Autism events

Autism events


Upcoming Autism Society of Ohio-Mahoning Valley family events include: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Sunday, 9 to 11 a.m.; family bowling outing, Feb. 2, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; teen and young adult bowling league on Saturdays Feb. 9-March 16. All of the events require a minimum of 10 participants to take place. For information on activities, call 330-501-7553 or visit online

Weight-loss classes


Beginning in February, Jameson Health System is offering Highmark’s weight loss system at Jameson Hospital North Campus, 1211 Wilmington Ave., from noon to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The program is free to Highmark members and $20 for nonmembers. Rochelle Rashid-Nebel, a registered dietitian, conducts the classes. Pre-registration is required. Call 724-656-4270.

Volunteers needed


Hospice of the Valley’s new volunteer class begins Feb. 15 at the Martin Funeral Home, 15872 St. Clair Ave. Classes are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through March 15. Volunteers are particularly needed to serve patients in the Salem and Lisbon areas.

Hospice volunteers serve in a variety of ways including as companions for hospice patients at home or in nursing homes and helping at the Hospice House inpatient facility. New volunteers are needed for all areas of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties and western Pennsylvania. While the training is in Calcutta this time, volunteers are assigned to patients closer to their homes. To register, call 330-788-1992.

Tax-filing assistance


The YWCA of Youngs-town, 25 W. Rayen Ave., an Ohio Benefit Bank Site, is offering free tax-filing assistance for all households under $60,000 through tax clinics and walk-in Fridays.

January dates include: Walk-in day, Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tax clinic, Tuesday, 2 to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call Jennie Andrews at 330-746-6361. Visit for the schedule on tax-filing workshops and walk-in days.

Weight management


Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP) registered dietitians are offering “SlimDown,” a six-week weight- management program that focuses on lifestyle changes in food, activities and behaviors, starting in the third week of February.

Classes are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 20 to March 27, at the D.D. and Velma Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road, Boardman; and Thursdays, Feb. 21 to March 28, at St. Joe’s at the Mall, Eastwood Mall (behind Sears). The cost is $40 for new participants and $20 for repeat participants.

To register, call HM Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll-free 1-877-700-4647. The deadline to register is Feb. 13.

Ostomy classes


Rhonda Newell-Horton, a staff pharmacist at St. Elizabeth Health Center, will discuss how ostomies affect the absorption of medications during the February meeting of The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group.

Sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, the group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Cedar Room at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center. The meeting is free and open to ostomy patients, families and friends. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. For information, call 330-480-3440.

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