ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES
SPL adult book
SALEM– The Adult Book Discussion at Salem Public Library will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Quaker Room. The January book selection is Tayari Jones’ novel “An American Marriage,” which illustrates the personal toll of the criminal justice system.
Roy grew up in a working-class family in Louisiana; he was hardworking and intelligent which earned him a college scholarship. By the time he meets and marries Celestial she is an up-and-coming artist. After a year of marriage, they’re considering buying a home and starting a family. Then, on a visit back home, Roy is arrested, tried, convicted and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. When Roy goes to prison it is in Louisiana and Celestial is in Atlanta which creates heartbreaking separation for them. During Roy’s incarceration Celestial’s best friend, Andre, becomes a more prominent influence in her life which creates tension between Roy and Celestial once he is freed. The story is driven by interpersonal drama, but is also about being black in contemporary America.
New participants are welcome to join the discussion group. Check with the library for the availability of the book to borrow.
Communiversity choir to share stage
SALEM– The Kent State Salem Communiversity Choir will share the stage with the Kent State Nova Jazz Singers at a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 in the Kent State Salem City Center auditorium.
The Communiversity Choir will present a series of musical selections under the direction of Melissa Fucci, associate professor of music at Kent State Salem. The choir is made up of community members, as well as students and faculty from the Salem Campus.
The Nova Jazz Singers was founded in 2012 by Dr. Christopher Venesile, associate professor of choral music education at Kent State, and, through their performances, “fuse the choral tradition with the power and innovation of jazz.”
The ensemble performs annually at premier jazz clubs in Northeast Ohio, New York City jazz clubs, the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago and, in 2020, will be featured at the Ohio Music Education Association State Professional Conference.
Dinner to benefit children of woman
WASHINGTONVILLE – A celebration of life in honor of Holly Ann Cannon (Ford) of Leetonia will be held Jan. 25 from 4-8 p.m. at VFW Post 5532, 575 S. County Road.
A benefit dinner is $10 per person and will include pasta, salad, roll, dessert and non-alcoholic drink. There will be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Rick Stoffer will provide music.
All proceeds will be placed in an account to benefit Cannon’s three children. Those unable to attend may donate via Huntington Bank (Giant Eagle or Salem) to account #02581356831.
Those with questions or wanting to donate items may contact Melissa Croyle at 330-501-5531.
SRMC seminar deals with health
SALEM– Area residents who would like to improve their health in the coming year are invited to attend a free educational seminar hosted by Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The program, “New Year, Healthy You,” will feature SRMC-affiliated health care professionals sharing important strategies for achieving and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. The speakers and their topics will include: Elaine Boyd, M.D., Family Medicine: “Healthy Habits,” Affiliated with Columbiana Family Care Center & SRMC’s Medical Staff; Jessica Mertens, MS, RD, LD, AVI Clinical Dietitian: “Mindful Eating;” and Jamie Benner, Program Manager of SRMC’s Behavioral Medicine and Wellness Center: “Managing Moods and Stress”
The seminar will take place in SRMC’s Tower Conference Room, located on the hospital’s ground floor concourse. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with educational displays for viewing. A question and answer segment will follow the presentation portion of the event. Light refreshments will also be provided.
Limited seating is available. Advance registration is requested by calling SRMC’s Public Relations/Marketing Department at 330-332-7439.