Dog costume party planned

HOWL-O-WEEN EVENT FOR DOGS: The Mosquito Lake Dog Park in Bazetta will present the fourth annual Howl-O-Ween dog walk and costume parade from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the park. Rain date is Oct. 20. The event is a fundraiser to keep the park open. Registration is noon to 1 p.m. Events include the parade with costumes optional, award ceremony and dog games and there will be food, vendors and contests, including cutest, scariest and most original.

GROCERY ITEMS OFFERED: Deliverance Temple Church, 1849 West Ave., Warren, will hold a grocery item distribution at 2 p.m. Thursday at the church in conjunction with Youngstown Community Food Center. Those needing food are asked to bring photo identification and a utility bill.

FALL CLEANUP PLANNED: A garden cleanup day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the community gardens in Warren. Each gardener is responsible for putting their own garden plot to rest in the fall. Those taking part are to bring their own garbage bags, garden tools, and be prepared to remove plants that can’t be composted. If unable to attend on Saturday, they should have the garden cleaned up by Saturday. For information call, Sheila Calko, GROW program manager at or 330-881-7698.

CHECK PRESENTATION: Pizza Hut, 893 N. Main St. in Hubbard, presented a check at 10 a.m. today to United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley which represents the proceeds raised from their summer Success By 6 promotion, a pre-kindergarten readiness program in 18 local school districts.

FLU SHOTS OFFERED: MYCAP and Walgreens, corner of Gypsy Lane and Belmont Avenue, Youngstown, are providing flu shots every other Thursday in October and November from 2 to 4 pm. starting today and then Oct 23, Nov. 7 and 21. Shots will take place at the MYCAP office, 1325 Fifth Ave. Mahoning County residents 14 and older are eligible for the shots and must bring proof of identification and insurance. Vouchers to offset the cost of the shots are available to the first 100 peoeole who do not have a medical card.

MYCAP is also helping residents prepare for the upcoming cold weather. Information is available to help save energy and reduce heating costs at or call 330-938-6166.

FRIENDS TO MEET AT FARM: The Mahoning Valley Circle of Friends is celebrating fall by heading out to an area horse farm from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at 820 S. Duck Creek Road, North Jackson, to learn the fundamentals of horse ownership, behavior and to go for a ride. Autism Society of Ohio, Circle of Friends hosts monthly outings where youths can have fun with typically developing peers under the support of trained educators and practitioners. For more information call Jen Gonda at 330-507-3893 or email