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BRISTOL HOSTS HOLIDAY LIGHTING: The Bristol Township annual holiday lighting will take place 6 p.m. Sunday at the center park. The event will include refreshments and musical performances at the town hall. Community members and township officials have decorated the park with holiday lights.

SANTALAND EVENT: The Niles Community Services will hold the 33rd annual Santaland Brunch fundraiser 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Vernon’s Cafe in Niles. The event will include Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves, door prizes and raffles. Reservations are needed by Dec. 6 at 330-652-1381.

STEM PROGRAMS: OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology in Youngstown will hold several programs this weekend with STEM Storytime 10 a.m. Saturday for ages 5 and under. There will be special programs for young explorers to work with the Inspire Works staff learning about stars and constellations.

Make a Pocket Solar System noon to 2 p.m. Saturday for ages 4 and older. Hands-on activity to make a scale model of the distance between objects in the solar system. Free admission.

“So You Want to Build a Telescope” will be 3 to 5 p.m Saturday at the Youngstown State University Ward Beecher Planetarium. The Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society will help people in deciding how to purchase a telescope.

TODAY

• To reach the 24-hour information referral and crisis intervention service in Trumbull County, call Help Network at 330-393-1565 or 211. Call Help Network at 211 or Help Hotline at 330-747-2696 or 800-427-3606 for more information on service agencies and support groups.

• Warren Family Mission supplemental bags of food and clothing — 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., 155 Tod Ave. NW, Warren,

• Cortland Community Band — 7 p.m., Cortland Middle School, Wakefield Drive. Visit CortlandCommunityBand.org or call Pat at 330-652-2424. No auditions needed.

• Higher Education Assistance — Mahoning Valley Hope Center, 3217 Surrey Road, Warren. Call 330-369-3010.

• Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University — 6:30 p.m., Mahoning Valley Hope Center, 3217 Surrey Road, Warren. 330-369-3010.

• TOPS 1429 — weigh-in 9 a.m., meeting 9:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, Hubbard.

• Wednesday Morning Recovery, Narcotics Anonymous — closed discussion 10 a.m., USW, 1375 Union Hall, Room 7, 684 N. Park Ave., Warren.

• Wednesday Here and Now — 6 p.m., Sahara Club II, 2345 Youngstown Road, Warren.

• Champion Group — 6:30 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 3924 High St. NW, Champion.

• Niles Al-Anon — 8 p.m., New Hope United Methodist Church, 21 Fairview Ave., Niles.

• Nar-Anon — 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Girard, 890 Churchill Hubbard Road, Girard. Cindy, 330-207-0845.

• God Walked In — 5 p.m., 5 Memorial Drive, Greenville, Pa.

• Warren Rotary Club — noon, Enzo’s Restaurant, Elm Road NE.

• TOPS 1350, Cortland — 9:20 a.m. weigh-in, 10 a.m. meeting, Bazetta Township Hall, 3372 state Route 5, Bazetta.

• TOPS 1859 — 5:30 p.m. for weigh-in and meeting 6 p.m., Champion Christian Church, 151 Center St., Champion.

• Evening Connections support group — 6 to 7 p.m., Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. 330-727-9268 or email staff@ namimv.org.

• Metaphysics, psychic phenomenon and paranormal discussion — 6 p.m. , Yoga Center, 972 Youngstown Kingsville Road, Vienna.

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AUDUBON SOCIETY HOSTS AUTHOR: The Audubon Society Mahoning Valley will host a program, “Mushrooms with Walt” 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Canfield Library. Walt Sturgeon of East Palestine enjoys nature and participates in several Christmas Bird Counts every year. Sturgeon will present the myriad colors, forms and habitats of native macro fungi, both edible and toxic. He will also cover folklore and show examples of bioluminescent species, insectivorous fungi and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Sturgeon is a trustee and longtime member of the Ohio Mushroom Society and has authored several books.

HOLIDAY TREE RAFFLE: Community members can enter to win their favorite holiday trees when Salem Regional Medical Center’s Auxiliary hosts its annual Holiday Tree Raffle beginning Dec. 5.

All of the trees have been uniquely decorated by members of the SRMC family and will be displayed in the hospital’s cafeteria, where raffle tickets will be available for $1 each or six for $5. Tickets will be sold 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 to 11. On Dec. 12, tickets may be purchased in the cafeteria 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

In addition to cafeteria ticket sales, the public can also purchase tickets in SRMC’s Look Nook Gift Shop during the raffle 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Winners will be announced Dec. 12, and raffle proceeds will be used to assist the Auxiliary in enhancing patient care and comfort at SRMC. For information, call SRMC’s Development Office at 330-337-2883.

OH! WOW HOLIDAY SEASON: The OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology will be closed Thursday and will reopen 9 a.m. Friday. First person through the door will receive a free five-person membership.

OH WOW! will be celebrating this year’s Youngstown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 with free admission.

TODAY

• Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio Free and Accepted Masons, Covenant Lodge 59 — 7 p.m. at the lodge, 336 W. Wood St., Youngstown, 330-759-7274.

• TOPS Ohio 327 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) — 5:45 p.m. at Christ Church Presbyterian, 1933 Canfield Road, Youngstown. Weigh-in: 5 p.m., 330-509-3002.

• TOPS Ohio 698, Girard — weigh-in 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., meeting 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 140 E. Broadway Ave., Girard. 330-545-4770 or 330-534-2618.

• TOPS 327, Youngstown — weigh-in 5 p.m., meeting 5:45 p.m., Christ Church Pesbyterian, 19833 Canfield Road, Youngstown.

• Youngstown Executive Toastmasters — 6:45 p.m., Shepherd of the Valley, 301 Western Reserve Road, Boardman. www.speakingclub .org.

• Youngstown Toastmasters Executive 408 — 6:40 p.m., Adamas Square, 8131 Market St., Boardman.

• Monday Night Miracles — 7 p.m., Fellowship Hall, 2555 Rush Blvd., Youngstown.

• MVI HospiceCare Bereavement Support Group — 6 p.m., Boardman Park, Georgeanna Parker Administrative Building, 375 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman. Lisa Altman, licensed social worker, 330-759-9487.

• Ostomy Support Group — 6 to 7 p.m. Salem Regional Medical Center’s private dining room. Pre-registration requested. Call nurse Tashia Watkins, 330-332-7607.

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FOOD GIVEAWAY: Eastside Crime Watch is holding a food giveaway from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the old fire station, Oak and Fruit streets, Youngstown. Bring a bag and identification.

For information, call 330-742-4880.

MACARONI AND CHEESE COOKOFF: Anna Marie Mindicino and Courtney Saylor, advisory board members of AWARE, Inc., Mercer County, Pa.’s Center against Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence, will host a macaroni and cheese cookoff 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Armory for the Arts, 49 S. Sharpsville Ave., Sharon, Pa.

The cost is $15 in advance for adults and can be purchased at the Facebook event page. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20. Additional plates for adults and children are available for purchase.

Sharon High School’s show choir groups, directed by Frank McCauley, will perform. A basket raffle will be included in the festivities.

Participants are encouraged to enter their favorite macaroni and cheese recipe. The three categories for crowning “The Big Cheese” are individual, group / club and restaurant. Entrants are required to provide 300 small servings of their macaroni and cheese dish.

The Big Cheese in each category will be named at the end of the event based on votes by the crowd.

DIRECTOR TO SPEAK: McKinley Museum Director Amber Farris will present a program on the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial in Niles, 10 a.m. Saturday at Kravitz’s Deli Meeting Room, 3135 Belmont Avenue, Liberty, for the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society.

Member admission is $5 and nonmember is $6. Refreshments will be served and a 50-50 raffle will be held to benefit the society’s education mission. Instrumental music will be by Dolores DePietro. Reservations are suggested. Walk-ins admitted, based upon seat availability.

Farris became museum director in May 2018.

WHMHS conducts cultural and educational programs, in an effort to keep the legacy of nationally known educator, William Holmes McGuffey, alive in the Valley. McGuffey published the famous “Eclectic Readers,” in 1836, which are still in print.To make reservations or for information, contact Richard S. Scarsella, WHMHS chairman, at 330-726-8277.

HOLIDAY RAFFLE: Fraternal Order of Eagles Austintown Aerie 3298 is holding a holiday raffle 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1655 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown. Approximately 60 baskets or items will be featured.

Tickets are 25 for $10. There will be a 50/50 raffle.

Proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For information, call Dianne Fryer, F.O.E. Auxiliary State Charity chairman, at 330-544-2748.

TODAY

• TOPS 1237, Austintown — (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), meets 5:15 p.m., Venture Church of the CMA, 250 Idaho Road. Weigh-in: 4:45 p.m. Guests are welcome. Call 330-758-4923.

• Round Table Woodcarvers — 9 a.m. at the Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. For information, call 330-792-4355.

• Boardman Lions Club. New members welcome. Visit boardmanlions.com or Facebook.

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POLAND MEETING: The Poland Historical Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 4515 Center Road. (state Route 224 and Struthers Road intersection) in Poland Township. The business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. At this meeting the society will hold an election of officers and trustees for 2020. Plans for the society’s annual Christmas Party will be shared at the meeting. Following the business meeting at 7:30 p.m., Rob Zedaker and Boy Scouts will present a program about the “History of Poland Boy Scouts.” In October, the society trustees approved the recommendation of the fundraising committee to increase membership dues to $20 for an individual and $30 for a couple beginning January 1. Checks should be made payable to Poland Historical Society and mailed to PO Box 5052, Poland, OH 44514 or give your money to Joanne Eiselstein at a meeting.

McKINLEY MUSEUM SPEAKER: McKinley Museum Director Amber Farris will present a program on the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial in Niles at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kravitz’s Deli Meeting Room, 3135 Belmont Avenue, Liberty as part of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society speaker series. All programs are open to the public. Member admission is $5 and non-member admission is $6. Refreshments will be served and a 50/50 raffle will be held, to benefit the society’s education mission. Instrumental music is by Dolores DePietro. Reservations are suggested. Walk-ins are admitted based upon seat availability.

McKinley was born and raised in Niles, attended school at Poland Seminary School and is buried next to his wife, Ida, in Canton. He is the only president honored with two national memorials, with one in Canton and the other in Niles.

To make reservations or for information, contact Richard S. Scarsella at 330-726-8277.

BOARDMAN STUDENTS’ PROJECT: Students at Boardman Center Intermediate were busy writing letters and making ornaments for Project Evergreen this week. They delivered more than 700 letters and 200 handmade ornaments to Pioneer Trails Tree Farm in Poland. For years, Pioneer has organized Project Evergreen, and sends fresh cut trees, and many of the trimmings — along with letters to our soldiers overseas.

HOSPITAL AUXILIARY TO MEET: The Auxiliary of St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital / St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital will meet at noon today in the private dining room of St. Elizabeth on Belmont Avenue. Guest speaker will be Gerald Nunziato, retired officer of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Agency.

Today

• Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio Free and Accepted Masons, Covenant Lodge 59 — 7 p.m. at the lodge, 336 W. Wood St., Youngstown. 330-759-7274.

• TOPS Ohio 327 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) — 5:45 p.m. at Christ Church Presbyterian, 1933 Canfield Road, Youngstown. Weigh-in: 5 p.m. Call 330-509-3002.

• TOPS Ohio 698, Girard — weigh-in 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., meeting 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 140 E. Broadway Ave., Girard. 330-545-4770 or 330-534-2618.

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SHOE DRIVE: The Business Club at Campbell Memorial High School is partnering with Funds2OrgsGroup for a shoe drive to be held through Dec. 6 and are asking the community to participate and by donating gently worn used shoes.

All donated shoes of any size or type will be going to help people in need as well as those in third world countries. The Business Club has a goal of sending 100 bags of shoes.

All donated shoes must be free of water damage and holes, with the soles intact. The shoes can be either used or brand new.

Shoe drop-off will be at the high school through Dec. 6, or arrange for a pick-up by calling 330-799-1515, Ext. 53090, or atjmccray@campbell. k12.oh.us. The scheduled pick-up days this month are today, and Nov. 15 and 20.

For more information, visit https://funds2orgs.com/.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: The Shop in the Gardens at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., will host its annual holiday open house 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Shop in the Gardens is operated by Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens, a nonprofit organization independent from Mill Creek MetroParks that exists to support Fellows Riverside Gardens. All proceeds from the Shop benefit Fellows Riverside Gardens and their related programs.

Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members can attend a preview party and sale from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today and receive a 20 percent discount on everything in the Shop. Memberships may be purchased at the door.

AUXILIARY TO MEET: The Auxiliary of St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital / St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital will meet at noon on Monday in the private dining room of St. Elizabeth on Belmont Avenue. Guest speaker will be Gerald Nunziato, retired officer of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Agency.

Today

• TOPS 1237, Austintown — (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), meets 5:15 p.m., Venture Church of the CMA, 250 Idaho Road. Weigh-in: 4:45 p.m. Guests are welcome. Call 330-758-4923.

• TOPS 1497, Youngstown — (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 9:30 a.m., St. Maron Church, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown. The first meeting is free

and guests are welcome. Call 330-974-8450.

• Round Table Woodcarvers — 9 a.m. at the Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. For information, call 330-792-4355.

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YSU LECTURE ON MARCELLUS SHALE: The authors of a new book of photos and poems documenting the impact of the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom in Pennsylvania will speak 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room B100 of Cushwa Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The new book, “Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields,” is by poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf and award-winning documentary photographer Steven Rubin. The book explores small towns, farms and forests of Appalachian Pennsylvania and documents the social, emotional and environmental impacts of the shale gas boom in the area.

The lecture is free and open to the public, part of the Dr. Ray Energy and Environment Speaker Series, named after the late YSU Professor of Biological Sciences Ray Beiersdorfer.

MILL CREEK PARK: The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will present “Volney Rogers and the Origins of Mill Creek Park” as the featured Bites and Bits of History Lunch Program at noon Nov. 21 at Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St. Youngstown. The main speaker will be Rick Shale, a local historian and author. The banks of a small tributary of the Mahoning River were turned into a scenic gem, and how one man with a vision made a lasting difference in the Mahoning Valley. Bites and Bits of History Lunch Programs are offered every third Thursday of the month. The program is free and attendees may bring their own lunch. The Tyler History Center doors open at 11:30 a.m. In addition to ample street parking nearby, an adjacent public lot on the west side of the building is available and costs $2.50.

TODAY

• Tuesday Morning Recovery — 10:30 a.m., Meridian Place, 1184 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

• Tuesday Night Surrender — 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall, 2555 Rush Blvd., Youngstown.

• Food Addicts Anonymous — 7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 162 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown. Call 330-793-1599.

• Helping Hands Closet — nearly new clothing, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road.

• Girard Liberty Rotary Club — 6 p.m. at Amen Corner in Girard. Andy at 330-716-4523.

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CHRISTMAS IN MANY LANDS: The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will hold its Culture and Cuisine Night series that celebrates the diversity of cultures in the local community. The program “Christmas in Many Lands” will be 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Tyler History Center in Youngstown. George Johnson will present a screen presentation and display of objects from various culture traditions at the holiday season, including many from German customs. Johnson said his collection of Christmas decorations spans more than 30 years. He is a member of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past Club whose members collect Christmas memorabilia. The event includes a holiday-inspired meal. For tickets, call 330-743-2589.

OPEN HOUSE: Shepherd of the Valley of Poland, 301 W. Western Reserve Road, will hold an open house for the public from 1 to 4 p.m. today.

VETERANS CELEBRATION: The staff and student body of St. Joseph the Provider Catholic School will hold a Veterans Day celebration at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony Church Complex in the Brier Hill section of Youngstown’s North Side. This event honors and remembers our nation’s veterans, and is open to all veterans. Call 330-259-0353.

MAC AND CHEESE COOKOFF: AWARE’s emergency housing for the Shenango Valley, the Shirley Bursey House, will benefit from the inaugural Macaroni and Cheese Cookoff fundraiser 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Armory for the Arts, 49 S. Sharpsville Ave., Sharon, Pa. This fundraiser will help upgrade the playground with new, safe equipment.

The cost is $15 in advance for adults and can be purchased at the Facebook event page. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20. Additional plates for adults and children’s tickets are $5. Sharon High School’s show choir groups, directed by Frank McCauley, will be performing. A basket raffle will be included in the festivities.

Participants are encouraged to enter their favorite macaroni and cheese recipe. The three categories for crowning The Big Cheese are individual, group / club and restaurant. Entrants are required to provide 300 small servings of macaroni and cheese. The application form is located on the Shirley Bursey House’s Facebook.

AWARE services include two dedicated shelters, one-on-one counseling services for both current victims as well as those who are in post-crisis. Other available services include a 24-hour hotline, housing, individual / group advocacy and counseling, legal advocacy, school-based and community education.

HEALTHY EATING: Mercy Health Community Health Education is offering a Healthy Eating for YOU program 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, Woodland Room.

The program is free and is led by a registered dietitian nutritionist. The program will answer questions such as “How much should you eat?” “What is in the food you eat?” And “Why do you eat what you eat?” Call 330-480-3070 to register and for information.

TODAY

• Write to Recover — 10 a.m., Meridian Place, 1184 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

• Master Discipleship Group — 6 p.m., Mahoning Valley Hope Center, Warren.

• Outspokin’ Wheelmen Bicycle Club — bicycle rides daily. Check out outspokinwheelmen.com for information.

• Nar-anon, support program for families and friends of those addicted to drugs — 7 p.m. at the Sahara Club, 2345 Youngstown Road SE, Warren. Call Bill at 330-856-3822.