert to be shared. Reservations should be made with Laurie Fox at 330-536-8850 by Saturday. The regular meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 17 has been canceled. Regular meetings at the Little Red Schoolhouse will resume Jan. 15, 2019.


Grief Share Support Group, hosted by Churchill United Methodist Church, 189 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, Liberty, meets at 6 p.m. each Thursday through Dec. 13. The program is for all who have suffered a loss. The meetings take place on the second floor of the church’s educational building. For information, call Janice Ferry at 330-759-1924.

Grief Recovery Instructional Support Groups meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home Care Center, next to the funeral home, on Main Street in Hubbard. The groups are led by Phillip Roland, grief counselor for the funeral home, and are open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one. For information, call Bill or Candee at the funeral home at 330-534-1952. Meetings take place each Tuesday through fall.

NAMI Mahoning Valley offers Connections support groups for adults living with mental illness, in a discussion format, to promote self-disclosure in a safe, relaxed, supportive and confidential environment. Connections meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 6 p.m. at Alta Care, 142 Javit Court, Austintown. NAMI Mahoning Valley also offers Family Support Groups that provide information and support for family members and friends of individuals with mental illness. Family groups meet the first Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at Girard Library, 105 E. Prospect St.; and the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Alta Care. Dual Diagnosis Group meets the first and third Monday each month at the Homes for Kids office, 165 E. Park Ave., Niles. For information about the groups or other services provided, call Carrie Baun, program director, 330-727-9214 or visit

Nar-Anon, a 12-step program for relatives and friends affected by a loved one’s addiction to drugs, will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Howland Community Church, 198 Niles-Cortland Road SE, Warren; and at 7 p.m. Sunday upstairs at the Sahara Club, 2345 Youngstown Road SE (state Route 422), Warren. For information, call Bill at 330-856-3822.

Never Alone Nar-Anon Group is a 12-step program for family, relatives and friends affected by a loved one’s addiction to drugs. The group meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Girard, 890 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, Girard. For information, contact Cindy at 330-207-0845.

Next Step Group, a 12-step group to help people break the bonds of codependency, meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road, Canfield. There is no charge, but a $1 per meeting goodwill offering is appreciated to cover the cost of coffee and refreshments. For information, call Linda at 330-799-4941.

Survivors of Suicide, Mahoning County will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman. This is a support group for families who have lost a loved one to suicide. For information, call the Help Network of Northeast Ohio at 330-747-2696. Meetings take place the third Wednesday of each month.

TOPS 327 is seeking new members who want to Take Off Pounds Sensibly. The meeting will take place Monday at Christ Church Presbyterian, 1933 Canfield Road, Youngstown. Weigh-in is from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 5:45. The first meeting is free. Guests are welcome. For information, call 330-799-3106.

TOPS 1237, Austintown, will meet Thursday at Venture Church of the CMA (Idaho Road Alliance Church), 250 Idaho Road. Weigh-in is from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m., followed by the meeting until 6. For information, call 330-758-4923.

TOPS 1497, Youngstown, will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Maron Church, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown. New members are welcome; the first meeting is free. For information, call 330-974-8450.

Yellow Brick Place’s multiple myeloma, prostate and caregiver support groups’ annual Christmas gathering will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Brandywine Clubhouse, 3390 Flo-Lor Drive, Cornersburg.

Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, in the Azalea Room. Parking is free, and light refreshments will be served. For information call Anna Fitzgerald, 330-480-3440, or email her at


VFW Triangle Post 2799 will meet a 7 p.m. Tuesday at the post home. The auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

Club news is published Friday. Please submit information about upcoming activities to the Society Department by noon Wednesday.

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