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McDONALD ALUMNI GROUP TO MEET: The McDonald High School Alumni Association’s annual dinner meeting is planned for June 28 at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre. A social hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Contact Gayle Frantz Bowser at livinginflipflops77@gmail or Maria McNulty at mmcnulty@gmail.com for information. Class reunions are welcome. Give advance notice for table reservations.

VOLUNTEER HELP: The Oakhill Cemetery office is looking for volunteers to help with research and answer patron questions, as well as getting replacement headstones for the graves of veterans and training a future historian.

Call Oakhill historian Steffon Wydell Jones at 330-301-7365 to volunteer.

FAMILY FUN WALK: The 21st annual Scleroderma Family Fun Walk will be 8:30 a.m. to noon June 1 at Boardman Park.

For information, visit boardmanpark.com. The event will include childrens’ activities, face painting, fire trucks, food trucks, basket raffle and a 50-50 drawing. Register online at scleroderma.org/boardmanwalk or call 978-624-1245.

GREETING CARDS: The Girard Multi-Generational Center on Trumbull Avenue will hold a greeting cards class 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. There will be instructions on how to make cards.

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DANCE CLUB: Latin Mania Free Dance Lessons and Dance Party, sponsored by USA DANCE Youngstown Warren Chapter 2015, is 7 to 10 p.m. today at Los Gallos in Boardman. A free bachata lesson is 7 to 8 p.m. with Sue Shardy.

DARE TO MEET: DARE (Divorce / Death Aren’t Really The End) Singles Group will meet 7 to 9 p.m. today at Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Youngstown.

Other events include card night, 5 p.m. Friday at Perkins in Boardman; bowling at 7 p.m. Saturday at Boardman Lanes; and a Memorial Day picnic noon to 4 p.m. Monday at Masters Pavilion in Boardman Park.

For more information, call 330-729-0127.

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SCOUTING BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER: The Stambaugh District, Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America’s 19th annual Celebration of Scouting breakfast fundraiser is 7 to 9 a.m. June 11 at The Lake Club, 1140 Paulin Road, Poland.

The program will feature keynote speaker Ned Gold, a Mahoning Valley attorney whose commitment to the Boy Scouts spans 75 years. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout at 13. The program will also include Kenny Day, a member of Life Scout Troop 9060 Boardman, who is working on his Eagle Scout project.

Reservations are due by Monday by calling or emailing Todd Davis at 864-266-9932, todd.davis@scouting.org or online at www.gtcbsa.org/breakfast.

ASSOCIATION TO MEET: The June 11 meeting of Mill Creek Chapter of American Business Women’s Association will be at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Networking begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30. The cost is $15. Reservations may be made by calling Darlene at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn at 330-726-2527 by May 31. The speaker for the meeting will be Virginia Ottenberg from The Small Town Insurance Agency. The public is welcome.

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATION: Youngstown Sixth Ward Councilwoman Anita Davis will host a Coffee and Conversation town hall at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Newport Library, 3730 Market St., Youngstown. Discussion will include updates on street paving and sidewalks, city initiatives on housing, facade and roof replacement, and a police drone demonstration.

RUMMAGE SALE: Metro Assembly of God Church, 2530 South Ave., Youngstown, is hosting its inaugural rummage sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the church. Admission is free. Featured will be housewares, home goods and hidden treasures. Proceeds will benefit upcoming community events, outreach and strategic partners.

SOCIETY TO MEET: The Poland Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 4515 Center Road. The program will be “Podcasting in a Wicked City” by Johnny Chechitelli.

FOOD PANTRY: Immaculate Heart of Mary will host a food pantry 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the church on Norquest Boulevard in Austintown for those needing assistance.

HERITAGE SOCIETY: Dave Frank, founder of the Mahoning Valley Heritage Society, will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. today at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. A PowerPoint program will be shown. For information, call Frank at 330-757-0515.

FOX PROGRAM: Girard Free Library will host Amy Reeher of the Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District at 6 p.m. Wednesday. She will make a presentation on foxes. The program is free and handouts will be provided.

SENIOR WATCH: Girard Senior Watch program will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Girard Multi-Generational Center. Those attending will learn about the program’s services.

SANDMAN PROJECT: The Hubbard Rotary Club will offer a Sandman Project by offering to deliver sand to Hubbard children’s sandboxes. The service project is a decade old tradition. Order deadline is Saturday. Email Mary@HubbardRotary.org. Delivery of sand is June 1.

FABRIC FRENZY: Ohio State University Extension will host its annual Fabric Frenzy 4-H benefit 8 a.m.to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the extension office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, across from the fairgrounds. There will be a variety of sizes and colors of fabric. Sewing material donations are being accepted. For information, call the extension office at 330-533-5538.

SOUTH HIGH 60TH: South High School Class of 1964 will host its 60th class reunion on Sept. 13, 14 and 15, at the Sigma Club, 5108 Market St., Youngstown, the Fireplace Restaurant, 2075 E. Western Reserve Road, Poland, and Fellows Riverside Gardens, Youngstown, respectively.

On Sept. 13, all alumni of South High School Class of 1964 and a guest are invited to an informal get-together 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sigma Club.

Then, dinner will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at The Fireplace. A class picture will be taken at 5:30 p.m. and a standard buffet (reservations are needed) will follow.

On Sept. 15, classmates can attend a Kravitz Garden Buffet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens, or just visit with old friends.

Anyone who did not receive the reservation materials mailed earlier should contact Barbara Leonard Smith at 330-286-3183. Reservations are due by Saturday.

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BIKE BELMONT: Jimmy’s Italian Specialties will hold Bike Belmont from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Check-in is 12:30 p.m. Participants can loop from the B&O Station to the Giant Eagle on Belmont Avenue or to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and back. Free parking and lunch at the B&O Station.

CRAFTERS FOR A CAUSE: The Artists of the Rust Belt will host Crafters For A Cause from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Andrew’s Hall, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield. Proceeds benefit Angels for Animals. The event features the work of many Rust Belt regulars as well as a handful of new artists. There will be a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is free.

BENEFIT SET: A benefit for Aubriella will be noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Barry Dyngles, 1601 S. Raccoon Road. Austintown. There will be a basket raffle, 50/50 and corn hole tournament. Aubriella was diagnosed with retinoblastoma days after her second birthday. All of the proceeds will go to help her and her family.

MUSIC AT THE SHRINE: Music at the Fransiscan Shrine, a concert offered for peace in the world, will be 7:30 pm. Saturday at the shrine, 517 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown. Local and international artists will be performing.

SOCIETY MEETING: The Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society will meet 1 p.m. on Sunday at Boardman Park’s Georgiana Parker Room. Information on how to start and grow tubers and tend to young Dahlia plants will be presented.

GREAT STRIDES WALK: The Northern Ohio Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the 25th Annual Mahoning / Trumbull Great Strides walk 2 p.m. Sunday at Boardman Park – Masters Pavilion. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. Donations welcome.

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: Game Changers is hosting the annual GC-360 Leadership Summit and Combine from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the DeBartolo Stadium Club at Youngstown State University. The event will help high school athletes with their personal and professional journey.There will be different speakers and panel discussions. For information, call Michael at 330-529-9808.

WOMEN IN HAND: Women Hand in Hand will hold their 36th annual brunch 10:30 a.m. Saturday at The Maronite Center, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown. Tickets cost $35. The keynote speaker will be Danita Harris, a morning news anchor on GO! WKYC-Channel 3, Cleveland. The event will raise money to help single mothers enrolled in colleges in Youngstown, Warren, and Campbell to complete their basic college degree. For tickets and information, call Linda Casey at 330-719-7270 or email at lindacasey227@gmail.com.

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3RD WARD MEETING: Samantha Turner, Youngstown 3rd Ward councilwoman, will host a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, on utilities in Youngstown. Representatives from FirstEnergy and Enbridge Energy (formerly Dominon) will be in attendance.

VENUE CHANGE: The location of Latin Mania Free Dance Lessons and Dance Party on Thursday has changed to El Cowboy, 1739 Raccoon Road, Austintown. The free lesson will feature merengue with Matt Feehley.

The lessons May 23 and 30 will return to Los Gallos in Boardman.

For more information, go to usadance2015.com or on Facebook at USA-Dance-Chapter-2015-Youngstown-Warren-OH.

WHIH BRUNCH: Women Hand in Hand will host its 36th annual brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Maronite Center, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown. Tickets are $35 and free parking is available.

The keynote speaker is Emmy Award-winning journalist, Danita Harris, the morning news anchor on GO! WKYC-Channel 3 Cleveland.

For tickets or information, contact Linda Casey at 330-719-7270 or email


HERITAGE SOCIETY MEETS: Dave Frank, founder of the Mahoning Valley Heritage Society, will speak at the group’s meeting at 6:15 p.m. Monday at A LaCart Catering in Canfield. A buffet dinner will precede his presentation. Reservations are needed by Thursday by calling Frank at 330-757-0515.

He will speak about his uncle, Fireman First Class Gil Frank, who was a crew member of the U.S.S. Kiowa ATF #72, a fleet tugboat, and who saw the shores of Normandy on June 6 from a deck side seat.

BAKERS WANTED: The annual Slavic Baking Competition will be 1 p.m. June 8 at SMARTS in the Ohio One Building, 25 E. Boardman St., Youngstown. Entries will be accepted through June 1.

The public can attend to sample the items, see the contestant displays and hear music by Luke Politsky. Admission is free.

Interested participants should submit their entry form with a $5 non-refundable entry fee and a description of 75 words or less. Complete rules and entry form are available online at www.simplyslavic.org/forms. Mail it to Simply Slavic Baking Contest, 7050 Market St. Suite 108, Boardman, OH 44512, or drop it off at Krakus Polish Deli & Bakery on Market Street in Boardman.

PRESS CLUB GUEST NIQUETTE: A national political reporter will highlight the challenges journalists face as they cover 21st-century elections when he addresses the Youngstown Press Club on May 23.

“An insider’s look at covering elections” will be the topic of Mark Niquette of Bloomberg News at the event that begins at 5:30 p.m. at V2 Wine Bar and Trattoria, 100 W. Federal St.

Niquette has been covering politics and government on the local, state and national levels for more than 30 years.

He got his start at The Vindicator, where he worked for 10 years before moving on to The Akron Beacon Journal and The Columbus Dispatch. He has been at Bloomberg News since 2011.

The required preregistration form is at youngstownpress

club.com. The deadline to register is Sunday. The fee is $20 for Youngstown Press Club members and $25 for nonmembers.

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FABRIC FRENZY: The Ohio State University Mahoning County Extension Office will host its fifth annual fabric frenzy 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Wednesday at the office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield.

There will be a large selection of fabric and other sewing items available. All items will be offered to 4-H members who are interested in using them for sewing projects. They will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis for a free-will donation to Mahoning County 4-H youth development.

The office will accept sewing material donations 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Wednesday. Contact the extension office with any questions at 330-533-5538.

ALL FOR KIDS DAY: Youngstown’s Market Street Bridge and the Huntington Bank Community Alley, along with the Premier Bank Tower downtown, will be illuminated with blue and orange lights Wednesday night in observance of the national All for the Kids Day. It is a national day of recognition that provides hope and support for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

HAMAS WAR LECTURE: The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation will present “The Hamas War is Impacting Israel’s Economy: Learn How and How to Help” at 8:30 a.m. May 21 via Zoom.

Michael Eisenberg, general partner at Aleph, an early-stage venture capital fund, will discuss how the war in Gaza is impacting the Israeli economy, as well as how it’s affecting startups, specifically in the tech industry. He also will discuss how individuals can help.

To register, contact Melissa Bateman at mbateman@jewishyoungstown.org or 330-746-3250, Ext. 159.

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PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM: The Ellsworth Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. today with guest speaker George Houck, a local photographer who will discuss the history of the Canfield Fair and show photos over the last 40 years. The program will be at the Ellsworth Fire Hall, 6036 S. Salem Warren Road.

BEEKEEPERS TO MEET: The Columbiana and Mahoning County Beekeepers Association will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive. Guest speaker for the May meeting is Art Conser, who is the Ohio State county bee inspector, who will speak on apiaries and the splitting of beehives. A social potluck lunch will begin at 1 p.m, followed by the meeting at 2 p.m.

KNITTING GUILD MEETING: The Western Reserve Knitting Guild meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fair Park in Canfield. A business meeting and an educational program are included.

The guild has been collecting knitted hats for local children for the past decade. Marilyn Dunn has been the longstanding organizer for hat collections and deliveries.

For information visit: //wrkg.weebly.com/ or email wrkg.ohio@gmail.com.

MOAA-MSVC MEET: Military Officers Association of America-Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Email msvcmoaa@gmail.com for more information.

DAHLIA SOCIETY: The Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at Boardman Park’s Georgiana Parker Room. Those attending will learn how to start and grow tubers and tend to young dahlia plants for optimum growth and flowering throughout the 2024 season.

MASTER GARDENER: The Gathering Place at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 550 N. Broad St., Canfield, will meet at 11 a.m. today with Master Gardener Beth Sanders who will discuss a variety of gardening topics. This is a free community outreach social program offered to all seniors on the second Monday of each month. For questions, call 330-533-3531.

GARDENING PROGRAM: The Girard Free Library will host Master Gardener Wanda Thomas at 6 p.m. Wednesday who will discuss straw bale gardening. She will explain how to make an elevated container garden that is both functional and decorative. Register at the library.

COOKING DEMO: The Girard Multigenerational Center on Trumbull Avenue will host “Cooking Demo with Capri Cafaro” at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Those attending can preview an episode of Cafaro’s food and travel series “America the Beautiful.” Cafaro will explain how to make Maryland crab dip.

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KICKBALL FUNDRAISER: Bella Bonvissuto, a sophomore at Hubbard High School, is hosting a kickball game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Hubbard Memorial Stadium to benefit the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation.

Bonvissuto, who was successfully treated for a small brain tumor after last season, organized the event for her Community and Career Class. Melina died of a cancerous brain tumor at the age of 4 in 2020, and Hubbard students have organized other fundraisers for the foundation.

TOUCH A TRUCK: A Touch a Truck fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hubbard High School’s back parking lot. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hubbard food pantry in memory of Cody Pitts, who was part of the school’s graduating class in 2007. The event is being hosted by Hubbard Career and Community Class. There will be a wide variety of trucks.

COLOR CRAZE FUN RUN: Campbell Elementary & Middle School is thrilled to announce the launch of its inaugural community run, the Campbell Color Craze 2.5 Mile Fun Run and Walk. Hosted by the Campbell Run Club, comprised of dedicated staff and enthusiastic students, this event promises fitness and fun for participants of all ages.

Participants can look forward to confetti blasts, chalk stations, refreshing fountains, playful bubbles and energizing music along the route.

The Campbell Color Craze 2.5-Mile Fun Run and Walk will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, and begins at Campbell Elementary and Middle School. Registration details and additional event information can be found at bit.ly/campCCrun or by contacting Karen Paradise at 330-799-6831.

FOOD DRIVE: The annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday. Put your nonperishable donation in a bag by your mailbox and it will be delivered to a local food bank.

WILSON HOF: The Woodrow Wilson High School Hall of Fame Dinner will be May 26 at Mr. Anthony’s. It will honor former Wilson graduates for their accomplishments and extraordinary service. The event will benefit the Woodrow Wilson Legacy Scholarship at Youngstown State University. This year’s scholarship recipient is Katherine Wamsley, daughter of Maureen Casey, class of 1985.

Tickets cost $45 per person. The deadline for reservations is Monday; call 330-744-6954. Visit http://ytownwilsonhalloffame.com.

Woodrow Wilson High School graduated its first class in 1939. The school closed in 2007 and was razed the following year.

The Wilson Alumni Committee has chosen the following eight inductees into the school hall of fame: Joe Mansky, class of 1960; Mayor Nancy Diana Miller, class of 1968; Richard Wardle, class of 1968; Leonard “Lenny” Morris, class of 1975; Susan Brown Moorer, class of 1977; Dr. James Armile, class of 1979; Dr. Ty-Juan Young-Bright, class of 1999; and Dr. Holly Welch, faculty.

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BABY ANIMALS: Mill Creek MetroParks will hold its annual Farm Animal Baby Shower from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Metroparks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield. The free event allows people to meet the newest baby arrivals. There will be tractor wagon rides.

SPEAKER SERIES: The Springfield Township Historical Society will hold a speaker series program, “Rags to Riches: Laurie Fox, President of the Poland Historical Society,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at 14188 Youngstown Pittsburgh Road.

Fox will discuss how the society was initially formed to save the Little Red Schoolhouse.

AAUW INVITES ALL: The American Association of University Women, Youngstown Branch, will meet 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the main branch of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County.

Deatrice Traylor and staff members from Mercy Health Resource Mothers and Fatherhood Support Program will speak about the programs offered in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

For more information, email youngstownaaus@gmail.com or go to youngstown-oh.aauw.net.

CAMPUS TOURS: The Mahoning County Career & Technical Center Adult Career Center, Canfield, will hold campus tours 6 p.m. Tuesday. Financial aid coordinators and Mahoning and Columbiana Training Association will be on site. For information, call 330-729-4100. Attendees will be able to observe a class.

HOME AND GARDEN: A Small Town Spring Home and Garden Tour will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday in the North Georgetown area. Maps of participating businesses and shops, as well as local artisans, will be available at participating businesses. There will be a Little WB Warriors fundraiser at the Homeworth Feed Mill during the tour.

WALK WEDNESDAYS KICK-OFF: The Walk Wednesdays walking group will meet Wednesday outside of Mocha House in downtown Youngstown to walk together to Wean Park on Wednesdays, weather permitting.

Youngstown’s YO! App will provide promo codes to walkers every month that can be redeemed at more than 20 city businesses.

This and several other free outdoor walking classes are part of the Healthy Community Partnership’s Walk the Valley Initiative in partnership with Mercy Health’s Stepping Out Program.

Anyone can participate.

Questions or comments can be directed to Robin Perry, network coordinator at the Healthy Community Partnership, at rperry@cfmv.org; Doris Bullock, Mercy Health Stepping Out, at dibullock@mercy.com or call 330-720-3293; or Dalton Campana, Youngstown State University Community Recreation graduate assistant at dcampana@student.ysu.edu.


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