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Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Boardman library on Sept. 4, 11 and 25 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.

Call for entries to short fiction contest

Teens and adults who are current residents of Mahoning, Trumbull, Mercer and Lawrence counties are eligible to enter a writing contest sponsored by Lit Youngstown and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. The contest is part of a suite of activities sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program. All activities will be related to “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. According to the organizers, the fiction contest was inspired by a similar contest on National Public Radio in 2012, called 3-Minute Fiction. Urrea served as a judge and read an excerpt by local writer Nin Andrews on the air. The winners of the Short Short Fiction teen contest and the open contest will be invited to read on Oct. 5, as part of Lit Youngstown’s Fall Literary Festival. The contest winners will be followed by Festival Keynote Reader George Ella Lyon. The readings will take place in the second floor lounge at the Hilton DoubleTree. Stories will be judged anonymously by Big Read planning committee members, and must be entered by Aug. 31. Winners will be announced in September. To enter, visit https://lityoungstown.org/2019/07/21/short-short-fiction-contest/.

Square dancers celebrate ninth anniversary

The Niles Friendly Squares will celebrate their ninth anniversary at their monthly square dance on Sept. 14 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center. Dress is casual and there is a $6 per person donation at the door. Gene Hammond and Neil Harner will be the callers.

Bonding with babies and books

Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months can participate in 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at the Boardman library every Tuesday in September at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Microsoft Excel class 1

Learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel for creating simple and useful spreadsheets at the Boardman library on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. This beginner’s class will cover setting up a spreadsheet and entering data. Some basic computer skills are required. Class will soon be followed by Microsoft Excel class 2. Register online via the library events calendar or call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Boardman library. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org.

Playtime at your library

Read a story on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for kindergarten. Activities will vary at each program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is for ages 2-6.

Books and Bingo

Listen to stories, play Bingo and enjoy a freeze pop treat at the Boardman library on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. This will be a one-hour family program. Preschoolers must attend with an adult. This event is for children of all ages.

Night owl

Join the Boardman library on Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for a night own story time full of fall stories and a craft for children ages 4-5. Preschoolers must attend with an adult. This is a 30 minute story time.

Apprentice’s Inn

Join the Boardman library’s beginners Dungeons and Dragons club on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and take part in their adventure. Go on dangerous quests with daring fights and hopefully you roll a D20 to save the day. Refreshments and snacks are provided. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Teen Advisory Board

Help plan and support teen activities at the library by joining the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting on Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library. Meet new people and have fun. Refreshments and snacks are provided.

Holiday closing

All libraries in the PLYMC system will be closed Labor Day weekend on Sept. 1 and 2.

Basic crochet

Learn to chain and single crochet to create a washcloth at this event at the Boardman library on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. Detailed instruction will be given hand-over-hand as needed, with written instruction and video for home use. All materials are provided and the activity is lefty friendly. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults and teens.

Pine cone owls

Create a trio of happy owls and have a fun evening of crafting at the Boardman library on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. The craft will be made with pine cones, fabric, felt and other craft-room finds. All materials provided, but bring your favorite scissors. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. This event is for adults.

I Read YA book club

Adult fans of young adult literature from ages 18 and older, this book club, which will take place on Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library, is for you. Talk about why you like YA. Read and discuss. This month they will be discussing “Stepsister” by Jennifer Donnelly. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Reader’s Choice book club

On Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Boardman library, this book club will discuss “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamara. Share your favorite books and find out what new ones will be published. The group will preview October’s book, “The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn. This event is for adults.

Boardman library Friends to meet

There will be a Friends of the Boardman Library meeting and presentation on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library. The topic for the presentation is “Benedict Arnold” by presenter Dr. David Simonelli from the Youngstown State University History Department.

Puzzle swap

There will be a Friends of the PLYMC puzzle swap on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at the Boardman library. Swap six of your once-done puzzles with others at this event.

Friendly Squares to dance at Canfield Fair

The Niles Friendly Squares will be performing square dance demonstrations at the Canfield Fair on Aug. 29 from 7-8 p.m. on the stage located in front of the International Building. A new year of weekly square dance lessons will begin Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through April 14, 2020. There is a nominal fee of $6 per person per lesson. To sign up for lessons, contact Gene or Frankie Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Mahoning Valley ABWA to host founders day event

The Mahoning Valley Network Council of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) is hosting a founders day event on Sept. 22. This women’s organization was founded 70 years ago to help women be empowered in the workplace. Jane Turzillo, author of “Wicked Women of Northeastern Ohio” will be the day’s speaker. The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the meal will be served at 1 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, stuffed chicken breasts, stuffed shells, mashed potatoes, green beans, tossed salad and cherries in the snow for dessert. Tickets are $22 per person. Contact Shirley Pappagallo at 330-270-9779 for tickets as reservations are due by Sept. 15. All women of the area are invited to attend.

Weekly square dance lessons to begin on Sept. 10

The Niles Friendly Squares, a local square dance group dedicated to keeping alive the uniquely American art form of square dancing, will begin a new year of weekly square dance lessons. The introductory session will be Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m. Each session builds upon the previous session and will include learning steps along with plenty of review and practice each week to help attendees master the moves. The sessions are designed to cover all the steps in the Basic Square Dance Program. Gene Hammond will be the instructor. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through April 14, 2020. There is a fee of $6 per lesson. The Friendly Squares will also be performing square dance demonstrations at the Canfield Fair on Aug. 29 from 7-8 p.m. on the stage located in front of the International Building.

Hopewell Theatre hopes to raise funds with fun

Hopewell Theatre’s 2019–2020 season kickoff “Fun” Raiser, an evening of food, fun, and prizes, will take place on Aug. 25 from 6-9 p.m. at A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon Street in Canfield. Tickets cost $30 and include a full dinner buffet, dessert, cash wine bar, entertainment and silent auction prizes. Local favorites Glenn Stevens and Regina Reynolds will emcee a terrific entertainment lineup - Just Friends Community Chorus will perform favorite hits of the 1950s, Tom Gent and Maureen Gorman Stenglein will sing classic show tunes, and stand-up comedian Jenna Cintavey and improvisational comedy troupe The Dinner Theatre Rejects will bring the laughs. For tickets, visit http://hopewelltheatre.org or call 330-746-5455. Hopewell Theatre, founded in 1992 as the Victorian Players, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to producing quality theatrical performances in the Mahoning Valley. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with performances, events, auditions and other Hopewell news—www.facebook.com/HopewellTheatre.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Boardman library on Aug. 26 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visitwww.RedCrossBlood.org.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, which will take place every Tuesday in August at 10 a.m. at the Boardman 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.

May the crafts be with you

Make and take some fun space crafts during the regular hours at the Boardman library throughout August. This event is for children of all ages.

Family story time

Bring the whole family to the Boardman library on Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. for stories, games, crafts and fun for all ages.

May the crafts be with you

Make and take some fun space crafts at the Boardman library during regular hours in June through August. This event is for children of all ages.

Gamblers Anonymous Meetings

If you or someone you love has a gambling addiction, Gamblers Anonymous may be able to help. Gamblers Anonymous meetings 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 is offered on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church, located 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.

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 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.

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