Winter appreciation hike set in Poland
The Friends of the Poland Forest winter appreciation hike will take place Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. Meet at the College Street entrance to the Poland Municipal Forest. The hike will last approximately one hour and will be at a slow to moderate pace.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 330-758-3434.
Father-daughter princess dance at Boardman Park
Boardman Park will host its 10th annual Father-Daughter princess dance at the Lariccia Family Community Center. The dance will be on three nights this year: Feb. 15 and 16 from 6-9 p.m., and Feb. 17 from 5-8 p.m. This semi-formal dance will include dinner, dancing to DJ music and more. A professional photo for a keepsake of this event will also be included. Tickets are now on sale. They can be purchased at the park office, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Nature program takes unique approach
The Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley is sponsoring “Nonsense Nature,” a program by Mill Creek MetroParks’ Ford Nature Center staff Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on Route 46 in Canfield. For more information, call 888-846-8851.
Local writers group to meet in Canfield
The Monday Night Writers will meet Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield. Led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie, the two-hour session will include both writing exercises and discussions on the creative and business aspects of writing. Those with ‘works-in-progress’ can bring copies of their projects for comments and critiques from the group.
The fee is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, email Nancy Christie at email@example.com.
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.
Drama club production is tonight
The Austintown Fitch High School drama club is preparing for its winter production of “Southern Hospitality.”
The show will take place tonight 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 Jan. 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. 30.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fun for 4s and 5s
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. 30 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Holiday library closings
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. 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. 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. 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.
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 tomorrow 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. 23 at 9 a.m. to hike for the health of it and experience the many benefits of walking. The hike has a moderate rating and will be 2 or 4 miles.
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 today 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.
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 today from 1:30-3 p.m. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The fee is $9 for residents and $12 for non-residents.
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.