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Islamic open house


The Islamic Society of Greater Youngstown will sponsor an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Masjid Al-Khair, 1670 Homewood Ave.

Activities include ethnic foods, henna, face painting, jewelry and handcrafts sale. There also will be free blood-pressure checks and glucose monitoring.

Members of the Muslim community will conduct tours of the mosque and answer questions about Islam. The event is open to the public. The mosque is accessible from Interstate 680 Indianola Avenue/Shirley Road Exit.

For more information, contact Randa Shabayek at 330-707-0750 or Azka Malik at 330-757-2093.

In 1987, Gov. Richard Celeste designated the second Saturday in October as Islamic Day of Ohio, in recognition of the growing Muslim community and its contributions to Ohio. The Islamic Council of Ohio, or ICO, is an umbrella organization of most Islamic centers with delegates in the major cities in Ohio. The ICO will celebrate the 23rd Islamic Day of Ohio on Oct. 17 at the Great Hall at the Stranahan in Toledo. The theme this year is “Promoting Civic Engagement,” and keynote speaker is Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan.

Crime task force


The Newton Falls Police Department has joined the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force as a way to help protect children from online predators.

“The addition of the Newton Falls Police Department strengthens law enforcement’s ability to apprehend and prosecute those who seek to prey upon our children,” said Bill Mason, Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

The openness of the Internet provides pedophiles direct access to children, the Newton Falls Police Department said. Online sexual exploitation of children includes the luring of minors into illicit sexual relationships and the production, distribution and solicitation of child pornography.

Mason created the organization in 2000. It has 306 law-enforcement partner agencies across Ohio, including police departments, sheriffs, county prosecutors and other agencies.

Foam recycling


The Mahoning County Green Team will have a plastic-foam recycling drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Township Recycling Center at the township hall, 846 N. Johnson Road.

Items that will be accepted are molded packaging material, egg cartons and plastic-foam peanuts.

For more information, contact Peggy Christy, township recycling coordinator, at 330-938-6812, or the Green Team at 330-740-2060.

Harvest festival


Relay for Life of Liberty will sponsor a fall harvest festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdayin Church Hill Park off Belmont Avenue.

The event will include a firetruck demonstration, Halloween costume parade at 11 a.m., trick-or-treat from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., pumpkin decorating and other family-oriented activities. This event will serve as a kickoff for the Trumbull County Relay for Life and the 20 teams involved.

For information, call Francesca Kostek, American Cancer Society staff, at 888-227-6446.

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