Monday Night Writers meeting scheduled
Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend the next meeting of Monday Night Writers, to be Feb. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield.
Led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie, the two-hour sessions include a mix of writing exercises, information on the creative and business aspects of writing, and group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’ The fee is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, contact Nancy Christie at 330-793-3675 or at email@example.com.
Junior Women’s League hosts open house
The Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League is having a new membership open house Valentine’s party Feb. 10 at Glenellen Senior Living, located at 9661 Market St., at 7:30 p.m. Wear something red to celebrate Women’s Heart Month.
The Junior Women’s League mission is to provide a creative outlet for women interested in providing community service in areas of arts, conservation, education, home life, international affairs and public affairs. Women interested in joining or receiving more information can contact the membership chairperson, Linda Fabian, at 330-782-8208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP by Feb. 6.
Dixon named to Dean’s List
James Dixon has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester at the University of Vermont. Dixon, from Poland, is a junior Business Administration major in the School of Business Administration.
To be named to the Dean’s List, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.
Orientation meeting rescheduled
Because of the weather related school cancellations, the orientation meeting for all eighth-graders and their parents who reside in the Poland School District has been rescheduled for Feb. 20. The meeting will be offered in the Poland High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.
For more information, call the Guidance Office at Poland High School at 330-757-7036.
College admissions workshop at PSHS
There will be a college admissions workshop at Poland Seminary High School on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. This workshop is geared to parents of juniors and sophomores and is intended to answer the many questions concerning the college admissions process. Greg Landis, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions from the University of Akron, along with Judy Volosin and Rob Sainato, the Poland High School Guidance Counselors, will also address other topics, such as college admission tests, college visits, the college application process and the many resources available in the Guidance Office.
Conrad makes Dean’s List
Poland resident Taylor L. Conrad was named to the Rhodes College Dean’s List for the 2013 fall semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled in at least 16 credit hours of academic work and must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.70 or better. Conrad is a graduate of Poland Seminary High School.
Tesone named to Dean’s List
Meredith Tesone, a 2013 Poland Seminary High School graduate, was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester at Bowling Green State University. Tesone is the daughter of Chris and Maureen Tesone of Poland.
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, 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, please call 330-505-5060.
American Business Women’s Association meeting
“Pretty and Pink Accessories that Update and Add Sparkle to Women’s Attire” will be the featured presentation during the next meeting of the American Business Women’s Association, Mill Creek Chapter. Guest speaker Diane Theis of Premier Designs high fashion jewelry will address the group after dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at A La Cart Catering, located on Lisbon Street in Canfield. Guests are welcome. Reservations are $17 per person and may be made through Feb. 2 by calling Shirley Pappagallo at 330-270-9779, or Jackie Fischio at 330-788-6634.
Poland Relay for Life to be in July
The Poland Relay for Life will take place July 11 and 12 at the Poland Seminary High School Stadium. Form a team or join an existing team by contacting Tasha Wells at email@example.com or by calling 888-227-6446 ext 2223. Team information meetings will be at the Poland United Methodist Church, located at 1940 Boardman-Poland Road. The following dates are scheduled for this year: Feb. 20 at 6 p.m., March 18 at 6 p.m., April 15 at 6 p.m., and May 20 at 6 p.m.
Society meeting rescheduled
The National Slovak Society’s Region 7 has rescheduled its annual meeting to Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Poland Christian Church, located at 6248 Struthers Road in Poland Township. Region 7 includes NSS members in Assemblies 8, 731 and P09A. Election of 2014 officers will be at this meeting. Representatives from the National Office will be present to discuss the 36th Quadrennial Convention in Hershey, Pa. in June. A delegate will be elected to represent the local region at the convention.
Contact Laurie Fox, Region 7 Secretary, at 330-536-8850, for additional information or directions to the Church hall.
Area students named to Dean’s List at Mount Union
Poland area students, Lauren Beil, Abbey Chandler, Jacqueline Jepsen, Leigh Kelley, Kelsey Malenic, Natalee Mulhall, Alexa Tkacik and Devan Weckerly, have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Mount Union. To be eligible for Dean’s List, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours of traditionally graded coursework while achieving a grade point average of 3.550 or better with no grade below a B.
Students named to Dean’s List
Poland residents Deborah Bianca Donatelli and Leanna Marie Yeager were among the 315 students from Thiel College who were named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List. A Thiel College student must attain a grade point average of 3.40 on a 4.0 scale while being enrolled full time to be eligible for the Dean’s List.
Mah-Jongg tournament fundraiser
Join Holy Family Parish April 24 from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for a Mah-Jongg tournament fundraiser. This event is sponsored by Holy Family St. Mary’s Guild. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Beatitude House. All levels of Mah-Jongg players are invited to attend. The first place winner will receive $100, the second place winner will receive $50 and the third place winner will receive $25. Each first place table winner will be recognized with a small gift. Players must have a reservation and are asked to bring a non-perishable item such as toothpaste or soap for the Beatitude House.
For more information, call Rosemary Brophy at 520-990-5107.
Valentine’s Day walk-in weddings
The Chapel of the Friendly Bells at Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC) in downtown Youngstown once again will be the site for walk-in weddings on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Clergy couple Rev. Jerry Krueger of Trinity UMC and Rev. Susan Brown of Canfield UMC will offer a simple, Christian wedding service including traditional wedding vows, exchange of rings, scripture and a blessing of the couple. Wedding vow renewal services will also be offered.
The fee for each wedding is $50, which will be donated to the Good Shepherd Kitchen in Youngstown and Operation Blessing in Canfield. Weddings will be performed in the order couples arrive. Attendants and guests are welcome to come.
Couples must bring their wedding license, identification and the $50 fee in cash. Weddings will not be performed for participants who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Chapel of the Bells at Trinity UMC is located at 30 W. Front St., next to the courthouse.
Information on MCCTC
Adults interested in enrolling in career certification programs this year at the Adult Career Center Mahoning County Career and Technical Center are invited to attend one of several free informational sessions offered this winter at MCCTC. Informational sessions are free to attend and include career investigation as well as reading, math and language assessments. There will be a chance to tour the building, meet instructors and learn about financial aid opportunities. Upcoming informational sessions will be offered Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. and March 11 at 6 p.m. All sessions will take place at the Adult Career Center MCCTC, located at 7300 North Palmyra Road in Canfield. For more information or to register to attend, call the Adult Career Center at 330-729-4100.
Students named to Dean’s List
Matt McKenzie and Jennifer Stevens were among the 735 students from Walsh University who were named to the Fall 2013 Dean’s List.
Support group to meet
The Mahoning Valley Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet on Feb. 19 from 7-8:30 p.m at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Dr. in Boardman. Anyone juggling daily living with a chronic, invisible disease is welcome to join in the discussion.
St. Vincent de Paul Society to host winter gala fundraiser
The St. Vincent de Paul society of Mahoning county will be hosting their annual winter wonderland gala fundraiser Feb. 15 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’ourves and cocktails. There will be a cash bar. More than $3,000 in cash and prizes will be given away. There will be silent and Chinese auctions as well as entertainment by Fast Freddie of 93.3. Tickets are $50 and are available at mahoningsvdp.com or by calling Brian J. Antal at 330-690-8435.
Twice loved book sale
Peruse the tables in the Antonucci Horticulture Library at Fellows Riverside Gardens throughout February from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (closed Mondays) for books on gardening, cooking, and nature. There will also be garden magazines for sale. Donations of related used books are appreciated at any time. All proceeds benefit the Antonucci Horticulture Library.
GA 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 will be offered Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive, and another will be offered 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.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m. for an afternoon of tea. There will be fruit-laced treats, savories, sounds of the tropics, and of course tea. All proceeds benefit the Antonucci Horticulture Library. Registration is required. $30 fee.
Yellow Creek Park concert
Come to Yellow Creek Park Feb. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. for an evening of music with the Mahoning Valley Button Box Club.
Join Ellen Speicher at Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. to learn the best seed sowing techniques, when to sow, which soil media to use, and how to care for seedlings. Each participant will receive a pack of seeds to take home. Registration required. Fee: $10; FFRG member $8.
Join Dave Miller from the Great Akron Orchid Society Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. until noon for an orchid walk highlighting the main varieties of orchids displayed throughout the Davis Center. You may bring your orchid questions or actual orchid to the walk to be diagnosed. Please register for this free program.
Annual winter garden seminar
Join Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m (sign-in begins at 8 a.m.) for the annual winter garden seminar. Garden experts will take you through the steps in planning and plant selection to create an ever-changing landscape that can last for the entire year.
For more information and to register, go to the Winter Seminar page at www.mgcy.org/ or call John Kolar at 330-545-2266. Registration is required. Fee: $40; $50 after February 8. Presented by the Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown.
Join Dave Miller and Jackie Land at Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn how to repot your orchid. Bring any problem orchids you may have and they will help you get them back on track. Receive an orchid to repot in class and take home. Orchid bark mix will be available for sale for a nominal cost. Registration required. Fee: $20; FFRG member $15.
Puff pastry snacks
Join Steve Brandt at Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. as he demonstrates how to use whatever you have on hand to bake puff pastry items. Registration required. Fee: $24; FFRG member $20.
Heavy hors d’oeuvres
Join chef David Armstrong at Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn recipes and culinary techniques as he demonstrates how to prepare and serve heavy hors d’oeuvres for your next winter party. Registration required. Fee: $36; FFRG member $28.
Come to the Garden Caf Feb. 14 at 6:30 for a Valentine’s dinner. The dinner will incorporate aphrodisiac foods throughout each course. To make a reservation or for more information, call 330-758-0811. Seating is limited.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 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. The fee is $10 per class.
Yoga in the gardens
Join Marina Perdos every Tuesday and Thursday in February from 9:30-11 a.m. and Karres Cvetkovich every Tuesday and Thursday in February from 5:30-7 p.m. for a blend of yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. The fee is $10 per class.
T’ai Chi in the gardens
Join Marie Lew every Wednesday in February from 12-1 p.m. in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. The fee is $10 per class.
Join Angela Lubonovich every Wednesday in February from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to be guided in using hand weights to tone the body with an emphasis on core strength and control. Bring a mat, water and two-pound weights if you have them. The fee is $10 per class.
Shiatsu and chocolate
Join Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn simple Shiatsu techniques for soothing pressure and trigger point massage relief for headaches and tension. All methods will be practiced fully clothed. The massage portion of the evening will be followed by the exercise of conscious savoring with gourmet quality chocolate. Registration required. The fee is $25 or $45 per couple.
Introduction to essential oils
Join Marina Perdos Feb. 28 at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 2-3:30 p.m. to learn how to easily incorporate the healing properties of essential oils into your daily life. You will have the opportunity to experiment and will be able to take your custom blends home. Registration required. Fee: $39; FFRG member $30.
Bring your children ages 6-11 to Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 8 from 12:30-2 p.m. to make a faerie garden. Children will spend the afternoon creating a miniature garden. Registration required. Fee: $12; FFRG member $10.
Children’s nature hour
Bring your children ages 3-5 to Pioneer Pavilion Feb. 14 or 15 from 10-11 a.m. to learn all about groundhogs and when they usually wake up. Pre-register/pay at Ford Nature Center. Fee: $2 R; $3 NR (day of program, if space available).
Bring your children ages 12-17 to Fellows Riverside Gardens Feb. 8 from 3-4:30 p.m. to make a faerie garden. Spend the afternoon creating a miniature garden. Registration required. Fee: $12; FFRG member $10.
Pond in winter
Come to the Lily Pond Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. to become the rare winter visitors to see how nature is coping in and around the pond. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate rating with a few hills and steps, two miles.
The hunger moon
Come to Mill Creek Park Feb. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. to learn why the Native Americans gave this month’s moon its name. Meet at Lanterman’s Mill parking lot. Moderate difficulty with one hill. Icy/slippery conditions are possible, two miles.
Sounds of winter
Come to Mill Creek Park Feb. 16 from 2-4 p.m. to listen to the sounds of nature as you walk along the Mindy Henning Trail. Chickadees, woodpeckers, and maybe even a hawk may break the silence. Meet at MetroParks Farm. Moderate rating, two miles.
A sign of spring?
Meet at Scholl Recreation Area Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m. for a hike to find the first wildflower of 2014. Moderate rating with some hills, approximately two miles.
Health and wellness walks
Join Mill Creek Park Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. and Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. to experience the benefits of walking, including strengthening muscles and bones, improving cardiovascular function, and relieving stress. The Feb. 5 walk meets at East Golf Hike and Bike Trail off Shields Road. Easy rating, one or three miles. The Feb. 19 walk meets at Ford Nature Center. Moderate rating, two or four miles.
Coffee with the birds
Join Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited at Ford Nature Center Feb. 15 from 8-9:30 a.m. to watch birds at the feeders during The Great Backyard Bird Count. Coffee provided; please bring your favorite mug. Space is limited, so call to register by Feb. 14 for a 45-minute session (8–8:45 a.m. or 8:45–9:30 a.m.).
Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley
Come to MetroParks Farm Feb. 25 from 7-8 p.m. to learn about the bugs you find in your yard and the ones the birds love to eat. Presented by Dr. Bill Snyder of The Ohio State University’s Extension Service. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
In preparation for Valentine’s Day, stop in to explore Ford Nature Center Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to create a nature-inspired picture frame (while supplies last). Please bring your favorite photo. Donations accepted.
Take a brisk walk with your canine companion Feb. 16 from 11-12:30 p.m. around Mill Creek Golf Course. Walk on the cart paths, then retire to the historic Fieldhouse for hot drinks, cookies and treats. Each dog will receive a Valentine. Animal Charity will be on hand with some of their adoptable dogs. Easy rating, one or two miles, depending on the weather. Meet on the porch at Mill Creek Golf Course. Free. Bring along an item to donate to Animal Charity. Large blankets, dry puppy and dog food, dog collars and leashes, rawhides, dog toys and treats, air freshener, plastic baggies, plastic totes with lids, rubbing alcohol and disinfectant spray would be appreciated.
March in to the sky
The Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society and MetroParks’ Recreation Department invite you to a star party at MetroParks Farm March 1 from 7-10 p.m. View the night sky through high powered telescopes. Galaxies, star clusters, double stars, nebulae and Jupiter will be in sight during this observation session. The star viewing will be followed be a brief presentation at McMahon Hall to discuss and learn about the objects viewed through the telescopes. A celestial children’s craft and refreshments will be provided. Sky viewing is weather-dependent.
Light, shadow and a jukebox
Come to the Weller Gallery Jan. 17 - March 23 to experience the watercolor work of local artist Don Wright whose botanical work plays on light and shadow. The exhibit will have a jukebox.
Jewels of winter
Join the Davis Center Tuesdays Feb. 1 - March 16 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to observe orchids on display. Bring your camera, there will be plenty of flowers around the lobby to photograph.
Nature photography exhibit
Come to Ford Nature Center Tuesdays through Sundays Feb. 22-March 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the annual nature photography exhibit. Entries will be accepted from Feb. 1-9. Applications will be available to download at http://www.millcreekmetroparks.org/visit/things-to-do/nature-photography-exhibit/.
Through the lens
Come see at the evolution of photography during the Melnick Museum’s 2014 exhibit Through the Lens. The exhibit will display a rare collection of glass negatives and acetate film negatives produced by two local photographers, which chronicle scenes of Mill Creek Park from 1907 through 1926. In addition to park scenes, several portrait negatives of the period will also be on display. The photographs be on display until Dec. of 2014.
Hospice of the Valley’s volunteer classes scheduled for February
Hospice of the Valley’s new volunteer class will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 1 and 8 at Hospice House, located at 9803 Sharrott Road in Poland, and Feb. 3 through March 3 at McGonigle Funeral Home, located at 1090 E. State Street in Sharon, Pa.
Volunteers will learn what Hospice of the Valley’s team of doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains do for patients and their families and how volunteers fit into that team.
Hospice volunteers serve in a variety of ways including companions for hospice patients at home or in nursing homes as well as helping at the Hospice House inpatient facility. They also provide respite services to family members.
New volunteers are needed for all areas of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties and western Pennsylvania. Volunteer assignments are made close to the volunteer’s home.
For more information or to register, call 330-788-1992.
Torch Club to offer essay contest
The Youngstown Torch Club, a local dinner/discussion/debate organization, which meets monthly on the campus of YSU, is offering a $1,000 essay scholarship competition, open to any current YSU student.
Students may submit a paper previously written for any college course, or an original work, on any subject or topic of interest. Papers are requested to be 800-1000 words and deadline for submission is March 1.
Remit paper to: firstname.lastname@example.org or send to Dr. Tom Copeland, 313 N. Belle Vista Ave. Youngstown 44509. For more information, visit Youngstown TORCH Club on Facebook.
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Poland library every Wednesday in February 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 every Thursday in February at 10 or 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 for 4s and 5s
Join the Poland library every Tuesday in February 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.
Lego my library
Join the Poland library Feb. 18 from 6-7 p.m. to create Lego designs. Legos will be provided. For children ages 6 and up.
Put on your pajamas and bring the whole family for stories at the Poland library Feb. 24 from 6:30-7 p.m.
Trim a tree
Children of all ages are invited to the Poland library throughout February to decorate an ornament for the all-seasons tree.
Get connected with digital media
Come to the Poland library Feb. 15 at 10 a.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.
Blood pressure screening
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be having a blood pressure screening at the Poland library on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 1-4 p.m.
Valentine love book sale
Visit the Friends of PLYMC bookstore in the Poland library during open hours Feb. 12-15 for the Valentine Love Book Sale. All fiction, romance, and love stories will be 1/2 off. On Feb. 14 the books and gifts throughout the entire store are 1/2 off.
There will be an open book discussion facilitated by Greg Smith with “Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn” author John Maxwell every Tuesday in February at 8 a.m. in the Poland library meeting room. All are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.
Free tax preparation and electronic filing for qualifying individuals
The Poland library will again provide locations for free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and those (at any age) with low to moderate income beginning the week of Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. All sites are staffed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS. TCE sites staffed by AARP volunteers. Volunteers will provide counseling on eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). To make an appointment call 330-726-2492.