Hospital hosts fashion show

AMERICAN?GIRL?FASHION?SHOW?PLANNED: Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will hold the American Girl Fashion Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.

The program showcases historical and contemporary fashions for girls and their dolls. Proceeds will benefit local programs and services of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. Historical clothing will be showcased.

For information, call 330-746-8712.

HOWLAND HOLDS LIMB COLLECTION: Howland Township is holding a limb and branch pickup. One pass will be made on each street. The east side includes streets and areas east of Mosquito Creek will be held from Monday to May 3 and the west side includes streets and areas off of and including North Road will be held from May 6 to 17.

Items must be placed at curbside the night before pick-up begins, with cut end of branches facing the street. No firewood, large logs or complete trees will be picked up.

AUTHORS TO BE AT BOOK SIGNING: A meet-and-greet featuring local authors will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the McKinley Memorial Library in Niles. Authors will have their books available for the public.

FORECLOSURE EVENT SET: The Ohio State University Extension and AmeriCorp member, Cory Hochschild will be presenting information on “Save the Dream Ohio: Foreclosure Prevention Effort” formerly known as “Restoring Stability” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the OSU Extension.

Save the Dream Ohio began in 2008 as a multi-agency foreclosure prevention outreach initiative. For information, call 440-576-9008.

CREATE A GARDEN: The Warren-based volunteer group, Gregg’s Gardens, has received financial assistance from Trumbull 100. In 2012, Gregg’s Gardens converted 22 vacant lots in Warren to wildflower and native plant gardens, also with the support of the Trumbull 100. The goal for 2013 is to convert more than 100 gardens in a 22-square block neighborhood in the center of the city bordered by Atlantic Street on the north, Elm Road on the east, High Street on the south and Park Avenue on the west.

The proposed “garden district” now contains nearly 90 vacant lots, and an additional 60-plus houses are to be demolished by the city this year, including all boarded-up and fire-damaged dwellings. Post-demolition, the garden district will contain more than 500 occupied houses in good condition surrounded by more than 100 wildflower gardens.