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Get connected with digital media at your library

Would you 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? Join the Austintown library on March 12 at 10 a.m. This program is for adults and teens. No registration is required.

Play strategy board games at the library

Go to the Austintown library on March 10 at 3 p.m. to play games like “Ticket to Ride,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Carcassonne.” Play what’s at the library or bring your own to share. Light refreshments will be served at this program for adults and teens.

Mystery and Tea book club announced for March

Join the Austintown library on March 13 at 6 p.m. to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find. This club is for adults.

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. Bring your own book, or let the library will find one for you and read to a furry friend. Registration is required as pace is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This program is for school-aged children.

“Peep” into marshmallow science at the library

Come chill with your Peeps at the Austintown library on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. Conduct science experiments and STEM activities on the beloved candy Peeps. This program is for school-age children.

Austintown drama club presents “Beauty the Beast.”

“Be our guest” as the Fitch Drama Club presents “Beauty and the Beast” April 20-22 in the Austintown Fitch auditorium. Pre-sale tickets are available now. Contact Fitch High School at 330-797-3900, ext. 1025 to purchase your ticket. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for veterans, seniors and children ages 5 and younger.

Playtime at your library

This program at the Austintown library on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. will help you prepare for kindergarten through play. 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 event is for children who are ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult to this one hour program.

Battle of the Books at the library

During the month of March, 16 YA books face off in head-to-head competition at the Austintown library, but only one can win the battle of the books. Fill out and submit your book bracket to be eligible for a random prize drawing. This competition is for teens in grades 7-12.

A dozen makes a difference

The Austintown library wants its materials being used by the community. Help them empty their shelves by borrowing their books, movies and other items. Borrow a dozen or more items at one time on your library card at the Austintown branch during March. Show your check-out receipt to a librarian to receive a small giveaway. This event is for all ages.

Family game night

Join the Austitnown library for all or part of its two-hour game night on March 29 beginning at 6 p.m. They will have a variety of board games as well as some oversized games to share. The event promises to be fun for the whole family.

Alice in Bunnyland

Join the Austintown library on March 24 at 11:30 a.m. as they celebrate spring with games, activities and treats inspired by Alice, the Mad Hatter and others. Build a house out of playing cards, tell time with the White Rabbit and, of course, play croquet with a flamingo. Crafts and snacks provided. This event is fun for the whole family.

Ukulele players welcome at the library

Bring your ukulele and learn from others who love to play at the Austintown library March 17 at 4 p.m. This program is for adults and teens.

Read to SomeBunny

What could be more fun than reading to a cute little bunny in a basket? Call the library at 330-744-8636, ask for the Austintown library, and schedule your 15-minute time slot to read to a registered therapy rabbit from F5RS Bunnies in Baskets on March 27 beginning at 6 p.m. This event is for school-age children.

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 on March 27 from 1-6 p.m. at the Austintown library. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Chapter Chat book club

If you love books, attend the Chapter Chat book club at they Austintown library on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. where they will be reading and discussing a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. Call the Austintown library at 330-744-8636 to find out this month’s exciting read. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Using the ancestry database

In this program at the Austintown library on March 22 at 6:30 p.m., the genealogy and local history librarian will demonstrate the power of the ancestry database and show how it can be used effectively for genealogical research. This is perhaps the ultimate genealogy resource, offering access to all available U.S. census images and indexes, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, military records, international records and more. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the information services department, or simply go online and register via the library’s events calendar. This event is for adults and teens.

Page Turners book club

If you love books, are looking for a good read, want to hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun, attend the Page Turners book club on March 21 from 6-7 p.m. at the Austintown library. This event is for adults.

True Crime Series, part 3: Zodiac Killer

This five-part series will cover a different unsolved true crime each month. You choose any book, documentary (etc.) based on the current month’s topic and join us for discussion. The next meeting will take place on March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Austintown library. This event is for adults.

Movie night

Join the Austintown library on March 20 at 6 p.m. for a Thursday Night Movie where they will be watching a newly released DVD. Feel free to bring your own small snacks and drinks. This event is for adults and teens. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Movie will be either PG or PG 13.

Auditions offered for show at local theater

The Hopewell Theatre will host auditions for Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite on March 11 and 12 from 6-8 p.m., at the theater, located at 702 Mahoning Ave. Hilarity abounds in this three act comedy. Each act is set in the same hotel suite at The Plaza in NYC. Act 1: a long-time married couple hopes to revive their flagging marriage; Act 2: an aging movie producer is determined to seduce an old flame; Act 3: a father struggles to get his daughter to her own wedding. Cast requirements are as follows: seven men who can play ages 21 or older and five women who can play ages 21 or older. Nick Mulichak will direct. Performance dates are May 25 and 26 and June 1, 2 and 3.

Austintown Friends of the Library presentation and meeting

Ralph T. Meacham, CPA, Mahoning County Auditor, will discuss the duties of the Auditor’s office and the 2017 property revaluation of the county at the Austintown Friends of the Library meeting at the Austintown library on March 26 at 10 a.m. The presentation will be followed by the meeting. For more information about the Austintown Friends, contact the development office at 330-740-6086. This event is for adults

Library closings announced

All libraries in the Public Library of Mahoning County system will be closed March 31 and April 1 for Easter.

Cardinal Mooney High School hosts annual fifth- and sixth-grade day

On March 23 from 9 a.m. until 1:15 p.m., Cardinal Mooney High School will welcome area fifth- and sixth-graders for a day of education and fun at the school, located at 2545 Erie Street in Youngstown. All students will participate in science, drama and art classes along with an Olympics competition. Students can opt into a fourth elective class choosing between athletics, baseball/softball, computers, foreign languages, music; psychology, theology and wood shop. Lunch will be provided during the day. Parents can find out more information and register their child by visiting and filling out a registration form under the ‘Apply Now’ tab on the homepage. Registrations are due by March 12.

Junior Women’s League to host tea

The GFWC Ohio Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League will host a “Tea & Polite Society” that will benefit local schools and women’s charities. The “Tea & Polite Society” will take place at the Poland Presbiterian Church, located at 2 Poland Manor Dr. in Poland, on March 10 at 1 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. The tea includes tea sandwiches, desserts, special herbal teas, basket raffle and selection of tea cups. Jessica Trickett will be the speaker from The Mahoning Valley Historical Society. For tickets, donations or more information, contact Derrie Wilkes at 330-518-4422 or A limited amount of tickets will be available and are also available from any league member.

Acupuncture Happy Hour event to be March 29

Improve your physical and mental well-being by joining Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center’s monthly acupuncture “happy hour” at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex), on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. Wind down from the work week and everyday hustle with a relaxing acupuncture session with Valentina Khoury Dubasik, ND, LOM. Call 330-729-1350 or go to to reserve your spot. The cost is $20 and seating is limited.

Knitting guild to have March meeting

The Western Reserve Knitting Guild will meet March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Community Building in Fair Park in Canfield. The program for the evening will be a demonstration of several techniques and stitches. Anyone interested in joining the group or donating yarn for their charity work can contract

Easter Alive program at Redeemer Lutheran Church

There will be an indoor program for children called Easter Alive on March 24 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 2305 S. Canfield-Niles Road in Austintown. There will be live lambs to pet, a puppet skit, an Easter craft, games, gifts, a snack and candy. There will also be a raffle for a gift basket. The event is free and open to all children in the community for ages of 2-12. Contact the church at 330-799-7823 or e-mail with any questions.

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 March

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.

Hopewell Theatre presents plays by local authors

The Hopewell Theatre, located at 702 Mahoning Ave., will present An Evening of One Acts on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m. These one-acts are written by two local authors and are being staged for the very first time. Anita G. Gorman’s play, “Astrid” or “My Swedish Mama,” is based on the life of her mother, a strong, brave and funny woman who came to the United States from Sweden in 1924 in order to train to be a registered nurse. Astrid’s difficulties with the English language often led to hilarity. Her difficulty in accepting her half-brother troubled her. Anita G. Gorman plays her mother in the Hopewell production, and her daughter Ingrid M. Gorman plays Anita. “My Swedish Mama” is co-directed by Pat Vidis and Marlene Strollo. Terry Shears’ play, “Dad’s Tale,” tells the sometimes funny, often exasperating relationship between a father and son, as the son struggles to understand and relate to his father. The show switches back and forth between Alex as a young teen dealing with his father in the 1980’s and today as a mid-40 something and his father now in lesser health and mental state in a nursing home as an old man in his eighties. Teenage Alex is portrayed by Carter Monroe and his father is played by Carl Brockway. In the later scenes, grown up Alex is played by Frank Martin and the father is played by Tom O’Donnell. The production is directed by Sam Luptak Jr. Reservations can be made at or by calling 330-746-5455.

Pre-k storytime at the library

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

4-H Endowment Dinner and Auction to be April 21

The second annual 4-H Endowment Dinner and Auction will take place April 21 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center, located at 7440 South Ave. in Boardman. A silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 6 p.m. and a live auction to follow. Auction items range from gift baskets to top-quality firearms to 2018 OSU Football tickets and more. Proceeds from this auction will benefit the Mahoning County 4-H Endowment fund, an interest-bearing account maintained at the Ohio State University, which is used to benefit Mahoning County 4-H. This fund allows 4-H members to partake in many leadership and team building events such as the Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp, Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, 4-H Camp Whitewood and leadership conferences in Washington D.C. To purchase tickets or make a donation towards the Endowment Dinner and Auction, contact the Mahoning County Extension Office at 330-533-5538. Tickets are $30 and a table for eight is $300 and the deadline to purchase is April 6.

American Business Women’s Association to crown “Woman of the Year”

The Mill Creek Chapter of American Business Women’s Association will crown its 2018 Woman of the Year at their meeting on March 13. The meeting will take place at Johnny’s Restaurant, located at 7807 Market Street in Boardman, and will begin with networking at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes Italian roasted chicken, stuffed shells, sausage and peppers, Italian roasted potatoes, Italian mixed vegetables, tossed salad, fresh baked bread, peppers in oil, dessert, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Entertainment for the evening will be the Fitch concert choir. The cost is $22 and reservations may be made by calling Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 or Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 by March 5th. The public is welcome.

Austintown Schools announce calendar revisions

During a special board meeting on Feb. 15, the Austintown School Board approved an adjustment to the 2017-2018 calendar in regards to the spring break schedule. March 26, 27 and 28 will now be non-school days for students with that adjustment. The board made this decision for a few reasons. The board heard concerns regarding the length of spring break and wanted to give families the opportunity to take a trip. An Ohio Athletic Association rule caused a conflict with one of the district’s athletic programs and staff will be able to take advantage of this time and participate in professional development surrounding school safety. The board felt it was necessary for staff to again take part in active-shooter training.

Donna’s Kitchen to be open on Fridays during Lent

Donna’s Kitchen at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, located at 1655 S. Raccoon Road, will open to the public on Fridays from 4-8 p.m. during Lent. The menu features baked or fried fish dinners and sandwiches and children ages 6 and younger eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. Fish dinners cost $12 and include salad or coleslaw, vegetable, rolls and butter, coffee or tea and one side. Sides available are haluski, macaroni and cheese, pierogi or baked potato. Fish sandwiches cost $5.75 and takeout is available.

United Veterans Council to host awards banquet

The United Veterans Council of Greater Youngstown will host its 77 Anniversary Recognition and Awards Banquet on April 6 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center, located at 4500 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown. The community is welcome to attend and encouraged to submit nominees for the annual awards. A veteran, citizen and youth of the year will be selected from nominations submitted by the areas veteran service groups and community at large. To nominate a candidate, submit the individual’s name, contact information, military background, the achievement or significant contribution performed for the community, veterans or patriotic nature during 2017 and any veteran organization he/she belongs to that may also endorse the candidate. Any nomination that is a veteran will be moved to that category even if submitted as Citizen of the Year. Information may be submitted no later than March 1 via e-mail to, fax to 330-788-3979, or mailed to United Veterans Council. P.O. Box 55, Youngstown, OH 44501. Tickets for this event are available by contacting your local Veteran Post or the United Veterans Council to reserve a space.

Niles Friendly Squares to host dance March 10

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on March 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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