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Audition for local play

The Victorian Players will host auditions for “Clue, the Musical” on March 12 at 5 p.m. at the theatre, located at 702 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown. Note: this is a change in time from what was originally announced. Auditioners are asked to come prepared to sing a refrain from a show tune; bring sheet music. Dress comfortably for dance movement. Needed are four men and four women who can play ages 20-60. Performance dates are May 19-28. Call 330-533-8789 with questions or to arrange a different time. Directors are Marlene Menaldi Strollo and Nick Mulichak. Choreographer is Nick Opritza.

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.

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.

Watercolor with Andrea

Have you always wanted to paint with watercolors? Join the Austintown library on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. and they’ll take you step by step to create your very own work of art. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This class is for teens and adults.

Paper Crafting Corner

Join the Austintown library on March 31 at 11 a.m. and every month to learn how to create a different paper craft. Registration is required. This program is for adults.

Library to host movies

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie to movie night on March 28 at 6 p.m. at the Austintown library. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This is for the family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Introduction to Genealogy

This program is a basic introduction to genealogical research and will highlight methods and resources offered at the Austintown library and beyond. This class is for the beginner, but all are welcome on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. Registration for all programs is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Information Services department or simply go online and register via the library’s events calendar. This is for teens and 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 on March 29 at 6 p.m. and will feature a new genre. Call the Austintown library at 330-744-8636 to find out this month’s exciting read. This club is for 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 at the Austintown library on March 15 at 6 p.m. This club is for adults.

Socrates Caf Philosophy group

If you love philosophy and want to discuss philosophical topics, join the Austintown library on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. for Socrates Caf Philosophy Group. This is open to the public, and is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC.

Free Cone Day at DQ

March 20 from 4-7 p.m. is Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen. Celebrate spring at the DQ. Consider making a small donation to Akron Children’s Hospital, Boardman Campus, the chosen charity of this event. Participating stores include the Cornersburg DQ, located at 3555 S. Meridian Road. in Youngtown, and the Austintown DQ, located at 146 N. Canfield Niles Road in Austitnown.

ABWA Woman of the Year event to be March 14

The Mill Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will celebrate its annual Woman of the Year event on March 14 at Rachel’s Restaurant, located at 54 Westchester Drive in Austintown. A social event will take place from 6-6:30 p.m. when the new Woman of the Year will be crowned and the family and friends of this member will join for dinner. The menu is mixed garden salad, vegetable medley, oven roasted potatoes, baked chicken Italiano, roasted pork loin with Robert sauce and dessert. The cost is $22 and no reservations will be taken after March 6. Call Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 by March 6. The speaker for the evening is Randi Russell, Unit Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown. The organization is preparing for its annual basket raffle at the Ursuline Education Center on Shields Road on April 30. Watch for more information on this event to come in the coming months.

Pi Day Trail Run to be March 18

The Academy of the Arts students at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center will host the first PI Day Trail Run Challenge on the school campus on March 18. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the race will kick off at 10 a.m. The cost is $25 if you register before and $30 the day of the race. T-Shirts are guaranteed to all participants pre-registered by March 4 and a free pie will be given to every runner that finishes. You can find all of the advance registration and information at

Friendly Squares monthly dance

The Niles Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on March 11 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Dress is casual and there is a $6 donation per person at the door. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. The the theme for the night is the 50’s, so don your 50’s era apparel, if you so desire and come join the fun. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

Saxon club to have benefit dinner

The Youngstown Saxon Club’s 41st annual President’s Benefit Goulash dinner will take place on March 18 and is open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a family style dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. A donation of $16 for adults and $7.50 for children is the cost of the dinner and that includes coffee and strudel and free refreshments. There will be music, awards and raffles. Reservations are needed by March 13 and can be made by calling the Saxon Club office at 330-792-7973.

“Beauty and the Beast” scavenger hunt

Be their guest at the Austintown library during library hours in March and use clues to find your favorite characters from the up-and-coming release of the “Beauty and the Beast” movie. All participants who finish the scavenger hunt will receive a prize, and one lucky winner will be awarded a grand prize of two tickets to see the new “Beauty and the Beast” film starring Emma Watson. FThis event is for children of all ages and teens through grade 12.

Gotta move story time

Join the Austintown library every Thursday in March 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. This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver.

Strategy board games at the library

Do you like to play strategy board games? Come to the Austintown library on March 11 at 3 p.m. to play games like Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. Play what’s here or bring your own to share. This event is for teens and adults.

Tea and Mystery book club

Join the Austintown library on March 14 at 6 p.m. to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find. This club is for adults.

Guess the picture book

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

I survived

Could you survive an earthquake, a volcanic eruption or a sinking ship? Participate in activities based on Lauren Tarshis’ book series, “I Survived,” at the Austintown library on March 11 at 11 a.m. This event is for school-age children.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Austintown library on March 18 at 3 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

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.

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.

Grab and go craft for March

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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