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Published: Fri, May 12, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

New business lectures series kicks off on May 22

SCORE Youngstown recently announced a new business lecture series called “From Bagels to Business.” Entrepreneurs will enjoy Kravitz bagels and coffee, while learning about current information designed to support small business success. Mark Cole of Mark Cole Insurance Agency, will launch this series with “Effective Networking for Leaders” on May 22 from 9-10:30 p.m. at Kravitz Deli, located at 3135 Belmont Ave. in Liberty. Cole serves as a Score mentor, current Chair of the Regional Chamber’s Ambassador to the Community Committee, is active in many local organizations and brings more than 30 years of experience to his presentation. Author of “The Only Book on Business You’ll Ever Need,” he enjoys sharing his small business tips and strategies with others. This program is open and free to the public, and is sponsored by Kravitz Deli. Reservations appreciated but not required. Call 330-941-2948, email ysuscore@yahoo.com or visit www.youngstown.score.org. SCORE provides free and confidential mentoring from successful and experienced business executives on marketing, social media, business plans and more. You can “like” the group on Facebook. SCORE is the volunteer branch of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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.

Friendly Squares to have dance and pie

The Niles Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on May 13 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. Susan Elaine Packer is scheduled to be the guest caller for the evening. It is the annual pie night, so join the group for square dancing and pie. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

YAPA to have May event

The Youngstown Alumnae Panhellenic Association (YAPA) will host a senior soire event at Selah Restaurant, located at 130 S. Bridge Street in Struthers, on May 25 at 7 p.m. for sorority alumnae that are interested in continuing their sisterhood. Light refreshments will be provided. YAPA allows for friendships with your sorority alumnae and Panhellenic sisters, leadership development, fun events such as sisterhoods and socials, and enriching activities throughout the year. YAPA has been building the bonds of Panhellenic sisterhood for ninety-one years. The group has raised funds for collegiate Greek women, local nonprofit organizations and currently is committed to raise funds toward its endowment for its scholarship. YAPA has received a Citation of Merit for programming for the third straight year from the National Panhellenic Conference and a Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Programming in 2015 for collegiate alumnae Panhellenic relations, activities and events. Youngstown Alumnae Panhellenic Association provides lifelong involvement for Greek alumnae women and supports collegiate Greek women. If you are interested in attending, RSVP by May 15 to yoalumpanhel@gmail.com or visit the group’s website, www.youngstownalumnaepanhellenic.weebly.com, to obtain a membership form.

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.

Monday Night Writers meeting scheduled for May 15

The next meeting of Monday Night Writers will be May 15 from 6-8 p.m. in the Small Meeting Room at the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, located at 43 W Main Street in Canfield. Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend. Led by professional writer Nancy Christie, author of “Traveling Left Of Center And Other Stories,” the two-hour sessions offer an opportunity for members to get group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’ For more information, contact Nancy Christie at nancy@nancychristie.com.

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.

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 AustintownNightOut@gmail.com. More information can also be found on Austintown Night Out’s Facebook page.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 www.LibraryVisit.org/Book-a-Librarian. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blood drive at the library

There will be a blood drive at the Austintown library on 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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