Poland briefs

Dinner to raise money to beat cancer

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Poland will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser March 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Poland Masonic Lodge, 7685 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road in Poland.

The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for children 5 and under.

All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life of Poland is scheduled for July 8-9 at Poland Seminary High School.

Relay For Life mobilizes the community to celebrate those who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones lost and to fight back against cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is still seeking volunteers in Poland.

For information, visit www.RelayforLife.org/Poland.

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.

Meet with the Historical Society

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.

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.

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.

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 info@mahoningfarmbureau.com.

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.

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.

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.

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 will begin at 4:15 p.m.

Teen Tech Week tournament

The Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is celebrating Teen Tech Week March 31 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.

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 www.tomkatpoker.com.

Reverse raffle planned

The Angel for Animals Reverse Dinner Raffle will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. at the shelter’s hall.

Tickets are $75 and include dinner and a number in a drawing. Numbers will be drawn from a drum of ping-pong balls. The first number drawn wins cash. Every 10th number drawn wins a $100 brick on our Angel Way. The 25th, 50th and 100th numbers drawn also win cash. The owners of the last three remaining numbers will have the choice to split the $2,000 grand prize or continue drawing numbers to the end.

Additional dinner guest tickets cost $25. All proceeds from this event will benefit Angels for Animals shelter and low-cost spay/neuter programs. For information, call Diane at 330-502-5352.

Calling all crossword puzzlers

The Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will host a crossword puzzle tournament fundraiser today at 10 a.m.

The tournament is for teens and adults and the registration fee is $10. Registration forms can be picked up at the library and sent to the Development Office at 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503.

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

Homestead exemption outreach

Representatives from the Mahoning County Auditor’s office will be available for Homestead Exemption questions March 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

Bonding with babies and books at the library

Join the Poland 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 six to 23 months old offers developmentally appropriate book, songs, rhymes and finger plays.

This program is also available for 2 and 3-year-olds Thursdays in March at 10:30 a.m.

The program for 4 and 5-year-olds is scheduled for Thursdays in March at 1 p.m.

Register for kindergarten

Registration for children entering the Poland Local School’s kindergarten will take place today at Union Elementary School, 30 Riverside Dr. from 9 a.m. to noon. Kindergarten students will attend school from 8:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. each day. Parents may register for the Afterschool Care Program during student registration.

Parents or guardians must provide the child’s original, raised seal, birth certificate and Social Security card, immunization records, proof of residency (mortgage documents, house closing papers or rental agreements), parent identification (driver’s license and two current utility bills or credit card statement) and custody papers if applicable.

A child entering kindergarten must be 5 by Aug. 1 and 6 by Aug. 1 to enter first grade. A screening program is set for April 5-7. Parents will be given an appointment for screening during the registration process.

Blood pressure screenings at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a blood pressure screening at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County at 1 p.m. March 22.

Curves offering free seniors’ memberships The Poland Curves is offering free basic memberships for their circuit strength training and exercise program to senior citizens age 65 and over that have certain Medicare supplement policies.

The Silver Sneakers program has no rigid class time. Ladies can come any time Curves is open.

Personal training and encouragement from our dedicated staff is included. To learn if you qualify, call 330-757-8800 or stop in at 3040 Center Road, Route 224.

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.

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.

Trim a tree for March

Children of all ages can 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 March.

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.

Make a reading tree

Preschoolers ages 3-5 and their favorite adult can make a reading tree today from 11 a.m. to noon. A story with puppets will add to the fun.

The cost is $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents. To register, 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 March 16 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 www.mvlna.org.

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 Cent

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