MILL CREEK METROPARKS October calendar
Oct. 1: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Daffodils: Planning for Spring Bloom. It is time to put daffodil bulbs to bed so that they can raise cheerful heads in the spring. Before deciding which bulbs to plant this fall, attend this slide presentation on the many easy-to-grow varieties in this wonderful genus of plants. Each person will receive a sampling of Narcissus Pipit bulbs, the cultivator to be featured at Fellows Riverside Gardens 2003 Daffodil Show. Call (330) 740-7116 to register. Fee: $13 R, $17 NR.
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: 5:30-7 p.m. or Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: 8:30-10 a.m. Yoga in the Gardens. Become Revitalized as Heidi Suraci teaches you the introductory movements of yoga in the beautiful surroundings of Fellows Riverside Gardens. Conclude the class with tea and conversation. Call (330) 740-7116 to register. Fee: $45 R, $60 NR.
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 1-3:30 p.m. Pottery-Horticulturally Speaking. Lynn Cardwell is a potter whose work often follows a botanical theme. She will teach weekly projects inspired by nature that you will hand-build in the classroom before she fires them at her studio. All necessary materials will be provided. Beginners are welcome. Call (330) 740-7116 to register. Fee: $130 R, $170 NR.
Oct. 5: Noon-3. Horticult-U-Rally. Visit area horticulture sites as you travel the rally course with your car, classic or not, during this fall event co-sponsored by Ohio State University Extension Office-Mahoning County. Rally starts from the Extension Office on state Route 46 in Canfield and ends at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown. Call (330) 533-5538 to register your car. Fee: $10 per vehicle.
Oct. 5-6: 8:30 a.m. Tournament: Mill Creek Championship. Compete in this 36-hole stroke play championship in one of these four divisions: Amateur-No Handicap, Amateur-Handicap, Senior-Handicap and Ladies-Handicap. Call (330) 740-7112 to register. Fee: $75 (lunch included).
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26: 9 a.m. Bird Walks. Join us in a search for fall migrants and new winter residents on these early-morning bird walks. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at Newport Wetlands parking lot.
Oct. 6: 2 p.m. Bear in mind. The black bear once lived in this area during the early settlement of Youngstown. Learn more about this species of bear found throughout the United States and its recent comeback in the Buckeye State. Meet at Bears Den Cabin. Approximately one mile, moderate difficulty with rugged terrain and boulders.
Oct. 7: 4-6 p.m. Private Party Reservations. Experience the thrill of outdoor skating at a private party. Beginning Oct. 7, groups of up to 400 may reserve the ice rink for a private evening skate. Party times are available Mondays in December, January and February from 4:30-6:30 and 7:30-9:30 p.m. Payment must be made in person at the ice rink when the reservation is made. After Oct. 7, available party dates can be reserved by calling (330) 740-7114. Fee: $180 R, $240 NR.
Oct. 9: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Corner Swag. Beverly Italiano will help you create a uniquely shaped swag that will add a striking detail to the corner of a window or doorway in your home. The soft blues, pinks, yellows and creams of dried salvia, peonies, yarrow and pearly everlasting combine in a stunning arrangement reminiscent of summer. Call (330) 740-7116 to register. Fee: $25 R, $32 NR.
Oct. 12: 10 a.m. Orion. The MetroParks' discussion group steps away from books to tackle the periodical Orion published by The Orion Society. We will be discussing the Summer 2002 20th Anniversary issue. The society's mission is to inform, inspire and engage individuals and grass-roots organizations across North America to become significant cultural forces for healing nature and community. Meet at Ford Nature Center.
Oct. 12: 10 a.m. to noon. Flower Arranging with Marie. Using dried herbs and everlastings, create an attractive autumn arrangement to display on the wall. Expect to have fun as Marie Borocz gives you instruction. Call (330) 740-7116 to register. Fee: $25 R, $32 NR.
Oct. 12: 2-8 p.m. Harvest Fest. Walk through time at Yellow Creek Park as local artisans demonstrate the traditional tasks of pioneer life. Crafts, sack races and pumpkin contests await you at this family celebration of autumn. A night hike will close out the evening on this 10th anniversary of Harvest Fest.
Oct. 13: 2 p.m. The Palette of Autumn. How do leaves change color in the fall? Find out the answer to this annual question as we walk around Lake Glacier, one of the best places in Mill Creek Park to experience the reds, oranges and yellows of fall. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Approximately 4 miles, moderate difficulty with hills.
Oct. 17: 10:45 and 11:30 a.m. Tales for Twos. Two-year-olds and their favorite adults are invited to hear a tale about owls and check out their local haunts. Call (330) 740-7107 to register.
Oct. 18: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or Oct. 19: 10 a.m. Preschool Nature Hour: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. Preschoolers ages 3-5 with their adult companions are invited to enjoy a story, walk, craft and other activities focused on the changing season. Call (330) 740-7107 to register. Fee: $2.
Oct. 19: 9 a.m.-noon. Garden Author Tracy DiSabato-Aust. Noted author Tracy DiSabato-Aust will be presenting her favorite topic, "The Well Tended Perennial Garden." Innovative information on the proper pruning of perennials for season long interest will be featured. Tracy will be available to autograph her popular gardening book. This event is made possible by the John and Doris Andrews Education Endowment. Call (330) 740-7116 to register. Fee: $10.50 ($7.50 FFRG members).
Oct. 19: 12:30-2 p.m. Primary Nature Tour. Come and enjoy the fall colors! Kindergarten and first-graders will have fun with a craft, story and outdoor activities while learning about trees and their autumn changes. Call (330) 740-7107 to register. Fee: $2.50.
Oct. 19: 6-8 p.m. Halloween at the Morley. Get your moment in the spotlight when you walk across the stage at the Judge Morley Pavilion in a Halloween costume competition. At 6 p.m., visit the extinct species graveyard and other surprises, then enter the famous toilet paper mummy-wrap, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Magic and Illusions of Joseph Glenn. Other prizes and surprises will be followed by the costume competition at 7:15 p.m. Don't miss any of this safe and gentle Halloween celebration!
Oct. 20: 1 p.m. Ten-Mile Hike. Lace up your hiking boots and join us for the fall 10-miler. We'll loop Lake Cohasset and Lake Newport on this heart-pumping hike. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Difficult because of length.
Oct. 25: 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. or Oct. 26: 10-11 a.m. Bats, A Gardener's Friend. Bats are welcome in the garden throughout the summer, not just at Halloween. Children ages 3-5 and their adult companions will learn why these little creatures are so valuable to many plants, while creating a "batty" project to take home. Call (330) 740-7116 to register. Fee: $5.
Oct. 26: 1-2:30 p.m. Marvelous Masks. Add a unique touch to your Halloween costume by making an unusual mask of leaves and other botanical materials. Children ages 6 and up will learn how the plant world is preparing for winter. Invite a friend of any age to share in the fun. Call (330) 740-7116 to register. Fee: $7.
Oct. 27: 2 p.m. Witch Hunt. Halloween is near. Are the witches close also? On this walk, we'll look for witch hazel and witches' broom and visit the Witch's Cave. Meet at School Recreation Area. Approximately two miles, medium difficulty with hills.
Davis Center Exhibits, Fellows Riverside Gardens: Tues.-Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weller Gallery: Quilts in Bloom Oct. 4-Nov. 17. Inspired by botanical designs, this show highlights the talents of That Quilt Group That I Belong To.
Flower Shows: The general public is encouraged to enter all flower shows. Show schedules are available at the Davis Center one month before the show. Entries must be received Saturday by 10:30 a.m., followed by judging, with the show open to the public Saturday from noon-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dahlia Show, Oct. 5 and 6. See this spectacular fall flower presented by the East Liverpool Dahlia Society.
Melnick Museum: William Holmes McGuffey. This exhibit highlights the MetroParks' McGuffey Wildlife Preserve in Coitsville Township where William Holmes McGuffey lived as a young boy with his family.