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BLOCK PARTY: Mercy in Action Ministries, 3555 Tod Ave., Warren will host a free block party noon to 2 p.m. today.

TOUCH A TRUCK: Liberty Bible Church will host a Touch a Truck event 10 a.m. to noon today. Attendees will be able to meet the Fowler and Vienna police and fire departments.

SOUL COLLAGE: Unity Church Centre in Liberty will offer an online class, “SoulCollage,” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 28. The method develops creativity and intuition, encourages self-discovery and provides personal guidance.

For information, email alison.mcneal@gmail.com.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL FEST: One Village Community Outreach and No Child Left Behind will host a back-to-school festival drive-thru giveaway 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Perkins Park pavilion. The Warren City Health Department will give COVID-19 vaccinations.

NEW PASTOR: Newly ordained priest, the Rev. Chad Johnson of St. Rose Church, started his ministry in July, becoming pastor at the Kent State University Campus Newman Center.

The new pastor at St. Rose in Girard is the Rev. Joseph Ruggieri. He replaces Monsignor John Zuraw, who was at St. Rose and now is at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niles.

CELEBRATE SUMMER: Victory Christian Center Warren Campus, Tod Avenue, will host a celebrate summer together picnic 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday with live music, classic cars, food and carnival games.

LIVING COSMOLOGY: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer the virtual program “Living Cosmology Reflected in Pope Francis” 1 p.m. Aug. 28 via Zoom.

The mini-retreat of 90 minutes looks through this doorway of cosmological identity as a spiritual journey possessing inherent values. These are cosmological tendencies and Gospel ideals aptly mirrored in the teachings of Pope Francis.

Cost is $20, with the Zoom link to be sent to all who are registered. Recommended resources will be sent to participants upon registration. Program information and registration available at vmesc.org or call 724-964-8886.

DIVINE REVERSAL: World Harvest Ministries, 4 Summit St., Niles, will host a Divine Reversal Aug. 28 to Sept. 2.

APPRECIATION SET: The community of St. Robert Bellarmarine Church in Cortland will come together Aug. 29 for the retirement of Sandy Bailey, director of religious education. During her 26 years, Bailey’s many leadership roles were the coordination and instruction of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, youth ministry, Rights of Christian Initiation, Bible studies and various other parish / community activities.

Bailey’s professional career included auditor for bankruptcy filings with the U.S. District Court in Akron and later as a fourth-grade, fifth-grade and junior high teacher at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna. There she was promoted to director of religious education before arriving at St. Robert in 1994 as the DRE.

FREE CONCERT: Girard Presbyterian Church, 890 Churchill Road, will host a free concert with Rudy and the Professionals 2 p.m. Aug. 29. Those attending can bring a lawn chair.

SPEAKER SERIES: The First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown Speaker Series 2021-22 season will begin with Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown on Sept. 2 at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield.

Registration for the dinner opens at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the bishop’s talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Bonnar will present his address,“That All May Be One.” There will be an opportunity for participants’ questions following the talk.

The cost is $18. Call 330-720-4498 for reservations, which are limited. Visit the website www.firstfridayclubofgreateryoungstown.org.

LABYRINTH WALK: The Ursuline Education and Wellness Center, 4280 Shields Road, is offering its labyrinth, which is open year-round from dawn to dusk for all persons of faith. There is no cost to use the labyrinth, which is accessible for different physical abilities and offers ample parking. Printed guides provided at the labyrinth’s entrance give suggestions for following the path, but there is no right or wrong way to experience the sacred walk. For information, call 330-799-4941 or visit the ursulinecenter.org.

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