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DOG BLESSING: A dog blessing will be 9 a.m. to noon today at the Mosquito Lake Dog Park in Bazetta.

CAR SHOW: Grace Lutheran Church, 111 Hall Ave. SE, Hubbard, will hold a car show and basket raffle 11 a.m. today. Proceeds from the event will help send youth to service and mission trips. Admission is free with drawing and awards at 2:30 p.m.

CELEBRATION CARNIVAL: Braceville Christian Church, 4387 Church St. SW, will hold a celebration carnival noon to 6 p.m. today at the church grounds. The event is free to the public and helps in celebrating the church’s 150 years. Proceeds from the event will go to Mid-India Christian Mission.

CHURCH HOLDS CONCERT: Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will host the band Following June 6 p.m. today. The concert will be held outside on the grounds. Following June features Nina Miller as vocalist accompanied by Rick Miller on guitar and Kenny Szenborn on drums. Mostly a seasonal band, they perform music from different genres and eras at area parks, festivals and outdoor events. The concert is free, but donations or love offerings will be accepted. Those attending can bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors.

TREE TO TREE: Restoration Christian Fellowship Church, 760 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will present “Tree to Tree” 6 p.m. today. The dramatic presentation uses the arts to chronicle mankind’s fall in the garden to Christ’s redemption of mankind at Calvary. The presentation is free and open to the public.

SUMMERFEST: Blessed Sacrament Parish is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a Summer Fest Sunday. There will be a Mass, followed by an outdoor celebration with food and activities.

CELEBRATING HUBBARD: The Celebration Church, 809 N. Main St., Hubbard, will celebrate the good in Hubbard for 15 weeks through Labor Day. Scheduled celebration events include: Sunday — Hubbard Township police and administration. Visit celebra tionheadquarters.org

BLUEGRASS GOSPEL: General Assembly Church of God, 2021 E. River Road, Newton Falls, will hold Bluegrass Gospel Group Midnight Storm of Kentucky at 11 a.m. Sunday. A free-will offering will be accepted.

WOMEN UNITED: Women United in Christ: Uniting for One Purpose will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Place Where the Lord Provides, West Evergreen Street, in Youngstown. Speakers include Bishop Salena Covington. The event is a tent revival and will include various speakers. Call 330-788-7777.

SUMMER READING: Champion Presbyterian Church, Mahoning Avenue, will hold the second annual summer reading program 11 a.m. to noon each Monday in the summer for children in kindergarten to third grade. There will be 20 minutes of reading with a teacher, a snack and other activities. Call 330-847-9614 to register. Topics include Monday — Cooking with Katerina; July 29 — crafts; Aug. 5 — jungles; Aug. 12 — crafts; and Aug. 19 –birthdays.

HOLY CONVOCATION: The Ohio Central East Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction will hold the 2019 Holy Convocation under the Leadership of Bishop David L. Herron with services nightly 7 p.m. Monday to July 27 at First Assembly of God Church, 2640 Parkman Road NW, Warren.

Guest speakers include administrative assistant Dr. Melvin L. Howard, Pastor Kenny Eldridge of Youngstown and Bishop Roderick Hennings of Rochester, N.Y.

Schedule includes 6 p.m. Thursday, Pastor John P. Kee New Life live in concert. Tickets are $30. Friday is Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, general board member of the Church of God in Christ from Milwaukee.

The week will include leadership training sessions, preaching and services.

July 27 is Official Day at 10 a.m. with Bishop David Herron, prelate of Ohio Central East, and Mother Mattie J. Mayes, supervisor.

CHOW CELEBRATES 20 YEARS: Cortland Humanitarian Outreach Worldwide is celebrating this summer its 20th birthday of sending used school equipment and desks from area school buildings that were closed and torn down to other countries. CHOW started in 1999 as people from different Cortland area churches gathered to discuss how save items from landfills and send them to countries that can use them.

CHOW worked with the U.S. military to send items to Central American countries. To date, 7,972 desks have been shipped to 42 different locations. School supplies for students and teachers accompanied the desks and equipment.

DAILY STRESS: Pastor Mike Zenn and his wife Rebecca will teach a free one-hour class on “Applying God’s Word to Deal With Daily Stress” 7:30 pm Wednesday at Praise Assembly of God Church, 1004 N. Main St., Niles. Call 330-652-9224.

LECTURE: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will host the sixth annual Nostra Aetate Lecture at 1 and 7 p.m. Thursday. The lecture is titled “Illuminating Justice with the Art of The Saint John’s Bible,” presented by Jonathan Homrighausen. The program includes two sessions. The evening lecture will focus on Judaism and the focus of the afternoon workshop is Women and Justice. The event is sponsored by the Rev. George Balasko as part of the Annual Nostra Aetate Lecture Series.

Evening presentation is a free-will offering. Register online at www.vmesc.org or call 724-964-8886.

WIDOW’S GROUP: Cornerhouse Christian Church, Chestnut Ridge Road, Hubbard, will hold a Widow’s Group 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

KIDS KUPBOARD: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3020 Reeves Road NE, Warren, will hold a Kids Kupboard 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27 at Covelli Gymnasium. There will be vendors and baked goods. All proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Tables are still available to offer your kids items for sale at the event. Contact the parish for details and with questions by Monday at 330-372-2215.

KIDZFEST: The free annual Kidzfest will be noon to 4 p.m. July 27 at Courthouse Square, Warren. There will be rides, puppets, a petting zoo and food. Call 330-638-2959.

INDOOR OUTDOOR EVENT: Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty, will host an indoor outdoor picnic 5:45 p.m. July 28 with minyan followed by dinner. Entertainment will be by Daniel Shapira.

VOLUNTEERS HELP: Temple El Emeth will have volunteers helping 5 to 7 p.m. July 31 at Second Harvest Food Bank in Youngstown.

RETREAT PLANNED: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Villa Maria, Pa., will hold a conference retreat titled “Women Doctors of the Church,” with Susan Schorsten, HM, and Gay Rowzie, HM, 7 p.m. Aug 4 to noon Aug. 9. What four women — Hildegard, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux — have in common to be designated a doctor of the church will be discussed. Schorstens serves as a consultant with religious congregations in the areas of planning elder care. Rowzie has ministered at the diocesan and parish levels, in education and health care and is living in Rock Hill, S.C., leading retreat programs for women.

Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL: St. Columba Cathedral, Wood Street, Youngstown, will hold an international food festival featuring dishes from Poland, Italy, Puerto Rico, Ireland, England, Spain and America noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 23 in the parish hall. Admission is free, and food can be purchased a la carte to be eaten there or to take out. There also will be a basket raffle and bake sale. For more information, call the St. Columba rectory at 330-744-5233.

LABYRINTH WALK: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will host a Guided Labyrinth Walk titled “Honoring Your Own Sacred Space,” with Barbara O’Donnell, HM, and Janet Burkhart, HM, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Villa Maria Community Center. The ongoing series will be held monthly through October. Participants are invited to meet at the outdoor labyrinth at 6:30 p.m. to prayerfully walk the grass path after receiving thematic instructions from the presenter.

The Labyrinth at Villa Maria is a replica of the one found in Chartres Cathedral in France.

Free-will offerings are accepted to help continue services. In the event of questionable weather conditions, call 724-964-8886 for program status. Additional program information and program status is available at www.vmesc.org.