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Monday Night Writers meeting scheduled for Jan. 14

The next meeting of Monday Night Writers will be on Jan. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the small meeting room at the Canfield library, 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 Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend.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

Local church shows popular movie

Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 2305 South Canfield-Niles Road in Austintown, will be showing the movie, “WALL-E,” at its next movie night in Redeemer’s Fellowship Hall on Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. Tickets are available (for free) after church on Jan. 13 and 20 and at the door. Tickets entitle the holder to free popcorn and a drink during the movie. This event is open to the public, and those in attendance are invited to bring your friends, neighbors and family to see the movie.

Cooks to compete Cardinal style

The third annual Cardinal Chili Cook-Off will take place on Feb. 8, and the public is welcome to participate. The categories will include Hot and Spicy, Thick and Hearty, Unconventional Chili and People’s Choice. The judges will award a $20 cash prize and a trophy to the winner in each category. Once the judging is complete, the chili dinner will be open for all to try. The deadline for entry is Jan. 18. Each chili entrant will also receive two free tickets to the Chili Cook-Off dinner, which will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu features chili, corn bread, Italian bread, crackers, dessert and choice of beverage. Competitors should arrange to have their roasters picked up by 6:30 p.m. or roasters will be in the cafeteria all weekend.

Supper at the corner to be Jan. 17

There will be a supper at the corner event at Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown, on Jan. 17 from 4:30-6 p.m. This supper is a free community outreach event open to all each month.

Mah-Jongg Mondays

Practice your new skill to rattle the tiles and join the fun on Jan. 14, 22 and 28 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.

Library receives ‘Mental Health First Aid’ grant

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) has received a grant for $4,999 for Mental Health First Aid training. The grant is from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and awarded by the State Library of Ohio, under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). With this grant, library employees and participants from the public will be trained to assist people showing signs of behaviors associated with mental health issues or addiction and connect them to professional services to address their needs. The grant provides for training in two areas, youth and adult, and aims to educate 100 people interested in this type of specialized instruction. There will be two Adult Mental Health First Aid training sessions and two Youth Mental Health First Aid training sessions at PLYMC libraries. Those sessions will be scheduled in the coming months. The library is partnering with the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Alta Care Group, which will provide instructors.

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.

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 January to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.

Science caf at Canfield - human cadavers

How society treats and uses the dead after they pass away is something that can’t be ignored or minimized. This program the at Canfield library on Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. will use the book “Stiff” by Mary Roach and other sources to learn about human cadaver uses. This event is for adults.

Canfield Friends to meet

The Friends of PLYMC - Canfield Committee will have a meeting on Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Canfield library.

Holiday closings

All Mahoning County libraries will be closed on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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 January 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.

Lego my library

Meet at the Canfield library on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, which will take place every Thursday in January 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.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Canfield library on Jan. 15, 22 and 29 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.

Elmer the elephant’s 30th birthday

Celebrate Elmer the elephant’s 30th birthday at the Canfield library on Jan. 12 at 2:30 p.m. Wear your brightest clothing and celebrate. There will be party games, songs, a craft and, of course, a special treat of birthday cake and ice cream. This event is for children who are ages 3 and up.

Tales to tails

Read to your favorite therapy dogs on Jan. 14 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 they’ll find one for you. This event is for children in grades K and up. Therapy dogs provided by Pet Partners of Greater Youngstown, a local Pet Therapy group.

Slime time for tweens

Join the Canfield library in the laboratory on Jan. 26 at 2:30 p.m. as they create several slime species. Try your hand at making and playing with unicorn, fluffy, galaxy, clear and glow-in-the-dark varieties of slime. All necessary supplies will be provided, including containers to bring home a sample or two. Light snacks and a drink will be enjoyed after clean up. This event is for tweens who are ages 9-12.

Chocolate cake day

Bring your favorite chocolate cake recipe to the Canfield library on Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. to share. Come learn about the history and health benefits of chocolate, try your luck at a chocolate trivia quiz, play a competitive game and taste a chocolate dessert. A tasty treat will be served. This event is for adults and teens.

Learn to line dance

Learn to line dance at the Canfield library at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 24. Line dancing is a fun, exciting activity to dance your way to good health. Line dances are very 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, you can easily catch up with the rest of the class. This class will combine low, moderate and high energy line dance routines and will help you burn calories at the same time. This event is for adult and teens.

Coloring for grown-ups

Join the Canfield library on Jan. 14 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 program is for adults and teens only.

Sit and stitch

Sit and stitch with others at the Canfield library on Jan. 24 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 is for adults.

The power of

This program, which will take place on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield library, is a demonstration of the Ancestry database. As an online tool, it is essential for beginning and advancing research. Learn how to use this resource. Registration is required by phoning 330-744-8636 or online via the library’s events calendar. For adults and teens.

Off the shelves

This monthly book club will have a lively discussion of titles chosen “off the shelves” of the Canfield library’s book club room. Upcoming dates are Jan. 29 at 6:30 a.m. and Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at the Canfield library. They will discuss “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler. This event is for adults.

Blood pressure screening

There will be a blood pressure screening by Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association on Jan. 16 from 1-2 p.m. at the Canfield library.

Friendly Squares January square dance

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on Jan. 12 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State Street in Niles. Neil Harner will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be cuing 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 and light refreshments will be served. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

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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