Holiday closing at libraries
All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for Independence Day, on July 4.
Arabian nights and tales
Eight high school actors will take on beloved Arabian fairy tale characters to deliver wonderful fairy tales at the Austintown library on July 1 at 11 a.m. This event is for children of all ages.
Party with Captain Underpants
Captain Underpants fans: join the Austintown library on July 21 at 10 a.m. for a Tra-la-la-mendous time as they celebrate with games, activities and crafts. This event is for school-age children.
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 on July 11, 18 and 25 at 10 a.m.
Build and go craft
Make a craft at the Austintown library during regular hours in June through August to take home. This event is for children of all ages.
“The Princess and the Pea” performance
Join the Austintown library on July 26 at 10 a.m. for a special performance of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” presented by the Youngstown Playhouse Youth Theatre. This event is for children of all ages.
Pre-kindergarten story time
This program, at the Austintown library on July 5 at 11:30 a.m., 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.
Tales and talk for 2’s and 3’s
Join the Austintown library on July 5 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.
Family game night
Bring the family to the Austintown library on July 20 at 6 p.m. for a good time. There will be a variety of board games, as well as some oversize games to share. Come for part, or all of the two hours. This event promises to be fun for the whole family.
Build a better you
Join the Austintown library on July 12 at 10 a.m. as they demonstrate the healing power of yoga and healthy living through stories and movement for preschoolers, ages 2-5.
Visit with special canine guests while enjoying snacks, crafts, games and a drool-worthy “mud bath” (chocolate fountain) at the Austintown library on July 19 at 11 a.m. Bring a picture of your favorite furry friend to put on display at the library. Make the world a better place for our canine friends. All ages are welcome.
Test your building and design skills using Dominoes, Q-BA-Mazes, Zoobs and more at the Austintown library on July 20 from 2-4 p.m. Go to the library to create different structures that can survive challenges. This event is for those in 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 July 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.
Go to the Austintown library on July 8 at 10 a.m. and have fun building life-size creations all your own. This event is for children of all ages.
Stuffed animal sleepover
Bring your favorite stuffed buddy to the Austintown library on July 13 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening story time for the whole family. After the program, kiss your stuffed animal goodnight since they get to continue the fun and sleep at the library. Pick them up on Friday, along with some pictures of their late-night library adventures. This event is for all ages. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Lego my library
Meet at the Austintown library on July 5 at 6 p.m. and July 28 at 3 p.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.
Lego WeDo Robots
Learn about Lego WeDo Robots at the Austintown library on July 7 from 10 a.m. until noon. Children will work through the stages of building and programming the robots. This event is for grades 1-3. Call 330-744-8636 to register, space is limited.
Get to the Austintown library on July 14 at 2 p.m. for an hour of larger than life competition. Battle other teens in Giant Jenga, Yahtzee, Connect 4 and Dominoes to see who will be crowned the Giant Champion. The winner gets the first slice of pizza. This event is for teens entering grades 6-12. Snacks are provided.
Kindness Rocks at the library
The Kindness Rocks Project was started by a woman in Cape Cod with the goal to help spread inspiration by hiding “kindness rocks” on the beach. Help spread kindness and join the Austintown library as they paint rocks with encouraging messages and happy pictures on July 29 at 2 p.m. Then hide them in plain sight in public places for others to find or give one to someone for inspiration. Call 330-744-8636 to reserve your spot. This event is for tweens, teens and adults.
Summer writing contest: short shorts
Short stories deliver a powerful punch without dragging on for pages. The Austintown library will let you use 1,500 words max for this particular contest, taking place during regular hours throughout July. Entries must be typed and submitted by July 31. The winner, as voted on by library staff, receives a Barnes and Noble gift card. This event is for teens entering grades 7-12.
Strategy board games at the library
Go to the Austintown library on July 15 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.
Paper crafting corner
Join the Austintown library every month to learn how to create a different paper craft. This month’s event will be on July 28 at 11 a.m. You must register. This event is for adults.
Stamping with Cindy
Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools at the Austintown library on July 24 at 2 and 6 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. This event is for adults.
Watercolor with Andrea
Join the Austintown library on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. and they will take you step by step to create your very own watercolor work of art. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults and teens.
Movies at the library
Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie on July 25 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 computer class
Learn very basic computer skills at the Austintown library on July 17 at 10 a.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover use of a mouse, computer terms and simple internet use. Space is limited to five. Call to register 330-744-8636 and specify library and Basic Computer Class. This event is for adults.
Page Turners book club
If you love books or are looking for a good read, attend the Page Turners book club meeting on July 19 from 6-7 p.m. at the Austintown library. Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just join the fun. This event is for adults.
...And the Rest is History book club
Join the Austintown library on July 3 at 10 a.m. for lively discussions of the group’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
If you love books, check out the Austintown library’s Chapter Chat Book Club on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. 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 this book club at the Austintown library on July 11 at 6 p.m. to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery find. This event is for adults.
There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross on July 18 from 1-6 p.m. and July 22 from 10:30 until 3 p.m. at the Austintown library. The blood drive will serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. They are taking blood donations to help the community. 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 Austintown library hours during July 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 July 10 at 6 p.m.
Annual bike run to be July 16
All About the Pawz and West Side Cats are hosting the sixth annual Bike Run on July 16 at Austintown Township Park, located at 6000 Kirk Road in Austintown. The cost to participate is $15 per bike, $5 per passenger and $10 per bike show entry. The event will include a free concert and family fun day, starring Amanda Jones and Ron Hamrick. There will be refreshments, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, prizes, trophies and more.
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 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.
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: email@example.com.