Calendar (Week 3) – December 15-21

Monday 15

Make Your Own Handmade Cards (Adults). Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools. Each participant will create a greeting card with a matching envelope. Class size is limited, registration required. For adults. 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 15; 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22. 10 a.m. Free.

Monthly: Hospice of the Valley Common Bond. Vienna United Methodist Church, 4265 Warren-Sharon Road; for more information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. The group focuses on one grief topic a year, and it meets the third Monday. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

It’s All about Yarn (Teens and Adults). Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Bring in your crochet, knitting, plastic canvas, or “anything with yarn” project and learn from one another. Share your holiday gifts created in yarn. Participants are encouraged to bring all yarn UFOs (unfinished objects). For teens and adults. 11 a.m. Free.

Monday Movie Matinee & Discussion Group. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Watch a classic movie shown on the big screen in the library meeting room, and then join in a discussion led by a librarian following the film. To be shown this month is a 1940 film starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan. 2 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Habitat for Humanity Meeting. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown; for more information call 330-743-7244 or visit http://www.hfhofmc.org. Third Monday. 6:30 p.m.

Monthly: Mahoning County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Meeting. St. Charles Church, 7325 Westview, Boardman; for more information call Janet at 330-758-6366. Every third Monday. 7 p.m.

Monthly: Southington So Sews. Southington Christian Church, St. Rt. 534, Southington; Contact Jennie at 330-847-7386. Third Monday. 9:30 a.m.

A Cortland Christmas. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive in Cortland. Come join the library for its third annual Cortland Christmas program. There will be ornaments to make, a holiday snack, and a visit from a very special holiday friend! For children of all ages. 5:30 p.m. Free.

Pups and Pages at the Howland Branch Library. Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland Township; registration is required by calling 330-856-2011. Children in kindergarten through grade 6 may sign up for 15-minute sessions to read aloud to a registered therapy dog at the library. Dogs are provided by K-9s for Compassion, a Delta Society pet partner group that assists with animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 16

Monthly: Hospice of the Valley’s Craft and Chat. Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland; for more information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 800-640-5180. Establishing a “new normal” requires being social and meeting new friends. Meets the third Tuesday. 1-3 p.m.

Monthly: Prayer Shawl Ministry. The Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road, Canfield; for information visit http://www.theursulinecenter.org or call Eileen Novotny at 330-533-3831. Meets the third Tuesday and third Wednesday. 10:30 a.m.-noon (Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m. (Wednesday). 10:30 a.m.

Blood Pressure Check by Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association Free Blood Pressure Check. Various branches. Free blood pressure screening, For adults. Austintown Library, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23; Sebring Library, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23; MetroParks Farm Library, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16. 1 p.m. Free.

Family Story Time: It’s All about Cookies. Various branches. Join the library for a story time all about cookies. Listen to stories, sing songs and play games about this favorite sweet treat. The winning cookie from the “What’s your favorite Cookie?” contest will be available as a treat. For children of all ages. Brownlee Woods Library, 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16 Newport Library, 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17; Struthers Library, 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18; West Library, 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22. 4 p.m. Free.

Doodlebugs: Winter Song. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Ages 5-7. Learn about songbirds that stay north for the winter especially cardinals. Create your own bird inspired mini-sculpture as we discuss different types of sculpture and building techniques. Register/pay at Ford by Dec. 14.  4:30-5:30 p.m. $5 R $6 NR.

Business Q&A. SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, in partnership with the Library, will have two volunteers in the Business and Investment Center (BIC) on the second floor of Main Library to provide advice and answer questions. SCORE counselors will be available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month. The service is free. To talk with a business professional from SCORE, please call 330-941-2948 for an appointment. For adults. 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 16. 5:30 p.m.  Free.

Christmas Pop-Up Cards (Adults and Teens). Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. A handmade pop-up card is always unique and anything but two-dimensional. Best of all? They look impressive, but are deceptively easy to make. So come and learn how to make your very own for this Holiday Season. For adults. 6 p.m. Free.

Ornaments (Teen). Various branches. Make some Christmas ornaments to take home. For grades 7-12. Holiday program. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16; Tri-Lakes Library, 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. 6 p.m. Free.

Tween Writer’s Club @ W-TCPL. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, ext. 206. Are you a young creative writer looking for a writer’s group? Then, the Tween Writer’s Club @ W-TCPL is for you. At meetings, you’ll improve your writing through exercises, sharing, critiquing, and more. For kids ages 10 to 14. 6 p.m. Free.

Santa’s Calling. Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman; 330-726-8107. Parents who would like their children, ages 3-8, to receive a phone call from Santa can pick up a form at the Boardman Park Office or it can be downloaded from the park’s website: http://www.boardmanpark.com. Completed forms should be returned to the Park Office or faxed to 330-726-4562. The deadline is Dec. 15. One phone call to each family. It’s also very important that you be home during your scheduled call time. There is no fee for the phone call. 6-8 p.m.

Wreath of Greens. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Create your own holiday wreath of greens with instructor, Pam Baytos. Adorn your entrance with fresh greens and seasonal colors, welcoming your guests to a home full of cheer. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $24; FFRG member $20.

SCORE @ the Library.  Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Need advice on starting a business or helping your established business grow?

Monthly: RTS Bereavement Support Group. Beeghly Medical Park, Community Learning Center, 6505 Market St., Youngstown; 330-884-2911. The group is for people who are dealing with grief from miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn loss. Meets the third Tuesday. 7-9 p.m.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-841-2931. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. have received seven Grammy Awards, 15 gold records, three platinum records, and have had starring roles on television and stage. They are currently celebrating 40 years in the entertainment business with a musical tribute to the hits and productions that have made up their multi-faceted careers. As lead vocalists of the 5th Dimension, they recorded such classics as “Up, Up and Away,” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” and “Stoned Soul Picnic.” Call for tickets. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 17

Legos and Looms.  Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs or Rainbow Loom bracelets. Legos and Rainbow Loom materials will be provided. For kids, ages 6 and up. 4 p.m. Free.

Anime and Manga Club. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Come in for some anime, graphic novels, and other pop culture fun. Otaku, bronies, and gamers are all welcome. For teens and adults. 6 p.m. Free.

Page Turners Book Club. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Love books? Looking for a good read? Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun! For adults. 6-7 p.m. Free.

Santa’s Calling. Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman; 330-726-8107. Parents who would like their children, ages 3-8, to receive a phone call from Santa can pick up a form at the Boardman Park Office or it can be downloaded from the park’s website: http://www.boardmanpark.com. Completed forms should be returned to the Park Office or faxed to 330-726-4562. The deadline is Dec. 15. One phone call to each family. It’s also very important that you be home during your scheduled call time. There is no fee for the phone call. 6-8 p.m.

Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group. Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland Township; 330-856-2011. Read “The Widow of the South” by Robert Hicks, and then join in the discussion. The featured book is available to borrow from the library, or a limited number of paperback copies may be available to purchase. 7 p.m. Free.

Thursday 18

Weekly: Walk and Chat. Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St., Boardman; 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. Walking and socializing. Thursdays. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Senior Fun Day. Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman; to RSVP, call 330-965-0428. Features exercise, crafts, blood-pressure screenings, lunch and bingo in the Lariccia Family Community Center. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $1.

Homeschool Brunch Bunch. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Features a reading and discussion of the book “The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life” by Lois Ehlert, followed by extension activities. Additional resources will be available to check out for further exploration and self-study. Bring a sack lunch if you wish. A snack will be provided.  For elementary school children. 11 a.m. Free.

Christmas Crafting (Teen). Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636.  Make a Christmas craft to give as a gift or to keep. For teens in grades 7-12. 4 p.m. Free.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board). Tri-Lakes Library; 330-744-8636. Become a member of the Tri-Lakes Library Teen Advisory Board. You can help out with library programs, help decide what books to buy, discuss what you are currently reading, meet new people and have a snack! Teens in grades 7-12 are eligible. 4 p.m. Free.

Cookbook Club. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Celebrate the holidays by sharing your favorite dessert recipes and joining us in a cookie swap! (Note: waiver must be signed.)  For adults. 6 p.m. Free.

Sci-Fi Book Discussion Group. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Read this month’s featured book, “All You Need is Kill,” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and then join in a discussion led by a reference librarian. 6:30 p.m. Free.

music @ night

Apollo Maennerchor. Open stage. 8 p.m.

Christopher’s Downtown. Live jazz. 4-6 p.m.

Clark Bar. Open mike. 8-11 p.m.

Vintage Estate. Steve Vuich. Open stage. 8 p.m.

Friday 19

Life-Sized Candy Land. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Visit the wonderful world of Candy Land as you become the playing piece in the library’s version of the popular children’s game. Fun for the entire family. No registration required. Friday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 20 between 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Free.

Creative Creekers: Snow Fox. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Ages 8-12. Discover the habits and behavior of the fox in winter. Learn about different types of sculpture and building techniques as you create your own small snow fox inspired piece. Register/pay at Ford by Dec. 17. 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5 R $6 NR.

Christmas Spotlight. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Boardman; 330-788-3200. Tonight features holiday student performances. Spectator tickets are available. Performers of all ages. 6 p.m.

Storytime. Barnes & Noble, 381 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman; 330-629-9562. This special story time will feature “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “The Night Before Christmas.” 7 p.m. Free.

Holiday Lights. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The Ward Beecher Planetarium’s annual holiday program combines lights, music, and visual effects with the wonders of the winter season and outer space. Content changes from year to year as the planetarium unwraps new titles and visuals. Suitable for all ages. 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12; 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13; 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19; 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20. 8 p.m. Free.

music @ night

Brick House. Open mike. 8-11 p.m.

Christopher’s Downtown. Live jazz. 5-8 p.m.

Donna’s Diner. Terry Leonard. 5-7 p.m.

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6 p.m.

Papa’s Sports Bar. Hat Tricks. 9:30 p.m.

Quinlan’s. Jay Wonders. 6-9 p.m.

Saturday 20

Christmas Bird Count. Greater Youngstown Area; contact coordinator Gary Meiter at 234-564-7900. It’s difficult to believe now, but in the late 1800s, hunting every species of bird was common practice. Frank Chapman of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City tried to change this in 1900 by starting the Christmas Bird Count. Our area has been participating since 1904. The National Audubon Society administers the CBC and chapters organize local counts. Volunteers are invited to help census birds within the count circle, which encompasses the Greater Youngstown Area. All abilities are welcome. Devote as much time as you want. Focus on your back yard if you wish.  All day. Free.

Hunting & Military Relic Show. Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-539-4247. Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Go Green this Season, Mill Creek MetroParks. MetroParks Farm Classroom A, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Ages 7-12. Go Green this season as we create festive holiday ornaments and decorations using recycled materials. Register/pay at Ford by Dec. 13. 10-11:30 p.m. $7 R; $10 NR.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. First Unitarian Church, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features produce, baked goods, whole-bean coffees, tastings, demonstrations, and music. Saturdays February through December. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Crafter’s Club – Christmas (Teens and Adults). Public Library, Sebring branch, 195 W. Ohio Ave.; ;330-744-8636. Who doesn’t want chocolate for Christmas? Make a batch of chocolate covered pretzels, then make a box to put the cooling candy into. One gift done and off your list! All supplies provided. For teens and adults. Registration is required. For teens and adults.  10:30 a.m. Free.

Family Movie. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Youngstown. This animated film is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale, “The Snow Queen.” All ages will enjoy this favorite. (Rated G; runtime 102 minutes). 12:30 p.m. Free.

The Alien Who Stole Christmas. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The planetarium has a new family holiday program this season. Take a tour of winter’s evening sky and then join jolly ol’ Santa and concerned alien, Mr. Freep, as they explore the solar system’s planets and meet the Christmas Eve needs of their fictitious inhabitants. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13; 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free.

Life-Sized Candy Land. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Visit the wonderful world of Candy Land as you become the playing piece in the library’s version of the popular children’s game. Fun for the entire family. No registration required. Friday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 20 between 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Free.

Saturday Movie Matinee @ Newport.  Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636.  Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children age 7 years and younger must be with an adult. Movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG-13 to G. For the family.2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 27. 2 p.m. Free.

Reader’s Film Club.  Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. It wouldn’t be Christmas without reading Charles Dickens’s classic tale, “A Christmas Carol.” This year, reacquaint yourself with old Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Watch one of the great film adaptations and enjoy some snacks. For the entire family. 2:30 p.m. Free.

Holiday Movie Matinee. Various branches. No school? Nothing to do? Come to the Library to watch a holiday movie. We’ll supply the movie and a yummy treat. You can bring a pillow and blanket if you like. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. The holiday movie will be rated G or PG. For all ages. Austintown Library, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20; Main Library, 2:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22. 2:30 p.m. Free. Makerspace: Fan Favorites. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Brookfield branch, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. Drop in anytime between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to make items based on or inspired by some of your favorite books. For grades 7 to 12. No registration required. 3-4:30 p.m.

The Elegant String Quartet Holiday Concert. Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman; 330-726-8107. The concert will take place in the St. James Meeting House which will be decorated with handmade decorations created by the Holborn Herb Growers Guild. 5-6:30 p.m.

Holiday Lights. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The Ward Beecher Planetarium’s annual holiday program combines lights, music, and visual effects with the wonders of the winter season and outer space. Content changes from year to year as the planetarium unwraps new titles and visuals. Suitable for all ages. 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12; 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13; 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19; 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20. 8 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

BackYard Bar & Grille. After Hours. 9 p.m. 1 a.m.

Cedars. Jones for Revival. 10:30 p.m.

Dash Inn. OGB. 8-11 p.m.

Frieda’s. Al Spencer Trio. Jazz. 6 p.m.

Leon’s. Harvey Wallbanger. 9:30 p.m.

Manor. Teddy Pantelas, Zach Economos. 7:30 p.m.

Mocha House. Davis and McKay. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts. Blue Through Branches. 7 p.m.

SUNDAY 21

Hunting & Military Relic Show. Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-539-4247. Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Winter Solstice. Lower Bears Den parking lot. Astronomically speaking, winter begins at 6:03 p.m. today. Night arrives early on this shortest day of the year. Meet at sunset and hike to celebrate our new season. Moderate, 2 miles. 5 p.m. Free.

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