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Balancing your thyroid naturally

Are you taking your thyroid medication, getting your TSH level checked and been told that “everything looks normal” and yet you still feel foggy, tired and overweight? There are some simple, natural things you can do to help yourself feel better. Join Dr. Ted Suzelis, ND a local leading authority on natural thyroid balance, for a free seminar at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center in Boardman on Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The address is 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex). For more information or to reserve your seat, call 330-729-1350 or go to OhioND.com. These free seminars fill up quickly, so be sure to RSVP to claim your spot.

Rally Day picnic at Redeemer

Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 2305 S. Canfield-Niles Road in Austintown, will kick off its fall program on Sept. 11 with Rally Day. This marks the beginning of the new Sunday School term. Sunday School begins at 9 a.m. There are classes available for children ages 3-18, as well as an adult Bible class. Pastor David Schinbeckler leads the Sunday morning Worship Service that begins at 10:30 a.m. A free picnic that is open to the public will begin immediately after the worship service on the church grounds. There will be music, games and prizes, and food for children and adults of all ages. Visitors are welcome to join for fun and fellowship. Call the church office for more information at 330-799-7823.

Free frappe day

Dairy Queen locations are celebrating the unofficial end of summer with a free frappe giveaway from 2-5 p.m. on Sept. 6. The Austintown and Cornersburg locations will be participating. The Cornersburg location is 3555 S. Meridian Road. The Austintown location is at 146 N. Canfield Niles Road.

Greenbriar cat adoption

Greenbriar Healthcare Center will be hosting an event on Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. to help the Animal Charity Humane Society find loving homes for the adoptable cats and kittens featured. This will take place at 8064 South Ave. in Boardman.

Greenbriar benefit concert

The Commons at Greenbriar will be hosting a concert to benefit Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to help send Deanna to the Florida Theme Parks. This concert will feature Party of Two, an acoustic music duo, and will take place on Sept. 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost will be $5 and includes refreshments. There will also be a basket raffle and a 50/50 auction. This will take place at the Commons at Greenbriar, located at 8060 South Ave. in Boardman. Contact Janette Neal at 330-413-5440 or Jennifer Roberts at 330-314-5152 for any questions.

Sing at the Canfield Fair

As has occurred for many years, on the Sunday morning of the Canfield Fair (Sept. 4 this year), singers are invited to assemble at the stage near the grandstand/concourse to sing during the 9:30 a.m. Canfield Fair Ecumenical worship service. A choir rehearsal will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the presentation of two anthems during the church service. Participants will be reimbursed their admission fee for that day. Musical direction and additional special music will be presented by Tom and Kelly Scurich, accompanied by Sherry Goddard.

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.

Fitch 1996 class reunion to be Sept. 3

The 1996 class of Austintown Fitch High School will be having its 20 year reunion at Hollywood Gaming on Sept. 3. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30. p.m. The cost is $35 per person. Contact Shanna (Glenellen) Laraway at Austintintownfitchhighclassof1996@gmail.com for reservations and more information.

Square Dancing

On Sept. 13 the Friendly Squares of Niles are hosting an introduction to Modern Square Dancing. This will be at the Niles Senior Center (Scope). The time is from 7-9 p.m. If you have been looking for something else to tone your body and mind, give this a try. For more information about the new class, call 330-506-3370.

Learn to square dance with Friendly Squares

Learn to square dance at the weekly square dance lessons being offered beginning Sept. 13 from 7-9 p.m. at the Niles Senior SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. The lessons are being offered by the Niles Friendly Squares. All age groups are welcome. There is a nominal fee of $6 per lesson. For additional information, contact Gene Hammond at 330-534-4426, 330-506-3370 or Ghfh67@aol.com. The Friendly Squares will be conducting square dance demonstrations at the Canfield Fair on Sept. 1 from 7-8 p.m. and Sept. 4 from 2-3 p.m. at the International Building stage.

PLYMC libraries are Pok Stops

Pok mon trainers up to grade 12 are invited to stop in and get a free gift at any local library from Sept. 6-17 during regular library hours. Tell the library staff that you’re there to hunt for Pok mon and you will receive a prize. Check out library materials that day or get a library card and you can receive an additional prize (both prizes are limited to one of each per participant). Your library has always been the place to get your favorite books, DVDs and music CDs and now you can get your Pok mon gear as well. The Pok mon Library project is for children through grade 12.

Pre-kindergarten story time

This program, which will take place every Wednesday in September at 11:30 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for 4- and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. They will use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for kindergarten through play at the Austintown library on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. 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 those ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bonding with babies and books

The Austintown library will host an event for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months every Tuesday in September at 10 a.m. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales and talk for 2’s and 3’s

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

Chef’s battle to be Sept. 24

There will be a culinary competition at the Austintown library on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. for school-aged children, tweens and teens, conducted by chefs from Cooking Caravan, that features audience members as sous chefs and judges.

Gotta Move story time

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

Grab and go craft

Make a craft to take home during regular hours at the Austintown library for the month of September. This event is for children of all ages.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Austintown library on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, age 6 and up.

Color your world

Join the Austintown library for a relaxing evening of adult coloring on Sept. 8 from 6-7 p.m. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own. Colorful, light refreshments will be served. This event is for teens and adults.

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 from 6-7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Austintown library. This event is for adults.

STEM stations available

There’s always something new to discover at the library. Look for its interactive STEM stations on display during the month of September during regular hours at the Austintown branch. With two new stations to explore each week, you’ll want to come back again and again. This event is for school-age children.

Picture book bingo

Celebrate library card sign-up month by playing picture bingo based on favorite children’s book characters on Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Austintown library. This program will be fun for the whole family. Win prizes, and if you don’t have a library card, now is the time to get one.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting

Join the Austintown area TAB (Teen Advisory Board) on Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Austintown library. Help plan and support teen activities at the library. Meet new people and have fun. Snacks will be provided. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Learn about library databases

Need free homework help? What to take an online class? Doing research? Don’t want to pay for legal forms? Come and explore the library databases and learn how your library card can give you an abundance of free services and information on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. This event is for teens and adults.

Stamping with Cindy

Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools at the Austintown library on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. and Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Sign up to create each month’s greeting card with matching envelope. Participation is limited to one session per person each month to accommodate demand, registration required. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults.

Basic computer class

Learn very basic computer skills at this event on Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. This is a beginner’s class that will cover use of a mouse, computer terms and simple internet use. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register and specify basic computer class and the name of the library. This event is for adults.

Chapter Chat book club

Love books? Come to the Chapter Chat Book Club where they will be reading and discussing a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. Call the Austintown library at 330-744-8636 to find out this month’s exciting read and be prepared to discuss on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. This event is for adults.

Tea and mystery book club

Join the Austintown library on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find. This event is for adults.

Blood drives

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital on Sept. 13 from 1-6 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Austintown library. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This event is for adults.

Socrates Philosophy Group

If you love philosophy and want to discuss philosophical topics, join the Austintown library for the Socrates Cafe` Philosophy Group on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. This is open to the public, and is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. To join, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086. This event is for adults.

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 throughout September to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Guess the book

Can you guess the book title from cut-up pages in a jar? One winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries. This event is for adults at the Austintown library during regular hours in September.

Fitch 1996 class reunion

The 1996 class of Austintown Fitch High School will be having its 20-year reunion at Hollywood Gaming on Sept. 3. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. Contact Shanna (Glenellen) Laraway at Austintintownfitchhighclassof1996@gmail.com for reservations and more information.

Holiday closing

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5. Happy Labor Day.

Austintown Friends meeting and presentation

What you can do to prevent falls? Learn from Ben Melnykovich, Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator, at the Austintown library on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. Meeting to follow presentation. This event is for adults.

Scholarship fundraiser plans finalized

The Austintown Alumni Association met recently to finalize preparations for this year’s scholarship fundraiser. Members are selling a book of six raffle tickets for $5 or individual tickets for $1 each. The first prize is $500 cash, second prize is gift certificates to local businesses worth at least $200 and third prize is dinner for two at Rachel’s Restaurant and dinner for two at The Manor. Profits from this project support the association’s scholarship fund, which awarded $6,000 to Austintown Fitch seniors who graduated in June 2016. The winners of this year’s raffle will be drawn at the Austintown Fitch Hall of Fame football game at Falcon Stadium on Sept. 16. Tickets will be on sale at the Hall of Fame game, or by contacting any member of the Alumni Association or its president, Lynn Larson, at 330-518-5727.

Friendly Squares to host dancing introduction

If you are looking for something to exercise your body and mind, the Friendly Squares of Niles are having an introduction to Modern Square Dancing on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Join them at the Niles Senior Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles, on that night. For more information, call 330-506-3370.

South Class of 1971 to have reunion events

The South Class of 1971 is hosting its 45th reunion celebrations soon. Reservations are required for all three events. Reunion events include Sept. 2 - Informal get together at MVR, Sept. 3 - formal dinner at The Fifth Season Banquet Center and Sept. 4 - family picnic in Mill Creek Park. Costs vary depending on the number of activities you are attending. For more information, contact Linda Burks at 330-372-6938 or go to Classreport.org. Payments can be made online through PayPal with John Larson. Make your reservations as soon as possible or miss out on this fun reunion.

Square Dancing

Do you like to dance? Listen to different kinds of music? On Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., the Friendly Squares of Niles are having an introduction to Square Dancing. Join them at the Niles Senior Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles on that night. For more information, call 330-506-3370.

Book a librarian

Would you like a personal introduction to resources available at the library? Need more time with a librarian than you can get over the phone or if you just walk in? Book-a-Librarian sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. A library staff member will give undivided attention to customers who want in-depth help with a variety of library services, such as: learning to use a computer, email, the Internet, downloading e-books and audiobooks, researching a topic, discovering new books and authors to read and enjoy, business, non-profit, or genealogy help. To schedule an appointment, visit any library, call 330-744-8636 or go online at www.libraryvisit.org/Book-a-Librarian.

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 at the Austintown library to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This program is for adults.

Chaney Class of 1956 to have reunion

The Chaney High School Class of 1956 will host its 60th reunion on Sept. 24 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. at A La Carte Catering in Canfield (429 Lisbon St.). The cost to attend is $30 per person, and spouses and friends are welcome. Event organizers ask that the classmates who are planning to attend call and provide current addresses. For questions, or to provide current addresses, call Larry Probert at 330-799-1204 or Joan Fergus at 330-533-5972.

Saxon flea market

The Saxon Club will host its Flea Market every Tuesday through October (weather permitting). The Flea Maket starts at 8 a.m. (vendors can set up early) and ends at 2 p.m. Large spaces are provided for $5 per space. A variety of items will be available such as household goods, books, tools and collectables. Refreshments are available. The Saxon Club is located at 710 S. Meridian Road, on the west side of Youngstown.

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.

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