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Friendly Squares to dance at Canfield Fair

The Niles Friendly Squares will be performing square dance demonstrations at the Canfield Fair on Aug. 30 from 7-8 p.m. and on Sept. 2 from 2-3 p.m. on the stage located in front of the International Building. A new year of weekly square dance lessons will begin on Sept. 11 from 7-9 p.m. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through April 16, 2019. There is a fee of $6 per person per lesson. To sign up for lessons, contact Gene or Frankie Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

Austintown Alumni Association hosts annual raffle

The Austintown Alumni Association is selling raffle tickets for this year’s scholarship and mini grant fund raiser. 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 is gift certificates to local businesses worth at least $250; and the third prize is dinner for two at Rachel’s Restaurant and dinner for two at The Manor, valued at $50 each. Proceeds from this project support the association’s scholarship fund, which awarded six $1,000 scholarships to Fitch seniors who graduated in June, and mini grants to teachers who applied for these grants to support classroom instruction. The winners of this year’s raffle will be announced during half time at the football game at Falcon Stadium on Sept. 14. Tickets can be purchased until half time or by contacting Austintown Alumni Association president Susan Justice at 330-792-2667.

Redeemer rally day and community picnic

Redeemer Lutheran Church will host its annual Rally Day and Community Picnic on Sept. 9 at 2305 South Canfield-Niles Road. Sunday school and adult Bible class will begin at 9 a.m. The divine worship service with communion will take place at 10:30 a.m. Immediately following the worship service, there will be a free community picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage sandwiches, games and prizes for children of all ages, music and demonstrations by Austintown’s First Responders. The public is invited.

Supper at the corner

Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown, will host a free supper event on Aug. 16 from 4:30-6 p.m. This is a community outreach of the church and open to all each month. Donations will be accepted to continue this program.

Donate a basket for Polish Day

Donate a basket for Polish Day and get free admission and win a prize. PolishYoungstown’s 10th annual Polish-American Heritage Day will take place on Aug. 26 at St. Anne’s Church, located at 4310 Kirk Road in Austintown (at the corner of Kirk and Raccoon Roads), from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. All the proceeds from the basket raffle and silent auction go toward educating our community about our authentic Polish culture and heritage through workshops exploration of dance, music, language study and folk art - all open to the community. You, your employer, or both can donate to the silent auction or basket raffle. By donating a basket of $50 value or more you will get a free pass to Polish Day and your name in a prize drawing. Drop off your basket by Aug. 25 at 12 p.m. to qualify. For more information, call 330-333-9724 or email info@polishyoungstown.

Marilyn Mong to speak on women pilots for local group

Reinactor Marilyn Mong will speak to the World War II Heritage Group when it meets on Aug. 20 at Ala Carte Catering in Canfield at 6:15 p.m. The speech is preceded by a buffet meal at cost of $14 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting David Frank at 330-757-0515 by Aug. 16. Her presentation will feature the WASP pilots of WW II, the women pilots who served in many roles supplementing the Army Air Corp. One of their key missions was to ferry bombers to air bases around the globe. Youngstown itself provided WASP pilots to the cause. Mong has a private pilot license with instrument rating. Topping it off, she also is qualified as a hot air balloon pilot. She has belonged to the Lake Erie Chapter of woman pilots, the “99’s” as well as the Experimental Aircraft Assoc., and the Balloon Federation of America. Both Mong and her husband Jerry participate as WWII reinactors recently presenting their USO show at the Mid Atlantic Air show near Reading, Pa.

Family Fun Night to be Aug. 24

There will be a Family Fun Night on Aug. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown. This will be an evening of outdoor music, food, games, bounce castle and a hayride. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.

Fall ball registration closes on Aug. 19

The Austintown Girls Softball League’s fall ball registration is still open online. It will close on Aug. 19. Registration information can be found at www.AGSLOHIO.com.

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 www.mahoningvalleyreia.com for complete details or call MVREIA at 330-623-7342.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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. 27.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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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