UFCW LOCAL 880 RETIREES MEET: The next regular meeting of UFCW Local 880 Retirees will be 10 a.m. Jan. 10 at Davidson's Restaurant, Cornersburg. Membership is open to all UFCW Local 880 Retirees. All UFCW Local 880 retirees can bring a guest. For questions, call 330-544-5656 or 330-788-2181.
AARP SEEKS TAX-AIDE VOLUNTEERS: AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation that is offered in conjunction with the IRS. This program provides free tax preparation for taxpayers who need assistance filing their tax returns for the tax year 2011.
The tax aide program in Trumbull County is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation for the upcoming tax year. The Trumbull County program takes place at 11 sites throughout the county. No tax experience is needed as training will be provided. Anyone interested in participating or for more information in this program for Trumbull County is asked to contact Pat Baldwin at 330-372-7488 or PBaldwin2@neo.rr.com. Information is also available at aarp.org/taxaide.
FREE HELP AVAILABLE: Free help is being offered for those age 60 and older from 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at Pembrook Place, 850 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown.
Applications for utility assistance (HEAP, PIPP, AT&T Lifeline, Utility Disconnection Assistance Referrals)
Medical coverage review (medical coverage options, Medicare Part D and Advantage plans, Medicaid, prescription assistance programs)
Support groups (Alzheimer's Association and caregiver support groups)
Other questions regarding community resources.
Guest speaker will be Debbie Shurilla, Senior Independence. Light refreshments will be included.
RSVP to 330-788-3038 by Jan. 9.
A "HOTTIE TOTTIES" CHRISTMAS: The Red Hat "Hottie Totties" recently met at Ciminero's Banquet Center in Niles for their Christmas luncheon. Thirty-eight hatters attended with special guest Bob D'Aurelio entertaining. Queen Mother Janet presented each member with a handmade cross. In honor of Eileen Salcone, the club's recently passed Queen, a prayer moment was allotted. Sandy Salcone presented pins to all attendees from her mother.
The Hottie Totties meet at noon on the first Thursday of each month at the Howland SCOPE Senior Center. Events, programs and off site trips are planned by members and take place throughout the year. January's meeting will be a potluck / planning meeting at the Howland SCOPE Center. Ladies interested in joining a Red Hat group are invited to come and plan the 2012 calendar year and have lunch with new friends.
CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW ACTIVITIES: The Austintown Senior Center, 100 Westchester Drive, is offering several new activities and services.
Celtic Healthcare will provide free blood pressure checks from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday at the center.
Yoga, line dance and walking exercise classes are forming.
The half-hour TV show "Senior Focus," broadcast on Austintown Community Television Channel 19 and Armstrong Cable Channel 20, is taping at the center. Seniors can join the audience.
Ongoing updates about the Austintown senior center can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com.
GIFTS TO BE DELIVERED: Home Instead Senior Care is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor Be a Santa to a Senior - a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to lonely and needy seniors in the Youngstown / Boardman area.
Upcoming dates include delivery of gifts to seniors in the community today and Saturday.
FREE?LUNCHES?OFFERED:?Ward Center Presbyterian Church, 490 Lucy St., Masury, will serve free lunches for senior citizens 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 TO MEET: The group will gather at 8 a.m. Fridays at Wayside Restaurant, 825 State Road N.W., Champion. For more information, call Jim Franklin at 330-856-4231.
THOMAS STEEL RETIREES MEET: Thomas Steel Retirees Club meets 9 a.m. the third Monday of each month at the Wayside Restaurant. The next meeting will be held Monday.
CLASS OF 1959 MEETS MONTHLY: The Niles McKinley High School class of 1959 meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of every month in the meeting room of the Perkins on state Route 46 across from the Eastwood Mall.
WGH 1959 CLASS MEETS: The Warren G. Harding High School class of 1959 meets at 6 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Reef. For more information, call Pat Zoccali at 330-647-5103.
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, Diamond Jim bun, golden apple
WEDNESDAY: Super dog on bun, baked bean quintet, diced carrots, cup cake, apple juice
THURSDAY: Beef and pepper patty, mashed potatoes with gravy, Harvard beets, wheat bread, diced peaches
DEC. 23: Merry Christmas. Closed Dec. 23, 24, 25 and 26.
THE KINSMAN SENIOR CITIZEN NUTRITION SITE is open every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to seniors 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.
JOHNSTON SENIOR CENTER
5922 Warren Road, Cortland, 330-924-0412.
Open 10 a.m. to 2 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.
Seniors and money speaker at noon Wednesday.
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; 12:30 p.m., yoga, $3; 1:45 p.m., Senior Zumba.
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; 12:30 p.m., Red Hatters (first Thursday); 2 p.m., Investment Club, 2 p.m.; 2 p.m., line dancing, $3; 4:30 p.m., bocce; 5:30 p.m., card night (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.
Sign up for Spring Corn Hole ends Jan. 27, play starts on Feb. 7. Golf and bocce league sign up starts April 1.
Closed Dec. 23 and 26 for Christmas holidays.
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: 10:30 a.m., garden club (every other Monday); arthritis exercise, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., $2; sewing, 10 a.m., free and open to anyone; pool team at 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, $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.
Pot luck and birthday luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today. Bring a covered dish.
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.
For more information, call 330-399-8846.
BUILDING PRODUCTS RETIREES TO MEET: Niles Building Products Retirees meet the second Wednesday of each month at Scenna's Restaurant, 1901 N. State St., Niles.
OLD TIMERS MEET MONTHLY: The Old Timers meet at noon every third Thursday of the month at Lamacusa's. For more information, call Mickey at 330-545-8279.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: 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.
COUNTRY NEIGHBOR: Country Neighbor Community Center, 39 S. Maple St., Orwell, is offering the following programs. For reservations or information, call Diana Ristimaki, program coordinator, at 440-437-6311.
Maple Street Cafe breakfast, 6 to 10 a.m. Mondays through Fridays. All proceeds benefit the services and programs of Country Neighbor.
Jodie Stoloves chair dancing - 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, fee $1.
Ceramic classes - 12:30 p.m. second and fourth Friday, fee $8, call to register.
FOWLER-VIENNA SENIOR CITIZENS: The group meets from 9:30 a.m. or later every Thursday at the Fowler Community Center 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.
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 10:30 a.m. at email@example.com or by calling 330-953-1416.
MONDAY: 9:30 a.m., painting class, $5; 10 a.m., bingo; noon, monthly wellness check (includes blood pressure, hearing vision and medication checks).
TUESDAY: 10 a.m., line dancing with Bea; noon, bingo trip to Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
WEDNESDAY: 9:15 a.m., cards or cornhole; 10 a.m., bingo; noon, tai chi.
THURSDAY: 9:30 a.m., yoga, cards, Wii; 50/50 drawing, birthday party; noon, bingo, sponsor Briarfield at Ashley Circle.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., bingo, cornhole, Wii.
Lunch is offered Monday through Friday on a first-come, first-served basis to seniors 60 and older. Cost is $2 but not required, and the number of meals is limited. The Austintown senior center features speakers at 11:30 a.m. every Friday followed by the taping of the "Senior Focus" TV show.
For more information, call 330-953-1416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rear of Lordstown Elementary School, 1776 Salt Springs Road; 330-824-2173. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call ahead for lunch, $3. Membership is $12 per year or $22 for a couple.
MONDAY: 10 a.m., Wii Bowl; noon, lunch, $3, hoagies and gelatin.
TUESDAY: 10 a.m., Wii Bowl, bridge or candles, 25-cent bingo; noon, lunch, $3, stuffed peppers, soup, bread and fruit.
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., woodcarving with Frank, free; noon, lunch, $3, Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, carrots, bread; 1 p.m., exercise with Rosanne, chair yoga.
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., bridge, candles or Wii Bowl; noon, lunch, $3, baked chicken or pork, vegetable, fruit, bread; 7 p.m., bridge night.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., bingo, 25 cents; noon, lunch, $3, chicken cacciatore, spaghetti, gelatin.
Anyone wishing to start a pinochle group should call the center.
Wii games are available every day and can be played from a sitting position. All classes are free.
The center is offering a beginners sketching class for seniors ages 50 and older taught by artist Larry "Jesse" James. The class will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Supplies needed are pencil and paper, mechanical compass and a ruler. The fee is $3. Call the center at 330-824-2173 to register and for further information.
A SCOPE membership is $12 per year. Visit or contact the center.
GIRARD MULTI-GENERATION CENTER
NUTRITION MEAL PROGRAM
Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs: 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call reservation in at least two days in advance at 330-675-2486. Suggested donation: $1.50 per meal. For seniors 60 and older and/or their spouses. Menu calendars are available at the Multi-Generational Center.
The center will offer basic computer classes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays. Registration is required as seating is limited. Call 330-545-6596 to register or for more information.
Fitness Room hours: 8:30 to 4 p.m. Monday; 8:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; 8:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 8:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday; 8:30 to 4 p.m. Friday; closed Saturdays.
Yoga / pilates: Tuesdays, yoga from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., chair yoga 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., pilates 5 to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, yoga 3 to 4 and 6 to 7 p.m.; Thursdays, yoga at 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., chair yoga 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and pilates 5 to 6 p.m. Cost is $3 for class for members and $5 for class for non-members.
Tai chi: Cost $5: noon to 1 p.m. Fridays
Exercising to music will be 9:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gym.
The Wii gaming system and air hockey or pingpong is set up in the parlor for members to use. The gaming hours are during the center's hours of operation.
Adult basketball or cornhole is held Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym. Minimum of two players and must be members of the center.
Walk the steps or in the gym: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Minimum of two walkers. Sign in at the front desk.
Knit and crochet class: Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon. Bring yarn, needles and other materials needed. Class is free and open to members.