Veteran event set for Saturday

VETERAN STANDOWN EVENT: The United Methodist Community Center in collaboration with local agencies will host the Mahoning and Trumbull Counties Regional Veteran Standown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 30 W. Front St., Youngstown. Services to be offered will include eligibility screenings, medical exams, shelter and housing referrals, employment and job training assistance, legal services and counseling.

For registration, call 330-743-5149.

COMMUNITY GARDENS EXPAND: The Warren community gardens continue to grow with the addition of the newest site this summer on Laird Avenue S.E. at Grandview Street S.E.

The Movement Church partnered with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and residents to create the Laird Community Garden, which received a USDA People’s Garden Grant from the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. to build raised beds, amend soil and purchase plants.

Warren City Schools Food Service Department is growing food in two large plots at Laird Community Garden and using the garden as one of its many locations for the Ohio Summer Food and Backpack Programs.

RALLYING EVENT PLANNED: Runners and walkers can participate in the Rallying for Recovery 5K race and 1-mile fun walk on Sept. 21 in downtown Warren.

The fun walk begins at 8:45 a.m., with the race starting at 9 a.m. The event is being organized by the Alliance for Awareness, the ASAP Coalition and the TAG Law Enforcement Task Force.

Deadline for pre-registration is Sept. 15. Participants should plan to stay for the Recovery Rally and kid’s dash following the 5K race. Free food, entertainment and information about recovery from drug and alcohol abuse will be available. All kids participating in the dash will receive a medal.

For information, call Don Hyde at 330-240-3750. ASAP is a community coalition with the goal to prevent substance abuse among youth and create and promote a healthy lifestyle in Trumbull County. ASAP membership is free. Call 330-675-2765.

DUO RIDE FOR AUTISM: This summer, Tabitha Mann and Jason Ayers took part in a 320-mile bike trip from Cleveland to Cincinnati to raise money for the Potential Development Program School of Autism.

In addition to riding their bikes, the two completed various tasks for reaching their fundraising goal. When they reach their goal of $1,000, Mann has agreed to dye her hair blue.

So far, $904 has been raised for the agency and throughout the trip Mann will be allowing a stranger to throw a pie in her face, wearing her clothes inside out and backwards for a day and wearing underwear on her head for a mile.

To make a donation, visit the Potential Development Program’s Facebook page or call Shellie Duchek, development officer, at 330-746-7641. Mann also plans to blog the adventure at

MARKETS SET THIS FALL: St. Joseph’s / Warren Farmers Market is held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every third Friday of the month through Oct. 18 in Warren’s Courthouse Square, corner of North Park Avenue and High Street in downtown Warren. Free parking is available at the Franklin Street parking deck.