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Festival Spotlights West Side Community - The Vindicator

Mahoning Avenue will come alive with live music, an outdoor cafe, art galleries and a farmers market with the third Mahoning Avenue Fall Fest, celebrating the neighborhood’s many hidden treasures. The festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,between Steel Street and McKinley Avenue in the West Side’s historic Garden District. The event will feature a host of family-friendly activities, including a farmers market offering produce and baked goods, an art sale, jewelry and mini-pumpkins to paint, courtesy of the Garden District Neighborhood Association, in addition to other children’s activities. Although the new West Side Library is under construction, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will host a pop-up library. The new library will be named the Michael Kusalaba Branch, and the Friends of the new branch will sell keepsake bricks from the old library. Area businesses will also participate. The Sons of Italy will have a disc jockey, Kelly’s will have music as well as food and drink specials. Casa Ramirez will feature an authentic Mexican carnitas special and drink specials. There will be a music jam session in the parking lot of Huck’s Motors and the Paisley House will be have a trash-and-treasure sale. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate the vibrancy of the community and try to catalyze more permanent improvements in the future that will support and promote local artists and businesses. To read the full story from The Vindicator, click here.