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Local church hosts strawberry festival

The Poland Presbyterian Church Strawberry Festival will take place on June 29 from 5-8:30 p.m. on the church lawn, located at 2 Poland Manor, rain or shine. Watch the parade, enjoy strawberries, ice cream, shortcake, hots dogs, sausage sandwiches, snacks and beverages during the event. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and summer basket raffle. All proceeds will go toward benefitring the PPC Parish Life Committee and PPC youth programs.

Students Leadership Challenge 2018

In celebration of his more than 50 years in martial arts, Master Park is offering a “Students Leadership Challenge 2018.” Park has been training and instructing martial arts to all ages for more than five decades in the United States and Korea. He has witnessed and proved that more than 90 percent of students became more successful academically, physically and mentally when participating in martial arts instruction. This year, 3-8 students will be selected from each school building location of 10 local school districts from across the Mahoning Valley. Schools participating are Boardman, St. Charles, Poland, Holy Family, Canfield, South Range, Austintown, Cardinal Mooney High School, Ursuline High School, St. Christine, Western Reserve, West Branch, Columbiana, Springfield and Lowellville. A scholarship will be available to those who are chosen for 1-3 months of 1-hour classes twice per week. To apply, you must have at least a GPA of 2.5 or higher. You must submit a form and two recommendations from a teacher or parent. Students are required to follow the rules and regulations. No experience is required. Individual and corporate sponsorships are also available at the following levels: listing sponsor - $100; silver - $300; gold - $500 and platinum - $700. Those interested can contact Master Park at 330-965-9000 or email him with the subject of “Master Park’s Students Leadership 2018” at MasterPark@MasterPark.com.

Felger Exotics

Come “monkey” around with Felger Exotics live animals on June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Poland library. There will not only be monkeys, but a bunny or two. Come to the library and see a baby kangaroo. Space is limited. Reserve your seat via the library’s events calendar or call the library at 330-744-8636. This event is for the family.

Camp out at the library

Enjoy stories and songs around the “campfire” at the Poland library on June 22 at 2 p.m. Explore a tent, make an outdoorsy craft and learn how to make s’mores. Participants will be able to make and eat their own indoor version of the s’more. This event is for children of all ages.

Square Dance event on June 9

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on June 9 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Ed Pabst will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances between the tips. This will be a high/low dance with tips for new dancers 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.

Stamping fun

Join the Poland library on June 27 at 6:30 p.m. as they create a patriotic craft. All materials will be provided. This event is for tweens, teens and adults.

DIY fabric coasters

Learn to make cool drink coasters covered with fabric on June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Poland library. All materials will be provided and reservations are recommended. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register.

Mill Creek ABWA to meet on June 12

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its June 12 meeting at Al A Cart Catering in Canfield beginning with networking at 6 p.m. and followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes Swiss chicken, Italian sausage with peppers and onions, buttered parsley potatoes, Italian vegetables, salad, pasta salad, Jell-O and dessert. The cost is $18. Reservations may be made by calling Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 by May 31. The speaker for the evening will be Cheryl Feichter who is the owner of The Brazen Brush on Market Street in Boardman. They specialize in do-it-yourself wooden signs. The public is welcome.

Cardinal Mooney High School announces summer camp series

Cardinal Mooney High School has announced their summer camp series. All camps will take place at the school, located at 2545 Erie St. in Youngstown, and range in age from kindergarten through eighth-grade. The boys’ basketball camp will run from June 19-21 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for grades 4-9. The cost to participate is $60. The CMHS Football Camp of Champions will take place from June 25-26 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for grades 3-8. The cost to participate is $60. A cheer camp will be offered Aug. 1-3 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. with a cheer exhibition on Aug. 3 at noon for those in grades 5-8. The cost is $50. A mini cheer camp will take place on Aug. 1-8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The cost to participate is $40. More information and new additions to the Series can be found at www.cardinalmooney.com/events or on Cardinal Mooney’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/cardinalmooneyohio.

Rock out with the Green Team

Rock out with Peg Flynn and Kim Lewis of the Mahoning County Green Team, as they present a Sesame Street book titled “From Trash to Treasure” by Liza Alexander on June 13 at 2 p.m. at the Poland library. After reading the story, you will be able create musical instruments from recovered material and join in the band to play the ever popular Recycle Rap! This event is for children of all ages.

Story walk

Join the Poland library on June 12 at 10 a.m. on the Poland Village Town Hall lawn to walk, read, collect prizes and have fun celebrating the beginning of summer. This event is for preschoolers and children up to grade 3 who are accompanied by an adult. There will be drinks and a take-home treat will be served.

Color your world

Join the Poland library on June 14 from 7-8 p.m. for a relaxing evening of coloring for teens and adults. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own.

Read to Roxie

Relax and read to Roxie, a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International at the Poland library on June 19 at 6 p.m. Each child will be given a 15-minute reading session while spots remain. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register. Th

Holiday closings

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for Independence Day on July 4.

Business plan resources

This workshop on June 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Poland library provides the basics to understand every section of a business plan through resources of the library. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. 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 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 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.

Trim a tree for August

Decorate an ornament for the Poland library’s all-seasons tree throughout June, July and August. This event is for children of all ages.

is event is for children in grades 1-4.

Teen choice awards

This is your chance to let the library know your favorites. Vote for your favorite TV show, movie, song, book and more throughout regular hours in June at the Poland library. Each ballot will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a gift card. The results will be posted in July. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Celebrate Poland library event

Stop in during Poland library hours on June 30 to make a patriotic craft and take part in a scavenger hunt. Receive a small prize for a completed scavenger hunt. This event is for children of all ages.

Get connected with digital media at your library

If you would like to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices, attend this program on June 2 at 10 a.m. at the Poland library. Registration is recommended. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register. This event is for adults and teens.

Learn the library website

Discover library services and resources during this overview of the library website: www.libraryvisit.org. This event takes place on June 19 at 10 a.m. at the Poland library and is for adults.

Blood pressure check

There will be a blood pressure check by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association at the Poland library on June 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Yoga class

The Friends of PLYMC are sponsoring a Yoga class every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. at the Poland library in the meeting room. Pay as you attend at $10 per session. For more information, call 330-740-6086.

Poland branch becomes first in state to offer special loan

The Poland branch of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage recently announced that it is the first in Ohio to offer a USDA Rural Development New Construction loan. For more information about the USDA Rural Development Construction mortgage loan, contact Brandon Davis at AmeriFirst Home Mortgage at bdavis@amerifirst.com or 330-965-1808. The Poland branch is located at 577 E. Western Reserve Road.

Ladies in Little Black Dresses for Literacy

Reserve your place now for a Literary Society fundraising event, Ladies in Little Black Dresses for Literacy, at the Lake Club, located at 1140 Paulin Road in Poland, at 6 p.m. on June 7. Tickets are $40 each and include heavy appetizers and one glass of wine. There will be a cash bar. This event benefits Library Foundation funds: the Carol A. Bacon Literary Society Fund and the Martha Muransky Children’s Literacy Fund. These boutiques will sell accessories and a portion of the proceeds from participating boutiques will benefit these funds: Suzanne’s, Ivory & Birch, Matilda Jane Clothing. Along with the, sponsors of the event are The Muransky Companies, in memory of Martha Muransky, and Home Savings. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of a book by their favorite author to swap with other attendees and can also donate once-read or brand new children’s books. For information and to register, contact the library’s development office at 330-740-6086.

Playtime at your library

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 at the Poland library on June 5 at 10 a.m. Activities will vary at each program. This event is for ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in June at the Poland library, 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.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library on June 14 at 10:30 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.

Basic conversational French

Join Ron Saffell for this series of programs and learn French using games and fun activities on June 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Poland library. This event is for teens and tweens, but adults are welcome. Reservations are needed.

Business start-up workshop

Are you thinking about starting a business in the near future or further down the road? This program at the Poland library on June 4 at 6:30 p.m. will address key topics for beginning a business and will discuss the library’s sources and services for business start-up and beyond. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. This event is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital at the Poland library on June 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and June 21 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Poland Lions host Treasures of the Trunk Sale

The Poland Lions are hosting their annual Treasures of the Trunk Sale on June 9. The event takes place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Poland High School’s Stadium Parking Lot at State Route 170 and Dobbins Road. Vendors are being sought for this one day sale. Crafters, home goods, furniture, toys, specialty items and garage sake items are welcome. There are 50 spaces available. The cost per space is $15 until May 30. Spaces increase to $20 on June 1. For more information and a vendor application, call Lion Judy at 330-360-3641 or Lion Lori at 330-506-9511.

Decades rewind party

The Poland library is hosting a special summer program for teens on July 12 at 6 p.m. Celebrate the hits of the past at this music decades party. Feel free to come in costume and dance the night away.

Scholarship applications now avaialble

Applications for this year’s $1,000 Youngstown State University Scholarship from The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest are available by by contacting Deborah Mottle at mottlesmurals@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is June 15.

Register for Summer Discovery beginning on May 1

Visit a Mahoning County public library or sign up online on or after May 1 to register for this year’s Summer Discovery Program. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” It will run from May 1 until July 31. Sign up and receive a coupon and Mahoning Valley Scrappers ticket voucher. Children who complete the program have the chance to have breakfast with Marc Brown, author/illustrator of the “Arthur” series. Children can complete activities or read books to earn prizes (while supplies last) and to earn a chance to win a gift card. Children who complete the program by July 22 will be invited to a breakfast event on July 27, sponsored by Sweeney Chevy Buick GMC. Teens and adults can also participate in Summer Discovery by reading books to earn prizes and earn a chance to win a gift card.

Strawberry 5K and Fun Run to benefit food bank

On June 9, Molnar Farms is hosting an inaugural Strawberry 5K and Fun Run through the farm grounds, located at 3115 E. Western Reserve Road in Poland. Proceeds after expenses and all food donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. The cost for the 5K is $35. The Fun Run is $10. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run begins at 10:30 a.m. Runners that sign up for the 5K before May 21 will receive a free race T-shirt. Anyone interested in participating can register at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Poland/Strawberry5k. Molnar Farms is also collecting non-perishable food items on race day. Anyone bringing five canned goods will receive 1 quart of strawberries. For more information, contact Molnar Farms at Questions@molnarfarms.com. Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, a member of Feeding America, assists 148 hunger-relief programs in the Tri-County area. In 2017, the Food Bank distributed 10.6 million pounds of food, including more than 3 million pounds of produce. For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org or call 330-792-5522.

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.

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, email 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.

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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