Historian to speak on Lincoln

BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM: As part of Black History Month, Dr. Leonne Hudson, a Kent State University professor and Civil War historian, will speak on “The Death of Abraham Lincoln” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren. Hudson will talk on grief and sadness among black soldiers on the loss of their commander in chief. The event is free to the public.

NEW VOTER REGISTRATION FORCE: Trumbull County Democratic Chair Dan Polivka announced a task force dedicated to maximizing voter registration and turnout for the 2014 primary and general elections has been formed. The group will be co-chaired by Cosmo Signoriello and Eddie Colbert and also includes State Rep. Sean O’Brien, Vince Flask, and Cindy Michael. The task force will begin its work by drafting and implementing a comprehensive voter registration program that will enable as many people as possible to make their voice heard on Election Day. When that process is complete, the group will turn its attention to making sure every registered voter casts a ballot.

FOOD PANTRY SEEKS DONATIONS: Project Be Somebody operates a food pantry for local residents from 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 4828 W. Market St., Leavittsburg. During the month of March, Project Be Somebody is taking part in the Feinstein Challenge for every $1 or good items that are donated to the pantry will be matched by the Feinstein Foundation from March 1 to April 30. Monetary donations can be sent to 6403 Kale Adams Road, Leavittsburg 44430.

COOKIE FUNDRAISER HELD: The Mahoning Valley Historical Society held its second annual cookie tables and cocktails fundraiser recently at the Mahoning Valley Historical Center. More than 40 amateur and professional bakers took part. Proceeds benefit the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center where the event was held. The event, organized by the Young Leaders Advisory Board of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, raises money to bring new exhibits to the Tyler History Center.

GROUP SETS MEETINGS: Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting will be held Friday at Westminster Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman, and another will be held today at Christ Church Presbyterian, 3425 Hopkins Road, Youngstown (in Cornersburg). Both meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are closed meetings only for those suffering from gambling addictions are allowed to attend. For more information, please call 330-505-5060.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP: A Physical Education Community of Learners Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Youngstown State University Stambaugh Stadium. The event allows for the sharing of ideas and experiences related to a topic of interest. The event is free. Topics include games classification systems, active student engagement and collecting and using ODE assessment data. The workshop is designed for physical education teachers. Ohio Action for Healthy Kids is sponsoring the event.