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Chapter Chat book club

Go to the Chapter Chat book club on Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library where they will be discussing “1776” by David McCullough. Each month will be a new genre. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Retiree group to have Aug. 6 meeting

Public Employee Retirees, P.E.R.I Chapter 18, will meet on Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. at the Avion Banquet Center, located at 2177 Western Reserve Road. Lunch will be served at noon for a cost of $13. There will be a 50/50 raffle. A social worker for elder abuse from the Adult Protective Services of Mahoning County will be the guest speaker. Reservations can be made by July 30 with Ceil Kidd at 330-533-2149, Helen Verdream at 330-629-8227 or Mary Grace Welsh at 330-743-8425. Information and updates with proposed changes from the State to the O.P.E.R.S. health/pension benefits will be discussed. Retirees and public employees under O.P.E.R.S. are invited to attend. The schedule for upcoming meetings/luncheons for 2019 will be Oct. 1 and Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. at the Avion Banquet Center. During the meetings throughout the year, the P.E.R.I. officers will continue to provide information to the members with our O.P.E.R.S health and pension benefits updates, and various guest speakers. They welcome O.P.E.R.S. retirees and employees to join Chapter 18 for a $10 yearly membership fee, which can be paid at the meetings. Spouses can join as associate members for $5 yearly fee.

Getting connected with Hoopla

Join the Austintown library on Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in learning how to use your library card to download free movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, comics, and e-books. Space is limited, call 330-744-8636 to register. Have an email account before attending. This event is for adults.

Read It Before You See It book club

People always say the book is better than the movie. This book club will get together to read and discuss books that are soon to be released in the theaters. The next event will take place on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Austintown library and will discuss “The Good Liar,” by Nicholas Searle. Join for one month or every month. This event is for adults.

Silent book club

Join the Austintown library on Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. for its Silent Book Club. You can bring in your own book, grab one off the shelf or even read a digital book in a designated group quiet time. During this time, they will discuss what they will be reading and whether the book is a hit or a miss. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on Aug. 10 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Aug. 20 from 1-6 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visitwww.RedCrossBlood.org.

Techie camp

Learn how to create your own mobile apps with MIT APP inventor and explore robotics at this free techie camp at the Austintown library on Aug. 5-9 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The camp is open to middle school students in sixth through eighth-grade. Signup online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nordson2019.

W. Pigott, E.W. Wilson and Youngstown, Washington

Despite the many miles of industrial riverfront in the Mahoning Valley, it may have been a bit too crowded for William Pigott and Elliot Wilson. Pursuing their interests out west, these Valley men founded significant steel and railcar manufacturing facilities in the Seattle area more than 100 years ago. The Seattle Steel Company forged one particular neighborhood on the banks of the Duwamish River, which would be named after their former home: Youngstown. By looking at the development of this industrial town, you may see, and be reminded of, some of the raw ingredients that made the Mahoning Valley. In this program, which will take place on Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library, librarian Tim Seman will profile these men and highlight the interesting similarities and differences between Youngstown, Ohio, and Youngstown, Washington. Registration is required by calling the Information Services Department 330-744-8636, or online via the library’s events calendar. This event is for adults and teens.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader.

Mental Health First Aid for youth

Mental Health First Aid Training is aimed at helping people whose profession frequently brings them into contact with youth exhibiting problems related to mental illness, substance use, poverty or homelessness. The library is partnering with the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Alta Care Group, which will provide instructors for these events on Aug. 14 and 21 from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. Participants in this two-part series will learn risk factors and warning signs in children, as well as strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Each participant will also receive a First Aid book. Session 1 will be on Aug. 14 and Session 2 will be Aug. 21. Space is limited; call 330-744-8636, ext. 50066, to register for the series. The sessions are available to library staff, as well as people who have jobs in which they could encounter juvenile individuals needing this type of assistance. This program is thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and awarded by the State Library of Ohio, under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). This event is for adults.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, which will take place every Tuesday in August at 10 a.m. at the Austintown 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.

Gotta Move story time

This event, which will take place on Aug. 15, 22 and 29 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join in for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, talk and play.

Picnic story time

Read books and sing songs in the sunshine at this event at the Austintown library on Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Children under 7 must be accompanied by a caregiver. This event is for children of all ages

Shark week baby brilliant

This program, which will take place on Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for 4- and 5-year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. They will use shark themed books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten.

Shark week gotta move story time

This event, which will take place on Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join them for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, talk and play with a shark theme.

Shark week movie marathon

There will be all shark movies, all day long, at the Austintown library on Aug. 2. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is for the entire family.

Lego my library

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. and Aug. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Austintown library. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Read to Reese

To boost your reading confidence, come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners at the Austintown library on Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This event is for school-age children.

Hungry, hungry shark

Join the Austintown library on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. in its live action version of “Hungry Hungry Hippos” (shark edition) where you and a partner will compete with others to see who is the hungriest shark out there. This is an active game, so make sure to dress in active wear. This event is for tweens and teens.

Strategy board games at the library

Go to the Austintown library on Aug. 3 at 3 p.m. to play games like “Ticket to Ride,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Carcassonne.” Play what’s there or bring your own to share. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults and teens.

DIY dog toy

Join the Austintown library on Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. in making a DIY dog toy that your pet will love. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register.

Intermediate Cricut

Join the Austintown library on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for part II of the Beginner’s Cricut course. This course will expand upon what you learned in Beginner’s Cricut and introduce you to new features, such as using Cricut Pens and uploading images into Design Space. You must take Beginner’s Cricut at Austintown before registering for this program. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults.

Family movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during this movie at the Austintown library on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This event is for the family. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Horror movie marathon for teens

Take your mind off the horror of a new school year by spending the day at the Austintown library’s horror movie marathon on Aug. 16 at 9 a.m.. The movies will be rated PG-13, so make sure it’s okay with your parents that you watch them. They will start the first movie as soon as the doors open, and keep the reels going until 5 p.m. Stay for as little or as long as you want... if you dare. This event is for teens entering grades 7-12 only. No exceptions. Some snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Introduction to Gale Small Business Builder software

SBBS is a new resource available for those who are interested in or beginning the process of starting your own business. There are tools to help you develop your idea, organize your start-up costs and write the business plan itself. Better still, SBBS is available for free with your library card and accessible from any internet-connected computer. This hands-on program, which will take place on Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library, will go show how to set up and account, navigate within SBBS and how to use the many help features and additional information available within the resource. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Redeemer Lutheran hosts free movie event with sundae bar

Redeemer Lutheran Church will be showing the movie, “Charlotte’s Web,” in Redeemer’s Fellowship Hall on July 21 at 2 p.m. Admission is free. This event is open to the public. They will also be having a free ice cream sundae bar.

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 AutismMV.org/campfriend and can be mailed by request by emailing ASMV at camp@autismmv.org. 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.

Class of 1959 to meet for 60th reunion

The Austintown Fitch High Class of 1959 is celebrating their 60th class reunion at a two day event. On Aug. 30, a meet and greet will take place at 5-7 p.m. at Hollywood Gaming, and on Aug. 31, a class breakfast at Davidson’s will take place at 9 a.m. and a social hour and sit down dinner at will take place at 5 p.m. at The Upstairs Restaurant. For more information, contact Maria Stacey at 330-799-0120 or Bernie Zets at 330-799-5849.

Techie camp

Learn how to create your own mobile apps with MIT APP inventor and explore robotics at this free Techie Camp at the Austintown library on July 22-26 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. The camp is open to middle school students in sixth-eighth grade. Signup online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nordson2019.

Bonding with babies and books

Meet at the Austintown library on July 23 at 10 a.m. for Bonding with Babies and Books, for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. The event features 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.

Moon Landing Party

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first manned lunar landing at this event at the Austintown library on July 20 at 11 a.m. View actual NASA footage of the landing. Hear NASA radio communication. Share your memories on our moon memory wall. Trivia, games, crafts and refreshments for the whole family.

Shark Week baby brilliant

This event 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 at the Austintown library on July 30 at 10 a.m. This event is shark-themed.

Shark bank

Join the Austintown library on July 31 at 11 a.m. in customizing your own shark piggy bank that you can take home with you that day. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library to register. This event is for ages 8-14.

DIY shark tooth necklace

Show off your love of sharks with your very own shark tooth necklace made at this event at the Austintown library on July 29 at 11 a.m. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for ages 9-16.

Chapter Chat book club

Attend the Chapter Chat Book Club at the Austintown library on July 31 at 6:30 p.m. where they will discuss “Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. The group reads and discusses a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Spay and neuter clinic offers local event

Alleycat Spay and Neuter Clinic will be coming to the Austintown Ohio area for additional dates for its low cost spay/neuter transport program. Alleycat’s transport van will be transporting patients to and from Tractor Supply Austintown, located at 6225 Mahoning Ave. in Austintown, on Aug. 7. The drop off time is between 8:30-9 a.m. and the pick up time is between 3:30-4 p.m. (Clients will pick up and drop off patients to our staff members at the Tractor Supply parking lot). Clients will be required to provide proof of a current rabies vaccination for their pet, otherwise they will be required to receive a new rabies vaccine during their clinic visit (rabies vaccine at time of surgery is $9). One pet per crate, and the crate should be a hard carrier. The cost for a female cat spay surgery with transport is $60. The cost for a male cat neuter surgery with transport is $50. Rabies vaccine with surgery is $9. Appointments can be made online at www.alleycatvet.com or by calling the clinic at 330-892-8985. Alleycat Spay and Neuter Clinic is located at 15549 State Route 170, Unit 10 in East Liverpool. The clinic phone number is 330-892-8985.

Austintown schools to sponsor summer food program

The Austintown Local School District will again sponsor the summer food service program for children. Free meals will be made available to all children ages 1-18 at the Austintown Elementary School, located at 245 Idaho Road-Lynn Kirk Loop. Meals will be served Monday through Friday from June 3-Aug. 16. Breakfast will be served from 7:45-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Contact Jayme Rarick, food service supervisor, at 330-797-3900, ext. 2032 with questions or for more information.

Gamblers Anonymous Meetings

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 www.oa.org 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.

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