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Coffee and conversation with Austintown Superintendent

Austintown Superintendent Vincent Colaluca will be trying something new this year, coffee and conversation. “Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent” 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. The first official “Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent” will take place on Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Eat n’ Park on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. September’s topic will be open enrollment. The coffee and conversation event will take place every other month at various locations around the Austintown community.

Voting opens for local film festival

On Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, OK, Inc. will host its fifth annual Friends4Friends Campaign Film Festival. A team of seven students from the Austintown Fitch High School Peer Leadership Council have submitted a short film being featured at the film festival. The Austintown Fitch High School short film, titled “Drawing the Line,” inspires students to Stand Up and Speak Out against sexual pressure. Voting for OK, Inc.’s 2017 Friends4Friends Short Film Award will begin on Sept. 6 at 12:01 a.m. Visit OK, Inc.’s YouTube Channel, OK_inc, and “like” your favorite short film. A “like” is a vote. The film with the most “likes” will win OK, Inc.’s 2017 Friends4Friends Short Film Award. All of the short films being featured at OK, Inc.’s Friends4Friends Campaign Film Festival were created by local students, and address major issues facing youth today: sexual pressure, heroin addiction, cutting and cyberbullying. Bringing these important topics to life on the big screen gives students the opportunity to address these issues and develop strategies to Stand Up and Speak Out for healthy living. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Community trunk sale to be Sept. 9

Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus #3930 invites the public to participate on Sept. 9 in a community trunk sale at the Immaculate Heart of Mary parking lot, located at 4490 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown. Included are two parking spots for $10 and vendor set-ups will be from 7:30-9 a.m. Sale hours are from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine. Food and beverages will be available. For more information, call Dion at 330-506-9081.

ABWA network council to have fall event on Sept. 24

The Network Council of Mahoning Valley ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) is sponsoring it’s fall event celebrating the founding of the organization. The function will take place on Sept. 24 at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Area women are invited to attend this event. Doors will open at noon. The meal will be served at 1 p.m., consisting of a buffet of stuffed chicken, stuffed shells, roast pork, au gratin potatoes, California medley vegetables, assorted salads and an apple dumpling with ice cream for dessert. The speaker for this occasion will be Kara White-Peska, the innkeeper of the historical Peter Allen Inn and event center in Kinsman. Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance only by calling Shirley Pappagallo at 330-270-9779. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 18.

MSVC-MOAA event to be Sept. 22-23

The Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MSVC-MOAA) will host the 2017 Ohio Council of Chapters Convention at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna on Sept. 22-23. For reservations and more information, contact Janet Oglesby, 330-568-4456, or go to the chapter web site at

Rally Day and community picnic at Redeemer Lutheran

Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 2305 S. Canfield-Niles road in Austintown, will kick off its fall program on Sept. 10 with a Rally Day. This marks the beginning of the new Sunday school term. Sunday school classes are at 9 a.m. The Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., led by Pastor David Schinbeckler. The curriculum is designed for use by the whole family and extends into the worship service. A picnic will begin immediately after the worship service on the church grounds. There will be a fire truck, ambulance and police K-9 unit doing demonstrations, music, 11 different games and prizes and food for children and adults of all ages. Visitors and community members are welcome to join them for fun and fellowship. Call the church office for more information at 330-799-7823.

Knitting guild to meet on Sept. 12

The Western Reserve Knitting Guild will meet on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Community Building in Fair Park in Canfield. Jacquie Thomas will present a program on swatching. Anyone interested in joining the group or donating yarn for their charity work can contact the group at

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on Sept. 12 from 1-6 p.m. and Sept. 23 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., proudly serving the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This event is for adults.

Coupon Swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in during the Austintown library’s regular hours in September to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Friends of PLYMC meeting

There will be a Friends of PLYMC - Socrates Cafe` Philosophy Group meeting on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Austintown library.

Friends of the Austintown library meeting and presentation

There will be an Austintown Friends meeting on Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library on “The Decline and Fall of the Mahoning Valley Steel Industry” with William Farragher, Retired Director of Marketing for Sheet and Tube, McDonald Steel Corp., and Magnecord Corporation. The presentation will be followed by a membership meeting. This event is for adults.

Local theater to present “Fences”

The Hopewell Theatre (formerly The Victorian Players, Inc.) will present the 1987 Pulitzer Prize winning play “Fences,” by August Wilson. “Fences” has won Drama Desk Awards and Tony Awards and has most recently been produced as an Academy Award winning film. “Fences” explores the life and relationships of the Maxson family. This moving family drama explores the life of Troy Maxson, who struggles to reconcile his life of bad decisions, failed dreams and rejections, while grasping to maintain relationships with his wife and children. Directed by seasoned veteran actress and director, Carla D. Gipson, the play also boasts a mix of experienced and new talented actors and actresses from the Youngstown/Warren area, which include John McCants, Jaietta Jackson, DC Colvin, Duane Davis, Daniel Colvin, Kevin Stringer and Keyirra LaBooth. Remaining performance dates and times are Sept. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. at The Hopewell Theater, located at 702 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown. For reservations, call 330-746-5455. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Learn to eat and live right for your blood type

Dr. Ted Suzelis will discuss the scientific background behind the “Eat Right for Your Type” diet, as well as dietary and lifestyle guidelines for each of the blood types. This seminar will take place at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center in Boardman on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The address is 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex). Suzelis will have an open question and answer session at the end of the presentation to answer any questions you may have. Call 330-729-1350 or go to today to reserve your spot for this free seminar.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for kindergarten through play at this event at the Austintown library on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. 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. Activities will vary at each program. This program is for ages 2-6. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-kindergarten story time

This program, taking place on every Wednesday in September at 11:30 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for 4- and 5-year-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.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, taking place on every Tuesday in September at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months-old. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.

Tales and talk for 2’s and 3’s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in September 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Authors and their worlds

Match the authors with the worlds they created during the month of September at the Austintown library. Turn into the librarian and receive a prize. This event is for school-age children in grades K-6.

“Dragons Love Tacos”

Go to the Austintown library on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. for a program on “Dragons Love Tacos.” Based on the best-selling books by Adam Rubin, the library’s fiesta includes story time, games and a taco craft bar. This is nacho average program, so bring the whole family. Snacks will be served. This event is for children of all ages.

Family Game Night

Join the Austintown library on Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m. for all or part of its two-hour game night. They will have everything for you and your family to enjoy together, including board games, giant games, video games and a basketball game.

Gotta Move Story Time

This event, taking place every Thursday in September at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for children, ages 2-5, who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join them 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.

September craft

There will be a grab and go craft for September during regular hours at the Austintown library. Make a craft to take home. This event is for children of all ages.

Guess the picture book

Guess the picture book from the cut up cover during regular hours at the Austintown library throughout September. One winner chosen at random from correct entries. Children of all ages are welcome to enter.

Read to Reese

On the second Saturday of each month, read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners, at the Austintown library. The September event will take place on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This event is for school-age children.

Ninjago movie celebration

Celebrate the Lego Ninjago movie release with all things Lego on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. Enjoy games, a craft and more. This event is for school-age children.

Meetings to resume

American Association of University Women of Youngstown will be resuming their meetings for the year on Sept. 9 at Sunrise Assisted Living at 10 a.m. Leah Sakacs will be presenting information on the group’s new affiliate Young Women’s Task Force. For information about AAUW, visit or find them on Facebook at AAUWYoungstown.

Find “It” in the library

To celebrate the 2017 movie release of “It,” based on the 1986 Stephen King novel of the same name, the library be hiding “evil clowns” in the adult and teen areas of the library. Submit the number of clowns you spotted, and a random winner drawn from the correct entries will earn a prize. This event is for teens. This event will take place during the month of September during regular library hours.

Strategy board games at the library

If you like to play strategy board games, go to the Austintown library on Sept. 9 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.

Art with Andrea

Have you always wanted to create your very own painting? Join the Austintown library on Sept. 13 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.

Paper crafting corner

Join the Austintown library every month to learn how to create a different paper craft. The September event will take place on Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. You must register for the event.

For adults.

Paper crafting tools 101

This class on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Austintown library will help beginner crafters learn how use crafting tools from basic to advanced; paper cutters and border punches to an electronic die cut machine and many tools in-between. This event is for adults.

Stamping with Cindy

Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Austintown library. 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, and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Basic computer class

Learn very basic computer skills at this program at the Austintown library on Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover use of a mouse, computer terms and simple internet use. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and specify library to register. This event is for adults.

…And the Rest is History book club

Join the Austintown library on Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. for lively discussions of the group’s latest readings in history and historical fiction. There are no assigned titles. Pick a subject that sparks your interest, and share your thoughts on your selection. All areas of history and historical fiction are welcome. This event is for adults.

Page Turners book club

If you love books or are looking for a good read, check out the Page Turners book club on Sept. 20 from 6-7 p.m. at the Austintown library. Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun. This event is for adults.

Tea and Mystery book club

Join this group at the Austintown library on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find. This event is for adults.

Weekly square dance lessons to begin on Sept. 12

The Niles Friendly Squares, a local square dance group dedicated to keeping alive the uniquely American art form of square dancing, will begin a new year of weekly square dance lessons. The introductory session will be on Sept. 12 from 7-9 p.m. Each session builds upon the previous session and will include learning new steps along with plenty of review and practice each week to help attendees master the moves. The sessions are designed to cover all the steps in the Basic Square Dance Program. Gene Hammond will be the instructor. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through December with a second session beginning Jan. 9. There is a fee of $6 per person per lesson. The Friendly Squares also sponsors monthly dances with alternating dances, or tips, for new dancers to practice their skills, as well as tips for more experienced dancers. All the lessons and monthly dances take place at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. To sign up for lessons or for additional information, contact Gene or Frankie Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

Alumni association sells raffle tickets

The Austintown Alumni Association is selling raffle tickets for this year’s scholarship and mini grant fundraiser. Members are selling a book of six raffle tickets for $5 or individual tickets for $1 each. The first prize is $500 cash, second prize contains gift certificates to local businesses worth at least $200 and third prize is a dinner for two at Rachel’s Restaurant and a dinner for two at The Manor, valued at $50 each. Proceeds from this project support the association’s scholarship fund, which awarded $6,000 to Fitch seniors who graduated in June, and $1,000 in mini grants to teachers who applied for these grants. The winners of this year’s raffle will be announced during half time at the football game at Falcon Stadium on Sept. 22. Tickets can be purchased until half time or by contacting Austintown Alumni Association president Lynn Larson at 330-518-5727.

Boardman Park to host Ace Race disc golf tournament

Whether you are new to disc golf or you are a pro, don’t miss Ace Race 2017, taking place on Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m. at Boardman Park. Each year, disc golfers from around the globe gather at their local disc golf courses for one purpose: to throw aces (a hole in one). Tees are moved up so holes are generally between 100 and 150 feet, making every hole “aceable” and allowing players of all abilities to participate. The entry fee is $40 and includes lunch, two Ace Race discs, that you must use that day, and other disc golf gear. The grand prize will be a disc golf bag along with discs to fill it. Additional prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin, a putting competition and a 50/50 raffle. Register online at or in the Boardman Park office. The deadline to register is Sept. 1. For more information, email Shawn Golden at or call the Park Office at 330-726-8105. Prize donations and event sponsors are always welcome and appreciated. Contact Shawn Golden for more information. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boardman Park Disc Golf Course.

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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