Poland briefs

Book discussion networking night

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is hosting a special fundraising event and networking opportunity to share ideas and have fun with book clubs from across the valley May 12 at 6:30 p.m.

The Women’s Book Discussion Group hosts a night of fun with a fashion presentation by the Glitter Girls.

The evening includes a Boutique Sale, a raffle and finger foods and refreshments catered by Kravitz Delicatessen.

Admission is free for Friends of the Library (show your membership card) and $10 for non-members.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

For information, contact the Development Office at 330-744-8636, ext. 51630.

Bell ringers at luncheon

The Friends of the Library will host a Member Spring Luncheon with Bell Ringers from Mt. Olivet Church May 3 at 10 a.m. at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

Free blood pressure screenings at library

The Mahoning County Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a blood pressure screening at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County May 24 at 1 p.m.

Trim a tree for May

Decorate an ornament for the all-seasons tree at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County throughout the month of May during regular library hours.

Bond with your babies

The Boardman branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is hosting “Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books” for babies 6-23 months Wednesdays in May at 10 a.m.

The event includes developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader.

This program is available for children ages 2 and 3 Thursdays in May at 10:30 a.m. and for children ages 4 and 5 Thursdays in May at 1 p.m.

Eat out Thursday and help the cancer society

Relay For Life of Poland will host a fundraiser from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday at TGI Friday’s, 7165 Tiffany Blvd. in Boardman.

Patrons who bring in a voucher will have 20 percent of their bill donated to the American Cancer Society. The voucher is available online at www.RelayforLife.org/Poland under the “Local Fundraisers” section.

Run for Poland Schools

The Poland School Foundation for Educational Excellence is hosting the 15th annual Smart Run/Walk Sunday with registration at 12:30 p.m. and a start time at 1:30 p.m.

This is a 5K race and a two-mile walk through the Poland Manor and neighboring areas. All proceeds benefit Poland Schools Foundation. Registration is $12 at the Poland Presbyterian Church.

The first three overall winners and top two finishers in all age groups will receive awards. Age groups are 10 and under, 11 to 12, 13 to 14, 15 to 16, 17 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 and over.

The first 200 to register will receive a free T-shirt.

Former resident earns distinct honor

Nathaniel Buss, formerly of Poland, was recently named a Presidential Management Fellow.

The Presidential Management Fellowship Program encourages outstanding graduate students to work for the federal government while honing their leadership skills.

Buss is a 2007 University of Georgia graduate, with a degree in Political Science.

He received his master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Tech in December 2010 and is currently in VT’s Ph.D. program.

His parents are Carla Wilson Buss of Watkinsville, Ga., and Terry F. Buss of Adelaide, Australia.

Blood pressure screening at library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a blood pressure screening at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County April 26 at 1 p.m.

Get marriage help

Retrouvaille has helped tens of thousands of couples at all stages of disillusionment or misery in their marriage. The next program begins June 10 at Cambria Suites in Green (near Akron-Canton Airport).

For confidential information or to register, call 330-979-7787 or visit www.retrouvaille.org.

Know about nesting habits

The Audubon Society Mahoning Valley will host “Nesting Habits of North American Birds” April 26 at 7 p.m. at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on state Route 46 in Canfield.

Participants will learn about the different kinds of nests that birds make and use.

For information, call 888-846-8851.

Free Easter egg hunt

All kids, preschool through sixth grade are invited to attend an Easter Egg Hunt at High Pointe Church, 5716 Struthers Road in Lowellville, today at 11 a.m. The event is free.

For information, contact the church at 330-750-1313 or visit www.HighPointeChurch.info.

See VineSong at the Church of Rock

VineSong, an international worship ministry team, will be hosted by The Church of Rock, 7025 Luteran Lane, April 29 at 7 p.m.

The team is on its annual United States tour and will lead a worship on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at the National Day of Prayer event.

Grab stuff at the Gigantic Garage Sale

Angels for Animals will host its 17th annual Gigantic Garage Sale April 29 through May 1 at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

Admission is $5 on April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon and $1 on April 29 from noon to 7 p.m. and April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On May 1, admission is free with half price on most items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. wristbands will be sold for $5 and $10 to take anything until it’s gone.

No strollers, wagons or dogs will be permitted in the sale buildings.

Garage sale donations will be accepted April 25-27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the main gate of the fairgrounds. Clean, usable items will be accepted. No refrigerators, stoves, large appliances, console televisions, encyclopedias, tires, artificial Christmas trees, or mattresses and box springs will be accepted.

Monies raised will benefit homeless animals and low cost spay/neuter programs. For information, call 330-549-1111, extension 330.

Celebrate Easter at Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2985 Center Road, is hosting Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and a Saturday Vigil April 23 at 7 p.m. The congregation will celebrate Easter Sunday with Holy Communion April 24 at 10 a.m.

Enroll early at Summit Academy

Summit Academy in Youngstown is accepting applications for enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year for kindergarten through eighth grade.

Enrollment packets can be picked up at the school’s office at 144 N. Schenley Ave. For information. visit www.summitacademies.com or call 330-259-0421. The deadline for early enrollment is May 1.

Curves hosts food drive

Curves of Poland, 3040 Center Road, is hosting it annual food drive through April.

Residents can drop off non-perishable items at Curves Monday through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays until 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays.

Non-members can bring a bag of canned goods through April 17 and join Curves without a service fee. All food will be donated to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.

Historical society meets

The Poland Historical Society will host regular meetings the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Little Red School House, 4515 Center Road.

The society is actively seeking new and previous members who would like to be involved in future events, including a Tour of Homes and Gardens. For information, call Joan Madej at 330-707-0692.

St. Elizabeth’s hosts May golf outing

St. Elizabeth Health Center will host its fourth annual Trauma Service Golf Outing May 22 at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Hubbard.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The cost is $75 per single player or $300 per foursome and includes golf, cart, prizes and food. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Registration deadline is May 12. The event will support trauma center outreach and injury prevention programs.

To register, call Renee at 330-480-3880.

Celebrate Bluebell season and sip wine

Support Poland Forest maintenance projects and celebrate Bluebell season at a wine tasting fundraiser May 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Brunos Restaurant on state Route 224.

Tickets are $40. Several wines, food, gift opportunities and artwork will be available. To make reservation, call 330-503-5801.

Grieve with friends

Honor and remember children who have passed away at Bereaved Parent of the USA-Mahoning County Chapter’s monthly meetings the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Park Vista of Youngstown, 1216 Fifth Ave.

For information, call Diane Hunter-Copeland at 330-770-2686.

MCCTC offering salon appointments to public

The Cosmetology students at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center are now offering afternoon hours at their salon to the public.

Afternoon appointments are available starting at noon.

All services are performed by students under the supervision of their instructor and prices start at just $6.

Services include haircuts, hairstyles, perms, relaxers, facials, hair removal, hair color and manicures.

The salon will be open now until May by appointment only.

To make an appointment, call Linda Tomko at 330-729-4000, extension 1309.

Monday meetings set for conservation district

Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District Board meetings for 2011 will be at 7 p.m. the second Monday each month at the District Office, 850 Industrial Road in Youngstown.

Anyone interested in being contacted regarding special meetings or changes to regular meetings can call 330-740-7995.

Bonding with babies and books

Join the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Wednesdays in April at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader. This event is for children ages 6 to 23 months old.

This event is also available for 2 and 3-year-olds Thursdays in April at 10:30 a.m. and for 4 and 5-year-olds Thursdays in April at 1 p.m.

Trim a Tree for April

Decorate an ornament for the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County’s all-seasons tree throughout April during regular library hours.

Do yoga at the gardens

Bring a mat and small blanket to learn a blend of energizing yoga styles from Heidi Suraci at Fellows Riverside Gardens on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout April.

Tuesdays will feature beginners’ classes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and intermediate classes from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday classes will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and are open to all levels.

The fee is $10 per class. For information, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

T’ai Chi in the garden

Ease stress, improve health and increase vitality with breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form taught by Marie Lew Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. throughout April at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

The costs is $10 per class. For information, call the gardens

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