Ride of Silence to honor cyclists

RIDE OF SILENCE: A Ride of Silence will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Warren G. Harding High School at Elm Road and Atlantic Street, Warren. The event is held annually on the third Wednesday in May to remember the 700 cyclists killed each year while riding.

The local event is held in memory of Garrett Wonders, Gregg Snyder, Emil Manus and Larry Furniss. The free silent bike ride will travel around Warren, starting and stopping at Warren Harding.

The goal is to educate motorists that cyclists have the legal right to the road and to watch out for them. For information, visit www.RideofSilence.org or call Jay Wonders at 330-398-2818 or jwonders@neo.rr.com

ADOPTION MEETING: Northeast Ohio Adoption Services invites Mahoning Valley area adults, either couples or singles who are considering adoption or giving foster care to a school-age child, to stop in for an informal information session from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the NOAS offices, 5000 E. Market St., Suite 26, in Howland. Literature will be available and questions will be addressed.

Call 800-686-6627, Ext. 123, to get directions and RSVP.

BACKPACK PROGRAM LAUNCHED: The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mahoning Valley and Western Pennsylvania teamed up to feed students in the Youngstown City Schools.

The three organizations launched a BackPack Program at McGuffey Elementary School. Each week, Second Harvest Food Bank will deliver food to the children that they can easily take home on the weekends.

During the 2014-15 school year, McGuffey Elementary school will pilot the program for Youngstown City Schools, since it will have approximately 200 fourth-grade students.

HELPING HOMES FOR KIDS: For National Foster Care Month, Quaker Steak and Lube, 5800 Interstate Blvd., Austintown, will support Homes for Kids from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday by donating 10 percent of the store food sales to the organization. The event will include a raffle.

For information, call 330-349-9464.

CHURCH TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MISSIONS: Greene Nazarene Church’s annual Trash-N-Treasure Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29 to 31 at the church, the corner of state Routes 46 and 87. Benefits go to missions and youth departments. A luncheon will be available.

JUDGES ADDRESSES PROGRAM: Trumbull County Probate Judge Thomas A. Swift recently spoke at the UAW-GM pre-retirement planning program at the United Auto Workers Local 1714 Union Hall in Lordstown. Other speakers included financial professionals, and both local and General Motors benefits representatives.

Swift’s topics included legal considerations in estates and probate court and also description of some innovative programs he initiated in the county probate court.

PROGRAM CONTINUES: Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program will be accepted through May 31. Applications are available at the Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership offices, 1325 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, or online at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

HEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency Office of Community Assistance to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating.

For more information, call the MYCAP office in Youngstown at 330-747-7921,or visit www.my-cap.org.


Someplace Safe Inc., domestic violence agency, offers support groups for women, children and individual support services. 330-393-3003.

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

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

Our Gratitude Speaks, 7 p.m., Serenity Place, 21 E. Broad St., Newton Falls.

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

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