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Monday Night Writers meeting July 16

The next meeting of Monday Night Writers will be on July 16 from 6-8 p.m. in the small meeting room at the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, located at 43 W Main St. in Canfield. Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend. Led by professional writer Nancy Christie, author of “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories,” “The Gifts of Change” and “Rut-Busting Book for Writers,” the two-hour sessions offer an opportunity for members to get group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’ For more information, contact Nancy Christie at

Beef quality assurance certification

Originally, Beef Quality Assurance served two purposes: it educated producers on best practices and quality standards, and gave consumers confidence in their purchase. Now, it also serves as a way to access markets. Recently, Wendy’s restaurant and Tyson Foods announced that starting in 2019; they will only accept beef that originates from cattlemen who are current with their BQA Certification. This is what many call the first in a long line of food processors and restaurants that will soon require the BQA Certification. In an effort to keep your cattle as in demand as possible, OSU Extension has scheduled BQA chute side training for July 21 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Matthews Cattle Company, located at 8783 Columbiana-Canfield Road in Canfield. Participants will have the opportunity to work cattle through the chute, practice proper injection protocols and demonstrate animal handling techniques. The registration is $5 per person, and more details can be found at For questions regarding the BQA Certification, contact Haley Shoemaker at 330-533-5538 or via email at

The library receives $6,000 grant 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 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.

Schrock to speak on Vietnam experiences

Fred Schrock will share his time as a Vietnam combat medic when the World War II Heritage Group meets at AlaCarte Catering in Canfield on July 16. The speech is preceded by a buffet dinner at the cost of $14 per person, and reservations need to be made with David Frank by calling 330 757-0515 by July 13. The dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. Shrock was raised on his family’s farm and graduated from Jackson Milton High School. He received his draft notice in March of 1965. Sent to the Sam Houston base in Texas, he was trained as a combat medic. He was deployed to Vietnam in early 1966. Schrock was assigned to the 14th Infantry of the 25th Division. As an invaluable medic, he was part of numerous patrols and skirmishes over his year length tour of duty. Returning in early 67, he spent the remainder of his enlistment state side. He was discharged with a rank of E5. The Heritage Group meets monthly and endeavors to preserve the stories of local veterans of their war experiences.

Women’s spirituality series: journaling 3

Join Ursuline Sister of Youngstown Eileen Kernan to explore how the ancient tradition of journaling can help you dialog with your inner wisdom, gain insight into your life and discern how movement in your life will guide your future. There is no prerequisite to attend these classes, which are Aug. 2 and Sept. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Ursuline Motherhouse, located at 4250 Shields Road in Canfield. Call 330-799-4941 for reservations. There is no cost to attend but freewill offerings are accepted.

Home canning and food safety series

To learn about canning basics and safe canning procedures, join one or all of these Canning and Food Safety classes on July 26 and Aug. 9 from 1-4 p.m. at the Mahoning County Extension office, located at 490 South Broad Street in Canfield. Topics such as jams and jellies, canning tomatoes and drying apples will be covered by the Mahoning County Master Gardeners. Participants can also bring in their pressure canners to be tested for safety and accuracy. Registration for one class is $15 per person, and registration for all three classes is $40 per person. To register or learn more, contact Mahoning County Extension at 330-533-5538 or visit

Power Point basics

Learn the basics of Power Point on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield library, and discover how to easily create a professional looking presentation. This event is for beginners, space is limited. Register online at, or by phone at 330-744-8636 This event is for adults.

Blood pressure check

There will be a blood pressure check by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association at the Canfield library on July 18 from 1-2 p.m.

Forever Young book club

Join the Canfield library on July 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on Jay Kristoff’s “Nevernight.” The group will read and discuss a different Young Adult book every month. This event is for adults.

Canfield Community Concert Band to host Winds at the Winery

The Canfield Community Concert Band is hosting the third annual Winds at the Winery on July 15 from 12-7 p.m at Mastropietro Winery, located at 14558 Ellsworth Road in Berlin Center. The event will feature six ensembles, including The Ashtabula Brass Band, The Gem City Brass, The Take 5 Brass Quintet, the Cortland Community Band, the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, the Austintown Fitch Alumni Jazz Band and the Canfield Community Concert Band. There will be a different band every hour. Mastropietro Winery has graciously hosted this event free of charge to the band, and invites attendees to bring their own lawn chairs, Monaco’s Concessions will be in attendance selling food throughout the day. The event will also include chances at a 50/50 raffle, raffle prizes and door prizes. A portion of the raffle proceeds will go to Angels for Animals for their Angel Wing Campaign. For more information about the event, visit

Off the Shelves...

Join this monthly book club at 6:30 p.m. on July 31 and 11 a.m. on July 26 at the Canfield library to discuss “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. The club meets for a lively discussion of titles chosen “off the shelves” of the Canfield library’s book club room. 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 Canfield library hours throughout July to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Canfield library every Tuesday in July 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.

Lego my library

Meet at the Canfield library on July 18 from 6-7 p.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.

Mah-Jongg Mondays

Practice your new skill to rattle the tiles and join the fun each Monday in July from 1-3 p.m. at the Canfield library. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend. Mah-Jongg sets are not provided.

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 Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Canfield library.

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. The event will be offered every Friday in July at 10 a.m. at the Canfield library. Pay as you attend at a cost of $10 a class. Dress comfortably. For more information, contact the development office at 330-740-6086. This event is for adults

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care-giver. Join the Canfield library every Wednesday in July at 10 and 11:30 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.

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: or email or

Getting connected with Hoopla

Join the Canfield library on July 14 at 11 a.m. in learning how to use your library card to download free movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, comics and eBooks. This event is for adults. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 to register. Space is limited. Participants should have an email account before attending.

Gemini jams with the Armstrong Air and Space Museum

Learn about the instruments played on the Gemini VI mission and build a harmonica out of household items so that you can make your own songs at the Canfield library on July 17 at 2 p.m. This event is for children of all ages.

Cleveland really does rock

Learn all about Rock and Roll and the Cleveland Connection with author Deanna Adams on July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield library. Join the fun as you “experience” this musical history by hearing the recordings and watching videos of such diverse local artists as Glass Harp, The O’Jays, the James Gang, The Raspberries, Eric Carmen, The Michael Stanley Band, Devo, Chrissie Hynde and others. You’ll also have the opportunity to listen to live music by Davis & McKay. This event is for adults and teens.

Stikbot Makerspace

Bring your imagination to life with Stikbot at the Canfield library on July 25 at 2:30 p.m. Through stop motion photography and creative storytelling, a Stikbot can be whoever you want: a secret agent, a dragon-slaying knight or the next rock star. Children will use the free Stikbot Studio app, action figures and Legos. Using creativity and imagination, they will design their own stop-motion film by taking a number of still photos, and will add backgrounds and sound to make a movie short. Bring an iPhone, iPad or Android with the app loaded. This event is for children who are ages 5-8. Sign up, class limited in size.

Wine bottle craft

Create fun and interesting decorative items to display, using old book pages and wine bottles at this event at the Canfield library on July 23 at 6:30 p.m. This fun and easy craft is an enjoyable and easy way to add a unique element to your home d cor. This event is for adults. Materials are provided and registration is required. Space is limited: register online at or by phone at 330-744-8636.

Yearning to breathe free: immigration and naturalization records

Whether they came as colonists or as 21st Century New Americans, many American ancestors have left documented “footprints” that serve as your passport back through time to your ancestors’ origins. This crucial part of genealogical research involves careful examination of historical records. Records discussed at the event on July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canfield library include passenger lists, citizenship and naturalization records, border crossings and passports, crew lists, immigration and emigration books, slave manifests and passport applications. Registration is required by telephone at 330-744-8636 or online via the events calendar. For adults and teens.

Basic Microsoft Word class

Learn very basic computer skills involving the Microsoft Office Word program at the Canfield library on July 24 at 6:30 p.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover cut and paste and the Word menus. Space is limited, so call 330-744-8636 and mention library to register. This event is for adults.

CHS Class of 1983 to meet for reunion

The Canfield High School Class of 1983 will be hosting their 35-year class reunion Sept. 1 at Kennsington Grill, located at 4171 Westford Place in Canfield, beginning at 6 p.m. The evening will include a cash bar, heavy appetizers and music playing 80’s favorites. Tickets are $50 per person. For an additional $12 classmates can purchase the group photo which will be distributed later that evening. For reservations, make checks payable to CHS Class of ‘83 and mail to P.O. Box 35 Canfield, Ohio 44406. Checks need to be received by Aug. 15. Rooms will be available at the Canfield Marriott for anyone needing accommodations. A pre-reunion get-together will take place at the Canfield Fairgrounds Grandstand on Aug. 31 with the class entering a Class of ‘83 car in the demolition derby. For more information, join the Facebook group Canfield High School Class of 1983.

Find and sell treasures at trunk sale

Sell your garage sale type items from the trunk of your car in the parking lot or inside the Lord of Life Church, located at 550 N. Broad St, in Canfield. There will be 50 spaces available in the parking lot for venders to bring a vehicle or tent to sell your own items. Spaces inside church (23 available) are a first come first serve basis. Tables will be provided. The sale will take place on Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per unit (table inside or space outside in parking lot). Call Ruth Allen at 330-550-3022 to reserve your spot. Payment is required in advance. Responsibilities for those who wish to participate in the sell are to set up 1 hour ahead and clean up when sale is over.

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 June 18-22 (integrated camp for ages 6-13), 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 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 or go to

Local flavor comes to a community garden near you

Want to learn more about growing vegetables, soils and plant production? If so, mark your calendars to join OSU Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers at local community gardens this summer. Programs will take place every Monday from May 28 until Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. Topics such as vegetable growing patterns, production details and soil characteristics will be discussed. This program is geared for participants of all ages, and is beneficial to the backyard gardener just wanting to learn some tips and tricks, or for someone wanting to start their own community garden. Each week will be hosted at a different community garden in the Youngstown area. Participants should bring a note pad and a lawn chair for seating, as well as their gardening questions. For more details, along with exact garden locations and addresses for each week, call 330-533-5538 or visit

Coloring for grown-ups

Join the Canfield library at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 and tap into your creative side with the newest relaxation craze: coloring for grown-ups. Colored pencils and markers will be provided along with intricate abstract and themed design sheets. This program is for adults and teens only.

Cleveland really does rock

Learn all about rock and roll and the Cleveland Connection with author Deanna Adams at the Canfield library on July 19 at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun as you “experience” this musical history by hearing the recordings and watching videos of such diverse local artists as the Glass Harp, the O’Jays, the James Gang, the Raspberries, Eric Carmen, the Michael Stanley Band, Devo, Chrissie Hynde and others. You’ll also have the opportunity to listen to live music by Davis & McKay.

Guided labyrinth walk season begins at The Ursuline Health and Wellness Center

The Ursuline Health and Wellness Center, located at 4280 Shields Road, begins its 2018 Guided Labyrinth Walk season with a walk on April 15 at 2 p.m. This year’s themes celebrate aspects of St. Angela Merici’s introduction to her Counsels. St. Angela founded the Ursuline order in 1535. All persons of faith are invited to participate in these free events. Walks generally take 20 minutes to half an hour. All walks are scheduled weather-permitting. The list of walks is: July 19 at 6:30 p.m. - “Risk New Things,” Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. - “Stick with It,” Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. - “Get on Your Knees” and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. - “Expect Big Surprises.” The Ursuline Center Labyrinth is a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and open year-round from dawn to dusk for all persons of faith. There is no cost to use the labyrinth, which is handicapped-accessible and offers ample parking. Printed guides are provided at the Labyrinth’s entrance giving suggestions for following the path, but there is no right or wrong way to experience the sacred walk.

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.

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 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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