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Austintown library to close temporarily for repairs in September

The Austintown library, located at 600 S. Raccoon Road, will be temporarily closed for two weeks for repairs to and repaving of the parking lot. The closing is expected to begin on Sept. 10. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the parking lot repairs at a special meeting on Aug. 20, in addition to the exterior painting of the Austintown and Springfield locations. Both libraries will remain open during painting. Ongoing information can be found on the library’s website, libraryvisit.org, or Facebook page, LibraryMahoningCounty. Additional work being planned for the Austintown library includes roof repairs and exterior repairs. During the two-week closure, the library’s building and grounds department will take advantage of the opportunity to do cleaning and repair work inside the building, as well. The Austintown library will have security as needed during this period and book drops will not be available. Austintown library customers can use any of the other libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) system during the closing. Nearby libraries include the Michael Kusalaba Library, located at 2815 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown, and the Canfield library, located at 43 W. Main St. in Canfield.

Area singers invited to annual Canfield Fair event

As has occurred for many years, on the Sunday morning of the Canfield Fair (Sept. 2 this year), area singers are invited to assemble at the stage near the grandstand/concourse to sing during the 9:30 a.m. Canfield Fair Ecumenical worship service. A choir rehearsal will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the presentation of two anthems during the church service. The musical selections this year include “Look at the World” and “With a Voice of Singing.” Participants will be reimbursed their admission fee for that day. Musical direction and additional special music will be presented by Tom and Kelly Scurich, accompanied by Sherry Goddard on piano and Josh Comport on trumpet.

Playtime at your library

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 at the Austintown library on Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Activities will vary at each program. This event is for ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Labor Day closings at the library

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for Labor Day on Sept. 2 and 3.

Austintown Fitch hosts 47th annual band night

The Austintown Fitch marching band will host its 47th annual band night on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at Greenwood Chevrolet Falcon Stadium in Austintown. This year’s visiting high school bands include Canfield, Girard, Lisbon, McDonald and Springfield. The Fitch band will play a march medley that includes “Over There” and “It’s A Long Way to Tipperary” in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the conclusion of World War I. In addition, the Fitch band will play “Mars” and “Jupiter” from the Planets Series by Gustav Holst, and “Free Ride” by the Edgar Winter Group. The drumline will also be featured as they play “Smokestack” by Cassidy Byars. The Fitch band will conclude with “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa. The admission price is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

Auditions hosted for “Twilight Zone” theatrical offering

The Hopewell Theatre and Centaur Stage Productions are collaborating to offer a very special theatrical production this Halloween season. After obtaining special permission from Rod Serling’s daughter, they will present four of Rod Serling’s classic episodes, from “The Twilight Zone” television show, in brand new original adaptations for the stage. The original Rod Serling penned episodes “Time Enough At Last,” “Changing of the Guard,” “Monsters are Due on Maple Street” and “One for the Angels” will be adapted and performed on the stage for the very first time. Auditions will take place on Sept. 4 and 5 at the Hopewell Theatre, located at 702 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown. Auditions will begin at 6 p.m. both nights. The show requires actors of all ages, from age 6 through adult, of all races, genders and sizes, and everyone from neophyte to veteran is encouraged to audition. All roles are open and available. Auditioners will be asked to read from the script. This is a great opportunity for first timers, and seasoned veterans alike. Performances will be Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 and a matinee on Oct. 28. Those with questions should call the director, Sam Luptak, Jr., at 330-207-3483.

Annual heritage event to take place Aug. 26

The 10th annual Polish-American Heritage Day will take place on Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, located at 4310 Kirk Road in Youngstown. The event will feature Polish food, two polka bands, folk art vendors, Polish language and cultural workshops, and authentic folk dance performances by Buffalo’s own Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble. Admission is $5 (free with YSU Student ID and to children who are ages 12 and younger). Discount coupons are available at Kravitz Deli and Krakus Polish Deli & Bakery. This event is sponsored by Polish Youngstown, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. For more information, call 330-333-9724 or visit www.polishyoungstown.org/polishday.

Grab and go craft

Make a grab and go craft during regular hours at the Austintown library during the month of September. This event is for children of all ages.

Pre-kindergarten story time

This program is for 4- and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. Use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten every Wednesday in September at 11:30 a.m. at the Austintown library.

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 at the Austintown library every Tuesday in September at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in September 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.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children who are ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Austintown library every Thursday 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.

Guess the picture book

Can you guess the picture book from the cut up cover during regular hours at the Austintown library throughout September? One winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries. This event is for children of all ages.

Guess the title

Put your emoji skills to the test by deciphering book titles through emojis during regular hours at the Austintown library throughout September. One winner will be chosen at random from correct entries. This event is for children of all ages.

Paw Patrol party

Join the Austintown library on Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. for activities, crafts and snacks as they celebrate Chase, Marshall, Skye and the gang. This event is for the whole family. Registration is required.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Austintown library on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.

Perler beads

Choose a design or make a design of your own at this event at the Austintown library on Sept. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Place your beads on the boards and the librarians will iron them together. This event is for tweens in grades 5-8.

Silent library

Contestants must complete outrageous stunts right in the middle of the Austintown library without making a sound on Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. There are prizes on the line, but only if you can remain silent. This event is for those in grades 6-12.

Strategy board games at the library

If you like to play strategy board games, go to the Austintown library on Sept. 1 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.

Stamping with Cindy

Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools at the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 11 a.m. on Sept. 21. Sign up to create each month’s greeting card with matching envelope. Participation is limited to one session per person each month to accommodate demand, registration required. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults.

Movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie at the Austintown library on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This event is for the family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

“The Mighty Uke”

View the movie “The Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog” and explore the history and resurgence of this musical instrument at the Austintown library on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. Reservations are needed.

Your business: from idea to action

Join the Business and Investment Center and SCORE Youngstown on Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library as they introduce the wealth of resources available at the library and within the community. Learn about the tools and people who will help you get ready to take the step from idea to action. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. This event is for adults. Light refreshments will be served.

Basic Microsoft Excel class

Learn the basics of Microsoft Office Excel at this program at the Austintown library on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. This is a beginner’s class, but basic computer skills are required. Space is limited. Registration is required. This event is for adults.

Cord cutting 101

If you have ever thought about cutting the cord on your cable or satellite or want to have more freedom of choice and save money, visit the Austintown library on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about cord-cutting including the basics of streaming devices and services. This event is for adults.

Read It Before You See It book club

This book club will get together to read and discuss books that are soon to be released in the theaters. The next meeting is Sept. 13 at the Austintown library. Talk about books, movies, have a small snack and meet new people. Join them for one month or every month. The book for September is “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James R. Hansen. This event is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on Sept. 11 from 1-6 p.m. to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Fun ways to use your library account

Get to know BiblioCommons, the library’s new enhanced catalog at the Austintown library on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Create your own account that allows you to place holds, renew items, create a list of books you want to read, rate titles, add reviews and more. It’s now a social media experience plus a catalog. Bring your own laptop, tablet or smart phone if you have one, or use one of our computers to get started. Registration is required. This event is for adults.

Chapter Chat book club

Attend the Chapter Chat book club where they will be reading and discussing a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. The next meeting will take place on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. This month they will be reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” by Michael Pollan. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Silent book club

Need some quiet me time? Then join the Austintown library on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. for the silent book club. You can bring in your own book, grab one off the shelf or even read a digital book in a designated group quiet time. During this time, they will discuss what they will be reading and whether the book is a hit or a miss. Light refreshments will be provided. 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, come to the Stranger Reads book club on Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library 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.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on Sept. 11 from 1-6 p.m. to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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 to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults

Friends of Austintown Library meeting and presentation

Lt. Jerad Sutton of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Canfield Post will speak on efforts to prevent crime and improve traffic safety at this event on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library. This event is for adults.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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