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Junior League hosts New York trip

The Junior League of Youngstown is hosting a round trip from Youngstown to New York City April 13-15. Spend the day as you wish for your selection of Broadway plays, shopping, sightseeing and dining. The “NYE Ball Drop” price is $139 per person if paid in full by Dec. 31 and $149 per person without a discount. Payment plans are accepted and must be paid in full by March 14 and will be $149 per person. Tickets are available until March 14 for the trip. Your ticket is transferable in the event you are unable to attend. No cash refunds will be issued. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in the 291 Leagues in four countries. For more information, contact Fund Development Chairman Amy Banks at 330-743-2000 or email

A dozen makes a difference

The Austintown library wants their materials being used by the community. Help them empty the shelves by borrowing books, movies and other items. Borrow a dozen or more items at one time on your library card. Show your check-out receipt to a librarian to receive a small giveaway during the month of January,

Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County joins Sharing the Love campaign

Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County recently announced that it will be participating in the tenth annual Subaru Share the Love Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America – one of four national Share the Love charitable partners supported through the promotion. From Nov. 16 until Jan. 2, Subaru of America will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charity. Participating Meals on Wheels America members, like Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County, will receive a share of the donation raised by Subaru in their state. Meals on Wheels has partnered with Boardman Subaru in Boardman to raise awareness for the popular year-end sales and giving event, and drive support for Meals on Wheels by participating in Mill Creek Park’s ‘Winter Celebration- Toyland’ at the annual holiday tree walk at the Davis Center. Meals on Wheels will have a tree featuring Subaru’s, share the love EVENT, which runs Dec. 2-31. For more information, visit

Strategy board games at the library

Do you like to play strategy board games? Go to the Austintown library on Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. to play games like “Ticket to Ride,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Carcassonne.” Play what’s there or bring your own to share. Light refreshments will be served. This program is for adults and teens.

Newcomers of Mahoning Valley will meet on Dec. 18

The Newcomers of Mahoning Valley will meet on Dec. 18 at Johnny’s Fine Food and Spirits, located at 7807 Market St. in Boardman. The meeting will begin at noon. Hostesses are Bonnie Lambert and Alice Marchione. Instead of a speaker, members will play a Christmas gift exchange game. There will be an update of all sub groups, including the new travelers group. For more information about the group or for reservations, call Jorine at 330-757-7212 or Barbara at 330-758-3934.

Holiday library closings announced for the end of the year

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 1, for the New Year holiday, and on Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Download digital pictures

Learn to download your digital pictures from your phone or camera onto your computer at the Austintown library on Jan. 5. Then learn to send them in emails and upload them onto social media sites. Bring devices, attachment cords and laptop if available.

Meet the Phantoms

Players with the Youngstown Phantoms hockey team will be special story time presenters at the Austintown library on Jan. 9. A Phantoms game ticket will be given to each child that attends and there will be a craft and refreshments.

Outreach event to be Dec. 16

Our Community Kitchen will be hosting an outreach event on Dec. 16 at 551 Mahoning Ave. from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event will be a free spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Cocca Family. Volunteers from the Management Team of area Walgreens and teachers from Windham High School will be volunteering to serve and distribute items. Warm winter clothes, toys and personal hygiene products will be given away during the event. Contact Skip Barone with any questions at 330 272-1621 or

Blood Drive at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross Proudly serves the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. The Mahonong Chapter will be taking blood donations to help the community at the Austintown library on Dec. 28 from 1-6 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Read to Reese in December

On the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m., come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners at the Austintown library. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This program is for school aged children.

Holiday closings at the library

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Jan. 1.

Coupon swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in to the Audtintown library during library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.

Christmas decoration swap at the library

Bring in any new or gently used Christmas ornament or decoration on Dec. 16 at the Austintown library and swap it out for something that is new to you. Swapping will take place at your leisure during library hours.

Join the 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. Join the Page Turners book club for adults on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Austintown library.

Chapter Chat book club meeting announced

The Chapter Chat book club will meet on Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library to read and discuss a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to find out this month’s book. Light refreshments will be served at this program for adults.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for Kindergarten through play at this event at the Austintown library on Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.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. Activities will vary at each program. This event is for children who are ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Valley STEM + ME2 accepting applications for 2018-2019 school year

Enrollment is open for upcoming ninth and 10th grade students interested in applying to the Valley STEM + ME2 Academy for the 2018-2019 school year. The 7,500 square foot lab is housed on the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Campus. The Academy uses a rigorous curriculum, utilizing problem-based learning based on STEM principles. The Valley STEM + ME2 Academy’s mission is to prepare students with skills necessary to compete in the global economy while nurturing the characteristics of discovery, invention, application and entrepreneurship. This Academy provides the ideal setting for students to receive problem-based education based on mastery of skills. The Academy has a STEM-designation from the Ohio Department of Education. Call or e-mail Mara Banfield, Director of Valley STEM + ME2 with any questions or to schedule a tour at 330-729-4000 or All interested applicants should apply at

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 every Wednesday in December at 11:30 a.m. at the Austintown library. Dec. 20 will be a holiday event.

Bonding with babies and books

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at the Austintown library every Tuesday in December at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in December at 10 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. Dec. 20 will be a holiday program.

Grab and go craft for December

Make a craft at the Austintown library during regular hours throughout the month of December and take it home. This event is for children of all ages.

Guess the picture book

Guess the picture book from the cut up cover at the Austintown library during December. One winner chosen at random from correct entries. This event is for children of all ages.

Santa’s workshop

The Austintown library will host a Santa’s Workshop event on Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in which participants can make a gift for someone special. This event is for teens and tweens. This is a holiday program.

Paper crafting corner

Join the Austintown library every month to learn how to create a different paper craft. The next event will take place on Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. You must register for this event, which is for adults.

Movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during this movie at the Austintown library on Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This event is for the family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Local team has fundraiser

The Canfield Girls Basketball Boosters will host Designer Bag Bingo at St. Michaels Parish Family Life Center on Jan. 20, 2018. Thirteen games of bingo will be played, with an authentic designer handbag, including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach, Tory Birch, Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Phillip Lim, awarded as the prize for each game. The handbag for the grand finale game will include the highest valued handbag filled with gift cards. Other raffles will be offered. Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 at the door and include 12 rounds of bingo, grand finale bingo, hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. Additional bingo cards and daubers will be available to purchase. A cash bar of beer and wine will also be offered. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with bingo beginning at 6 p.m. All funds raised will benefit the Lady Cards Basketball program. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit Facebook and search Lady Cards Basketball Boosters Designer Purse Bingo. Tickets will also be available to purchase at Canfield High School girls basketball home games.

Austintown Bounce hosts Santa lunch

Austintown Bounce, located at 4317 Kirk Road in Austintown, will host a Lunch with Santa event on Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Santa will be on site from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Admission to the event is $7, and includes a hot dog and small fountain drink, unlimited play on the inflatables and more. A photographer will be available for photos with Santa. No coupons or passes will be accepted at this event.

Gotta Move Story Time at the library

Every Thursday at 10 a.m., join the Austintown library for a story time for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care giver. Join in 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.

Austintown Fitch senior operates toy drive

Lexi Cintron, a senior at Austintown Fitch High School, has been involved with charity work for as long as she can remember. Growing up, her parents often took her to the Salvation Army to donate toys. At the age of 6, she thought of the idea to conduct her own, independent toy drive. Ten years later, she has collected and donated more than 5,000 toys to various organizations to helping families in need. With one year left of “Lexi’s Toy Drive,” she wishes to help as many people as she can through Someplace Safe, a shelter for domestically battered women and children. Those interested in helping can drop off donations to Spalon of Sara Morris, located at 5000 E. Market St. Suite 21, in Howland, during Dec. 2-16 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous to have local meetings

Overeaters Anonymous is offering meetings at several local locations and on a variety of days. On Saturdays at 10 a.m., there will be a meeting at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in the Church Hall, Room 2, located at 4453 Warren-Sharon Road in Vienna, Ohio. This location is handicapped accessible. On Sundays at 7 p.m., there will be a meeting at Shenango Presbyterian Church, located at 3144 Wilmington Road (Route 18) in New Castle, Pa. This location is handicapped accessible. On Mondays, a meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Girard Multigenerational Center, located at 443 Trumbull Avenue in Girard. This location is handicapped accessible. On Wednesdays, a meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Care - Northside Medical Center in the Medical Education Building, auditorium A, located at 500 Gypsy Lane in Youngstown. This location is handicapped accessible. On Tuesdays at 6 p.m., a meeting will take place at the Oxford House, located at 320 Benton Road in Salem. This location is handicapped accessible. On Thursdays, a meeting will take place at Valley Care - Northside Medical Center in the Medical Education Building, Auditorium A, located at 500 Gypsy Lane in Youngstown. This location is handicapped accessible. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, a meeting will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, located at 1181 Churchill-Hubbard Road in Youngstown. This location is also handicapped accessible. For more information on OA or meetings, go to or call one of the following Help Hotlines: Mahoning or Trumbull Counties - 330-747-2696; Columbiana County - 330-424-7767; Lawrence County - 724-674-3697.

GA to meet twice this week

Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting is offered every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, and another is offered every Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (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 the local Gamblers Anonymous hotline at 330-505-5060.

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