Boardman briefs

New school hosting open house

The new Early Childhood Learning Center at St. Luke is hosting an open house Tuesday at 6 p.m.

ECLC is an innovative program for children starting as young as 2 through transitional kindergarten.

The open house will begin with a brief presentation followed by an opportunity to meet the staff and tour the classrooms.

Dine at a Lenten fish fry March 25

Shepherd of the Valley, 7148 West Blvd., will host a Lenten Fish Fry March 25.

Carry out will be from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and dine in from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The dinner is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10 and includes fried or baked fish, hush puppies, coleslaw and choice of home-made fries or mac and cheese.

Reservations are needed by March 21.

To make reservations, call 330-726-9161, ext. 0.

Proceeds from the dinner go to Shepherd’s Foundation to underwrite projects that benefit the staff and residents of Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman.

Create divine designs

Experienced and novice scrapbookers, crafters and cardmakers are invited to join the Inspiring Divine Designs craft group March 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 7640 Glenwood Ave.

Jo-Ann Kaschak will lead scrapbookers as they preserve memories and photos of the family, friends and pets.

Sharyn Fees will teach cardmakers the art of rubber stamping. Most materials are provided, but participants should bring adhesive and scissors.

A crafting group led by Florence Hosler will focus on making items for community outreach projects.

To participate, e-mail or

Register your child for St. Charles

Saint Charles School is currently accepting registration for students in all day kindergarten through eighth grade.

Call 330-758-6689 to find out more or to arrange for a personal tour of the school.

Students are also invited to come and spend a day to get a feel for what Saint Charles School is all about.

Program focuses on household hazards

Humility of Mary Health Partners will offer two “Women in Touch Programs” from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 30 at Mr. Anthony’s, 7440 South Ave., Boardman; and April 7 at Leo’s Ristorante, 7042 E. Market St., Howland.

The topic of these programs is “Making Your Home a Healthy Home.” Participants will learn common household hazards (lead, mercury, arsenic, carbon monoxide, radon, mold and volatile organic compounds) and the factors that contribute to air quality and health, and what to do to prevent or reduce exposure.

The cost of $18 includes dinner. Registration deadline is one week prior to program date. For information or to register, call the Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll-free at 877-700-4647.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s

The Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League will host a St. Patrick’s Day Party tonight at the Embassy Banquet Center from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and include a buffet, dancing and partying with DJ Jim Loboy, Chinese auction, silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Difference Makers. For information, call Linda Crish at 330-755-6828. For tickets, call Yvonne Ford at 330-755-6828.

Free test kits for cancer awareness

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Humility of Mary Health Partners Cancer Centers are offering free fecal occult blood test kits.

A FOBT is a simple chemical test that can detect hidden blood in the stool, which is a symptom of colorectal cancer. This test can be performed in the privacy of your home. Those at risk for colorectal cancer are 50 years and older, physically inactive, smokers and those with a family history of the disease. If detected early, colorectal cancer is 90 percent curable.

The kits are available by calling the Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll-free at 877-700-4647.

Pasta benefit planned March 27

A pasta and meatball dinner to benefit double lung transplant recipient Tina Carkido will be March 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Operating Engineers Local No. 66 Union Hall, 291 McClurg Road.

The cost for dinner will be $9 for adults and free for children 6 and under who eat on site. The dinner includes pasta, sauce and salad by Nicolinni’s Ristorante Executive Chef Patrick Lavanty and homemade bread by the Bread Chef. Take-out orders will be available.

There will be a Vento motorcycle and gift basket auction and 50/50 drawing.

All proceeds will benefit Carkido. Make checks payable to Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

Rotary Club to host Pancake breakfast

The Boardman Rotary Clubs is hosting its 28th annual Pancake Breakfast during Boardman Park’s Maple Syrup Festival March 19, 20, 26 and 27.

The traditional selection of pancakes and sausages will be served by Boardman Rotary and Interact Club members in the park’s Lariccia Family Community Center.

Tickets are $6 and available for purchase from any Boardman Rotary club member or at the door.

Call Cynthia Rogers at 330-559-4966 for information.

Fish and Game club to travel to Pittsburgh

The Fish and Game of Vienna is taking a bus to the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Pittsburgh April 30.

The bus is departing the Fish and Game of Vienna parking lot at 8 a.m. and will return at 7 p.m. Tickets for the trip are $18 each or two for $35.

Semi annual spaghetti dinner set

Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Dr., will host its semiannual Mickey Schuster Scholarship Spaghetti Dinner today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The cost for dinner will be $6.50 for adults and $3 for children under 12 and includes salad, bread, pasta with meatballs, dessert and drink. Carryouts are available.

All proceeds are distributed each year to college students at Bethel. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the church office at 330-758-5745.

Too much to mow?

Local citizens should consider putting their small acreage to productive agriculture use and learn how to become a tiller of the soil by attending three free evening seminars scheduled Thursday and March 24 and 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mill Creek Metro Parks in Canfield.

Attendees will learn how agriculture production can be successful. These seminars will present tools needed for planning, marketing, managing, financial resources, budgets and evaluating what the land can support for a successful business.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required by contacting Mahoning Farm Bureau at 330-533-5553 or

Presenting the seminars is Countryside Conservancy in cooperation with the Crossroads Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc., Mahoning Farm Bureau, The Ohio State University Extension of Mahoning County and Mill Creek MetroParks.

Play in Texas Hold’Em tournament

Angels for Animals will host a Texas Hold’Em Poker tournament Sunday. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 1 p.m.

The buy-in is $80 and extra chips will be given to those who preregister. The rake is 25 percent.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Angels for Animals shelter and low-cost spay/neuter programs.

For information, contact Caroline or Sean at 330-501-3885 or visit

Enjoy local artwork from area students

The eighth annual “Celebration of the Arts” is schedule Tuesday through March 22 at the Boardman branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County during regular library hours.

Enjoy artwork from Boardman area students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Artwork from students in grades seven through 12 will be on display March 31 through April 7.

This is the tenth annual “Celebration of the Arts” for this age group. Opening night is scheduled for March 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Get found on the Web

The Boardman branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will host Search Engine Optimization: Getting Found on the Web March 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The program will feature Technology consultant Tyler Clark who will help teach what it takes to get a website a top search ranking.

Soccer team sponsors spaghetti dinner

The Ursuline High School boys soccer team is hosting a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction March 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 343 Via Mt. Carmel in Youngstown.

Tickets are $8 and available at the door. The auction begins at 4:15 p.m.

Friends of Library meeting scheduled

The next Friends of the Library meeting has been scheduled Monday at 10 a.m. at the Boardman branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley.

The program is titled “Pretty Boy Floyd” and will be presented by Attorney Timothy Brookes.

Homestead exemption outreach

Representatives from the Mahoning County Auditor’s office will be available for Homestead Exemption questions March 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boardman branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

Give blood at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a blood drive March 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

Teen Tech Week tournament

The Boardman branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is celebrating Teen Tech Week March 24 at 3:30 p.m. with a Wii tournament.

The winner will receive a $25 gift card. Participants must be in grades seven through 12.

Bonding with babies and books at the library

Join the Boardman branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Wednesdays in March at 10 a.m. for Baby Brilliant: Bonding with babies and books.

The program for children 2 to 3-year-olds offers developmentally appropriate book, songs, rhymes and finger plays.

The program for 4 and 5-year-olds is scheduled for Tuesdays in March at 10 a.m.

Dinner and a raffle planned Friday

The Boardman Band and Orchestra will host its third annual Reverse Raffle and Dinner Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Georgetown, 5945 South Ave.

Tickets are $100 per couple and include dinner for two, open bar, D.J. and Reverse Raffle ticket.

There will be a small reverse raffle side board, Chinese raffle and 50/50 raffle.

Tickets may be purchased from any Boardman Band or Orchestra parent. For information, contact Bryan Logan at 330-781-0156 or 330-503-8787.

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.

Enjoy yoga every Tuesday

Get a rigorous workout and experience peace in the hectic world doing ashtanga yoga with Kirk every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor-Lloyd Road in Liberty.

The class is not for beginners; intermediate to advanced yoga practitioners only.

For information, call 330-539-0122 or visit

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 March.

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. during March at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

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

Walk for health and wellness

Mill Creek MetroParks is hosting health and wellness walks at 9 a.m. Walkers will meet at the Golf Course overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive Wednesday for a easy-rated 1 or 3-mile walk.

Plant the seed to read

The Children’s Book Festival will be a day of fun March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens for children and their families.

Altusa Club of Youngstown, Mill Creek MetroParks, Western Reserve Public Media and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will bring together authors, illustrators, book characters, storytellers and many activities for children.

Author John Rocco and the original illustrator of Shrek will be present.

Join a loose knit group

All helping hands are welcome to help warm up America by making afghans and other projects to donate locally with other crafters Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Donations of needles and yarn are appreciated at any time. For information, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Understand butterflies

Join “Butterfly” Bob Coggeshall at the Ford Nature Center for a look at local Lepidoptera Sunday at 2 p.m.

Coggeshall will show slides from last year as an introduction for what to look for this year.

Write about the gardens

Karen Schubert will host a writing workshop Wednesday and March 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Bring a pen and paper and plan to explore various topics about the world, community, Mill Creek Park and the gardens.

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

Make a date with the dog

MetroMutts members and nonmembers can shake off the remnants of winter and enjoy the first day of spring March 22 at 10 a.m. with an easy to moderate 2-mile flat, paved surfaced hike.

Hikers should meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at the MetroParks Farm. Dogs must be non-aggressive, under the handler’s control and leashed (6-foot max) at all times. One dog per hiker.

Find butterflies in the backyard

Long-time butterfly enthusiast Suzanne Butcher will cover the history of butterflying and concentrate on species found in backyards March 22 at MetroParks Farm.

Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley. For information, call 888-846-8851.

Create a berry bowl

Lynn Cardwell will show students how to fabricate clay into a practical, decorative berry bowl March 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fellows Riverside gardens.

The bowl will be glazed, fired and ready for pickup approximately three weeks after the class.

The fee is $25 for garden members and $32 for nonmembers. To register, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Witch hazel and a walk

Start March 25 with a brisk walk at Fellows Riverside Gardens, a light breakfast and lesson about the witch hazel family of plants from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The cost is $7 for residents and $9 for nonresidents. To register, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Discuss ‘Ceremonial Time’

Read and discuss John Hanson Mitchell’s book “Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile” today at 10 a.m. at the Ford Nature Center.

Mitchell’s story focuses on a single tract of land known as “Scratch Flat” and draws upon the idea of using ritual dance to experience visions that reveal the folklore of this place and its ancestry.

Plan to plant a garden

Children who have completed second grade can register through March 31 for the Children’s Vegetable Garden program.

Each child will tend a 3-foot by 10-foot garden throughout the summer at MetroParks Farm in Canfield. Horticulture activities will add to the fun.

Classes meet April 9, May 7 and June 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Beginning June 15, children will meet every Wednesday morning through Aug. 17. Final harvest and clean-up will be Sept. 24.

The cost is $85 for residents and $95 for nonresidents. To register, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

Share springtime brunch recipes

Chef David Armstrong will share recipes and culinary techniques as he demonstrates how to prepare a brunch March 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

The fee is $28 for garden members and $35 for nonmembers. To register, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.

See the new spring arrivals at farm

See new lambs, calves, pigs, rabbits, chicks and more at the MetroParks Farm’s animal baby shower April 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walk among the wildflowers

Search for the first wildflowers of spring during a moderately-difficult 3-mile hike March 27 at 2 p.m. Walkers should meet at the Ford Nature Center.

Immerse in indoor nature

The skills of amateur photographers will be on display at the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens through March 20.

Learn landscaping and gardening tips

The Mahoning Valley Landscape and Nursery Association, Mill Creek MetroParks and OSU Extension Mahoning County will host a spring horticulture clinic Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

The topics will focus on innovative ideas for the garden industry. Vendors will display current service products.

The cost for the event is $30 for garden and MVNLA members and $50 for nonmembers, For speaker or registration information, call 330-757-0884 or visit

Get to know groundhogs

Preschoolers ages 3-5 will learn how very busy groundhogs are after waking from their long winter nap at the Ford Nature Center’s Preschool Nature Hour Friday and March 19 at 10 a.m.

The cost for the event is $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the nature center at 330-740-7107.

See a screech owl

Learn about owls that call Mill Creek Park home during a presentation, a visit with a screech owl and an easy-rated Ω-mile walk around the woods Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Ford Nature Center.

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