Mill Creek chapter to meet in June
The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its June 13 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield beginning with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu for the evening includes baked ham, kielbasa with sauerkraut, pierogies, peas and carrots, salad, tomato, pepper and onion salad, and jello. Strawberry mousse will be served for dessert. The cost is $18. Reservations are due by May 31 to either Darlene Demjem at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527. The speaker for the June 13 meeting will Paul Miletta from Torrie’s Academy of Dance. He developed and teaches a class of dancers with physical and/or mental disabilities. The public is welcome.
Local church to host Trash and Treasure sale
Grace Lutheran Church will host its Trash and Treasure sale on May 20 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the church, located at 162 S. Raccoon Road. There will be a variety of things for sale, such as household goods, tools, books, clothes, collectables and other items. Lunch, baked goods and refreshments will be available. Proceeds of the sale are used by the men’s group to fund improvement of maintenance projects around the church. Entrance of the sale area is in the rear of the church.
Square dance to be June 3
On June 3, the North Bloomfield Historical Society will host a square dance at the Town Hall, located at State Route 45 and State Route 87 from 7-9:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 per person. No dancing experience is necessary. For more information, call 330-506-3370.
Meet best-selling author Sara Shepard
Join the Austintown library on June 13 at 2 p.m. for a special presentation by Sara Shepard, New York Times best-selling author of the “Pretty Little Liars” series. Books will be sold at the event. This event is for teens and adults. No reservations are needed.
Green Team presents “One Child, One Planet”
Join Peg Flynn and Kim Lewis of the Mahoning County Green Team at the Austitnown library on June 28 at 10 a.m. as they present “One Child, One Planet” by Bridget McGovern Llewellyn and Carl R. Sams II during the Summer Reading program. Each page of this book offers suggestions for young and old alike on ways we can appreciate and take care of our precious planet. After reading the story, program participants will create a craft with recovered material and will receive an activity book and information to share with their parents. This program is recommended for children in grades Pre-K through 5.
Acupuncture Happy Hour to be May 25
Improve your physical and mental well-being by joining Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center’s monthly acupuncture ”happy hour” on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Wind down from the work week and everyday hustle with a relaxing acupuncture session with Valentina Khoury Dubasik, ND, LOM. Call 330-729-1350 or go to OhioND.com to reserve your spot. The cost is $20. Seating is limited. The center’s address is 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex).
Local animal rescues to have basket raffle
Legacy Dog Rescue and Never Muzzled are hosting a Basket Raffle on May 20 at The Federal, located at 110 W Federal St. in Youngstown. The event will be from 12–5:30 p.m. with baskets being drawn promptly at 5:30 p.m. One hundred baskets and/or gift cards will be raffled off and the winner need not be present at the drawing. Come out, have lunch or dinner and work together to help the forgotten dogs of the Valley. Fifteen percent of all food sales will be donated back. For more information, contact Jenn at 330-719-5569 or follow the organizations on Facebook.
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/.
Our Zoo to You program
Come to the Austintown library on June 21 at 2 p.m. and make some animal friends from the Our Zoo to You program. Children will be able to see and touch a variety of exotic animals during our visit with the Our Zoo to You traveling petting zoo. This event is for children of all ages.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.com or visit the group’s website, www.youngstownalumnaepanhellenic.weebly.com, to obtain a membership form.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 28 and 29 (Memorial Day).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.youngstownitalianfest.org/ or by contacting Deborah Mottle at email@example.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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tales and talk for 2s & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.