Boardman Community Briefs

Bethel Lutheran to host Swiss steak dinner

Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Drive in Boardman, is having a Swiss steak dinner on April 5 from 5–7 p.m. The cost will be $10 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Carry outs are available and tickets are available at the door. All proceeds go to the Bethel Brotherhood and will be used for outreach and upkeep of the church.

Voices of the Valley to be March 23

On March 23 at 11:30 a.m., Disciples Christian Church will present a community forum, titled “Voices of the Valley,” which will be open to the public. A panel of speakers representing various civic and social agencies will respond and interact to questions posed about the present and future social issues of not only Boardman Township, but the Mahoning Valley.

Panels members will include Common Pleas Judge Lou D’Apolito, Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols, Maureen Drummond, Executive Director of HandsOn Network of Volunteers, Karen Kannel, Social Worker for the Boardman Schools and others.

A light lunch will be served and the forum will be informal. Childcare is also available on site for those in attendance. Anyone from the community who wishes to participate and plans to eat there should call the church office at 330-758-8189. Disciples Christian Church is located at 565 Boardman-Canfield Road in Boardman.

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.

St. Charles Borromeo hosts Lenten Mission

St. Charles Borromeo Parish will host its annual Lenten Mission Speaker Series. The speakers include, TV and film star Frank Runyeon March 23 at 6:30 p.m. The second night will be Rev. Nicholas Shori, the Director of Office of Evangelization at the Diocese of Youngstown March 24 at 7 p.m. The third night will conclude March 25 with Rev. Gerald DeLucia, President of Cardinal Mooney High School at 7 p.m. All three speakers will be presenting in the church sanctuary.

Boardman Middle School to present band concert

The Boardman Middle Schools will present an eighth-grade band spring concert featuring the combined Center and Glenwood jazz ensembles April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Boardman High School Performing Arts Center.

This concert will showcase the combined efforts of Boardman Center and Glenwood Middle School band programs. The concert will open with the seventh- and eighth-grade jazz ensembles. Many students are featured on improvisation solos in various musical styles from both Center and Glenwood Middle School. The eighth-grade band will opens with “Sons of Liberty” and “Crosswinds March.” Popular selections include “Roar” and “Teenage Dreams” as performed by Katy Perry. They will also perform an arrangement of “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” by the Director of High School Bands Thomas Ruggieri. Admission and donations accepted at the door. Adults tickets are $3, students are $2 and senior citizens and children under ten are free.

St. Charles Borromeo hosts Frank Runyeon

St. Charles Borromeo Parish will host television star Frank Runyeon for his “Sermon on the Mount,” presentation followed by “Hollywood vs. Faith” discussion in the church. His presentation will be March 23 at 6:30 p.m. Runyeon will be the first of three presenters of this year’s St. Charles Borromeo Parish Lenten mission. Frank Runyeon has performed Biblical texts to thousands of people. He won two Emmy Awards as a cast member of Santa Barbara. He tours “Sermon” with his other one-man plays across the country.

For more information, contact Frank Runyeon at Runyeon requires any attending media to contact him beforehand so it does not interfere with his presentation.

Newcomers Club fundraiser set for April 5

The Newcomers Club of Canfield will sponsor its annual fundraiser, “Making A Difference Through Laughter” April 5. The event will take place at Mojos Pub-n-Grill on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and a comedy show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and also include a chance to win a grand prize. The event will also include a basket auction. For tickets or sponsorship information, call Jeannie Gulia at 330-651-1713 or Paula Lavin at 678-557-6414. Reservations must be completed by March 28. The Newcomers Club of Canfield Foundation provides vital funds to various local charities who support the needs of the community.

St. Charles Borromeo presents Lenten Speaker Series

St. Charles Borromeo Parish will be hosting its Lenten breakfast series presenters March 19, 26, and April 2 and 9 in the St. Matthew Room from 7:40-8:15 a.m. March 19 will feature Mary Ann Wilson, Parishioner, March 26 will feature Diana Hancharenko, Pastoral Associate and Parishioner, April 2 will feature Terry Sell, Catechist and Parishioner, and April 9 will feature Linda Blough, Parishioner.

For more information, contact Mary Jo Kubiak at or 330-726-1283.

Trolley tour

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Yoga basics

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.

Pilates basics

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.

Pilates sculpt

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.

Spring garden

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

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.

Twinkie, deconstructed

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.

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.

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.

Orchid display

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.

Watercolor display

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.

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 The deadline for submitting a site request is March 31.

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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