Polka dance to benefit firefighters

EVENT TO BENEFIT FIREFIGHTERS: The Orwell Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, in conjunction with St. Mary’s Church of Orwell, will be holding a polka dance at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Hall with music starting at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted to support the volunteer fire department. The auxiliary has been raising funds for the department for the past two years and has been able to provide money for operational equipment for the firefighters. The auxiliary’s efforts to raise funds that evening will be from donations, 50/50 raffle, sponsorships, and Chinese auction items.

SERIES CONTINUES: The Brier Hill Breakfast series is held at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. The event is open to the public and held at the Brier Hill Cultural Center, former St. Casimir Church, 135 Jefferson St., Youngstown. Recent programs have included the industrialist David Tod and family, and Youngstown’s historic Idora Park.

SAFELY SURFING: OH?WOW!?The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown, will hold Safe Surfing program at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 22 and 29. The program is free and will include discussion on safe strategies for investigating, exploring and making friends and gaming online. Those attending are asked to bring their own device.

GAMBLING GROUP MEETS: Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Westminster Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman, and at 7:30 p.m. today at Christ Church Presbyterian, 3425 Hopkins Road, Youngstown (in Cornersburg). Both are closed meetings for those suffering from gambling addictions. Call 330-505-5060.

CAMPAIGN EFFORT BEGINS: The YMCA of Youngstown will kick off its annual fundraising effort with the annual campaign party at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Georgetown, 5945 South Ave., Boardman. The evening features a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and dancing to live entertainment provided by 2nd Avenue Project. The campaign was established to raise funds to provide financial assistance to underprivileged youth, families and individuals for membership and/or program fees. Campaign volunteers will also be in the community seeking donations from individuals and businesses. For tickets, call 330-503-9437.

WINTER CRISIS PROGRAM OFFERS ASSISTANCE: The Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership and the Ohio Development Services Agency remind Mahoning County residents that heating assistance is available to eligible households through the Home Energy Assistance Program through March 31. The program provides assistance to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, are already disconnected, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel. Qualifying for the program is dependent upon the size of the household and the total gross household income for either the past three or 12 months. For appointments, call 866-223-1125 or 330-938-6166.

ART CLASSES OFFERED: The Butler Institute of American Art/Trumbull Branch, 9350 E. Market St., Howland, will offer art classes for children in grades four to eigh Saturdays through Feb. 1. For registration, call 330-743-3630.