RETIREES HOLD LAST MEETING OF YEAR: St. Joseph Hospital retirees will meet for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Wayside Restaurant, Champion. Those attending are asked to bring a monetary donation in an envelope. It will be determined at the meeting which charity will be the recipient of the donations. There will be no speaker.
HOWLAND RETIREES PLAN MEETING: Howland Schools will meet for the first meeting of 2013 at 11 a.m. Jan. 8 at Enzo's. All classified and nonclassified retirees, spouses and guests are welcome. Cost of the lunch, payable at the door, is $10. Retirees who do not receive the newsletter / response card are asked to call 330-856-5226 by the Saturday prior to the meeting if they plan to attend.
There will be a collection of canned or boxed non-perishable "comfort foods," household paper goods, bar soap, and toothpaste for Emmanuel Center. Everyone is asked to bring one or two for the collection.
The group's yearly sponsorship of a scholarship through the Howland Community Scholarship Foundation will be discussed.
Retirees who want to receive the monthly newsletter can get on the mailing list by paying the yearly fee of $10.
SENIORS TAKING STAND FOR SAFETY: Tod's Crossing, a National Church Residences cottages development located in Warren, offered ongoing education for seniors and their adult family caregivers as part of the Senior Safety School's S.T.E.P. UP! Safety Takes Every Person.
The graduation ceremony this month included guests from the Columbus home office of National Church Residences.
Students learned how to protect themselves from identity theft, financial fraud schemes and elder abuse, how to report a crime and what organizations were there for them they should fall victim to a crime, fall prevention, about how to prevent a fire in the home, and how to prepare for natural disasters, among other topics.
Seniors and their adult family caregivers can reserve a spot in the 2013 class by calling 330-399-2224. For information, visit www.nationalchurchresidences.org/todscrossing
HOWLAND SCOPE OFFERS COMPUTER CLASSES: Computer classes (Windows computers) will be offered at Howland SCOPE, 8273 High St., Howland, starting Jan 3. Each class will run five weeks, with 90-minute classes, and include handouts to take home. The cost is $25 for the five classes to SCOPE members. For nonmembers, the annual membership fee is $15.
Those with notebook PC's are encouraged to bring their PC and take the class on their own computer. Bring and AC adapter.
The following classes are planned if at least four students sign up for it: 9:30 to 11 a.m. for beginners; and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those who already use the Internet but want to know more about email and Web browsing.
For more information or to register, call 330-609-7806.
SCOPE CLUB HOSTS BASKET RAFFLE: The Niles SCOPE Senior Center Happy Tappers are selling raffle tickets to win several holiday baskets. The proceeds will benefit Dancing for Others, which will be held Jan. 26 at Packard Music Hall under the direction of Donna Crean. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5.
All proceeds are given to local needy individuals to assist with their medical bills. For more information, call the center at 330-544-3676.
NILES RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET: Niles Retired Teachers will now meet on every second Thursday of the month. All retired teachers are welcome.
VAN HUFFEL, VANEX MEET: 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.
NUTRITION?SITES?AVAILABLE:?The Trumbull County Nutrition Program for the Elderly is provided by the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs and operates nutrition sites at 11 locations throughout Trumbull County. These sites provide a meal and the opportunity for socialization. Donations will be accepted.
Any senior citizen 60 or older and his or her spouse are welcome for lunch at any of the following sites:
Cortview Village, 100 Cortview Drive, Cortland, noon Thursday and Friday
Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., Girard, 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Hubbard Senior Center, 220 W. Liberty St., Hubbard, 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Johnston Senior Center, 5922 Warren Road, Cortland, noon Monday through Friday
Kinsman Fire Hall, 8450 Ridge Road, Kinsman, noon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Lordstown Administration Building, 1455 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown, 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday
Newton Falls Community Center, 52 E. Quarry St., Newton Falls, 11:15 a.m. Monday through Friday
United Steelworkers Hall, 1265 N. Main St., Niles, 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday
SCOPE Senior Center, 220 W. Market St., Warren, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
Robert Morrison Village, 3000 Burton St. S.E., Warren, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
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:
Today: Kielbasi, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, bun, diced peaches
Monday: Hamburger, baked beans, potato, diced pears
Tuesday: New Year's Day
Wednesday: Grilled chicken with glaze, mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned spinach, mixed fruit, rye bread, chocolate cupcake or angel food cake
Thusday: Swedish meatballs, bow tie pasta and gravy, broccoli, peas and carrots, wheat bread, diced pears
Jan. 4: Tuna noodle casserole, wax beans, cinnamon applesauce, lettuce, wheat bread
AARP NEEDS TAX-AIDE VOLUNTEERS: AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation offered in conjunction with the IRS. This program provides free tax preparation and filing for seniors and other taxpayers with low to moderate income who need assistance filing their tax returns.
The program is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation for the upcoming tax year. The Trumbull County program takes place at 12 sites throughout the county. No tax experience is needed as training will be provided.
Anyone interested in participating or for more information is asked to contact Geri Smith at 330-469-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOWLER-VIENNA SENIOR CITIZENS: The group meets 9:30 a.m. or later every Thursday at the Fowler Community Center to play cards and games, to 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 or older are welcome. Annual dues are $12.
220 W. Market St., Warren. Donations accepted for lunch. For more information, call 330-399-8846.
The pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Cost for breakfast is $2 per person.
MONDAY: 10:30 a.m., arthritis exercise; 11:30 a.m., OEA nutrition site; 1 p.m., cards (500); 2 p.m., ultra beginner line dance class with Gloria Stone, $2.
TUESDAY: 9:30 a.m., art class - portraits; 11:30 a.m., nutrition site; 4:30 p.m., Railroad Club; 7 p.m., bridge; 7 p.m., Stephen Foster Chorus.
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., line dancing, Norman Flavell, $3; 10 a.m., beginners computer class; 11 a.m.; 11:30 a.m., nutrition site; 12:30 p.m., penny ante poker; 2 p.m., ultra-beginner line dancing, Gloria Stone, $2.
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., bridge; 10:30 a.m., arthritis exercise; 11:30 a.m., nutrition site; 12:30 p.m., bingo; 4:30 p.m., pool league.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., chair tap dance; 10 a.m., intermediate computer class; 10:30 a.m., tap class; 11:30 a.m., lunch site; 12:30 p.m., cards (500).
Mountaineer Casino trip, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12; $25 pre-pay per person.
Neighborhood Health Watch with Brenda Cook, RN, 10 a.m.to noon Dec. 12. Fast for 12 hours before.
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, including 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 or older. Cost is $2 but not required, and the number of meals is limited. The center features speakers at 11:30 a.m. every Friday, followed by the taping of the ''Senior Focus'' TV show.
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.
Diabetes support group - 10 a.m. first Friday of each month, free.
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.
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.
TUESDAY: 10 a.m., Wii bowl, bridge or candles, 25-cent bingo; noon, lunch, $3; 2 p.m., beginners sketching class, $3, call to register.
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., woodcarving with Frank, free; 10 a.m. (last Wednesday of month), free cholesterol screening, glucose test and blood pressure check (fast is required); noon, lunch, $3; 1 p.m., exercise with Roseanne, chair yoga.
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., bridge, candles or Wii bowl; noon, lunch, $3; 7 p.m., bridge night.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., bingo, 25 cents; noon, lunch, $3.
NUTRITION SITE OPEN: The Kinsman Senior Citizen Nutrition Site is open every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to seniors 60 or older or their spouses. Meals are served about noon at the Kinsman Fire Hall, and donations are accepted. Doors open at 10 a.m. For information on meals, call site manager Dollie Davis at 330-876-5123.
Cards and bingo are played every day, and singing is on Wednesdays. To attend, call Davis two days prior.
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, games and coffee bar are available daily.
MONDAY: 10 a.m., chair yoga; 10:30 a.m., trivia; 12:30 p.m., cornhole.
TUESDAY: 10 a.m., art; 12:30 p.m., Wii bowling.
WEDNESDAY: 10:30 a.m., needlework; 10:30 a.m., blood pressure check; 12:30 p.m., balance.
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., cards; 10:30 a.m., Wii bowling; 12:30 p.m., bingo.
FRIDAY: 10:30 a.m., Yahtzee; 11 a.m., Wii bowling; 12:30 p.m., balance.
Daily meals are served at noon. Donations are accepted. Call for a reservation.
There are also monthly craft days and birthday parties.
FARMINGTON SENIOR CENTER
Open from 8 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, player's choice.
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY: noon, nutrition program lunch, and quilting, cards and crafts.
Weight Watchers - Doors open at 5 p.m. with meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Self-serve breakfast is available from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call 330-889-2733.
4451 Mahoning Ave.; 330-847-8179.
Call ahead for any of meals you plan on attending; beverages are included with meal.
MONDAY: 10:30 a.m., Biggest Breakfast in town, members $5, Non members $7; 11 a.m. speaker on local issues.
TUESDAY: 11:15 a.m., home cooked lunch, $3, non members $4.50; 12:30 p.m. exercise and arthritic classes with certifed instructor, $2 (exercise room half-hour exercise and half-hour chair volley ball).
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m. Cards 500 bid; 11:15 a.m., home cooked lunch, $3; noon, bingo (25 cents a card - UNO or games after bingo).
THURSDAY: 11:15 a.m., home cooked lunch, $3; 12:30 p.m., arthritic exercise class (certified instructor half-hour exercise and half-hour chair volleyball).
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., TAI CHI with Del Piper, $5; 11:15 a.m., home cooked lunch, $3; noon, painting and crafts of your choice with Pam Cebella.
James Clime at the organ the fourth Monday of every month for the breakfast hour.
Members will be taking a bus trip to Mountaineer Casino on Jan. 30. Call or stop in to sign up.
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., 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; 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 St. N.E., Warren, 330-399-4495.
MONDAY: 10 a.m., bridge club; 10 a.m., beginners line dancing, $3; 12:30 p.m., arthritis exercise, $2; 4 p.m., pool league.
TUESDAY: 10:30 a.m., Book Club (first Tuesday of the month); 11:30 a.m., chair yoga; garden club, first Tuesday of each month; 1 p.m., crochet class; 2 p.m., line dancing, $3.
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., cards; 10:30 a.m., bridge players; noon, arthritis exercise class, $2; 1 p.m., jewelry class.
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., cards; 10 a.m., open art class; sewing, open.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., art group, free; 10 a.m., cards; 10:30 a.m., omelet in a bag, first Friday, $3; 2 p.m., woodcarving class.