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Evening with the Easter Bunny

Boardman Park will present an evening with the Easter Bunny from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 10 and 11. Tickets will go on sale at the park office from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting March 11. Tickets may also be obtained by calling the park office at 330-726-8105 to pay by credit card, or online at Tickets are $7 for Boardman residents and $9 for non-residents. Children 2 and under are free. The evening includes dinner, arts and crafts and a family photo with the Easter Bunny.

Paws Town at Boardman Park

Enjoy the benefits of the outdoors by joining the Marge Hartman’s Paws Town Dog Park at Boardman Park. The 3.25-acre fenced in dog park has separate fenced in areas for large and small dogs, water fountains, a dog wash station, benches, small shade trees and dog waste bags. One year memberships to Paws Town are available for 2019-20 and will be valid from date of purchase through March 31, 2020. Membership costs for Boardman residents are $40 for one dog and $10 for each additional dog. Non-Boardman resident fees are $65 for one dog and $10 for each additional dog. Membership packets may be picked up at the Boardman park office from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the outdoor literature boxes at the dog park or online at One day passes are also available for $5. Bring your dog’s shot records on veterinarian letter head, rabies and county tag numbers. Trees may be purchased in honor of or in memory of your dog to be planted in Paws Town. Forms can be picked up at the park office. For more information on Paws Town, call 330-726-8105.

Cardinal Mooney High School announces 16th annual “Celebrate Mooney” auction

Cardinal Mooney High School has set the date for its 16th annual fundraising auction as April 13. The largest fundraising event of the year will take place at the school, located at 2545 Erie St, Youngstown, between 5:30 and 11 p.m. Cocktails and silent auction to begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. This year’s honorary chairwoman is CMHS teacher, mentor and Cardinals sports enthusiast, Nancy Shugart. Tickets are available by calling the school at 330-788-5007 or online through the school’s website at Sponsorship opportunities are also available with options to have your company’s logo featured at the event. Call Sue Brandenstein at 330-788-5113 for more information.

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 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 or 330-746-6361, ext. 109.

Youngstown Saxon Club to host annual goulash dinner

The Youngstown Saxon Club’s 43rd annual President’s Benefit Goulash Dinner will be held on March 30. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the family-style dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Donation is $16 for adults and $7.50 for children and includes coffee, strudel and some refreshments. There will be music, awards and raffles, Reservations are needed by March 22, and can be make by calling 330-792-7973.

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.

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 for this event 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 more information or to make reservations or you can also book your tickets online through

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.

Family movie night - “Angels in the Outfield”

Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 2305 South Canfield-Niles Road (State Route 46) in Austintown, will be showing the movie, “Angels in the Outfield” at its next movie night in Redeemer’s Fellowship Hall on March 31 at 5 p.m. Tickets are available for free after church on March 24 and 31 and at the door. Tickets entitle the holder to free popcorn and a drink during the movie. This event is open to the public.

Cleveland rent-to-own expert set to headline Youngstown’s MVREIA March meeting

Cleveland rent-to-own expert Matt Reed is poised to share his blueprint for success with investors. The event, themed “Getting Rid of Rental Property Headaches,” will take place on March 11 at Boardman Park’s Lariccia Family Community Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Reed, who boasts a large portfolio of rental properties will be addressing investors on ‘How to Explode Profits with Rent 2 Own Solution.’ Reed’s presentation will outline to investors how to manage numerous properties, how the rent-to-own solution can reduce property maintenance expenses, how to put rental homes income on autopilot, how to get tenants to pay on time, how to make it a “win-win” for investors and families with the dream of home ownership and more. Reed’s featured presentation will focus on how to “Explode Your Profits with Lease Options.” This event is free for REIA members and for first time guests. Dinner will be served ($7 per person) at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 6 p.m. There will also be vendor visits and opportunities for networking. For further information or to register for the MVREIA event, visit ( or call 330-623-7342.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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