FRACKING PART OF LECTURE SERIES: The Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, will hold a J Cafe about "fracking" in Ohio from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the center's multipurpose room. Speaker is Dr. Jeffrey Dick, professor and chair of geological and environmental sciences and director of natural gas and water resource initiatives at Youngstown State University. He will give an overview of Utica Shale activity and associated environmental issues in Ohio. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Call Darlene at 330-746-3251.
SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: Glenwood Christian Fellowship, 7872 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, will present "Sounds and Grounds" live music and cafe night from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Goodness Grows, a faith-based nonprofit organization seeking community transformation through agriculture, will attend to discuss ways for a self-sustaining and economically viable community for future generations in the Mahoning Valley. For information, call 330-549-9408.
ALL DAY CRAFT EVENT SET: North-Mar Church, 3855 E. Market St., Warren, will hold a free craft retreat from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be an opportunity to work on projects, classes on knitting and crocheting, and tips and hints about digital scrapbooking. Registration is necessary due to space limitations, preparations and set-up. To register contact Luann at Luann@NorthMarChurch.com or 330-856-3496.
SQUARE DANCING PLANNED: North Bloomfield Historical Society will hold square and line dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the town hall, state Routes 87 and 45. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students in grades kindergarten to 12th. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the town hall. The public is welcome. Call 440-685-4582.