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Friend to speak on experiences from Battle of the Bulge

Howard, “Howdy” Friend, local retired educator and administrator, will relate his experiences in the Battle of the Bulge for members of the World War II Heritage Group when they meet on Feb. 19. The speech will be preceded by a buffet dinner at 6:15 p.m. at AlaCarte Catering on Lisbon Street in Canfield. A power point presentation will accompany his speech, which is based on his action in the famous battle. Reservations are due to David Frank, 330 757-0515, by Feb. 15.

Free pancake and sausage breakfast

The Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road at the corner of Kirk Road and State Route 46 in Austintown, is hosting a free breakfast on Feb. 10 from 9-11 a.m. Donations are accepted and the proceeds will go towards the World Service Projects.

Supper at the Corner

On Feb. 15, Smith Corners United Methodist Church will be hosting a free dinner from 4:3-6 p.m. The supper is free as a community outreach of the church and open to all each month. The church is located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road at the corner of Kirk Road and State Route 46 in Austintown. Donations are accepted to continue this program.

Event to support Legacy Dog Rescue

Celebrate the Year of the Dog at Myrddin Winery, located at 3020 Scenic Drive in Lake Milton, while supporting Legacy Dog Rescue starting Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. and proceeding through Feb. 18 at 6 p.m., while the winery is open. Enjoy a homemade Fortune Cookie with a chance to win prizes, a special treat for your dog and check out the basket raffle. Dogs are welcome at this event. For more information on Myrdinn Winery you can visit their website, www.myrddinwine.com. Learn more about Legacy Dog Rescue at www.ldrofohio.org.

Austintown Local Schools announce kindergarten kick-off

The Austintown Local Schools will be hosting Kindergarten Kick-Off on March 8 at 6 p.m. at Austintown Elementary School. Students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the kindergarten classrooms, meet staff members, and learn about transitioning smoothly from home or preschool to kindergarten. Information on staggered start, summer programs as well as tips to assist your child before and during kindergarten will all be discussed. All incoming kindergarten students, along with parents, should attend this important event.

Lenton fish dinner event offered

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, will offer Lenten fish dinners at the parish center, located at 4500 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown, beginning Ash Wednesday and running every Friday through March 23. The menu includes fried or baked Haddock, fried shrimp, coleslaw or applesauce, bread and butter, choice of two sides, assorted desserts and beverages. There is also a complimentary pasta and pizza table with the purchase of adult eat-in dinners, only. The cost is $11 for adult dinners and $6 for children under the age of 12. Take out dinners can be ordered at the door or by calling 330-270-0650.

Pink Ribbon Golf Classic to be in July

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 16. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. The 18-hole scramble will be followed by lunch and a Chinese auction and raffle. For further details, contact Donna Mowrey at 330-207-9630 or Nancy Felton at 330-533-2712.

Cardinal Mooney celebrates start of Catholic Schools Week

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2018 Cardinal Mooney High School is offering a $100 early application bonus to any prospective family that applies for admissions to the 2018-19 academic year by March 1. There is no additional paperwork to complete and applicants are encouraged to go to www.cardinalmooney.com/apply-now and fill out an application for admissions.

Knitting guild to meet on Feb. 13

The Western Reserve Knitting Guild will meet on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Community Building in Fair Park in Canfield. A program for knitting an illusion heart dishcloth will be presented. Those wishing to participate are asked to bring two colors of cotton yarn and corresponding needles.

St. Brendan’s offers fish dinner events

St. Brendan’s will host fish dinner events on all Fridays during Lent, Feb. 16 through March 23 at Maxwell Hall, located at 144 N. Schenley Ave. in Youngstown. Dinner, which in eat-in or take-out from 4-7 p.m., will cost $11 for adults or $6 for children and includes your choice of baked, fried, Cajun or beer-battered fish, one side of your choice from french fries, macaroni and cheese, haluski or roasted potatoes, and cole slaw or applesauce, bread, butter and dessert. There will be a luncheon, which is take-out only, served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will include a sandwich and one side for $7. For more information, call 330-792-3683.

Austintown Schools opening the door for ECOT students

Due to the closing of ECOT, the Austintown Local Schools have received calls regarding enrollment for those displaced students. The district is recommending their online program, Falcon Pride Online, to students considering enrollment in the district. Tutors in online labs communicate weekly, via phone and/or email, with parents about grades, behavior and expectations. Students in grades 6-12 also participate in the 1 to 1 Chromebook Initiative, allowing them to complete assignments easily from home. Superintendent Vincent Colaluca encourages those seeking additional information to contact the program director, Mariel Sallee, at 330-797-3900, ext.1512.

Join the library for a Wizard of Oz Valentine celebration

Join the Austintown library on Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m. for games, activities and treats inspired by Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Create a Valentine, and, of course, take a trip down the Yellow Brick Road. Snacks will be served at this event for children of all ages.

Basic e-mail class offered at the library

Learn how easy it is to set up your own email account at the Austintown library on Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover setting up an internet based email account and how to use it. Some knowledge of computers and the internet is required. Registration required as space is limited. Register online via the library’s event calendar or call 330-744-8636. This program is offered for adults.

Guess the picture book

Can you guess the picture book from the cut-up cover at the Austintown library? One winner will be chosen at random from correct entries. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Grab a craft and go

Make a craft to take home at the Austintown library during library hours. Children of all ages are encourage to participate.

Join playtime at your library

Prepare for Kindergarten through play at the Austintown library on Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. 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. This program is for children who are ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult to this one-hour program.

Friendly Squares to host February Square Dance

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance Feb. 10 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. “Valentines” will be the theme for the dance. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

STEAM activities at the library

Join the Austintown library on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for Valentine’s Day STEAM activities. Some activities are messy, so dress appropriately. This program is for children in grades K-3.

Mill Creek American Business Women’s Association to have meeting Feb. 13

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will have its Feb. 13 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield beginning with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes chicken crepes, ham and cheese strata, scrambled eggs, link sausage, bacon, home-fried potatoes, assorted pastries, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea. The cost is $17 and reservations may be made by calling Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 or Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 by Jan. 31. The speaker for the evening will be Dorothy Kane, who will talk about domestic violence. The public is welcome.

Decode the past

Show what you know about Black History Month by answering historical questions and decoding a secret word at the Austintown library during the month of February. A winner will be selected from the correct entries to receive a prize. This program is for children, tweens and teens during regular library hours.

Cardinal Mooney opens admissions with winter open house and new student referral program

Cardinal Mooney High School, located at 2545 Erie St. in Youngstown, is kicking off the 2018-19 admissions season with a new student referral program. Current Mooney families and employees are encouraged to refer students from qualifying public and charter schools to apply for admissions. Eligible referrals may earn referring families a $500 tuition credit. For more information on the program, visit the “apply now” link on the school’s website, www.cardinalmooney.com. Interested applicants can learn more about the program at Mooney’s winter open house, set for Feb. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the school. Attendees will be treated to student-led tours, information on block scheduling and financial aid, as well as be entered for a chance to win one of two $500 tuition credits just for attending the open house. RSVPs for the open house are encouraged through the school’s website at https://www.cardinalmooney.com/2018/01/04/winter-open-house-set-sunday-february-4th/.

Celebrate Valentines Day with Friends of Fido

The Mahoning County Dog Pound will be celebrating the “For the Love of Dogs” event with Friends of Fido for the fifth year in a row. Mail a $1 bill along with a Valentine to The Mahoning County Dog Pound, PO Box 14155 Poland, Ohio 44514, to help raise funds to care for the dogs. Organizations such as the boy and girl scouts, nursing homes and schools have participated in the past. Visit www.friendsoffidomahoning.com to see the dogs.

Gotta Move Story Time presented at the library

Join the Austintown library every Thursday at 10 a.m. for “Gotta Move Story Time.” This program is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join them 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.

Tales and Talk for 2’s and 3’s announced for January

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday 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.

Pre-k storytime at the library

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

Bonding with babies and books

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months at the Austintown library every Tuesday in February at 10 a.m. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.

Play Bookopoly at the library

Teens and adults, play Bookopoly for fun and prizes. Pick up your game board and instructions at any branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and play Bookopoly from Jan. 1 through March 31. Work your way around the game board by completing tasks, such as checking out a book, visiting our Pop-up Library or getting out into the community. Completing color sets earns you an entry slip for a prize drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. Complete the entire board to enter into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. The contest ends March 31 and all prizes will be awarded on April 16.

Junior League hosts New York trip

The Junior League of Youngstown is hosting a round trip from Youngstown to New York City April 13-15. Spend the day as you wish for your selection of Broadway plays, shopping, sightseeing and dining. The “NYE Ball Drop” price is $139 per person if paid in full by Dec. 31 and $149 per person without a discount. Payment plans are accepted and must be paid in full by March 14 and will be $149 per person. Tickets are available until March 14 for the trip. Your ticket is transferable in the event you are unable to attend. No cash refunds will be issued. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in the 291 Leagues in four countries. For more information, contact Fund Development Chairman Amy Banks at 330-743-2000 or email juniorleagueofyoungstown@gmail.com.

Book-a-librarian

Would you like a personal introduction to resources available at the library? Need more time with a librarian than you can get over the phone or if you just walk in? Book-a-Librarian sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. A library staff member will give undivided attention to customers who want in-depth help with a variety of library services, such as learning to use a computer, e-mail and the internet; downloading e-books and audiobooks; researching a topic; discovering new books and authors and business, non-profit or genealogy help. To schedule an appointment, visit any library, call 330-744-8636 or go online at www.LibraryVisit.org/Book-a-Librarian.

Coupon swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in to the Austintown library during library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.

Valley STEM + ME2 accepting applications for 2018-2019 school year

Enrollment is open for upcoming ninth and 10th grade students interested in applying to the Valley STEM + ME2 Academy for the 2018-2019 school year. The 7,500 square foot lab is housed on the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Campus. The Academy uses a rigorous curriculum, utilizing problem-based learning based on STEM principles. The Valley STEM + ME2 Academy’s mission is to prepare students with skills necessary to compete in the global economy while nurturing the characteristics of discovery, invention, application and entrepreneurship. This Academy provides the ideal setting for students to receive problem-based education based on mastery of skills. The Academy has a STEM-designation from the Ohio Department of Education. Call or e-mail Mara Banfield, Director of Valley STEM + ME2 with any questions or to schedule a tour at 330-729-4000 or mara.banfield@mahoningctc.com. All interested applicants should apply at https://valleystem.enrolltrack.com/StudentPortal/#.

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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