Parade to kick off July 4 fest

McDONALD TO HOLD PARADE: The McDonald village parade will kick off the annual Volunteer Fireman’s July 4 Festival at 6 p.m. today along Ohio Avenue. The festival is 7 p.m. today through Saturday at Woodland Park with food, rides, bingo and games. Fireworks will conclude festivities at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

CHURCH HOSTS JULY 4 EVENT: Praise Assembly of God Church, 1004 N. Main St., Niles, will hold its annual July 4 yard sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. The event will be held inside in case of rain. The church’s youth group will hold a car wash and baked goods sale. Donations are being accepted today at the church for the sale.

GROUP CANCELS MEETING: The Hillside Hospital Stroke Support Group has canceled its meeting for this week due to the July 4 holiday. The next meeting will be Aug. 1.

BLOOD DRIVE PLANNED: In conjunction with the Howland July 4 festivities, Lewis Construction and Servicemaster are sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at 175 Shaffer Road, across from the high school.

CENTER TO BE CLOSED: The Niles SCOPE Senior Center will be closed Thursday for the Fourth of July holiday and Friday for maintenance. The center will reopen Monday.

SCOUTS TO HOST EVENT: Girl Scout Troop 598 will take part at the Howland Township July 4 parade event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a booth by the gazebo off East Market Street. Scouts will offer craft activities and information on scouting. The Howland Wellness Committee will also have a booth with information on the nature trails and on other events. The Howland Historical Society will also take part in the festivities.

CLASSES OFFERED: Swimming classes for autistic children will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA on High Street. Sessions are one hour. There is no charge for current members. If not a member, membership is not required, but sessions will be monthly for a fee and this includes both parent and child. An adult must be with the child for the sessions. Financial assistance for the classes may be available to those families who meet certain financial criteria. Registration and financial assistance is done through the YMCA.

PLOTS AVAILABLE: GROW is offering garden plots or raised beds for new gardeners at Garfield Community Garden. Materials for the raised beds must be paid for by the gardeners and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will coordinate a raised-bed building day. The group is also seeking vendors for the markets on Courthouse Square in Warren from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18. Applications can be from producer / vendors that are considered regional (Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania) farmers and growers, their family members, partners, employees, or co-op group members.

Call Sheila at Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership at or 330-881-7698.