Crohn’s and Colitis patient advocate to address group
Tara Bertini, R.N., B.S., an advocate for patients with Crohn’s disease and/or Colitis, will address the Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group March 11. Bertini will discuss the free patient advocate programs provided by AbbVie, a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company. The goal of the patient advocate programs is to help patients better understand and manage their disease by providing education, resources and support. Patient advocates work with patients one-on-one, providing access to information, helping them develop good communication with their doctors and suggesting tools they can use to track symptoms. Advocates also identify resources that can benefit patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group, sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Humility House, located at 755 Ohltown Road in Austintown. The group provides information and encouragement to individuals who have or will have ostomies. The meeting is free and open to ostomy patients, families and friends. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. For information, call 330-480-3440. The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group meets once a month March through December.
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, call 330-505-5060.
St. Charles School registration
Registration for children entering St. Charles for the 2014-2015 school year is taking place now. The following materials are needed to complete registration: copy of birth certificate, copy of baptismal certificate (if Catholic) and immunization records. Effective Fall 2011, Ohio law now requires that every kindergarten or first-grade student entering school must have two varicella/chicken pox as well as the other required immunizations by day 14 of school or they cannot attend until up-to-date. Grades 4-6 students need only one varicella. Grade 7 students need Tdap or Td booster. A Social Security number and $25 non-refundable registration fee is also required. Checks can be made payable to Lumen Christi Catholic Schools. Proof of child custody (if applicable), and a copy of the child’s last report card from previous school must be provided for grades 1-8 only. The registration application takes about 10-15 minutes to fill out with basic information, including work addresses and phone numbers.
Cambell Memorial High School alumni reunion
The Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Association is sponsoring an alumni reunion to take place April 12 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Hall. Tickets are $40 per person. The last day to purchase tickets is April 1. Tickets will not be sold at the door. There will be a cash bar. Call the alumni office at 330-799-1232 to purchase tickets, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Association, P. O. Box 23 Campbell, Ohio 44405. Include your contact information and your year of graduation. Checks should be made payable to Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Association.
Boardman Local Schools announce 2014/2015 kindergarten registration
The Boardman Local School District is now offering kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year. Any parent who is a Boardman resident interested in signing their child up for kindergarten may visit the elementary school they wish their child to attend to pick up registration forms. Requirements for registration are: the child must be five years of age on or before Aug. 1, the registration form must be completed, the original birth certificate must be supplied, proof of residency in at least two forms (tax statement, utility bill, purchase/rental agreement) as well as a residency affidavit, custody papers if applicable and payment of $25 to partially cover supply costs furnished by the school. Parents wanting to send their child to Market Street Elementary may contact the school at 330-782-3743, parents of Robinwood Lane Elementary, call 330-782-3164, parents of Stadium Elementary, call 330-726-3428, and parents of West Boulevard, call 330-726-3427.
The Boardman Bugle moves to an online newspaper format
The Boardman Bugle, Boardman High School’s newspaper, has recently gone to an online publication format. Students as well as the community are able to access the website with no registration or sign-up required. The newspaper staff decided to go online this year due to a high volume of community readership and to allow anyone at any time the ability to read the newspaper on a computer, smartphone or tablet. This format change follows the Boardman High School’s Bring Your Own Device policy implementation last year, which allows students to bring their smartphones and other electronic devices into the school building to be used during study hall, lunchtime and approved class time. The newspaper website is www.TheBoardmanBugle.com.
Miami University names Jon Wallace to Dean’s List
Jon Wallace of Boardman, was named to the Miami University dean’s list. Miami University students who ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2013-2014 have been named to the dean’s list recognizing academic performance.
Leone named to Dean’s List
Mark Leone has been named to the Dean’s List at Hiram College for completing twelve or more hours for graded coursework and achieving at least a 3.6 grade point average for the spring semester.
Meet at Ford Nature Center March 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. to take a ride on the new MetroParks trolley to visit Bears Den, the Old Log Cabin, and Pioneer Pavilion. There will also be a visit to the Wick Area maple sugar project. Limited seating. Choose one time slot only. Pre-register and pay at Ford Nature Center by March 14. The fee is $5 if registered, $7 if not registered.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens March 8 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. to learn the basic design elements found in art and design including concepts of order, unity and rhythm. Discuss the use of color and form and how to apply all of these ideas when designing an ornamental garden.
This class is one part lecture on design theory and one part workshop in applying these theories when choosing perennials for your garden. Registration is required. The fee is $10; FFRG members $8.
MVLNA Spring clinic
The Mahoning Valley Landscape and Nursery Association, Mill Creek MetroParks, and OSU Extension–Mahoning County will sponsor this spring horticulture clinic at Fellows Riverside Gardens March 12 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Topics will focus on innovative ideas for the green industry. Vendors will display current service products. Call 330-398-7710 for details or visit www.mvlna.org for more information. Fee: $70; FFRG, MVLNA, and Garden Club members and Master Gardener $40
Plant parts and patterns
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens March 19 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for a mid-morning stroll 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. Fee: $16; FFRG member $12
Make cream cheese
Join Beth Haddle at Fellows Riverside Gardens March 8 from 10 a.m. until noon as she goes over the ins and outs on how to make your own cream cheese and ways to use it with herbs. Each participant will take home starters to work with on their own. Registration required. Fee: $20; FFRG member $16.
Learn the basics of yoga taught by Karres Cvetkovich Sundays in March at 10:30 a.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Bring a mat and small blanket. Fee: $10 per class.
Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment, and breathing with Angela Lubonovich Mondays in March from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Bring a mat and water. Fee: $10 per class.
Yoga in the gardens
Join Marina Perdos Tuesdays and Thursdays in March from 9:30-11 a.m. and Karres Cvetkovich Tuesdays and Thursdays in March from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens 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 at Fellows Riverside Gardens Wednesdays in March from 12-1 p.m. for warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Fee: $10 per class.
Join Angela Lubonovich Wednesdays in March from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens 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.
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.
Creating with herbs
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens March 22 from 1-3:30 p.m. to learn how to use herbs and other natural ingredients to make salves, creams and lip balms, each of which you will take home.
There will be herbal infusions and other treats as you learn self-care for yourself and your family. Registration required. Fee: $39; FFRG member $30.
Children’s nature hour
Children ages 3-6 are invited to Birch Hill Cabin March 8 from 10-11 a.m. to come learn all about whales. There will be a story, a craft and undersea activities. Pre-register and pay at Ford Nature Center. Fee: $2 R; $3 NR
Small and mighty ants
Children ages 3-5 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens March 13 from 1-2 p.m. and 15 from 10-11 a.m. to discover what happens in the underground world of ants and how they help plants. There will be a snack, story and activity. Registration required. Fee: $5.
Children ages 6-11 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens March 15 from 12:30-2 p.m. to explore the gardens in search of signs of spring. Learn why plants start emerging and growing, plus make your own sundial. Registration required. Fee: $5.
Children ages 7-12 are invited to Ford Nature Center March 22 from 1-2 p.m. to learn how paper is made and recycle waste paper into new paper for writing, drawing, or art. There will also be an opportunity to do origami. Pre-register/pay at Ford Nature Center by March 21. Fee: $2 R; $3 NR.
Spring potted bulbs
Teens ages 12-17 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens March 15 from 2-3 p.m. to create a planter filled with spring bulbs, including crocuses, daffodils and tulips. Learn about these plants and why they bloom in the spring. Registration required. Fee: $8.
Short term host family opportunities available through 4-H
Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, and Trumbull County families will have the opportunity to welcome a young person from Japan into their home for one month this year, as part of an international exchange program being offered by the County OSU Extension, 4-H. Statewide, host families are needed for 100 Japanese youngsters (aged 12-18) and their adult chaperones, who will visit Ohio from July 23 through Aug. 18.
Host families provide the exchangees with room and board and a chance to experience daily life in America. Families are urged not to alter their daily routines or lifestyles during their visitor’s stay. Exchangees provide their own spending money, and the sponsoring organization furnishes comprehensive medical insurance. All types of families are welcome to apply to become hosts, including urban, rural, single-parent, childless, and non-4-H families. The only requirements are that for the Japanese month-long exchange, hosts must have a family member of the same gender and approximate age of the exchangee, three meals a day, and a separate bed for the visitor. Those interested should contact Gretchen Kalinay at 330-799-8407 or Gary Reel at 330-533-7712 for an application form and more information about this and other 4-H international exchange programs. More information and an application can be found at the website www.ohio4h.org/youth/international
A day of Asian culture
Travel to Cleveland April 24 from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. to explore gardens, art, and food. Visit Cleveland’s Chinatown with guide Dr. Y.T. Chiu, tour Japanese gardens at Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and discover the Asian exhibits at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Register by calling Fellows Riverside Gardens. Fee: $155; FFRG member $110. Registration deadline is March 28.
After reading Steve Ettlinger’s exploration of the ingredients on a Twinkie label, join a group discussion on the book at Ford Nature Center March 22 from 10-11 a.m.
In search of the Sangamon
Meet at Scholl Recreation Area March 9 from 2-4 p.m. to trace the path of the pre-glacial Sangamon, aka, The Old Mill Creek. View the scenic landscape created by geological forces of long ago. Moderate rating, 2 miles.
The awakening moon
Meet at Lower Bears Den parking lot March 14 from 8-9:30 p.m. to hike beneath the almost-full moon. Moderate rating, 2 miles.
Lookin’ for the green
Meet at Ford Nature Center March 16 from 2-4 p.m. to look for greenery on a hike. Moderate rating, 2 miles.
Spring break hike
Meet at Yellow Creek Park March 23 from 2-4 p.m. for a hike followed by an indoor presentation about Florida. Moderate rating, 2 miles.
Ask the naturalist
Meet at Ford Nature Center March 30 from 2-4 p.m. for a hike. Bring along your nature and MetroParks questions (or think of them along the trail) for naturalist Bill Whitehouse, and he will do his best to answer them. Moderate rating, 2 miles.
Wildlife Sanctuary walk
Join Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited March 15 from 8-9:30 a.m. for a walk at the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. Reservations must be made by calling Ford Nature Center by March 14 at 5 p.m. Walk-ins not permitted.
Audubon Society presentation
Join Jeffrey Hall at MetroParks Farm March 25 from 7-8 p.m. for the presentation “Spring Beauty–Seasons’ Beginnings.” Hall is the past president of Washington County Audubon Society in New Jersey and now lives in Pennsylvania. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. The public is welcome.
Yellow Creek Park concert
Come to the Yellow Creek Park Lodge March 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. as The Al-Ray Combo ends the park’s Winter Concert Series.
MetroMutts: St. Patrick’s hike
Meet at Bears Den Cabin March 16 from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. for a St. Patrick’s hike around the Bears Den Loop. Dress your hound in a bit of color to celebrate the day. There will be cookies and treats in Bears Den Cabin after the hike. Animal Charity will be on hand with some of their adoptables. Easy rating, 1.5 miles. Free program. Call Ford Nature Center for more information.
Hike the Triple Crown
In 2012, Rick “Handlebar” Ostheimer of Youngstown became one of an estimated 200 hikers to have completed “The Triple Crown”: the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. Join Ford Nature Center March 21 from 7-8 p.m. for this free event to hear about his experiences and learn about his gear.
Come to the Davis Center Lobby Feb 1-March 16 to observe orchids on display. Bring a camera to photograph orchids around the Davis Center.
Come to the Weller Gallery Jan. 17-March 23 to view the watercolors of local artist Don Wright whose botanical work plays on light and shadow.
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.
Nature photography exhibit
Come to Ford Nature Center Feb. 22 - March 9 to view the talents of amateur photographers.
2014 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship
Amy Bushman of Ohio won a $1,000 scholarship during the 2013 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship program for her work with Bake Me Home, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting volunteerism and encouraging shared family experiences. In 2012, Bake Me Home provided 337 tote bags to families with cookie baking supplies, 211 framed family portraits to families, more than 2,900 cookies to troops overseas, and three Bake It Forward grants to local children involved in the community. The program is currently accepting nominations for Ohio youth ages six to 18 who have made a positive impact on their communities. Nominations are being accepted until March 14.
Neighborhood Ministries seeks meal sites for summer program
Neighborhood Ministries, a sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program, is seeking churches or organizations to join in providing free meals to children ages 18 and under who live in the Youngstown area. The meals are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Ohio Department of Education from June 9–Aug. 22. Sites may choose one or two meals per day, including breakfast, lunch and/or a snack. If your church or organization is interested in receiving free meals for children this summer, please contact Neighborhood Ministries at 330-755-8696 or email SFSP@ohionm.org. The deadline for submitting a site request is March 31.
American Business Women’s Association to meet
The American Business Women’s Association, Mill Creek Chapter, will meet at 6 p.m. March 11 at Caff Capri, located at 8000 Market Street in Boardman. At the next monthly meeting, Mandy Codespote will pass the torch to Marilyn Abramski, the newly elected Woman of the Year. The menu includes chicken parmesan, penne with Mama Q’s sauce, mixed Italian vegetables, salad, rolls, coffee or tea, and dessert. Cost is $19 per person and guests are welcome. Call Mandy Codespote at 330-314-8198 for reservations through March 2.
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Boardman library March 15 at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Boardman library Wednesdays in March at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your children, ages 2-3, become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fun time for 4s and 5s
Join the Boardman library Tuesdays in March at 10 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help your children, ages 4-5, become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sensory story time
Join the Boardman library March 15 at 2 p.m. for family story time with a sensory focus. This program is designed for children with different needs, including those with autism, speech and language delays, cognitive impairments, ADHD and other special needs and challenges. There will be books, music and sensory stations with a schedule board and double visuals. Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the specific branch library.
It’s all about yarn
Bring your crochet, knitting, plastic canvas, or anything with yarn project to the Boardman library March 27 at 7 p.m. and learn from one another. Participants are encouraged to bring all unfinished objects. For adults and teens.
Come to the Boardman library March 13 at 6:30 p.m. and make a colorful, one-of-a-kind bracelet. For teens in grades 7-12.
Celebration of the Arts grades K-6
Join the Boardman library March 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. for the 11th Annual Celebration of the Arts. View artwork by Boardman area students in grades K-6. Come for opening night kickoff with refreshments. Musical interludes provided by the St. Charles Children’s Choir under the direction of Laura Kotheimer. Choir performance starts at 7 p.m. Artwork will be on display from March 11-17.
Celebration of the Arts grades 7-12
Join the Boardman library March 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. for the 13th Annual Celebration of the Arts. View artwork by Boardman area students in grades 7-12. Artwork will be on display March 20-29. Refreshments will be served.
Come to the Boardman library throughout March to get help downloading library books to your eReader, tablet or laptop, and learn to download magazines and movies to your device(s). Register at the Boardman librarian’s desk throughout March or call to sign up for an appointment. For adults and teens.
Intermediate balloon sculpture
Come to the Boardman library March 17 at 7 p.m. for intermediate balloon sculpture with Joe Sullivan, a.k.a. Jocko the Clown. Class is limited to 15, materials will be provided. Attendance in beginner’s balloon sculpture required. Registration is required. For adults only.
Boardman Friends of the Library meeting
Come to the Boardman library March 10 at 10 a.m. to hear “Strouss: Youngstown’s Dependable Store,” a presentation by Tom Welsh, independent scholar and professional writer.
Bring your once-done jigsaw puzzles to swap to the Boardman library March 12 at 5 p.m. Puzzles to bring are limited to six. Sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC. For more information, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086.
Book review and a free mug, too
Come to the Boardman library March 29 at 1 p.m. for a fundraiser for the Springfield Branch Library Capital Campaign. The book review will be “Life Goes On” by author Philip Gulley. Get an “I Love My Library” mug with refreshments for attending. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door and by committee members. There will be a raffle of gifts to win. For tickets and information, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086.
MCCTC information sessions
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 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.
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.
Free tax preparation and electronic filing for qualifying individuals
The Boardman library will again provide locations for free tax preparation and electronic filing for seniors and those (at any age) with low to moderate income on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning the week of Feb. 11.
To make an appointment call 330-726-2492.
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. All sites are staffed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS. TCE sites staffed by AARP volunteers.
Volunteers will provide counseling on eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).