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Relay for Life marks 25 years


Relay For Life, an annual fundraiser and celebration for the American Cancer Society, is marking its 25th year from 6 p.m. Friday through Saturday afternoon at Courthouse Square. A survivor lap begins the event.

Funds raised benefit American Cancer Society programs and services for cancer patients, such as the Look Good, Feel Better program which offers cosmetics, skin care and beauty tips to women with cancer; the Road to Recovery, which provides transportation for cancer patients to and from treatments, and Hope Lodge, which offers free lodging near large hospitals and universities for cancer patients who need to seek treatment away from home.

To mark the 25th anniversary, there will be a birthday party from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Survivors Tent. The public is welcome to attend.

Museum to honor mothers Sunday


In honor of Mother’s Day, the Salem Historical Society Museum, 208 S. Broadway, will offer free admission to mothers Sunday when accompanied by a family member. The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. (last tour begins at 3:30). The gift/book shop, 239 South Lundy Ave., also will be open for Salem souvenirs. This year’s featured exhibit is “Romanian Heritage.” Contact 330-337-8514 for information.

Class will meet for lunch Tuesday


South High School Class of 1953 will meet for a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Johnny’s Restaurant in Boardman. Plans will be discussed for the 65th class reunion that will take place July 14. Classmates and guests are welcome. Anyone interested may attend. For information, call Bob Stine at 330-782-5842 or Ray Melewski at 330-792-2434.

Ladies' Spring Fling takes place today


Blossom Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harbor Light Hospice and Simply Scarves and Such will host a Ladies’ Spring Fling from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Simply Scarves and Such, 536 E. State St. Attendee can shop for and enjoy finger food and wine. For information, call Debbie at 330-853-3284, Diane at 330-314-4378 or Vicki at 330-853-6851.

Centennial Park will be site for program


The Salem Public Library and the Salem Parks and Recreation Dept. will host a “Go Wild in the Park” activity featuring outdoor grilling tips at 4 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Park, pavilion 1 (enter from East Pershing Street). Heath Martin, Pennsylvania Culinary Institute graduate, will be the guest speaker and will demonstrate cooking food items on both gas and charcoal grills. Take your own items for grilling and have a picnic using the park’s grills. Registration is required and can be done online at or by calling Shane Franks at 330-332-5512 or Teresa Rhodes at 330-332-0042. The event is free and open to the public.

Toolbox Workshop set for Saturday


Ohio History Connection’s Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor will sponsor the first of this summer’s Toolbox Workshop: Collection Management Series at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, 151 W. Wood St., from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The workshop will focus on the importance of an organization’s collection management policy. The speaker will be Cyrus Moore, Local History Corps representative for the Southeast Ohio History Center in Athens. Participants will discover what every collections management policy should have and talk about ways to improve existing policies. The Toolbox Workshop is a one-year outreach program led by the Local History Corps District 4 representative through Ohio History Service Corps’ AmeriCorps program. These programs are free and open to the public. Reservations can be called in to M. Carmella Cadusale at 330-941-3459 or emailed to

Bunny rescue to host open house


F5RS, 11836 South Ave., a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, no-kill rescue and sanctuary for pocket pets, parrots and rabbits will host its Bunny Flowers Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday .

Participants can meet adoptable bunnies, learn about the bunny therapy program, shop for animal-themed jewelry and gifts and purchase toys and treats for small pets. Bunny nail clipping and grooming will be available and an independent Scentsy consultant will be on hand. On-site adoptions are possible with an approved application found at

COMPASS to host songwriter series


Compass Family & Community Services, along with K105, will host Youngstown native Bob DiPiero for the fifth annual “American Made Country Music Songwriter Series.”

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 18 in the the Ford Recital Hall within the DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St. Gary Burr, Victoria Shaw, and Jim Photoglo will perform their hits, tell the stories behind the songs they have written, and engage the audience.

Proceeds will help fund the services and expansion of the Sojourner House Domestic Violence Program operated by COMPASS.

Tickets are available through the Powers box office and VIP passes are available for a post-event meet and greet reception.

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