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Friday, January 18, 2013

Rotary trip raises funds for Relay for Life

The Boardman Rotary Relay for Life team is sponsoring a bus trip to Rivers Casino Feb. 16. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. The cost of the trip is $30 and each person receives $20 in free play, plus a $5 food voucher. The bus will leave from behind St. Nicholas Hall in Struthers at 11 a.m. and return at 7 p.m.

Make checks payable to “Boardman Rotary Relay For Life Team” and mail to Jeff Janci, 3170 Highland Ave, Poland, OH 44514, Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are not refundable. Call Jeff at 330-519-6822 for information.

Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner

The Knights of Columbus Fr. Venglaric Council 11915 at St. Charles in Boardman will be hosting a spaghetti dinner Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the church hall. The event, which includes a basket raffle, will feature spaghetti and meatballs at a cost of $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 years of age, and children under 6 will eat for free. The dinner will include a salad, bread and butter, drink, and cake. Carry out orders will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Also, the Knights’ spaghetti sauce and meatballs will be available to purchase separately for $5 beginning at 10 a.m. the morning of the dinner. Bring your own container, or the Knights can provide one. A portion of all proceeds will benefit St. Charles eighth-grade students.

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.

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.

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

Baby brilliant at library

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6 to 23 months.

The Boardman 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. 25. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales for toddlers at Boardman library

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 at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Jan. 30 (iPad program). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library hosts Fun for 4s, 5s

The Boardman library will host developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader Tuesday, as well as Jan. 29 (iPad program) at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Launch into literacy

Enjoy a 2013 version of the traditional story time with the iPad for children ages 4-5 at the Boardman library at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 and 30. Program will last 30 minutes and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday closings at libraries

All libraries in the Public of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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. Breakfast botany is 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.

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.

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.

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 $10 per session.

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 on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. This hike has a moderate rating for possible icy trails and it will span 2 miles.

Health and wellness walks in Mill Creek

Meet at 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.

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.

Potting paperwhites

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.

Get free pancakes Feb. 5

IHOP is giving away free pancakes on Feb. 5 to celebrate National Pancake Day. The fundraiser aims to raise $3 million to kick off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th anniversary. Visit any IHOP location to participate.