First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown Luncheon Speaker Series will present Joy Schroeder, Ph.D., at 11:30 a.m. April 5 at The Georgetown in Boardman. Dr. Schroeder, a Lutheran pastor and professor of religion at Capitol University and Trinity Seminary, will speak on “Martin Luther – A Man Who Changed the Course of History.” Cost is $16. Call 330-720-4498 to make a reservation. For information, visit

Friends of the Mahoning River will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Oak Hill Collaborative, 507 Oak Hill, Youngstown. Parking is in the rear of the building. Guest speaker will be Joann Esenwein from Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, who will give an update on various projects concerning dams. The group also will discuss plans for the Paddle set for June 9 in collaboration with Trumbull Canoe Trails. For information about the event, call Tom Smith at 330-880-1021. Basic safety and paddling lessons will take place April 15 at YMCA, 17 N. Champion St. Cost is $8. For lesson hours, call Don Rex at 330-219-2459.

Monday Night Writers Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Small Meeting Room at the Canfield Public Library, 43 W. Main St., Canfield. Area writers, both published and unpublished, are welcome. The group is led by professional writer Nancy Christie, author of “Traveling Left Of Center And Other Stories.”

Round Table Woodcarvers meets every Thursday from 9 to 11:45 a.m. at the Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Anyone interested in learning about carving is welcome to attend. For information, call 330-792-4355.

Western Reserve Amateur Radio Club will meet Tuesday at Davidson’s Restaurant, 3636 Canfield Road, Cornersburg. Dinner will be at 6 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 7. Mike Muter of Youngstown Radio Reading Service of Goodwill Industries, will be the speaker. For information, contact Brian Lewis, president, at 330-286-3966 or

Youngstown SCORE will meet and greet the newly appointed executive director of the Public Library of the Mahoning Valley, Aimee Fifarek, at 9 a.m. March 29 at the main branch on Wick Avenue. Discussion will include plans for the future and how SCORE and PLMC can be more productive as a team. Youngstown SCORE is an organization that helps entrepreneurs start a small business or mentor those already in business who want to proceed with stronger skills in specific areas. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend monthly meetings. More information can be found at


Youngstown Council of Catholic Nurses will meet at noon Wednesday at The Manor, 3104 S. Canfield-Niles Road, Austintown. Monsignor Peter Polando will be the guest speaker.


World War II Heritage Group will meet at 6:15 p.m. Monday at A La Cart Catering, state Route 62, Canfield. Steve Papalas of Niles will be the guest speaker. His topic will be the American home front in World War I, which helps commemorate the 100th anniversary of that conflict. Papalas is a veteran teacher in Niles and Kent State University. The program will be preceded by a buffet dinner at the cost of $14 per person. Reservations are due to David Frank at 330 757-0515 by today.


Trumbull County Republican Party will host its monthly breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Buckeye Club, 366 N. Park Ave., Warren. Parking is in rear of building. Cost is $12 and includes full-course breakfast plus tax and tip. Guest speaker will be Mary DeGenaro, Ohio Supreme Court Justice. For questions or information, call Marleah at 330-240-1826.


Struthers Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Donavito’s, 139 S. Bridge St. Tony Deluke, 2nd vice district governor, will speak. For information, call Mike Perello at 330-757-3917.


D.A.R.E. Singles Group meets at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road. The group has scheduled the following activities: Today, card night at Denny’s on Mahoning Ave., Austintown; Saturday, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, meet in the lower level at noon; Monday, meet at 7 p.m. at Dairy Queen in Cornersburg for dessert; Thursday, meet at the church for birthday and trivia night at 7:30 p.m.; next Friday, fish dinner at Argus Lodge in Canfield at 6 p.m.


Mahoning County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet for its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Charles Church ministry building, 7325 Westview Drive, Boardman. The building is handicapped accessible. The program will be “The Black Sheep of Your Family.” For information, visit

Poland Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 4515 Center Road. After the business meeting, a presentation by Larry Baughman, Dave Smith and Ginny Meloy will be given about the history of Walter Arrel’s Inn at the Green. The 2018 membership drive is underway. Renewal and new membership dues are $10 per person. The society relies heavily on dues and donations to maintain the Little Red Schoolhouse and to preserve the history of Poland for future generations. Checks should be made payable to “Poland Historical Society” and mailed to The Historical Society at P.O. Box 5052, Poland, OH 44514. Be sure to include name, address, phone number, and email address along with the check.


Alzheimer Network Family Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Girard Free Library, 105 E. Prospect St. Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend. All meetings are offered at no charge. For information, call 330-788-9755.

Codependency and Grief Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the care center of the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home, North Main St., Hubbard. Group sessions are free, but participants must register to participate. Free parking is available. For information, call 330-534-1952. The support group was formed to reach out to help families who have lost loved ones to alcohol or substance abuse.

F.O.C.U.S. Breast-Cancer Survivors Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Davidson’s Restaurant, 3636 Canfield Road, Canfield. The group is meeting early due to Holy Week. All breast cancer survivors and their support system are welcome.

Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive, Boardman, is hosting a grief support series through the GriefShare ministry from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 1. The GriefShare team provides a safe, understanding place for individuals to move through their personal grief journeys. Participants need not be church members. Each session is self-contained, so participants may enter at any session. Each session will include videos featuring some of the nation’s foremost experts on grief recovery. Sessions also include small group support and a workbook for personal study. Participants are welcome to share stories, but are never forced. Attendance at consecutive sessions is encouraged for maximum benefit. Cost is $20. Checks should be made payable to Good Hope. Scholarships also are available at registration. Contact the church office at 330-782-8109 for information or to pre-register.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Denny’s Restaurant, 1420 Belmont Ave., Youngstown. For information, call Matt Giambattista at 330-720-6753.

NAMI Mahoning Valley offers support groups for those who deal with mental illness. Support groups meet as follows: Girard Family Support, first Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Girard Library, 105 E. Prospect St., and Austintown Family Support Group, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Alta Care, 142 Javit Court. NAMI Connection, a support group for people with a mental health diagnosis meets at the following locations: 1:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays at Alta Care in Austintown; and NAMI Connection for the dual diagnosed will meet at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Visit, call 330-727-9268, or e-mail for information.

Never Alone Nar-Anon Group, a 12-step program for family, relatives and friends affected by a loved one’s addiction to drugs, meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic, 5211 Mahoning Ave., Austintown. For information, call Cindy at 330-207-0845.

Overeaters Anonymous Groups has scheduled the following local meetings: 10 a.m. Saturday, St. Thomas the Apostle Church Hall, Room 2, 4453 Warren-Sharon Road, Vienna; 7 p.m. Sunday, Shenango Presbyterian Church, 3144 Wilmington Road (Route 18), New Castle, Pa.; 1 p.m. Monday, Girard Multigenerational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., Girard; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oxford House, 320 Benton Road, Salem; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Valley Care-Northside Medical Center, Medical Education Building, Auditorium A, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at New Life Lutheran Church, 1181 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, Liberty. All locations are handicap accessible. For information, visit, or call Mahoning-Trumbull Counties Help Hotline at 330-747-2696, Columbiana County Help Hotline at 330-424-7767 or Lawrence County Help Hotline at 724-674-3697.

Survivors of Suicide Columbiana County will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Columbiana County Counseling Center, 40722 state Route 154, Lisbon. This is a support group for families who have lost a loved one to suicide. For information, call the Help Network of Northeast Ohio at 330-424-7767.

Survivors of Suicide Mahoning County will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman. This is a support group for families who have lost a loved one to suicide. For information, call the Help Network of Northeast Ohio at 330-747-2696.

TOPS 327 is seeking new members who want to Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Meeting will take place Monday at Christ Church Presbyterian, 1933 Canfield Road, Boardman. Weigh-in is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. with the meeting at 6:45. The first meeting is free. Guests are welcome. For information, call 330-799-3106.

TOPS 1237, Austintown, will meet Thursday at Venture Church of the CMA (Idaho Road Alliance Church), 250 Idaho Road. Weigh-in is from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by the meeting until 6:30. For information, call 330-758-4923.

TOPS 1497, Youngstown, will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Maron Church, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown. New members are welcome; the first meeting is free. For information call 330-974-8450.

Club news is published Friday. Please submit information about upcoming activities to the Society Department by noon Wednesday.

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