POPPY DISTRIBUTION: Hubbard Post 3767 and the Auxiliary will distribute poppies 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Devine’s Shop and Save, Handyman, Save A Lot, and Dollar General in the McConnell Plaza. The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance. Donations help support VFW state and national service programs, veterans relief funds, rehabilitation programs and the National Home for Children.
POLAND FLAG FLYING: Poland Flying Flags for Heroes Ceremony will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Cemetery, 110 Riverside Drive. Volunteers will decorate and place flags at veterans’ graves.
PLANT SWAP: Lake Milton Presbyterian Church, 942 Grandview Ave., Lake Milton, will hold a free community plant swap 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Bring extra plants, seeds and gardening supplies to share and then take something new home.
FOOD PANTRY: Immaculate Heart of Mary in Austintown hosts a food pantry 2 to 5 p.m. Friday for anyone in need.
MILKWEED SEEDS: The Mahoning County Extension Office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, will offer milkweed seeds 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday while supplies last. The donation is $2 for each packet containing 50 seeds.
ASSOCIATION TO MEET: The Mahoning Valley Archaeological Association will meet 6 p.m. today at Boardman Park log cabin. Guest speaker is Ken Blake, who will discuss Ashtabula Type Projectile points. Artifacts will be on display.
FUNDRAISER: Citizens for Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department will host a fundraiser 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Gentry in Hubbard. All proceeds benefit the Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department and fundraising will focus on purchasing a Lucas CPR device, which is used on cardiac arrest patients. To donate a basket for the raffle, call Diana at 330-219-4883.
DOG RESCUE: Every Dog Matters Rescue Group will hold a garage sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at 6385 Fairview Road, Struthers. The garage sale is one of the biggest fundraisers for the nonprofit. Everything sold was donated by members of the community.
CYCLERS CLUB: The Mill Creek Metro Cyclers Club will meet once per month on a park trail and take a bike hike together. Membership allows for access to each month’s ride or activity. To register, call 330-740-7114. Individual membership for a Mahoning County resident is $40 and $50 for nonresidents. Meeting place is Wick Recreation area.
FOOD PANTRY: The Hubbard Food Pantry, located inside the First Baptist Church, helps supply the community with food items. Hubbard Christians in Action, a ministry of many churches, helps those in need in the community. The pantry will be open 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Friday for those who live in Hubbard.
CAMPUS OPENS: The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will open its Logan Campus for the summer on May 28. The outdoor pool and area, 3245 Logan Way, Liberty, offers a variety of options including sand volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, and an outdoor pool. Family nights and adult nights will return this year. New this year will be trivia nights. Membership with JCC includes both the Logan Campus and the main campus.
MASTER GARDENER SPEAKS: Trumbull County Master Gardener Wanda Thomas will host a program 6 p.m. Thursday at the Girard Free Library. She will share some tips and tricks to work more efficiently and create a fuss-free garden. To register, call the circulation desk at 330-545-2508.
CLOTHING FOR SALE: Helping Hands Closet at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, Canfield, has clothes at low prices. June specials are 20 percent off yellow tickets. All other color tickets are $1 each. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday.
SLAVIC SCHOLARSHIPS: Simply Slavic is seeking applicants for its 2022 academic scholarships for students attending Youngstown State University. YSU students who have completed their freshman year and are enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level are encouraged to apply.
All applicants must submit a 500-word narrative on how Slavic culture has influenced their lives. Funds can be used for tuition and student expenses such as books, lodging and study abroad programs. The scholarship is supported through a partnership with Modern Methods Brewing Co. in Warren.
The Simply Slavic scholarship committee panel will select the winners after reviewing their essays and academic achievements. The deadline for scholarship applicants is July 31. The winners will be announced in early August.
Applications are available at SimplySlavic.org under the tab “forms.” For more information, call 330-333-1441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: The Ohio Education Association Educational Foundation has made a donation of $5,000 to the Anthony V. Spano Foundation’s School Supplies Fund. This donation helps make it possible for the Spano Foundation to continue its School Supplies Fund for the upcoming school year.
The fund was established to help primary and secondary school teachers purchase much-needed classroom supplies for their underprivileged students, which will in turn help further their educations.
In 2021, in addition to the OEAAEF donation, the Spano Foundation also received an anonymous donation that enabled the foundation to give to 15 school districts and nearly $27,000 in school supplies.
Visit SpanoFoundation.com for more information.
HEART WALK: The Tri-County Heart Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Wean Park in Youngstown. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:15 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. The 2022 Heart Heroes Harper Warchol, 7, and Steven Tsikour, 7, and their families will be among those in attendance as well as local heart survivors.
FRIENDS CLEANUP: Friends of the Mahoning River will conduct a riverside cleanup at the site of the Girard dam Saturday in honor of World Fish Migration Day. The organization will provide gloves, bags and some trash grabbers. Anyone with grabbers is encouraged to bring them. There is no address for the location, but those interested should search Marshall Road in Girard.
If there is enough time and volunteers, the group also will pickup trash at the launch site on the other side of the bridge.
FOOD GIVEAWAY: Eastside Crimewatch will host a food giveaway 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the old fire station, corner of Oak and Fruit streets. Those needing food are asked to bring identification and bags. For information, call 330-742-4880.
OFFICE CLOSED: The Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission Office will be closed Monday to place flags at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
EVENT POSTPONED: The Mahoning Valley Association of Churches event, Taste of Faiths, originally scheduled Thursday at St. Charles Parish Hall, Boardman, was postponed. The event will be rescheduled. For information, call 330-788-5914, or email@example.com.
VALLEY MOBILE MARKET: Grow Urban Farm, Flying High Inc., and ACTION are hosting The Mahoning Valley Mobile Market from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at The Villages at Arlington, 516 Griffith St.; from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grace Evangelist Temple Manor, 2214 Mahoning Ave.; and 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. at Freedom Village, 1356 N. Osborn Ave.
Payment forms accepted include SNAP / EBT, WIC, Senior Produce Perks, debit and credit cards.
CLASS LUNCH: Campbell Memorial High School Class of 1963 will meet for lunch at Zenobia Cuisine & Bar, 584 East Main St., Canfield, at noon today Guests are always welcome. For directions, call 330-286-0800.
POLICE MEMORIAL SERVICE: The Hubbard Police Department will host a police memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hubbard safety center, 233 School St. In case of rain, the event will be at the city municipal building council chambers, 220 W. Liberty St.
74TH BIRTHDAY: The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation will celebrate the 74th birthday of Israel’s independence with a free festival noon to 3 p,m. today at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown. There will be children’s games, barbecue, crafts and musical performances. Those attending will be able to visit a replica of the Western Wall and leave a note. The event is free to the public. To register, visit www.jewishyoungstown.org
HERITAGE GROUP TO MEET: The World War II Heritage Group will have guest speaker Dr. Hugh Earnhart at 6:15 p.m. Monday at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Registration is needed by calling Dave at 330-757-0515. Earnhart is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and will share his story of a local hero William Baughan, who enlisted in the Navy six weeks before Pearl Harbor.
POLAND SOCIETY HOSTS PROGRAM: The Poland Historical Society will host “Voices of the Past” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Poland United Methodist Church, 1940 Boardman Poland Road. The business meeting is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. Several society members will speak as part of the program. Poland Local School District’s third-grade students will be treated to a historic walk along South Main Street on Wednesday as part of their local history lesson.
INSPIRING MINDS: Inspiring Minds will host its 16th annual fundraising gala 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Kent State University at Trumbull, celebrating 16 years of impact in the Mahoning Valley.
Coming off a successful 15-year celebration last summer, IM has adapted the gala to a hybrid event, offering both indoor and outdoor experiences throughout the evening. The gala also will feature student achievement and participation, scholarship awards, community recognition, unique auctions and raffles, merchandise and more.
The annual gala is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser, which typically draws more than 600 attendees, celebrating the accomplishments of the Warren and Youngstown chapters of Inspiring Minds.
LGBT DEMENTIA FORUM: The Alzheimer’s Association will host a statewide virtual LGBT Dementia Forum about the obstacles, health disparities and inequities LGBT elders and their care partners face when navigating a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The forum will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and is free. To register, go to: http://alz.org/lgbtforum or call 800-272-3900.
The forum is being presented with seven state and locally-based organizations that serve the LGBT community, including SAGE Cleveland, Equality Ohio, Equitas Health Institute, Plexus, Cincinnati Pride, Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton and United Church Homes.
The LGBT dementia forum will be moderated by Amanda Cole (she / her), executive director of Plexus LGBT + Allied Chamber of Commerce. Individuals needing immediate assistance can call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24 / 7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. To learn more about Alzheimer’s and the LGBTQ+ community visit https://bit.ly/LGBTQResourcesALZ.
LETTER CARRIER FOOD DRIVE: The annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will be Saturday with the public asked to help families in need by placing non-perishable donations in a bag by their mailbox and drivers will deliver the donations to local food banks.
The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 385, Youngstown, will host a food drive kickoff at 11 a.m. today at Gleaner’s Food Bank, 94 Pyatt St., Youngstown.
CANFIELD MERMAID PLAY: The Canfield Village Middle School Drama Club will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens.
TOUCH-A-TRUCK: West Branch Early Learning Center is hosting Touch-a-Truck for students and their families 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Learning Center, 14405 S. Pricetown Road, Salem.
The event will feature approximately 25 vehicles displayed by members of the community, including construction, farming, first-responder and racing vehicles. Kona Ice also will be present as a fundraiser for students of the center.
FOOD GIVEAWAY: Eastside Crimewatch will host a food giveaway 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the fire station at corner of Fruit and Oak streets. Those needing food are asked to bring identification and bags.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS INVITATIONAL: The 11th annual Special Olympics Trumbull County Invitational hosted by the Girard City School District, Fairhaven School and the Girard-Liberty Rotary will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Arrrowhead Stadium, 200 S. Highland Ave. SE, Girard. Over 180 athletes and nearly 300 volunteers from Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties and Youngstown State University will participate in the invitational. Athletes will participate in various running, jumping and throwing track and field events.
The first International Special Olympic Games took place in Chicago in 1968. The Games began with the idea of a one-time Olympic-style athletic competition for people with special needs. The Trumbull County Invitational wasn’t held for two seasons because of COVID-19.
INFANT HEALTH FAIR: Mercy Health, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and the Trumbull County Combined Health District are hosting an infant health fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Joe’s at the Mall at Eastwood Mall in Niles.
This event will provide education and demonstrations on safe sleeping practices for infants, as well as other important infant health needs. There will be raffles and giveaways that include car seats, pack-n-plays, strollers, gift cards and more. There also will be some special entertainment for kids.
HERITAGE GROUP TO MEET: Dr. Hugh Earnhart will speak to the World War II Heritage Group when it meets on Monday at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. The meeting will be preceded by a 6:15 p.m. buffet meal. Deadline for reservations is Friday by calling Dave Frank at 330-757-0515.
Earnhart, a Navy veteran of the Korean War, will share the story of a local hero who, until recently, went unrecognized. He will share the story of William Baughan, who enlisted in the Army Air Force six weeks prior to Pearl Harbor.
Born in the Urban, Ohio area, Earnhart went on to achieve his doctorate in history. He served as a professor of history in military history, including the Civil War and World War II. He eventually became the dean of the Youngstown State University history department. He is the founder of the Mahoning Valley Civil War Roundtable, from which the Heritage Group formed.
FOOD GIVEAWAY: A free food giveaway will be held at noon each Wednesday at Bethel Church of God in Christ, 3147 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown.
SETON III TO MEET: Seton III Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Cafe Capri, 8000 Market St., Boardman, for an end-of-year social. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the installation of officers. New officers are: Mary Ann Itts, president; Joyce Tofil, vice president; Susan Paczak, recording secretary; Sue Williams, corresponding secretary; and Mary Jo Wright, treasurer. Hostesses will be Marian Baker (chairperson), Betty Conway and Mary Lou Beck. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECOVERY SUPPORTER TRAINING: On Demand Counseling is hosting Peer Recovery Supporter Training through OhioMHAS through Friday. Peer Recovery Supporter Training teaches individuals in recovery from a mental health and / or substance use issue to use their experience to help their peers who are also in recovery.
To be eligible to attend the training this 40-hour training, individuals must have a personal lived experience of mental health and / or substance use issues. The training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at On Demand Counseling, 5760 Patriot Blvd., Suite C, Austintown. To register, contact Brianna Byers at email@example.com or call 330-540-7556.
CANFIELD SOCIETY HOSTS EVENT: The Canfield Historical Society will host a lecture and presentation by Bob Gentzel titled “When a Railroad Ran through Canfield” 6 p.m. Thursday at the Canfield Library’s large meeting room. Gentzel, a former Canfield resident, has done extensive research on the Niles-New Lisbon Railroad, which was part of the daily lives of people in Canfield from the 1860s to the early 20th century. The Bond House, 44 W. Maim St., is located across the street from the library and will be open for refreshments at 5 p.m. The lecture is free.
OPEN HOUSE: The Moss Ancestral Home’s open house will be 1 to 4 p.m. today at the home, 1499 Burnett St., Mineral Ridge.
A Daughters of the American Revolution representative will be there. The D.A.R. is a service group of women, who are descended from patriots or soldiers who supplied or fought for independence during the American Revolution. They promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.
SALEM SOCIETY PROGRAM: The Salem Historical Society will host a program 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Shaffer Library, 239 S. Lundy Ave. on “Understanding the American Hobo.” The program is being conducted live only. The program will be presented by Dave Gates, educational specialist with Summit County Historical Society. There will also be a short business meeting. Gates has been with the Summit MetroParks education department. For questions, call 330-337-8514.
GROUP TO MEET: National Active and Retired Federal Employees, or NARFE, Chapter 14 will meet 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Saxon Club, Meridian Road, Youngstown. For information, contact Nancy at 330-953-0077.
GATHERING PLACE: The Gathering Place at Lord of Life Church, 550 N. Broad St., Canfield, will have representatives of the Mahoning County auditor’s office, John Kennedy and Manuel Santiago, who will speak on tax rates, settlements, levy rates, weights and measures, and testing and calibration. A box lunch will be provided. The free community event is for all senior citizens. For information, call Woody at 330-360-0419.
SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE: The Girard Historical Society will host an open house 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Barnhisel House, 1011 N. State St.. Girard. There will be guided tours.
BIRDING HIKE: The public can hike through Hitchcock Woods and search for migratory birds from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Mill Creek MetroParks Nature Preserve. The event is for youths, teens, adults and seniors. Boots are required and binoculars are recommended. The event is 1.4 miles in the woods from Boardman-Canfield Road to Boardman Township. Space is limited. Register by Thursday at 330-740-7116. The hike is free.
BLOOD DRIVE: Hubbard St. Patrick Parish will host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Appointments are needed at 1-800-RED-CROSS.
FLAG VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed to put down flags at Oak Hill Cemetery for veterans for Memorial Day at 8:30 a.m. May 21 with raindate 8:30 a.m. May 22. If interested in helping, call Steffon Jones at 330-301-7365
POOCH-A-PALOOZA: The Dog Stop Boardman will host a Pooch-A-Palooza 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will highlight several local rescues and adoptable dogs. There will be representatives from Foster Farm and Among the Wildflowers Sanctuary, There will be food vendors, basket raffle and various activities.
RACIAL EQUITY WORKSHOP: The Raymond John Wean Foundation will host the 2022 Racial Equity and Inclusion Workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sponsored by the Wean Foundation, this two-day virtual training is hosted by ThirdSpace Action Lab and presented by the Racial Equity Institute.
Committed to advancing racial equity and inclusion, the Wean Foundation has provided these REI Workshops to the Mahoning Valley since 2017. Initially offered in person, the workshop shifted to a virtual format during COVID-19. To date, 669 community stakeholders representing 222 diverse organizations have participated in these workshops.
The REI workshop is designed to develop the capacity of participants to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms.
Moving away from a focus on personal bigotry and bias, the workshop presents a historical, cultural and structural analysis of racism.
In addition to the upcoming May workshops, the Wean Foundation will host two more sessions in October and November. Attendees are asked to ensure that they can attend for the entirety of the two-day training before registering. Should an individual find cost be a factor in attending, contact the Foundation at 330-394-5600, Ext. 105 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. For information, or to register, visit www.weanfoundation.org/getinvolved/#events.
RUMMAGE SALE: The Ladies in Service at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2305 S. Canfield-Niles Road, Austintown, are hosting a rummage sale to benefit the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14.
The sale will include a bake sale, clothing and items for all ages, small furniture, books and more. All items are “take what you want; give what you can.”
AUXILIARY TO MEET: The Auxiliary of St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital / St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital will meet Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Social Hall in Austintown. Guest speaker will be Erika Mikula, RN, nurse practitioner, Mercy Health Youngstown stroke coordinator. For further information, call Janet 330-652-5209.
PEER SUPPORT TRAINING: On Demand Counseling is hosting Peer Recovery Supporter Training through OhioMHAS May 9 to 13.
Peer Recovery Supporter Training teaches individuals in recovery from a mental-health and / or substance-abuse issue to use their experience to help peers who are also in recovery.
To be eligible to attend the training, individuals must have a personal lived experience of mental-health and / or substance-abuse issues. Upon successful completetion of this 40-hour training, participants with a lived experience will be eligible to apply for certification as a Peer Recovery Supporter in the state of Ohio.
The training is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at On Demand Counseling, 5760 Patriot Blvd., Suite C, Austintown. To register, contact Brianna Byers at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 330-540-7556 or visit OnDemandCounseling.com.
AUXILIARY TO MEET: The Auxiliary of St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital / St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital will meet Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Social Hall, Austintown. Guest speaker will be Erika Mikula RN, nurse practitioner, Mercy Health Youngstown stroke coordinator. For information call Janet 330-652-5209.
ABWA TO MEET: The Mill Creek Chapter of American Business Women’s Association will meet Tuesday at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Networking will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tri-Gold Chapter of ABWA merged with Mill Creek Chapter in January. Each member of Tri-Gold will speak at this meeting about their careers, interests and families so ABWA members can all get to know them better.
HALL OF FAME DINNER: The Woodrow Wilson High School Hall of Fame Dinner is set for May 29 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Centre, 7440 South Ave., Boardman, to honor Woodrow Wilson graduates for accomplishments and extraordinary service. The event will benefit the Woodrow Wilson Legacy Scholarship at Youngstown State University. Tickets cost $40 per person. The deadline for reservations is May 13; call 330-744-6954, also check the website at: http://ytownwilsonhalloffame.com.
Woodrow Wilson High School, with its first graduating class in 1939, was one of six public high schools in Youngstown, serving neighborhoods surrounding its former location at Gibson Street and Indianola Avenue on the South Side. The school was closed in 2007 and was razed the following year.
The Wilson Alumni Committee, which supports the legacy scholarship, has selected 12 inductees into the hall of fame: Richard Balog (Class of 1957); Sandra Lisko Mahaffey (Class of 1959); Rollen Smith (Class of 1970); Gary Young (Class of 1972); Stephen W. Krispinsky (Class of 1972); Richard Tropea (Class of 1973); Hon. Judge Renee DiSalvo (Class of 1976); David Feranchak (Class of 1986); Blaine A. Griffin (Class of 1989); Ronald Hickman (Class of 1990); Derek Dixie (Class of 2000) and John Kopp (faculty, longest serving coach).
RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET: Mahoning Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11 a.m. May 11 at Drakes Landing, Western Reserve Road. Registration and social time will be followed by lunch at 11:45, then a meeting presided by Phil Butto. Featured speaker will be detective Rick Balog of the Boardman Police Department, who will speak on scams targeting the elderly.
The Community Service Collection will go to the Rich Center for Autism.
This year’s In Memoriam Program will be conducted by Sally Winsen, chair. She will present the book, “American Women’s Suffrage Through the Collection of Writings of Susan Ware.” The book will become part of the permanent collection of the Youngstown Public Library on behalf of the John Knapick Memorial for deceased members.
Reservations must be received by today. Call Phil Butto for a reservation at 330-758-7949.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAY: Columbiana High School will present the musical, “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 each.
WRITER’S GROUP TO MEET: Join Meredith Deichler and fellow writers in discussions about writing, publishing, grammar and everything in between. To have the group critique your writing, submit five pages per week before the meeting to Dolly@lepperlibrary.org.
STORYTIME: Toddler and Preschool Storytime is being offered 11 a.m. today and May 18 at the Lepper Library in Lisbon.
Each storytime includes age-appropriate stories, crafts, rhymes and more for children ages 5 and younger. Today’s topic is butterflies and May 18’s topic is dinosaurs.
LIBRARY BOOK SALE: Spring Book Sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Lepper Library.
There will be a wide selection of adult, teen and children’s books, audios and movies. Hardbacks are 50 cents, paperbacks are 25 cents, audio DVDs are $1, all children’s books are 25 cents, and magazines are free with any purchase.
For the sale you will enter at the garage off of Vine Street.
WOMEN’S CLUB TO MEET: American Association of University Youngstown will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Newport Library, 3730 Market St.,Youngstown, in the large meeting room.
The speaker will be Monica Baker with a presentation of “What Can I Be?”
Members will evaluate the possibility of developing a community development grant. Those attending are asked to bring a clean, empty soup can or two for engaging the group in brainstorming about the development of contexts of the program, and to verify the feasibility of the teaching presentations.
For information, contact youngstownAAUW@gmail.com or email@example.com.
FRIENDS SPONSOR FOREST WALK: On Saturday, ecologist Kyle Filicky and his colleagues will lead a leisurely walk sponsored by the Friends of Poland Forest. Learn about the forest’s amazing wildflowers and ecology and view the spectacular Virginia Bluebells. Bring binoculars for the migrating warblers, too. Meet at the College Street entrance to Poland Forest. Contact Dr. Lauren Schroeder at 330-770-4364 for more info.
CHOCOLATE FEST: Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown is bringing back its signature fundraiser, the Chocolate Fest, 6 p.m. Thursday at the Embassy Banquet Center. Guests are provided a personal chocolate smorgasbord from Mocha House, Abigail’s Bakery, Sparkle Market, Baker Bowmaker, Sweets by Stacey Willis, Dunkin’ and Giannios Chocolates.
Tickets are $45 a person or $360 for a reserved table of eight. All tickets include a chocolate smorgasbord platter and pasta dinner. The event also will feature basket raffles and a 50 / 50 raffle. Tickets are are still available at www.piggybackyoungstown.com.
The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown helps provide normalcy for children in families facing serious illness.
BOOK SALE: Lepper Library, 303 E. Lincoln Way, Lisbon, will have its annual spring book sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be a wide selection of adult, teen and children’s books, audios and movies. Hardback books cost 50 cents; paperback books, 25 cents; audios and DVDs, $1; and all children’s books, 25 cents. Magazines are free with any purchase.
LIBRARY DEDICATION: The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and members of the Austintown community will dedicate the atrium of the Austintown Library 2 p.m. today in memory of Library Board of Trustees President Dr. “Doc” David Ritchie, who died July 9, 2021. The event will be at the library, 600 S. Raccoon Road.
MUSEUM OPEN FOR MOTHER’S DAY: Mother’s Day, May 8, will be the first open house of 2022 for the Girard Historical Society’s Barnhisel House and Museum, 1011 N. State St., Girard. The historic, 10-room, Greek Revival home, circa 1840, has been restored by the Girard Historical Society. Built at a time in history when most homes were log cabins, the two-story Barnhisel House, with its central hall floor plan, substantial wood trim and back stairway for the hired help, would’ve been considered a mansion.
The house will be open 1 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of each month.
PLANT SALE: Gardeners of Greater Youngstown will host its annual plant sale 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and May 9 and 10 at the MASCO Greenhouse, located at Bev Road and South Avenue. Large hanging baskets, annuals, tomato and pepper plants will be available. Proceeds help fund horticulture scholarships.
DAY OF PRAYER: Hubbard Christians in Action will host a National Day of Prayer at noon Thursday at the Hubbard administration building, 220 W. Liberty St.
POOCH-A-PALOOZA: The Dog Stop Boardman is hosting its Pooch-A-Palooza 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14. The event will highlight several local rescues that are bringing adoptable dogs to the store for a beach-themed day full of food trucks and fun activities for two-legged and four-legged guests as they help more pups find their forever homes.
There will be raffles, Dog vs. Human cake eating contest, bathing suit contest, bobbing for tennis balls, swimming pools and more.
BABY ANIMALS: Mill Creek MetroParks will host its annual Farm Animal Baby Shower 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield. The public can see the new arrivals at the MetroParks Farm. Parking is free on-site with additional free parking available across the street at the Canfield Fairgrounds.