Calendar (Weeks 1-4) April 1-30

Sunday 1

Animal Baby Shower, Mill Creek MetrParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Welcome the arrival of Mill Creek Park’s baby farm animals. See lambs, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, and more. We’ll have cake and punch while supplies last. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

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.

Save the Date!, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. You’re going to have to join today’s walk to find out what we’re doing! The group will be be indoors until 3 p.m. and then begin a recreational hike.  Interpretive hikes are generally slow-paced. The group will stop to learn about the hike’s topic. Moderate difficulty, 2 or 4 miles. 2 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 occur the first Sunday. 2-5 p.m.

Misook Yun Voice Studio, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 4 p.m. Free.

Monday 2

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. 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 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.  For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration 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 3

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

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.

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; call 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. 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. For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 1 p.m. Free.

Teens on Tuesday, 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. For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 6 p.m. Free.

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.

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 4

Weekly: Valley Bible Study, St. Brendan Parish, Room 103, 2800 Oakwood, Youngstown; for more information call Joan Lawson at 330-792-3875 or Jim Merhaut at 330-743-2308. Every 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. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become a successful readers. Occurs on Wednesdays: April 4, 18, 25.. 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 successful readers. Occurs on Wednesdays: April 11,18 25. 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 successful readers. Occurs on Wednesdays: April 4, 11, 25. 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 required; call 330-399-8807, Ext. 401. 10 a.m.  and 11 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 April 4, 11, 18, 25. 10:30 a.m.

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 April 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: Saxophone Studio Recital, 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.

Using the Ancestry Database, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807, extension 402.  Find out how the W-TCPL’s subscription database Ancestry.com can help you fill out the branches of your family tree.  Registration is required. 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. Every 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. Every Wednesday. 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.

Dana Guitar Studio Recital, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636.. 8 p.m. Free.

Thursday 5

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

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

Tales for Twos: Furry Forest Friends, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Two-year-olds are invited to discover many of the mammals that live in parks and backyards. An adult must accompany each child. To ensure quality programs, do not bring non-participating children. Pre-registration/payment required 24 hours in advance at Ford. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. $2 R, $3 NR.

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.

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. April  5, 19. 10 a.m. Free.

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.

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 is 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.

J-Cafe Musical Smorgasbord: Clarinet/Saxophone/Guitar/Flute Ensembles, JCC Multi-purpose room, Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. Call for tickets. Noon-1:30 p.m.

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. 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.

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. 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. Meets the first and third Thursday. 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. 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 Thursday. 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. Meets the first Thursday. 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. Every Thursday. 7 p.m.

Sky Dancers, Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm, Canfield; 330-702-3000. At dusk and dawn, male woodcocks sing ‘peent’ and then perform a spectacular mating flight. Traipse with us to the singing and flying grounds of these odd birds. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm. Wear boots. Interpretive hikes are generally slow-paced. The group will stop to learn about the hike’s topic. Moderate difficulty, 1.5 miles. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Friday 6

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

Preschool Nature Hour: Wonderful White Tail, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107.  Preschoolers ages 3-5 will listen to a deer story, explore outdoors for tracks, and enjoy other fun activities while learning about the white tailed deer. An adult must accompany each child. To ensure quality programs, do not bring non-participating children. Preregistration/payment required 24 hours in advance.  10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. $2 R, $3 NR.

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.

Hubble Legacy, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. Now more than 20 years in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope continues to provide the fantastic images from which great astronomical discoveries are made. This program will highlight the lifetime of the telescope from its first discoveries and in-orbit repairs to its most recent images. A lecture-based program for general audiences. 8 p.m. Free.

Saturday 7

Preschool Nature Hour: Wonderful White Tail, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107.  Preschoolers ages 3-5 will listen to a deer story, explore outdoors for tracks, and enjoy other fun activities while learning about the white tailed deer. An adult must accompany each child. To ensure quality programs, do not bring non-participating children. Preregistration/payment required 24 hours in advance. 10 a.m. $2 R, $3 NR.

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.

Monthly: Hubbard Historical Society Tour, 27 Hager St., Hubbard. The museum is open to the public the second Sunday. 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.

Hubble Legacy, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. Now more than 20 years in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope continues to provide the fantastic images from which great astronomical discoveries are made. This program will highlight the lifetime of the telescope from its first discoveries and in-orbit repairs to its most recent images. A lecture-based program for general audiences. 8 p.m. Free.

Sunday 8
Monday 9

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

A Host of Golden Daffodils, Lake Newport, Mill Creek MetroParks, Boadman; 330-702-3000. Features a hhike around Lake Newport. Meets at Newport Wetlands parking lot. Interpretive hikes are generally slow-paced. The group will stop to learn about the hike’s topic. Difficult rating, 5 miles. 2 p.m. Free.

The Case of the Disappearing Planet, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. The planet Pluto has vanished and schoolchildren everywhere are distraught. Private Investigator Skye Watcher is on the case and sets out to crack the case. Find out what happened to Pluto and learn more about the solar system and the history of astronomy. For 3rd graders and older. 2:30 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 tail-wagging audience. Children in kindergarten through grade 6 may sign up for 15-minute sessions to read aloud to a registered 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.

YSU Jazz Ensemble 1, Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, University Plaza near Elm Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 8 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 10

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.

Monthly: Wellness Clinic, Grace Lutheran Church, 162 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown; for more information call Beth Stricko at 330-530-4038, ext. 2031 or e-mail bstrick@shepherdofthevalley.com. Information about diabetes and glucose testing. Occurs the second Tuesday. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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.

Great Space Treasure Hunt, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org.  Bleamer, a typical Snoozling, enjoys cleaning his room, playing with his friend Spot, and finding hidden treasure. Help him follow his treasure map past constellations, nebulae, the sun, planets, and moons to where X marks the spot of a treasure. For children younger than 10. This program comes to Youngstown from the Calgary Science Centre. 2:30 p.m. Free.

Teens on Tuesday, 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.

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. Occur the second Tuesday. Call for more information. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Monthly: PFLAG, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-747-2696. The Youngstown area’s Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), is a local chapter of the national support, education, and advocacy organization. Meets every second Tuesday. For information or immediate help, contact the organization through Help Hotline, “211” or email youngstownpflag@aol.com. 6:30 p.m. Free. 3-5 p.m. Free.

Guest Artist Recital, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. Features Johannes Moller, winner of 2010 Guitar Foundation of American International Guitar Competition. 8 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 11

Garden Guide Gathering and Training, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Volunteers are needed to lead group tours through Fellows Riverside Gardens. Part of the volunteer training will be outdoors, so dress for the weather and walking. Call to register. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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.

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 April 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: String Department Recital,  Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 12:15 p.m. Free.

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.

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.

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. Monthly series focuses on books from the New York Time’s best seller list. Meets the second Wednesday. 6:30-8 p.m.

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

YSU Percussion Studio Recital, Room 2326, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 8 p.m. Free.

Thursday 12

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 April 12, 19, 26. 9:30 a.m. Free.

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.

Idora Park: An Historic Look Back, Park Vista, Fifth Avenue at Broadway, Youngstown; 330-746-2944, extension 1555. Dr. Richard Shale, professor of English at Youngstown State University, will present “Idora Park: An Historic Look Back.” The hour-long presentation will be a visual, historic look at the amusement park that once stood on Youngstown’s South Side and cover the park’s ties to the development of the South Side, its impact on local families and the community.  Shale co-authored the book “Idora Park: The Last Ride of Summer.” Call for more information or to make a reservation. 9:30 a.m.

Stars, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. New stars are created every day and each one has a story to tell. Some simply fade away while others are destroyed in powerful explosions. Whether they are old and faint or young and radiant, they all release the energy that powers the entire universe. Narrated by Mark Hamill, this fulldome program is a production of Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville. For all ages. 10:30 a.m. Free.

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 April 12, 19, 26. 11 a.m. Free.

National Library Week Open House, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Lordstown Branch, 1471 Salt Springs Road; 330-824-2094. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Lordstown Branch Library as Lordstown celebrates National Library Week. Noon-2 p.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. April title: “Heresy” by S.J. Parris. 2 p.m. Free.

The Little Star That Could, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. Once upon a time, a little star was born. During his search to find a planet to take care of, Little Star meets other kinds of stars in the galaxy. He also learns that being completely average can be special. This program features animation and artwork by YSU alumnus Joe Tucciarone. Originally produced by the St. Louis Science Center and converted to fulldome by AVI and Brevard (Florida) Community College, “Little Star That Could” is seen as one of the best family programs available to planetariums. For younger audiences and families. 2 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. 2-4 p.m. Free.

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

Book Discussion Group, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Contact the reference department for this month’s title. 2 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. Designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder. Meets the second and fourth Thursday. 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. For children ages 3 to 5 years. Registration is not required. 6:30 p.m. Free.

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. 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. Every Thursday. 7 p.m.

Saxophone Studio Recital, First Presbyterian Church, corner of Wick Avenue and Wood Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. 7:30 p.m. Free.

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. Every second and fourth Thursday. Dances are open to the public of all ages. 8-11 p.m. Free.

Friday 13

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.

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 Little Star That Could, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. Once upon a time, a little star was born. During his search to find a planet to take care of, Little Star meets other kinds of stars in the galaxy. He also learns that being completely average can be special. This program features animation and artwork by YSU alumnus Joe Tucciarone. Originally produced by the St. Louis Science Center and converted to fulldome by AVI and Brevard (Florida) Community College, “Little Star That Could” is seen as one of the best family programs available to planetariums. For younger audiences and families. 2:30 p.m. Free.

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

Hubble Legacy, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. Now more than 20 years in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope continues to provide the fantastic images from which great astronomical discoveries are made. This program will highlight the lifetime of the telescope from its first discoveries and in-orbit repairs to its most recent images. A lecture-based program for general audiences. 8 p.m. Free.

Saturday 14

The Titanic, Thomas Room, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Features displays and memorabilia. Exhibit will be open from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Program lecture with local Titanic historian Frank Rendes occurs at 1 p.m. 11 a.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 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.

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.

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.

Hubble Legacy, Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Web site: http://www.wbplanetarium.org. Now more than 20 years in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope continues to provide the fantastic images from which great astronomical discoveries are made. This program will highlight the lifetime of the telescope from its first discoveries and in-orbit repairs to its most recent images. A lecture-based program for general audiences. 8 p.m. Free.

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.

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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