Canfield Community Briefs

Canfield Community Band to perform benefit concert

The Canfield Community Concert Band will present a winter concert tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Canfield High School on Cardinal Drive.

The concert is a benefit performance for Operation Blessing. A volunteer group of 40 or more members, Operation Blessing distributes food items to Mahoning County families in need. Housed at the Canfield Presbyterian Church, Operation Blessing is supported by several Canfield-area churches, high school groups and local businesses, as well as individuals.

There is no admission charge for the concert. To help carry on its mission, support for Operation Blessing is requested in the form of non-perishable food items and monetary donations.

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

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.

Tales to tails set at library

Sign up to read to a registered therapy dog at the Canfield library on Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m., which helps develop reading skills, promotes confidence, and encourages a love of reading. Readers of all levels and abilities are welcome. Bring a book of your choice. Dogs are provided by K-9 for Compassion, registered Delta society therapy dogs.

Sign-up is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Canfield. The event is for school-aged children.

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.

Holiday closings at library

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

Fun for 4s & 5s at library

The Canfield 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 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales for toddlers set in January

Join the Canfield 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Kindle klass is Jan. 29

Bring your Kindle to the Canfield library at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 and the librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the library’s Digital Catalog on our website. Don’t forget your Amazon account and email information. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.

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.

Know your snow trivia

Answer snow trivia facts with a true or false; take a wild guess or look it up at the Canfield library during regular hours throughout January. Correct contests will be entered in a drawing to win a prize. For school-age children.

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,

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.

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 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 on 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.

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