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Montessori students support local animal rescue

Students from the Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley recently collected donations for New Lease on Life Animal Rescue in Struthers. On March 9, student and parent volunteers delivered the donations and spent time walking dogs, playing with puppies and assisting with other tasks to support New Lease on Life’s mission to secure a safe and caring home for all pets in need. Through a number of community service projects throughout the school year, MSMV students learn practical life skills through volunteer experiences that foster compassion and empathy. Founded in 1976, The Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley is committed to providing a high-quality Montessori educational environment that nurtures independent, life-long learning while instilling respect, responsibility and resourcefulness. For more information, visit www.msmv.org.

ABWA’s Mill Creek Chapter has April 9 meeting

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its April 9 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield, beginning with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu for the evening will include southern baked chicken, Swiss steak, buttered parsley potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, apple sauce, Jell-O, dessert, coffee and tea. The cost is $18 per person. Reservations may be made by calling Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 or Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 by March 31. The speaker for the evening will be Jeanie Steves from Damsel in Distress. The public is welcome.

Check out hunger at Sparkle Markets

Through April 20, customers of Sparkle Markets will have the opportunity to Check Out Hunger and feed hungry families in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Customers may tear off a $1, $5 or $10 coupon available at the register that will be added to their grocery bill. Customers may also donate non-perishable food items by placing them in the collection bin at the front of the stores. Last year, Sparkle Markets raised $11,518 through the donation coupons, which enabled the Food Bank to distribute $126,698 worth of food to people right here in the Mahoning Valley. Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, a member of Feeding America, provides food to those in need in the tri-county area through 160 programs provided by hunger-relief organizations, which include church pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and after-school programs. In 2018, the food bank distributed more than 10 million pounds of food, including 3 million pounds of produce. For more information on the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org or call 330-792-5522.

St. Christine Scout Troop 22 hosts pancake breakfast

St. Christine Scout Troop 22 is hosting a pancake breakfast on April 14 at the St. Christine Parish Center, located at 3165 S. Schenley Ave. in Youngstown, from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. This pancake breakfast benefits Scout Troop 22 for summer camp/activities and other year-round program costs. The breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with a variety of fruit toppings, sausage, scrambled eggs, milk, orange juice and coffee, and costs $7 per person, children 6 and under free. Tickets can be purchased at the door and carry out is available.

TeenXTreme blackout poetry contest

April is National Poetry Month, so indulge in some ‘creative destruction’ and express your inner poet during Poland library hours. Create a poem by eliminating - blacking out - the words you don’t want from newspaper and magazine articles (or book pages) which are provided. Three winners will be chosen from entries throughout the county and awarded cash prizes. Contact a librarian for details. This program is for teens in grades seven through 12.

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 April, stations feature preschool board games. Playing games is an easy and fun way to spend time together and they are also rich in learning opportunities. Board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns and enjoying interaction with others. These skills are part of the social emotional domain of early learning. Stop by the Poland branch to visit a kindergarten readiness station, play a game and help your child build these important skills.

Trim a tree

Decorate an ornament for the Poland library’s all-seasons trees during library hours for the month of April. This program is for children of all ages.

Friends of Poland Library presentation

The Friends of Poland Library will hold its meeting and presentation at 10 a.m. on April 2. Nicole Fond, program manager of Junior Achievement of Mahoning County, will speak on “The New Face of Junior Achievement” and discuss how Junior Achievement has evolved to stay relevant over the last 100 years. There will be a coffee hour at 9:30 a.m., with the program and business meeting to follow. Hostesses will be Sue Perry, Susan Faulkner, Ann Trefethern and Phil Mazzarino. Donations of books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs are accepted at each meeting for the Poland Friends book cart. The meeting is open to the public and new members are welcome. Membership dues are $10 per year.

Bonding with babies and books

Visit the Poland library at 10 a.m. on April 3, for 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. For caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months.

Conversational French II

An intermediate level of conversational French class will be offered at 1 p.m. on April 3 at the Poland library, for those with some background in the language or those that attended Beginning Conversational French at the library. This class has an emphasis on speaking French to ask for help and directions, shopping and sight-seeing, meeting people and making small talk or to simply brush-up on your skills. This program is for adults.

Friends of PLYMC yoga

Join the Friends of PLYMC for yoga class at 5 p.m. every Wednesday in April at the Poland library. Class is $10 per session and attendees can pay as they attend. Attendees should dress comfortably. This program is for adults.

Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s

Visit the Poland library at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday in April for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader.

Tie dye party

Visit the Poland library at 6:30 p.m. on April 9, to make your own tie dye creation. Snacks and materials will be provided. Pillowcases will be available, or bring a T-shirt. Attendance is limited and registration is required by calling 330-744-8636 and asking for Poland library. This program is for children in grades 5-12.

Bonding with babies and books

Visit the Poland library at 10 a.m. on April 10, 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.

Conversational French II

An intermediate level of conversational French class will take place at 1 p.m. on April 10 at the Poland library, for those with some background in the language or those that attended Beginning Conversational French at the library. This class has an emphasis on speaking French to ask for help and directions, shopping and sight-seeing, meeting people and making small talk or to simply brush-up on your skills. This program is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Poland library on April 12 from 10 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 www.RedCrossBlood.org.

Poetry for people who hate poetry

Ohio Poet Laureate, Case Western Reserve lecturer and author Dave Lucas will explore poetry for those who hate it, love it and everything in between at 3 p.m. on April 13 at the Poland library. Visit the library for a special reading for National Poetry Month.

Social Security speaker

April is National Social Security Month. Visit the Poland library at 12 p.m. on April 15, to learn about Social Security from Public Affairs Specialist Robert Fenn of the SSA. This informational session will touch on programs, benefits and services. This program is for adults.

Read to Roxie

Relax and read to Roxie, a registered therapy dog with Go Team Therapy Dogs at 6 p.m. on April 16 at the Poland library. Each child will be given a 15-minute reading session while spots remain. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register. This program is for children in grades one through four.

Bonding with babies and books

Visit the Poland library at 10 a.m. on April 17, 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.

ASL Baby Brilliant

Learn how to use American Sign Language with your child through rhymes, songs and stories at 10 a.m. on April 24 at the Poland library, followed by time to play and socialize. Learn easy corresponding signs to share with your little ones.

Conversational French II

An intermediate level of conversational French class will take place at 1 p.m. on April 17 at the Poland library, for those with some background in the language or those that attended Beginning Conversational French at the library. This class has an emphasis on speaking French to ask for help and directions, shopping and sight-seeing, meeting people and making small talk or to simply brush-up on your skills. This program is for adults.

Gotta move story time

Visit the Poland library at 10 a.m. on April 19, for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the young and restless, stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Adults and kids 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 caregiver.

Blood pressure screening

Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will host a blood pressure screening at the Poland library from 10:15-11:15 a.m. on April 19.

More than a book club

Attendees are invited to gather to discuss the stories and information they are currently reading and researching at 6 p.m. April 24 at the Poland library. Whether you listen to audiobooks, read novels, read the newspaper or research online, share your sources and learn about others. This program is for adults.

Microsoft Word class 1

Visit the Poland library to learn the basic skills of Microsoft Word at 3 p.m. on April 25. This beginner’s class will cover the Word menus and functions like cut/copy/paste, font, save and print. Some basic computer skills are required. This class will soon be followed by Microsoft Word class 2 and class 3. Register online via the library events calendar or call 330-744-8636. This program is for adults.

Snack-n-sign

All fifth- through eighth-graders may visit the Poland library at 4 p.m. on April 26, to learn sign language and about deaf culture through fun, interactive games and activities. A snack will be provided.

Get connected with digital media

Learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices at 6 p.m. on April 29. Registration is required and may be made by calling 330-744-8636 and asking for the Poland library.

Playtime at your library

Visit the Poland library at 10 a.m. on April 30, to read a story and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help him or her get ready for kindergarten. Activities will vary at each program. This program is for children ages 2-6.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Poland library on April 30 from 1:30-6:30 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 www.RedCrossBlood.org.

Local church hosts spaghetti dinner event

St. Angela Merici, located at 397 South Jackson Street in Youngstown, will host its eighth annual spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction event on April 14 from 12-4 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under. Takeout dinners available for $9; containers will be provided. For more info or to purchase tickets in advance, call the parish office at 330-747-6080.

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 Tuesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman. Another G.A. meeting is offered on Sunday 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 1.5 hours and are both closed meetings, or, you must have suffered from a gambling addiction to attend.

Tri-Gold chapter of ABWA to have 15th anniversary

The Tri-Gold chapter of ABWA will host its 15th anniversary with the theme Crystal Showers Sprinkle Flowers. The event will take place on April 10 at A La Carte Catering in Canfield. This is an evening dinner meeting with a social period beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are due by April and can be made by contacting Sharon Pasquale at 330-793-6208. Entertainment will be announced. The cost to attend is $21.50 with the choice of stuffed flounder or chicken francaise, swiss steak jardinere, tossed salad, red skin potatoes and a dessert of cake and ice cream.

Friendly Squares host April square dance

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly local square dance on April 13 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. 1970’s Disco will be the theme. 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 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 www.boardmanpark.com. 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.

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 www.cardinalmooney.com/events. 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 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.

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.

Free tax preparation and electronic filing sites

Free tax preparation is available at the Poland library, located at 311 S. Main St., from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Mondays from March 4 through April 8. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 330-540-1947 or email vita@ccregional.org. All sites are staffed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS. For additional tax preparation sites, go to https://www.libraryvisit.org/tax-information.

PSHS Class of 1969 to reunite on Aug. 3

The Poland High School Class of 1969 will host its 50th class reunion on Aug. 3 at the Reserve Run Golf Course’s Another Round Bar and Grille. Throughout the next few months, former classmates will meet to finalize plans for the evening event along with plans for additional get together activities on Aug. 2 and Aug. 4. The next meeting of the planning committee will take place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road in Poland Township. Classmates interested in helping with the reunion are invited to attend the meeting. Contact Dave Watts (misty50@zoominternet.net) or Laurie Burns Fox (lamlfox@zoominternet.net) if you’d like to help but can’t attend the meeting.

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 legacy_jenn@aol.com, 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 www.ldrofohio.org.

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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