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Join a fall scavenger hunt

Find all the pictures hidden in the children’s section of the library and show it to a librarian for a prize during regular library hours. The scavenger hunt is for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.

Hoarding: a simple look at a complex disorder

Molly Suehr and Rachel Cline, trained under the direction of Cory Chalmers, host of A&E’s “Hoarders” TV show will help participants understand hoarding disorder at the Austintown library on Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. The presentation will provide a definition, an idea of the prevalence of hoarders, the varying levels of hoarding and the differing hoarding types. What type of person hoards? You may be surprised. This event is for adults.

Learn the history of the cinema

On Nov. 4, Urban explorer and historian Sean T. Posey will trace the evolution of modern cinema through the rich local history of the Mahoning Valley. Event begins at 11 a.m. at the Austintown library. Books will be available for sale and no reservations will be needed.

Veteran’s concert and chili cook off coming in November

Austintown Board of Education and Austintown Fitch bands will host the sixth annual Veteran’s Concert and Chili Cook-Off on Nov. 12. The Chili Cook-Off will be from 2-4 p.m. in the Fitch Cafeteria with performances by the Fitch concert choir. The band concert will begin at 5 p.m. in the high school gymnasium and will feature close to 400 Austintown students from Austintown Middle and Fitch High School, making the performance one of of the largest veteran salutes in the area. Austintown Middle School sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands are under the direction of Jeremy McClaine, and the Fitch High School Marching Band is under the direction of Wes O’Connor. Admission for dinner and the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for children/seniors. Concert only is $5 for adults and $3 children. Admission for just the concert is free for seniors and veterans.

Local Dairy Queens to host pumpkin hunt

On Oct. 28 at noon, the Austintown Dairy Queen, located at 146 North Canfield-Niles Road in Austintown, will host a free pumpkin hunt, costume contest and pumpkin decorating. There will be candy, prizes and mini pumpkins, as well as the $5 lunch that includes a dessert before the hunt. Children ages 2-6 may choose to hang their decorations or take them home.

Saxon club hosts dinner

The Youngstown Saxon Club, located at 710 S. Meridian Road, will host its next pork-kraut dinner on Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The price of $9.50 for adults and $5 for children includes dessert and coffee, tea or pop. The public is welcome and take-outs will be available.

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

Family game day at the library

If school is out and there’s nothing to do, join the Austintown library for family game day on Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The library will have everything for you and your family to enjoy together including: board games, giant games, video games and even a basketball game. This event is fun for the whole family.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

October is grab and go

Make a craft at the Austintown library to take home. Crafts are for children of all ages. Crafts will be available 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.

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.

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.

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.

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