Calendar (Weeks 1-4) January 1-31

Sunday 1

Monthly: Austin Log Cabin Tour and Open House, 3797 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown; 330-792-1129. The Austintown Historical Society hosts its open house every first Sunday. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Strock Stone House Open House, 7171 Mahoning Ave., Austintown; 330-792-1129. The Austintown Historical Society host its monthly open house and tour every first Sunday. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Ward-Thomas House Tours, 503 Brown St., Niles; 330-544-2143. Volunteer guides from the Niles Historical Society will be on hand to answer questions from visitors. The house, built in 1862, is a stately mansion in the Italianate style of architecture. Tours run the first Sunday of the month. 2-5 p.m.

Monday 2

13 Unlucky Questions, Public Library, Canfield Branch, 43 W. Main St., Canfield; 330-533-5631. Celebrate Friday the 13th with 13 questions about the unlucky number in January. For teens in grades 7-12 during library hours. All month.

13 Unlucky Questions, Public Library, Sebring Branch. Celebrate Friday the 13th with 13 questions about the unlucky number in January. For teens in grades 7-12 during library hours. All month.

Weekly: Parent’s Group, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland; for more information, an interview and registration, call Karen Lewis at the Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 800-640-5180. The group meets each Monday. 5-7 p.m.

Weekly: Warren Parent’s Group, 5000 E. Market St., Warren; for information or to register call Karen Lewis at 330-549-5900. The group meets Mondays. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Weekly: Seraphim Chorus, Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Boardman; for more information call the director, Kris Harper at 330-707-2144. Meets every Monday. 7:30 p.m.

Weekly: Co-Dependents Anonymous, Prince of Peace Church, 2985 Center Road, Poland; 330-743-3768. This 12-step recovery program for individuals in codependent relationships meets every Monday. Call for more information. 7:30 p.m.

The Youngstown Camera Club Meetings, Christ Church, 7155 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; for more information e-mail Roy at Rjmpinc@aol.com. The club meets the first and third Monday of the month. 7:30 p.m. $20 (yearly dues).

Tuesday 3

Ongoing: Angels for Animals Volunteer Signups, 4750 state Route 165, Canfield; 330-549-1111, ext. 316. Email: info@angelsforanimals.org. Volunteer sign-up and orientation during hours of operation.

Weekly: Warren Children’s Group, 5000 E. Market St., Suite 19, Warren; for more information, an interview and registration, call Kim Calhoun at the Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 800-640-5180. The group meets each Tuesday. Call for times.

10 Week Track Program, Watson and Tressel Training Site, YSU, Youngstown; http://www.ysusports.com/information/facilities/WATTS-information or call 330-941-2887. YSU’s new indoor athletics facility will be open to the public for a 10-week open track program from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from Jan. 3 through March 8. The program will not be held on Jan. 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and will not be held if YSU closes due to weather. The facility will be open for running, walking, jogging and hurdles on the track. One long-jump pit will be open for practice, and one high-jump mat with a bungee bar will be available for practice. The pole vault area will not be available. The field will be open for throwing shot put and discus (one event on each end). Restrooms are available, however showers/lockers are not. Parking is available in YSU lots for $5. Participants may be dropped at the front door of the WATTS. 6-8 p.m. $3 per person. Admission is free for YSU faculty, staff and students with a valid university ID.

Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens, , Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Features a blend of energizing yoga styles will help you keep a healthy outlook in 2012. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Call for information. Occurs 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays. Dates: Jan. 3, 10 17, 24, 31 and January 5, 12, 19, 26.  Fee: $10 per class.

Blood Pressure Screening, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-758-1414. Held by the American Red Cross. 12:30-3 p.m.

Lupus Support Group Meeting, Oakhill Renaissance Center, 345 Oakhill Ave., Youngstown; for more information call Patricia Phillips at the YWCA at 330-746-6361. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month. Noon-2 p.m.

PS2sday, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 S. Raccoon, Austintown; 330-792-6982. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to stop in to play video games. The program is held again Jan. 11 and is held during library hours. 2:30 p.m.

BIC: Small Business Seminar, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Members of SCORE will address key topics for those considering beginning a business. Topics include business and marketing plans, finances, and technology for business. Call to register. Occurs Jan. 3 and 17. 5:30 p.m.

Weekly: Canfield Community Band, Canfield High School, 100 Cardinal Drive, Canfield; for more information call 330-542-3313. Anyone who plays an instrument is welcome to join the group, which meets each Tuesday. 7 p.m.

Weekly: Sounds of Square County, Trinity Lutheran Church, 56 N. Chestnut St., Niles; for more information call Doris at 330-544-2252 or Terry at 330-544-0242. This is a female barbershop chorus for females ages eleven and older. 7 p.m.

Weekly: Valley Bible Study, St. Brendan Parish, Room 103, 2800 Oakwood, Youngstown; for more information call Joan Lawson at 330-792-3875 or Jim Merhaut at 330-743-2308. The group meets each Tuesday. 7-8:30 p.m.

Weekly: Stephen Foster Chorus, SCOPE Center, 220 W. Market St., Warren; for more information call Jerry at 330-652-5739. If you enjoy singing you are welcome to walk in and join the chorus, which meets each Tuesday. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 4

Weekly: Valley Bible Study, St. Brendan Parish, Room 103, 2800 Oakwood, Youngstown; for more information call Joan Lawson at 330-792-3875 or Jim Merhaut at 330-743-2308. The group meets each Wednesday. 9:30-11 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-758-1414. Featuring developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become a successful reader. The program is held again each Wednesday. 10 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 S. Raccoon, Austintown; 330-792-6982. Featuring developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become a successful reader. The program is held again each Wednesday. 10 a.m.

Bi-Monthly: Widowers Group, Bereavement Resource Center, 3736 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield; for more information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. The group meets the first and third Wednesday. 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Beginning Genealogy and Family History Class, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807, ext. 402. Learn how to trace your family history while learning about library resources. Registration requited. Call to reserve. 5 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Family Financial Education Services, Family Service Agency, 535 Marmion Ave., Youngstown; to register call 330-782-5664. A workshop for potential home buyers. The workshop meets the first Wednesday of each month. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

TAB Meeting, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-758-1414. Teens in grades 7-12 who are interested in meeting new people and in giving ideas for future teen events can participate. The program also goes toward service credits. 6:30 p.m.

Bimonthly: Girard Community Band, Girard High School, 31 N. Ward Ave., Girard; 330-539-1453. Anyone who plays an instrument is welcome to join. Rehearsals are the first and third Wednesday. 7 p.m.

Weekly: Cortland Community Band Practice, Lakeview Middle School, 640 Wakefield Drive, Cortland; for more information call Pat at 330-652-2424 or visit http://www.cortlandcommunityband.org. Musicians are welcome to attend the practices, which are held each Wednesday of the month. 7-9 p.m.

Monthly: Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown, Davis Center, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116 or for more information call 330-757-4727. Meetings include an educational speaker, and are held the first Wednesday of the month. 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 5

Weekly: Men’s Fellowship Bible Study, Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., Downtown Youngstown; 330-744-8411 or visit http://www.youngstownymca.org. 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Weekly: Walk and Chat, Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St., Boardman; for more information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. The group meets each Thursday for walking and socializing. 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens, , Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Features a blend of energizing yoga styles will help you keep a healthy outlook in 2012. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Call for information. Occurs 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays. Dates: Jan. 3, 10 17, 24, 31 and January 5, 12, 19, 26.  Fee: $10 per class.

Niles Nimble Thimbles, Viking & White Sewing Center, 40 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-856-5676. Bring BIB patterns for adults and kids. Contact Barb for more information. 10 a.m.

Tales for Twos: Snowmen, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Two-year-olds will listen to stories and a craft. Call to register. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. $3, $2.

Weekly: Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books, Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main, Poland; 330-757-1852. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and more for children ages 6-23 months. Ocdurs Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26. 10:30 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-758-1414. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and more for children ages 6-23 months. 10 a.m.

Monthly: Blood Pressure Screening, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. 10-10:30 a.m. Free.

Warriors Inc.: Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs, Warriors Inc., 2733 Market St., Youngstown; 330-783-3276. This is a weekly, state certified program that focuses on preventing drug use through fishing and aquatic resource education. 5-6 p.m.

Bi-monthly: Canfield Widow/ers Group, Canfield Christian Church, 123 S. Broad St., Canfield; for more information, an interview and registration, call Jane Peachey at the Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 800-640-5180. The group meets the first and third Thursday of the month. 6-8 p.m.

Weekly: Polish Youngstown Cultural Preservation, St. Joseph the Provider Church, 633 Porter Ave., Campbell; 330-646-4082 or http://www.Polishyoungstown.com. Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle (Polish culture, crafts, dance and songs for children and opportunities for adults with the Village Folk Singers. New members welcome. Meets every Thursday. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Bimonthly: Recovery, Inc., Christ Church Presbyterian Church, 1933 Canfield Road; 330-747-1176. Self-help mental health group meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. 7 p.m.

Weekly: Youngstown Area Community Band, Bliss Hall, YSU Campus, One University Plaza, Youngstown; 330-542-3313. New members are welcome. Bring your instrument to practice; held each Thursday. 7 p.m.

Civil War Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 East Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. In commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the library will discuss a variety of  novels set during that period. Copies of the featured book will be available for purchase or loan. This month’s book: “Faded Coat of Blue.” Call for more information.  7 p.m. Free.

Hockey: Youngstown Phantoms, Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600 or for tickets call 330-747-PUCK. The Phantoms play Muskegon. 7:15 p.m. $9.50-13.50.

Friday 6

Clowning Ministry Workshop, Villa Maria Community Center/Magnificat Chapel, Villa Maria, Pa.; 724-964-8920, Ext. 3331. This 22-hour class will cover a religious clowning ministry. Call for more information. Occurs Jan. 6-7.

Twice Monthly: A Loose Knit Group, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Help fellow crafters “Warm Up America,” by making afghans and other projects to donate locally. All skill levels are welcome to this program held again Jan. 20. Call for more information. 10 a.m.-noon.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Newport Branch Library, 3730 Market, Youngstown; 330-747-6424. Featuring developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become a successful reader. Occurs Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27. 10:30 a.m.

Winter Hike: The Snow Moon, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Though the park can’t promise that participants will be walking on cold, crunchy snow, many Native American tribes referred to this month’s moon as the “Snow Moon.” Meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate difficulty with hills. 2 miles. 7 p.m. Free.

Hockey: Youngstown Phantoms, Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600 or for tickets call 330-747-PUCK. The Phantoms play Muskegon. 7:15 p.m. $9.50-13.50.

Saturday 7

Bird in the Hand With Nancy Brundage, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Black-capped chickadees are curious birds that can sometimes be coaxed into landing on your hand—especially if you tempt them with food. Visitors provide the hands and the park provide the birdseed. Meet at Ford Nature Center. 9 a.m. Free.

Grant Center: Grantseeking Basics with an Introduction to the Foundation Center Website, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. This session for beginners provides instruction in foundation research and identifying potential funders. Call to register. 9:30 a.m.

Sunday 8

Annual Event: 51st annual Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-3175. The annual festival mark’s the Epiphany and features the Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival Choir and Brass. This year will include bagpipers, drummers, and a cast of approximately 100 St. John’s parishioners dressed in medieval costume. The event includes the performance and an optional dinner. Performance tickets are $6 each. Dinner tickets with preferred performance seating are available for $15. The dinner will be a traditional roast beef feast complete with wassail. The festival will be performed twice, once at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. For both performances, one dinner will be served at 3:15 p.m. Call to reserve.1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. $15, $6.

Resolution Hike, meet at the Newport Wetlands parking lot, Boardman; 330-702-3000. If your New Year’s resolution is to get more exercise, then this is an opportunity to get started. Features a steady, but moderate, pace around scenic Lake Newport. Meet at difficult rating due to length. 5 miles. 2 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Hubbard Historical Society Tour, 27 Hager St., Hubbard. The museum is open to the public the second Sunday of each month. 2-5 p.m.

Monthly: The Philosophy Group (Socrates Cafe), Barnes and Noble, 381 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman; for more information call Joe at 330-788-0315. The group meets the second Sunday of the month and discusses philosophical topics, questions, ideas, concepts, books and philosophers. 4 p.m.

D.A.R.E. Singles Group Dance, Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown; for more information call 330-533-8062 or 330-757-1440. D.A.R.E. (Divorce/Death Aren’t Really the End) is a social group for singles that meets every Thursday at the Disciples Christian Church on Boardman-Canfield Road. 6 p.m.

Monday 9

Monthly: Mothers of Preschoolers, First Christian Church, 1151 E. Sixth St., Salem; for more information call Amy Zimmerman at 330-337-0939. A support group for any woman with children around the kindergarten age or younger. Speakers and crafts usually alternate. Childcare is available for preschoolers. The group meets the second Monday of each month.  9:15-11:15 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books, Public Library, Canfield Branch, 43 W. Main St., Canfield; 330-533-5631. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and more for children ages 6-23 months. 10 a.m.

Fancy Cutters, Lake Vista, 303 N. Mecca St., State Route 46, Cortland; for more information call Virginia at 330-847-7549. Jennie will demo a wool headband. 10 a.m.

Friends of the Library Meeting, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-758-1414. Featuring “Global Warming” by Dr. Ian Drennen. 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Lordstown Branch, 1471 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown; 330-824-2094. Featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme for children ages 3-5. The program is held each Wednesday. 1 p.m.

Diabetes Support Group, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Conference Room F, Ground Floor, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. No registration required. 1-2 p.m. Free.

Friends of the Library Meeting, Public Library, East Branch, 6 N. Jackson St., Youngstown; 330-744-2790. 4:30 p.m.

BIC: Business Startup Workshop, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Members of SCORE will address key topics for those considering beginning a business. Topics include business and marketing plans, finances, and technology for business. Call to register. 6 p.m.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Cortland Branch, 212 North High St., Cortland; 330-638-6335. This is a developmental story time program for children 3-5 years old. No registration required. 6 p.m.

Pups and Pages, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807, ext. 401. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade can read aloud to a registered therapy dog. According to the library, children gain confidence reading to a receptive, uncritical audience. Occurs in 15-minute intervals.  Dogs are provided by K-9s for Compassion, a pet-partner group that offers animal-assisted therapy. Call for more information. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.

Three Week Class on Prepared Childbirth, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E Market St., Warren; 330-841-9880. Occurs for three consecutive weeks (Monday, Jan. 9, 16 and 23). Call to register. 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Evening Cut Ups, Grace Church of the Nazarene, 5253 W. Webb Road, Austintown; for more information call Kim at 330-545-6520. Paper piecing demo with Kim Zolnier. Bring sewing machine and BSS. 7 p.m.

Tuesday 10

Coffee and Contemplation Series: Christian Response to Violence, Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria, Pa.; 724-964-8920, Ext. 3331. Monthly program series that focuses on a variety of spiritual and holistic topics which includes time for reflection and discussion. Registration required. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $12 (lunch/program), $7 (lunch).

Time for Tots, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Cortland Branch, 212 North High St., Cortland; 330-638-6335. This is a developmental storytime program for children ages 24-35 months. Registration is required for this six-week program, which is held every Tuesday. 11 a.m.

Monthly: Wellness Clinic, Grace Lutheran Church, 162 South Raccoon Road, Austintown; for more information call Beth Stricko at 330-530-4038, ext. 2031 or e-mail bstrick@shepherdofthevalley.com. The meeting, held by Shepherd of the Valley Home Health, will be held the second Tuesday of each month. Information about diabetes and glucose testing will be provided. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Brookfield Branch, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. A program for children ages 3-5 featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme.1 p.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Featuring stories and a craft for children ages 3-5.  1 p.m. Free.

PS2sday, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 S. Raccoon, Austintown; 330-792-6982. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to stop in to play video games. The program is held again Jan. 11 and is held during library hours. 2:30 p.m.

Weekly: Teens on Tuesdays, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Featuring activities for teens. The program is held each Tuesday. 3-5 p.m.

Teen Movie Night, Public Library, Newport Branch Library, 3730 Market, Youngstown; 330-747-6424. Teens in grades 7-12 can view a movie at the library. 5 p.m.

Weekly: Mixed Grievers’ Group, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland; for more information, an interview and registration, call Karen Lewis at the Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 800-640-5180. The group meets each Tuesday. 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme for children ages 3-5. The program is held again each Tuesday and Friday. 11 a.m. (Friday), 6 p.m. (Tuesday).

Mill Creek MetroParks Open House: Strategic Master Plan Input, MetroPark’s Farm, Canfield; for more information, call 330-702-3000. Help plan the park system’s future. Mill Creek MetroParks is undertaking a strategic master plan that will chart the system’s course for the next 10 years. Citizens are invite to attend one of two open houses to share their thoughts.  6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10 (Mill Creek MetroParks Farm) and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11 (Fellows Riverside Gardens). Free.

Monthly: La Leche League, Columbiana County WIC office, 7876 Lincole Place, Lisbon; 330-427-2155. All pregnant or nursing mothers and their babies are welcome. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month. 7 p.m.

Wednesday 11

Health and Wellness Walk, Mill Creek Metro Parks, Youngstown; 330-702-3000. Meet at Main Golf Course overflow parking lot for a 1-3 mile hike. Dress for the weather, including appropriate footwear. 9 a.m.

Weekly: T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Ease stress, improve health, and increase vitality. Join Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Occurs Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25. Noon-1 p.m. $10 per class.

Puzzle Swap, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-758-1414. Bring a new or once completed puzzle to swap. 5 p.m.

Writing Workshop, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 to register. Learn about writing about meaningful, everyday experiences with facilitator Karen Schubert. Explore various topics to shape writing about these experiences. Bring a page or two of your writing to share. Call to register. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10.

Mill Creek MetroParks Open House: Strategic Master Plan Input, Fellows Riverside Gardens, McKinley Avenue, Youngstown; for more information, call 330-702-3000. Help plan the park system’s future. Mill Creek MetroParks is undertaking a strategic master plan that will chart the system’s course for the next 10 years. Citizens are invite to attend one of two open houses to share their thoughts.  6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10 (Mill Creek MetroParks Farm) and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11 (Fellows Riverside Gardens). Free.

Monthly: Book Club, Villa Maria Community Center, 1 mile east  of the Ohio state line, south of State Route 422 on Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa.; 724-964-8920, ext. 3223. This monthly series will focus on books from the New York Time’s best seller list. The group meets the second Wednesday of the month. 6:30-8 p.m.

Monthly: Mothers of Twins, Davidson Becker Family Center, Struthers; for more information call Michele at 330-530-2128 or visit http://www.orgssites.com/oh/twins. The group meets the second Wednesday. 8 p.m.

Thursday 12

Dr. Armon Shayesteh, Multi-Purpose Room, Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-. Dr. Armon Shayesteh will speak on diet and nutritional matters. Shayesteh has a PhD in clinical nutrition and is a board certified nutritionist and diabetes educator. He has been in private practice more than 20 years designing diet and  exercise programs for nutrition related medical problems.  Noon-1:30 p.m. $10, $7.

Monthly: Mahoning Valley Professional 20/30 Club Individual Committee Meeting, Peaberry’s, 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield; for information, e-mail social@mvp2030club.org. The group meets the second Thursday of the month. 5:30 p.m.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Youngstown; 330-759-2589. Featuring stories for children ages 3-5. 11:30 a.m.

Material Girls, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 490 N. High St., Cortland; for more information call Barb at 330-550-1215 or 330-759-1211. Star/Snowflake demo by Debby and Donna Kramer. 6 p.m.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Featuring stories and a craft for children ages 3-5.  6:30 p.m.

Bimonthly: Schizophrenics Anonymous, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; for more information call Advocacy Through Education at 724-342-5914 or e-mail vajadvocate@hotmail.com. The group is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder, and it meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month. 6:30-8 p.m.

Monthly: Messies Anonymous Support Group, Pleasant Valley Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Niles; 330-544-4846. Meetings are based on the 12 steps and traditions of the Messies Anonymous for Household Organization. The organization meets the second Thursday of each month. 7-8:30 p.m.

Square Dancing, The Senior Citizens Center, E. 4th Street, East Liverpool; for more information call the Catholic Charities Regional Agency’s Senior Center at 330-744-3320. The program is for individuals who want heart healthy exercise. The program runs the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Dances are open to the public of all ages. 8-11 p.m. Free.

Friday 13

Designing Women, Domestic Sewing Center, 2011 Youngstown Road, S.E., Warren; for more information call Jennie at 30-847-7386. Bring embroidery gifts you received or made (or photos)–all participate. 10 a.m.

Preschool Nature Hour: Harpys, Jaguars & Sloths, Oh My!, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Preschoolers ages 3-5 are invited to learn about the tropical rainforest home of these and other unusual creatures through story and fun activities. Call to register. 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 13 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. 10 a.m. $2 R, $3 NR.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme for children ages 3-5. The program is held again each Tuesday and Friday. 11 a.m. (Friday), 6 p.m. (Tuesday).

Hockey: Youngstown Phantoms, Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600 or for tickets call 330-747-PUCK. The Phantoms play Team USA. 7:15 p.m. $9.50-13.50.

Saturday 14

Preschool Nature Hour: Harpys, Jaguars & Sloths, Oh My!, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Preschoolers ages 3-5 are invited to learn about the tropical rainforest home of these and other unusual creatures through story and fun activities. Call to register.

10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 13 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. 10 a.m. $2 R, $3 NR.

Monthly:  Coast to Coast AM Study Group of Austintown, Denny’s Restaurant, 4927 Mahoning Ave., Austintown; 330-781-0030. The Group meets the third Saturday of every month. Topics for discussion include spirituality, metaphysics, holistic health, and the paranormal. Meetings include speakers and topics featured on past shows. 7 p.m. Free.

Hockey: Youngstown Phantoms, Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600 or for tickets call 330-747-PUCK. The Phantoms play Team USA. 7:15 p.m. $9.50-13.50.

Sunday 15

Wintry Wanderings, Meet at Deerpath Drive off Hitchcock Road, Boardman; 330-702-3000. Pull on your warmest gear and spend the afternoon exploring the winter beauty of Hitchcock Woods. Moderate difficulty, 2 miles. 2 p.m. Free.

Monthly: PFLAG, Mahoning Valley Pride Center, 1523 Poland Ave., Youngstown; 330-747-2696. The Youngstown area’s Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is a local chapter of the national support, education, and advocacy organization. Meets the third Sunday. PFLAG provides the opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and strives to create a society respectful of human diversity. 3-5 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Irish Music, Quinlan’s Irish Pub, 5154 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; for more information call 330-757-9057 or 330-349-4500. Irish music enthusiasts from the area get together every third Sunday of the month to play traditional Irish tunes. The event is open to the public. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Auditions: Buried Child, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. Plot: A squalid farm home is the setting for a dysfunctional family:  a ranting alcoholic, dying grandfather, his wife who drinks with the local minister, two sons – one a former All-American who is now a semi-idiot, the other son who lost his leg in a chainsaw accident, the grandson and his girlfriend.  The family harbors a dark secret – that of an unwanted newborn baby that Dodge, the grandfather, buried on the farm.  Directed by Mary Ruth Lynn. Cast requirements are five men and two women, age ranges from early 20s to 70. The show will run April 13, 14, 20,21 as part of the Griffith-Adler Actors Series. Directed by Mary Ruth Lynn. 6 p.m.

Monday 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Workshop, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-4307. First Presbyterian Church will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Workshop today at the church. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop occurs from 9 a.m. to noon. Call for more information.

Monthly: Hospice of the Valley Common Bond, Vienna United Methodist Church, 4265 Warren-Sharon Road; for more information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. The group focuses on one grief topic a  year, and it meets the third Monday of the month. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Multiple Sessions: Diabetes Day Group Class Series, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E Market St., Warren; call Diabetes Department at 330-841-9689 to register.  Meets Jan. 16 and 17 (2-3 p.m.) and Jan. 18 and 19 (1:30-3 p.m.) Class meets in Diabetes Room 905. Physician referral required. 2-3 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity Monthly Meeting, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown; for more information call 330-743-7244 or visit http://www.hfhofmc.org. Meetings held the third Monday. 6:30 p.m.

Monthly: Mahoning County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Meeting, St. Charles Church, 7325 Westview, Boardman; for more information call Janet at 330-758-6366. The group meets the third Monday of the month. 7 p.m.

Tuesday 17

Howland Happy Stitchers, Living Lord Lutheran Church, 851 Niles-Cortland Road, Warren; for more information call Margaret at 330-847-9813 or Jane at 330-638-2916. Work on favors. Bring scissors/tracing paper/pipe cleaners/felt/quilt batting/tracing pencil. Meets the third Tuesday. 10 a.m.

Prayer Shawl Ministry, The Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road, Canfield; for information visit http://www.theursulinecenter.org or call Eileen Novotny at 330-533-3831. The group meets the third Tuesday and third Wednesday of the month. 10:30 a.m.-noon (Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m. (Wednesday).

Hospice of the Valley’s Craft and Chat, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland; for more information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 800-640-5180.  Establishing a “new normal” requires being social and meeting new friends. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month. 1-3 p.m.

Blood Pressure Screening, Public Library, Struthers Branch, 95 Poland Ave., Struthers; 330-755-3322. Discuss topics of interest in this conversation salon group. 1-4 p.m.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Brookfield Branch, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. A program for children ages 3-5 featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme.1 p.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Featuring stories and a craft for children ages 3-5.  1 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Teens on Tuesdays, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Featuring activities for teens. The program is held each Tuesday. 3-5 p.m.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme for children ages 3-5. The program is held again each Tuesday and Friday. 11 a.m. (Friday), 6 p.m. (Tuesday).

Grant Center: Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Hands-on instruction to the Foundation Center’s web subscription database that helps searchers develop targeted lists of foundations that matches their funding needs. Call to register. 6:30 p.m.

Monthly: Mahoning County Computer Club, Canfield Presbyterian Church, 104 Main St., Canfield; for more information call 330-757-9854 or 330-799-1676. Many computer related subjects are discussed. Visitors are welcome. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month. 7-9 p.m.

Monthly: RTS Bereavement Support Group, Beeghly Medical Park, Community Learning Center, 6505 Market St., Youngstown; 330-884-2911. The group is for people who are dealing with grief from miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn loss. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month. 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday 18

Alzheimer’s Association Meeting, Conference Room B, Ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E Market St., Warren; for additional information, call Erin at 330-533-3300. 10 a.m.-noon.

Sharing & Caring: Grief and Bereavement Support Group, Mahoning Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; for more information call the Bereavement Coordinator at 330-770-0502. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month, and is a topical support group for those experiencing grief and bereavement issues. 11 a.m. Free.

Weekly: T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Ease stress, improve health, and increase vitality. Join Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Occurs Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25. Noon-1 p.m. $10 per class.

Teen Movie Night, Public Library, East Branch, 6 N. Jackson St., Youngstown; 330-744-2790. Teens in grades 7-12 can view a movie at the library. 5 p.m.

Mindfulness Meditation Seminar, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-799-0323. Karres Cvetkovich, CYT, will lead this seminar. Call to register. 5:30–8:30 p.m. $45 ($35 FFRG members).

eBooks – Choosing a Device ad Downloading Library Books, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-744-8636. This two-hour program covers  ebook devices and instruction on how to download library ebooks. Registration required. Occurs at Boardman on Jan. 18, 24 and 28. 6 p.m. Free.

Thursday 19

Austintown Stitch and Share, Humanity House, 755 Ohltown Road, Austintown; for more information call Theresa at 330-793-1619. Pam Sullivan will demo luggage tags. The group meets the third Thursday of the month. 10 a.m.

Starting Out the Year on the Right Foot, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116.  Each preschooler age 3–5 will have fun time planting a houseplant in a whimsical old shoe. A story and snack will add to the fun. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 11 a.m.-noon. $6 R, $9 NR.

Hot-Chocolate Tasting, Public Library, Canfield Branch, 43 W. Main St., Canfield; 330-533-5631. Taste and vote on your favorite hot chocolates. For grades 7-12. 2:30 p.m.

American Sign Language Classes, Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center, 6614 Southern Blvd., Boardman; to sign up, contact Rebecca Somintz at 330-726-8855 or via email at RSSomintz@yohsc.com.  These classes will help students develop expressive and receptive skills by learning spelling, language, grammar/structure and deaf culture. Classes occur on a number of days and times. Fees vary.  They include:  ASL I, 6-8 p.m., Jan. 24 to March 27 ($115); ASL II, 5:30-7:30 p.m. from Jan. 24 to March 27 ($90); ASL III, 6-8 p.m., Jan. 23 to March 26 ($90); and ASL IV, 6-8 p.m., Jan. 19 to March 22 ($85). 6-8 p.m. $85.

Monthly: The Mahoning Valley Rose Society Meeting, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. The society meets every third Thursday. Various programs will include: back to basics of growing roses, rose arranging, garden tours, speakers, slide presentations and more. 6:30 p.m.

Romance Readers’ Book Club, McKinley Memorial Library, 40 N. Main St., Niles; 330-652-1704, ext. 205. The group meets every third Thursday and is for those who love to read romance novels. 6:30 p.m.

From the Garden: Celebrating Chinese New Year, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Dr. Y. T. Chui will share Asian recipes and demonstrate culinary techniques in anticipation of cooking for the Chinese New Year. Come with an appetite. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 6:30–8:30 p.m. $35 ($28 FFRG members).

Monthly: Angelic Support, Davis Family YMCA, Conference Room, 45 McClurg Road, Boardman. The support group is for those with acute or chronic health concerns as well as their family and friends. The group meets the third Thursday of every month. 7-9 p.m.

Winter Concert Series: Jim Frank Combo, Yellow Creek Park, Mill Creek MetroParks, Struthers. 330-702-3000. The Jim Frank Combo will be playing a variety of music for an evening of entertainment. Held indoors at Yellow Creek Park. 7 p.m. Free.

Friday 20

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme for children ages 3-5. The program is held again each Tuesday and Friday. 11 a.m. (Friday), 6 p.m. (Tuesday).

Starting Out the Year on the Right Foot, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116.  Each preschooler age 3–5 will have fun time planting a houseplant in a whimsical old shoe. A story and snack will add to the fun. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 11 a.m.-noon. $6 R, $9 NR.

Monthly Euchre Game, The Senior Citizens Center, E. 4th Street, East Liverpool; 330-385-4732. The public is invited to attend. Games are held the third Friday of each month. 1-3 p.m. Free.

22-Hour Retreat, Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria, Pa.; 724-964-8920, ext. 3331. This 22-hour retreat will help you discover new ways of looking at and balancing an overbooked calendar. Registration required. 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20 through 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21.  7 p.m. $99 (Includes meals, snacks, single room with common bath). Private baths are also available.

Saturday 21

Saturday Lamaze In A Day, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E Market St., Warren; call Educational Services at 330-841-9880 to register. Prepares mothers-to-be and their partners for a shared learning experience.  In addition to learning Lamaze techniques, class attendants will receive important information about pregnancy, labor and delivery. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Starting Out the Year on the Right Foot, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116.  Each preschooler age 3–5 will have fun time planting a houseplant in a whimsical old shoe. A story and snack will add to the fun. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 11 a.m.-noon. $6 R, $9 NR.

Chinese New Year Arrangement, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. In celebration of Chinese New Year, each child age 6 years or older will make an arrangement with a distinctively Asian theme. Chrysanthemums, the national flower of China, will be arranged in a container decorated with origami. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 1:30-3 p.m. $10 R, $14 NR

Twice Monthly: Manjushri Study Group, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown; 330-941-1735. The Manjushri Study Group and YSU Professor Julie Thomas will offer two explanatory sessions this month for those interested in learning more about Buddhist principles. This month’s topic, “Meditation101,” occurs from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 and 28. A Tara Dance Offering is also scheduled for 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 28. Call for more information. 3-5 p.m. $10 (both sessions), $5 (students).

Sunday 22

Winter Hike: Naked Trees, meet at Lily Pond parking lot, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-702-3000. Believe it or not, you can identify a tree without its leaves. Join longtime Mill Creek Park naturalist Bill Whitehouse to learn how. Moderate difficulty, 2 miles. 2 p.m. Free.

D.A.R.E. Singles Group Dance, Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown; for more information call 330-533-8062 or 330-757-1440. D.A.R.E. (Divorce/Death Aren’t Really the End) is a social group for singles that meets every Thursday at the Disciples Christian Church on Boardman-Canfield Road. 6 p.m.

Monthly: Bluegrass Concert, Newton Falls Community Center, 52 E. Quarry St., Newton Falls; 330-540-9861 or 330-646-2134. Bluegrass concert, occurs the third Saturday of the month.  7-11 p.m. $9, $3.50, free.

Monday 23

Southington So Sews, Southington Christian Church, State Route 534, Southington; 330-538-2819. Today: Jennie’s zipper necklace. 9:30 a.m. $5 (kit fee).

Slovaks of the Greater Mahoning Valley: Friends of the Library Meeting, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 S. Raccoon, Austintown; 330-792-6982. This program covers the book “Slovaks of the Greater Mahoning Valley” and its author, Loretta Ekoniak, a retired teacher and president of the American Slovak Cultural Association. 10 a.m. Free.

Go for It! Children’s Weight Management and Fitness Program, D.D. and Velma Davis Family YMCA,  McClurg Road at Market Street, Boardman; 330-480-3151. The program is specifically designed for children 9 to 12 years old. It includes nutrition classes taught by a registered dietitian certified in childhood and adolescent weight management and fitness classes taught by YMCA fitness instructors. The goal is a healthy outlook on weight and exercise that will last a lifetime. The program runs two days a week from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. from Jan.23 to Feb. 29 at the Y. Fitness classes are held on Mondays and nutrition/fitness classes are on Wednesdays. Parents attend the Wednesday class with the children for the first half hour; the child then goes to a fitness class while parents stay for a half hour parent-only session. YMCA members may register online. All others should call Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll free 1-877-700-4647. Deadline for registration is Jan. 20. 5:30 p.m. $40.

Learn How To Play Bridge, Adult Lounge, Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown;  Learn basic bridge techniques.  The book needed is “Bidding in the 21st Century.” The club series provides opportunities for players to play, talk, observe and develop ways of thinking about the game.  Basic bidding is emphasized in the club series. Occurs on Mondays on Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 5, 12. 5:45-7:45 p.m. $60, $50.

Tuesday 24

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Brookfield Branch, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. A program for children ages 3-5 featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme.1 p.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Featuring stories and a craft for children ages 3-5.  1 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Teens on Tuesdays, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Featuring activities for teens. The program is held each Tuesday. 3-5 p.m.

eBooks – Choosing a Device ad Downloading Library Books, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-744-8636. This two-hour program covers  ebook devices and instruction on how to download library ebooks. Registration required. Occurs at Boardman on Jan. 18, 24 and 28. 6 p.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme for children ages 3-5. The program is held again each Tuesday and Friday. 11 a.m. (Friday), 6 p.m. (Tuesday).

Bridge Diamond Series, Adult Lounge, Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-746-3251, ext. 106. The Diamond Series is an eight-week course focusing on the play of the hand. It is generally assumed that students are familiar with basic bidding concepts.  Course introduces complex bidding situations. Occurs Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13. 6-7 p.m. $50 (member)  $60 (non-member).

Saving Pelican 849: Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley,  MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-533-7572 or for more information call 1-888-8851. “Saving Pelican 849,” a movie about bird rehabilitation during the Gulf oil spill, will be shown tonight. Special guest speaker Dr. Bill Snyder will discuss the chemistry behind cleaning oil-soaked birds. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 25

Health and Wellness Walk, Mill Creek Metro Parks, Youngstown; 330-702-3000. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at Kirk Road for a 2-4 mile hike. Dress for the weather, including appropriate footwear. 9 a.m.

Weekly: T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Ease stress, improve health, and increase vitality. Join Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Occurs Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25. Noon-1 p.m. $10 per class.

MetroParks Job Fair, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Learn about seasonal and part-time employment opportunities at the park. Representatives from several departments will be available to answer questions and provide information about jobs for the 2012 season. Held at the Davis Center. 1-5 p.m.

Writing Workshop, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 to register. Learn about writing about meaningful, everyday experiences with facilitator Karen Schubert. Explore various topics to shape writing about these experiences. Bring a page or two of your writing to share. Call to register. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10.

Breastfeeding Basics, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E Market St., Warren; call Educational Services at 330-841-9880 to register. Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monthly: Write On, Write Now, Work in Process Creative Writing Workshop, Pig Iron Press, 26 N. Phelps St., Youngstown; 330-747-6932. Pig Iron Literary and Art Works and Jim Villani, center director, continue their creative writing workshop the fourth Wednesday of each month. Sessions include readings of works and a discussion. Walk-ins or occasional visitors are welcome. 7-9 p.m. $3.

Thursday 26

Hockey: Youngstown Phantoms, Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600 or for tickets call 330-747-PUCK. The Phantoms play Waterloo. 7:15 p.m. $9.50-13.50.

Friday 27

Breakfast Botany: Holly Family, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Today’s morning walk in the gardens will feature a lesson about  plants in this family. The activity also includes a light breakfast. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 8:30-10 a.m. $9 (non resident), $7 (resident).

Hospice of the Valley: For Men Only, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrot Road, Poland; for more information or to register call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 800-640-5180. The group, facilitated by Chaplain Jay Eastman, meets each fourth Friday. 8:30-10 a.m.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, Meetings Rooms 1, 2 and 3, Ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E Market St., Warren. Walk-ins welcome. Noon-4 p.m. Free.

Hockey: Youngstown Phantoms, Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600 or for tickets call 330-747-PUCK. The Phantoms play Dubuque. 7:15 p.m. $9.50-13.50.

Saturday 28

eBooks – Choosing a Device ad Downloading Library Books, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-744-8636. This two-hour program covers  ebook devices and instruction on how to download library ebooks. Registration required. Occurs at Boardman on Jan. 18, 24 and 28. 10 a.m. Free.

MetroMutts: Pet First Aid, Birch Hill Cabin, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-702-3000. Your dog or cat is an important part of your life. Keep them healthy and safe by learning how to recognize, respond to, and prevent life-threatening conditions. Please leave your pet at home while you attend this comprehensive workshop. You will receive pet first aid certification and a manual. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish. Registration and payment needed by Jan. 25. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MetroMutts members, $35, not-yet-members, $45. Extra manual, $20.

Landscape Watercolor Series, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Local artist Chris Leeper is teaching a series of watercolor classes emphasizing special elements in a landscape. This month, learn techniques for painting trees and flora. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register and receive a supply list. 9 a.m.-noon. $32 ($25 FFRG members).

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme for children ages 3-5. The program is held again each Tuesday and Friday. 11 a.m. (Friday), 6 p.m. (Tuesday).

Twice Monthly: Manjushri Study Group, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown; 330-941-1735. The Manjushri Study Group and YSU Professor Julie Thomas will offer two explanatory sessions this month for those interested in learning more about Buddhist principles. This month’s topic, “Meditation101,” occurs from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 and 28. A Tara Dance Offering is also scheduled for 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 28. Call for more information. 3-5 p.m. $10 (both sessions), $5 (students).

Malanka: New Year’s Eve in Ukraine, The Orthodox Center, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown; for more information call Stephanie at 330-716-2726. Featuring dinner, music, and live entertainment. 7:30-10 p.m. $25, $10.

Sunday 29

Winter Hike: Happy Birthday, William McKinley, meets at Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Did you know that our 25th president, a native of Niles, was also an investor in the Bears Den quarry? After viewing some historic photographs, we’ll hike to the site and explore. Moderate difficulty, 3 miles. 2 p.m. Free.

Monday 30

Diabetes Day Group Class Series, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E Market St., Warren; call Diabetes Department at 330-841-9689 to register. Class meets in Diabetes Room 905. Physician referral required. Occurs Jan. 30 and 31 (2-3 p.m.) and Feb. 1 and 2 (1:30-3 p.m.) 2-3 p.m.

Tuesday 31

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Brookfield Branch, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. A program for children ages 3-5 featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme.1 p.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Featuring stories and a craft for children ages 3-5.  1 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Teens on Tuesdays, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Featuring activities for teens. The program is held each Tuesday. 3-5 p.m.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Featuring stories and a craft related to a weekly theme for children ages 3-5. The program is held again each Tuesday and Friday. 11 a.m. (Friday), 6 p.m. (Tuesday).

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