Canfield briefs

Homestead exemption outreach

Representatives from the Mahoning County Auditor’s Office will be available for Homestead Exemption questions and to help fill out applications at the Canfield branch of the public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County April 7 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Senior citizen and disabled homeowners will receive help applying for the Homestead Exemption on their Mahoning County property taxes.

Applicants must bring proof of age (driver’s license or copy of birth certificate) to apply.

A sale for moms

Dobbins Elementary School, 3030 Dobbins Road, Poland, is hosting its “Mom 2 Mom Sale” March 26 from 9 a.m to noon.

The public is welcome to shop gently used baby and children’s clothing, shoes, books, games, toys, furniture and anything else related to children and moms. Entrance fee is $1. For information call 330-757-3384.

Ursuline graduate makes Dean’s list

Lauren Anderson, a 2010 graduate of Ursuline High School, was named to the Dean’s list for the 2010 winter quarter at Ohio Northern University. She is majoring in Pharmacy.

Anderson is the daughter of John and Kelli Anderson of Canfield.

Canfield student earns high honors

Peter Zelinka III of Canfield was recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at Youngstown State University.

Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong fulfillment.

Lenten breakfasts offered

Canfield Christian Church, 123 S. Broad St., will host free Lenten breakfasts each Wednesday through April 20 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Donations will be accepted.

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.

Learn ways to stay fit

Local fitness expert Eve Bevilacqua will conduct Well of Body, a session designed to teach participants new ways to stay fit without strenuous physical activity Apr. 5 at the Ursuline Center from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bevilacqua is currently the wellness director for Copeland Oaks/Crandall Medical Center of Sebring.

The cost for the session is $10.

To register, call the center at 330-799-4941.

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.

New HR director at Shepherd of the Valley

Deidre Watson recently joined the staff of Shepherd of the Valley as the director of human resources.

Watson brings extensive HR experience to the position with a bachelor’s of science in Business Administration/Human Resources from Youngstown State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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 $8 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.

Pork-kraut at the Saxon Club Sunday

The Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown, will host a pork-kraut dinner Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cost is $8.50 for adults and $5 for children.

Take-out is available.

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.

Soccer team sponsors spaghetti dinner

The Ursuline High School boys soccer team is hosting a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction Sunday 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.

Guess and win

The Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is offering a prize for the participant who guesses the closest number of items in a jar throughout the month of March.

History is our strength

Throughout the month of March the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is offering a prize to individuals who correctly complete a quiz about women and their important achievements.

March is Women’s History Month and teenagers in grades seven through 12 are encouraged to participate.

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.

Rotary Club to host Pancake breakfast

The Boardman Rotary Clubs is hosting its 28th annual Pancake Breakfast during Boardman Park’s Maple Syrup Festival today, Sunday and March 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.

Read tales to tails

Sign up and read to a registered therapy dog at the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Monday at 6:30 p.m.

This program helps school-aged children develop reading skills, promote confidence and encourages a love of reading.

Call 330-744-8636 for information.

What do you think a leprechaun looks like?

The Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is offering students the chance to share their pictures of leprechauns throughout the month of March.

Children of all ages can draw their best interpretation of a leprechaun and ask the librarian to hang the design in the window.

Bonding with babies and books

Join the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County April 11 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 Tuesdays in April at 10 a.m. and for 4 and 5-year-olds Tuesdays in April at 1:30 p.m.

Easter anagram contest

Children of all ages can unscramble the letters to find Easter words in the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County’s anagram contest throughout the month of April during regular library hours.

Tales to Tails at library

Sign up to read to a registered therapy dog, which helps develop reading skills, promotes confidence and encourages a love of reading, at the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Sign up is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Canfield library.

Earth Day energy exam at library

Earth Day is April 22. Stop by the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County throughout the month of April to take the Energy Exam. SClBIf you can tell what items/activities use the most energy, you could win a prize. This is for teens in grades seven through 12.

Band rehearsals open to the community

Musicians from the Valley are welcome to attend rehearsals with the Canfield Community Concert Band. The band meets every Tuesday evening at Canfield High School.

For information, contact Leann Rich at 330-503-4113.

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 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mill Creek MetroParks 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.

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.

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.

Write about the gardens

Karen Schubert will host a writing workshop 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 Friday 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.

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 Wednesday 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 Sunday.


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