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Boardman Lions host pasta dinner fundraiser

The Boardman Lions will sponsor a pasta dinner fundraiser on Aug. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Boardman United Methodist Church, located at 6809 Market Street. The menu will include pasta (from Carmella’s), salad and bread. Desserts will be provided by the Lions club. Coffee and lemonade will also be provided by the club (dine-in only). Take-out is available. All proceeds will be used for the community. Tickets are $10 and are available for pre-sale and at the door. For pre-sale tickets, contact any Lions club member. For more information go to or visit them on facebook.

Weekly square dance lessons to begin on Sept. 10

The Niles Friendly Squares, a local square dance group dedicated to keeping alive the uniquely American art form of square dancing, will begin a new year of weekly square dance lessons. The introductory session will be Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m. Each session builds upon the previous session and will include learning steps along with plenty of review and practice each week to help attendees master the moves. The sessions are designed to cover all the steps in the Basic Square Dance Program. Gene Hammond will be the instructor. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through April 14, 2020. There is a fee of $6 per lesson. The Friendly Squares will also be performing square dance demonstrations at the Canfield Fair on Aug. 29 from 7-8 p.m. on the stage located in front of the International Building.

Mill Creek ABWA to have Aug. 13 meeting

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its Aug. 13 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield beginning with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu will include hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, tossed salad, fresh fruit, Jell-O, dessert, coffee and tea. The cost is $15 and reservations may be made by calling Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 or Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 by July 31. The speaker for the evening will be Kelly Kotel, who is the Adult Program Specialist with the library. The scholarship recipients will also be present at this August meeting. The public is welcome.

Reader’s Choice book club

Share your favorite books and find out what new ones are being published at the next meeting of this book club at the Boardman library on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. They will discuss “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts. This event is for adults

Hopewell Theatre hopes to raise funds with fun

Hopewell Theatre’s 2019–2020 season kickoff “Fun” Raiser, an evening of food, fun, and prizes, will take place on Aug. 25 from 6-9 p.m. at A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon Street in Canfield. Tickets cost $30 and include a full dinner buffet, dessert, cash wine bar, entertainment and silent auction prizes. Local favorites Glenn Stevens and Regina Reynolds will emcee a terrific entertainment lineup - Just Friends Community Chorus will perform favorite hits of the 1950s, Tom Gent and Maureen Gorman Stenglein will sing classic show tunes, and stand-up comedian Jenna Cintavey and improvisational comedy troupe The Dinner Theatre Rejects will bring the laughs. For tickets, visit or call 330-746-5455. Hopewell Theatre, founded in 1992 as the Victorian Players, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to producing quality theatrical performances in the Mahoning Valley. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with performances, events, auditions and other Hopewell news—

Apprentice’s Inn

Join the Boardman library’s beginners Dungeons and Dragons club on Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. and take part in their adventure. Go on dangerous quests with daring fights and hopefully you roll a D20 to save the day. Refreshments and snacks are provided. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

‘I Read YA!’ book club

Adult fans of young adult literature can meet on Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library and discuss “Five Feet Apart,” by Rachael Lippincott. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Boardman library on Aug. 26 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or

Jigsaw puzzle swap

The Friends of PLYMC will offer a jigsaw puzzle swap on Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Boardman library. Swap six of your once done jigsaw puzzles with others.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, which will take place every Tuesday in August at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library, is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen - an overview of the naturalization process

On Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library, a representative from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will offer information sessions to help permanent residents and others interested in naturalization learn about naturalization eligibility requirements, the naturalization process, the naturalization test and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. Each session is free of charge and open to the public. Spanish language materials will be provided. Sessions at Main Library and Struthers Library will be conducted in English, with Spanish translation.

Playtime at your library

Read a story and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for kindergarten at this event at the Boardman library on Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. Activities will vary at each program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is for ages 2-6.

Family story time

Bring the whole family to the Boardman library on Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. for stories, games, crafts and fun for all ages.

Puppets! Puppets! Puppets!

Bring the whole family, have fun and share laughs as the Boardman library presents three out-of-this-world puppet stories on Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. and Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs on Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

YMCA hosts Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Kennedy Family Fund of The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley to support its fifth annual Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.: Finding Rewards In Every New Day, an inclusive day camp experience for children, teens and young adult students with autism and their friends. The first program of its kind in the Mahoning Valley, Camp F.R.I.E.N.D. is facilitated by ABA Therapy Solutions. Camp will take place July 15-19 and Aug. 12-16 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day at the Central YMCA in Youngstown. The grant will help more families share in this fun, summer rite of passage by allowing the camp to expand the number of campers that can attend and enabling the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley to offer financial-based scholarships. Camp costs $150 per student per week and financial scholarships are available. Registration forms are available for download at and can be mailed by request by emailing ASMV at The Autism Society is still welcoming volunteers, interns and neurotypical peers to assist. Donations from individuals and business sponsorships are currently being accepted to help defer additional costs.

Gamblers Anonymous

If you or someone you love has a gambling addiction, Gamblers Anonymous may be able to help. Gamblers Anonymous meetings will take place on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman. Another G.A. meeting is offered on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (Cornersburg). There is no charge for the meetings, although collections are taken up at each meeting to provide for coffee, sugar and creamer, treats and free literature. The average contribution given by members at most meetings is $2. Meetings last about one-and-a-half hours and are both closed meetings, or, you must have suffered from a gambling addiction to attend.

Overeaters Anonymous to have local meetings

Overeaters Anonymous is offering meetings at several local locations and on a variety of days. On Saturdays at 10 a.m., there will be a meeting at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in the Church Hall, Room 2, located at 4453 Warren-Sharon Road in Vienna, Ohio. This location is handicapped accessible. On Sundays at 4:30 p.m., there will be a meeting at Shenango Presbyterian Church, located at 3144 Wilmington Road (Route 18) in New Castle, Pa. This location is handicapped accessible. On Mondays, a meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Girard Multigenerational Center, located at 443 Trumbull Avenue in Girard. This location is handicapped accessible. On Wednesdays, a meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at 1451 Churchill Hubbard Road in Youngstown. This location is handicapped accessible. On Thursdays, a meeting will take place at Valley Care - Northside Medical Center in the Medical Education Building, Auditorium A, located at 500 Gypsy Lane in Youngstown. This location is handicapped accessible. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, a meeting will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, located at 1181 Churchill-Hubbard Road in Youngstown. This location is also handicapped accessible. For more information on OA or meetings, go to or call one of the following Help Hotlines: Mahoning or Trumbull Counties - 330-747-2696; Columbiana County - 330-424-7767; Lawrence County - 724-674-3697.

May the crafts be with you

Make and take some fun space crafts at the Boardman library during regular hours in June through August. This event is for children of all ages.