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Becoming a U.S. Citizen - an overview of the naturalization process

On Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library, a representative from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will offer information sessions to help permanent residents and others interested in naturalization learn about naturalization eligibility requirements, the naturalization process, the naturalization test and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. Each session is free of charge and open to the public. Spanish language materials will be provided. Sessions at Main Library and Struthers Library will be conducted in English, with Spanish translation.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, which will take place every Tuesday in August at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library, 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.

Playtime at your library

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 at this event at the Boardman library on Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. Activities will vary at each program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is for ages 2-6.

May the crafts be with you

Make and take some fun space crafts during the regular hours at the Boardman library throughout August. This event is for children of all ages.

Family story time

Bring the whole family to the Boardman library on Aug. 7 and 28 at 10 a.m. for stories, games, crafts and fun for all ages.

Puppets! Puppets! Puppets!

Bring the whole family, have fun and share laughs as the Boardman library presents three out-of-this-world puppet stories on Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. and Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs on Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Help plan and support teen activities at the library by taking part in the TAB meeting on Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library. Meet new people and have fun. Refreshments and snacks are provided. This event is for teens.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Boardman library from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 13. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org.

YMCA hosts Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Kennedy Family Fund of The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley to support its fifth annual Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.: Finding Rewards In Every New Day, an inclusive day camp experience for children, teens and young adult students with autism and their friends. The first program of its kind in the Mahoning Valley, Camp F.R.I.E.N.D. is facilitated by ABA Therapy Solutions. Camp will take place July 15-19 and Aug. 12-16 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day at the Central YMCA in Youngstown. The grant will help more families share in this fun, summer rite of passage by allowing the camp to expand the number of campers that can attend and enabling the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley to offer financial-based scholarships. Camp costs $150 per student per week and financial scholarships are available. Registration forms are available for download at AutismMV.org/campfriend and can be mailed by request by emailing ASMV at camp@autismmv.org. The Autism Society is still welcoming volunteers, interns and neurotypical peers to assist. Donations from individuals and business sponsorships are currently being accepted to help defer additional costs.

Bonding with babies and books

Meet at the Boardman library on July 16, 23 and 30 at 10 a.m. for Bonding with Babies and Books, for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. The event features 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.

May the crafts be with you

Make and take some fun space crafts during regular library hours throughout July at the Boardman library. This event is for children of all ages.

Balto: a history of humans, huskies and health in Alaska

The library is bringing the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to you. Join in with the Boardman library on July 24 at 2 p.m. as we learn about the story of Balto and the heroic dogs and mushers of the 1925 Alaskan Serum Run, and compare their experience to the Iditarod of today through video conferencing with the museum. They will have a kit of equipment used to enable humans and huskies to survive in harsh arctic conditions to examine during the show. Space is limited. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to reserve your seat or sign up via the online calendar. This event is for children in grades K-12.

Legends of Asgard

Local teenagers will gather to perform and celebrate the ancient myths of Norse culture at the Boardman library on July 29 at 2 p.m. Learn how Odin became the god he is and how he met his mighty end. Celebrate with the library as these talented young people teach an interesting history lesson through a fantastic performance. This event is for school-age children.

Playtime at your library

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 at this event at the Boardmab library on July 17 at 10 a.m. Activities will vary at each program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is for ages 2-6.

Family story time

Bring the whole family for stories, games, crafts and fun for all ages to this story time at the Boardman library on July 24 and 31 at 10 a.m.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Boardman library on July 13 at 10 a.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Summertime coasters

Create a set of four pretty ceramic coasters at the Boardman library on July 18 at 6 p.m. Durable vinyl will be pre-cut and ready for you to attach and finish. Multiple colors will be available. Bring your bifocals for the details. All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Apprentice’s Inn

Join the Boardman library’s beginners Dungeons and Dragons club on July 17 at 6:30 p.m. and take part in the adventure. Go on dangerous quests with daring fights and hopefully you roll a D20 to save the day. Refreshments and snacks are provided. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

‘I Read YA!’ book club

Adult fans of young adult literature from ages 18 and older, this book club, which will take place on July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library, is for you. They will discuss “Sadie” by Courtney Summers. Light refreshments served. This event is for adults.

Pink Ribbon Golf Classic set for July 15

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at the Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 15. The cost is $110 per golfer. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. The 18-hole four-person scramble will be followed by lunch and a Chinese auction and raffle. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. For further details, contact Donna Mowrey at 330-207-9630 or Nancy Felton at 330-533-2712.

Gamblers Anonymous Meetings

If you or someone you love has a gambling addiction, Gamblers Anonymous may be able to help. Gamblers Anonymous meetings 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 is offered 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.

Summer Discovery Program

Children can sign up online or at any Mahoning County public library on or after May 1, to register for this year’s Summer Discovery Program, A Universe of Stories. Summer Discovery runs from May 1 through July 31. 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 sign up will receive a Dairy Queen coupon and Mahoning Valley Scrappers game voucher. Children who complete the program by July 24, will be invited to a breakfast event on Aug. 2, featuring author Laura Numeroff. Teens and adults can sign up online at LibraryVisit.org or in person and read 10 books to earn your choice of book. Read 15 books for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Participants will receive a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game voucher just for signing up.

YWCA accepting entries for 37th annual Women’s Art Exhibition

YWCA Mahoning Valley is accepting entries for its 37th Annual Women Artists: A Celebration! Art Show to take place June 28 through July 26 at YWCA’s downtown Youngstown office, located at 25 W. Rayen Ave. The art exhibition showcases work by local, regional and national women artists. The juried show features all media, including paintings, drawings, photographs, fiber art, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, videography and metal work. Returning for a second time is a juried show for young women ages 14-17 from Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The show will feature seventeen works selected by jurors from the YWCA Women Artists Committee and will run in conjunction with the Women Artists show. Two-dimensional work is eligible for the 17 Under 17 show. Entry forms for both shows are available at YWCA’s offices in Youngstown and Warren and on the YWCA’s website at ywcamahoningvalley.org/women-artists. Entries are due by April 8. Priscilla Roggenkamp, Associate Professor of Art at Ashland University, will serve as the juror for the 2019 show. A ticketed Preview Party will take place on June 28 from 6-9 p.m. at the YWCA. Proceeds benefit YWCA Housing Programs. More than $2,000 in prize money will be awarded to artists at the party. For more information, contact Molly at mtoth@mvywca.org or 330-746-6361, ext. 109.

Golf classic to benefit American Cancer Society

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 15. 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.

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 4:30 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 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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