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Candidates to speak at Career Center

LISBON – Charlie Earl, Libertarian candidate for Ohio governor, and other candidates, will be at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 7. Refreshments will be served.

Second Harvest food distribution set

SALEM The Second Harvest food distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 at the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church. Participants are reminded to bring baskets.

Pricing, schedule offered for swim lessons

SALEM – New pricing and a schedule for Youth Learning to Accelerate your Potential for Swimming (LAPS) has been announced at the Salem Community Center. LAPS will now run multiple eight week sessions in 2014. The first session will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Saturday, Jan. 11 through March 1. Pricing is $55 for members and $70 for non-members. A swim cap is provided for new participants. Multiple child discounts are available. For information call 330-332-5885.

Dementia seminar planned in Damascus

DAMASCUS – Five to eight percent of all people over the age of 65 suffer from some form of dementia, or someone you know has been diagnosed with dementia. You may be feeling anxious or confused about what it means to live with dementia. To learn more about this important topic, family practice physician, Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, will present a free educational seminar, “Inside Dementia,” from 6:30 to 8p.m. Jan. 13 in the Canyon View Room, at the Damascus Friends Church, 28857 Walnut Street in Damascus.

Dr. Cohen will educate members of the community on symptoms, causes, types, treatment, and prevention methods of Dementia. Light refreshments will be served.

This series of free seminars is sponsored by Firestone Healthcare Inc., Auburn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Senior Independence Home Healthcare and Hospice, Alliance Community Hospital and Salem Regional Medical Center. For more information contact Vicky Grella at Auburn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 330-787-1715. This program is one of a series of monthly healthcare seminars offered through the Damascus Friends Church’s health ministries, which is currently in its second year of providing health education to the community.

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Banquet in Salem to feature meat loaf

SALEM – The Banquet in Salem will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Salem Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. Next week’s sponsor is Friends of the Banquet. The menu offers chicken noodle soup, meat loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cole slaw, fresh fruits and vegetables, ice cream sundaes.

Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

ROC ‘n Lock-in New Year’s Eve party set

SALEM – The ROC ‘n Lock-in New Year’s Eve party will be held from 7 p.m. Dec. 31 through 7 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Salem Youth Center, 261 S. Lundy Ave. The ROC is celebrating its fourth anniversary. For more information contact Eric Hamilton, director, at 330-974-8844; or Josh Harbin, assistant director, at 234-567-0988.

Hanover Township trustees to meet

HANOVERTON – The Hanover Township trustees’ meeting begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 in the township hall.

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Breakfast buffet offered at Salem Masons

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Salem Masonic Building, 788 E. State St. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10 and free for children under 2. The menu offers pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, homemade sausage gravy, biscuits, homefries, toast, fruit cocktail, orange juice, coffee and tea.

The building is equipped with a handicapped accessible elevator. Proceeds will be directed to the Salem Masonic Building Fund.

Swim lessons to start in January

SALEM – The Salem Community Center will host another session of the American Red Cross swim lesson program, on Saturdays, from Jan. 11 through March 1. Six Learn to Swim levels are available, along with a Mommy and Me level for infants and their parent. Cost is $70 for non-members and $55 for members. A multiple child discount is available. To sign-up call 330-332-5885.

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South Range BOE to meet Monday

BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The South Range Local Board of Education will meet in special executive session at 7 p.m. Monday for the purpose discussing bargaining unit contractual matters. No action will be taken. The meeting will be held at the South Range Board of Education Offices located across the street from the school complex at 11375 Columbiana-Canfield Road.

The 2014 organizational and regular meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the K-12 facility High School Band Room at 11300 Columbiana-Canfield Road.

Singles Group cancels meeting

LISBON – The Area Singles Group has canceled its dinner meeting on Thursday at the Chef’s Table.

Saxon Club selling krapfen

SALEM – The Salem Saxon Club is selling “krapfen” (Saxon doughnuts) on Jan. 11. Cost is $7 per dozen. To order call 330-337-0250. The order deadline is Jan. 4. Krapfen orders may be picked up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at the club on Newgarden Road. A light lunch will also be available during pick-up times.

Psychology scholarship offered

YOUNGSTOWN – Applications are being accepted for the School Psychology Program-Dr. Frank R. O’Block Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Dr. Frank R. O’Block in 2013 to assist Youngstown State University candidates in the YSU School Psychology Program.

Applicants must be a currently enrolled full-time candidate in the YSU School Psychology Program, must have completed at least nine graduate hours of the YSU School Psychology Program, must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in the YSU School Psychology Program.

Applications for this scholarship are due Feb. 1 each year. The applicants will be notified in writing regarding the selection of the award. This award will be publicly announced at the annual honors convocation in the spring of each year, and the award will be distributed for the following fall and spring semesters.

Blood drive set in Leetonia

LEETONIA- The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Leetonia Community Public Library. If you donate a pint, you will get a 2-ounce sample brick of Dunkin Donuts coffee and a coupon for a free pound.

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Smoking cessation program offered

ALLIANCE – Alliance Community Hospital is offering a free, four week smoking cessation program in conference room 1-B at the hospital, 200 E. State St. Classes are held on four consecutive Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 9-30. Smoking cessation patches are not being offered as part of the program. For information or to register call 330-596-7125.

HEAP applications taken at CAA

LISBON – The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County will continue taking applications for Emergency HEAP, Winter Crisis Program through March 31 at the Lisbon office located at 7860 Lincole Place (rear). Appointments can only be made by calling the automated scheduling system at 330-424-1386. Homebound and disabled seniors, 62 years and older, may call 330-424-4013 for appointment assistance.

The Winter Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households that have had utilities disconnected, face a utility shut-off, or heat with bulk fuel and have a tank that is 25 percent or less of its capacity. Assistance is provided to eligible households once during the 2013-14 season. Household income eligibility is based on the previous 90 days or 12 months gross income (before taxes) at 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Clients applying for PIPP Plus, be aware that the income guidelines are less; 150 percent or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Based on the number of available staff, CAA will be accepting walk-in applicants daily on a first come, first serve basis starting at 8 a.m.

Applications for State HEAP can be completed through May 31 and are available at post offices, libraries, and utility companies throughout the county.

Jigsaw puzzle

exchange planned

LEETONIA – The Leetonia Community Public Library is starting a jigsaw puzzle exchange. The public is asked to bring in old, familiar puzzles and get some new ones. The puzzles are located on the shelves opposite the adult new books display.

Gifts offered to new members

SALEM – New memberships to the Salem Historical Society can select one of two offers. They will have their choice of the book, “The Salem Story Continues” published for the Salem Bicentennial in 2006 or the table runner of the 150th anniversary of Salem Public Schools prepared in 2003. Membership information is available at the society’s gift shop at 239 S. Lundy Ave. on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings or by mail to 208 S. Broadway Ave. The phone number is 330-337-8514.

Concealed carry class planned

SALEM – The Salem Hunting Club is holding one-day concealed carry classes at 8 a.m. Dec. 28 and Jan. 18. Classes start at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is required at 330-332-9847.

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Lou Holtz Hall of Fame open Saturday

EAST LIVERPOOL – The Lou Holtz Hall of Fame will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to view the Christmas train display, the Polar Express and-sign up for the Lionel Penn Flyer freight train to be given away to a visitor. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Salem ‘Festive Lights’ tour set Saturday

SALEM – Back by request, the Christmas “Festive Lights” tour has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday on the Salem Historical Society Quakertown Trolley. Other times will be available if needed. Featured on the 45-minute tour are the winners of the Fabulous Five Festive Lights contest sponsored by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Other drive-by sites will be included.

Reservations are encouraged but, if space available, walk-ups are welcome. Loading on the Quakertown Trolley will be at the chamber of commerce parking lot on East State Street. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

For further information and reservations, leave a message at 330-337-6733. Your call will be returned.

MLK illustration contest planned

EAST LIVERPOOL – The East Liverpool-Wellsville NAACP and the East Liverpool Campus of Kent State University East Liverpool announce an illustration contest to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Illustrations will be based on ideas of students about books by African Americans that have won or been honor books for the Coretta Scott King/American Library Association Awards.

Students from three grade levels, kindergarten to second, third to fifth and sixth to eighth are eligible to enter work in the contest. An award will also be given for the best MLK March poster, a contest that can be entered by a person of any age who creates a poster and participates in the annual march.

The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to African American authors whose work makes a contribution to peace and justice and demonstrates an awareness of African American history. The awards commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King for continuing work toward peace and justice.

Coretta Scott King Award books are available in local libraries. Books are available for readers from early childhood through high school.

Entries for the contest should be delivered to Dr. Patti Swartz, Kent State University East Liverpool Campus, 400 East Fourth Street, East Liverpool by Jan. 10. Winners will be announced at the Wellsville Martin Luther King Celebration on Jan. 20. Prizes will be awarded by KSUEL.

For more information contact Swartz at pswartz@kent.edu or 330-382-9574.

Computer classes offered in Leetonia

LEETONIA- Computer classes are scheduled for January at the Leetonia Community Public Library. Two e-reader workshops are planned: 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. A series of computer classes are also starting with the first one on “computer basics” at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 and the second on Internet searching at 6 p.m. Feb. 27. More classes in the series will include using Facebook for business and for social networking and other topics. Call the library at 330-427-6635 to register for these classes as space is limited.

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‘Ugly Sweater Dance’ set at EP Eagles

EAST PALESTINE – The public is invited to the “Ugly Christmas Sweater Dance” from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the East Palestine Eagles Club. This event is sponsored by East Palestine Community Foundation.

Santa Claus to visit kids in East Palestine

EAST PALESTINE – Santa Claus will visit with children from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the brick pavilion at the East Palestine Park. Lighted displays by local merchants are located around the park. Cookies, milk and hot chocolate will be available at the pavilion. The event is sponsored by the East Palestine Rotary Club and the Village of East Palestine.

County archieves to close for holidays

LISBON – The Columbiana County Archives and Research Center at 129 S. Market St. will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 6. Normal hours will resume on Jan. 7. The office may be closed in case of inclement weather. For more information call 330-429-4896.

Microsoft Word classes offered

COLUMBIANA – Beginning Microsoft Word computer classes are available from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Columbiana Public Library. Participants will use Microsoft Word 2010 to get started in word processing. The prerequisite for this class is being comfortable using a mouse and some typing practice.

Microsoft Word II is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28. Participants will continue learning some of the more advanced features of Microsoft Word 2010. To sign up for this course you must have taken Beginning Microsoft Word.

Classes are free. To register call 330-482-5509.

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Breakfast set for Ladies of AT&T-Ohio Bell

SALEM – Ladies of AT&T-Ohio Bell Telephone Operators will meet for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

‘First Christmas’ offered at NW church

NEW WATERFORD – The New Waterford United Methodist Church will present “The First Christmas” at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, 46925 state Route 46. A free dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Reservations are requested by calling 330-457-7436.

Concert set at South Side Middle School

COLUMBIANA – The South Side Middle School’s sixth, seventh and eighth-grade choirs will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Columbiana High School auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Lisbon Roundball fund raiser continues

LISBON – Tickets are still available for the Lisbon Roundball Club’s fund raiser. One hundred tickets will be sold at $50 each. The grand prize is $2,500. Tickets may be purchased at boys/girls home varsity games or at roundballclub@outlook.com.

The winner will be drawn at halftime of the last boys varsity basketball game. The winner not need to be present to win. If all 100 tickets are not sold, the grand prize will be 50 percent of the total tickets sold.

ABLE GED classes to resume Jan. 7

SALEM – Columbiana County Career and Technical Center ABLE will begin classes for new GED/Basic Skills students on Jan. 7 at locations in Lisbon, Salem, and East Liverpool. Classes will be held at the CCC&TC from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 8 p.m.; at the Salem Memorial Building from 1 to 4 p.m.; and the 517 Broadway Professional Building in East Liverpool from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Returning students should report to their class beginning the week of Jan. 13. For more information call 330-424-9561 Ext. 190.

Classic movies to be shown at library

COLUMBIANA – Classic movies from the 40s, 50s and 60s will be screened, free of charge, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the Salchow Room at the Columbiana Public Library, 332 N. Middle St. The next movie is slated Jan. 8.

Blood pressure checks set in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA – The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will conduct free blood pressure screenings from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the Mowen Room at the Columbiana Public Library. No registration is required.

Lunch planned at Leetonia Library

LEETONIA- The Friends of the Leetonia Library are inviting the public to a holiday luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the library. Anyone wishing to bring a covered dish should say so when registering. To register call the library at 330-427-6635.

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Open house set for retiring Salem treasurer Bob Tullis

SALEM – Residents can say goodbye to retiring city Treasurer Bob Tullis and welcome new city Treasurer John Conrad during an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at city hall council chambers.

Tullis will leave office at the end of the year with 24 years of public service completed. He served 16 years as treasurer after first being elected to the post in 1997 and spent another eight years as a councilman prior to that.

Conrad, a retired optometrist, won election to the treasurer’s spot in November and will take over Jan. 1. Tullis had announced last January that he would retire at the end of his term and not seek re-election.

Salem Health Board meeting change

SALEM – The city Health Board has changed its meeting to 2 p.m. Wednesday instead of 10 a.m. as previously scheduled due to a scheduling conflict. A public hearing to take comment about increases to food license fees remains set for 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. Action on the new fee schedule is expected at the afternoon meeting.

DAHS 1957 meetings canceled

LISBON The David Anderson High School Class of 1957 has canceled its breakfast meetings, until further notice, including this Thursday’s meeting.

Lisbon food distribution planned

LISBON – The Lisbon Baptist food pantry at 6428 Lisbon Road will be open from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Those attending are reminded to bring photo identification.

‘Christmas Carol’ set at Crestview

COLUMBIANA – The Crestview Middle School Drama Club will be performing a one-act play of “Ebenezer’s Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free to the public.

Christmas raffle winners listed

SUMMITVILLE – Cross Roads Council of the Knights of Columbus have announced the winners of its 2013 Christmas raffle. First prize, a .22 Henry Golden Boy Rifle, Matt Kline of West Milton; second prize, 39-inch Visio TV, Gary Dean of Kensington; and third prize, KitchenAid mixer, Herb Gifford of Hanoverton. The drawing was held Saturday Dec. 14.

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Public invited to live nativity Friday, Saturday at Blossom Nursing and Rehab

SALEM – The public is invited to view a live nativity from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Blossom Nursing and Rehab, 109 Blossom Lane.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will offer hot chocolate and cookies as you drive through the display.

Showcase of Talents and Treats will be open this weekend at Salem Golf Club

SALEM – The Showcase of Talents and Treats will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club Pro Shop. Admission is free and open to the public.

Santa will visit during all-you-can eat dinner at Summitville Fire Station

SUMMITVILLE – Santa will visit during an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner to be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Summitville Fire Station.

Cost is $6 for ages 12 and up, and free for 11 and under. Carryouts are available.

Complimentary holiday jazz concert is Dec.17 at the Salem Community Center

SALEM – A complimentary holiday jazz concert will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Salem Community Center.

Featured for this free event is the Jack Halkides Quintet with special guests including Peggy Coyle. For more information call 330-332-5885.

Food distribution for United District residents is Dec. 21 at Winona Friends

WINONA – A food distribution, for families and individuals living in the United Local School District, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 21 at the Winona Friends Church, 4615 Whinnery Road.

Salem Community Hospital, Community Center co-sponsoring blood drive

SALEM – Salem Community Hospital and the Salem Community Center are co-sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at the SCC.

The American Red Cross has designated this drive a “Double Red” donation site, which means that individuals meeting certain criteria may elect to give two units of blood at one time.

Donors will receive a brick of Dunkin Donuts coffee and a coupon for a free pound of coffee.

Donors will also receive a free day pass to the SCC and will be registered in a drawing for a Das Dutch Haus gift certificate. For an appointment call 800-RED-CROSS.

Salem Community Hospital’s Water Exercise Together will be held Jan. 6-Feb. 13

SALEM – Salem Community Hospital’s Water Exercise Together class allows residents of all ages to enjoy the benefits of exercise, without excess strain on the joints and muscles. The new calorie burning aerobics program at the Salem Community Center is slated Jan. 6-Feb. 13.

Classes meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Participants can attend any two sessions per week for $55. Pre-registration for the class is required by calling 330-332-7771.

Second-half checks for SHS Alumni Association scholarship recipients available

SALEM – Second-half checks for Salem High School Alumni Association scholarship recipients are now available at the alumni office, 330 E. State St.

Students are welcome to pick up their checks as soon as they have received their final first semester grades and can provide a copy of the grades to the office. Students should also bring photo identification.

With the exclusion of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the office will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Public invited to Christmas bazaar planned Saturday at the Smith Center

SALEM – The public is invited to a Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Center, 500 E. Fourth St.

Several vendors will offer crafts, crocheted items, baked goods and stocking stuffers. Kerry the “Bling Bling Lady” will feature designer-inspired purses, wallets, jewelry, clothing, belts and shoes.

New Waterford United Methodist Church hosting pancake-plus breakfast Saturday

NEW WATERFORD – The pancake-plus breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Waterford United Methodist Church, 46925 S. State St. Donations will be accepted.

West Branch Instrumental Department presenting holiday concert on Sunday

BELOIT – The West Branch High School Instrumental Music Department will present its annual holiday concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium.

The free performance titled “Sounds of the Season” begins with the Percussion Ensemble performing “Christmas by the Numbers” composed by director of bands, Robert J. Barnett.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Silver Bells” and “Hot Chocolate.” Featured soloists include Zach Haberland, Dustin Kober, Bobby Parsons and Brianna Rzucidlo.

The Symphonic Band’s selections will include “Christmas Music for Winds” composed by John Cacavas, David Foster’s adaption of Mannheim Steamroller’s “Carol of the Bells” titled “Holiday Piece,” Jay Dawson’s “Wenceslas Variations” and “A Fireside Christmas,” a medley of holiday favorites arranged by Sammy Nestico.

Memorial Building offering trip to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron

SALEM – The Memorial Building is offering a bus trip to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron on Saturday, Dec. 21.

The trip includes a tour of the former estate of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

This year’s theme is “Deck the Hall: Heaven and Nature Sing” which features “Dazzle,” the light show spectacular that includes 750,000 lights, 21 decorated rooms, poinsettias, nightly entertainment by area choirs and performers, visits with Santa, a gingerbread hut and treats from Molly’s Shop.

The solarium will feature decorated trees and a frog collection; the breakfast room will be filled with birds surrounding a decorated twig tree and Virginia’s room will be transformed into a winter garden.

A poinsettia tree and poinsettias will fill the tower staircase. The music room will be appropriately festooned with harps, horns and angels in silver, white and gold to create a “heavenly” atmosphere for nightly entertainment by the choirs and performers.

The museum store offers a full line of apparel, accessories, books and unique gift items. The bus will leave Salem at 4 p.m. and return at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for children and free for 5 and under. Transportation costs are $14 per person.

To register call Shane Franks at the Memorial Building at 330-332-5512. Registration closes at 9 p.m. Dec. 16.

Beef tips and noodles dinner will be served Friday at Salem VFW Post 892

SALEM – The public is invited to a beef tips and noodles dinner with green beans and a salad from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892, 496 Arch St.

Cost is $6. Pie slices will also be sold at $2 each with proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. Carryouts are available.

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Salem High School Key Club collecting coats through Friday

SALEM – The Salem High School Key Club will be collecting gently-worn coats through Friday.

Donations may be dropped off at Manhattan Dry Cleaners on East State Street from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m..

All donations will be cleaned free of charge by Manhattan Cleaners and donated to the Salem Salvation Army for distribution.

Lepper Public Library hosting Family Christmas Pajama Party

LISBON – The Lepper Public Library will host a Family Christmas Pajama Party at 6 p.m. Thursday. All ages are invited to attend and enjoy stories, music, games, and treats.

Children, adults invited to Saxon Club Christmas party

SALEM Children and adults are invited to a Christmas party on Friday at the Saxon Club on Route 9.

A free dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Special guests include Santa and his elves and The Grinch.

Activities are planned for children of all ages. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a coverdish to share.

Public invited to Christmas bazaar at the Smith Center

SALEM – The public is invited to a Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Center, 500 E. Fourth St.

Several vendors will offer crafts, crocheted items, baked goods and stocking stuffers. Kerry the “Bling Bling Lady” will feature designer-inspired purses, wallets, jewelry, clothing, belts and shoes.

New Waterford United Methodist hosting breakfast

NEW WATERFORD – The pancake-plus breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Waterford United Methodist Church, 46925 S. State St. Donations will be accepted.

W. Branch Instrumental Dept. presenting holiday concert

BELOIT – The West Branch High School Instrumental Music Department will present its annual holiday concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium.

The free performance titled “Sounds of the Season” begins with the Percussion Ensemble performing “Christmas by the Numbers” composed by director of bands, Robert J. Barnett.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Silver Bells” and “Hot Chocolate.” Featured soloists include Zach Haberland, Dustin Kober, Bobby Parsons and Brianna Rzucidlo.

The Symphonic Band’s selections will include “Christmas Music for Winds” composed by John Cacavas, David Foster’s adaption of Mannheim Steamroller’s “Carol of the Bells” titled “Holiday Piece,” Jay Dawson’s “Wenceslas Variations” and “A Fireside Christmas,” a medley of holiday favorites arranged by Sammy Nestico.

Steak fry will be held Saturday at Sebring American Legion

SEBRING – The monthly steak fry will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Sebring American Legion.

The menu offers grilled steaks, all-you-can-eat-salad bar, baked potato, bread and coffee.

Music by the Back Bone band begins at 9 p.m. The dinner is open to the public and carryouts are available by calling 330-938-9082.

Leetonia United Methodist Church hosting drive-thru

LEETONIA – The Leetonia United Methodist Church at 50 Lisbon St. will host its monthly chicken drive-by from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 19, or until sold out.

The meal includes a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. Cost is $7. Proceeds are used for the new roof at the church.

UAW Local 112 sponsoring Care and Share distribution

WARREN UAW Local 112 will sponsor its annual Care and Share food distribution at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at the union hall, 11471 Reuther Drive SW.

Springfield Emmanuel Lutheran Church choir will perform

NEW SPRINGFIELD – The choir at the Springfield Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Route 165 will present a Christmas cantata titled “Behold the Star, A Christmas Journey to the Light of Christ” at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21. The choir has been together for 30 years and is directed by Karen Chikosky.

A catered dinner follows in the social center. Cost is $11 for adults and $6 for children ages 4 to 12. Reservations are required by calling Pastor Aimee Raymond at 330-337-3125. The public is welcome.

Memorial Bldg. offering trip to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

SALEM – The Memorial Building is offering a bus trip to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron on Saturday, Dec. 21.

The trip includes a tour of the former estate of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

This year’s theme is “Deck the Hall: Heaven and Nature Sing” which features “Dazzle,” the light show spectacular that includes 750,000 lights, 21 decorated rooms, poinsettias, nightly entertainment by area choirs and performers, visits with Santa, a gingerbread hut and treats from Molly’s Shop.

The solarium will feature decorated trees and a frog collection; the breakfast room will be filled with birds surrounding a decorated twig tree and Virginia’s room will be transformed into a winter garden.

A poinsettia tree and poinsettias will fill the tower staircase. The music room will be appropriately festooned with harps, horns and angels in silver, white and gold to create a “heavenly” atmosphere for nightly entertainment by the choirs and performers.

The museum store offers a full line of apparel, accessories, books and unique gift items. The bus will leave Salem at 4 p.m. and return at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for children and free for 5 and under. Transportation costs are $14 per person.

To register call Shane Franks at the Memorial Building at 330-332-5512. Registration closes at 9 p.m. Dec. 16.

Family-friendly .22 rifle match hosted Friday by the SHC

SALEM – A family-friendly indoor .22 rifle match begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Salem Hunting Club. Targets are $1 each and there will be five matches.

Beef tips and noodles dinner will be served at Salem VFW

SALEM – The public is invited to a beef tips and noodles dinner with green beans and a salad from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892, 496 Arch St.

Cost is $6. Pie slices will also be sold at $2 each with proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. Carryouts are available.

Food distribution planned at Bunker Hill United Methodist

SALEM – A Second Harvest Food Bank distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, 15096 W. Middletown Road.

Those attending are reminded to bring baskets or containers.

Salem Masons will hold public breakfast on Dec. 28

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Salem Masonic Building, 788 E. State St.

Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10 and free for children under 2.

The menu offers pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, homemade sausage gravy, biscuits, homefries, toast, fruit cocktail, orange juice, coffee and tea.

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Girl Scouts meeting set

LISBON – Girls interested in becoming Girl Scouts are invited to an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Columbiana County Career Center, along with their parent or guardian.

Bazaar planned at Reilly

SALEM – The public is invited to the Reilly Elementary Craft Bazaar and Scholastic Book Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the school.

Beef tips offered at Salem VFW

SALEM – The public is invited to a beef tips and noodles dinner with green beans and a salad from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892, 496 Arch St. Cost is $6. Pie slices will also be sold at $2 each with proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. Carryouts are available.

Opry Christmas show set

MINERVA – The Tri-County Opry’s annual Christmas show begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Roxy Theater, 114 N. Market St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sounds of the season will be provided by the house band “Hot Cargo” with special guests, The Soehnlen Sisters, Jason Mikes, Emmalee Carver, Tom Freeland, Amie Hill Fankhouse, Donna Kandel, Christy and Anna Brown, Kenny Mudrick and Bill Pittman.

Santa will offer candy canes and door prizes. Bayard Grange will have refreshments available before the show and at intermission. Tickets are $7 for ages 10 and over and available at the door, in advance at the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce or 330-428-3577.

Salem lights tour reset

SALEM – With the cancellation of the Christmas “Light Up Night” and the scheduled trolley tour of lights due to the weather, the Salem Historical Society has rescheduled the tour for Wednesday. The tour is approximately 35 minutes and scheduled for 6, 6:45 and 7:30 p.m. Featured in the driving tour will be the winners of the Fabulous Five Festive Lights contest sponsored by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Other drive-by sites will be included.

Reservations are encouraged but, if space available, walk-ups are welcome. Loading on the Quakertown Trolley is at the chamber of commerce parking lot on East State Street. Cost is $2 per adult and $1 for children.

For further information and reservations, leave a message at 330-337-6733. Your call will be returned.

Gamblers Anonymous to meet

BOARDMAN – Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Westminster Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman. Another meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, 3425 Hopkins Road, Youngstown. For more information call 330-505-5060.

Salem Retiree’s site changed

SALEM – The meeting site has been changed for the Salem Area Retirees’ Christmas party. The festivities will begin at noon Dec. 12 in the clubhouse at the Lincoln Place Apartments.

Artist reception planned

MINERVA – Minerva’s Market Street Art Spot will present its 35th consecutive monthly featured artist reception and show on Friday at the Art Spot with the stunning relief wood carvings of Minerva artist, Micah McGrath. Ellen Mulligan will provide live keyboard music in the spirit of the season.

The Art Spot at 217 N. Market is a collaborative gallery, and each monthly second Friday opening features completely new work of area artists.

The show will continue at the Art Spot through Jan. 4.

In addition to Micah McGrath, Market Street Art Spot’s Resident Artists Michelle Mulligan, Joan Henninger, Laura Donnelly, Marty Chapman, Dona McCloskey and Judith Singer will be present for the reception and have new works on exhibit and for sale.

For additional information or further comment contact Marty Chapman at 330-862-2745, 330-592-6306 or lawmart1@gmail.com.

Food distribution planned

SALEM – A Second Harvest Food Bank distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, 15096 W. Middletown Road. Those attending are reminded to bring baskets or containers.

Craft show set at Slovak Club

SALEM – The Salem Slovak Club’s annual Christmas Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 313 S. Ellsworth Ave. Among the vendors present are Scentsy, Miche, Avon, Tastefully Simple and Pampered Chef. Items available include jewelry, crocheted items, candles, tied blankets, water globes, baked goods, gift bags, etc.

The public is also invited to the club’s New Year’s Eve dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. Music will be provided by Ruckus. Admission is free to members and $5 for non-members. Party favors and food are included. For more information and tickets call 330-337-8067.

Christmas Cantata planned

SALEM – The Christmas Cantata at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 251 S. Broadway Ave., will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. Sunday by the Senior and Bell Choirs. This year’s selection is “He’s Still the King of Kings,” featuring well known hymns, narrations and songs telling of our Savior’s birth, shepherds visiting, angels singing and finally, “Joy to the World!” The community is invited to attend.

Wellness Fair scheduled

LISBON – North Star Critical Care is hosting a Seniors Health and Wellness Fair from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Lisbon High School cafeteria. Representatives from local hospitals, rehabilitation centers, visiting nurses, grief counseling, Hospice care, life flight, and county elderly assistance agencies will be available to answer questions and concerns. No pre-registration is required. All ages are welcome to attend. Contact Gregg Warner at 330-386-1162 for additional information.

Digital magazines available

COLUMBIANA – Digital magazines can be viewed on computers, laptops, tablets and Kindles with WiFi at Columbiana Public Library. Patrons may subscribe to around 70 different titles from Zinio. Bring your portable WiFi device to practice your Columbiana Public Library card and PIN number. For information call 330-482-5509.

Salem Masons offer breakfast

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Salem Masonic Building, 788 E. State St. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10 and free for children under 2. The menu offers pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, homemade sausage gravy, biscuits, homefries, toast, fruit cocktail, orange juice, coffee and tea.

Health help time changed

LEETONIA- There is a time change for the program to be held Friday at the Leetonia Community Public Library. A certified counselor from the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help people with the health insurance marketplace website. Registration is not necessary, but is recommended. For information call 330-427-6635.

Festival of Choirs set in Lisbon

LISBON – The public is invited to enjoy music of the Christmas season at a Festival of Choirs at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by the Lisbon Music Study Club, the program will feature singers and instrumentalists from area churches and school. Among the performers are the Lisbon First United Methodist Church Choir and Handbell choir, the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church Choir and Handbell choir, the First Christian Church Choir, the Church of the Nazarene Choir, and singers from St. George Roman Catholic Church. The Lisbon Music Study Club Chorus will also sing, as well as a number of students from David Anderson Junior/Senior High School. The performers will join in a couple combined numbers and there will be audience-participation Carols. A free-will offering will be collected to help with the club’s music scholarship program.

ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Rep. Johnson to host coffee talk in Salem Monday

SALEM – U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson will host a casual “Christmas Coffee with Bill” event from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at his Salem office, 192 E. State St., Salem.

The Sixth District congressman described the coffee talk as a “come-and-go opportunity” for constituents to talk with him directly. No RSVP or pre-registration is required.

“I look forward to Monday’s coffee in Salem,” Johnson said in a press release. “This setting allows me to speak with people in a more informal and direct setting than the numerous town halls I have hosted in Columbiana County and throughout eastern and southeastern Ohio.”

“I encourage folks to stop by my Salem office to share their opinions and concerns, if they need assistance with a federal agency, or simply to just say hello,” he said.

CAA counselors due at Leetonia Library

LEETONIA- Certified application counselors with the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County Health Centers will be at the Leetonia Community Public Library from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 13 to help people with the online marketplace.

County Genealogical Society will meet

SALEM – The Columbiana County Genealogical Society will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Salem Historical Dale Shaffer Library. Members are asked to bring finger foods to share for the annual Christmas get together. Beverages and paper products will be provided. There will be discussions on your brick walls hit during genealogical research. Guests are welcome at meetings. There will be no meetings in January or February due to possible inclement winter weather.

Special Salem school board meeting set

SALEM – The Salem Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the administration building and immediately go into executive session for personnel matters. No action will be taken.

Deadline extended for Entranceway Design Contest

SALEM – The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a contest for artists who can assist the Chamber and the City of Salem with design renditions for new entranceways to the city.

The deadline for artist drawings has been extended to Jan. 31. A $100 honorarium will be awarded and the winner will have their name on a signature plaque. Contest rules and the entry form are available online at www.salemohiochamber.org or by calling 330-337-3473.

ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Banquet in Salem in honor of Vic Mattevi

SALEM – Monday’s Banquet in Salem from 5-7 p.m. in the Memorial Building will be a sponsor memorial for Vic Mattevi.

The menu will include chicken noodle soup, ham, scalloped potatoes, peas or corn, applesauce, fresh veggies, fresh fruit and ice cream sundaes.

DoLiv Publishing accepting book donations

SALEM – DoLiv Publishing of Salem is sponsoring a book donation. Accepted are new children and adult books which will be donated to the Salvation Army for distribution during the holidays.

Books may be dropped of at 328 East State Street in downtown Salem, next to the Salem High School Alumni Association office. Drop-off times are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Wednesday. For information visit www.dolivpublishing.com or call 234-567-3408.

Salem Fun Factory holding benefit event

SALE – The Salem Fun Factory’s “Hat, Scarf & Gloves Skate” will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.

Donate one hat and receive free admission. Donate one scarf and receive free skate rental. Donate one pair of gloves and receive a free Snowie. All donated items will benefit the Salem Salvation Army.

Craft show and cookie sale is Dec. 14

LISBON – The Lisbon First United Methodist Church is to hold a craft show and cookie sale entitled “Christmas Blessings,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 in the fellowship hall.

The public is welcome and admission is free. The church is located at 114 East Washington St., Lisbon.

Negley Masonic Lodge holding dinner

NEGLEY – The Negley Masonic Lodge will be holding an all-you-can eat spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 14.

Cost for adults is $7 with children 12 and under $4. Takeout orders will be available. The lodge is located along 50873 Richardson Ave. (S.R. 154), in Negley.

Concealed carry classes scheduled

SALEM – The Salem Hunting Club is holding one-day concealed carry classes on Sunday and Dec. 28. Classes start at 8 a.m.

Pre-registration is required. Call 330-332-9847 or visit www.salemhuntingclub for additional information.

Salem Hunting Club hosting breakfast

SALEM – The Salem Hunting Club’s all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served from 7-11 a.m. Saturday.

The menu includes eggs, pancakes, bacon, potatoes, toast, orange juice and coffee / tea.

Club officers will be available to answer questions about membership and club events.

MCCTC students hosting open house

CANFIELD – The greenhouse and floral shop at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center is open to the public through Dec. 18 for the horticulture program’s annual open house.

Students in the program have prepared an assortment of silk and fresh wreaths and fresh poinsettias. The floral shop is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday through Dec. 18.

To place an order or for additional information, contact instructor Mary June Emerson at 330-729-4000, ext. 1672.

American Legion Auxiliary will meet

SEBRING – The Sebring American Legion Post 76 Auxiliary will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the post.

The meeting is being held earlier than usual due to the Christmas party. Members are urged to bring a dish to pass. The Christmas gift wrapping will be held today. The children’s Christmas party is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Library hosting book discussion group

SALEM – “The Boy in the Suitcase,” a book written by Lene Kaaberol and Agnete Friis, will be discussed during Salem Public Library’s Adult Book Discussion Group from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 17 in the library’s Quaker Room.

In the story Nina Borg is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help – even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a 3-year-old boy, naked and drugged, but alive.

Copies of this intriguing book are available in the library’s Adult Services Department.

Discussion of the book “The Whip” originally scheduled for Nov. 26 was canceled due to inclement weather. The discussion group has been rescheduled. It will meet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 in the library’s Quaker Room.

“The Whip” by Karen Kondazian is inspired by the true story of Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her life as a man. Charley Parkhurst was one of the finest stage coach drivers Wells Fargo had during the gold rush days. In her fiction debut actress Kondazian imagines the life such a disguise artist might have lived.

Discussion groups are open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information call the library at 330-332-0042.

‘Carols Around the World’ planned Dec. 12

SALEM – The Kent State Salem CommUniversity Choir is presenting its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the Kent State Salem City Center auditorium. This year’s theme is “Carols Around the World.”

The free public concert will feature the blended voices of Kent State students, faculty and community members. It is under the direction of Mel Fucci, music instructor at Kent State Salem.

The choir will perform African, Spanish, Italian, French, German, English and American carols. Some will be sung in the native languages. Instrumentalists from the Quaker City Band and from Kent State University will accompany the choir.

Alzheimer Support Group will meet

The Alzheimer Network Family Support Group will meet at the following locations: 7 p.m. Monday, St. John’s Orthodox Church, 322 Struthers-Liberty Road, Campbell; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2305 South Canfield-Niles Road, Austintown; 7 p.m. Wednesday, St. Charles Church, Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman; and, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, Christ Lutheran Church, corner of Sexton and Garfield, Struthers. For information call 330-788-9755.

Christmas Cookie Walk scheduled Dec. 14

CANFIELD – Western Reserve United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a Christmas Cookie Walk from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 14.

Money raised will fund a youth mission trip. The church is located at 4580 Canfield Road, near Cornersburg.

‘Koins for Kids’ collected through Dec. 13

SALEM – The Salem High T.A.C.T. (Teens Against Chemical Taking) will be taking donations for “Koins for Kids” through Dec. 13.

All money collected will benefit the Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley in Boardman.

A container is available at the high school office. Students will be collecting at most athletic events during school lunches.

‘Trim-a-Tree’ contest raffle tickets on sale

SALEM- Raffle ticket times for the Salem Community Hospital Auxiliary’s “Trim a Tree” contest are: Wednesday, 10:45 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m.; Monday, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec.11, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m.

The tickets will be available in the hospital dining room.

American Legion Post 290 hosting fish fry

COLUMBIANA- The American Legion Post 290 will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the post home. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children.

Santa’s Workshop is today and Saturday

SALEM- Santa’s Workshop will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday at In Christ’s Hands Workshop at Salem Nazarene Church, 1431 N. Ellsworth Ave.

Auction is Sunday at Guilford Ruritan Bldg.

GUILFORD LAKE- The Cross Roads Council of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring an auction at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ruritan building on state Route 172 near Hanna Drive. The proceeds of the auction are to benefit local area food basket programs.

For information contact Joe McKarns 330-424-8165 or Dave Stout 330-739-2011.

Winona Friends hosting dinner Saturday

WINONA- The Winona Friends Church on Whinnery Road will be holding a Swiss steak dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in its Family Life Center.

The dinner will consist of Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. The cost of the meal will be $8. Carryouts will be available. Contact the church at 330-222-0200 with any questions

Old Goat band to play at Salem VFW

SALEM- Salem VFW 892 will host the Old Goat Band from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. It is open to the public, with a $2 cover charge for non-members. The kitchen will be open from 5:30 7:45 p.m. For information call 330-337-8015.

E-Book Drop-In Help Session planned

COLUMBIANA- The Columbiana Public Library will offer an e-Book Drop-In Help Session from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Salchow Room.

Staff members will be available for one-on-one consultation. Participants are asked to bring their own device, power cord, the cord to link it to a computer, their library card and account logins for Adobe and Amazon if available.

The library purchases e-Books from two companies, Ohio Digital Library or Overdrive and Freading.

‘Annie’ auditions set at Crown Theater

COLUMBIANA- Crown Theater Productions will hold auditions for “Annie” from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 in the Encore Room for children ages 5 through 15.

A one-minute song of choice sung a cappella will be required, no reading. Auditions for adults ages 16 and older will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18.

Drive-thru ham dinner planned Dec. 10

COLUMBIANA- The Columbiana First United Methodist Church, 210 S. Main St., will hold a drive-thru ham dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 for a $7 donation.

Smith Grange hosting breakfast Sunday

SMITH TOWNSHIP- The Smith Grange will host a country style breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Carry-outs will be available.

Youth Marksmanship Program offered

SALEM-Registration forms are now available for the 2014 Youth Marksmanship Program held at the Salem Hunting Club. Girls and boys between 9 and 17 years of age are encouraged to attend.

National Rifle Association Certified instructors will teach rifle basics that include firearm safety, rifle parts and their function and basic marksmanship skills from the prone, sitting / kneeling and standing positions in a positive and supportive learning environment.

The classroom portion begins in February. Class size is limited.

For registration forms, download them from the SHC’s website at www.salemhuntingclub.com or contact Dan Bowers at 330-332-9106.

Christmas in the Country planned Saturday

WINONA – The Winona Area Historical Society will hold its second annual Christmas in the Country fundraiser from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It will be held in the basement of the Friends Meeting House in Winona. Proceeds from the event will be used to replicate windows for the 1838 meeting house restoration project in Winona.

The fundraiser will include functional and decorative items handcrafted and donated by local artisans. Featured items will be scale model benches representing one from the 1895 Friends Meeting House, wren and bluebird houses, child’s table and chair sets, children’s toys and puzzles, wooden nativity sets, Christmas ornaments, wooden trays, and much more. A “Trash and Treasures” table will offer used cookbooks.

A feature this year is “Grandma’s Pantry.” Among the homemade items for sale will be caramels, fudge, apple butter, nut breads, fruit cake and jelly. Also new this year will be a variety of fabric items including cuddly felted hedgehogs, cosmic catnip mice, knitted caps and scarves, Christmas pot holders and yo-yo trees. There will be over 400 items from which to choose.

Open house will benefit Second Harvest

BOARDMAN – Advanced Specialty Hospital located at 8064 South Avenue in Boardman is hosting a holiday open house from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will feature 14-themed Christmas Trees including a chocolate tree, lottery tree, gift card tree, Pittsburgh Steelers tree and more. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank’s BackPack program. Raffle tickets are $1 each; 6 for $5 or 15 for $10. Tickets are available now through Dec. 16 at Advanced Specialty Hospital, and the winners will be announced on December 16.

“We are grateful to Advanced Specialty Hospital for raising funds to help support the BackPack program,” said Michael Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank. “More than half of the student population in the Mahoning Valley are eligible for free and reduce-priced meals, and the BackPack program helps fill the gap on the weekends when school meals are not available.”

The BackPack Program is a national program of Feeding America. Second Harvest Food Bank currently operates five BackPack programs in the Mahoning Valley, providing 600 children with food to eat over the weekend. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank, please visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org or call 330.792.5522.

ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Library hosting adult book discussion group

SALEM – “The Boy in the Suitcase,” a book written by Lene Kaaberol and Agnete Friis, will be discussed during Salem Public Library’s Adult Book Discussion Group from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 17 in the library’s Quaker Room.

In the story Nina Borg is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help – even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a 3-year-old boy, naked and drugged, but alive.

Copies of this intriguing book are available in the library’s Adult Services Department.

Discussion of the book “The Whip” originally scheduled for Nov. 26 was canceled due to inclement weather. The discussion group has been rescheduled. It will meet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 in the library’s Quaker Room.

“The Whip” by Karen Kondazian is inspired by the true story of Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her life as a man. Charley Parkhurst was one of the finest stage coach drivers Wells Fargo had during the gold rush days. n her fiction debut actress Kondazian imagines the life such a disguise artist might have lived.

Discussion groups are open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information call the library at 330-332-0042.

Columbiana Library hosting speaker today

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana Public Library is hosting Marilyn McKinley of the Holborn Herb Society from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today

McKinley will discuss the benefits of herbs. She will focus on which herbs grow well together and which mix with vegetables. Registration is required. Stop in the library to sign-up or call 330-482-5509.

‘Carols Around the World’ planned Dec. 12

SALEM – The Kent State Salem CommUniversity Choir is presenting its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the Kent State Salem City Center auditorium. This year’s theme is “Carols Around the World.”

The free public concert will feature the blended voices of Kent State students, faculty and community members. It is under the direction of Mel Fucci, music instructor at Kent State Salem.

The choir will perform African, Spanish, Italian, French, German, English and American carols. Some will be sung in the native languages. Instrumentalists from the Quaker City Band and from Kent State University will accompany the choir.

Alzheimer Support Group will meet

The Alzheimer Network Family Support Group will meet at the following locations: 7 p.m. Monday, St. John’s Orthodox Church, 322 Struthers-Liberty Road, Campbell; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2305 South Canfield-Niles Road, Austintown; 7 p.m. Wednesday, St. Charles Church, Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman; and, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, Christ Lutheran Church, corner of Sexton and Garfield, Struthers. For information call 330-788-9755.

Christmas Cookie Walk scheduled Dec. 14

CANFIELD – Western Reserve United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a Christmas Cookie Walk from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 14.

Money raised will fund a youth mission trip. The church is located at 4580 Canfield Road, near Cornersburg.

‘Koins for Kids’ collected through Dec. 13

SALEM – The Salem High T.A.C.T. (Teens Against Chemical Taking) will be taking donations for “Koins for Kids” through Dec. 13.

All money cllected will benefit the Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley in Boardman.

A container is available at the high school office. Students will be collecting at most athletic events during school lunches.

‘Trim-a-Tree’ contest raffle tickets on sale

SALEM- Raffle ticket times for the Salem Community Hospital Auxiliary’s “Trim a Tree” contest are: Wednesday, 10:45 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m.; Monday, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec.11, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:15-6:45 p.m.

The tickets will be available in the hospital dining room.

Chicken on the Run dinner sold today

SALEM- The First United Methodist Church of Salem, 244 S. Broadway Ave., will host a Chicken on the Run drive-thru dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. or until sold out today.

American Legion Post 290 hosting fish fry

COLUMBIANA- The American Legion Post 290 will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the post home. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children.

Santa’s Workshop is Friday and Saturday

SALEM- Santa’s Workshop will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at In Christ’s Hands Workshop at Salem Nazarene Church, 1431 N. Ellsworth Ave.

Winona Friends Church

hosting Swiss steak dinner

WINONA- The Winona Friends Church on Whinnery Road will be holding a Swiss steak dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in its Family Life Center.

The dinner will consist of Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. The cost of the meal will be $8. Carryouts will be available. Contact the church at 330-222-0200 with any questions.

Smith Grange offers breakfast Sunday

SMITH TOWNSHIP- The Smith Grange will host a country style breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Carry-outs will be available.

Auction set at Guilford Ruritan building

GUILFORD LAKE- The Cross Roads Council of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring an auction at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ruritan building on state Route 172 near Hanna Drive. The proceeds of the auction are to benefit local area food basket programs.

Auctioneer Dave Stout will have a variety of toys, collectibles, tools and other items. Refreshments will be available. For information contact Joe McKarns 330-424-8165 or Dave Stout 330-739-2011.

Old Goat band to play at Salem VFW

SALEM- Salem VFW 892 will host the Old Goat Band from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. It is open to the public, with a $2 cover charge for non-members. The kitchen will be open from 5:30 7:45 p.m. For information call 330-337-8015.

‘Annie’ auditons set in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA- Crown Theater Productions will hold auditions for “Annie” from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 in the Encore Room for children ages 5 through 15. A one minute song of choice sung a cappella will be required, no reading. Auditions for adults ages 16 and older will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18.

Drive-thru ham dinner planned

COLUMBIANA- The Columbiana First United Methodist Church, 210 S. Main St., will hold a drive-thru ham dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 for a $7 donation.

E-Book Drop-In Help Session planned

COLUMBIANA- The Columbiana Public Library will offer an e-Book Drop-In Help Session from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Salchow Room. Staff members will be available for one-on-one consultation. Participants are asked to bring their own device, power cord, the cord to link it to a computer, their library card and account logins for Adobe and Amazon if available.

The library purchases e-Books from two companies, Ohio Digital Library or Overdrive and Freading.

Youth Marksmanship Program offered

SALEM-Registration forms are now available for the 2014 Youth Marksmanship Program held at the Salem Hunting Club. Girls and boys between 9 and 17 years of age are encouraged to attend.

National Rifle Association Certified instructors will teach rifle basics that include firearm safety, rifle parts and their function and basic marksmanship skills from the prone, sitting / kneeling and standing positions in a positive and supportive learning environment.

The classroom portion begins in February. Class size is limited.

For registration forms, download them from the SHC’s website at www.salemhuntingclub.com or contact Dan Bowers at 330-332-9106.

Christmas in the Country planned Saturday to Winona

WINONA – The Winona Area Historical Society will hold its second annual Christmas in the Country fundraiser from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It will be held in the basement of the Friends Meeting House in Winona. Proceeds from the event will be used to replicate windows for the 1838 meeting house restoration project in Winona.

The fundraiser will include functional and decorative items handcrafted and

donated by local artisans. Featured items will be scale model benches representing one from the 1895 Friends Meeting House, wren and bluebird houses, child’s table and chair sets, children’s toys and puzzles, wooden nativity sets, Christmas ornaments, wooden trays, and much more. A “Trash and

Treasures” table will offer used cookbooks.

A feature this year is “Grandma’s Pantry.” Among the homemade items for sale will be caramels, fudge, apple butter, nut breads, fruit cake and jelly. Also new this year will be a variety of fabric items including cuddly felted hedgehogs, cosmic catnip mice, knitted caps and scarves, Christmas pot holders and yo-yo trees. There will be over 400 items from which to choose.

Winona Friends hosting dinner

WINONA- The Winona Friends Church on Whinnery Road will be holding a Swiss steak dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in its Family Life Center.

The dinner will consist of Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. The cost of the meal will be $8. Carryouts will be available. Contact the church at 330-222-0200 with any questions.

Smith Grange offers breakfast

SMITH TOWNSHIP- The Smith Grange will host a country style breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Carry-outs will be available.

Auction set at Guilford Ruritan

GUILFORD LAKE- The Cross Roads Council of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring an auction at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ruritan building on state Route 172 near Hanna Drive. The proceeds of the auction are to benefit local area food basket programs.

For information contact Joe McKarns 330-424-8165 or Dave Stout 330-739-2011.

Old Goat band to play at Salem VFW

SALEM- Salem VFW 892 will host the Old Goat Band from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. It is open to the public, with a $2 cover charge for non-members. The kitchen will be open from 5:30 7:45 p.m. For information call 330-337-8015.

‘Annie’ auditions set in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA- Crown Theater Productions will hold auditions for “Annie” from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 in the Encore Room for children ages 5 through 15. A one minute song of choice sung a cappella will be required, no reading. Auditions for adults ages 16 and older will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18.

Drive-thru ham dinner planned

COLUMBIANA- The Columbiana First United Methodist Church, 210 S. Main St., will hold a drive-thru ham dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 for a $7 donation.

E-Book Drop-In Help Session planned

COLUMBIANA- The Columbiana Public Library will offer an e-Book Drop-In Help Session from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Salchow Room. Staff members will be available for one-on-one consultation. Participants are asked to bring their own device, power cord, the cord to link it to a computer, their library card and account logins for Adobe and Amazon if available.

The library purchases e-Books from two companies, Ohio Digital Library or Overdrive and Freading.

Youth Marksmanship Program offered

SALEM-Registration forms are now available for the 2014 Youth Marksmanship Program held at the Salem Hunting Club. Girls and boys between 9 and 17 years of age are encouraged to attend.

National Rifle Association Certified instructors will teach rifle basics that include firearm safety, rifle parts and their function and basic marksmanship skills from the prone, sitting / kneeling and standing positions in a positive and supportive learning environment.

The classroom portion begins in February. Class size is limited.

For registration forms, download them from the SHC’s website at www.salemhuntingclub.com or contact Dan Bowers at 330-332-9106.

Cookie Walk-Craft Show is Saturday at Winona United Methodist Church

WINONA – The Winona United Methodist Church will host a Cookie Walk-Craft Show from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 32114 Winona Road. Cookies will be sold for $4 a dozen.

‘Breakfast with Santa’ fundraiser is Saturday

LISBON – The Clip Joint Share Bear Relay for Life Team will be holding its annual “Breakfast with Santa” fundraiser from 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the Lisbon Lions Club on Industrial Park Road.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 9 a.m. to visit with kids. Photos will be available for purchase. Breakfast is $6 per person and will include pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages. There will be a 50/50 drawing, basket auction and chances to win a lottery ticket wreath.

ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Annual CommUniversity Choir concert set

SALEM-The Kent State Salem CommUniversity Choir is presenting its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Kent State Salem City Center auditorium. This year’s theme is “Carols Around the World.”

The free public concert will feature the blended voices of Kent State students, faculty and community members. It is under the direction of Mel Fucci, music instructor at Kent State Salem. The choir will perform African, Spanish, Italian, French, German, English and American carols. Some will be sung in the native languages. Instrumentalists from the Quaker City Band and from Kent State University will accompany the choir.

LCBA?Christmas Party planned

SALEM- The annual Christmas Party for L.C.B.A. members and their guests will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the St. Paul School gym. Members are reminded to bring an unwrapped ornament for the Ornament Exchange and Dollar Store gift cards for Lifeline.

Winona Historical Society to meet

WINONA-The Winona Area Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Winona Meeting House. Lorna Waugh will be the program speaker.

Chicken on the Run dinner offered

SALEM- The First United Methodist Church of Salem, 244 S. Broadway Ave., will host a Chicken on the Run drive-thru dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. or until sold out Thursday.

Fish fry set at Columbiana Legion

COLUMBIANA- The American Legion Post 290 will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the post home. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children.

Santa’s Workshop set at Salem church

SALEM- Santa’s Workshop will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at In Christ’s Hands Workshop at Salem Nazarene Church, 1431 N. Ellsworth Ave.

Swiss steak diner planned Saturday

WINONA- The Winona Friends Church on Whinnery Road will be holding a Swiss steak dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in its Family Life Center. The dinner will consist of Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. The cost of the meal will be $8. Carryouts will be available. Contact the church at 330-222-0200 with any questions.

Smith Grange offers breakfast Sunday

SMITH TOWNSHIP- The Smith Grange will host a country style breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Carry-outs will be available.

Auction set at Guilford Ruritan building

GUILFORD LAKE- The Cross Roads Council of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring an auction at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ruritan building on state Route 172 near Hanna Drive. The proceeds of the auction are to benefit local area food basket programs.

Auctioneer Dave Stout will have a variety of toys, collectibles, tools and other items. Refreshments will be available. For information contact Joe McKarns 330-424-8165 or Dave Stout 330-739-2011.

Old Goat band to play at Salem VFW

SALEM- Salem VFW 892 will host the Old Goat Band from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. It is open to the public, with a $2 cover charge for non-members. The kitchen will be open from 5:30 7:45 p.m. For information call 330-337-8015.

‘Annie’ auditons set in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA- Crown Theater Productions will hold auditions for “Annie” from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 in the Encore Room for children ages 5 through 15. A one minute song of choice sung a cappella will be required, no reading. Auditions for adults ages 16 and older will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18.

Drive-thru ham dinner planned

COLUMBIANA- The Columbiana First United Methodist Church, 210 S. Main St., will hold a drive-thru ham dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 for a $7 donation.

Columbiana Historical Society dinner set

COLUMBIANA- The Columbiana-Fairfield Township Historical Society’s Christmas dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Dutch House. The social begins at 6 p.m. Reservations need to be in by Friday. This year the YACTA award winning Jennifer Kuczek and musical director Matthew White will be the entertainment for the Christmas program after dinner.

E-Book Drop-In Help Session planned

COLUMBIANA- The Columbiana Public Library will offer an e-Book Drop-In Help Session from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Salchow Room. Staff members will be available for one-on-one consultation. Participants are asked to bring their own device, power cord, the cord to link it to a computer, their library card and account logins for Adobe and Amazon if available.

The library purchases e-Books from two companies, Ohio Digital Library or Overdrive and Freading.

Salem-Lisbon La Leche League to meet

LISBON- The Salem-Lisbon La Leche League, a breastfeeding support group, will meet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church, 111 E. Chestnut St. The discussion topics will be “Gentle Discipline and Weaning.” All pregnant or nursing mothers and their babies are welcome. For information or help breastfeeding your baby call Jamie at 330-821-2585, Corrie at 330-420-0822 or Vicki 330-406-0053; or check out our website at www.lllohio.org/groups/salem-lisbon.html.

Youth Marksmanship Program offered

SALEM-Registration forms are now available for the 2014 Youth Marksmanship Program held at the Salem Hunting Club. Girls and boys between 9 and 17 years of age are encouraged to attend.

National Rifle Association Certified instructors will teach rifle basics that include firearm safety, rifle parts and their function and basic marksmanship skills from the prone, sitting / kneeling and standing positions in a positive and supportive learning environment.

The classroom portion begins in February. Class size is limited.

For registration forms, download them from the SHC’s website at www.salemhuntingclub.com or contact Dan Bowers at 330-332-9106.

Swim lessons offered at Community Center

SALEM- The Salem Community Center will host another session of the popular American Red Cross Swim Lesson program beginning on Jan. 11 and running every Saturday to March 1.

Six Learn to Swim levels are available, along with a Mommy and Me level for infants and their parent. Instructors are American Red Cross WSI certified with years of experience. Cost is $70 for non-members and $55 for members. A multiple child discount is available. Call the Salem Community Center at 330-332-5885 with any questions or to register.

AAA?Driver Ed set at Beaver Local

LISBON- AAA Driver Education still has openings for class starting Dec. 9 at Beaver Local High School. All area students are eligible to attend, including home schooled students. For information call 330-532-2878.

Weavers Guild plans holiday luncheon

CANFIELD- The Youngstown Area Weavers Guild will hold its annual holiday luncheon and ornament exchange at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, 7300 N. Palmyra Road. Bring a wrapped ornament (preferably handmade) and show and tell. Reservations are required by calling Marilyn at 330-799-5836. Guests are welcome.

Super Saturday set at West Branch

BELOIT- West Branch High School Saturday will host its Super Saturday with a series of events beginning with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the boys basketball teams from 8 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria. Cost is $8 for adults and includes a game ticket to the Lady Warriors at noon. Children ages 5 to 12 is $5 and ages 4 and under is free.

The association will sponsor its Christmas Carols, Cookies & Candy Canes at 10 a.m. in the community auditorium featuring the Young and Alive. There will also be a 50/50 raffle during the show and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, using one’s own device, at 11 a.m. on the stage.

The Lady Warriors basketball team will host Carrollton, junior varsity at noon and varsity at 1:30 p.m., in the fieldhouse. Concessions will be operated by the WB Athletic Boosters.

Super Saturday is sponsored by the West Branch Alumni Association, Athletic Boosters, Athletic Department, Choral Department and boys and girls basketball teams.