Poland Community Briefs

Poland grad makes Kent State Dean’s List

William Hill, a 2011 graduate of Poland, has made Kent State’s Dean List. To qualify, students must have a minimum 3.40 GPA in the semester and have completed 12 or more regular letter-graded credit hours. Hill is majoring in English with a focus in drama and creative writing.

Poland SOV ready to deal you in

The monthly card games are starting again at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland. Card players of all kinds can play on Jan. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and no reservations are needed. For more information, call 330-726-7110, extension 0.

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 mkc@makingkidscount.org or call the office at 330-758-3434.

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.

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.

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 nancy@nancychristie.com.

Baby brilliant set at library

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6 to 23 months. The Poland 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 Wednesday and Jan. 30. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fun for 4s and 5s at library

The Poland 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 1 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lego my library is Tuesday

Children, age 6 and up, will meet at the Poland library from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. For school-age children.

Library hosts ‘Appy hour’ for teenagers

If your teen is asking “What’s an app?” or “What apps are right for me?” attend the Poland library’s “Appy hour” event from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Jan 25 and learn all about popular apps for smart phones and mobile devices. See a variety of apps that will make your life easier and more fun. For teens in grades 7-12.

Tales for toddlers set in January

Join the Poland 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 and 11 a.m. on Thursday and Jan. 31. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Book discussion to focus on “The Charge”

The Poland library will host a book discussion facilitated by Greg Smith and sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC at 8 a.m. Jan. 22, and 29. All sessions are open to the public. For more information, call 330-740-6086.

Library Pajama Jam

The Poland library will host sleepy-time fun for the family on Jan. 28 from 6:30-7 p.m. Put on your PJs and bring out the whole family for stories and more fun.

Poland church hosts Alzheimer’s workshop

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter will be offering an educational workshop tomorrow at Poland United Methodist Church, 1940 Boardman-Poland Road, Both programs will begin at 6:30 p.m. Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers is a one-hour program that will define common symptoms of dementia and communication techniques for caregivers. Those attending will learn about access to services and how to maintain good health as a caregiver. Both programs are free and those interested may attend either or both programs. To register, interested individuals should call Poland United Methodist Church at 330-757-1553.

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.

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,

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 $32 all four sessions or $10 per session.

Trim a tree for January

Decorate an ornament for the Poland library’s all-seasons tree during regular hours throughout the month of January. For children of all ages.

Friends of the Library won’t meet in January

Friends of the Poland Library will not meet in January. The next regular meeting is in Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.

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.

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.

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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