Newcomers to meet
Newcomer’s of Mahoning Valley is having its monthly luncheon meeting on May 28 at Kensington Gold Club Restaurant. They will be installing the officers for next year and are looking forward to another year in supporting women and families that have had a change in their life. They have given others an opportunity for social events to meet and form friendships in the community for more than 25 years. The gathering starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Contact Ilona at 330-704-0236 for information and/or reservations.
Oh Wow! to close on Mondays
Starting on Memorial Day (May 26), OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will be closed on Mondays. Summer hours remain in effect through Labor Day, (Sept. 1).
Friends of the Mahoning River will be hosting Riverfest 2014 at the B&O Station in Youngstown June 7 from 12-4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
There will be kayak and canoe rides provided by Trumbull Canoe Trails. Educational and historical activities and crafts for children will be available. Artists of the Rustbelt will be joining with Riverfest for the summer market from 1-7 p.m and June 8 from 12-5 p.m. For more information about the Riverfest, contact the Friends of the Mahoning River at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fizz, Boom, Read!
Summer reading starts June 1 at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. There will be special presenters, authors, prizes and surprises for participants and a chance to meet an author. Go to libraryvisit.org/summerreading or visit a PLYMC library near you to register. Fizz, Boom, Read! is summer reading with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) theme. Children receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen and a Mahoning Valley Scrappers Game voucher just for signing up. For the first four hours read, children receive a paperback book while supplies last.
For the first eight hours read, children receive a beach ball (birth to age 8) or a light up yo-yo (ages 9-11). Children ages three and up will also get one free admission ticket to OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology. For the first 12 hours read, children earn a chance to win a $25 gift card to Toys‘R’Us (birth to age 8). Children ages 9-11 earn a chance to win an iPod shuffle. Children who read 30 hours will receive a special invitation to meet Jennifer Holm, author of “Babymouse” and “Squish,” when she visits in August.
Mill Creek MetroParks ribbon cutting
The public and media are invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony May 30 at 10 a.m. at the James L. Wick Jr. Recreation Area to celebrate the grand opening of Mill Creek MetroParks’ new Julianna Kurinka Children’s Play Area. MetroParks officials will present information about this project, recognize donors and be available for interviews and photographs. The project, a complete site redesign, consisted of numerous components, including demolition of existing infrastructure, adding and upgrading utilities, construction of new play areas, a perimeter concrete walk/curbing, and new sand volleyball courts, installation of new site lighting and furnishings and rehabilitation of the Thomas J. Bresko Pavilion. The new Children’s Play Area consists of an Adventure Play Area, Sand Play Area and Tot Play Area. The proposed wet playground area will be constructed when the fundraising goal is met. Light refreshments and tours of the new Adventure, Sand and Tot Play Areas will follow the ceremony. Donors/funders to the project include the Julianna Kurinka Trust, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation, Frank and Pearl Gelbman Foundation, Rotary Club of Youngstown, Thomases Family Endowment, and W. E. Bliss Foundation. Proceeds from the Fitness Together 5K, Mill Creek Maple Syrup sales, and MetroParks’ Green Cathedral Half Marathon/5K were designated to support this project as well.
Legacy Dog Rescue seeking donations
Legacy Dog Rescue and Friends of Fido are joining forces to help Sophie, a blind poodle mix picked up in Youngstown as a stray. With surgery she can regain her sight, but $4,000 must be raised for the procedure. On June 14 from 12-5 p.m., there will be a Chinese auction at Davidson’s Restaurant and Tavern, located at 3636 Canfield Road. There will be numerous baskets and prizes to win, including a $100 bill in the auction, a keurig coffee maker, statuary and more. There will also be a $100 lottery tree raffle. All donations are tax deductible and can be sent to Legacy Dog Rescue, PO Box 3643, Youngstown, Ohio 44513.
Enjoy a day of family fun adventuring throughout Fellows Riverside Gardens June 7 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. 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. This event is free.
Blues, Brews and BBQ
Join the Ford Nature Center June 27 at 6:30 p.m. for Blues, Brews and BBQ, a fundraiser to celebrate the upcoming renovation of this historic facility. You’ll get the first peek at the new Ford Nature Center master plan as you listen to blues, dine on creative cuisine and sample craft beer and wine. Email Linda@MillCreekMetroParks.org to receive an invitation by mail. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ford Nature Center renovation. The fee is $45 per person; advance tickets required.
Hooked on fishing
Come to the MetroParks Farm June 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a program conducted by the MetroParks police to teach children about the sport of fishing. All ages are welcome. This program is free
Hitch a ride aboard the Cohasset Express June 8 from 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m., June 12 from 6:30-8 p.m., or June 22 from 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. for a guided tour of Mill Creek MetroParks. The 1 1/2 hour tour will give you the chance to explore, experience and enjoy the beauty of the natural elements and historic features of Ohio’s first park district. Limited seating. Pre-register/pay at Ford Nature Center. Registration required by June 6 for the June 8 tour, June 10 for the June 12 tour and June 20 for the June 22 tour. Adults are $5 R, $7 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over are $3 R, $5 NR. All tours board at Ford Nature Center.
Live at the Morley
Come to the Judge Leo P. Morley Pavilion June 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. to hear the 2014 Hard Rock Rising Cleveland Champion band Winslow perform their unique brand of soul rock. Call Ford Nature Center for details.
Trolley tour June 15
Ride the trolley to visit each of the lakes in Mill Creek MetroParks June 15 from 12-2:30 p.m. Explore the wetland boardwalk at Newport, experience a boat ride on Glacier and enjoy refreshments near Cohasset. Register by June 13 at Ford Nature Center. Adults are $10 R, $12 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over are $7 R, $10 NR. The tour boards at Ford Nature Center.
Come to the Caf Terrace at Fellows Riverside Gardens June 4 from 5-7 p.m. to relax and unwind after work. Enjoy a glass or two of wine while listening to the music of Chris Rutushin and Nathanael Welch. The Garden Caf is open for your dining pleasure. Rain or shine. There is a $10 fee.
Yellow Creek and Struthers Concert Series
The public is invited to attend the Yellow Creek and Struthers Concert Series. Come to Yellow Creek Park June 12 at 7 p.m. to hear the Jim Frank Combo. Come to Mauthe Park June 19 at 7 p.m. to hear Rocco Monaco Band and come to Mauthe Park June 26 at 7 p.m. to hear Guys Without Ties/City Lights. Call Yellow Creek Park for details.
Picnic in the park
Enjoy an afternoon excursion of Mill Creek MetroParks June 20 from 1-4 p.m. Explore several park landmarks and stop for a picnic with delicious sandwiches from Gordy’s Specialty Market. Seating is limited. Pre-register/pay 36 hours in advance at Ford Nature Center. Adults are $15 R, $17 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over are $12 R, $15 NR. Boards at Ford Nature Center.
Volunteer-led recreational hikes
On June 4, meet at Ford Nature Center at 9 a.m. for a moderate hike of 2 or 4 miles. On June 10, meet at the overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive at 6 p.m. for an easy hike of 1 or 3 miles. On June 18, meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at Kirk Road at 9 a.m. for an easy hike of 2 or 4 miles. On June 24, meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm at 6 p.m. for an easy hike of 2 or 4 miles. Volunteer-led recreational hikes are generally faster paced and focus on exercising in the outdoors.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 11, 18 or 25 from 6-8 p.m. to enjoy a dining experience overlooking Lake Glacier while learning about the featured plant of the evening. June 11 is strawberries, June 18 is asparagus and June 15 is raspberries. Briefly gather and sip on the specialty drink to find out why the plant du jour is so special. Call the Garden Caf at 330-740-7071 for reservations and pricing.
Father’s Day brunch
Celebrate Father’s Day June 15 at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Enjoy a brunch catered by The Georgetown and then take a stroll through the gardens. Reservations are required. Call the Garden Caf at 330-740-7074 for seating times and reservations.
16k in the park
Familiar with 5Ks and 10Ks? Combine them and add one more. Come to Ford Nature Center June 8 from 1-5 p.m. and hike by the park’s lakes and other scenic features. Start and finish at Ford Nature Center. Difficult because of distance and terrain.
Father’s Day hike and picnic
Come to Ford Nature Center June 15 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a hike. Learn about other dads in the animal world. Bring your lunch and blanket and picnic behind the Ford Nature Center. Dessert will be provided. Everyone is welcome. Moderate rating, 2 miles. Register with Ford Nature Center by June 14.
Join Bill Whitehouse at Austintown Township Park June 29 from 2-4 p.m. to explore Mill Creek’s smaller sister park. Moderate rating, up to 2 miles.
Peregrine falcons, a threatened species, have been nesting in downtown Youngstown for a decade. Travel downtown on the MetroParks trolley June 1 at 12 p.m. or 1-2 p.m. to try and catch a glimpse of them. Bring binoculars. Call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107 by May 30 to register. Adults are $4 R, $6 NR; 12 and under or 60 and over are $2 R, $4 NR. This event boards at Ford Nature Center.
Birding the sanctuary
Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead a walk around Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary June 21 from 8-9:30 a.m. Boots are required. Call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107 by June 20 to secure your spot.
Zumba at the Morley
Enjoy the outdoor setting of Mill Creek MetroParks at Wick Recreation Area Tuesdays in June from 10-11 a.m. and Thursdays in June from 5:30-6:30 p.m. while you Zumba. This easy to follow, calorie burning dance-fitness party will help melt inches and stress away. A class token needs to be purchased at the Par 3 kiosk before class to participate. Tokens will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107 for information. The cost is $7 per class.
Feel comfortable at Fellows Riverside Gardens Sundays in June from 8-9:15 a.m. in a class meant for everybody while you learn the basics taught by Karres Cvetkovich. Bring a mat and small blanket. This is a drop-in class. The cost is $10 per class.
Yoga in the gardens
Join Marina Perdos Tuesdays in June from 9:30-11 a.m. and Karres Cvetkovich Thursdays in June from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. This is a drop-in class. The cost is $10 per class.
T’ai Chi in the gardens
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens Wednesdays in June from 12-1 p.m. for warm-ups, breathing exercises and movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. The cost is $10 per class.
Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment and breathing with Angela Lubonovich at Fellows Riverside Gardens Sundays in June from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bring a mat and water. This is a drop-in class. The cost is $10 per class.
Join Karres Cvetkovich June 8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens as she leads mindfulness and walking meditation techniques that can enhance your appreciation of nature. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register at 330-740-7116. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.
Cleaning with essential oils
Learn how to clean and disinfect more naturally at Fellows Riverside Gardens with Jeanette DiRubb June 21 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. as she shows you how to incorporate essential oils and specific doTERRA products to clean all areas of the home, including laundry. Bring your favorite cleaning tool (sponge, rag, etc) to test out the cleaning solutions and take home a spray bottle with your choice selection. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.
Join Karres Cvetkovich at Fellows Riverside Gardens June 22 from 9:30-11:30 a.m to learn new ways to create sacred space and how to invoke harmony within. All are welcome. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 to register. The cost is $24; FFRG member $20.
Junior golf program
Come to the Mill Creek golf course June 1 and 8 at 1 p.m. or June 17 and 24 at 11 a.m. for a weekly junior golf program consisting of one hour range time and course time to follow. The cost is $20.
Weekly golf clinic
Come to the Mill Creek golf course Wednesdays in June at 6 p.m. for one hour range time with on-course play to follow. Clinic fees are $25 (one day clinics), $45 (any two clinics), $60 (any three clinics) and $100 (any seven clinics).
Come to the East Newport Boat Launch June 14 from 1-3 p.m., June 21 from 9-11 a.m., or June 28 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. to go on kayak trips. All skill levels are invited on these naturalist and volunteer-escorted trips. Single kayaks and a tandem are available. Age restrictions apply. Registration/payment is due 36 hours before program at Ford Nature Center. The fee is $12 per person R; $15 per person NR; second person in tandem Ω price.
Come to the East Newport Boat Launch June 13 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. to kayak under the full moon. Due to being out after sunset, this paddle is not for first time kayakers or those below age 18. Registration/payment is due 36 hours before program at Ford Nature Center. The fee is $12 per person R; $15 per person NR; second person in tandem 1/2 price.
Toddlers and their parents are invited to Ford Nature Center to learn about hummingbirds June 5 from 10-11 a.m. Preregister and pay at Ford Nature Center. The fee $2 R; $3 NR.
Under a log
Youngsters and a parent are invited to the Ford Nature Center June 6 or 7 at 10 a.m. to explore life under a log. Come learn about all about the small creatures that call it home through a story, outdoor exploration and a salamander craft. For ages 3-6. Pre-register and pay at Ford Nature Center. The fee is $2 R; $3 NR.
Meet at MetroParks Farm Bikeway Trailhead June 11 from 10-10:45 a.m. for a short guided walking farm tour with your child, followed by a visit with farm animals. Call MetroParks Farm for details.
Children ages 3 -5 who are accompanied by a caregiver are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 28 from 10-11 a.m. to explore how Alice adventured with the Dormouse, Gryphon, Mock Turtle and other creatures through hands on activities, a snack, and craft. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register at 330-740-7116. The fee is $5.
Bugs of Wonderland
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 28 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. to discover the bugs that live in Wonderland from the snap dragonfly to the caterpillar. Children ages 6-11 will enjoy fun activities and crafts. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register at 330-740-7116. The fee is $5.
Teens ages 12–17 are invited to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 28 from 3-4:30 p.m. to learn how to make their own glycerin soaps using flowers from the gardens and essential oils. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at at 330-740-7116 to register. The fee is $10.
Guided tractor wagon rides
Join MetroParks Farm June 1 and 22 from 1-4 p.m. to explore how the farm is changing from spring to summer. Barns are also open to visit with the animals. Children’s craft fee is $1.
Family garden Fridays
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens each Friday starting May 9 until Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to take part 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. This event is free to all.
Family tour day
Come to MetroParks Farm June 12 and 26 at 10 a.m. to take a guided tractor wagon ride and tour the barns to learn about the animals and play in the farm playroom. Call 330-533-7572 to register. Space on the wagon is limited. Pack a snack or lunch and stay around after the tour.
Come to MetroParks Farm June 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and check in with farm staff to receive your scavenger hunt bag. Follow the directions as you walk and learn about the farm. Return your bag for a prize. The fee is $3 per family R; $5 per family NR.
Flashlights and fireflies
Take a tour of Fellows Riverside Gardens June 26 from 7-8:30 p.m. as the sun dips below the horizon and the fireflies light the way. Bring a flashlight and enjoy making a firefly craft together as a family. There is a $5 suggested donation.
Summer story time
Come to MetroParks Farm June 30 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a story about tractors and then use a toy tractor to make a unique painted picture. Washable paint will be used, so dress appropriately. You can visit the barns while your art work is drying. Call 330-533-7572 to register. The fee is $2 R; $3 NR.
Children ages 5-6 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to Ford Nature Center June 24 or 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to discover the wildlife of Mill Creek MetroParks. Exploration will include hiking, nature games, crafts, stream-stomping, bug-catching, scavenger hunts, meeting live animals and a ride on the Lake Glacier Passenger Boat. Register at Ford Nature Center by June 17. The fee is $50 R, $60 NR.
Explore heritage and history
Children ages 8 and up are invited to Lanterman’s Mill, the Old Log Cabin and Pioneer Pavilion June 24 and 26 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to meet at a different historic Mill Creek MetroPark site and enjoy summer activities and explore the heritage and history of the Mahoning Valley. Camp will be based at the park’s three oldest buildings, Lanterman’s Mill, Old Log Cabin and Pioneer Pavilion. Register at Ford Nature Center by June 17. The fee $60 R, $70 NR.
Girls ages 10-14 are invited to Ford Nature Center and Fellows Riverside Gardens June 30 and July 2 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. to learn about true beauty. This empowering summer camp uses journaling and inspirational women to lead girls in discovering their own inner beauty. Girls will have the chance to learn, create and grow though zumba, gardening, self-defense, yoga, meditation, making lip balm, facial scrubs and friendship bracelets. Call 330-740-7107 to register. The fee is $120 R, $135 NR.
Loose knit group
Enjoy the view from the Antonucci library at Fellows Riverside Gardens June 6 and 20 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. as you help to create blankets for organizations that give to those in need. All helping hands are welcome, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated at any time. Registration is not necessary.
Introduction to floral drawing
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 10 and 17 from 6:30-9 p.m. to learn the basics of drawing flowers and leaves with artist Marianne Hilke during this five hour course. Papers, pencils, lighting, texture and composition will be the focus in this workshop. There will be mini projects with problem solving to help make you understand how to construct a good finished drawing. Supplies are included in the course fee. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 to register. The fee is $65; FFRG member $47.
Stoneware wine chiller
Indulge your creative side at Fellows Riverside Gardens June 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. Lynn Cardwell will guide you through the process of making a stoneware wine chiller while you enjoy a summer evening outside (weather permitting). It will be glazed, fired and ready to for pick up in approximately five weeks. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116. The fee is $39; FFRG member $30.
Summer gardens in Ohio
Join Fellows Riverside Gardens June 11 from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. for a tour at the local Draime Estate Gardens in Warren. Then travel to the Western Reserve Conservancy over in Moreland Hills and have lunch. Spend an afternoon at Druckenbrod Daylily Farm, take a visit to the Kent Bog State Nature Preserve and finally have dinner. Deadline to register is June 13. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 to register. The fee is $155; FFRG member $110.
Lily Pond hike
Come to the Lily Pond June 14 at 10 a.m. to hike the short trail and then head out onto West Glacier Drive. Moderate rating, 2 miles. Animal Charity volunteers will be on hand with some of their adoptables. Call Ford Nature Center for more information.
A naturalist will be stationed at the Lily Pond June 22 from 1-3 p.m. Stop by to chat about the pond’s wildlife and its upcoming improvements.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 14 from 2-4 p.m. to explore the differences between the tropical, fruity hibiscus (H. sabdariffa) and the other native, marsh-loving mallow (H. moscheutos) in habit, medicinal properties and more. Treat yourself to refreshments while learning how to make herbal infusions from these two hibiscus species with Mandy Smith. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 to register. The fee is $20; FFRG member $16.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. to learn how to light up the shady areas of your yard with colorful shade-loving plants, including annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. Ellen Speicher will guide you on a tour of the shade garden and discuss how to care for shade-loving plants. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 to register. The fee is $10; FFRG member $8.
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to enjoy the Ikebana flower arranging exhibit.
Garden flower show
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens June 14 from 12-5 p.m. and June 15 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a summer garden flower show presented by Garden Forum of Greater Youngstown. The public is encouraged to enter this flower show. Entries must be received on the Saturday of the show by 10:30 a.m.
Wild with Style art show
Come to Lanterman’s Mill June 14 at 9:30 a.m. for a reception celebrating the creativity of all ages. Mingle with aspiring artists, enjoy refreshments and celebrate as honors and prizes are handed out for outstanding artistic achievement. Call 330-740-7107 to register. The fee is $2 R, $3 NR; free to artists participating in the show.
Lanterman’s Mill will be hosting a gallery exhibit June 14-22 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (closed Mondays) displaying artwork from aspiring artists who have been influenced by local nature and Mill Creek MetroParks. Regular mill admission applies.
Plant spirals exhibit
Come to Fellow Riverside Gardens in the Weller Gallery through June 8 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the plant spirals exhibit. This exhibit takes an up-close look at the world of fibonacci numbers and their relationship to the world.
Chasing the Light exhibit
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Weller Gallery June 13 through Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to see Christopher Leeper, a realist painter and local artist who works in various mediums.
Through the Lens
Come to Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Melnick Museuem through December 2014 for the Through the Lens exhibit. This 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 will also be on display.
Class of 1984 reunion
The Austintown Fitch Class of 1984 30-year Class Reunion will take place on July 12 from 7-11 p.m. at the Maronite Center, located at 1555 S. Meridian Road in Youngstown. Tickets are $40 per person and can be reserved by sending payment to Austintown Fitch Class of 84 Class Reunion, PO Box 1071, Perrysburg, Ohio 43552-1071. If you have any questions or comments, email email@example.com.
Baby Bargain Boutique set for June 7
Boardman Park will be having its annual Baby Bargain Boutique on June 7 at the Masters Pavilion from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. The Baby Bargain Boutique allows families to purchase good usable baby, children and maternity clothing, toys, books furniture and much more for children under the age of eight. For those who have items to sell, reservations for table rentals start May 7 for Boardman residents and May 8 for non-residents. Table reservations can only be made at the park office from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Indoor and outdoor spots are available. The price for Boardman residents is $20 for inside and $15 for outside. The price for non-residents is $25 for inside and $20 for outside. Outside spots must bring their own table and may use a pop-up tent. You may only reserve two tables/spots. No commercial vendors or phone reservations. For more information on all events, visit the website at boardmanpark.com or call Karen at 330-965-0482 or the park office at 330-726-8107.
Boardman Park to offer Adventure Camp
Register online for Boardman Park Adventure Camp at www.boardmanparkcamp.com. You will create your own account where you sign up for your preferred weeks and track your payments. Discounts will be given for early bird enrollment if paid by June 6. Boardman resident and multi-sibling family discounts will be offered when application is completed. The camp will take place June 16 through August 15. Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for children who have completed kindergarten and up to 12 years old. Arrangements can be made if you need to bring campers early or pick them up later. In addition to experiencing the outdoors, the children will benefit from arts and crafts, team building, creative arts, science and sports. The goal of the camp is to offer young minds the opportunity to explore their imagination, discover physical fitness, expand their knowledge of sports and develop a growing sense of adventure through diverse activities. For additional information, contact Karen at 330-965-0482 or visit the park’s program page at www.boardmanpark.com.
Memorial Mile run to be May 26
The 24th annual Memorial Mile running road race will take place on May 26 at 9:35 a.m. in Boardman. Some of the best runners in the area will compete for gift certificates and awards in 14 age groups. Runners ages 11 and under are free with pre-registration by May 19. The entry fee is $8 in advance for all others and $10 day of race for everyone. The race starts at Routes 224 and 7. Day of race registration and packets can be picked up at Walgreens at Route 224 and Route 7. The event is sponsored by Walgreens, Quaker Steak and Lube in Boardman, the DeBartolo Corporation, Armstrong, Novak and Davis Insurance and other local businesses. For more information, call 330-757-7424.
Fish dinner Fridays
American Legion Post 737, located at 16465 Milton Ave. in Lake Milton, will serve all-you-can-eat fried fish with french fries or macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, rolls and beverage on Fridays from 3-7 p.m. Chicken or shrimp is also available. Each meal is $8.50 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free for those age 3 and under. A fish sandwich with fries and coleslaw is $7. For carry outs, call 330-654-5630. Live entertainment will be from 7-11 p.m.
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.
Poland High School summer concert band
The instrumental music department at Poland Seminary High School is organizing the first annual Poland summer concert band to perform this summer at the Celebrate Poland festival. All residents of Poland are welcome to participate, as well as any PSHS alumni living out of town. The band will be conducted by former PSHS band director, Albert Colella, assisted by current PSHS band director Nicholas Olesko. The music will be sent out one month in advance. Optional rehearsals will take place June 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. and June 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. at McKinley Elementary. Mandatory rehearsal will take place June 27 from 4-6 p.m. at McKinley Elementary. The performance will be June 27 at 8 p.m. at the Poland Village Gazebo. The performance will immediately follow the firemen’s parade, which begins at 7 p.m. If you are interested in participating or know someone who is, contact Nick Olesko at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Proper flag disposal
During the month of May, Shepherd of the Valley is taking in tired, torn and faded American flags that need to be retired. Most flags are not retired and burned with the ceremony they deserve. Some are burned in a barrel; some in a pile on the ground; others are cremated at a funeral home. Shepherd of the Valley wants to change this. Flags can be dropped off at any Shepherd of the Valley community between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Drop-off hours for the corporate offices are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Flags will be delivered to a local veteran’s group for proper disposal. For more information, contact Shepherd of the Valley Poland at 330-726-7110.
Spring Spectacular Sale and Bazaar
The Poland United Methodist Church, located at 1940 Boardman-Poland Road (Route 224) invites you to their Spring Spectacular Sale and Bazaar Memorial Day weekend May 24. The sale will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with hot food being served all day. There will be vendors, crafts, a 50/50 raffle, raffle baskets and more. This event is sponsored by the Poland Relay for Life.
Bonding with babies and books
Caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months are invited to the Poland library Wednesdays 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.
Trim a tree for May
Children of all ages are invited to decorate an ornament for the all-seasons tree at the Poland library during the month of May.
Teen Advisory Boards (TAB)
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to become members of the Poland library’s new Teen Advisory Board May 28 at 6:30 p.m. You can help out with library programs, decide what books to buy, discuss what you are currently reading and meet new people. Snacks will be provided.
Free blood pressure screenings
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will be having free blood pressure screenings May 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the Poland library.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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