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Christie wins literary award

The Florida Writers Association, Inc. (FWA) has announced that Nancy Christie of Austintown won second place in the Royal Palm Literary Award Competition for her short story collection, “Peripheral Visions and Other Stories.” Christie’s short story, “Pandora’s Box,” part of that collection, was also a finalist in the same competition. “Peripheral Visions and Other Stories” will be released in 2020 by Oregon-based Unsolicited Press. For additional information, visit the FWA website at, which also has details about RPLA and the complete list of 2018 winners. For more information about Christie and her books, visit her website at

Sausage and pancake breakfast to be Nov. 4

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus #3930 are sponsoring a sausage and pancake breakfast on Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the parish center, located at 4500 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown. The menu consists of sausage and a variety of “all you can eat” pancakes and beverages. The cost for adults is $5 and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

Santa at the library: reindeer games

Santa Claus is coming to the Austintown library on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Come and see Santa and a live reindeer. Although Rudolph doesn’t have a shiny nose, he’ll be at the library with Santa and hiss sleigh. Take your picture with Santa, see his reindeer and enjoy hot cocoa and snacks in the meeting room. You can make a reindeer craft, play games and maybe listen to a reindeer story or two.

Playtime at your library

Read a story at the Austintown library on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for kindergarten. Activities will vary at each program. This event is for ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Shop for a Cause event to take place on Nov. 11

The Mahoning County Medical Society Alliance is hosting its annual Shop for a Cause event on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Ivory & Birch, located at 7631 Market Street in Boardman. A portion of the sales will benefit The Rich Center for Autism. There will be light appetizers and giveaways. RSVP to or text 330-559-9220.

Holiday closing

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22.

Pre-kindergarten story time

This program 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 every Wednesday in November at 11:30 a.m. at the Austintown library.

BPJWL has meeting on Nov. 5

The next meeting of the GFWC Ohio Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League will take place on Nov. 5 at Glenellen Assisted Living, located at 9661 Market St. in Boardman, at 7 p.m. Members are to bring Heifer International donation boxes to be turned in to the international office. Members are also to bring items for the shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child for the Juniorettes to put together at a later date. Hostesses for the meeting are Joyce Martin and Sperry Rongone. The Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League is open to all women older than 18, residing in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties who are interested in friendship, fun and community involvement. Their mission is to provide a creative outlet for women interested in providing community service in areas of arts, conservation, education, home life, international affairs and public affairs. Women interested in joining or receiving more information can contact membership chairwoman Linda Crish at 330-727-0321.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Austintown library on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children who are ages 6 and up.

Portrait drawing 1

If you have always wanted to draw a person, join the Austintown library on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and they’ll teach you how to use a grid to copy a photograph. You must bring a high-quality photo of one face to the Austintown library by Nov. 12. This will be a two-part program so there is time to finish the drawing. Participation in the first program is required to participate in the second program. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for teens and adults.

Real estate association to have Nov. 12 meeting

The Mahoning Valley Real Estate Investors Association will meet on Nov.12 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Boardman Park’s Lariccia Family Community Center, located at 375 Canfield Poland Road, for its monthly meeting. Appraisals and house inspections are very important aspects of real estate investing. Come to November monthly meeting and learn all about these two very important topics from a local appraisal expert and from a local house inspection expert. David Sayre of Ed Cline Appraisals, an Ohio and Pennsylvania Certified Residential Appraiser, and Sean Price, CIE, GHI, CRI, ACI of A + Inspection Services, will be guest speakers to educate on appraisals and home inspections and answer questions. Non–members are invited to attend two monthly meetings free. Join them on the second Monday of every month. Go to for complete details.

Western Reserve Knitting Guild meets on Nov. 13

The Western Reserve Knitting Guild will be meeting on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rotary Community Building, Fair Park in Canfield. Begin the evening with a potluck dinner; members are to bring a favorite dish to share and the guild will provide drinks, plates and utensils. The meal begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. For this month’s program, a one-button cowl, you’ll need a skein of worsted or dk yarn and the appropriate needles The guild will provide the pattern and the group will be learning the German twisted cast-on. It’s a very stretchy cast on that begins the one button cowl. The highlight of the evening will be the group’s first fundraiser of the year. Guild members and guests will have the opportunity to purchase a button for their cowl. The guild will be hosting a trunk show featuring Dimensions Raku Fired Clay. There will be buttons, large and small, shawl pins and jewelry for your hand-knitted items. The Western Reserve Knitting Guild meets on the second Tuesday evening of each month at Fair Park and new members are welcome. For more information about the guild, find them on Facebook or email them at

Grab and Go craft for November

Make a craft to take home during regular hours at the Austintown library throughout November.

Guess the picture book

Guess the picture book from the cut up cover at the Austintown library during regular hours throughout November. One winner chosen at random from correct entries. This event is for children of all ages.

Fun ways to use your library account

Get to know BiblioCommons, the library’s new enhanced catalog at this event on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. Create your own account that allows you to place holds, renew items, create a list of books you want to read, rate titles, add reviews and more. It’s now a social media experience plus a catalog. Bring your own laptop, tablet or smart phone if you have one, or use one of our computers to get started. Registration is required. This event is for adults.

Read It Before You See It book club

People often say the book is better than the movie. This book club, which will next meet on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Austintown library, will get together to read and discuss books that are soon to be released in the theaters. Come to talk about books, movies, have a small snack and meet new people. Join them for one month or every month. The book for November is “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. This event is for adults.

Stranger Reads book club

If you want to talk about a book but want to avoid the obligation of reading one picked out for you, come to the Stranger Reads book club on Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library and tell them what you enjoyed reading this month. You might even hear about a new book you want to read. This event is for adults.

Financial Aid 101 with the Mahoning Valley College Access Program

This session, which will take place at the Austintown library on Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. will break down the FAFSA process into easy steps and answer questions about the application itself. Participants will learn the difference between three types of financial aid - grants, loans and scholarships - and how to access them. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to reserve your seat or sign up online via the library’s events calendar. This event is for teens and parents of teens.

Read to Reese

To help build your child’s reading confidence, sign them up to read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners, on Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Austintown library. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This event is for school-age children.

Thanksgiving turkey DIY

Make a turkey craft to take home or give away at this event at the Austintown library on Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Materials will be provided. Registration is required. This event is for tweens in grades 5-8.

Stamping with Cindy

Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools at this event at the Austintown library on Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. Sign up to create each month’s greeting card with matching envelope. Participation is limited to one session per person each month to accommodate demand. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie at the Austintown library on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This event is for the entire family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Chapter Chat book club

Attend the Chapter Chat book club on Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library where they will be reading and discussing a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. This month’s book will be “Bossypants” by Tina Fey. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Silent book club

If you need some quiet “me time,” join the Austintown library for its silent book club on Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. You can bring in your own book, grab one off the shelf or even read a digital book in a designated group quiet time. During this time, they will discuss what they will be reading and whether the book is a hit or a miss. Light refreshments will be provided. 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 Nov. 17 from 10:30 until 3 p.m. at the Austintown library. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Friends of the Austintown Library meeting and presentation

Dr. Robert Marcus, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, will present “Homeless Veterans: An Outreach Program” at the Austintown library on Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. He has developed a community resource and referral center for the purpose of accessing services to provide optimal care for our homeless veterans. The Austintown Friends take book donations on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. until noon.

College Ready 101 with the Mahoning Valley College Access Program

Navigating the college-going process can be tricky for teens and their parents. This session on Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library provides general information such as application deadlines, fees and financial aid and scholarship tips. Participants will also gain an understanding of how to choose a college or career training program that is right for them. Overviews of 2-year and 4-year degrees, career and technical programs, and vocational training will be included. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to reserve your seat or sign up online via the library’s events calendar. This event is for teens and parents of teens.

Bonding with babies and books

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at the Austintown library every Tuesday in November at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in November 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.

Dancing prancing unicorns

Join the Austintown library on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. for activities, crafts and a rainbow sherbet treat as they celebrate everything that is wonderful about unicorns. This event is for children of all ages.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Austintown library on Nov. 8, 15 and 29 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

Go to the Austintown library on Nov. 3 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. This event is for adults and teens.

Basic Microsoft Excel class

Learn the basics of Microsoft Office Excel at this class at the Austintown library on Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. This is a beginner’s class, but basic computer skills are required. Space is limited. Registration is required. This event is for adults.

Cardinal Mooney to host annual eighth-grade day

Cardinal Mooney High School will host its annual eighth-grade day on Nov. 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the school, located at 2545 Erie Street in Youngstown. Students currently in eighth grade from all area parochial, public and charter schools are invited to spend the day in classes ranging from computer science and math to art and theology. This event is free, but pre-event registration in required. For more information and to register, visit

Gamblers Anonymous meetings

If you or someone you love has a gambling addiction, Gamblers Anonymous, the only known remedy for arresting such an illness, may be able to help. A meeting of Gamblers Anonymous will take place on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman. Another G.A. meeting will take place on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church, located at at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (Cornersburg). There is no charge for the meetings, although collections are taken up at each meeting to provide for coffee, sugar and creamer, treats and free literature. The average contribution given by members at most meetings is $2. Meetings last about one-and-a-half hours and are both closed meetings, or, you must have suffered from a gambling addiction to attend. The Youngstown-area G.A. groups are friendly and welcoming and established members love to see new members join the fold. They are more than happy to help suffering gamblers and are knowledgeable about how to stay clean from this dreadful disease.

Christie to sign books

Local author Nancy Christie will have a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Boardman on Nov. 17 beginning at 1 p.m. for her book, “Rut-Busting Book for Writers.” For more information about Christie and her books, visit the books page of her website,

Mill Creek ABWA to have anniversary meeting

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its Nov. 13 anniversary meeting at A la Cart Catering in Canfield beginning with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu will include roast beef, southern baked chicken, sand trap potatoes, California blend vegetables, cole slaw, tossed salad, tomato, pepper and onion salad, rolls, coffee or tea and cake for dessert. The cost is $23 per person. Reservations may be made by calling Mary Brown at 330-770-6253 by Nov. 8. The Austintown Fitch choir will be the entertainment for the evening to help the chapter celebrate their 56th anniversary. The public is welcome.

Local retired teachers association to have Nov. 14 meeting

Mahoning Retired Teachers Association will meet on Nov. 14 at Drake’s Landing in Canfield. The social hour will begin at 11 a.m. and lunch at 11:45 a.m., followed by the meeting and program. Susan Harris will preside. The American Legion will present colors in honor of Veteran’s Day. Scholarship chairperson Sonia Tsvetkoff will introduce and present MRTA’s scholarships to YSU School of Education students. Deana DeLuca will present a program on “Mindfulness and Meditation.” This month’s community service project will be donations to the Canfield Veterans Auxiliary. Grilled chicken salad or the buffet, which will feature roasted turkey, will be served. All area educators are invited to attend. To make a reservation, contact Maggie Skripac at 330-953-1200 by Nov. 7. For more information, visit

Friendly Squares dance in November

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on Nov. 10 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be cuing line dances. The theme for the dance is Veterans. 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.

The Hopewell Theatre announces a diverse 2018-19 season

The Hopewell Theatre recently announced its 2018-19 season, promising a lineup of contemporary, well-known shows, including two musicals. The Hopewell Theatre is located at 702 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown. Upcoming shows are: Dec. 7-15 - “Snoopy, the Musical,” Jan. 4-13 - “Sea Horse,” Feb. 15-24 - “Raisin in the Sun,” March 29-April 7 - “Godspell,” May 10-19 - “Deathtrap” and June 7-16 - “On Golden Pond.” Flex passes are on sale for six shows for $60 for adults and $42 for seniors/students.

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 1451 Churchill Hubbard Road 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.

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