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Swiss steak dinner fundraiser to be Oct. 14

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus # 3930 will be sponsoring a Swiss steak dinner on Oct. 14. The dinner will take place at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center, located at 4500 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown from 12-5 p.m. The cost will be $10 per dinner. Dinners include Swiss steak, real mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, salad, bread and butter, desserts and beverages. Carry-out and curbside service will also be available. Included will be a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit the men’s renewal program.

Mahoning Valley REIA to meet on Oct. 8

The Mahoning Valley Real Estate Investors Association will meet on Oct. 8 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Boardman Park’s Lariccia Family Community Center, located at 375 Canfield Poland Road, for its monthly meeting. The topic will be “The Upsides of a Downturn: Stratagies for Thriving in a Changing Market.” This month’s instructor is Vena Jones-Cox, past president of that National Real Estate Investors Association and 25-year veteran of the investing business. This seminar gives participants the opportunity to look at the local trends, numbers and strategies, and to meet others who are real estate successes in this market. This is a free workshop, courtesy of Mahoning Valley REIA. Non –members are invited to attend two monthly meetings free. Join them on the second Monday of every month. Go to www.mahoningvalleyreia.com for complete details.

Supper at the Corner on Oct. 18

There will be a Supper at the Corner event at Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown, on Oct. 18 from 4:30-6 p.m. This supper is a free community outreach event of the church that is open to all each month. Donations will be accepted to continue this program.

Quarter auction event to take place on Oct. 13

The GFWC/Ohio Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League is hosting its third annual quarter auction on Oct. 13 at Saint Nicholas Social Hall, located at 764 Fifth Street in Struthers. The doors open at 5 p.m. and bidding starts at 6 p.m. The event is bring your own beverage and you can bring your own food as no food or beverage will be sold. Tickets are $10 each. Tickets for a lottery wreath and 50/25/25 raffle will be available. The proceeds will benefit local charities. Bring your quarters, friends and have some fun. For more information, call RoseAnn Winner at 330-402-0075. Tickets are also available from league members.

Local church hosts pancake breakfast

There will be a free pancake, sausage and egg breakfast on Oct. 10 from 9-11 a.m. at Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will go towards world service projects.

Mooney Class of 1963 to have 55th reunion

The Cardinal Mooney Class of 1963 55th reunion will take place on Oct. 20. The event was planned by the reunion committee based on feedback from the 70th birthday party in 2015. Events include a meeting in the Radius Room of Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park from 1-4 p.m., a Mass at St. Dominic at 5 p.m., a presentation by Mark Oles, President of Cardinal Mooney, and tour at 6:15 p.m. at Cardinal Mooney High School and an evening mixer at 7 p.m. at Stonebridge Grill and Tavern, located at 1497 Boardman Canfield Road. Refreshments will be provided, and a cash bar and dinner is available to purchase from a limited menu. The fest of the activities are included at a cost of $30 per person. Questions can be directed at the following committee members: Rosemary Cuccarese Battaglia (330-788-5505), Fred Hoover (330-758-3025), John Marino (330-533-6386, jamco@att.net), Mary Lee McClure (330-750-1924), Perry Ventresco (330-716-5586, pventresco@hotmail.com), Mary Joyce Deskin (561-578-7910), Barbara Fisher Sloan (330-787-4731) and Eileen Walsh Novotny (330-533-3831).

Friendly Squares Halloween square dance

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on Oct. 13 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Rex Parker will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be cueing the line dances. The theme for the dance is Halloween. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Cider and doughnuts will be served by the refreshment committee. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Local ABWA chapter to meet

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its Oct. 9 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. The meeting will begin with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, creamed chicken over biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans with garlic, tossed salad, applesauce, Jell-O and dessert. The cost is $18 and reservations may be made by calling either Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 by Sept. 30. The speaker for the evening will be Kim Hoover, owner and baker of Kim’s Confections on the square in Canfield. The public is welcome.

Cardinal Mooney to host seventh- and eighth-grade parent night

Cardinal Mooney High School will host a seventh- and eighth-grade parent night on Oct. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the school auditorium, located at 2545 Erie St, in Youngstown. Prospective families are encouraged to attend to learn about block scheduling, financial assistance and admissions. Current CMHS students and parents will present on the benefits of a Mooney education. This is an all ages event as special seasonal activities will take place in the school gymnasium for children in grades kindergarten through sixth-grade. RSVPs are encouraged but not required and can be made at www.cardinalmooney.com/events.

Celebrate teen read week with Mindy McGinnis

Help the Austintown library celebrate Teen Read Week, which is a national event from Oct. 7-13, with award-winning, Ohio author and blogger, Mindy McGinnis on Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. McGinnis writes across multiple genres including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery and fantasy. “A Madness so Discreet,” McGinnis’s gothic historical set in an insane asylum, won the Edgar award for Best Teen Mystery in 2015. She also manages a blog titled, “Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire,” which features author interviews, writing advice, query critiques and help in navigating the seas of the publishing world. You can also listen to her weekly podcast that features interviews with published authors.

Tenth annual Danielle Scott Memorial Writing Contest

Danielle Scott was a beloved Teen Advisory Board member whom was lost to cancer. The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is sponsoring the 10th annual Danielle Scott Memorial Writing Contest to honor Danielle and her love of writing. Teens may enter one poem with a theme of their choice. Entries may be submitted online at http://www.libraryvisit.org/teens/danielle or on standard 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper to any public library in Mahoning County Oct. 1-31. If you submit your entry online, make sure you select the writing type (poem) and be sure to include your phone number. Hard copies must be typed. Be sure to include your name, telephone number, grade and school on your entry. Entries are not returnable. One winner will be chosen and will be awarded a plaque and a monetary prize. All entrants must be in grades 7-12 and either live in or attend school in Mahoning County.

Local dancers invited to North Bloomfield event

On Sept. 29 the North Bloomfield Historical Society will host a Western Square Dance from 7-9:30 p.m. No dancing experience is needed. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 330-506-3370.

Gamblers Anonymous meetings

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 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.

Hopewell Theater announces auditions for “Snoopy the Musical”

Audition dates for “Snoopy the Musical” will take place on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Hopewell Theater, located at 702 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown. Performance dates will be Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15 and 16. Rehearsals start on Oct. 22. This place is a series of short scenes with music based on the Charles Schulz’s comic strip “Peanuts.” Parts available include Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Sally and Woodstock (non-speaking part). You must be 16 or older to audition for this show. No parts have been pre-cast. For auditions, performers will be expected to perform a short vocal selection of their choosing (you must provide music for the accompanist) and to read from the show. This show is fairly active so performers must be able to step on and off blocks approximately 18 inches high. Pat Vidis is the director. For auditions performers are to perform a short vocal selection of their choosing (please provide music for the accompanist) and to read from the show. This show requires performers to be quite active - performers must be able to step on and off blocks approximately eighteen inches high.

Pre-kindergarten story time

This program is for 4- and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. Join the Austintown library Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m. where they will use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten. This is a holiday program.

Active shooter response presentation

Keith Smith, Austintown Police Department and Active Shooter Response Instructor, will discuss the topic of active shooters and the best practices to take in the event of an active killer situation at this event at the Austintown library on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. This presentation deals with real life situations and sensitive topics. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online or by phone at 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Frauds and safety

Join Robert Schaeffer, coordinator of the Senior Services Unit of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, for tips on avoiding fraud and scams at this event on Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Austintown library. This program is for adults.

Libraries remain open for holiday

All PLYMC libraries will be open on Columbus Day, Oct. 8.

Halloween family story time

Enjoy Halloween stories, activities and snacks on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. Come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout the library. This event is for children of all ages and is a holiday program.

Playtime at your library

Prepare for kindergarten through play at the Austintown library on Oct. 15 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. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult to this one hour program.

Pre-kindergarten story time

This program, which takes place on Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for 4- and 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. 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 at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library on Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 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 care giver. Join the Austintown library every Thursday in October 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.

Grab and go craft for October

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

Guess the picture book

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

Italian-American heritage month

Celebrate National Italian-American Heritage Month by searching the library for pictures of the United States’ most famous, notorious and beloved Italian-Americans and their traditions throughout regular library hours in October. One selected winner will receive a gift card to a local pizza shop. This event is for children of all ages.

Paw Patrol party

Join the Austintown library on Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. for activities, crafts and snacks as they celebrate Chase, Marshall, Skye and the gang. Registration is required. This event is for the whole family.

Lego my library

Meet at the Austintown library on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Strategy board games at the library

Come to the Austintown library on Oct. 6 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.

The business plan: preparing for tomorrow and beyond

Now that you have looked into your idea, it’s time to learn how to get others to invest in your dream. This workshop, which takes place on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library, introduces the business plan as the strong foundation for securing funding, operating and growing your business. They will discuss the resources that will help you research and look at Gale’s Small Business Builder, a tool to assist you in making your business plan. Feel free to bring your laptop if you want to follow along. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. Light refreshments will be offered. 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 Oct. 8 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.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library on Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader. This is a holiday program and children may attend in costume. This event is for children who are ages 2-3.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on Oct. 2 from 1-6 p.m. and Oct. 13 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.

Immaculate Heart of Mary hosts BINGO event

Every second Wednesday of the month, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will host a special BINGO event. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and games will begin at 10:05 a.m. A master set costs $10 and no sales will be available after 10 a.m. Eight games will be played with a 60/40 split with the last game being a winner take all coverall. This event will take place at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center, located at 4490 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown, beginning on Sept. 12. For further information, call 330-793-9988.

Autism interaction workshop to take place on Oct. 16

In conjunction with the state affiliates of the Autism Society of America, the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley is partnering with the Columbiana, Trumbull and Mahoning County Mental Health Boards, Potential Development Program and the Rich Center for Autism to host an Autism interaction training workshop on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Four Mile Run Christian Church, located at 701 North Four Mile Run Road in Youngstown. Continental breakfast and lunch is provided. Scholarships are available via the county Mental Health and Recovery Boards. Workshops have been approved for Advanced CIT Training. Online registration is available at www.autismmv.org. For more information, call Autism Society of Mahoning Valley 330-333-9609 or go to http://www.autismmv.org. The cost for the day-long workshop is $20 per person. The workshop has been approved for Advanced CIT Training. Scholarships are available. Reach out to Mahoning County Mental Health Board contact Aimee Schweers at 330-746-2959 or aschweers@mahoningcountyoh.gov to see if you qualify. Participants might include police, fire, emergency medical technicians, hospital emergency room staff and paramedics as well as 911 dispatchers and counselors. This event is presented by the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley. For more information, call Autism Society of Mahoning Valley 330-333-9609 or go to www.autismmv.org.

Retiring your flag

During the month of September, Shepherd of the Valley is taking in tired, torn and faded American flags that need to be retired. Most flags are not retired and burned with the ceremony they deserve. Some are burned in a barrel; some in a pile on the ground; others are cremated at a funeral home. Shepherd of the Valley wants to change this. Flags can be dropped off at any Shepherd of the Valley community between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Drop-off hours for the corporate offices are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Flags will be delivered to a local veteran’s group for proper disposal. For more information, contact the nearest Shepherd of the Valley community at Boardman - 7148 West Boulevard - 330-726-9061, Poland - 301 W. Western Reserve Road - 330-726-7110 and Corporate Office/At Home With Shepherd - 5525 Silica Road in Austintown - 330-530-4038.

Valley Legacy Awards 2018 nominees announced

Nominees were recently announced for the 2018 Valley Legacy Awards. Now in its 14th year, the annual event honors civic-minded seniors and senior advocates for their contributions to the Mahoning Valley. The 22 nominees will be recognized and the Valley Legacy Awards presented to the winning Outstanding Seniors and Outstanding Advocates at a luncheon on Oct. 10. Those nominated by members of the community are: Outstanding Senior Award for Professional Excellence - Elder George Dial (Austintown), Stephana Liptak (Poland), Rich Morgan (Boardman) and Outstanding Senior Advocate - Laurie Antunze and Molly (Boardman). The Valley Legacy Awards luncheon will take place on Oct. 10 at The Maronite Center, located at 1555 S Meridian Road in Youngstown. Tickets are $30 and the public is invited. For tickets or more information, call June Jagunic at 330-530-4038, ext. 2050 or visit https://www.shepherdofthevalley.com/valley-legacy-awards/.

Chaney alumni to celebrate 80th birthdays at luncheon

The Chaney High School Class of 1956 will meet for a luncheon on Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Davidson’s Restaurant, located on State Route 62 in Cornersburg, Meals will be ordered from the menu. Spouses and friends are welcome. Come and socialize and celebrate your 80th birthday. For more information, call Larry Probert at 330-799-1204.

Grab and go craft

Make a grab and go craft during regular hours at the Austintown library during the month of September. This event is for children of all ages.

Guess the picture book

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

Guess the title

Put your emoji skills to the test by deciphering book titles through emojis during regular hours at the Austintown library throughout September. One winner will be chosen at random from correct entries. This event is for children of all ages.

Coupon swap at the library

If you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have, drop in during Austintown library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults

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: Oct. 19-28 - “Twilight Zone,” 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.

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.

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 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.

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