Canfield briefs

Torch Club to present mayoral candidate

The Youngstown Torch Club will present, at the Sept. 16 dinner meeting, Youngstown Mayoral candidate Attorney John A. McNally, whose presentation, “My Dream for Youngstown,” will examine his vision for the continued revitalization of Youngstown and his proposal to achieve this goal. The public is invited to attend the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. (social hour), followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. Call 330-757-4148 for reservations.

Mahoning Valley Epilepsy raises awareness

Hundreds of local people will rock on Sept. 21 on the front porch of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., raising Epilepsy awareness and support for service offered by Mahoning Valley Epilepsy.

Community businesses, families, friends, clubs and organizations sponsor the event or get pledges to occupy the rocking chairs for an hour at a time during the day long event.

There will be live entertainment, raffles and refreshments throughout the day. Participants are given information on first aid for seizures, signs and symptoms of epilepsy, and statistics on the prevalence and seriousness of the disorder. Those who are diagnosed with epilepsy are happy to chat about what life is like when you are living with Epilepsy.

Monday Night Writers scheduled for Sept. 16

Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend the next meeting of Monday Night Writers, to be Sept. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield. Led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie, the two-hour sessions include a mix of writing exercises, information on the creative and business aspects of writing, and group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’ The fee is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, contact Nancy Christie at 330-793-3675 or at

Saxons host annual auction

The public is invited to attend the 23rd Annual Saxon Club Chinese Auction Cept. 15 at The Youngstown Saxon Club, located at 710 Maridian Road. The Saxon Club ballroom doors will open at noon for a viewing and the auction will begin at 2 p.m. The cost is a $5 donation and tickets will be available at the door. The entry ticket includes a free door prize entry, hot dog, chips, coffee or pop and 25 free prize tickers. Proceeds will benefit the Saxon Scholarship Fund for students to Youngstown State University.

Quilt meeting Sept. 17

That Quilt Group I Belong To will host its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Fair Park in Canfield. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for those who are available to work on charity quilts and Christmas stockings. The topic of the 7 p.m. meeting will be unfinished projects (UFOs). Members are asked to bring and describe a UFO. The project must be completed by the March 2014 meeting.That Quilt Group I Belong To is open to all interested quilters at all skill levels. For membership information, please contact president Ginger Mangie at

White House Farm to host festival

White House Fruit Farm will celebrate the fall season with its 31st Annual Harvest Festival and Craft Show on Sept. 21 and 22. The annual event features a unique blend of fun and food for the entire family. A large craft show will be offered and feature artisans from around the region. Additional outdoor events include horse-drawn wagon rides, great food, fall candy and plenty of activities for the children. The weekend also marks the opening of the farm’s pumpkin pavilion with their very own pumpkin painter.

Steak fry today

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul and the Knights of Columbus will host the third annual steak fry today from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Byzantine Center at the Grove. The event will include a steak dinner, music, draft beer, 50/50 raffle, a Chinese auction and more. The cost is $20. For tickets, call Brian Antal at 330-690-8435. The Byzantine Center is located at 3801 Shady Run Road in Youngstown.

Boy Scouts annual dinner to be Sept. 15

The Whispering Pines District of the Greater Western Reserve Council, Boy Scouts of America is hosting its annual Recognition and Awards Dinner Sept. 15 at Camp Stambaugh, located at 3712 Leffingwell Road in Canfield. A social begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. with the program and awards to follow.

For more information about all Scouting programs, visit or the Greater Western Reserve Boy Scout Council website at and for all of the programs of the Boy Scouts of America in Mahoning County and Hubbard, Ohio, contact Whispering Pines District Executive Preston Cockrell at 330-898-8474 ext. 15 or email

Ursuline Center to celebrate active aging

The Ursuline Center will celebrate active aging Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. until noon.

Guest speaker Cara Carramusa, director of therapy services for Park Vista, Youngstown, will speak on Age Related Changes in the mature adult in the SilverSneakers exercise room, located at 4250 Shields Road. The public is invited to attend this free lecture.

Active Aging Week promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on a national scale by giving older adults the opportunity to experience activities and exercise in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. For more information contact Sister Therese Ann Rich at 330-792-7636 ext. 201 or

Rust Belt Theater Company to present NEVERMORE

The Rust Belt Theater Company will present NEVERMORE!, an original musical by Robert Dennick Joki and Josh Taylor, based on the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. The show will take place Sept. 14, 20 and 21, each night at 8 p.m. The performance centers around the inmates of an insane asylum and intertwines more than twenty of Poe’s short stories and poems into the plot, juxtaposed with original music, and choreography by Marisa Zamary.

The cast includes Nicole Zayas, Kage Coven, Geri Dewitt, Taylor Jordyn, Hunter Thomas, Nicholas Forgac, JoEllen Jacob, Josh Taylor, David Cirelli, Marisa Zamary, Beth Farrow, Rachel Clifford, Starr McClure, Celena Coven and Robert Dennick Joki.

There will be a reception following the opening night performance. For reservations, call or text 330-507-2358. The Rust Belt Theater Company is located in the Calvin Center at 755 Mahoning Ave., just outside of downtown Youngstown. Parking is free.

Autumn Flower Show

There will be an autumn flower show Sept. 21 from noon to 5 p.m. and Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. presented by the Garden Forum of Greater Youngstown at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Casino trip Oct. 26

The 2013 Pink Ribbon Golf Classic committee is sponsoring a bus trip to the Seneca Allegheny Casino on Oct. 26. All proceeds from this trip will be given to the American Cancer Society. The bus will leave from Fab Limo on Connecticut Ave. in Austintown at 8 a.m. and will depart from Seneca at 5 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and each player will be given $20 in play and a $5 food coupon. Send registration and check to: Pink Ribbon Golf Classic, c/o Nancy Felton, American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield. For more information, contact Donna Mowrey at 330-207-9630 or Nancy at 330-533-2712.

Digital scavenger hunt

Check in at Ford Nature Center to get a list of nature items to track down and document with a digital camera or phone. Everyone is welcome to the digital scavenger hunt, to be Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. This event is especially recommended for families with older children. Easy-moderate rating, miles are up to you.

Search for the pawpaw

The Metro Parks will host a search for the pawpaw Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. What is a pawpaw? Spend part of the first day of autumn with the Metro Parks and you will find out. Meet at Deerpath Trail off Hitchcock Road. The hike has a moderate rating of 1.5 miles.

Breakfast Botany set

Breakfast Botany: Maple will be Sept. 27 from 8:30-10 a.m. Start your morning with a brisk walk in the gardens.

Return to the Garden Caf to enjoy a light breakfast and listen to interesting facts about trees. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The cost is $9 and $7 for FFRG members.

Learn gardening basics

Gardening Basics: Soils 101 will be Sept. 14 from 9:30-11 a.m. A healthy garden begins with healthy soil. Start from the ground up by learning the essentials of soil, how to amend your garden, and what living organisms you need to create the best underground ecosystem for your plants.

Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The cost is $16 and $12 for FFRG members.

Construct botanical pottery

Botanical Pottery: Autumn Leaf Bowl will be Sept. 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. Lynn Cardwell will teach students to construct a clay bowl embossed with leaf patterns. The work will be glazed in autumn colors, fired and ready to take home approximately three to four weeks after the class. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The cost is $39 (FFRG member $30)

Learn about tremendous trees

Tremendous Trees will be Sept. 28 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. In the class, children ages 6 and up will discuss the importance of trees and their uses, identify trees in the gardens and create their own tree field guide to take home. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register.The cost is $12, FFRG member is $10.

Bounding with butterflies

The Metro Parks will host Bounding with Butterflies Sept. 19 and 28 from 11 a.m. until noon at Fellows Riverside Garden. Children ages 3-5 will enjoy learning about and looking for butterflies, reading a story together and creating butterfly craft. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The cost is $12, FFRG member $10.

Autumn plant sale to be Sept. 28, 29

Fellows Riverside Gardens will host an autumn plant sale Sept. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ornamental cabbage, gourds, pumpkins, chrysanthemums, plus a large variety of spring blooming bulbs will be for sale. Call Fellows Riverside Garden for more information.

Farmers and chefs create tastings

Top local chefs will be paired with local farmers or producers, and together they will create delicious tastings from fresh, locally grown produce, meat and other products on Sept. 21 from 6:30-11 p.m. Craft beer pairings, luscious desserts and the music of Gail George and Donkey Engine complete the evening. The event will be at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield. Reservations required. The cost is $50 per person. Call the administrative office for more details.

Bird walks set

Join Certified Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Brundage on bird walks Sept. 21 and 28 at 9 a.m. Bring binoculars. Meet at Newport Wetlands. Easy rating, less than one mile.

Enjoy the sunset at the farm

This end of summer celebration will be at the MetroParks Farm on Sept. 14 from 5-8. Play old-fashioned games, visit with farm animals, explore a giant corn maze, sample cider and homemade apple butter and ride a wagon pulled by draft horses. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on while you enjoy roasted marshmallows and entertainment around the campfire. Call Ford Nature Center for details.

Audubon Society to host Judy Semroc

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley has invited the public to “Birds, Bugs and Botany” Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Judy Semroc, from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will speak about where to look for birds based on their food preferences. The event will be at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on Route 46 in Canfield. All are welcome. For more information, call 1-888-846-8851.

Join a loose knit group

All hands helping to “Warm Up America” are welcome on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. until noon. Both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet can join. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated. Registration is not necessary. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information.

Farm tours available

Take a tractor-wagon ride through the MetroParks Farm every Sunday in September. Children can make a craft to take home. Visit the gift shop for closeout values. Suggested donations is $2/person or $5/family.

Take a family tour

The Metro Parks will offer a few more family tours Sept. 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. Tour includes a wagon ride, a visit with the animals, and playroom time. Limited seating, reservations are suggested.

Audubon Society to host Judy Semroc

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley has invited the public to “Birds, Bugs and Botany” Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Judy Semroc, from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will speak about where to look for birds based on their food preferences. The event will be at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on Route 46 in Canfield. All are welcome. For more information, call 1-888-846-8851.

Historical society hosts open house

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is hosting a free Founders Day open house at the Arms Family Museum on Sept. 15 from 1-5 p.m., in celebration of the Society’s 138th anniversary. The museum will be open for tours, the education staff will have indoor and outdoor games and activities for all ages and executive director Bill Lawson will lead a historic walking tour of Wick Avenue at 1:30 p.m.

Refreshments, including Good Humor ice cream bars, will be available. For more information, call the Society at 330-743-2589 or visit

Spaghetti dinner to benefit charity

There will be a homemade Spaghetti Dinner and Chinese Auction at the Western Reserve United Methodist Church, located at 4580 Canfield Road (Rt. 62) in Canfield Sept. 14 from 4-6:30 p.m. The dinner is sponsored by the YSU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Western Reserve UMC Mission Committee and will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County. Since its organization, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 20 homes in Mahoning County. It builds safe, decent and affordable housing for God’s people in need. All funds raised will be used locally. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and children under five are free. Takeout is available. For more information, call the church at 330-792-5805.

Swap coupons at the library

If you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have, drop by the Canfield library at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons or learning new tips from other coupon-clippers.

Check your blood pressure

Get your blood pressure checked at the Canfield library Sept. 17 from 1-3 p.m. This event will be hosted by Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association.

Kindle class set in Septmeber

Bring your Kindle to the library and the librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog on their website Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for specific library to register.

School around the world

Find out how school is in other countries of the world at the Canfield library. If you correctly match the countries to the school facts, you could win a prize. This event is for teens in grades 7-12 during library hours through the month of September.

Enter contest to have dinner with author

Want to have dinner with New York Times bestselling young adult author Jay Asher? Give the library some reasons - 13 reasons, to be exact. Present your arguments in any format you wish - three winners will be selected to meet Jay, have dinner with him at the Poland library and receive an autographed copy of his award-winning novel, “Thirteen Reasons Why.” Contest runs from Sept. 1-30 and is open to teens in grades 7-12. Visit or any library branch for complete contest rules and instructions.

Read tales to tails

Sign up to read to a registered therapy dog, which helps develop reading skills, promotes confidence and encourages a love of reading at the Canfield library Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Readers of all levels and abilities are welcome. Bring a book of your choice. Dogs are provided by K-9 for Compassion and are registered Delta society therapy dogs.

Lego my library on Tuesday

Children, age 6 and up, can create Lego designs at the Canfield library Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Legos will be provided.

Gotta move storytime set

Children ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver, can join the Canfield library for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.

Congratulate top readers

The Canfield library will congratulate the summer’s top readers Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. This event is for school-age children.

Library hosts Fun for 4s and 5s

Join the Canfield library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader every Tuesday in September at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales for toddlers set for Wednesdays

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 every Wednesday in September at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Farmers National Bank funds scholarship

Farmers National Bank reaffirmed its simultaneous commitment to community and education with a $3,000 gift to the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC).

OFIC applied these funds to a scholarship for Ryan Pollifrone of Boardman. Pollifrone is a finance and political science major at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.

Farmers has provided annual donations to the OFIC over the last 8 years. The OFIC, which is headquartered in Columbus, works with corporations, foundations and individuals to provide scholarship assistance to 100,000 students.

Volleyball boosters to host wine taste

The Canfield Volleyball Booster Club will host a wine taste and Chinese auction Sept. 21 at St. Michael’s Family Life Center from 7-10 p.m.

The cost is $30 per person and includes light hors d’oeuvres. For tickets, contact Kristin Hartshorn at 330-533-1113.

Fall festival set

Poland-Boardman Child Care Center, located at 1940 Boardman Poland Road, is hosting the second annual fall festival Sept. 21 from 1-5 p.m.

The festival will include food, games, a bounce-around, crafts, fire trucks and the MedEvac helicopter.

Support group meeting to be Sept. 18

The Mahoning Valley Fibromyalgia Support Group will resume its monthly meetings on Sept. 18 by welcoming Dr Noah Erikson, Chiropractor. Dr Erikson believes in integrating traditional medical models to include complementary and alternative medicines and to treat each case individually.

The meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Drive in Boardman. All are welcome.

Donate food items

Canfield Operation Blessing distributes food at the Canfield Presbyterian Church, 140 W. Main St., from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. In order to continue to help local families in need, the church is asking for donations of non-perishable goods at the following locations during the month of August: Canfield Police Department, Canfield Fire Department, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, The Broad Street Diner, Bob and Chuck Eddy Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Fiat and Firm Fitness and Spray Tan (Hilltop Plaza). Monetary donations can be sent to Canfield Operation Blessing, P.O. Box 652, Canfield, Ohio 44406.

Arms Museum plans Christmas program

Plans for this year’s Memories of Christmas Past are underway at the Arms Family Museum. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is looking to the Valley community for some help with this year’s display.

Highlights this year will be on local Valley traditions and will include family heirlooms, nativity collections, handmade cigar box doll houses and a large collection from John Garver, inventor of the locally produced Plakie twirler ornaments.

The society is looking for Christmas items related to downtown department stores. McKelveys, McCrorys, Higbees, Strouss-Hirshberg or any other downtown establishment are desirable. Items will be displayed on a short-term loan basis and will be returned to the owner after the exhibit closes in January.

Please email a description and picture of items to or contact the Historical Society with any questions at 330-743-2589. Memories of Christmas Past opens on Nov. 23 and runs through January 5, 2014. Visit for more details.

Test knowledge at the library

Stop in the library to test your hot knowledge about hot stuff and you could win a prize. For teens in grades 7-12. During library hours through the month of August.

Family garden Fridays set

The Metro Parks will host Family Garden Fridays every Friday now through September from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will be centered on gardening with children. Learn about vegetables with “Eat Your Colors” and see which insect is the “Bug of the Week.” Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information.

Sculpt with Pilates

Pilates Sculpt will be offered every Wednesday in September from 6-7 p.m. Join trainer Angela Lubonovich in using light hand weights to tone the body with emphasis on core strength and control. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Bring a mat, water (and two number weights if you have them). Cost is $10 per session; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Practice Yoga at the park

Yoga will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday in September from 9:30-11 a.m. and from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Classes are outdoors weather permitting. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Cost is $10 per class; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Take T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi Step One will be offered every Wednesday in September from noon to 1 p.m. Ease stress, improve health and increase vitality. 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. The cost is $10 per class; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Participate in Pilates

Pilates basics will be taught every Monday in September from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment and breathing with fitness trainer Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Cost $10 per session; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

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