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Fr. George M. Smiga leads event at Ursuline Education & Wellness Center

The Ursuline Education & Wellness Center will welcome Fr. George M. Smiga for an evening exploring, defining and re-interpreting the Parables of Jesus. He’ll discuss the parables of the 100 Sheep, the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, and the Prodigal Son on March 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend but freewill offerings will be accepted. For more information, call the Ursuline Education & Wellness Center at 330-799-4941. The Ursuline Center is sponsored by Ursuline Ministries and furthers the mission of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown.

eBird for Beginners event offered

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley invites the public to “eBird for Beginners” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Canfield library. Make your birding count by learning the basics of using eBird. Launched in 2002 as a citizen science project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, eBird has revolutionized the way the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Learn how to enter data, make and find hotspots, and search for the species you need for your life list. The data entered is used by scientists to study bird migration, abundance and distribution. Using eBird, you can see checklists from birders around the country, from other countries and even what the local Audubon president saw on his last visit to the Mill Creek MetroParks Sanctuary.

Jobs skills workshop available at YWCA

YWCA Mahoning Valley will host a job skills workshop beginning Feb. 11. The workshops will run from 9 a.m. until noon Monday through Thursday through Feb. 28. Participants will receive instruction in career exploration, resume writing, interviewing practice, job stability and financial literacy. The workshops are open to women and men, age 18 and older. Participants who attend all sessions will receive a $100 stipend. YWCA’s job skills workshops help participants increase their employability and remove barriers to gainful employment to meet the demands of a challenging and changing job market. For more information, contact Varada at 330-746-6361, ext. 112 or

Monday Night Writers meeting scheduled for Feb. 18

The next meeting of Monday Night Writers will be on Feb. 18 from 6-8 p.m. in the small meeting room at the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, located at 43 W Main St, in Canfield. Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend. Led by professional writer Nancy Christie, author of “Traveling Left Of Center and Other Stories,” “The Gifts of Change” and “Rut-Busting Book for Writers,” the two-hour sessions offer an opportunity for members to get group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’ For more information, contact Nancy Christie at

High School hosts eighth-grade orientation

Canfield High School’s eighth-grade information and orientation session is Feb. 21. The evening includes tours, demonstrations, registration information, course selection assistance, National Honor Society information and graduation requirements. Parents and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with teachers, guidance counselors and administration. From 6-7 p.m., tours and displays will be offered in the cafeteria. At 7 p.m., there will be an informational session in auditorium.

MSVC-MOAA to meet

The next meeting of the MSVC-MOAA will be on Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the Consolidated Activities Center of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna. The guest speaker will be former LT Bruce Bille, Director of the USO of Northern Ohio located in Cleveland. For reservations to attend or to read the monthly newsletter, go to or contact Mrs. Janet Oglesby at 330-568-4456.

NSS Life plans annual meeting

The National Slovak Society (NSS Life) local assembly 731 will host its annual meeting at 1 p.m. on March 2 at the Boardman library, located at 7680 Glenwood Ave. in Boardman. Election of officers will take place during this meeting. Members are asked to bring ideas and details to help plan assembly fraternal activities for 2019. Youth members are invited to attend and offer input about youth activities. They will also review activities sponsored by the NSS home office. Lunch will be served. Contact Laurie Fox, president, at 330-536-8850 if you are planning to attend.

Golf Classic benefits American Cancer Society

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 15. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. The 18 hole scramble will be followed by lunch and a Chinese auction and raffle. For further details, contact Donna Mowrey at 330-207-9630 or Nancy Felton at 330-533-2712.

Volunteers needed for fine arts show

A juried fine arts show is being planned for August in Canfield and organizers are looking for additional help. Arts on the Commons is planned for Aug. 3-10. The committee is searching for enthusiastic, organized individuals, whether or not they have a background in fine arts. Arts on the Commons will be soliciting nationally for entrants for the show. Dr. Lou Zona, director of the Butler Institute of American Art, has agreed to be the juror and Nils Johnson has pledged the initial funds for prizes through the Johnson Foundation. For more information or to volunteer, contact Clare Neff by email at or by phone at 330-503-6988.

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 February, the stations focus on cognitive skills. This includes the development of memory, symbolic thought, reasoning and problem-solving. These skills support learning in all subjects. Before kindergarten, children should be able to communicate about past events and anticipate what comes next during familiar routines and experiences. They should also be able to solve everyday problems based upon past experiences. Our kindergarten readiness stations offer fun activities to build these skills. Working on these skills now will help your child be ready to learn when they get to school. Stop by any branch to visit a kindergarten readiness station and help your child build these important skills.

Canfield PTA giving cash away

The Canfield Local Schools PTA is hosting a ‘Crazy Cash Giveaway’ fundraiser. A total of 1,000 tickets will be sold at $50 per ticket. The grand prize will be $10,000. The winning ticket will be drawn on Feb. 22, during the boys varsity basketball game at Canfield High School. The winner need not be present. To purchase tickets, include your name, phone number, number of tickets and amount enclosed and send it along with your check made out to Canfield PTA to Canfield PTA, P.O. Box 742, Canfield, Ohio 44406. For more information, call 330-518-7330.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Canfield library every Thursday in February 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, which will take place every Thursday in February at 10 a.m. at the Canfield 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.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Canfield library every Wednesday in February 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.

Chair yoga

The Canfield library will have a chair yoga class every Friday throughout February at 10 a.m. Pay as you attend. Class is $10 per session. Dress comfortably. This event is for adults.

Mah-Jongg Mondays

Practice your new skill to rattle the tiles and join the fun every Monday in February from 1-3 p.m. at the Canfield library. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend. Mah-Jongg sets not provided. This event is for adults.

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 throughout February to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.

Facebook for beginners

Visit the Canfield library on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. to learn how you can connect with family and friends on Facebook. The librarians will help you personalize your profile so that you can start posting, sharing and liking right away. If you need help setting up an account, contact your library before the class. Register online via the library events calendar or call 330-744-8636.

Beginning Excel

This beginning Excel class will discuss cell size, basic math, number formats, AutoSum, cell appearance, math in unconnected cells, and printing. For this class on Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield library, we will be putting together a personal budget template. This event is for adults and teens.

Blood pressure check

Blood pressure check by Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will take place at the Canfield library on Feb. 20 from 1-2 p.m.

Lego my library

Meet at the Canfield library on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Friends of PLYMC committee meeting

The Friends of PLYMC Canfield committee meeting will be held at the Canfield library on Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Canfield Schools art fair

Enjoy art work by students from the Canfield Schools at this art show running from Feb. 21-24 during regular library hours. A reception will take place on Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public.

Off the shelves

At this monthly book club at the Canfield library on Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m., a lively discussion will occur of titles chosen ‘off the shelves’ of the Canfield library’s book club room. For February, the chosen book is ‘Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. A morning session will take place on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. You may attend one or come to both. This event is for adults. The book for March will be “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult.

Learn to line dance

Line dancing is a fun, exciting activity to dance your way to good health. Line dances are easy to learn, mainly because the steps are straightforward, and you do not have to coordinate your movements with a partner. Line dances also involve repeating series of steps, so if you get lost, can easily catch up with the rest of the class. This class at the Canfield library on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. will combine low, moderate and high energy line dance routines. For adults and teens.

Sit ‘n stitch

Sit and stitch with others at the Canfield library on Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. 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 if for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Canfield library on Feb. 28 from 2-7 p.m. (Red Cross bus will be in parking lot accepting donations). For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online at

Informational meeting for incoming kindergarten families

The Canfield Local School District is hosting an informational meeting for parents or guardians of all incoming kindergarten students on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at C.H. Campbell Elementary School. This meeting is for students entering C.H. Campbell and Hilltop Elementary schools. The session will include information about transportation, school procedures, kindergarten readiness, age requirements and becoming involved in your child’s school. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Mrs. Scharf at 330-533-5959.

Legacy Dog Rescue hosting reverse raffle

Legacy Dog Rescue is hosting its third annual Reverse Raffle on April 6 at the Avion on the Water in Canfield. A total of 125 tickets will be sold. The cost is $65 per ticket, which includes two dinners and one chance to win the grand prize of $1,500. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the raffle at 7 p.m. A Chinese auction, games of chance and 50/50 drawings will also be available. Reserve your ticket by emailing Jenn at, texting Heather at 330-717-0635 or by sending a check to Legacy Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 3643, Youngstown, OH 44513. Legacy Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) rescue dedicated to helping dogs in Mahoning and Trumbull counties and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit

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.

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 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.

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 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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