Calendar (Week 3) April 15-21

Sunday 15

Dahlia Tuber Sale, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. The Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society will offer unique varieties that will add to the diversity of any dahlia collection. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

MetroMutts: MetroMutts IRS Hike (Interesting Real Stories), McGuffey Wildlife Preserve, Coitsville Township; 330-702-3000. Bring your pooch to the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve for a hike that won’t be taxing. We’ll learn about the author of the famous McGuffey Readers while we explore the preserve with our guest hiker, Richard Scarsella, who is president of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. The pPreserve is located on McGuffey Road in Coitsville Township. Easy rating. 11 a.m. Free.

Open for the Season, Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Beginning April 15, the barns will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays. Sundays feature guided tractor- wagon tours of the farm from 1-4 p.m. ($2). In addition, there are farm-related crafts and visits with the farm animals. Call for more information.

Take Your Mind off Taxes With Wildflowers!,, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. The group will search for the year’s first bloomers. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Interpretive hikes are generally slow-paced. The group will stop to learn about the hike’s topic. Moderate difficulty, 3 miles. 2 p.m. Free.

Women’s Chorus Spring Concert, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 4 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. Open to the public. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Monday 16

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. Group focuses on one grief topic a  year. 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. 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. Meets 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. Meets the third Monday. 7 p.m.

YSU Jazz Ensemble II and Frank Zappa Ensemble, Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, University Plaza near Elm Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 8 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 17

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., April 3,10, 17, 24. Meets on Thursdays from 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. on April 5, 12, 19, 26. $10 per class.

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. 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. For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 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. 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:  6 p.m., Tuesday, April 3 at the Golf Course overflow parking lot; 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 11 at the at the Golf Course overflow parking lot;  6 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 at the MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at Metroparks Farm; and 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 25 at the MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at Metroparks Farm. Golf course-area hikes are approximately 1-3 miles and the trailway hikes are approximately 2-4 miles. 6 p.m. Free.

Dana Flute Ensemble, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. Tonight’s performance is under the direction of Kathryn Thomas Umble. 6 p.m. Free.

Musical Theater Recital, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 8 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. Religious program led by Justin Burnette Sr. Every Thursday. 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. Meets every third Tuesday. 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday 18

Grand Opening: AMVETS Post 44 and AMVETS Career Center, 305 Elm St., Struthers; 330-755-3333. Meet AMVETS National 1st Vice Commander Cleve Geer and Department of Ohio Commander Jim Graham. For more information, contact John P. “JP” Brown III at 330-518-5536 or jpb3@sbcglobal.net. The public is invited. 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.

Music at Noon: Clarinet Studio Recital, Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 12:15 p.m. Free.

Jazz Combos, Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, University Plaza near Elm Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 8 p.m. Free.

Thursday 19

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., April 3,10, 17, 24. Meets on Thursdays from 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. on April 5, 12, 19, 26. $10 per class.

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 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.

Preschool Storytime Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589.  Features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme, and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 11:30 a.m. Free.

Intro to Email Class,  Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807, ext. 406. 2-4 p.m. Free.

Got Game?, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Challenge your friends in Smash Brothers Brawl and get your groove on with Just Dance, SingStar, and RockBand. For kids in grades 4-8. 6 p.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. 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.

Monthly: 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.

Monthly: 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. Every third Thursday. 6:30 p.m.

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. Meets the third Thursday. 7-9 p.m.

Dana at Stambaugh Auditorium: Leonardi Legacy Concert, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3636. Call for tickets and reservations. 8 p.m.

Two One-Act Operas, Ford Theater, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. The Performing Arts Series and The Dana School of Music present “Dido and Aenea” by Henry Purcell and “La Serva Padrona“ by Giovanni Pergolesi. Performances: 7:30 p.m., April 19-21 and 3 p.m., April 22. Call for ticket information.

Friday 20

Breakfast Botany: Sweet Shrub 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.

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 April 6 and 20. Call for more information. 10 a.m.-noon.

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. 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.

Musicology Guest Lecture: Susan McClary, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 4 p.m. Free.

Buried Child, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739.  The Playhouse will stage the Sam Shepard drama at 7: 30 p.m. on April 13-14 and April 20-21. Call for reservations. 7:30 p.m. $15-12.

Two One-Act Operas, Ford Theater, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. The Performing Arts Series and The Dana School of Music present “Dido and Aenea” by Henry Purcell and “La Serva Padrona“ by Giovanni Pergolesi. Performances: 7:30 p.m., April 19-21 and 3 p.m., April 22. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket information.

7th Annual ‘Men Who Cook,’ Antone’s Banquet Center, 8578 Market St., Boardman; 330-330-744-3320. The Catholic Charities Regional Agency will hold their seventh annual “Men Who Cook” fundraiser tonight. The event will feature prominent local men cooking their favorite dish, which attendees will sample. Prominent area women will serve as judges of the dishes. Proceeds from the event will raise money for Catholic Charities’ Emergency Financial Assistance Program, which provides financial aid to those facing a crisis. Tickets are $50, which includes food, open bar and entry for a special door prize. For more information, contact Joanna Parker at 330-744-3320 or by email at jparker@ccregional.org. 6-10 p.m. $50.

2012: Fact or Fiction?, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. In this lecture-based program YSU astronomy professor Dr. Patrick Durrell will discuss the various misconceptions concerning the destruction of the world in 2012 and separate the fiction from the facts. For general audiences. 8 p.m. Free.

Saturday 21

Birding the Sanctuary, Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary; 330-702-3000. Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead a walk at the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, a 264-acre parcel that is closed to the public. Because of parking limitations, reservations must be made by calling Ford Nature Center by 5 p.m., Friday, April 20. Binoculars and boots are required. No walk-ins will be permitted. Call for information. 8 a.m.

Bird Walks, Newport Wetlands, Mill Creek MetroParks, Boardman; 330-702-3000. Certified Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Brundage leads these spring walks. Participants are advised to bring binoculars. Easy rating, less than 1 mile. 8 a.m. Free.

2nd Annual Crossword Puzzle Challenge, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Poland branch; 330-740-6086, extension 51630. Crossword enthusiasts will have another opportunity to showcase their puzzle prowess. The event will begin with a children’s round at 10 a.m. and the adult competition at 10:30 a.m. The event consists of three rounds in which contestants compete by solving an unpublished New York Times crossword during timed, 20-minute increments, per round. The three winners of the preliminary rounds then complete a final, playoff puzzle.  Event sponsors are WYSU, Park Vista and St. Elizabeth Health Center Neurosciences Department; and event partners are The Vindicator, Metro Monthly, Covelli Enterprises/Panera Bread and The Business Journal. 10 a.m. $10, $5.

Teen Central Anime: Otaku Mini Convention, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Fellows Riverside Gardens’ Daffodil Show, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. This show highlights spring daffodils and will include the diversity found in this group of plants. The Narcissus ‘Ceylon’ is the featured cultivar this year.  The public is encouraged to enter all flower shows. Entries must be received on the Saturday of the show 8-10:30 a.m. Call for details. Occurs from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.  Noon-5 p.m. Free.

In My Backyard, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. Fred Penner hosts a tour of his favorite place: his backyard! This interactive show goes over colors, numbers, shapes, seasons, stars, star stories, and the moon. From the Calgary Science Centre. For preschool through early elementary grades. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Reading and Other Forms of Art @ The Butler, Butler Trumbull Branch, 9350 E. Market St., Howland. 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. 2 p.m. Free.

3rd Annual Big Tap In, Covelli Centre, downtown Youngstown; http://www.bigtapin.com. As in previous years, this regional craft beer and cider-tasting event features beers from across the nation, food and musical performances. This year’s event benefits Making Kids Count, Inc. a non-profit organization. The event will feature over 20 local food vendors and 17 local artists. Attendees must be 21. There will be no ticket sales at the door. As part of this year’s event, Youngstown Mayor Chuck Sammarone will tap the ceremonial keg to begin the general session. For more information on the event, visit http://www.bigtapin.com or email TheBigTapIn@yahoo.com. 3-6 p.m. $45.

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

Ballyhoo Music Festival Benefit Cider Tasting and Meet and Greet Joe Vitale and Joe Vitale Jr., Lemon Grove, 122 W. Federal St., downtown  Youngstown; 330-744-7683. Guests will sample over 12 different varieties of cider, which are included in the admission price. The evening includes a meet-and-greet session with world-renowned rock drummer Joe Vitale. Vitale has performed and recorded with many noteworthy rock acts, including the Eagles, Joe Walsh, Buffalo Springfield, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, among others. The evening also will include a special-guest performance by Joe Vitale Jr., who has toured with Joe Walsh, the Stephen Stills Blues Band, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Hoss and the Juggernauts also will perform. Proceeds from tonight’s event benefit the Ballyhoo Music Festival and its anti-cancer fundraising efforts. Call for more information. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $10.

Buried Child, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739.  The Playhouse will stage the Sam Shepard drama at 7: 30 p.m. on April 13-14 and April 20-21. Call for reservations. 7:30 p.m. $15-12.

Two One-Act Operas, Ford Theater, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. The Performing Arts Series and The Dana School of Music present “Dido and Aenea” by Henry Purcell and “La Serva Padrona“ by Giovanni Pergolesi. Performances: 7:30 p.m., April 19-21 and 3 p.m., April 22. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket information.

2012: Fact or Fiction?, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. In this lecture-based program YSU astronomy professor Dr. Patrick Durrell will discuss the various misconceptions concerning the destruction of the world in 2012 and separate the fiction from the facts. For general audiences. 8 p.m. Free.

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