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LETTER CARRIER FOOD DRIVE: The annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will be Saturday with the public asked to help families in need by placing non-perishable donations in a bag by their mailbox and drivers will deliver the donations to local food banks.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS INVITATIONAL: The 11th annual Special Olympics Trumbull County Invitational hosted by the Girard City School District, Fairhaven School and the Girard-Liberty Rotary will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Arrrowhead Stadium, 200 S. Highland Ave. SE, Girard. Over 180 athletes and nearly 300 volunteers from Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties and Youngstown State University will participate in the invitational. Athletes will participate in various running, jumping and throwing track and field events.

The first International Special Olympic Games took place in Chicago in 1968. The Games began with the idea of a one-time Olympic-style athletic competition for people with special needs. The Trumbull County Invitational wasn’t held for two seasons because of COVID-19.

FRIENDS PLANT SALE: Friends of the Greenhouse Consortium is having its annual plant sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and May 21 at the Packard Park Greenhouse. The sale provides the funds for much of the plantings in the downtown and park. Volunteers will provide more horticultural beauty to the community with increased baskets and planters. Volunteers will be available to help take items to customers’ cars.

CLEANUP DAY: Warren Township will host the annual community spring cleanup day 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson Community Center. Volunteers are asked to meet at the center. Cleanup materials will be provided. The public can drop off items noon to 8 p.m. today at the township road department. No hazardous materials or paints and batteries will be accepted.

ASSOCIATION OPEN HOUSE: The Leavittsburg Heritage Association will resume its monthly open houses 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Heritage Museum, 4901 W. Market St., Leavittsburg,. The open house was canceled for the last two years, but will resume the third Sunday of each month for the rest of 2022.

FOOD FESTIVAL: SS. Mary and Joseph Church, Seneca Street, Warren, will host a food festival with a basket raffle, a wine raffle, and a 50/50 raffle, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday to benefit the people of Ukraine. Local eateries have been invited to donate something off their menu so people will be able to sample a variety of food. There also will be a collection from local businesses for the raffles.

RUMMAGE SALE: Mecca Community Church, Phillips-Rice Road, is hosting a rummage sale to raise money to ship the Operation Christmas Child boxes 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

PROCESSION: The Newton Falls Masonic Lodge 462 will mark its 150th anniversary on Saturday with a procession starting at 9 a.m. at the corner of Canal and Broad streets, which will end at the lodge at 12 W. Broad St.

DRIVE-IT-YOURSELF TOUR: Destination Geauga’s 18th annual spring Drive-It-Yourself Tour is Saturday. This is a self-guided tour of Geauga County with participating businesses throughout Geauga County that will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each of the participating businesses will be offering either a discount, some sort of giveaway or a sample that participants can enjoy.

Following the end of the day touring the county, participants can head to the School Building at the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton for the finale.There will be music, food, children’s activities and a chance to win prizes. Those who visit 10 or more of the participating business will be entered to win the grand prize with the drawing at 4 p.m.

For information and the list of participating businesses, visit www.destinationgeauga.com, or contact Kathy at info@destinationgeauga.com or 440-632-1538.

TOASTMASTERS OPEN HOUSE: Warren Toastmasters invites guests to its open house to meet members and learn about the club, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Community Auditorium Room inside Boscov’s at the Eastwood Mall in Niles.

The featured speaker will be one of the club’s founding members, Mike Gerrick, an award-winning speaker and a Heavy Duty Fleet Training Specialist at Point Spring Company. His speech, “What If,” submits that the power of “What If” can hold us back or set us free. Guests also will preview a typical Toastmasters meeting..

The club meets 9 to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Meetings are temporarily on Zoom but will resume in person in the Warren area soon.

Contact Deborah Tolich at president-3577689@toastmastersclubs.org. For more information about Warren Toastmasters, visit www.speechclub.org, or Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/SpeechFriends.

For information about Toastmasters International, visit www.toastmasters.org.

INFANT HEALTH FAIR: Mercy Health, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and the Trumbull County Combined Health District are hosting an infant health fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Joe’s at the Mall at Eastwood Mall in Niles.

This event will provide education and demonstrations on safe sleeping practices for infants, as well as other important infant health needs. There will be raffles and giveaways that include car seats, pack-n-plays, strollers, gift cards and more. There also will be some special entertainment for kids.

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