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Healthy Eating Program set for May 9

Healthy Eating for You, a free program sponsored by Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley and led by a registered dietitian, will address portion size, reading and understanding nutrition labels, and learning to eat mindfully. This program takes place from 2-4 p.m. on May 9 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, located at 8401 Market St. To register, call 330-480-3070. For information on how to support this program or other causes that seek to improve the health of Mahoning Valley residents, call Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley at 330-729-1180.

Swavel to attend engineering and construction camp

Aidan Swavel, a sophomore at Boardman High School, has been accepted to attend the US Navy STEM Engineering and Construction Camp, offered by the Society of American Military Engineers. The camp will take place from June 23-29 at the Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif.

I Can Ride Bike Camp set for June 10-14

The Down Syndrome Association of the Valley will host its sixth annual I Can Ride Bike Camp the week of June 10–14, at Boardman Glenwood Middle School in Boardman. Persons with challenges can learn to ride a two-wheeled bicycle in one week using patented adaptive equipment through the nationally recognized iCAN Bike program. Participants can register at Down Syndrome Association of the Valley fundraisers pay for the bulk of the costs to bring I Can Bike to the area, leaving members to contribute $50 to participate per person, while non–members pay $75 per person. High school and college student volunteers are needed and must complete volunteer registration via

Boardman schools to present band concerts

Boardman Glenwood Junior High and Center Intermediate Schools will present spring band concerts on April 26 and May 30. The eighth-grade band spring concert featuring the Glenwood eighth-grade jazz ensemble is April 26, and the fifth-grade, sixth-grade and seventh-grade band spring concert is May 30. Both concerts are at 7 p.m. in the Boardman High School Performing Arts Center. These concerts will showcase the combined efforts of the Boardman Center Intermediate School and Glenwood Junior High School band programs. The eighth-grade jazz ensemble is directed by high school band director Thomas Ruggieri. Several students will be featured on improvisation solos in various musical styles. Admission and donations accepted at the door. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for senior citizens.

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.

Pop-up library

Visit the pop-up library from 1-4 p.m. on May 4, at Kids Day at the Davis Family YMCA, located at 45 McClurg Road in Boardman. The pop-up library goes out into the community to provide library materials, offer sign ups for a library card and share information about digital resources and branch services. For information or to inquire about a pop-up library at your event, visit

Boardman Historical Society to sponsor on May 11 discussion

Mark Luke will present “The History of Memorial Day” on May 11 at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library. The event is sponsored by the Boardman Historical Society and is free to the public. For information, contact Deborah Liptak at 330-740-6086. The lecture will discuss what Memorial Day is, who started it and when. Luke, a graduate of Boardman High School and longtime resident of the township, is the director of the Mahoning Valley Mediation Services. He is secretary of the Boardman Civic Association and an officer of the Boardman Community Foundation. He has served the Boardman Kiwanis in many capacities and for fourteen years has been the master of ceremonies for the Boardman Kiwanis Memorial Day Service. The Boardman Historical Society meets on the second Saturday of each month from September through May at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library for a lecture on some aspect of local history. Visitors, new members and guests are welcome.

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 Boardman 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 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.

Library closings

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

Bonding with babies and books

Visit the Boardman 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. This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Visit the Boardman 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.

The five W’s of marketing

Visit the Boardman library from 3:30- 5 p.m. on May 4, to join the Business and Investment Center as we introduce the who, what, when, where and why of marketing your business. This program will allow you to familiarize yourself with the tools that will help you become more confident in discussing your industry, competitors and customers. The featured databases (DemographicsNow- Library Edition, ReferenceUSA’s U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles) bring timely and authoritative data and insights for your marketing plan. Other sources, including American FactFinder and trade associations for statistics, will also be discussed. They will also look at the relationship between marketing, advertising and branding. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. This program is for adults.

Friends of PLYMC puzzle swap

Bring up to six of your once-done jigsaw puzzles to the Boardman library and trade with others at 4 p.m. on May 8.

Mother’s Day night owl

Visit the Boardman library at 6:30 p.m. on May 9, for Mother’s Day stories and a craft. This program is for children ages 3-8. Preschoolers must attend this one-hour program with an adult. Refreshments will be provided.

Lego my library

Visit the Boardman library at 10 a.m. on May 11, to enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This program is for children ages 6 and up.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Boardman library on May 11 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

Reader’s choice book club

Visit the Boardman library at 7 p.m. on May 13, to discuss “Lilac Girls,” by Martha Hall Kelly. Share your favorite books and find out what new ones are being published. They will preview June’s book, “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. This program is for adults.

Friends of the Boardman Library Presentation

Visit the Boardman library at 10 a.m. on May 13, for the Friends of the Boardman Library meeting and presentation. Elizabeth Clark will discuss Harriet Taylor Upton and suffragette movement.

Apprentice’s Inn

Visit the Boardman library at 6:30 p.m. on May 15, to join the beginners Dungeons and Dragons club and take part in an adventure. Go on dangerous quests with daring fights and hopefully roll a D20 to save the day. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. This program is for teens.

Playtime at Your Library

Visit the Boardman library at 10 a.m. on May 15, to read a story and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for kindergarten. Activities will vary at each program. This program is for children ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cutting the cord 101

Visit the Boardman library from 6-7:30 p.m. on May 16, to learn about cord-cutting, including the basics of streaming devices and services. This program is for adults.

‘I Read YA!’ book club

Adult fans of young adult literature from ages 18-118 can visit the Boardman library at 6:30 p.m. on May 20, to talk about why we like young adult literature. Read and discuss and proudly say, “I read YA!” This month, “Truly Devious” by Maureen Johnson will be discussed. This program is for adults.

Faux stained glass

Visit the Boardman library from 6-7:30 p.m. on May 23, to learn how to create a remarkably believable stained glass effect on a glass surface in a few easy steps. All materials will be provided and a light snack served. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This program is for adults and teens 16 and over.

Oral history and the conveyance of experience

Visit the Boardman library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 30, to learn about oral history. Oral history is a first-person narrative that preserves a portrait of experiences and interpretations of events. Oral accounts provide eyewitness testimony, offering a richer description of the past, to teach us what has changed and what has stayed the same. Historical documents alone do not provide a full spectrum of knowledge.Oral history is the place to discover personal stories and truths that have been untold or forgotten. During this program,oral history resources will be examined and the best practices for conducting effective interviews will be discussed. Registration is required by phone at 330-744-8636 or online via the events calendar. This program is for adults and teens.

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 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 Contact Julie Michael Smith, youth entrepreneurship coordinator, at 330-727-6292 or 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

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.

Akron Children’s to honor Hirschbecks

Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will honor John and Denise Hirschbeck and family as the 2019 Champion for Our Valley’s Children at the ninth annual celebration dinner on May 7, at The Lake Club in Poland. Each holiday season, the Hirschbecks personally deliver wish list items to families of Akron Children’s patients with complicated, serious or life-threatening health conditions through the Magic of Michael Foundation. The organization was formed in memory of the Hirschbeck’s son Michael, who passed away in 2014, from complications of adrenoleukodystrophy, a genetic brain disease. The Champions for Our Valley’s Children event will highlight the hospital’s progress in the Mahoning Valley and will recognize those who have helped to make it possible, including donors, volunteers, staff and community partners. Three additional individuals and organizations will receive the Children’s Advocate Award, including Julie Costas, Janelle Nagy of Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown and Dr. Sergul Erzurum and Karen Segesto of Sight For All United. Tickets are available for $50 each and can be ordered by calling 330-746-8712, or purchased online at Event sponsorship information is also available.

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 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.

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 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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