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Four Square Club to have 100th anniversary celebration

The Four Square Club will celebrate its 100th anniversary of fellowship and community service on Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse located at 2298 S. Schenley in Youngstown. In 1918, 10 sophomores from South High organized the Four Square Club and asked HK Rayen, Principal of Princeton Junior High, to serve as their adviser. Founders included: Raymond “Curly” Johnson, Dwight “Dike” Beede, Dewitt Nutt, Bertram Pfau, Myron Shull, Al Davies, Jimmy Blair, Galen Renkenberger, Reed Cooper and Owen Jones. Meetings were initially hosted at the YMCA, basement of South Side Dollar Bank, and other locations, until a permanent clubhouse could be built. In 1939 the growing club purchased seven acres on South Schenley and together built the clubhouse pictured below, naming it the HK Rayen Lodge. Community service has been an important aspect of the organization. Four Square has supported the Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center, Camp Fitch and the YSU Football Scholarship Fund.

Local skate park to be location of music festival

The Skatepark Music Festival will take place on Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Wedgewood Ramps in Youngstown. The cost is $5 at the door and the event will feature such bands as Alteras, Red Nose Panic, Rees Man Dolo & Droege, Wanderer, 13 Lucky, Evidence of Ruin, Whiskey Pilot, Service Monkeys and Gho$tlee. Food will be by Suzie’s and Mission Taco. The event is hosted and produced by Paul Goon.

Weekly square dance lessons to begin on Sept. 11

The Niles Friendly Squares, a local square dance group dedicated to keeping alive the art form of square dancing, will begin a new year of weekly square dance lessons. The introductory session will be on Sept. 11 from 7-9 p.m. Each session builds upon the previous session and will include learning 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 April 16. There is a nominal fee of $6 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 or for additional information, contact Gene or Frankie Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370. The Friendly Squares will also be performing square dance demonstrations at the Canfield Fair on Aug. 30 from 7-8 p.m. and Sept. 2 from 2-3 p.m. on the stage located in front of the International Building.

DIY house flipping and rehab events announced

The Mahoning Valley Real Estate Investors Association will meet on Aug. 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Boardman Park’s Lariccia Family Community Center, located at 375 Canfield Poland Road, for its monthly meeting. The public is welcome. Non –members are invited to attend two monthly meetings free. Join them on the second Monday of every month for some DIY and money saving steps for rehabbing and/or maintenance on a house. The public is also invited to the 2018 Mahoning Valley and Akron Joint Venture Rehab Tour, sponsored by MVREIA and ACREIA, on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Rodman Library, located at 215 E. Broadway in Alliance. This is a full day, intensive training on the entire house flipping process. This presentation is geared toward new and experienced flippers. It features multiple speakers and consists of a morning classroom session, lunch and a hands-on afternoon session and rehab bus tour. Registration is required. The cost for early registration for REIA members is $59 per person or $99 per couple. The cost for early registration for non-REIA members is $69 per person or $109 per couple. Go to www.mahoningvalleyreia.com for complete details.

Trash and treasure sale

The Saxon Club Ballroom, located at 710 S. Meridian Road, will be the location of a Trash and Treasure sale hosted by the Saxon Ladies Society of Youngstown on Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch will be served after 11 a.m. and is eat-in or take-out. The menu includes Sauerkraut, hot dogs, German sausages, chips, soft drinks, coffee, and chicken dumpling soup will be available for purchase. Any items donated are appreciated. Household items, furniture and clothes will be accepted. Contact the Saxon Ladies Society - Branch 22 office for details for drop off or pick up.

Austintown National Night Out to be Aug. 7

Austintown will be hosting its sixth annual National Night Out on Aug. 7 at Austintown Township Park from 5-7:30 p.m. All night there will be face painting, crafts with Peg from the Mahoning County Green Team, displays and info on the 20/9 Ham Radio group, free woodworking kits from Home Depot and games for children. There will also be a bounce house and a DJ. At 7 p.m., The Vegas Band will play. Between 5:30-7:00 p.m., there will be a visit by a few popular superheroes. Visitors can get in and explore the police, fire and ambulance vehicles. The Austintown Fire Department will have a special display of their trucks and Wildfire Jeep. There will be a special check presentation to the AFD by Representatives from Dietz & Watson, a Corporate Sponsor of National Night Out. A portion of the sales of all Dietz & Watson products in area Giant Eagles during the month of July will be donated to local first responders. There will be food available from Molars Concessions and Kettle Korn, as well as samples from Dietz and Watsons products. For more information, visit The Austintown Night Out Facebook page.

Girls softball league starts registration for fall

The Austintown Girls Softball League recently announced that fall registration is open. There will be an in-person date to register on Aug. 11 from 2 p.m. at the Jessica Moorhead Pavillion. Online registration is also open at http://agslohio.com/teams/default.asp?u=AGSL&s=softball&p=registration and will end after the in-person date. This is the easiest way to register. The cost to participate is $50 per player and this includes a player’s shirt.

Get ready for kindergarten

Celebrate the start of kindergarten by joining the Austintown library at 11 a.m. on Aug. 8 for an adventure as they read books, sing songs and say rhymes. Activities will be geared to children entering kindergarten and their parents/caregivers.

Bonding with babies and books

This event is 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 every Tuesday in August at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children who are ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care-giver. Join the Austintown library every Thursday in August at 10 a.m. 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.

Read to Reese

To boost your reading confidence, come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners, on Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Austintown library. 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 asking for the Austintown library. This event is for school-age children.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive on Aug. 18 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Austintown library by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Lego my library

Meet at the Austintown library on Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.

Strategy board games at the library

Go to the Austintown library on Aug. 4 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.

Read It Before You See It book club

People always say the book is better than the movie. This book club will get together to read and discuss books that are soon to be released in the theaters. Talk about books, movies, have a small snack and meet new people at the next meeting on Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Austintown library. The book discussed will be “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys. Join for one month or every month. This event is for adults.

Basic Microsoft Word

Learn basic skills of Microsoft Word to get you started creating a document at the Austintown library on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Beginner computer skills are needed. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online via the library’s event calendar or call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Mystery and Tea book club

Join the Austintown library on Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find. This event is for adults.

Stranger Reads book club

If you want to talk about a book, but want to avoid the obligation of reading one picked out for you, join the Stranger Reads book club at the Austintown library on Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. and tell them what you enjoyed reading this month. You might even hear about a new book you want to read. This event is for adults.

Pop-up library

There will be a pop-up library at the Austintown Farmers Market, located at 6000 Kirk Road in Austintown, from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 13 and 27.

Gotta Move 2.0

The Austintown library will project child-friendly workout videos onto the big screen on Aug. 17 at 3:30 p.m. for participants to follow along. Wear comfy clothes and prepare to work up a sweat during this 30-minute program. This event is recommended for ages 6 and up.

Shake, shimmy and make

Make a musical instrument and more during regular hours during August at the Austintown library. This event is for children of all ages.

DIY dog toy

Join the Austintown library on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. in making a DIY dog toy that your pet will love. Registration is required and space is limited. This event is for adults and teens. Call 330-744-8636 to register.

Family movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during this movie at the Austintown library on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This event is for the family. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

The future of burial rites

On Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library, find out if cemeteries are a permanent part of the landscape in family history research. During the 21st century it is likely that dwindling land space, environmental concerns, the surge in non-burial options and the availability of new technologies all will lead to significant changes in death rituals. The group will examine what this means for genealogy. This event is for adults and teens. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636 or online via the events calendar.

Chapter Chat book club

Attend the Chapter Chat book club on Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library where they will be reading and discussing a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Coupon swap at the library

If you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have, drop in during Austintown library hours in August to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Shepherd of the Valley collecting socks to help veterans

During the month of July, Shepherd of the Valley is collecting white, cotton socks for Veterans in need. Shepherd of the Valley is having its first Stars and Stripes Sock Drive to benefit local veterans. The collected socks will be given to the Trumbull County Council of the American Legion to distribute to Veteran men and women in local nursing facilities and Veteran Clinics. White, cotton men’s and women’s socks can be dropped off at any Shepherd of the Valley community between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Drop-off hours for the corporate offices are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Local offices participating are Boardman, located at 7148 West Boulevard (330-726-9061); Poland, located at 301 W. Western Reserve Road (330-726-7110) and the Corporate Office/At Home With Shepherd, located at 5525 Silica Road in Austintown (330-530-4038). For more information, contact Danielle Procopio at 330-530-4038, ext. 2057 or by email dprocopio@shepherdofthevalley.com.

The Hopewell Theatre announces a diverse 2018-19 season

The Hopewell Theatre recently announced its 2018-19 season, promising a lineup of contemporary, well-known shows, including two musicals. The Hopewell Theatre is located at 702 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown. Upcoming shows are: Aug. 31-Sept. 9 - “Moon Over Buffalo,” Oct. 19-28 - “Twilight Zone,” Dec. 7-15 - “Snoopy, the Musical,” Jan. 4-13 - “Sea Horse,” Feb. 15-24 - “Raisin in the Sun,” March 29-April 7 - “Godspell,” May 10-19 - “Deathtrap” and June 7-16 - “On Golden Pond.” Flex passes are on sale for six shows for $60 for adults and $42 for seniors/students.

Camp F.R.I.E.N.D. announced for summer

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley recently announce that it is bringing back and tripling its summer day camp options for children with special needs and their neurotypical friends. Three weeks of two styles of camp will be offered. Dates include July 30 until Aug. 3 (full camp and integrated camp for ages 3-22) and Aug. 13-17 (integrated camp for ages 6-13). Camp Friend is unique because the student-to-counselor ratio is extremely low and unmatched to address the intense needs of children and teens on the autism spectrum. As a result, every year interested applicants had to be turned away for lack of enough space. The addition of integrated camp will allow ASMV to serve more families by offering more camper spots. Integrated camp will provide the opportunity for higher-functioning individuals to attend a traditional day camp with our counselors there to assist as they have ideal chance to strengthen their social skills. Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.’s full camp will bring back a model of daily activities structured around social skill building themes to provide evidence based instructional opportunities in a fun setting. This, plus traditional summer camp activities like swimming, sports and crafts supported by an autism-qualified staff, provide a supported environment while ensuring an equitable experience. Camp costs $150 per student per week and numerous scholarships are available. Registration forms are available for download at http://www.autismmv.org/campfriend and can be mailed by request to ASMV at 330-333-9607. For more information or media inquiries, call Camp Coordinator Tracy Marciano at 330-333-9609, email camp@autismmv.org or go to www.autismmv.org/campfriend.

Stranger Reads book club

Do you want to talk about a book, but want to avoid the obligation of reading one picked out for you? Go to the Stranger Reads book club and tell them what you enjoyed reading this month. You might even hear about a new book you want to read. Upcoming meetings are Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library. 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 library hours during August at the Austintown library to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Austintown Food Service department announces summer food program

The Austintown Local School District will again sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free meals will be made available to all children ages 1-18 at the Austintown Elementary School, located at 245 Idaho Road - Lynn Kirk Loop. Meals will be served Monday through Friday from June 4 until Aug. 17. Breakfast will be served from 7:45-9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you have any questions about the program, contact Alexis Weber, RDN, LD, Food Service Director, at 330-797-3900 at ext. 2032 for more information.

Concert series begins June 5

The 2018 Summer Concerts in the Park Series at Austintown Township Park, located at 6000 Kirk Road, will soon begin. All concerts will take place on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. (weather permitting). The schedule is as follows: Aug. 7 - The Vegas Band, Aug. 14 - Jim Frank Combo (Continuing Healthcare Solutions Senior Art Exhibit) and Aug. 21 - Leanne Binder.

Saxon Club hosts annual flea market

The Saxon Club will start its annual flea market event on May 1 with a flea market taking place every Tuesday through October. The market starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., and takes place in the Saxon Club parking lot, located at 710 S. Meridian Road in Austintown. Vendors can set up before 8 a.m. if they would like. The cost for vendors is $5 per space. Coffee, pop and other refreshments are available. Reservations for spaces are not required. If you have questions, contact Rich at 330-503-0535.

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.

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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