Calendar (Weeks 1-4) December 1-31, 2014

Monday 1

25 Days of Grinchmas: Grinch Day. Barnes & Noble, 381 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman; 330-629-9562. Barnes & Noble will kick off “25 Days of Grinchmas” with “Grinch Day,” an annual celebration that includes storytimes, activities and suggested good deeds that children can do to spread holiday cheer. 4 p.m. Free.

Library Adventures in Augmented Reality. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Get ready for a reading experience like no other as 3D objects and animations pop off the book, bringing the virtual world to you. Call and ask for the Readers Services Department to schedule a 20-minute session. For kids age four to 6 grade. 5:30 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive in Cortland. Stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. Mondays, Dec. 1 and 8 at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 2 and 9 at 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Free.

Gingerbread House Building (Tween). Various branches. Do you want to build a gingerbread house? All ingredients will be provided.  For grades 4-6. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1; Tri-Lakes Library, 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8. 6 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Youngstown Executive Toastmasters 408 Meeting. Shepherd of the Valley, 301 W. Western Reserve Road, Poland; http://www.speakingclub.org. Practice skills useful in public speaking, including giving speeches, speaking extemporaneously and listening. Includes peer feedback and evaluation. This nonprofit educational organization operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication. Meetings are free for guests; members pay $36 every six months. 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Tuesday 2

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Dec. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18. 9:30-11 a.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. 9:30-11 a.m.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. Tuesdays, Dec. 2 and 9 at 11 a.m.; Thursdays, Dec. 4 and 11 a.m. at 6:30 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Job Training Information. Mahoning Senior Center, 1110 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-782-0978. A representative from Senior Employment Center will be on hand. Tuesdays. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Brookfield Branch Library, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield. Features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. Tuesdays, Dec. 2 and 9 at 1 p.m. Free.

Knitting without Stix @Newport (Teens and Adults).  Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Make a chunky scarf  for yourself or to give as a gift. See example on display at Newport. Bring four skeins of bulky yarn (each skein should be around 40 m/130 ft/44 yards long and weighing approximately 100 g/0.25 lbs) The library will provide a thinner craft yarn for practice. Register by calling or stop by the Newport librarian’s desk. Space is limited to 15 teens/adults. 4:30 p.m. Free.

Fresh Boxwood Tree. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Design a fresh boxwood tree for your holiday celebration table with Marie Borocz. You will use mini red carnations, white mums, white limonium, and seasonal decorations. 6:30–8:30 p.m. $39; FFRG member $30.

Weekly: Canfield Community Band. Canfield High School, 100 Cardinal, Canfield; 330-542-3313. Any musician is welcome. Tuesdays. 7 p.m.

Weekly: Stephen Foster Chorus. SCOPE Center, 220 W. Market St., Warren; Jerry at 330-652-5739. For anyone who enjoys singing. Tuesdays. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 3

Weekly: Rotary Club of Warren Meeting. Enzo’s, 2918 Elm Road, Warren; 330-369-7500.  The Warren Rotary chapter will meet for lunch and a business meeting. Wednesdays. Noon.

Ongoing: T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Drop-in class. Dec. 3, 10, 17. Noon-1 p.m. $10/class.

Wednesdays at the WOW. OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-5914. Construct your own model of Orion, explore Bernoulli’s principal at work as Oh Wow! launches its own satellites and make straw rockets as the museum and prepares for NASA’s experimental launch tomorrow. 4-5:30 p.m. Free with museum admission.

Monthly: Family Financial Education Services. Family Service Agency, 535 Marmion Ave., Youngstown; to register, call 330-782-5664. Workshop for potential home buyers. First Wednesday. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Movies at the Library. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Youngstown; 330-759-2589. Watch a movie newly released onto DVD on the big screen in the library meeting room. Call 330-759-2589 to find out what films will be shown each night. Wednesdays, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. 5:30 p.m. Free.

Lego My Library. Various branches. Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. For kids, age 6 and up. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3; Poland Library, 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16; Sebring Library, 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18; Struthers Library, 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6; Tri-Lakes Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9. 6 p.m. Free.

And the Rest is History Book Club. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Read a sizzling, red-hot history book lately? We would love to hear all the juicy details! Join us for informal discussions covering all areas of history, including historic eras, people, places, and things. For adults. 6 p.m. Free.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meeting. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Check out the monthly TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting. Meets first Wednesday of the month at the Boardman Library. Help plan and support teen activities at the Library! Meet new people and have fun. Newcomers are always welcome. For teens in grades 7-12. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Pilates Basics. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment, and breathing with Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. Drop-in class. Dec. 3, 10, 17. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10/class.

The Vocal Alliance Holiday Performance. Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland Township; 330-856-2011. The library and the Friends of the Howland Library invite you to join us for this annual holiday evening of song presented by the barbershop group, The Vocal Alliance. Plus, enjoy refreshments courtesy of the Friends. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Cortland Community Band Practice. Lakeview Middle School, 640 Wakefield, Cortland; call Pat at 330-652-2424 or visit http://www.cortlandcommunityband.org. Wednesdays.  7-9 p.m.

Bi-monthly: Girard Community Band. Girard High School, 31 N. Ward, Girard; 330-539-1453. Any musician is welcome. First and third Wednesday. 7 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown. Davis Center, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116 or 330-757-4727. Meeting includes a speaker. First Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.

Percussion Ensemble. Spotlight Theater, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. The Dana School of Music will present tonight’s event. 8 p.m.

Thursday 4

Weekly: Men’s Fellowship Bible Study. Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., Youngstown; 330-744-8411. Thursdays. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free.

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 exercising, crafts, blood-pressure screenings, lunch and bingo in the Lariccia Family Community Center. 10 a.m-1 p.m. $1.

Launch Day. OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-5914. Can’t make it to Florida for the Orion Launch? Witness the splashdown that will make history as Oh Wow! streams it live in its InspireWorks Lab (includes fun activities, NASA giveaways  and rocket demonstrations).10 a.m.-1p.m. Free with museum admission.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. Tuesdays, Dec. 2 and 9 at 11 a.m.; Thursdays, Dec. 4 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. 11 a.m. Free.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Youngstown. Features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. Thursdays, Dec. 4 and 11. 11:30 a.m. Free.

Job Skills Workshop. YMCA of Youngstown, 17 N. Champion St., Youngstown; email eskolnick@ywcaofyoungstown.org or call 330-746-6361, x109 to register. As part of its monthly “Lunch and Learn” series, the YWCA of Youngstown will hold a Job Skills Workshop. Experts from the Public Workforce System will discuss what employers are looking for, both in an interview and after a candidate gets the job. A question-and-answer session is part of the workshop. Registration is required by Dec. 2. Noon to 1 p.m. $10 per person, which includes lunch.

Make a Wreath with Bea (Teens and Adults). Various branches. Make a festive burlap wreath with Bea Richardson. All supplies will be provided. Reservations are needed; walk-ins will not be accepted. Register online or call the library at 330-744-8636 before Nov. 26 and ask for specific library to reserve your spot. For teens and adults. Austintown Library, 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16; East Library, 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4; Main Library, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2. 3 p.m. Free.

Teen Cafe,  Public Library. Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636.  Food and conversation in the Teen Room. For teens in grades 7-12. 4 p.m. Free.

Drive-Through Chicken Dinner. Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-792-5805. Western Reserve United Methodist Church will have a drive-through chicken dinner beginning at 4 p.m. and continuing until sold out. Includes stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, gravy and a brownie. 4 p.m. $8 per dinner.

Minecraft Mania. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Teens in grades 7 to 12 are invited to play on the library’s private server. If you have a laptop (no tablets), bring it along. 5-7 p.m. Free.

LEGO Club. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Youngstown. Children in kindergarten to grade 6 can stop by the library to create unique structures with a collection of popular building blocks. Each structure will remain at the library for all to see. 5-7 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Dec. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18. 9:30-11 a.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. 5:30-7 p.m.

Weekly: Midweek Dinner and Classes. Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market, Warren; 330-372-1676 or visit http://www.warrencentralcc.org. Dinner followed by a choice of classes: Bible study, book discussion or a computer lab. Thursdays. 5:45-7:30 p.m.

Friends of PLYMC Local Author, Artist, and Musician Event.  Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Local authors, artists, and musicians can sell and sign their books and works. Sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. 6 p.m. Free.

Myths & Truths of Holiday Plants. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Discover myths, legends, and fun facts about many of our popular holiday plants, including poinsettia, mistletoe, and amaryllis. Ellen Speicher will share some unique stories behind these fascinating plants, along with tips on caring for them. Each participant will receive a poinsettia to take home. 6-7:30 p.m. $18; FFRG member $16.

Get connected with Digital Media@ your library.  Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636.

Saving Memories- Downloading Digital Pictures. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Keep your holiday memories safe by learning how to transfer pictures from a digital camera or phone onto a computer and flash drive. For adults. 6 p.m. Free.

Weekly: DARE Singles Group Meeting. Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman; 330-793-5856, 330 533-7062.  For divorced and widowed. Features meetings and social events, including movie nights, bowling, dance classes, and small group discussions. Thursdays. 7:30 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Apollo Maennerchor. Acoustic night. 8 p.m.

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

Quaker Steak/Warren. Ally Dean. 6-9 p.m.

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

Friday 5 

Loose Knit Group. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Create blankets for organizations that give to those in need. All are welcome, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated at any time. Dec. 5, 19. 10 a.m.-noon.

Footprints in the Snow. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Ages 3-6. Although we may not always be able see animals, we can still see signs that they were there. Winter is a great time to see animal tracks. We will be forest detectives and be investigating animal tracks through fun activities and exploration. Register/pay two days in advance. Additional fee after deadline. Dec. 5 or 6. 10-11 a.m. $5 R; $7 NR.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland Township. Features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. Fridays, Dec. 5 and 12. 11 a.m. Free.

Falls Prevention & Senior Safety. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Lisa Solley, chief of Community Relations, Wellness, and Training at the Area Agency on Aging 11, Inc., will give practical information about home modifications, prevention strategies, and other measures helpful for older adults, their families, and caregivers. 11 a.m. Free.

Holiday Book Sale. Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland Township; 330-856-2011. Friday, Dec. 5 from 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2-4:30 p.m. Free.

Season’s Greetings Card Workshop. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Features a festive evening of crafting and light refreshments. Add a personal touch to your cards for friends and family this season by creating your own. Learn to make a stylish set of greeting cards inspired by scenic Mill Creek Park using glitter, paper, punches, stickers, and other fun crafting supplies.  Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Dec. 3. 6-8 p.m. $10 R $12 NR.

Remembering Volney Rogers 1. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. The first week of December was significant for Volney Rogers: He was born on Dec. 1 and 73 years later, passed away on Dec. 3. Hike to his statue and back beneath the nearly full “Long Night Moon.” Moderate, 2 miles. 7-8 p.m. Free.

Polar Express Reading Event. Barnes & Noble, 381 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman; 330-629-9562. Barnes & Noble and The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will host a Polar Express reading event at the bookstore. 7 p.m. Free.

60th Anniversary Gala for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. The theme of tonight’s event is “The Glamorous 1950s.”  The evening includes dinner, dancing, a professional performance and an historical tribute. 7 p.m. $65.

Winter Skywatch. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The night sky changes with the seasons, and so does our Skywatch program. This traditional lecture-based program deals with locating different planets and constellations, constellation lore, and current space events. 8 p.m., Friday Dec. 5; 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. 8 p.m. Free.

A Night at the Scrooges. Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, Austintown; 330-792-7973 and info@darkshadowghosttours.com. DIVA Donations has enlisted Dark Shadows Ghost Tours to stage tonight’s holiday mystery dinner. Diva Donations is a formal clothing closet serving needy families in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. It was established in 2012 to provide “a Cinderella experience to those in need with help from fairy godmothers in our community.” They have worked with Big Reach Center Of Hope, Beatitude House, Daybreak Shelter, and Blessing House and local schools and churches. Call for more information. 6-10 p.m. $36.50 per person.

music @ night 

Avalon at Buhl Country Club. Steve Vuich. 8 p.m.

Brickhouse. Open mike night.  8-11 p.m.

Cedars. Vibe and Direct. 10 p.m.

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

Donna’s Diner. Steve Vuich. 5-7 p.m.

Fifth Season. Ed Gorse. Acoustic. 6 p.m.

Vintage Estate. Jim Moran. 8-11 p.m.

Saturday 6

Holiday Book Sale. Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland Township; 330-856-2011. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

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.

Canfield High School 26th Annual Craft Show. 100 Cardinal Drive, Canfield; 330-533-5507. Seniors at Canfield High School are sponsoring the 26th Annual Craft Show today at the school. The funds earned enable the students to sponsor two dances, graduation, and contribute to local charities. Santa will be at the show from 2-4 p.m. to entertain the children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Butler Art Museum’s Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-1107. The Butler Institute will present the 44th Annual American Holiday Arts & Crafts Show and Sale on Dec. 6 and 7. The annual sale will feature fine art and crafts, including painting, photography, jewelry, paper, ceramics, fragrances, wood, leather, fiber, food, horticulture, and decorative arts.  The event funds the Butler’s free admission year-round as well as free public programs. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6  and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7. $5 for adults; children under 12 admitted free.

Footprints in the Snow. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Ages 3-6. Although we may not always be able see animals, we can still see signs that they were there. Winter is a great time to see animal tracks. We will be forest detectives and be investigating animal tracks through fun activities and exploration. Register/pay two days in advance. Additional fee after deadline. Dec. 5 or 6.  10-11 a.m. $5 R; $7 NR.

Sensory Storytime. 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. A new storytime specially designed for children with autism and other sensory-integration challenges. This program features age-appropriate stories and sensory-rich activities that promote literacy and positive associations with reading and the library. For children ages 3 to 8, parents and caregivers, and families. 11 a.m. Free.

Homemade Cookie Walk. Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, 633 Porter Ave., Campbell; 330-755-3633. The St. Joseph the Provider Cultural Society of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish is sponsoring today’s homemade cookie walk. $8 per pound and $4 per dozen for pizzelles, clothespins and other varieties.11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Family Holiday Extravaganza. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Youngstown. The Youngstown Connection will begin the festivities with a performance from 11 to 11:30 a.m., followed by refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Liberty Library and a visit from a special guest. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free.

Remembering Volney Rogers 2. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. The first week of December was significant for Volney Rogers: He was born on Dec. 1 and 73 years later, passed away on Dec. 3. Hike with us to remember his legacy. Moderate, 3 miles. 1-3 p.m. Free.

MAKE! Rocket Launcher. OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-5914.

For ages 7 and older. Pre-registration advised. Make and test your own rocket launcher during this workshop that explores the basic principles of rocketry. Noon-1 p.m. $4 (general admission rates apply to non-members).

Animal Heroes. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Come to the Boardman library to hear about animals (including dogs, cats, dolphins and gorillas!) who have gone above and beyond to help, protect, and save people. And meet a real live hero when a K9s for Compassion therapy dog stops in to visit. For animal lovers of all ages. 1 p.m. Free.

The Little Star That Could. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Once upon a time, a little star was born. During his search to find a planet to take care of, Little Star meets other kinds of stars in the galaxy. He also learns that being completely average can be special. This program features animation and artwork by YSU alumnus Joe Tucciarone. This show is designed specifically for families and younger children. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free.

Handmade Gifts that Don’t Look Handmade (Tweens and Teens). Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Craft program for tweens and teens who have made one too many handprint wreaths. Get some fresh ideas and create gifts you’ll be even more proud to give away. For grades 4-12 only. 2 p.m. Free.

A Holiday Puppet Show: Forgetful Santa.  Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. A puppet show for the entire family. After the show make a craft and enjoy a treat. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 2:30 p.m. Free.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board). Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Become a member of the Austintown Library’s 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! We will be meeting the first Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 are eligible. 3 p.m. Free.

Lighting of the Village @ the Library.  Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Stop by the Poland Library as you’re taking part in the Lighting of the Village. The Library will have Christmas crafts, songs and stories. Kravitz will be open during the event and will be giving away hot cider and cookies while supplies last. Fun for the whole family. Holiday program. 5:30-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 – Christmas crafts; 6:15-6:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 – Christmas songs and stories. Friends of PLYMC Bookstore, located in the Poland Library lower level, will have a half-price sale on everything in the store from 5 to 7 p.m. 5-7 p.m.

Winter Skywatch. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The night sky changes with the seasons, and so does our Skywatch program. This traditional lecture-based program deals with locating different planets and constellations, constellation lore, and current space events. 8 p.m., Friday Dec. 5; 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. 8 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Crickets. Christine Witt, Mark Soini. 5-8 p.m.

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

Ice House. Guys Without Ties. 9:30 p.m.

Irish Bob’s. Save Yourself. 9 p.m.

Little Wing Cafe. Gary Markasky Project. 8 p.m.-midnight.

Leon’s. Haymaker. 9:30 p.m.

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

Mastropietro Winery. Jim Golen. 7-10 p.m.

Mocha House. Jay Wonders. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Sammy’s. Fetish, Wet Lemon. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Sunday 7

Yoga Basics. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Learn the basics taught by Karres Cvetkovich. Bring a mat and small blanket. Drop-in class. Dec. 7, 14. 9-10:30 a.m. $10/class.

Butler Art Museum’s Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-1107. The Butler Institute will present the 44th Annual American Holiday Arts & Crafts Show and Sale on Dec. 6 and 7. The annual sale will feature fine art and crafts, including painting, photography, jewelry, paper, ceramics, fragrances, wood, leather, fiber, food, horticulture, and decorative arts.  The event funds the Butler’s free admission year-round as well as free public programs. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6  and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7. $5 for adults; children under 12 admitted free.

MetroMutts: Bad Behaviors. Mill Creek MetroParks, Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Presented by The Learning Dog. Does your dog jump on friends and family when they come over?  Bark at you when he wants a treat?  Are you having other problems with her behavior?  Bring your issues to this workshop and Katie Costello from the Learning Dog will troubleshoot and help you fix them. Leave your dog at home for this workshop. Call Ford to register in advance. 10:30 a.m. Members free; others, $5.

Stuffed Cabbage Dinner. The Orthodox Center, Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown; 330-716-2726. Sponsored by th Senior Chapter of the Ukrainian Orthodox League. Dinner includes stuffed cabbage rolls with sauce, vegetable, halushky, salad, bread, coffee, tea and dessert. Pre-sale tickets and takeout available. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10.

Ancient Healing Oils. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Discover the essential oils and aromatics of ancient times that were more valuable than gold and silver in this class lead by Marina Perdos. 2-4 p.m. $39; FFRG member $30.

Community Christmas Event. Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman; 330-726-8107. This annual event begins at 4 p.m. Santa will be arriving by fire truck at 4:20 p.m, followed by cookies, hot chocolate, Christmas music and caroling at the St. James Meeting House (led by Tom Ruggieri and Linda Smrek and The Boardman High School Band) at 4:30 p.m. The lighting of the Community Christmas Tree will take place at 4:45 p.m. All activities are free and will take place near the Gazebo and St. James Church. The Park also will be collecting donations of canned goods for Second Harvest Food Bank. 4-6 p.m. Free.

Annual Winter Concert. Austintown Fitch High School, 4560 Falcon Drive, Austintown; 330-797-3900. The Austintown Fitch High School Concert Choir will host their annual winter concert tonight. The Concert Choir will open with a medley of songs rom the hit animated movie, “Frozen.” In remembrance of Pearl Harbor, the choir will sing “Land of the Free,” a patriotic song by Michael and Angela Souders. The concert also features the Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus I and II. The event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door. 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

Monday 8

Monthly: Mothers of Preschoolers. First Christian Church, 1151 E. Sixth St., Salem; for more information call Amy Zimmerman at 330-337-0939. A support group for any woman with children around the kindergarten age or younger. Speakers and crafts usually alternate. Childcare is available for preschoolers. Second Monday. 9:15-11:15 a.m.

Lunch and Learn: Iran: A Threat to Peace and Human Rights. Jewiag Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-746-3250. Bob Feferman, outreach coordinator for the advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), will present a discussion on Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and support of terrorism. In 2009, Feferman helped initiate divestment legislation in the Indiana General Assembly that required the state pension funds to divest from holdings in companies working in Iran’s energy sector. In 2011, he helped to support the efforts of the Indianapolis JCRC in passing Iran contracting legislation that was signed into law in 2012. Prior to his work for UANI, Feferman taught junior high school social studies for 20 years. He is a 1975 graduate of Indiana University. Call to reserve. Noon. Free.

Budding Pint-Sized Picassos.  Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Young budding artists get to experience a different art medium (paints, play-dough, shaving cream, glue, etc.) each month at the Newport Branch. Some activities will get messy so dress in old clothes or bring an old adult shirt to use as an artist’s smock. For children 3-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 6 p.m. Free.

Pups and Pages at the Main Library. 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. Children in kindergarten through grade 6 may sign up for 15-minute sessions to read aloud to a registered therapy dog at the Main Library. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 9

Monthly: Wellness Clinic. Grace Lutheran Church, 162 South Raccoon Road, Austintown; for more information call Beth Stricko at 330-530-4038, ext. 2031 or e-mail bstrick@shepherdofthevalley.com. The meeting, held by Shepherd of the Valley Home Health, will be held the second Tuesday. Information about diabetes and glucose testing will be provided. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Monthly: Low Vision Support Group. Park Vista Retirement Community, 1216 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; to RSVP call 330-746-2944, ext. 1551. Held the second Tuesday. 10 a.m.

Twice Monthly: Campus Drum Circle. Penn State Shenango, downtown Sharon;  724-983-2969. The drum circles occur in the Great Hall on second Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. and the fourth Monday at noon of every month. Attendees do not need to have drumming experience in order to participate. Simple instructions with practice rhythms and drums are provided so that new members feel welcome and included. 12:15 p.m. Free.

All Aboard the Polar Express. Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland Township; registration is required by calling 330-856-2011. Celebrate the holiday story “The Polar Express,” written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, with an interactive movie program featuring a film, games, food, and more. Kids (and adults, too.) don’t forget to wear your pajamas. For children of all ages. Registration is required by Dec. 5; space is limited. 5:30 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Youngstown PFLAG Meeting. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-747-2696 or email youngstownpflag@aol.com. Meets the second Tuesday. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

Research Muscle: Using Ancestry Database for Building Your Family History.  Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. The Genealogy and Local History Librarian will demonstrate the power of the Ancestry database and show how it can be used effectively for genealogical research. To register, call and ask for Information Services. For adults. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Family Story Time.  Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Stories, games, crafts and fun for all ages. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Canfield Community Band. Canfield High School, 100 Cardinal Drive, Canfield; for more information call 330-542-3313. Anyone who plays an instrument is welcome to join the group. Every Tuesday. 7 p.m.

Monthly: La Leche League. Columbiana County WIC office, 7876 Lincoln Place, Lisbon; 330-427-2155. All pregnant or nursing mothers and their babies are welcome. Meets the second Tuesday. 7 p.m.

Puppets! Puppets! Puppets. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. A holiday puppet show featuring the “12 Days of Christmas” and other skits. The one-hour family program for children of all ages will close with a freeze pop treat. 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9; 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10.  7 p.m. Free.

Supreme Meditation: An Introduction to the Science of Transformation with Kedaracharyaji. Bella Nitesh Spiritual Arts and Education Center.  837 Boardman Canfield Road, Boardman; to reserve, visit http://www.suprememeditation.org/boardmaninvite.html or call Pam at 917-375-9806. Features a lecture, a question-and-answer session, chanting and meditation. Hall opens at 6:45 for seating. 7-8:30pm. Free.

Christmas with The Tenors. Orr Auditorium, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.; 724-946-7354. Westminster College’s Celebrity Series will present “Christmas with The Tenors” tonight. Band members Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, Remigio Pereira, and Fraser Walters will present songs from their new hit album, “Lead with Your Heart,” as well as Christmas melodies. The Tenors will showcase some of the season’s most popular songs including “Ave Maria,” “What Child Is This,” “O Holy Night,” and more from their holiday album, “The Perfect Gift.” They have been hailed as musical ambassadors and Canada’s national treasure. Ticketd range from $35-$55 and are available by calling the Celebrity Series box office at 724-946-7354. 7:30 p.m. $35-$55.

Monthly: Open Poetry Reading. Pig Iron Press. 26 N. Phelps St., Youngstown; 330-747-6932. Pig Iron Literary and Art Works will host its monthly open poetry reading tonight. Readers are invited to participate in the program, with a sign-in at the door. Presenters may read from original works or read favorite works by others. The maximum on-stage limit is eight minutes. The readings are open to all – either as presenters or listeners. Second Tuesday.  7:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 10

Prance Around the Tree. 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. A holiday program for toddlers and parents featuring stories, songs, games, crafts, and a snack. For toddlers ages 19 to 35 months with a parent or caregiver. 10 a.m. Free.

Weekly: Rotary Club of Warren Meeting. Enzo’s, 2918 Elm Road, Warren; 330-369-7500.  The Warren Rotary chapter will meet for lunch and a business meeting. Wednesdays. Noon.

Lunch and Learn. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Get in the holiday spirit with the Youngstown Symphony Quartet and a very special Holiday Favorites Concert. Sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. Noon. Free.

Basic Computer Class @Newport.  Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Learn very basic computer skills. This is a beginner’s class that will cover use of a mouse, computer terms,and simple internet use. Space is limited to five. Call to register and specify Newport Basic Computer Class. For adults. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10. Free.

An Hour of Code. Various branches. The Hour of Code™ is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. Spend an hour learning how to write code and earn a certificate of completion. For tweens and teens in grades 4-12. Boardman Library, 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11; Newport Library, 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. 4 p.m. Free.

Makerspace: Duct Tape Crafts. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive in Cortland. For teens in grades 7 to 12. After school until 5 p.m. Free.

Friends of PLYMC Puzzle Swap. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Bring your once created puzzle, limit 6 per person to swap. Sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. 5 p.m. Free.

Supper with Santa. Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman; 330-726-8107. Join Santa for supper. Enjoy his company while you eat, make crafts, and listen to music. A professional picture with Santa is included in the fee.Tickets can be purchased at the Park Office. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 5:30-7:30 p.m.  $7 per Boardman resident; $9 per non-resident. (children ages 2 and under are free).

Monthly: Downtown Wellness Community Presents Patricia Sweeney. Youngstown Business Incubator, 241 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 917-375-9806. The Downtown Wellness Community will present Patricia Sweeney, Health Commissioner of the Mahoning County District Board of Health. Parking is available in the lot next to Incubator, enter the building via Market Court. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free.

Moravian Ribbon Stars (Teens and Adults).  Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Create your own traditional Moravian stars for the holidays! For adults and teens. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Friends of PLYMC- Canfield Committee. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Canfield Committee will meet at the Boardman Library in the Children’s Activity Room while the new Canfield Library is under construction. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. Fre

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Holiday Party. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Play holiday games, listen to music, make a holiday craft, talk about our favorite holiday stories, enjoy snacks and more fun. TAB helps plan and support teen activities at the Library. For teens in grades 7-12. Holiday program. Poland Library, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Columbus Children’s Theater Presents Scrooge.  Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. A holiday treat for the entire family, the play “Scrooge,” based on the classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. For all ages. *Holiday Program. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. 6 p.m. Free.

Bits ‘n’ Pieces Scrapbooking (Adults). Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Get together to scrapbook a page. December’s theme is “winter holidays.” Please pre-register for this event by calling 330-744-8636. For adults. 6 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Cortland Community Band Practice. Lakeview Middle School, 640 Wakefield, Cortland; call Pat at 330-652-2424 or visit http://www.cortlandcommunityband.org. All musicians welcome. Wednesdays.  7-9 p.m.

Thursday 11

Weekly: Walk and Chat. Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St., Boardman; for more information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. Meets every Thursday for walking and socializing. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Darling Deer. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Ages 2-3. Deer have hooves, slender bodies, and long, thin legs. Don’t let their skinny legs fool you. Deer are able to run up to 40 miles per hour and can jump 9-foot fences. Bring your  children to learn all about white-tailed deer through story, craft, and activities. Register/pay two days in advance. 10-11 a.m. $5 R; $7 NR. Additional fee after deadline.

Weekly: Warriors Inc.: Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs. Warriors Inc., 2733 Market St., Youngstown; 330-783-3276. This is a weekly, state certified program that focuses on preventing drug use through fishing and aquatic resource education. 5-6 p.m. Free.

PANDA Partners. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636.  Join local high school PANDA leader groups for fun team building activities in the teen room. We’ll have pizza! For grades 7-12. 4 p.m. Free.

Supper with Santa. Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman; 330-726-8107. Join Santa for supper. Enjoy his company while you eat, make crafts, and listen to music. A professional picture with Santa is included in the fee.Tickets can be purchased at the Park Office. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 5:30-7:30 p.m.  $7 per Boardman resident; $9 per non-resident. (children ages 2 and under are free).

Guided Meditation. Massage Cafe Downtown, 101 W. Federal St. (in the Friends Specialty Building), Youngstown; ; 917-375-9806. The Downtown Wellness Community will present a guided meditation with Dena Deluco. She is an clinical and spiritual hypnotherapist, hypnotist trainer and Reiki master teacher. 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Free.

Weekly: Polish Youngstown Cultural Preservation. 330-646-4082 or http://www.Polishyoungstown.com. Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle (Polish culture, crafts, dance and songs for children and opportunities for adults with the Village Folk Singers. New members welcome. Every Thursday. Call for location. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Recovery Group. Warren Revival Center Fellowship Hall, 4400 W. Market St., Leavittsburg; 330-898-4295. This class uses “Celebrate Recovery” material for individuals facing addiction. Open to all. Thursdays. 6:30-8 p.m. Free.

Natural Chemical Imbalance Relief Seminar. Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center in Boardman, SouthBridge West Complex, 755 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Suite D-3, Boardman; for more information or to register, call 330-729-1350 or online at OhioND.com. Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. will present “Feeling Anxious, Depressed, or Stressed? Natural Chemical Imbalance Relief.” Learn about a new testing procedure that can measure neurotransmitter levels to accurately assess chemical imbalances in the brain. This seminar will discuss natural therapies that specifically target these chemical imbalances to relieve anxiousness, depressed mood, sleep disturbances, and many other related health issues. Call to reserve. 6:30 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Apollo Maennerchor. Acoustic night. 9 p.m.

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

Quake Steak/Warren. J.D. Eicher, Damian Knapp. 6-9 p.m.

Vintage Estate. Steve Vuich. 7:30 p.m.

Friday 12

Sit ‘n Stitch (Adults). Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. A morning to knit, crochet, embroider, sew or other lap needlework. Bring in your current project, make new friends, and learn from one another. Facilitated by a librarian. For adults. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free.

3rd Annual THON Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Penn State Auditorium, Penn State Shenango Campus, downtown Sharon; for more information, contact the Penn State Shenango Student Affairs office at 724-983-2836.. Penn State Students will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to support children and youth with cancer. Dinners include spaghetti and meatball, salad, bread, cake and a drink. Takeout meals also will be offered. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $8. Children under five years of age are free and senior tickets are $5. For advanced ticket sales, stop in the Penn State Students Affairs Office in Sharon Hall, room 103, located on Penn Avenue in downtown Sharon. THON is the largest student run philanthropy in the world, where students raise money to create awareness opportunities, fund research, and assist families struggling with the fight against cancer. Since 1977, Penn State students have raised over $101 million for the Four Diamonds Fund. If you’re unable to attend, but would like to contribute, you can donate online at http://www.thon.org (use Penn State Shenango’s code #167). 5-8 p.m. $10, $5 for seniors.

Gingerbread Gristmills. Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Discover the history of Lanterman’s Mill and the art of gingerbread. Eat sweets, draw with icing, and learn gingerbread decorating tips as you create your own mini gingerbread gristmill. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Dec. 11. 6-7:30 p.m. $12 per gingerbread creation.

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 

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

Donna’s Diner. Bernie Bonnie and Ted Miller. 5-7 p.m.

Downtown Coffee Cafe. Leadbelly Boys. 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

Mastropietro Winery. Murphy Morgan. 7-11 p.m.

Quinlan’s. Davis and Henner. 6-9 p.m.

White Fire Grille. John Reese Project. 7-10 p.m.

Saturday 13 

Natural Holiday Workshop. Mill Creek MetroParks, Pioneer Pavilion; 330-740-7107. Children ages 7-12 will create holiday crafts using nature’s gifts in a festive atmosphere. Pine cones, wool and other natural materials will be used in creating these festive decorations and gifts. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Dec. 8. 10-11:30 a.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.

Fun with Mr. Puppet. Tri-Lakes Library; 330-744-8636. Ventriloquist and puppeteer Bob Abdou will leave everyone learning and laughing in a program that’s filled with audience participation, music, science, magic, and more. Fun for the whole family. 11 a.m. Free.

MetroMutts: Jingle Hike. Mill Creek MetroParks, MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-740-7107. Hike down the MetroParks Bikeway in this annual celebration of the season. Each participating dog will receive its own jingle bell collar.  After the hike, cookies and refreshments for humans and canines will be served in Barn Number 2. One or 2 miles, depending on the weather. Call Ford for more information. 11 a.m. Free, but donations will be accepted.

Darling Deer. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Ages 2-3. Deer have hooves, slender bodies, and long, thin legs. Don’t let their skinny legs fool you. Deer are able to run up to 40 miles per hour and can jump 9-foot fences. Bring your  children to learn all about white-tailed deer through story, craft, and activities. Register/pay two days in advance. Noon-1 p.m. $5 R; $7 NR. Additional fee after deadline.

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.

Makerspace: DIY Gifts. Brookfield Branch Library, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield. Drop in anytime to craft some gifts that you just might want to keep for yourself. For grades 7 to 12. 2-5 p.m. Free.

Sensory Story Time. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Family story time for children of all ages with a sensory focus. This program is designed for children with different needs, including those with autism, speech/language delays, cognitive impairments, AD/HD and other special needs and challenges. We will enjoy books, music and sensory stations with a schedule board and double visuals. Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required. Call and ask for Boardman Library. Preschool and school-age children. 2 p.m. Free.

Gifts to Make & Take (Children). Various branches. The holidays are quickly approaching and you haven’t finished your shopping? No worries, he Library will be making several crafts you can give to your favorite person or keep for yourself! For kids in grades K-4. Registration recommended. *Holiday program. Brownlee Woods Library, 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13; Newport Library, 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19. 2 p.m. Free.

Santa’s Workshop. 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. Take a trip to the North Pole and apply at Santa’s Workshop. Show off your elf skills by making holiday presents for some of the special people on your list. For children in kindergarten to grade 6. 2 p.m. Free.

LEGO Lovers Unite. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive in Cortland. Children can stretch their imaginations building creations with the library’s collection of popular LEGO building blocks. Finished projects will remain at the library. For ages 5 to 12. Drop in anytime between 2-4 p.m. Free.

Xbox Tournament.  Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Play in our Xbox tournament for prizes! For teens in grades 7-12. For teens. 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13. 2:30 p.m. Free.

Melted Crayon Christmas Ornaments (Tweens, Teens and Adults).  Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Make your own swirly, colorful Christmas ornaments using melted crayons! For tweens, teens and adults. 3 p.. Free.

Teen Advisory Board. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Teens in grades 7 to 12 can earn service credit, be the first to know about new things in Teen Central, and help the library develop and promote programs and resources especially for teens. 3 p.m. Free.

Gingerbread House Holiday Program (Tweens and Teens).  Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Use Graham crackers, icing, gumdrops and more to build and decorate a miniature gingerbread house. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. Stop in the Poland Library or and ask for the Poland Library to register. For grades 4-12. *Holiday program. 3 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 

Black Horse Tavern. After Hours. 9 p.m.

Cedars. Sexy Pig Divas, Third Class.  9 p.m.

Cricket’s. Christine Witt, Mark Soini. 5-8 p.m.

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

Halliday’s Winery. Richard Boston. 7-10 p.m.

Ice House. LeddFoot. 10 p.m.

Magic Tree. Following June. 9 p.m.

The Manor. Frank Castellano. 7-10 p.m.

Mocha House. Full House. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Papa’s Sports Bar. After Hours. 9 p.m.

Sunday 14

Joy to the Birds. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Help spread the joy of the season by lending a hand to the park’s overwintering birds. Create an edible bird ornament using pine cones and other natural materials then hike to place it on an evergreen tree. Moderate, 3 miles. 1-3 p.m.

Ongoing: Winter Nights 2014. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Sponsored by WKBN. Begin a new family tradition, or cultivate one you already have, by taking a stroll through the twinkling Gardens during Winter Nights. Enjoy the festivities of Winter Celebration, plus outside carolers, during extended evening hours. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Dec. 14, 21, 28. 5-7 p.m.

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.

Monday 22

Cookies for Santa. Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman; 330-726-8107. Children will make cookies, holiday waffles, do crafts and more. You can purchase tickets at the Park beginning 11/10/14.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  5:30-7:30 p.m. $5 per Boardman resident child/$7; per non-resident child. Parents and children under 2 are free.

Makerspace: DIY Gifts. Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland Township; 330-856-2011. For teens in grades 7 to 12. Get into the spirit of the season with holiday movies and music while crafting some gifts that you just might want to keep for yourself.  2-5 p.m. Free.

Enjoy the Holly Days.  Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Holiday games, songs, stories, crafts and more fun! For school age children. *Holiday program. 6:30 p.m.. Free.

Tuesday 23

School’s Out: Come Play the Life-Size Candy Land Game. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. A life-size Candy Land game For children of all ages. Follow the Candy Land trail to win a sweet treat at the end. A family program. For children of all ages. Preschoolers must attend with an adult. 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 30. 10 a.m. Free.

Blood Pressure Screening by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross. Various branches. For adults. Boardman Library, 12:30-3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1; Poland Library, 1-4 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Happy Birthday, Rudolph. Various branches. The movie Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer turns 50! Come help us celebrate. We will watch the movie, play games, and do crafts. For children of all ages. East Library, 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23; Newport Library, 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23; West Library, 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13. 2 p.m. Free.

Wrap It Up. Public Library, Sebring branch, 195 W. Ohio Ave.; ;330-744-8636. Bring in the presents you have carefully chosen for your friends and family, and use supplies provided to create beautiful wrapping.  All supplies provided (except the gifts).  Limit five gifts. Tuesday, Dec. 23 – Teens, 3 p.m.; Tweens, 4 p.m. 3 p.m. Free.

Anglophiles Unite.  Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Are you an Anglophile? This is a group for people interested in stand-up comedy, British film, history, tea, Shakespeare, famous books and authors, and, of course, the monarchy. Tea and biscuits will be served. For teens and adults. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 24

Thursday 25

Merry Christmas!

Friday 26 

music @ night  

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

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

Donna’s Diner. Max Schang. 5-7 p.m.

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

Yankee Lake Ballroom. Blue Siren. 9 p.m.

Saturday 27

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.

Coupon Swap @ the Library. Various branches. Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons or learning new tips from other coupon-clippers. For adults. Sebring Library, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 27. 10 a.m.- Noon. Free.

Kwanza Celebration Program – Friends of PLYMC – East Committee. Public Library, East branch, 430 Early Road, Youngstown; 330-744-8636. This Kwanza Celebration Program is open to the public for families to attend. It will start at 1 p.m. There will be a presentation, crafts, and refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC – East Committee. Call 330-740-6086. For the whole family. 11 a.m. Free.

Minecraft Mania. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Youngstown; registration is required by calling 330-759-2589. Teens can come to the library to play on the Library’s private server! If you have a laptop (no tablets), bring it along. 11 a.m. -1 p.m. (ages 8 – 13);  2:30-4:30 p.m. (ages 14 and up). Free.

Reader’s Theater: The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. An invited “cast” will read the different parts in the story, accompanied by music and sound effects, so that the experience for the audience will be similar to listening to an old-time radio drama. “The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle” by Arthur Conan Doyle was described by the great Sherlockian scholar Christopher Morley as “Surely one of the most unusual things in the world: A Christmas story without slush.” This Reader’s Theater version is a dramatization prepared directly from the original text by Donald Novorsky. 2 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Brick House.  Hat Tricks. 9 p.m.

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

Manor. Frank Castellano. 7:30 p.m.

Mocha House. Just Matt. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY 28

Monday 29

Blood Drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross. Various branches. For adults. Austintown Library, 1-6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2; Boardman Library, 1:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 29. Free.

Books and More. Lordstown Branch Library, 1471 Salt Springs Road; registration is required by calling 330-824-2094. Program pairs children’s literature with enrichment activities. K-grade 6. 4:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 30

Ongoing: Cheers to the New Canfield Library. Pick up a flyer at the Library and bring it to the Canfield Ruby Tuesday fund-raiser on Dec. 30, all day, and 20 percent of the net sales will return to support the Canfield Library Capital Campaign. Call 330-740-6086.

All You Can Read Buffet. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Enjoy a read-a-thon and choose from a menu of adventure, mystery, fantasy and/or science fiction. The library will provide pizza, drinks, and junk food to enjoy while you read. Bring your bean bag chair, your favorite pillow, sleeping bag, and don’t forget a blanket. See if you have what it takes to read for four straight hours. Sign up now to reserve your spot. You can join any time during the event. Register online at http://www.libraryvisit.org, or call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Boardman Library. For grades 4-12. 11 a.m. Free.

Wednesday 31

“Noon” Year’s Eve Party. 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. Celebrate the arrival of the New Year a little early and in style – no staying up until midnight required. Music, games, craft, snack, and a countdown to the noon “ball drop.” For children of all ages. Fancy dress is encouraged, and registration is required. 11:30 a.m. Free.

First Night Canfield. Throughout the Canfield area. Visit http://www.firstnightcanfield.org or call 330-533-2290 for schedule and more information. “First Night” admission buttons can be purchased at various Canfield locations.  Activities include entertainment, food, musical performances, and family-friendly fun. Fireworks occur at midnight. 6 p.m.-midnight.

First Night Youngstown. Annual New Year’s Eve celebration occurs various locations in downtown Youngstown and the YSU area. Visit http://www.firstnightyoungstownoh.com, or call 330-744-9966 for locations and schedule of events. Family-friendly, alcohol-free, celebration of the arts includes musical and theatrical performances, open houses, food and fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight. Call for ticket/badge information. 4 p.m.-midnight.

Ward Beecher Planetarium/First Night Youngstown. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The Planetarium helps Youngstown’s First Night usher in the new year with light and music videos. The content changes every year. Shows every half hour starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. Free.

New Year’s Eve  at the Saxon Club. Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown; 330-540-1262, 330-788-4274, or 330-792-7973. Open to the public. Dinner buffet begins at 7:30 p.m. B.Y.O.B. and cash bar with snacks. Includes mixers, beer, pop, coffee and tea. Band  is Guys Wiithout Ties. Champagne Toast at midnight with Breakfast Buffet and Breakfast Pizza. 7 p.m.-after midnight. $45 per person.

music @ night 

B&O Station. Sam Goodwill, Red Wanting Blue. 9 p.m.

Dash Inn. OGB. 8 p.m.

Saxon Club. Guys Without Ties. New Year’s Eve Party.

Quaker Steak/Warren. After Hours. 9 p.m.

Yolo Grill.  Julius Veal. 6-10 p.m.

ONGOING EVENTS

Holiday Stitches. Mill Creek MetroParks, Weller Gallery, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. The work done by needle artists of the Youngstown Embroiders Guild. Through Jan. 11. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Through the Lens. Melnick Museum, Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. See the evolution of photography. The exhibit displays a rare collection of glass negatives and acetate film negatives, produced by two local photographers, which chronicle scenes of Mill Creek Park from 1907 through 1926. In addition to park scenes, several portrait negatives of the period are on display. Through December. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ongoing: Fun with Flakes. Various branches. No two snowflakes are alike. Come make your own unique paper snowflake at the library! For children of all ages. Campbell Library, East Library, West Library during library hours in the month of December.

Ongoing: Book-A-Librarian. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Need help downloading books to your eReader, want help with your tablet or laptop, or can’t wait to download magazines and movies to your device(s)?  Come to the library for a free one-on-one individual session. Call and ask for Boardman Library to sign up for an appointment. Library hours in the month of December. Free.

Ongoing: Book-a-Librarian – Information Services.  Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Need help downloading library books to your eReader, want help with your tablet or laptop, or can’t wait to download magazines and movies to your device(s)? You can come to the library for a free one-on-one individual lesson with the Digital Services Librarian. Register at the Main Library at the Information Services Librarian’s desk or call to sign up for an appointment. For teens, adults. Library hours in the month of December. Free.

Ongoing: Oh, the Weather Outside Is…. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Frightful or not that bad? You pick. Predict the amount of snowfall Youngstown will get for the month of December and win best stay in and read prize: a library mug, some hot chocolate, and a Barnes and Noble gift card. In the event of a tie, a winner will be selected at random. For teens in grades 7-12. Library hours in month of December. Free.

Grab & Go Craft for December. Tri-Lakes Library; 330-744-8636. Make a craft to take home. Library hours. *Holiday program. For children of all ages. Library hours in the month of December.

Ongoing: Guess ‘n’ Go – Do You Know? Various branches. Guess how many candies are in the jar. The closest guess wins the candy. Library hours. For children of all ages. Austintown Library and Tri-Lakes Library during library hours in the month of December. Free.

Ongoing: Trim a Tree for December. Various branches. Decorate an ornament for our all-season tree. Library hours. For children of all ages. *Holiday program. Austintown Library, Boardman Library, Poland Library, Springfield Library during library hours in the month of December.

Ongoing: Local Artists Exhibit. multiple locations, Warren. Members of Trumbull Area Artists are offering works for sale at Trumbull Art Gallery and Nissen Gallery. Trumbull Art Gallery’s Holiday Show includes 151 pieces by 35 artists. Works are priced at $200 or less. TAG is located on the east side of Courthouse Square in downtown Warren. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. And more than 100 works by 23 artists are available at the Nissen Gallery’s Holiday Show. All are priced at $100 or less. The Nissen Gallery is located on the first floor of the Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren. Both shows run through Jan. 1. Participating artists are members of Trumbull Area Artists, which is directed by Karen Fry. For information, email frykaren@aol.com.

Ongoing: Memories of Christmas Past. Mahoning Valley Historical Society, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-2589. This holiday display of vintage Christmas decorations and toys continues through Jan. 4 during museum hours. Hours: 1-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, 1-8 p.m. on Thursday. The museum is closed on Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Proceeds help fund educational and exhibit programs sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. $7 for adults; $6 for senior; and $5 for children ages 3-18 (under 3 free).

Ongoing: Holiday Quiz. Various branches. How much do you really know about holiday customs and traditions? Take the quiz and win a prize! For teens in grades 7-12. Newport Library, Library Hours, Dec. 1-19; East Library, Library Hours, Dec. 1-19; Struthers Library, Library hours, Dec. 1-19. Free.

Ongoing: What’s Your Favorite Cookie. Various branches. Come to the library and vote for your favorite cookie. The winning cookie will be given out at a special Cookie Story Time. For children of all ages. Brownlee Woods Library, Dec. 1-12; Newport Library, Library hours, Dec. 1-12; Struthers Library, library Hours, Dec. 1-12;  West Library, Library hours, Dec. 1-12. Free.

Twelve Books of Christmas Match Game. Public Library, Sebring branch, 195 W. Ohio Ave.; ;330-744-8636. Match the book with its description for a chance to win a prize. For children of all ages. Library hours, Dec. 1-23.

Ongoing: 12 Books of Christmas Match Game.  Public Library, Greenford branch, 7441 W. South Range Road; 330-744-8636.  Match the book with its description for a chance to win a prize! For children of all ages. Library hours, Dec. 1-23.

Ongoing: Baby Brilliant: Fun Time for 4s & 5s. Various branches. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, and finger plays, and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 16* (*holiday stories); Main Library, 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 4; MetroParks Farm Library, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 16, 30; Newport Library, 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6; Poland Library, 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, 11, 18* (*holiday program). Free.

Ongoing: Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies & Books. Various branches. For caregivers and their little ones who are 6 to 23 months. Twenty minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs, and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13; Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 5, 19; MetroParks Farm Library, 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 15; Main Library, 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13; Poland Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10, 17; Tri-Lakes Library, 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11. Free.

Ongoing: Baby Brilliant: Tales & Talk for 2s & 3s. Various branches. Developmentally appropriate book, 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. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, 17* (*holiday program); Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, 17* (*holiday program); Main Library, 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13; MetroParks Farm Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10, 17; Newport Library, 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20; Poland Library, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, 11, 18* (*holiday program). Free.

Ongoing: ,Winter Wonderland. Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman; 330-726-8107. Boardman Park is will be transformed for the holidays with over 15 elaborate light displays. This event is free and open to the public every night from Dec. 7 through Jan. 5. The display can been seen while driving though the park. Tune into 88.9 FM for music to go with the light displays. 5-10 p.m.

Burn Baby Burn. Newport Wetlands Parking Lot, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. If you’ve been partaking in too many holiday goodies and want to burn off some calories, then join the park on its 2014 finale. Moderate/difficult, 5 miles. Recreational Hikes. Various sites, Mill Creek MetroParks. Dec. 3: 9 a.m. Meet at overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive. Easy, 1 or 3 miles. Dec. 17:  9 a.m. – Meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate, 2 or 4 miles. Recreational Hikes, generally led by volunteers, are faster paced to focus on exercise. Free.

Ongoing: Gotta Move Story Time. Various branches. For children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Features a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development, and motivate language learning. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, 11, 18; MetroParks Farm Library, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, 23; Poland Library, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 29; Sebring Library, 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 18; Tri-Lakes Library, 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Free.

Winter Celebration 2014: The Gingerbread Garden. Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Sponsored by WFMJ/WBCB. Explore the Gingerbread Garden inside the Davis Center and out in the Gardens. Winter Celebration showcases holiday color and festivities with stunning floral displays, 45 plus festively decorated trees, and fun activities for the entire family. Dec. 9-Jan. 4. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Get Out and Explore. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Enjoy a family outing to Ford Nature Center. Visit the Park’s “Live Animal, Discovery, and Habitat Rooms,” then pick up a Winter Scavenger Hunt List and look for Mother Nature’s hidden treasures. Bring a digital camera or phone to document your findings. Dec. 23-Jan. 4. Noon-5 p.m.

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