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.
Canfield schools community tailgate
Cardinal spirit is in the air and the Canfield community is invited. The Canfield Local School District is hosting a free community-wide tailgate celebration on Sept. 6. The tailgate will take place rain or shine from 5-6:30 p.m. at the high school before the game. The Cardinal cheerleaders, along with the Canfield High School band, will be in attendance to get the crowd pumped up for the game. There will also be family friendly activities for the youngest cards. Hot dogs and chips will be served.
Gotta Move story time
Children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver can join the Canfield library on Sept. 4 and 18 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.
Grab and go craft for September
The Canfield library will host a grab and go craft during regular library hours throughtout September. Make a craft to take home. This event is for children of all ages.
Read and make
Read together, sing songs and make a fun craft at the Canfield library on Sept. 11 and 25 at 10 a.m. This event is for children ages 3-5.
Lego my library
Meet at the Canfield library on Sept. 7 at 2:30 p.m. and Sept. 18 at 6 p.m., and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.
Tales to tails
Read to our favorite therapy dogs on Sept. 9 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 the librarians will find one for you. This event is for children grades kindergarten and up. Therapy dogs provided by Pet Partners of Greater Youngstown, a local pet therapy group.
Apples to Apples game night and caramel apple nachos
Celebrate fall with a game of Apples to Apples at the Canfield library on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. Then make caramel apples nacho style. Drizzle apple slices with caramel, chocolate and sprinkle with your favorite toppings. This event is for grades 5-12. Registration is required. This event is for teens and tweens.
Agatha Christie murder mystery
Investigate an Agatha Christie-style murder at the Canfield library on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. Who did it? What object was used? This program will include one feature movie and many clips from various movies and television shows featuring Agatha Christies’ stories. Can Poirot solve the mystery? Come to find out. Salsa and chips will be provided. This event is for adults and teens.
Harry Potter trivia night
Join your friends at the Canfield library on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. and show off your wizarding knowledge with a night of trivia fun. Light snacks will be served. This event is for adults and teens.
National pepperoni pizza day
Pizza lovers, visit the Canfield library on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Watch videos of how toppings are made. Learn about various ways to raise the crust. Learn about pizza chain restaurants and what the latest trends are. Share which pizza is your favorite. The group may even try some pepperoni pizza. This event is for adults and teens.
Thinking about movies
Learn some basic tools for analyzing movies at the Canfield library on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. as you watch and discuss movie clips. This event is for adults and teens.
Coloring for grown-ups
Join the Canfield library on Sept. 16 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.
Leaf print tote bag
Join the Canfield library on Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. to make an autumnal leaf printed tote bag. Carry your books or groceries in style. Registration is required as supplies are limited. This event is for adults and teens.
Sit and stitch
Sit and stitch with others at the Canfield library on Sept. 11 and 25 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.
Join the Canfield library on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. for a movie night where they will be watching a newly released DVD. Feel free to bring your own small snacks and drinks. This event is for adults and teens. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. The movie will be either PG or PG 13.
Learn Microsoft PowerPoint
Learn how to create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint at the Canfield library on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. They will go over the basics of creating a slideshow in order to make your own informational presentation. Some computer skills required. Register online via the library events calendar or by calling 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.
Microsoft Word class 1
Learn the basic skills of Microsoft Word at the Canfield library on Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. This beginner’s class will cover the Word menus, and functions like cut/copy/paste, font, save and print. Some basic computer skills are required. Class 1 will soon be followed by Microsoft Word class 2 and class 3. Register online via the library events calendar or call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.
True Stories book club
True Stories is the book club for people who want to read about some of the world’s most captivating real-life people and events. The next meeting will take place on Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield library. Join them for monthly discussions of riveting nonfiction titles. The book selection for September is “The Looming Tower” by Lawrence Wright. This event is for adults.
Blood pressure check
The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will host a free blood pressure check at the Canfield library on Sept. 18 from 1-2 p.m.
Learn to line dance
Learn to line dance at the Canfield library on Sept. 4 and 25 at 6:30 p.m. Line dancing is a fun, exciting way 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, 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. To register, call 330-744-8636 or register online using the events calendar. This event is for adults.
Practice your new skill to rattle the tiles from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 3, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the Canfield library and join the fun. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend. (Mah-Jongg sets not provided). This event is for adults.
The Friends of PLYMC chair yoga class will take place every Friday in September at 10 a.m. at the Canfield library. Pay as you attend. $10 per session. Dress comfortably. Class meets every Friday. This event is for adults
Canfield Friends to meet
There will be a Friends of PLYMC Canfield Committee meeting on Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Canfield library.
Off the shelves
Attend the Canfield library’s monthly book club for a lively discussion of titles chosen “Off the Shelves” of the library’s book club room. Come and join the fun with these upcoming reads, at either our morning or evening session, or come to both.. This event is for adults. On Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 11 a.m., they will discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. October’s book will be “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, the library’s NEA Big Read selection. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
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 Canfield library every Thursday in September at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Canfield library every Tuesday in September 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.
All about unicorns
Join the Canfield library on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. for stories, activities, crafts and a snack as they celebrate everything that is wonderful about unicorns. This event is for children of all ages.
Celebrate curiosity day with Curious George
Children are invited to this special celebration of everyone’s favorite mischievous monkey, Curious George, at the Canfield library on Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. Join them for activities, games and a craft as they honor a children’s book icon. This event is for children of all ages.
All libraries in the PLYMC system will be closed Labor Day weekend on Sept. 1 and 2.
The 2019 Mahoning County 4-H Royal Court announced
The 2019 4-H King and Queen will be chosen from 11 court members at the Canfield Fair on Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. at the main concourse stage across from the Canfield Fair Office. The 2019 4-H Royal Court are Karlee Banks, Jennel Benson, Alaina Courtwright, Sarah DeLucia, Emily Fagert, Cheyenne Heffner, Nataley Kemmer, Zachary Kemmer, Natalia Kresic, Marcus Moliterno and James Moore.
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.
Camp Stambaugh 100th anniversary celebration
The Camp Stambaugh 100th Anniversary Committee invites the public to come on out on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Although the camp is located at 3712 Leffingwell Road in Canfield, parking will be at Gate 12 (on Leffingwell Road, east of State Route 46S) at the Canfield fairgrounds. Attendees will be shuttled to the camp and back. Handicap accessibility is being provided. A $20 donation is required for anyone 7-years-old and older (6 and under are welcome). Register online at https://scoutingevent.com/433-stambaugh100 or just show up at the Canfield Fairgrounds. More than 40 stations of displays and activities will be running all day. Food vendors are available all-day selling refreshments as well as a Trading Post on-site. For the Scouts, Sept. 21 will begin early that morning at the Canfield Fair Grounds where the Scouts will camp overnight, and at 7 a.m. will begin parading east on Leffingwell Road from Gate 13 to Camp Stambaugh. After arriving at Camp Stambaugh, a new gateway dedication will take place at 8:30 a.m. and at 9 a.m. the opening ceremony will take place. Shuttles will begin running immediately after the parade arrives at the camp. The activities will end at 5:00 pm as all Scouts will head back to the Canfield Fair Grounds for dinner and beginning at 8:00 pm a show and closing ceremony at the Canfield Fair Grandstand. If you would like to join Scouting or just require more information, call the Great Trail Council Scout office at 330-773-0415 or visit our website at www.gtcbsa.org. For more information about all the Scouting programs in the Mahoning County area, contact Stephen DiPaolo, Whispering Pines District Executive, at 234-900-5896 or at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local church offers event on Sept. 20 and 21
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, located at 550 N. Broad St. in Canfield, will host a Treasure in a Trunk event on Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Those looking to participate through selling their items should call Ruth Allen at 330-550-3022. Reservation costs $10 per person, per site or table. The deadline is Sept. 1.
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.
Off the Shelves... book club
The next meetings of the monthly book club of titles chosen “Off the Shelves” of the Canfield library’s book club room will take place on Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. They will discuss “Virgil Wander” by Leif Enger. The September title will be “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. This event is for adults.
Learn about how memory works and discover some specific memorization techniques that will have you remembering more than you thought you could at the Canfield library on Aug. 26 on 6:30 p.m. This event is for adults.
Friends of PLYMC chair yoga
Pay as you attend for this chair yoga class at the Canfield library every Friday in August at 10 a.m. Class is $10 per session.
Bonding with babies and books
This event, which will take place every Thursday in August 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 every Tuesday in August 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.
Read and make
Read together, sing songs and make a fun craft at this event at the Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Canfield library. This event is for children ages 3-5.
Get walking at the library
Get fit every Monday morning in August at 9:30 a.m. and join a librarian for a 20-30 minute walk along the Canfield library walking path and nearby neighborhood. Make new friends and join the fun. In the event of rain, they will walk inside the meeting room. This event is for adults and teens.
Learn to line dance
Line dancing is a fun, exciting way to dance your way to good health. This class, which will take place on Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield library, will combine low, moderate and high energy line dance routines and will help you burn calories at the same time. Participation is limited to one session per person each month to accommodate demand, registration required. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Canfield library or register online using the events calendar. This event is for adults and teens.
Join the Canfield library on Aug. 24 at 2:30 p.m. for a Saturday Movie Matinee. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children age 7 years and younger must be with an adult.
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.
Ursuline Education and Wellness Center announces guided labyrinth walks
The Ursuline Education and Wellness Center, located at 4280 Shields Road, recently began its 2019 Guided Labyrinth Walk season. This year’s themes celebrate aspects of compassion, a virtue central to the ministry of St. Angela Merici, who founded the Ursuline order in 1535. All persons of faith are invited to participate in these free, weather-permitting events. Walks generally take 20-30 minutes. The themes by date are Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. - “Knowledge, recognition and action” and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. - “Love your enemies.” A presentation on the history of labyrinths precedes this walk. The labyrinth is open year-round from dawn to dusk for all persons of faith. There is no cost to use the labyrinth, which is accessible for different physical abilities and offers ample parking. Printed guides are provided at the labyrinth’s entrance giving suggestions for following the path, but there is no right or wrong way to experience the sacred walk. For more information, call the Ursuline Education and Wellness Center at 330-799-4941 or visit theursulinecenter.org.
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.