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 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.
Poland Local Schools registration for Kindergarten, new student, Union preschool and after-school programs will be March 8 at Union Elementary School from 9 a.m. until noon. Kindergarten students must turn 5-years-old on or before Aug. 1. The following items must be brought to registration: child’s original birth certificate, child’s immunization records, proof of residency, parent identification and custody papers (if applicable).
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.
Local students make the President’s List
Miami University students who are ranked in the top three percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2013-14 have been named to the president’s list recognizing academic excellence. Poland students named to the list this semester include Matthew Higham, Kaila Frisone, Christopher Lipari and Karen Krumpak.
Students make Dean’s List at Miami University
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. Students named to the list from Poland include Austin Miller, Eric Shoaff, Jason Shoaff, Silverio Balzano, Erin Boback, Sara Rubesa, Ryan Burke and Alissa Bisconti.
Short term host family opportunities available
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
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.
Wine tasting event
The Poland Swim Club is announcing its first wine tasting fundraiser March 28 at the Holy Family Parish Center, located at 2731 Center Road.
The event is open to members as well as nonmembers and funds raised will be used for general improvements and renovations to the swim club. Included in the ticket price of $50 for one or $90 for two are Luva Bella wines, Miller Lite and Bud Lite, hors d’oeuvre stations and a DJ. There will also be a Chinese Auction and 50/50 Raffle. For tickets or more information, contact Chris Eich at 330-501-4871 or ChristineEich@aol.com.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens March 8 from 10 a.m. until noon 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
Loose knit group
Come to the Antonucci Library in Fellows Riverside Gardens March 21 at 10 a.m. to help create blankets for organizations that give to those in need. All helping hands are welcome, both experienced knitters and those wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated at any time. Registration not required.
French 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.
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.
Siblings receive honors, admission
Jenna Rindy of Poland was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Slippery Rock University. Her brother, Lucas Rindy, who was also named to the SRU Dean’s List, has accepted an offer of admission to attend the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Fla,, beginning in July 2014. Both students are Poland Seminary High School graduates.
Students qualify for Dean’s List
The University of Akron named Laura Anderson, Kristine Cencia, Emma Chandler, Chandra Conzett, Kathryn Dixon, Rachel Logan, Joseph Petrolla, Khooshali Shah, Alex Wharry, Tricia Ryzner, Deanna Sheffler and Kristen Shepherd to the Dean’s List for the fall semster 2013.
Kimberly Morelli named to Dean’s List at Arizona State University
Kimberly Morelli of Poland received academic honors from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University by making the University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester. Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the Dean’s List.
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Poland library Wednesdays in March 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 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 Poland library Tuesdays in March 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
Children ages 6 and up are invited to the Poland library March 18 from 6-7 p.m. to create Lego designs. Legos will be provided.
Put on your PJs, bring out the whole family and come to the Poland library March 17 from 6:30-7 p.m. for St. Patrick’s Day stories.
Trim a tree for March
Children of all ages are invited to decorate an ornament for Poland library’s all-seasons tree during the month of March.
Rediscover your inner leprechaun
Come to Kravitz Deli and the Poland library March 15 to join in the all-day festivities. Kravitz Deli will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Lunch with the leprechauns
Come to the Poland library March 15 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for lunch. Lunch will be in the Poland library meeting room. The cost is $14.99 for adults and $7.99 for children under 12 and tickets can be purchased at the Kravitz Deli in the Poland Library. Meet Charlie the giant leprechaun, bring your cameras to take pictures, and listen to Irish songs and music of the harp with Coleen McNally Harris and Harper Kirk. Learn Irish taditions and folklore from the mouth of the leprechaun.
Come to the Poland library March 15 from 5-7 p.m for an Irish dinner and entertainment by Coleen McNally Harris and her harp accompanist, Harper Kirk. Seating is limited and tickets can be purchased at the Kravitz Deli in the Poland library for $19.99 for adults and $8.99 for children age 12 and under.
St. Patrick’s Day stories and games
Join the Poland library March 15 at 1:30 p.m. for St. Patrick’s Day stories read by a giant leprechaun and spirited games to celebrate the day.
St. Patrick’s Day science
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Poland library March 15 at 2 p.m. with science demonstrations and activities.
St. Patrick’s Day book sale
Come to the Poland Library Friends bookstore all day March 15 for a St. Patrick’s Day book sale and character appearance. Select a coin from the pot of gold for % savings in the store that day. Meet Captain McFinn and purchase a signed book from the Captain McFinn Book Series. There will be cookies and face painting.
St. Patrick’s Day events to be March 15
Come to the Poland library March 15 for all day events. At 11 a.m. there will be a Find Your Inner Leprechaun scavenger hunt throughout the library. Complete the scavenger hunt and get prizes. Meet Captian McFinn in the Poland Library Bookstore. At 1 p.m. there will be a parade of leprechauns with prizes for the best-dressed leprechauns. At 1:30 p.m. there will be leprechaun story time. At 2:45 there will be a fastest pickle-eating contest with a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Kravitz Deli, a corned beef eating contest for adults with a chance to win a night on the town, and a Lucky Charms eating contest with a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Kravitz Deli. At 3:30 p.m. there will be Burke Irish dancers and at 4 p.m. there will be St Patrick’s cookies and cokes in the Deli, compliments of Charlie, the giant leprechaun and Kravitz Deli.
“Divergent” movie release party
Come to the Poland library March 20 at 6 p.m. for the Divergent movie release party based on the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. There will be games, food, prizes and more for teens in grades 7-12. Space is limited. To register, go to www.libraryvisit.org/Divergent or call 330-744-8636.
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations at the Poland library March 25 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. to help the community. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Blood Pressure screening
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be having a blood pressure screening at the Poland library March 25 from 1-4 p.m.
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 Mondays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. beginning the week of Feb. 11. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. All sites are staffed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS. TCE sites are staffed by AARP volunteers. Volunteers will provide counseling on eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For an appointment, call 330-726-2492.
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).
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 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 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.