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Navigating the stars

Have you ever wondered how ancient people told time? Got from point A to point B without a smartphone or compass? Made it through the Underground Railroad, or went to far away countries over the seven seas? Learn about navigating by following the stars with Lindsay Sprague from Winterberry Homestead at this event at the Austintown library on July 2 at 7 p.m. Learn which constellations matter most in the northern and southern hemispheres. Best of all, take home a star map and learn how to participate in orienteering and other activities in your own neighborhood. This event is for adults and teens.

Redeemer Lutheran to offer vacation Bible school

Redeemer Lutheran Church will host its annual vacation Bible school on July 10-12 from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the church, located at 2305 S. Canfield-Niles Road in Austintown. On July 12, there will be a lunch for everyone (including parents) at noon. The theme will be “Camp Out - Getting S’more of Jesus.” There will be crafts, games, gifts, music, fun and of course s’mores. The event is free and open to all children in the community between the ages of 3-12. Register online at www.Redeemer-Austintown.org or contact the church at 330-799-7823 with your name, address, phone number and the names and ages of your children along with any special needs (allergies, etc.). Register by July 8 as space is limited.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 13 and 1-6 p.m. on July 16. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org.

Holiday library closure

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County System will be closed for Independence Day on July 4.

Legends of Asgard

Local teenagers will gather to perform and celebrate the ancient myths of Norse culture at the Austintown library on July 17 at 11 a.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.

Jungle Terry and friends

Stop by the Austintown library on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. and see Jungle Terry and his animal friends.

Hopewell announces 2019 season

Hopewell Theatre recently announced its 2019–2020 season. Featuring six productions in the Hopewell’s intimate 69-seat house, the season includes “The Man with the Plastic Sandwich” by Roger Karshner; Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony Award-winning musical “Evita;” the poignant romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year” by Bernard Slade; “Deathtrap,” a comedy thriller by Ira Levin; Ken Ludwig’s daffy comedy “Leading Ladies;” and Jethro Compton’s western drama “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” Based at 702 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown, Hopewell Theatre (formerly the Victorian Players) has been bringing entertaining and unique theatrical performances to the Mahoning Valley for 27 years. Order your flex passes for Hopewell’s upcoming season. A flex pass is six tickets to be used throughout the season as you wish. An adult flex pass is $65; a student/senior flex pass is $45. Individual tickets for non-musicals are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors; musicals are $17 for adults and $14 for students/seniors. Visit http://hopewelltheatre.org or call 330-746-5455 for reservations, flex pass purchases and other information.

Redeemer Lutheran hosts free movie event with sundae bar

Redeemer Lutheran Church will be showing the movie, “Charlotte’s Web,” in Redeemer’s Fellowship Hall on July 21 at 2 p.m. Admission is free. This event is open to the public. They will also be having a free ice cream sundae bar.

Techie camp

Learn how to create your own mobile apps with MIT APP inventor and explore robotics at this free Techie Camp at the Austintown library on July 22-26 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. The camp is open to middle school students in sixth-eighth grade. Signup online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nordson2019.

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.

Class of 1959 to meet for 60th reunion

The Austintown Fitch High Class of 1959 is celebrating their 60th class reunion at a two day event. On Aug. 30, a meet and greet will take place at 5-7 p.m. at Hollywood Gaming, and on Aug. 31, a class breakfast at Davidson’s will take place at 9 a.m. and a social hour and sit down dinner at will take place at 5 p.m. at The Upstairs Restaurant. For more information, contact Maria Stacey at 330-799-0120 or Bernie Zets at 330-799-5849.

Bonding with babies and books

Meet at the Austintown library on July 2, 9, 16 and 23 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.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library on July 3 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.

Pre-kindergarten story time

This program, which will take place on July 5 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for 4- and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. They will use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten.

Gotta Move story time

This story time, which will take place on July 11 and 18 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join in 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.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Austintown library on July 3 at 6 p.m. and July 19 at 3 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Moon Landing Party

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first manned lunar landing at this event at the Austintown library on July 20 at 11 a.m. View actual NASA footage of the landing. Hear NASA radio communication. Share your memories on our moon memory wall. Trivia, games, crafts and refreshments for the whole family.

Shark Week baby brilliant

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 on July 30 at 10 a.m. This event is shark-themed.

Read to Reese

To boost your reading confidence, come to the Austintown library on July 12 at 11 a.m. and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners. 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.

Shark bank

Join the Austintown library on July 31 at 11 a.m. in customizing your own shark piggy bank that you can take home with you that day. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library to register. This event is for ages 8-14.

Strategy board games at the library

Do you like to play strategy board games? Go to the Austintown library on July 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.

Beginner’s cricut

Join the Austintown library on July 15 at 10:30 a.m. where they will be exploring the basics of a Cricut Explore Air 2: including the machine, tools, and how to locate designs. They will then use this information to create a simple project. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults.

DIY shark tooth necklace

Show off your love of sharks with your very own shark tooth necklace made at this event at the Austintown library on July 29 at 11 a.m. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for ages 9-16.

Galaxy lantern at Austintown

Join the Austintown library on July 8 at 6:30 p.m. where they will be creating their own DIY Galaxy Lantern. Supplies will be provided and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults and teens.

Make your own galaxy bottle

Make your own summer space craft...a galaxy in a bottle at the Austintown library on July 12 at 3 p.m. All materials will be provided. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for children grades 1-5.

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 July 17 at 6:30 p.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 required. Call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Introduction to Pinterest

Join the Austintown library in its beginner’s Pinterest class on July 11 at 6:30 p.m. and learn how to set up an account, search for items (like recipes or craft ideas), create boards and save pins. Space is limited and registration is required. Participants should have an email account before attending. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults.

Chapter Chat book club

Attend the Chapter Chat Book Club at the Austintown library on July 31 at 6:30 p.m. where they will discuss “Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. The group reads and discusses a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Read it before you see it book club

People always say the book is better than the movie. This book club will get together to read and discuss books that are soon to be released in the theaters. On July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Austintown library, they will discuss “The Woman in the Window,” by A. J. Finn. Come to talk about books, movies, have a small snack and meet new people. Join for one month or every month. This event is for adults.

Silent book club

Need some quiet me time? Then join the Austintown library on July 16 at 6:30 p.m. for its silent book club. 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.

Spay and neuter clinic offers local event

Alleycat Spay and Neuter Clinic will be coming to the Austintown Ohio area for additional dates for its low cost spay/neuter transport program. Alleycat’s transport van will be transporting patients to and from Tractor Supply Austintown, located at 6225 Mahoning Ave. in Austintown, on July 3 and Aug. 7. The drop off time is between 8:30-9 a.m. and the pick up time is between 3:30-4 p.m. (Clients will pick up and drop off patients to our staff members at the Tractor Supply parking lot). Clients will be required to provide proof of a current rabies vaccination for their pet, otherwise they will be required to receive a new rabies vaccine during their clinic visit (rabies vaccine at time of surgery is $9). One pet per crate, and the crate should be a hard carrier. The cost for a female cat spay surgery with transport is $60. The cost for a male cat neuter surgery with transport is $50. Rabies vaccine with surgery is $9. Appointments can be made online at www.alleycatvet.com or by calling the clinic at 330-892-8985. Alleycat Spay and Neuter Clinic is located at 15549 State Route 170, Unit 10 in East Liverpool. The clinic phone number is 330-892-8985.

Austintown schools to sponsor 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 3-Aug. 16. Breakfast will be served from 7:45-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Contact Jayme Rarick, food service supervisor, at 330-797-3900, ext. 2032 with questions or for more information.

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.

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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