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Austintown Community Briefs



Published: Fri, August 8, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Monday Night Writers meeting scheduled

Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend the next meeting of Monday Night Writers, to take place on Aug. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield. 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 nancy@nancychristie.com.

Fitch class of 1965 reunion planning

The Austintown Fitch Class of 1965 has begun making plans for their 50th class reunion in September of 2015. The group is looking for up to date addresses and also class members who would like to serve on the planning committee. Their next meeting will be Aug. 21 at Smith Corners Church, corner of Kirk Road and State Route 46 at 7 p.m. Details and information can be obtained from Lynn (Coates) Foriska at 330-792-0172 or email lynnfrsk@aol.com, or Connie (Swisher) Sinchak at 330-797-9963 or email at consin@zoominternet.net.

Poker and pasta event to be Aug. 16

The second annual Mike Hull Memorial Poker Run and Pasta Dinner for Autism will take place on Aug. 16 at noon, with registration at 11 a.m. at the Dash Inn, at Mahoning Valley Lanes. The cost is $10 per person and includes a food ticket. Kids ages 3-5 bowl free. Additional activities include live music starting at 5 p.m., a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese Auction. For more information, contact Melissa at 330-781-0918 or Nancy at 330-622-1709.

Tickets on sale for annual raffle

The Austintown Alumni Association is now selling tickets for its annual raffle. Funds from this project will be used to award scholarships to Austintown Fitch 2015 graduates. First prize is $500; second prize is a basket of gift cards from local businesses worth at least $200 and third prize is a $50 dinner for two at Rachel’s Restaurant and flowers from Something Unique Florist. Tickets are $1 each or a book of six tickets is $5. The winning tickets will be drawn on Aug. 29 at the Hall of Fame football game. Winners need not be present. The alumni association was able to award scholarships totaling $6000 to eight graduates in 2014. For tickets or more information, contact Joann Sulenski, alumni president, at 330-793-1101 or Patti Griffin at 330-793-4799.

Bingo and card party to be Sept. 21

The Austintown Memorial American Legion Auxiliary Post 301 Bingo Party Plus third annual card party plus will be on Sept. 21 from 2-5 p.m. at 3652 Oakwood Ave. in Austintown. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and admission will be $5 per person. The event will feature Bingo, a card party, basket raffle, 50/50 raffle and door prizes. For more information, contact Diana at 330-799-1738 or Betty at 330-788-4274.

Hood named to president’s list

Lauren Hood of Austintown has been named to the Trine University president’s list for the spring 2014 semester. Hood is a senior majoring in Exercise Science. To be named to the president’s list, a student must have at least a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 15 credit hours.

Students graduate from University of Akron

Kylie Klug and Sarah Ferko of Austintown graduated from The University of Akron in Spring 2014.

Church event to be Aug. 10

Learn how to experience Joy Through Adversity on Aug. 10 at 9:30 a.m. at New Springfield Chruch of God, locates at 3649 East Garfield Doar in New Springfield. Terri Roberts will speak on surviving tragedy, illness and loss through faith.

Library Dogs & Drafts

A downtown Youngstown eatery is joining forces with the Citizens Committee for the Library Levy for a food and fun-filled event whose proceeds will go to support the campaign for the library levy, which is on the November ballot. Library Dogs & Drafts will take place on Aug. 12 from 4-8 p.m. at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, located at 32 Phelps Street in Youngstown. The festivities will include live entertainment, celebrity bartending and a celebrity library dog competition. Tickets are $20 each, and include your choice of hot dog plus tater tots and a beer or soft drink, a cookie from One Hot Cookie and one ticket for the super door prize. For the celebrity library dog competition, each celebrity will choose from Suzie’s enormous list of condiments and combine them to describe what he or she believes should be the official library dog. At the event, attendees will vote on which combo of condiments would make the best library dog by putting a dollar in the bucket below the celebrity’s name and condiment description. The winning combo will be the official library dog at Suzie’s. After the event, a donation to the Levy Campaign will be made every time that dog is purchased at Suzies. Tickets for Library Dogs & Drafts can be purchased online at librarydogsanddrafts.brownpapertickets.com and at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts in Youngstown, Catullo Prime Meats in Poland and Farris Marketing in Boardman. For more information, call 330-740-6088. The library currently has two levies in effect: a 1-mill levy and a 1.8-mill levy for a total of 2.8 mills. The Library Board voted to combine these into one ballot issue that is less than the two current issues. The result is a levy on the November 2014 ballot that will reduce the cost to taxpayers by about 11%. The Citizens Committee for the Library Levy uses no tax dollars. Library levy campaigns are funded privately and depend on donations of money and time from the public. Paid for by Citizens Committee for the Library Levy.

Wellness center seeks support

In preparation for its annual 5K Run/2 Mile Walk, the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center, led by Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. is seeking Mahoning Valley residents to support their efforts to benefit area autism organizations. The Charity 5K Run/2 Mile Walk will take place Aug. 16 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Mill Creek Metroparks Bikeway, Kirk Road Trailhead at 6700 Kirk Road in Canfield. Scheduled events include a 5K run, 2 mile walk, a children’s fun run and a 50/50 raffle. Interested participants can register at OhioND.com/5K. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runner in the 5K. bVolunteers of every age, skill and ability are welcome to help launch the event. Help is needed in advance for assembling t-shirts/bags, organizing registrants, pre-registration pickup, refreshments, 50/50 raffle, traffic/parking, and trail water stations. Various shifts are available. Every volunteer gets a free t-shirt. Interested volunteers should email robin@suzelis.com or call the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center at 330-729-1350. This year’s event proceeds will go to support the efforts of Autism Society of Ohio and Supported and Facilitated Environments who share the mission of improving the quality of life for children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum and their families. Those families are particularly encouraged to support this effort.

Spaghetti dinner benefit to be Aug. 17

There will be a spaghetti dinner benefit for Colton James Price at Andrews Hall at Angels for Animals, located at 4750 W. South Range Road in Canfield, on Aug. 17 from 2-6 p.m. The cost is $8 per plate for adults and $5 for children (ages 12 and under). Carryouts will be available and tickets are available at the door. Price was born prematurely at 30 weeks and spent his first 48 days of life in the NICU. He was able to go home for 11 days, but on Father’s Day, he experienced complications which put him into respiratory distress and was Life Flighted to Akron Children’s main campus for readmission. Proceeds from the benefit will go toward helping to offset the financial harships facing Price’s parents at this time. Donations are also being accepted for those who would like to help but are unable to attend by contacting Britney Price at 234-564-9583, Nicole Price at 330-429-4299 or Amanda Kegelmyer at 330-429-1085.

Junior golf clinics

Come to Mill Creek Golf Course Aug. 5, 12 and 19 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for instruction time with course play to follow. Learn full swing, short game, putting, and fundamental motor skills. The cost is $20.

Adult golf clinics

Come to the Mill Creek golf course Aug. 6 (and every week until Aug. 27) from 6-8 p.m. for one hour of instruction time. Course play to follow. The cost is $ 25 for one clinic, $ 45 for two clinics, $ 60 for three clinics and $100 for seven clinics.

Garden suncatcher

Children ages 3 - 5 and a caregiver are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens Aug. 7 from 1-2 p.m. to take a walk through the gardens on a plant scavenger hunt, collect some favorite flowers at the Family Garden, make suncatchers, and enjoy a garden snack. The cost is $5.

Getting started with hydroponics

Don’t let the end of the growing season keep you from enjoying fresh foods year round. Join instructor Katie Phipps from the Lettuce People Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. until noon for an introduction to basic hydroponics and a sharing of ideas for growing indoors. Katie will provide hands-on instruction to basic concepts behind hydroponics and some very easy ways to grow inside. Participants will sample some lettuce grown hydroponically at the farm in about a 4-6 week time frame. Phipps has designed her own hydroponic growing system and has test marketed lighting systems. She will discuss design options and what you need to know to get started the right way. Register by Aug. 7 at MetroParks Farm. The cost is $40 registered, $50 not registered.

Colored pencil course

Join Marianne Hilke Aug. 9 from 9:30 a.m. until noon in a course that is designed for anyone that enjoys flowers and is interested in drawing them. You will be on location in the gardens working from a choice of flowers available. In this five hour course students will cover the use of colored pencils and drawing principles to build their image. Most of the time will be spent at the gardens to work on their project. If it rains, the class will be moved inside with a flower to work from. Supplies are included in the fee. The cost is $65; FFRG member $47.

Organic composting course

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens August 9 (and every week until Aug. 16) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for an organic composting course. Grow Youngstown will cover feedstocks relative to goals and availability, key temperatures, management necessary to keep aerobic conditions, C:N rations of feedstocks, a variety of static composting options, and National Organic Standards management for organic compost. You will be making windrows and backyard bin piles. Register at www.growyoungstown.org. Course fee is $50.

Essential oils and pets

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens August 9 from 10:30 a.m. until noon as Jeanette DiRubba shows you how to safely use essential oils with dogs and cats and their environment. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.

Bear Creek hike

Come to the Wick Recreation Area August 9 from 1-2:30 p.m. to explore along and within the waters of Bear Creek. Wear old shoes and clothing that you can get wet and dirty. Moderate rating, up to 2 miles.

Family camp in the park

Come to Mill Creek Park Aug. 9 and 10 from 2 p.m. until 9 a.m. to camp with the family. This event is structured to give your family lots of fun park activities to participate in both during the day and through the evening. Price includes one camping space, structured activities, dinner, s’mores, and breakfast for a family of three. Enjoy nature programs, campfire program, a night hike, children’s games and crafts and an early bird morning hike. Included with each space are passes for park activities (such as batting cages and boating) that may be used the day of or later in the season. Additional fees apply for extra tents and participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Morley Pavilion area will be closed to non-participants past 2 p.m. and the area will be closely monitored. For details, call Ford Nature Center or look online. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Aug. 2. One space per family of three. The cost is $45 registered; $50 not registered, extra family participant $10.

Let’s go creekin’

Come to Laurel Hills Lane in Canfield Aug. 10 from 10-11 a.m. The 154-acre woodland named Sawmill Creek Preserve helps to filter water entering Meander Reservoir. Wear shoes and clothing that can get wet as you walk along and within the clean water of Sawmill Creek. Call Ford Nature Center for details. The cost is $10 registered; $40 not registered.

Compost with the Green Team

Join members of the Green Team at MetroParks Farm Aug. 10 from 1-4 p.m. to learn about backyard composting. Class attendance is required to receive compost bin. Plan to transport your bin home after class. Register with the Green Team at 330-740-2060. The cost is $10 registered; $40 not registered.

AgVenture camp

Children ages 5-7 are invited to MetroParks Farm August 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. to explore the pizza farm through games, craft and other activities that show how the common ingredients of pizza become food. Bring a lunch. You will create a chef apron as you make your own pizza and celebrate the adventure with a homemade pizza tasting party at the end of camp. The cost is $35 registered; $40 not registered.

Recreational hikes

There will be a series of volunteer-led recreational hikes being offered throughout August. On Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. there will be an easy 2 or 4 mile hike at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead. On Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. there will be a moderate 2 mile hike at Ford Nature Center. On Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. there will be an easy 2-4 mile hike at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead and on Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. there will be an easy 2-3 mile hike starting at 401 West Main Street in Canfield.

Botanical dinners

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens August 13 (and every week until Aug. 27) from 6-8 p.m. to enjoy a botanical dining experience overlooking Lake Glacier while learning about the featured plant of the evening. On Aug. 13, it will be zucchini/peaches, on Aug. 20 it will be tomatoes/basil and on Aug. 27 it will be peppers/plums. Briefly gather and sip on the specialty drink to find out why the plant d’jour is so special. Call the Garden Caf at 330-740-7074 for reservations and pricing.

Herb kitchen wreath

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Aug. 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and join Pam Baytos in creating a handy cooking aide – a fresh herb kitchen wreath. Herbs will include garden favorites like oregano, thyme and others for your culinary aspirations. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.

Jiminy who?

Bring your toddlers to Ford Nature Center Aug. 14 from 10-11 a.m. to learn how crickets make music by listening to a short performance as well as a story and craft. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Aug. 12. The cost is $5 registered; $7 not registered. Additional fees apply after deadline.

Yappy hour

Bring your favorite canine to Lake Glacier Boating Center Aug. 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. to take a half hour ride around the lake in a passenger boat. Back on shore, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine while treats and doggy-ritas will be available for your furry friends. The cost is MetroMutts members $10; not-yet-members, $15. Animal Charity volunteers will be on hand with some of their adoptables. Call Ford Nature Center for more information.

Struthers concert series

Come to Yellow Creek Park Aug. 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. to hear the Al-Ray Combo. Lawn seating.

Mill Creek Watershed

Come to MetroParks Farm Aug. 15 from 1-4 p.m. as natural resources manager Kirsten Peetz guides a special trolley trip following Mill Creek as it flows north from its headwaters in Columbiana through Beaver and Boardman Townships, Mill Creek Park, and finally meets the Mahoning River in Youngstown. Learn about issues affecting Mill Creek, conservation efforts and just enjoy the changing landscape along the journey. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center. The cost is adults $8 registered, $10 not registered; 12 and under or 60 and over are $5 registered, $8 not registered.

Birding the sanctuary

Come to the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Aug. 16 from 8-9:30 a.m. as Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited leads a walk. Bring binoculars and boots. Register at Ford Nature Center by Aug. 15.

Alice’s tea party

Children ages 6-11 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens Aug. 16 from 12:30 until 2 p.m. for a proper tea just like at the Mad Hatter’s house. Children will learn what plants make tea, sip samples and have a snack. The cost is $8.

Pizza party

Children ages 12-17 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens Aug. 16 from 3-4:30 p.m. to enjoy the bounty of the family garden for a pizza party. Teens will learn how-to create a yummy pizza from garden to oven. The cost is $10.

Movie under the stars

Bring your own blanket or chair to MetroParks Farm on Aug. 16 from 8-10:30 p.m. for an outside movie feature that begins at dark. The barn door will be movie screen. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase or bring your own snacks. Facility opens at 8 p.m. for a pre movie activities; barns are open late to visit with the animals. In the event of rain, movie will be shown inside.

Guided tractor wagon rides

Come to MetroParks Farm on Aug. 17 from 1-4 p.m. for guided tractor wagon rides. The rides leave approximately every 1/2 hour for a tour of the farm. This is the last weekend activity until after the Canfield Fair; be sure to visit Old McDonald’s Barn. Barns are open. Donations accepted. Craft fee is $1.

Summer digital scavenger hunt

Come to Ford Nature Center Aug. 17 from 1-3 p.m. to search for the warmest season’s hidden secrets. Check in at Ford Nature Center for a list of nature objects to track down and document with a camera or phone.

Fused glass pendants

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Aug. 19 from 5:30-7 p.m. as Lynn Cardwell will help students create two fused glass pendants. The pendants will be fired and ready for pick up in approximately four weeks. The cost is $39; FFRG member $30.

Painting in the park

Come to MetroParks Farm Aug. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a relaxing country evening outdoors. An instructor from Wonderstruck Artisan Market will guide you step-by-step on how to paint a specially designed MetroParks Farm-inspired masterpiece. Fee includes light refreshments and all art supplies needed to create and take home your very own painted canvas. Register by Aug. 21 at Ford Nature Center. The cost is $35 registered; $40 not registered.

Reiki workshop

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Aug. 23 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. to learn an ancient method of natural and hands-on healing with Usui Reiki. During this day-long workshop you will learn everything you need to become a Reiki practitioner. Mandy Smith, Usui Reiki Master, will guide you in learning the history of Reiki, basic physical and energy anatomy, and the hand positions used to complete Reiki treatment. You will receive attunements that establish you as a channel for healing. Upon completion of the workshop, you will receive a Reiki I certificate. Bring a bagged lunch. The cost is $85; FFRG member $70.

Horticulture show

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. to admire summer’s bounty of flowers and vegetables at this show from Men’s Garden Club.

Traveling naturalist

A naturalist will be stationed at the Lily Pond Aug. 24 from 1-3 p.m. Stop by to chat about the pond’s wildlife and upcoming improvements. Call Ford Nature Center for details.

Stroller walk

Come to the Lily Pond on Aug. 27 from 10-10:45 a.m. to learn to connect yourself and your child to nature. This guided walk around the Lily Pond will focus on observing and learning about the turtles and frogs normally found there. Specially designed for children in strollers with their caregivers. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for more info.

Botanical delights

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on Aug. 30 from 1-3 p.m. to delight your senses in the soothing fragrance of lavender as you learn about differences in species and cultivars and ways to use lavender in and around your home. FRG Horticulture Education Manager Mandy Smith will guide you in creating an herbal dream pillow for restful nights as you taste some sweet treats. The cost is $20; FFRG member $16.

Recreational hikes

Come to the Ohio Department of Transportation on Aug. 31 from 2-3 p.m. for 2-3 mile fast-paced, volunteer-led hikes. Call FNC for more info.

Ursuline reunion to be Aug. 30

The Ursuline High School Class of 1969 reunion will take place on Aug. 30 from 6-10 p.m. at the 5th Season Banquet Center, located at 1400 N. Canfield-Niles Road (State Route 46) in Mineral Ridge. The cost is $40 per person and there will be a cash bar. A class photo will be taken. the cost will be $15 and it will be available that night. Make checks payable to class of “69 Ursuline” and RSVP no later than Aug. 6. Send checks to Bill Ortz, 114 Griswold Dr., Boardman,Oh 44512. Questions can be directed at billortz@yahoo.com or by phone at 330-717-4402.

Fitch 40th reunion be be Aug. 29 and 30

Austintown Fitch Class of 1974 is having its 40th year reunion over Labor Day weekend. Prior to the game on Aug. 29, the class will have a tailgate and home football game at Fitch stadium at6 p.m. A post-game party will be at Trax on Raccoon Road in Austintown. On Aug. 30, they will reunite at 7 p.m. at The Upstairs Lounge, located on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown, for drinks, dinner and more. It will be “Dutch treat.” For more information and reservations, contact Kim Ringer Paden at cpaden@zoominternet.net or by phone at 330-540-9435, or Marcia Gamble Sturdevant at Marcia.sturdevant@gmail.com or by phone at 330-501-2298.

Advocacy liaison to address ostomy group

Frank Quintieri, a nurse and patient advocacy liaison with NPS Pharma, will address the Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group on Aug. 12. Quintieri will discuss short bowel syndrome and provide an overview of a therapy that improves absorption. The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group, sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, located at 8401 Market Street in Boardman. The group provides information and encouragement to individuals who have or will have ostomies. 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. The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group meets once a month March through December.

Chasing the Light exhibit

Come to the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens June 13 - Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to view the work of Christopher Leeper, a realist painter and local artist who works in various mediums.

One Gourd Above

Come to the Weller Gallery in Fellows Riverside Gardens Aug. 15 through Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to view the gourd artwork of John and Karen Martin.

Youngstown Steel exhibit

Come to the outdoor gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens through fall 2014 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to view the steel sculptures by artist Tony Armeni that celebrate Youngstown’s spirit of invention.

Through the Lens exhibit

Come to the Melnick Museum at Fellows Riverside Gardens through fall of 2014 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to view a collection of rare glass negatives and acetate film negatives produced by two local photographers which chronical scenes from Mill Creek Park from 1907 - 1926.

Family camp in the park

Come to the Wick Recreation Area on the Morley Lawn on Aug. 9 from 2 p.m. until Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. for fun, structured family camping. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Aug. 2. One space per family of three, $45 registered; $50 not registered. Extra family participants will be $10. Call Ford Nature Center for more details.

Yoga basics

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Sundays in August from 8-9:15 a.m. to learn yoga basics. Bring a mat and small blanket. $10 per class.

Zumba at the Morley

Come to Wick Recreation Area’s Morley Stage Thursdays in August from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for Zumba. Purchase a token at Par 3 building. $7 per class. Call Ford Nature Center for more information.

Yoga in the gardens

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens from 9:30-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays in August for yoga. Bring a mat and small blanket. $10 per class.

T’ai chi in the gardens

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Wednesdays in August from 12-1 p.m. to learn t’ai chi movements and breathing exercises. $10 per class.

Pilates basics

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Wednesdays in August from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for pilates basics. Bring a mat and water. $10 per class.

Drums alive at the Morley

Come to Wick Recreation Area’s Morley Stage Thursdays in August from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to enjoy drumming and aerobic dance. Purchase a token before class at Par 3 building. $7 per class. Call Ford Nature Center for more information.

Family garden Fridays

Take part in fun drop-in activities in the family garden at Fellows Riverside Gardens in August from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Watch as the garden grows with characters from Alice in Wonderland and Wonderland-like plants. Learn about garden creatures, tools and how to care for a garden. Take part in making garden treats, listening to stories, children’s yoga and adventuring with Alice and her friends. Registration not required.

Learn from Chris Yambar

Love to draw? Want to write your own graphic novel? Join Chris Yambar, regular contributor to the Simpson’s television show and author of the Mr. Beat books, for a two day, hands on workshop at the Austintown library on Aug. 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. and learn how this pop artist, publisher and comics writer creates the unique art that has won him national acclaim. For teens and adults. Reservations are needed.

Celebrate National Romance Month with Mary Ellis

Join the Austintown library on Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. for a morning with Mary Ellis, author of “A Widow’s Hope,” “An Amish Family Reunion” and many other best-selling Amish fiction books. Don’t miss this chance to meet this award-winning author and hear how she draws inspiration for her stories. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Bonding with babies and books

Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Austintown library Tuesdays in August at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your children, ages 2-3, become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fun time for 4s and 5s

Join the Austintown library Aug. 13 at 11:30 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Gotta move story time

Join the Austintown library Thursdays in August at 10 a.m. for a variety of musical and movement activities that stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play. For children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver.

Craft event

Come to the Austintown library to make a special craft throughout August.

End of summer celebration

Bring the family to the Austintown library on Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. for the end of summer reading celebration. There will be games, snacks and more.

Movie day

Join the Austintown library on Aug. 23 at 2:30 p.m. for a movie. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children ages seven and younger must be with adult. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG-13 to G.

Spark a change with recycled bags

Take some old t-shirts and turn them into reusable shopping bags at the Austintown library on Aug. 11 at 2:30 p.m. This event is for grades 5-12.

Would you rather?

Would you rather always whisper or always shout? Answer this and other mind-boggling would you rather questions at the Austintown library during August.

Basic computer class

Come to the Austintown library on Aug 14 at 6 p.m. to learn basic computer skills. Space limited to three, so be the first to sign up. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name.

Kindle class

Bring your Kindle to the Austintown library on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. and learn how to download eBooks from the library’s digital catalog on the website. Don’t forget your Amazon account and email information. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.

Genealogy discussion group

Whether you are brand new to genealogy or a seasoned veteran, please join an informal discussion group at the Austintown library Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. and share your research tips, experiences, successes and roadblocks with others who are exploring their family trees.

Blind date with a book

Come to the Austintown library during August and pick out a book to read. Rate it once you’ve read it.

Coupon swap

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Come to the Austintown library during August to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons or learning new tips from other coupon-clippers.

Farm to You

Members of Grow Youngstown’s Farm to You program are invited to pick up their shares of locally grown produce each Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at the Austintown library. For more information, visit www.growyoungstown.org.

Eat Dessert First Book Club

Come to the Austintown library on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. to sift through an array of cookbooks at the monthly meetings where you will chat about new recipes, share ideas and discuss cookbooks.

Page Turners Book Club

Come to the Austintown library on Aug. 13 from 6-7 p.m. to hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun.

Free blood pressure check

The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be having a free blood pressure check at the Austintown library on Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Holiday closings

All public libraries in Mahoning County will be closed on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

East High’s 50th reunion

The 50th East High School reunion will take place on Aug. 30 at Mr. Anthony’s, located at 7440 South Avenue in Boardman, from 6-10 p.m. All 60’s classmates are welcome. There is limited seating and no tickets will be sold at the door. The cost is $50 per person and there will be a cash bar. Registration is at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:45 p.m. Make checks payable to East High School Class of 64, Mailed to Sandy (Santillo) Reed, 3216 Glen Oaks Drive, Youngstown, OH 44511. For more information, email sandrabeachbum@aol.com or call 330-793-9008.

Austintown kindergarten book bag giveaway

If you or someone you know need help providing a book bag and school supplies for an Austintown kindergarten student, join The Church of Jesus Christ, located at 185 N. Canfield-Niles Rd, Austintown on Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m for a kindergarten book bag giveaway. Snacks and drinks will be served. Quantities are limited. Call 330-533-6615 to reserve a bag.

Rotary club announces flag project

The Rotary Club of Austintown is announcing its flag project that started July 4. This is a fundraiser, but it also allows each citizen to display their love for America. The goal is to reach 1,500 flags as soon as possible. The cost is $30 a year. Rotary members will put the flags up, take them down and store them for six national holidays. The first flags will be placed in yards before Labor Day and will remain through Patriot’s Day and Veteran’s Day. Then each flag will be removed and stored. During the month of May, they will re-install the flags and they will remain up through Memorial Day, Flag Day and Fourth of July. They will be taken down and stored until before Labor Day and put up again for Veteran’s Day. This process will continue annually until you notify the club in writing that you wish to discontinue service. The flags and staffs remain the propery of the Rotary Club of Austintown. The club is currently looking for motivated people that may be interested in walking to all of the neighbors and explaining this program. For more information, contact Mark Cole at 330-720- -0381.

Gun raffle

Brandon Kovach, candidate for Columbiana county auditor is raffling off a stainless steel Ruger 10/22 and a turkey/waterfowl mossberg 535 shotgun. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online via a donation from his facebook page facebook.com/electkovach or his website electkovach.com and they will be mailed to you. The drawing will take place Sept. 1 and you must be legally able to own a gun to qualify.

Kovach can be reached at 330-974-5625 with any questions.

First Night Youngstown seeking artists

First Night Youngstown is calling for local and regional artists to participate in the annual design competition of its New Year’s Eve events admission button. The winning artist will be awarded $50 and be invited and promoted at all press events. The artist will also be a celebrity guest in the Christmas holiday parade and tree lighting event as well as the opening ceremony on Dec. 31. The winner’s immediate family will receive free admission to the First Night Youngstown New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. The button series is intended to celebrate downtown Youngstown’s unique and historic buildings and architecture. The winning design, to be featured on the First Night Youngstown 2015 button and all promotional materials, is the third in an ongoing series that is donated each year to the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center. This year’s design will depict the YWCA of Youngstown, located at 25 W. Rayen Ave. on the southeast corner of West Rayen and Phelps streets just south of the YSU campus. Button designs may be created using any art medium including photography, drawing, painting, collage, mixed or digital media, etc. The design must depict the exterior of the YWCA building in a manner that highlights its unique architectural elements. A night scene that includes fireworks or other elements that represent New Year’s Eve is preferred, but no champagne glasses; First Night events are non-alcohol and family oriented. The design must include the phrase “First Night Youngstown 2015” and be a rectangular shape, horizontal or vertical. The artwork must be proportioned to a final reduction size of 2 x 3 inches. An entry form, to be submitted by July 31, with the artwork on CD, is available on the FNY website www.firstnightyoungstownoh.com. Send the form with CD to First Night Youngstown, 25 E. Boardman St., Suite 405, Youngstown, OH 44503.

The purchase of an admission button provides entry to all the First Night events scheduled for New Year’s Eve in downtown Youngstown. Proceeds from the sale of the buttons help to compensate participating performers.

Valley Legacy Awards seeks nominations

The Valley Legacy Awards, recognizing outstanding seniors and senior advocates from Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, is now accepting nominations for honorees for the 10th annual Valley Legacy Awards.

The Valley Legacy awards honor people aged 60-years of age or older who deserve recognition for a lifetime of working to improve the Mahoning Valley, as well as to individuals who have provided exceptional support to and for older Americans through their professional, volunteer, or civic roles. Any individual or group can submit a nomination in either of two categories: Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Advocate for Seniors. Nominations must be postmarked by July 31. All nominees and the award recipients will be honored at the 10th Annual Valley Legacy Awards Luncheon Oct. 2.

Nomination forms are available through the Shepherd of the Valley website at www.ShepherdoftheValley.com; click on Quick Links and choose Valley Legacy Awards. They are also available at all Shepherd of the Valley locations. For additional information, contact Cheryl Fitzgerald at CFitzgerald@SHEPHERDOFTHEVALLEY.com.

Free summer program

The Austintown Local Schools will be offering a free, federally funded summer breakfast and lunch program for children 18-years-old and under at the Austintown Elementary School from June 9 - Aug. 15. The program is run by volunteers from the community and is still in need of volunteers to help with science projects, art, sports clinics, crafts, reading time, yoga, zumba and any other fun activities for children. Contact the Food Service Office Secretary Natalie Winkle at 330-797-3900 ext. 2032, for more information or to be added to the volunteer schedule.

Oh Wow! to close on Mondays

Starting on Memorial Day (May 26), OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will be closed on Mondays. Summer hours remain in effect through Labor Day, (Sept. 1).

Open enrollment continues

The Austintown Local School District is continuing with its open enrollment policy for the 2014-15 school year. New for next school year, they will not be accepting any new open enrollments students in grades 10, 11 or 12. This does not apply to existing open enrollment students who are currently enrolled in Austintown. New open enrollment students (accepting grades K–9 only) can begin to complete applications on March 3. One application must be completed for each student. Visit www.austintownschools.org for the complete timeline of deadlines and the open enrollment guidelines. For your convenience, computers are available for your use to complete the online forms at either the Austintown Early Learning Center, located at 4211 Evelyn Road, or the Austintown Board of Education building, located at 700 S. Raccoon Road, during regular business hours.


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