• Calendar (Week 4) February 22-28

FRIDAY 22

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.

Three-Day Vigil: People Fighting Famine, First Unitarian Church, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown; http://www.peoplefightingfamine.org. People Fighting famine, a local grass roots group working to raise awareness of hunger and its impact on children, will hold its second three-day vigil from Feb. 21-23. Today features an 8 a.m. morning prayer and vigil at Unitarian Church; a 10 a.m. advocacy and journal time session; a 2 p.m. program on “The Economics of Food Distribution”; a 5 p.m. prayer; a 7 p.m. program, “The Impact of Famine: An Ethiopian Perspective”: and a 10 p.m. “Over-Night Under the Stars.” The vigil continues tomorrow. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Free.

Breakfast Botany: Hemlock Tree, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. View highlights of the Gardens in winter on a brisk outdoor walk. Return to the Garden Café for a light breakfast and learn more about hemlock trees. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Friday, 8:30–10 a.m. $7 R, $9 NR.

Lecture: Music for Warrior Women, Bliss Recital Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-7448. The Dana School of Music will present “Music for Warrior Women” by noted musicologist Kendra Preston Leonard. The music for cinematic male heroes and superheroes, be they set in real history, an alternative reality close to our own, or are from an entirely different universe, all share a number of similar characteristics. Percussion and brass, starting either quietly and growing in volume or starting with a big bang; a short, repeated motif with lots of staccato, suggesting a march or other impressive entrance. But what kinds of music are used for women in leadership roles? How are their skills and powers and the situations in which they must use them aurally signified? Leonard will explore the music for two very different female leaders: Queen Elizabeth I, as depicted in two films directed by Shakur Kapur; and Zoe Washburne of Joss Whedon’s television show “Firefly.” She will discuss the ways in which scoring for female characters in the imaginary past and future requires the use of musical tropes and attributes familiar to modern audiences, yet still evoking different points in history. Leonard is a musicologist whose work focuses on women and music in 20th century America, France and Britain; music and screen history; and music and disability. She is the author of “Shakespeare, Madness, and Music: Scoring Insanity in Cinematic Adaptations”; and is the contributing editor of “Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon.” Her current project examines music for the early modern period on screen. Parking is available in the M1 Wick Avenue parking deck for a small fee. 4 p.m. Free.

Annual Event: Mad About the Arts, McDonough Museum of Art, YSU, Youngstown; For tickets or more information, contact SMARTS at 330-941-2787. This annual event and fundraiser benefits the McDonough Museum of Art and YSU SMARTS (Students Motivated by the Arts). “Mad About the Arts,” now in its 17th year, features music, art, food and spirits at the John J. McDonough Museum of Art. A Friend of the Arts preview reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the evening’s main event occurs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The preview will kick off with by local musical artist Alexis Antes, gourmet appetizers from the Lemon Grove Café, sparkling wines from Chalet Premier and a keepsake MAD wine glass (limited supply). The main event occurs from 7:30-10: p.m. and features music by Second Avenue Project. They will perform a classic mix of Jazz standards, ballads and upbeat dance music. Hors d’oeuvres, wines and microbrews will be available provided by Cassese’s MVR, Café Cimmento, Chalet Premier, Enjoy Youngstown, Giannios Candy, Kravitz Delicatessen, the Lemon Grove Café, Markko Vineyard, Mastropietro Winery, The Mocha House, O’Donold’s Irish Pub & Grill, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company and Yolo Grille & Wine Bar. On display during this event will be the 2013 MAPC Juried Members Exhibition. 6:30 p.m. preview reception ($80); 7:30-10 p.m. main celebration ($50).

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).

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.

The Little Mermaid, Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 330-750-0513. Fairview will stage the Disney musical, “The Little Mermaid,” from Feb. 15-March 2. The play concerns the Ariel, an independent mermaid princess, who falls in love with Prince Eric (on dry land) and must deal with the consequences of her actions. 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15-16, 22-23 and March 1-2. $16. Call for reservations. 7:30 p.m.

Avenue Q, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. This Tony Award-winning musical concerns a recent college graduate who moves into his first low-rent apartment and the cast of characters he meets in New York City.  The show runs Feb. 15-17, 22-24. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $22 (adults), $19 (seniors and students), $10 (children).

For the Record/Rain Delay, Oakland Center for the Arts, 220 W. Boardman St., Youngstown; 330-746-0404. The Oakland will present the local premiere of two baseball-themed plays by Youngstown playwrights Bernie Appugliese and Cheryl Games. The shows run Feb. 22-March 9. 8 p.m. $15 (adults), $12 (seniors), $10 (students).

music @ night

Crickets. Ginny and the Jetz. 10 p.m.

Fireplace. Sensations. 9 p.m.

Halliday’s Winery. Joe Fritz. 7 p.m.

Izzy’s. Catch 22, Gary Markasky. 8 p.m.

Lemon Grove.  Dance About Mad, the X-Men.

Magic Tree. Comedy Night. 9 p.m.

Station Square. Jim Moran.

Vintage Estate. Sums Divide.

SATURDAY 23

Orchid Walk-About, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Dave Miller from the Greater Akron Orchid Society will lead an orchid walk highlighting the many varieties of orchids displayed throughout the Davis Center. Register for this free program by calling Fellows Riverside Gardens. Saturday, 10 a.m.–noon. Free.

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.

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). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call for more information. Free.

Three-Day Vigil: People Fighting Famine, First Unitarian Church, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown; http://www.peoplefightingfamine.org. People Fighting famine, a local grass roots group working to raise awareness of hunger and its impact on children, will hold a three-day vigil from Feb. 21-23.  For more information on the event, visit http://www.peoplefightingfamine.org. Today features speakers Staughton and Alice Lynd at 10 a.m. Nanette Jacobs discusses “Social Justice and Poverty” at 1 p.m. and “The Impact of Famine: An Ethiopian Perspective” occurs at 2 p.m. A multi-media presentation, “Somalia Refugee Camp,” occurs at 3 p.m. 10 a.m. Free.

Monthly: All Families Matter, Mahoning Valley Pride Center, 1523 Poland Ave., Youngstown; for more information visit http://www.allfamiliesmatter.org. This is a parenting group that will be held the fourth Saturday. 2-5 p.m.

Discovering Buddhism – Module Two: How To Meditate, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown; http://manjushristudygroup.blogspot.com. Participants will learn basic meditation techniques. It also includes the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit properly, how to set up a meditation session, the different types of meditation techniques one may employ, and how to recognize and deal with obstacles to meditation. It is appropriate for beginners and does not assume that those who come for this course know anything at all about Buddhism. This course includes audio recordings, guided meditations, readings and discussion questions. Sessions occur on Saturday, Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, and 16. 3-5 p.m. $10 per session or $5 if you are a student or laid off.

Fundraiser: Wine for Hope, Antone’s Banquet Centre, 8567 Market St., Boardman; 330-728-2669 or avspano@hopemv.org. The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley will presents its third annual “Wine for Hope” fundraiser tonight. The evening features dining, a gourmet dessert station, fine wines, entertainment, a silent memorabilia auction and raffles. The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is a non-profit organization whose mission is the furtherance of charitable and financial support and volunteer services to and for chronically and/or terminally ill children. Call to reserve. 7 p.m. $60 per person, which includes dinner, open bar, entertainment and wines.

African-American History Month: African Musical Extravaganza, Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, Elm Street at Veterans Plaza, Youngstown; 330-941-3097. Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa will head this musical celebration. A dynamic assortment of jazz, rock, pop and “Afrijam” music will be displayed. 7 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?” 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 Little Mermaid, Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 330-750-0513. Fairview will stage the Disney musical, “The Little Mermaid,” from Feb. 15-March 2. The play concerns the Ariel, an independent mermaid princess, who falls in love with Prince Eric (on dry land) and must deal with the consequences of her actions. 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15-16, 22-23 and March 1-2. $16. 7:30 p.m.

Avenue Q, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. This Tony Award-winning musical concerns a recent college graduate who moves into his first low-rent apartment and the cast of characters he meets in New York City.  The show runs Feb. 15-17, 22-24. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. 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.

For the Record/Rain Delay, Oakland Center for the Arts, 220 W. Boardman St., Youngstown; 330-746-0404. The Oakland will present the local premiere of two baseball-themed plays by Youngstown playwrights Bernie Appugliese and Cheryl Games. The shows run Feb. 22-March 9. 8 p.m. $15 (adults), $12 (seniors), $10 (students).

music @ night

Casa Ramirez/Liberty. Sensations. 9 p.m.

Ice House Inn. Wet Lemon. 10 p.m.

Lemon Grove. Jones for Revival. 9 p.m.

Margherita’s Grill. Bill Henceroth. 7 p.m.

Mocha House. Take II. 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Up a Creek. Ginny and the Jettz. 7 p.m.

SUNDAY 24

10th Anniversary Wintertime Tea: For Love of a Book, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens for an afternoon tea. Includes entertainment by Classical Strings and the humor of Regina Rees. Fee includes a donation to the Antonucci Horticulture Library. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 2-4 p.m. $30.

Neither Skunk nor Cabbage, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Despite another month of winter remaining, the first wildflower of 2013 may be making its appearance. Even by another name, this plant will still never smell sweet. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate rating, 3 miles. 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?” 2 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (seniors and students).

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. 3 p.m. $15, $12, $10.

Avenue Q, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. This Tony Award-winning musical concerns a recent college graduate who moves into his first low-rent apartment and the cast of characters he meets in New York City.  The show runs Feb. 15-17, 22-24. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. $22 (adults), $19 (seniors and students), $10 (children).

MONDAY 25

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.

African-American History Month: Black Faculty Research Showcase, Jones Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, Elm Street at Veterans Plaza, Youngstown; 330-941-3097. YSU’s black faculty will be celebrated, with an opportunity to share their research for feedback and general discussion. Presenters include Frank Akpadock and Victor Wan-Tatah. A book signing will take place at the end of the event. 7:30 p.m. Free.

TUESDAY 26

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 Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme for children ages 3-5. Held each Tuesday and Thursday. 1 p.m. (Tuesday), 6:30 p.m. (Thursday).

Family Story Time – Too Cold Outside?, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Come to the library for some cozy winter stories and activities. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult. For the whole family. 6:30 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: Dance Lessons, Judy Conti Dance Studio, Wedgewood Plaza, Austintown; 330-727-6312 or 330-788-7474. Swing, cha-cha, and waltz lessons will be featured every Tuesday and Wednesday. 7-8 p.m. or 8-9 p.m. Call for admission information.

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.

Taizé Prayer, Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2105 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa.; 724-964-8886. Taizé prayer is a prayer form that incorporates prayer, music and silence. 7-8 p.m.

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley, Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Eric Barrett of The Ohio State Extension Service’s Mahoning County office will speak about “Plants to Attract Specific Birds.” Social time begins at 6:30 p.m.; program at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Held at MetroParks Farm. 7 p.m. Free.

French Film Festival Series: Une Vie De Chat” (A Cat in Paris), 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 “Une Vie De Chat” (A Cat in Paris). 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. 7 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY 27

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. Meets each Wednesday. 9:30-11 a.m.

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.

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

Weekly: Dance Lessons, Judy Conti Dance Studio, Wedgewood Plaza, Austintown; 330-727-6312 or 330-788-7474. Swing, cha-cha, and waltz lessons will be featured every Tuesday and Wednesday. 7-8 p.m. or 8-9 p.m. Call for admission information.

Weekly: Cortland Community Band Practice, Lakeview Middle School, 640 Wakefield Drive, Cortland; for more information call Pat at 330-652-2424 or visit http://www.cortlandcommunityband.org. Musicians are welcome to attend the practices, which are held each Wednesday of the month. 7-9 p.m.

music @ night

Ace’s. Dave and Jimmy. Jam session.

Chippers. River Rider. Open stage.

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.

THURSDAY 28

Weekly: Men’s Fellowship Bible Study, Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., 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.

Weekly: 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.

Midweek Dinner and Classes, Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market St., Warren; 330-372-1676 or visit http://www.WarrenCentralCC.org. Held each Thursday. Enjoy dinner followed by a choice of classes:  Bible study, book discussion, computer lab, and more. 5:45-7:30 p.m.

music @ night

Lemon Grove. Marmalakes. 9 p.m.

Vintage Estate. Open mike night.

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