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Laenen to speak on her WWII experiences

On April 16, members of the local World War II Heritage Group will experience WWII from a fresh perspective, that of a civilian caught up in the war and her experience in emmigrating from Europe during the war. Helen Laenen and her family were townspeople in the Maastrich district of Holland prior to the war breaking out. She was somewhere between the age of 10 and 12 during this period. She will share the story of her family, her prewar and war memories, and the journey of emmigration during this perilous time. She is currently a resident of Canfield. Her talk will be preceded by a buffet dinner at Ala Carte Catering on State Route 62 in Canfield at 6:15 p.m. Reservations may be made with David Frank at 330 757-0515 before April 13 at cost of $14 per person.

Dunkin’ Donuts helps feed local families

Now through April 30, Dunkin’ Donuts in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties will be selling icons for a $1 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. With every icon purchased, the customer receives a $1 off coupon for a pound of coffee. For every $1 given, the Food Bank can distribute $11 worth of food to hungry families in our community. Last year, Dunkin’ Donut locations in the Mahoning Valley raised more than $21,000 to feed local families. The campaign is a collaborative effort of four food banks, including Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. All funds raised will remain in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties to feed our friends and neighbors. For more information on how you can get involved in Harvest for Hunger, visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org or www.harvestforhunger.org.

Local Knights of Columbus to host sausage and pancake breakfast

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus #3930 are sponsoring a sausage and pancake breakfast on April 8 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the parish center, located at 4500 Norquest Blvd. in Austintown. The menu consists of sausage and a variety of “all you can eat” pancakes and beverages. The cost for adults is $5 and is $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

Knitting guild to meet on April 10

The Western Reserve Knitting Guild will meet on April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Community Building in Fair Park in Canfield. There will be a program by Kay Thompson from Knit Wit Knits and also a trunk show. Anyone interested in joining the group or donating yarn for their charity work can contact wrkg.ohio@gmail.com.

AGSL hosts Quarter Auction

The Austintown Girls Softball League will host a Quarter Auction event on April 21 at St. Anne Ukrainian Byzantine, located at 4310 Kirk Road. The ticket price is $10 and includes one paddle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the auction begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is for adults only and you may bring your own beverage.

Quarter auction event to benefit St. Joseph Church

St. Joseph Church, located at 4545 New Road in Austintown, will sponsor its fourth Quarter Auction on April 20. This event is for adults who are ages 21 and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, which includes admission and a bidding paddle. The auction will feature 50/50 and lottery tree raffles. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 330-792-3751 or 330-792-7907 (evenings only). Proceeds from this event will benefit the church.

Easter brunch at the gardens

Fellows Riverside Gardens will be hosting an Easter Brunch by Inspired Catering by Kravitz on April 1 an noon or 3 p.m. The cost is $28 for adults, $15 for children ages 12-4 and free for children under 4-years of age. Reservations are required by calling Kravitz’s Garden Cafe at 330-779-8201.

Blood drive to be at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be at the Austintown library on April 10 from 1-6 p.m. taking blood donations to help serve the community. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Coupon swap at the library

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

Movie night offered at the library

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie at the Austintown library on April 30 at 6 p.m. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Paper crafting corner at the library

Join the Austintown library every other month to learn how to create a different paper craft. Registration is required for this class on April 27 at 11 a.m. This program is for adults.

Guess the morphed picture

Try to identify the celebrity parents of the morphed baby faces at the Austintown library during April. The most correct answers wins a prize. This event is for teens in grades six and up during regular library hours.

Friends meeting announced for April

Austintown Friends of the Library will have their presentation and meeting at the Austintown library on April 23 at 10 a.m. Brenda Duffet, event planning coordinator at the Mahoning County Sanitary District, will discuss the history of the Meander Reservoir.

True Crime series to meet

This five-part series will cover a different unsolved true crime each month at the Austintown library. The next meeting will be April 23 at 6 p.m. and the topic will be Jon Bet Ramsey. You can choose any book, documentary (etc.) based on the current month’s topic and join in for a discussion.

Chapter Chat book club meets in April

If you love books, attend the Chapter Chat book club at the Austintown library on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. where they will be reading and discussing a book together. Each month will be a new genre. This month’s read is “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith. Light refreshments will be served.

A dozen makes a difference

The Austintown library wants their library materials being used by the community. Help them empty their shelves by borrowing books, movies and other items. Borrow a dozen or more items at one time on your library card at the Austintown library. Show your check-out receipt to a librarian to receive a small giveaway.

Guess the picture book

Can you guess the picture book from the cut up cover? Children of all ages can participate in this program at the Austintown library during library hours. One winner chosen at random from correct entries.

Take home a craft

Make a craft to take home at the Austintown library for the month of April during library hours. Children of all ages can participate.

Join family game night

Join the Austintown library on April 26 at 6 p.m. for all or part of our two-hour game night. They will have everything for you and your family to enjoy together including, board games, giant games, video games and even a basketball game. This program is fun for the whole family.

Connect with digital media

Learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices. No registration is required for this program at the Austintown library on April 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Smart money picture bingo at the library

Celebrate Money Smart Week with fun and prizes for the whole family at the Austintown library on April 28 at 11 a.m. Picture Bingo for all ages and every child in attendance will receive a piggy bank.

Saxon Club to host annual benefit dinner

The Youngstown Saxon Club’s 42nd annual President’s Benefit Goulash Dinner will take place on April 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner bring served family style at 6:30. The public is welcome. A donation of $16 for adults and $7.50 for children is asked from those attending the event. The meal includes coffee, strudel and some refreshments. The event will ofer music, awards and raffles. Reservations are due by April 7. Those interested should call the Saxon Club offive at 330-792-7973 for tickets.

Basic email class offered

Learn how easy it is to set up your own e-mail account at the Austintown library on April 13 at 10 a.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover setting up an internet based email account and how to use it. Some knowledge of computers and internet is required. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online via the library’s event calendar or call 330-744-8636. This program is for adults.

Strategy board games offered at the library

Do you like to play strategy board games? Come to the Austintown library on April 14 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 at this program for adults and teens.

Fundamentals of music theory offered

Learn the fundamentals of music theory from Shirley Bartlett at the Austintown library every Thursday in the month of April at 2 p.m. Topics covered in this five week session will include basic theory like the names of lines and spaces and more advanced concepts like major and minor scales. Reservations are needed for each session at these classes for teens and adults.

Detectives wanted

Calling all detectives: join the Austintown library on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. for activities and games to solve a mystery. This program is for school-age children.

Playtime at the library with Baby Brilliant

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. April’s program will be on the 16 at 6:30 p.m. Activities will vary at each program for ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Read to Reese

On the second Saturday of each month, read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners, at the Austintown library. This month’s program will be April 14 at 11 a.m. Bring your own book, or the library will find one for you. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This is for school aged children.

Page Turners book club to meet in April

Love books? Looking for a good read? Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun at the Austintown library on April 18 at 6 p.m. This book club meeting is for adults.

Mystery and Tea book club meeting for April announced

Join the Austintown library on April 10 at 6 p.m. to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find. This book club meeting is for adults.

Friendly Squares to hold dance April 14

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on April 14 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State Street in Niles. Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Poland class of 1968 to host reunion

The Poland Seminary High School class of 1968 is having a 50-year reunion on Sept. 15 at the Magic Tree, located on South Avenue in Boardman. For more information, call Jay at 330-953-0953.

Austintown Local School District announces open enrollment for 2018-2019

The Austintown Local School district will again have statewide open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. Applications will be accepted for students in grades Kindergarten through eighth-grade based on grade level availability. Applications are now available on the Austintown School’s website at www.austintownschools.org. In order to be accepted for open enrollment, completed applications must be submitted online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any students living in the state of Ohio and entering grades kindergarten through eighth are eligible. One application must be completed for each student. No new students will be accepted in grades 9-12. Only existing open enrollment students and those in special programs will be accepted into the high school. Open enrollment will close on Aug. 3 for the 2018-2019 school year. Call the registration office at at 330-797-3900, ext. 1516 if you have additional questions or need more information.

Austintown Fitch High School earns Purple Star Award

Austintown Fitch High School has earned a Purple Star Award from the Ohio Department of Education. The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to the nation’s military. Fitch High School was recognized for the numerous activities that honor military families and local veterans. In August, a committee of dedicated individuals were assembled with the main focus being to create a more nurturing environment for military connected families throughout the district. The committee, now named the Purple Star Committee, is working on a special project at Fitch High School that will serve as the main “hub” for all military related activities. Fitch’s application is also listed on the ODE website as an “Exemplary Application” to use as a point of reference for others wishing to earn a Purple Star designation.

Golf Classic bus trip

The 2018 Pink Ribbon Golf Classic committee is sponsoring a bus trip to Seneca Allegheny Casino on April 14. All proceeds from this trip will be given to the American Cancer Society. The bus will leave from Fab Limo on Connecticut Avenue in Austintown at 8 a.m. and depart from Seneca at 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per person and each player will be given $25 in play and a $5 food coupon. Bring a photo ID with you and send registration and check to Pink Ribbon Golf Classic, c/o Nancy Felton, American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad Street, Canfield, Ohio 44406.

Read to Reese

On the second Saturday of each month, come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners at the Austintown library. Bring your own book, or let the library will find one for you and read to a furry friend. Registration is required as pace is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This program is for school-aged children.

Austintown Fitch drama club presents “Beauty the Beast.”

“Be our guest” as the Fitch Drama Club presents “Beauty and the Beast” April 20-22 in the Austintown Fitch auditorium. Pre-sale tickets are available now. Contact Fitch High School at 330-797-3900, ext. 1025 to purchase your ticket. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and free for veterans, seniors and children ages 5 and younger.

Gotta Move Story Time presented at the library

Join the Austintown library every Thursday at 10 a.m. for “Gotta Move Story Time.” This program 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.

Tales and Talk for 2’s and 3’s announced for April

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday 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-k storytime at the library

This program, offered every Wednesday in April at 11:30 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for 4-5 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.

Pink Ribbon Golf Classic to be in July

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 16. 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.

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 Tuesdays at 6 p.m., a meeting will take place at the Oxford House, located at 320 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 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.

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