Calendar (Week 4) April 22-30

Sunday 22

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.

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.  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Earth Day Tour of Fellows Riverside Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Participate in a walk in Fellows Riverside Gardens with Ellen Speicher, assistant horticulture director, and see the glowing hues of daffodils displaying their spring colors. She’ll point out highlights while sharing anecdotes and history. Sign in at the information desk on the afternoon of the tour. 2-3:30 p.m. Free.

Earth Day Now and Then, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Naturalist Emeritus Bill Whitehouse will lead this leisurely paced excursion to discuss the Park’s natural and cultural history, and Earth Days in the past. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate difficulty, 3 miles. 2 p.m. Free.

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. 3 p.m. Call for ticket information.

Monday 23

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.

Guest Art Recital: Holly Roadfeld and Jeri-Mae Astolfi, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. Tonight’s concert features a piano duo. 8 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 24

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. 9:30 a.m. $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 required. 11 a.m. Free.

Teens on Tuesday, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Crafts, anime, snacks and more. 3-5 p.m. Free.

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

Backyard Conservation, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Whether your yard is measured in acres, feet or steps, conservation is possible.  Learn about backyard conservation practices adapted from the conservation tradition of the nation’s farmers. This program presented by the Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District will explore this issue and discuss habitat development. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Gourd Bird House, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Pam Baytos will teach students how to paint a gourd to transform it into an inviting home for birds. Call to register. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $17 R, $22 NR.

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley, MetroParks Farm, Mill Creek MetroParks, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Learn about the fascinating lives of ruby-throated hummingbirds. Presented by Audubon President Jeff Harvey. 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 25

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. 9 a.m. Free.

Music & Movement, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807, ext. 401. 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. 10 a.m., 11 am.. Free.

Music at Noon: Brass Chamber Music, Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 12:15 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.  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.

Identifying Ohio Trees @ Your Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Joyce Hamilton will share information about identifying trees and will then lead us outside to identify trees near the library. 5:30 p.m. Free.

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. Sessions include readings of works and a discussion. Walk-ins or occasional visitors are welcome. Every fourth Wednesday. 7-9 p.m. $3.

Dana at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3636. Features the YSU Concert Band and University Band with Brandt Payne and Stephen Gage, conductors. Call for tickets and more information. 8 p.m.

Thursday 26

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. 9:30 a.m. $10 per class.

Toddler Tales, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 E. Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011, ext. 106. Storytime for toddlers ages 19 to 35 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration required. 10 a.m., 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. For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 11:30 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. For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Clarinet Ensembles, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Friday 27

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.

Jazz Clinic: Joe Negri, Room 2222, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. The Dana School of Music will present a jazz clinic taught by Joe Negri, one of the most-recognized names in Pittsburgh music circles and perhaps one of the best jazz guitarists in the country. Several Dana School of Music students are playing in the class including students from the guitar, percussion, bass, violin, and woodwind studios. Negri started playing the guitar when he was eight. He grew up listening to and emulating guitarists like Charlie Christian, Les Paul, and Django Reinhart. He considers himself to be a part of the second wave of jazz guitarists that came into prominence after World War II. His peers included Johnny Smith, Jimmy Raney, Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Joe Pass, and Kenny Burrell. Negri is also known to millions of children for his appearances as Handyman Negri on “Mister Rogers Neighborhood.” As a composer, he has written music for many documentary film scores.  In addition, his credits include “The Crossing.” The clinic is free and open to the public Parking is available in the Wick Avenue parking deck. Call for more information. 12:30-3 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. 11 a.m. Free.

Grease, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. Web site: http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. This popular musical takes the audience back to Rydell High in 1959. Although the film version was lighter, the stage version deals withe the trials of love, plus gangs, teen pregnancy and high-school friendships. Of course, there’s comedy and some familiar tunes, too. Brent Rodgers directs. Call for tickets. Performances: April 27 through May 13. 7:30 p.m., April 27-28, May 4-5, 11-12. 2 p.m.on Sunday, April 29, May 6, 13. 7:30 p.m.

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 28

Humility of Mary Unused Prescription Drug Collection. Humility of Mary Health Partners, as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, will collect unused prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown and St. Joseph Health Center in Warren. Unused and expired prescription drugs can be dropped off at drive-through collection sites on the Belmont Avenue ramp at St. Elizabeth and at the main entrance at St. Joseph. Participation is free and anonymous – no questions asked. Collection procedures: Participation is anonymous. No identification is required and no questions will be asked. Medications need not be in original containers. If medication is disposed of in its original container, identifying information should be removed. Liquid medications, intravenous solutions, injectible drugs and syringes will not be accepted. 10 a.m.2- p.m.

Bird Walks, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 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.

Second Annual Fitness Together 5K Walk/Run, Wick Recreation Area, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-702-1311. Mill Creek MetroParks and Fitness Together present this event held at Wick Recreation Area and surrounding park drives. Fitness Together is a local, group-training studio dedicated to helping people achieve their overall fitness goals. All profits from the race, sponsorships, and registration fees will be given to the Mill Creek Park Foundation supporting outdoor education and recreation activities within Mill Creek MetroParks. This walk/run event is an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to have a good time and aid the mission of the park. Whether you are a veteran racer, first-time participant, or someone who would prefer to walk while socializing with friends and family, the park welcomes you. Registration forms available online at: http://www.fitnesstogethercanfield.com. 9 a.m.-noon. $15 for early registration (prior to April 27), $20 for event-day registration.

Children’s Book Festival: Plant the Seed to Read, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. This event features a day of fun for children and their families and includes authors, illustrators, book characters, storytellers, and activities for children. Bring your camera to be photographed with Curious George or the animals from the Akron Zoo. The debut of the children’s book, “A Walk In The Garden,” also occurs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

Family Book Day, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Stories, music, puppets, crafts, and moreIn honor of the Week of the Young Child, families with children are invited to join us for a variety of activities. Pick up our Family Book Day flyer for details and times. Registration is not required. 1-3 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.

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 April 7, 14, 28. 3-5 p.m. $10, $5 if you are unemployed or a student at YSU.

Saturday Author Chat: The Baseball Stadium Insider, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Author Matt Lupica provides the essential companion to your ballpark experience with his book “The Baseball Stadium Insider: A Comprehensive Dissection of All Thirty Ballparks, the Legendary Players, and the Memorable Moments.” He will share some of the features, facts, and figures that make each stadium unique. 2 p.m. Free.

Grease, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. Web site: http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. This popular musical takes the audience back to Rydell High in 1959. Although the film version was lighter, the stage version deals withe the trials of love, plus gangs, teen pregnancy and high-school friendships. Of course, there’s comedy and some familiar tunes, too. Brent Rodgers directs. Call for tickets. Performances: April 27 through May 13. 7:30 p.m., April 27-28, May 4-5, 11-12. 2 p.m.on Sunday, April 29, May 6, 13. 7:30 p.m.

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.

Sunday 29

Bluebells (and More) Galore, Poland Municipal Forest, Poland; 330-702-3000. The group will see the parade of spring wildflowers at one of the premier places in our region. Meet at Poland Municipal Forest. This is a Mill Creek MetroParks-sponsored event. Easy rating, 2 miles. Hikes are generally fast-paced and focus on exercising in the outdoors. 2 p.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.

Grease, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. Web site: http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. This popular musical takes the audience back to Rydell High in 1959. Although the film version was lighter, the stage version deals withe the trials of love, plus gangs, teen pregnancy and high-school friendships. Of course, there’s comedy and some familiar tunes, too. Brent Rodgers directs. Call for tickets. Performances: April 27 through May 13. 7:30 p.m., April 27-28, May 4-5, 11-12. 2 p.m.on Sunday, April 29, May 6, 13. 2 p.m.

Monday 30

Registration Deadline: Ohio Plant Lover’s Tour; 330-740-7116. Travel to Ohio Prairie Nursery on May 30 to see native plants best suited for Ohio. The bus will continue on to the American Herb Society and Holden Arboretum for lunch and a tour. The David G. Leach Research Station (spectacular rhododendrons) is the last stop before a dinner at the Ferrante Winery & Ristorante. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for details. $135 ($95 FFRG members).

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. 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, then enjoy cookies and a discussion. For teens in grades 9 to 12 only. Book to be discussed: “Crank” by Ellen Hopkins. 6 p.m. Free.

Dana at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3636. Features the YSU Wind Ensemble, Dana Chorale and University Chorus and guest artist Jerry Ascione (composer/arranger/conductor) and Hae-Jong Lee and Stephen Gage, conductors. Call for tickets and more information. 8 p.m.

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  1. Hi, I’m trying to find out information about a Vegan health group that meets at a pavilion the first Sunday of the month in Mill Creek Metro Park. My number to call or text is 321-265-1082 and my email is spencer4coaching@yahoo.com Bill and Marianne are the coordinators and reserve the space. Any help, I would be grateful to receive. Thank you, God Bless, Spencer for peace

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    • This information came from a recent Vindicator article by Linda Linonis: “Vegetarians of the Greater Youngstown Area meets at 4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. In June and July, outdoor gatherings take place. From August through May, meetings are at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm St. The site of the July meeting will be posted on the group’s Facebook page. For information, email Flak at chrisflak1@msn.com.”

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