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FOOD PANTRY: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Austintown will hold a food pantry from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the church for anyone needing assistance. The assistance is provided once per month.

HELPING HANDS: Helping Hands Closet at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, Canfield, has new and gently used clothing for the entire family. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Big Summer sale with 50% off items. See info at shop.

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RIVERFEST SHOWCASES RIVER: Riverfest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Spring Commons Park / B&O Station in Youngstown. This is a free, fun, family-friendly event and includes exhibits, food trucks, music, kids crafts and the Komara Outdoor reptile display. Trumbull Canoe Trails will offer kayak and canoe experiences on the Mahoning River. The Artists of the Rust Belt will have a show inside the B&O Station.

McDONALD ALUMNI: The McDonald High School Alumni Association’s annual dinner meeting is June 28 at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre. Social hour is at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Contact Gayle Frantz Bowser at

livinginflipflops77@gmail.com or Maria McNulty at mmcnulty@gmail.com for information. Class reunions are welcomed. Classes of 1964 and 1974 are celebrating 60 and 50 years. Give advance notice for table reservations.

DAVIS REUNION: The 45th annual John and Ida Davis Family Reunion will be 5 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center located in the East Palestine Park. The business meeting will begin at 4:45 p.m. Family members are requested to bring a covered dish to share and beverages of their choice. Family members also are requested to bring an item or items for the annual raffle. This year will feature a table decorating contest.

DARE EVENTS: DARE (DIVORCE/DEATH AREN’T REALLY THE END) Singles, Group,. 6625 Mill Creek Blvd., Boardman. Call (330)729-0127 for information. The group meets Thursdays at the Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Boardman., from 7 to 9 p.m. Breakfast on Sundays will be at Charly’s Family Restaurant, Kirk Road, Austintown, at 10 a.m.

Bocce at Boardman Park every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

Friday — Card Night at Perkins in Boardman, 5 p.m.

Monday — Pool Night at Camelot Lanes, 7 p.m.

Wednesday — Music at Woodworth Park, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday — Birthday Night at the church, 7-9 p.m.

June 29 — Music and fireworks in Boardman Park, 8 p.m.

Any questions on events, call 330-729-0127.

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BED BUILDING EVENT: Knights of Columbus and Sleep in Heavenly Peace will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4310 Kirk Road, Austintown, to build beds for children in Mahoning County.

Volunteers will build, assemble and deliver bunk beds for children and families in need.

BRIDGE CLUB STARTED: The Canfield Duplicate Bridge Club has started an open club and is looking for players to meet noon Thursdays. Singles, couples and partnerships are welcome. For information or to schedule a game, call Tim Kneen at 330-533-9083.

DAY CAMP FOR CHILDREN: Stepping Stones to a Better Tomorrow will hold its 10th annual day camp for children and teens 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday at Zion Lutheran Church in Cornersburg.

Topics include per pressure, bullying, social media, suicide, drugs and addictions, phone usage, screen time games and mindfulness.

For information, call 330-792-2353 or 330-792-4046.

COMMUNITY MEAL: St. Charles Borromeo Parish will host a free community meal 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at the church.

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FIELD DAY SCHEDULED: Radio operators from the Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association will show the public how amateur or ham radio operates during emergencies 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday at multiple stations at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on state Route 46 across from the Canfield Fairgrounds, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield.

The emergency preparedness exercise, called Field Day, is a yearly event in the U.S. and Canada put together by the American Radio Relay League.

PRIDE YOUNGSTOWN: Pride Youngstown returns Saturday to downtown Youngstown for a free outdoor festival celebrating the lives of LGBTQIA+ residents and allies in the Mahoning Valley. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the festival’s founding.

The free Pride Youngstown Festival begins at noon with a march from the Tyler History Center to Phelps Street. The festival features two stages of local and regional entertainers, a family zone with free crafts and demonstrations, food trucks and more than 55 vendors and community groups with information about resources.

Pride Youngstown is hosting a festival warm up called Pride A Go Go on Friday at Westside Bowl. There is an after party at Penguin City Brewery on Saturday.

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MOAA MEETING: The Military Officers Association of America -Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, 1025 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, Pa. Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Sharon Sorg, publisher of The Sharon Herald and the New Castle News.

Current, former, and retired commissioned and warrant officers and their surviving spouses residing in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania are invited to attend. For more information, write to msvcmoaa@gmail.com.

SOCIETY TO MEET: Poland Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 4515 Center Road. Celebrate Poland will be June 28 and 29 with walking tours planned by the society.

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

A member of the Ohio State University Master Gardener volunteer program will speak on native plants and pollinators. A social potluck lunch will begin at 1 p.m. followed by the meeting at 2 p.m..

Anyone interested in beekeeping is welcome.

PRESS CLUB: The Youngstown Press Club will welcome Joe Scalzo to present “The Lighter Side of Sports Reporting.”as part of the Edward M. Barr Foundation speaker series at 8 a.m. Thursday at Collections Cafe inside the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave, Youngstown.

He has spent the past 25 years writing about sports.

GIRARD GYM OPEN: The Girard city gymnasium, 100 W. Main St., offers various recreational events during the week.

Hours are 8 to 10 a.m. Monday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Registration is required by calling 330-219-3849.

Walking in the gym is 9 to 11 a.m. Monday to Thursday. Pickleball, yoga and aerobics are also scheduled during the week.

JCC CAMP: Camp Jewish Community Center is running hroughout the summer. The camp is Monday to Friday through Aug. 9. Speciality camps also are available for a variety of interests. Visit jccyoungstown,com. The camps offer social, cultural, educational and recreational programs.

TIE DYE DAY: Girard Free Library will host Tie Dye Tees at 2 p.m. Friday for teens 12 to 18. Registration is due today and those registering are asked to provide their T-shirt size. All materials will be provided.

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FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY: The American Legion Post 301 of Austintown and the VFW Post of Austintown will jointly host the annual Flag Day Retirement Ceremony on Saturday at Veterans Park, located on Wickliffe Circle, directly across from Fire Station #2 on Mahoning Avenue. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m, and the ceremony is open to all residents of Austintown and surrounding areas. Attendees are encouraged to bring their worn American flags for retirement. Trained volunteers will ensure that each flag is treated with the utmost respect and solemnity. The retiring process involves a ceremonial burning as it serves as a way of retiring worn-down American flags and educating the community about the importance of this solemn occasion and the significance of properly retiring American flags.

CAR SHOW: A Father’s Day car show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in downtown Sharon, Pa. The road opens for parking at 9 a.m.

FRIENDS GOLF CLASSIC: The Children’s Circle of Friends Foundation announces its Annual Golf Classic scheduled for Monday at The Lake Club. The event will feature an 18-hole course, food trucks, dinner and a variety of prizes, in support of the foundation. The event will begin with registration and use of the practice range from 10 to 11:15 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Dinner and drinks begin at 4:30 p.m. The golfer fee is $375 and includes lunch on the course, 18 holes of golf including cart and fees, complimentary beverages on the course, a Golf Classic souvenir and entry into all skill prizes. For more information or to register, contact Joe Fanto at 330-301-6838 or email jfanto@yourpremierbank.com. Proceeds from the event will support the Children’s Circle of Friends Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for vulnerable children in the Mahoning Valley.

METRISIN PORTRAYS FORD: Lynna Metrisin, a Betty Ford impersonator who joined Women in history in 2020, portrays former First Lady Betty Ford, 1 p.m. Monday at the Ohio Living Vivo Center in Canfield. Metrisin has her BA in Theatre from Case Western Reserve University and has performed in many theaters throughout the area. Refreshments will be offered following the performance. The cost is $5 for guests and $2 for Vivo Center members. Contact the Vivo Center at 234-232-7221 to register.

NEW YAFW OFFICERS: The Youngstown Area Federation of Women Inc. will install the newly elected officers at the upcoming luncheon / meeting at noon Wednesday at The Lake Club, 1140 Paulin Road, Poland. Both members and nonmembers may attend, however reservations are required. If you did not receive a telephone call, contact Pat Marsico, president, at 330-518-7441, or Betty Cmil, vice president, at 330-506-8979. Cost is $25. There will be a board of directors meeting at 10:30 a.m.

SCALZO TO SPEAK: “The Lighter Side of Sports Reporting” will be the topic of a presentation by Joe Scalzo at the 8 a.m. breakfast gathering, Thursday, in the Collections Cafe at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., hosted by the Youngstown Press Club. Having attended Malone College, Scalzo has spent most of the past 25 years writing about sports, first at The Vindicator, then at The Canton Repository and now at Crain’s Cleveland Business.

The museum will open its sports art gallery early to accommodate attendees. A guided tour of the gallery will be offered by the museum staff immediately following the breakfast. Registration is required at youngstownpressclub.com. The fee is $25 for Youngstown Press Club members and $35 for nonmembers. Scalzo’s presentation is sponsored by the Edward M. Barr Foundation speaker series. A portion of proceeds from YPC events goes to the club’s college scholarship fund.

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LEPPER LIBRARY: Toddler Storytime (ages 3 and under) is being offered at Lepper Library at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Every week will be a new story, song and coloring sheet. Preschool storytime will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Each weekly storytime will include age-appropriate stories, crafts, rhymes and more.

DARE SINGLES: Divorce / Death Aren’t Really the End (DARE) Singles Group meets 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Youngstown.

Call 330-729-0127 for more information. Do not call the church.

ROTARY EVENT: The Girard-Liberty Rotary’s second Annual Catalina Wine Mixer will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Churchill Commons Giant Eagle on Belmont Avenue in Liberty. There are local breweries in addition to local wineries, food by Gia Russa, desserts by Jeff Chrystal catering, a basket raffle and live band.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at Giant Eagle, Blackstone Funeral Home, Byrne Chiropractic and Sweet Memories Vintage Tees & Candy.

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CHESS TOURNAMENT: Steel Valley Brew Works will host a chess tournament 11 a.m. Saturday at the Steel Valley Brew Works Restaurant in Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St., Boardman. Registration fee is $10. Register at progresswithchess.org/steelvalley/. Deadline is Wednesday. Winner will receive prizes. Boards and pieces will be provided.

FEAST DAY CELEBRATION: The Saint Anthony of Padua Feast Day celebration will take place 6 p.m. Thursday at 1125 Turin Ave. in the historic Brier Hill neighborhood of Youngstown. Mass begins at 6 p.m. The event will include music, basket raffle and traditional Italian foods.

FRIENDS OF MAHONING RIVER: Friends of the Mahoning River will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the main branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County on Wick Avenue. Discussion will include how the Mahoning River fit the needs of the early inhabitants through the artifacts they left behind. Guest speaker will be Tom Dellvaux, a Youngstown State University archaeologist.

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

SUMMER CAMP: Easterseals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties and Direction Homes of Eastern Ohio will hold a free kids kinship summer camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 13 from June 17 to August 1.The camp will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The camp is for children being raised by an adult 55 and older. It is located at the Corner Abbey Community Church, 6123 Youngstown Conneaut Road, Kinsman. For questions call 330-599-5525.

MILL CREEK PARK: Mill Creek Metroparks Park Educator Lynn Zocolo will discuss the park at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Girard Free Library. She will share the history and the stories that she says makes the park special. Registration is required.

GOLF OUTING: The eighth annual Adrienne’s Army golf outing will be held June 29 at Yankee Run Golf Course. The event is to honor the memory of Adrienne Litman-Toth. Monetary donations for the event are being sought by calling Jeanne at 724-813-0610 or Alyssa Litman 330-282-2277.

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CHESS TOURNAMENT: Steel Valley Brew Works in Boardman is again hosting the Steel Valley Brew Works Chess Tournament, at 11 a.m. June 15. Registration fee is $10 and includes Round Robin Quads (three games per person). Register at progress withchess.org/steelvalley by Wednesday. Boards and pieces will be available.

TOWER CHALLENGE: The second annual Tough Tower competition will be held Saturday and Sunday at 8900 Mahoning Ave., North Jackson. Teams from across the United States will be taking part. The event started in 2023 by sponsors STG Communications Services and Tri-County Tower to draw attention to career opportunities in the telecommunications industry. The event will feature eight teams of two tower technicians who are professionals in the telecommunications industry. Competition will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday for semifinals. Competitors will compete in eight preliminary industry related challenges. Challenges will range from rescue and installation to crane maneuverability.

STEPPING OUT: A free Stepping Out program sponsored by Mercy Health Foundation will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Woodworth Park in Beaver Township. For questions, call 330-549-9552. Note this is the second Tuesday this month.

KNITTING GUILD MEETING: The Western Reserve Knitting Guild meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fair Park (Rotary building: 82-84 Fair St.), Canfield. A business meeting and an educational program are included.

The guild has been collecting knitted hats for local children for the past decade. The hats are donated by guild members and nonmembers with the specification that they must be machine washable. Marilyn Dunn has been the longstanding organizer for hat collections and deliveries.

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

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DARE SINGLES: Divorce / Death Aren’t Really the End (DARE) singles group will meet 7 to 9 p.m. today at Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Boardman. Call 330-729-0127 for more information. Do not call the church.

TRAIN MUSEUM TOUR: The Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association Museum, 1340 Poland Ave., Youngstown, will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Visitors can go inside several cars and view other railroad memorabilia on display. There is a $2 donation at the door.

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HISTORIAN TO SPEAK: The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will start its summer J. Newman Levy Speaker Series with historian Sean Martin from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane. Martin will present “A Stitch in Time: Jews and the Garment Industry in Northeast Ohio.” The free event includes dinner. Register by today at jccyoungstown.org/newman levyseries. Other speakers in the series include comedian Ophira Eisenberg on July 25 and professor Samantha Baskind, who will present “Up, Up, and Oy Vey!: Jews, Comics, and the Graphic Novel” on Aug. 25.

CULTURAL ALLIANCE: The Mahoning Valley Cultural Alliance will celebrate Serbian immigrants 5 p.m. today at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church on Laird Avenue in Youngstown. The event will recognize those who immigrated from Serbia. The program is part of the Stories of the Mahoning Valley Immigrants series.

SPACE MUSEUM: The Girard Free Library will host an online program 2 p.m. today with Matt Shindell, curator of the National Air Space Museum. He will discuss historical figures across eras and around the world who made sense of Mars. Those attending are asked to register at the library.

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