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EDUCATION DAY: Ursuline High School will host the annual fifth and sixth grade Education Day from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The enrichment day will allow students to participate in special sessions with the Ursuline High School faculty and student ambassadors to learn more about Ursuline’s academic and extracurricular programs. Students may dress casually. A pizza lunch will be provided in the cafeteria and the day will conclude with an assembly.

Education Day is open to any student. Families may register and download the needed paperwork at www.ursuline.com/rsvp. Students from parochial feeder schools will register at their respective schools. Contact Ursuline High School at 330-744-4563 for information

DEADLINE FOR ABWA MEET: Today is the deadline to register for the April 11 meeting of Mill Creek Chapter American Business Women’s Association at A La Cart Catering in Canfield.

Networking begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $19. Reservations may be made by calling Darlene at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn at 330-726-2527.

The speaker for the evening will be Annabelle Hines of Canfield who owns Heroes and Tiaras LLC, which is a company she started at age 16. The public is welcome.

EMERGENCY FOOD: Mahoning Valley Mobile Market will be offering emergency food after the storm, sponsored by 1st Ward Councilman Julius Oliver; 2nd Ward Councilman Jimmy Hughes; and 6th Ward Councilwoman Anita Davis.

People will receive a $40 voucher and shop. The truck will be going up and down the following streets: Today at Crandall Park Apartments, 1707 Fifth Ave., 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Heritage Home, 600 Granada, noon to 1:30 p.m.; and Elizabeth Baptist Church, 1210 Himrod Ave., 2 to 4 p.m. For information about The Mahoning Valley Mobile Market, call 234-222-3121.

LIBERTY EGG HUNT: Liberty Township will hold an Easter egg hunt starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Center Park, 1315 Churchill Hubbard Road. The hunt is for children ages 10 and under who can meet the Easter Bunny. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable item to help the community food banks.

EGG EVENT: Brookdale Austintown Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, 1420 S. Canfield Niles Road, Austintown, will hold an Easter celebration 10 a.m. Saturday. The public is welcome to the event, which includes an Easter egg hunt and holiday refreshments. For reservations and information, call 330-270-1448.

SCOUTS COLLECT ITEMS: The Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America will be assisting the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley this year by asking local Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA Troops, Venturing Crews and Explorer Posts to either put door hangers in neighborhoods, work with churches or partner with schools in their areas to expand the understanding for the need for food for families in the Mahoning Valley.

The effort runs through Saturday. The Scouting units will be accepting nonperishable food items (nothing frozen or in glass) from homes, churches and schools, and gathering these items to deliver to one of two sites from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Scouting units in Mahoning County and eastern Portage County will drop off at Camp Stambaugh, 3712 Leffingwell Road, Canfield. The public also can bring food donations to the site Saturday during the same hours. All food items collected will be turned over to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.

For information, contact District Director Richard Fallon at 234-900-5895 or Richard.Fallon@scouting.org.

ACTION HOSTS CANDIDATES NIGHT: ACTION and Trumbull County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will host the Warren City Face 2 Face candidates forum 5 p.m. Monday at the Eastside Church of Christ, 1750 Niles Road, Warren. On-site voter registration is available.

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FITCH MUSICAL: The Fitch Drama Club presents “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” based on the movie, “Legally Blonde.” The musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. The show will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Fitch High School Auditorium. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased at austintown schools.home-townticketing.com.

SALES TO HELP CRISIS FUND: McDonald’s owner /operators in Northeast Ohio have come together in support of the East Palestine community. Led by Columbiana County McDonald’s operator Steve Telischek, restaurants in the Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown areas will donate 20 percent of dinner sales from 4 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday to The Brightside Project’s East Palestine Crisis Relief Fund to help provide support to the East Palestine community.

The Brightside Project, a nonprofit that was established to serve children in Columbiana County and surrounding communities, has committed to helping the families in East Palestine through things like mental health resources, gifts and resources for classrooms and teachers, basic necessities, school clothes, school supplies for local students and other support.

MOONEY EVENT: Cardinal Mooney High School will host a dinner theatre, with dinner at 6 p.m. and “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $30 for adults and $20 for those 12 and under and includes dinner, dessert and the play.

The show only will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. The high school has invited over 20 area grade-school students to participate as munchkins. For tickets, email mooneytheater@cardinal mooney.com.

ROTARY AND ROBOTICS: The Girard-Liberty Rotary and the Girard FIRST Robotics Aptiv Team will host a fundraiser 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Girard Italian Fraternal Hall, 33 W. Wilson Ave.

GIRARD CEMETERY CLEANUP: Spring cleanup is being held at the Girard City Cemetery through Sunday for removing Christmas decorations. Starting April 3, employees will be removing decorations in preparation for Easter and Memorial Day.

BETA CHI DINNER: Beta Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma will meet at 5:30 p.m. on April 6 at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre in Niles. Carrie Sinkele will present a program on robotics. The cost of the dinner is $22 and anyone not attending the meeting must call Barb Layfield at 330-898-1196. Delta Kappa Gamma is a society for outstanding educators.

HIDE AND PEEP EGG HUNT: A Hide and Peep Egg Hunt will be 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday at the DeBartolo Commons at Southern Park Mall. There will be various free events, including a balloon artist, a petting zoo and various characters to meet with children.

CULTURAL ALLIANCE: The Mahoning Valley Cultural Alliance, an advisory group under the umbrella of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, will host a Culture and Cuisine series program to celebrate the rich diversity of culture within the Mahoning Valley. “Ukraine: Culture and Cuisine” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Center, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown. Cost is $30 for MVHS members and $35 for non-members. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Ukrainian Relief Fund.

Speaker at the event is Rev. Myko Zomchak, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown and Rev. Lumbir Zyhbak, pastor of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown.

Reservations can be made by calling MVHS at 330-743-1589.

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LAYING OF THE ROSES: The Laying of the Roses Ceremony will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Vietnam Memorial Downtown Youngstown, on the square. All veterans and families are welcome to attend.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: The Dorothy Day House and SOBE Concerned Citizens will host a roundtable from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Sil Caggiano, HAZMAT expert, will speak about the chemicals burned in East Palestine and the probable air emissions from SOBE pyrolysis plants in Youngstown and Lowellville.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION: The Jewish Family and Community Services is partnering with MYCAP, Save-A-Lot, and Youngstown State University students on a food distribution from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the front entrance of Akiva Academy, 505 Gypsy Lane, for eligible Youngstown residents JFCS has been working with. (They’re not accepting new clients for this meal program at this time.) Save-A-Lot is donating $1,000 worth of food, and MYCAP provided $15,000 in funding. YSU students are helping with distribution. The JMeals program provides free meal giveaways to Youngstown residents who meet certain eligibility requirements.

PRESS CLUB SPEAKER: Dorie Chevlen, a staff writer for The New York Times’ Wirecutter consumer product review website, will address a Youngstown Press Club gathering on April 4.

Chevlen, who has roots in the Mahoning Valley, will appear as part of the club’s Speaker Series at a breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College, 101 E. Federal St., in Room A108/109 in Thomas Humphrey Hall. Her topic will be: “Who Cares? How to Write a Story That Gets Read.”

Chevlen has been a Wirecutter staff writer since 2018. Based in Los Angeles, Chevlen is also a freelance writer, copy editor and fact checker. Besides The New York Times, her non fiction writing has been published by The Wall Street Journal, Slate and Glamour. From 2015 to 2018, she was a copy editor and fact checker for Science magazine. Also a fiction writer and screenwriter, her pilot scripts have won or placed in multiple contests. She was the 2022 winner of the Final Draft Big Break and ScreenCraft Pilot competitions.

Having grown up in Liberty and having attended Liberty High School, Chevlen is a 2015 graduate of Goucher College.

Reservations are required by Wednesday and may be made at youngstownpressclub.com. Tickets are $15 for club members and $20 for non-members.

The Youngstown Press Club was re-established in 2018 to promote journalism and other communication-related professions in the Mahoning Valley.

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TASTE OF LIBERTY: The inaugural “Taste of Liberty” will be 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Liberty High School. Fourteen popular eateries in Liberty will be providing food samples with the purchase of a $25 ticket. More than one person may share a ticket but there will be only one sample per eatery per ticket. Funds raised support Liberty Schools. Tickets are for sale every Tuesday and Wednesday during March at the LYRIC, 317 Churchill Road, from 4 to 7 p.m. Limited tickets are available.

CWC HOSTS LUNCH & LEARN: The Columbiana Women’s Club, a civic organization operating a century house at 121 N. Main St. in Columbiana, will host Source Gallery owner Mark Hamilton at the March 27 Lunch & Learn.

Located in Lisbon, Source Gallery opened in 2022 and specializes in showcasing the work of local artists, crafters and makers while also exhibiting work by regional and national artists whose art complements the curated collection. Works featured include ceramics, pottery, drawing, printmaking, fiber arts, furnishings, jewelry, leatherwork, metalwork, painting / watercolor, photography, sculpture and woodwork.

To RSVP for this event, call 330-207-1470 or 330-831-3491 by the end of today. Seating is limited. Cost is $15 per person paid at the door and includes a catered lunch.

For more information about the Columbiana Women’s Club, call 330-482-2832, or email Columbiana.Womens.Club@gmail.com.

EASTER BUNNY: The Southern Park Mall will have the Easter Bunny 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the center court for children to get their photos taken. The Easter Bunny will be available for pet photos from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Pets must be on a leash.

RIDGE ART SHOW: Mineral Ridge High School will host an art show 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Art teacher Julie Edwards, who did a service trip in Nepal and did an art postcard exchange, will put the artwork in the show that the students made in Nepal for her to bring back to America. The high school drama club also is showing “Little Shop of Horrors” on Friday and Saturday.

WHITE SHRINE TO MEET: Ruth Shrine Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem will resume its meetings after the winter recess at 7:30 p.m. today at the Poland Masonic Complex, 7685 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road, Poland, with WHP Jennie Caulk presiding.

Officers will give their annual reports and election of the new corps of officers will take place. There will be a carry-in mini dinner at 6 p.m. in the dining hall. Contact Lynn Clark at 330-720-8570 for information.

NIGHT AT THE RACES: Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Vestibule Club is sponsoring a Night at The Races at 5 p.m. Saturday in the church’s social hall, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown. Participants must be 21 and older.

OPEN HOUSE: CCW Academy Pre-kindergarten and Childcare will host is 48th open house 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Registration will take place for the 2023-24 school year at the academy’s new location inside Westminister Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman. The academy is now accepting children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old.

For information, contact the school or email

ccwacademy@yahoo.com or call 330-755-7041.

FOOD PANTRY: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Austintown, will host its monthly food pantry 1 to 4 p.m. Friday for those needing assistance.

LENTEN RETREAT: The Ursuline High School Office of Alumni and Advancement and Campus Ministry will present a Lenten mini-retreat for women 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road, Canfield. The keynote speaker is Dr. Helen Lamb Lafferty, interim president of Youngstown State University. Those attending will learn about women’s spirituality. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for young women in grades 11 and 12. Sign up at www.ursuline.com. Donated items will be collected for Angela’s Place.

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will host “Young Adventurers,” a Dungeons and Dragons program for ages 10 to 16, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, starting today through May 4, at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane.

Participants will learn teamwork, imagination and logic skills through the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons. Players of all experience levels are welcome.

The cost is $15 for JCC members and $20 for nonmembers. For those new to D&D, books and dice will be provided for an additional $20. Visit jcc youngstown.org/youth to register. There will be no session on April 6.

READ TO DOGS: Girard Free Library will host K9s for Compassion 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, during which children up to age 12 can read to dogs. RSVP is required at the library.

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YSU SCIENCE DAY: Sponsored by the Ohio Academy of Sciences and Youngstown State University, the District 15 Lake-to-River Science Day will be held in person 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium on the YSU campus.

Open to students in grades 5-12, Lake-to-River Science Day is one of 16 regional science fairs in Ohio that are sanctioned by the Ohio Academy of Science. The region represented by the Lake-to-River district comprises Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. Science Day is an annual event that attracts hundreds of science research project entries from public, private and parochial students.

SPRING VENDOR SHOW: Friends of Fido’s ninth annual spring vendor show will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Tippecanoe Country Club, 5870 Tippecanoe Road, Canfield. Proceeds help to enhance the lives of needy dogs. Photo ops with real bunnies and lunch and drink are available to order. Attendees will be treated to a complimentary dessert bar. Along with over 40 vendors, a huge basket raffle will take place. Friends of Fido is the advocacy group for the Mahoning County pound, providing dogs with medical care, transport, and more.

For information, visit friendsoffidomahoning.org.

WRITERS MEETING: The Monday Night Writers will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Leana’s Books & More, 4317 Kirk Road, Austintown. Area writers, both published and unpublished, are welcome.

Led by professional writer Nancy Christie, author of “Reinventing Rita” and five other books, the meetings offer an opportunity for members to get group feedback on works-in-progress.

For information, contact Nancy Christie at nancy@nancychristie.com.

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SCOUTS HELP FOOD BANK: March and April have been traditionally months of low food supplies at area food banks that serve the many church and community pantries. The Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, will be assisting Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley by asking local Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, Venturing Crews and Explorer Posts to either put out door hangers in neighborhoods, work with churches or partner with schools in their areas to expand food collection efforts in the Mahoning Valley.

The effort is taking place through April 1. Scouting units will be accepting nonperishable food items (nothing frozen or in glass) from homes, churches and schools and gathering these items to deliver to one of two sites 9 a.m. to noon April 1. Scouting units in Mahoning County and eastern Portage County will drop off at Camp Stambaugh, 3712 Leffingwell Road, Canfield. Scouting units in Trumbull County will drop off at Troop 101’s Scout House, 3002 Reeves Road NE, Warren. The public is also welcome to bring food donations to either site on April 1 during the same hours. All food items collected will be turned over to Second Harvest. For information, call 234-900-5895 or Richard.Fallon@scouting.org.

TITANIC PROGRAM: The Poland Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the in the Little Red Schoolhouse, 4515 Center Road. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and the program is at 7:30 p.m. Traci Manning of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society will present a program on “Youngstowners on the Titanic.”

AUXILIARY TO MEET: The Auxiliary of St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital / St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital will meet at noon on Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Social Hall on Norquest Boulevard in Austintown. Guest speaker will be Rita Havas, manager of St. Elizabeth Volunteer Services.

CEMETERY CLEANUP: Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown will begin spring cleanup on Wednesday. Staff will remove all artificial decorations, plants, statues, crosses, flags and other items. Items need to be removed by Wednesday.

ORDER OF HIBERNIANS: The Ancient Order of Hibernians will honor its Irish Man and Woman of the Year at the annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at noon Friday in the St. Patrick Church church hall. Mass will be in the church at 10:30 a.m. The 2023 Irish Man of the Year Jim “Beans” Hughes and Woman of the Year Linda Lambert will be honored as well as Irish in Youngstown. The Mass is open to the public. Tickets are needed for the luncheon at $25 per person. For tickets, call 330-565-3158 and 330-550-4469.

BINGO FOR UKRAINE: St. Peter and Paul Church, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown, will host a bingo event for Ukraine at 6:45 p.m. each Wednesday in March. There will be food, music and prizes.

VETERANS OUTREACH: Corban Baker, outreach coordinator for the Mahoning County Veterans Services Commission, will be the guest speaker at 11 a.m. Monday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 550 N. Broad St., Canfield. Discussion will be benefits available to veterans through the Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission. A box lunch will be provided. The event is a free community outreach social program for senior citizens. For information, call 330-533-3531.

LITTLE MERMAID: The Crestview High School Theatre Program will present “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. March 19, at the Crestview Performing Arts Center. Presale ticketing is available and ends Wednesday. Tickets can be purchased by visiting https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/24513 or the Crestview Local School District website. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each performance.

POST 51 TO MEET: The Hubbard American Legion Post 51 will host its first meeting of the new year at 7 p.m. Thursday in the social hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 22 Westview Ave. Parking to access the social hall is at the lower level parking lot of the church. Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the meeting.

STRUTHERS 1956: Struthers High School Class of 1956 will meet for breakfast at 10 a.m. Saturday at TJ’s in the Holiday Inn on South Avenue. All classmates are welcome.

GUEST SPEAKER: Lit Youngstown co-founder, Karen Schubert, will read poems from her books “Dear Youngstown, I Left My Wings on a Chair” and “The Compost Reader” at 10 a.m. Saturday at Denny’s Restaurant Meeting Room, 4020 Belmont Ave., Liberty, for the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s Memories of a Lifetime lecture series.

All programs are open to the public. Member admission is $5. Nonmember admission is $10. For reservations or more information, phone 330-726-8277.

BINGO AND CARDS: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica’s Mothers of the Crucifix Society is hosting a bingo and card party at 3 p.m. March 19 at the church, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown. Admission is $6 and includes lunch, door prizes, basket raffle and Pot of Gold.

STRENGTH EVENT: Towers of Strength men’s gathering will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Liberty. All men are invited to the free event, which is hosted by the Pleasant Valley Church Men’s Ministry.

BLOCK WATCH MEET: Girard block watch for residents of the city’s second and third wards will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Girard Free Library community room.

DRAMA CLUB: The Girard High School Drama Club will present the musical “9 to 5” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. March 19. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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ALUMNI GAME: Potential Development will hold the annual varsity vs. alumni basketball game noon Saturday at Valley Christian School, 4401 Southern Blvd., Youngstown. Thirteen alumni have committed to participating. The game is free. Event T-shirts and concessions will be sold.

Potential Development is a Pre-K through 12th-grade school for children with autism.

PET FOOD DRIVE: A gift card and pet food drive will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the West Side Bowl to benefit the Little Black Cat Collective pet food pantry.

For information, contact Krista Milford, 330-945-0776

WINTER SEMINAR: The Gardeners of Greater Youngstown will present the 18th winter seminar, beginning at 8 a.m. for a continental breakfast, Saturday in the Davis Center at the Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown. There will be breaks during the day and a buffet lunch from Inspired Catering by Kravitz.

The all-day event features accredited instructors presenting topics of interest for all gardeners.

The cost is $80 for the day. Download a registration form from www.gg-yo.org or call Clare Neff, 330-503-6988, for information.

FIESTA: Fiesta de las Americas is an annual event hosted by the Spanish Club at Ursuline High School. The cultural and educational event is open to the public to create awareness of the diversity of the Hispanic culture. The celebration includes dance performances, music, cultural display, alpacas and food.

Fiesta de las Americas runs noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at UHS cafeteria. Tickets are $5 and include food from Sr. Jalapeno.

CEMETERY CLEANUP: St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, 3900 Villa Marie Road, Lowellville, will hold spring cleanup March 15. Cleanup will include all Christmas and other decorations that don’t comply with the rules and regulations of the cemetery.

Decorations should be removed by Monday or they will be discarded.

CLEANUP AT CEMETERY: Tod Homestead Cemetery’s annual cleanup will be held March 15. All decorations on the graves, including solar lights and artificial flowers in cemetery vases, will be removed.

Decorations must be recovered by March 15.

PARK SHOP OPEN: Youngstown Parks and Recreation Department has opened the golf course pro shop at Henry Stambaugh Golf Course, 202 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays in March. Golf memberships will be available for purchase.

The golf season begins April 1, weather permitting. For information, call the park office at 330-742-8711.

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TARGETOHIO PARTNERS WITH FOUNDATION: TARGETOHIO, in cooperation with Ohio’s Asian American / Pacific Islander communities, is sending 3,000 hand-addressed envelopes to registered AAPI voters across Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The questionnaire inside is their opportunity to let the wider community know what is important to them.

The AAPI demographic is the fastest growing segment of the state’s population but under-represented at every level of government, which means the needs and concerns are not being well-considered.

TARGETOHIO is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3), which conducts research and provides educational information to Ohio’s AAPI voters. Contact info@TARGETOHIO.org.

WARD-THOMAS OPEN HOUSE: The Niles Historical Society will host an open house at the Ward-Thomas House, 503 Brown St., Niles, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. This two-story mansion has many furnishings and artifacts from its 150-year history.

The society’s membership meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Westenfield room. All members are invited. A membership drive is being held.

BINGO EVENT: St. Mary Church hall, 356 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown, will hold its super bingo Saturday. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the church hall on weekdays. For information, call 330-951-7343. Tickets include cards, dinner and a door prize ticket.


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