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McDONALD FIREFIGHTERS FESTIVAL: The McDonald Fire Department Association will host the 89th annual firefighter homecoming festival 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Woodland Park grounds off Ohio Avenue. Wednesday is the Run of the Mill one-mile foot race at 5:45 p.m. followed by the parade at 6 p.m. Friday is a car show with winners announced at 8:15 p.m. Saturday is a craft show noon to 7 p.m. children’s games starting at 10:15 a.m. and bike show with winners announced at 8:15 p.m. There also will be bingo, games and concessions daily.

VETERANS TO MEET: Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 135, Youngstown, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lowellville Municipal Building in the courthouse. For more information, call Milan Yencik, commander, at 330-718-0232.

BARNHISEL HOUSE: The Girard Historical Society will host an open house of the Barnhisel Historical Home and Museum, 1011 N. State St., Girard, 1 to 4 p.m. today. This month’s display is Girard businesses past and present with artifacts from different Girard businesses. Volunteer opportunities are available at 330-314-2345.

FOOD GIVEAWAY: Bethel Church of God in Christ, Glenwood Avenue, Youngstown, will host a food giveaway each Wednesday at the church. Food is available while supplies last.

FOOD AND CLOTHING: Temple Emmanuel Seventh-Day. 108 W. Indianola Ave., Youngstown, will have a food and clothing giveaway 1 to 2 p.m. today.

CLOTHING SALE: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4490 Norquest Blvd., will host a three-day summer clothing and rummage sale and basket raffle with more than 70 baskets. The event will be noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. July 3 with prize drawings at 4 p.m. July 3.

LIBERTY PANTRY: Churchill United Methodist Church, 189 Churchill Hubbard Road, will host a food pantry 10 a.m. to noon July 8 and Aug. 5. The pantry serves residents of Liberty and families of the Liberty school district. For information, call 330-759-0118.

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BIKE RODEO: A bike rodeo for children and community bike riders will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the B & O Station in Youngstown.

The event also will include blood pressure checks and healthy eating demonstrations by Mercy Health at noon, and presentations by the Calvin Center for the Arts at 2 p.m., and Zumba on the Spring Commons at 11:30 a.m.

Registration for the bike rides is in person and helmets and lights will be given to the first 50 children. Each child 12 and under participating in the rodeo will be entered in the raffle for a chance to win a voucher to Trailside Bicycle for a free, fitted bike.

Mahoning Valley Historical Society History walks are scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Mahoning River and Downtown, 1 p.m. at Mahoning Commons and the Calvin Center and 3 p.m. for Happy Birthday Youngstown with cake at the B & O Station.

STRUTHERS GARAGE SALE: Struthers is hosting a citywide garage sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday. Participating addresses are on West Omar Street, West Harvey Street, Brandon Avenue, 5th Street, Edison Street, Como Avenue, Creed Street, Judith Avenue, Sexton Street, Youngstown-Poland Road, Elm Street, 7th Street, 8th Street, State Street, Columbus Avenue, South Bridge Street, Poland Avenue, Morrison Avenue, Ridegway Avenue, Grimm Heights, Forest Creek, Hopewell Avenue, Smithfield Street, Idora Avenue, Iroquois Avenue, Helena Avenue, Garfield Avenue, Runge Street, Lakeshore Drive, Hamilton Boulevard and Rockyledge Avenue. A list of the exact addresses can be found on the city’s Facebook page.

FOOD PANTRY: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Austintown, will host a food pantry 2 to 5 p.m. today for anyone needing assistance.

RUN OF THE MILL: The 19th annual Run of the Mill will be Wednesday in McDonald. There will be a one-mile run along Ohio Avenue starting at Holiday Hot Tubs and proceeding to the McDonald Steel bridge through the center of the village. The run will begin at 5:45 p.m. before the start of the homecoming parade. Entry fee is $20 day of the race. Checks are to be made payable to McDonald Track and CC Boosters, c/o Sara Gardner, 440 Pennsylvania Ave., McDonald, OH 44437. There will be prizes in different age categories. Proceeds benefit the McDonald boys and girls track and field and cross country teams. Call 330-675-9911.

SUMMER SWEAT: Southern Park Mall will offer guests a variety of ways to stay active and burn calories through its Summer Sweat series sponsored by the YMCA of Youngstown.

Guests of all fitness levels are invited to participate in group classes to get moving and break a sweat at DeBartolo Commons. Summer Sweat has begun and continues until Sept. 21. Classes will be offered at 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Instructors from the YMCA of Youngstown will lead the classes. Registration is required. Guests can reserve their space on Eventbrite.

Classes will be hosted outside at DeBartolo Commons, weather permitting.

For information on Summer Sweat or other wellness activities, visit southernparkmall.com or call 330-758-4512.

CORVETTE SHOW: The Mahoning Valley Corvette Club will host its 27th annual Corvette and steel car show at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Greenwood Chevy Hummer in Austintown. The show is a National Council of Corvette Clubs sanctioned event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Beatitude House. Call Jeff at 330-559-6582 for more information.

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POLAND SOCIETY TO MEET: The Poland Historical Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Following the meeting, Craig Hockenberry, superintendent of Poland schools, will address attendees. He will speak on the past, present and future of Poland schools.

KOREAN WAR DEDICATION: Korean War Veterans Association at 1 p.m. June 26 will rededicate the KWVA Memorial and Korean Defense Monument in Austintown across from the fire department on Mahoning Avenue. All Korean War veterans and their families are invited.

IDORA PARK: The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial in Niles is hosting “Remembering Idora Park” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday with speakers Jim and Toni Amey. The Ameys are the curators and owners of the Idora Park Experience. The Ameys will be sharing their stories and invite the public to share their stories of the park. An exhibit of Idora Park items are being shown through Saturday. Three books about Idora Parks and tickets to the Idora Park Experience on July 2 and 3 in Canfield will be on sale,

WALKING TOURS: Poland Historical Society is holding narrated walking tours as part of celebrating Poland. Re-enactors will greet groups at various places during the tour to be given an account of what life was like during early settlements of Poland. Tours are 7 p.m. Wednesday at Riverside Cemetery, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the graveyard at Poland Presbyterian Church and 1 p.m. Saturday at the historical society on South Main Street. The tours are free. Those taking part are asked to wear comfortable shoes.

SIDEWALK CHALK DAY: The Girard Free Library will offer a By the Sea Sidewalk Chalk program Tuesday with families invited to decorate the sidewalks by the library with seascapes. The Oceans of Possibilities Splash kickoff is 11 a.m. to 1 pm. Wednesday with a mermaid. There will be a treasure chest and jewelry and pirate gear for photos.

MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM: Trumbull County Master Gardener Wanda Thomas will speak 6 p.m Thursday at Girard Free Library. She will provide information on fertilizer tips and tricks. She also will discuss the best products to use. Registration is required at 330-545-2508.

TASTE OF YOUNGSTOWN: The Youngstown Mahoning Foundation will hold a Taste of Youngstown 5K run Friday at the Canfield Fairgrounds. The 5K run and walk begins at 6 p.m. The race will include trivia questions regarding Youngstown. Following the race will be food available from local Youngstown area businesses. Registration at http://www.youngstownmarathon.com.

ITALIAN FEST SCHOLARSHIP: Applications are available for a $1,000 scholarship from the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest 2022. Email Deb at mottlesmurals@gmail.com for information or visit the website, https://www.youngstownitalianfest.org to print out an application.

Fest dates are Aug. 5,6 & 7, 2022.

SCHOOL FUND DONATIONS: The Ohio Education Association Educational Foundation donated $5,000 to the Anthony V. Spano Foundation’s School Supplies Fund.

The fund was established to help the primary and secondary school teachers purchase much-needed classroom supplies for their underprivileged students, which will in turn help further their educations.

In 2021, the Spano Foundation also received an anonymous donation that enabled the Spano Foundation to give to 15 school districts, and nearly $27,000 in school supplies were delivered.

For more information on this fund, visit SpanoFoundation.com.

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RECEPTION SET: Adult Protective Services of Mahoning County will be hosting a reception in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The reception will be held 10 a.m. to noon today at Fellows Riverside Garden Event Center in Youngstown. The city of Youngstown will present a resolution to Adult Protective Services at the event.

Contact Sarah Lee at 330-727-7098 with any questions.

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Jackie Burley Memorial Charity Golf Tournament and basket raffle will be held Friday at Knoll Run Golf Course, 1421 state Route 616, Lowellville. Dinner will follow the 18-hole, four-person scramble. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $80 per golfer. Sponsored by Protestant Family Services, a faith-based nonprofit agency serving families in crisis for 78 years. Visit protestantfamilyservice.com for information, or call 330-746-4600.

OPEN HOUSE: Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing, 230 N. Lincoln Ave., No. 3, Salem, will have a program on how to start your nursing career in less than a year. The meeting will be held 2 p.m. Friday. For information, call 330-332-8940.

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DAY CAMP: Stepping Stones to a Better Tomorrow’s eighth annual Day Camp for children and teens ages 6 to 15, sponsored by the Higgins Reardon Funeral Home and Zion Lutheran Church, will be 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 23 and 24 at Zion Lutheran Church in Cornersburg and noon to 4 p.m. June 25 at the Austintown Park Schnurrernberger Pavilion. Participants should RSVP by June 21 at 330-792-4046 or 330-792-2353.

RIBBON CUTTING: The city of Struthers will host a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Friday for the Sruthers Community river launch and 6 p.m. for the Cene / DiBacco Land transfer.

VACANT SEAT: Sebring Local Schools is seeking a candidate to fill a vacant school board seat. Send a letter of interest to lkimball@sebring.k12.oh.us by 3 p.m. Friday.

ROTARY FUNDRAISER: The Hubbard Rotary is inviting the public to fly the American flag in front of their home as part of the Hubbard flag program. Cost is $35. The Rotary will place a 3-foot by 5-foot American flag on a 10-foot pole between the curb and sidewalk in front of your home. Procceds from the flag program enables the Rotary to continue a variety of projects and charitable programs. Send payment to the Hubbard Rotary with information at hubbardrotary@gmail.com. Mail payments to: Hubbard Rotary Lease A Flag, PO Box 232 Hubbard, Ohio 44425.

BARNHISEL HOUSE OPENS: The Barnhisel House, 1011 N. State St. in Girard, will be open 1 to 4 p.m. today and June 26. Visitors can tour the historical home This month’s display is Girard businesses past and present with artifacts from different businesses. Volunteer opportunities are available by calling 330-314-2345.

COMBO PERFORMS: The Jim Frank Combo will perform 6 to 8 p.m. today at Harding Park on Myron Street in Hubbard.Those attending the free concert can bring a lawn chair.

SUMMER PROGRAM: The Girard Free Library summer library program “Oceans of Possibilities” will include the Sea Family Sidewalk Chalk days June 20 and 21. Splash Day kickoff is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 22 with a mermaid.

BLOCK WATCH: Girard Second and Third wards block watch will meet 6 p.m. Thursday at the Girard Free Library. Donald Hyde from the Office of Elderly Affairs Senior Services division will speak on scams that target senior citizens.

CLASS TO MEET: Ursuline Class of 1958 will hold a memorial Mass for deceased members 4 p.m. June 25 at the Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road. Those attending are asked to RSVP to Cathy at 330-755-3757. Masks are required.

CLASS REUNION: The Ursuline Class of 1958 will hold the 64th class reunion 4 p.m. August 7 at A La Cart in Canfield. Call Sister Dorothy at 330-885-5141 for registration form. Cost is $30.

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is offering two free Dungeons & Dragons sessions for ages 10 to 15 at the JCC’s Logan Campus, 3245 Logan Way.

A beginner session will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. A session for more experienced players will be 5 to 8 p.m. July 12. Participants may bring their own books and dice or borrow from the JCC. Space is limited and registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. Visit jccyoungstown.org/youthandfamily to register.

STRUTHERS CLASS: Struthers Class of 1956 will meet for breakfast 10 a.m. June 23 at What’s Cookin’ on South Avenue in Boardman. All classmates are welcome.

FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS: The Youngstown State University Summer Festival of the Arts, scheduled for July 9 and 10 at Wean Park in downtown Youngstown, announces a new public art initiative – “The Wishing Flag Project.”

Working within the confines of a 12″ x 18″ blank vinyl banner, which will be provided, artists are invited to create artwork expressing their specific wishes on any topic.

Organizers, which include Lit Youngstown, explain that the project as a whole will be a visual representation on the topic of what one wishes, with finished works to be displayed at the YSU festival.

Banners may be picked up in Bliss Hall near Ford Theater (first floor) through Friday.

The finished product may be returned by July 1 to Bliss Hall or to the Summer Festival of the Arts at the Lit Youngstown booth on-site.

More information and directions for banner pick-up is available by emailing lafactor@ysu.edu or calling 330-941-2307.

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GOLF CLASSIC: The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will host its annual Suzi Solomon Golf Classic on June 13 at Squaw Creek-Avalon Golf and Country Club, 761 Youngstown Kingsville Road SE, Vienna Center.

Registration and lunch are at 11:30 a.m. and tee time is 12:45 p.m. The cost is $185 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Sponsors and participants contribute to the success of JCC offerings: wellness programs, adult and youth education, cultural engagement, community outreach and more. This event raises the necessary funds to deliver free meals every week to older adults across the Valley, teach lifesaving water safety skills to swimmers of all ages, provide Camp JCC scholarships to local children, create programming designed to bring the community together and more.

To register or become a sponsor, visit jccyoungstown.org/golf.

Suzi Solomon was an avid golfer and skier, as well as an active member of the Youngstown Jewish community. Through the generosity of the Suzi Solomon Philanthropic Fund of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, the JCC pays tribute to Suzi by hosting the golf outing. For over 65 years, the JCC of Youngstown has worked to meet the needs of the local community and make a lasting impact.

For information, visit jccyoungstown.org.

NARFE TO MEET: The NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) Chapter 14 will meet 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Saxon Club in Youngstown. Call Nancy at 330-953-0077 for information.

STEELWORKER RETIREES TO MEET: Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) 27-2 and 27-6, Local Union 1330 and 1331 will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at Smith Corners United Methodist Church, 3000 S. Niles-Canfield Road. Refreshments will be served. New members are welcome. There will be no meeting in July.

KIDS SUMMER CAMP: The Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church in Liberty will host a kids summer camp for children 7 and older. Camps will be the weeks of June 13-16, June 28-30, July 12-14, July 25-28 and Aug. 8-11. For information, visit PVChurch.net

FOOD GIVEAWAY: Bethel Church of God in Christ, 3147 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, will host a free food giveaway at noon each Wednesday.

LIBRARY SPEAKER: The Girard Free Library will host speaker Allyson Wilson, a 2002 Girard High School graduate, at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Wilson is a picture book illustrator including “Luna Muna: Outer Space Adventures of a Kid Astronaut.” She will read the book to children and discuss her illustrations and space themes. To sign up, call the library at 330-545-2508.

HUBBARD ROTARY FUNDRAISER: The Hubbard Rotary Club is sponsoring a sandman project and is taking orders. The project provides sand for children’s sandboxes within Hubbard city and township. The number of sandbox deliveries is limited. Deadline is Monday. Email sandman@hubbardrotary.org with name, address, phone number, and email address.

AAUW LUNCHEON: American Association of University Women of Youngstown will have a luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. today at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Davis Center in the Garden Cafe. The luncheon will be outside unless it rains then will be indoors. Order from the menu.

The Board for 2022-23 will be installed and discussions will highlight dates and times, and potential programs.

AAUW is open to anyone holding an associate or equivalent (e.g., RN), baccalaureate, or higher degree from a regionally accredited American college or university or a foreign institution.

For information on AAUW Youngstown contact Nalepaservices@aol.com or YoungtownAAUW@gmail.com.

CAR CLUB ANNIVERSARY: Mahoning Valley Corvettes is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The 28th annual car show will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 26, at Greenwood Chevrolet. It is a NCCC 7 sanctioned event. There will be 100 auction baskets available. All Corvettes and steel cars are invited.

SHEETZ FOR THE KIDZ: Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley announced that it is receiving a $10,000 grant from Sheetz For the Kidz, a charitable organization driven by the employees of Sheetz Inc., to help provide hunger-relief to children in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The grant will be used to support more than 40 School Pantry programs across the Mahoning Valley.

Second Harvest Food Bank continues to address the increased need as a result of the pandemic. Many families struggle to make ends meet, leaving children without the meals they need to thrive. In the Mahoning Valley nearly 1 in 4 children are food insecure.

In 2021, the School Pantry program recorded nearly 19,000 visits from children in the community. Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, a member of the Feeding America® network, is one of 27 food banks to receive this grant from Sheetz For the Kidz. This grant will enable the Food Bank’s School Pantry program to continue to be a resource for children who are at risk of hunger.

The grant will enable the Food Bank to provide 50,000 meals to children in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties through the School Pantry program.

For more information on the Food Bank, please visit: www.mahoning valleysecondharvest.org or call 330-792-5522.

Sheetz For the Kidz is a nonprofit organization, designated as a 501(c) (3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. To date, the charity has impacted more than 150,000 children living in the communities Sheetz serves!

ABWA TO MEET: The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its June 14 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Networking will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner. Cost is $18. Reservations may be made by calling Darlene at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn at 330-726-2527. Results of the Chinese auction will be discussed. Scholarship applications will be reviewed. Club members will be joined by members of Youngstown Charter Chapter of ABWA . Their chapter will be merging with Mill Creek Chapter. The public is welcome.

RIVERFEST: Riverfest 2022, “It’s all about the RIVER…” will be 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 12, at Spring Commons Park / B&O Station, 530 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Riverfest is a free, family-friendly event. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience river kayaking as well as enjoy free entertainment, youth activities and participate in a kayak fishing raffle.

Raffle tickets for two separate kayak raffles may also be purchased in advance at https://friendsofthemahoning

river.org .

Event vendors participating in Riverfest include community groups, government agencies and non-governmental organizations focused on the Mahoning River.

Vendors may register on Eventbrite.

In addition to Riverfest the Artists of the Rust Belt will also be hosting an Art Show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the B&O Station. Admission for the Art Show is $1.

Riverfest is sponsored by the Friends of the Mahoning River Inc. (FOMR). FOMR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating to improve the quality of the Mahoning River through education, restoration and recreation. More information is available on FOMR website: https://friendsofthemahoningriver.org. Email contact for Riverfest is: FOMRRiverfest@gmail.com.

TRASH AND TREASURE: Boardman United Methodist Church is holding a Trash and Treasure Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ($2 bag) and 1:30 to 2 p.m. ($5 trunk load or $10 truck load) on June 16.

LIFESAVER: McDonald native PFC David Berarducci, a firefighter stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., recently saved a life during a house fire and was recognized by the III Armored Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Pat White by being named III Armored Corps Soldier of the Week.

Berarducci and his team found a child hiding under a couch inside the home and saved the child and another individual.

He joined the Army in 2020 to become a firefighter and help pay for college. His grandfather also was a firefighter.

Berarducci is a 2020 graduate of McDonald High School.

RED CROSS SEEKS NOMINATIONS: The American Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley is seeking nominations to honor individuals from the Mahoning Valley for bravery and acts of heroism during a time of emergency. The awards will be presented Sept. 30 at the Acts of Courage and Spirit of the Red Cross award ceremony at Waypoint 4180 in Canfield.

Send names of nominees to www.redcross.org where there is a nomination form. Nominees must reside or work within Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. The specific act of courage must have occurred between January 2021 and June 1, 2022.

The Red Cross also will honor a leading citizen in the community with the Spirit of the Red Cross Award.

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