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Local church hosts breakfast event

There will be a free pancake, sausage and egg breakfast on May 12 from 9-11 a.m. at the Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown. Donations are accepted, and proceeds will go toward world service projects.

Austintown bands announce spring concert series

The Austintown School’s instrumental music department recently announced the spring concert schedule for the final concerts of the 2017-2018 school year and invites the public to attend these concerts. On May 16, the school will host the spring jazz festival at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The concert series will conclude with the May 21 and 22 presentations by the Austintown Intermediate and Austintown Middle School bands. Jeremy McClaine and Jackie Mortimer will conduct the 120 member AIS fifth-grade band on May 21, along with the AMS sixth-grade band. The theme of the concert will be “Places around the World.” The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Fitch High School auditorium. On the following night, May 22, McClaine will conduct the AMS seventh-grade band at 7 p.m., followed by the eighth-grade band. The theme of that concert will be “Adventures of the Land, Sky and Sea.” On May 28 at 10 a.m., the AMS eighth-grade band members will join the high school marching band under the direction of Wesley O’Connor and McClaine for the Austintown Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service. The parade begins on Idaho Road at Marc’s and ends at the high school Veteran’s Memorial in front of Fitch High School. Tickets for all concerts are available at the auditorium the night of each concert and are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, veterans and students. Proceeds from the concerts are used to support the more than 460 members of the Austintown instrumental music programs and fund the annual senior scholarships. For more information on the band programs, or information on donations or the band’s fundraising activities, email austintownbandparent@gmail.com or “like” the Austintown Band Parents, Inc. page on Facebook.

Austintown Food Service department announces summer food program

The Austintown Local School District will again sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free meals will be made available to all children ages 1-18 at the Austintown Elementary School, located at 245 Idaho Road - Lynn Kirk Loop. Meals will be served Monday through Friday from June 4 until Aug. 17. Breakfast will be served from 7:45-9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you have any questions about the program, contact Alexis Weber, RDN, LD, Food Service Director, at 330-797-3900 at ext. 2032 for more information.

Supper at the Corner to be May 17

Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown, will host Supper at the Corner on May 17 from 4:30-6 p.m. This supper is free as a community outreach program that the church offers, open to all, every month. Donations are accepted to continue this program.

Basket raffle event to benefit two dog rescues

Legacy Dog Rescue and Never Muzzled are hosting a basket raffle event on May 19 at The Federal, located at 110 W Federal St. in Youngstown. The event will be from 12-6 p.m. with baskets drawn at 6 p.m. One hundred baskets and/or gift cards will be raffled off. The winners drawn at 6 p.m. and need not be present. Have lunch or dinner and more with great friends working together to help the forgotten dogs of the Valley. Fifteen percent of all food sales will be donated back. For more information, contact Jenn at 330-719-5569 or follow the organizations on Facebook.

Concert series begins June 5

The 2018 Summer Concerts in the Park Series at Austintown Township Park, located at 6000 Kirk Road, will soon begin. All concerts will take place on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. (weather permitting). The schedule is as follows: June 5 - Sunshine Riders, June 12 - Train Wreck, June 19 - Frank Gallo, June 26 - Border Ride, July 3 - Canfield Community Concert Band, July 10 - The Wrangler Band, July 17 - Sound Bite, July 24 - Youngstown Area Comm. Concert Band, July 31 - Blue Siren, Aug. 7 - The Vegas Band, Aug. 14 - Jim Frank Combo (Continuing Healthcare Solutions Senior Art Exhibit) and Aug. 21 - Leanne Binder.

Grab and go craft for May

Make a craft to take home at the Austintown library during regular hours throughout May. This event is for children of all ages.

Guess the picture book

Can you guess the picture book from the cut-up cover during library hours throughout May at the Austintown library? One winner will be chosen at random from correct entries. This event is for children of all ages.

Solo and the Wookiee

Jabba the Hutt has sent a bounty hunter to find Han Solo and Chewbacca at the Austintown library. Find them during regular hours throughout May before the bounty hunter to collect the reward for yourself. This event is for teens in grades 6 and up.

Movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie on May 29 at 6 p.m. at the Austintown library. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This event is for the family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Chapter Chat book club

If you love books, attend to the Chapter Chat book club at the Austintown library where they will be reading and discussing a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. The next meeting is May 23 at 6:30 p.m. This month, they will be reading “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

True Crime Series, part 5: reader’s choice

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. This month’s meeting will take place on May 21 at 6 p.m. at the Austintown library and will be reader’s choice. This event is for adults.

Coupon Swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in during Austintown library hours throughout May to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

A dozen makes a difference

Help the Austintown library empty their shelves by borrowing our books, movies and other items during regular hours throughout May. Borrow a dozen or more items at one time on your library card at the Austintown library. Show your check-out receipt to a librarian to receive a small giveaway.

Friends of the Austintown Library presentation and meeting

Attorney Kathi McNabb Welsh, Mahoning County’s Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts, will discuss the steps needed to become a U.S. citizen at the Austintown library on May 21 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.

Crossroads Church to host conference event

The “Your Image by His Design” conference will take place at Crossroads Church, located at 554 S. Meridian Road in Youngstown on May 19 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event organizers are Three in ONE Ministries and Crossroads Church. The event is designed to be an empowering experience where you will look at your mind, body and spirit through the lense of spirituality. Attendees will bring their spiritual gifts to light, discover their strengths, identify their values and core beliefs, learn about the science of their thought life and how it affects health and self-images; as well as, learning about the science of fashion according to their face and body shapes. Each attendee will leave with their own personal “storybook” - completed throughout the course of the day. Those attending the conference are asked to bring a laptop, tablet and/or smartphone for online testing purposes. The conference will include a catered lunch provided by Panera Bread (choose option when purchasing ticket), Strengths Finder 2.0 book and online assessment code, spiritual gifts assessment and personal style profile. The cost is $45 (ends May 12). To register online, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/your-image-by-his-design-registration-44287719762?aff=eac2.

Local libraries close for holidays in May

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on May 13, 27 and on Memorial Day, May 28.

Immaculate Mile race to be May 31

The Immaculate Mile at the Festival Race will take place on May 31 ar 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, located at 4490 Norquest Blvd. in Austintown. Runners of all experience levels are welcome. The entry fee is $10 with all proceeds benefitting the church. There will be top overall finisher and age group awards. There will be a free children’s dash event for children who are ages 10-years-old and younger. The children’s dash begins at 7 p.m. with the mile race beginning at its conclusion. A free hot dog and soft drink ticket will be given to all runners. Any questions can be directed to Matt at 330-398-5512.

Night Out raises funds with sale

Austintown’s National Night Out Celebration will be hosting its second annual Trash and Treasure Sale fundraiser on May 27 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Austintown Township Park. The event is taking place rain or shine, and is open to all. Spaces are still available and run $10 per (parking) space. To reserve a space, email AustintownNightOut@gmail.com, or call Shawne Wilfong at 330-774-1803.

Pre-kindergarten story time

This program, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays during May at the Austintown library, is for 4- and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. 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 6-3 months. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library.

Tales & Talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library on Wednesdays during May 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.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Austintown library on Thursdays during May at 10 a.m. 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.

Strategy board games at the library

Do you like to play strategy board games? Go to the Austintown library on May 5 at 3 p.m. to play games like “Ticket to Ride,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Carcassonne.” Play what is there or bring your own to share. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults and teens.

Mystery and Tea book club

Join the Austintown library on May 8 at 6 p.m. to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find. This event is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on May 19 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This event is for adults.

Memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s: the basics

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program at the Austintown library on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and more. Call 800-272-3900 to reserve a seat. This event is for adults.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for kindergarten through play with this event at the Austintown library on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. 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 ages 2-6.

Fairy gardens

Mothers and their children can celebrate Mother’s Day by creating a Fairy Garden on May 12 at 11 a.m. at the Austintown library that you can take home. Materials will be provided. This event is for school-age children and their moms. Space is limited and registration is required; call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library.

Page Turners book club

If you love books and are looking for a good read, attend the Page Turners book club meeting at the Austintown library on May 16 from 6-7 p.m. Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun. This event is for adults.

Register for Summer Discovery beginning on May 1

Visit a Mahoning County public library or sign up online on or after May 1 to register for this year’s Summer Discovery Program. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” It will run from May 1 until July 31. Sign up and receive a coupon and Mahoning Valley Scrappers ticket voucher. Children who complete the program have the chance to have breakfast with Marc Brown, author/illustrator of the “Arthur” series. Children can complete activities or read books to earn prizes (while supplies last) and to earn a chance to win a gift card. Children who complete the program by July 22 will be invited to a breakfast event on July 27, sponsored by Sweeney Chevy Buick GMC. Teens and adults can also participate in Summer Discovery by reading books to earn prizes and earn a chance to win a gift card.

Gathering Place event to be May 14

Lord of Life Church, located at 550 N. Broad Street in Canfield, will be the location of a Gathering Place event on May 14 at 11 a.m. There will be a speaker from Melnick Medical Museum at YSU, speaking on “Quack Medicine and the FDA.” This museum is dedicated to documenting the history of medicine, especially as it relates to the local area. Buckeye Hospice will provide free blood pressure readings at the beginning of the program, so arrive promptly at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the Woodlands. This is a free community outreach social program offered to all senior citizens that is offered on the second Monday of the month every month. Different games and activities are also offered each month. The contact person for these events is Bernadette Beler at 330-533-6045 or church at 330-533-3531.

May monthly square dance announced

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on May 12 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Neil Harner will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling the 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.

Scholarship applications now available

Applications for this year’s $1000 Youngstown State University Scholarship from The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest are available by by contacting Deborah Mottle at mottlesmurals@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is June 15.

Saxon Club hosts annual flea market

The Saxon Club will start its annual flea market event on May 1 with a flea market taking place every Tuesday through October. The market starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., and takes place in the Saxon Club parking lot, located at 710 S. Meridian Road in Austintown. Vendors can set up before 8 a.m. if they would like. The cost for vendors is $5 per space. Coffee, pop and other refreshments are available. Reservations for spaces are not required. If you have questions, contact Rich at 330-503-0535.

Strawberry 5K and Fun Run to benefit food bank

On June 9, Molnar Farms is hosting an inaugural Strawberry 5K and Fun Run through the farm grounds, located at 3115 E. Western Reserve Road in Poland. Proceeds after expenses and all food donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. The cost for the 5K is $30 before May 5 and $35 after that date. The Fun Run is $10. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run begins at 10:30 a.m. Runners that sign up for the 5K before May 21 will receive a free race T-shirt. Anyone interested in participating can register at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Poland/Strawberry5k. Molnar Farms is also collecting non-perishable food items on race day. Anyone bringing five canned goods will receive 1 quart of strawberries. For more information, contact Molnar Farms at Questions@molnarfarms.com. Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, a member of Feeding America, assists 148 hunger-relief programs in the Tri-County area. In 2017, the Food Bank distributed 10.6 million pounds of food, including more than 3 million pounds of produce. For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org or call 330-792-5522.

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 www.austintownschools.org. 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.

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.

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.

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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