Austintown Community Briefs

« Austintown Neighbors

Local Kiwanis club hosts pancake breakfast

Austintown Kiwanis Club is hosting its annual pancake breakfast on March 24 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.. at the Austintown Community Church.

Saxon Club to host annual benefit dinner

The Youngstown Saxon Club’s 42nd annual President’s Benefit Goulash Dinner will take place on April 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner bring served family style at 6:30. The public is welcome. A donation of $16 for adults and $7.50 for children is asked from those attending the event. The meal includes coffee, strudel and some refreshments. The event will ofer music, awards and raffles. Reservations are due by April 7. Those interested should call the Saxon Club offive at 330-792-7973 for tickets.

Newcomers club to meet

The Newcomers of Mahoning Valley will meet on March 28 at Piccadilly Parlor Tea Room, located at 114 South Broad Street in Canfield. The gathering is at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Hostesses are Marie Ronyak and Rosemary Tyrell. A speaker from Youngstown public library will focus on services for seniors. For more information about the group or for reservations, call Jorine at 330-757-7212 or Barbara at 330-758-3934. New members are welcome.

Basic email class offered

Learn how easy it is to set up your own e-mail account at the Austintown library on April 13 at 10 a.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover setting up an internet based email account and how to use it. Some knowledge of computers and internet is required. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online via the library’s event calendar or call 330-744-8636. This program is for adults.

Strategy board games offered at the library

Do you like to play strategy board games? Come to the Austintown library on April 14 at 3 p.m. to play games like “Ticket to Ride,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Carcassonne.” Play what’s there or bring your own to share. Light refreshments will be served at this program for adults and teens.

Fundamentals of music theory offered

Learn the fundamentals of music theory from Shirley Bartlett at the Austintown library every Thursday in the month of April at 2 p.m. Topics covered in this five week session will include basic theory like the names of lines and spaces and more advanced concepts like major and minor scales. Reservations are needed for each session at these classes for teens and adults.

Detectives wanted

Calling all detectives: join the Austintown library on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. for activities and games to solve a mystery. This program is for school-age children.

Playtime at the library with Baby Brilliant

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. April’s program will be on the 16 at 6:30 p.m. Activities will vary at each program for ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Read to Reese

On the second Saturday of each month, read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners, at the Austintown library. This month’s program will be April 14 at 11 a.m. Bring your own book, or the library will find one for you. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This is for school aged children.

Page Turners book club to meet in April

Love books? Looking for a good read? Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun at the Austintown library on April 18 at 6 p.m. This book club meeting is for adults.

Mystery and Tea book club meeting for April announced

Join the Austintown library on April 10 at 6 p.m. to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find. This book club meeting is for adults.

Facebook for beginners

Learn how to use Facebook to connect with family and friends at the Austintown library on April 6 at 10 a.m. Bring your laptop, tablet or smart phone to follow along. This program is for adults.

Getting started with Medicare

Join the Austintown library on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. to learn an overview of the Medicare insurance program, including Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Part D prescription plans and when and how to enroll. Presented by an Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program volunteer. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services, or register online using the events calendar. This meeting is for adults.

Event offers pictures with therapy bunnies

Legacy Dog Rescue and F5RS - Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies and Feathered Friends are hosting a picture with a Rescue Bunny event at Family Video, located at 4385 Kirk Road in Austintown, on March 25 from 12-4 p.m. The cost is $8 to have your picture taken with a real therapy bunny or two and the photo will be printed on-site to take home (4 x 6). There will also be delicious baked goods available for purchase to help continue the life saving efforts of both groups. Bakers needed. No dogs are allowed due to the real bunnies. Meet the bunnies, you never know, you just may want to adopt one. For more information on LDR, visit For more information on F5RS

Local DQ has Easter event

The Austintown Dairy Queen, located at 146 N. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown, will host an Easter event on March 24 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will include free pictures with the Easter Bunny (use your own camera or they will take your photo and have it developed in a 4 X 6 size and you may pick it up anytime after March 28 and have them in time for Easter), free candy-filled eggs for children under 9-years-old (visit each of three stations for your eggs and treats), real bunnies and other “spring” animals such as baby goats and maybe a few chicks to pet and more. Eat lunch with Curly the Cone. Color an egg the DQ way. There will be DQ cupcakes available for purchase and you can decorate it with candy sprinkles, icing and gel. There will also be a chance to win an Easter Basket and other prizes.

Austintown Bounce hosts egg hunting event

Join the Austintown Bounce Indoor Play Centere on March 24 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. for an Easter Eggstravaganza. The cost to participate is $5 at this event for children who are ages 3 and up. The event will be limited to the first 150 children in the door. The egg hunt starts at 10:15 and participants must bring their own basket. Three age groups (3-5 years-old, 6-9 years old and 10-years-old and older) will have egg hunts. The event includes time to bounce on the inflatables, prize baskets to win during the egg hunt, goodie bags and more than 4,000 eggs. This event is sponsored by First American Loans.

Community Church offers “trash and treasure” sale and breakfast

The Austintown Community Church Preschool Childcare Center will be hosting their annual “Trash & Treasure Sale” on March 24 in the youth auditorium of the education wing at Austintown Community Church, located at 242 S. Canfield-Niles Road (State Route 46) in Austintown from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Table rentals are available by contacting the preschool office at 330-793-1843 and must be paid for by March 19. Table set up will be at 8 a.m. There will be a variety of specialty raffle baskets with the drawings at 12:45 p.m. Winners do not need to be present. Snacks, light lunch items and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of developmentally appropriate resources for the children. Contact the school office at 330-793-1843 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. or find out more information about the A.C.C. Preschool Childcare Center by visiting Registrations for the summer program and the new school year are now being accepted for Preschoolers ages 3–5 and school aged children K-5 grade. Also that morning, the Austintown Kiwanis presents “A Pancake Breakfast” with all you can eat pancakes, and includes sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee and tea from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Tickets are available from members and at the door.

Friendly Squares to hold dance April 14

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on April 14 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State Street 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.

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.

Austintown Local School District announces open enrollment for 2018-2019

The Austintown Local School district will again have statewide open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. Applications will be accepted for students in grades Kindergarten through eighth-grade based on grade level availability. Applications are now available on the Austintown School’s website at In order to be accepted for open enrollment, completed applications must be submitted online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any students living in the state of Ohio and entering grades kindergarten through eighth are eligible. One application must be completed for each student. No new students will be accepted in grades 9-12. Only existing open enrollment students and those in special programs will be accepted into the high school. Open enrollment will close on Aug. 3 for the 2018-2019 school year. Call the registration office at at 330-797-3900, ext. 1516 if you have additional questions or need more information.

Austintown Fitch High School earns Purple Star Award

Austintown Fitch High School has earned a Purple Star Award from the Ohio Department of Education. The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to the nation’s military. Fitch High School was recognized for the numerous activities that honor military families and local veterans. In August, a committee of dedicated individuals were assembled with the main focus being to create a more nurturing environment for military connected families throughout the district. The committee, now named the Purple Star Committee, is working on a special project at Fitch High School that will serve as the main “hub” for all military related activities. Fitch’s application is also listed on the ODE website as an “Exemplary Application” to use as a point of reference for others wishing to earn a Purple Star designation.

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.

Battle of the Books competition 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.

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.

Austintown Fitch 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

More like this from

Don't Miss a Story

Sign up for our newsletter to receive daily news directly in your inbox.