Calendar (Week 4) March 22-31

Thursday 22

2012 Young People’s Concerts, Edward W. Powers Auditorium/DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-4269. This annual event brings music – in a variety of genres – to area students in grades 1-8. The concerts are presented by the Women’s Committee for Children’s Concerts and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and is sponsored by the Schwebel Baking Co. with additional underwriting support by the Charles and Margaret Cushwa Foundation and the Dominion Foundation. Call for more information. 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Toddler Tale, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Storytime for toddlers ages 19 to 35 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration is required and begins Thursday, March 1, by calling 330-856-2011, Ext. 106. 11 a.m. Free.

The Hunger Games, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Come celebrate the premiere of the movie based on The Hunger Games as you race around the library! Compete in teams of two to three – complete the tasks, win the game. 6 p.m. Free.

Yellow Creek Park Winter Concert, Yellow Creek Park, Struthers; 330-702-3000. The Al-Ray Combo will entertain with a variety of music. Thursday, 7 p.m. Free.

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. 7-9 p.m.

Friday 23

Income Tax Preparation Assistance, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. The Liberty Branch Library will be hosting the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) income tax preparers on Fridays from February 3 through April 13. This free tax assistance is particularly for low-income Trumbull-County residents, with special priority to those aged 60 and older. All individuals must bring a copy of their 2010 tax return and a valid photo ID. No appointment needed- first come, first served. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime , Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme, and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write, and mastering these skills now helps children grow up to be good readers! For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 11 a.m. Free.

Babytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Laugh and learn with your baby. Infants ages 6 to 18 months with parent or caregiver. Short stories, fingerplays, and simple songs. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 11 a.m. Free.

The Foreigner, Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players and Chalet Premier will present the Broadway comedy “The Foreigner” on select nights from March 16-31. The comedy will be directed by Dr. Thomas Copeland. Call for reservations. 7:30 p.m., March 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 and 2 p.m., March 18, 25. 7:30 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (students and seniors).

The Altos – Like the Sopranos – Only Lower,  Trumbull New Theatre, 5883 Youngstown Road, Niles; 330-652-1103. Web site: http://www.trumbullnewtheatre.com. Call for reservations. 8 p.m., March 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 25.  8 p.m.

Saturday 24

Nature Photography Exhibit, Weller Gallery, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Immerse yourself in nature—indoors! The skills of amateur photographers will be readily apparent as you stroll through several hundred images of their best work. Applications for entries can be downloaded at millcreekmetroparks.org. Entry deadline is Sunday, March 4 by 5 p.m. at Ford Nature Center. Occurs March 24 -April 22.

Tween Scene Saturday – Open Art Studio, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Learn about different art techniques and create a masterpiece of your own design. For kids in grades 4-8. Registration is required by calling 330-856-2011. Ext. 106. 11 a.m. Free.

Pysanky Workshop, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. This ancient tradition of decorating eggs is practiced throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The motifs and colors change between regions. In the West, images of nature and pastel colors prevail. In the East, geometric patterns in earth tone colors are dominant. This introductory workshop is taught by Carol Novosel of New Castle. Participants will create their own beautiful eggs. Registration and fee due at Ford Nature Center by March 17. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens. 1-4:30 p.m. $12 R, $15 NR (fee includes most supplies).

Saturday Author Chat with Michele Gianetti, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Join us as Michele Gianetti talks about the journey that led her to write “I Believe in You.” In her book, she writes of travelling a road unfamiliar to most parents, into her daughter Elizabeth’s world of dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder. 2 p.m. Free.

Teen Central Anime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Hey otaku! Did you know that we have a club just for you? Theme: Cosplay Runway. 3 p.m. Free.

Manjushri Study Group, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown; contact Julie Thomas, coordinator, at 330-941-1735 or taradakini108@gmail.com. 3-5 p.m. Suggested donation for Manjushri and Tara: $10. $5 if you are unemployed or a student at YSU.

The Foreigner, Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players and Chalet Premier will present the Broadway comedy “The Foreigner” on select nights from March 16-31. The comedy will be directed by Dr. Thomas Copeland. Call for reservations. 7:30 p.m., March 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 and 2 p.m., March 18, 25. 7:30 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (students and seniors).

Wood Frogs of Poland Woods, Poland Woods, Poland Township; 330-702-3000. Wood frogs are very tolerant of cold (found all the way to Alaska!) and are the first frog to emerge from hibernation. We’ll stroll the woods in hope of hearing their duck-like “quacking” breeding songs. Tonight is for listening, not catching. Meet at Poland Woods. Easy rating, 1 to 2 miles. Interpretive hikes are generally slow-paced. The group will generally stop to learn about the hike’s specific topic. 8 p.m. Free.

The Altos – Like the Sopranos – Only Lower,  Trumbull New Theatre, 5883 Youngstown Road, Niles; 330-652-1103. Web site: http://www.trumbullnewtheatre.com. Call for reservations. 8 p.m., March 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 25.  8 p.m.

Sunday 25

Photo Exhibit Kickoff: The Keystone Elk, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Bob Coggeshall has been shooting Pennsylvania elk (with a camera!) for half a decade. From your chair, travel with Bob across the border and look into the lives of “Wapiti,” reintroduced from Yellowstone stock 1913-1926. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens. 2 p.m. Free.

The Foreigner, Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players and Chalet Premier will present the Broadway comedy “The Foreigner” on select nights from March 16-31. The comedy will be directed by Dr. Thomas Copeland. Call for reservations. 7:30 p.m., March 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 and 2 p.m., March 18, 25. 2 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (students and seniors).

The Altos – Like the Sopranos – Only Lower,  Trumbull New Theatre, 5883 Youngstown Road, Niles; 330-652-1103. Web site: http://www.trumbullnewtheatre.com. Call for reservations. 8 p.m., March 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 25.  3 p.m.

Monday 26

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Cortland Branch, 212 Warren Road, Cortland; 330-638-6335. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme, and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write, and mastering these skills now helps children grow up to be good readers! For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 6 p.m. Free.

TLC Book Discussion Group, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Read the book chosen by your fellow teens, the join us for cookies & discussion! For teens in grades 9 to 12 only. Book to be discussed: “The Tension of Opposites” by Kristina McBride. 6 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 27

Time For Tots, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Cortland Branch, 212 Warren Road, Cortland; 330-638-6335. A developmentally appropriate storytime program for children ages 24 to 35 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration is required and begins February 28 by calling 330-638-6335. 11 a.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme, and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write, and mastering these skills now helps children grow up to be good readers! For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 6 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Standing in the Gap Religious Meeting, Room 204, Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., Downtown Youngstown; 330-744-8411 or visit http://www.youngstownymca.org. Occurs every Tuesday. Religious program led by Justin Burnette Sr. Refreshments will be served. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

Civil War Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. In commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial, we’re reading and discussing novels that are set during the Civil War. The next selection for this new group is “Shiloh” by Shelby Foote. Copies of the book are available for purchase or library loan. Call the Howland Branch manager at 330-856-2011, for more information or to register. 7 p.m. Free.

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley, MetroParks Farm, Mill Creek MetroParks, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Ellen Speicher will present “Gardening With Native Plants”—just in time for the spring planting season! Social time begins at 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 1.888.846.8851. Held at MetroParks Farm. 7 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 28

Health & Wellness Walks, various locations, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown and Boardman; 330-702-3000. A series of health walks occur on Tuesdays and  Wednesdays this month. Recreation hikes are generally fast-paced and focus on exercising in the outdoors.They include:  9 a.m., Wednesday, March 7. Groups meets at Metroparks Bikeway Trailhead at Kirk Road. Moderate difficulty, 2 or 4 miles; 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 20. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate difficulty, 4 miles; and 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 28. Meet at main Golf Course overflow parking lot. Easy rating, 1 or 3 miles. 9 a.m. Free.

Music & Movement, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Children learn language and motor skills through an energetic combination of music, movement, and literature. For toddlers ages 19 to 35 months old with parent or caregiver. Registration for the next 6-week session is required and begins Wednesday, February 22, by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 10 a.m. Free.

Music & Movement, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Children learn language and motor skills through an energetic combination of music, movement, and literature. For toddlers ages 19 to 35 months old with parent or caregiver. Registration for the next 6-week session is required and begins Wednesday, Feb. 22, by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 11 a.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Cortland Branch, 212 Warren Road, Cortland; 330-638-6335. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme, and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write, and mastering these skills now helps children grow up to be good readers! For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 1 p.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.

Weekly: Rotary Club of Warren Meeting, Enzo’s Restaurant, 2918 Elm Road, Warren; 330-369-7500. Warren chapter of this international business and service organization meets every Wednesday for lunch and a business meeting. Call for more information. Noon.

Writing Workshop, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Karen Schubert in writing about meaningful, everyday experiences while exploring various writing styles. All levels of experience are welcome; join in when you can. Bring a page or two of your writing to share. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10 per class.

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 29

Toddler Tales, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Storytime for toddlers ages 19 to 35 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration is required and begins Thursday, March 1, by calling 330-856-2011, Ext. 106. 10 a.m. Free.

Toddler Tales, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Storytime for toddlers ages 19 to 35 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration is required and begins Thursday, March 1, by calling 330-856-2011, Ext. 106. 11 a.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme, and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write, and mastering these skills now helps children grow up to be good readers! For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 11:30 p.m. Free.

Hello to Spring Bouquet, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Let’s welcome spring with a story and snack before each preschooler age 3-5 decorates a vase and arranges fresh flowers to take home. An adult must accompany each child.  To ensure quality programs for you and your child, please do not bring non-participating children. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Occurs from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 29; 1-2 p.m. on Friday, March 30 and from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31. 1-2 p.m. $6 R, $8 NR.

The Jungle Inn, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Cleveland author and organized crime historian Allan R. May will discuss the Jungle Inn and some of the figures associated with the gambling spot that was located in a rural corner of Trumbull County, In “Welcome to the Jungle Inn,” May shares the story of the infamous gambling den and its near tragic demise in 1949. The book is also a concise history of organized crime in the city of Warren and surrounding Trumbull County, including stories about five of its most famous underworld personalities. May is also the author of “Mob Stories and Gangland Gotham: New York’s Notorious Mob Bosses.” He has written for the “Gangland News” website, Rick Porrello’s AmericanMafia.com, Court TV’s “CrimeLibrary”, and CrimeMagazine.com. 6 p.m. Free.

Fifth Annual Diversity Leadership Recognition Celebration, Mr. Anthony’s, 7440 South Ave., Boardman; 330-941-3370. Call for more information on this annual event. Sponsored by YSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity ad Diversity. 6 p.m..

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme, and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write, and mastering these skills now helps children grow up to be good readers! For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Friday 30

Breakfast Botany: The Willow Family, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Start your morning with a brisk Garden walk. Return to the Garden Café to enjoy a light breakfast and learn about the willow plant family. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 8:30-10 a.m. $7 R, $9 NR.

Babytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Laugh and learn with your baby! Infants ages 6 to 18 months with parent or caregiver. Short stories, fingerplays, and simple songs. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 11 a.m. Free.

Hello to Spring Bouquet, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Let’s welcome spring with a story and snack before each preschooler age 3-5 decorates a vase and arranges fresh flowers to take home. An adult must accompany each child.  To ensure quality programs for you and your child, please do not bring non-participating children. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Occurs from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 29; 1-2 p.m. on Friday, March 30 and from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31. 1-2 p.m. $6 R, $8 NR.

The Foreigner, Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players and Chalet Premier will present the Broadway comedy “The Foreigner” on select nights from March 16-31. The comedy will be directed by Dr. Thomas Copeland. Call for reservations. 7:30 p.m., March 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 and 2 p.m., March 18, 25. 7:30 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (students and seniors).

Saturday 31
Third Annual Wick Park Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast, Wick Park, 260 Park Ave. (at Pennsylvania), Youngstown; 330-742-8711. Annual Easter egg hunt features fun for area children. Also includes a pancake breakfast. Be there on time! 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hello to Spring Bouquet, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Let’s welcome spring with a story and snack before each preschooler age 3-5 decorates a vase and arranges fresh flowers to take home. An adult must accompany each child.  To ensure quality programs for you and your child, please do not bring non-participating children. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Occurs from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 29; 1-2 p.m. on Friday, March 30 and from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31. 11 a.m. $6 R, $8 NR.

Aesop’s Fables by the Fable Factory, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. The Fable Factory, a new touring company of Move Over Broadway Productions, will perform some of Aesop’s famous fables. These stories contain sharp insights, gentle humor, and morals for children in grades Pre-K through 5. Registration is not required. 11 a.m. Free.

Easter Eggstravaganza, Wick Recreation Area, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-702-3000. Don’t miss the fun at this huge, annual egg hunt. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance, children ages 2-10 can join the scramble for candy and prizes, and adults can compete in the Raw Egg Toss. Be sure to arrive early enough to find the age group area for your child before the start time. Held rain or shine at the Wick Recreation Area. 11:30 a.m. sharp. Free.

Life-Sized Candy Land, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Visit the wonderful world of Candy Land as YOU become the playing piece in the popular children’s game. Fun for the entire family! Drop-in event. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Manjushri Study Group, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown; contact Julie Thomas, coordinator, at 330-941-1735 or taradakini108@gmail.com. The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a Youngstown-based Buddhist study group, will offer its next round of teachings this month. The current topic is “Meditation 101: Part II.” Participants do not have to be Buddhist to attend. Nor is any prior experience necessary to drop in. The group meets on Saturdays on March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7. (A Tara Dance also occurs afrom 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.) 3-5 p.m. Suggested donation for Manjushri and Tara: $10. $5 if you are unemployed or a student at YSU.

Naturally Dyed Eggs in a Basket, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Children ages 6 and up will learn to make dyes from plant material before decorating eggs to carry home nestled in baskets of grass. An adult must accompany each child.  To ensure quality programs for you and your child, please do not bring non-participating children. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Saturday, 1:30-3 p.m. $6 R, $8 NR.

The Foreigner, Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players and Chalet Premier will present the Broadway comedy “The Foreigner” on select nights from March 16-31. The comedy will be directed by Dr. Thomas Copeland. Call for reservations. 7:30 p.m., March 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 and 2 p.m., March 18, 25. 7:30 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (students and seniors).

Spring Salamander Search, Laurel Hill Drive off Herbert Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Boardman; 330-702-3000. During late winter or early spring, large spotted salamanders briefly leave their underground haunts and gather in woodland pools to mate. We’ll see if we can catch them in the act. Boots are recommended and flashlights permitted. Call Ford Nature Center to register by March 31, 5 p.m. Meet at the end of Laurel Hill Drive, located off Herbert Road west of MetroParks Bikeway crossing. Difficulty rating, 1.5 miles. Interpretive hikes are generally slow-paced. The group will generally stop to learn about the hike’s specific topic. 8 p.m. Free.

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