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Lupus Support Group in Damascus

DAMASCUS– The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter will be holding its monthly Damascus Support Group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Damascus Friends Church, 28899 Walnut St. This support group is an open, small-group environment which encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. It is a place where those affected by lupus can share their experiences, ask questions, learn and seek help in a safe environment. Most discussions at the support group focus on the “how-to’s” of living with a chronic illness. All individual differences and confidentiality are respected by those in attendance. For information contact the foundation toll-free at 888-NO-LUPUS or visit www.LupusGreaterOhio.org.

Alchemy Acres to host Sip and Paint

ROGERS–Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary will host a Sip and Paint Event on Wine Glasses at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Whispering Pines Castle, 6295 Adams Road. Each guest will receive three wine glasses of different sizes to paint on. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. The cost is $40 per person. To RSVP contact Emily at 330-257-8682. All proceeds benefit the pets at Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary.

Cancer Support Group at SRMC

SALEM– Community members facing the challenges of a cancer journey can gain encouragement and understanding of this disease during a free support group hosted by University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in the Oncology Conference Room, located inside the Cancer & Infusion Center on the hospital’s second floor.

SRMC’s Cancer Support Group is open to anyone in the community coping with a cancer diagnosis, whether receiving care at SRMC or another facility. Sessions are led by SRMC’s licensed oncology social worker, and offer education and emotional support for people with any type of cancer. The group meets one Wednesday evening a month.

There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration for the meetings is requested. For questions or to RSVP, call June Semer, MSSA, LSW, at 330-332-7677.

Film festival slated in Boardman

BOARDMAN–The Youngstown Independent Film Festival will be held from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Cinemark Tinseltown of Boardman. This event is being hosted by No Label Productions, a film production company owned by Youngstown native and executive director of the festival, John Martin Jr. Cops or Robbers, a short film written, produced and directed by Martin Jr., will be playing in Block Three of the festival.

The festival will feature a number of films of finalists selected from a long list of films that were submitted from all over the globe. A prestigious line of judges will be determining which films deserve to be taking home awards. Bill Daly, former senior vice president of post production at Warner Bros., is one of the members of this panel. Judge bios can be viewed on the film festival website at https://www.nolabelproductions.tv/our-judges. Awards will be announced at Krakatoa Tropical Food & Spirits on South Avenue in Boardman following the third block of the festival.

Director Jonathan Perry will be attending the festival with his short film Subnivean, which is being featured in Block One. Perry was signed with Amazon Studios at the age of 17, making him the youngest director on any streaming service. His film, Subnivean, can be found on the Amazon Prime platform. Perry is working on an industrial enterprise with the noted support of Steven Spielberg, under the cover name Project X7. Other projects that he is currently working on include a short film that will be released in 2020 and a feature film which is also in the works with Lionsgate with Perry as co-writer.

Director Tom Morris, originally from Hubbard, will also be attending with his feature film, Blowing Up Right Now, which was filmed in Los Angeles. This film was named the 2019 winner of the Best International Feature Dramatic at the Edmonton International Film Festival.

Another short film, Extra Innings, stars Peter Riegert and TJ Thyne. Riegert is known for his roles in National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Sopranos, Law and Order SVU and The Good Wife. Thyne is known for his role in the television show Bones.

Local films being shown in the festival include Loyalty, About Face, Go and Akron’s Tent City.

Tickets to the festival can be purchased at https://filmfreeway.com/YoungstownIndependentFilmFestival-1/tickets. Guests attending the festival may arrive up to 30 minutes prior to Block One, Two or Three for red carpet photos. Any questions may be directed to the Film Festival Coordinator Rebecca Martin at 330-301-5703 or rebecca.nolabelproductions@gmail.com.

Salem library offering Brain Games

SALEM–Brain Games for Grown-ups at Salem Public Library will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Quaker Room. There will be cards, board games and quizzes. The program is open to the public and free of cost. No registration is required. For information call 330-332-0042.

CAA Trunk or Treat set for Oct. 24

LISBON– The Columbiana County Community Action Agency will host a Trunk or Treat from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the agency, 7880 Lincole Place. The event is open to all chidren in Columbiana County and features fun, costumes and candy.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a trunk can contact lisa.wallace@caaofcc.org.

The following agencies and organizations will be in attendance: Head Start, CAA Human Resources, The Brightside Project, WIC, The Counseling Center, CAA Payroll, CAA Health, Behavioral Health and Dental Centers, Family Recovery, The Way Station, Lisbon Salvation Army and Lisbon Methodist Church.

WB Boosters to host craft show

BELOIT–The West Branch Boosters will host a Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the West Branch Booster Bingo Hall, 26701 U.S. Route 62. There will be a variety of crafters and vendors, handmade gifts, jewelry, baked good and more as well as drawings for raffle baskets, 50/50 and more.

There is free admission and free parking, plus food and beverages available for purchase from the West Branch Boosters. The event is all handicap and stroller accessible.

Find event information on Facebook at @WestBranchBoostersCraftShow.

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