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Canfield Community Briefs



Published: Fri, April 11, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Shane Taylor Deiley named to Dean’s List

Shane Taylor Deiley of Canfield was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Deiley is enrolled in the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. To qualify for the Dean’s List in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 12 graded units.

Good Friday on the Green

Instead of a traditional Good Friday service in the sanctuary, the Canfield United Methodist Church (UMC) congregation is taking the Good Friday message to the Green. The community is invited to experience Christ’s journey to the cross through a visual display of the Stations of the Cross displayed around the Green in Canfield. Families and individuals from Canfield UMC have been designing and creating visual interpretations of ten scriptures that follow Jesus’ journey from betrayal to death. Displays include found objects, photography, collage, and more. The stations will be on display from 5–7:30 p.m. April 18 around the Green beginning near the gazebo. Participants will be given a brochure outlining the stations and the accompanying scriptures. Canfield UMC minister Rev. Susan Brown and other volunteers will be available for prayer or conversation. Canfield UMC is located at 27 S. Broad Street on the Green in Canfield. Parking for the event is at the church. For more information, call 330-533-9801 or check out the website at www.canfieldmethodist.org.

Marge Hartman’s Paws Town at Boardman Park

Boardman Twp. Park and Marge Hartman’s Paws Town, a volunteer -non-profit organization, have partnered to create Boardman’s first dog park. Thanks to a large gift from the Marge Hartman Foundation, and the fund raising efforts of Paws Town, INC. organization, the Marge Hartman’s Paws Town Dog Park is open and accepting membership applications. Memberships will be good for one year from April 1 until March 31, 2015. Membership fees will not be prorated. Memberships for Boardman residents will be $40 for one dog and $10 for each additional dog. Non-Boardman resident fee will be $65 for one dog and $10 for each additional dog. Membership packets may be picked up at the Boardman Park Office, in the outdoor literature boxes at the Dog Park, or online at boardmanpark.com. Beginning April 1, everyone using Paws Town Dog Park must have a membership in order to ensure that all dogs are healthy and vaccinated. New members will be given a code to enter the dog park and they will also be issued a badge to wear.

Newcomer’s club to meet

Newcomer’s of Mahoning Valley is having its monthly luncheon meeting on April 23 at Davidson’s Restaurant. The Honorable Judge Theresa Dellick will be speaking.

The group has been an established group since the 1970’s formed to support women and families that have a change in their life. They enable others an opportunity for social events to meet and form friendships in the community. The gathering starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Contact Lori at 330-707-9022 for more information or to make reservations.

Easter pictures to be featured

Easter is right around the corner and Neighbors wants your holiday pictures to feature on a holiday page this spring. Email your pictures of holiday outfits, egg hunts, visits from the Easter Bunny and family events to neighbors@vindy.com by May 1 to see your picture in print. Include names of all people photographed listed from left to right and front to back, as well as a brief summary on events happening in the picture and in which town you would like your photo to run (Austintown, Boardman, Canfield and Poland). We look forward to seeing pictures of your great family celebrations!

Easter event at Dairy Queen

Come to the Cornersburg Dairy Queen April 12 from 1-4 p.m. to color eggs, pet bunnies, receive candy and prizes, eat lunch with the Easter Bunny and Curly the Cone and get a free picture with the Easter Bunny. A $5 lunch includes a sandwich, chips, drink and dessert.

Educators earn Master Teacher designation

Nine area educators have been designated Master Teachers. According to the Ohio Department of Education, a Master Teacher demonstrates excellence inside and outside of the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in the following areas: consistent leadership, focused collaboration, distinguished teaching — focus on students and environment, distinguished teaching — focus on content, instruction and assessment, and continued professional growth. The 2014 Master Teachers from Mahoning County are Paula Willock (Jackson Milton Elementary), Mary Williams (Mahoning Career and Technical Center), Mary Janek (Campbell High School), Susan Dunn, (Springfield High School) Jennifer Pint (Struthers Middle School), Sue Ann Nagle (Struthers Middle School), Lynn Chui (B. L. Miller Elementary, Sebring), Thomas Slaven (Mahoning Career and Technical Center), and Eva Sullivan (Poland Middle School). The Master Teacher program is directed by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Educator Standards Board.

Canfield Golf League celebrates 50 years

The Canfield Golf League is looking for new members for the 2014 season that opens on April 23 at Flying B Golf Course. The league has been in operation for 50 years and plays at Flying B Golf Course in Salem on Wednesday nights. The league is unique because the members do not play head-to-head every week as most leagues do. Golfers are assigned to teams and the low net scores are used to compute points that are awarded for that week. Most members play on Wednesday night, but if a member cannot make the Wednesday playing date they are able to play a makeup round by the Sunday of that week. Most members play with whomever they want to without regards to teams, which allows friends to play in the same group whenever they wish. Members can also bank a round if they are going to be on vacation or will miss that weeks play for some reason. Interested golfers should contact the league secretary/treasurer Terry Kekic at tkekic@hotmail.com or call 330-533-5743 for more details.

Spaghetti dinner to be April 27

An appreciation and spaghetti dinner is being offered on April 27 from noon until 3 p.m. at St. Michael Parish hall in Canfield for Rocky/Sylvia Fumi. The dinner is being sponsored by parishioners/friends of the Fumis. The cost of the dinner is by donation. No take outs will be available.

Easter egg hunt to be April 19

An Easter egg hunt will be offered at Lord of Life Church, located at 550 North Broad Street in Canfield, on April 19, beginning at 10 a.m. All ages from infant through age 12-years-old are welcome. The children are to bring a basket in which they will place the eggs that they find. The Easter Bunny is sure to make a guest appearance and the event will go forward, rain or shine. All are welcome.

Golf course to have parent/child scramble

Diamondback Golf Course has announced its Parent/Child Scramble Schedule for 2014. The nine hole, two person scramble will cost, with cart, $20 per team. Children must be ages 8-16 and there will be age appropriate tee boxes, while adults will use red or white tees. You must use the child’s tee shot on even holes and regular scramble rules apply. Dates for the scramble include April 27, May 18, June 14, July 20 and Aug. 17. The first tee time is at 3 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

Trolley tours

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.

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.

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).

Geocaching Newport

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.

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.

Scent games

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.

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.

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.

Pilates basics

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.

Pilates sculpt

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.

Yoga basics

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.

Flower essences

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.

Seed crafts

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.

Flower shows

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.

Wildflower walks

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.

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).

Sanctuary walk

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.

Bird walks

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.

Kite festival

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.

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.

Girl Scouts collecting books

Canfield Girl Scout Junior Troop 80358 is working towards its Bronze Award. The scouts need your help collecting new and nearly new used children’s books for Akron Children’s Reach Out and Read program. They really need preschool books but they will take any children’s books. Books can be dropped off at Canfield Dairy Queen or North Lima Dairy Queen from April 15 through May 26. If you have questions, contact Lisa Henry at 330-519-3752 or lmhenry@zoominternet.net.

Meet Clifford The Big Red Dog

Come to the Canfield library April 16 at 10 a.m. to help celebrate National Library Week. Clifford-The Big Red Dog will make an appearance at a special story time. Bring your cameras to take pictures of your children with Clifford.

Bonding with babies and books

Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Canfield library April 14 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 Canfield 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 Canfield library Tuesdays in April 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.

Guess and go

Come to the Canfield library during April to guess the number of items in the jar. Closest guess wins. Children of all ages.

Find the missing item

Come to the Canfield library throughout April to correctly find what item is missing in each of the posted pictures and you could win a prize. For teens in grades 7-12.

Teen read

Meet at the Canfield library April 22 at 3:30 p.m. and on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. to discuss your thoughts about the month’s selected book. April’s book is “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. Try to read the book prior to the discussion, but don’t let that stop you from attending if you haven’t. For teens in grades 7-12.

Blackout poetry contest

April is National Poetry Month, so come to the Canfield library throughout April for 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 provides. 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.

Get connected with your eReader

Bring your eReader to the Canfield library April 25 at 11 a.m. and learn how to download eBooks from the library’s digital catalog on the website,

Genealogy tutorials

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 tseman@libraryvisit.org.

Altered books art techniques

Come to the Canfield library April 26 at 9:30 a.m. to learn some techniques to re-purpose an old book into art or a usable object using a variety of materials including yarn, glue, duct tape, fabric and more. There will be an opportunity to look at examples on Pinterest first. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Canfield librarian’s desk to register.

Blood pressure check

The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be having a blood pressure check April 15 from 1-3 p.m.

Holiday closings

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed April 19 and 20.

Adult Career Center offers sailing classes

Sailing classes are being offered this spring at the Adult Career Center Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield. The class is taught by experienced sailors from the Berlin Yacht Club. Students will learn sailing terms, parts of a sailboat, how sails work, safe boating practices and all of the fundamentals necessary to sail a small sailboat. The class is called “Come Sail Away.”

Everyone who takes the class is invited to participate in Discover Sailing Day at Berlin Yacht Club, where they will apply what they have learned in the classroom by sailing a boat owned by a member of Berlin Yacht Club (berlinyachtclub.com). The cost of the class is $55 and includes a sailing manual. This class meets on three consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning April 29. To register, go to mahoningctc.com under special interest, “Come Sail Away” or call 330-758-5689.

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

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.

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.

Volunteers needed

Do you want to volunteer for the new library buildings in Canfield? Contact the Development Office for information and ways that you can help at 330-740-6086.

Free tax preparation and electronic filing for qualifying individuals

The Canfield library will again provide locations for free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and those (at any age) with low to moderate income Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning the week of Feb. 11. For an appointment, call 330-533-8420. 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 are staffed by AARP volunteers. Volunteers will provide counseling on eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Church to offer Lenten breakfasts

Canfield Christian Church, located at 123 S. Broad Street, is offering free Lenten breakfasts on Wednesdays starting March 5 through April 16 from 6:30-9:30 a.m. Donations will be accepted.

The Ursuline Center Offers Women in Scripture Series for Lent

Ursuline Sister of Youngstown Patricia McNicholas is offering a series of lectures on Women in Scripture for Lent. The series will be Mondays March 10 - April 14, the lectures will be offered twice daily, either from 10-11:30 a.m., or 6:30-8 p.m., at the Ursuline Center, located at 4280 Shields Road. The donation is $15 per session or $60 for all five lectures. To register, contact Eileen Novotny, Ursuline Associate, at 330-533-3831.

Through the lens

Come see 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 through 1926. In addition to park scenes, several portrait negatives of the period will also be on display. The photographs be on display until Dec. of 2014.

Free tax preparation and electronic filing for qualifying individuals

The Canfied library will again provide locations for free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and those (at any age) with low to moderate income beginning the week of Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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). Canfield Library (TCE). To make an appointment call 330-533-8420.


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