NILES SCOPE TO HOST WREATH PROJECT: The Niles SCOPE Senior Center will be holding a wreath making project from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday, and includes a lite lunch. The theme is "spring." All materials will be provided; however, participants are welcome to bring personal items to decorate their wreaths. The cost for the program is $6 and includes the lunch. Members and non-members are welcome. Please call to pre-register at 330-544-3676 or stop in at the center at 14 E. State St., Niles.
SCHOOL RETIREES TO MEET: Howland Schools Retirees will meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Enzo's on Elm Road. All Howland retired personnel and spouses or guests are welcome to attend the monthly lunch meetings. Cost of the lunch, payable at the door, is $10. Call 330-856-5226 by Saturday if you plan to attend and do not receive a response card to send in.
Items of nonperishable food and paper goods will be collected for delivery to Emmanuel Center. Hygiene items such as toothpaste, bar soap, body wash and shampoo are needed.
Donations for the scholarship sponsored by the group may be sent to Howland Community Scholarship Foundation Inc., 8200 South S.E., Warren, OH 44484. The check can be made payable to HCSF INC., and marked "Howland Schools Retired Personnel Scholarship" on the memo line.
Call 330-856-5226 for more information or to share news of interest to fellow Howland Schools retirees.
GUARDIANS LOOK FOR VOLUNTEERS: The Guardian Angels of Ohio, a volunteer program of the Trumbull County Probate Court, is looking for volunteers. Angel volunteers receive training to become advocates who reach out as friends to seniors who may need a friendly phone call, a visit in a nursing home, or a visit at home. Angels are also involved in planning special events for seniors such as health fairs and Make a Difference day projects.
The next meeting is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Perkins Family Restaurant, 1953 Niles Cortland Road S.E. For further information, call 330-675-2521 or go to www.trumbullprobate.org.
TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE TO NUTRITION SITES: Area Agency 11 has awarded a grant to Trumbull Community Action Program to transport senior citizens to the Nutrition Sites in Trumbull County that are operated by the Office of Elderly Affairs. Transportation is for people 60 and older or the spouse of someone 60 or older.
Persons wanting to use the service need to call TCAP at 330-395-2287 to schedule rides and the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs at 330-675-2486 to make meal reservations. Both calls need to be made prior to 3 p.m. two working days before they wish to go.
People will be asked to make a donation for both their ride (while on the van) and for their meal (while at the nutrition site).
Trumbull County Nutrition Sites are:
Cortview Village, Cortland, noon Thursday and Friday
Girard Multigenerational Center, 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Hubbard Senior Center, 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday
Johnston Senior Center, noon Monday through Friday
Kinsman Fire Hall, noon Monday through Wednesday
Lordstown Administration Building, 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday
Morrison Village, Warren, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
Newton Falls Community Center, 11:15 a.m. Monday through Friday
Niles Steelworker's Hall, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
West Farmington Senior Center, noon Wednesday through Friday
FREE TAX PREPARATION AVAILABLE: AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, which is offered in conjunction with the IRS. This program provides free tax preparation and filing for federal and state tax returns. The preparers will begin preparing and filing tax returns for the 2012 tax year from Feb. 1 to April 15. Those who attend must bring a photo ID, Social Security card, and a copy of last year's tax returns.
Bristol Public Library, 1855 Greenville Road, Bristolville, 44402; 330-889-3651 - Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Girard Multigenerational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., Girard, 44420; 330-545-5350 - Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hubbard Public Library, 436 W. Liberty St., Hubbard, 44425; 330-847-7915 - Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for appointment.
Niles SCOPE Center, 14 E. State St., Niles, 44446; 330-544-3676 - Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call for appointment.
Warren SCOPE, 220 W. Market St., Warren, 44481; 330-399-8846 - Monday through Friday and first and third Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call for appointment.
Liberty Public Library, 415 Churchill Hubbard Road, Youngstown, 44505; 330-759-2589 - Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lake Vista Retirement Community, 303 N. Mecca St., Cortland, 44410; 330-984-0071 - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lordstown Scope Center, 1776 Salt Springs Road, Warren, 44481; 330-824-2173 - Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for appointment.
Newton Falls Community Center, 52 E. Quarry St., Newton Falls, 44444; 330-872-5261 - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Otterbein United Methodist Church, 1128 State Road West, Warren, 44481; 330-847-7072 - Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Johnston Senior Center, 5922 Warren Road, Cortland, 44410; 330-984-0071 - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Howland, 8957 E. Market St., Warren, 44484; 330-856-5612 - Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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 age 60 or older and his or her spouse is 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
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 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: Lasagna with meatsauce, green beans, scalloped apples, lettuce with French dressing, bread stick.
Monday: Pork chop pie, mashed potatoes with gravy, brussel sprouts, pineapple tidbits, wheat bread
Tuesday: Salisbury steak with gravy, O'brien potatoes, broccoli, grape juice, rye bread
Wednesday: Spaghetti with sauce, meatballs, green beans, applesauce, shredded lettuce with Italian dressing, wheat bread
Thursday: SW meatloaf, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, wheat bread, fruited gelatin
March 8: Chicken filet, buttered cabbage, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, aplesauce
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 ages 55 or older are welcome. Annual dues are $12.
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 Monday through Friday, $3. Membership is $12 per year, or $22 for a couple.
MONDAY: 10:30 a.m. Biggest Breakfast in town; speaker.
TUESDAY: lunch served at 11:15 a.m. $3; noon exercise and arthritic classes, certified instructor $2.
WEDNESDAY: 9:30 a.m. cards 500 bid; 12:30 p.m. Bingo (25 cents a card). UNO or Games after Bingo.
THURSDAY: 11:15 a.m. lunch $3; noon exercise and arthritic class, certified instructor $2.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m. Tai chi with Dell Piper; 11:15 a.m. lunch $5; noon crafts and painting with Pam Cibella.
Monday at 10:45 a.m., Cindy Hammers on Bird Talk.
Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., KSU nursing students speaking and displaying their talents.
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 to attend meals; beverages are included with meal.
MONDAY: 10:30 a.m., "Biggest Breakfast in Town," members $5, nonmembers $7; 11 a.m., speaker on local issues - Cindy Hammers on Bird Talk, 10:45 a.m. March 4.
TUESDAY: 11:15 a.m., homecooked lunch, $3, nonmembers $4.50; noon. exercise and arthritic classes with certified instructor, $2 (exercise room half-hour exercise and half-hour chair volleyball).
WEDNESDAY: 9:30 a.m., cards, 500 bid; 11:15 a.m., homecooked lunch, $3; 12:30, bingo (25 cents a card - UNO or games after bingo). KSU Nursing students on dehydration, signs of strokes and heart attacks, 11:30 a.m. March 6.
THURSDAY: 11:15 a.m., homecooked lunch, $3; noon arthritic exercise class (certified instructor $2 half-hour exercise and half-hour chair volleyball).
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., tai chi with Del Piper, $5; 11:15 a.m., homecooked lunch, $3; noon, painting and crafts with Pam Cibella.
James Clime at the organ the fourth Monday of every month for the breakfast hour.
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; noon, cards, player's choice; 1 p.m., quilting; 5 p.m., weight loss support group.
TUESDAY: 9:30 a.m. square dancing, $3, Norm Flavell, caller and instructor; 11:45 a.m., Happy Tappers exercise / dance group, $1, instructor Donna Crean; 1 p.m., cards - 500 tournament, first, second and third Tuesday each month, pre-registration required; 2:30 p.m., pinochle; 2:30 p.m., blood pressure checks, first and third Tuesday each month, Niles Health Department.
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., chair yoga, $1, instructor Roseanne; 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; 7 p.m. (third Wednesday), Friendly Squares dance, $9 couple.
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., pinochle, bridge and American Red Cross blood drive, third Thursday of the month.
FRIDAY: Free glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings (every third Friday); 10 a.m., Friday morning movies; 11 a.m., arthritis exercise program, $1, Debbie Eschman therapy; 11:30 a.m., Must Go Friday Lunch, $2; 1 p.m., choir practice; 2 p.m., mixed chorus (second Friday), sing at Briarfield at the Ridge, (third Friday), either Autumn Hills or Briarfield at Ashley Circle.
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; 1:45 p.m., Mexican Train Dominos; 7 p.m. first and third Mondays, WRIPCA meetings.
TUESDAY: 12:30 p.m., bingo; 12:30 p.m., Book Club (third Tuesday); 1 p.m., Mah Jongg (first, second and fourth Tuesday); 3 p.m., cornhole; 6:30 p.m, American Legion, Aux., Riders meetings each week.
WEDNESDAY: 9 a.m., Ohio Star Quilters (first, third and fourth Wednesday); 9:30 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 (five-week course); 10 a.m., needle art; 11:45 a.m., string art class $2; 2 p.m., Line dance with Gloria Stone; 12:30 p.m., Red Hatters (first Thursday); 2 p.m., Investment Club (meets at Panera Bread, Warren); 4 p.m., card night.
FRIDAY: 11:30 a.m., line dancing, $3; 8:15 a.m., golf (fee).
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., free 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.
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; 12:30 p.m., cards (500); 4:30 p.m., pool league.
TUESDAY: 9:30 a.m., art class - portraits; 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; poker (closed group).
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., bridge; 10:30 a.m., arthritis exercise; 12:30 p.m., bingo; Poker (closed group); 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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. Donations accepted. For seniors ages 60 or older and / or their spouses. Menu calendars are available at the center.
Basic computer classes: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays. 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 nonmembers.
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 ping pong is set up in the parlor for members to use during the center's hours of operation.
Adult basketball or cornhole is held 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday in the gym. Minimum of two players and must be members of the center.
Walk the steps or in the gym: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Minimum of two walkers. Sign in at the front desk.
Knit and crochet class: 10 a.m. to noon Mondays. Bring yarn, needles and other materials needed. Class is free and open to members.
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.