Talk highlights effects of natural gas boom
YSU LECTURE ON MARCELLUS SHALE: The authors of a new book of photos and poems documenting the impact of the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom in Pennsylvania will speak 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room B100 of Cushwa Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University.
The new book, “Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields,” is by poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf and award-winning documentary photographer Steven Rubin. The book explores small towns, farms and forests of Appalachian Pennsylvania and documents the social, emotional and environmental impacts of the shale gas boom in the area.
The lecture is free and open to the public, part of the Dr. Ray Energy and Environment Speaker Series, named after the late YSU Professor of Biological Sciences Ray Beiersdorfer.
MEN’S EMPOWERMENT: The Kool Boiz Foundation is hosting its Young Men’s Empowerment conference 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The free conference is being held at Eastern Gateway Community College in Youngstown and is open to boys and young men of color in grades 7 through 12. Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. and lunch will be provided at noon. All participants will be entered in a drawing to win several prizes.
The conference will focus on exploring long-term success through education, leadership, life skills, and hard work. The goal is to give young men an opportunity to hear about and reflect on “What’s Possible” through thought-provoking interactive discussions, workshops and a “Successful Young Men” panel discussion. Several local organizations are partnering with the foundation this year. Participants can register at www.koolboizfoundation.org.
The foundation’s purpose is providing educational, financial and emotional support for boys and young men of color in the Youngstown area.
TMM GALA BENEFIT: Trumbull Mobile Meals will hold the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Friday and the Premier Gala Benefit Night on Saturday at St. Demetrios Community Center. There will be more than 115 gift and raffle baskets. Those who are interested in attending should call TMM to purchase tickets, 330-394-2538.
The Friday event honors the volunteers who take part 29 delivery routes throughout Trumbull County. More than 450 local area volunteers help prepare, package and deliver more than 125,000 meals to Trumbull County residents who cannot drive to a meal site or food distribution center.
• Warren Family Mission supplemental bags of food and clothing — 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., 155 Tod Ave. NW, Warren.
• Tuesday Morning Recovery — 10:30 a.m., Meridian Place, 1184 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
• Attitude of Gratitude — 12:30 p.m., Beatitude House, 1370 Tod Ave., Warren.
• Women in Progress — 7 p.m., Serenity Place, 21 E. Broad St., Newton Falls.
• Tuesday Night Surrender — 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall, 2555 Rush Blvd., Youngstown.
• Nicotine Anonymous — 5:30 p.m., St. Joseph Warren Hospital, Warren Room, 627 Eastland Ave. SE, Warren.
• Celebrate Recovery — 6:30 p.m., Fowler Community Church, 4651 state Route 305, Fowler, 12-step faith-based program. 330-550-3393.
• Smalltown Recovery Al-Anon Family Group — 6:30 to 8 p.m., Kinsman Presbyterian Church, 6383 Church St., Kinsman.
• TOPS Ohio 1694, Champion — weigh-in 5:15 p.m., meeting 6 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 5734 Mahoning Ave. NW, Champion. Call 330-502-8483.
• Kickin’ It In Kinsman, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting — 7 p.m., Kinsman Presbyterian Church, 6383 Church St., Kinsman.
• Girard Liberty Rotary Club — 6 p.m. at Amen Corner, 21 W. Main St., Girard. Andy at 330-716-4523.
• Girard-Liberty Kiwanis Club — 6:30 p.m., Golf Dome, 1300 N. State St., 330-545-1338.
• Stephen Foster Chorus — singing group for men, 7 p.m., Warren SCOPE Center, 375 N. Park Ave., Warren. 330-652-5739.