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WEEKDAY MATTERS | Nick Gardner, Couri Johnson to read from their works during Lit Youngstown event

Looking for something to do this week? Check out these events.
Nick Gardner - Couri Johnson
Nick Gardner and Couri Johnson will offer fiction readings for Lit Youngstown's next First Wednesday Series program. (Contributed photos)

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this week. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.

YOUNGSTOWN — Nick Gardner and Couri Johnson will offer fiction readings for Lit Youngstown's next First Wednesday Series program.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Soap Gallery Chris Lettera will co-host the event, and an open-mic session will follow. 

In honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, participants are encouraged to bring cookies to share.

Gardner, of Mansfield, has a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University. His book of poetry, "So Marvelously Far," tracks his addiction to opioids and the following years of recovery. 

Johnson is a graduate of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts and is attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for a doctorate degree in creative writing. She primarily writes fabulistic fiction and works with fairy tale motifs to explore issues between intimacy and identity. Her short story collection is titled "I'll Tell You a Love Story."

St. Patrick Festival in Hubbard opens Thursday

HUBBARD — The 63rd annual St. Patrick Church Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday at 225 N. Main St. 

Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Bands performing are RDNA, 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday; Hern Brothers, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Chris Higbee, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday; County Mayo, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday; and Old Skool, 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Organizers say CDC guidelines will be observed.

Registration for Diabetes Golf Benefit is due Friday

YOUNGSTOWN — NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers is sponsoring the 22nd annual Diabetes Golf Benefit, a four-person scramble, Aug. 20 at Pine Lakes Golf Club, 6233 W. Liberty St., Hubbard.

Registration deadline is Friday. There are also opportunities to support the event through hole ($125) and corporate ($300) sponsorships. A brochure with more information about the event can be found here.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley, which provides education, resources and support for people and families living with diabetes.

"After an unexpected year of hiatus due to the pandemic, we are glad to restart our annual golf outing," Dr. Michelle Anania, a physician at NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers and the event's lead organizer, said in a news release. "Raising money for a local organization that supports the fight against diabetes, a disease that impacts many in our community, is near and dear to our practice."

The event has been sponsored by Ankle & Foot Care Centers since 1999 and has raised nearly $200,000 for services and education for diabetes patients.  

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