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Band and Orchestra Parents to host fundraising event

The Boardman Band and Orchestra Parents will host a Night at the Races on April 14 at St. Luke’s Banquet Hall, located at 5235 South Avenue in Boardman. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include $2 horse bets, a horse auction, Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing and $2 and $5 sideboards. Tickets are $15 at the door and include admission and food. This event is bring your own beverage (all beverages except water).

Boardman Historical Society hosts local author and historian

Local author and historian Tom Welsh will be the guest speaker on April 14 for the Boardman Historical Society at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library. Welsh will present a program based upon his book title “Strouss’: Youngstown’s Dependable Department Store,” which he coauthored with Michael Geltz. The program is part of a new series of BHS public offerings. The presentation is open to the public. A question and answer period will be available after the 45 minute program. Admission is free and reservations are suggested. Walk-ins are welcomed and admitted based upon seating availability. Phone board member Dona Hammond at 330-726-0651 for reservations or more program information. For more information about the Boardman Historical Society, contact BHS president, Richard S. Scarsella at 330-726-8277.

Pruning clinic offered at the Boardman Park

There will be a hands-on pruning clinic at the historic Smith Family Homestead, located at 8270 Raupp Ave. in Boardman, which is off of Washington Boulevard, on April 25 from 1-3 p.m. The clinic is sponsored by the Ohio State Extension Service, Boardman Park and the Mahoning Valley Landscape and Nursery Association. Participants will learn to prune for maximum flower potential, disease reduction, regeneration and shape. Additionally, proper pruning techniques and tools will be discussed. There will be hands-on training and participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring a lawn chair if needed. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $20 per person, which includes a set of hand pruners and a set of handouts. Registration forms are available at Boardman Park or at the Ohio State Extension office, located at 490 S. Broad Street in Canfield, or request a form via email at

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 or

Ukulele group to meet

There will be another Steel Valley Ukers meeting at the Austintown library on April 21 from 3-5 p.m. The group is a non-profit, and there is no fee to attend any of their meetings. The group plays ukuleles and is open to people of all ages and skill levels.

Local shrine club to host dinner event

The Youngstown Shrine Club will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on April 29 at the club’s main hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and a beverage, as well as dessert. This is a community event and the public is invited to attend. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club officer or on the day of the event; carry-outs are also available. For additional information, contact the club at 330-549-3857, ext. 0.

Legos at the library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Boardman library on April 14 at 10 a.m. Legos will be provided for this program for children who are ages 6 and up.

Join game night for adults

Play the hand you’re dealt of cards (Rummy), dice (Farkle) and Scrabble at the Boardman library on April 26 at 7 p.m. Bring a friend or two and join them on the fourth Thursday of the month for snacks and bragging rights in this one hour program for adults.

Business workshop presented at the library

This workshop provides the basics to understand every section of a business plan through resources of the library. The program will be at the Boardman library on April 21 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. This class is for adults.

Baby Brilliant offers playtime at the library

Prepare for Kindergarten through play at the Boardman library on April 18 at 10 a.m. They will 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. This program is for ages 2-6 and all children under seven must be accompanied by an adult.

Smart money story time at the library

Celebrate Money Smart Week with stories, games and a craft at the Boardman library April 25 at 10 a.m. This program is for children of all ages and allowed only one bank per child who is attending the program. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Boardman Park’s community garden to start planting

While it may still be too early for digging and planting it’s not too early to join the community garden and start planning what fresh vegetables will be on your dinner table this summer. Whether you have a green thumb and are an experienced gardener or whether you are a beginner, community gardens allow you to experience the joys of gardening, promote healthy eating habits and build new relationships with others in the community. The garden is located at the Historic Southern Stables on Washington Boulevard. Registration for the 10 feet by 20 feet garden plots begins on April 2 at the Boardman Park Office, located at 375 Boardman-Poland Road, and are available for a fee of $25. Your fee includes the garden plot, water and periodic classes/instructions on gardening. Due to the limited number of plots available, registration is limited to Boardman residents only. Garden season begins May 1 and runs through Nov. 15. For more information, visit the park office or call 330-726-8105.

I read YA book club to meet

Adult fans of Young Adult Literature, this book club is for you. Talk about why you like YA at the Boardman library on April 16 at 6:30 p.m. This month they will be discussing “Winter Girls” by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Park to host day camp during summer

Boardman Park’s Adventure Day Camp will soon begin. The goal of the camp is to offer young minds the opportunity to explore their imaginations, discover physical fitness, expand their knowledge of sports and develop a growing sense of adventure through diverse activities. The curriculum is designed to be age appropriate, educational and fun as the children participate in a daily schedule of arts and crafts, team building, creative arts, science and sports. Adventure Day Camp will run for 10 weeks, starting on June 11 and running through Aug. 17. The Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade. Arrangements can be made if you need to bring campers early or pick them up later for an additional charge. Registration begins on April 2. Register your child for one week or all 10 by going to Discounts are offered, such as early bird enrollment, Boardman resident and multi-sibling family discounts. For additional information, contact Karen at 330-965-0482 or visit the camp website at

Apprentice’s Inn at the library

Join the library’s beginners Dungeons and Dragons club and join the adventure at the Boardman library on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments and snacks are provided at this program for teens in grades 7-12.

Business start-up workshop at the library

Are you thinking about starting a business in the near future or further down the road? Come to the Boardman library on April 14 at 2:30 p.m. They will address key topics for beginning a business and will discuss the library’s sources and services for business start-up and beyond. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. This class is for adults.

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.

The pursuit of endurance with Jennifer Pharr Davis

Jennifer Pharr Davis, record-holder of the fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail, will reveal the secrets and habits behind endurance at the Boardman library on April 19 at 7 p.m. With a storyteller’s ear for fascinating detail and description, Pharr Davis will take readers along as she trains and sets her record and gives easy to understand tips and action items to help participants take perseverance to the next level.

Westminster Presbyterian Church offers used book sale

Just as April brings us the promise of May flowers, it is also the month of the annual Westminster Presbyterian Church Used Book Sale. For the 62nd consecutive year, thousands of books will be available to purchase. Categories of books include fiction, non fiction, sports, hobbies and religion, cookbooks, an especially a large section devoted to children’s books for all ages as well as video games, music CDs, vinyl, DVDs and puzzles. This year’s sale will take place on April 25 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and April 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. On April 26, all paperbacks are 25 cents. On the 27th until 4 p.m., all books are half price. After 4 p.m. on the 27th, books are sold for $1 for a grocery bag, provided by the sale. Help is available to assist you with carrying and loading your purchases. Contact Jan Machel or Sue Maraffa with any questions at 330-727-2378 or 330-727-8711, or by email at rxtalk@aol,com or

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.

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.

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

Join the Boardman 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.

Bonding with babies and books

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

Free horticulture advice from Boardman Park

If you are thinking about making some landscape improvements around your home this spring, consider planting some new trees or shrubs. Planting trees and shrubs around your home has many benefits. Properly maintained trees and shrubs will reduce pollution, help control storm water, lower energy costs, improve the appearance of the community and increase the value of your property. Dan Slagle, Executive Director of Boardman Park, is available to offer recommendations on selecting the “Right Plant for the Right Place” for your home. With more than 40 years of experience, Slagle can offer advice on planting, caring and maintaining trees, shrubs and perennials, as well as, assist with diagnosing your plant problems. This is a free service for Boardman Residents. Slagle is available to answer your landscaping questions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon by calling 330-726-8105 or by email at

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.

Play Bookopoly at the library

Teens and adults, play Bookopoly for fun and prizes. Pick up your game board and instructions at any branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and play Bookopoly through March 31. Work your way around the game board by completing tasks, such as checking out a book, visiting our Pop-up Library or getting out into the community. Completing color sets earns you an entry slip for a prize drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. Complete the entire board to enter into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. The contest ends March 31 and all prizes will be awarded on April 16.

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 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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