Austintown briefs

Ministerial Association hosts Lenten services

The Greater Austintown Ministerial Association is inviting the wider community to join together for ecumenical worship services for Lent six Sundays in March and April and ending with a Good Friday Service April 22.

Wickliffe Christian Church, 3939 Potomac Ave., will host services Sunday and March 27 at 7 p.m.

Bethel Assembly of God, 3807 Mahoning Ave., will host a service March 20 at 7 p.m. Emmanuel Community Church, 6512 Kirk Road, Canfield, will host a service April 3 at 7 p.m. Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2432 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown, will host April 10 at 7 p.m. Austintown Community Church will host April 17 at 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church of West Austintown will host the Good Friday Service April 22 at noon.

Each host church will provide the format for the service, the music and refreshments after the service.

Dinner at Smith Corners Thursday

Smith Corners United Methodist Church, 3000 S. Canfield-Niles Road, invites you to a free dinner Thursday. The free dinner is served from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Eat pancakes March 27

An all-you-can-eat-pancake breakfast will be served at Austintown Community Church, 242 S. Canfield-Niles Road, in the Fellowship Hall March 27 beginning at 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The cost for breakfast is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10 and includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee or tea.

Tickets are available at the church office or at the door.

The breakfast is sponsored by the church’s Building to be Won Committee and all proceeds are used for building projects at the church.

For information, contact Director of Ministries Brad Bloomster at 330-799-4214.

T’ai Chi in the garden

Ease stress, improve health and increase vitality with breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form taught by Marie Lew Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. during March at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

The costs is $10 per class. For information, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Soccer team sponsors spaghetti dinner

The Ursuline High School boys soccer team is hosting a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction March 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 343 Via Mt. Carmel in Youngstown. Tickets are $8 and available at the door. The auction will begin at 4:15 p.m.

Blood pressure screenings at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a blood pressure screening at the Austintown branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

It’s pajamarama time

Little ones put on your pajamas and bring your family to the Austintown branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County March 28 at 6:30 p.m. for stories, songs and more.

Free test kits for cancer awareness

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Humility of Mary Health Partners Cancer Centers are offering free fecal occult blood test kits.

A FOBT is a simple chemical test that can detect hidden blood in the stool, which is a symptom of colorectal cancer. This test can be performed in the privacy of your home. Those at risk for colorectal cancer are 50 years and older, physically inactive, smokers and those with a family history of the disease. If detected early, colorectal cancer is 90 percent curable.

The kits are available by calling the Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll-free at 877-700-4647.

Program focuses on household hazards

Humility of Mary Health Partners will offer two “Women in Touch Programs” from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 30 at Mr. Anthony’s, 7440 South Ave., Boardman; and April 7 at Leo’s Ristorante, 7042 E. Market St., Howland.

The topic of these programs is “Making Your Home a Healthy Home.” Participants will learn common household hazards (lead, mercury, arsenic, carbon monoxide, radon, mold and volatile organic compounds) and the factors that contribute to air quality and health, and what to do to prevent or reduce exposure.

The cost of $18 includes dinner. Registration deadline is one week prior to program date. For information or to register, call the Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll-free at 877-700-4647.

Pasta benefit planned March 27

A pasta and meatball dinner to benefit double lung transplant recipient Tina Carkido will be March 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Operating Engineers Local No. 66 Union Hall, 291 McClurg Road.

The cost for dinner will be $9 for adults and free for children 6 and under who eat on site. The dinner includes pasta, sauce and salad by Nicolinni’s Ristorante Executive Chef Patrick Lavanty and homemade bread by the Bread Chef. Take-out orders will be available. There will be a Vento motorcycle and gift basket auction and 50/50 drawing. All proceeds will benefit Carkido. Make checks payable to Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

Fish and Game club to travel to Pittsburgh

The Fish and Game of Vienna is taking a bus to the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Pittsburgh April 30.

The bus is departing the Fish and Game of Vienna parking lot at 8 a.m. and will return at 7 p.m. Tickets for the trip are $18 each or two for $35.

Curves offers Silver Sneakers classes

Free Silver Sneakers classes are offered Monday through Saturday for eligible women over 65 at Curves in Austintown. The 30-minute classes are designed to improve strength, flexibility and overall health. For information, call 330-793-9802.

Senior center has active plans for March

The Austintown Senior Center, 100 Westchester Dr., is hosting several activities throughout the month of March.

Every Monday there will be free blood pressure screenings, line dance and Zumba classes every other Tuesday, Tai Chi Wednesdays and yoga and senior shape-up Thursdays.

Susan Jacobs will teach a drawing class Monday and March 28.

Free vision, hearing and medications checks will be available Monday.

The center will provide transportation to Rivers Casino Tuesday and First Ladies Library in Canton March 24. Call 330-953-1416 for information.

Rotary Club to host Pancake breakfast

The Boardman Rotary Clubs is hosting its 28th annual Pancake Breakfast during Boardman Park’s Maple Syrup Festival March 19, 20, 26 and 27.

The traditional selection of pancakes and sausages will be served by Boardman Rotary and Interact Club members in the park’s Lariccia Family Community Center.

Tickets are $6 and available for purchase from any Boardman Rotary club member or at the door.

Call Cynthia Rogers at 330-559-4966 for information.

Semi-annual spaghetti dinner set

Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Dr., will host its semiannual Mickey Schuster Scholarship Spaghetti Dinner today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The cost for dinner will be $6.50 for adults and $3 for children under 12 and includes salad, bread, pasta with meatballs, dessert and drink. Carryouts are available.

All proceeds are distributed each year to college students at Bethel.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling the church office at 330-758-5745.

Too much to mow?

Local citizens should consider putting their small acreage to productive agriculture use and learn how to become a tiller of the soil by attending three free evening seminars scheduled Thursday and March 24 and 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mill Creek Metro Parks in Canfield.

Attendees will learn how agriculture production can be successful.

These seminars will present tools needed for planning, marketing, managing, financial resources, budgets and evaluating what the land can support for a successful business.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required by contacting Mahoning Farm Bureau at 330-533-5553 or

Presenting the seminars is Countryside Conservancy in cooperation with the Crossroads Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc., Mahoning Farm Bureau, The Ohio State University Extension of Mahoning County and Mill Creek MetroParks.

Play in Texas Hold’Em tournament

Angels for Animals will host a Texas Hold’Em Poker tournament Sunday. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 1 p.m.

The buy-in is $80 and extra chips will be given to those who preregister. The rake is 25 percent.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Angels for Animals shelter and low-cost spay/neuter programs.

For information, contact Caroline or Sean at 330-501-3885 or visit

Reverse raffle planned

The Angel for Animals Reverse Dinner Raffle will betoday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the shelter’s hall.

Tickets are $75 and include dinner and a number in a drawing. Numbers will be drawn from a drum of ping-pong balls. The first number drawn wins cash. Every 10th number drawn wins a $100 brick on our Angel Way. The 25th, 50th and 100th numbers drawn also win cash. The owners of the last three remaining numbers will have the choice to split the $2,000 grand prize or continue drawing numbers to the end.

Additional dinner guest tickets cost $25. All proceeds from this event will benefit Angels for Animals shelter and low-cost spay/neuter programs. For information, call Diane at 330-502-5352.

TOPS hosts sale

Austintown TOPS No. 2191 will host its annual “Trash and Treasure Sale” April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, 45 Idlewood Road.

Tables are $10 each and concessions will be available. For information, call Shawne Wilfong at 330-774-1803.

TOPS is a support group for those trying to lose weight. They encourage weight loss through healthy eating and exercise. Membership is open to men, women and children 8 and up. Meetings are every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church. Call Kerry at 330-799-2894 for information.

Find trash and treasure

The Austintown Community Church Preschool Childcare Center is hosting its annual “Trash and Treasure Sale” March 19 in the upstairs auditorium at Austintown Community Church, 242 S. Canfield-Niles Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tables are available by contacting the preschool office at 330-793-1843.

Cash payments must be made to the school office by Wednesday.

The sale will feature specialty raffle baskets and drawings. Snacks, light lunch items and beverages will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of developmentally appropriate classroom educational materials. Call the school office at 330-793-1843 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for information.

Austintown Curves offers Zumba classes

Curves Austintown is featuring The Curves Circuit With Zumba Classes Mondays at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Silver Sneakers and nonmembers are invited. For information and prices, call 330-793-9802.

Bonding with babies and books at the library

Join the Austintown branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Thursdays in March at 10 a.m. for Baby Brilliant: Bonding with babies and books.

The program for children 6 to 23 months old offers developmentally appropriate book, songs, rhymes and finger plays.

This program is also available for 2 and 3-year-olds Wednesdays in March at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The program for 4 and 5-year-olds is scheduled for March 22 at 10 a.m.

Young and restless gotta move at the library

Children ages 2 through 5 are invited to an active story time at the Austintown branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Thursdays in March at 11 a.m

Great food program offers affordable meals

Smith Corners United Methodist Church, 3000 S. Canfield-Niles Road, Austintown, is the local site for the Great Food For All program.

Each big value box costs $30 and comes complete and ready for pick-up.

The family variety box is available for $36. Cash, money order or cashier’s checks are accepted at the time the order is placed. No checks are accepted.

Credit cards are accepted with a $1 convenience fee.

Go to, type in zip code 44515, and scroll down until Smith Corners UMC pops up. Then pick up the ordered food boxes at Smith Corners UMC.

For information, contact the church office at 330-799-9390.

Do yoga at the gardens

Bring a mat and small blanket to learn a blend of energizing yoga styles from Heidi Suraci at Fellows Riverside Gardens on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout March.

Tuesdays will feature beginners’ classes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and intermediate classes from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday classes will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and are open to all levels.

The fee is $10 per class. For information, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Walk for health and wellness

Mill Creek MetroParks is hosting health and wellness walks at 9 a.m. Walkers will meet at the Golf Course overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive Wednesday for a easy-rated 1 or 3-mile walk.

Plant the seed to read

The Children’s Book Festival will be a day of fun March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens for children and their families.

Altusa Club of Youngstown, Mill Creek MetroParks, Western Reserve Public Media and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will bring together authors, illustrators, book characters, storytellers and many activities for children.

Author John Rocco and the original illustrator of Shrek will be present.

Join a loose knit group

All helping hands are welcome to help warm up America by making afghans and other projects to donate locally with other crafters Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Donations of needles and yarn are appreciated at any time. For information, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Understand butterflies

Join “Butterfly” Bob Coggeshall at the Ford Nature Center for a look at local Lepidoptera Sunday at 2 p.m.

Coggeshall will show slides from last year as an introduction for what to look for this year.

Write about the gardens

Karen Schubert will host a writing workshop Wednesday and March 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Bring a pen and paper and plan to explore various topics about the world, community, Mill Creek Park and the gardens.

The fee is $10 per class. To register, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Make a date with the dog

MetroMutts members and nonmembers can shake off the remnants of winter and enjoy the first day of spring March 22 at 10 a.m. with an easy to moderate 2-mile flat, paved surfaced hike.

Hikers should meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at the MetroParks Farm. Dogs must be non-aggressive, under the handler’s control and leashed (6-foot max) at all times. One dog per hiker.

Find butterflies in the backyard

Long-time butterfly enthusiast Suzanne Butcher will cover the history of butterflying and concentrate on species found in backyards March 22 at MetroParks Farm.

Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley. For information, call 888-846-8851.

Create a berry bowl

Lynn Cardwell will show students how to fabricate clay into a practical, decorative berry bowl March 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fellows Riverside gardens.

The bowl will be glazed, fired and ready for pickup approximately three weeks after the class.

The fee is $25 for garden members and $32 for nonmembers. To register, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Witch hazel and a walk

Start March 25 with a brisk walk at Fellows Riverside Gardens, a light breakfast and lesson about the witch hazel family of plants from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The cost is $7 for residents and $9 for nonresidents. To register, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Discuss ‘Ceremonial Time’

Read and discuss John Hanson Mitchell’s book “Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile” today at 10 a.m. at the Ford Nature Center.

Mitchell’s story focuses on a single tract of land known as “Scratch Flat” and draws upon the idea of using ritual dance to experience visions that reveal the folklore of this place and its ancestry.

Plan to plant a garden

Children who have completed second grade can register through March 31 for the Children’s Vegetable Garden program.

Each child will tend a 3-foot by 10-foot garden throughout the summer at MetroParks Farm in Canfield. Horticulture activities will add to the fun.

Classes meet April 9, May 7 and June 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Beginning June 15, children will meet every Wednesday morning through Aug. 17. Final harvest and clean-up will be Sept. 24.

The cost is $85 for residents and $95 for nonresidents. To register, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Share springtime brunch recipes

Chef David Armstrong will share recipes and culinary techniques as he demonstrates how to prepare a brunch March 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

The fee is $28 for garden members and $35 for nonmembers. To register, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

See the new spring arrivals at farm

See new lambs, calves, pigs, rabbits, chicks and more at the MetroParks Farm’s animal baby shower April 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walk among the wildflowers

Search for the first wildflowers of spring during a moderately-difficult 3-mile hike March 27 at 2 p.m. Walkers should meet at the Ford Nature Center.

Immerse in indoor nature

The skills of amateur photographers will be on display at the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens through March 20.

Learn landscaping and gardening tips

The Mahoning Valley Landscape and Nursery Association, Mill Creek MetroParks and OSU Extension Mahoning County will host a spring horticulture clinic Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

The topics will focus on innovative ideas for the garden industry. Vendors will display current service products.

The cost for the event is $30 for garden and MVNLA members and $50 for nonmembers, For speaker or registration information, call 330-757-0884 or visit

Get to know groundhogs

Preschoolers ages 3-5 will learn how very busy groundhogs are after waking from their long winter nap at the Ford Nature Center’s Preschool Nature Hour Friday and March 19 at 10 a.m.

The cost for the event is $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the nature center at 330-740-7107.

See a screech owl

Learn about owls that call Mill Creek Park home during a presentation, a visit with a screech owl and an easy-rated Ω-mile walk around the woods Fridayat 7:30 p.m. at Ford Nature Center.



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