HMHP to host product fair for ostomy patients
A product fair featuring companies that specialize in medical supplies for ostomy patients is slated for 6:30-7:30 p.m. on May 13 at Humility House, located at 755 Ohltown Road in Austintown. ConvaTec, Hollister, Coloplast and Nu-Hope are among the companies that will be represented during the fair, which takes place during the monthly meeting of the Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group. The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group, sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, provides ostomy patients and their families and friends the opportunity to share experiences while receiving ongoing education and information. Meetings of the Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group take place the second Tuesday of each month with meeting places alternating between Humility House and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center. Meetings are open to the public, refreshments are provided and parking is free. For more information, call 330-480-3440.
Rust Belt Theater to present “Can You Hear Me?”
The Rust Belt Theater Company will present “Can You Hear Me?,” a dark comedy written and directed by Brian Lee on May 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. Starring husband and wife acting duo Craig and Liz Conrad, the play centers on an unconventional love story that takes place between two people in adjoining prison cells who build a relationship without ever laying eyes on each other. Brian Lee has been involved with community theater for 30 years. He has written five plays. “Can You Hear Me?” was awarded Best Original Script at the Ohio AACTfest. His play “Nightlight” won the OCTA Playwright award. Last year, he was honored with a Marquee Award for Best Original Script for Family Reunion, a play that also had its Youngstown debut at the Rust Belt Theater Company. For ticket information, call 330-507-2358. The Rust Belt Theater Company is located in the Calvin Center, located at at 755 Mahoning Avenue, just outside of downtown Youngstown.
Spring for Life fundraiser
Right to Life of Mahoning County is sponsoring a Spring for Life fundraiser dinner May 27 at the Georgetown, located at 5945 South Avenue in Boardman. Guest speakers for the evening will be Rev. Walter S. Moss, Pastor of Foursquare Church in Canton and author of “Why I Am a Black Pro-life Pastor,” and Father Greg Maturi, Pastor of St. Dominic’s Church. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $10. To confirm your reservation, make your check payable to Right to Life of Mahoning County and send it to RTL/MC P.O.Box 1074, Youngstown, Ohio 44501. The deadline is May 14. For more information, call 330-799-6160.
MCCTC students host spring plant sale
Students in the horticulture program at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center will host the school’s annual spring plant sale beginning May 5. Students have prepared items including assorted annuals, hanging baskets and fresh vegetables. Flats of flowers will also be available. The horticulture green house will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout the month of May until all items are sold. For more information on the spring plant sale, contact Mary June Emerson at 330-729-4000 ext. 1671.
Kielbasa earns recognition at Spring Honors Convocation
Marietta College’s Alina Kielbasa was recognized at the annual Spring Honors Convocation on Fenton Court. Kielbasa, who is majoring in International Leadership and Political Science, received the Carl L. Broughton Scholarship and The Jelinek International Travel Scholarship on April 16.
Hanigosky earns recognition at Spring Honors Convocation
Marietta College’s Taylor Hanigosky was recognized at the annual Spring Honors Convocation on Fenton Court. Hanigosky, who is majoring in Journalism, received the Vernon E. “Dan” McGrew Scholarship: Journalism and The Henry Benedict Schwartz scholarship for French on April 16.
YSU students recognized at awards banquet
Youngstown State University students received awards at the annual awards banquet on campus. Annaliza Ronquillo received the Orion Award for outstanding student organization. Ronquillo is a senior majoring in the Didactic program in Dietetics. Scott Miller received the AVI Leadership Scholarship For outstanding undergraduate campus leaders. Miller is a junior majoring in Music Education. Annaliza Ronquillo received the Edna K. McDonald Cultural Awareness Award, presented by the Division of Student Affairs in recognition of contributions made to cultural diversity. Ronquillo is a senior majoring in the Didactic program in Dietetics.
Plant and veggie sale
The Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown and surrounding communities will host its annual plant and veggie sale May 8-10 at the MASCO greenhouse located at South Ave and Bev Road in Boardman from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sales support horticulture scholarships and community civic projects, along with its winter seminar.
ABWA to meet
Dan Gonder, local radio personality and host of Clear Channel Radio Youngstown, will be the guest speaker during the May 13 meeting of the Mill Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. His presentation will follow a 6:30 p.m. dinner at A La Cart Catering, located at 429 Lisbon Street in Canfield. The menu consists of roast pork, pasta marinara, oven browned potatoes, salad, rolls, coffee or tea, and dessert. Guests are welcome.
Call Shirley Pappagallo at 330-270-9779 or Jackie Fischio at 330-788-6634 through May 4 for reservations at $17.50 per person.
Support group to host indoor picnic
The Mahoning Valley Fibromyalgia Support Group will finish this season’s monthly meetings May 21 with an indoor picnic for members and their families. Main dishes and table service will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share and their own beverage. The picnic will take place at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Drive in Boardman at 7 p.m. All past speakers are invited as guests.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Sept. 17. There will be no meetings in June, July or Aug.
Slavic committee seeking applicants
The Simply Slavic committee has announced that is seeking applicants for its academic scholarship. Undergraduate YSU students who have completed their freshman year and are currently enrolled at YSU are encouraged to apply for the $500 scholarship. All applicants are required to submit a 500 word essay on how being Slavic affects their life. Applicants must also substantiate their Slavic lineage.
A panel made up of the Simply Slavic organizing committee will select the winners after reviewing the essays, overall academic achievement, faculty recommendations, and involvement in their culture. The deadline for scholarship applicants is May 23. The winners will be announced at the group’s fourth annual festival June 21 from noon until 11 p.m. on Federal Plaza East.
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Austintown library Tuesdays in May at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
ABWA to host May meeting
Tri-Gold Prime Time Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will host their May meeting at A La Cart Catering 429 Lisbon St. in Canfield. Social time will be at 5:30 p.m. with dinner buffet at 6 p.m. May 14.
The menu consists of baked ham, shells with alfredo sauce, southern baked chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans with mushroom sauce, salad, rolls and butter, coffee, tea and desert. The cost is $19. Reservations can be made by calling 330-533-8730 or 330-757-9368.
The speaker for the evening will be Tim Cleveland from the Neighbors local news publication. Guest are welcome but reservations are required.
Dairy Queen cake decorating event
The Cornersburg Dairy Queen, located at 3555 S. Meridian Road, will be having a cake decorating event May 10, where children will decorate a cake for mom, and June 14, where children will decorate a cake for dad. Qualified Dairy Queen cake decorators will be available to assist. Place an Edible Image of your choice on your cake for that added touch.
Please call 330-799-5295 to reserve a spot. Children must be supervised by an adult. Walk-ins are welcome. Prices range from $19.99 for an 8 inch round cake to 27.99 for a 10x14 inch sheet cake.
Spring Craft Show to be May 17
TOPS 2191 in Austintown will be hosting a Spring Craft Show on May 17 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, located at 45 Idlewood Road in Austintown. Admittance is free and there will be a Chinese Auction. Concession Sales will benefit the Austintown Night Out event.
AIS choir to sing anthem
On May 20, the Austintown Intermediate School’s fifth-grade choir will sing the National Anthem for the Pittsburgh Pirates versus the Baltimore Orioles baseball game at PNC Park. This has been a class tradition for a number of years.
Gotta move storytime
Children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver are invited to the Austintown library Thursdays in May at 10 a.m. for a variety of musical and movement activities that stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.
Tales and talk for 2s and 3s
Join the Austintown library Wednesdays in May 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 Austintown library Wednesdays in May at 11:30 a.m. for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your children become successful readers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Grab and go craft for May
Children of all ages are invited to the Austintown library throughout May to make a craft to take home.
Lego my library
Children ages six and up are invited to the Austintown library May 7 at 6 p.m. to create Lego designs. Legos will be provided.
Celebrate Maurice Sendak
Children ages 4-5 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to the Austintown library May 14 at 11:30 a.m. to hear the story “Where the Wild Things Are” and join in other fun activities.
Mom and me
Children of all ages are invited to the Austintown library throughout May to match the animal baby with its mom. Show a librarian and receive a prize.
Sensory story time
Join the Austintown library May 31 at 2 p.m. for family story time with a sensory focus. This program is designed for children of all ages 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.
Austintown Fitch High School annual art show
Come to the Austintown library May 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to view artwork by Fitch High School students. Light refreshments will be served. The artwork will be on display May 19-27 during library hours.
New Teen Advisory Boards (TAB)
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to the Austintown library May 17 at 3 p.m. to become a member of the library’s new Teen Advisory Board and let it be known what you would like to see. Help out with library programs, decide what books to buy, discuss what you are currently reading and meet new people.
Exploring the library’s business databases
Join Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, at the Austintown library May 12 at 6 p.m. to learn how to target potential customers. The featured databases, D&B Million Dollar Database and ReferenceUSA (Business, HealthCare, New Business, and Residential modules), bring timely and authoritative information to develop strategic marketing.
Nonprofit startup class
Are you thinking of starting a nonprofit? Attend a free class at the Austintown library May 13 at 6:30 p.m. and explore if starting a nonprofit is the right course of action, or if you should pursue one of the many alternatives for doing good. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Information Services Department or register online at http://www.libraryvisit.org/programs using the Events Calendar.
Friends of the Austintown library meeting
Tara Cioffi, administrator of the Mahoning-Trumbull Air Pollution Control Agency, will present the local history of the agency and services it provides at the Austintown library May 19 at 10 a.m.
The Air Pollution Agency’s mission is to attain and maintain the air quality at a level that will protect the environment for the benefit of all. The health effects associated with air pollution will also be discussed. A Friends monthly meeting will follow the presentation.
Eat Dessert First book club
Come to the Austintown library May 29 at 6 p.m. to sift through an array of cookbooks and socialize at monthly meetings. Share new recipes, ideas and discuss cookbooks.
Page Turners book club
Come to the Austintown library May 14 at 6 p.m. to hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in for the discussion.
Navigating the library catalog
Come to the Austintown library May 28 at 6 p.m. to learn how to use the library catalog. Search for items, place requests, use Search Ohio and how to make the most use of your online account.
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations at the Austintown library May 17 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to help the community.
Free blood pressure screenings
The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will be offering free blood pressure screenings at the Austintown library May 27 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed May 11, 25 and 26.
The Ursuline Center announces 2014 guided labyrinth walks
The Ursuline Center, located at 4280 Shields Road, will begin its 2014 guided labyrinth walk season April 27 (weather permitting) with a short presentation on the Spirituality of Labyrinths at 2 p.m. in the center and a guided walk immediately following. This year the center is offering a series of themed walks. On April 27 at 2 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Rebirth,” on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. the walk will be “On the Path to Healing,” on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. the walk will be “On the Path to Emancipation: Freedom of Mind, Body and Spirit” in correlation with the Juneteenth holiday, on July 15 at 6:30 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Growing,” on Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Accepting,” on Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Peace” and on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m., the walk will be “On the Path to Awareness” (presentation on Spirituality of Labyrinths in the center).
All people of faith are invited to attend, whether they are new to or experienced with walking a labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth usually takes about 20 minutes. People wishing to experience the Labyrinth but unable to make one of the guided walks can come anytime at their own convenience. There are printed guides that give suggestions for following the path provided at the Labyrinth’s entrance, but there is no right or wrong way to experience the sacred walk. People can use the labyrinth in any way they need. The Ursuline Center Labyrinth is a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and open year-round from dawn to dusk for all persons of faith. There is no cost to use the Labyrinth, which is handicapped-accessible and offers ample parking. To learn more about the Ursuline Center Labyrinth, call Eileen W. Novotny, Ursuline Associate, at 330-533-3831.
Gamblers Anonymous to meet
Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting is offered every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman and another is offered every Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Cornersburg. Both meetings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and last about 1-1/2 hours. Those who believe gambling has affected any part of their lives are urged to attend. For more information, call 330-505-5060.
Scholarship deadline to be June 1
Applications for scholarships to Youngstown State University by the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest. are now available by contacting Deborah Mottle at email@example.com or 330-729-0355. Applicants must attend Youngstown State University and be of Italian descent in order to be eligible. The deadline for applicants is June 1.
Fitness Together 5k run and walk
Come to the Wick Recreation Area May 10 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for Fitness Together’s 5k walk and run. Fitness Together has dedicated the proceeds from this event to help support the completion of the new children’s playground at Wick Recreation Area. It is the goal of Fitness Together to provide local children with a fun, healthy and safe place to get outdoors and play. This event is an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to have a good time and support a great cause. Whether you are a veteran racer, a first time participant or someone who would prefer to walk while socializing with friends and family, you are welcome. Registration required, call Fitness Together to register at 330-702-1311. The fee is $15 on or before May 9 and $20 the day of.
Girls night out at the gardens
Shop the latest fashions and merchandise at Fellows Riverside Gardens annual fundraising event May 20 and 21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members receive a 20 percent discount on merchandise from The shop in the gardens, non-members receive 10 percent. Visit specialty vendors, then enjoy a meal by Cater 2U, garden container demonstrations and more. Raffles and auctions will take place. Registration required. The fee is $30 and includes dinner. There will be a cash bar. Reserved seating available, table of 10 for $350.
Mother’s Day trolley tours
To celebrate Mother’s Day, enjoy a 45 minute ride through Mill Creek MetroParks on the Cohasset Express May 11. Tours will depart every hour beginning at 11 a.m. The last tour leaves at 4 p.m. Boards at the Family Garden at Fellows Riverside Gardens (north end of Davis Center parking lot). Pre-register/pay 36 hours in advance. Call Ford Nature Center to register. Adults: $4 R, $6 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over: $2 R, $4 NR. Moms ride free with their family.
MetroParks landscape architect Justin Rogers will guide a special trolley trip that will board at Ford Nature Center May 29 from 6-8 p.m. The tour will help you understand and appreciate the historic landscape features and building architecture found within Mill Creek MetroParks. Limited seating, registration required at least 36 hours in advance. Call Ford Nature Center to register. Adults: $5 R, $7 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over: $3 R, $5 NR.
Mother’s Day brunch
Celebrate Mother’s Day May 11 at Fellows Riverside Gardens with your family. Enjoy a delicious brunch catered by The Georgetown and afterward take a springtime stroll through the Gardens. Reservations required. Call the Garden Caf at 330-740-7074 for seating times and reservations.
Brews and blooms
Gather a few friends at Fellows Riverside Gardens May 15 from 5-7 p.m. to learn how hops, barley, herbs, and fruits make tasty brews by garden staff and a guest brewer. Sit back, enjoy an evening at the gardens with snacks and a sampling of beers. Cash bar. Registration required. Fee: $10, FFRG member $8.
Meet at Ford Nature Center May 18 from 2-4 p.m. to hike around Lake Cohasset to observe wildlife and record observations on a new citizen science project website called iNaturalist.org. This will be an ongoing project to monitor Mill Creek MetroParks’ biodiversity and the public is encouraged to participate. After the hike, there will be a short introduction to the website and a demonstration on how to log observations. Moderate rating, 2.5 miles.
Voices of the night hike
Meet at Vikers Nature Preserve on May 23 from 8:30-10 p.m. to listen to a serenade of frogs. There will also be an opportunity catch, observe and then release frogs. Wear boots and bring flashlights. Easy rating, 1 mile.
Meet at MetroParks Farm May 25 from 2-4 p.m. to learn about bluebirds and how their numbers have slowly increased as you hike Bluebird Trail and check some nest boxes. Moderate, 1.5 or 2.5 miles.
There will be a series of volunteer-led, recreational hikes. These hikes are generally faster paced and focus on exercising in the outdoors. Meet at Ford Nature Center May 7 at 9 a.m. for a moderate four mile walk. Meet at the Golf Course overflow parking lot (off of West Golf Drive) May 13 at 6 p.m. for an east one or three mile hike. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroPakrs Farm May 21 at 9 a.m. for an easy two or four mile walk. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trail Head at Kirk Road May 27 at 6 p.m. for a moderate two or four mile hike.
Banding the baby falcons
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife hopes to have newly hatched peregrine falcons to band and the public is invited to watch. If you would like to attend this special activity, which will take place downtown on a week day, Ford Nature Center will keep a contact list. As soon as ODNR-DOW gives the details, you will be contacted with the date and time.
Naturalist Emeritus Bill Whitehouse will lead bird walks May 3 and May 10 from 8-10 a.m. at Ford Nature Center. Each week, you will drive to the best park location for birds.
Bird sanctuary walk
Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead a walk at the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary May 17 from 8-9:30 a.m. Boots are required. Registration is required at Ford Nature Center by May 16.
Peregrine falcons, an endangered species, have been nesting in downtown Youngstown for a decade. Travel downtown on the MetroParks trolley to try and catch a glimpse of them May 14 from 12 or 1 until 2 p.m. Boards at Ford Nature Center. Bring binoculars. Limited seating, registration required at least 36 hours in advance. Call Ford Nature Center to register. Adults: $4 R, $6 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over: $2 R, $4 NR.
Yoga in the gardens
Join Marina Perdos from 9:30 until 11 a.m. and Karres Cvetkovich from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in May at Fellows Riverside Gardens for yoga. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. The fee is $10 per class.
Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment and breathing with Angela Lubonovich May 5 and 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Bring a mat and water. The fee is $10 per class.
T’ai Chi in the gardens
Join Marie Lew Wednesdays in May from 12-1 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi. The fee is $10 per class.
Join Angela Lubonovich Wednesdays in May at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 6:30-7:30 p.m. as she guides you in using hand weights to tone the body with an emphasis on core strength and control. Bring a mat, water and 2 pound weights, if you have them. The fee is $10 per class.
Feel comfortable in a class meant for everybody while you learn the basics of yoga taught by Karres Cvetkovich at Fellows Riverside Gardens Sundays in May from 9-10:30 a.m. Bring a mat and small blanket. The fee is $10 per class.
Adult golf clinics
Brush up on your skills Wednesdays in May at 6 p.m. as the golf season begins with Mill Creek golf course’s adult golf clinics. Golfers will spend one hour on the practice range then play three to five holes on the course. Call 330-740-7114 for registration and fee.
Junior golf clinics
Brush up on your skills Wednesdays in May at 6 p.m. as the golf season begins with Mill Creek golf course’s junior golf clinics. Golfers will spend one hour on the practice range then play three to five holes on the course. Call 330-740-7114 for registration and fee.
First Kayak trip of 2014
All skill levels are invited on this naturalist and volunteer-escorted kayak trip at East Newport Boat Launch May 31 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Single kayaks and a tandem are available. Age restrictions apply. Register at Ford Nature Center by May 29. $12 R, $15 NR.
Down the rabbit hole
Children ages 3-5 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 17 from 10-11 a.m. to follow Alice’s white rabbit and learn about his favorite plant and carrots. Children will make a healthy rabbit salad and plant carrot seeds. Registration required. There is a $5 fee.
Queen of Heart’s tarts
Children ages 6-11 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 17 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. to learn how to make their own strawberry tarts, sample tarts already made and hear more about the Queen of Hearts and her court. Registration required. There is a $5 fee.
Come to Ford Nature Center May 24 from 10-10:45 a.m. to learn to connect yourself and your child to nature. Enjoy a short guided walk, a specially designed sensory hike for children in strollers.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 31 from 3-4 p.m. to explore spiral patterns, Fibonacci numbers and the Plant Spiral exhibit all the while participating in hands-on activities. Registration required. There is a $5 fee.
Family garden Fridays
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Fridays starting May 9 until Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to take part in drop-in activities in the family garden. Watch as the garden grows with characters from “Alice in Wonderland” and Wonderland-like plants. Learn about garden creatures, tools and how to care for a garden. Take part in making garden treats, listening to stories, children’s yoga and adventuring with Alice and her friends.
Mother’s Day at MetroParks Farm
Come to MetroParks Farm May 10 from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. to help mom celebrate her special day. Visit with mommy farm animals and their babies. Guided tractor wagon rides leave approximately every 1/2 hour. There will be a children’s craft designed especially for mom. Wagon ride donations accepted. Craft fee is $1.
Goat day at MetroParks Farm
Join the Mahoning County Goat Club at MetroParks Farm May 18 from 3-5 p.m. as they take over the farm for the afternoon. Learn how these critters are handled, try some goat milk fudge, register for a soap making demonstration or make a special goat craft. Small fee per station.
Guided tractor wagon rides
Join MetroParks Farm May 25 from 1-4 p.m. to see how spring planting has progressed for the season. The barns will be open and a children’s craft will be available. Donations accepted for wagon rides. Craft fee is $1.
Stoneware garden lantern
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 13 from 5:30-8 p.m. as Lynn Cardwell helps students create a nature-inspired garden lantern. It will be glazed, fired and ready for pick up in approximately five weeks. Registration is required. Fee: $39; FFRG member $30.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as Lynn Cardwell helps students create two fused glass pendants. The pendants will be fired and ready for pick up in approximately four weeks. Registration is required. $39; FFRG member $30.
Painting in the park
Come to Lanterman’s Falls May 24 from 2-4 p.m. as an instructor from Wonderstruck Artisan Market guides you step-by-step in painting a specially designed Lanterman’s Mill-inspired masterpiece. Fee includes light refreshments and all art supplies needed to create and take home your own painted canvas. Registration required at least 36 hours in advance at Ford Nature Center. Fee: $30 R; $35 NR.
Painting on the farm
Join MetroParks Farm May 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a country evening outdoors. An instructor from Wonderstruck Artisan Market will guide you step-by-step on how to paint a specially designed MetroParks Farm-inspired masterpiece. Fee includes light refreshments and all art supplies needed to create and take home your own painted canvas. Registration required at least 36 hours in advance at Ford Nature Center. $30 R; $35 NR.
Kingsolver’s story has been called “convincing and compelling” (The New Yorker) and “…a passionate novel on the effects of global warming...” (Booklist). Read “Flight Behavior” then join the group at Ford Nature Center May 10 from 10-11 a.m. to discuss the book and its environmental themes.
Picnic at Pioneer Pavilion
Come to Pioneer Pavilion May 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to take a short walk along beautiful Artist’s Trail, then learn about one of the first blast furnaces west of the Allegheny Mountains. There will be a picnic at the tables with food, beer and treats for humans and canines alike. Animal Charity volunteers will be on hand with some of their adoptables. Call Ford Nature Center for details. Registration not required. MetroMutts members, $10; not-yet-members, $15.
Spring digital scavenger hunt
Come to Ford Nature Center May 24 from 1-3 p.m. and search for nature’s hidden secrets. Check in at Ford Nature Center for a list of nature items to search for and document with a camera or smartphone. Bring your own camera or phone.
Enjoy a mid-morning stroll through Fellows Riverside Gardens May 28 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as you learn the basics of botany and patterns of plant families. From plant parts to nomenclature and the evolution of plants, discover the intricacies that make plants special. Return to the Davis Center for a seasonal lunch and dessert. Registration required. $16; FFRG member $12.
Mother’s Day plant sale
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 11 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a Mother’s Day plant sale. Roses, carnations and other cut flowers will be available along with potted plants.
Garden forum spring flower show
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens May 17 from 12-5 p.m. and May 18 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the spring flower show. Registration not required. The public is encouraged to enter all flower shows. Entries are received 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for details.
Plant spirals exhibit
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Weller Gallery from March 28 through June 8 for a plant spirals exhibit which takes an up-close look at the world of Fibonacci numbers and their relationship to the world around us.
Through the Lens exhibit
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Melnick Museum through December 2014 for the “Through the Lens” exhibit. The exhibit displays a rare collection of glass negatives and acetate film negatives produced by two local photographers which chronicle scenes of Mill Creek Park from 1907-1926. Several portrait negatives of the period also on display.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 7 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a day of “Alice in Wonderland” adventure in the gardens. Meet the Queen of Hearts, drink tea like the Mad Hatter, join in making music and a variety of hands-on activities with organizations, including Youngstown State University, The Green Team, The Audubon Society and more. Rain or shine. Registration not required.
Wild With Style Art Show seeking entries
Amateur artists of all ages may submit artwork for display. Entries will be accepted at Ford Nature Center starting May 24 until June 1. Subject must be inspired by local nature of Mill Creek MetroParks. Call Ford Nature Center for information about entry limits, size, and display modes. Show displayed at Lanterman’s Mill from June 14 until June 22.
Nicotine Anonymous to meet on Wednesdays
Nicotine Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals from every walk of life who meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, located at 45 Idlewood Road in Austintown, to solve their common problem - an addiction to nicotine. The group is based on the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the only requirement to join is a desire to stop using nicotine. There is no cost to attend, but a freewill collection will be taken at some meetings to offset the costs of meeting expenses. For more information on Nicotine Anonymous, call Tom at 330-717-2183.
For addition support in quitting your nicotine addiction, call HMHP Regional Treatment Center at 330-306-5010 of the Ohio Guit Line at 1-800-784-8669.
Cardinal 5K Donut Run
The Canfield Athletic Booster Club will be hosting the Cardinal 5K Donut Run May 26 at 11 a.m., with registration at 10 a.m., at Cardinal Stadium. All proceeds go to the athletic programs of the Canfield Cardinals. Runners will receive a Cardinal dry-fit t-shirt. The fee is $25. Make checks payable to Canfield Athletic Booster Club and send them to the Canfield High School athletic office, located at 100 Cardinal Drive. There will also be a Munchkin Run; those ten years of age and under are free. You may register as a team or an individual. Runners participate at their own risk.
Couch to 5K to begin May 20
The Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center will present its third annual Couch to 5K program beginning May 20. There will be a free informational seminar on the program, given by Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D., May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at his Boardman office, located in SouthBridge West (behind Second Sole) at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3. The instructors this year will be Stephanie Yon, RRCA Certified Running Coach, and Sarah Terlecki, Group Fitness Instructor. Suzelis, also an avid runner, will assist with some of the sessions. For more information or to register, call 330-729-1350 or online at OhioND.com. There is free admission, but RSVP is required.
Marge Hartman’s Paws Town at Boardman Park
Boardman Twp. Park and Marge Hartman’s Paws Town, a volunteer -non-profit organization, have partnered to create Boardman’s first dog park. Thanks to a large gift from the Marge Hartman Foundation, and the fund raising efforts of Paws Town, INC. organization, the Marge Hartman’s Paws Town Dog Park is open and accepting membership applications. Memberships will be good for one year from April 1 until March 31, 2015. Membership fees will not be prorated. Memberships for Boardman residents will be $40 for one dog and $10 for each additional dog. Non-Boardman resident fee will be $65 for one dog and $10 for each additional dog. Membership packets may be picked up at the Boardman Park Office, in the outdoor literature boxes at the Dog Park, or online at boardmanpark.com. Beginning April 1, everyone using Paws Town Dog Park must have a membership in order to ensure that all dogs are healthy and vaccinated. New members will be given a code to enter the dog park and they will also be issued a badge to wear.
Fibonacci numbers exhibit
Come to the Weller Gallery through June 8 to view the fibonacci numbers exhibit which takes an up-close look at the world of fibonacci numbers and their relationship to the world.
Through the Lens
Come to the Melnick Museum through December 2014 to take a peek at the evolution of photography during the Melnick Museum’s exhibit Through the Lens. The exhibit displays a rare collection of glass negatives and acetate film negatives produced by two local photographers, which chronicle scenes of Mill Creek Park from 1907 through 1926. In addition to park scenes, several portrait negatives of the period are on display.
Fitness Together 5k
This walk/run event is for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you are a veteran racer, a first time participant or someone who would prefer to walk while socializing with friends and family, come to Wick Recreation Area May 10 from 9-11 a.m. Proceeds benefit Children’s Playground at Wick Recreation Area. Registration forms available online at www.facebook.com/ftcanfield. For more information, call Fitness Together at 330-702-1311. The registration fee is $15 for early registration (on or before May 9) and $20 on the day of event.
The Friends of PLYMC are sponsoring series of knitting classes April 14, May 12 and June 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the Austintown library. If you have a Friends of PLYMC paid membership, classes are free. If you aren’t a Friend’s member but would like to attend the program, you can join the Friends for $10, which gives you a membership and covers all costs of the knitting class.
Open enrollment continues
The Austintown Local School District is continuing with its open enrollment policy for the 2014-15 school year. New for next school year, they will not be accepting any new open enrollments students in Grades 10, 11 or 12. This does not apply to existing open enrollment students who are currently enrolled in Austintown. New open enrollment students (accepting grades K–9 only) can begin to complete applications on March 3. One application must be completed for each student. Visit www.austintownschools.org for the complete timeline of deadlines and the open enrollment guidelines. For your convenience, computers are available for your use to complete the online forms at either the Austintown Early Learning Center, located at 4211 Evelyn Road, or the Austintown Board of Education building, located at 700 S. Raccoon Road, during regular business hours.