Spring Spectacular Sale and Bazaar
The Poland United Methodist Church, located at 1940 Boardman-Poland Road (Route 224) invites you to their Spring Spectacular Sale and Bazaar Memorial Day weekend May 24. The sale will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with hot food being served all day. There will be vendors, crafts, a 50/50 raffle, raffle baskets and more. This event is sponsored by the Poland Relay for Life.
Trash, Treasure and Bake Sale to be May 3
The Poland Junior Women’s Club annual Trash, Treasure and Bake Sale will be May 3 at Prince of Peace Church in Poland from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Items for sale include toys, household items, decorations, electronics and more. Funds raised allow the club to keep Poland community activities going such as the Halloween Carnival, Lighting of the Village, Easter Egg Hunt, college scholarships and summer concerts. Visit pjwc.org for information about the group or to learn more about upcoming events.
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Poland library Wednesdays 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 Poland library Thursdays in May at 10 and 11 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 Poland library May 6, 20 and 27 at 1 p.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Celebrate Maurice Sendak at the library
Children ages 4-5 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to the Poland library May 13 at 1 p.m. to hear the story “Where the Wild Things Are” and join in other fun activities.
Lego my library
Children ages 6 and up are invited to the Poland library May 13 from 6-7 p.m. to create Lego designs. Legos will be provided.
Put on your pajamas and bring the whole family to the Poland library May 19 from 6:30-7 p.m. for stories and more fun.
Trim a tree for May
Children of all ages are invited to decorate an ornament for the all-seasons tree at the Poland library during the month of May.
Knitting at the library
Come to the Poland library May 15 from 6-7 p.m. and learn to knit or bring your knitting and enjoy a friendly visit with other knitters. Open to knitters of all ages and skill levels. Bring your own yarn and needles.
Teen Advisory Boards (TAB)
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to become members of the Poland library’s new Teen Advisory Board May 28 at 6:30 p.m. You can help out with library programs, decide what books to buy, discuss what you are currently reading and meet new people. Snacks will be provided.
Get connected with digital media
Come to the Poland library May 5 from 6-7 p.m. to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland branch to register.
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations at the Poland library May 20 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. to help the community.
Free blood pressure screenings
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be having free blood pressure screenings May 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the Poland library.
Friends’ History Buff Book Club
Come to the Poland library May 21 at 10 a.m. to discuss history books with others who share your interest. All are welcome to attend.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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!
Garlic Mustard Pull to be April 26
The Poland Municipal Forest Garlic Mustard Pull will be April 26 from 9 a.m. until noon. Garlic Mustard is an alien plant which threatens to choke out the native plants. Removal of Garlic Mustard is easiest this time of year. Participants will be instructed on which plants to target and how to remove them effectively. Groups must have adult supervision and will need to provide their own garden and work gloves. If you are interested in participating, contact Elinor Zedaker at 330-757-2489 or Gordon Longmuir at 330-757-4058.
Second Breath benefit to be May 4
A Second Breath for Chuck Kaden, a spaghetti dinner benefit, will take place May 4 from 1-6 p.m. at Poland Presbyterian Church’s banquet room, located at 2 Poland Manor Dr. in Poland. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 10-years and under and will include spaghetti, salad, drinks and dessert. There will be a bag auction and lottery raffle. Tickets will be sold at the door, but pre-sale tickets can be purchased by contacting Darla White at 330-531-4224 or Patricia Zitello at 330-720-0327. Proceeds from the benefit will help offset the cost for Kaden’s lung transplant surgery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Poland library Wednesdays in April 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 Poland library April 3, 17 and 24 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 Poland library April 1, 22 and 29 at 1 p.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.
Put on your pajamas and bring the whole family to the Poland library April 28 from 6:30-7 p.m. for stories and more.
Trim a tree for April
Come to the Poland library throughout April to decorate an ornament for the all-seasons tree.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to to the Poland library April 30 at 6:30 p.m. to be a founding member of the new TAB (Teen Advisory Board) group. Help plan and support teen activities, decide what books to buy and discuss what you are currently reading. Snacks provided.
Blackout poetry contest
April is National Poetry Month, so come to the Poland library throughout April 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.
Meet with Genealogy and local history librarian Tim Seman, receive a comprehensive demonstration of available resources and 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.
Fried fish dinner to be on Fridays
American Legion Post 737, located at 16465 Milton Ave. in Lake Milton, will serve all-you-can-eat fried fish with french fries or macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, rolls and beverage on Fridays from 3-7 p.m. Chicken or shrimp is also available. Each meal is $8.50 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free for those age 3 and under. A fish sandwich with fries and coleslaw is $7. For carry outs, call 330-654-5630. Live entertainment will be from 7-11 p.m.
Poland Lions Club accepting donations
The Poland Lions Club is now accepting donations for their garage sale. Donations can be made May 3 and 10 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Poland Masonic Lodge, located at 7685 Youngstown Pittsburgh Road on Route 170 near Dobbins Road. Donations of furniture, small appliances, pictures, lamps, tools, books, toys, electronics, jewelry, clothes and shoes would be appreciated. Call 330-750-0423 for pickup or more information. The garage sale is set for May 17 at the Poland Masonic Lodge.
Poland Lions Club fundraiser
The Poland Lions Club will be having a fundraiser May 17 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Poland Masonic Lodge, located at 7685 Youngstown Pittsburgh Road on Route 170 near Dobbins Road. There will be a gift basket raffle that will include a Swarovski crystal necklace, a Kindle, a signed Browns football, golf, a Moutaineer Resort stay, a camera, a shredder, headphones, jewelry, a Nine West wallet, a Steve Madden wallet, $100 gift card basket, Indians tickets, massages and more. Winners need not be present. The drawing is at 2 p.m.
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.
Spring sale and bazaar
Poland United Methodist Church, located at 1940 Boardman-Poland Road, will be having a spring spectacular sale and bazaar sponsored by Poland Relay for Life May 24 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be crafts, food, a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets. Tables are $30 each and set up is from 7-9 a.m. Call Holly at 330-883-7541 after 5 p.m. for applications and availability.
Relay for life team meetings rescheduled
The remaining team meetings for the 2014 Poland Relay for Life have been rescheduled. The meeting time is still 6 p.m. and the location is still the Poland United Methodist Church on Route 224.
The new meeting dates are March 10, April 14, May 12, June 23 (rally and t-shirt distribution), July 11 and 12 (Poland Relay for Life event at Poland Seminary High School Stadium), and Aug 18 (wrap up).