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Published: Fri, January 31, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

DeFurias named to Dean’s List

Mariah and Miranda De Furia were named to the Fall 2013 Dean’s List at Youngstown State University.

Spring craft show to be May 17

TOPS 2191 in Austintown will be hosting a spring craft show on May 17 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, located at 45 Idlewood Ave. They are taking requests for vendors. Tables run $20 each and space is limited. Call 330-774-1803 for details.

Martinelli makes Dean’s List

Haley Martinelli was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Mount Union. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours of traditionally graded coursework while achieving a grade point average of 3.550 or better with no grade below a B.

Walsh names Durina to Dean’s List

Emily Durina was among the 735 students from Walsh University who were named to Walsh University’s Fall 2013 Dean’s List

Students named to Dean’s List

Austintown residents, Amanda Lee Callahan, Alana Louise Callahan, Rebecca Lynn Leonard and Kayla B. Smith, were among the 315 students from Thiel College who were named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List. A Thiel College student must attain a grade point average of 3.40 on a 4.0 scale while being enrolled full time to be eligible for the Dean’s List.

Lanterman named to Dean’s List

Olivia Lanterman, of Austintown, was named to the Fall 2013 Dean’s List at Youngstown State University.

St. Vincent de Paul Society to host winter gala fundraiser

The St. Vincent de Paul society of Mahoning county will be hosting their annual winter wonderland gala fundraiser Feb. 15 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’ourves and cocktails. There will be a cash bar.

More than $3,000 in cash and prizes will be given away. There will be silent and Chinese auctions as well as entertainment by Fast Freddie of 93.3.

Tickets are $50 and are available at mahoningsvdp.com or by calling Brian J. Antal at 330-690-8435.

Y-town goes Hollywood

As part of its 2014 fundraising drive, the Youngstown Playhouse is sponsoring a Hollywood Goes Youngstown raffle that also celebrates two of its city’s most famous sons. A $25 lottery ticket could get you and a companion (airfare, hotel, car service) a three-day, two-night trip to Los Angeles that includes VIP studio tour and a private dinner at celebrated Il Forno restaurant with Youngstown natives Ed O’Neill and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. Tickets can be ordered online at www.theyoungstownplayhouse.com or by phone at 330-788-8739 and are tax deductible. The drawing will be Feb. 2. The trip is tentatively scheduled for early March, depending upon O’Neill’s shooting schedule.

American Business Women’s Association

“Pretty and Pink Accessories that Update and Add Sparkle to Women’s Attire” will be the featured presentation during the next meeting of the American Business Women’s Association, Mill Creek Chapter. Guest speaker Diane Theis of Premier Designs high fashion jewelry will address the group after dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at A La Cart Catering, located on Lisbon Street in Canfield. Guests are welcome. Reservations are $17 per person and may be made through Feb. 2 by calling Shirley Pappagallo at 330-270-9779, or Jackie Fischio at 330-788-6634.

Students named to Dean’s List

Rosalie Sepesy and Emily Wirtz made Ashland University’s Fall 2013 Dean’s List. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled full time and achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Support group to meet

The Mahoning Valley Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet on Feb. 19 from 7-8:30 p.m at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Dr. in Boardman.

Anyone juggling daily living with a chronic, invisible disease is welcome to join in the discussion.

Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League

The next meeting of the Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League will be Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Glenellen, 9661 Market St. Members are to wear something red in recognition of women’s heart month. A jewelry exchange activity will take place. Each member is asked to bring jewelry for the exchange. A new member open house and Valentine’s Day party will be Feb. 10. Hostesses for the month are Debbie Weaver and Derrie Wilkes. The League is open to all women over 18, residing in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties who are interested in friendship and community involvement. The mission is to provide a creative outlet for women interested in providing community service in areas of arts, conservation, education, home life, international affairs and public affairs. Women interested in joining can contact the membership chairperson, Linda Fabian, at 330-782-8208.

Cabin fever fest.

The MetroParks Police and Recreation Department invite you to Wick Recreation Area Feb. 1 from 12-2 p.m. for a chili cook-off and outdoor winter games and activities. Weather permitting, there will be sled riding, a snow sculpting competition and winter games and crafts provided at no charge. For a $3 fee you may sample all the contestants’ chili and vote for your favorite recipe. Chefs can enter their chili for a $10 fee. For chili cook-off registration, rules, or general event details call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107.

Gamblers Anonymous 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, and another is offered every Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in 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, please call 330-505-5060.

Twice loved book sale

Peruse the tables in the Antonucci Horticulture Library at Fellows Riverside Gardens throughout February from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (closed Mondays) for books on gardening, cooking, and nature. There will also be garden magazines for sale. Donations of related used books are appreciated at any time. All proceeds benefit the Antonucci Horticulture Library.

Wintertime tea

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m. for an afternoon of tea. There will be fruit-laced treats, savories, sounds of the tropics, and of course tea. All proceeds benefit the Antonucci Horticulture Library. Registration is required. $30 fee.

Yellow Creek Park concert

Come to Yellow Creek Park Feb. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. for an evening of music with the Mahoning Valley Button Box Club.

Beginner orchids

Join Dave Miller and Jackie Land at Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn ways to keep your orchid growing well in your home. Registration required. Fee: $12; FFRG member $10.

Gardening basics

Join Ellen Speicher at Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. to learn the best seed sowing techniques, when to sow, which soil media to use, and how to care for seedlings. Each participant will receive a pack of seeds to take home. Registration required. Fee: $10; FFRG member $8.

Orchid walk

Join Dave Miller from the Great Akron Orchid Society Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. until noon for an orchid walk highlighting the main varieties of orchids displayed throughout the Davis Center. You may bring your orchid questions or actual orchid to the walk to be diagnosed. Please register for this free program.

Annual winter garden seminar

Join Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m (sign-in begins at 8 a.m.) for the annual winter garden seminar. Garden experts will take you through the steps in planning and plant selection to create an ever-changing landscape that can last for the entire year.

For more information and to register, go to the Winter Seminar page at www.mgcy.org/ or call John Kolar at 330-545-2266. Registration is required. Fee: $40; $50 after February 8. Presented by the Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown.

Orchid clinic

Join Dave Miller and Jackie Land at Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn how to repot your orchid. Bring any problem orchids you may have and they will help you get them back on track. Receive an orchid to repot in class and take home. Orchid bark mix will be available for sale for a nominal cost. Registration required. Fee: $20; FFRG member $15.

Nature-inspired stoneware mugs

Join Lynn Cardwell at Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. as she helps students construct two nature-inspired stoneware mugs. The mugs will be food and dishwasher safe. The project will be glazed, fired and ready for pick up approximately three weeks after the class. Registration required. Fee: $39; FFRG member $30.

Loose knit group

Come to the Antonucci Library Feb. 7 and 21 from 10 a.m. until noon to help to create blankets for organizations that give to those in need. 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.

Puff pastry snacks

Join Steve Brandt at Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. as he demonstrates how to use whatever you have on hand to bake puff pastry items. Registration required. Fee: $24; FFRG member $20.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres

Join chef David Armstrong at Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn recipes and culinary techniques as he demonstrates how to prepare and serve heavy hors d’oeuvres for your next winter party. Registration required. Fee: $36; FFRG member $28.

Valentine’s dinner

Come to the Garden Caf Feb. 14 at 6:30 for a Valentine’s dinner. The dinner will incorporate aphrodisiac foods throughout each course. To make a reservation or for more information, call 330-758-0811. Seating is limited.

Pilates basics

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment, and breathing with Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. The fee is $10 per class.

Yoga in the gardens

Join Marina Perdos every Tuesday and Thursday in February from 9:30-11 a.m. and Karres Cvetkovich every Tuesday and Thursday in February from 5:30-7 p.m. for a blend of yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. The fee is $10 per class.

T’ai Chi in the gardens

Join Marie Lew every Wednesday in February from 12-1 p.m. in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. The fee is $10 per class.

Pilates sculpt

Join Angela Lubonovich every Wednesday in February from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to be guided in using hand weights to tone the body with an emphasis on core strength and control. Bring a mat, water and two-pound weights if you have them. The fee is $10 per class.

Shiatsu and chocolate

Join Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn simple Shiatsu techniques for soothing pressure and trigger point massage relief for headaches and tension. All methods will be practiced fully clothed. The massage portion of the evening will be followed by the exercise of conscious savoring with gourmet quality chocolate. Registration required. The fee is $25 or $45 per couple.

Introduction to essential oils

Join Marina Perdos Feb. 28 at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 2-3:30 p.m. to learn how to easily incorporate the healing properties of essential oils into your daily life. You will have the opportunity to experiment and will be able to take your custom blends home. Registration required. Fee: $39; FFRG member $30.

Tales for tots

Come to Birch Hill Cabin Feb. 6 from 10-11 a.m. for a story, craft, and activity that will teach children, ages 2-3, about the Emperor penguin. Pre-register/pay at Ford Nature Center. Fee: $2 if registered, $3 if not registered.

Weather and plants

Bring your children ages 3-5 to Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 6 from 1-2 p.m. or Feb. 8 from 10-11 a.m. to explore different types of weather and how it affects plant life. There will be weather-related experiments, activities, and art. A snack will be provided. Registration required. Fee: $6; FFRG member $4.

Faerie gardens

Bring your children ages 6-11 to Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 8 from 12:30-2 p.m. to make a faerie garden. Children will spend the afternoon creating a miniature garden. Registration required. Fee: $12; FFRG member $10.

Children’s nature hour

Bring your children ages 3-5 to Pioneer Pavilion Feb. 14 or 15 from 10-11 a.m. to learn all about groundhogs and when they usually wake up. Pre-register/pay at Ford Nature Center. Fee: $2 R; $3 NR (day of program, if space available).

Faerie gardens

Bring your children ages 12-17 to Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 8 from 3-4:30 p.m. to make a faerie garden. Spend the afternoon creating a miniature garden. Registration required. Fee: $12; FFRG member $10.

Super Sunday

Come to Mill Creek Park Feb. 2 from 2-4 p.m. for a loop around the Mill Creek Golf Course. Meet at the Fieldhouse. Moderate rating, three miles.

Pond in winter

Come to the Lily Pond Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. to become the rare winter visitors to see how nature is coping in and around the pond. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate rating with a few hills and steps, two miles.

The hunger moon

Come to Mill Creek Park Feb. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. to learn why the Native Americans gave this month’s moon its name. Meet at Lanterman’s Mill parking lot. Moderate difficulty with one hill. Icy/slippery conditions are possible, two miles.

Sounds of winter

Come to Mill Creek Park Feb. 16 from 2-4 p.m. to listen to the sounds of nature as you walk along the Mindy Henning Trail. Chickadees, woodpeckers, and maybe even a hawk may break the silence. Meet at MetroParks Farm. Moderate rating, two miles.

A sign of spring?

Meet at Scholl Recreation Area Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m. for a hike to find the first wildflower of 2014. Moderate rating with some hills, approximately two miles.

Health and wellness walks

Join Mill Creek Park Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. and Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. to experience the benefits of walking, including strengthening muscles and bones, improving cardiovascular function, and relieving stress. The Feb. 5 walk meets at East Golf Hike and Bike Trail off Shields Road. Easy rating, one or three miles. The Feb. 19 walk meets at Ford Nature Center. Moderate rating, two or four miles.

Coffee with the birds

Join Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited at Ford Nature Center Feb. 15 from 8-9:30 a.m. to watch birds at the feeders during The Great Backyard Bird Count. Coffee provided; please bring your favorite mug. Space is limited, so call to register by Feb. 14 for a 45-minute session (8–8:45 a.m. or 8:45–9:30 a.m.).

Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley

Come to MetroParks Farm Feb. 25 from 7-8 p.m. to learn about the bugs you find in your yard and the ones the birds love to eat. Presented by Dr. Bill Snyder of The Ohio State University’s Extension Service. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Photos with Bill

Join Bill Whitehouse at Ford Nature Center Feb. 1 from 2-4 p.m. as he narrates the photos spanning his career.

Resource guarding

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Tyler Classroom Feb. 2 from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. to learn the signs that your dog is resource guarding, what causes it, and ways to work with the behavior. Presented by The Learning Dog. Fee: Free for MetroMutts members; not-yet-members $5.

Get framed

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, stop in to explore Ford Nature Center Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to create a nature-inspired picture frame (while supplies last). Please bring your favorite photo. Donations accepted.

Puppy love

Take a brisk walk with your canine companion Feb. 16 from 11-12:30 p.m. around Mill Creek Golf Course. Walk on the cart paths, then retire to the historic Fieldhouse for hot drinks, cookies and treats. Each dog will receive a Valentine. Animal Charity will be on hand with some of their adoptable dogs. Easy rating, one or two miles, depending on the weather. Meet on the porch at Mill Creek Golf Course. Free. Bring along an item to donate to Animal Charity. Large blankets, dry puppy and dog food, dog collars and leashes, rawhides, dog toys and treats, air freshener, plastic baggies, plastic totes with lids, rubbing alcohol and disinfectant spray would be appreciated.

March in to the sky

The Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society and MetroParks’ Recreation Department invite you to a star party at MetroParks Farm March 1 from 7-10 p.m. View the night sky through high powered telescopes. Galaxies, star clusters, double stars, nebulae and Jupiter will be in sight during this observation session. The star viewing will be followed be a brief presentation at McMahon Hall to discuss and learn about the objects viewed through the telescopes. A celestial children’s craft and refreshments will be provided. Sky viewing is weather-dependent.

Light, shadow and a jukebox

Come to the Weller Gallery Jan. 17 - March 23 to experience the watercolor work of local artist Don Wright whose botanical work plays on light and shadow. The exhibit will have a jukebox.

Jewels of winter

Join the Davis Center Tuesdays Feb. 1 - March 16 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to observe orchids on display. Bring your camera, there will be plenty of flowers around the lobby to photograph.

Nature photography exhibit

Come to Ford Nature Center Tuesdays through Sundays Feb. 22-March 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the annual nature photography exhibit. Entries will be accepted from Feb. 1-9. Applications will be available to download at http://www.millcreekmetroparks.org/visit/things-to-do/nature-photography-exhibit/.

Through the lens

Come see at the evolution of photography during the Melnick Museum’s 2014 exhibit Through the Lens. The exhibit will display a rare collection of glass negatives and acetate film negatives produced by two local photographers, which chronicle scenes of Mill Creek Park from 1907 through 1926. In addition to park scenes, several portrait negatives of the period will also be on display. The photographs be on display until Dec. of 2014.

Valentine’s Day walk-in weddings

The Chapel of the Friendly Bells at Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC) in downtown Youngstown once again will be the site for walk-in weddings on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Clergy couple Rev. Jerry Krueger of Trinity UMC and Rev. Susan Brown of Canfield UMC will offer a simple, Christian wedding service including traditional wedding vows, exchange of rings, scripture and a blessing of the couple. Wedding vow renewal services will also be offered.

The fee for each wedding is $50, which will be donated to the Good Shepherd Kitchen in Youngstown and Operation Blessing in Canfield. Weddings will be performed in the order couples arrive. Attendants and guests are welcome to come.

Couples must bring their wedding license, identification and the $50 fee in cash. Weddings will not be performed for participants who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Chapel of the Bells at Trinity UMC is located at 30 W. Front St., next to the courthouse.

Informational sessions at the Adult Career Center

Adults interested in enrolling in career certification programs this year at the Adult Career Center Mahoning County Career and Technical Center are invited to attend one of several free informational sessions offered this winter at MCCTC. Informational sessions are free to attend and include career investigation as well as reading, math and language assessments. There will be a chance to tour the building, meet instructors and learn about financial aid opportunities. Upcoming informational sessions will be offered Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. and March 11 at 6 p.m. All sessions will take place at the Adult Career Center MCCTC, located at 7300 North Palmyra Road in Canfield. For more information or to register to attend, call the Adult Career Center at 330-729-4100.

Gamblers Anonymous 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 will be offered Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive, and another will be offered Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road, (in 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.

Hospice of the Valley’s volunteer classes scheduled for February

Hospice of the Valley’s new volunteer class will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 1 and 8 at Hospice House, located at 9803 Sharrott Road in Poland, and Feb. 3 through March 3 at McGonigle Funeral Home, located at 1090 E. State Street in Sharon, Pa.

Volunteers will learn what Hospice of the Valley’s team of doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains do for patients and their families and how volunteers fit into that team. Hospice volunteers serve in a variety of ways including companions for hospice patients at home or in nursing homes as well as helping at the Hospice House inpatient facility. They also provide respite services to family members.

New volunteers are needed for all areas of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties and western Pennsylvania. Volunteer assignments are made close to the volunteer’s home.

For more information or to register, call 330-788-1992.

Torch Club to offer essay contest

The Youngstown Torch Club, a local dinner/discussion/debate organization, which meets monthly on the campus of YSU, is offering a $1,000 essay scholarship competition, open to any current YSU student.

Students may submit a paper previously written for any college course, or an original work, on any subject or topic of interest. Papers are requested to be 800-1000 words and deadline for submission is March 1.

Remit paper to: tcopeland@neo.rr.com or send to Dr. Tom Copeland, 313 N. Belle Vista Ave. Youngstown 44509.

For more information, visit Youngstown TORCH Club on Facebook.

Free tax preparation and electronic filing for qualifying individuals

The Austintown library will again provide locations for free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and those (at any age) with low to moderate income on Wednesdays from 9-2:30 p.m. beginning the week of Feb. 11.

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. All sites are staffed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS. TCE sites staffed by AARP volunteers.

Volunteers will provide counseling on eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Find out if you qualify at www.irs.gov/eitc or call 1-800-TAX-1040. Call 330-793-0579 to make an appointment.

Conversation salon

Join the Austintown library Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. for a conversation on contemporary issues. Sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC.

How to buy and sell on eBay

Join the Austintown library Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. to learn how to set up an eBay account, use PayPal for transactions, and buy or sell items on eBay. Register by calling 330-744-8636 and asking for the branch by name.

Book club

Come to the Austintown library Feb. 19 from 6-7 p.m to hear what others are reading and share your favorite books, or just come to join the discussion.

Friends of the Austintown library program and meeting

Join the Austintown library Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. to hear guest speaker Jessica Borza, Executive Director of the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, an industry-led group formed recently to address manufacturing skills shortages, provide an overview of the organization, explain why the shortages exist, and discuss careers with current demand and forecasted growth. Borza will describe efforts to increase awareness about these career opportunities within the region and how they are working with education and training providers to create program alignment along manufacturing career pathways. There will be a brief meeting following the presentation.

The centennial of the RMS Titanic’s Maiden Voyage

Join local historian Paul Rohrbaugh at the Austintown library Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. to learn what is myth and what is history in the legend of this sailing. No reservations needed.

Nook for beginners

Bring your Nook to the library Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. and learn how to download eBooks from the library’s digital catalog on the website. Don’t forget your Adobe ID and email information. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.

Beginner’s guide to genealogy

Join the Austintown library Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a basic introduction to genealogy research that will include discussion of the book and computer resources that are available in the library and beyond.

Blood pressure check

The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be having a blood pressure check at the Austintown library Feb. 25 from 11-1 p.m.

Blood drive

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations at the Austintown library Feb. 4 from 1-6 p.m. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Kindle class

Bring your Kindle to the Austintown library Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. to 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.

Get connected with the eReader

Bring your eReader to the Austintown library Feb. 3 from 6-7 p.m. and learn how to download eBooks from the library’s digital catalog on the website. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.

Would you rather

Come to the Austintown library throughout February to answer some “would you rather” questions and make up your own. Come back each month to see if the library used your questions to stump other people. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Basic computer class

Come to the Austintown library Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. to learn basic computer skills. Space is limited to three. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name.

Teen Advisory Board

Come to the Austintown library Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. to become a member of the Austintown library’s Teen Advisory Board. Help out with library programs, decide what books to buy, discuss what you are currently reading and meet new people. Teens in grades 7-12 are eligible.

Xbox at the library

Come to the Austintown library Feb. 17 from 1-3 p.m. to play brand new Xbox games on the big screen. For tweens and teens grades 5-12.

Rainbow Loom bracelets

Children in grades 4 and up are invited to register for the Austintown library’s Rainbow Loom craft programs Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. 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. To register, call 330-744-8636 or sign up online at http://www.libraryvisit.org/programs.aspx. Warning: Rainbow Loom kits contain small rubber bands and sharp points.

Winter Olympics trivia

Join the Austintown library throughout February and correctly answer three questions about the winter Olympics to receive a small prize. A librarian can help you navigate the Encyclopedia of the Winter Olympics to help you find the answers. For school-age children.

Snow and symmetry

Join the Austintown library Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. to learn how snow crystals form. Explore symmetry by observing snowflake photographs captured by Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley in the 1890s and by participating in games and other hands on activities. For children in grades 1-6.

Sensory story time

Children of all ages are invited to join the Austintown library Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. for a family story time with a sensory focus. This program is designed for children with different needs, including those with autism, speech or language delays, cognitive impairments, ADHD and other special needs and challenges. There will be books, music and sensory stations with a schedule board and double visuals. Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name.

Lego my library

Join the Austintown library Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. to create Lego designs. Legos will be provided. For Children ages 6 and up.

Gotta move storytime

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

Fun time for 4s and 5s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in February at 11:30 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help children ages 4-5 become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

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

Bonding with babies and books

Caregivers and their little ones who are 6 to 23 months are invited to join the Austintown library every Tuesday in February 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.

Air Force veteran to speak

Ernest Stadvec, who is both a World War II and Korean veteran, will speak on his experiences in both wars at the January meeting of the Mahoning Valley World War II Heritage Society Jan. 20. The meeting is at Ala Carte Catering on Lisbon St. in Canfield at 6:30 p.m., consisting of a buffet dinner followed by the speaker. Dave Frank is the coordinator of the event and may be reached at 330 757-0515 (home), 330 533-6737 (work), or at frank.1953@hotmail.com.

Friends of the Austintown library

Dr. Donna DeBlasio, professor of history at YSU and director of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, will bring to life the history of industry and labor of the Mahoning Valley Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. The Historical Center, located at 115 West Wood Street in Youngstown, provides an overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. The museum offers a look into lives and times of the men and women who labored in the steel industry. There will be a brief friends meeting following the program.

Learn basic computer skills

Join the Austintown library Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. to learn basic computer skills. Space limited to three. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name.

Blood drive

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations Jan. 25 from 10 a.m until 3 p.m. to help the community.

Blood pressure check

The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be having a free blood pressure check Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Learn how to use the Nook

Teens and adults are invited to bring their Nooks to the Austintown library Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. and learn how to download eBooks from the library’s digital catalog on the website. Bring your Adobe ID and email information. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.

Smart phone scavenger hunt

Children in grades 5 and up are invited to the Austintown library during library hours throughout January to bring their smart phones for a QR code scavenger hunt. Find and answer questions around the library and turn in the answer sheet for a prize.

Year of the Horse event

Children of all ages are invited to the Austintown library during library hours throughout January to try the Chinese zodiac word search. Ask the librarian what animal equates to the year of your birth and receive a hand stamp.

Grab and go craft event

Children of all ages are invited to join the Austintown library during library hours throughout January to make a craft to take home.

Gotta move storytime

Children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to join the Austintown library every Thursday in January at 10 a.m. for a variety of musical and movement activities that stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, talk and play.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger play 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 Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 11:30 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger play and other activities that will help your children, ages 4-5, become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Baby brilliant

Caregivers and their little ones, ages 6-23 months, are invited to join the Austintown library Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 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.

Teens for Jeans

Austintown Fitch High School’s Life Literature class room 112 is participating in the national campaign, Teens for Jeans. The public may drop off jean donations Dec. 18 at Fitch High School, located at 4560 Falcon Drive, or at the school’s Creative Arts Night Jan. 15. The drop box will also be located at Fitch and Austintown Middle School at all times between now and Jan. 15. For more information, contact Steve Ward at sward@austintownschools.org.


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