Boardman briefs

Couch to 5K program under way

The Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center will present its second annual Couch to 5K program, beginning May 20.

There will be a free informational seminar on the program, given by Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D., on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at his Boardman office located in South Bridge West (behind Second Sole) at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3.

The Couch to 5K program will consist of three training sessions per week for 12 weeks in Boardman. Last year, participants were from a wide range of ages, including some in their 50s and 60s. The fee for the program is $90 for the 12-week program or $40 per month.

The instructor will be Amber Landsman, a strength and conditioning fitness trainer with 20 years experience training and running races. She has a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. Dr. Suzelis, also an avid runner, will assist with some of the sessions.

For more information or to register, call 330-729-1350 or register online at RSVP is required for the free informational meeting.

Blessing of animals set

St. James’ Episcopal Church will host its annual Blessing of Animals tomorrow at 3 p.m. on the church’s front lawn. Rogation Sunday—the sixth Sunday after Easter each year—is a traditional time to give thanks for God’s creation. St. James’ Church retains aspects of this old custom by blessing the animals whose presence enriches our lives.

All animals are welcome. For the safety of all, dogs must be on leashes, cats in carriers, etc. Owners of animals who do not travel well are welcome to bring photos of their pets to be blessed.

Each animal will receive an individual blessing. Treats for people and animals will be served after the blessing. If you don’t have an animal but love these special creatures, please come and join the fun.

St. James’ Church is located at 7640 Glenwood Avenue in Boardman. For more information, contact the church office at 330-758-2727 or e-mail at

Library closed for holidays

All public libraries in Mahoning County will be closed on May 12 (Mother’s Day) and May 26-27 (Memorial Day weekend).

Friends of the library meeting set

The Boardman Friends of the Library meeting and presentation will be May 13 at 10 a.m. The presentation will be “Northeastern Ohio’s Involvement in the Civil War” given by Chris Craft, director of Massillon Museum.

Screen blood pressure at the library

The Boardman library will host a blood pressure screening presented by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross on Monday from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Dining with Diabetes classes set

A three-week Dining with Diabetes series of classes will be held May 15, 22 and 29 at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown. The classes will be 12:30 to 3 p.m. and are open to diabetics, their family members and caretakers. Cost of the series is $30 and pre-registration is required by May 8.

Those enrolled will be taught how to prepare meals that are healthy, easy to make and delicious. They also will learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise and how to understand diabetes-related medical tests. Recipe books and diabetes brochures will be provided.

Sponsored by the Ohio State University Extension, Mahoning County. Registration for the classes can be made by calling the extension office at 330-533-5538.

Local author book signing

Bradley’s Book Outlet will be hosting local author Jason Webb May 19 from 1-4 p.m. for a book signing of Webb’s latest children’s book, “Tim Chance Has Big Dreams.” The event will offer free face painting, balloons and drinks with your purchase of “Time Chance Had Big Dreams.”

AWBA Mother’s Day celebration set

The Tri-Gold Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will hold a Celebration of Mothers Day on May 8 at the Poland Library lower level meeting room. Social will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Kravitz Delicatessen inside Poland Library cater. The cost is $13. For reservations call 330-793-6208 or 330-757-1251. Members are asked to bring photo’s and information about their mothers to share, also a scarf for a demonstration on scarf tying.

Kids decorate cake for mom

Dairy Queen invites kids to decorate a cake for mom on May 11. The Cornersburg Dairy Queen will host the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Austintown Dairy Queen will host the event from 2 to 5 p.m. Qualified DQ cake decorators will be on hand to assist. Place an edible image of your choice on your DQ cake for a special touch. Children must be supervised by an adult.

Costs range from $19.99 for an eight-inch round cake to $26.99 for a 10x14 sheet.

For more information, or to reserve a spot call the Cornersburg store at 330-799-5295 or Austintown at 330-792-3765.

Hear best-selling author

Hear No. 1 International best-selling author Dan Brown at the live-streaming event at Austintown library on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Brown’s publisher, Doubleday, is providing a live stream to bookstores and libraries across the country and the Austintown library will be your local connection.

Listen to Brown speak, via live-stream video, about science, religion, book publishing, filmmaking and a few surprise topics. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

ABWA meeting set

The Mill Creek Chapter of American Business Women’s Association will be holding the election of new officers at their May 14 meeting. The meeting will take place at The Pavillion at the Saxon Club on Meridian Road at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu will be a buffet of stuffed chicken breast and stuffed cabbage rolls, red skin parsely potatoes, Prince Edward blend of vegetables, salad, rolls with butter and coffee and tea and dessert for $19.

Reservations are required to Jackie Fischio 330-788-6634 or Kathy Anderson 330-533-6675 no later than May 7. Members of the public are always invited to attend any meetings to see what ABWA is all about.

Jigsaw puzzle swap

If you are done with your jigsaw puzzle and want to try another, join other jigsaw enthusiasts and swap puzzles at the Boardman library on May 8 at 5 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC.

Middle schools present band concert

The Boardman Middle Schools will present a fifth, sixth and seventh-grade band spring concert on May 29 at 7 p.m. in the Boardman High School Performing Arts Center.

This concert will feature the fifth, sixth and seventh-grade bands combined from both Center and Glenwood middle schools.

The fifth-grade band portion will include many fun arrangements, including a performance of “Hang on Sloopy” our state of Ohio’s official rock song!

The sixth-grade band will feature popular favorites including “Party Rock Anthem” and “Rolling in the Deep” as recorded by Adele.

The concert will close with the seventh-grade band performance of the recent hits “Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift and “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera.

Donations of $3 for adults and $2 for students will be accepted at the door. Senior citizens and children under 10 are free.

Show what you know: spinning the wool

The Boardman library will host a wool spinning class on May 16 at 7 p.m. Adults are invited to come a learn how to make yarn.

Ursuline Sisters accepting applications

The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown are accepting applications for their June 2013 intern/volunteer program. College students or recent graduates 18 and older with a few hours a week to spare and a sincere desire to make a difference in the community are encouraged to apply.

Interns and volunteers really make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate while gaining valuable workplace experience to build their r sum s, having fun, meeting new people and visiting diverse places. Hours are flexible, and participants can extend their experiences beyond June.

For more information or to apply, contact Sister Norma at 330-792-7636 or or visit the Sisters blog at Applicants must provide a r sum , three references or letters of recommendation and pass federal background checks.

Screen your blood pressure

The Boardman library will host a blood pressure screening tomorrow from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Mahoning Chapter of American Red Cross.

Tales for toddlers set for Wednesdays

Join the Boardman library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader May 18, 15 and 22 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library hosts Fun for 4s and 5s

Join the Boardman library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader every May 7, 14 and 21 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mom tribute game set

Join the Boardman library for a month-long tribute to mom. Match each baby animal to its mom, show your answers to a librarian to receive a treat for you and mom. For children of all ages. During library hours through the month of May.

Play games galore

The Boardman library will host classic games and a story for the family on May 18 at 2 p.m. Try your hand at pingpong, Farkel, Scrabble and more.

Family story time set

Children of all ages and parents are invited to join the Boardman library for stories and fun in this 30-minute story time on May 29 at 10 a.m. Crawl through the tunnels and try the paper and pencil mazes. For children of all ages.

Sensory story time to be May 25

Join the Boardman library for a family story time for children of all ages with a sensory focus on May 25 at 2 p.m. This program is designed for children with different needs, including those with Autism, speech/language delays, cognitive impairments, AD/HD and other special needs and challenges. The program will include books, music and sensory stations with a schedule board and double visuals. Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman library.

Friends of the library meeting set

The Boardman Friends of the Library will host their meeting a presentation on May 13 at 10 a.m. The presentation “ Northeastern Ohio’s Involvement in the Civil War” will be presented by Chris Craft, director of the Massillon Museum.

Benefit golf outing to be July 20

The eighth annual sunshine benefit golf outing will be held on July 20 at Lakeside Golf Course. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and shotgun start at 9 a.m. The event will be a three-person scramble. The cost is $225 per team and includes a T-shirt, continental breakfast, lunch, drinks and a steak dinner to follow at Ball Busters Sports Bar.

Register at Ball Busters Sports Bar, 3661 Mahoning Ave., by July 16 or by calling Johnny Mashiska at 330-519-6753, Mark Kellerman at 330-397-7652 or Dale Brady at 571-292-0264.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100 and program ads for $50. Cost for just the steak dinner is $30 per person or two for $50.

All proceeds benefit James Krokoski.

Benefit cornhole tournament set

Ball Busters Sports Bar and Grill, 3661 Mahoning Ave., will host a cornhole tournament on July 21. Registration begins at 2 p.m. and first bag toss is at 3 p.m. The cost is $40 per team and includes a hot dog lunch. The tournament will include double elimination, 50/50 and a raffle. All proceeds will benefit James Krokoski. For more information, call Tom Miller at 330-565-2573.

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