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Austintown Community Briefs



Published: Fri, April 25, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Dairy Queen cake decorating event

The Cornersburg Dairy Queen, located at 3555 S. Meridian Road, will be having a cake decorating event May 10, where children will decorate a cake for mom, and June 14, where children will decorate a cake for dad. Qualified Dairy Queen cake decorators will be available to assist. Place an Edible Image of your choice on your cake for that added touch. Please call 330-799-5295 to reserve a spot. Children must be supervised by an adult. Walk-ins are welcome. Prices range from $19.99 for an 8 inch round cake to 27.99 for a 10x14 inch sheet cake.

Spring Craft Show to be May 17

TOPS 2191 in Austintown will be hosting a Spring Craft Show on May 17 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, located at 45 Idlewood Road in Austintown. Admittance is free and there will be a Chinese Auction. Concession Sales will benefit the Austintown Night Out event.

AIS choir to sing anthem

On May 20, the Austintown Intermediate School’s fifth-grade choir will sing the National Anthem for the Pittsburgh Pirates versus the Baltimore Orioles baseball game at PNC Park. This has been a class tradition for a number of years.

Bonding with babies and books

Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Austintown library Tuesdays in May 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 Austintown library Wednesdays in May 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 Austintown library Wednesdays in May at 11:30 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your children become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Learn cyber safety

Come to the Austintown library May 3 at 10 a.m. to learn how to be safe online and where to report internet crime. This is a program for all ages of Internet users, children through senior citizens. Register by calling 330-744-8636 or online at www.libraryvisit.org/programs.

Gotta move storytime

Children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver are invited to the Austintown library Thursdays in May at 10 a.m. for a variety of musical and movement activities that stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.

Grab and go craft for May

Children of all ages are invited to the Austintown library throughout May to make a craft to take home.

Lego my library

Children ages six and up are invited to the Austintown library May 7 at 6 p.m. to create Lego designs. Legos will be provided.

Celebrate Maurice Sendak

Children ages 4-5 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to the Austintown library May 14 at 11:30 a.m. to hear the story “Where the Wild Things Are” and join in other fun activities.

Mom and me

Children of all ages are invited to the Austintown library throughout May to match the animal baby with its mom. Show a librarian and receive a prize.

Sensory story time

Join the Austintown library May 31 at 2 p.m. for family story time with a sensory focus. This program is designed for children of all ages 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 specific branch library.

Austintown Fitch High School annual art show

Come to the Austintown library May 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to view artwork by Fitch High School students. Light refreshments will be served. The artwork will be on display May 19-27 during library hours.

New Teen Advisory Boards (TAB)

Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to the Austintown library May 17 at 3 p.m. to become a member of the library’s new Teen Advisory Board and let it be known what you would like to see. Help out with library programs, decide what books to buy, discuss what you are currently reading and meet new people.

Exploring the library’s business databases

Join Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, at the Austintown library May 5 at 6 p.m. to learn about your customers and potential customers. The featured databases, DemographicsNow, Library Edition, Local Market Audience Analyst and Reference USA’s U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles bring timely and authoritative data and insights for your marketing plan.

Exploring the library’s business databases

Join Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, at the Austintown library May 12 at 6 p.m. to learn how to target potential customers. The featured databases, D&B Million Dollar Database and ReferenceUSA (Business, HealthCare, New Business, and Residential modules), bring timely and authoritative information to develop strategic marketing.

Nonprofit startup class

Are you thinking of starting a nonprofit? Attend a free class at the Austintown library May 13 at 6:30 p.m. and explore if starting a nonprofit is the right course of action, or if you should pursue one of the many alternatives for doing good. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Information Services Department or register online at http://www.libraryvisit.org/programs using the Events Calendar.

Kindle class

Bring your Kindle to the Austintown library May 7 at 6 p.m. and learn how to download eBooks from the library’s Digital Catalog on the website. Don’t forget your Amazon account and email information. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.

And the Rest is History book club

Join the Austintown library May 8 from 6-7 p.m. for informal discussions covering all areas of history, including historic eras, people, places and things.

Eat Dessert First book club

Come to the Austintown library May 29 at 6 p.m. to sift through an array of cookbooks and socialize at monthly meetings. Share new recipes, ideas and discuss cookbooks.

Page Turners book club

Come to the Austintown library May 14 at 6 p.m. to hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in for the discussion.

Navigating the library catalog

Come to the Austintown library May 28 at 6 p.m. to learn how to use the library catalog. Search for items, place requests, use Search Ohio and how to make the most use of your online account.

Blood drive

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations at the Austintown library May 17 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to help the community.

Free blood pressure screenings

The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be offering free blood pressure screenings at the Austintown library May 27 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Friends of the Austintown library meeting

Tara Cioffi, administrator of the Mahoning-Trumbull Air Pollution Control Agency, will present the local history of the agency and services it provides at the Austintown library May 19 at 10 a.m. The Air Pollution Agency’s mission is to attain and maintain the air quality at a level that will protect the environment for the benefit of all. The health effects associated with air pollution will also be discussed. A Friends monthly meeting will follow the presentation.

Discussion group

Join the Austintown library May 1 at 6 p.m. for a discussion on a variety of topics. Sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC.

Library closings

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed May 11, 25 and 26.

Boardman Park to offer babysitting class

Boardman Park is sponsoring a babysitting class May 3 at the Georgeanna Parker Activity Center in Boardman Park. The class is for 11-15 year-olds and will be from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The class is $40 for Boardman residents and $50 for non-residents. Students will learn babysitting basic skills, first aid, rescue breathing and much more. Students need to provide their own lunch. Classes are limited. RSVP by May 1 by calling Karen at 330-965-0482 or by email at Karen@boardmanpark.com. You can also call the park office at 330-726-8105. For more information on this and other events at Boardman Park, visit www.boardmanpark.com or “like” the Facebook page.

The Ursuline Center announces 2014 guided labyrinth walks

The Ursuline Center, located at 4280 Shields Road, will begin its 2014 guided labyrinth walk season April 27 (weather permitting) with a short presentation on the Spirituality of Labyrinths at 2 p.m. in the center and a guided walk immediately following. This year the center is offering a series of themed walks. On April 27 at 2 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Rebirth,” on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. the walk will be “On the Path to Healing,” on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. the walk will be “On the Path to Emancipation: Freedom of Mind, Body and Spirit” in correlation with the Juneteenth holiday, on July 15 at 6:30 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Growing,” on Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Accepting,” on Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Peace” and on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Awareness” (presentation on Spirituality of Labyrinths in the center).

All people of faith are invited to attend, whether they are new to or experienced with walking a labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth usually takes about 20 minutes. People wishing to experience the Labyrinth but unable to make one of the guided walks can come anytime at their own convenience. There are printed guides that give suggestions for following the path provided at the Labyrinth’s entrance, but there is no right or wrong way to experience the sacred walk. People can use the labyrinth in any way they need. The Ursuline Center Labyrinth is a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and open year-round from dawn to dusk for all persons of faith. There is no cost to use the Labyrinth, which is handicapped-accessible and offers ample parking. To learn more about the Ursuline Center Labyrinth, call Eileen W. Novotny, Ursuline Associate, at 330-533-3831.

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.

Scholarship deadline to be June 1

Applications for scholarships to Youngstown State University by the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest. are now available by contacting Deborah Mottle at mottlesmurals@gmail.com or 330-729-0355. Applicants must attend Youngstown State University and be of Italian descent in order to be eligible. The deadline for applicants is June 1.

Kite festival

Come to MetroParks Farm May 3 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for the kite festival presented by WFMJ/WBCB. Members of the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites and Fly Pittsburgh will brighten the skies with expert kite flying and ingenious designs. Bring your own kites to share and participate in kite flying activities and contests. A Create-a-Kite workshop will be offered inside McMahon Hall for a small fee. Registration not required.

National Public Gardens Day

National Public Gardens Day is an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces and plant education in communities nationwide. In the Mahoning Valley this celebration takes place locally at Fellows Riverside Gardens May 9 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visitors to the gardens will find many activities to participate in throughout the day. Enjoy peak spring blooms, approximately 72,600 flowering bulbs. Registration not required.

Fitness Together 5k run and walk

Come to the Wick Recreation Area May 10 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for Fitness Together’s 5k walk and run. Fitness Together has dedicated the proceeds from this event to help support the completion of the new children’s playground at Wick Recreation Area. It is the goal of Fitness Together to provide local children with a fun, healthy and safe place to get outdoors and play. This event is an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to have a good time and support a great cause. Whether you are a veteran racer, a first time participant or someone who would prefer to walk while socializing with friends and family, you are welcome. Registration required, call Fitness Together to register at 330-702-1311. The fee is $15 on or before May 9 and $20 the day of.

Girls night out at the gardens

Shop the latest fashions and merchandise at Fellows Riverside Gardens annual fundraising event May 20 and 21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members receive a 20 percent discount on merchandise from The shop in the gardens, non-members receive 10 percent. Visit specialty vendors, then enjoy a meal by Cater 2U, garden container demonstrations and more. Raffles and auctions will take place. Registration required. The fee is $30 and includes dinner. There will be a cash bar. Reserved seating available, table of 10 for $350.

Mother’s Day trolley tours

To celebrate Mother’s Day, enjoy a 45 minute ride through Mill Creek MetroParks on the Cohasset Express May 11. Tours will depart every hour beginning at 11 a.m. The last tour leaves at 4 p.m. Boards at the Family Garden at Fellows Riverside Gardens (north end of Davis Center parking lot). Pre-register/pay 36 hours in advance. Call Ford Nature Center to register. Adults: $4 R, $6 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over: $2 R, $4 NR. Moms ride free with their family.

Trolley tours

Hitch a ride aboard the brand new trolley, the “Cohasset Express” for a grand, guided tour of Mill Creek MetroParks May 8 at 6:30 p.m. and May 18 at 1 or 3 p.m. Boards at Ford Nature Center. The 1 1/2 hour tour will give you the chance to explore, experience and enjoy the beauty of the natural elements and historic features of Ohio’s first park district. Limited seating, registration required at least 36 hours in advance. Call Ford Nature Center to register. Adults: $5 R, $7 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over: $3 R, $5 NR.

Parkitecure

MetroParks landscape architect Justin Rogers will guide a special trolley trip that will board at Ford Nature Center May 29 from 6-8 p.m. The tour will help you understand and appreciate the historic landscape features and building architecture found within Mill Creek MetroParks. Limited seating, registration required at least 36 hours in advance. Call Ford Nature Center to register. Adults: $5 R, $7 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over: $3 R, $5 NR.

On the terrace

Come to The Caf Terrace with the view of Lake Glacier at Fellows Riverside Gardens May 7 from 5-7 p.m. to relax and unwind after work. Enjoy a glass or two of wine while listening to the music of JD Eicher. The Garden Caf is open for your dining pleasure. Rain or shine. Registration not required, $10 fee.

Mother’s Day brunch

Celebrate Mother’s Day May 11 at Fellows Riverside Gardens with your family. Enjoy a delicious brunch catered by The Georgetown and afterward take a springtime stroll through the Gardens. Reservations required. Call the Garden Caf at 330-740-7074 for seating times and reservations.

Brews and blooms

Gather a few friends at Fellows Riverside Gardens May 15 from 5-7 p.m. to learn how hops, barley, herbs, and fruits make tasty brews by garden staff and a guest brewer. Sit back, enjoy an evening at the gardens with snacks and a sampling of beers. Cash bar. Registration required. Fee: $10, FFRG member $8.

Hike through Poland Woods

Poland Woods is renowned for its outstanding array of bluebells and other spring wildflowers. Join a walk through the woods May 4 from 2-4 p.m. Meet at the College Street lot. Easy rating, 2 miles.

Mother’s Day hike

Moms and their children are invited to celebrate Mother’s Day May 11 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. with a morning hike followed by homemade waffles. Meet at Pioneer Pavilion. Moderate rating, 2 miles. Call Ford Nature Center to register. Registration and payment required by May 9. $5 R, $6 NR.

iNaturalist hike

Meet at Ford Nature Center May 18 from 2-4 p.m. to hike around Lake Cohasset to observe wildlife and record observations on a new citizen science project website called iNaturalist.org. This will be an ongoing project to monitor Mill Creek MetroParks’ biodiversity and the public is encouraged to participate. After the hike, there will be a short introduction to the website and a demonstration on how to log observations. Moderate rating, 2.5 miles.

Voices of the night hike

Meet at Vikers Nature Preserve on May 23 from 8:30-10 p.m. to listen to a serenade of frogs. There will also be an opportunity catch, observe and then release frogs. Wear boots and bring flashlights. Easy rating, 1 mile.

Bluebird hike

Meet at MetroParks Farm May 25 from 2-4 p.m. to learn about bluebirds and how their numbers have slowly increased as you hike Bluebird Trail and check some nest boxes. Moderate, 1.5 or 2.5 miles.

Recreational hikes

There will be a series of volunteer-led, recreational hikes. These hikes are generally faster paced and focus on exercising in the outdoors. Meet at Ford Nature Center May 7 at 9 a.m. for a moderate four mile walk. Meet at the Golf Course overflow parking lot (off of West Golf Drive) May 13 at 6 p.m. for an east one or three mile hike. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroPakrs Farm May 21 at 9 a.m. for an easy two or four mile walk. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trail Head at Kirk Road May 27 at 6 p.m. for a moderate two or four mile hike.

Banding the baby falcons

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife hopes to have newly hatched peregrine falcons to band and the public is invited to watch. If you would like to attend this special activity, which will take place downtown on a week day, Ford Nature Center will keep a contact list. As soon as ODNR-DOW gives the details, you will be contacted with the date and time.

Bird walks

Naturalist Emeritus Bill Whitehouse will lead bird walks May 3 and May 10 from 8-10 a.m. at Ford Nature Center. Each week, you will drive to the best park location for birds.

Bird sanctuary walk

Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead a walk at the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary May 17 from 8-9:30 a.m. Boots are required. Registration is required at Ford Nature Center by May 16.

Falcon watch

Peregrine falcons, an endangered species, have been nesting in downtown Youngstown for a decade. Travel downtown on the MetroParks trolley to try and catch a glimpse of them May 14 from 12 or 1 until 2 p.m. Boards at Ford Nature Center. Bring binoculars. Limited seating, registration required at least 36 hours in advance. Call Ford Nature Center to register. Adults: $4 R, $6 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over: $2 R, $4 NR.

Healing within

Join Michelle O’Brien at Fellows Riverside Gardens May 3 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. as she helps you put into practice various restorative methods to promote health and healing from within. Fee: $24; FFRG member $20.

Yoga in the gardens

Join Marina Perdos from 9:30 until 11 a.m. and Karres Cvetkovich from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in May at Fellows Riverside Gardens for yoga. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. The fee is $10 per class.

Pilates basics

Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment and breathing with Angela Lubonovich May 5 and 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Bring a mat and water. The fee is $10 per class.

T’ai Chi in the gardens

Join Marie Lew Wednesdays in May from 12-1 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi. The fee is $10 per class.

Pilates sculpt

Join Angela Lubonovich Wednesdays in May at Fellows Riverside Gardens 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. The fee is $10 per class.

Yoga basics

Feel comfortable in a class meant for everybody while you learn the basics of yoga taught by Karres Cvetkovich at Fellows Riverside Gardens Sundays in May from 9-10:30 a.m. Bring a mat and small blanket. The fee is $10 per class.

Adult golf clinics

Brush up on your skills Wednesdays in May at 6 p.m. as the golf season begins with Mill Creek golf course’s adult golf clinics. Golfers will spend one hour on the practice range then play three to five holes on the course. Call 330-740-7114 for registration and fee.

Junior golf clinics

Brush up on your skills Wednesdays in May at 6 p.m. as the golf season begins with Mill Creek golf course’s junior golf clinics. Golfers will spend one hour on the practice range then play three to five holes on the course. Call 330-740-7114 for registration and fee.

First Kayak trip of 2014

All skill levels are invited on this naturalist and volunteer-escorted kayak trip at East Newport Boat Launch May 31 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Single kayaks and a tandem are available. Age restrictions apply. Register at Ford Nature Center by May 29. $12 R, $15 NR.

Tales for tots: snakes

Children ages 2-3 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to Ford Nature Center May 1 from 10-11 a.m. to learn about snakes through a story and craft. Children will also get to meet one of the snakes. Registration is required. $2 R, $3 NR.

Children’s nature hour

Children ages 3-6 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to Ford Nature Center May 2 or 3 from 10-11 a.m. to learn all about the honeybee. There will be a story, craft and activities, which will include sampling local honey and visiting a real hive. Registration and payment required. $2 R, $3 NR.

Down the rabbit hole

Children ages 3-5 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 17 from 10-11 a.m. to follow Alice’s white rabbit and learn about his favorite plant and carrots. Children will make a healthy rabbit salad and plant carrot seeds. Registration required. There is a $5 fee.

Queen of Heart’s tarts

Children ages 6-11 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 17 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. to learn how to make their own strawberry tarts, sample tarts already made and hear more about the Queen of Hearts and her court. Registration required. There is a $5 fee.

Stroller walk

Come to Ford Nature Center May 24 from 10-10:45 a.m. to learn to connect yourself and your child to nature. Enjoy a short guided walk, a specially designed sensory hike for children in strollers.

Plant spirals

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 31 from 3-4 p.m. to explore spiral patterns, Fibonacci numbers and the Plant Spiral exhibit all the while participating in hands-on activities. Registration required. There is a $5 fee.

Family garden Fridays

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Fridays starting May 9 until Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to take part in drop-in activities in the family garden. Watch as the garden grows with characters from “Alice in Wonderland” and Wonderland-like plants. Learn about garden creatures, tools and how to care for a garden. Take part in making garden treats, listening to stories, children’s yoga and adventuring with Alice and her friends.

Mother’s Day at MetroParks Farm

Come to MetroParks Farm May 10 from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. to help mom celebrate her special day. Visit with mommy farm animals and their babies. Guided tractor wagon rides leave approximately every 1/2 hour. There will be a children’s craft designed especially for mom. Wagon ride donations accepted. Craft fee is $1.

Goat day at MetroParks Farm

Join the Mahoning County Goat Club at MetroParks Farm May 18 from 3-5 p.m. as they take over the farm for the afternoon. Learn how these critters are handled, try some goat milk fudge, register for a soap making demonstration or make a special goat craft. Small fee per station.

Guided tractor wagon rides

Join MetroParks Farm May 25 from 1-4 p.m. to see how spring planting has progressed for the season. The barns will be open and a children’s craft will be available. Donations accepted for wagon rides. Craft fee is $1.

Loose knit group

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 2 and 16 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and enjoy the view from the Antonucci library 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.

Mother’s Day flowers

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. as Marie Borocz guides you in designing an arrangement with fresh white and pink carnations, white and lavender mums, baby’s breath, and that extra something special for mom. Registration is required. $39; FFRG member $30.

Stoneware garden lantern

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 13 from 5:30-8 p.m. as Lynn Cardwell helps students create a nature-inspired garden lantern. It will be glazed, fired and ready for pick up in approximately five weeks. Registration is required. Fee: $39; FFRG member $30.

Glass pendants

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as Lynn Cardwell helps students create two fused glass pendants. The pendants will be fired and ready for pick up in approximately four weeks. Registration is required. $39; FFRG member $30.

Painting in the park

Come to Lanterman’s Falls May 24 from 2-4 p.m. as an instructor from Wonderstruck Artisan Market guides you step-by-step in painting a specially designed Lanterman’s Mill-inspired masterpiece. Fee includes light refreshments and all art supplies needed to create and take home your own painted canvas. Registration required at least 36 hours in advance at Ford Nature Center. Fee: $30 R; $35 NR.

Painting on the farm

Join MetroParks Farm May 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a country evening outdoors. An instructor from Wonderstruck Artisan Market will guide you step-by-step on how to paint a specially designed MetroParks Farm-inspired masterpiece. Fee includes light refreshments and all art supplies needed to create and take home your own painted canvas. Registration required at least 36 hours in advance at Ford Nature Center. $30 R; $35 NR.

Flight behavior

Kingsolver’s story has been called “convincing and compelling” (The New Yorker) and “…a passionate novel on the effects of global warming...” (Booklist). Read “Flight Behavior” then join the group at Ford Nature Center May 10 from 10-11 a.m. to discuss the book and its environmental themes.

Dog body language workshop

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 4 at 10 a.m. to learn how to communicate and read your dog through body language. Ever wonder why dogs yawn in a crowded environment? Or why they lick their lips when another dog approaches? We will explore these signals, as well as many more, with pictures, videos and discussion. Registration required; call Ford Nature Center to register. MetroMutts members free; not-yet-members $5. Leave your dog at home during this workshop. Presented by The Learning Dog.

Picnic at Pioneer Pavilion

Come to Pioneer Pavilion May 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to take a short walk along beautiful Artist’s Trail, then learn about one of the first blast furnaces west of the Allegheny Mountains. There will be a picnic at the tables with food, beer and treats for humans and canines alike. Animal Charity volunteers will be on hand with some of their adoptables. Call Ford Nature Center for details. Registration not required. MetroMutts members, $10; not-yet-members, $15.

Spring digital scavenger hunt

Come to Ford Nature Center May 24 from 1-3 p.m. and search for nature’s hidden secrets. Check in at Ford Nature Center for a list of nature items to search for and document with a camera or smartphone. Bring your own camera or phone.

Gareden resources

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 2 from 9:30-11 a.m. to learn about both new and older garden resources. Hear from two horticulture educators about the best seeds, tools and ways to keep track of your garden throughout the year. Registration required. $10; FFRG member $8.

Plant spirals

Enjoy a mid-morning stroll through Fellows Riverside Gardens May 28 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as you learn the basics of botany and patterns of plant families. From plant parts to nomenclature and the evolution of plants, discover the intricacies that make plants special. Return to the Davis Center for a seasonal lunch and dessert. Registration required. $16; FFRG member $12.

Spring plant sale

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 8 from 4-7 p.m., May 9 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., or May 10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens plant sale. Perennials (sun and shade), annuals, herbs, shrubs, vegetables, trees and more will add to your garden’s beauty.

Mother’s Day plant sale

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 11 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a Mother’s Day plant sale. Roses, carnations and other cut flowers will be available along with potted plants.

Garden forum spring flower show

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 17 from 12-5 p.m. and May 18 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the spring flower show. Registration not required. The public is encouraged to enter all flower shows. Entries are received 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for details.

Plant spirals exhibit

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Weller Gallery from March 28 through June 8 for a plant spirals exhibit which takes an up-close look at the world of Fibonacci numbers and their relationship to the world around us.

Through the Lens exhibit

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Melnick Museum through December 2014 for the “Through the Lens” exhibit. 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 1907-1926. Several portrait negatives of the period also on display.

Garden adventure

Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 7 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a day of “Alice in Wonderland” adventure in the gardens. Meet the Queen of Hearts, drink tea like the Mad Hatter, join in making music and a variety of hands-on activities with organizations, including Youngstown State University, The Green Team, The Audubon Society and more. Rain or shine. Registration not required.

Wild With Style Art Show seeking entries

Amateur artists of all ages may submit artwork for display. Entries will be accepted at Ford Nature Center starting May 24 until June 1. Subject must be inspired by local nature of Mill Creek MetroParks. Call Ford Nature Center for information about entry limits, size, and display modes. Show displayed at Lanterman’s Mill from June 14 until June 22.

Nicotine Anonymous to meet on Wednesdays

Nicotine Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals from every walk of life who meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, located at 45 Idlewood Road in Austintown, to solve their common problem - an addiction to nicotine. The group is based on the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the only requirement to join is a desire to stop using nicotine. There is no cost to attend, but a freewill collection will be taken at some meetings to offset the costs of meeting expenses. For more information on Nicotine Anonymous, call Tom at 330-717-2183.

For addition support in quitting your nicotine addiction, call HMHP Regional Treatment Center at 330-306-5010 of the Ohio Guit Line at 1-800-784-8669.

Cardinal 5K Donut Run

The Canfield Athletic Booster Club will be hosting the Cardinal 5K Donut Run May 26 at 11 a.m., with registration at 10 a.m., at Cardinal Stadium. All proceeds go to the athletic programs of the Canfield Cardinals. Runners will receive a Cardinal dry-fit t-shirt. The fee is $25. Make checks payable to Canfield Athletic Booster Club and send them to the Canfield High School athletic office, located at 100 Cardinal Drive. There will also be a Munchkin Run; those ten years of age and under are free. You may register as a team or an individual. Runners participate at their own risk.

Couch to 5K to begin May 20

The Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center will present its third annual Couch to 5K program beginning May 20. There will be a free informational seminar on the program, given by Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D., May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at his Boardman office, located in SouthBridge West (behind Second Sole) at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3. The instructors this year will be Stephanie Yon, RRCA Certified Running Coach, and Sarah Terlecki, Group Fitness Instructor. Suzelis, also an avid runner, will assist with some of the sessions. For more information or to register, call 330-729-1350 or online at OhioND.com. There is free admission, but RSVP is required.

The Manor to have southern cuisine nights

The Manor restaurant in Austintown recently hired Chef Ron George from New Orleans as its new executive Chef. He has brought to Youngstown his expertise in Southern Creole’ cuisine. In his honor, The Manor is now offering Thursday Creole’ night and a Fabulous Friday Fish night. George has won many awards and recently won the “Best of Seafood” with his Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee’ at the Taste of Austintown event.

Austintown juniors to be delegates

Jacob Adams, Benjamin Devenport, Garen Gibson, Josh Potkanowicz and Nathan Shively, all juniors at Austintown Fitch High School, will be the Austintown American Legion’s delegates to the Buckeye Boys State program for 2014.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Creating a business plan

Come to the Austintown library April 28 at 6 p.m. to learn about writing and revising a business plan for your new or established business with a member of SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business. Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, will introduce print and electronic sources that can provide information for developing your business plan.

Friends of the Austintown library meeting

Come to the Austintown library April 28 at 10 a.m. to hear historian Ralph Pfingsten discuss the Ravenna Arsenal and the history that unlocks the mysteries of this government plant. Pfingsten will give the Friends an opportunity to peer inside the Arsenal’s history and life behind the security of its fences. Discussion will be followed by the Friends brief monthly meeting.

Knitting classes

The Friends of PLYMC are sponsoring series of knitting classes April 14, May 12 and June 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the Austintown library. If you have a Friends of PLYMC paid membership, classes are free. If you aren’t a Friend’s member but would like to attend the program, you can join the Friends for $10, which gives you a membership and covers all costs of the knitting class.

Open enrollment continues

The Austintown Local School District is continuing with its open enrollment policy for the 2014-15 school year. New for next school year, they will not be accepting any new open enrollments students in Grades 10, 11 or 12. This does not apply to existing open enrollment students who are currently enrolled in Austintown. New open enrollment students (accepting grades K–9 only) can begin to complete applications on March 3. One application must be completed for each student. Visit www.austintownschools.org for the complete timeline of deadlines and the open enrollment guidelines. For your convenience, computers are available for your use to complete the online forms at either the Austintown Early Learning Center, located at 4211 Evelyn Road, or the Austintown Board of Education building, located at 700 S. Raccoon Road, during regular business hours.

Kindergarten registration information

Austintown Local Schools will be having kindergarten registration and screening during the week of April 28 - May 1. Registration packets can be picked up at Austintown Elementary School and Austintown Early Learning Center starting March 3. Children must be 5 years of age by Sept. 30 to enroll in kindergarten. Registration and screening will take approximately 30 minutes. Anyone living outside of the Austintown Local School District, must also complete an open enrollment application in addition to the registration packet, which can be found on the district website at www.austintownschools.org.

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.

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.

Knitting classes

Join the Austintown library March 17 and 31, April 14, May 12 and June 9 from 10 until 11:30 a.m. to learn how to knit. The Friends of PLYMC are sponsoring a series of five knitting classes in the meeting room of the Austintown library. If you have a Friends of the PLYMC paid membership, there will be no fee. If you aren’t a Friend’s member, but would like to attend the program, you can join the Friends for $10, which gives you a membership, plus covers all costs of the knitting class. Sign up at the first date. For more information, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086.


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