Austintown Community Briefs

Quilt group meets Nov. 19

That Quilt Group I Belong To will host its November meeting on Nov. 19 at Fair Park in Canfield. Doors will be open from 1-5 p.m. for those who wish to work on charity quilts. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The “make and take” project this month is an appliqu ed angel designed from the Dresden plate pattern. Kits are $8. To sign up, call Ginger at 330-702-0532.

That Quilt Group I Belong To Is open to all quilters in the Mahoning Valley, including all skill levels. For membership information, call president Ginger Mangie at 330-702-0532.

Newcomers Club of Canfield meeting Nov. 12

The November meeting of the Newcomers Club of Canfield will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. The evening will include a wine tasting and holiday decoration ideas for your home. Attendees are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Call Diane at 330-758-2139 to RSVP, and for location and directions.

The Newcomers Club of Canfield is open to all women in the Mahoning Valley. It provides an opportunity for members in the community to welcome newcomers, engage in recreational and social activities, and to help support the civic, social and charitable life of the community. For information about meeting times and locations, contact or Tina Holland at 330-533-1161.

Monday Night Writers to meet Nov. 18

Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend the next meeting of Monday Night Writers, to be Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield. The event will be led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie. 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 Nancy Christie at 330-793-3675 or at

Babyak to speak at Torch Clubs dinner

Carole Babyak will be the guest speaker at the Youngstown Chapter of International Torch Clubs dinner and discussion meeting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 18 in Kilcawley Center, Bresnahan Rooms I and II, on the campus of Youngstown State University. The title of Babyak’s talk is “Finding My Civil War Ancestors” and she will read chapters from her upcoming novel about a Southern Civil War soldier. The public is invited to attend. Dinner for non-members is $20. Call 33-)757-4148 for reservations. For club information, call 330-792-7351.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child, a function of Samaritan’s Purse, is busy collecting shoebox gifts to send to hurting children around the world, most of them have never received a gift in their lives. Everyone is invited to help, all you need is a heart for children.

If you or your group are interested in helping and want more information, contact Sandy at 330-565-8057 or Nancy at 330-565-4221. If you are familiar with Operation Christmas Child and you are looking for a ‘Relay Center’ (drop off area), this year National Collection week is Nov. 18-25 and Tabernacle EPC, located at 2432 South Raccoon Road. The Hours of Operation are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. and Nov 25. (last day) from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Give them a call or visit to find out how to help a needy child.

Women’s association to meet Nov. 13

The Tri-gold Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet Nov. 13 at A La Cart Catering, located at 429 Lisbon St. in Canfield. A social will begin at 5:30 p.m, with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $19 per person and will cover a dinner of baked ham, roast beef, eggplant parmesan, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots and tossed salad, as well as rolls, coffee or tea and a dessert of cherries in the snow. For reservations, call 330-533-8730 or 330-757-9368.

Local doctor to present memory lecture

Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. will be presenting a free seminar titled, “Reversing Memory Loss” on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center located in South Bridge West (behind Second Sole) at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3. Join the doctor for an informative seminar on proven methods to improve and keep your memory. He will discuss factors related to deteriorating memory as we age, along with discussing natural methods to improve your memory. To register, call 330-729-1350 or register online at Admissionis free, but RSVP is required.

Board of Education to meet

The Austintown Board of Education will meet for it’s regular session Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at Austintown Intermediate School, located at 225 Idaho Road-Lloyd Loop.

Boardman Park to host mother/son date night

Boardman Park will be hosting its Mom and Son Date “Knight” on Nov. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Lariccia Family Community Center.

Come celebrate an evening with your little man making memories; eating, dancing, making crafts and posing for a professional photo as a keepsake of this fun night with mommy’s little Knight. Also, moms, don’t forget to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities.

The boys (ages 3-8) are welcome to dress as their favorite hero, knight/Batman/Star Wars/super hero or just nice dress attire.

Tickets will be on sale at the park office beginning Oct. 22, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Cost is $15 per couple, $5 per additional child for residents and $18 per couple, $5 per additional child for non residents. No walk-in reservations will be accepted.

Mad moon hike set

The Mad Moon hike will be Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. We’ll hope the nearly full moon will light our way to the Keystone State and back. Meet at Stavitch Bicycle Trail on East Liberty Street in Lowellville.

Moderate rating, 4 miles.

Spaghetti dinner benefit to be Nov. 17

The Jack Aey Cancer Benefit Fund Raiser Spaghetti Dinner and Chinese Auction will be Nov. 17 from 12-4 p.m. at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, located at 4580 Canfield Road (Route 62) in Canfield. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $6 for youth, ages 6 and younger.

Takeout will be available. Donations can be made at Home Savings - Joyce Aey, with a memo to Jack Aey Benefit.

Society to discuss birds

The Audubon Society-Mahoning Valley will host a meeting on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. “Birds in Flight” is our local licensed bird rehabilitation center. Director Heather Merritt will share what it takes to bring birds back to good health after they have an accident. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 1.888.846.8851. Held at MetroParks Farm.

Prince and Princess party fundraiser to be Nov. 16

Princesses and princes from preschool to third grade are invited to dress up as their favorite Disney princess or prince and join the fun on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m at the Poland library. Parents are invited to bring their camera and smart phone for photo opportunities. Refreshments will be served, compliments of the Friends of PLYMC. Admission is $10 per child.

Each child must be accompanied by an adult; the adult is admitted free. Admission includes a free voucher to the “Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic” presentation at the Covelli Centre.

The first 100 reservations will be accepted. For reservations, call the Development Office at 330-740-6086. Additionally, the library is also sponsoring a contest to win tickets. Stop in a library near you between Nov. 16 - Dec. 4 to register to win a family four-pack of tickets to the show.

Birding the sanctuary

Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead this walk on Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. The hike will be at the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, a 264-acre park district property closed to the public. Because of parking limitations, reservations must be made by calling Ford Nature Center by 5 p.m., Nov. 15. No walk-ins will be permitted.

Hike ten on the tenth

The Mill Creek Metro Parks invites you to take participate in a 10-mile challenge on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.

A to Z hike to be Nov. 24

Join the Mill Creek Metro Parks on an alphabet hike through the Mill Creek Gorge on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. During the hike, hunt for natural items that go from A to Z. Meet at Lanterman’s Mill. Moderate rating, two miles.

Health and wellness walks set

The Metro Parks will host a health and wellness walk beginning at 9 a.m. The walk will be Nov. 20, meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at Kirk Road. Moderate rating, two or four miles.

Learn yoga basics

Feel comfortable in a class meant for everybody while you learn the basics of yoga taught by Karres Cvetkovich every Sunday in November from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Experience the release of mental and physical tensions that act as powerful barriers to enjoying life. Cost is $10 per class.

Practice Yoga at the park

Yoga will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday in November from 9:30-11 a.m. and from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Classes are outdoors weather permitting. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Cost is $10 per class; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Take T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi Step One will be offered every Wednesday in November from noon to 1 p.m. Ease stress, improve health and increase vitality. 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. The cost is $10 per class; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Participate in Pilates

Pilates basics will be taught every Monday in November from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment and breathing with fitness trainer Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Cost $10 per sessio; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Sculpt with Pilates

Pilates Sculpt will be offered every Wednesday in November from 6-7 p.m. Join trainer Angela Lubonovich in using light hand weights to tone the body with emphasis on core strength and control. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Bring a mat, water (and two number weights if you have them). Cost is $10 per session; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Learn to make apple dumplings

Children, ages 6-11, are invited to warm up their autumn with apple dumplings on Nov. 23 from 1:30-3 p.m. Enjoy learning how to make your own apple dumpling, sample dumplings already made, and hear stories about apples throughout history. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Cost is $12, FFRG member $10.

Bountiful Harvest to be Nov. 21, 23

Fellows Riverside Gardens will host Bountiful Harvest Nov. 21 from 1-2 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. until noon. Preschoolers, ages 3-5, will Learn about a few of the vegetables and fruits harvested and eaten at the first Thanksgiving and create a cornucopia using some of these foods. Students will also enjoy a snack and story. Cost is $8, FFRG members $6.

Children’s Nature Hour set

Children’s Nature Hour: Scat? What’s That? will be Nov. 15 and 16 at 10 a.m. Everything, including animal droppings, has a place in nature. Children ages 3-6 will have fun learning about this silly subject. Pre-registration/payment required at Ford Nature Center. Cost is $2 for residents, $3 for non-residents.

Savor botanical delights

Botanical delights: Elderberries will be Nov. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Elderberry, named the 2013 herb of the year, is a versatile culinary and medicinal plant. Enjoy learning the history and folklore surrounding the Elder Tree, savor elderberry delights, and make and take home some immune supporting elderberry syrup. Cost is $16 (FFRG members $12). Experience breakfast botany

Breakfast Botany: Arborvitae will be Nov. 22 at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Start your morning with a brisk walk to see plants growing in the Gardens. Return to the Garden Caf to enjoy a light breakfast and hear interesting facts about trees. Cost is $9 (FFRG member $7).

MetroMutts presentation to be Nov. 17

MetroMutts: Keeping Harmony in a Household with Children and Dogs will be Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. The program is presented by The Learning Dog. Teaching our dogs boundaries around children and teaching children to respect a dog’s space is the key to keeping the peace. Whether it is a new baby on the way or introducing a new dog into a household with children, this seminar will cover all aspects of introductions and maintaining a happy household. Held at Pioneer Pavilion. Please leave your dog sleeping peacefully at home.

Cost is MetroMutts members free; not-yet-members $5.

Join a loose knit group

Enjoy the lovely view from the Antonucci Library as you help to “Warm Up America” with other crafters making projects to donate to local hospitals Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. until noon. All helping hands are welcome, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated at any time. Registration is not necessary. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Enjoy olde fashioned Christmas at the Mill

Bring the family to Lanterman’s Mill for this holiday tradition Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Be entertained by musicians and other fine performers. Watch as artisans such as a potter, tinsmith and woodcarver demonstrate their crafts. Have a taste of roasted chestnuts, a visit with Santa, and the sight of the Mill festively dressed in fresh greenery and ribbons. If you wish to share the holiday spirit with others, bring a hat, scarf, or mittens to decorate a “Giving Tree” for children in need this winter. Call Ford Nature Center for details.

Shop in the holiday open house

The Shop In the Gardens offers unique finds and gifts for that special someone on your holiday list. You will find gorgeous accessories and d cor for yourself and your home. All holiday items are discounted 20 percent during the holiday open house Nov. 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Dr. DiDomenico speaks at lecture

Dr. Lawrence A. DiDomenico, managing partner of Ankle and Foot Care Centers, was invited to lecture at an orthopedic international foot surgeon’s conference Sept. 13-14.

The event, the 20th Lubecker Seminar for practice in foot surgery, was offered in Lubeck, Germany.

Dr. DiDomenico spoke on Diabetic limb salvage, Charcot joint arthropathy and the Lapidus bunionectomy. The Lapidus bunionectomy is a procedure used to treat bunions, one of the most common sources of foot pain. Bunions occur when the big toe angles in toward the other toes, causing enlargement of the metatarsophalangeal joint. Restrictive shoes, arthritis and constant pressure inside the joint cause pain for bunion sufferers and may necessitate corrective surgery.

Business expo to be Nov. 9

C.A.R.E Inc. and Visions 2 Success, LLC will host a business expo and trade show on Nov. 9 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Austintown Township Park.

Any vendor or business owner can purchase a table for $20. The event is free to the public.

C.A.R.E Inc. is a non-profit organization geared toward youth mentorship, training and recreation. Visions 2 Success, LLC is a developmental and resources company for aspiring business owners.

Breakfast to be Nov. 9

A pancake, sausage and egg breakfast will be offered on Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown. The cost is $6 per adult, $3 for children 10 and under, all you care to eat. The Proceeds will go toward World Service Projects

Supper at the Corner to be Nov. 21

Supper at the Corner will be Nov. 21 from 4:30-6 p.m. at Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown. This supper is free and the menu this month features Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, corn, applesauce, pumpkin crisp, italian bread and beverages. This is a community outreach of the church and open to all on the third Thursday of each month.

Library closes for holidays

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, and Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.

Buzz about books at library

The Austintown library will host Page turners: Book Buzz on Nov. 20 from 6-7 p.m. Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun.

Give blood at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive at the Austintown library on Nov. 27 from 12:30-6:30 p.m.

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 Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.

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 Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for specific library to register.

Make rainbow loom bracelets

Kids in grades 4 and up, are invited to the Rainbow Loom craft program on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Austintown library. Rainbow Loom bracelets are fun, unique and great to give away as presents. Each session is limited to the first 12 tweens and teens who sign up. Beginners will be walked through the single pattern bracelet, but templates will be provided for loomers with more experience. Warning: Rainbow Loom Kits contain small rubber bands and sharp points. To register, call 330-744-8636 or sign up online at Program available to children in fourth-grade and up only.

Celebrate American Indian awareness month

Celebrate American Indian Awareness Month with the Redhawk Native American Cultural Society on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. Gene Allison, a member of the Red Hawk American Indian Cultural Society, will appear in full regalia, share artifacts and stories and answer questions. Fun and educational for the whole family.

Teens ready for PS2sday

Play video games in the meeting room of the Austintown library after school on Nov. 12, 19 and 26 at 2:30 p.m. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Family science night

The Austintown library will host Family Science: Butterflies on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Explore the science of butterflies (metamorphosis, migration and more) through books, stories, songs and hands-on activities. For families with kids of all ages.

Label the turkey

School-aged children are invited to grab a sheet at the Austintown library and label the parts of a turkey. Show the librarian for a surprise. During library hour through the month of November.

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 November at 11:30 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 November at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Babies and books set at library

Babies ages 6-23 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 every Tuesday in November at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Gotta move storytime set

Gotta move storytime will be Nov. 14 and 21. 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. Adults and kids, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.

Roast beef dinner to be Nov. 9

The St. Joseph Men’s Club will sponsor a roast beef dinner Nov. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Joseph Social Hall, located at 4565 New Road in Austintown. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, a beverage and dessert.

MCCTC students open salon

Cosmetology students at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center will open The Salon at MCCTC to the public beginning Oct. 10. Salon hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8:15-10:30 a.m. Appointments are recommended. The cosmetology students will offer haircuts, styling, perms, hair color, manicures and hair removal. All services are performed by students under the supervision of their instructor and prices start at just $5. New to the salon this year is a retail space with Paul Mitchell product, shellac manicures and a redesigned salon space.

To make an appointment, call Cosmetology Instructor Lisa Argiro at 330-729-4000, ext. 1310.

Fall quarter auction to be Nov. 15

St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary Home and School will be hosting its fall quarter auction on Nov. 15 at the IHM Parish Center. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and the auction will begin at 7 p.m. This is a BYOB event, and therefore, limited to adults only.

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. The required bid, from 1–4 quarters, for each item will be based on the value of the item, so please bring your own quarters. There will be a snack bar with pop, water and various snack available for purchase. We will have a 50/50 Raffle and a lottery tree drawing, too.

The proceeds of the snack bar will be used to help offset the cost of the fifth-grade trip to Camp Fitch. The proceeds of the quarter auction will benefit the home and school general fund, which pays for fieldtrips, guest speakers, bussing, etc. To purchase tickets, donate an item, or for any questions, call Molly Faloon at 330-502-9163 or Nicole Fryfogle at 330-502-9996.

AMS to host craft show

Austintown Middle School, located at 800 S. Raccoon Road, will be hosting its 30th Annual PTA Craft Show Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. They will be having more than 200 vendors with crafts, food and a chinese auction. They are currently still looking for vendors and vendor questions can be directed to Kelly Constance at 330-270-9346.

Fitness classes to begin

Wellness Made Easy will be offering fitness classes in Stacey Pavilion of Austintown Township Park began Oct. 6. They include Sculpting ($7) at 8 a.m., Yoga ($7) at 12:30 p.m. and Yoga for all ($5) at 6 p.m. on Mondays; Yoga Express ($5) 5:30 a.m., Senior Yoga ($5)at 12:30 p.m. and Mat Pilates at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays; Gentle Yoga ($7) at 8 a.m. and Yoga ($7) at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays; Yoga Express ($5) at 5:30 a.m. and Circuit/Boot Camp ($7) at 11 a.m. on Thursdays; Sculpting ($7) at 8 a.m. and Yoga ($7) at 12:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Caring family portrait sessions offered

Autism Society of Ohio and Mill Creek MetroParks are excited to offer a caring, patient family portrait session for families with disabilities thanks to the generous offer of Positive Light Photography.The 20-minute per family session will take place outdoors weather permitting, but a seasonal indoor session will be set up in case of inclement weather.

Reservations will be taken for the three 20-minute slots per hour. The barns will be open and complimentary hayrides will be offered to participants.

Families will receive a free sitting and a best choice 5x7 to be mailed to them within two weeks.

For $10, they will be mailed not only their photo, but a disc of all the professional-level photos taken during their session allowing for personal use and reproduction of your choice.

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, call 330-501-7553.

New restaurant to open

The Shops at Boardman Park will be soon be offering a new and fun option in dining to the Boardman area: DiBella’s Old Fashioned Subs.

DiBella’s will be located next to Quaker Steak and Lube, and offer old-fashioned quality and value in their dining experience. They provide a unique casual atmosphere, reminiscent of a 1940’s NY style corner sandwich shop. They deliver fast and friendly service, always providing a quality product, this is DiBella’s tradition: to provide a good old-fashioned experience, based on a fresh, quality product, a friendly face to serve you and a value for your dollar.

SJIHM new lunch program

For the 2013-2014 school year, St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary has announced that it will be offering free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay the full price for meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Program. Each school office and central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Arms Museum plans Christmas program

Plans for this year’s Memories of Christmas Past are underway at the Arms Family Museum. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is looking to the Valley community for some help with this year’s display.

Highlights this year will be on local Valley traditions and will include family heirlooms, nativity collections, handmade cigar box doll houses and a large collection from John Garver, inventor of the locally produced Plakie twirler ornaments.

The society is looking for Christmas items related to downtown department stores. McKelveys, McCrorys, Higbees, Strouss-Hirshberg or any other downtown establishment are desirable. Items will be displayed on a short-term loan basis and will be returned to the owner after the exhibit closes in January.

Please email a description and picture of items to or contact the Historical Society with any questions at 330-743-2589. Memories of Christmas Past opens on Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 5, 2014.

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