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Skolnick is featured artist

Elise McKeown Skolnick of Austintown is the featured artist at Firebean Espresso in Sharon, Pa., for the months of May and June. Her photography is on display and for sale. Skolnick’s work has been accepted in national and local shows, including the Butler Museum of Art’s Annual Area Artists Juried Show, the Hoyt Center for the Art’s Regional Juried Show and the YWCA’s Annual Women’s Artists: A Celebration! Juried show. She has earned several awards for her photography. For more information, Visit elisemckeownskolnick.com.

Music festival to take place locally

The Westside Music Festical will take place June 15-16, from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m., at Westside Bowl, located at 2617 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown. This one-day music festival will feature performances by Frayle, Johnathan Brown, A Moment in Pompeii, Snake Charmer, Hodgie Sev Enteen, Jason Bka J. Howell, Oregon Space Trail of Doom, Suitcase Runaway, Public Squares, Mister, Sierra Madre and The Venus Flytraps. It will showcase artwork by Anakin Skywalk, LashaDey, Ryan Fisher and more. The cost to attend is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page by searching for The Westside Music Festival.

Austintown schools to sponsor summer food program

The Austintown Local School District will again sponsor the summer food service program for children. Free meals will be made available to all children ages 1-18 at the Austintown Elementary School, located at 245 Idaho Road-Lynn Kirk Loop. Meals will be served Monday through Friday from June 3-Aug. 16. Breakfast will be served from 7:45-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Contact Jayme Rarick, food service supervisor, at 330-797-3900, ext. 2032 with questions or for more information.

Trammel received Outstanding Cadet Award

Justin Trammel received the Outstanding Cadet Award fro Mahoning Valley Sons of the American Revolution from Chapter President John Opre at their awards ceremony on April 26. The Outstanding Cadet award is given “For demonstrating superior leadership abilities, Military Bearing and overall academic excellence. This Outstanding Cadet exemplifies the high ideals and principles which motivated and sustained our patriot ancestors.” Master Sergeant, Douglas Moon, selected Trammel and has high expectations for his continued leadership and academic success.

Pink Ribbon Golf Classic set for July 15

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at the Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 15. The cost is $110 per golfer. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. The 18-hole four-person scramble will be followed by lunch and a Chinese auction and raffle. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. For further details, contact Donna Mowrey at 330-207-9630 or Nancy Felton at 330-533-2712.

Italian Fest looking for nominations

The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest 2019 is seeking nominations for the Italian Man and Italian Woman of the Year. The nominees would be considered for the highest honor and if selected would be introduced in person at the festival opening ceremony at 5 p.m. on Aug. 2, in downtown Youngstown. Applications are available at http://www.youngstownitalian fest.org/Italian-man-woman-year or email caramia822@aol.com. Deadline for entries is June 20.

Scholarship applications available

The 2019 applications for a $1,000 Youngstown State University scholarship from The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest are available by contacting Deborah Mottle at mottlesmurals@gmail.com. The application deadline is June 15.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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