Poland briefs


Meeting set for Women’s League

The next meeting of the Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League will be April 4 at Blazed and Bedazzled, 8414 Market St. in Boardman at 6:30 p.m.

Plans for the upcoming luau in May will be discussed. Members are to bring car/motorcycle care items for baskets to be raffled at the upcoming bike nights to be held at Quaker Steak and Lube in Austintown.

Women interested in joining or receiving information can contact Membership Chairwoman Linda Crish at 330-757-7990.

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 per person. Several wines, food, gift opportunities and artwork of local nature will be available.

It’s time to play cards

Shepherd of the Valley-Poland will host its monthly card game Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m for card players of all kinds.

For information, call 330-726-7110, extension 0.

Friends Bookstore to close for improvements

The Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Bookstore and Gift Shop will be closed Monday through Saturday while improvements are being made to better serve customers.

The project will be paid for by the Friends of PLYMC and is estimated to cost $6,000. Improvements will include increasing the in-store space allocated to processing donated books, touch-up painting, carpet cleaning, improving shelving units and expanding the gift shop.

Second place for toastmaster

Youngstown Executive Toastmaster Kathy Hammons won second place at the Central Division International Speech Competition in Akron March 15 for her performance of “These Walls Are Coming Down.”

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, April 16 at 11 a.m. The event is free.

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

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.

Business Women host Chinese auction

Tri-Gold Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will host its fifth annual Chinese Auction at St. Nick’s Hall in Struthers April 9 at 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $5 and includes a sheet of bidding tickets, a door prize entry and refreshments.

All proceeds go toward the annual scholarship fund given to area students.

To make a donation, get chapter information or purchase tickets call Sharon at 330-793-6208.

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.

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.

Pasta benefit Sunday

A pasta and meatball dinner to benefit double lung transplant recipient Tina Carkido will be Sunday 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 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.

Learn how to use a computer

You can learn the basics of computers and the Internet in a beginner’s training class at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County April 14 at 12:30 p.m., April 16 at 9:30 a.m. and April 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Call 330-744-8363 to register. Dinner to raise money to beat cancer

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Poland will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Sunday 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.

A sale for moms

Dobbins Elementary School, 3030 Dobbins Road, Poland, is hosting its “Mom 2 Mom Sale” today 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.

Historic awards nominations under way

Nominations for the Historic Preservation Committee’s 2011 Historic Preservation Awards will be accepted until April 1.

The awards program is in it seventh year and honors those in the Mahoning Valley who take an active role in preserving historic buildings, sites and districts. Historic preservation projects in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties are eligible for recognition in appropriate categories. Award winners will be announced to the public during Historic Preservation Month in May and recognized by the members of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society at the Society’s Annual Meeting in June.

A brochure containing all awards program criteria and an application form is available on the Historical Society’s Website, www.mahoninghistory.org or by mail. For information call 330-743-2589 or e-mail mvhs@mahoninghistory.org.

Have dinner with the Doc

Dr. Jason Marucci and Dr. Joseph Ethen will host a “Tired if Being Tired” health lecture and complimentary dinner Wednesday at Stonebridge Grille and Tavern, 1497 Boardman-Canfield Road.

The dinner talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. and address simple strategies to deal with “burn out” and the feeling of constantly being tired. As an added bonus learn how stress is preventing you from losing weight and why diets and exercise haven’t worked for you. Exercise less and lose more weight.

Preregistration is necessary and seating is limited.

To register, call 330-286-3669.

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.

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 and Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

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. Wednesday 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.

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.

Webinar at the library

“Morningstar’s Markets” Editor Jeremy Glaser will present a web presentation “BIC Investing 101: Simple Strategies to Get Started in the World of Investing” April 8 at noon at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

After the webinar, a Business and Investments Center Information Specialist will feature an overview of Morningstar Investment Research Center, the database which is accessible from a library computer or via home/remote access.

To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services.

Blood drive at library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County April 13 from 1 to 7 p.m.

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.

Friends of the Library hosts program

Friends of the Library will host a program about Mill Creek MetroParks April 5 at 10 a.m. at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

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 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 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.

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.

Teen Tech Week tournament

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

Homestead exemption outreach

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

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.

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 today 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 Wednesday 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.

Plan to plant a garden

Children who have completed second grade can register through Thursday 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.

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 Sunday at 2 p.m. Walkers should meet at the Ford Nature Center.

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