RAIN BARREL CONTEST PLANNED: The Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its fourth annual rain barrel painting contest, "The Wonderful World of Wetlands." Painted barrels are voted on by Trumbull County Fair visitors and judged by representatives from the Trumbull Art Gallery. Barrels then will be auctioned off. Multiple categories are awarded. Anyone interested in participating can call 330-637-2056, Ext. 101, to reserve a barrel. There is a limited number of barrels available. Finished projects need to be returned by June 28.
UNITED WAY EVENT TO HEAR FROM COACH: The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley will host former Youngstown State University football coach Jim Tressell as the keynote speaker for the seventh annual Champions Among Us sponsored by PNC Bank to be held 6:30 p.m. May 17 at Mr. Anthony's Banquet Center in Boardman. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction, program and live auction. Table sponsorship opportunities are available for $600 and include reserved seating for eight. Individual tickets are available for $75 each by calling 330-746-8494.
SECOND HARVEST EXPANDS MOBILE PANTRY: Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley will expand its Mobile Pantry program to Trumbull County. It will be open from 10 a.m. to noon the second Tuesday of each month at Mecca Community Church, 5920 Phillips-Rice Road, Cortland, and on the last Tuesday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. This is in conjunction with the Bristol Area Food Ministry at Kings Brothers, 1306 state Route 88, Bristol. The food bank will be distributing pre-packaged boxes of food containing non-perishable food items to families in the community. To receive food from the Mobile Pantry, individuals are asked to bring photo identification. For information call Kim at 330-792-5522, Ext. 16.
FUNDRAISER TO RECOGNIZE ACHIEVEMENT: Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley will recognize the first Children's Advocate Award nominees who exhibit the spirit of caring and work to make a difference in the lives of the children of the communities. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 15 at the Lake Club, 1140 Paulin Road, Poland. There will be special recognition of the Kikel Charitable Trust, and posthumously, Angela, Josephine and Jenny Kikel for their support. Cost is $50 per person by calling 330-746-9122.
OLDER AMERICANS MONTH RECOGNIZED: In celebration of Older Americans Month in May, Waterstone Place Apartments has showed appreciation to seniors with a "A Matter Of Balance." Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging 11, the event incorporates realistic goals for increasing activity along with the promotion of exercise to increase strength and balance. Planned for May is "Be A Healthier You!" sponsored by Ohio Department of Aging, which incorporates strategies to deal with stress, frustration, fatigue, pain and depression; and using physical activity to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance.
Someplace Safe Inc., domestic violence agency, offers support groups for women, children and individual support services. 330-393-3003.
Sunday Night Our Gratitude Speaks, Narcotics Anonymous open speaker meeting. Sundays, 7 p.m. Serenity Place, 29 E. Broad St., Newton Falls.
TASCNA (Trumbull Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous), 10 a.m., Glenbeigh Outpatient Center, 29 North Road S.E., Niles.
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