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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Idora Park Experience to open this weekend


The Idora Park Experience, 4450 S. Turner Road, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday . The owners, Jim and Toni Amey, hope that potential artifact donors will be motivated by knowing that they are donating the entire collection to the Mahoning Valley Historical Society with the intention of having the museum open to the public on a full-time basis. Until that happens, the Ameys are limited to opening no more than twice a year. The entrance fee is $5 and helps to offset the costs of growing and maintaining the collection. Attractions include four Wildcat cars, a Jack Rabbit coaster car, a Rapids/Lost River Boat, a Tilt-A-Whirl car and signage, a Silver Rocket Ship, the complete Kiddie Train, all three Baby Wildcat coaster cars, a Caterpillar car and signage, an 18-inch replica model of the Wildcat roller coaster, an arcade room with original working games from Idora Park’s arcade and more. For up-to-date information, visit or

Evening with the Arts


Struthers City Schools Fine & Performing Arts department will host “An Evening with the Arts” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Struthers High School, 111 Euclid Ave. There will be musical selections performed by middle- and high-school band and choir students and displays of artwork from students in grade 1-12.

Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

MVHS will meet


The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will host a “Bites and Bits of History” luncheon program at noon Thursday at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. James Pernotto, local artist, will discuss the exhibit, “Aun Abbrendo: I’m Still Learning,” that is on display in the Youngstown Foundation Community History Gallery at the center.

Bike to Work event set


The Bike to Work Warren Committee will host its seventh annual Bike to Work Breakfast on Friday. Residents and employees of Trumbull County are invited to bike to work or elsewhere, stopping for a free continental breakfast at the Log Cabin, west of Courthouse Square, from 6 to 9 a.m. T-shirts will be available for the first 100 cyclists with the opportunity to win other prizes. Some important safety tips to remember when bicycling on the road are to ride with traffic on the right side of the road, obey all traffic laws, including turn signals, stop at stop signs and wear a helmet. The Bike to Work Warren Committee is a group of community stakeholders and residents who are bicycle enthusiasts. For information, visit

Museum hours


The Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association recently began its 2018 season at the museum, 1340 Poland Ave. The MVRHA has railroad engines, cars and cabooses on display. There also is a collection of steel-mill related railroad equipment, including a ladle car and mould car. Cost is $2 for adults, and admission is free for children 12 and under. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month through September. For information, visit Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association on Facebook, or online at or call 330-792-0339.

Collection drive at Greenwood Chevrolet


Greenwood Chevrolet of Austintown is hosting a collection drive for snacks and toiletries to support the USO of Northern Ohio from now to May 31 at 4 p.m. The USO is compiling care packages that will be sent to military service members deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and other operating bases around the world. A Chevy Silverado in the showroom at 4695 Mahoning Ave., will serve as the point to drop off donations.

Greenwood will raffle off a $200 Amazon gift card, and any individual who makes a minimum donation of five items or $5 cash will be entered in the raffle. The winner will be drawn May 31 at 4 p.m. For information, call Teri Simon at 330-259-4248 or email at

Library to host a new program


Salem Public Library, 821 E. State St., will host a “Live from Anywhere” series at 6 p.m. May 24 in the Quaker Room, featuring a program titled “Mega Mammals, Huge Floods and the Ice Age in the Columbia River Gorge.” It is an interactive program that will be presented by the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center and Museum located in The Dalles, Oregon.

Registration is required. The program is free and open to the public. To register, call the library at 330-332-0042 or register online at