Group to help animal agency

With April being National Autism Awareness Month, the Circle of Friends social group will be spend Tuesday at Angels for Animals in Canfield volunteering with the animals as well as reviewing how to care for pets.

The group will be at the shelter from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Aundrea Cika, director of Circle of Friends, said the program provides children on the spectrum with a supportive environment in which to practice relationship skills. The program is sponsored by the Autism Society of Ohio.

She said the focus is on facilitating meaningful and fun friendships in an environment where children feel comfortable and supported.

Launched in 2013, the group is for children ages three to 18 and meets the second Tuesday of every month as an outing where youths can have fun with typically developing peers under the support of trained educators and practitioners.

“Because April is Autism Awareness Month, we have been invited to a very special event at the Butler Museum of American Art on April 23 to meet and greet with world-renowned artist on the spectrum Seth Chwast. He has a truly amazing story that will redefine what we expect from our children,” she said.

Other events are also being planned for the month including Caring Bunny and sensory friendly film, “Frozen.”

Mahoning Valley Circle of Friends will meet five times during the summer.

Preregistration is requested by emailing or call Jen Gonda at 330-507-3893.