GUARDIAN ANGELS: The Guardian Angels of Ohio, a volunteer guardianship program of the Trumbull County Probate Court, will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Perkins Family Restaurant, 1953 Niles Cortland Road S.E. The Angels reach out in friendship to people who are elderly and alone in Trumbull County by providing trained, qualified volunteers to serve as advocates. For further information, contact 330-675-2521.
TOP NURSING HOME: Park Vista Retirement Community, 1216 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, has been named one of the nation's top nursing homes by U.S. News & World Report. Park Vista is owned and operated by OPRS Communities, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS).
The U.S. News rankings rely on Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS analyzes information on all homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid and gives them ratings of one to five stars overall. The homes also receive ratings of one to five stars in each of three areas: health inspections, nurse staffing and measures of care. Park Vista is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community serving the Youngstown area since 1947.
AARP 3104: The Canfield AARP 3104 will meet at 1 p.m. March 7 at the Canfield Presbyterian Church. Blood pressure screenings will be available from noon untill the meeting. Mark Ludwig, editor of the Senior News, will give a presentation. Reservations will be taken for a March 25 bus trip to Cleveland, which includes the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an Aviation Museum, dinner and more.
ST. JOSEPH'S RETIREES: St. Joe's Hospital retirees will meet for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Wayside restaurant in Champion. Attendees are asked to bring a useful item for the bingo game to be played, as well as a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Warren Family Mission.
ST. JOSEPH HEALTH CENTER: St. Joseph Health Center's volunteer department is sponsoring a program of information, enlightenment and fun for those 55 years and older at 2:30 p.m. March 8 in the hospital's second floor classrooms. Dr. Carl Fossaceca, clinical pharmacy specialist at St. Joseph, will be the guest speaker. Cost of the program is $4, which includes dinner and door prizes. To make a reservation, call 330-841-4375 or 330-841-4376 by Tuesday.
SCOPE INC. MEETING: SCOPE Inc. will hold its 48th annual meeting at 11:40 a.m. Monday at SCOPE in Warren, 220 W. Market St. In a tribute to leadership, a portrait of Dorothy Klein, one of two founders of SCOPE, will be unveiled. The portrait was commissioned by SCOPE and painted by Judy Waid, Warren artist. Klein died in 2008.
Attending from Arlington, Va., will be Klein's son Kent, who will give a brief remembrance of the early days of SCOPE. New board of trustee members will be introduced: Michael Psznick, Garland Bradshaw, Sandra Foster, Ph.D., and Barry Dunaway. Retiring trustees are Bill Horton, John Kurtz and Sharon Wathen.
Donation of $15 includes a full-menu luncheon prepared in the SCOPE kitchen served at noon.
MONTHLY LUNCHEON: Howland Schools Retired Personnel will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Enzo's. All retired school personnel and their spouses / guests are welcome to attend the informal monthly lunch meetings and fellowship. Cost of the lunch, payable at the door, is $10 with a choice from the three to four entrees offered. Donations of "comfort foods" - canned soup, boxed macaroni and cheese, etc. - for delivery to Beatitude House may be brought to the meeting. For more information about the meetings or newsletter, call 330-856-5226.
AJAX MAGNETHERMIC RETIREES: The group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Station Square, 4250 Belmont Ave., Liberty Township. Guests are welcome.
OLD TIMERS: The Old Timers met this week for their monthly luncheon at Lamacusa's Restaurant in Girard. There were 25 members in attendance and one guest, Liz Rieser, the daughter of Eleanor Avona.
It was announced that a free health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at the Kent State Branch in Champion.
The Old Timers meet at noon every third Thursday of the month at Lamacusa's. For information, call Mickey at 330-545-8279.
OLDEST WORKER: Nominations now are being accepted in the search for America's Outstanding Oldest Worker for 2011. Sponsored by Experience Works, the search is part of a national effort to raise awareness about the contributions older individuals make in today's workplace and to break down barriers often associated with their employment. In Ohio, Experience Works operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide skills training, work experience and community service opportunities for low-income older workers.
America's Outstanding Oldest Worker nominees must be 100 years of age or older, currently employed, working at least 20 hours each week for pay and involved in his or her community. Additional information, including the nomination form, is available at www.experienceworks.org. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2011.
Individuals who would like more information about Experience Works' job programs should visit www.experienceworks.org or call 866-397-9757.
TAX HELP: AARP Tax Aide will prepare taxes for people of any age who have earnings of less than $100,000 and who are not operating a business that maintains inventory or uses any financial systems other than cash accounting.
The free AARP Tax Aide program sites and hours are:
Bristol Public Library - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday
Girard Multigenerational Center- 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
Hubbard Public Library - Wednesday and Thursday by appointment, 330-534-3512
Niles SCOPE - 9 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.Friday
Warren SCOPE - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. first Saturday of the month
Liberty Public Library - 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday
Lake Vista Retirement - Tuesday by appointment, 330-984-0071
Johnson Senior Center - Thursday by appointment, 330-984-0071
Lordstown SCOPE - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday
Newton Falls Community Center - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday
Otterbein United Methodist - 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday
First Baptist Church Howland - 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
Information on training is available by calling 888-687-2277 or visiting www.aarp.org/taxaide. Those interested also can call SCOPE at 330-399-8846 to speak to an AARP representative.
AMWELD RETIREES: Niles Amweld retirees meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Atmosphere Cafe, 815 Youngstown Road, Niles.
VAN HUFFEL AND VANEX EMPLOYEES: 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.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Lake Vista of Cortland Bereavement Support Group meets from 1 to 2 or 6 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the multipurpose room of Park Place. Senior Independence will present Kathleen Zimmerman, hospice chaplain; Laaren Whitcombe, social worker; and Elissa Douglas, social worker. The topic is ''Stages of Grief.''
FREE LUNCHES: 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.
MCDONALD SENIORS: McDonald Senior Citizens will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
NUTRITION PROGRAM: 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:
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: Beef stew, rice, yellow beans, corn muffin, pears
MONDAY: Stuffed pepper with sauce, mashed potatoes, corn O'Brien, wheat bread, fruit mix
TUESDAY: BBQ riblet, scalloped potatoes, spinach with vinegar, Diamond Jim bun, Golden apple
WEDNESDAY: Super dog on bun, baked bean quintet, diced carrots, cupcake, apple juice
THURSDAY: Beef and pepper patty, mashed potatoes with gravy, Harvard beets, wheat bread, diced peaches
MARCH 4: Fish square, macaroni and cheese, brussel sprouts, wheat bread, pineapple tidbits, grape juice
COUNTRY NEIGHBOR: Country Neighbor Community Center, 39 S. Maple St., Orwell, is offering the following programs to the public. For reservations or information, call Diana Ristimaki, program coordinator, at 440-437-6311.
FOWLER-VIENNA SENIOR CITIZENS: The group meets 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: woodcraft, 10 a.m.; cornhole, 12:30 p.m.; puzzles, 2 p.m.
TUESDAY: art group, 10:30 a.m.; Wii bowling, 12:30 p.m.; puzzles, 2 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: needlework, 10:30 a.m.; blood pressure check, 11 a.m.; puzzles, 2 p.m.
THURSDAY: Wii games, 10 a.m.; bingo, 12:30 p.m.; puzzles, 2 p.m.; AARP Tax Help, 10 a.m.
FRIDAY: Wii games, 10 a.m.; TV parlor and puzzles, 12:30 p.m.
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.
NUTRITION SITE: 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.
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, preregistration 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.
The SCOPE Senior Center is seeking volunteers to help seniors in the area make lap robes and walker caddies for the Shepherd of the Valley nursing home. No sewing ability is needed, just a desire to learn. The group meets every Monday at 1 p.m.
Another area of need is the chorus. The chorus sings at Briarfield at the Ridge once a month to entertain the residents. They also perform at the center and whenever needed in the Niles community. The chorus meets every Friday at 1 p.m.
Contact the center to become a volunteer at 330-544-3676 or stop in at the center.
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; 9:30 to 11 a.m., fly fishing with instructor Bill Lewis; 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); new exercise program from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (call to sign up).
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.
MONDAY: 10 a.m., bridge players; 1:15 p.m., arthritis exercise; 4 p.m., pool team.
TUESDAY: 10:30 a.m., book club, first Tuesday of month, free; 11:30 a.m., chair yoga, $3; 10 a.m., crochet class, free; 1 p.m., bingo, (25 cents per card).
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., cards; 10 a.m., line dancing, $3; 10:30 a.m., bridge; noon, arthritis exercise class.
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., open art class, free; noon, watercolor class, free; 2 p.m., women's pool lessons, free.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., drawing class, free; 10 a.m., cards, free; 10 a.m. to noon, Neighborhood Health Watch.
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).
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.
For more information, call 330-399-8846.
AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: 100 Westchester Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Register for a free 11:30 a.m. lunch by 11 a.m. at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 330-953-1416.
MONDAY: 10 a.m., bingo;noon, monthly wellness check (includes blood pressure, hearing vision and medication checks); 9:30 a.m., painting classes, throughout February ($15 for remaining classes).
TUESDAY: Noon, bingo; 9:30 a.m., Comfort Keepers free balance class (eight weeks).
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., bingo; noon, tai chi; 10 a.m., zumba and line dance classes, alternating Tuesdays.
THURSDAY: Noon, bingo; 9:30 a.m., yoga; 10 a.m., cards; (two van trips, 9:30 a.m. Thursday to the Southern Park Mall and then to the Dutch House Restaurant and shops in Columbiana; and Feb. 24 to shops in Middlefield in Geauga County and then the Packard Museum in Warren.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., bingo; 9 a.m., trip to Butler Art Institute/Youngstown; 12:30 p.m., Senior Focus taping; YSU Gerontology Class.
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.