Ethnic heritage program planned

ETHNIC HERITAGE PROGRAM: The Ethnic Heritage Society will hold a program at 11 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 421 Covington St., Youngstown, with guest speaker Laurel Tombazzi who is the co-founder of the Northcoast Executive Woman’s Network, and the founding vice president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society (Cleveland Chapter). The program will be to educate people about Eastern Europeans. Tombazzi studied and performed as a dancer for the Carpatho-Rusyn folk ensemble, Kruzhok in Cleveland. Tombazzi will discuss accomplishments for Eastern Europeans and what goals are in the future.

FUND PLANS AUCTION: The Fallen Viking Fund will host a Chinese auction from 2 to 6 pm. April 6 at Johnson Community Center, 800 Gilmer Road, Leavittsburg. Drawing is at 6 p.m. There will be door prizes, 50-50 drawing, and refreshments. Call Jon at 330-883-6050 or Kathee at 330-980-0456. Donations can be made to Fallen Viking Fund, c/o attorney Michael Babyak, 3181 Larchmont Ave., Warren.

MONTH RAISES AWARENESS: “Ability at Work” is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. Statewide and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events this month to raise awareness of the many abilities people have regardless of disability. Locally, Leeda Northeast and Trips Ahoy Foundation kicked off the recognition with a chili cook-off. The nonprofit organization works to enrich the lives of those with disabilities. For information, visit

BINGO FUNDRAISER: TNR of Warren, a nonprofit organization that helps to spay and neuter stray and feral cats with the help of area veterinarians, is selling tickets for an April 5 bingo fundraiser at Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. Prizes will include Vera Bradley purses. The event also will include a 50/50 drawing and raffles. Food and additional bingo sheets will be available for purchase. Call 330-330-8166.

HOMES FOR KIDS FUNDRAISER: Homes For Kids / Child and Family Solutions will host its fourth annual “Cheers to the Children” fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. April 4 at the Mahoning Country Club, 710 East Liberty St., Girard. The event will include wine- and beer-making displays, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide educational and healthy activities for foster children and provide additional support for behavioral health programs. For tickets call 330-544-8005 ext. 534.

CONNECTIONS GROUP HELPS: Social Connections, which was launched in May 2013 to provide opportunities for those on the autism spectrum to socialize, form friendships and address general issues of interest to them all in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, meets the fourth Wednesday of each month for field trips or meetings at the Autism Society of Ohio Family Resource Center at the Ohio One Building in downtown Youngstown. These groups and their activities are appropriate for those verbal men and women with moderate to high-functioning autism. Membership is open and spaces are still available. A small membership fee will be assessed to cover the costs of the program. For information, call 330-743-9184 or email


Sunday Night Our Gratitude Speaks, Narcotics Anonymous open speaker meeting. Sundays, 7 p.m. Serenity Place, 29 E. Broad St., Newton Falls.

Write to Recover, 10 a.m., Meridian Place, 1184 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Master Discipleship Group, 6 p.m., Mahoning Valley Hope Center, Warren.

Gamblers Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, Christ Church Presbyterian, 3425 Hopkins Road, Youngstown (in Cornersburg). For more information, call 330-505-5060.

Sunday Solutions, 2 p.m., Sahara Club II, 2345 Youngstown Road, Warren.

Keeping it Simple, 7 p.m., Sahara Club, 2345 Youngstown Road, Warren.

Regardless Of, 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic Ave., Warren.