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American Business Women’s Association to meet May 14

The Mill Creek Chapter of American Business Women’s Association will hold its May 14 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Networking will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu will include creamed chicken over biscuit, stuffed pork chop, mashed potatoes, California blend vegetables, tossed salad, applesauce, 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 April 30. Election of new officers will take place at this May meeting. The public is welcome.

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.

Hopewell has auditions for C.S. Lewis classic production

The Hopewell Theatre recently announced their annual summer youth and adult family production, a return to Narnia with C.S. Lewis’s fantasy classic, “The Magician’s Nephew.” This adaptation, dramatized by Glyn Robinson, is faithful to the original and rich in depth, color and strong roles for actors of all ages. This production will feature roles for adults of any age, teens and children as young as 6-years-old. This show is meant for both experienced and first timers to the stage. All roles are available, except Aslan. Auditions will take place on May 6 and 7 at 6 p.m. at the theater, located at 702 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown. Call backs, if necessary, will take place on May 9 at 6 p.m. The show will run July 5, 6, 12, 13 and 14.

Coupon swap at the library

Drop in during Austintown library hours in May to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This program is for adults.

Library closings

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on May 12 and May 26-27.

Guess the picture book

Visit the Austintown library during the month of May to guess the picture book from the cut up cover. One winner will be chosen at random from correct entries. This program is for children of all ages.

Church to host trash and treasure sale

Grace Lutheran Church will host its Trash and Treasure sale from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on May 4, at the church, located at 162 South Raccoon Road. A variety of items will be available, including household goods, tools, books, clothes, collectibles and more. Lunch, baked goods and refreshments will be available. Proceeds from the sale are used by the men’s group to fund improvement or maintenance projects around the church. Entrance to the sale area is in the rear of the church.

Flea markets to take place weekly

The Saxon Club will start its flea markets on May 7, and will host a flea market every Tuesday through October. The flea markets will take place from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Saxon Club parking lot, located at 710 South Meridian Road. Cost for vendors is $5 per space and vendors can set up before 8 a.m. Reservations for spaces are not required. Coffee, pop and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Rich at 330-503-0535.

Game night: Ohio civics

Visit the Austintown library at 7 p.m. on May 7, to show off your knowledge and everything you remember from civics class at the Civics Essential Game Hour. Try your hand at answering fun and fact-based trivia, playing Jeopardy-style games and competing against your fellow attendees for prizes. Register via the online events calendar or by calling 330-744-8636. This program is for adults and teens.

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 May, the stations focus on Approaches Toward Learning — the attitude that children bring to social interactions and learning experiences. The stations will encourage initiative and curiosity. They will also develop the children’s level of attention, engagement and persistence as they complete fun activities. These factors are consistent predictors of academic success. Stop by the Austintown branch to visit kindergarten readiness stations and help your child build these important skills.

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.

Bonding with babies and books

Visit the Austintown library at 10 a.m. every Tuesday in May 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.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

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

Gotta move story time

Visit the Austintown library at 10 a.m. every Thursday in May 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.

Star Wars scavenger hunt

Visit the Austintown library during library hours on May 4, to follow the clues and find the hidden letters to solve Master Yoda’s secret message to Luke Skywalker. There is a chance to win a prize. This program is for children of all ages.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on May 4 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 www.RedCrossBlood.org.

Everlasting flowers

Visit the Austintown library at 11 a.m. on May 6, to join the Youngstown Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America in making everlasting flowers using basic cross and counted stitches on perforated paper. There will be flower color options, and your creation will be suitable for framing or to be used on a card. Registration is required. Sign up via the online calendar or call 330-744-8636 to register. This program is for adults.

Flower vase string art

Visit the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on May 6, to make a flower vase out of string art. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required by calling 330-744-8636. This program is for adults and teens.

Art with Andrea

Visit the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on May 8, to create your own painting. Step-by-step instructions will be given to create your very own work of art. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This program is for adults and teens.

Read it before you see it

Visit the Austintown library at 7 p.m. on May 9, to get together to read and discuss books that are soon to be released in the theaters. Come to talk about books, movies, have a small snack and meet new people. Join us for one month or every month. The book for May is “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer. This program is for adults.

Mommy and me tea party

Visit the Austintown library at 2 p.m. on May 11, to celebrate Mother’s Day with a tea party. Mothers, aunts and grandmothers are all invited to enjoy tea, lemonade and snacks with their little ones. Children of all ages can make a craft and enter to win a “Fancy Nancy” picture book. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library to register.

Read to Reese

Visit the Austintown library at 11 a.m. on May 11, to read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners. Bring your own book, or we will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be made by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This program is for school age children.

Strategy board games

Visit the Austintown library at 3 p.m. on May 11, 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 program is for adults and teens.

Introduction to Medicare

Visit the Austintown library at 9:30 a.m. on May 11, for an informational program for those who will be applying for Medicare in 2019. Subjects covered include Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Part D drug plans and more. The program is presented by an Ohio Senior Health Insurance Program volunteer. This program is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on May 14 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 www.RedCrossBlood.org.

Pom-pom party

Visit the Austintown library at 6 p.m. on May 15, to learn how to make and decorate with pom-poms. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This program is for teens.

Beginner’s Cricut

Visit the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on May 16, to explore the basics of a Cricut Explore Air 2, including the machine, tools and how to locate designs. We will then use this information to create a simple project. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This program is for adults.

Creating games in Roblox

Visit the Austintown library at 11 a.m. on May 18, to learn how to create your own games in Roblox for others to play. Register online or call 330-744-8636. This program is for teens and tweens.

Stamping with Cindy

Visit the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on May 20, to learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools. 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 can be made by calling 330-744-8636. This program is for adults.

Friends of Austintown Library presentation

Marilyn Mong, USO Canteen, will discuss the musical history of the USO at 10 a.m. on May 20, at the Friends of Austintown Library meeting and presentation.

Silent book club

Visit the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on May 21, for silent book club. Bring 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.

Disney trivia

Visit the Austintown library at 6 p.m. on May 22, to show off your knowledge of the famous mouse. Light refreshments will be provided. This program is for children of all ages. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Using city directories for family histories

Visit the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on May 23, to learn about how to use city directories to locate people in time and place. City directories are often overlooked, but these texts prove quite useful to family historians. Ancestors are listed regardless of whether they owned a telephone. Streets and maps are shown, along with the names of neighbors. Churches, cemeteries, business, advertisements and historical information are presented over the span of many years. Registration is required by telephone at 330-744-8636 or online via the events calendar. This program is for adults and teens.

Movie night

Visit the Austintown library at 6 p.m. on May 28, for movie night. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This program is for the family and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Chapter chat book club

Come to the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. on May 29, to join the chapter chat book club to read and discuss a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. This month the book will be “Elevation” by Stephen King. Light refreshments will be served. This program is for adults.

YSU to offer robotics and 3D printing camps

Youngstown State University’s Ohio Youth Entrepreneurship Program will host two camp programs this summer for students in middle school and high school. Biz3D is a four-day camp where high school students learn about what it takes to start a business and how 3D printing can be used. Students will have hands-on experience with 3D printing and design, learn a computer-aided design program and explore the business, educational and career opportunities and skills of this emerging technology. A field trip to the Youngstown Business Incubator and America Makes is planned. The camp will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on June 24-27, at Valley STEM+ME2, located at 7300 Palmyra Road in Canfield. There is no fee, but space is limited and students must register at https://forms.gle/owgCupNyWZtwsziJ9. Learn to build a robot, program it and compete in exciting challenges at the three-day Vex IQ Robotics Camp. This hands-on camp is for upcoming sixth through eighth graders, and robotics experience is not necessary. The camp will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on June 24-26, at Youngstown Business Incubator, located at 29 Vindicator Square in Youngstown. The fee is $100 and attendance is limited to 24 students. Lunches and a Vex t-shirt will be provided. Register at http://roboticstechnologies.com/product/ysu-vex-iq-summer-camp/. Contact Julie Michael Smith, youth entrepreneurship coordinator, at 330-727-6292 or jmsmith13@ysu.edu for more information. All registrations must be made online.

Retired teachers association to have May 8 meeting

Mahoning Retired Teachers Association will meet May 8 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. The program will include the annual “In- Memoriam” by Sally Winsen, “In-Remembrance” by Martha Lopez and the recognition of all 90-year and older members by Peggy Bennett. Entertainment will be provided by the Struthers choir. The community service collection will aid the Down Syndrome Association of Mahoning Valley. Grilled chicken salad or the buffet lunch, which includes herb-baked chicken, pasta, redskin potatoes, broccoli, tossed salad and strawberry dessert, will be served. All area educators are invited to attend. To make a reservation, contact Maggie Skripac, 330-953-1200, by May 1. For more information, visit www.mahoningcountyretiredteachers.com

Friendly Squares May square dance

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on May 11 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. 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.

Fitch academic team qualifies for nationals

The Austintown Fitch High School Academic Team qualified for the 2019 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament for their performance in the Mahoning County League, where they placed seventh. The quiz bowl championship, powered by LetterOne, will be May 24-26 in Atlanta, Ga.

Treasures of the Trunk fundraiser to be June 8

The Poland Lions are hosting their fifth annual Treasures of the Trunk Sale on June 8. The event takes place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Poland Seminary High School’s stadium parking lot, located at State Route 170 and Dobbins Road. Vendors are being sought for this one day sale. Crafters, home goods, furniture, toys, specialty items and garage sale items are welcome. There is limit of 100 spaces. Cost per space is $15 until May 30. Spaces increase to $20 after May 30. For more information, call Lion Judy at 330-360-3641 or Lion Lori at 330-506-9511.

Spring getaway bus trip fundraiser

There will be a spring getaway bus trip fundraiser sponsored by the Pink Ribbon Golf Classic Committee with proceeds given to the American Cancer Society to The Rivers in Pittsburgh on May 11. The cost is $30 per person, $10 play and $5 food coupon from the casino. There is no guarantee the casino will pay these exact perks. The bus will leave Fab Limo, at 3681 Connecticut Avenue in Austintown, at 9 a.m. and will leave from The Rivers at 5 p.m. and arrive back at Fab Limo by 6:30 p.m. The deadline for reservations is May 9. Money is not refundable but the ticket can be transferred to another person. A valid photo ID is required. Send in your R.S.V.P. and check payable to: Pink Ribbon Golf Classic, 525 N.Broad Street, Canfield, Ohio 44406. If you have questions, call 330-207-9630. The Pink Ribbon Golf Classic is not responsible for any injuries during the excursion to The Rivers casino.

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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