THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM OF TRUMBULL COUNTY is recruiting volunteers age 55 and older to tutor, mentor, strengthen reading skills in children, assist teachers and work with adults with developmental disabilities. All volunteers are offered mileage, pre-placement training, supplemental auto insurance, supplemental accident insurance, annual recognition luncheon during National Volunteer Week, free monthly luncheon and fellowship and liability insurance. Income eligible volunteers are also offered paid vacation, sick time, personal time and a tax-free non-reporting monetary stipend.
There is a need for volunteers in the Hubbard, Bristol, Newton Falls, Girard, Kinsman, Niles, Hartford and afternoon classes for Warren Head Start. New volunteer training will begin in January. Call 330-373-6480, Ext. 227, to leave name and telephone number to reserve a space.
UFCW LOCAL 880 RETIREES CLUB will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Cafe 422 in Warren. Members are asked to bring one canned food item to be donated to the St. Vincent DePaul pantry. Reservations were required for this meeting. The next regular meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 8 at a location to be determined. (No meeting will be held in January.) Membership is open to all UFCW Local 880 Retirees and a guest.
ST. JOSEPH HEALTH CENTER'S volunteer department is sponsoring a program of information, enlightenment and fun for those 55 and older at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital's second-floor classrooms. The meeting will be a Christmas party with entertainment, games, dinner and door prizes.
Cost of the program is $4, which includes dinner and door prizes. To make a reservation, call 330-841-4375 or 330-841-4376 today.
PACKARD ELECTRIC AND DELPHI PACKARD LOCAL 717 RETIREES will hold their annual Christmas Party at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at DiLucia's Banquet Hall, Elm Road, Warren. Admission is a stamped membership card.
A collection of toys, games, stuffed animals, etc., will be gathered for "Toys For Tots." Those attending are asked to bring a new, unwrapped item.
PERI monthly meeting will be held Thursday at DiLucia's Restaurant in Warren. This will be the annual Christmas Party, and reservations are required by Sunday and can be made by calling Sally at 330-898-1585, Barbara at 330-372-2603 or Fran at 330-652-1867.
LOCAL 2243 USWA COPPERWELD STEEL RETIREES (SOAR CHAPTER 1-28-10) will hold their annual Christmas Party at 1 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Sunrise Inn Restaurant, 510 E. Market St., Warren. Cost for non-members to attend is $10 per person.
THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGING is asking Ohioans of all ages to submit their stories of love and devotion to the Family Caregiving Story Project. Both caregivers and those who receive assistance from family members and friends are encouraged to send in their personal accounts of the challenges and triumphs that are part of caregiving relationships.
Story submissions should be about 500 words long and include the author's name, location and current age. Mail stories to: Ohio Department of Aging, Attn: Communications Division, 50 W. Broad St./9th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3363; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stories should be received by Dec. 31.
Ward Center Presbyterian Church, 490 Lucy St., Masury, will serve FREE LUNCHES for those 60 and older from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third and fourth Wednesdays of each month.
Former VAN HUFFEL AND VANEX TUBE EMPLOYEES meet at 8 a.m. Fridays at Wayside Restaurant, 825 State Road N.W., Champion. For more information, call Jim Franklin at 330-856-4231.
McDONALD SENIOR CITIZENS will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday for a Christmas lunch at Enzo's Restaurant in Warren.
The TRUMBULL COUNTY NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR THE ELDERLY is provided by the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs and operates nutrition sites at 10 locations throughout Trumbull County. These sites provide a meal and the opportunity for socialization. Donations will be accepted.
Any senior citizen 60 and older and spouses of those 60 and older are welcome for lunch at any of the following sites:
n Cortview Village, 100 Cortview Drive, Cortland, noon Thursday and Friday
n Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., Girard, 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
n Hubbard Senior Center, 220 W. Liberty St., Hubbard, 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
n Johnston Senior Center, 5922 Warren Road, Cortland, noon Monday through Friday
n Kinsman Fire Hall, 8450 Ridge Road, Kinsman, noon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
n Lordstown Administration Building, 1455 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown, 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday
n Newton Falls Community Center, 52 E. Quarry St., Newton Falls, 11:15 a.m. Monday through Friday
n United Steelworkers Hall, 1265 N. Main St., Niles, 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday
n SCOPE Senior Center, 220 W. Market St., Warren, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
n Robert Morrison Village, 3000 Burton St. S.E., Warren, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
n West Farmington Senior Center, 151 College St., West Farmington, noon Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
For more information or to make reservations two working days in advance before 3 p.m., call 330-675-2486.
The menu for the week is:
TODAY: Cheese omelet, sausage patty, seasoned potatoes, applesauce, blueberry muffin, orange juice
MONDAY: Turkey slice with gravy, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts, wheat bread, fresh orange
TUESDAY: Chicken parmagiani with pasta and sauce, lima beans, wheat bread, salad, fruited gelatin
WEDNESDAY: Beef and pepper patty, mashed potatoes with gravy, Harvard beets, rye bread, peaches, birthday cake
THURSDAY: Chicken a la King, broccoli, glazed yam patty, wheat bread, pineapple tidbits
DEC. 17: Super dog on bun, baked beans, corn, apple juice.
THE KINSMAN SENIOR CITIZEN NUTRITION SITE is open every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to those 60 or older or those whose spouse is 60 or older. Meals are served about noon at the Kinsman Fire Hall. Cost is $1.25 per meal, and the doors open at 10 a.m.
Cards and bingo are played every day, and singing is on Wednesdays.
To attend, call two days prior and ask to speak to site manager Dollie Davis at 330-876-5123.
FOWLER-VIENNA SENIOR CITIZENS meet every Thursday at the Fowler Community Center.
The group meets from 9:30 a.m. or later to play cards and games, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and for a 50/50 raffle and meals. Special meals are served on the fourth Thursday of the month. Cost is $3 each.
All those 55 and older are welcome. Annual dues are $12.
JOHNSTON SENIOR CENTER
5922 Warren Road, Cortland, 330-924-0412.
Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Membership is $12 a year. Puzzles and games are played daily. OSU Buckeye necklaces are for sale for $4.50, with all proceeds to benefit the center.
MONDAY: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., wood craft; 12:30 to 2 p.m., cornhole
TUESDAY: 10:30 a.m. to noon, art group; 12:30 to 2 p.m., Wii, blood pressure check (second Tuesday of month); Buckeye necklaces and bracelets.
WEDNESDAY: 10:30 a.m. to noon, needlework; blood pressure check (last Wednesday of month); flu shots, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
THURSDAY: Wii games, 11 a.m. to noon; bingo, 12:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Wii.
VFW meetings are 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. New members and transfers welcome.
Daily meals served at noon. Call for a reservation.
The Maplewood High School Choir will present a Christmas program at the center at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Refreshments will be available.
FARMINGTON SENIOR CENTER
Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7 a.m. to noon Mondays.
MONDAY: 7 a.m. to noon, full breakfast menu, open to the public.
TUESDAY: 10:30 a.m., exercise class and quilting, cards and crafts; 6 p.m., cards, players' choice.
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY: noon, nutrition program lunch, cost $1.25, and quilting, cards and crafts.
Self-serve breakfast is available from 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.
For more information, call 330-889-2733.
4447-B Mahoning Ave. 330-847-8179.
Breakfast 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday. Cost is $4 for members and $6 for nonmembers.
Lunch 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Call the day before. Carryouts are available. Menu suggestions are welcome. Special holiday lunches are $5 for everyone.
Three computers with free Internet are available every day.
MONDAY: Speaker after breakfast; 1 p.m., acrylic painting/crafts of choice. (Supplies are mostly free, but sometimes there is a minimal charge)
TUESDAY: 12:30 p.m., arthritic exercise with certified therapist, followed by chair volleyball and cornhole.
WEDNESDAY: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., bingo at 25 cents per card and free with Angela on second Wednesday.
THURSDAY: 12:30 p.m., arthritic exercise with certified therapist.
FRIDAY: Gardening forum scheduled each Friday right after lunch, painting or crafts afterward.
Cards or games are available every day when requested. Special speakers are scheduled most Mondays at 11 a.m. Crocheting, knitting, quilting (bring machine), assistance available. Monthly menu is available at the front desk. SCOPE is seeking ideas for projects and speakers.
NILES SCOPE SENIOR CENTER
14 E. State St., Niles, Ray Novotny and Judy Fabian, managers. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. 330-544-3676.
MONDAY: 10 a.m., bridge; 11 a.m., Arthritis Foundation exercise program, $1, Debbie Eschman therapy; 1 p.m., quilting, cards, players' choice; 4 p.m., Monday night cards and games, food, $2; 5 p.m., weight loss support group.
TUESDAY: 9:30 a.m. square dancing, $3, Norm Flavell, caller and instructor; 11:30 a.m. lunch - $3 for members and $4 for others; 12:30 p.m., arthritis aerobic exercise classes, $1; 1 p.m., cards - 500 tournament, first, second and third Tuesday each month, pre-registration required; 2:30 p.m., blood pressure checks, first and third Tuesday each month, Niles Health Department nurse; 2:30 p.m., pinochle.
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., chair yoga, $1; 11:30 a.m., lunch, $3 members and $4 others (VIP monthly birthday luncheon, third Wednesday $5); 1 p.m., bingo with a guest caller each week; 1 p.m., Texas hold 'em; 2:30 p.m., card players' choice.
THURSDAY: 9:30 a.m., line dancing, $3, Norm Flavell, instructor; 11:30 a.m., lunch $3 for members and $4 others; 1 p.m., bowling at McKinley Lanes, last Thursday of month; 1 p.m., pinochle, bridge and American Red Cross blood drive, third Thursday of the month.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., free art class; 11 a.m., arthritis exercise program, $1, Debbie Eschman therapy; 11:30 a.m., salad and sandwich, $2; 1 p.m., choir practice; 1 p.m., hand and foot card game and other card games
Pool table, piano or television available when not in conflict with other activities.
8273 High St., Howland.
MONDAY: 9 a.m., pinochle; 10 a.m., art class; 12:30 p.m., yoga, $3
TUESDAY: 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., bocce; 12:30 p.m., bingo; 12:30 p.m., Book Club (third Tuesday); 3 p.m., cornhole (winter months).
WEDNESDAY: 9 a.m., Ohio Star Quilters (first and third Wednesday); 10 a.m., bridge club; 1 p.m., Red Hatters (first Wednesday); 6:30 p.m., line dancing, $3.
THURSDAY: 9:30 a.m., computer class, $25; 10 a.m., needle art; 12:30 p.m., Red Hatters the first Thursday of the month; 2 p.m., Investment Club, 2 to 5 p.m.; 3 p.m., line dancing, $3; 4:30 p.m., bocce; 5:30 p.m., card night, with fee.
FRIDAY: 9 a.m., pinochle; 11:30 a.m., line dancing, $3; 8:15 a.m., golf (fee).
SATURDAY: 9 a.m., Train Club (twice per month); American Legion Executive meeting once a month.
For more information on programs and events at Howland SCOPE, call 330-609-7806.
125 N. Bank St., Cortland; 330-637-3010; Harbor Day Care, 2627 Atlantic N.E., Warren, 330-399-4495.
MONDAY: 11 a.m., My Favorite Recipe - homemade noodles (Dec. 13); Arthritis Exercise, 1:15 p.m., $2; pool team, 4 p.m., open to players.
TUESDAY: Book club meets first Tuesday of month, 10:30 a.m., free; chair yoga, 11:30 a.m., $3; bingo, 12:45 p.m. (25 cents per card); crochet class, 10 a.m. free.
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., cards; 10 a.m., line dancing, $3; 10:30 a.m., bridge; noon, arthritis exercise class, holiday party this week $2; beading class, 1 p.m. free.
THURSDAY: 10:30 a.m., cards, free; 10 a.m., open art class, free; noon, watercolor and acrylic art; 2 p.m., women's pool lessons, free.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., drawing class, free; 10 a.m., beginners line dancing, $3; 10 a.m., cards 500 bid, free; Dec. 17, Christmas party.
There will be a Christmas live arrangement at 11 a.m. Dec. 14. The project is making a wreath. The wreath and greenery will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring other items for decoration.
Christmas Dance at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18, with the Countryway Band. The cost is $15 per person and will have two special guests.
Closed Dec. 24 and 27.
220 W. Market St., Warren.
MONDAY: 8:30 a.m. to noon, lunch site; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., line dancing; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., cards (poker); 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., exercise class; 1 to 3 p.m., cards (500); 6 to 10 p.m., round dancing.
TUESDAY: 8:30 a.m. to noon, lunch site; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., art (Trumbull Art Gallery); 10 to 11 a.m., chair volleyball; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., cards (poker); 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., exercise class; 4:30 p.m., Riverside RR Club; 6 p.m., Stephen Foster Chorus.
WEDNESDAY: 8:30 a.m. to noon, lunch site, soup day (bean and ham soup); 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., rhythm band; 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., cards (pinochle); 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., cards (poker); 1 to 3 p.m., cards (bridge).
THURSDAY: 8:30 a.m. to noon, lunch site; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., painting classes; 10 to 11 a.m., chair volleyball; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., exercise class; 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., deaf group; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., bingo.
FRIDAY: 8:30 a.m. to noon, 10:30 a.m. tap class, Senior Sensations, lunch site; 1 to 3 p.m., cards (500).
Exercise classes are being offered for $1 through December. Call instructor Salley Yurtin for more information at 330-399-8846.
Beginner computer classes will be held Wednesdays for $1 per class. Call for reservations.
A Thanksgiving dinner will be held at 1 p.m. today at the center. There is a $5 fee for a complete buffet dinner and variety of desserts. After dinner, there will be time for Wii, cards, cornhole and movies. For more information, call 330-399-8846.
1776 Salt Springs Road; 330-824-2173
Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday
WEDNESDAY: wood carving.
THURSDAY: 7 p.m., bridge.
FRIDAY: 11 a.m., crafts and bingo.
NILES AMWELD RETIREES meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Atmosphere Cafe, 815 Youngstown Road, Niles.
The AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER, 100 Westchester Drive, will offer several new activities and services starting in December.
Celtic Healthcare will provide free blood pressure checks at the center from 10 a.m. to noon. Mondays.
Yoga, line dance and walking exercise classes are now forming. Seniors can sign up for these and other activities at the table near the front entrance to the senior center.
Carole Moore, Mahoning County coordinator for the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), will counsel seniors on Medicare insurance options from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Seniors can visit the center beforehand to sign up for no cost appointments.
Ongoing updates about the Austintown senior center can be found at www.facebook.com/.../Austintown-Senior-Center/161461177214783.