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Friendly Squares June square dance

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on June 8 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center. Rex Parker will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be cuing line dances. Father’s Day will be the theme. This will be a plus dance. 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.

Cardinal Mooney High School announces summer camp series

Cardinal Mooney High School has announced their summer camp series. All camps will take place at the school, located at 2545 Erie St. in Youngstown, and range in age from kindergarten through eighth-grade. More information and new additions to the series can be found at www.cardinalmooney.com/events or on Cardinal Mooney’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cardinalmooneyohio. Scheduled summer camps include the Football Camp of Champions, which will take place on June 13 and 14 from 8:30-11:30 a.m., for grades 3-8 (cost $60); the girls’ basketball camp, which will take place on June 18-21 from 9 a.m. until noon, for grades 3-8 (cost $50); boys’ basketball camp, which will take place on June 25-27 from 9 a.m. until noon, for grades 4-9 (cost $60); boys’ and girls’ soccer camp, which will take place on July 15-18 from 5:15-7:15 p.m., for ages 6-14 (cost $35); cheer camp, which will take place on July 29-31 from 8:30-11:30 a.m., for grades 5-8 (cost $50) and mini cheer camp, which will take place July 29-31 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (cost $40).

Spay and neuter clinic offers local event

Alleycat Spay and Neuter Clinic will be coming to the Austintown Ohio area for additional dates for its low cost spay/neuter transport program. Alleycat’s transport van will be transporting patients to and from Tractor Supply Austintown, located at 6225 Mahoning Ave. in Austintown, on June 5, July 3 and Aug. 7. The drop off time is between 8:30-9 a.m. and the pick up time is between 3:30-4 p.m. (Clients will pick up and drop off patients to our staff members at the Tractor Supply parking lot). Clients will be required to provide proof of a current rabies vaccination for their pet, otherwise they will be required to receive a new rabies vaccine during their clinic visit (rabies vaccine at time of surgery is $9). One pet per crate, and the crate should be a hard carrier. The cost for a female cat spay surgery with transport is $60. The cost for a male cat neuter surgery with transport is $50. Rabies vaccine with surgery is $9. Appointments can be made online at www.alleycatvet.com or by calling the clinic at 330-892-8985. Alleycat Spay and Neuter Clinic is located at 15549 State Route 170, Unit 10 in East Liverpool. The clinic phone number is 330-892-8985.

Family movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie at the Austintown library on June 25 at 6 p.m. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This event is for the family. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Get connected with e-books and digital magazines

Join the Austintown library on June 7 at 11 a.m. for this beginner’s class where you will learn how to set up an OverDrive account, download materials and get an overview of the OverDrive features. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults.

Microsoft Excel Class 1

Learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel for creating simple and useful spreadsheets at this event at the Austintown library on June 14 at 10 a.m. This beginner’s class will cover setting up a spreadsheet and entering data. Some basic computer skills are required. Class will soon be followed by Microsoft Excel Class 2. Register online via the library events calendar or call 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Chapter Chat book club

Come to the Chapter Chat book club on June 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library where they will be reading and discussing “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. Each month will be a new genre. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Read It Before You See It book club

People always say the book is better than the movie. This book club will get together to read and discuss books that are soon to be released in the theaters. The next event will take place on June 13 at 7 p.m. at the Austintown library and will discuss “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman. Talk about books, movies, have a small snack and meet new people. This event is for adults.

Silent book club

Need some quiet me time? Join the Austintown library on June 18 at 6:30 p.m. for their Silent Book Club. You can bring in your own book, grab one off the shelf or even read a digital book in a designated group quiet time. During this time, they will discuss what they will be reading and whether the book is a hit or a miss. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital on June 15 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and June 18 from 1-6 p.m. at the Austintown library. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visitwww.RedCrossBlood.org.

Friends meeting and social

There will be a Friends of PLYMC general membership meeting and social at the Austintown library on June 19 at 6 p.m.

Public employee meeting set

Public Employee Retirees will meet at 12 p.m. on June 4 at the Avion Banquet Center, located at 2177 Western Reserve Road. Lunch will be served at noon for a cost of $13 for paid members and $15 for others. Reservations can be made by May 28, with Ceil Kidd at 330-533-2149, Helen Verdream at 330-629-8227, Arlene Dechellis at 330-726-8019 or Mary Grace Welsh at 330-743-8425. There will be a 50/50 raffle. Updates from the state regarding the proposed changes to the O.P.E.R.S. health/pension benefits will be presented. All public employees and retirees under O.P.E.R.S. may attend the Mahoning County P.E.R.I. Chapter 18 meetings. Meetings are held six times a year to share information and update members regarding legislative changes to the health and pension benefits. The membership fee to join is $10 yearly, and can be paid at the meeting.

Italian Fest looking for nominations

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

Immaculate Heart of Mary hosts annual rummage sale

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, located at 4490 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown, is hosting its annual rummage sale during the Immaculate Heart of Mary festival on June 6-9 from 6-9 p.m. nightly in the parish center. There will be special pricing on Saturday and Sunday.

Immaculate Heart of Mary hosts 5K fun run

The Immaculate Heart of Mary 5K fun run at the Festival will take place on June 6 at 7 p.m. Runners of all experience levels are welcome. The event takes place at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, located at 4490 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown. Registration begins at 5 p.m. on race day and the fee to enter is $10. There will also be a free children’s dash for children ages 10-years and younger, beginning at 7 p.m. with the 5K race at its conclusion. There will be a free hot dog and soft drink for all runners, and the top finisher and age groups will be awarded. For more information, call Matt Hlebak at 330-398-5512.

The Oakland Center for the Arts presents “Rumpelstiltskin”

The Oakland Center for the Arts Kids’ First Theater Incentive will present the beloved Grimm Brothers’ tale, “Rumpelstiltskin,” adapted and directed by Patricia Fagan at the Austintown library on June 25 at 11 a.m. Audience members will help the actors bring the rollicking story to a “happily ever after” ending. This event is for the entire family.

Bonding with Babies and Books

Bonding with Babies and Books will take place on Tuesdays in June at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library. This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.

Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library on June 5 at 10 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader.

Pre-kindergarten story time

This program, which will take place at 10 a.m. on June 7 at the Austintown library, is for 4- and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. They will use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care-giver. Join the Austintown library every Thursday in June at 10 a.m. for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, talk and play.

Mother Earth and Green Team

Join the Green Team this summer at the Austintown library for a fun and exciting program on June 26 at 10 a.m. Mother Earth herself will be reading the book, “Dear Children of the Earth” by Schim Schimmel. This powerful and dramatically illustrated letter from Mother Earth to her children is a tender reminder of the responsibility we all have to protect the world in which we live. After reading the book we’ll create earth-friendly crafts made from recovered material. At the conclusion of the program, participants will receive Earth-themed coloring books and recycling information to share with their parents. This program is recommended for children in grades pre-K through 5.

Sheep-shearing and wool-spinning with the Winterberry Homestead

All ages can watch sheep-shearing in the Austintown library on June 12 at 10 a.m. Learn to spin wool on drop spindles, which you can take home along with wool. Seats are limited. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to reserve a spot or sign up via the online catalog. This program is suitable for school-age children.

Sugar cookie celebration

Help welcome summer vacation and kick off Summer Discovery by decorating sugar cookies with the Austintown library on June 8 at 11 a.m. Children of all ages are welcome to decorate and eat cookies, make a craft and enter to win a copy of Laura Numeroff’s “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” picture book. This event is for children of all ages.

Moon phases shirt

Make a shirt showing the phases of the moon at this event at the Austintown library on June 6 at 6 p.m. All materials will be provided. Specify adult men’s shirt size in the notes. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library to register. This event is for teens.

Toy box takeover

Join the Austintown library on June 20 at 6 p.m. as they travel out of this world and straight into the toy box. They will celebrate the upcoming box office release of the latest chapter in a tale of our favorite play-time characters. Enjoy an evening of fun with games, activities, crafts and a snack. This event is fun for the whole family.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Austintown library on June 5 at 6 p.m. and June 28 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Read to Reese

To boost your reading confidence, come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners, on June 21 at 11 a.m. at the Austintown library. Bring your own book, or they will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This event is for school-age children.

Explore the globe with Google Earth

Join the Austintown library on June 14 at 3 p.m. for an interactive tour of the planet using the free Google Earth program. Learn how to navigate the program, look up locations using addresses or coordinates, use Google Street View, take tours, look at stars, find shipwrecks and more. They encourage you to bring your personal computer if you would like to follow along. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by calling 330-744-8636, in person, or online via the library’s events calendar. This event is for adults and teens.

Strategy board games at the library

Come to the Austintown library on June 1 at 3 p.m. 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 event is for adults and teens.

Fourth of July wreath

Add some flare to your door this 4th of July by attending this event at the Austintown library on June 11 at 6:30 p.m. Join the Austintown library where they will be making a 4th of July themed wreath that you will get to take home that night. All supplies will be provided and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults and teens.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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