Austintown Community Briefs

PTA Reflections program

The Austintown PTAs are accepting entries for the 2012-13 Reflections program. All children in preschool through 12th grade, including homeschool students, can submit works of art in six areas: literature, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, film/video, and musical composition. The theme this year is “Magic of a Moment.” For more information, contact Richelle Laughner at 330-792-7223 or

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Debbie Cope

On Sept. 19, a blood clot at the opening of East Palestine’s Debbie Cope’s small intestine required a Life Flight to the Cleveland Clinic. Several surgeries followed. Today, Cope is in an acute rehabilitation hospital, waiting to undergo even more surgeries. Her friends and co-workers at Sheely’s are hosting a spaghetti dinner to raise money for medical expenses on Nov. 11 from 12:30-6 p.m. at the New Springfield Church of God (3649 E. Garfield Road, New Springfield). The event will feature a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction.

Admission is $5 for children 10 and younger and $10 for those 11 and older. For ticket information or donations, contact Barb at 646-305-6942. Tickets are also available at the door and carry-out will be available.

Monday night writers to meet

Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend the next meeting of Monday night writers, Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield. The group is led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie and the two-hour sessions include a mix of writing exercises, information on the creative and business aspects of writing, and group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’

The fee is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, contact Christie at 330-793-3675 or at

Austintown Middle School, located at 800 S. Raccoon Road, is hosting its 29th annual PTA Craft Show today from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

There will be more than 200 crafters, food, a Chinese auction and more. For more information on the show, you can contact Ellen at 330-270-0049 or Deb at 330-270-0665.

Spaghetti dinner and benefit

There will be a spaghetti dinner and benefit for the family of Vic Gasior on Nov. 30 from 5-9 p.m. at St. Nick’s Hall in Struthers. Gasior was diagnosed in February 2012 with Stage 3 cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. Gasior and his wife, Kim, along with their two children, reside in Youngstown. Gasior has been a patrol officer for Youngstown Police Department for the past 15 years.

At the dinner, there will be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Carry-outs will be available. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-9. All proceeds are going directly to the family.

Friendly’s gives free veteran breakfast

In the spirit of Veteran’s Day celebrations on Nov. 12, the Friendly’s restaurant, located at 3 W. McKinley Way in Poland, will offer active members of the military and military veterans a complimentary Big-Two-Do breakfast and coffee until 11 a.m. in thanks for their service. To enjoy this holiday treat, active members of the military and veterans must show their active military ID or honorable discharge card when they order.

Chili cook-off concert

On Monday, the Austintown Fitch High School Military Style Marching Band will perform a salute to veterans. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a chili cook-off in the Fitch High School cafeteria. To enter your chili and show off your chili cooking skills, contact Julie at 330-717-1754.

Local veterans will be judging the event. Spaces are limited. Prizes will be awarded. A concert will follow the dinner at 7:30 p.m.

The Fitch High School Military Style Marching Band and the Austintown Middle School sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands will perform. Tickets for the chili and concert are $10 for adults and $5 for children. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local veterans.

Free haircut for veterans

For the second consecutive year, the Great Clips franchisees in the Valley will honor service persons by offering them a free hair service this Veteran’s Day. Stop into any of the nine area Great Clips locations this Veteran’s Day for a free service.

Any active duty or retired service person or reservist is eligible. Great Clips is open in Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Cortland, Hermitage, Howland Corners, Liberty, Niles and Salem.

Dietitian to address ostomy support group

Elaine Pearce, a dietitian at St. Elizabeth Health Center, will be the featured speaker during the November meeting of the Youngstown area Ostomy Support Group. The group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Humility of Mary Home Care office, located at 979 Tibbetts-Wick Road, Girard. The Youngstown-area group provides an opportunity for ostomy patients and their families and friends to network, while receiving ongoing education and information.

Pottery painting store open in Boardman

Canfield’s Eva Popovec opened The Art Caf , a contemporary pottery painting studio located at the Southern Park Mall on Sept. 22. The Art Caf Studio provides instruction on painting and placing designs on unfinished pottery and creating unique, one-of-a-kind Mosaic pieces. The studio has a large inventory of pre-fired pottery, including a large selection of non-toxic glazes and all of the brushes, sponges and supplies needed to finish a guest’s project.

Themed parties for birthdays, anniversaries, bridal and baby showers, scout groups, school field trips or ladies night out are also offered. The semi-private party area can accommodate up to 20 guests.

The Art Caf Studio is introducing a series of “Christmas Camps” during the upcoming holiday season to assist children in creating age-appropriate projects providing parents an opportunity to shop without their children. For more information, contact Popovec at 330-519-5606 or

Men’s club to host dinner

The St. Joseph Men’s Club will be hosting a roast beef dinner today from 3-6 p.m. at the St. Joseph Social Hall, 4565 New Road, Austintown. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under and includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, beverage, and dessert.

Bonding with Babies and Books

For caregivers and their little ones aged 6 to 23 months, there will be 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at the Austintown library on Tuesday, as well as Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s

The Austintown library will be hosting developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader on Wednesday, as well as Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fun Time for 4s and 5s

The Austintown library will be hosting developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader on Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fun with Letters

The Austintown library will be hosting an hour of talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with letters for parents/caregivers and children ages 4-5 on Wednesday at 11 a.m. In addition to reading ABC books, children will play with tactile, magnetic and foam letters. They will also make letters with Play Dough, cookie cutters, stampers, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The library’s got the beat

Find the rhythm and rhyme in story, song, and dance on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. Experiment with rhythm instruments and play games, including computer games, involving sound and dance. For children in grades K-6 and their caregivers. Younger children welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.

Gotta move storytime

The Austintown library will be hosting a fun and interactive storytime for children who have trouble sitting still for long periods of time on Tuesday, as well as Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. They can dance and wiggle all that energy out with an active storytime for the young and restless. For ages 2-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Guess and go

Guess the number of items in the jar at the Austintown library during regular hours throughout November. The closest guess wins. This event is for children of all ages.

Buckeye Children’s Book Award

Children in kindergarten to fifth grade can experience the voting process as they cast their ballot for one of five nominated books, and get a small prize during library hours at the Austintown branch through Nov. 10. Grades K-2 and grades 3-5 have separate ballots. The Buckeye Children’s Book Award is an annual kids’ choice award which began in 1981. The winners will be announced on Dec. 1 at

Library hosts PS2sday

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.

Kindle class is Nov. 17

Bring your Kindle to the Austintown library on Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. and the librarians can show you how to download eBooks from the library’s Digital Catalog on their website. Space is limited and sign-up is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library.

Nook night at the library

Bring your Nook to the Austintown library on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. and the librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the library’s Digital Catalog on their website. Space is limited and sign-up is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown Library.

Friends of the Library meeting

The Austintown Friends of the Library meeting will be on Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. and feature a program titled “Saluting the

Serving as an infantry machine gunner in the 3rd Army under Gen. George Patton, Friend was seriously wounded. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for meritorious action against the enemy. Friend will tell about his battle experiences and lengthy recuperation from injuries.

Silver sneaker memberships

Free healthways Silver Sneaker memberships are offered at Curves Austintown, now at 4330 New Road. Eligible women can workout for free based on their participating Medicare Supplemental Insurance. Call 330-793-9802 for more information.

View historic wedding gowns

The Loghurst Farmhouse and Museum, located in Canfield on state Route 224, is hosting a Historic Wedding Gown Display starting today and continuing every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 25 from 1-4 p.m. Wedding gowns from the Fowler family, local residents and Mahoning County Historical Society will be featured.

Local doctor offers free health lectures

Dr. Kathleen Padgitt, local kidney specialist, is presenting a series of lectures for healthy living. The program will be hosted in St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center’s Azalea Room. The lecture is free and open to the public. To register, call the Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3051 or, toll free, 1-877-700-4647. The next lecture is on Tuesday, and featuring the theme “Raw and Living Foods.” Future lectures scheduled for the same time and location are: Juicing/Smoothies/Fasting, Nov. 27. Registration for all the programs are through the Healthline.

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