Church serves pancakes and eggs breakfast
The Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road, Austintown, will host a pancake, sausage and egg breakfast on Jan. 12 from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child 10 and under. The proceeds will go toward world service projects.
Free dinner to be Jan. 17
The Smith Corners United Methodist Church, located at 3000 S. Canfield Niles Road, Austintown, will host its monthly free Supper at the Corner event Jan. 17 from 4:30-6 p.m. The menu this month features barbecue pork, mashed potatoes and apple cobbler. This is a community outreach program of the church and open to all in the community each month.
Austintown Curves offering free workouts
Curves in Austintown, located at 4330 New Road, is offering free Healthways Silver Sneakers memberships. Eligible women can workout for free based on their participating Medicare Supplemental insurance. Call 330-793-9802 for information.
Spaghetti dinner benefit for Darcy
There will be a spaghetti dinner benefit for Darcy Fletcher, an Austintown crossing guard who was stuck by a car in a hit-and-run, on Jan. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church’s new hall.
Drama club production is Jan. 18-19
The Austintown Fitch High School drama club is preparing for its winter production of “Southern Hospitality.” The show will take place on Jan. 18-19 at 7 p.m. in the the Fitch High School auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. They will be available at the door.
Baby brilliant at the library
This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6 to 23 months. The Austintown library will host 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at 10 a.m. on Monday and Jan. 7 and 28. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tales for toddlers hosted at library
Join the Austintown library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help children (ages 2-3) become successful readers at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Jan. 16, 23 and 30. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fun for 4s and 5s set in January
The Austintown library will host developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help children (ages 4-5) become successful readers Wednesday, as well as Jan. 16, 23, and 30 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Library hosts winter science fun
Explore winter at the Austintown library on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Take part in activities, experiments and other fun about weather, migration and hibernation. Make and take home a pine cone bird feeder. This event is for children in grades K-6 and their caregivers. Younger children are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.
PS2sday set for teens
The Austintown library will be hosting an event to play video games in the meeting room after school on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. for teens in grades 7-12.
Library offers Nook night
Bring your Nook to the Austintown library on Monday at 6 p.m. and the librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the’s Digital Catalog on their website. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for Austintown to register.
Holiday closings for libraries
All libraries in the Public of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Friends of the Library is Jan. 28
There will be a Friends of the Austintown Library meeting and program with author Sue Hawkins Bell at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28. She will speak about her book, “A Journey from Somerset, England, to Ohio.”
Breakfast botany Jan. 25
Start your morning on Jan. 25 from 8:30-10 a.m. with a brisk garden walk in the frosty air. Return to the Garden Caf for a light breakfast and learn about spruce trees. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register.
The fee is $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents.
Piloxing in the park in January
This unique program, instructed by Angela Lubonovich, mixes Pilates and boxing into a fat-blasting and muscle-toning workout guaranteed to whip you into shape. Bring a mat and water. Classes are held at Pioneer Pavilion Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 6-7 p.m. Call REC to register; the fee is $10 per session.
Gotta move storytime set at library
This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Austintown library for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development, and motivate language learning at 10 a.m. Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31. Adults and kids will act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.
Do Pilates in the park
Increase your understanding of various Pilate’s concepts and movements with instructor Angela Lubonovich Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Classes held at Pioneer Pavilion. Bring a mat and water. Call REC to register; the fee is $32 all four sessions or $10 per session.
Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens
Join Marina Perdos in the mornings (9:30-11 a.m.) and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings (5:30-7 p.m.) for a blend of energizing yoga styles that will help you keep a healthy outlook Tuesdays and Thursdays in January. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. There is a $10 fee per class. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information.
T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens
Ease stress, improve health, and increase vitality Wednesdays in January from noon until 1 p.m. Join Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. There is a $10 fee per class.
Workout boot camp is Jan. 12
Kick start your workout with a jam-packed hour of head-to-toe fitness on Jan. 12 from 10-11 a.m. This functional boot camp will consist of drills that benefit the beginner exerciser to the advanced athlete. The class is instructed by JoAnne Maloney and will take place at Yellow Creek Lodge. Call REC to register; the fee is $10.
Yoga basics on Sundays
Feel comfortable in a class for everyone Sundays from Jan. 20-March 10 from 9-10:30 a.m. while you learn the basics taught by Karres Cvetkovich. The fee is $80 for eight weeks or $75 if registered by Jan. 12. Gift Certificates are available. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register.
Resolution and roundtable
If your New Year’s resolution is to get more exercise, join Mill Creek Park’s first walk of the new year on Jan. 6 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Afterward, sit down with Bill Whitehouse for a potpourri discussion about nature- and park-related topics from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Attend one or both. Meet at Birch Hill Cabin. This hike has a moderate rating and is 2 miles long.
Winter farmscape set at Mill Creek Park
Hike at Mill Creek Park and explore what winter has brought to the diverse habitats along the Mindy Henning Memorial Trail. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. This hike has a moderate rating for unpaved trails and is 2 miles long.
See shades of winter at the gorge
Find out how many colors Mother Nature displays in the dead of winter as you search the Gorge area for matches to the shades in a big box of Crayolas. Meet at the Lanterman’s Mill parking lot on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. This hike has a moderate rating for possible icy trails and it will span 2 miles.
Learn about ice making
During the early 1900s, the Youngstown Ice Company harvested ice for commercial use from Mill Creek and the Mahoning River. Look back at the ice harvesting industry and then take a walk to see what remains of the Youngstown Ice Company’s heyday at Mill Creek Park Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Those interested can then continue with a hike around Lake Glacier. Meet at the Davis Center. This hike is a moderate rating with hills and steps and will span 1/4 or 3 miles.
Health and wellness walks in Mill Creek
Meet at the Mill Creek golf course overflow parking lot on Jan. 9 or the MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. to hike for the health of it and experience the many benefits of walking. The Jan. 9 hike has an easy rating and will be 1 or 3 miles and the Jan. 23 hike has a moderate rating and will be 2 or 4 miles.
Loose Knit Group meets in January
All hands helping to “Warm Up America,” are welcome at the Loose Knit Group Jan. 4 and 18 from 10 a.m. until noon, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for more information.
Do yoga with MetroMutts dogs
Mill Creek Park will be hosting yoga with your dog Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. All levels are welcome, including those who have never practiced yoga. Dress comfortably, bring a mat and water for yourself and treats for your dog. Class will be conducted by Maureen Lauer-Gatta, owner of The Yoga Room in Warren, Ohio. Classes will be at Pioneer Pavilion. The cost for MetroMutts members is $5 and $10 for non-members.
Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley
Ford Nature Center’s staff will tell you all about nonsense nature on Jan. 22. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meet at MetroParks Farm.
Children ages 3 – 5 will learn about flower bulbs and plant pots of cheery paperwhites to take home Jan. 8 from 1-2 p.m. and Jan. 19 from 11 until noon. A snack and story will add to the fun. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The fee is $7 for residents and $9 for non-residents.
Tales for twos: winter edition
Two-year-olds are invited to bundle up and enjoy the sights and fun of winter at Mill Creek Park Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. Create a craft for the birds then take a short walk. Preregister at Ford Nature Center. The fee is $2 for residentas and $3 for non-residents.
Gone trackin’ for wild animals
This event is for children ages 3-5. Learn what wild animals are out and about during the winter at Mill Creek Park on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. or Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. Investigate their tracks and other signs through a story, activities, and outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather and preregister at Ford Nature Center. The fee is $2 for residents and $3 for non-residents.
Make good luck bean wreaths
It has been said that beans will bring good luck in the New Year. Children ages 6 and older can bring good fortune to their homes by making a colorful wreath of different kinds of dried beans at Mill Creek Park on Jan. 19 from 1:30-3 p.m. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The fee is $9 for residents and $12 for non-residents.
Mooney hosts meeting regarding new Chinese class
Cardinal Mooney High School is adding a Chinese language course to its course offerings. Principal John Young noted that the course “reflects the growing inter-relationship between the Chinese and American economies. We were alerted to the need for the course by alumni and parents who have traveled to China on business.”
The courses will be taught by Lauren Mangino, who is a retired teacher from the Warren City Schools. Mangino has traveled in China and taught Chinese courses at Warren Harding.
An informational meeting for parents and students interested in the course has been scheduled for Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Mooney. Details about the course offering and requirements will be discussed at that time.
Yellow Creek Park concert series
Get out of the cold and enjoy the first concert of the year at Yellow Creek Lodge in Struthers on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Fitch alumni cruise planned
An Austintown Fitch Class of 1973 group cruise is booking now. Anyone who graduated from Fitch in the proximity of that year, or went to school with the class, can book a room. The cruise sets sail on March 1, 2014. The Celebrity Constellation will set sail for five days, from Monday to Friday, from Ft. Lauderdale to Cozumel and Key West.
Jill Hildebrand Burstein is the cruise organizer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, via the class website www.Fitch1973.com contact form, or by calling 248-909-1120. For booking and ship particulars, call travel agent Marilyn DeLisio at 586-948-1251 or email her at email@example.com. Visit www.Fitch1973.com for updates and the cruise flyer.
Weight loss group to host open house
TOPS Chapter No. 2191, a weight-loss support group, is hosting an open house Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, 45 Idlewood Road in Austintown.
TOPS is a weight loss support group for men, women and children ages 7 and up. The chapter meets at the church on Thursdays from 5:45-7 p.m.
For more information, contact Kerry Price at 330-799-2894.