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 www.livingandlaughing.com.
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 www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.