Boardman Community Briefs


Monday Night Writers meeting to be Dec. 16

Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend the next meeting of Monday Night Writers on Dec. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield, led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie.

The two-hour sessions include a mix of writing exercises, information on the creative and business aspects of writing and group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’

The fee is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, contact Nancy Christie at 330-793-3675 or at nancy@nancychristie.com.

Donations needed for Rescue Mission

Until Dec. 15, Shepherd of the Valley-Poland (301 W. Western Reserve Road) will be accepting donations of non-perishable items for the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.

Items can be dropped off at the reception desk between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

Non-perishable items needed include (#10 cans or larger) apple sauce, baked beans, cereal, drink mixes, fruit cocktail, instant potatoes, ketchup, mayonnaise, noodles, oil/shortening, pancake mix, peanut butter, salad dressings, soups, spaghetti sauce, syrup, tomato sauce, vegetables; (regular size) cereal, jelly, mixes, peanut butter, snacks, tuna, aerosol deodorants, brushes/combs, diapers (baby and adult), disposable razors, feminine needs, hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, socks and underwear, shampoo and soap, toothbrushes and paste, batteries, dish soap, foil or plastic wrap, laundry soap, paper towels, pillows, plastic silverware, sandwich bags, sheets and trashbages.

For more information, call Elida Cowles, LPN, Admission/Marketing Director, at 330-726-7110, ext. 0, or via email to ECowles@ShepherdoftheValley.com.

Torch Club meeting

The Youngstown Chapter of International Torch Club will meet Dec. 16 at Pete’s Place in Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University. The speaker will be Lowell J. Satre, Professor Emeritus of History from YSU. The title of his speech is, “A South Dakota Farm Boy Looks at Modern Food Production.” The public is invited to attend. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and lecture at 7 p.m. Dinner for non-members is $20. Attending only the lecture is free of charge. Call 330-757-4148 for dinner reservations.

Boardman graduates from Ashland

Courtney McCreary of Boardman will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ashland University at the Winter Commencement ceremony Dec. 14. McCreary is graduating with Cum Laude honors.

She majored in Middle Grades Education and is a 2009 graduate of Boardman High School. McCreary is the daughter of James and Nancy McCreary of Boardman.

Gambler Anonymous to meet

Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A meeting will be Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive, and another will be Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Cornersburg. Both meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are closed meetings - only those suffering from gambling addictions are allowed to attend. Meetings usually last from 8:45-9:15 p.m. For more information, call 330-505-5060.

YSU students contribute to animal charity

A group of YSU students, comprised of Scott Mozingo, Brad-Michael Sampson, Jeremy Nation, Lichun Qiao and Garrett McIntyre, recently spent time volunteering with Youngstown Animal Charity Humane Society, where they learned that the charity, which runs entirely off of donations, is in need of assistance from the community. To contribute, go to 4140 Market Street in Boardman and purchase shirts, bumper stickers and key chains or donate old blankets, newspapers, animal food and more. For more information, contact Animal Charity at 330-788-1064 or email acoofohio@gmail.com.

Cookie, soup, quilt sale

Join Bethel Lutheran Church Dec. 14 from 9-11 a.m. for homemade cookies, soups and a quilt sale. Cookies will be $5 per dozen and soups will be $5 to $6 dollars per quart.

Winter nights in the gardens

Fellows Riverside Gardens will have extended evening hours Dec, 15, 22 and 29 from 5-7 p.m. for the festivities of Winter Celebration. There will be cookies, hot cocoa and entertainment.Support the Second Harvest Food Bank with a donation of a non-perishable food item.

Loose Knit Group to meet

Help create blankets for organizations that give to those in need Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. until noon in the Antonucci Library at Fellows Riverside Gardens. All are welcome, experienced or wanting to learn.

Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated.

Registration not required for this event.

Garden Cafe breakfast Dec. 20

Start your morning with a walk in Fellows Riverside Gardens followed by breakfast and an opportunity to learn about trees Dec. 20 from 8:30-10 a.m. Registration is required. There is a $9 fee; FFRG members $7.

Winter garden conservatory will be Dec. 7-Jan. 5

The D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens will be showcasing holiday color and festivities with floral displays and decorated trees in a special built conservatory starting Dec. 7 through Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Children can walk through the greenhouse and take a plant home. The Davis Center is closed on Mondays except Dec. 30 and Wednesdays, Dec. 25. and Jan. 1.

Make a Christmas Hurricane Centerpiece

Join florist Marie Borocz at Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 19 as she guides you through the process of creating a Christmas table centerpeice.

The centerpieces will include fresh red carnations, white mums, boxwood, ornaments, red berries and a red candle.

Registration is required with a $39 fee; FFRG members $30.

Tea tasting will be Dec. 12

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a tea tasting led by Dr. YT Chiu. Tapas and a variety of four teas will be provided. Proceeds benefit the Family Garden. Registration is required. The cost is $24; FFRG members $20.

Make a Wreath of Greens

Create your own holiday wreath with instructor Pam Baytos at Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Dec 14 from 10 a.m. until noon. Registration is required. There is a $24 fee; FFRG member $20.

Yoga basics classes

Learn the basics of yoga taught by Karres Cvetkovich Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 9-10:30 a.m. Bring a mat and small blanket. Pre-registration is not required. There is a $10 fee per class.

BHS 40th reunion to be Nov. 30

The 40th class reunion for Boardman High School class of 1973 will be Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at The Georgetown, located at 5945 South Ave. in Boardman. The cost is $35 per person for a buffet dinner, cake, DJ and dancing. There will be a cash bar. Make checks payable to BHS Class of 1973 and mail to: BHS Class of 1973, c/o Boardman News, 8302 Southern Blvd. Suite 2A, Boardman, OH 44512.

Winter nights dinners

The Garden Cafe will be offering its Prix Fixe Dinner again this year Dec. 15, 22 and 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. by registration only. A holiday dinner will be provided after viewing the garden lights. To make a reservation or for more information, call 330-740-7074.

Pilates Basics classes

Join instructor Angela Lubonovich Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment and breathing. Bring a mat and water. Pre-registration is not required. There is a $10 fee per class.

T’ai Chi in the Gardens

Join Marie Lew from noon until 1 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18 in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Pre-registration is not required. There is a $10 fee per class.

Pilates Sculpt will be Dec. 4, 11 and 18

Join Angela Lubonovic Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m to learn how to use hand weights to tone the body with an emphasis on core strength and control. Bring a mat, water and two pound weights if you have them. Pre-registration is not required. There is a $10 fee per class.

Tales for Tots: Mice!

Toddlers (2-3 years-old) will learn about mice through storytelling and a holiday craft Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. There is a $2 fee; $3 if not registered. Call Ford Nature Center to pre-register/pay. An adult must accompany each child. Only bring the participating children.

Children’s nature hour: time to sleep

Through a story, craft and activity, children ages 3-6 are invited Dec. 6 and 7 at 10 a.m. to learn about animals that go into a very deep sleep for the winter. There is a $2 fee; $3 if unregistered. Call Ford Nature Centure to pre-register/pay. An adult must accompany each child. Only bring the participating children.

Sunny lesson

Children ages 3-5 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 19 from 1-2 p.m. or Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. until noon to learn about how the sun warms the earth and makes plants grow. A sunny snack, story and sunshine art will be provided. Registration is required. There is a $6 fee; FFRG member $4. An adult must accompany each child. Only bring the participating children.

Let’s be friends

This exhibit in the Melnick museum, runs throughout December 2013 to celebrate the 25 anniversary of the Friends of Fellow Riverside Gardens.

Learn about a mountain

Join Ford Nature Center Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. for a reading followed by a discussion of author John D’Agata’s investigation into topics such as the Las Vegas water supply, suicide, politics and the controversial disposal of nuclear waster at Yucca Mountain.

Nature’s holiday style

Children ages 6-12 are invited to Birch Hill Cabin on Dec. 21 from 10-11:30 a.m to create gifts, decorations and wrappings using natural materials. Pre-register at Ford Nature Center by Dec. 16. There is a $7 fee; $10 if unregistered. An adult must accompany each child. Only bring the participating children.

Natural holiday decorations

Children ages 6-11 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. to decorate a holiday Norfolk Island pine tree with pine cones and berries and make ornaments from natural materials. Registration is required. There is a $15 fee; FFRG members $12. An adult must accompany each child. Only bring the participating children.

Glass by James Michael

Join Ohio artist James Michael and his students Nov. 15 through Jan. 12 in Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens as they assimilate a variety of metals and alloys into clear and colored glass to produce freeform sculptures. Entrapped air bubbles produce abstract forms within the glass.

Hiking in evergreens

This hike will meet at Ford Nature Center Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. to look at some of the evergreens. This hike is a moderate rating of three miles.

It’s a winter!

Celebrate the arrival of winter Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. with a hike through the rocks. Meet at Bears Den Cabin. Participants are invited to the Ford Nature Center after the hike for hot chocolate. Tricky footing on rocks. The hike has a moderate rating of three miles.

Calorie burner

Meet at Newport Wetlands Dec. 29 at 1:30 p,m, for the final hike of 2013. Burn up to 1,000 calories. The hike has a moderate-difficult rating of five miles.

Christmas at the Mill hike

Meet at Scholl Recreation area Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. to take a walk to visit Christmas at the Mill. The hike has a moderate rating of two miles.

Health and wellness walks

Meet at Ford Nature Center Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. for a moderate hike of 2-4 miles and at the overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. for a hike with an easy rating of 1-2 miles.

Winter solstice hike

Meet at Fellows Riverside Gardens Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. for a moderate hike of 1-2 miles.

Youngstown Christmas bird count

Volunteers are invited Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to help census birds seen within the count circle with a 15 mile diameter. The count is administered by the National Audubon society and organized locally through the Mahoning Valley chapter. All abilities are welcome and you can devote as much time as you want. You may even focus on your own yard. Contact Gary Meiter at 234-564-7900 or Wild Birds Unlimited at 330-629-2473

MetroMutts: jingle hike

Bring your canine companion to the MetroParks bikeway trailhead at MetroParks Farm in Canfield Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. for this holiday hike on the MetroParks Bikeway. Dogs will receive a jingle bell collar. Humans will be given hot cider and treats in the barn after the hike. The hike is an easy rating of two miles, weather permitting.

Where are all the wolves?

Join Ford Nature Center Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. for a presentation to learn about wolves. Attendance will also count as a hike.

Puzzle swap

Join the Boardman library Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. to swap puzzles. Bring a puzzle and take home another. This event is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC.

Holiday concerts to be Dec. 12 and 13

The Boardman middle schools will present a fifth- and seventh-grade band holiday concert on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. and the sixth- and eighth-grade holiday concerts on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Boardman High School Performing Arts Center. Admission/donations are accepted at the door. The cost is $3 for adults, $2 for students and senior citizens and children under 10 are free.

What’s all the Hoopla?

Would you like to learn how to download free movies, TV shows,music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices? Register at the Boardman Librarian’s desk or call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman Library to make an appointment throughout December for an individual session. Adults and teens.

What have they done to Hotmail?

Confused about how to use the new Outlook version of Hotmail? Register at the Boardman Librarian’s desk or call 330-744-8636 throughout December and ask for Boardman Library to make an appointment for an individual session.

Apps for eReaders

Need help downloading library books to your eReader? Register at the Boardman Librarian’s desk throughout December or call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman Library to make an appointment for an individual session.

Basic computer training

Come to the Boardman library during library hours throughout December to learn basic computer skills.Register at the Boardman librarian’s desk or call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman Library to make an appointment for an individual session.

Blood Drive to be Dec. 26

Proudly serving the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. Taking blood donations Dec. 26 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. to help the community. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

TAB meeting

Join the Boardman library Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. for the monthly TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting to help plan and support teen activities at the library. Newcomers are always welcome. For teens in grades 7-12.

Teen Thursday

Come hang out with your friends at the Boardman library Dec. 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and play board and card games for an hour. For teens in grades 7-12.

Show What You Know: Cross-stitch holiday ornaments

Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join the Boardman library Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. to learn to make a counted cross-stitch ornament for the holidays. Materials will be provided. Adults can register by calling 330-744-8636.

Sensory stories

Join the Boardman library Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. for a family story time. This program is designed for children of all ages with different needs, including those with Autism, speech/language delays, cognitive impairments, ADHD and other special needs and challenges. There will be books, music and sensory stations with a schedule board and double visuals. Adults must register and accompany their children. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for

Boardman Library.

Puppets! Puppets! Puppets!

Children of all ages are invited to join the Boardman library Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 10 a.m for a one hour holiday puppet show featuring the “12 Days of Christmas” and other skits. The program will close with a freeze pop treat in the “ice fishing activity.”

Library hosts Fun for 4s and 5s

Join the Boardman library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader Dec. 3 and 17 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales for toddlers set for Wednesdays

Join the Boardman library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader Dec. 4 and 18 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Babies and books set at library

Babies ages 6 to 23 months can join the Boardman library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader Dec. 7, 13, 21 and 27 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Night with Boardman Basketball to be Nov. 23

The Boardman Basketball Sixth Man Club is proud to present “A Night with Boardman Basketball” on Nov. 23 at The Embassy from 7-10 p.m. Tickets will be available in advance by contacting club Vice President, Jerry Jones via phone 330-718-1120, via email at jjeajones@zoominternet.net or at the door for $20 per person. All Boardman basketball parents, alumni and patrons are welcome.

Non-profit organizations can now sell admission buttons

First Night Youngstown is the premier New Year’s Eve event in downtown Youngstown. To be admitted into First Night entertainment venues during this New Year’s Eve event, attendees must purchase an admission button. Area non-profit organizations may sell admission buttons and keep a portion of the proceeds. The more the organization sells, the more it earns.

Organizations may begin selling now, and through Dec. 21. For more information, email infofirstnightyoungstown@netzero.net or call 330-744-9966.

BSTN is now on Armstrong Channel 204

Armstrong Cable has moved the Boardman School Television Network station to Channel 204.

BSTN TV provides informational programing about the Boardman community, concerts, organizational events, its government and special features to the Mahoning Valley. Armstrong Cable customers have been able to view this station on Armstrong Cable Channel 19, however, it has recently been moved to Channel 204.

According to Armstrong Cable the move has been made as part of their switch from analog to digital programming which provides faster service.

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