Local church to host Swiss Steak Dinner
Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Drive in Boardman, is having a Swiss Steak Dinner on April 5 from 5–7 p.m.
The cost will be $10 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Carry Outs are available and tickets are available at the door. All proceeds go to the Bethel Brotherhood and will be used for outreach and upkeep of the church.
St. Charles to be location of Night at the Races
Msgr. Lettau K of C Assembly 2596 will host its sixth annual Night at the Races at St. Charles Church, located on Route 224 in Boardman, on April 12, starting at 6:15 p.m.
Admission is free and you must be 21-years and older to participate. There will also be free refreshments. A 50/50 Raffle and Chinese auction will also be conducted.
Dianna Kokoszka to speak at DeYor April 24
Nationally renowned writer, speaker and leader Dianna Kokoszka will present a program titled “Empowering Women in the Mahoning Valley” on April 24 at 6 p.m. at the DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown. Kokoszka is the CEO of MAPS Coaching and Keller Williams University.
An author of 21 books, she has been named Business Woman of the Year by Denver Business Magazine, Business Council Entrepreneur of the Year by Champions of Free Enterprise and Best of the Best in Real Estate Trends in Dallas, Texas. The evening will begin with a mixer and cocktails.
The program starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling the DeYor box office at 330-744-0264, or online at www.YoungstownSymphony.com/box-office.
American Legion selects five candidates for Buckeye Boys State
American Legion Post 301 has selected five candidates to participate in American Legion Buckeye Boys State June 8-15 on the campus of Bowling Green State University. Buckey Boys State is an eight-day intensive education program on Ohio government for high school students.
This program allows each participant to become a part of the operation of a local, county and state government. The five candidates are being sponsored by the Robert Milne family in memory of Robert Milne, Chaplain of American Legion Post 301, the Austintown Rotary Club, Anthony Noday of Noday’s Automotive, Greg Greenwood of Greenwood Chevrolet and Fred Moran, owner of Window World.
Women’s league to meet April 7
The next meeting of the Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League will be April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Poland library in Poland. Members are to bring books and magazines for an exchange as part of the Leagues’ recycling project. Plans for the spring banquet, upcoming fundraisers and activities at Boardman Park will be discussed. The members will also be selling plant vouchers for Ludtz Greenhouse and Charley’s Greenhouse for $15. Contact Sperry Rongone at 330-770-3880 for more information. Hostesses for this month are Nina Lowery and Cheryl Smaldino.
The Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League is open to all women 18-years and older, residing in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, who are interested in friendship, fun and community involvement. Its mission is to provide a creative outlet for women interested in providing community service in areas of arts, conservation, education, home life, international affairs and public affairs. Women interested in joining or receiving more information can contact membership chairperson Linda Fabian at 330-782-8208.
Fibromyalgia support group to meet
The Mahoning Valley Fibromyalgia Support Group will welcome Natalie of Senior Independence to the next meeting on April 16. This meeting, focused on independent living, is from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Drive in Boardman. Plan to bring a friend and learn about a topic that will affect all of us all sooner or later. If you have an interest in fibromyalgia or need help living with a chronic condition maybe we can help.
Farm animal baby shower
Bring your family to the MetroParks Farm April 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and meet the new arrivals. From calves to piglets, lambs to kids and chicks to ducklings, there will be plenty of babies to see. Don’t forget your cameras for great photo opportunities. Cake and punch served while supplies last. This will be a free event.
Children’s book festival
Come to the eighth annual Children’s Book Festival at Fellows Riverside Gardens April 12 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Altrusa Club of Youngstown, Mill Creek MetroParks, Western Reserve Public Media and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will present an event that brings authors, illustrators, book characters, storytellers and hands-on activities for children. Meet Daniel the Tiger and Princess Presto and help to promote literacy in the Mahoning Valley. This is a free event.
Earth Day breakfast, birds and blooms
Celebrate Earth Day April 22 from 7:30-10:30 a.m with a light breakfast and some bird viewing at Ford Nature Center and a ride on the trolley to various locations in the MetroParks deemed the best for viewing the season’s birds and blooms. Brief stops for viewing may require a short walk, so wear sturdy shoes. There is limited seating. Pre-register and pay 36 hours in advance online or at Ford Nature Center. The cost is $10 registered or $12 not registered.
Hitch a ride aboard the brand new trolley, the Cohasset Express on April 24 at 6:30 p.m. and April 27 at 3 p.m. for a guided tour of Mill Creek MetroParks. The 1.5 hour tour will give you the chance to explore, experience and enjoy the beauty of the natural elements and historic features and buildings of Ohio’s first park district. There is limited seating. Pre-register and pay 36 hours in advance online or at Ford Nature Center. Boards at Ford Nature Center. Fees are $5 (R), $7 (NR) for adults and children 12 and under or adults 60 and up are $3 (R) and $5 (NR).
ODNR boating safety class
An approved boating class will be offered at Pioneer Pavilion April 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. You will receive full training and complete a proficiency exam at the end of the class. Bring a lunch. Call 330-740-7100 to register. The fee is $10.
Bunny Day at the farm
Hop on down to the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on April 19 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for an opportunity to learn about real bunnies, hosted by the Mahoning County Junior Fair Rabbit Committee. The group will bring a variety of rabbit breeds and will provide free photo opportunities, activities and bunny advice. Bunny crafts and face painting will also be available for a small fee. Call 330-533-7572 with questions.
Breakfast and photos with the Easter Bunny
In addition to ongoing Bunny Day events, the Junior Fair Rabbit Committee will also host an exclusive breakfast and photos with the Easter Bunny in McMahon Hall on April 19 from 9-10:30 a.m. The event will include posed photos, followed by a breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and drink. The cost of $7.50 for adults, $5 for children 3-12 years-old and free for 2-years and younger includes Bunny Day event craft and face-painting ticket for each child. Space is limited so RSVP and pay 36 hours in advance online or by calling 330-533-7572.
Beginning April 7, the MetroParks barns will be open Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Weather conditions may cause daily changes in hours. Playroom area is open 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday-Friday. Bring the family for a guided tractor wagon tour, leaving every half hour, on April 13 and 27 from 1-4 p.m. Barns are open to visit with the animals. Donations will be accepted.
Lanterman’s Mill hours
Lanterman’s Mill will be having limited hours beginning April 5 on Saturdays and Sundays only from 12-4 p.m. with full hours beginning May 1. Full hours will be Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and closed on Mondays.
Stop in and explore the historic icon, a working 1800s era grist mill. To schedule a group tour or for detailed information on the facility, call 330-740-7107.
Hike into spring
Meet at Newport Boat Launch April 12 at 11 a.m. to take a hike up East Newport Drive past Daffodil Meadow, then head back to the boat launch. This hike is an easy rating of two miles. Animal Charity will be on hand with some of their adoptables. The event is free. Call Ford Nature Center for more information.
Geocaching is a modern day outdoor treasure hunt. Meet at Newport Wetlands parking lot April 13 from 2-4 p.m. for an introduction to this sport that combines hiking and GPS while searching around Lake Newport for geocaches. Bring your smartphones and GPS devices. Visit www.geocaching.com to get a head start. This event has a moderate rating and will cover 3-5 miles.
Fly a kite
Come to Bears Den Cabin April 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. to make and decorate your own kite, then see how well they fly. The event is open to all ages and children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration and payment due at Ford Nature Center by April 8. The fee is $5 (R) and $6 (NR).
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Come to Ford Nature Center on April 26 from 2-4 p.m. to view a new film about the life and legacy of this noted conservationist and writer, courtesy of the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center. Then join Bill Whitehouse for his thoughts about Leopold and Earth days past and present.
Boy Scout Earth Day clean up
Local Boy Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs and Girl Scout Troops will spend the morning helping to clear out winter’s accumulation of litter across the MetroParks on April 26 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Unit leaders must contact the Ford Nature Center by April 14 to reserve a work area and detailed participation information.
Organic composting course
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens April 26 and 30, and May 3 and 7 (Saturdays 10-2:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 4-8 p.m.) to join Grow Youngstown as they cover feedstocks relative to goals and availability, key temperatures, management necessary to keep aerobic conditions, a variety of static composting options and National Organic Standards management for organic compost. Make windrows and backyard bin piles. Register at www.growyoungstown.org. The fee is $50.
This seminar, presented by The Learning Dog, will work on your dog’s natural ability to use their strongest skill: scent. Bring your dog to MetroParks Farm Barn number 4 on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. and work together. Bring your own treats. The event is free to MetroMutts members and $5 for non-members. Call Ford Nature Center to register in advance.
Learn to compost
Members of the Green Team will be hosting a backyard composting class at MetroParks Farm on April 27 from 1-3 p.m. Students will receive a compost bin upon completion. Call the Green Team at 330-740-2060 to register.
Master Gardener Deborah Verzilli will teach you how to make your home one that will stand out in the neighborhood on April 5 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. The class will cover colors, styles and basic landscaping. Bring pictures of your home. The fee is $16 or $12 for Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members.
Cordials and liqueurs
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on April 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on May 6 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for a two-part series that will show you how humans have ingeniously utilized plants for beverages. In April, learn how to use a variety of fruits and liquors to make cordials. In May, get creative in the kitchen as you learn to concoct your own liqueur based on herbs, spices and seeds. The single class fee is $39 or $30 for Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members. The fee for the series is $65 or $47 for Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members.
Garden scavenger hunt
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on April 26 from 1-2 p.m. for an afternoon of scavenger hunt fun for the whole family as you tour the gardens. Get to know the ins and outs of landscape and the plants. The donation request is $5 per family.
Loose knit group
Enjoy the view from the Antonucci Library April 18 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. as you help to create blankets for organizations that give to those in need. All helping hands are welcome, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated at any time. Registration not required.
Fresh Easter arrangement
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens April 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Marie Borocz will lead you in designing an arrangement with white and pink carnations, white, yellow, and lavender mums, baby’s breath and colorful faux Easter eggs. The fee is $39 or $30 for Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members.
Roasting with fish
Enjoy the view of Lake Glacier from Fellows Riverside Gardens April 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. as chef David Armstrong demonstrates recipes for fish and sides while dining on a meal. The fee is $36 or $28 for Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members.
Learn to make cream cheese
Join Beth Haddle at Fellows Riverside Gardens April 16 from 6-8 p.m. as she goes over the ins and outs on how to make your own cream cheese and ways to use it with herbs. Each participant will take home a starter to work with on their own. The fee is $20 or $15 for Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens April 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment and breathing with Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. This is a drop-in class and the fee is $10 per class.
Yoga in the gardens
Join Marina Perdos from 9:30-11 a.m. and Karres Cvetkovich from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in April at Fellows Riverside Gardens for a blend of yoga styles that will help you keep a healthy outlook. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. This is a drop-in class and the fee is $10 per class.
T’ai Chi in the gardens
Join Marie Lew April 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 12-1 p.m. in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. This is a drop-in class and the fee is $10 per class.
Join Angela Lubonovich at Fellows Riverside Gardens April 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. as she guides you in using hand weights to tone the body with an emphasis on core strength and control. Bring a mat, water and 2 pound weights if you have them. This is a drop-in class and the fee is $10 per class.
Join Karres Cvetkovich April 6, 13 and 27 from 9-10:30 a.m. to experience the release of mental and physical tensions that act as powerful barriers to enjoying life. Bring a mat and small blanket. This is a drop-in class and the fee is $10 per class.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens April 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. to be led through the art of creating flower essences, including meditation, journaling, plant observation and essence extraction. Part of the class will take place outdoors, rain or shine. The fee is $24 or $20 for Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens on April 26 from 3-4 p.m. to learn how to make a variety of seed crafts from seed paper to seed bombs for that special someone. This event is for ages 12-17 and the fee is $8.
Dahlia tuber sale
The Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society will have a sale at Fellows Riverside Gardens on April 13 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Discover unique varieties that will add to the diversity of your dahlia collection.
The public is encouraged to enter all flower shows. Entries are received from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for details. Show hours are Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 19 and 20 is daffodil weekend.
Fibonacci numbers exhibit
Come to the Weller Gallery through June 8 to view the fibonacci numbers exhibit which takes an up-close look at the world of fibonacci numbers and their relationship to the world.
Through the Lens
Come to the Melnick Museum through December 2014 to take a peek at the evolution of photography during the Melnick Museum’s exhibit Through the Lens. The exhibit displays a rare collection of glass negatives and acetate film negatives produced by two local photographers, which chronicle scenes of Mill Creek Park from 1907 through 1926. In addition to park scenes, several portrait negatives of the period are on display.
Come to Mill Creek Park April 19, 27 and May 4 from 2-4 p.m. for a series of walks to witness the progression of early blooming wildflowers. April 19 meets at Newport Wetlands and will be a moderate rating of 2 miles. April 27 meets at Yellow Creek Park. Wear boots for possible creek crossings. This hike will be a moderate rating of 2 miles. May 4 meets at Poland Woods, located off Route 170 in Poland. This hike will be an easy rating of 2 miles.
Voices of the night
Birdsong fills the days of springtime and frogsong fills the nights. Meet at Vickers Nature Preserve April 26 from 8-9:30 p.m. to listen to the serenade. Catch, observe and then release frogs. Flashlights permitted and boots required. This hike is an easy rating of 1 mile.
Health and wellness walks
Meet at Ohio Department of Transportation on Route 224, located at 401 West Main Street in Canfield, on April 6 at 2 p.m. for a hike with an easy rating of 2-3 miles. Meet at the MetroParks Bikeway Kirk Road Trailhead April 9 at 9 a.m. for a hike with an easy-moderate rating of 2-4 miles. Meet at the overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive April 15 at 6 p.m. for a hike with an easy rating of 1-3 miles. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm April 23 at 9 a.m. for a hike with an easy rating of 2-4 miles. Meet at Ford Nature Center April 29 at 6 p.m. for a hike with an easy-moderate rating of 2-4 miles.
Plant Spiral exhibit
Children ages 6-11 are invited to explore the new Plant Spiral exhibit at Fellows Riverside Gardens April 5 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. to create some spirals of their own. The fee is $5.
Spring break adventure
Children ages 8-12 are invited to spend the day nature hiking, doing crafts and learning in and around the Ford Nature Center April 17 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Participants should dress for the weather and bring a lunch. Register and pay at Ford Nature Center by April 14. The fee is $15 (R) and $20 (NR).
Rite of spring
Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead sessions of bald eagle observation at the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary April 6 from 8-11 a.m. (choose a one hour session beginning at 8, 9, or 10 a.m.). Reservations must be made by calling Ford Nature Center by 5 p.m. on April 5. No walk-ins.
Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead a walk at the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary April 19 from 8-9:30 a.m. Reservations must be made by phoning Ford Nature Center by 5 p.m. on April 18. Boots are required and no walk-ins will be allowed.
Meet naturalist Emeritus Bill Whitehouse at Ford Nature Center on April 19 and 26 from 8-10 a.m. to be led on a walk. You will drive to the best MetroParks location to view birds. The hike is an easy rating and will cover 1 mile or less.
Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley
Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Chuck Jakubchak will present “Sensational Migrations” April 22 from 7-8 p.m. at MetroParks Farm. Explore the journey that birds in Ohio take each year. Hummingbirds, orioles and ospreys are highlighted. In addition to bird facts, you will get travel tips to migration hot spots. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Public welcome.
Amy Stewart and The Drunken Botanist Lecture
Join author Amy Stewart at Fellows Riverside Gardens May 1 from 7-8 p.m. for her lecture on “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks” brought to you by the Andrews Memorial Lecture Series. Explore the array of plants that humans have contrived to transform into alcohol. Enjoy a small dessert afterward. Registration required. The fee is $25 or $20 for Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members. For an additional fee, meet Amy Stewart at a reception before the lecture starting at 6 p.m. There will be hors d’oeuvres from Cater 2 U, wine, beer and two botanical cocktails to sample. Fee includes the lecture and dessert afterward. Registration required. The fee is $38 and $30 for Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members.
Come to MetroParks Farm May 3 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. as members of the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites and Fly Pittsburgh brighten the skies with expert kite flying and designs. Bring your own kites to participate in kite flying activities and contests. A Create-a-Kite workshop will be offered inside McMahon Hall for a small fee. Call Ford Nature Center for details.
Fitness Together 5k
This walk/run event is for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you are a veteran racer, a first time participant or someone who would prefer to walk while socializing with friends and family, come to Wick Recreation Area May 10 from 9-11 a.m. Proceeds benefit Children’s Playground at Wick Recreation Area. Registration forms available online at www.facebook.com/ftcanfield. For more information, call Fitness Together at 330-702-1311. The registration fee is $15 for early registration (on or before May 9) and $20 on the day of event.
Gamblers Anonymous to meet
Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting is offered every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman and another is offered every Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Cornersburg. Both meetings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and last about 1-1/2 hours. Those who believe gambling has affected any part of their lives are urged to attend. For more information, call 330-505-5060.
Card and bingo party to be April 6
The annual spring card and bingo party at St. Brendan’s Maxwell Hall, located at 2800 Oakwood Ave. in Youngstown, will be on April 6 at 1:30 p.m. The admission cost of $5 includes lunch and tickets will be sold at the door.
ABWA to meet
The Mill Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet at 6 p.m. on April 8 at A La Cart Catering, located at 429 Lisbon Street in Canfield. Speaking to members and guests on health and wellness products will be Janet Thomas of Shop.com. The menu includes assorted croissant sandwiches with side salads, coffee or tea and dessert. For reservations at $14.50 per person, call Shirley Pappagallo at 330-270-9779 or Jackie Fischio at 330-788-6634 no later than March 30.
YMCA to host annual Good Friday breakfast
The YMCA of Youngstown will host its 35th annual Good Friday Breakfast and Service on April 18 at the Central YMCA. A gourmet breakfast buffet prepared by Jorgine’s Deli will be served at 7:15 a.m. with the service beginning promptly at 8 a.m. in the community gym. The service will be delivered by Fr. Gregory Maturi of St. Dominic’s Church and feature music by soloist Joselyn Parker. The event will conclude at 8:45 a.m. Individual tickets at $12 and reservations for tables of eight at $85 may be purchased by contacting Patty Tchoryk at 330-742-4781. Due to large attendance in previous years, early registration is required by April 9. More information is available at www.youngstownymca.org. The Central YMCA is located in downtown Youngstown on the corner of Commerce and Champion Streets.
Suzelis to present lecture
Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. will be presenting a free seminar titled, “Blood Type Diet Meal Prep” on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center located in South Bridge West (behind Second Sole) at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3. To register or for more details, call 330-729-1350 or register online at OhioND.com. Free admission, but RSVP is required.
Yoga workshop to be April 5
An April Yoga Workshop with Sarah Terlecki will be presented on April 5 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center (755 Boardman Canfield Road, Suite D-3 in Boardman). Join Terlecki for her monthly yoga workshop to keep yourself healthy. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat and blanket. The price is $20 for adults and $15 for students. Advanced registration required by April 4 at noon by calling 330-729-1350.
Meet Clifford The Big Red Dog
Come to the Boardman library April 15 at 10:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. to celebrate National Library Week. Clifford The Big Red Dog will make an appearance. Bring your cameras to take pictures of your children with Clifford. For children of all ages. (Appearance only, book display, coloring sheet; no story time).
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Boardman library April 5 and 26 at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Boardman library Wednesdays in April at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your children, ages 2-3, become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fun Time for 4s and 5s
Join the Boardman library April 1 and 22 at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help your children, ages 4-5, become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Smart money: fun time for 4s and 5s
Join the Boardman library April 8 at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate stories and activities that will help your children, ages 4-5, learn about money. Each child will receive a piggy bank. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Smart money: tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Boardman library April 9 at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate stories and activities that will help your children, ages 2-3, learn about money. Each child will receive a piggy bank. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Come to the Boardman library April 16 at 10 a.m. to help celebrate National Library Week with a 30 minute family program for children ages 2-10. There will be stories and a chance to crawl through the tunnels. Children are invited to bring a matchbox car or truck to navigate our table maze. This event is a 30-minute family program for children ages 2-10.
Come to the Boardman library April 15 at 10 a.m. to help celebrate National Library Week with parachute play and a 30-minute family story time for ages 2-10. There will be a chance to meet with Clifford The Big Red Dog at 10:30 a.m. Bring your cameras to take pictures of your children with Clifford.
Sensory story time
Join the Boardman library April 26 at 2 p.m. for family story time with a sensory focus. This program is designed for children with different needs, including those with autism, speech and language delays, cognitive impairments, ADHD and other special needs and challenges. There will be books, music and sensory stations with a schedule board and double visuals. Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the library branch by name. Children of all ages.
Stand up and salute
Join the Boardman library April 29 at 10 a.m. for stories celebrating the month of the military child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A 45-minute story time will have stories, crafts and game activities for preschool children.
Make a pair of earrings
Come to the Boardman library April 10 at 6:30 p.m. with your beads and make a pair of earrings. Limited to 12 people. Call 330-744-8636 to register. For adults and teens.
Writing session for tweens
Join the Boardman library April 17 at 10 a.m. for an hour-long writing activity. For tweens in grades 5-8.
Come to the Boardman library April 16 at 1 p.m. to write and draw with Wayne Bartholomew, a syndicated cartoonist from Youngstown. He will help you develop your comics and he’ll share some of his comics, too. This event is part of National Library week, which promotes literacy and artistic expression. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. Program is open to children ages 10-17.
Join special guest Anton Finch at the Boardman library April 17 at 11 a.m. to watch a juggling routine followed by a hands-on practice session. For teens and tweens.
Name the new teen area
Come to the Boardman library throughout April, check out the new teen area and help name the teen area. Just fill out an entry form and you could win a prize. For teens in grades 7-12.
Blackout poetry contest
Come to the Boardman library during April to celebrate National Poetry Month. Here’s your chance to indulge in some “creative destruction” and express your inner poet. Create a poem by eliminating/blacking out the words you don’t want from newspaper and magazine articles (or book pages) that the library will provide. Three winners will be chosen from entries throughout the county and awarded cash prizes. Talk to a librarian for details. For teens in grades 7-12.
Reader’s Choice book club
Come to the Boardman library April 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss the book of the month, “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith (pen name of J.K. Rowling). See what others are reading, share your favorite books and find out what new ones are being published.
Book a librarian
Need help downloading library books to your eReader, want help with your tablet or laptop, or can’t wait to download magazines and movies to your device(s)? Register at the Boardman librarian’s desk throughout April, or call 330-744-8636 to sign up for an appointment.
Meet with genealogy and local history librarian Tim Seman and receive a comprehensive demonstration of available resources. Learn about and sign up for genealogy programs. Appointments can be made at libraries throughout the system. To schedule an appointment, call 330-744-8636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to financial aid
Come to the Boardman library April 16 at 7 p.m. to learn about tools and techniques for seeking financial support for higher education. This is an introductory class on obtaining financial aid for your studies.
National Library Week trivia contest
Come to the Boardman library during library hours April 14-18 to enter the library trivia contest. The winner of a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card will be drawn from all entries submitted and the answers will be posted the following week. Contest entries must be picked up and returned to the Boardman library between April 14-18.
Advanced balloon sculpture
Come to the Boardman library April 28 at 7 p.m. for an advanced balloon sculpting class with Joe Sullivan, a.k.a. Jocko the Clown. Class is limited to 15 and materials will be provided. Adults only. Attendance in Beginner’s and Intermediate Balloon Sculpture required. Registration is required.
Learn your resources
Come to the Boardman library April 14 at 7 p.m. to learn of the many databases available at the library for the public. Questions will be encouraged.
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations April 21 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. to help the community. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Blood pressure screening
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be having a blood pressure screening at the Boardman library April 7 from 12:30-3 p.m.
Boardman Friends of the Library meeting
Come to the Boardman library April 14 at 10 a.m. for the Friends of the Library meeting, where “Fellows Riverside Gardens: Then and Now” by Ellen Speicher, Assistant Horticulture Director at Fellows Riverside Gardens, will be discussed.
Come to the Boardman library April 9 at 5 p.m. for a jigsaw puzzle swap for the entire family. Sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. Bring six once-done puzzles to swap.
All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed April 19 and 20.
Newcomers Club fundraiser set for April 5
The Newcomers Club of Canfield will sponsor its annual fundraiser, “Making A Difference Through Laughter,” April 5. The event will take place at Mojos Pub-n-Grill on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and a comedy show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and also include a chance to win a grand prize. The event will also include a basket auction. For tickets or sponsorship information, call Jeannie Gulia at 330-651-1713 or Paula Lavin at 678-557-6414. Reservations must be completed by March 28. The Newcomers Club of Canfield Foundation provides vital funds to various local charities who support the needs of the community.
Preschool to have open house and egg hunt
Heritage Presbyterian Church, located at 1951 Matthews Road, will be having its annual community Easter Egg Hunt on April 12 from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, Little Learners Academy Preschool, located within the church, will be having a preschool open house and taking registration for the 2014-2015 school year for children 3-5 years-old. For more preschool information, call 330-503-7707.
Bethel Lutheran to host Swiss steak dinner
Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Drive in Boardman, is having a Swiss steak dinner on April 5 from 5–7 p.m. The cost will be $10 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Carry outs are available and tickets are available at the door. All proceeds go to the Bethel Brotherhood and will be used for outreach and upkeep of the church.
Boardman Middle School to present band concert
The Boardman Middle Schools will present an eighth-grade band spring concert featuring the combined Center and Glenwood jazz ensembles April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Boardman High School Performing Arts Center.
This concert will showcase the combined efforts of Boardman Center and Glenwood Middle School band programs. The concert will open with the seventh- and eighth-grade jazz ensembles. Many students are featured on improvisation solos in various musical styles from both Center and Glenwood Middle School. The eighth-grade band will opens with “Sons of Liberty” and “Crosswinds March.” Popular selections include “Roar” and “Teenage Dreams” as performed by Katy Perry. They will also perform an arrangement of “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” by the Director of High School Bands Thomas Ruggieri. Admission and donations accepted at the door. Adults tickets are $3, students are $2 and senior citizens and children under ten are free.
St. Charles Borromeo presents Lenten Speaker Series
St. Charles Borromeo Parish will be hosting its Lenten breakfast series presenters March 19, 26, and April 2 and 9 in the St. Matthew Room from 7:40-8:15 a.m. March 19 will feature Mary Ann Wilson, Parishioner, March 26 will feature Diana Hancharenko, Pastoral Associate and Parishioner, April 2 will feature Terry Sell, Catechist and Parishioner, and April 9 will feature Linda Blough, Parishioner.
For more information, contact Mary Jo Kubiak at Mjkub511@yahoo.com or 330-726-1283.
Cambell Memorial High School alumni reunion
The Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Association is sponsoring an alumni reunion to take place April 12 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Hall. Tickets are $40 per person. The last day to purchase tickets is April 1. Tickets will not be sold at the door. There will be a cash bar. Call the alumni office at 330-799-1232 to purchase tickets, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Association, P. O. Box 23 Campbell, Ohio 44405. Include your contact information and your year of graduation. Checks should be made payable to Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Association.
St. Charles School registration
Registration for children entering St. Charles for the 2014-2015 school year is taking place now. The following materials are needed to complete registration: copy of birth certificate, copy of baptismal certificate (if Catholic) and immunization records. Effective Fall 2011, Ohio law now requires that every kindergarten or first-grade student entering school must have two varicella/chicken pox as well as the other required immunizations by day 14 of school or they cannot attend until up-to-date. Grades 4-6 students need only one varicella. Grade 7 students need Tdap or Td booster. A Social Security number and $25 non-refundable registration fee is also required. Checks can be made payable to Lumen Christi Catholic Schools. Proof of child custody (if applicable), and a copy of the child’s last report card from previous school must be provided for grades 1-8 only. The registration application takes about 10-15 minutes to fill out with basic information, including work addresses and phone numbers.
Boardman Local Schools announce 2014/2015 kindergarten registration
The Boardman Local School District is now offering kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year. Any parent who is a Boardman resident interested in signing their child up for kindergarten may visit the elementary school they wish their child to attend to pick up registration forms. Requirements for registration are: the child must be five years of age on or before Aug. 1, the registration form must be completed, the original birth certificate must be supplied, proof of residency in at least two forms (tax statement, utility bill, purchase/rental agreement) as well as a residency affidavit, custody papers if applicable and payment of $25 to partially cover supply costs furnished by the school. Parents wanting to send their child to Market Street Elementary may contact the school at 330-782-3743, parents of Robinwood Lane Elementary, call 330-782-3164, parents of Stadium Elementary, call 330-726-3428, and parents of West Boulevard, call 330-726-3427.
T’ai Chi course
Join Marie Lew Thursdays in March and April and May 1 and 8 at Fellows Riverside Gardens for a ten-week course that includes warm-ups, breathing exercises and instruction in the first steps of a complete classic Chen T’ai Chi form. It is designed for beginners with little or no previous background in this art of energy balancing.
Taken as a whole, this course will ground the student in the basic principles of movement and the meaning behind the movements while developing coordination, strength and flexibility.
Registration required. The fee is $100; 10 percent discount ($90) if registered by March 1.
Short term host family opportunities available through 4-H
Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, and Trumbull County families will have the opportunity to welcome a young person from Japan into their home for one month this year, as part of an international exchange program being offered by the County OSU Extension, 4-H. Statewide, host families are needed for 100 Japanese youngsters (aged 12-18) and their adult chaperones, who will visit Ohio from July 23 through Aug. 18.
Host families provide the exchangees with room and board and a chance to experience daily life in America. Families are urged not to alter their daily routines or lifestyles during their visitor’s stay. Exchangees provide their own spending money, and the sponsoring organization furnishes comprehensive medical insurance. All types of families are welcome to apply to become hosts, including urban, rural, single-parent, childless, and non-4-H families. The only requirements are that for the Japanese month-long exchange, hosts must have a family member of the same gender and approximate age of the exchangee, three meals a day, and a separate bed for the visitor. Those interested should contact Gretchen Kalinay at 330-799-8407 or Gary Reel at 330-533-7712 for an application form and more information about this and other 4-H international exchange programs. More information and an application can be found at the website www.ohio4h.org/youth/international
A day of Asian culture
Travel to Cleveland April 24 from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. to explore gardens, art, and food. Visit Cleveland’s Chinatown with guide Dr. Y.T. Chiu, tour Japanese gardens at Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and discover the Asian exhibits at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Register by calling Fellows Riverside Gardens. Fee: $155; FFRG member $110. Registration deadline is March 28.
Fibonacci numbers exhibit
Come to the Weller Gallery March 28-June 8 to take a look at the world of Fibonacci numbers and their relationship to the world.
Through the Lens exhibit
Come to the Melnick Museum through December 2014 to take a peek at the evolution of photography during the Melnick Museum’s 2014 exhibit Through the Lens. The exhibit will display a rare collection of glass negatives and acetate film negatives produced by two local photographers which chronicle scenes of Mill Creek Park from 1907-1926. In addition to nature scenes, several portrait negatives from the period will also be on display.
Free tax preparation and electronic filing for qualifying individuals
The Boardman library will again provide locations for free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and those (at any age) with low to moderate income on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning the week of Feb. 11.
To make an appointment call 330-726-2492.
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. All sites are staffed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS. TCE sites staffed by AARP volunteers.
Volunteers will provide counseling on eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).