Events scheduled in May at Mill Creek MetroParks' facilities.
Thursday through Saturday: Spring plant sale. 4-7 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens. This year, unusual fruits and vegetables will be available in addition to annuals, herbs, shrubs, perennials and summer bulbs. The sale begins Thursday for Friends' members and is open to the public Friday and Saturday.
Saturday: Bird walk at 8 a.m. Join volunteer naturalist Nancy Brundage to search for spring migrants at Paradise Fish Farm. Bring binoculars. Parking is limited, so register by calling Ford Nature Center.
Sunday: Clouds tell us a lot about current and upcoming weather predictions. Meet at Ford Nature Center at 2 p.m. Hike is about two miles, easy rating with hills.
May 8: Enjoy an early-morning walk at 8:30 a.m. in Fellows Riverside Gardens to admire the crab apples in bloom. Savor a breakfast afterward in the Garden Caf & eacute; while learning more about this lovely tree. Call FRG to register. Fee: $5 residents, $7 nonresidents.
May 9: Two-year-olds and their favorite adult companions will listen to a story about bees followed by a fun outdoor activity at 10, 10:45 or 11:30 a.m. Call Ford Nature Center to register.
May 10-11: Just in time for Mother's Day, children 3-5 years old and their favorite adults will arrange a miniature bouquet of fresh flowers in a teacup and learn more about the language of flowers. The roses on the cup and in the bouquet both say, "I Love You, Mom." The times are 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. May 10 or 10-11 a.m. May 11. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Fee: $9.
May 11: This is the 10th year the park system's family fun fishing day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join professional bass fishermen from the Greater Ohio Tournament Trail for the best day of fishing in Yellow Creek Park, Struthers. Activities include competitions and fish identification. The creek is stocked annually for this event. Bring your favorite fishing pole and bait.
May 11: International Migratory Bird Day. Join volunteer naturalist Nancy Brundage at 8 a.m. in a search for the feathered inhabitants of the Newport Wetlands. Bring binoculars and meet at the wetlands.
May 11-12: The Garden Forum of Greater Youngstown will have a sale of an assortment of hanging baskets and bedding plants from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in Fellows Riverside Gardens.
May 12: At 2 p.m., fathers and their children will have a chance to let Mom have a little time for herself and also have the kids make a present to give to her on her special day. Call Ford Nature Center to register by May 8. Fee: $10 per project.
May 14-16: From 6 to 8 p.m., adults will receive six hours of basic golf instructions. Fee: $13 residents; $17 nonresidents. Meet at the Mill Creek Golf Course.
May 15, 22 and 29: Ladies will receive six hours of instruction on the short game, iron play and woods from 9-11 a.m. Fee: $30 residents; $50 nonresidents.
May 17 or 18: From 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. either day, children 3-5 years and their parents are invited, rain or shine, to stroll along Lake Glacier, and learn about and count the geese and goslings. Meet at the picnic area at Lake Glacier's southern end. Call Ford Nature Center to register.
May 19: 2 p.m. bike and hike. The park system acquired the 150-acre Brocker Preserve to help protect the Meander Watershed. We'll bicycle to the site and do a bit of exploring. A bike helmet is required and bring a lock to secure your bike. Register by calling FNC. Meet at MetroParks Farm. About seven miles.
May 19: From 1:30-2:30 p.m., Celebrate Elizabeth Fellows' 141st birthday with cake and a story. Hear delightful stories selected from the collection of children's literature in Fellows Riverside Gardens' Antonucci Library. This program is for children and adults.
May 22: Jim Nikora will introduce you to the ancient botanical art of bonsai from 6:30-8:30 p.m. He will demonstrate an easy beginning project, and give you a Black Hills spruce along with all of the necessary information to successfully complete a project at home. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Fee: $13 residents; $17 nonresidents.
May 25: 8 a.m. Golf tournament, individual amateur stroke play. Forty players will play the South Course in this no-handicap tournament. Golf course gift certificates will be awarded as prizes. Fee: $50.
May 26: At 2 p.m., explore the shoreline and the water of a shallow pond at Vickers Nature Preserve. We'll tromp through and catch (and release) whatever creatures we can find. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear old clothes and shoes. Meet at Vickers Nature Preserve.
May 29: From 6:30-8 p.m., children 6 and older will make a decorative wreath from a sunflower and learn about the many varieties of this popular summer annual. Each child will receive a growing sunflower to take home. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Fee: $10.
May 30: From 10 a.m. to noon, create a wreath of live plants with succulents to enjoy all summer. Follow step-by-step instructions to assemble the wreath in a reusable frame, and learn how to care for it throughout the growing season. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Fee: $28 residents; $36 nonresidents.