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Auditions to take place May 7 and 8

The Vic recently announced auditions for its annual summer production, C.S. Lewis’s fantasy classic, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” This adaptation was dramatized by Joseph Robinette and directing is Sam Luptak, Jr. This production provides roles for adults, teens and children as young as 5-years-old. Experienced and first timers are welcome and encouraged to participate. Auditions will take place on May 7 and 8 at 5 p.m. Call backs, if necessary, will take place on May 11 at 6 p.m. Rehearsals will begin on June 5. Production dates are July 14, 15, 21, 22 and 23. If you have questions or need to schedule another time, call the director at 330-207-3483.

Fellows to host Mother’s Day brunch

There will be a Mother’s Day brunch at Fellows Riverside Gardens on May 14. There will be two seatings, one at noon and another at 3 p.m. The menu will include fresh fruit, tossed salad, sweet rolls and Kravitz bagels, a made-to-order omlette bar, applewood smoked bacon, a carving station with turkey breast and certified Angus prime rib, haddock Francaise, chicken marsala, chicken tenders, stuffed cabbage, steamed green beans, macaroni and cheese, tortellini in vodka sauce and desserts of assorted pies, brownies and cheesecakes. The cost is $28 for adults after tax and gratuity, $14 for children ages 12-5 after tax and gratuity and free for children ages 4 and younger. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Kravitz Garden Cafe at 330-779-8201.

Pancake, sausage and egg breakfast to be May 13

There will be a free pancake, sausage and egg breakfast on May 13 from 9-11 a.m. at Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road (at the corner of Kirk Road and State Route 46) in Austintown. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will go toward world service projects.

Knights of Columbus to host quarter auction fundraiser

The Knights of Columbus Msgr. Lettau Assembly 2596 will host a Quarter Auction fundraiser on May 13 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the IHM Parish Center, located at 4500 Norquest Blvd. in Austintown. The cost to participate is $10 and includes an auction paddle, coffee, pop, water and a great evening. Bid one, two, three or four quarters on a variety of gift baskets and gift cards. Bring quarters, snacks and your own beverages. For tickets, call Tony Velasco at 330-207-4801 or John Mashiska at 330-519-6753. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Local church hosts community outreach dinner

The Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road (at the corner of Kirk Road and State Route 46) in Austintown, will host a Supper at the Corner event on May 18 from 4:30-6 p.m. This supper is free as a community outreach of the church and open to all. Donations will be accepted to continue this program.

Spaghetti dinner to be May 7

Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus #3930 is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner on May 7 from 12-5 p.m. at the parish center, located at 4590 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown. The menu consists of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, dessert and beverages. The cost for adults is $7, $3.50 for children who are ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

Local church to host 100th anniversary celebration

Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted Church, located at 517 S. Belle Vista Ave in Youngstown, will host the 100th Anniversary of Fatima Celebration on May 13. There will be a Rosary from 10:30 a.m. until noon and a Mass at noon. There will also be a procession and presentation of flowers to Our Lady of Fatima in the woods and a lunch, compliments of the Shrine. The bookstore will be open and special items in memory of the day will be available.

Knitting guild to meet

The Western Reserve Knitting Guild will meet May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Community Building in Fair Park in Canfield. Jen Kendall will present a program on Knitted Edgings. There will be a collection of much needed household items to be donated to Beatitude House, along with handmade blankets from the Warm Up America program. Anyone interested in the guild’s work, joining the guild or donating towards the guild’s charity work can contact

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

Saxon Club hosts flea market

The Saxon Club, located at 710 South Meridian Road in Austintown, will host a flea market, beginning on May 2 and running each Tuesday into November, weather permitting. The flea market will begin at 8 a.m. (venders may set up early) and it will end at 2 p.m. Large spaces are available to venders at the cost of $5 per space. A variety of items will be available to purchase, including household good, books and more. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from the flea market will be used to maintain the Saxon Club parking lot.

Book a librarian during the month of May

If you would like a personal introduction to resources available at the library or need more time with a librarian than you can get over the phone or if you just walk in, make an appointment to book a library during the month of May. 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 variety of library services, including learning to use a computer, email or the internet; downloading e-books and audiobooks; researching a topic; discovering new books and authors to read and enjoy and business, non-profit or genealogy help. To schedule an appointment, visit any library, call 330-744-8636 or go online at This event is for senior adults, adults and teens.

Local libraries to have May closings

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on May 14, 28 and 29 (Memorial Day).

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.

Color your world

Join the Austintown library on May 11 from 6-7 p.m. for a relaxing evening of adult coloring. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own. This event is for teens and adults.

Spring senior citizens dinner to be May 11

Food, fun and entertainment are in store for Austintown seniors, 65 and older, on May 11 for the Spring Senior Citizens Dinner. Board members, student groups and school staff will serve dinner during this bi-annual event at 4 p.m. in the Fitch High School cafeteria. Students from the high school speech team will entertain throughout the dinner. Tickets for the senior dinner are $2 and advance reservations are required. Call 330-797-3919 by May 5 to reserve your seat.

Business start-up workshop

Are you thinking about starting a business in the near future or further down the road? SCORE will address key topics for beginning a business. Although business plans are created in order to obtain funding, more businesses are developing business plans for refocusing their development and mission. Learn about writing and revising a business plan for your new or established business with a member of SCORE on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. This event is for adults.

Battle of the books

Sixteen YA books will face off in head-to-head competition at the Austintown library during regular hours in May, but only one can win the Battle of the Books. Fill out and submit your book bracket to be eligible for a random prize drawing. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Teen Advisory Board to meet in May

Join the Austintown area TAB (Teen Advisory Board) on May 6 at 3 p.m. at the Austintown library. Help plan and support teen activities at the library. Meet new people and have fun. Snacks will be provided. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Strategy board games at the library

Do you like to play strategy board games? Come to the Austintown library on May 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 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 program will take place on May 26 at 11 a.m. You must register prior to the event. 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 May 22 at 11 a.m. and on May 23 at 6:30 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 is required. Call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Movies at the library

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie at the Austintown library on May 30 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.

Researching your business plan

Stuart Gibbs, Business and Investment Center Librarian, will discuss the library’s sources and services for your business start-up and beyond on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. The library will introduce print and electronic sources that can provide information for developing your business plan and explain where to find necessary statistics. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. This event is for adults.

“Invisible” ancestors: tips for finding the women in your family tree

Whether due to surname changes when they marry or because of legal and social conditions throughout history, finding the female members in your family tree often presents special problems and challenges. Attend this program on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library and acquire some tips and strategies for overcoming these limitations. This event is for adults and teens. 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.

Get connected with digital media at the library

Would you like to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices? Learn how to do just that on May 6 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library. This event is for adults.

Chapter Chat Book Club to meet

Come to the Chapter Chat Book Club on May 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library where the group will be reading and discussing a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. This month’s book is “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Coupon Swap at the library

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

Page Turners Book Club

Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read or just join the fun at the Page Turners Book Club at the Austintown library on May 17 from 6-7 p.m. This event is for adults.

Tea and Mystery Book Club

Join the Tea and Mystery Book Club on May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Austintown library to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find. This event is for adults.

Local Friends to meet in May

There will be a Friends of Austintown Library meeting on May 22 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library.

Blood drive at the library

There will be a blood drive at the Austintown library on May 2 from 1-6 p.m. and May 27 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross to serving the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Summer Discovery to be May 1 until July 31

Visit a Mahoning County public library or sign up online on or after May 1 to register for this year’s Summer Discovery Program. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World.” 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 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. And, don’t forget to check out the Happenings Newsletter or the library’s online events calendar for a schedule of exciting programs.

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 or by contacting Deborah Mottle at 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 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:

STEM stations pop up in May

There’s always something new to discover at the library. Look for the Austintown library’s interactive STEM stations on display during the month of May. With two new stations to explore each week, you’ll want to come back again and again. This event is for school-age children.

Guess the picture book

Can you guess the picture book from the cut up cover during regular hours at the Austintown library during the month of May? One winner will be chosen at random from correct entries. Children of all ages.

Grab and go craft for May

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

Playtime at your library

Prepare for Kindergarten through play at the Austintown library on May 8 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. This event is for children ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult to this one-hour program.

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 this program every Wednesday in May at the Austintown library at 11:30 a.m.

Bonding with babies and books

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

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in May 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.

Celebrate the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie

Celebrate the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” movie release on May 13 at 11 a.m. at the Austintown library. Children can test their trivia knowledge, enjoy fun games and earn Mom Bucks. This event is for school-age children.

Gotta move story time

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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