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Coffee with the Master Gardeners – Native Plants

Do youwant to know how to enhance your landscape with native plant varieties? If so, join the Mahoning County Master Gardeners for some coffee and refreshments while learning about Ohio’s many native plants. This program will take place on June 19, and starts at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments and continues with an educational program from 10 a.m. until noon. Program speakers Sheila Cubick, Peg Zeleznik and Kary Shively, Mahoning County Master Gardener Volunteers, will demonstrate how native plants can add variety to a landscape. Registration for this event is $15, which includes coffee, a light breakfast and program handouts. Registration can be mailed or dropped off at Mahoning County Extension, located at 490 S. Broad St. in Canfield. Seating is limited and is filled on a first come, first serve basis, so register early. For more registration and program information, contact Mahoning County Extension at 330-533-5538 or visit

Poland Historical Society to meet

The Poland Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on May 15 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road (State Route 224) in Poland Township. The presenter for the 7:30 p.m. program will be Mark Dolak, a volunteer with the Mill Creek Metro Parks. Dolak will talk about the history of Mill Creek Park beginning with the founder, Volney Rogers, and his contributions starting in 1880 up to the present day of the park.

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 or visit 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).

Coffee with the Mahoning County Master Gardeners – Gardening with Children

Join the Master Gardener volunteers on May 15 to get some fun ideas for gardening with children. This program will start at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments and will continue with an educational program from 10 a.m. until noon. Program speaker Sheila Cubick, Mahoning County Master Gardener Volunteer, will teach participants how to engage children with planting and tending to a garden. Registration for this event is $15, which includes coffee, a light breakfast and program handouts. Registration can be mailed or dropped off at Mahoning County Extension, located 490 S. Broad St. in Canfield. Seating is limited and is filled on a first come, first serve basis, so register early. For more registration and program information, contact Mahoning County Extension at 330-533-5538 or visit

CVMS students raise money for Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley

Canfield Village Middle School seventh-grade students, Emma Dodig-Drahotusky, Jackie Kinnick and Karley D’Apolito, have completed their A.C.E project to help the community. The A.C.E. (Ambitious Citizens for Empathy) program is an initiative taken on by the gifted children of CVMS to help the community. Dodig-Drahotusky, Kinnick and D’Apolito decided to raise money for the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley. The girls had an art and bake sale at the Canfield Lions Club Craft show on April 1. Dodig-Drahotusky drew all of the art, and JKinnick and D’Apolito supplied the baked goods for the sale. The three ended up raising $400, which was presented to Crystal Eckman, on the behalf of the Rescue Mission on April 28. Dodig-Drahotusky, Kinnick and D’Apolito thank the people of the community for buying their art and baked goods, because without their support they would have never been able to reach their goal.

White House Fruit Farm to celebrate Bonnie’s Birthday on May 13

White House Fruit Farm of Canfield will be celebrating “Bonnie’s Birthday” on May 13 from 12-3 p.m. There will be food and family activities. Pet rescue organizations will be on hand and dogs will be available for adoption and White House will be sponsoring a portion of the first three adoptions in Bonnie’s memory. White House will be accepting dog-friendly donations and all presents and financial contributions will be donated to Friends of Fido. White House Fruit Farms is located 10 minutes south of Canfield on Route 62.

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 or visit the group’s website,, 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

CVMS band members earn superior ratings

On March 25, 39 members of the Canfield Village Middle School band program participated in 33 events at the annual Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 5 Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event. This year’s event took place at Struthers High School. The OMEA Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event is an opportunity for middle school instrumental and vocal students to perform before an adjudicator and be evaluated on that performance. The students enter in a variety of events from solo performances to large ensembles. Each event is evaluated and awarded a rating. The rating system used is “I” for a superior performance, “II” for an outstanding performance, “III” for an acceptable performance, “IV” for a poor performance and “V” for a very poor performance. Canfield Village Middle School Band earned 32 “Superior” and 1 “Outstanding” ratings.

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.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.

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

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.

MCCTC Students Open Green House for Spring Plant Sale

The Spring Plant Sale, sponsored by the Floral Design and Landscaping programs at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, has started selling their plants. Students have prepared items including assorted annuals, hanging baskets and patio planters. Flats of flowers are also available. The Green House, located at 7300 N Palmyra Road in Canfield, will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, until May 19. Items are limited so shop early for the best selections. For more information on the Spring Plant Sale, contact Mary June Emerson at 330-729-4000 ext. 1671.

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).

Craft show and bake sale to be May 13

There will be a craft show and bake sale at Lord of Life Church, located at 550 N. Broad Street in Canfield, on May 13 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Items include hand-made crafts, jewelry, vintage clothing, candles, candy, American Girl doll clothing, vintage prints, wood paintings, teamology item, hand-made baby clothing, shirts, ceramics, art works by Renee and more. There will also be a Chinese auction. Parking and admission are free. Call 330-533-3531 with any questions. All are welcome.

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.

Coloring for grown-ups

Join the Canfield library on May 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. and tap into your creative side with the newest relaxation craze: coloring for grown-ups. Colored pencils and markers will be provided, along with intricate abstract and themed design sheets. This program is for teens and adults only.

Crayon art

Do you want to learn how to create your own masterpiece using crayons? Join the Canfield library on May 25 at 6:30 p.m., where you will get to create your own crayon art that you will get to take home that day. Space is limited and registration is required at 330-744-8636. This event is for adults and teens.

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 Canfield library during the month of May to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Dig into gardening

Learn 10 easy steps for starting a garden at the Canfield library on May 13 at 11 a.m. Then get started right away: participants will receive free cuttings from a hosta plant. Register to reserve your plant. This event is for adults.

Celebrity book club to meet

Catch up on all the juicy celebrity gossip at the Canfield library on May 22 at 11 a.m. The group will discuss books by or about famous people. Or even books that made people famous. The selection this month is “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. This event is for adults.

Off the shelves

Attend this monthly book club at the Canfield library on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss titles chosen “off the shelves” of the Canfield library’s Book Club room. May will feature “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. This event is for adults.

Blood pressure screening at the library

There will be a blood pressure screening by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association at the Canfield library on May 17 from 1-2 p.m.

Chair yoga class

Friends of PLYMC sponsors a Chair Yoga class every Friday at 10 a.m. at the Canfield library. Pay as you attend at $10 a session. For more information, call 330-740-6086. This event is for adults.

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:

STEAM Saturday: optical illusion art

Try your hand at tricking the eye on May 20 at 11 a.m. at the Canfield library. Create a colorful piece of optical illusion art that will make you look twice. All materials are provided. This event is for children in fourth- through sixth-graders.

Bonding with babies and books

This program 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 every Thursday in May at 10 a.m. at the Canfield library.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Canfield library every Tuesday 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.

Family story time

Bring the whole family for stories, games, crafts and fun for all ages at the Canfield library on May 23 at 6 p.m.

Gotta move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Canfield library every Wednesday in May at 10 and 11:30 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.

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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