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UNIVERSITY WOMEN TO MEET: AAUW, the American Association of University Women, invites the general public to a free talk on “The Impact of Leadership on Culture and Community” by Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Carla Baldwin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Main Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County on Wick Avenue. Baldwin is a member of All Rise, the national leader in helping jurisdictions across the country ensure that substance use and mental health disorders are addressed in treatment courts that promote treatment and recovery..

AAUW is a nonpartisan organization that supports and educates girls and women in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) programs, works against trafficking and domestic violence, and promotes fair and equal pay and gender equity for women.

AAUW supports programs on education and leadership for women and girls and gives scholarships, grants and fellowships. For information about the program or AAUW, email youngstownaauw@gmail.com or call 330-757-7212.

NETWORKING FUNDRAISER: Family Fun and Business Networking Fundraiser, sponsored by Method8inc.com and Linda Jennings, will take place 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Youngstown Skate, 7080 Tiffany Blvd., Boardman. Cost is $12 per person, which iIncludes skate rental. There will be music, performances, movie auditions, skating, networking, food and fun. For information, visit: method8inc.com or text 234-855-7540. Tickets will be sold at the door or at 5648 Market St., Boardman.

NEWCOMERS TO MEET: The Newcomers of the Mahoning Valley will host a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Magic Tree Restaurant. The speaker will be Cassandra Valentini from Direction Home of Eastern Ohio, who will speak about services available to seniors by the agency. For any questions about the program or the Newcomers club, contact Lori at 330-707-9022 or email NewcomersofMV@gmail.com.

BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION: The Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building competition will take place Tuesday at Youngstown State University. The winning bridge will be chosen based on meeting the design criteria and the most efficient load-carrying capacity.

EASTER BASKETS: The Emmanuel Community Care Center, 2 N. State St., Girard, will distribute Easter baskets for children ages 2 to 11 whose families are registered at the center. Registered families who wish to receive Easter baskets should call the center at 330-545-4301 through March 22. Easter baskets are to be picked up at the center between 10 a.m. and 3 pm. March 26. Individuals and organizations who wish to donate an Easter basket, candy or small toys by March 20 can call the center to make arrangements.

FAIRYTALE DAY: The Girard Free Library will host National FairyTale Day at 6 p.m. today with a family fun time.

Those attending will read books, make magic wands and learn how to grow magic beans. Children can come dressed as their favorite fairy tale character. To sign up, call 330-545-2508.

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QUILTING MEETING: That Quilt Group I Belong To will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Rotary Building at Fair Park on Oak Street in Canfield. The guild meets on the third Tuesday of each month and welcomes quilters of varied skill levels, from beginner to experienced.

Group members make regular donations of quilts, pillow cases, etc. to Hospice of the Valley, Akron Children’s Hospital, Beatitude House, Sleep In Heavenly Peace and more.

Since the January meeting was canceled, the program will be extended to February. Members will begin a new, personal round-robin quilt. Members are reminded to bring their selections to show. The first border block will be announced at the February meeting.

For information, call Jeanne 330-507-4672.

DREAM SELF-STUDY: The Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will study dreams with its new Dream Self-Study. The group meets 11 a.m. every other Friday starting today. Jim Thorton is the facilitator. The group is free and open to the public. Donations and love offerings will be accepted. For information call 330-539-0122 or visit www.unitycentre

.org.

MOAA TO MEET: The Mahoning and Shenango Valley chapters of the Military Officers Association of America will meet at noon today at A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon St., Canfield. The guest speaker is retired U.S. Army Maj. Patrick “Rick” Williams, Associate Director Veterans Affairs, Youngstown State University.

Email msvcmoaa@gmail.com for more information.

Membership is open to current, former or retired commissioned and warrant officers of the Uniformed Services and their current or surviving spouse. Prospective members may attend one time at no cost or obligation.

PHOTO PRESENTATION: Rick Terhanko, a resident of the Struthers-Poland area, will host a photo presentation for members of the World War II Heritage Group at a dinner meeting Monday at Ala Carte Catering in Canfield. The meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, contact David Frank at 330-757-0515.

Terhanko followed in the footsteps of his father’s war service with the 83rd Division by making four separate trips to Europe. He retraces the path of the decorated Army group as it fought its way to Germany and beyond. He created a photo presentation of the 83rd’s journey to share his father’s memory of the War.

Born and raised in Austintown, Terhanko is a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and retired from Schwebel Baking Company in Youngstown after 40 years

REGIONAL TRIAL COMPETITION: Nearly 800 Ohio high school students are back in court, bringing them one step closer to representing Ohio at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in May. Out of the 237 teams that participated in the District Competition in January, 91 teams will now advance to the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s 41st Annual Ohio Mock Trial Regional Competition, which will take place in courtrooms across the state today.

The 2024 Ohio Mock Trial case examines the history and application of the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment.

Each Ohio Mock Trial team consists of five to 11 students who assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses to present both sides of an original, unscripted case based on an important constitutional issue. More than 1,000 legal professionals serve as volunteer judges, competition coordinators and team advisers. Ohio Mock Trial is Ohio’s largest high school academic competition and among the largest high school mock trial programs in the nation.

The Ohio Mock Trial Regional Competition is hosted in 11 counties throughout Ohio. The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s website has a complete list of teams participating in the Regional Competition.

The 2024 State Competition will take place over three days, beginning March 7 and ending with the State Championship held at the Supreme Court of Ohio on March 9. The 2024 state champion team will represent Ohio at the National High School Mock Trial Competition May 2-5 in Wilmington, Delaware.

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NIGHT AT RACES: The Girard FIRST Robotics Booster Club will host a Night at the Races on Saturday at the Avon Oaks Ballroom on North State Street in Girard. The event is free with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the first race at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Girard Robotics Booster Club and benefits the Girard FIRST Robotics and LEGO League teams. A 50/50 drawing and auction race also will be held, along with a basket raffle, for which the team is accepting baskets and gift card donations. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a cash bar. Students in the FIRST Robotics program work throughout the year to promote their team and FIRST Robotics, engage in community service projects, fundraise, train, and design and build prototypes for their competition robot. Beginning in January, which was the worldwide FIRST Robotics kickoff, the students have just six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robot for this year’s competition. Call 330-545-5431, ext. 203, for more information.

SOCIETY TO MEET: Poland Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 4515 Center Road. Speaker is Sean Posey, who will discuss the “Hidden History of Youngstown.”

GATHERING PLACE: A Gathering Place event will be at 11 a.m. today at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 550 N. Broad St., Canfield. Vince Bevacqua will address common questions on technological devices. A boxed lunch will be provided. This is a free community outreach social program offered to senior citizens on the second Monday of the month. No reservations are required. For information, call Woody at 330-360-0419.

GIRARD LIBRARY: Girard Free Library will host a program at 11 a.m. Saturday on the chatbot. Experience the artificial intelligence-driven ChatGPT, its interface and features. Engage with the chatbot, from asking simple questions to planning dinner and making a grocery list. Users may bring their own device. Attendance is limited and registration is required.

MOAA CHAPTER MEETS: Military Officers Association of America (Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter) will meet at noon Friday at A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon St., Canfield. Guest speaker is retired U.S. Army Maj. Patrick “Rick” Williams, associate director of Veterans Affairs at Youngstown State University.

Reservations are due today and may be made online at https://msvc-moaa.org/next-chapter-event or via email to msvc moaa@gmail.com.

Current, former or retired commissioned and warrant officers of the Uniformed Services and their current or surviving spouse are welcome for membership. Prospective members may attend one time at no cost or obligation.

ABWA MEETING: The Tuesday meeting of the Mill Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will be at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Networking will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $19. Reservations may be made by calling Marilyn at 330-726-2527 or Darlene at 330-755-9089. Jennifer Douglas, retired master sergeant from the Air Force, will be the evening’s speaker. The public is welcome.

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KLONDIKE DERBY: The Stambaugh District of Great Trail Council Scouts Boy Scouts of America will hold its annual Klondike Derby from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, at Camp Stambaugh BSA, 3712 Leffingwell Road, Canfield.

For information, contact Anthony Di Tommaso, Stambaugh District Klondike 2024 Committee at 724-316-8673.

SKATE PARK FUNDRAISER: Wedgewood Ramps Skatepark, 1739 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown, is hosting a fundraiser from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds go to building new ramps, repairs and getting the park geared towards families and young riders. This will basically be a park revival to make it somewhere kids of all ages can feel welcomed, learn and make friends along the way. There will also be a grand opening of a bike shop, where kids can have bike lessons, have their bikes worked on and find gear for riding.

There will be prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

SPANISH STORYTIME: Lepper Library welcomes Meredith Deichler and the Spanish Club at 6 p.m. Monday for a bilingual evening storytime as they read a story and provide a craft.

BEEKEEPERS TO MEET: The Columbiana and Mahoning County Beekeepers Association will meet Feb. 18 at the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, Austintown.

Brian Kopler of Castle Bees will speak on Innovation: is it helping or hindering beekeeping? A social potluck lunch will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the meeting at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in beekeeping is welcome to attend.

DARE SINGLES GROUP: Divorce/Death Aren’t Really The End (DARE) meets from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, at Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Youngstown. Call 330-729-0127 for more information. (Please do not call the church).

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