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 in Boardman 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, call 330-505-5060.
Dunkin’ Donuts celebrates spring
Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating the start of spring by offering guests a free small iced coffee on April 1 during normal business hours at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Northeast Ohio and Youngstown. All flavors of iced coffee are available and all are made from Dunkin’ Donuts’ freshly-brewed coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts uses 100 percent Arabica coffee beans and the company’s coffee specifications are recognized by the industry as a superior grade of coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts’ Iced Coffee is available in flavors such as Mocha, Caramel, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Coconut, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Raspberry and Toasted Almond.
Card and bingo party
The annual spring card and bingo party at St. Brendan’s Maxwell Hall, located at 2800 Oakwood Ave. in Youngstown, will be on April 6 at 1:30 p.m. The admission cost of $5 includes lunch and tickets will be sold at the door.
Saxon Club to have pork-kraut dinner
The Youngstown Saxon Club, located at 710 S. Meridian Road, will host its next pork-kraut dinner on March 30 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The price of $8.75 for adults and $5 for children includes dessert and coffee, tea or pop. The public is welcome and take-outs will be available.
Flea market to take place at Saxon Club Ballroom
Br. 22’s annual Flea Market will take place in the Saxon Club Ballroom, located at 710 S. Meridian Road in Youngstown on April 5 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This is an indoor flea market, luncheon and authentic baked goods sale. Lunch is available after 11 a.m. (eat in or take out) featuring their famous chicken dumpling soup, German sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, sauerkraut, chips, soft drinks and coffee. Go for lunch and stay for the $1 grocery bag sale at 1:30 p.m. (all except jewelry).
Tack sale to be March 29
The Buckeye Horse Park will present its first Equestrian Exchange Used and New Tack Sale on March 29 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
ABWA to meet
The Mill Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet at 6 p.m. on April 8 at A La Cart Catering, located at 429 Lisbon Street in Canfield. Speaking to members and guests on health and wellness products will be Janet Thomas of Shop.com. The menu includes assorted croissant sandwiches with side salads, coffee or tea and dessert. For reservations at $14.50 per person, call Shirley Pappagallo at 330-270-9779 or Jackie Fischio at 330-788-6634 no later than March 30.
YMCA to host annual Good Friday breakfast
The YMCA of Youngstown will host its 35th annual Good Friday Breakfast and Service on April 18 at the Central YMCA. A gourmet breakfast buffet prepared by Jorgine’s Deli will be served at 7:15 a.m. with the service beginning promptly at 8 a.m. in the community gym. The service will be delivered by Fr. Gregory Maturi of St. Dominic’s Church and feature music by soloist Joselyn Parker. The event will conclude at 8:45 a.m. Individual tickets at $12 and reservations for tables of eight at $85 may be purchased by contacting Patty Tchoryk at 330-742-4781. Due to large attendance in previous years, early registration is required by April 9. More information is available at www.youngstownymca.org. The Central YMCA is located in downtown Youngstown on the corner of Commerce and Champion Streets.
Suzelis to present lecture
Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. will be presenting a free seminar titled, “Blood Type Diet Meal Prep” on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center located in South Bridge West (behind Second Sole) at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3. To register or for more details, call 330-729-1350 or register online at OhioND.com. Free admission, but RSVP is required.
Yoga workshop to be April 5
An April Yoga Workshop with Sarah Terlecki will be presented on April 5 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center (755 Boardman Canfield Road, Suite D-3 in Boardman). Join Terlecki for her monthly yoga workshop to keep yourself healthy. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat and blanket. The price is $20 for adults and $15 for students. Advanced registration required by April 4 at noon by calling 330-729-1350.
Austintown Bounce to host bunny lunch
Austintown Bounce will host a lunch with the Easter Bunny on April 14 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The cost is $6 per children and includes unlimited play time, a hot dog and small fountain drink for each child. Bring your own camera for a picture with the Easter Bunny. The event will also offer games and prizes.
Meet Clifford The Big Red Dog
To help celebrate National Library Week, Clifford The Big Red Dog will make an appearance at the Austintown library April 16 at 11:30 a.m. Bring your cameras to take pictures of your children with Clifford. This event is for children of all ages.
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Austintown library Tuesdays in April at 10 a.m. for twenty 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 Wednesdays in April 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 for 4s and 5s
Join the Austintown library Wednesdays in April at 11:30 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your children, ages 4-5, become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Smart Money: fun for 4s and 5s
Join the Austintown library April 9 at 11:30 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate stories and activities that will help your children, ages 4-5, learn about money. Each child will receive a piggy bank. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Smart Money: tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Austintown library April 9 at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate stories and activities that will help your children, ages 2-3, learn about money. Each child will receive a piggy bank. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Gotta move storytime
Join the Austintown library Thursdays in April 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. This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver.
Join the Austintown library throughout April to make a craft to take home. This event is for children of all ages.
Legos at the library
Come to the Austintown library April 2 at 6 p.m. to create Lego designs. Legos will be provided. For children ages 6 and up.
Sensory story time
Join the Austintown library April 26 at 2 p.m. for family story time with a sensory focus. This program is designed for children with different needs, including those with autism, speech and 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 library branch by name. For children of all ages.
Spring has sprung
Come to the Austintown library throughout April to help the rabbit find a carrot and get a surprise. For students in preschool through fourth-grade.
Adults can learn to crochet
Come to the Austintown library April 7 at 7 p.m. to learn how to crochet. Sign up by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library to register for the one hour crochet lesson. Please bring a size G crochet hook with you and a ball of cotton yarn to make a dish cloth or 4-ply yarn to make a scarf. Program is open to all interested adults and teens.
Come to the Austintown library throughout April to celebrate National Poetry Month by creating a poem on a leaf and hanging it on the tree. For tweens in grades 4 and up.
Xbox at the library
Come to the Austintown library April 5 at 11 a.m. and play brand new Xbox games on the big screen. For tweens and teens grades 5-12.
Come to the Austintown library April 5 at 3 p.m. to become a founding member of the new TAB (Teen Advisory Board) groups at these library branches. Help plan and support teen activities at the library. You can help out with library programs, help decide what books to buy, discuss what you are currently reading and meet new people. For teens in grades 7-12.
Blackout poetry contest
All library branches throughout the month of April are celebrating National Poetry Month, so here’s your chance to indulge in some “creative destruction” and express your inner poet. Create a poem by eliminating/blacking out the words you don’t want from newspaper and magazine articles (or book pages) that the library will provide. Three winners will be chosen from entries throughout the county and awarded cash prizes. Talk to a librarian for details. For teens in grades 7-12.
Would you rather?
Stop by the Austintown library’s teen department throughout April to answer some “would you rather?” questions and make up some of your own. Come back each month to see if the library used your questions to stump other people. For teens in grades 7-12.
Eat Dessert First book club
Come to the Austintown library April 30 at 6 p.m. to sift through an array of cookbooks at the Eat Dessert First Book Club’s monthly meeting. Discuss new recipes, share ideas and cookbooks. All ages welcome.
Page Turners Book Club
Come to the Austintown library April 16 from 6-7 p.m. to hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the discussion.
Basic computer class
Come to the Austintown library April 24 at 6 p.m. to learn basic computer skills. The class is limited to three. This event is for adults,
Learn to use the Kindle
Bring your Kindle to the Austintown library April 15 at 6 p.m. to learn how to download eBooks from the library’s digital catalog on the website. For teens and adults.
Learn to use the Nook
Bring your Nook to the Austintown library April 22 at 6 p.m. and learn how to download eBooks from the library’s digital catalog on the website. For teens and adults.
Meet with genealogy and local history librarian Tim Seman and receive a comprehensive demonstration of available resources. Learn about and sign up for genealogy programs. Appointments can be made at libraries throughout the system. To schedule an appointment, call 330-744-8636, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business start-up workshop
Are you thinking about starting a business in the near future or further down the road? Come to the Austintown library April 7 at 6 p.m. as members of SCORE address key topics for those considering beginning a business: start-up considerations, marketing, finances, and technology for business. The Business and Investment Center librarian will discuss the library’s sources and services for business start-up and beyond.
Creating a business plan
Come to the Austintown library April 28 at 6 p.m. to learn about writing and revising a business plan for your new or established business with a member of SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business. Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, will introduce print and electronic sources that can provide information for developing your business plan.
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations at the Austintown library April 1 from 1-6 p.m. to help the community. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Blood pressure check
The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be having a blood pressure check at the Austintown library April 22 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Friends of the Austintown library meeting
Come to the Austintown library April 28 at 10 a.m. to hear historian Ralph Pfingsten discuss the Ravenna Arsenal and the history that unlocks the mysteries of this government plant. Pfingsten will give the Friends an opportunity to peer inside the Arsenal’s history and life behind the security of its fences. Discussion will be followed by the Friends brief monthly meeting.
Come to the Austintown library April 3 at 6:30 p.m. for a conversation salon sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC.
The Friends of PLYMC are sponsoring series of knitting classes April 14, May 12 and June 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the Austintown library. If you have a Friends of PLYMC paid membership, classes are free. If you aren’t a Friend’s member but would like to attend the program, you can join the Friends for $10, which gives you a membership and covers all costs of the knitting class.
All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed April 19, and April 20.
Spring Craft Show to be April 12
The 20/9 Radio Club will host a Spring Craft Show and Vendor Expo on April 12. Vendors are needed; all hand crafts are welcome. Independent Distributors are welcome on a first come, first serve basis. They only allow one vendor per type (ex Avon, Party-Lite etc). This is to help the distributor not have competition from the same company at the event. Tables are $10 each plus a donation of your choice to the silent auction. Electricity is available for an additional $5 per vendor. Admission to the event is free. The event is to be at the Austintown Senior Center, located just off of State Route 11 and Mahoning Ave. For more information or to register, visit www.20over9.org or call 330-651-8420.
NHS to have induction ceremony
The Austintown Fitch Chapter of the National Honor Society will host its 76th Annual Induction Ceremony on April 11 at 9 a.m. in the high school auditorium. The current senior class will welcome approximately 75 new members. Directly following the ceremony, NHS members, new members and their families will have cookies and punch in the Fitch Media Center.
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 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.
Newcomers Club fundraiser set for April 5
The Newcomers Club of Canfield will sponsor its annual fundraiser, “Making A Difference Through Laughter,” April 5. The event will take place at Mojos Pub-n-Grill on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and a comedy show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and also include a chance to win a grand prize. The event will also include a basket auction. For tickets or sponsorship information, call Jeannie Gulia at 330-651-1713 or Paula Lavin at 678-557-6414. Reservations must be completed by March 28. The Newcomers Club of Canfield Foundation provides vital funds to various local charities who support the needs of the community.
Knights of Columbus to have pasta dinner
The Knights of Columbus, Council #3930, will be hosting a pasta dinner on March 30 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish center, located at 4500 Norquest Blvd. in Austintown from noon until 5 p.m. All dinners include pasta and meatballs, tossed salad, bread and butter, homemade desserts, punch and coffee. The cost is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 6-9 years-old and children 6 and under are free. They will also offer a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will benefit The Knights of Columbus charities.
Clare Bridge to host Easter Egg Hunt
Clare Bridge in Austintown, located at 1420 S. Canfield Niles Road, will have its Easter Eddstravaganza and egg hunt April 12 at 11 a.m. The public is invited to bring their children and grandchildren to the the Easter Egg Hunt and party. Enjoy the festivities and learn about all the places your life can go at our community.
Austintown cancels Waiver Day
The March 31 Waiver Day for the Austintown Local School District will be rescheduled for June 5. This will result in March 31 being a normal instructional day and June 4 becoming the last day of school for students.
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, call 330-505-5060.
Newcomers Club fundraiser set for April 5
The Newcomers Club of Canfield will sponsor its annual fundraiser, “Making A Difference Through Laughter” April 5. The event will take place at Mojos Pub-n-Grill on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and a comedy show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and also include a chance to win a grand prize. The event will also include a basket auction. For tickets or sponsorship information, call Jeannie Gulia at 330-651-1713 or Paula Lavin at 678-557-6414. Reservations must be completed by March 28. The Newcomers Club of Canfield Foundation provides vital funds to various local charities who support the needs of the community.
Fitch offers annual Cabaret show
On March 30, Austintown Fitch High School Concert Choir will be presenting Cabaret; Musical Theatre Performance Concert in the Fitch High School Auditorium at 3 p.m. Tickets for adults are $5 and $3 for senior citizens and students. There will be 40 acts, including solos, duets and a few ensemble performances. This 54 member concert choir will be performing song medleys from “Newsies,” “Spamalot,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “South Pacific,” “Miss Saigon,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Rent,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and more.
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.
Kindergarten registration information
Austintown Local Schools will be having kindergarten registration and screening during the week of April 28 - May 1. Registration packets can be picked up at Austintown Elementary School and Austintown Early Learning Center starting March 3. Children must be 5 years of age by Sept. 30 to enroll in kindergarten. Registration and screening will take approximately 30 minutes. Anyone living outside of the Austintown Local School District, must also complete an open enrollment application in addition to the registration packet, which can be found on the district website at www.austintownschools.org.
Short term host family opportunities available through 4-H
Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, and Trumbull County families will have the opportunity to welcome a young person from Japan into their home for one month this year, as part of an international exchange program being offered by the County OSU Extension, 4-H. Statewide, host families are needed for 100 Japanese youngsters (aged 12-18) and their adult chaperones, who will visit Ohio from July 23 through Aug. 18.
Host families provide the exchangees with room and board and a chance to experience daily life in America. Families are urged not to alter their daily routines or lifestyles during their visitor’s stay. Exchangees provide their own spending money, and the sponsoring organization furnishes comprehensive medical insurance. All types of families are welcome to apply to become hosts, including urban, rural, single-parent, childless, and non-4-H families. The only requirements are that for the Japanese month-long exchange, hosts must have a family member of the same gender and approximate age of the exchangee, three meals a day, and a separate bed for the visitor. Those interested should contact Gretchen Kalinay at 330-799-8407 or Gary Reel at 330-533-7712 for an application form and more information about this and other 4-H international exchange programs. More information and an application can be found at the website www.ohio4h.org/youth/international.
Learn the basics of yoga taught by Karres Cvetkovich Sundays in March at 10:30 a.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Bring a mat and small blanket. Fee: $10 per class.
T’ai Chi course
Join Marie Lew Thursdays in March and April and May 1 and 8 at Fellows Riverside Gardens for a ten-week course that includes warm-ups, breathing exercises and instruction in the first steps of a complete classic Chen T’ai Chi form. It is designed for beginners with little or no previous background in this art of energy balancing. Taken as a whole, this course will ground the student in the basic principles of movement and the meaning behind the movements while developing coordination, strength and flexibility. Registration required. The fee is $100; 10 percent discount ($90) if registered by March 1.
A day of Asian culture
Travel to Cleveland April 24 from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. to explore gardens, art, and food. Visit Cleveland’s Chinatown with guide Dr. Y.T. Chiu, tour Japanese gardens at Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and discover the Asian exhibits at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Register by calling Fellows Riverside Gardens. Fee: $155; FFRG member $110. Registration deadline is March 28.
Fibonacci numbers exhibit
Come to the Weller Gallery March 28-June 8 to take a look at the world of Fibonacci numbers and their relationship to the world.
Through the Lens exhibit
Come to the Melnick Museum through December 2014 to take a peek 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 1907-1926. In addition to nature scenes, several portrait negatives from the period will also be on display.
Neighborhood Ministries seeks meal sites for summer program
Neighborhood Ministries, a sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program, is seeking churches or organizations to join in providing free meals to children ages 18 and under who live in the Youngstown area. The meals are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Ohio Department of Education from June 9–Aug. 22. Sites may choose one or two meals per day, including breakfast, lunch and/or a snack. If your church or organization is interested in receiving free meals for children this summer, please contact Neighborhood Ministries at 330-755-8696 or email SFSP@ohionm.org. The deadline for submitting a site request is March 31.
Join the Austintown library March 17 and 31, April 14, May 12 and June 9 from 10 until 11:30 a.m. to learn how to knit. The Friends of PLYMC are sponsoring a series of five knitting classes in the meeting room of the Austintown library. If you have a Friends of the PLYMC paid membership, there will be no fee. If you aren’t a Friend’s member, but would like to attend the program, you can join the Friends for $10, which gives you a membership, plus covers all costs of the knitting class. Sign up at the first date. For more information, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086.
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 a.m. until 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 are staffed by AARP volunteers. Volunteers will provide counseling on eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). To make an appointment, call 330-799-5849.
Craft and Vender show to be April 26
The annual Craft and Vendor show to benefit The Rich Center for Autism in Austintown will be April 26 at Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Raccoon Road!. The event will be offered from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is open to the public free of admission. There will be a large Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing, along with 40 local vendors and crafters. All money raised will go to The Rich Center for Autism.
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.
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.