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Knitting guild to meet on May 14

The Western Reserve Knitting Guild will meet on May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Community Building in Fair Park in Canfield. Marty Largent will demonstrate yarn overs. To participate, bring yarn with the appropriate size needles. Officer positions for the upcoming 2019-2020 year are now open. Anyone interested in the guild, its charity work or to donate towards its charity work can contact

Barone honored with art award

Canfield High School sophomore Hannah Barone’s artwork was chosen to appear on WRTA buses in the area for the months of April and May. Barone’s artwork won the Jet Creative-sponsored category on painting something you are supremely passionate about. Power of The Arts organized the contest with the help of several sponsors. Barone, along with other winning artists, was honored at a reception at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County on April 11.

Canfield High School ranked 41 in Ohio

“U.S. News & World Report” ranked more than 17,000 schools this year and Canfield High School is ranked 41st in Ohio, out of 916 high schools. Canfield is 18th in northeastern Ohio. The rankings are calculated differently than state success standards. The high school rankings are based on six factors, each weighted: college readiness, using participation and performance on AP and IB tests, 30 percent; reading and math proficiency, 20 percent; reading and math performance, 20 percent; underserved student performance, 10 percent; college curriculum breadth, 10 percent and graduation rate, 10 percent. All ranking data is compiled from “U.S. News & World Report” and is from the most recent Ohio School Report Card. On the 2017-18 State Report Card, the Canfield Local School District was the highest in the tri-county area for performance index, scoring 104.3. The Performance Index measures the test results of every student at their own ability level. The report card also measures financial data. The Canfield Local School District spends 70.5 percent of its funds on classroom instruction. This amounts to a cost per pupil expenditure of $8,713, while the state average is $9,149.

Lord of Life to host May Gathering Place at library

The Lord of Life Church will host its May Gathering Place from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on May 13, at the Canfield library. The Gathering Place is a free community outreach social program offered to all senior citizens, which takes place on the second Monday of each month. Different games and activities are offered each month. For more information, contact Bernadette Beller at 330-533-6045 or the church at 330-533-3531.

OSU Extension offers Good Natured Garden Partners program

With the Good Natured Garden Partners program, OSU Extension aims to teach children all about gardening and how their food is produced. Participation in the Good Natured Garden Partners program is based off a team structure. A Growing Team may be formed by any group of children, and must be led by an adult volunteer(s). The adult volunteer will fill out a volunteer form in order to receive free seeds and plants for their group, which will then plant a garden and compete for prizes and recognition at the end of summer. Throughout the summer, teams will attend the gardening kick-off event May 27, and are required to attend at least two other gardening events. A garden party on Aug. 12, will wrap up the summer with fellowship, fun and a chance to win prizes for best garden displays, garden harvest and more. Registration deadline is May 17. To learn more or to register, call the Mahoning County Extension Office at 330-533-5538 or

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.

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 The application deadline is June 15.

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 or email Deadline for entries is June 20.

Flower show and dinner to be May 15

The St. Michael Garden Guild will host their annual flower show and dinner on May 15 at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. This year’s these will be table scapes. Small groups will create table settings and centerpieces with themes of their choice. A buffet dinner will be served by A La Cart Catering. Members are to bring their own table service. For reservations, send a check of $22 by May 6 to Jeri Berteson, 9264 Sharrott Road, number 1603, Poland, Ohio 44514. If you have questions, call Kaye Smith at 330-702-1904.

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.

Ursuline Education and Wellness Center announces guided labyrinth walks

The Ursuline Education and Wellness Center, located at 4280 Shields Road, recently began its 2019 Guided Labyrinth Walk season. This year’s themes celebrate aspects of compassion, a virtue central to the ministry of St. Angela Merici, who founded the Ursuline order in 1535. All persons of faith are invited to participate in these free, weather-permitting events. Walks generally take 20-30 minutes. The themes by date are May 16 at 6:30 p.m. - “Compassion for yourself;” June 20 at 6:30 p.m. - “The gift of empathy;” July 18 at 6:30 p.m. - “Mindfulness – how little we know;” Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. - “How should we speak to one another;” Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. - “Knowledge, recognition and action” and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. - “Love your enemies.” A presentation on the history of labyrinths precedes this walk. The labyrinth is open year-round from dawn to dusk for all persons of faith. There is no cost to use the labyrinth, which is accessible for different physical abilities and offers ample parking. Printed guides are provided at the labyrinth’s entrance giving suggestions for following the path, but there is no right or wrong way to experience the sacred walk. For more information, call the Ursuline Education and Wellness Center at 330-799-4941 or visit

Library closings

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

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 Canfield branch to visit kindergarten readiness stations and help your child build these important skills.

Coupon swap

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

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.

Grab and go craft

Make a craft during Canfield library hours during the month of May to take home. This program is for children of all ages.

Bonding with babies and books

Visit the Canfield library at 10 a.m. every Thursday 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 Canfield library at 10 a.m. every Tuesday 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 Canfield library at 10 a.m. every Wednesday 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.

Friends of PLYMC chair yoga

Visit the Canfield library for Friends of PLYMC chair yoga at 10 a.m. every Friday in May. Class is $10 a session and attendees can pay as they attend. This program is for adults.

Mah-Jongg Mondays

Practice your new skill to rattle the tiles and join the fun the first three Mondays in May and May 28, at the Canfield library from 1-3 p.m. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend. Mah-Jongg sets are not provided. This program is for adults.

Hand-painted dala horses

Visit the Canfield library at 10 a.m. on May 11, to get your Scandinavian on and hand-paint dala horses, the traditional symbol of Sweden. All materials will be provided. Sign up on the library website or by calling 330-744-8636. This program is for adults and teens.

Family movie

Visit the Canfield library at 2:30 p.m. on May 11, for a Saturday movie matinee. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children age 7 years and younger must be with an adult.

Tales to tails

Come to the Canfield library and read to therapy dogs at 6 p.m. on May 13. This program helps develop reading skills, promotes confidence and encourages a love of reading. Bring a book of your choice or they will find one for you. This program is for children grades kindergarten and up. Therapy dogs provided by Pet Partners of Greater Youngstown, a local Pet Therapy group.

Lego my library

Visit the Canfield library at 6 p.m. on May 15, to enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This program is for children ages 6 and up.

Blood pressure screening

Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will hold a blood pressure screening at the Canfield library from 1-2 p.m. on May 15.

Canfield Committee meeting

The Friends of PLYMC Canfield Committee will have a meeting at 1:30 p.m. on May 15.

Time management 101

Visit the Canfield library at 6:30 p.m. on May 16, to get practical tips on how to organize your life according to your own values and goals. Nobody can do it all, but we can all take steps to be more effective in our use of time. This program is for adults.

Sit and stitch

Sit and stitch with others at the Canfield library at 11 a.m. on May 16. Share ideas and skills while making new friends. Bring your unfinished objects, such as quilting, appliqu , knitting or crochet, and supplies. This is not an instructor-led activity. This program is for adults.

Summer gem magnet DIY

Visit the Canfield library at 11 a.m. on May 18, to get ready for summer and create simple glass gem magnets using a variety of materials. This program is for tweens and teens.

Spring tea fundraiser

The Friends of the Library Canfield Committee will host a Spring Tea featuring James McClellan, vocalist, and Tyler Guerrieri, guitarist. They will present “Two on a Song,” a selection of pop, standards and show tunes. The tea will begin at 2 p.m. on May 19, at the Canfield library; doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds are used to benefit children’s programming at the library. Tea sandwiches and sweets will be served with the tea, catered by A La Cart. There will be a basket raffle and 50/50. Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations and tickets are available from the development office at 330-740-6086. The Friends of the Library Canfield Committee invites all to enjoy the many benefits of the library. New members are welcome at future meetings in the Canfield library at 1:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of June, September and October. The group is a committee of the Friends of PLYMC, a county-wide non-profit organization that raises support and awareness, and advocates for the programs, services and needs of the PLYMC. For more information, contact Deb Liptak, development director, at or 330-740-6086.

Travel to Pittsburgh

Come to the Canfield library at 6 p.m. on May 20, to learn about the nearby city of Pittsburgh. Plan an exciting trip to various destinations including: PPG Place, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, PNC Park, The Andy Worhol Museum, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, Cathedral of Learning, Strip District, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, and Market Square. Bring your expert travel advice tips to this program to share with others. This program is for adults and teens.

Coloring for grown-ups

Tap into your creative side with the newest relaxation craze: coloring for grown-ups at the Canfield library at 10 a.m. on May 20. Colored pencils and markers will be provided along with intricate abstract and themed design sheets. This program is for adults and teens only.

Get connected with digital media

Visit the Canfield library at 6:30 p.m. on May 22, to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices. Space is limited and registration is required. This program is for adults and teens.

Learn to line dance

Dance your way to good health at the Canfield library at 6:30 p.m. on May 23. Line dances are easy to learn, mainly because the steps are straightforward, and you do not have to coordinate your movements with a partner. This class will combine low, moderate and high energy line dance routines and will help you burn calories at the same time. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Canfield Library or register online using the events calendar. This program is for adults and teens.

Microsoft Word class 2

Visit the Canfield library at 9:30 a.m. on May 24, to learn about Intermediate Microsoft Word. This class will review the basics and cover how to enhance your document using formatting, layout, margins and spacing. Prior attendance in Microsoft Word class 1 is preferred. Class will soon be followed by Microsoft Word class 3. Register online via the library events calendar or call 330-744-8636. This program is for adults.

Color therapy

Discover the therapeutic benefits of coloring at the Canfield library at 3 p.m. on May 25. Relax, reduce stress and leave feeling restored. Coloring books and supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials from home. This program is for adults and teens, but children are welcome to join.

Off the shelves book club

Visit the Canfield library for a monthly book club discussion of titles chosen ‘off the shelves’ of the library’s book club room. Join the discussion with these upcoming reads: May - “Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II” by Liza Mundy and June - “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty. Attend either the evening session at 6:30 p.m. on May 29, or the morning session at 11 a.m. on May 30, or come to both. This program is for adults.

Eeewww! That’s gross

Visit the Canfield library at 6 p.m. on May 30, to hear a gross story, guess gross items in boxes, see some gross science experiments and more totally gross fun. This program is for children in grades kindergarten through four.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteers needed for fine arts show

A juried fine arts show is being planned for August in Canfield and organizers are looking for additional help. Arts on the Commons is planned for Aug. 3-10. The committee is searching for enthusiastic, organized individuals, whether or not they have a background in fine arts. Arts on the Commons will be soliciting nationally for entrants for the show. Dr. Lou Zona, director of the Butler Institute of American Art, has agreed to be the juror and Nils Johnson has pledged the initial funds for prizes through the Johnson Foundation. For more information or to volunteer, contact Clare Neff by email at or by phone at 330-503-6988.

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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