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Souper Supper to be March 16

The Austintown Council of PTAs and the Fitch Art Department will host the ninth annual Souper Supper event on March 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the Fitch cafeteria. All proceeds benefit needy families of students in the Austintown Schools. A 50/50 and basket raffle will also take place during the event. A form can be found on the school website,, under “District News,” with additional information on how to make a reservation for the event. The PTA asks that all RSVPs be made by Feb. 24. Meal Prices are $7 (which includes a light meal of soup, roll, dessert, beverage and a handmade ceramic bowl) or $5 (which includes meal only or bowl only). The bowl is guaranteed to the first 300 paid RSVPs.

Mardi Paws Wine Taste event to be Feb. 25

To celebrate Mardi Gras, Legacy Dog Rescue is hosting a MARDI PAWS Wine Taste event on Feb. 25 at Lil Paws Winery, located at 17547 Mahoning Ave. in Lake Milton from 6–10 p.m. Admission is $10 for wine tasting, appetizers, desserts and classic Mardi Gras fare. There will be a prize for best dressed and a Chinese Auction. Live music starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds will help Legacy Dog Rescue, a local 501c3 nonprofit group, save and rehabilitate dogs that have been abandoned, abused or neglected and place them into loving homes.

Junior Women’s League hosts “Step Back in Thyme Tea”

The GFWC Ohio Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League will host a “Step Back in Thyme Tea” that will benefit Mahoning County Women And Children’s Shelters. The “Step Back in Thyme Tea” will take place at The Poland Presbyterian Church, located at 2 Poland Manor Dr. in Poland, on March 11 at 1 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. The tea includes lunch, special herbal teas, a basket auction and more. Ellen Speicher will present “English Gardens” - A pictorial visit to several spectacular gardens in England along with scenes from the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. For tickets, donations or more information, contact Linda Crish at 330-727-9321, Yvonne Ford at 330-718-2013 and Cheryl Smaldino at 330–717-4088. A limited amount of tickets will be available.

Pink Ribbon Golf Classic to be July 17

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 17. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. The 18-hole scramble will be followed by lunch and a Chinese auction and raffle. For further details, contact Donna Mowrey at 330-207-9630 or Nancy Felton at 330-533-2712.

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 Thursdays at 6 p.m., a meeting will take place in Faith Chapel Fellowship Church, located at 511 E. Pershing St. in Salem, while at 7:30 p.m. a meeting will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, located at 1181 Churchill-Hubbard Road in Youngstown. Both of these locations are 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.

Library host informational presentation

Join the Austintown library for an informational presentation about guns on March 25 at 10 a.m. Sergeant Steven Lindow of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to speak about relevant laws concerning concealed carry, firearms vocabulary, gun safety and will present different types of guns and parts of a gun. Note that there will be no ammunition on site for any of the weapons. This program is for adults 18 years and over only.

LDR to have reverse raffle

Legacy Dog Rescue of Ohio (LDR) will host it’s first reverse raffle on April 1 at Avion on the Lake, located at 2177 W. Western Reserve Road in Canfield. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for games, giveaways and a huge basket auction. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with the reverse raffle to follow. The grand prize is $1,200. Tickets are $55 for two dinners and a chance to win the grand prize. One hundred tickets will be sold. For reservations, call Heather at 330-717-0635 or email, send payment to LDR, P.O. Box 3643, Youngstown, OH 44513. LDR is a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization. For more information on Legacy, visit their website at or follow them on Facebook.

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.

Kindergarten Kick-Off

The Austintown Local Schools will be hosting Kindergarten Kick-Off on March 8, at 6 p.m. at Austintown Elementary School. Students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the kindergarten classrooms, meet staff members and learn about transitioning smoothly from home or preschool to kindergarten. Information on staggered start, summer programs as well as tips to assist your child before and during kindergarten will all be discussed. All incoming kindergarten students, along with parents, should attend this important event.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for Kindergarten through play at the Austintown library on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. You’ll 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 children ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult to this one hour program.

Trash and Treasure sale to be May 20

The Austintown Night Out Committee is hosting a Trash and Treasure sale on May 20 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Austintown Township Park. Spaces are $10 each. The event is outside and is rain or shine. Vendors are welcome to bring canopies. For more information, contact Shawne Wilfong at 330-774-1803 or email More information can also be found on Austintown Night Out’s Facebook page.

Who said that? Black History Month contest

Match the African American heroes to their equally famous quotations at the Austintown library during library hours in February. A winner will be selected from the correct entries to receive a prize. This is for children, tweens and teens.

Pre-Kindergarten story time

This program is for 4- and 5-years-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. You will use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten at the Austintown library every Wednesday in February 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 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at the Austintown library every Tuesday in February at 10 a.m.

Grab and go craft for February

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

Guess the picture book

Can you guess the picture book from the cut up cover? One winner chosen at random from correct entries at the Austintown library during library hours in February. This event is for children of all ages.

Lego Mindstorms Robots, part one

Discover how to build, program and test Lego Mindstorms Robots at the Austintown library on Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Children will work through the stages of building and programming the robots with a break to eat. Bring a packed lunch. This event is for grades 3-7. Sign up by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Boardman library. Space is limited.

Do you have a book crush?

Do you have a book crush? Tell the Austintown library about it during library hours in February. This event is for grades 6-12.

Tales and talk for 2’s and 3’s

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

Get one-on-one assistance from library

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 wide 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 This is for teens and adults.

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