Boardman Schools to host “State of the Schools” community meeting
The Boardman School District will host a State of the Schools community meeting on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Boardman High School cafeteria. All are invited to attend. The district currently faces a critical financial situation and has placed an emergency $4.9 million dollar levy on the May 8 ballot. The purpose of this State of the Schools meeting is to share the facts and to seek community input on a number of important decisions that will directly impact the students and the future of the community.
Golf Classic bus trip
The 2018 Pink Ribbon Golf Classic committee is sponsoring a bus trip to Seneca Allegheny Casino on April 14. All proceeds from this trip will be given to the American Cancer Society. The bus will leave from Fab Limo on Connecticut Avenue in Austintown at 8 a.m. and depart from Seneca at 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per person and each player will be given $25 in play and a $5 food coupon. Bring a photo ID with you and send registration and check to Pink Ribbon Golf Classic, c/o Nancy Felton, American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad Street, Canfield, Ohio 44406.
Audubon Society to meet on March 27
Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley invites the public to “It’s a Wonderful Life” by Bert Szabo, Chief Naturalist Emeritus from Summit MetroParks, at 7 p.m. on March 27 at the Canfield library. Born in 1920, Szabo worked with the MetroParks from 1957-1991, and is still volunteering there today at age 97. Hear first-hand accounts about his youth, career and active retirement, such as “typing his way through Europe” during WWII, being inducted into Ohio’s Conservation Hall of Fame seven years after Volney Rogers, and driving 50 miles last December, retracing his circuit, to search for species for the Great Akron Christmas Bird Count.
Playtime at your library
This program at the Boardman library on March 21 at 10 a.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.
Lego My Library
Meet at the Boardman library on March 10 at 10 a.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.
Celebrate the Arts for grades 7-12
Art lovers are encouraged to attend the 17th annual Celebration of the Arts at the Boardman library March 20-27 with an opening night reception on March 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. Enjoy artwork by Boardman area students in grades 7-12. The opening night kickoff will have refreshments.
Join the Boardman library’s beginners Dungeons and Dragons club on March 21 from 6:30-8 p.m. and join the adventure. Refreshments and snacks are provided. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.
I Read YA! book club
This book club is for adult fans of young adult literature. Talk about why you like YA. Read and discuss a new book each month. The next meeting will take place on March 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Boardman library. This month they will be discussing “The Loose Ends List” by Carrie Firestone. This event is for adults.
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 17 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Boardman library. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Game night for adults
Play the hand you’re dealt of cards (rummy), dice (farkle) and Scrabble at this game night at the Boardman library on March 22 at 7 p.m. Bring a friend or two and join them on the fourth Thursday of the month for snacks and bragging rights in this one-hour program 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 www.cardinalmooney.com and filling out a registration form under the ‘Apply Now’ tab on the homepage. Registrations are due by March 12.
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 OhioND.com to reserve your spot. The cost is $20 and seating is limited.
Tales and Talk for 2’s and 3’s announced for March
Join the Boardman 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.
Bonding with babies and books
This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months at the Boardman 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.
Lenten services for Lutheran Church
There will be mid-week Lenten services offered a Bethel Lutheran Church in Boardman, located at 425 Crestview Dr., on March 21. There will be a soup supper offered at 6 p.m. followed by the service at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is the Beatitudes.
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 email@example.com, 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.
Free horticulture advice from Boardman Park
If you are thinking about making some landscape improvements around your home this spring, consider planting some new trees or shrubs. Planting trees and shrubs around your home has many benefits. Properly maintained trees and shrubs will reduce pollution, help control storm water, lower energy costs, improve the appearance of the community and increase the value of your property. Dan Slagle, Executive Director of Boardman Park, is available to offer recommendations on selecting the “Right Plant for the Right Place” for your home. With more than 40 years of experience, Slagle can offer advice on planting, caring and maintaining trees, shrubs and perennials, as well as, assist with diagnosing your plant problems. This is a free service for Boardman Residents. Slagle is available to answer your landscaping questions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon by calling 330-726-8105 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.