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F5RS hosts open house on Aug. 11

The Summer Bun-cation Open House will take place on Aug. 11 from 12-4 p.m. at F5RS, located at 11836 South Ave., Building E, Suite 19, in North Lima. Meet the adoptable bunnies of F5RS, a 501c3 rescue and sanctuary. Nail trimming and grooming appointments are available. Adoptions are available with approved applications found at Elevator access is available.

Famous children’s author’s descendant to speak

Renowned children’s author’s descendant, Shirley Eckley, will discuss the local roots, life and legacy of William Holmes McGuffey, “America’s Storyteller, on” Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. at Kravitz’s Deli meeting room, located at 3135 Belmont Ave. in Liberty Township, for the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. The program is open to the public. Admission is $6 for non-members and $5 for members. Refreshments will be served and a 50/50 raffle will take place, to benefit the society’s education mission. Music is by Dolores DePietro. Reservations are suggested. Walk-ins admitted, based upon seat availability. The William Holmes McGuffey Society conducts programs, for members and non-members, in an effort to keep the McGuffey legacy alive. It has members from Boardman, Liberty and other local areas. To make reservations or for more information, contact Richard S. Scarsella, WHMHS chairman of the board, at 330-726-8277.

Epic Dance Complex hosts open house and registration on Aug. 15

Epic Dance Complex is now accepting new dancers for their recreational and competitive programs ages 2-19. There will be an open house and registration on Aug. 15 from 5-8 p.m. Epic Dance Complex is located at 64 Cardinal Dr. Suite B. in Canfield, directly between AngeNetta’s Cafe and The Needles Nest. Epic Dance Complex is owned by Tommy Porter of Canfield. If you cannot make registration and would like to register, contact 330-286-3445 or

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.

St. James’ Episcopal Church to host Celebration of St. Rocco

St. James’ Episcopal Church in Boardman invites the community to attend its annual Celebration of St. Rocco on Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. The festival eucharist will be followed by the traditional St. Rocco’s-style Cavatelli Dinner from 12-5 p.m. Take out will be available. The food will be prepared by cooks of the former St. Rocco’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown, which closed in 2007. The menu includes homemade cavatelli, meatballs and bread; tossed salad; dessert and beverage. The cost is $8. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and basket auction. All proceeds benefit the church. The church is located at 7640 Glenwood Ave. in Boardman. For more information, contact the church office at 330-758-2727 or email

House flipping bus tour offered on Aug. 18

The public is also invited to the 2018 Mahoning Valley and Akron Joint Venture Rehab Tour, sponsored by MVREIA (Mahoning Valley Real Estate Investors Association) 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 registration for REIA members is $59 per person or $99 per couple. The cost for registration for non-REIA members is $69 per person or $109 per couple. Registration must be completed by Aug. 17. Go to for complete details or call MVREIA at 330-623-7342.

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.

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 Boardman library.

Family story time

Bring the whole family to the Boardman library on Aug. 22 and 29 at 10 a.m. for stories, games, crafts and fun for all ages.

Lego my library

Meet at the Boardman library on Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive on Aug. 27 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at the Boardman 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).

Be a shining star

The Boardman library is seeking individual or group acts for its talent show, which will take place on Aug. 14 from 7-8 p.m. All participants will receive a small prize. Refreshments will be provided and pre-registration is required by calling 330-744-8636 and asking for the Boardman library. This event is for children of all ages.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for kindergarten through play on Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library. Participants will read a book and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that they can do with their child to help them get ready for kindergarten. This event is for children who are ages 2-6.

Apprentice’s Inn

Join the Boardman library’s beginners Dungeons and Dragons club on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and join an adventure. This starts the library’s fall campaign so be ready to create a new character. Refreshments and snacks are provided. This event is for teens.

Reader’s Choice book club

Share your favorite books and find out which new ones are being published at this book club, which will next meet on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Boardman library. The discussion will be “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom. This event is for adults.

Shake, shimmy and make

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

I Read YA book club

Adult fans of Young Adult Literature from ages 18-118, this book club is for you. Talk about why you like YA. Read and discuss. The next meeting will take place on Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library. They will discuss “I Have Lost my Way” by Gayle Forman. This event is for adults.

Game night for adults

Play the hand you’re dealt of cards (rummy), dice (farkle) and scrabble at the Boardman library on Aug. 23 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.

Apprentice’s Inn

Join the Boardman library’s beginners Dungeons and Dragons club on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and join the adventure. This starts the group’s fall campaign so be ready to create a new character. Refreshments and snacks are provided. This event is for teens.

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 June 18-22 (integrated camp for ages 6-13), 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 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 or go to

Night market to begin in June

The Mission Night Market inaugural year festivities will occur at the Huntington Place plaza, located at 1393 Boardman-Canfield Road in Boardman, on the second Friday of every month June through October, from 6-10 p.m. These dates are Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. Proceeds to benefit Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley. Vendors spots are available for $50 per 10 by 10 tent space and $100 for food trucks and the several 10 by 20 tent spaces. However, participation is by application process. MNM Committee limits the overall number and type of vendors for each event and vendors must be approved to participate. Applications are available at For more information, call 234-254-0170.

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

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 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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