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Shepherd of the Valley collecting socks to help veterans

During the month of July, Shepherd of the Valley is collecting white, cotton socks for Veterans in need. Shepherd of the Valley is having its first Stars and Stripes Sock Drive to benefit local veterans. The collected socks will be given to the Trumbull County Council of the American Legion to distribute to Veteran men and women in local nursing facilities and Veteran Clinics. White, cotton men’s and women’s socks can be dropped off at any Shepherd of the Valley community between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Drop-off hours for the corporate offices are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Local offices participating are Boardman, located at 7148 West Boulevard (330-726-9061); Poland, located at 301 W. Western Reserve Road (330-726-7110) and the Corporate Office/At Home With Shepherd, located at 5525 Silica Road in Austintown (330-530-4038). For more information, contact Danielle Procopio at 330-530-4038, ext. 2057 or by email dprocopio@shepherdofthevalley.com.

Autism Society receives Youngstown Foundation Grant

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Hine Memorial Fund of The Youngstown Foundation to support its fourth annual Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.: Finding Rewards In Every New Day, an inclusive day camp experience for children, teens and young adult students with autism and their friends. The first program of its kind in the Mahoning Valley, Camp F.R.I.E.N.D. is hosted by the Youngstown Central YMCA and facilitated by ABA Therapy Solutions for a week each month this summer. The grant will help more families share in this fun, summer rite of passage by allowing the camp to expand from a single week to three and enabling the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley to offer scholarships.

The library receives $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Summer Discovery Program

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is supporting literacy with a generous donation of $6,000 to the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) for the 2018 Summer Discovery Program, “Libraries Rock!” The Kennedy Family Fund and First Place Community Fund, component funds of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, were the grant-makers. The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is operated exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes which effectively assist and promote the well-being of residents of Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. Information about the Foundation can be found at www.cfmv.org. This year’s Summer Discovery program began in May and runs through July.

Legacy Dog Rescue and Angels for Animals to benefit from July 14 event

On July 14, The New Brickhouse Tavern, located at 958 E. Midlothian Boulevard in Youngstown, is hosting an event to help Legacy Dog Rescue and Angels for Animals from 4-11 p.m. There will be live outside music, weather permitting. The cost of $10 will include live music, pasta and meatballs, bread and butter, and dessert. There will also be a Chinese auction.

Immaculate Heart of Mary hosts vacation Bible school

Immaculate Heart of Mary is hosting a vacation Bible school July 16-19 from 5:30-8 p.m. This year’s theme is “Sweet on Jesus!” This event is open to anyone interested and will feature supper, snacks, crafts and music. To register, call the rectory at 330-793-9988 or email margiehynes93@gmail.com. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Austintown Fitch stadium closure

Greenwood Chevrolet Austintown Falcon Stadium, including the track and field will be closed the week of July 9. All stadium lighting will be replaced with LEDs during the closure. This is to ensure the safety of all staff, students and community members. The stadium, track and field are expected to be open for all school related activities and the public on July 16.

Local restaurant hosts tasting event

The Manor Restaurant will host a Craft Beer and Crepe Tasting on July 14 from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Sweet and savory crepes will be featured along with local brewers Paladin Brewing, Biker Brewhouse, Birdfish Brewing Company and Numbers Brewing Company. To purchase tickets, visit The Manor, located at at 3401 South Canfield - Niles Road in Austintown. For further details, call 330-318-8060.

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.

Get connected with digital media at your library

Learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices at the Austintown library on July 25 at 10 a.m. This event is for adults and teens.

Coupon swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in during Austintown library hours throughout July to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Sunshine Golf Outing to take place on July 21

The 13th annual Sunshine Benefit Golf Outing, sponsored by Magilla’s Sports Bar and Grill, will take place on July 21 at Lakeside Golf Course. The outing is a three-person scramble that includes continental breakfast and lunch at the turn, followed by a made-to-order steak dinner reception at Magilla’s Sports Bar where prizes will be awarded for hole events, the winner of the 50/50 drawing and the winners of the Chinese auction will be announced. This year’s recipient is Rachel Sheridan of Boardman, who is currently battling stage 3 intraductal breast cancer. Those seeking to help with the event can consider becoming a hole and/or program sponsor for $100, give gift donations for the Chinese auction, give monetary donations or buy ceiling tile advertisement at Magilla’s Sports Bar and Grill. For more information, contact one of the following committee co-chairs: Jim Kroskoski at 330-507-3734, Mark Kellerman at 330-397-7652, John Mashiska at 330-519-6753, or Allen or Cyndi Gordon at 330-716-0756.

Chapter Chat book club

If you love books, attend the Chapter Chat book club on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library where they will be reading and discussing “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne. Each month will be a new genre. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

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 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care-giver. Join the Austintown library every Thursday in July 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 July 11 at 6 p.m. and July 20 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 by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross on July 17 from 1-6 p.m. and July 21 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Austintown library. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Nominations sought for Italian Fest

The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest 2018 is seeking nominations for the Italian Man and the Italian Woman of the year. The nominee would be considered for the highest honor and if selected would be introduced in person at the festival opening ceremonies on Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. in downtown Youngstown. Applications are available to be retrieved from the event’s website: http://www.youngstownitalianfest.org/italian-man-woman-year/ or email caramia822@aol.com or lindailich@ymail.com.

Michael Roy’s Cirque du Papier: performing paper magic

See an interactive stand-up origami presentation by visual artist Michael Roy Baldridge on July 24 at 2 p.m. at the Austintown library. He brings origami into the new millennium, combining classic Japanese style origami with the latest in high tech folding. He’ll transform single, flat squares of paper into 3D forms of animals, flowers, sea life, birds and decorative objects right before your eyes. One sheet of paper. No cuts. No tears. No glue. With dexterity, quick wit and knowledge of origami history and technique, he will share the technology and art that is origami. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on origami workshop. Space is limited and registration is required. This event is for school-age children age and up, plus teens and adults.

Shake, shimmy and make

Make a musical instrument and more during regular hours at the Austintown library during July. This event is for rock and rollers of all ages.

Strategy board games at the library

Go to the Austintown library on July 14 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.

Understanding and responding to Dementia-related behavior by Alzheimer’s Association

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join the Austintown library on July 18 at 6:30 p.m. to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. Call 800-272-3900 to reserve your seat. This event is for adults.

Gotta move 2.0

On July 27 at 3:30 p.m., the Austintown library will project child-friendly workout videos onto the big screen and participants will attempt to follow along. Wear comfy clothes and prepare to work up a sweat during this 30-minute program. This program is recommended for children ages 6 and up.

Music trivia Monday

Compete against other families in an all-ages music trivia game on July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. The multiple choice quiz, accessed by your phone or one of the library’s devices, will test your knowledge of some of the top songs from the past 50 years. Answer quickly and accurately to score the most points. The winning family gets to be first in the post-game refreshments line. Snacks will be provided.

Rockin’ DIY guitar picks

Join the Austintown library on July 18 at 10 a.m. for a music-inspired craft. Use a guitar pick punch to create custom picks and jewelry. This event is for teens and tweens.

A dozen makes a difference

The Austintown library wants their materials being used by the community. Help them empty their shelves during July by borrowing our books, movies and other items. Each time you check out a dozen or more items, you will help them create a masterpiece by adding a square to their “Starry Night” mosaic poster. This event is for all ages.

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 July 16 and 30.

Identify the album cover

Match the album’s title and artist with the correct cover art for a chance to win a prize. This event is for teens in grades 7-12 and is offered during regular hours at the Austintown library throughout July.

Stamping with Cindy

Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools at the Austintown library on July 19 at 3 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. 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, and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Family movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie at the Austintown library on July 31 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.

Basic email class

Learn how easy it is to set up your own email account at the Austintown library on July 16 at 10 a.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover setting up an internet-based e-mail account and how to use it. Some knowledge of computers and internet is required. Registration required, space is limited. Register online via the library’s event calendar or call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

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.

Redeemer Lutheran Church VBS has “On the Farm” theme

Redeemer Lutheran Church will host its annual Vacation Bible School for children who are ages 3-12 on July 18-20 from 9 a.m. until noon. The theme will be “On the Farm.” The program will take place at the Mahoning County Experimental Farm Classroom on the first two days. The final day will take place at Redeemer Lutheran church, located at 2305 S. Canfield-Niles Road in Austintown. There will be a picnic on the last day. There will be crafts, games, gifts, music and fun. The event is free and open to all children in the community between the ages of 3 and 12. Register online at www.redeemer-Austintown.org or contact the church at 330-799-7823 with your name, address, phone number and the names and ages of your children along with any special needs (allergies, etc.). Register today as space is limited.

Stranger Reads book club

Do you want to talk about a book, but want to avoid the obligation of reading one picked out for you? Go to the Stranger Reads book club and tell them what you enjoyed reading this month. You might even hear about a new book you want to read. Upcoming meetings are Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library. This event is for adults.

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 July and August at the Austintown library to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Austintown Food Service department announces summer food program

The Austintown Local School District will again sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free meals will be made available to all children ages 1-18 at the Austintown Elementary School, located at 245 Idaho Road - Lynn Kirk Loop. Meals will be served Monday through Friday from June 4 until Aug. 17. Breakfast will be served from 7:45-9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you have any questions about the program, contact Alexis Weber, RDN, LD, Food Service Director, at 330-797-3900 at ext. 2032 for more information.

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: July 17 - Sound Bite, July 24 - Youngstown Area Comm. Concert Band, July 31 - Blue Siren, Aug. 7 - The Vegas Band, Aug. 14 - Jim Frank Combo (Continuing Healthcare Solutions Senior Art Exhibit) and 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.

Austintown Local School District announces open enrollment for 2018-2019

The Austintown Local School district will again have statewide open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. Applications will be accepted for students in grades Kindergarten through eighth-grade based on grade level availability. Applications are now available on the Austintown School’s website at www.austintownschools.org. In order to be accepted for open enrollment, completed applications must be submitted online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any students living in the state of Ohio and entering grades kindergarten through eighth are eligible. One application must be completed for each student. No new students will be accepted in grades 9-12. Only existing open enrollment students and those in special programs will be accepted into the high school. Open enrollment will close on Aug. 3 for the 2018-2019 school year. Call the registration office at at 330-797-3900, ext. 1516 if you have additional questions or need more information.

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.

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.

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.

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