Austintown briefs

Memorial Day parade to be May 27

The Austintown Memorial Day parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on May 27. The parade will follow a route from Marc’s parking lot, at the corner of Mahoning Avenue and Idaho Road, to the Fitch High School Veterans Memorial. A commemorative service, sponsored by the Austintown Memorial American Legion Post No. 301 and the Austintown VFW Post, will begin at 11 a.m. The master of ceremonies, post no. 301 commander, Gary Kommel, will introduce the main speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Rodrick A. Hosler, U.S. Army, retired and commander of the Mahoning County United Veterans Council.

All Mahoning County residents are invited to attend and anyone wishing to participate can contact John R. Facemyer at 330-533-1611.

Church hosts 5K run

Immaculate Hear of Mary in Austintown will host a 5K run on June 6 during the church festival. Registration begins at 5 p.m. in front of the school. The cost is $13 in advance and $15 on race day. There is no fee for the kids run for kids sixth grade and under. The kid’s race will begin at 7 p.m. and the 5K will take place immediately following. Entry forms are available at Entry form must be mailed to the address on the form. For more information, call 330-360-4876.

Grow Youngstown to offer fresh produce

Grow Youngstown will offer fresh produce direct to the residents of Mahoning Valley through its Community Supported Agriculture market, which purchases food direct from local farmers. Participants can pick up their farm fresh goods on Tuesdays at the YMCA in Boardman, Fellows Riverside Gardens, East Side Public Library and Poland Public Library. Orders can also be delivered to your door for a fee.

To become a member of Grow Youngstown’s CSA: Farm to You, contact Elsa Higby, CSA manager, at or 330-286-0688.

Adult Career Center hosts informational sessions

Adults interested in enrolling career certification programs this fall offered at the Adult Career Center Mahoning County Career and Technical Center are invited to attend one of several free informational sessions this spring and summer at MCCTC, located at 7300 North Palmyra Road in Canfield. Informational sessions include career investigation as well as reading, math and language assessments.

Attendees will tour the building, meet instructors and learn about financial aid opportunities. Upcoming informational sessions will be June 5 at 6 p.m., June 18 at 6 p.m. and July 9 at 6 p.m.

For more information or to register to attend, call the Adult Career Center at 330-729-4100.

Sirak earns academic honors

Kevin Sirak, son of Robert Jr. and Kathy Sirak, graduated magna cum laude from Dayton University. He is the grandson of Robert and Shirley Sirak of Austintown. Kevin will be moving to Orlando to take a job in the visionary arts department of Disney World. He attended schools in Dublin, Ohio, where his parents now reside.

Broadway producer comes to Boardman

Broadway producer Peter Sklar will be offering a free lecture for children 8 and up at Ruth’s Dance and Fitness Co. LLC tomorrow at 2 p.m. The lecture is titled “Getting Started in the Arts” and will discuss being a successful child star.

Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mischa Barton are just a few of the people he has helped reach success. Seating is limited. Call 330-782-6785 for reservations.

MCCTC students host plant sale

The spring plant sale, sponsored by the Horticulture program at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, started May 6.

Horticulture students have prepared items including assorted annuals, hanging baskets and fresh tomatoes and peppers. Flats of flowers will also be available.

The Horticulture Green House will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday throughout the month of May until all items are sold.

For more information on the spring plant sale, contact Mary June Emerson at 330-729-4000 ext., 1671.

This year, the Austintown Relay For Life will offer the unique opportunity to participate first-hand in a landmark new cancer research study, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for the community to actively get involved in research to help prevent cancer for this generation and generations to come.

Participants must be between the ages of 30-65 years old, never been diagnosed with cancer (aside from basal and squamous cell) and be willing to make a 20-30 year commitment which involves completing periodic follow-up surveys at home.

Enrollment will take place at the Austintown Relay For Life held at Austintown Fitch High School on June 7 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Couch to 5K program

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

Library closed for holidays

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

Friends of the library meeting to be May 20

The Friends of the Austintown library meeting and program will be held on Monday 20 at 10 a.m. Cassie Nespor, curator of the Rose Melnick Medical Museum at Youngstown State University, will introduce this local “hidden gem.” The audience will learn about the Iron Lung, the Wooden X-Ray machine, the invention of the stethoscopes and other interesting stories through the museum’s exhibits.

The presentation will highlight some of the interactive aspects of the Museum that gives visitors a chance to experience various periods in medical history.

Board Building and Sites Committee meeting set

The Building and Sites Committee of the Board of Trustees for the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday in the meeting room of Main Library, located at 305 Wick Ave. in Youngstown. The purpose of the meeting is to award the landscape bid for the new branch library being built in the Jackson-Milton area.

Buzz about books at library

The Austintown library will host Page turners: Book Buzz on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun. For adults.

Kindle class set

Bring your Kindle to the library and the librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog on their website on May 29 at 6 p.m. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for specific library to register.

Guess and go

Children of all ages are invited to play Guess ‘N’ Go: Title Trivia during library hours through May. Match the book cover with its title. All who try will receive a small prize.

Class features Nook for newbies

Adults can bring your Nook to the Austintown library and the librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog on their website on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Local author book signing

Bradley’s Book Outlet will be hosting local author Jason Webb tomorrow 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.”

Give blood at the library

The Austintown library will hold a blood drive on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. hosted by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross. For adults only.

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.

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.

Babies and books set at library

Babies ages 6 to 23 months can join the Austintown library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader on Monday at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales for toddlers set for Wednesdays

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

Library hosts Fun for 4s and 5s

Join the Austintown 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 Wednesday in May at 11:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Gotta move storytime set

Children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver can 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 every Thursday in May at 10 a.m. Adults and kids, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.

YSU scholarships available

Applications for scholarships to Youngstown State University by the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest are now available by contacting Deborah Mottle at 330-729-0355. Applicants must attend Youngstown State University in order to be eligible. Deadline for applicants is June 1.

Church offers gift cards

Smith Corners United Methodist Church is offering gift cards that you can order for Walmart, Giant Eagle, Sam’s Club, Speedway, AutoZone and more. Pick up an order form or call the church at 330-799-9390 for more details. Orders will be placed on the fifth and 20th of each month.

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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