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Friday, March 1, 2019

Friendly Squares March square dance

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on March 9 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. 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.

All Inclusive Egg Hunt offered on April 7

Rulli Bros. Market, located at 8025 South Ave. in Boardman, will be the location for the second annual All Inclusive Egg Hunt. The egg hunt will take place on April 7, beginning at 2 p.m. The egg hunt is open to children in the Mahoning County, and there will be an alternative egg hunt for children with special needs inside of the store. All are welcome. For more information, search for the event “2nd All Inclusive Egg Hunt” on Facebook.

ABWA chapter to meet

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its March 12 meeting at Johnny’s Restaurant in Boardman. Networking will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The menu for the evening includes Italian roasted chicken, stuffed shells, sausage and peppers, Italian roasted potatoes, buttered green beans, tossed salad, fresh baked bread, peppers in oil, dessert, coffee, tea and soft drinks. The cost is $22 per person and reservations may be made by calling Lynne Mullins at 330-788-9221 by March 3. The chapter will announce its 2019 Woman of the Year at this March meeting. The entertainment for the evening will be the well-known Youngstown musical duo, Mary Jo Maluso and Rick Blackson of Beyond Broadway Entertainment. The public is welcome.

Spring Clinic set for March 6

The 2019 MVLNA Spring Clinic, set for March 6, has an extensive lineup of speakers and activities for your gardening needs. Industry specialists and OSU Extension will cover topics such as employee incentives and retention, as well as best practices for pruning and fertilizing. The program is March 6 from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens, located at 123 McKinley Ave. in Youngstown. This event will include a trade show with vendor displays and industry updates. Registration for the program is $55 for members of MVLNA, FFRG, Garden Club or Master Gardeners and is $90 for non-members. To register or learn more, call Kim Vallia at 330-540-2306 or visit

Lenten fish dinners offered

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will offer Lenten fish dinners at the Parish Center, located at 4500 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and then will run every Friday through Good Friday, April 19. The menu includes fried or baked haddock, fried shrimp, coleslaw or applesauce, bread and butter, choice of two sides, assorted desserts and beverages. There is also a complimentary pasta and pizza table with the purchase of adult eat-in dinners, only. The cost is $11 for adult dinners and $6 for children under the age of 12. Take-out dinners can be ordered at the door or by calling 330-270-0650. Dinners will be served from 4-7 p.m.

Sausage and pancake breakfast

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus #3930 are sponsoring a sausage and pancake breakfast on March 3 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 under.

Evening of Comedy and Magic to be March 9

The Hopewell Theatre’s “An Evening of Comedy and Magic” is set for March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. This event stars local talent magician/comedian Eric Thompson and comedian Jenna Cintavey. Come enjoy this hilarious one-night-only performance. Proceeds will go toward the accessibility project. The accessibility project, set to cost approximately $80,000, will include a handicap restroom, a new entryway equipped with an electric lift assist and new parking. Call 330-746-5455 for reservations or book your tickets online through

2019 Easter Alive program

Redeemer Lutheran Church, in conjunction with Thrivent and Cabinwood’s Northend Acres, is sponsoring a program for children ages 3-12 on April 13, starting at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 2305 S. Canfield-Niles Road (State Route 46 between New Road and Kirk Road). The theme for this year’s free event is focused on Jesus’ love and humble service to others. The event will take place indoors. There will be two live miniature donkeys in a petting area provided by Cabinwood’s Northend Acres. A puppet skit starring “Humble” the donkey and “Gerbert” will be presented. There will be games, a craft and a snack for the children. On departure, the children will be given a small gift and candy. A family Easter basket will be raffled off with a few smaller raffle gifts to several families that have registered their children. You can register the day of the event at the church, but you can also avoid the registration line by preregistering on Redeemer’s website,

Guess the picture book

Can you guess the picture book from the cut-up cover? One winner chosen at random from correct entries. This event is for children of all ages.

Kindergarten readiness stations

The library’s kindergarten readiness stations are in every library branch and feature fun activities for you and your preschool child to complete together. For the month of March, stations focus on mathematics. Early math skills include counting, recognizing numerals, sorting and classifying objects and creating patterns. Research shows that early math skills are important predictors of later achievement in math and reading. Working on these skills now will help your child be ready to learn when they get to school. Stop by any branch to visit a kindergarten readiness station and help your child build these important skills.

Gotta move story time

Join the Austintown library at 10 a.m. every Thursday in March 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 may act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, talk and play. This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care giver.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library at 10 a.m. every Wednesday in March for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader.

Bonding with babies and books

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

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on March 5 from 1-6 p.m. (Red Cross bus will be in parking lot accepting donations). For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online at

Lego my library

Visit the Austintown library at 6 p.m. on March 6, to enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided by the library. This program is for children ages 6 and up.

Immigration and naturalization records

Visit the Austintown library to learn about immigration and naturalization records at 6:30 p.m. on March 7. Records discussed will include passenger lists, citizenship and naturalization records, border crossings and passports, crew lists, immigration and emigration books, slave manifests and passport applications. Registration is required by calling 330-744-8636 or online via the events calendar. This program is for teens and adults.

Portrait drawing 1

Visit the Austintown library to learn how to use a grid to copy a photograph at 6:30 p.m. on March 12. Attendees must bring a high-quality photo of one face to the library by March 8. 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. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This program is for teens and adults and space is limited.

Read to Reese

Read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partner,s at the Austintown library at 11 a.m on March 9. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and asking for the Austintown library. The program is for school-age children.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on March 9 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Red Cross bus will be in parking lot accepting donations). For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online at

Read it before you see it

This book club will get together at 7 p.m. on March 14 at the Austintown library, to read and discuss books that are soon to be released in the theaters. Talk about books, movies, have a small snack and meet new people. The book for March is “Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott. This program is for adults.

Basic email class

A beginner’s class that will cover setting up an internet-based email account and how to use it will take place at 10 a.m. on March 15. Some knowledge of computers and internet is required. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online via the library’s event calendar or call 330-744-8636. This program is for adults.

Magic Tree House adventures

Join the Austintown library at 11 a.m. on March 16, as they explore the many adventures of Jack and Annie with activities based upon books by Mary Pope Osborne. This program is for school-age children.

Evening story time

This once-a-month evening story time at the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on March 18, will feature stories, movement and early literacy education. The evening story time is open to all ages, but geared toward preschool-aged children and their families.

Silent book club

Join the Austintown library for silent book club at 6:30 p.m. on March 19. 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, we will discuss what we will be reading and whether the book is a hit or a miss. Light refreshments will be provided. This program is for adults.

Know your numbers

Attend the Know Your Numbers workshop at the Austintown library sponsored by Mercy Health Youngstown at 6:30 p.m. on March 20. The instructor will walk you through a number of common health related lab values, and review blood sugar levels and blood pressure ranges. You will leave the workshop understanding what is normal, what your results mean and what lifestyle changes are needed. This program is for adults.

Beginners Cricut

Join the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on March 21, where they will be exploring the basics of a Cricut Explore Air 2; including the machine, tools and how to locate designs. This information will be used to create a simple project. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 330-744-8636. This program is for adults.

Stamping with Cindy

Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools at 6:30 p.m. on March 25. 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 and may be made by calling 330-744-8636. This program is for adults.

Friends of Austintown Library presentation

Traci Manning, curator of education with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, will explore the origins, history and legacy of Greystone, the arts and crafts style mansion of Olive and Wilford Arms at 10 a.m. on March 25. The presentation will focus on the meaning and design of the home from Olive’s own words.

Strategy board games at the library

Visit the library to play games like “Stratego,” “Chess,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Carcassonne” at 3 p.m. on March 2. Attendees may also bring their own games to share. Light refreshments will be served. This program is for teens and adults.

Retired teachers association to meet on March 13

The Mahoning Retired Teachers Association will meet on March 13 at Drake’s Landing Banquet Center, located at 2177 W. Western Reserve Road in Canfield. The social hour will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:45 a.m., followed by the meeting and program. Susan Harris will preside. Sara Churchill, Digital Services Librarian from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, will discuss library online services. The community service project will be donations to Mahoning County library’s summer literacy program. Grilled chicken salad or the buffet, which will feature parmesan crusted cod and pasta with meatballs, will be served. All area educators are invited to attend. To make a reservation, contact Maggie Skripac at 330-953-1200 by March 6. For more information, visit

Movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during movie night at 6 p.m. on March 26. The movie will be a newly-released DVD rated PG or G. This program is for the entire family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Chapter Chat book club

Come to the Chapter Chat book club at the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on March 28, where they will be reading and discussing a book. Each month will be a new genre. This month is “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” by Kate Moore. Light refreshments will be served. This program is for adults.

Teacher and substitute teacher job fair

The Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) is hosting its annual teacher recruiting event on March 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The teacher job fair will take place in the Joyce Brooks Center, located at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. All recent and upcoming spring graduates in education, credentialed teachers, substitute teachers and substitute teacher candidates can meet with district administrators and substitute teacher recruiters to learn about teaching opportunities. The following school districts will be represented: Boardman Local School District, Campbell City School District, Lowellville Local School District, Mahoning County Educational Service Center, Rootstown Local School District, South Range Local School District, Springfield Local School District, Struthers City School District, Western Reserve Local School District, Youngstown City School District, Rachel Wixey and Associates (recruiting substitute teachers). If you plan to attend, feel free to pre-register at or go to and select Job Fair Registration.

Hopewell postpones “Deathtrap” production

The Board of Trustees of The Hopewell theatre has made the artistic decision to postpone its production of “Deathtrap” until the 2019-2020 season. Original production dates were May 10, 11, 17, 18, 19. Flex-pass holders will still have the opportunity to use their flex-passes for “Godspell” (March 29, 30, 31, April 5, 6, 7) and “On Golden Pond” (June, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16). Make your reservation on-line at or by phone at 330-746-5455.

Gamblers Anonymous offers meetings

If you or someone you love has a gambling addiction, Gamblers Anonymous 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 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.

Austintown Local School District announces open enrollment 2019-2020

The Austintown Local School District will again have statewide open enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications will be accepted for students in grades kindergarten through eighth-grade based on grade level availability. Applications are now available on the Austintown School’s website at In order to be accepted for open enrollment, completed applications must be submitted online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any students living in the state of Ohio and entering grades kindergarten through eighth are eligible. One application must be completed for each student. No new students will be accepted in grades 9-12. Only existing open enrollment students and those in special programs will be accepted into the high school. Open enrollment will close on April 30 for the 2019-2020 school year. Call the registration office at 330-797-3900, ext.1516 if you have additional questions or need more information.

Preschool accepting registrations

The Austintown Community Church Preschool Childcare Center is registering children ages 3-10 for their summer program and for the 2019-20 school year. The center is located at 242 S. Canfield-Niles Road. The Austintown Community Church Preschool Childcare Center will be celebrating their 50th year in September and continue to serve the community by providing children with a safe, healthy and cheerful environment. Their mission is to help children grow and develop in the areas of social/emotional development, academic development, physical development and spiritual development. For more information about the preschool program, before and after school program and summer program, contact Director Amy Teeters by calling 330-793-1843 or email More information is also available at and the center’s Facebook page.

NSS Life plans annual meeting

The National Slovak Society (NSS Life) local assembly 731 will host its annual meeting at 1 p.m. on March 2 at the Boardman library, located at 7680 Glenwood Ave. in Boardman. Election of officers will take place during this meeting. Members are asked to bring ideas and details to help plan assembly fraternal activities for 2019. Youth members are invited to attend and offer input about youth activities. They will also review activities sponsored by the NSS home office. Lunch will be served. Contact Laurie Fox, president, at 330-536-8850 if you are planning to attend.

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.

Legacy Dog Rescue hosting reverse raffle

Legacy Dog Rescue is hosting its third annual Reverse Raffle on April 6 at the Avion on the Water in Canfield. A total of 125 tickets will be sold. The cost is $65 per ticket, which includes two dinners and one chance to win the grand prize of $1,500. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the raffle at 7 p.m. A Chinese auction, games of chance and 50/50 drawings will also be available. Reserve your ticket by emailing Jenn at, texting Heather at 330-717-0635 or by sending a check to Legacy Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 3643, Youngstown, OH 44513. Legacy Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) rescue dedicated to helping dogs in Mahoning and Trumbull counties and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit

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: March 29-April 7 - “Godspell” 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 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 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.