• Calendar (Week 2) February 8-15

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Penn State Football Coach and Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Bill O’Brien, Penn State Shenango Auditorium, Penn State Shenango, downtown Sharon, Pa; 724-983-2907 or e-mail sxh46@psu.edu. Named the Nittany Lions’ 15th head football coach in 2012, O’Brien quickly and effectively established the foundation and shared his passionate vision for the new era of Penn State football during his initial eight months on the job. Proceeds from the event will go to Penn State Shenango student scholarships and Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. The Friends of Penn State 2013 Annual Dinner is sponsored by the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. $50 per person (cash bar will be available).

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Friends of Penn State 2013 Annual Dinner – Penn State Football Coach Bill O’Brien, Penn State Shenango Auditorium, Penn State Shenango, downtown Sharon, Pa; 724-983-2907 or e-mail sxh46@psu.edu. The Friends of Penn State 2013 Annual Dinner is sponsored by the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. $50 per person (cash bar will be available).

FRIDAY 8

Weekly: Sunrise Yoga Express, Eos Whole Fitness and Bellidance, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. 7-7:40 a.m. $7.

Preschool Nature Hour: Penguin Pals, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. For ages 3-5. Learn about this strange bird that loves snow and ice, dresses in a “tuxedo” and swims faster than most birds can fly. Features a penguin story, craft, and activities.  Pre-registration/payment required at Ford Nature Center. 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Repeats on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. $2 R, $3 NR.

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

Free Income Tax Preparation: VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program, MYCAP Offices, 1325 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown; call Francine Jeffries at 330-747-7921, extension 1738. Volunteers provide free tax preparation to eligible taxpayers, which include low-to-moderate income individuals, families and senior citizens. To be eligible, individuals and families should have earned a gross income of $51,000 or less in 2012. The income includes all sources, including wages, interest, dividends, royalties, odd jobs, or any other income. Sessions occur from 5-7:30 p.m. on Mondays (Feb. 4, 18, 25/March 4, 11, 18); 5-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays (Feb. 5, 19, 26 and March 5, 12 and 19); 5-9 p.m. on Fridays (Feb. 8 and March 1, 15); and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays (Feb. 2, 23 and March 9, 23). 5-9 p.m. Call for more information. Free.

Westminster College Jazz Ensemble and Faculty Jazz Quartet, Berlin Lounge of the McKelvey Student Center, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.; 724-946-7279. Tonight features the Jazz Ensemble and Faculty Jazz Quartet, which will present a program ranging from classic jazz through the latest styles. The Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Kevin McManus, adjunct professor of music and trombone studio. Faculty performing in the quartet include: Mark Antonich, guitar; Jeff Wachter, piano; Jeff Bremer, bass; and Perry Gatch, drums. 7:30 p.m. Free.

A Tuna Christmas, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. “A Tuna Christmas” is the sequel to the comedy “Greater Tuna.” Feb. 8-24. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees occur at 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $15, $12, $10.

Game Show, Salem Community Theatre, 490 E. State, Salem; 330-332-9688. http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.com. This play concerns a long-running, fictitious live TV game show with interactive audience participation. Feb. 1-10. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.  8 p.m. $14 (adults), $10 (seniors), $8 (students 17 and under).

Six Nights in the Black Belt, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. Drama based on the life of Jonathan Daniels, who dies while registering voters in 1965 Alabama. The show runs Feb. 1-2, 8-9. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $22 (adults), $19 (seniors and students), $10 (children).

Finale, Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players will present Ira David Wood’s “Finale” from Feb. 8-24. The Victorians note: “Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth,  returns to the basement of the Booth Theatre in New York in 1873 just after his brother’s   storage trunk has been returned to him by the U.S. government.  He is soon joined by the now deceased members of the family, including his infamous brother, to rectify family problems that were never put to rest during their lifetimes – including the biggest problem; why did John kill President Lincoln and shame this family for all time?” The show runs Feb. 8-24. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (seniors and students).

The Sunshine Boys, Trumbull New Theatre, 5883 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-1103. Trumbull New Theatre will stage Neil Simon’s classic play concerning two retired vaudeville performers who no longer speak but reunite for a TV special.  Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 15-17. Evening  performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m. 8 p.m. $12 (adults), $10 (students).

music @ night

Bill’s Place. Carl Severino.

Crickets. The Gary Markasky Project. 9 p.m.

Fifth Season. Ed Gorse. Acoustic. 6 p.m.

Fireplace. Redline. 9 p.m.

Frieda’s. Howard & Point Five.

Leon’s. River Saints. 7 p.m.

Lemon Grove. Funk n’ Soul Dance Party. 9 p.m.

Los Gallos. Trio Riqueno.

Mastropietro Winery. Davis & McKay. 7 p.m.

Shotz Bar & Grille. Triple Threat.

Station Square. Jim Moran.

University Pizzeria. Skull’Rz Bane, The Coffin Crawlers, Don’t Wake The Dead.

Vintage Estate. Mike Gillam.

SATURDAY 9

Preschool Nature Hour: Penguin Pals, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. For ages 3-5. Learn about this strange bird that loves snow and ice, dresses in a “tuxedo” and swims faster than most birds can fly. Features a penguin story, craft, and activities.  Pre-registration/payment required at Ford Nature Center. 10 a.m. $2 R, $3 NR.

Weekly: Free Tax Return Assistance Preparation, Williamson Hall, 221 N. Hazel St. (between Rayen Avenue and Wood Street), YSU, Youngstown;  330-941-3084. Trained YSU business students and professional volunteers will offer free income tax preparation from Saturday, Feb 2 and at designated days and times until Saturday, April 13. Taxpayers should bring wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) from all employers, interest statements from banks (Forms 1099), a copy of last year’s tax return if available, and other relevant information about income and expenses.  Walk-ins are welcome. If you would like to set up an appointment or to receive additional information, call the Lariccia School of Accounting & Finance at the Williamson College of Business Administration at 330-941-3084.  Sessions occur from10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays (Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 23, 30 and April 13 and from 3:30-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

Support Meeting, Canfield Christian Church, 123 South Broad St., Canfield; 330-533-2246. This meeting is for adults with aging parents and it meets the second Saturday. 11 a.m.

Functional Boot Camp, Yellow Creek Lodge, Yellow Creek Park, Struthers; 330-702-3000. Kick start your workout with a jam packed hour of head-to-toe fitness! This boot camp consists of drills that benefit the beginner exerciser to the advanced athlete with special focus on functional movements. Instructed by JoAnne Maloney at Yellow Creek Lodge. Call REC for information and registration. 10-11 a.m. $10.

Hearts and Flowers, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Preschoolers ages 3–5 will decorate a papier-mache Valentine box with dried flowers. Also includes Valentine treats and a story. An adult must accompany each participating child. Feb.  5 or 9. Call to register. 11 a.m.–noon. $4 R, $6 NR.

Weekly: Zumba Classes, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. Fred Astaire offers a Zumba class at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at noon on Saturdays. The fees is $8 per class or discounts with class card. The center offers a special half-off price for the first class. Call for more information. Noon. $8.

The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Read “The Sacred Balance” and then join the group for a group discussion about what author David Suzuki has written about living sustainably and humanity’s physical, spiritual and social connections to nature. Held at Ford Nature Center. Saturday, 1 p.m. Free.

Botanical Paperweights, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Children ages 6 and up will decorate glass hearts with pressed flowers. 1:30- 3 p.m. $7 R, $9 NR.

Latino Valentine Dance, OCCHA Inc., 3660 Shirley Road, Youngstown; 330-781-1808. The dance will include merengue and salsa dance music, dinner and a cash bar. The menu includes baked chicken, Spanish beans and white rice, pasta, salad, bread, coffee and dessert. Beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available for purchase. 6-9 p.m. ($15 in advance or $20 at the door) includes dinner.

Polish-Style, Pre-Lenten Celebration, Polish Falcons Hall, 105 W. Miller St., New Castle, Pa.; for more information, contact Bev DiGianvincenzo at 724-667-7143 or Gary Fray at 724-752-9988 or visit http://www.polishnewcastle.org. Music will be by Bob Uleck Polka Relations of Erie, Pa. and dancing occurs from 7 to 11 p.m. Polish food, as well as the traditional paczki jelly doughnut, will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the American Polish Central Committee. 7-11 p.m. $6.

Game Show, Salem Community Theatre, 490 E. State, Salem; 330-332-9688. http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.com. This play concerns a long-running, fictitious live TV game show with interactive audience participation. Feb. 1-10. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.  $14 (adults), $10 (seniors), $8 (students 17 and under).

Six Nights in the Black Belt, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. Drama based on the life of Jonathan Daniels, who dies while registering voters in 1965 Alabama. The show runs Feb. 1-2, 8-9. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. $22 (adults), $19 (seniors and students), $10 (children).

A Tuna Christmas, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. “A Tuna Christmas” is the sequel to the comedy “Greater Tuna.” Feb. 8-24. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees occur at 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $15, $12, $10.

Finale, Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players will present Ira David Wood’s “Finale” from Feb. 8-24. The Victorians note: “Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth,  returns to the basement of the Booth Theatre in New York in 1873 just after his brother’s   storage trunk has been returned to him by the U.S. government.  He is soon joined by the now deceased members of the family, including his infamous brother, to rectify family problems that were never put to rest during their lifetimes – including the biggest problem; why did John kill President Lincoln and shame this family for all time?” The show runs Feb. 8-24. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (seniors and students).

The Sunshine Boys, Trumbull New Theatre, 5883 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-1103. Trumbull New Theatre will stage Neil Simon’s classic play concerning two retired vaudeville performers who no longer speak but reunite for a TV special.  Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 15-17. Evening  performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m. 8 p.m. $12 (adults), $10 (students).

music @ night

Ball Busters. Sums Divide. 9 p.m.

Bill’s Place. Hubcap Hunter.

Crickets. Skull’Rz Bane.

High Pointe. G Force. 10 p.m.

Lemon Grove. Rope & Tyger. 10 p.m.

Little Wing Cafe. Gary Markasky Project.

Magic Tree. River Saints. 8 p..m.

Mocha House. Jay Wonders. 7:30-10-30 p.m.

Pal Joey’s. The Knickers.

Sammy’s. The Huckin’ Fillbillies.

SUNDAY 10

MetroMutts: Puppy Love, meets at the Lily Pond, Mill Creek MetroPark, Youngstown; 330-330-740-7107. Bring your sweetheart (canine companion) for this short hike around the Lily Pond. Enjoy refreshments and Valentines after the hike in Birch Hill Cabin. Meet at the Lily Pond parking lot. Easy rating, 1/4 mile. 11 a.m. Free.

Sundays at Stambaugh: Vic Marsilio, Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-259-0555 or by visiting stambaughauditorium.com. The “Sundays at Stambaugh” series continues with local guest organist Vic Marsilio. Following lunch, Marsilio will perform a collection of Valentine’s Day songs on the E.M. Skinner Opus 582 pipe organ. Marsilio is the owner of Victor Organ LLC of Austintown and is the organist at Holy Family Church in Lowellville. He has also restored the former Palace Theater Wurlitzer organ that once graced the Palace Theater in downtown Youngstown. Lunch will be provided by Fifth Season and will be served on the Concert Hall stage beginning at 12:15 p.m. 12:15 p.m. $25 per person.

Exploring the Great Swamp, Boardman Swamp, Hitchcock Woods, and The Woods, Mill Creek MetroParks. Mill Creek Park’s southern extension is a prime example of a wooded swamp. Explore and find out about the ecological impact of this and other wetland areas. Meet at Deerpath Drive off Hitchcock Road. Be prepared for wet and muddy conditions. Difficult rating due to off-trail hiking, 2 miles. Sunday, 2 p.m. Free.

Finale, Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players will present Ira David Wood’s “Finale” from Feb. 8-24. The Victorians note: “Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth,  returns to the basement of the Booth Theatre in New York in 1873 just after his brother’s   storage trunk has been returned to him by the U.S. government.  He is soon joined by the now deceased members of the family, including his infamous brother, to rectify family problems that were never put to rest during their lifetimes – including the biggest problem; why did John kill President Lincoln and shame this family for all time?” The show runs Feb. 8-24. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. 2 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (seniors and students).

Monthly: Hubbard Historical Society Tour, 27 Hager St., Hubbard. The museum is open to the public the second Sunday of each month. 2-5 p.m.

The New Amici Trio, Bliss Recital Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-7448. The Dana School of Music will present a concert featuring Dr. Cicilia Yudha (a new faculty pianist at Dana), violinist Hristo Popov, and cellist Michael Gelfand. This concert features works by Haydn, Schumann and Arensky. 3 p.m. Free.

Game Show, Salem Community Theatre, 490 E. State, Salem; 330-332-9688. http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.com. This play concerns a long-running, fictitious live TV game show with interactive audience participation. Feb. 1-10. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. 2 p.m. $14 (adults), $10 (seniors), $8 (students 17 and under).

music @ night

Lemon Grove. Second Sundays with Sound Doctrine. 4 p.m. The Sunday Social Presented by DJ GetiT. 10 p.m.

MONDAY 11

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

Lunch Time Zumba, Eos Whole Fitness and Bellidance, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. Noon-1 p.m. $7.

Free Tax Return Assistance Preparation, Williamson Hall, 221 N. Hazel St. (between Rayen Avenue and Wood Street), YSU, Youngstown;  330-941-3084. Trained YSU business students and professional volunteers will offer free income tax preparation from Saturday, Feb 2 and at designated days and times until Saturday, April 13. Taxpayers should bring wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) from all employers, interest statements from banks (Forms 1099), a copy of last year’s tax return if available, and other relevant information about income and expenses.  Walk-ins are welcome. If you would like to set up an appointment or to receive additional information, call the Lariccia School of Accounting & Finance at the Williamson College of Business Administration at 330-941-3084.  Sessions occur from10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays (Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 23, 30 and April 13 and from 3:30-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. 3:30-6 p.m. Free.

D.A.R.E. Singles Game Night/Card Night, Lane Family Funeral and Event Center, 8387 Tod Ave. (one block north of Boardman YWCA); 330 360-5218. The event is free and food and beverages will be provided. The event is open to all singles and new membership is welcomed. (In addition, Amy Swanson, a tarot card reader, will be on hand for a fee of $15 per read.) 7 p.m.

TUESDAY 12

Sunrise Yoga Express, Eos Whole Fitness and Bellidance, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. 7-7:40 a.m. $7.

Coffee and Contemplation: The Heart of God, Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2105 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa.; 724-964-8886. Led by Sister Barbara Lenarcic. This monthly series focuses on a variety of spiritual and holistic topics. Time is included for reflection and discussion. Program participants are welcome to stay for lunch. Registration requested. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Program: $7; program and lunch:  $12.

Monthly: Low Vision Support Group, Park Vista Retirement Community, 1216 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; to RSVP call 330-746-2944, ext. 1551. Held the second Tuesday of the month. 10 a.m.

Monthly: Wellness Clinic, Grace Lutheran Church, 162 South Raccoon Road, Austintown; for more information call Beth Stricko at 330-530-4038, ext. 2031 or e-mail bstrick@shepherdofthevalley.com. The meeting, held by Shepherd of the Valley Home Health, will be held the second Tuesday of each month. Information about diabetes and glucose testing will be provided. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Botanical Pottery: Ikebana Container, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Lynn Cardwell will show students how to hand build and texture a clay container inspired by nature and useful for Japanese flower arranging. After the pottery is glazed and fired, students will be notified when their work is available for pickup. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 5:30-8 p.m. $32. ($25 FFRG members).

Holiday Family Story Time, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636.  Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Story time complete with stories, a craft, and a treat. Fun for all ages. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult.  6:30 p.m. Free.

Holiday Family Story Time – Happy Valentine’s Day!, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636.  Put on your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal. The library will read stories, play games, and make a craft. Refreshments will be served. For school-age children. 6:30 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.

French Film Festival Series: Joueuse (Queen to Play), Sebastian Mueller Theater, McKelvey Campus Center, Westminster College. New Wilmington, Pa.; 724-946-6260 or e-mail kealhol@westminster.edu for additional information. Westminster College’s departments of Modern Languages and English, in conjunction with the Jake Erhardt International Film Series, will show the film ““Joueuse” (Queen to Play). The event is free to the public. The screening is a part of the “Tournées Film Festival,” a series of French and Francophone films to be shown on consecutive Tuesdays through Feb. 26. The contemporary films will be subtitled in English with each screening followed by a discussion. The festival is supported by a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Culture, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation, and Highbrow Entertainment. Westminster College is one of only 40 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a grant for the spring semester. Additional films featured in the festival are:  “Un Homme Qui Crie” (A Screaming Man), Feb. 19; and “Une Vie De Chat” (A Cat in Paris), Feb. 26. 7 p.m. Free.

Monthly: La Leche League, Columbiana County WIC office, 7876 Lincoln Place, Lisbon; 330-427-2155. All pregnant or nursing mothers and their babies are welcome. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month. 7 p.m.

Wednesday 13

Holiday Baby Brilliant : Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Canfield branch; 43 W. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Features developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. Free.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 S. Raccoon, Austintown; 330-792-6982 or for more information call the Main Library at 330-744-8636. Held each Wednesday. Featuring developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become a successful reader. Occurs Wednesday, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 10 a.m. Free. 10 a.m. Free.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-758-1414 or for more information call the Main Library at 330-744-8636. Held each Wednesday. Featuring developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become a successful reader. Occurs Wednesday, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 10 a.m. Free. 10 a.m. Free.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Canfield Branch, 43 W. Main St., Canfield; 330-533-5631 or for more information call the Main Library at 330-744-8636.  Held each Wednesday.  Featuring developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities that will help children ages 2-3 become a successful reader. Occurs Wednesday, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 10 a.m. Free. 10 a.m. Free.

Weekly: Lenten Breakfasts, Canfield Christian Church, 123 S Broad St., Canfield; 330-533-2246. Canfield Christian will host weekly Lenten breakfasts on Wednesdays, beginning on Ash Wednesday (today) and continuing through March 27.  Each breakfast is free, and a free-will donation will be accepted. 6:30-9:30 a.m. Free.

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

African-American History Month: African Art Display, Panel Discussion and Reception, Bliss Hall Art Gallery/Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3097. Tonight features a reception at YSU’s Bliss Hall Art Gallery and a panel discussion at the Butler Institute of American Art. The art of Saihou Omar Njie will be on exhibit. Njie grew up in Gambia, West Africa and now is on the roster of Teaching Artists for the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. 5 p.m. (reception), 6 p.m. (panel discussion). Free.

Penn State Football Coach and Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Bill O’Brien, Penn State Shenango Auditorium, Penn State Shenango, downtown Sharon, Pa; 724-983-2907 or e-mail sxh46@psu.edu. The Friends of Penn State 2013 Annual Dinner is sponsored by the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society. Named the Nittany Lions’ 15th head football coach in 2012, O’Brien quickly and effectively established the foundation and shared his passionate vision for the new era of Penn State football during his initial eight months on the job. Penn State capped its season with a 24-21 overtime victory over eventual Big Ten Champion Wisconsin on an emotional Senior Day, with 31 committed and dedicated seniors introduced before the game. O’Brien’s eight wins were the most by a first-year Penn State coach in the 126 years of the program and led to a plethora of accolades for his leadership. In his 20th year of coaching, but his first as a head coach, O’Brien was selected the 2012 “Bear Bryant Coach of the Year,” “ESPN Coach of the Year” and the Maxwell Football Club “Collegiate Coach of the Year.” He also was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual “Coach of the Year” and the Eddie Robinson “Coach of the Year” by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). O’Brien was among the finalists for the 2012 “Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year.” O’Brien also was named the Big Ten’s “Dave McClain Coach of the Year” (media) and “Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year” (coaches). Born in Dorchester, Mass., O’Brien was raised in Andover, a Boston suburb. He played linebacker and defensive end at Brown from 1990-92, graduating in 1992 with a double concentration in political science and organizational behavior management. O’Brien and his wife, Colleen, have two sons. Proceeds from tonight’s event will go to Penn State Shenango student scholarships and Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. $50 per person (cash bar will be available).

Holiday: Black History Month Family Story time Celebration, Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Enjoy stories and a craft in honor of Black History Month. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult. For the entire family. 6 p.m. Free.

Black History Month Family Story Time Celebration, Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636.  Stories and a craft in honor of Black History Month. For the whole family. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 6 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Book Club, Villa Maria Community Center, 1 mile east  of the Ohio state line, south of State Route 422 on Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa.; 724-964-8920, ext. 3223. This monthly series will focus on books from the New York Time’s best seller list. The group meets the second Wednesday. 6:30-8 p.m.

Weekly: Yoga Class, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. Fred Astaire offers at yoga class at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call for more information. 8:15 p.m. $12 per class.

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

music @ night

Ace’s. Dave and Jimmy. Jam session.

Chippers. River Rider. Open stage.

Lemon Grove. Aimee Bobruk, Hillary York. 7 p.m.

Los Gallos/Boardman. Leanne Binder. 7 p.m.

Royal Oaks. Koebel. Open mike. 9 p.m.

Shotz Bar & Grille. Dennis Maykowski.

Up a Creek. Gary Pirrung. 9 p.m.

THURSDAY 14

Holiday Baby Brilliant : Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Features developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. Free.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  10 a.m. Free.

Holiday: Gotta Move!, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. For children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver.  Features a variety of musical and movement activities to stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play. 10 a.m. Free.

Holiday Baby Brilliant : Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636.  Developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Free.

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

Rachell Joy Performs Valentine’s Day Songs, Selah, 130 S. Bridge St., Struthers; 330-755-2759. Rachell Joy will be performing favorite love songs for Valentine’s Day. Music will begin at 6:30. Call for dinner reservations. 6:30 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.

Monthly: Messies Anonymous Support Group, Pleasant Valley Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Niles; 330-544-4846. Meetings are based on the 12 steps and traditions of the Messies Anonymous for Household Organization. The organization meets the second Thursday. 7-8:30 p.m.

Bimonthly: Square Dancing, The Senior Citizens Center, E. 4th Street, East Liverpool; for more information call the Catholic Charities Regional Agency’s Senior Center at 330-744-3320. The program is for individuals who want heart healthy exercise. The program runs the second and fourth Thursday. Dances are open to the public of all ages. 8-11 p.m. Free.

Yellow Creek Park Winter Concert, Yellow Creek Park, Struthers. Polkas from the Mahoning Valley Button Box Club. 7 p.m. Free.

music @ night

Boxcar Lounge. Guilty Pleasures. 7 p.m.

Lemon Grove. Yankee Bang Bang, Modern Life 2/14. 7 p.m.

Vintage Estate. Open mike night.

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