Austintown Community Briefs

Relay of Life kick-off tomorrow

Austintown residents are invited to attend the Relay for Life kick-off rally tomorrow from 2-4 p.m. at the Austintown Community Church, located at 242 S. Canfield-Niles Road (state Route 46) in Austintown.

This year, Austintown will have the opportunity to participate in a landmark new cancer research study, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). This is an opportunity for those who have never been diagnosed with cancer to actively get involved in the research the Austintown Relay For Life efforts help fund, to help prevent cancer for this and future generations.

Local writers group to meet in Canfield

The Monday Night Writers will meet Jan. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield. Led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie, the two-hour session will include both writing exercises and discussions on the creative and business aspects of writing. Those with ‘works-in-progress’ can bring copies of their projects for comments and critiques from the group.

The fee is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, email Nancy Christie at

Church serves pancakes and eggs

The Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road, Austintown, will host a pancake, sausage and egg breakfast today from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child 10 and under. The proceeds will go toward world service projects.

Free dinner Jan. 17

The Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road, Austintown, will host its monthly free Supper at the Corner event on Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m. The menu this month features barbecue pork, mashed potatoes and apple cobbler. This is a community outreach program of the church and open to all in the community each month.

Austintown Curves offering free workouts

Curves in Austintown, located at 4330 New Road, is offering free Healthways Silver Sneakers memberships. Eligible women can workout for free based on their participating Medicare Supplemental insurance. Call 330-793-9802 for information.

Spaghetti dinner benefit for Darcy

There will be a spaghetti dinner benefit for Darcy Fletcher, an Austintown crossing guard who was stuck by a car in a hit-and-run, tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church’s new hall.

Drama club production is Jan. 18-19

The Austintown Fitch High School drama club is preparing for its winter production of “Southern Hospitality.” The show will take place on Jan. 18-19 at 7 p.m. in the the Fitch High School auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. They will be available at the door.

Baby brilliant at the library

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6 to 23 months. The Austintown library will host 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales for toddlers hosted at library

Join the Austintown library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help children (ages 2-3) become successful readers at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Jan. 23 and 30. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fun for 4s and 5s set in January

The Austintown library will host developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help children (ages 4-5) become successful readers Wednesday, as well as Jan. 23, and 30 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday closings for libraries

All libraries in the Public of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Friends of the Library is Jan. 28

There will be a Friends of the Austintown Library meeting and program with author Sue Hawkins Bell at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28. She will speak about her book, “A Journey from Somerset, England, to Ohio.”

Breakfast botany Jan. 25

Start your morning on Jan. 25 from 8:30-10 a.m. with a brisk garden walk in the frosty air. Return to the Garden Caf for a light breakfast and learn about spruce trees. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register.

The fee is $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents.

Piloxing in the park in January

This unique program, instructed by Angela Lubonovich, mixes Pilates and boxing into a fat-blasting and muscle-toning workout guaranteed to whip you into shape. Bring a mat and water. Classes are held at Pioneer Pavilion Jan. 16, 23, and 30 from 6-7 p.m. Call REC to register; the fee is $10 per session.

Gotta move storytime set at library

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Austintown library for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development, and motivate language learning at 10 a.m. Jan. 17, 24, and 31. Adults and kids will act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.

Do Pilates in the park

Increase your understanding of various Pilate’s concepts and movements with instructor Angela Lubonovich Jan. 14, 21, and 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Classes held at Pioneer Pavilion. Bring a mat and water. Call REC to register; the fee is $32 all four sessions or $10 per session.

Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens

Join Marina Perdos in the mornings (9:30-11 a.m.) and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings (5:30-7 p.m.) for a blend of energizing yoga styles that will help you keep a healthy outlook Tuesdays and Thursdays in January. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. There is a $10 fee per class. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information.

T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens

Ease stress, improve health, and increase vitality Wednesdays in January from noon until 1 p.m. Join Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. There is a $10 fee per class.

Workout boot camp is today

Kick start your workout with a jam-packed hour of head-to-toe fitness today from 10-11 a.m. This functional boot camp will consist of drills that benefit the beginner exerciser to the advanced athlete. The class is instructed by JoAnne Maloney and will take place at Yellow Creek Lodge. Call REC to register; the fee is $10.

Winter farmscape set at Mill Creek Park

Hike at Mill Creek Park and explore what winter has brought to the diverse habitats along the Mindy Henning Memorial Trail. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm tomorrow at 2 p.m. This hike has a moderate rating for unpaved trails and is 2 miles long.

See shades of winter at the gorge

Find out how many colors Mother Nature displays in the dead of winter as you search the Gorge area for matches to the shades in a big box of Crayolas. Meet at the Lanterman’s Mill parking lot on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. This hike has a moderate rating for possible icy trails and it will span 2 miles.

Learn about ice making

During the early 1900s, the Youngstown Ice Company harvested ice for commercial use from Mill Creek and the Mahoning River. Look back at the ice harvesting industry and then take a walk to see what remains of the Youngstown Ice Company’s heyday at Mill Creek Park Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Those interested can then continue with a hike around Lake Glacier. Meet at the Davis Center. This hike is a moderate rating with hills and steps and will span 1/4 or 3 miles.

Health and wellness walks in Mill Creek

Meet at the Mill Creek golf course overflow parking lot on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. to hike for the health of it and experience the many benefits of walking. The hike has a moderate rating and will be 2 or 4 miles.

Loose Knit Group meets in January

All hands helping to “Warm Up America,” are welcome at the Loose Knit Group Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. until noon, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for more information.

Do yoga with MetroMutts dogs

Mill Creek Park will be hosting yoga with your dog tomorrow at 11 a.m. All levels are welcome, including those who have never practiced yoga. Dress comfortably, bring a mat and water for yourself and treats for your dog. Class will be conducted by Maureen Lauer-Gatta, owner of The Yoga Room in Warren, Ohio. Classes will be at Pioneer Pavilion. The cost for MetroMutts members is $5 and $10 for non-members.

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley

Ford Nature Center’s staff will tell you all about nonsense nature on Jan. 22. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meet at MetroParks Farm.

Potting paperwhites

Children ages 3 – 5 will learn about flower bulbs and plant pots of cheery paperwhites to take home Jan 19 from 11 until noon. A snack and story will add to the fun. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The fee is $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents.

Make good luck bean wreaths

It has been said that beans will bring good luck in the New Year. Children ages 6 and older can bring good fortune to their homes by making a colorful wreath of different kinds of dried beans at Mill Creek Park on Jan. 19 from 1:30-3 p.m. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The fee is $9 for residents and $12 for non-residents.

Fitch alumni cruise planned

An Austintown Fitch Class of 1973 group cruise is booking now. Anyone who graduated from Fitch in the proximity of that year, or went to school with the class, can book a room. The cruise sets sail on March 1, 2014. The Celebrity Constellation will set sail for five days, from Monday to Friday, from Ft. Lauderdale to Cozumel and Key West.

Jill Hildebrand Burstein is the cruise organizer and can be reached at, via the class website contact form, or by calling 248-909-1120. For booking and ship particulars, call travel agent Marilyn DeLisio at 586-948-1251 or email her at Visit for updates and the cruise flyer.

Weight loss group to host open house

TOPS Chapter No. 2191, a weight-loss support group, is hosting an open house Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, 45 Idlewood Road in Austintown.

TOPS is a weight loss support group for men, women and children ages 7 and up. The chapter meets at the church on Thursdays from 5:45-7 p.m.

For more information, contact Kerry Price at 330-799-2894.

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