Boardman briefs

Herb growers meeting set for Tuesday

The Holborn Herb Growers Guild will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Inn in the Canfield Fairgrounds. The program speaker will be Eric Barrett, Mahoning County extension educator. The topic will be Hydrangeas. Guests are always welcome.

St. Patrick’s Day celebration set

The Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League will host its fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 9 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at St. Nicholas Social Hall. The cost is $27.50 per person and will include traditional Irish fare, a cash bar, Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and music from the band “Sound Around Town.”

For tickets, donations, or more information, contact Sperry Rongone at 330-770-3880, Nina Lowery at 330-506-9437 or Denise Statler at 330-540-7966.

Dinner discussion at Pete’s Place

The Youngstown Chapter of International Torch Clubs’ dinner-discussion meeting will be Monday at Pete’s Place, Kilcawley Center, on the campus of Youngstown State University. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and lecture at 7 p.m. The speakers will be Donald Butler and Dennis Thompson who will debate “Should the Government Pass Rules and Regulations to Prevent You From Harming Yourself?” The public is invited to attend. Dinner for nonmembers is $18. Attending only the lecture is free of charge. For dinner reservations, call 330-757-4148.

Neighbors wants your news tips

Teachers, parents, event organizers — we know you are hard at work making fun and interesting events or lessons for the community to enjoy and we want to know about it. If you would like a story to be written about your event in Austintown, Boardman, Canfield or Poland, send an email to or call 330-747-1471 extension 1511 to tell our reporter all about it.

Grant writing workshop offered

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is offering a free grant writing workshop on March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mill Creek Metro-Park Farm in Canfield. The first part of the workshop will give the attendees prospecting tips to help them identify foundations, corporations, and government grant programs, and how to approach different kinds of grant makers. The second part will focus on OEEF grants offered by the state of Ohio. If you would like to increase environmental awareness at your school or organization and help get some funds to do this, send a representative to this workshop.

For more information or a flyer about this workshop, contact the Recycling Division of Mahoning County at 330-740-2060 or Dennis Clement at

Meet other local writers

Monday Night Writers will meet on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Cafe, 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road. Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend. The meeting is led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie. The two-hour sessions will include a mix of writing exercises, information on the creative and business aspects of writing and group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’ This month, the guest speaker is Sara Churchill, information services librarian from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, who will share tips on researching for book projects, fiction or articles using library resources.

The cost is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, contact Nancy Christie at 330-793-3675 or at

Audubon Society program set

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley invites the public to “Plants to Attract Specific Birds,” a program by Eric Barrett from Mahoning County’s Ohio State Extension office. The program will take place on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on Route 46 in Canfield. For more information, call 888-846-8851.

MCCTC cosmetology students open salon

Cosmetology students at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center have opened The Salon at MCCTC for afternoon hours to the public. Salon hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and now noon to 2 p.m.

The junior and senior cosmetology students will offer haircuts, styling, perms, hair color, manicures and hair removal. All services are performed by students under the supervision of their instructor and prices start at just $5. To make an appointment, call Cosmetology Instructor Lisa Argiro at 330-729-4000, extension 1309.

Wine and beer tasting in Boardman

Team Schein is hosting a wine and beer tasting at Vintage Estates Wine and Beer in Boardman Feb. 24 from 3-5 p.m.

The cost is $20 per person and includes eight tastings. Choose from six wine selections or 12 beers on tap from the Diamond bar, hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment by Ryan Ross. You must be 21 years of age to purchase a ticket and attend the event.

To purchase tickets, contact Tina Prestas at 330-559-6918 or All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society Boardman Relay for Life on behalf of Team Schein.

Fibromyalgia support group meeting

On Wednesday, the Mahoning Valley Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Drive in Boardman.

This meeting will be from 7-8:30 p.m. and members are urged to bring a friend who is interested in an evening of learning, sharing and fun.

Bring any new information or ideas for day to day coping and a smile to share.

For more information, call Alice at 330-372-2154 or Nancy at 330-758-8413.

Kinect for toddlers

Stories and Kinect play gaming system fun for children ages 2-3 will happen on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library. All children must be accompanied by an adult to this 30-minute story time.

Kinect for preschoolers

The Boardman library will host stories and Kinect play gaming system fun for children ages 4-5 from 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesday. All children must be accompanied by an adult to this 30-minute story time.

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 every Tuesday in February at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Party like a president

Dance with the Kinect Play Gaming System at the Boardman library on Monday at 2 p.m. The program will last one hour and school-age children are invited to come dance, laugh and party at the library.

Holiday tales for toddlers

The Boardman library will host developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales for toddlers

Join the Boardman library for developmentally appropriate books, songs and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader every Wednesday in February at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Kindle class

Bring your Kindle to the library and the librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog on their website Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for specific library to register. For adults.

Blood drive

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross is proudly serving the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital by taking blood donations to help the community Feb. 25 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library.

Open President’s Day

All libraries in the PLYMC system will be open on Monday (President’s Day).

Making Kids Count benefit dinner

On March 15, Making Kids Count will host its first benefit dinner at Avion on the Water in Canfield. Proceeds from the event will go to the various programs Making Kids Count sponsors. This event will include dinner, dessert, a cash bar, chance auction and entertainment. Invitations will be mailed in February. Anyone interested in receiving an invitation for this event or for more information on this event, should send an email with mailing and email addresses to or call the office at 330-758-3434.

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