OPEN HOUSE: A Dying Art Company, Legacy Dog Rescue and DogSmartz Unleashed are inviting the public to the DogSmartz Unleashed Giving Thanks Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. today.

Stop out and see the new positive dog-training facility located in Poland and meet the trainers and staff.

Enjoy some sweet treats while you tour. Be sure to bring a pet food item for donation to the Youngstown Pet Food Drive to help us kick off the collection and enter for a chance to win a free 12“x12” custom painting from A Dying Art Company, Ltd.

The Youngstown Pet Food Drive runs Nov. 15 through 19 at four local businesses: Dar’s Dirty Dogs in Canfield, Om Yoga in Hubbard, Warren Harley Davidson in Warren and of course, Dogsmartz Unleashed in Poland. The pounds are full and winter is always a hard time for families struggling to make ends meet. We want to be sure they have access to food and supplies so that no one has to make a tough decision.

All collection proceeds will benefit Legacy Dog Rescue and their rescue efforts in the Valley.

For more info, please contact Kate, at or 330-980-0759 or join us online at:

QUARTER AUCTION: A fundraising quarter auction will be held Thursday at the Youngstown Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, Austintown, to benefit Birds In Flight Wildlife Sanctuary. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the auction begins at 6:30. All proceeds from the auction and raffles go to the wildlife rehabilitation center, which helps all mammals and avian species in 17 counties.

There will be more than 80 prizes and door prizes. Tickets include a bidding paddle and a door prize ticket. Food is available for purchase. For more information, call 330-507-2584 or email

Birds In Flight, located in Howland, is licensed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. It is wholly dependent on donations from the public. The goal is to heal and release the animals back into their habitat.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: The 18th annual Candlelight Vigil for the National Suicide Survivors Awareness Day is being held 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Victory Christian Center, Warren Campus, 4257 Tod Ave. NW, Warren, to remember loved ones who died by suicide.

For more information, call 211, or 1-800-427-3606 or Mary at 330-898-5613 or 330-307-8231.

DROP AND SHOP: The Ladies of Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market St., Warren, will watch children while parents shop during their Drop and Shop Happy Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at the church. There will be no charge.

The event will features Mrs. Claus, snacks, games and crafts. Reservations are required by Nov. 18 by calling 330-372-1676.

FUNDRAISER TO HELP BOY: Cortland Christian Church, 153 Grove Drive, is hosting a fundraiser with basket and 50 / 50 raffles for Jesse Coombs, a 6-year-old Lakeview Elementary School student who suffered burns at a Halloween party Oct. 29. He is recovering from second- and third-degree burns. Proceeds will help with medical expenses.

The fundraiser will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 19. Pre-sale tickets are available at Ron’s Barber Shop in Cortland, Imagery Salon in Warren, Platt Insurance Group in Cortland and Cortland Lanes. For information, call Amy at 330-718-4645. Tickets will also be sold at the door and winners need not be present. Donations may be made in the name of Julie Coffey, Jesse’s mother.

DEBUTANTE BALL: The Warren Civic League will sponsor their 29th annual Debutante Ball 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the St. Demetrios Banquet Center, 3223 Atlantic St. NE, Warren with proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund.

Music will be provided by DJ Darrell “DJ EZ D” Benson.

Several young women will be vying for the Miss Outstanding Deb contest. Last year’s Outstanding Deb, Aunjanae Warfield, graduated from Harding High School and is currently a student at Baldwin Wallace University majoring in athletic training. She has stated that participating in the Debutante Ball empowered her to succeed.

Local dance studio Artistically U Dance will assist the debutantes with their choreographed waltz.

The Warren Civic League is a community service-oriented organization founded in 1958. Over the years, Civic League members have worked diligently giving their time to community service projects, and many other civic minded organizations. Since 1961, the Civic League has awarded more than 300 educational scholarships totaling over $400,000 in scholarships to young men and women.

Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased from any Warren Civic League member.

Tresa Clark is the chairperson for the event. Sharron Napier is the co-chairperson. For more information, call 330-394-6234.

This year’s debutantes are:

•  Joi Dianne Allen, daughter of Ayana and Rodney Allen, a student at Warren Harding High School

•  Gabrielle Cobb, daughter of Dominique Jordan and Gavin Cobb, a student at Harding High School

• Dara Devon Daniel, daughter of Cassandra and Donald Daniel, a student at Howland High School

• Charity Bre’Jae Hall, daughter of Beverly and Dion Dorsey, a student at Harding High School

• Lauryn Thelese Le’Rene Honeywood, daughter of Thelma and James Honeywood Jr., a student at Harding High School

• Ke’Aundra Takayla Jones, daughter of Lashondra and Larry Jackson Jr., a student at TCTC / Harding High School

• Treniesha Meely, daughter of Lashondra and Larry Jackson Jr., a student at TCTC / Harding High School

• Allazae Nichole Ray, daughter of Ramana Ray, a student at Harding High School

• Faith Marita Renee’ Rush, daughter of Victoria and Carlos Rush, a student at LaBrae High School