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Gala helps kids to graduate

INSPIRING MINDS GALA: The 14th annual Inspiring Minds Gala will be held 4 to 7 p.m. March 21 at the Metroplex Expo Center in Liberty. The fundraising event will bring together students, families, alumni, businesses, supporters and the community to celebrate the organization’s impact in the Mahoning Valley.

The gala is one of the largest fundraisers for the nonprofit. The theme is “The Success Tour,” and it will take guests through the different paths IM students and graduates take to live out their dreams.

Inspiring Minds’ main goal is for students to graduate from high school and to guide them on their success track, whether that’s enrolling in college or trade school, joining the armed forces or entering the work force.

Visit IMgala.org for information.

Inspiring Minds provides after-school and summer enrichment programming to more than 400 students annually in the Mahoning Valley. Since 2006, IM has served more than 4,000 students, expanded services to four states, exposed students to 75 cities in 20 states, toured more than 90 colleges and explored more than 80 companies across the country.

TEA FOR TWO: The GFWC Ohio Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League will host “Tea for Two” to benefit local charities.

The tea will be held 1 p.m. March 7 at Lariccia’s Family Community Center in Boardman Park. The cost is $25 per person. The tea includes food, basket raffle and selection of tea cups.

Gossip maven “Hedda Hopper” will fill in guests on the scoop in Hollywood.

For tickets, donations or more information, contact Yvonne Ford at 330-718-2013 or yvonnemin41 @aol.com. Tickets are also available from any league member.

LEARN TO SWIM: Learn to Swim program at Jewish Community Center of Youngstown was updated to include new levels to allow students to develop advanced swimming skills.

At the first session, swimmers will be assessed and placed in the appropriate level. Swimmers will advance through the levels as they master the swimming skills.

New sessions begin in March. Learn to Swim for ages 3 and older is from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 to 9:30 or 10:10 to 10:40 a.m. Saturdays. Registration is required. The cost is $30 for JCC members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit jccyoungstown.org to register.

TODAY

• Glimmer of Hope — 8:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall, 2555 Rush Blvd., Youngstown.

• Gamblers Anonymous — 7:30 p.m., Westminster Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman, closed meeting. 330-505-5060.

• Nar-Anon — 7 p.m., Howland Community Church, Warren, support group for families of addiction. Bill, 330-856-3822.

• Kiwanis Club of Youngstown — noon, Downtown YMCA, 17 Champion St., Youngstown.

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