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Girls basketball boosters to host fundraiser

The Austintown Fitch girls basketball boosters will host a fundraiser to support the Ftich girls basketball program (grades 7-12) at Rachel’s Dinner on Jan. 21 from 12-5 p.m. Food, a Chinese auction and a 50/50 auction will be offered. Tickets for adults will be $15 and tickets for children ages 10 and under will be $12. For tickets, call or text Lynn Mickey at 330-770-5871 or Ellen DiFrancesco at 330-501-3263.

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.

Local veteran to speak on Battle of the Bulge Jan. 15

Howard “Howdy” Friend, a 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 Jan. 15. The speech will be preceded by a buffet dinner at 6:15 p.m. at AlaCarte Catering, located on Lisbon Street in Canfield. A power point presentation will accompany his speech, which is based on his actions in battle. Reservations are due to David Frank, 330 757-0515, by Jan. 12.

Smith Corners Church to host free breakfast

There will be a free pancake, sausage and egg breakfast on Jan. 13 from 9-11 a.m. at the South Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road. The church is at the corner of Kirk Road and State Route 46 in Austintown. Donations are accepted and the proceeds will go towards the World Service Projects.

Supper at the Corner hosted by church

Smith Corners United Methodist Church will host a free supper on Jan. 18 from 4:30-6 p.m. The supper is a community outreach program and is open to all. Donations are accepted to continue this program. The Smith Corners Church is located at the corner of Kirk Road and State Route 46 in Austintown.

Vegetable Soup Sale at the church

The Smith Corners United Methodist Church will be having a vegetable soup sale on Jan. 26 and 27. Soup will be sold by the quart for $6 and pre-orders are required. Call the church to order at 330-799-9390.

Smith family owned DQ stores to host Fan Appreciation Day

The Smith family-owned Dairy Queen stores will be hosting Fan Appreciation Day on Jan. 17 at the Austintown and Cornersburg locations. The Austowntown Dairy Queen is located at 146 N. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown and the Cornersburg DQ is located at 3555 S. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

YMCA calls for art

The Davis Family YMCA in Boardman is now accepting art for its fifth annual FIVE Squared benefit art show and sale. Art must be submitted by Jan. 15. Name, title of the piece and contact info should be on the back and pieces can be mailed to The Davis Family YMCA, located at 45 McClurg Road in Boardman. All art must be 5 inches by 5 inches on a stiff surface. Any medium will be accepted, but must be light weight enough to hang on wall via sticky tack. Heavier pieces may have a hanging wire attached to back. Donations will be accepted from all ages and skill levels. Each artist may donate up to eight pieces and children may donate up to four. Early entry is encouraged. All art and artists’ names will be featured on a commemorative photomontage, featured at the Opening Reception on Feb. 4 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Boardman YMCA. All art with be hung anonymously and patrons may purchase art for $25. Once sold, a SOLD sign will be hung along with the artist’s name. Buyers will find out the name of the artist only after purchase. Pieces that do not sell will be available for pick up on or after March 7. A high resolution file will be sent to participating artists who provide an email address. Proceeds fund ARTreach programs for under-served children and families in the community. Artists may download a prospectus at the Gallery at the YMCA, or Email for more information.

Lego My Library presented in January

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Austintown library on Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided at this program, for ages 6 and up.

Blood drive at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross proudly serves the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. They will be taking blood donations to help the community at the Austintown library on Jan. 20 from 10:30a.m. until 3 p.m. and again on Jan. 29, 1-6 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Basic computer class offered at the library

Learn very basic computer skills at this program at the Austintown library on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover use of a mouse, computer terms and simple internet use. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 to register for this class for adults.

Create a grab and go craft

Make a craft to take home at the Austintown library during the month of January.

Read to Reese

On the second Saturday of each month, come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners, at the Austintown library at 11 a.m. The next date is Jan. 13. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This program is for school-age children.

Play I Spy

Find the hidden items in the bottle at the Austintown library during regular library hours in January. Children in grades K-6 can play.

Guess the picture book

Can you guess the picture book from the cut up cover at the Austintown library during regular library hours in January? One winner will be chosen at random from correct entries. Children of all ages can participate.

Join Family Game Night at the library

Join the Austintown library on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. for all or part of the two hour game night. There will be a variety of board games, as well as some oversize games to share. This event promises fun for the whole family.

Pre-k storytime at the library

This program, offered every Wednesday in January 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 January at 10 a.m. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.

Frieldny Squares to host dance on Jan. 13

The Friendly Squares will also host their next dance on Jan. 13 at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. Dress is casual and there is a $6 donation per person at the door. To sign up for lessons or for additional information, contact Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Show your library card for Phantoms ticket discount

If you show your PLYMC library card at the Covelli Centre box office on Jan. 15, you can purchase at a ticket for that day’s 1:35 p.m. game at special price of $9. At that game, there will be activities and special promotions. Your library card can save you money through the “Show Me Your Card” offers; go to to learn more.

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.

Chapter Chat Book Club to be Jan. 31

Come to the Chapter Chat Book Club on Jan. 31 at the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. Call the Austintown library at 330-744-8636 to find January’s read. Light refreshments will be served at this book club for adults.

January meeting for Page Turners book club announced

Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in at the Austintown library on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. and join the fun at the Page Turners book club. This book club is for adults.

New program at the library

Join the program, True Crime Series, Part 1: Jack the Ripper at the Austintown library on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. This five-part series will cover a different unsolved true crime each month. Choose any book, documentary (etc.) based on the current month’s topic and join us for discussion. This program is for adults.

Movie night at the library

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie at the Austintown library on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. Movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Swap your scrapbook paper

Bring in your unwanted scrapbook paper, gently used scraps, cutouts or embellishments and swap them out for something that is new to you. Swapping will take place during Austintown library hours on Jan. 27 at your leisure. This program is for adults.

Friends of the Austintown Library presentation and meeting announced for January

Join the presentation of “What’s New at the Library,” with Deborah Liptak, Development Director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County on Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. For more information about the Austintown Friends, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086.

Build with a 3-D pen at the library

Tweens and teens, bring your designs off the page with 3-D pens at the Austintown library on Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Register in advance for this program as space is limited. Participants must be at least 8-years-old.

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

Strategy board games at the library

Do you like to play strategy board games? Go to the Austintown library on Jan. 13 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 program is for adults and teens.

A dozen makes a difference

The Austintown library wants their materials being used by the community. Help them empty the shelves by borrowing books, movies and other items. Borrow a dozen or more items at one time on your library card. Show your check-out receipt to a librarian to receive a small giveaway during the month of January,

Holiday library closings announced for the end of the year

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


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

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 All interested applicants should apply at

Local team has fundraiser

The Canfield Girls Basketball Boosters will host Designer Bag Bingo at St. Michaels Parish Family Life Center on Jan. 20, 2018. Thirteen games of bingo will be played, with an authentic designer handbag, including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach, Tory Birch, Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Phillip Lim, awarded as the prize for each game. The handbag for the grand finale game will include the highest valued handbag filled with gift cards. Other raffles will be offered. Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 at the door and include 12 rounds of bingo, grand finale bingo, hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. Additional bingo cards and daubers will be available to purchase. A cash bar of beer and wine will also be offered. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with bingo beginning at 6 p.m. All funds raised will benefit the Lady Cards Basketball program. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit Facebook and search Lady Cards Basketball Boosters Designer Purse Bingo. Tickets will also be available to purchase at Canfield High School girls basketball home games.

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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