Austintown Community Briefs

Senior Center to host Homesafe program

Austintown Senior Center, located at 112 Westchester Dr. in Austintown, will be the site of the registration for the Homesafe Program Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The “Homesafe” is a database organized by the Mahoning County Sheriff’s office and will be used to help keep the community’s most vulnerable at-risk citizens, such as children with autism, who may be deaf, blind or may have other developmental disabilities or the elderly, who may suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia, by storing information that will be used to bring individuals home that go missing. The database will include names, pictures, personal identification information, type of disability, any medications they are taking and other pertinent information necessary, such as emergency contacts. Homesafe is restricted to law enforcement only.

Call 330-720-6454 with questions or for more information.

Non-profit organizations can now sell admission buttons

First Night Youngstown is the premier New Year’s Eve event in downtown Youngstown. To be admitted into First Night entertainment venues during this New Year’s Eve event, attendees must purchase an admission button. Area non-profit organizations may sell admission buttons and keep a portion of the proceeds. The more the organization sells, the more it earns.

Organizations may begin selling now, and through Dec. 21. For more information, email or call 330-744-9966.

War veteran to speak Nov. 25

Friends of the Austintown Library will host World War II veteran and POW Daniel King of Lordstown in honor of Veterans Day when they meet at 10 a.m on Nov. 25, in the meeting room of the Austintown library. King was 1st Lieutenant in the 8th Army Air Corp, which became the United States Air Force after 1947. He flew the P51 Mustang as a fighter pilot. The primary duty of the P51 fighters was to serve as escorts on bombing runs to and from the targets over enemy territory. King flew 29 and one half missions, before, due to engine failure, he and his plane went down, he was captured and taken to a German prisoner of war camp.

The Friends of the Austintown Library is a group of volunteers which support the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Austintown alumni makes a difference

Alina Kielbasa (Class of 2015) of Austintown is one of more than 300 Marietta College students and employees who volunteered for more than four hours during the annual Make a Difference Day this fall. Kielbasa is a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and is majoring in International Leadership and Political Science.

Saxon Club to have pork-kraut dinner

The Youngstown Saxon Club, located at 710 S. Meridian Road, will host its last pork-kraut dinner of the year on Nov. 17 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The price is $8.75 for adults and $5 for children and includes dessert and coffee, tea or pop. The public is welcome and take-outs will be available.

Quilt group to meet 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.

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 International 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 330-757-4148 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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Teens ready for PS2sday

Play video games in the meeting room of the Austintown library after school on Nov. 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. 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.

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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