Austintown Community Briefs


Women’s self-defense and self-protection seminars

There will be women’s self-defense and self-protection seminars for those who are ages 18 and older (children may attend with adult) on April, 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and April 16 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Master Park Martial Arts Center, located at 212 Boardman-Canfield Road in Boardman, instructed by Grand Master Park. To register, email MasterPark@MasterPark.com with the subject stating “Self-defense Seminar” and the date or call 330-965-9000. The seminar is limited to 20 participants and the cost to attend is $10 per person per class. All the fees will be donated to “Boardman Park Children’s Playground Improvement Project.” Master Park, president and head grandmaster of Master Park Martial Arts International, has been training in Oriental Martial Arts for more than 50 years and has been instructing men, women, children, military, police, many sports teams and companies in a variety of Oriental Martial Arts for more than 31 years in this community since he came from Korea. Master Park is one of leading grandmasters in the world and he has trained various true Oriental martial arts, Hapkiyudo: the best self-defense: grappling, punching, kicking, joint locks, Judo, Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Karate, Hapkido, Aikido and other martial arts. You can find more information by visiting www.MasterPark.com.

Mother daughter banquet

Youngstown Saxon Branch 22, located on South Meridian Road in Youngstown, is sponsoring a Mother/Daughter Banquet on April 24. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with luncheon served at 1 p.m. Adult tickets are $14 and child tickets are $7. Stuffed chicken breast with all the trimmings, dessert and beverage is available to adults and chicken fingers, fries, fruit cup, dessert and beverage is available to children. Make a reservation by April 18 with Betty Garhammer by calling 330-788-4272, or come to the Saxon Club office. All tickets will be at the door. This event will feature door prizes and special entertainment by the Sweet Dreams Duo.

Library closings

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on May 8, May 29 and May 30.

Supper at the corner

On April 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Smith Corners United Methodist Church will host a free supper as a community outreach program. The church is located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road (Corner Kirck Road and State Route 46). Donations are accepted to continue this program.

Community Cup season begins with Kick-Off Breakfast

The 27th annual Youngstown Area Community Cup season begins with a kick-off breakfast on April 19 at 7:30 a.m. in the Youth Lobby at the Central branch of the Youngstown YMCA. Interested companies and organizations are invited to attend the breakfast to learn about program changes and benefits of participation. There is no charge for the breakfast. Reservations are required. For more information, contact the Community Cup office at 330-742-4794 or cup@youngstownymca.org. The Community Cup is a program of the Youngstown YMCA that has involved more than 80 businesses and organizations and thousands of employees participating in 18 athletic events. The Community Cup aims to create an awareness of the importance of physical fitness for individuals and participating companies. Additionally, the program creates an attitude of teamwork and pride within each sponsoring organization and promotes community spirit. The 2016 Community Cup will take place on Sept. 10, with preliminary events to take place the weekends of Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 26-28.

The Youngstown Saxon Club to host dinner

The Youngstown Saxon Club, located at 710 S. Meridian Road, will host its next pork-kraut dinner on April 17 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. This will be the club’s last dinner until September. The price of $9.50 (children $5) includes dessert and coffee, tea or soda. The public is welcome and take-outs will be available.

First annual West Side Cats Father’s Day raffle

West Side cats will be hosting a Father’s Day raffle featuring a 48 inch Insignia LED TV. The drawing will be on June 18, and proceeds will be used for the group’s spay and neuter program. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You can purchase your tickets beginning next week through any volunteer or at the shelter. West Side Cats is located at 2217 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown. Call 330-792-4228 for details.

GA 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 takes place every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, and another takes place 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.

MCCTC opens Summer Camp registration

The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center is giving students the chance to explore new careers this summer with its annual Summer Camp on June 20-22. This year’s camp offers students the opportunity to learn more about exciting career fields through fun, hands-on projects. Programs offered this year are Exercise Science, Culinary, Cosmetology, Mechanical Engineering, Truck and Diesel Mechanics and Welding and Auto Technology. MCCTC Summer Camp takes place every summer and is open to students in grades 6-8. For more information or to register a child, visit www.mahoningctc.com.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for Kindergarten through play. The librarian will read a story and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that parents can do with your child to help them get ready for Kindergarten. This event is for 2-6 year-olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult to this one hour program. Join the Austintown library on May 26 at 10 a.m.

Pre-Kindergarten story time

This program is for 4- and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. The library will use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten. Join the Austintown library on Wednesdays in May at 11:30 a.m.

Bonding with babies and books

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. There will be twenty minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Join the Austintown library on Tuesdays in May at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2’s and 3’s

Join the Austintown library on Wednesdays in May at 10 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (2-3 year-olds) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fitness fun story time

Join the Austintown library on May 5 at 10 a.m. for stories and activities selected from the “Eat, Play, Grow” program. Good fun and good nutrition. Prizes and snacks will be given. For children ages 2-5. This event is sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Kids Coalition.

Grab and go craft for May

Make a craft to take home. Children of all ages are welcome during Austintown library hours.

Gotta move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the library for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, talk and play. Go to the Austintown library on May 12 and May 19 at 10 a.m. for this event.

Tales to tails

Read to a therapy dog from Pet Partners at the library. Bring your own book, or the library will find one for you. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This event is open to school-age children on May 28 at 11 a.m.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children ages 6 and up at the Austintown library on May 4 at 6 p.m. and May 21 at 11 a.m.

Take a guess

Guess the number of items in the jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. This event is for the family at the Austintown library during open hours.

Tween Scene movie club

Join the club for snacks and a craft while discussing some of the coolest movies you’ve “scene” and decide on what the club should watch next. This event is for tweens ages 8-12. This event will be hosted at the Austintown library on May 19 at 6 p.m.

“Hangry” birds

Set ‘em up, knock ‘em down and feed your inner HANGRY...featuring a life-sized Angry Birds game and cookie station. This event is for grades 5-12 at the Austintown library on May 16 at 6 p.m.

TAB meeting

Check out the monthly TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting. Help plan and support teen activities at the Library. Meet new people and have fun. Newcomers are always welcome. This event is for teens in grades 7-12 at the Austintown library on May 7 at 3 p.m.

Art with Andrea

Join the Austintown library on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. for this art class as professionals guide you through a monthly project and help you work through your own art. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for teens and adults.

Scrapbooking club

Scrapbook a page and share your scrapbooking ideas. Paper and supplies provided. This event is for teens and adults at the Austintown library on May 13 at 11 a.m.

Stained glass votive holders

Learn to make a stained glass votive candle holder. Registration is required. This event is for adults at the Austintown library at 6 p.m. on May 26.

Saturday movie matinee

Join the Austintown library on May 21 at 2:30 p.m. for a Saturday Movie Matinee. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children age 7 years and younger must be with an adult. Movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG-13 to G.

Stamping with Cindy

Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools. Sign up to create each month’s greeting card with matching envelope and 3-D item. Participation is limited to one session per person each month to accommodate demand, registration required. Call 330-744-8636 for this adults-only event hosted by the Austintown library on May 9 at 11 a.m. and May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Business start-up workshop

The library partners with SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, in presenting this seminar. Are you thinking about starting a business in the near future or further down the road? Members of SCORE will 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. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. This event is for adults and will be hosted by the Austintown library at May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Basic Microsoft Excel class

Learn the basics of Microsoft Office Excel. This is a beginner’s class, but basic computer skills are required. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults at the Austintown library on May 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Social media overload

Learn about social media, the most popular sites, their uses and how you might benefit from using them. This event is for adults at the Austintown library on May 27 at 11 a.m.

...And the Rest is History book club

Join the club for lively discussions of our latest readings in history and historical fiction. No assigned titles. Pick a subject that sparks your interest and share your thoughts on your selection. All areas of history and historical fiction are welcome. This event is for adults at the Austintown library on May 5 at 6 p.m.

Chapter Chat book club meeting

Love books? Come to the Chapter Chat Book Club to read and discuss a book together. Each month will be a new genre. The book this month is Stephen King’s “The Tommyknockers.” This event is for adults at the Austintown library on May 23 at 6 p.m.

Mercy Health presents free colorectal cancer program and dinner

Mercy Health Youngstown, formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners, will host a presentation on colorectal cancer (the second leading cause of death in the United States) on April 21 at Holiday Inn Boardman. David J. Dunch, MD, a board-certified colon/rectal surgeon, will be the featured speaker. He will discuss the importance of early detection of colorectal cancer, who should be screened and when, and how to reduce your risk. The free presentation will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Boardman, locaed at 7410 South Ave. Dinner will be provided along with dessert from Yellow Brick Place. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Registration is required. Call 330-480-3183 to register or for more information.

Event raises funds for Habitat for Humanity

The Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors is inviting the public to a Reverse Raffle and Dinner fundraiser that will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley. The event will take place on April 28 at The Embassy, located at 5030 Youngstown Poland Road in Boardman. The evening will get underway with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and then the drawing for the $4,000 grand prize. Tickets are $100 for dinner and a raffle ticket, and $50 for each additional dinner. Only 150 raffle tickets will be sold. Entertainment will be provided by Steve Fazzini, and there will also be a Chinese auction and side board. RSVPs are requested no later than April 14 to jessica@ycar.org or 330-788-7026, ext. 6.

Yearly basket auction

the Tri-Gold Prime-Time Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association is sponsoring its yearly basket auction. This event will be hosted on April 23 at Christ Our Savior (St. Nicholas Church) in the Great Hall. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. There will be a drawing at 3 p.m. The $5 admission includes a full sheet of raffle tickets and door prize entry. Free light refreshments and cash door prizes are available. The first prize winner will receive $100 and the second prize winner will receive $50. A special raffle, cash hat raffle and a 50/50 raffle will also be featured. All proceeds go to the Tri-Gold Chapter’s education program.

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 takes place every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, and another takes place 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.

Daffodil weekend

See more than 200 species and cultivars on display at the Gardens during a special guided walk each day. Take a stroll through Daffofil Meadow in Mill Creek MetroParks. Participate in the Daffodil Show in the Davis Center that highlights the diversity and beauty of daffodils. Daffodil weekend at Fellows Riverside Gardens is April 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Plant the seed to read

Fellows Riverside Gardens will be hosting the 10th annual Children’s Book Festival on April 16 at 10 a.m. “Grow through Reading” with the Altrusa Club of Youngstown, Mill Creek MetroParks, Western Reserve Public Media and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. This event will present authors, storytellers, illustrators, book characters and hands-on activities for children. Come out to meet Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat and then join the fun to promote literacy in the Mahoning Valley. This event is free.

Kite festival

Join the celebration of kites and all things that float, soar and fly through the skies. The Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites will brighten the skies with expert kite flying and ingenious designs. Bring your own kite to fly and enter in free games. Enjoy free bubble, glider and pinwheel activities. Create a kite for a small fee. This event will be hosted at Wick Recreation Area on April 30 at 11 a.m. Call Ford Nature Center for details.

Ford hunt and hike

This year is the MetroParks quasquicentennial (125th anniversary). Stop by Ford Nature Center to try and locate 25 birthday cakes hidden to commemorate this milestone and then go for a hike of your choice. This event is open April 6-30 during open hours.

Celebrating 125 years

Continue celebrating the MetroPark’s 125th birthday. View “classic” 1990s videos of the park, then join the hunt for Volney Rogers’ realized dreams. This scavenger hunt will lead you to various landmarks and jewels of the park. Come out April 16 at 10 a.m.

Tractor-wagon rides

Tractor-wagon rides leave approximately every half hour for a guided tour. Barns are open to visit the animals. Pay a small craft fee of $1 and come out April 17 and 24 at 1 p.m.

Spout club: moss pets

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on April 21 at 1 p.m. to learn about Marimo moss and create a moss pet to take home. This event is for children ages 3-5. Register and pay by April 19. Tickets are $7.

Saplings: mosaic flower pots

Children ages 8 and up are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens on April 23 at 10 a.m. Celebrate Mother Earth by creating a colorful flower pot for your garden as a gift. Register and pay $21 by April 21.

125th anniversary tours

Sit back and relax on the Cohasset Express while enjoying views of the natural and historic features of 125-year-old Mill Creek Park, Ohio’s first park district. Limited seating is available. Event dates are April 16, 19 and 24 at 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Register and pay at least two days in advance at Ford Nature Center. Adult tickets are $7, non-resident adult tickets are $10. Tickets for children 12 and under and adults ages 60 and up are $5, tickets for non-resident children and seniors are $8.

Bluebell trolley

After viewing Mill Creek Park’s bluebells, head out the view the carpet of them in Poland Municipal Forest. Register and pay at least two days in advance at Ford Nature Center. This event will be April 28 at 12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. Tickets prices are as follows: adult residents - $8, non-residents - $11, child and senior residents - $6, non-residents - $9.

Collegiate Club golf card sale

This event is offered by Mill Creek Golf Course until April 31 and is available to any college student under the age of 23 with an active college ID. Colleges and universities include: Gateway Community College, Univesity of Mount Union, Univesity of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State Univesity. Call Mill Creek Golf Course for details. The cost is $19.99.

High school golf school

Join this new program for high school juniors and seniors who want to take their games to the next level and look to play at the collegiate level (boys and girls sessions). Register and pay by April 18. The program is $399 and includes a pair of Foot Joy Hype Flex Golf Shoes ($175 value). The program will meet throughout the months of April, May and June.

Odonald Ross amateur series

This season long golf series is available for all amateur golfers who have an active USGA GHIN Handicap. There will be divisions for both scratch and handicap for men, women and seniors of all abilities. The cost is $45 a player and the event will be hosted at Mill Creek Golf Course on April 23 at 10 a.m.

Get “golf ready”

Learn everything you’ll need to play golf in just a few lessons. PGA pros will show you ways to play by combining fun, friends and fitness. Each session will focus on various golf skills. Mix and match clinics available. One day clinic - $25, any two clinics - $45, any three clinics - $60 and any seven clinics - $100. Dates for the program are April 27 through Aug. 17.

Ladies night out

This event will be hosted on April 28 at 5 p.m. by the Mill Creek Golf Course. Featuring a golf clothing trunk show, give-a-ways, contests and prizes. Area vendors and sales representatives will be on hand to give a preview of 2016 ladies clothing, shoe, purses and accessory lines. Drink specials, popcorn and appetizers are available. Tickets are $15.

Search for spring wildflowers

Join a weekly search for these charmingly named short-time bloomers. On April 17, meet at Scholl Recreation Area at 2 p.m. for a moderate 2 mile hike. on April 24, meet at YCP at 2 p.m. and wear boots for a moderate hike of 2 miles.

Frog walk

During spring, male frogs serenade the females. Meet at Vickers Nature Preserve to listen, look, catch and release in the “froggiest place” in the MetroParks. Boots are required at this April 29 event at 8 p.m.

Eagle watch

Come to Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary April 17 at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. to join Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited and observe bald eagles. Reservations must be made by phoning Ford Nature Center by 5 p.m. on April 16. “Walk-ins” not permitted.

Spring plant sale

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on May 6 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and May 7 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for unique quality plants for the home garden. Perennials (sun and shade), annuals, herbs, fruits, vegetables, roses, trees, shrubs and more will add to your garden’s beauty.

Brent health and undaunted daffodils

These unstoppable, pest-free beauties have captured the hearts and borders of gardens in all 50 states and their various climates. This lecture will take you from early spring to early summer, exploring the multiplicity of different types of these bulb flowers. See new varieties to plant in your garden this fall. Sponsored in part by the John S. and Doris M. Andrews Memorial Lecture Series. Registration is requested but not required. This event will be April 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Master gardener gathering

On April 21 at 6 p.m,. come to Fellows Riverside Gardens for this event. Master gardeners from any program are welcome at the spring gathering of plants, food and fun.

Guided daffodil walk

Delight in the beauty, diversity and fragrance of daffodils on this guided walk. Drop-in on April 24 at 6 p.m. for this free event at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Designing gardens

Thinking about creating a home, community or school gardening space? Come learn about the principles of designing gardens that are welcoming to visitors at any age. Register and pay $12 by April 24. This event is hosted by Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Botanical mornings

Discover the joy in the blossoming Spring at Fellows Riverside Gardens on April 29 at 9 a.m. The event will be guided by a knowledgeable staff member. Register and pay $5 by April 27.

Attracting monarchs

On April 30, Fellows Riverside Gardens will host this event at 10 a.m. Learn how to attract Monarchs with tips from Ellen Speicher that include providing simple food and breeding sites for these lovely butterflies. Register and pay by April 28. Tickets are $14, FFRG $12.

In the forest

The work of realist painter Jason Floyd Lewis relishes the natural beauty of uninhabited places. The Wellers Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens will feature this artwork April 22 until June 12.

Yoga in the gardens

Enjoy yoga that will help you keep a healthy outlook. Bring a mat and a small blanket to Fellows Riverside Gardens Tuesdays and Thursdays in April for $12 a class.

T’ai chi step one in the gardens

Warm-ups, breathing exercises and movements will ease stress, improve health and increase vitality. This class will be hosted Wednesdays in April at noon at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Each class is $10.

Chair to mat movement

Chair to Mat Movement is designed to increase mobility and flexibility for those who find seated floor movement challenging. Drop-ins are welcome and each class is $10. This event is hosted on Wednesdays in April at 9 a.m.

Meditation and mindfulness

Enjoy a diversity of mindfulness methods at Fellows Riverside Gardens on April 17. This event will be hosted at 10:30 a.m. Register and pay $15 by April 15. Drop-ins will pay $18.

MetroMutts: hike into spring

Spring has sprung and the daffodils are soon to bloom. Continue the MetroMutts tradition and take a spring hike up East Newport Drive past spectacular Daffodil Meadow. Meet at East Newport Boat Launch on April 16 at 10 a.m. for an easy 2 mile walk. Call Ford Natue Center for details.

MetroMutts: beginner obedience

Presented by The Learning Dog. Learn how to teach your dog commands such as “sit,” “down,” “stay” and play a few obedience games. This event will be hosted at MetroParks Farm (Barn #4) on April 20 at 6 p.m. Call Ford Nature Center to register and pay by April 17. MetroMutt members are free, non-members are $6.

Boy Scout Earth Day clean-up

Local Boy Scout Troops, Club Scout Packs and Girl Scout Troops will spend the morning helping to clear out winter’s accumulation of litter across the MetroParks. This event will be hosted on April 23 at 9 a.m. at Ford Nature Center. Call by April 11 to reserve a work area.

Loghurst museum to host sale

Loghurst is hosting a Trunk and Tool sale on April 30 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Each car will pay a fee of $10. Set-up is from 8:30-10 a.m. If you have questions about this event, call 330-533-4330.

Hospice of the Valley to train new volunteers

Hospice of the Valley is hosting training sessions for new companion volunteers to visit hospice patients in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. Sessions will take place on Tuesdays through May 3, from 1-4:30 p.m., at St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse Eastwood Mall, located at 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road in Niles. During the training program, 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 they fit into that team. Hospice volunteers serve in a variety of ways including companions for hospice patients at home or in nursing homes and support to the family members. Volunteers may also assist with indirect patient services such as clerical support, reception desk, mail team and fundraising. Volunteer assignments are made close to the volunteer’s home. All volunteers must wait one year after the loss of a loved one before they can become a volunteer. For more information or to register, call 330-549-5902.

Boardman Park baby sitting class

Boardman Park is sponsoring a baby sitting class on April 16 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Georgeanna Parker Activity Center. Students ages 11-15 will learn babysitting basic skills, first aid, rescue breathing and more. The fee for the class is $40 for Boardman Township Residents and $45 for Non-Residents. Students need to provide their own lunch. Classes are limited. RSVP by April 14 by calling Karen at 330-965-0482, by emailing Karen@boardmanpark.com or calling the Park office at 330-726-8105.

Mahoning Valley walk benefiting JDRF

Take steps to help the Junvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes from people’s lives. By joining a team or making a donation to JDRF, you’ll raise money to help fund critical research. The walk will be on May 21 at the Watts Center of Youngstown State University. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Register at http://www2.jdrf.org/mahoningvalleywalk. For more information, contact Timothy Styranec at 330-533-5306 or by email at tmstyranec@zoominternet.net.

Have your pet featured in a calendar

West Side Cats is having a pet photography contest. For each $1 you pay, you can submit one photo of your favorite pet. Each vote will be an additional $1 fee which can be paid through PayPal at: Westsidecats@yahoo.com or dropped off at the shelter, located at 2217 Mahoning Ave. The top 12 winners will have their pets photo featured on a month of the new calendar and receive a calendar of their own. There will also be a grand prize for the pet with the most votes. Calendars will be sold after the contest ends. The photography contest will end on May 30 (Memorial Day). For more information, visit the Facebook page “West Side Cats Photography Contest.”

Socrates philosophy group

This event is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. If you love philosophy and want to discuss philosophical topics, join the Austintown library for Socrates Caf Philosophy group. This event is open to adults on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the development office at 330-740-6086.

Friends of the Austintown Library program and meeting

Dr. Alton Merrell of YSU will direct the talented Jazz Musicians Program on April 25 at 10 a.m. Hosted by the Austintown library.

Coupon swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in during library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults at the Austintown library during open hours.

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. This event is for adults at the Austintown library on April 20 at 6 p.m.

Chapter chat book club

Love books? Come to the Chapter Chat Book Club where there will be reading and discussions of a book every month. Each month will be a new genre. This month’s book is “Black-Eyed Susans” by Julia Heaberlin. The club is open to adults. This meeting will be on April 25 at 6 p.m.

Tuesday Night Tech Bytes

Bring your basic technology questions for a one-hour question and answer session with a librarian. They will cover basic computer, basic software, eBooks, Internet and email. This event is for adults at the Austintown library on April 19 at 6 p.m.

Saturday movie matinee

Join the Austintown library for a Saturday Movie Matinee. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children age 7-years and younger must be with an adult. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG-13 to G. This event is for the family at the Austintown library on April 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day body scrubs

Learn the components needed to make an exfoliating body scrub out of household ingredients. Make one to take home or to give to a special person for Mother’s Day. Registration is required by calling 330-744-8636. This event will be hosted by the Austintown library on April 28 at 6 p.m.

Art with Andrea

Join the Austintown library in this art class. Andrea will guide you through a monthly project and help you work through your own art. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for teens and adults on April 21 at 6:30 p.m.

TeenXTreme Blackout Poetry contest

April is 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 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 during open hours throughout April.

Favorite cookie

Vote on your favorite cookie each time you come to the library. The cookie with the most votes at the end of the month will be featured at the Hangry Bird’s party in May. This event is for grades 5-12 at the Austintown library during open hours.

Tween Scene movie club

Join in for snacks and a craft while discussing some of the coolest movies you have “scene” and decide on what to should watch next. This event is for tweens ages 8-12 at the Austintown library on April 23 at 2 p.m.

Take a guess

Guess the number of items in the jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. This event is for the family at the Austintown library during library hours in April.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children ages 6 and up at the Austintown library at 11 a.m. on April 16.

Grab and go craft

Make a craft to take home. This event is available during Austintown library hours. Children of all ages are welcome.

Gotta move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the library for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance and talk and play. Come to the Austintown library on April 21 at 10 p.m.

Tales and Talk for 2’s and 3’s

Join the library for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is hosted by the Austintown library at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in April.

Bonding with babies and books

For caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. There will be twenty minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event will be hosted by the Austintown library at 10 a.m. Tuesdays in April.

Pre-Kindergarten story time

This program is for 4- and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. Use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten. This event is hosted by the Austintown library at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in April.

Baby brilliant playtime

Read a story and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for Kindergarten. This event is for 2-6 year-olds. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. This event will be hosted by the Austintown library on April 28 at 10 a.m.

Join a Relay for Life team

If you are interested in joining a team, visit the Relay for Life website at http://relayforlife.org/austintown. Attend one of the up-coming meetings at the American Cancer Society office in Canfield. Meeting dates are April 21 and May 26.

Fundraising from the trunk

A “Cure in your Trunk Sale” will be hosted on April 23 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Highway Tabernacle Church Parking Lot. This is a fun way for Relay for Life teams to raise money. This fundraiser is open to teams and any vendors that would like to attend. Spaces for this fundraiser are a donation of $10. Rain or shine – no refunds. If you are interested, email kellyjohwp@gmail.com.

Austintown Relay for Life

On June 4, Austintown will host its annual Relay For Life event at the Austintown Elementary School parking lot from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. During those 12 hours participants will be celebrating, remembering and fighting back against cancer. Opening ceremonies will be followed immediately by a survivor lap. Lunch will be provided for survivors and caregivers. The event will include a variety of activities. Help the community reach the fundraising goal of $90,000.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Festival 5k run

The Immaculate Heat of Mary Festival 5k has been an annual event in the Youngstown area for over thirty years. The event will take place on June 9 at 7 p.m. Entry fees are $13 in advance and $15 on race day. In order to receive a shirt, mail in advance entry fee by May 22. Registration for the event will begin at 5 p.m. in front of the entrance to the school. Refreshments will be served to runners. Proceeding the adult run will be a free children’s run for sixth-grade and under. All children must be registered and have their form signed by a parent or legal guardian who must be present at the time of the race. Register online at https://runsignp.com/Race/OH/Austintown/IHMFestival5K or call Bob at 330-360-4876 for details.

Sprout Club meeting

Join the Sprout Club at Fellows Riverside Gardens this spring to learn about the amazing world of plants with topics that include: pizza plants, moss pets and herbs. Each class will include an activity and snack. Attend all three classes and receive a plant-related prize. Classes will be from 1-2 p.m. on April 21 and May 19. The deadline for registration has passed.

Yoga basics course offered at Fellows Riverside Gardens

Choose Sunday mornings or Tuesday evenings for this relaxing eight week yoga course. The cost is $80. Sunday classes will be March 20 through May 8 at 9 a.m., Tuesday classes will be through May 10 at 6 p.m.

T’ai chi for beginners at Fellows Riverside Gardens

Learn this art of energy balancing, coordination, flexibilty and leg strength during this 10 week course. The cost is $100. Classes will be Thursday nights through May 12 at 12 p.m.

Austintown Local School district announces open enrollment 2016-2017

The Austintown Local School district will have statewide open enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications will be accepted for the students in grades kindergarten through ninth-grade, and they can be downloaded on the Austintown Local Schools website beginning on March 4. In order to be accepted for open enrollment, completed applications must be submitted online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any students living in the state of Ohio and entering grades kindergarten through ninth are eligible. One application must be completed for each student. Call the registration office if any additional information is needed at 330-797-3900, ext. 1516.

Advanced Master Gardener series

This series, led by Ellen Speicher, will focus on pruning, plant names and fall gardening. The event will be hosted by Fellows Riverside Gardens on June 11 and Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The deadline for registration has passed.

America’s Schoolmaster exhibit

The Early Days of William Holmes McGuffey will be on display in the Melnick Museum at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Learn more about the early days of McGuffey and his boyhood homestead, located in Coitsville and now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve. The exhibit will be open though January 2017.

Fundraiser to take place for American Cancer Society

The Pink Ribbon Golf Classic committee will be hosting two events in April benefiting the American Cancer Society. On April 13, a golf clinic will take place at Creekside Golf Dome in Girard from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Participants will receive instruction and practice in driving, chipping and putting. The cost is $25 per person. On April 24, “high tea” will be served at Piccadilly Parlor in Canfield at 11 a.m. A variety of teas and finger food will be served in a delightful Victorian atmosphere (wearing hats and gloves is optional). The cost is $25 per person. For further information and registration, contact Ginny at 330-219-9092 or Nancy at 330-272-5794.

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