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Cardinal Mooney High School Minority Alumni Council announces reunion weekend

The CMHS Minority Alumni Council recently announced the inaugural MAC All-Class Reunion, which will take place throughout the weekend of Oct. 20-22. The MAC invites all Cardinal Mooney alumni to join in the three-day celebration, which will feature a variety of activities and opportunities to visit with old friends, meet new ones and reconnect with the Mooney Family. All funds raised during the reunion weekend will be used by the MAC’s Scholarship Fund, which directly benefits deserving CMHS students by providing money for athletic and academic fees, tuition assistance, college textbooks and more. The weekend will kick off on Oct. 20 with a casual tailgating event leading up to the Mooney versus Ursuline homecoming game. On Oct. 21, reunion attendees are invited to visit CMHS early in the day for tours. In the evening, alumni will join together at the MAC Scholarship Gala to socialize and network while enjoying upscale dining, cocktails and dancing. On Oct. 22, the weekend will close with the Minority Alumni Council’s Annual Meeting and a Farewell Brunch. Tickets are available now, and can be purchased by visiting Accommodations for MAC reunion weekend attendees are available at a discounted rate at the Holiday Inn Boardman South, which will serve as the event’s host hotel. Any reunion questions or comments should be directed to

Local newcomers group to meet

The Newcomers of Mahoning Valley will meet on Oct. 25 at Caf Augustine in the Newport library at, located at 3730 Market Street. There will be a select menu and hostesses are Pat Marshall and Jean Callahan. The program will be a talk by Traci Manning of the Ohio Historical Society. She will speak on clothing styles in the past of Mahoning County. The social gathering is at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. For more information about the organization or reservations, call Jorine at 330-757-7212 or Barbara at 330-758-3934.

Fall 2017 Senior Citizens Dinner

Food, fun and entertainment are in store for Austintown seniors who are ages 65 and older on Oct. 25 for the Fall Senior Citizens Dinner. Tickets for the senior dinner are $2 and advance reservations are required. Call 330-797-3919 by Oct. 20 to reserve your seat. 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 choir will entertain throughout the dinner.

Austintown Bounce hosts Halloween event

Austintown Bounce is having its Halloween Party on Oct. 14 from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $7 and includes popcorn, a small drink, a treat bag, a Halloween parade and unlimited play. There will be games and prizes. The event is sponsored by Home Savings Bank. Austintown Bounce’s location is 4317 Kirk Road in Austintown.

Coffee and conversation with superintendent

Austintown Superintendent Vincent Colaluca will be hosting his second “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent” event on Nov. 8 at the Austintown Perkins on Interstate Boulevard. Coffee and Conversation will allow community members to meet Colaluca, have face to face interaction and ask questions based on that month’s topic. Those who are unable to attend will be able to listen in via Facebook Live and DRUND Live. November’s topic will be the Local Report Card. Coffee and Conversation takes place every other month at various locations around the Austintown community.

Coupon Swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in during library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.

Special offer at Chipotle

If you have a library card with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC), Chipotle is offering buy-one/get-one burritos, bowls, tacos or salads at participating locations to customers showing their PLYMC library card. The offer is valid on Oct. 18 only, from 10:45 a.m until 10 p.m. Participating Chipotle locations are: Austintown at 5553 Mahoning Ave., Boardman at 525 Boardman-Poland Road, Canfield at 4542 Boardman-Canfield Road, Niles at 1922 Niles-Cortland Road or Mt. Union Alliance at 1630 State St.

Friends of the Library to have meeting

The Austintown Friends will host First Ladies Mary Todd Lincoln (Debbie Weinkamer) and Lacretia Garfield (Marian King) for “Beyond the Veil: Spiritualism and the Widowed First Ladies” at the Austintown library on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. The presentation will be followed by meeting.

Fundraise and shop with softball booster bus trip

The Canfield High School Softball Boosters are hosting their third annual New York City Holiday Shopping and Tourist Site Blitz Dec. 15-17. Spend the day as you wish or join the group at the scheduled bus drop-off and pick-up points (approximate 2.5 hour intervals), including Rockefeller Center, Battery Park (9/11 Memorial), Union Square, Garment District and Times Square. The cost is $139 per person if paid in full by Oct. 21, $134 per person for repeat travelers and $149 per person without a discount. All payments are due by Nov. 15 and no refunds will be issued after this date. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. This is a round-trip from Canfield High School to New York City. For more information and reservations, contact Treasurer John Gomez at 330-402-4784 or

Monday Night Writers meeting scheduled for Oct. 16

The next meeting of Monday Night Writers will be on Oct. 16, 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 Gifts of Change” and “Rut-Busting Book for Writers,” the two-hour sessions offer an opportunity for members to get group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’ Christie will also be discussing plans for the upcoming “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day event in December. For more information, contact Nancy Christie at

Shoe donation aims to help hurricane victims

Doctors Lawrence Karlock, Catherine Karlock, John Flauto, Joseph Arters and Darleen Abadco, and the staff at Austintown Podiatry Associates are looking to help the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They are collecting shoes to donate to the victims who have lost their footwear. If you would like to participate, donate shoes at one of the three offices: 1300 South Canfield-Niles Road, Suite 1, in Austintown; 7010 South Ave., Suite 3, in Boardman or 3802 Elm Road in Warren.

Finish the scary story

If you enjoy writing and creating or just love horror and anything scary, show the Austintown library what your imagination can do by finishing off its scary story. You can find the beginning of the story and full details/directions at the Austintown library during the month of October, or on its Facebook page (Library Mahoning County). Submissions can be sent via email to or cab be dropped off at the Austintown library. One winner will be announced at the end of the month. This event is for adults.

Turn the page with other book lovers

If you love books or are looking for a good read, hear what others are reading and share your favorite read at the Austintown library on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., or just come in and join the fun at the Page Turners book club. This event is for adults.

Friendly Squares have Halloween dance on Oct. 14

The Friendly Squares will host its monthly square dance on Oct. 14 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State Street in Niles. Neil Harner will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. The theme for the dance is Halloween. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Cider and donuts will be served by the refreshment committee. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Book a librarian

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, 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, such as learning to use a computer, email, the internet, downloading e-books and audiobooks, researching a topic, discovering new books and authors and business, non-profit or genealogy help. To schedule an appointment, visit any library, call 330-744-8636 or go online at for library hours at any library.

Word for beginners

Learn very basic computer skills involving the Microsoft Office Word program on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library. This is a beginner’s class that will cover cut and paste and the Word menus. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register and specify library and Basic Microsoft Word Class. This event is for adults.

Create paper crafts at the library

Join the Austintown library every month for Paper Crafting Corner to learn how to create a different paper craft. The next event will be Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. Register with the library to join.

Join Art with Andrea

If you have always wanted to create your very own painting, join the Austintown library on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and they will take you step-by-step to create your very own work of art. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults and teens.

Library hosts annual memorial contest

The ninth annual Danielle Scott Memorial Writing Contest is running from Oct. 1-31 this year. Danielle Scott was a beloved Teen Advisory Board member who lost her battle to cancer. The libraries are sponsoring the ninth annual Danielle Scott Memorial Writing Contest to honor Danielle and her love of writing. The format of the writing contest this year is a six-word memoir. A Six-Word Memoir Æ is the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words. Entries may be submitted online at or on standard 8 inch by 11 inch paper to any public library in Mahoning County by Oct. 31. If you submit your entry online, select the writing type (poem) and be sure to include your phone number. Hard copies must be typed. Be sure to include your name, telephone number, grade and school on your entry. Entries are not returnable. One winner will be chosen and will be awarded a plaque and a monetary prize. Eligibility: All entrants must be in grades 7-12 and either live in or attend school in Mahoning County.

Finish the Scary Story

If you enjoy writing and creating or just love horror and anything scary, show the Austintown library what your imagination can do by finishing off its scary story. You can find the beginning of the story and full details/directions at the Austintown library, or on the library’s Facebook page (Library Mahoning County). Submissions can be sent via email to or can be dropped off at the Austintown library during the month of October. One winner will be announced at the end of the month. This event is for teens.

Quarter auction presented to benefit local charities

The GFWC/Ohio Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League is hosting its second Quarter Auction on Oct. 21 at Saint Nicholas Social Hall, located at 764 Fifth Street in Struthers. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bidding starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and the proceeds will benefit local charities. Chips, popcorn, water and soda will be available for purchase. Bring your quarters, friends and have some fun. For questions or tickets, call RoseAnn Winner or Tina Bellino at 330-314-4858, Quarter Auction Chairwomen. Tickets are also available from league members.

Fitch orchestra in need of instrument donations

The Fitch High School orchestra program is asking the community for instrument donations for students unable to rent or buy their own. Orchestra Instructor Sara Eliser said she is specifically looking for violins, violas, cellos and double basses to grow the orchestra program. All donations can be brought to Fitch High School and would be greatly appreciated by the students of the program.

Night at the Races event announced

Friends of Fido and Legacy Dog Rescue will host a Night at the Races on Oct. 14 at the Saxon Club, located at 710 S. Meridian Road in Youngstown. The doors will open at 6 p.m., with the first race running at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. In addition to the Chinese Auction, there will be a 50/50 raffle, lottery tree, food and alcohol for sale. Pre sale tickets are available now. Call Jenn at 330-719-5569 or Shirley at 330-720-7216 if you would like to purchase yours early. Friends of Fido and Legacy Dog Rescue are both 501 (3) nonprofit organizations. All contributions to either organization are tax deductible.

Bring the family to Halloween story time

Enjoy Halloween stories, activities and snacks. Come in costume and you will trick or treat throughout the library. This event is for children of all ages at the Austintown library and will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.

Use your thinking skills

Can you guess the picture book from the cut up cover at the Austintown library? One winner chosen at random from correct entries. This event is for children of all ages during library hours for the month of October.

Get up and move at the library

Gotta Move Story Time is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Austintown library 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, dance, talk and play every Thursday in October at 10 a.m.

Celebrate Goosebumps’ 25th anniversary

Join the Austintown library for thrills and chills as they celebrate the series written by R.L. Stine on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. It will be a monstrous good time with games, activities and spooky treats. Come...if you dare! This event is for school-age children.

Take your tot to Tales and Talk

Join the Austintown library for a Baby Brilliant program with developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. This program runs every Wednesday at the library at 10 a.m.

Bond with babies and books

Join the Austintown library for Baby Brilliant, a program 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. This event is for babies at the Austintown library, every Tuesday in October at 10 a.m.

Join the library for pre-k 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 every Wednesday in October at 11:30 a.m.

Prepare for kindergarten through play

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 at the Austintown library on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Activities will vary at each program. This is for ages 2-6 and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Win a tickets to Disney Live at Covelli Center

Go to any PLYMC library to color a picture and enter a drawing to win four tickets (a family pack) to the 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 performance of Disney Live’s “Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic.” The contest runs from Oct. 2-19. Each library in the system will have its own drawing during regular library hours.

Get the latest in e-health technology

If you have questions about a fitness tracker, a Bluetooth blood pressure cuff or a mobile EKG, try out the latest devices before you invest at the Austintown library on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. Holly Klingler will demonstrate the latest e-health technology, discuss current findings and articles about their effectiveness and show free apps that can help you get and stay healthy. This program is for adults.

Spot internet romance scams with Sisterhood Hunters

Does that special someone you connect with online seem too good to be true? Is your family member or friend considering sending money to a “soul mate” that they met on the internet? Join the Austintown library on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. and welcome the Sisterhood Hunters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending romance scams by scouring the internet to expose scammers. Gain valuable information on how these individuals steal millions of dollars a year from unsuspecting victims and how the Sisterhood works to shut them down.

Solve a murder mystery at the library

“Real Murders” are occurring at the library. The latest is the murder of Charlaine Schulz. “Last Scene Alive” at “the Julius House” and later found dead at the Austintown library. Someone clearly had “a Bone to Pick” with her, but who? Prizes awarded to the Best Guess and Best Dressed, so put on your thinking caps and “Teagarden” party hats. Registration is required. (Knowledge of the Aurora Teagarden Mystery books is not necessary; all information needed to solve the crime will be provided). This event is for adults and will take place on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.

Something new for the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus #3930 will be sponsoring a Swiss Steak dinner on Oct. 15 in the Parish Center, located at 4500 Norquest Blvd. in Austintown, from 12-6 p.m. All dinners include Swiss steak, real mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, salad, bread and butter, desserts and beverages. Dinners cost $8 for a 5 ounce steak and $10 for a 10 ounce steak. Choose dine-in or surbside service. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction. To pre-order or for more information, contact Erick at 330-953-1088.

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.

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 at the Oxford House, located at 30 Benton Road in Salem. This location is handicapped accessible. On Thursdays, a meeting will take place 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. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, a meeting will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, located at 1181 Churchill-Hubbard Road in Youngstown. This location is also 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.

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