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West Branch Back to School Bash set Friday

BELOIT — All West Branch students and families are invited to attend the Back to School Bash Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday before the first home football game against Struthers.

The Back to School Bash will feature an evening of fun-filled events for the whole family. Students can play carnival games and take part in a tug-of-war, sumo wrestling, dunk tank, cornhole, pedal tractor pulls and more.

There will be activities provided by the Damascus Elementary PIE and the Knox Elementary PTO, as well as community groups such as Knox Ruritans. West Branch High School athletic teams and clubs will supervise events along with students from The University of Mount Union.

West Branch spirit gear will also be available for purchase. Superintendent Tim Saxton will be cooking hotdogs and bottled water will be provided while supplies last. 

Lee Blanchard get-together planned Sunday

ALLIANCE — The 63rd  Lee Blanchard get-together will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Freeburg Church of the Brethren Pavilion, 4470 Beechwood Ave. The meal will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish, table service and drinks. There will not be a weiner roast this year, so no hot dogs are needed.

Guest author to speak at Salem Women’s Book Club

SALEM — The Salem Women’s Book Club will open its fall meetings with guest author Julia Furman Davis speaking about her book “Waking Up and Changing My Life” at noon Sept. 16 at the Smucker House on South Broadway Avenue.

Davis writes, “At age 41 everything that I held  onto and polished with great tenacity shattered around me. My discomfort overcame my fear and I started breathing, feeling, living and speaking up!

“Becoming a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga teacher were outward expressions of intense psychological, emotional and spiritual transformation.

“My purpose and passion is to be true to myself and positively touch others.”

Davis offers ideas and encouragement on how one can be more in tune with her true feelings and express those feelings in a clear, direct but kind way.

Davis is local born at the Salem City Hospital. She grew up in Columbiana County, schooled at Crestview High School and Youngstown State University before getting her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburg. She lives in North Lima in a house she designed and built which she offers as a host for Airbnb.

The Salem Women’s Book Club meets a noon sharp on the third Monday of each month from September through May. A light lunch is served followed by a short business meeting then member’s book review or guest speaker. The club has been organized since 1910 and meets at the Smucker House on South Broadway Avenue, the recently painted purple house next to the Lutheran church. Parking is on South Broadway Avenue and the house is handicap accessible.

Guests are welcome at this year’s first meeting but reservations are requested by calling Barbara Yonker at 234-567-3098.

Free Jazz Concert set at Salem Community Center

 SALEM — The Salem Community Center would like to invite everyone to attend a complimentary jazz concert on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Featured for this free event is the Yarnell Five.  Stop in before or after your workout, or at the end of your busy workday, to enjoy this relaxing musical performance.  From information, call 330-332-5885.

Alzheimer Network to present workshops

CANFIELD — The Alzheimer Network will present three workshops to prepare families to deal with the changes brought by the disease. The first session on September 14 focuses on learning what community services are available to help and on making informed choices. The second session on September 21 profiles the symptoms and behavior changes as well as the medications used to slow the progression. The final session on September 28 guides caregivers in learning to cope with the impact the disease ultimately has on their own lives.

The three sessions will be held at the Canfield Library, 43 W. Main St. on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required even if attending only one session. Call the Alzheimer Network office at 330-788-9755. There is no charge and handouts will be provided.

The Alzheimer Network is a local non-profit organization formed by families to support caregivers who find they must deal with the constantly changing challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. The Network also provides numerous support groups in the Mahoning Valley as well as information services.

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