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Published: Fri, June 2, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

IHM Run Festival to be June 8

This is the annual 5K run that gets the local community festival off to a great running start. The date is set for June 8. The start time is 7 p.m. Runners, be sure to mark your calendar now so you don’t miss out on one of the longest standing 5K runs in the area. For a $10 entry fee, runners can run through local neighborhood roads and finish near the festival grounds. All runners must be registered to participate. Online registration is available at runsignup.com/race/oh/austintown/ihmfestival5k. Race day registration will start at 5 p.m. in front of the education building at 4490 Norquest Blvd. in Austintown. Visit the Facebook page for this event (Immaculate Heart of Mary Festival 5K). There are numerous photos from the past 5K runs.

Knitting Guild celebrates with Knit-In

To celebrate World Wide Knit in Public day the Western Reserve Knitting Guild will host a Knit-In at the Canfield library on June 10. Members and guests are encouraged to come and enjoy fellowship from 1-4 p.m. while working on various projects. Members are encouraged to work on the wreath project and are asked to bring two size 5 double pointed needles, size 3 straight or double pointed needles and a tapestry needle. Also you may bring a light snack to be shared with others. Coffee will be provided by the guild. The library is located at 43 W. Main Street in Canfield. This is not a library sponsored activity.

Fitch band invited to perform at National Cherry Blossom Festival

The Austintown Fitch Marching Band was selected to perform in the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington D.C. in April 14, 2018. This event draws about 1.2 million people and will be on national television. The band had to send in an application for this parade which included a cover letter, biography of the Fitch Band, completed application, pictures of the band and a video of the band in a parade performance. In the most recent years the band has marched in the NATO Festival of Nations Parade in Norfolk, the Pegasus Parade for the Kentucky Derby and last year the Festival of Characters Parade in the Magic Kingdom.

Festival rummage sale to take place in June

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, located at 4490 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown, will host its annual festival rummage sale on June 6-10 from 6-9 p.m. and on June 11 from 3-5 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Specials prices will be offered on June 11. There will also be a basket/gift card raffle. These events will take place in the school cafeteria.

Create a button bowl

Learn how to make a small decorative bowl out of buttons at the Austintown library on June 17 at 2 p.m. This event is for children in grades 6-12.

Build a better teen area

The Austintown library wants to spruce up the teen area this summer with your artwork. They have got sketch pads, colored pencils and other medium. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Art with Andrea

Have you always wanted to create your very own painting? Join the Austintown library on June 14 at 6:30 p.m. and they will take you step by step to create your very own work of art. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults and teens.

Paper crafting corner

Join the Austintown library every month to learn how to create a different paper craft. This month’s event will take place on June 30 at 11 a.m. Registration is necessary. This event is for adults.

Movies at the library

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie on June 27 at 6 p.m. at the Austintown library. 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.

Basic Microsoft Word class

Learn very basic computer skills involving the Microsoft Office Word program on June 19 at 6 p.m. at the Austintown library. This is a beginner’s class that will cover cut and paste and the Word menus. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register and specify library and Basic Word Class. This event is for adults.

Page Turners book club

If you love books and are looking for a good read, go to this book club meeting at the Austintown library on June 21 from 6-7 p.m. Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun. This event is for adults.

...And the Rest is History book club

Join the Austintown library on June 5 at 10 a.m. for lively discussions of the club’s latest readings in history and historical fiction. There are 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.

Chapter Chat book club

Go to the Austintown library on June 28 at 6:30 p.m. for 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. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Tea and Mystery book club

Join the Austintown library for this book club on June 20 at 6 p.m. where they will sip tea and discuss your latest mystery finds. This event is for adults.

Blood drive at the library

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

Coupon swap at the library

If you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have, drop in during the Austintown library hours in June through August to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Socrates Philosophy Group to meet

Join the Austintown library for the monthly Socrates Cafe’ Philosophy Group on June 12 at 6 p.m.

Seminar offered on alternatives for managing anxiety, stress and depression

There will be a free seminar on alternatives for managing anxiety, stress and depression on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. One in four women in their 40s and 50s takes an antidepressant. Too often the side effects of these medications leave people wondering if the cure is worse than the disease. You’re invited to a free seminar presented by Dr. Ted Suzelis, ND, the local leading authority on natural ways to address the genetic, environmental and dietary causes of these chemical imbalances. Call 330-729-1350 or go to OhioND.com today to reserve your spot for this free seminar. Seating is limited. The address is 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3 in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex).

Free breakfast and lunch program available for area children

Austintown Local Schools, the Board of Education and USDA will present a free breakfast and lunch program, Monday through Friday, from June 5 until Aug. 18, at Austintown Elementary School, located at 245 Idaho Road (enter from the back parking lot into the side door with the canopy). Breakfast will take place from 7:45-9 a.m. and lunch will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. All children who are ages 1-18 will be eligible to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch during those times and on those days. Menus are posted online at www.affoodservices.com. If you have any questions, call 330-797-3900, ext. 2032.

Canfield Community Concert Band hosts June 27 event

The Canfield Community Concert Band is hosting a new event, the John Philip Sousa Piccolo Palooza, on June 27 at the Austintown Township Park. The band is inviting area piccolo players to join in an epic performance of Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The band has applied to set a world record for number of piccolos playing the piece. The event is also part of the Austintown Fireworks Committee Fourth of July celebration. Players of any age are invited to sign up at the band’s website, www.canfieldccband.org. The concert begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact band president Leann Rich at lrich1216@gmail.com.

Mill Creek chapter to meet in June

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its June 13 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield beginning with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu for the evening includes baked ham, kielbasa with sauerkraut, pierogies, peas and carrots, salad, tomato, pepper and onion salad, and jello. Strawberry mousse will be served for dessert. The cost is $18. Reservations are due by May 31 to either Darlene Demjem at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527. The speaker for the June 13 meeting will Paul Miletta from Torrie’s Academy of Dance. He developed and teaches a class of dancers with physical and/or mental disabilities. The public is welcome.

YWCA of Youngstown seeks art submissions

YWCA of Youngstown is seeking donations of original art for a sale to be offered during the Women Artists: A Celebration! annual art exhibition. Pieces should measure 5 x 7 inches, and be light weight and stiff enough not to bend. Any artist, male or female, age 18 or older may contribute. Artists should affix artist’s name, address, title of work and medium to back. Pieces will be sold for $25. Artwork must be received by June 14.

Pop Art Collage Workshop with Michael Albert

Join New York pop artist Michael Albert at the Austintown library on June 27 at 2 p.m. for a collage workshop where you will create and take home your very own work of art and receive a signed sample from the artist. This event is for school-age children, teens and adults only. Registration is limited for this two-hour program. Call the library or sign up on the events calendar.

Dr. Dave’S Whiz Bang Science Show

Don’t miss Dr. Dave’s Whiz Bang Science Show at the Austintown library on June 12 at 11 a.m., where he will explain how the principles of engineering are used to build flying machines from balloons to planes to rockets. This event is for school-age children.

Pre-kindergarten story time

This program, at the Austintown library on June 7 at 11:30 a.m., is for 4- and 5-year-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.

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 June at 10 a.m.

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 on Austintown library on June 7 at 10 a.m.

Build and go craft

Children of all ages can make a craft to take home during regular hours at the Austintown library from June through August.

Build a better you

Join the Austintown library on June 14 at 10 a.m. as they demonstrate the healing power of yoga and healthy living through stories and movement for preschoolers, ages 2-5.

Engineering extravaganza

Test your building and design skills using Dominoes, Q-BA-Mazes, Zoobs and more on June 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Austintown library. Go to the library to create different structures that can survive challenges. This event is for Grades K-2.

Gotta move story time

This event is for children, ages 2-5, who are accompanied by a care-giver. Join the Austintown library every Thursday in June at 10 a.m. 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.

Lego Mindstorms Robots - part 1

Discover how to build, program and test Lego Mindstorms Robots from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on June 23 at the Austintown library (bring a packed lunch). Children will work through the stages of building and programming the robots with a break to eat. This event is for children in grades 4-7. Sign up by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the library by name. Space is limited. Part 2 will take place at the Boardman library.

Lego my library

Meet at the Austintown library on June 7 at 6 p.m. and June 30 at 3 p.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Strategy board games at the library

Come to the Austintown library on June 3 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 event is for adults and teens.

Build your own app

Build an app at the Austintown library on June 9 at 10 a.m. Learn the basics of programming your own gaming app. Name your game, customize your characters and play the finished product with a friend. You can even play at home. This event is for tweens in grades 4-6. Space is limited and registration is required.

Build your own app

Build an app at the Boardman library on June 5 at 2 p.m. Learn the basics of programming your own gaming app. Name your game, customize your characters and play the finished product with a friend. You can even play at home. This event is for tweens in grades 4-6. Space is limited and registration is required.

Square dance to be June 3

On June 3, the North Bloomfield Historical Society will host a square dance at the Town Hall, located at State Route 45 and State Route 87 from 7-9:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 per person. No dancing experience is necessary. For more information, call 330-506-3370.

Meet best-selling author Sara Shepard

Join the Austintown library on June 13 at 2 p.m. for a special presentation by Sara Shepard, New York Times best-selling author of the “Pretty Little Liars” series. Books will be sold at the event. This event is for teens and adults. No reservations are needed.

Green Team presents “One Child, One Planet”

Join Peg Flynn and Kim Lewis of the Mahoning County Green Team at the Austitnown library on June 28 at 10 a.m. as they present “One Child, One Planet” by Bridget McGovern Llewellyn and Carl R. Sams II during the Summer Reading program. Each page of this book offers suggestions for young and old alike on ways we can appreciate and take care of our precious planet. After reading the story, program participants will create a craft with recovered material and will receive an activity book and information to share with their parents. This program is recommended for children in grades Pre-K through 5.

Our Zoo to You program

Come to the Austintown library on June 21 at 2 p.m. and make some animal friends from the Our Zoo to You program. Children will be able to see and touch a variety of exotic animals during our visit with the Our Zoo to You traveling petting zoo. This event is for children of all ages.

Summer reading begin

Visit a Mahoning County public library or sign up online for this year’s Summer Discovery Program. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World!” and runs through July 31. All who register will receive free coupons, just for signing up. Children can complete activities or read books to earn prizes (while supplies last) and to earn a chance to win a gift card. Children who complete the program by July 21 will also be invited to a breakfast in July, sponsored by Home Savings and Loan and Sweeney Chevy Buick GMC, featuring Rosemary Wells, best-selling author of the Max and Ruby books. Teens and adults can read books to earn prizes (while supplies last) too and earn a chance to win a gift card. For more information, visit https://www.libraryvisit.org/our-happenings/summer-discovery/.

Austintown Park to have summer concerts

The 2017 Summer Concerts in the Park series, presented by Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Race Course, at Austintown Park will soon begin. Concerts will take place on Tuesday evenings, from 7-8:30 p.m., weather permitting. Concerts will include Sunshine Riders on June 6, the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band on June 13, the Frank Gallo Band on June 20, the Canfield Community Concert Band on June 27, The Wrangler Band on July 11, Train Wreck on July 14, Guys Without Ties on July 18, Border Ride on July 25, Blue Siren on Aug. 1, Amanda Jones and The Family Band on Aug. 8, Jim Frank Combo on Aug. 15 and Sound Bite on Aug. 22. Austintown Park is located at 6000 Kirk Road in Austintown.

Pink Ribbon Golf Classic to take place on July 17

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at the Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 17. The cost is $110 per golfer. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. The 18 hole four-person scramble will be followed by lunch and a Chinese auction and raffle. The registration and continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. 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 www.oa.org 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.

Star gazing party to be June 3

The fifth annual Bill Pearce Memorial Star Party, sponsored by The Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society, will take place on June 3 from 9-11 p.m. at Austintown Park’s Pogany Pavilion, weather permitting. The event is free and open to the public. If needed, there will be a rain date on June 16 from 9-11 p.m. As you enter the park, turn left on to the first road that will lead to Pogany Pavilion or you will be diverted in the wrong direction. Participants will be viewing the planets and deep space objects through telescopes and binoculars. It is suggested that you bring bug spray and bottled water. Questions can be directed to Rich Mattiussi by emailing mattiussi52001@yahoo.com.

Loghurst Museum to host Trunk and Treasure sale

There will be a Trunk and Treasure sale for the Canfield Heritage Foundation (Loghurst) every first and third Saturday of each month during summer, starting on May 6 (on days that the museum is open) from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with set-up from 8-9 a.m. The cost is $10 per vehicle. Vendors are able to sell from their pick-ups, trunks of their cars or whatever vehicle they have. They may use a tent/table, etc. in their space. Contact Loghurst at 330-533-4330 for more information and registration forms. If there is room, they will also accept vendors the day of the sale.

Applications for Italian festival scholarship available

This year’s applications for a Youngstown State University Scholarship from The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest may be retrieved from the festival’s website http://www.youngstownitalianfest.org/ or by contacting Deborah Mottle at mottlesmurals@gmail.com. Applicants must attend Youngstown State University and be of Italian descent in order to be eligible. The deadline for applicants is June 15, 2017.

Italian man and woman to be honored at festival, applications accepted

The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest 2017 is seeking nominations from family members or friends regarding their favorite Italian man or Italian woman. The nominees would be considered for the highest honor and if selected would be introduced in person at the festival ceremony on Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. in downtown Youngstown. Applications are available to be retrieved from the festival website at http://www.youngstownitalianfest.org/italian-man-woman-year/ or submit an essay with details regarding your nominee. The following details are recommended: name, birth date and location of birth, spouse’s name, parents names and or grandparents, sisters and brothers names, favorite past times or hobbies, what part of Italy they were from originally and what they have accomplished during the span of their life. Submit your application and essay to: Deborah Mottle 212 N Cadillac Dr. Youngstown, OH 44512 or email: mottlesmurals@gmail.com.

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.


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