Area events, fundraisers and more that are worth a look

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The Junior Group of Goodwill Auction and Jewelry Sale will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 16, at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave. It will include Goodwill collectible jewelry, silent auction of fine jewelry and collectibles, vintage clothing, basket raffle, 50-50 raffle, basket auction, hors d’oeuvres, pastries and cash bar. Tickets are $25 if purchased before Feb. 12 or $30 after then (if available). Tickets can be purchased through Junior Group members, at Goodwill stores, at Goodwill’s Liberty office, at or by sending a check and self-addressed, stamped envelope to Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, Attn: Marketing Dept., 2747 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information or to be added to the mailing list, call Goodwill at 330-759-7921.


Italian language classes, registration and first day, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Feb. 15 at St. Rose Church in the Rosetta Hall in Girard; and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Feb. 22 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown. Cost is $60 per person with classes scheduled to end in May. For information, call Lio Comichista at 330-545-1525.


Father-Daughter Princess Dance will be offered at the Lariccia Family Community Center, Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, for the 15th year. Fathers or father-figures with daughter(s) age 5 to 12 are invited to an evening of dinner, a professional photograph, crafts and dancing. This semi-formal dance will take place six nights: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Feb. 15, 16 and 17; and 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the park office or by calling 330-726-8105 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at Cost is $40 per father and daughter for Boardman residents, and $50 for nonresidents. There will be a $20 charge for each additional daughter who is a Boardman resident, and $25 for non-Boardman residents.


Poland United Methodist Church, 1940 Boardman Poland Road, Poland, will host the 2018 PUMC/ Chinese Mission/ Chinese School/ Chinese Association Joint Spring Festival Celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. A dinner will take place, and afterward there will be shows, outside group dances, qipao show, traditional waist-drum-dance and others. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Chinese Association (CAGYA), membership fee is $10 for individuals and $20 for families. Tickets for the festival are $15 any person age 13 and older, $8 for children age 5 to 12 and children age 4 and under enter free. Registration forms available by emailing Cianna Liu, treasurer, at Donations may be made payable by check to PUMC, and mailed to PUMC, Attention: Pastor Jeff Yeh, 1940 Boardman Poland Road, Poland, OH 44514 and note Chinese School in memo line.


Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, will host a Valentine’s Day pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Andrews Hall. Cost is $8 for all you can eat and $5 for children age 6 and under. Menu includes regular and specialty pancakes, sausage, bacon, pastries, homefries, scrambled eggs, mixed fruit, orange juice, coffee, milk and tea. There also will be basket and 50-50 raffles. Proceeds benefit the Feline Voucher Project targeting the communities of Rogers, Negley and New Waterford. For information, call 330-549-1111.

Friends of Fido will host its “Love is in the Air” fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Davidson’s Restaurant, 3636 Canfield Road, Canfield. Participants can enjoy lunch and a Valentine’s Day basket raffle. The drawing will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Friends of Fido Mahoning County Dog Pound is hosting its fifth annual Valentine’s Day card event, “For the Love of Dogs.” Mail $1 along with a valentine for a pound puppy to P.O. Box 14155, Poland, OH 44514. For information or to find a “valentine,” visit

Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Canfield Committee, will host a fundraising mah-jongg tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon St., Canfield. Make plans with a foursome to attend. Cost is $25 per person. Deadline to register is Wednesday. Parties with less than four will be combined when possible. For information, call the library’s development office at 330-744-6086. Proceeds benefit the library.

Every Dog Matters Rescue will host its Bow Wow Boogie benefit dance party from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at St. George Croatian Hall, 3200 Vestal Road, Youngstown. The evening will feature the John Reese Project and DJ Timmy D. There will be dance lessons sponsored by Abigail and a Time to Dance. Participants can enjoy a basket raffle, 50-50 drawing, dessert table and cash bar. Chef Mladen Doslovic will have specialty sandwiches and snacks available for purchase. Advance $10 tickets are available from volunteers at

Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley will host its bowl-a-thon fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 at Wedgewood Lanes, 1741 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown. Cost is $50 per bowler, which includes three games, shoes and a JA T-Shirt. This year’s theme is “Great American Bowl-a-thon Challenge: Red, White & Blue.” The best-dressed team will take home a snack basket. Bowlers are encouraged to sign up in teams of five. For information, contact Marcy at 330-539-5268 or email JA aims to raise money to support local programs in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties. Proceeds will provide 13,000 students in kindergarten to 12th grade with programs to help learn about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship during the school year.

St. David's Society of Youngstown will host its 127th annual St. David’s Day banquet in honor of the patron saint of Wales at 2:30 p.m. March 3 at A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon St., Canfield. The banquet is the signature event of the society and takes place the Saturday closest to March 1, St. David’s Day. The hall will be decorated with Welsh flags, shields, banners, likenesses of St. David and daffodils, the national flower of Wales. There will be food, entertainment by “The Youngstown Connection,” speakers and group singing in the Welsh tradition as well as toasts to St. David, Wales and the United States. Tickets are $20 each, and reservations are required by Feb. 23 at 330-787-4484. Anyone interested in becoming a member email


Churchill United Methodist Church, 189 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, Liberty, is hosting its “Grief Share” program for all who have suffered a loss. Classes begin at 6 p.m. and take place every Thursday and will continue until April 19. The meetings will take place on the second floor of the church’s educational building.


Helping Hands Closet at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, Canfield, has new and gently used clothing for the entire family. February begins winter clearance. All inventory is $2 each, including men’s and women’s slacks and jeans, that also are buy two get the third one free. Party and wedding dresses are 75 percent off. White tickets (new spring items) are not on sale. Shop and save money. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Struthers Lions Club will host a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2741 E. Midlothian Blvd. (the former Ginetti’s building). Proceeds will benefit people in need in the community.


Circle of Friends Foundation's Night at the Races will take place Feb. 24 at St. Mary Assumption Social Center, 356 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown. To reserve tickets, call Katelyn McQuiston at 330-793-2487. There will be food, friends, and prize money. Different prices and sponsorship levels are available.

Holy Apostles Parish Daughters' Club will host its annual valentine and card party at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church social hall, 421 Covington St., Youngstown. There will be a basket auction and TV, lottery wreath and 50-50 raffles. Donation is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Lunch will be provided. For information, call 330-743-1905.

Interfaith Women of the Valley will sponsor the 71st Interfaith Tea at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Columba Cathedral and hall, 159 W. Rayen Ave. The tea will be hosted by the Catholic Women, and the guest speaker will be Sister Norma Raupple, coordinator of English language learning and outreach. The event is free. Many faiths are represented.

Mahoning Valley Historical Society will host its sixth annual Cookie Table and Cocktails event Feb. 24 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Social Hall, 343 via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown. The event is being organized by the Young Leaders Advisory Board, a group within the MVHS comprised of members who are promotiing MVHS programming beyond the museum sites and in the community. The purpose is to raise funds for ongoing exhibits and educational programming at the Tyler History Center. Bakers still are being accepted and need to provide eight to 12 dozen cookies and will receive one free ticket to the event. Bakers can sign up at Tickets are $65 per person and include a buffet dinner, cookies and music by Del Sinchack. Event also includes a silent auction, basket raffle and signature cocktails at the cash bar. Ticket are on sale at or by calling 330-743-2589.

Night at the Races will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ Our Savior Great hall, 766 Fifth St., Struthers. Races begin at 7 with free admission, refreshments and food. A basket auction, Black Jack, Over & Under, $1 pull tabs, lottery ticket raffle and a 50-50 raffle will take place. Proceeds benefit St. Nicholas School. For information, call the school office at 330-755-2128.

Shepherd's Foundation will host its annual Wine Social from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tyler History Center, 325 S. Federal St. Youngstown. Tickets are $40. The event includes wine and food pairings, entertainment by French Blue, a basket auction and a cork pull. Proceeds benefit Shepherd’s Foundation. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting or by calling Tony Perrone at 330-530-4038, ext. 2028, or email at

Sutliff Museum is exhibiting a collection of teapots that features ceramic and stoneware teapots collected from all over the world, including Taiwan and Japan. Originating in China, tea was used primarily for medicinal purposes. As the trade routes connecting the East to the West were established, drinking tea became fashionable, especially among the British. An exhibit on hygiene of the Victorian Era also is open through April. The museum is on the second floor of the Warren Trumbull County Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. Admission is free, and hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For information, visit, call 330-395-6575 or visit it on Facebook or Twitter.

Suzie's Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St., Youngstown, in cooperation with the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley, is sponsoring a “donate a hot dog” campaign in hopes of providing food to the area’s homeless population. Throughout the year, Suzie’s customers can donate a hot dog for the hungry and write a note of support. Donations will be matched dog-for-dog by the restaurant. On the second Wednesday of every month, employees will provide a meal and bring all the notes for the overnight residents and meal visitors at the Rescue Mission. The goal is food for the body and encouragement for the spirit. The project is inspired by the shooting death last November of Colin Brown. Brown worked in the restaurant industry, managing newly opened restaurants and helping get them off the ground. He was a volunteer with the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator in Youngstown, was known for his pay it forward attitude and always helping those in need.


AARP 4611 East, Youngstown, will host an overnight trip to Lancaster, Pa., April 6 and 7 to the Sight & Sound Millenium Theatre for the production “Jesus.” Cost is $300 for double occupancy with the first payment of $50 due with reservation. Balance is due by March 16. For reservations, call Darlene at 330-783-0542 or Rosalind at 330-782-9188. Classic Heritage bus will leave at 6:30 a.m. April 6 from the Walmart parking lot on Belmont Avenue. Bus is scheduled to return at approximately 9:30 p.m. April 7.

ACTION and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. are sponsoring a free bus trip to Columbia, S.C., to confront Vision Property Management about its housing practices in the city. The bus will depart at 4 a.m. March 3 from St. Edwards Church, 240 Tod Lane, Youngstown. Reservations can be made by calling 330-480-0423 or by filling out the form at

Junior League of Youngstown will host a round trip from Youngstown to New York City from April 13 to 15. Tickets are available until March 14, and payment plans will be accepted but must be paid in full by March 14. Tickets are transferable if unable to attend. No cash refunds will be issued. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Mineral Ridge Alumni Association is sponsoring a Rivers Casino bus trip to Pittsburgh Feb. 21. Cost is $35 with $20/slots plus $5 food bonus. Photo ID required at the casino. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 3504 state Route 46, Mineral Ridge. Arrive by 8:30 a.m. for complimentary coffee and doughnuts. Payment is required in advance with checks made payable to Mineral Ridge Alumni Association, PO Box 191, Mineral Ridge, OH, 44440. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. For questions or to make reservations, call Dave Williams at 330-559-6719. The bus will depart from the casino around 4:30 p.m., arriving home between 6-6:30 p.m.

A calendar of activities to which the public is invited is published Monday. Please submit information to the Society Department by noon Thursday.

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