COMEDIAN TO SPEAK: Acclaimed humorist, comedian and author Brenda Elsagher turns tragedy into triumph, showing how being diagnosed with cancer prompted her to re-evaluate her life and change it for the better. It wasn’t a cleaner house she sought, but adventure, deeper relationships and more fun.

Elsagher, the author of four books, will share her message of hope and healing through laughter during the next meeting of the Youngstown Ostomy Support Group.

Sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, the group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 8 in the Cedar Room at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman.

The meeting is free and open to ostomy patients, cancer patients and others who are interested. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. For information about the meeting, call 330-480-3440. For information about Elsagher, visit

The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group meets once a month March through December.

PET AN ALPACA: Stop by and pet an alpaca from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today outside Tractor Supply Company, located at 6625 Mahoning Ave. in Austintown. The Llucky Llama 4-H club will be collecting monetary donations for the Harvest for Hunger campaign.

Each March, the Llucky Llama 4-H club sets up this event, and since 2003, it has raised nearly $4,400, which has enabled the food vank to distribute $66,000 worth of food to friends and neighbors.

The Llucky Llama 4-H club has been in existence for 14 years and averages 15 to 20 members per year, ranging in age from 8 to 18 years old. In addition to working with animals, youngsters are also given in the opportunity to explore other interests including cooking, woodworking, model rocketry and computers.

For more information on the food bank, please visit, or call 330-792-5522.

FUNDRAISER FOR PARK: The Bazetta / Cortland Optimist Club and Quaker Steak and Lube are sponsoring the fourth annual Bazetta Park Fundraiser to be held April 5 at Candlelight Knolls, 2619 Hoagland Blackstub Road, Bazetta Township. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, live auction and entertainment by the Huckin’ Fillbillys.

For more information on donations and tickets, call the Bazetta Township Administration office at 330-637-8816.

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PREVENTION MONTH: Trumbull County Children Services invites the public to join them to recognize Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month with a complimentary buffet at noon April 15, at McMenamy’s Banquet Center, 325 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles.

Guests speakers will be Karen Ezirim and Chas Kottenbrook from the Ohio Primary Parent Advisory Council.

Reservation deadline is April 4 by calling 330-372-2010 ext. 1200 or email

BENEFIT AUCTION: A benefit Chinese auction, dinner and bake sale are being held from 2 to 5 p.m. April 5 at Cortland Trinity Baptist Church, 2576 McCleary Jacoby Road, Cortland, to help with medical costs for Fred Taddei, a 58-year-old who needs intensive radiation treatments for cancer.

For ticket information, or anyone able to donate to the Chinese auction, please call Laura at 330-956-2017 or Jon at 330-942-4202 or Marcus at 330-394-7528.

CROATIAN PRIDE DAY: The sixth annual Croatian Pride Day will be held April 5 at the St. George Croatian Center/Home, 3200 Vestal Road, Youngstown. Doors open at noon and numerous vendors will be on hand to provide patrons with a wide variety of Croatian items, including food products, handmade items, music and more.

Croatian music will be provided throughout the day by the Happy Hearts Jr. Tamburitzans and the Veseli Tamburitzans. A 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction will also be held.

For more information or questions, call Renee at 330-788-2154 or the Croatian Center/Home at 330-799-0914.

CARD PARTY PLANNED:St. William Women’s Guild will host its annual card party at 1 p.m. April 6, at the St. William Parish, 5431 Mahoning Ave., Champion. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Featured willbe a grandsalad bar, 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bishop’s Appeal/Catholic Charities.

PONDEROSA TO DONATE TO LEGACY DOG RESCUE: Legacy Dog Rescue, a 501c3 nonprofit organization is fundraising the whole month of April at Ponderosa on Elm Road in Warren. April 3 will be a kids night, April 12 will be an Easter egg hunt and face paintings, and April 17 and 23 are dates the club will be there. T-shirts will be for sale the whole month, a kids Easter basket raffle, and Legacy gets 10 percent back on those nights that people dine in. Contact Legacy Dog Rescue at or 330-503-4161 with questions or find them on Facebook.

EASTER SEALS TO HOST ANNUAL WALK: Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties will host its annual 5K Walk/Run to “Make the First Five Count” at Boardman Park Elton Beard Cabin on April 26. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the walk/run set to begin at 9 a.m. Participation has an early-bird registration fee due by April 4. Those raising $50 or more will receive an official event T-shirt.

Through the generous support of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Easter Seals provides free access to the Ages & Stages Questionnaire to parents. The questionnaire serves as a screening tool to help parents monitor their child’s development.


FREE EVENT TO HIGHLIGHT WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: The public is invited to attend a free event honoring Women’s History month at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Tyler Historical Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. The program will feature Great Women in the Mahoning Valley History.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown and The Mahoning Valley Historical Society are sponsoring this program by Traci Manning at Tyler Historical Center in downtown Youngstown.

EDISON’S MEDICINE TO HOST ’80s BALL: Team Edison’s Medicine is hosting the first ’80s Timewarp Ball Fundraiser to benefit the Relay For Life of Niles, beginning at 6 p.m. on April 5 at McMenamy’s Banquet Center, 325 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with the band beginning at 8 p.m. There will be a cash bar. Tickets will be sold on the basis of first come, first served. This event is 21 and older only. There will also be a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and more.

Tickets are available at the McMenamy’s Box Office or can be charged by phone at 330-544-1732. Tickets can also be purchased from any Edison’s Medicine Relay team member or at any Edison’s Medicine show while supplies last.

For more information, visit

RESCUE MISSION TO HOST SPRING BENEFIT: The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley will be hosting an annual spring benefit at Antone’s Banquet Centre in Boardman on April 4, to support the general fund of the Rescue Mission. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the buffet will begin at 6:30 followed by dessert, testimonies from clients who have received life-changing services from the Mission and entertainment.

Seats for this one night event are available now. Call the Mission’s Development Department weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 330-744-5485 for reservations. Corporate sponsorships are available. All seats will be advance sale. Visit for more details and to download an order form.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FORUM SCHEDULED: Brookfield United Methodist Church, 6951 Grove St., Brookfield, is hosting a Community Forum on Domestic Violence at 6:30 p.m. March 27 in the fellowship hall.

Speakers include Linda Baer-Bigley from Someplace Safe, Warren; Elsa Gottfried, legal aid attorney; attorney James E. Hoffman III; and Officer Roy Anne Rudolph, Brookfield Police.

The forum is free, but donations will be accepted on behalf of Someplace Safe.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided. For more information, call 330-448-1001.

HOMES FOR KIDS TO HOST WINE / BEER TASTE: Homes For Kids / Child and Family Solutions will host its fourth annual “Cheers to the Children” wine and beer tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. April 4 at the Mahoning Country Club, 710 E. Liberty St., Girard.

The event will include sampling more than 20 wines and hand-crafted brews. Guest will enjoy a tapas-style food pairing as they learn from the experts how to taste wine and beer. There will be entertainment, dessert, an auction and a raffle.

The event will be hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies Amy Radinovic, co-host of ”WKBN First New This Morning.”

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Danette at 330-544-8005, Ext. 534. Advanced tickets must be purchased by March 24. Tickets may be available at the door.

FIRST BOOK EDIBLE BOOK FUNDRAISER: First Book-Trumbull County is inviting the community to participate in the sixth annual Edible Book Art Festival fundraiser Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Warren.

The festival challenge is to create an art piece out of edible material that represents a classic or current children’s book. Baked items or arrangements of vegetables, fruit, cereal, candy and other foodstuff must comprise most of this “edible book” entry. The children’s book that inspires the edible art will be displayed alongside the contest entry.

Judges will award first, second, third prizes, and those attending will choose their own winner. Entry forms are available by contacting Ellen Finan, 330-638-4393. Individual or team entries are both encouraged.

The public is invited to attend the festival on Thursday and select a People’s Choice winner by making a donation in support of a favorite entry. There will be a variety of raffles and a drawing. All proceeds will go toward book grants to educational programs for low-income families in Trumbull County.

The festival will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2860 E. Market St., Warren, starting at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

KICKS TO HELP CHARITY: The Junior Tae Kwon Do School will hold four 15-minute sessions where all participants will do flutter kicks 15 minutes straight with a parent or Black Belt sitting in front of them to count their kicks.

The event is being held at 5 p.m. March 22 at the school, 4433 Mahoning Ave., Warren, Champion Plaza.

Sponsors are needed who can give a flat donation or challenge the participant by pledging a certain amount per kick. The average participant will complete approximately 1,500 picks per session. The participants can take part in each of the four sessions; their highest session will count towards their total number of kicks.

All proceeds raised will benefit Betty’s Angels.

CHAMPION SCHOOL HOSTS CORNHOLE: Champion Middle School’s third annual cornhole tournament will be held March 22, rain or shine, at the school. Registration begins at 2 p.m., with the tournament beginning at 3.

There will be cash prizes and both adult bracket and eighth grade and under bracket. Pre-paid registration is due by March 22. Registration at the door will be more.

There will also be a bake sale and concession stand, and raffles. All proceeds benefit Team Parent, the Levy Fund and the CHS Scholarship Fund.

TMM RECEIVES BOTTOM DOLLAR GRANT: Trumbull Mobile Meals has received a $2,500 grant from the Bottom Dollar Food Charitable Foundation to assist with feeding programs to help local residents. Trumbull Mobile Meals will use the gift to provide meals to individuals who cannot afford the full cost of home-delivered meals.

Trumbull Mobile Meals provides one or two meals per day, delivered at the same time, Monday through Friday in Trumbull County. One meal is hot and meant to be eaten at noon a sack lunch meal goes into the refrigerator to be enjoyed during the evening hours.

The Bottom Dollar Food Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations working to end hunger and food insecurity in the communities it serves.

For more information, visit

FUNDRAISER HELPS RAIDERS: The Warren G. Harding Raider Moms will hold a community fundraiser from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. today at Bob Evans, 5413 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. Flyers must be presented at time of checkout for Bob Evans to donate 15 percent of the sales to help the group.

STUDENT RECITAL: The Ohio Federation of Music Clubs is holding its annual Honors Recital at 2 p.m. today at the Younstown State University Bliss Recital Hall. Local students who have received three consecutive years of superior ratings in OFMC judging events will be performing.

The recital is free. The program will consist of piano solos, piano concertos, and violin solos performed by 27 local musicians from second through 12th grade. This year’s judging events include 330 students performing in 550 events.

FOOD DRIVE: IUE-CWE Local 716 will sponsor a food drive to benefit the Warren Family Mission will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Packard Park Shelter House. Any nonperishables will be accepted.