Austintown Community Briefs

Career center hosts holiday open house

Students in the Horticulture Program at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center have opened the school’s floral shop to the public for its annual Holiday Open House.

The event features a large assortment of silk wreaths, swags and arrangements, fresh mixed pine and spruce wreaths, fresh table centerpieces, pine roping and poinsettias all prepared by students in the program.

The floral shop will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 17.

To place an order or for more information, contact Mary June Emerson, Horticulture Instructor, at 330-729-4000 extension 1672.

Clothing store seeks candy donations

The Pretty and Plus Shop in Struthers will participate in the community’s Children’s Community Christmas party Dec. 15 at St. Nick’s Great Hall.

The store is seeking donations of individually-wrapped candies for children with special diet needs. Sugar-free candies, nut-free and gluten-free candies are needed. Even small trinkets or toys, books, toothbrushes or wrap bands would be accepted. Items must be at the Pretty and Plus Store by Dec. 12 in order to be included.

The store is also collecting non-perishable food items for the Youngstown Food Bank. Anyone bringing $5 worth of food items will receive a gift certificate worth $5 off any $10 purchase in the month of January.

The Pretty and Plus Store is the only plus-sized consignment store beteen the Valley and Columbus. The store offers clothing in sizes 14 and up. Hours are Wednesday through Friday, 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10-7 in December.

Auxiliary taking reservations for Christmas luncheon

St. Anthony’s Auxiliary of Struthers will have its Christmas Luncheon Dec. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at Johnny’s Restaurant, Market Street in Boardman. Call 330-726-8019 for information.

Farmers National Bank hires Bannon

Breen Bannon, a new commercial lender, comes to Farmers from Huntington National Bank where he most recently was Vice President and Sales Executive of Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance. He has more than 18 years of banking experience, including 10 years in commercial lending.

A lifelong Valley resident, Bannon received his BS in Business Administration from Youngstown State University. He is active in the Downtown Kiwanis, Youngstown Warren Chamber of Commerce, and Warren Youngstown Junior Achievement. Breen is also a member of the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and YSU Alumni Association.

Making Kids Count Christmas tree

Making Kids Count, along with other local businesses, decorated a Christmas tree at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park. Fellows Riverside Gardens is a winter wonderland through Dec. 31. Visit and enjoy the decorated trees and other holiday decorations throughout the Davis Center. On Dec. 9, 16, and 23, families can come for Winter Nights through the gardens, which will be illuminated with lights and luminaries, then warm up in the Davis center with music, hot cocoa, and sugar cookies. Share the joy of the holiday season by bringing a nonperishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Your pet can get photo taken with Santa

Legacy Dog Rescue of Ohio, Inc. will provide an opportunity for pet owners to have their pets’ picture taken with Santa. Photos will be offered at Family Video, located at 4385 Kirk Road in Austintown, from noon-4 p.m. today. The cost is $5 for an emailed photo or $8 for a printed photo. The whole family is encouraged to participate. Contact Mary Louk at 330-550-5953 with any questions.

Adopt an Angel charity

Adopt an Angel has been helping families and animal shelters in the Valley since 2008. They are currently accepting donations of all sorts — anything from clothing, canned goods and newspapers to toiletries. You can arrange for special pick-up (for those with special circumstances only) or donations can be dropped off at any time at the North Lima Business Complex, located at 11836 South Avenue, North Lima. Donations can be made at any Huntington Bank with all proceeds to benefit 10 local families and six local animal rescues. For more information, call Jaime Hughes at 330-531-1705 or email

Holiday puppet show at library

The Austintown library will be putting on a holiday puppet show titled “Forgetful Santa” on Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. There will be a puppet show, craft and a treat and children of all ages will be welcome.

Bonding with babies and books

Caregivers and their little ones who are 6 to 23 months can go to the Austintown library on Tuesday, as well as Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

P.A.R. food drive under way

The Professional Alliance of ReSalers (P.A.R.) are sponsoring a holiday food drive from Nov. 14 to Dec. 14 to benefit those in need in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties during the holiday season. Customers are asked to donate non-perishable items, such as pasta, canned goods, peanut butter, cereal and canned tuna. Drop off items at one of the following shops: D j Vu D cor (4742 Mahoning Ave, Austintown), Educational Consignment Plus (4950 Mahoning Ave, Austintown), Second Time Around Consignment (4954 Mahoning Ave, Austintown), Penny Pinchers (6826 Market St, Boardman), and Hannah’s Closet (47 W. McKinley Way, Poland).

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

The Austintown library will host developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Creation station at library

Check out the winter basket at the Austintown library: it’s full of penguins. Each individual bag contains all the pieces needed for a penguin stick puppet, including a little glitter. Children of all ages are welcome to participate in this project throughout December during regular hours.

Gotta move storytime at library

If your child has trouble sitting still for storytime, this fun and interactive story time on Tuesday, as well as Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Austintown library where they can dance and wiggle all that energy out is perfect. An active story time for the young and restless. For ages 2-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter wonderland at library

It might be cold outside, but it is nice and cozy in the Austintown library. They will tell stories, play games and make crafts on Monday at 6:30 p.m. For children in grades K-6 and their caregivers. Children under the age of seven must be accompanied by an adult.

PS2sday in December

Play video games in the meeting room of the Austintown library after school on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Friends of the Austintown library meeting

The December meeting on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. will be the Austintown Friend’s annual Christmas luncheon and invitation for new members. Reservations are required and will be taken by the officers. A wonderful Christmas program will be presented to get the Friends and guest into the Holiday Spirit. YSU’s Dana Vocal Society (DVS) will present “Songs of the Season.” The Dana Vocal Society is comprised of YSU students who are music majors and those who are not music majors, with a goal of gathering students who love to sing and giving them opportunities to perform. DVS supports the arts in the area and also the YSU Opera Program.

Holiday closing for libraries

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 23-25 and Dec. 30-31, Jan. 1.

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