Concert, petting zoo planned

CONCERT TO FEATURE PETTING ZOO: Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel St. N.W., Warren, will hold a free concert on the lawn and petting zoo starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Barnyard Traveling Petting Zoo from Salem will be from 6 to 7 p.m. The Cortland Community Band will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. Profits will be used by the Fellowship Committee to fund future events. The event will be held rain or shine. Those attending can bring a lawn chair or blanket.

GRIEF CAMP PLANNED: Hospice of the Valley’s children’s grief camp is being planned for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 19 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 21 at Villa Maria Community Center. The day camp is for children ages 8 to 15 who have experienced the recent death of a loved one.

The goal of camp is to teach children coping skills related to loss as well as interact with those who have had similar experiences. All activities are designed and led by trained professionals working in the area of grief.

The camp is free to anyone in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. For information, call Kim at 330-549-5901.

EVERY MONDAY MATTERS: First Place Bank has partnered with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to present “Every Monday Matters” program for the Scrappers season.

The program is designed to generate donations to the needy in the community. On Monday home games starting June 17 to July 29 played during the season, fans can bring a new book or clothing or non-perishable food items to be distributed to the needy by local charitable organizations to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers box office for Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. With a donation, fans will receive a free general admission ticket to the game.

If fans use a First Place Bank debit card to purchase tickets to a Monday Scrappers home game, First Place Bank will make a donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank at the end of the season.

CALLING ALL DADS: The Trumbull County Fatherhood Initiative is seeking fathers of disabled child or a child with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for a three-week program to learn how to help children to have healthier and stronger lives. Topics include home safety, Internet safety, health care providers, how to speak to preteens and teenagers, and communication with child’s teachers.

To register, call 330-984-4318.

BEATITUDE NAMES DIRECTOR: Beatitude House will host two meet-and-greets to introduce incoming executive director Janet Gardner to the Youngstown and Warren communities.

The first will be from 9:30 to 11 am. June 19 at the administrative offices, 238 Tod Lane, Youngstown. A short program will be held at 10 a.m. The second will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. June 27, with a short program at 10 a.m. at House of Blessing, 1370 Tod Ave. N.W., Warren. The events are free.

Prior to coming to Beatitude House, Gardner served as general minister for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, where she oversaw and coordinated ministries in 22 locations.

OH WOW! RECEIVES AWARD: Cortland Banks recently presented a $2,000 grant to the Oh Wow! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology in Youngstown. The grant will cover the cost for children to receive transportation and admission to the center.

Students from Warren, Youngstown and Windham were able to turn Cortland Banks’ grant into field trips.

EVENT HELPS CENTER: A Cookie Table and Cocktails event hosted by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society raised more than $8,500 for new exhibits and educational programs at the Tyler History Center. Part of the proceeds will be used for new lecture series bringing speakers to the center.

GRANT PROVIDED: The Mahoning Youngtown Community Action Partnership recently received a grant in the amount of $519,000 for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program to be used to assist eligible Mahoning County residents for the period of July 1 to June 30, 2014.

HWAP is a no-cost energy assistance program designed to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by income-eligible Ohioans, reduce household energy expenditures and improve individuals health and safety. Individuals may apply for services under HWAP by calling 330-747-7921.