Austintown Community Briefs

Holiday open house

Blackburn Home will be hosting a holiday open house Dec. 15-19 from 2-4 p.m. each day. Visitors from the community are invited to tour the historic home, which will feature traditional decorations for the holiday season. For more information, call 330-757-2240.

Arms Family Museum to have holiday display

Memories of Christmas Past, the annual holiday spectacular, will run through Jan. 4 at the Arms Family Museum. The seven period rooms of the Arms Family home are filled to the brim with rare, one-of-a-kind, vintage decorations that include ornaments, lighting, trees and toys. This display features many pieces from the Historical Society’s collection as well as items on loan from private collectors. Hours for the museum are Tuesday-Sunday from 1-5:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 1-8 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Admission for the exhibit is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens; and $5 for children ages 3-18 (under 3 are free). Proceeds from the event help fund the educational and exhibit programs sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Visit or call 330-743-2589 for additional information.

International Torch Clubs to meet

Dr. Lowell Satre, YSU Professor Emeritus of History, and his wife, Ellen, will be speakers at the Youngstown Chapter of International Torch Clubs dinner-discussion meeting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15. They will discuss a recent bicycle tour of their ancestral homeland in Scandinavia. The meeting will be in Kilcawley Center, Bresnahan Rooms I and II, on the campus of Youngstown State University. The public is invited to attend. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m. Attending only the lecture is free of charge. Dinner for nonmembers is $20. Call 330-757-4148 for reservations, and for club information, call 330-792-7351.

Toy collection for children at hospital

“Brighten Up for the Kids” is a holiday fundraiser that collects toys, gifts, games and raises money for the children who need to stay in the hospital over the holiday. All proceeds, gifts, toys and monetary donations go to Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley. Items needed this year include coloring books, crayons, craft sets, games, books, infant toys, mobiles and onsies. The collection runs from Nov. 24 until Jan. 7. The last day for drop off for toys will be Dec. 23. They also started a Christmas light competition on Market Street to help make the area surrounding the hospital bright and cheery so that families and employees at the hospital can feel the holiday spirit.

No December meeting for Monday Night Writers

The Monday Night Writers group will not be hosting its regular monthly meeting in December. Instead, group members and those interested in fiction are invited to attend the “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day event at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Boardman on Dec. 21 from 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Christie at 330-793-3675 or by email at The next meeting of Monday Night Writers will be Jan. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield. Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend. Led by professional writer Nancy Christie, author of “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories,” 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 Christie.

Friends of PLYMC’s Canfield Committee sets fundraiser

Support the new Canfield Library by purchasing Stone Fruit Coffee special blend for the holidays. The cost is $15 per bag. Coffee can be purchased from one of the Friends of the Library or at Stone Fruit Coffee in Canfield. Proceeds benefit the Canfield Library Capital Campaign.

Wine taste fundraiser to be Feb. 6

The ninth annual St. Michael Parish Wine Taste will take place on Feb. 6 inside the church Family Life Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the Center. For more information, contact the Parish Office at 330-533-6839.

Gamblers Annonymous to meet

Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting is offered every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, and another is offered every Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (Cornersburg). Both meetings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and last about 1-1/2 hours. Those who believe gambling has affected any part of their lives are urged to attend. For more information, call 330-505-5060.

Quilt group to have holiday party

That Quilt Group I Belong To will host its December meeting and Holiday Dinner Party on Dec. 16 at the Fair Park Rotary Building in Canfield. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Catering will be provided by the Broad Street Diner, and entertainment will be provided by Mr. Eddie Durkin. Contact Mary Durkin for reservations at 330-533-2375. Those who wish to participate in the gift exchange are asked to bring a $15 sewing-related gift. The annual quilt raffle drawing will take place, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Silver Lining Fund. Guests are asked to bring coloring books and crayons to donate to Akron Children’s Hospital. 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.

Legacy Dog Rescue to offer cookie walk fundraiser

Legacy Dog Rescue, a 501c3 non profit organization, will host a cookie walk on Dec. 13, at Austintown Family Video, located at 4385 Kirk Road in Austintown, from 12-6 p.m. Mix and match homemade cookies, brownies, cupcakes and more for $5 per dozen. They will also be selling raffle tickets for $60 for Texas Roadhouse. For every dozen purchased, you will receive one free raffle ticket. Support Legacy Dog Rescue’s efforts to help the abused, neglected and abandoned dogs of Trumbull and Mahoning County.

Student by day and elf by night

Austintown Fitch freshman Lexi Cintron takes the “season of giving” quite seriously. This is the eighth year Cintron will be hosting her own toy drive for children in need during the holiday season. To date, she has collected and donated more than 3,000 new toys to organizations such as Toys For Tots and local missions. This year, Cintron will donate the toys to Someplace Safe in Warren. If you would like to help her reach the goal of 300 new toys, you can drop off donations at Spalon of Sara Morris in Howland until Dec. 19.

Austintown Local School District survey

The Austintown Local School District Strategic Planning Committee needs the help of Austintown residents and parents. The committee is conducting a survey about the school district. The survey results will be used by the committee to set future goals for the schools. Go to and click “District Survey” on the top of the home page to complete the survey. It will be open until Dec. 18.

First Night Youngstown is seeking event staff

First Night Youngstown, a family-friendly, alcohol-free, celebration of the arts, is looking for event staff to assist in its downtown New Year’s Eve event on Dec. 31. Event Staff must be at least 16-years of age (with parental approval) or older. Staff is needed to sell admission buttons at each of the indoor First Night Youngstown venues. Event staff will work in pairs and each staff member will be awarded a $25 stipend at the end of the evening. The 4-hour shifts will vary depending on the venue. Event Staff will not be scheduled after 10 p.m. An event staff training session is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of the Ohio One Building. The Ohio One Building is located in downtown Youngstown at the intersection of E. Boardman and Champion Streets. For more information and an application, visit the, call the FNY Office at 330-744-9966 or email at

Student art on display

The Davis Family YMCA is hosting its annual Student Art Show from Dec. 1-21 at the McClurg Road facility. Students who learned or honed their skills at the Y during 2014 were invited to participate. More than 30 students will show 60 pieces of art. While many are beginners, others have become so accomplished that they’ve been accepted into some of the most prestigious art shows in the area, often winning awards and selling their work. The opening reception will take place on Dec. 7 from 1-2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the community. For more information, call the Y at 330-480-5656 or email

Holiday closings

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; Christmas Day, Dec. 25; New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31; and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

Cheers to the new Canfield library

Pick up a flyer at the library and bring it to the Canfield Ruby Tuesday fundraiser on Dec. 30, all day, and 20 percent of the net sales will return to support the Canfield Library Capital Campaign. Flyers will be available in PLYMC libraries.

Free blood pressure check

There will be a free blood pressure check by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association for adults on Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Austintown library.

Page Turners book club

Love books? Looking for a good read? Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun on Dec. 17 from 6-7 p.m. This event is for adults.

Cookbook club

Celebrate the holidays by sharing your favorite dessert recipes and joining the Austintown library in a cookie swap on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. (Note: waiver must be signed.) This event is for adults.

Holiday movie matinee

No school? Nothing to do? Come to the Austintown library to watch a holiday movie on Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m. The library will supply the movie and a treat. You can bring a pillow and blanket if you like. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. The holiday movie will be rated G or PG. This event is for children of all ages.

Teen: ornaments

Make some Christmas ornaments to take home at the Austintown library on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. This event is for teens in grades 7-12 and is a holiday program.

Make your own cards

Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15 and 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 at the Austintown library. Each participant will create a greeting card with a matching envelope. Class size is limited, registration required. This event is for adults.

Make a wreath with Bea

Make a festive burlap wreath with Bea Richardson on Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. All supplies will be provided. Reservations are needed; walk-ins will not be accepted. Register online or call the library at 330-744-8636 before Nov. 26 and ask for specific library to reserve your spot. This event is for teens and adults.

Trim a tree for December

Decorate an ornament for the Austintown library’s all-season tree during regular library hours in the month of December. This event is for children of all ages.

Guess ‘n’ go

Guess how many candies are in the jar throughout regular hours in the month of December at the Austintown library. The closest guess wins the candy. This event is for children of all ages.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. 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 on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library for developmentally appropriate book, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a holiday program.

Bonding with babies and books

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. The Austintown library will host twenty minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs, and stories, followed by time to play and socialize every Tuesday in December. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-kindergarten story time

The Austintown library will host a program for 4- and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills on Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. They will use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten. This program will have a holiday theme.

DQ date deals

On Dec. 13, the Dairy Queen locations in Austintown, located at 146 N. Canfield Niles Road, and Cornersburg, located at 3555 Meridian Road, will have a special event in honor or the date, beginning at 12:13 p.m. Special pricing on Julius drinks, DQ cones, chili dogs, Buster Bars, Blizzards, cakes and more will be available when you name 13 things that you love about the Dairy Queen locations. There offers are available while supplies last and some restrictions may apply.

Toys for Tots at Austintown Elementary School

Austintown Elementary School and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve are working together to help children in the Austintown community have a Merry Christmas. AES is a collection location for the Toys for Tots program, which collects new, unwrapped toys from now until Dec. 19. The collection box is located at the main entrance of AES. The toys are distributed as Christmas gifts to children in need during the holidays.

MCCTC’s Horticulture Club poinsettia fundraiser

The Horticulture FFA Club at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center is taking orders for red poinsettias for the upcoming holiday season. The plants are single, pinched (multiple bloom) in a 6.5 inch pot. You have your choice of green, red or gold foil for around the pot and you can also add a white, green or a red satin bow. The poinsettias will be ready for pick-up starting Nov. 20 and the sale will go until Dec. 17. The cost of the plants is $8.50. To order a poinsettia plant, call 330-729-4015, ext. 1671, or stop in at the Horticulture Program at 7300 North Palmyra Road in Canfield.

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