Calendar (Weeks 1-4) March 1-31

Thursday 1

Register for Children’s Summer Vegetable Gardening Program, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. This hands-on gardening program is for children who have completed second grade. Each child will tend a 3’ x 10’ garden throughout the summer at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield. Horticulture activities add to the fun. Classes meet March 31, April 21, May 12, and June 2, Saturdays, 9-11 a.m. Beginning June 13, children will meet every Wednesday morning through August 15. Final harvest/clean-up will be September 29. 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. Fee: $85 R, $95 NR.

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.

Jewels of Winter: Orchids, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Visit the orchid display at Fellows Riverside Gardens to feel transported to the tropics. View the many colorful varieties of orchids, like exquisite jewels, to lift your spirits during the heart of winter. Occurs now though March 18, Tuesdays through Sundays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting, Weller Gallery, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Thomas Cole painted a new vision of the American wilderness promoting the concept of valuing and preserving the environment and living in balance with nature. Through March 18.

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.

Happy Birthday, Ford Nature Center, Melnick Museum. Mill Creek MetroParks Ford Nature Center is celebrating its 40th birthday in a building that is celebrating its 100th birthday. The Ford family donated their home that had originally been built for a personal friend of Volney Rogers. Through December 2012.

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. A blend of energizing yoga styles will help you keep a healthy outlook. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Meets on Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m., March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Meets on Thursdays from 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. on March 6, 13, 20, 27. $10 per class.

Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books for Lapsitters, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 S. Raccoon, Austintown; 330-744-8636. For children who are not walking independently. Includes 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories and followed by free play. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Occurs on Thursdays on March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. 9:30 a.m. Free.

Tales for Twos: Roar, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Dinosaur, Roar!, The dinosaurs are coming! Two-year-olds will walk in a dinosaur’s footsteps as they learn all about these fascinating creatures. Dig for dinosaurs in the sand, assemble a dinosaur’s bones and hear a “roaring” good story. An adult must accompany each child.  To ensure quality programs for you and your child, please do not bring non-participating children. Call Ford Nature Center to register. 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. $2 R, $3 NR.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talks for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and more for children ages 2-3 years old. 10 a.m. Free.

Weekly: Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books, Public Library, Newport Branch, Newport Branch, 3730 Market, Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and more for children ages 6-23 months. 10:30 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-744-8636. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and more for children ages 6-23 months. 10 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books for Walkers, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 S. Raccoon, Austintown; 330-744-8636. For children who are walking independently. Includes 20 minutes of language enrichment, including rhymes, songs and stories and followed by free play. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Occurs on Thursdays on March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. 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 a.m. Free.

Intro to Computers Class, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807 ext. 406. Registration begins on February 1. 2-4 p.m. Free.

Do You Like Green Eggs & Ham, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Honor Dr. Seuss by shaking up some green eggs! For kids in grades K-4. Registration is required by Monday, Feb. 27, by calling 330-759-2589. 5 p.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.

Teen Tech Week Event: Just Dance Tournament, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Celebrate Teen Tech Week and dance until you drop. Whose moves will win? Snack will be provided. Prizes will be won. For teens in grades 7 to 12. Registration is required. 6 p.m. Free.

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.

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.

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.

Bi-monthly: 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.

Monthly: Green Party Mahoning County Meeting, Pig Iron Press, 26 N. Phelps St., Youngstown; 330-747-6932.  The Green Party of Mahoning County, in affiliation with the Green Party of Ohio, will conduct its monthly meeting tonight. The group meets the first Thursday of the month. Call for more information. 7 p.m. Free.

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.

Faculty Artist Recital, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. Features Duo Allant: Kathryn Thomas Umble, flute, and Francois Fowler, guitar. 8 p.m.  Free.

Friday 2

Income Tax Preparation Assistance, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589.  The Liberty Branch will be hosting the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) income tax preparers on Fridays 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.

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. Occurs March 2 an 16. Call for more information. 10 a.m.-noon.

Preschool Nature Hour: Spring Thaw, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Snow is melting, maple buds are bursting, and mud rules!  It’s almost spring!  Children ages 3 -5 will enjoy story time, rhymes, a craft, and a hunt outdoors to look for signs of spring. An adult must accompany each child.  To ensure quality programs for you and your child, please do not bring non-participating children. Preregister at Ford Nature Center. Occurs at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2 and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. $2 R, $3 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.

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.

eBook Help Drop-in Session, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Library staff will be available to help you learn how to transfer eBooks from Freading, the library?s eBook service, onto your own personal device. Staff will provide one-on-one assistance with the basic operation of eReaders, demonstrate how to connect the device to the computer, and show you how to download an eBook onto the device. In order to fully benefit from this hands-on help session, please bring your device and its computer connection cable and make sure the device is fully charged. Call 330-399-8807, ext. 400 for more information. Noon-2 p.m. Free.

Owl Prowl, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Learn about owl life and lore with a presentation, a live screech owl, and a walk to look and listen for these nocturnal forest residents. Due to limited seating, advance registration is required for the presentation. Call Ford Nature Center to register. Easy rating, 1 mile. Interpretive hikes are generally slow-paced. The group will generally stop to learn about the hike’s specific topic. 7 p.m. Free.

Disney’s Mulan, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. Web site: http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. based on the Disney production. Call for reservations. 7:30 p.m., March 2-3, 9-10 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. 7:30 p.m.

I’m Not That Girl, Rust Belt Theater, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-507-2358. Rust Belt Theater will stage Robert Dennick Joki’s original musical revue at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3. 8 p.m.

57th Street, Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 1-800-838-3006. Top Hat Productions will present its production of “57th Street” on select evenings and matinees from March 2-10. A dinner occurs at 6 p.m. with the performance following afterward. Call for more information and reservations. 6 p.m., March 2-3 and 10.

Medea, Ford Theatre, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3105. Web site: http://fpa.ysu.edu/calendar.shtml. University Theater will present the classic Greek tragedy through March 4. Call for reservations. 8 p.m., March 2-3 and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4. $10 adults, $5 senior citizens, free for YSU students with valid I.D.  8 p.m.

Saturday 3

Preschool Nature Hour: Spring Thaw, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Snow is melting, maple buds are bursting, and mud rules!  It’s almost spring!  Children ages 3 -5 will enjoy story time, rhymes, a craft, and a hunt outdoors to look for signs of spring. An adult must accompany each child.  To ensure quality programs for you and your child, please do not bring non-participating children. Preregister at Ford Nature Center. Occurs at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2 and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. 12:30 p.m. $2 R, $3 NR.

Dr. Seuss Party, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807.  Come one, come all to the event of the season. It’s a party to celebrate for a very good reason. Seuss is the man we gather for this day. With games and crafts, it’ll be lots of fun, I’d say. For children in grades K-6. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 1 p.m. Free.

57th Street, Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 1-800-838-3006. Top Hat Productions will present its production of “57th Street” on select evenings and matinees from March 2-10. A dinner occurs at 6 p.m. with the performance following afterward. Call for more information and reservations. 6 p.m., March 2-3 and 10.

Disney’s Mulan, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. Web site: http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. based on the Disney production. Call for reservations.7:30 p.m., March 2-3, 9-10 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. 7:30 p.m.

Medea, Ford Theatre, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3105. Web site: http://fpa.ysu.edu/calendar.shtml. University Theater will present the classic Greek tragedy through March 4. Call for reservations. 8 p.m., March 2-3 and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4. $10 adults, $5 senior citizens, free for YSU students with valid I.D.  8 p.m.

I’m Not That Girl, Rust Belt Theater, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-507-2358. Rust Belt Theater will stage Robert Dennick Joki’s original musical revue at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3. 8 p.m.

Sunday 4

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.

Mudlicious!, Newport Wetlands, Mill Creek MetroParks, Boardman; 330-702-3000. As spring draws near and the earth begins to thaw, patches of gooey mud begin to appear. We’ll hike through the Newport Channels and Islands trails in celebration of mud, and the warmer weather it foretells. Meet at Newport Wetlands parking lot. Moderate difficulty, 2.5 miles. Interpretive hikes are generally slow-paced. The group will generally stop to learn about the hike’s specific topic. 2 p.m. Free.

Disney’s Mulan, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. Web site: http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. based on the Disney production. Call for reservations.7:30 p.m., March 2-3, 9-10 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. 2 p.m.

Medea, Ford Theatre, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3105. Web site: http://fpa.ysu.edu/calendar.shtml. University Theater will present the classic Greek tragedy through March 4. Call for reservations. 8 p.m., March 2-3 and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4. $10 adults, $5 senior citizens, free for YSU students with valid I.D.  3 p.m.

Dana Vocal Society, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 4 p.m. Free.

Monday 5

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Lordstown Branch, 1471 Salt Springs Road; 330-824-2094. 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.

Pups & Pages, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Children gain confidence and improve their reading skills as they read to an uncritical and tail-wagging audience. These dogs love to be read to! Children in Kindergarten through Grade 6 may sign up for 15-minute sessions to read aloud to a registered therapy dog at the Main Library. Dogs are provided by K-9s for Compassion, a Delta Society pet partner group that assists with animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 6-7:30 p.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. 6 p.m. Free.

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 6

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.

Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. A blend of energizing yoga styles will help you keep a healthy outlook. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Meets on Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m., March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Meets on Thursdays from 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. on March 6, 13, 20, 27. $10 per class.

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 Feb. 28 by calling 330-638-6335. 11 a.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Brookfield Branch, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. 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.

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. 1 p.m. Free.

Teens on Tuesday~ Smash Bros. Tournament, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Join the library for this special Teens on Tuesday event. 3-5 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. 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.

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 7

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.

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; 330-744-8636. Featuring developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become a successful reader.  Occurs on Wednesdays this month on March 7, 14, 21, 28. 10 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 S. Raccoon, Austintown; 330-744-8636. Featuring developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become a successful reader. Occurs on Wednesdays this month on March 7, 14, 21, 28. 10 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Canfield branch, 43 W. Main St., Canfield; 330-744-8636. Featuring developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become a successful reader. Occurs on Wednesdays this month on March 7, 14, 28. 10 a.m.

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.

Weekly: Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books, Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main, Poland; 330-744-8636. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and more for children ages 6-23 months. Occurs March 7, 14, 21, 28. 10:30 a.m.

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. 11 a.m. Free.

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 on March 7, 14, 21 and 28. 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.

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.

Intro to Computers Class , Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807 ext. 406. Registration begins on Feb. 1. 2-4 p.m. Free.

Kidz Create, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Brookfield Branch, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. A “books and more” program that pairs children’s literature with enrichment activities for grades K-4. Registration is required by March 3 by calling 330-448-8134. 5 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Night Movie, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Stop in to see a newly released movie in the library’s meeting room. Stop in or call to find out what’s showing on the big screen. 5:30 p.m. Free.

Bi-monthly: 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 8

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.

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.

Weekly: Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books, Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main, Poland; 330-744-8636. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and more for children ages 6-23 months. Occurs March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 10:30 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 a.m. Free.

Book Discussion Group, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Read the featured book and join us for a discussion led by a reference librarian. March title: “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy. 2 p.m. Free.

Intro to Internet Class, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807 ext. 406. Registration begins on Feb. 1. 2-4 p.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.

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

Teen Tech Week Event: Geek Out @ Your Library Costume Party, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Come dressed as your favorite character. 6 p.m. Free.

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: 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.

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.

Orchid & Hydrangea Wreath, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Add a touch of romance to a wall or door in your home when you hang up this delicate hydrangea wreath accented with pink and cream colored orchids. Dolly Vivalo will help you create this stunning wreath of dried blossoms and greens. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 6:30–8:30 p.m. $29 R, $37 NR.

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. 7-8:30 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.

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. Dances are open to the public of all ages. 8-11 p.m. Free.

Friday 9

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.

eBook Help Drop-in Session, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Library staff will be available to help you learn how to transfer eBooks from Freading, the library?s eBook service, onto your own personal device. Staff will provide one-on-one assistance with the basic operation of eReaders, demonstrate how to connect the device to the computer, and show you how to download an eBook onto the device. In order to fully benefit from this hands-on help session, please bring your device and its computer connection cable and make sure the device is fully charged. Call 330-399-8807, ext. 400 for more information. Noon-2 p.m. Free.

Disney’s Mulan, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. Web site: http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. based on the Disney production. Call for reservations.7:30 p.m., March 2-3, 9-10 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. 7:30 p.m.

The Sound of Music, Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana; 330-482-9915. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic brought to the live stage. Call for reservations. 8 p.m., March 9-10, 16-17 and 2 p.m., March 11 and 18.  8 p.m. $13 (adults), $10 (children under 10).

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 10

10th annual New Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, Memorial Field House, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.; 724-946-3300 or email brueniap@verizon.net for more information. Organized by the New Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, sponsors include Callahan Supply Inc., First National Bank, The Springfield Restaurant Group, and Westminster College.The event also features a number of prizes, including a 46-inch LED flat-screen television; a home theater with Blu-ray player; and a “Night at the Movies” gift basket. The public is invited. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A $1 donation from each visitor aged 12 and older will be collected at the door with the proceeds distributed among area charities.

Orchid Walk and Talk, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Dave Miller from the Greater Akron Orchid Society will lead an orchid walk highlighting the many varieties of orchids displayed throughout the Davis Center. There will be time for questions while you are enjoying refreshments. Please register for this free program. 10 a.m.–noon. Free.

Teen Advisory Board, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Cortland Branch, 212 Warren Road, Cortland; 330-638-6335. For Trumbull County teens in grades 7 to 12 who want to help the library develop and promote programming an resources for teens. 11 a.m. Free.

LegoMania, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Children can stretch their imaginations building creations with the library’s collection of popular Lego building blocks. (Finished projects remain at the library.) For children ages 5-12. Registration is not required. 1-3 p.m. Free.

Teen Advisory Board, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. For Trumbull County teens in grades 7 to 12 who want to help the library develop and promote programming an resources for teens. 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. 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.

Semi-Annual Event: Toy Train and Model Railroad Flea Market, McMenamy’s Banquet Hall, 325 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-547-3614, 330-539-4786. The Toy Train and Model Railroad Flea Market features all gauges of model railroad equipment, memoriabilia and railroad-related items. Includes items from dealers, estates, and private collections. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $5.

Oxbows, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. What on earth is an “oxbow”? Find out on this hike with Bill Whitehouse to explore two: one created by nature and one by humans. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate difficulty, 2 miles. Interpretive hikes are generally slow-paced. The group will generally stop to learn about the hike’s specific topic. 2-4 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. Discusses philosophical topics, questions, ideas, concepts, books and philosophers. Meets the second Sunday. 4 p.m.

57th Street, Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 1-800-838-3006. Top Hat Productions will present its production of “57th Street” on select evenings and matinees from March 2-10. A dinner occurs at 6 p.m. with the performance following afterward. Call for more information and reservations. 6 p.m., March 2-3 and 10.

Disney’s Mulan, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. Web site: http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. based on the Disney production. Call for reservations.7:30 p.m., March 2-3, 9-10 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. 7:30 p.m.

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 11

The Sound of Music, Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana; 330-482-9915. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic brought to the live stage. Call for reservations. 8 p.m., March 9-10, 16-17 and 2 p.m., March 11 and 18.  2 p.m. $13 (adults), $10 (children under 10).

Monday 12

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.  9:15-11:15 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books, Public Library, Canfield Branch, 43 W. Main St., Canfield; 330-744-8636. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and more for children ages 6-23 months. 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Lordstown Branch, 1471 Salt Springs Road; 330-824-2094. 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.

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.

Pups & Pages, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Children gain confidence and improve their reading skills as they read to an uncritical and tailwagging audience. These dogs love to be read to! Children in Kindergarten through Grade 6 may sign up for 15-minute sesions to read aloud to a registred therapy dog at the Howland Branch Library. Dogs are provided by K-9s for Compassion, a Delta Society pet partner group that assists with animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy. Registration is required by calling 330-856-2011, Ext. 106. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 13

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. Information about diabetes and glucose testing will be provided. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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, 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. 1 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. 6 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Open Poetry Reading, Pig Iron Press, 26 N. Phelps St., Youngstown; 330-747-6932.  Pig Iron Literary and Art Works will host its monthly open poetry reading tonight. Readers are invited to participate in the program, with a sign-in at the door. Presenters may read from original works or read favorite works by others. The maximum on-stage limit is eight minutes. The readings are open to all – either as presenters or listeners. Readings occur the second Tuesday of the month. Call for more information. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 14

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, February 22, by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 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.

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.

Ukrainian Pysanka – Traditional Ukrainian Egg Painting, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Brookfield Branch, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. Carol Novosel will instruct participants in the art of Ukrainian egg painting, using traditional methods and symbolism on an actual egg shell. Registration is required by calling 330-448-8134. 6 p.m. Free.

We’re Making Stone Soup, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Cortland Branch, 212 Warren Road, Cortland; 330-638-6335. Have you ever had soup made from a stone? Bring a friend and join us at the library for an evening of soup making while you enjoy the classic story of how one starving man tricked an entire town into making “stone soup”. For kids ages 6-12. Registration is required by March 12 by calling 330-638-6335. 6 p.m. 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. 6:30-8 p.m.

From the Garden: Soup, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Chef David Armstrong will share recipes and culinary techniques as he demonstrates how to prepare two savory soups and a salad to delight your guests. Come with an appetite. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35 ($28 FFRG members).

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 15

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talks for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and more for children ages 2-3 years old. 10 a.m. Free.

Austintown Stitch and Share, Humanity House, 755 Ohltown Road, Austintown; for more information call Theresa at 330-793-1619. Sewing group meets the third Thursday . 10 a.m.

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 a.m. Free.

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

Intro to Email Class, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807 ext. 406. Registration begins on Feb. 1. 2-4 p.m. Free.

Sci-Fi Book Discussion Group, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Participate in a group dedicated to these popular genres. Contact the Reference Department for a list of suggested titles for each month’s theme. Read at least one book that applies to the theme, and then join in the discussion. 6:30 p.m. Free.

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 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.

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

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

Friday 16

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. Occurs March 2 an 16. Call for more information. 10 a.m.-noon.

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 Sound of Music, Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana; 330-482-9915. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic brought to the live stage. Call for reservations. 8 p.m., March 9-10, 16-17 and 2 p.m., March 11 and 18.  8 p.m. $13 (adults), $10 (children under 10).

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 17

Birding the Sanctuary, Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead this walk at the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, a 264-acre park district property closed to the public. Binoculars and boots are required. Reservations must be made by calling Ford Nature Center by 5 p.m. March 16. Additional details will be given upon registration. No “walk ins” will be permitted. 8 a.m. Free.

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

MetroMutts: Shamrock Hike, Get your green on and bring your pot-o’gold (canine companion) for this hike along East Golf Hike Bike Trail. All dogs must be on a leash, non-aggressive, and under the owner’s control. MetroMutts members will get a special treat. Meet at the parking lot off Shields Road. Easy rating, 2 miles. 10 a.m. Free.

Unplugged @ Your Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Step away from the TV! Put down that game controller! Kids ages 6-12 years are invited to experience stories, crafts, and games that have stood the “fun test” of time. Every week will be something different! Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 1 p.m. Free.

Reading and Other Forms of Art @ The Butler, The W-TCPL and the Butler Institute of American Art offer a unique blend of art and books during this interactive family program. Children’s librarians will present stories, and art educators from the Butler will present a companion craft. For ages 5-10 with an accompanying adult. This program will be held at the Butler Trumbull Branch, 9350 East Market Street (Howland Township). 2 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.

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.

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.

Sunday 18

Looking for the Green, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. We’ll carry over the theme of yesterday’s “green holiday.” Although it’s still officially winter, we should be able to spy some of this special color. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate difficulty, 4 miles. Interpretive hikes are generally slow-paced. The group will generally stop to learn about the hike’s specific topic. Sunday, 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).

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.

The Sound of Music, Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana; 330-482-9915. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic brought to the live stage. Call for reservations. 8 p.m., March 9-10, 16-17 and 2 p.m., March 11 and 18.  2 p.m. $13 (adults), $10 (children under 10).

Monday 19

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. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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.

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 20

Teens on Tuesday, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Join us each week for crafts, anime, snacks & more. 3-5 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. 6 p.m. Free.

Young Science Wizards, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807.  Experiment within the magical world of science in this hands-on program for kids in K-3. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 6 p.m. Free.

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. 10:30 a.m.-noon (Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m. (Wednesday).

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. 6 p.m. Free.

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.

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.

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. 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday 21

Spring Landscape Clinic, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. The Mahoning Valley Landscape & Nursery Association, Mill Creek MetroParks, and OSU Extension Mahoning County will sponsor this spring horticulture clinic at Fellows Riverside Gardens. The topics will focus on innovative ideas for the green industry. Vendors will display current service products. Call 330-757-0884 for details or visit http://www.mvlna.org for speaker and registration information. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $50 ($30 MVLNA & FFRG members).

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, February 22, by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 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.

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.

Intro to Email Class, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807 ext. 406. Registration begins on Feb. 1. 2-4 p.m. Free.

Kidz Create, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Brookfield Branch, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. A “books and more” program that pairs children’s literature with enrichment activities for grades K-4. Registration is required by March 17 by calling 330-448-8134. 5 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Night Movie, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Stop in to see a newly released movie in the library’s meeting room. Stop in or call to find out what’s showing on the big screen. 5:30 p.m. Free.

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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