• Calendar (Weeks 1-4) February 1-28

Sunday, Feb. 10: 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.

Sunday, Feb. 10: 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.

FRIDAY 1

Jewels of Winter: Orchids, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. View the many colorful varieties of orchids. Occurs Feb. 1-March 17 during hours of operation.

Holiday: Tic Tac Love,  Public Library, Canfield branch; 43 W. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Greenford branch, 7441 W. South Range Road; 330-744-8636. Sebring branch, 195 W. Ohio Ave.; ;330-744-8636. Stop in the library with a friend or find a friend to play a couple of games of Heart Tic Tac Toe. All ages. Library hours during the month of February. Free.

Holiday: Get a Clue…Celebrate Black History Month, Public Library, East branch, 430 Early Road, Youngstown; 330-744-8636. West branch, 2815 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636.  Follow the clues to discover famous black Ohioans and earn a prize. For school-age children. Library hours during the month of February.

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.

Twice-Monthly: A Loose Knit Group, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Enjoy the view from the Antonucci Library as you help to “Warm Up America,” with other crafters making afghans and other projects to donate locally. All helping hands are welcome, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Occurs Feb. 1 and 15. 10 a.m.–noon. Free.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s, Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., 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. Occurs Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22. 10:30 a.m. Free.

Preschool Storytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 East Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Stories and a craft related to a weekly theme that reinforces the development of early literacy skills. 11 a.m.  Free.

Babytime, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Infants ages 6-18 months can hear short stories, see fingerplays, and hear simple songs. Call to register. 11 a.m. Free.

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).

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).

SATURDAY 2

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 from 10 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.

Groundhog Day, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Punxatawney Phil’s forecast will be all over the news this morning. You’ll have to come to the Park to find out what Morton the Mill Creek Marmot has to say. Experience Groundhog-ology by gathering around the radio as previous generations did. Meets at Ford Nature Center. 10 a.m. Free.

We’re Making Waffles Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch, 9095 East Market St., Warren; 330-856-2011. Today’s event features a waffle bar for children 5 and older. Call to register. 11 a.m.  Free.

Weekly: Beginner Ballet Classes, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. Fred Astaire offers beginner ballet classes at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Call for more information. 11 a.m. $10 per class.

Weekly: Beginner Ballroom Classes, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. Occurs 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m. on Fridays and 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays. Call for more information. 12:45 p.m. $10 per class.

African-American History Month: The African Marketplace, Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, Elm Street at Veterans Plaza, Youngstown; 330-941-3097. Vendors will present art, artifacts, books and jewelry. African culture will also be celebrated in music and dance, provided by the Harambee Youth Group of Youngstown. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Fighting for Freedom: The Story of the U.S. Colored Troops During the Civil War, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Presented Anthony Gibbs. 2 p.m. Free.

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).

SUNDAY 3

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.

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 mansion in the Italianate style of architecture. Tours occur the first Sunday. 2-5 p.m.

Super Sunday Hike, Lily Pond Parking Lot, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-702-3000. On Super Bowl Sunday, the group will walk by a football field as we explore the James L. Wick Jr. Recreation Area and environs. Meet at Lily Pond parking lot. Moderate rating, 2 miles. 2 p.m. Free.

MONDAY 4

Holiday: Creation Station: A Make-and-Take Craft Program – Valentine Craft, Public Library, Campbell branch, 374 Sanderson Ave.; 330-744-8636. Public Library, Brownlee Woods Branch, 4010 Sheridan Road, Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Public Library, Struthers branch, 95 Poland Ave.; 330-744-8636. It’s the Valentine season, so come to the library and make a fun chain of hearts. Work alone or with a friend. All ages. Feb. 4-16 during library hours.

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.

Job Fair, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-702-3000. Representatives from the MetroParks’ horticulture, maintenance, recreation, police, and golf departments will be available to answer questions about seasonal job opportunities for 2013. Applications will be taken. See job details at http://www.millcreekmetroparks.org. 4-7 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). Call for more information. 5-7:30 p.m. Free.

Pilates in the Park, Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-702-3000. Fight off the winter blues with a workout. Increase your understanding of various Pilates’ concepts and movements with instructor Angela Lubonovich. Classes are held at Pioneer Pavilion. Bring a mat and water. Call REC for information and registration. Occurs on Monday, Feb. 4, 11,18 and 25. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $32 all four sessions; or $10 per session.

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.

TUESDAY 5

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.

Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., 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. Occurs Tuesday, Feb.  5, 12, 19, 26 and Thursday, Feb.  7, 14, 21 and 28. 9:30–11 a.m. and 5:30–7 p.m. $10 per class.

Baby Brilliant: Fun Time for 4s and 5s, Public Library, Canfield branch; 43 W. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Join us for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Occurs Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. 10 a.m. Free.

Baby Brilliant: Fun Time for 4s and 5s, Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Join us for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Occurs Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. 10 am. Free.

Baby Brilliant: Fun Time for 4s and 5s, 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 4-5) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Occurs Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. 1 p.m. Free.

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 Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 1- 2 p.m. $4 R, $6 NR.

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). 5-7:30 p.m. Call for more information. Free.

Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., 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. Occurs Tuesday, Feb.  5, 12, 19, 26 and Thursday, Feb.  7, 14, 21 and 28. 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. $10 per class.

Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., 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. Occurs Tuesday, Feb.  5, 12, 19, 26 and Thursday, Feb.  7, 14, 21 and 28. 5:30–7 p.m. $10 per class.

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: 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. 6:45 p.m. $8.

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: 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.

French Film Festival Series: Le Gamin Au Vélo, Sebastian Mueller Theater, McKelvey Campus Center, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.; 724-946-6260 or e-mail kealhol@westminster.edu. Westminster College’s departments of Modern Languages and English, in conjunction with the Jake Erhardt International Film Series, will show the film “Le Gamin Au Vélo”  (The Kid With a Bike). The event is free to the public. The film is the tale of a boy who refuses to believe his father abandoned him, and escapes from a children’s home to search for his father and his lost bicycle. Along the way he meets a kind, patient stranger named Samantha, who will prove to be the boy’s savior. 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: “Joueuse” (Queen to Play), Feb. 12; “Un Homme Qui Crie” (A Screaming Man), Feb. 19; and “Une Vie De Chat” (A Cat in Paris), Feb. 26. 7 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY 6 

Weekly: Gentle Sunrise Yoga, Eos Whole Fitness and Bellidance, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. 9-10 a.m. $7.

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, 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.

Baby Brilliant: Fun Time for 4s and 5s, Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Join us for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Occurs Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 11:30 a.m. Free.

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.

T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., 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 Wednesday, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Noon–1 p.m. $10 per class.

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

Bimonthly: Widowers Group, Bereavement Resource Center, 3736 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield; for more information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. The group meets the first and third Wednesday. 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Weekly: Warriors Inc. Chess Club, Warriors Inc., 2733 Market St., Youngstown; 330-783-3276. Anyone who wants to learn chess, help, or just play may come. The group is for those ages 12 and older, and it meets each Wednesday. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Monthly: Family Financial Education Services, Family Service Agency, 535 Marmion Ave., Youngstown; to register call 330-782-5664. A workshop for potential home buyers. The workshop meets the first Wednesday of each month. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Weekly: Zumba, Eos Whole Fitness and Bellidance, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $7.

Bimonthly: Girard Community Band, Girard High School, 31 N. Ward Ave., Girard; 330-539-1453. Anyone who plays an instrument is welcome to join. Rehearsals are the first and third Wednesday. 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: 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.

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.

Weekly: Hot Yoga, Eos Whole Fitness and Bellidance, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. 7:30-8:45 p.m. $7.

Piloxing in the Park, Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-702-3000. This unique program mixes Pilates and boxing into a fat-blasting and muscle-toning workout guaranteed to whip you into shape. Instructed by Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. Classes are held at Pioneer Pavilion. Call REC for information and registration. Occurs Wednesday, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 6-7 p.m. $32 all four sessions; or $10 per session.

Orchid Clinic, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Do you have an orchid plant that needs repotting? Bring your plant to the orchid clinic and learn techniques of repotting and have other orchid questions answered by Dave Miller. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $15 R, $20 NR.

THURSDAY 7

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. Meets each Thursday for walking and socializing. 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Free.

Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., 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. Occurs Tuesday, Feb.  5, 12, 19, 26 and Thursday, Feb.  7, 14, 21 and 28. 9:30–11 a.m. and 5:30–7 p.m. $10 per class.

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.  Occurs Feb. Thursday, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Free.

Tales for Twos: Yucky Things, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Two-year-olds will discover the variety of “yucky” foods that animals like. A “yucky” craft will be included.  Pre-registration/payment required at Ford Nature Center. 10 a.m. $2 R, $3 NR.

Monthly: First Friday Club Speaker’s Luncheon: Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Antone’s Banquet Centre, 8578 Market Street, Boardman; for reservations call 330-533-1023 or visit http://www.firstfridayclubofgreateryoungstown.org. Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich will speak on a “An Update on the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Youngstown.” 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. $15.

Create a Model of a Lung, OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-5914 or ohwowkids.org. Take a deep breath, relax, and build a third lung. For grades 5-8.  4:30-5:30 p.m. $2 members, $10 non-members (includes general admission).

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.

Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., 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. Occurs Tuesday, Feb.  5, 12, 19, 26 and Thursday, Feb.  7, 14, 21 and 28. 9:30–11 a.m. and 5:30–7 p.m. $10 per class.

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.

Weekly: Bellifit, Eos Whole Fitness and Bellidance, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $7.

Bimonthly: 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. The group meets the first and third Thursday of the month. 6-8 p.m.

Weekly: Polish Youngstown Cultural Preservation, 330-646-4082 or http://www.Polishyoungstown.com. Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle (culture, crafts, dance and songs for children and opportunities for adults with the Village Folk Singers. New members welcome. Every Thursday. Call for location. 6-8 p.m. Free.

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. 6:45 p.m. $8.

Bimonthly: 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.

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; held each Thursday. 7 p.m.

African-American History Month: The African American Pyramid Awards, Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, Elm Street at Veterans Plaza, Youngstown; 330-941-3097. The achievement of outstanding students from Youngstown City Schools will be celebrated with a presentation and awards ceremony. Teachers, mentors and parents will also be recognized. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Hot Yoga, Eos Whole Fitness and Bellidance, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. 7:30-8:45 p.m. $7.

How to Achieve Your Ideal Weight, 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3, Boardman; to register, call Stephanie at 330-729-1350 or register online at OhioND.com. Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D., will lay out a plan for healthy weight loss, including a discussion on foods that aid in weight loss, portion control, motivation, health problems and metabolic problems that could be hindering weight loss. 6:30 p.m. Free.

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.

FRIDAY 15

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.

Twice-Monthly: A Loose Knit Group, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Enjoy the view from the Antonucci Library as you help to “Warm Up America,” with other crafters making afghans and other projects to donate locally. All helping hands are welcome, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Occurs Feb. 1 and 15.  10 a.m.–noon. Free.

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

Sweetheart Dinner in the Garden Café, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. The Georgetown is now taking reservations for a special sweetheart dinner in the Garden Café. Chef Rebecca will feature the herb of the year, elderberry, in her dessert. Call the Georgetown at 330-758-0811 for more information. 6-9 p.m.

African-American History Month: Black Arts and The Civil Rights Movement, Ohio Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, Elm Street at Veterans Plaza, Youngstown; 330-941-3097. Mwatabu S. Okantah will speak on “Black Arts and The Civil Rights Movement.” Okantah is the author of several published poems, in addition to being a performer. He has collaborated with the Cavani String Quartet, the Rhodes Street Rude Boys and heads the Muntu Kuntu Energy Group. Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Free.

Westminster College Wind Ensemble, Orr Auditorium, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.; 724-946-7279. The Westminster College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band is comprised of 45 musicians selected through audition at the beginning of each year. This ensemble has been invited to be a guest performance ensemble for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference in April.  This is the third time that the Wind Ensemble has achieved this distinction. The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. R. Tad Greig, associate professor of music, director of instrumental activities and chairman of the department. 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.

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).

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).

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).

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.

music @ night

Izzy’s. Breeze Way. 7 p.m.

Lemon Grove. Mid-Life Crisis. 5 p.m. Hippie-Hop v5.0. 10 p.m.

Leon’s. Joe Fritz. 7 p.m.

Shotz Bar & Grille. Mr. Lucky. 9 p.m.

Station Square. Jim Moran.

SATURDAY 16

Twice-Loved Book Sale, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Shop at the used book sale in the lobby of the Davis Education and Visitor Center for gardening books, cookbooks and horticulture magazines. The sale benefits the Antonucci Library at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Donations of used gardening books are accepted at any time. Open during business hours. Call for more information. Free.

It’s About Loving, Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2105 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa.; 724-964-8886. This is a one day marriage preparation program that offers engaged couples an opportunity to prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony. An experienced panel of married couples and religious present the program which was developed in collaboration with the Diocese of Youngstown. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. $150 per couple (includes three meals).

Winter Garden Seminar—Slow Gardening, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Garden experts will join Felder Rushing in promoting the benefits and techniques of slow gardening. For more information and to register, call John Kolar at 330-545-2266. Saturday, 9:15-4 p.m. (8:15–9:15 a.m. registration). $40 ($50 after Feb.  9)

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.

DNA Necklaces, OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-5914 or ohwowkids.org. Extract your own DNA, put it in a vial and create DNA jewelry. For grade 4 to adult. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $4 members, $12 non-members (includes general admission).

Grow Youngstown Benefit: Karma Yoga Class, J. Leigh Pilates, 4366 Boardman Canfield Road, Canfield; 855-557-4528. All donations from today’s class/event benefit  “Grow Youngstown.”  The class is free, with a suggested donation of $5 or more. 11:15a.m.-12:15 p.m. Call for more information.

The Sweet Life Cupcake Competition, B&O Station Banquet Hall, 530 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; contact Kristi Sanchez-Event Coordinator 330-519-5772 or at mvbcfriends@yahoo.com This event, which benefits the Friends of the Mahoning Valley Birth, features professional bakers, including Bartell’s Cupcakery, The Cake Boutique, Debbie’s Cupcake Crazy, Enjoy!, Kravitz’s Delicatessen, Lil’ Baby Cakes, Mon Amie Bakery, Stephanie’s Sweet Spot, and Sugar Mama’s. The event also includes a silent auction, Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, and a special Cupcake Creation Station for kids. Friends of Mahoning Valley Birth Center is a local non-profit organization that supports women of the Mahoning Valley in having healthy pregnancies and birth experiences, and seeks to support mothers in caring for themselves and their children.  The organization provides support, education, and community to women and families of the Mahoning Valley. It was established in 2012. Tickets are available through professional bakers as well as online at http://www.mvbcfriends.com.  1-4 p.m. $7 in advance and $10 at door for adults; $4 in advance and $5 at door for children (10 and under); and free for and children (3 and under).

African-American History Month: Save Nubia Project Seminar, St. Augustine Church, 614 Parmalee Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3097. Professor Manu Ampim will lead today’s seminar. His latest project draws upon his archaeological research of the classical African civilizations of Ancient Kush and Nubia, which are in danger of being flooded. 1 p.m. Free.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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).

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.

music @ night

The Cellar. Outlaws with Leanne Binder. 9 p.m.

Downtown Coffee Cafe. Crossroad Blues Band.

Fireplace. Sensations. 9 p.m.

Faces Lounge. Fetish. 9:30 p.m.

Lemon Grove. Better Letters w/Braille, 45 Spider.

Magic Tree. Trilogy. 8-11 p.m.

Mocha House. Davis and McKay. 7:30-10-30 p.m.

SUNDAY 17

MetroMutts: Dog Body Language, Birch Hill Cabin, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-330-740-7107. Learn how to communicate and read your dog through body language. Ever wonder why they yawn in a crowded environment? Or why your dog licks his lip when another dog approaches? The park will explore these signals, as well as many more, with pictures, videos, and discussion. Presented by The Learning Dog. Call MetroParks Office to register in advance. Class held at Birch Hill Cabin. Please leave your dog at home during this workshop. 11 a.m. MetroMutts members free; not-yet-members $5.

A Winter Pond, Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. During the warm months, the Lily Pond is one of the most popular sites to visit in Mill Creek Park. Today, the group will look see how nature is coping in and around the pond. Meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate rating with hills and steps, 2 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?” 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).

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).

Monthly: PFLAG, Mahoning Valley Pride Center, 1523 Poland Ave., Youngstown; 330-747-2696. The Youngstown area’s Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is a local chapter of the national support, education, and advocacy organization. Meets the third Sunday. PFLAG provides the opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and strives to create a society respectful of human diversity. 3-5 p.m. Free.

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. 3 p.m. $12 (adults), $10 (students).

Monthly: USA Dance, Orthodox Center, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown; 330-565-0726. The evening will feature basics for beginners, waltz lessons and open dancing. USA Dance is dedicated to promoting ballroom dancing and its benefits for social dancers, competitors, and the public. 5-9 p.m. $2.50 students, $5 USA Dance Members, $10 non-members.

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 traditional Irish tunes. The event is open to the public. 6-8 p.m. Free.

music @ night

Lemon Grove. Teen with the Van Allen Belt, Rope and Tyger. 9 p.m.

MONDAY 18

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. The group focuses on one grief topic a  year, and it meets the third Monday. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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.

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. Meetings held 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. The group meets the third Monday. 7 p.m.

TUESDAY 19

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.

Howland Happy Stitchers, Living Lord Lutheran Church, 851 Niles-Cortland Road, Warren; for more information call Margaret at 330-847-9813 or Jane at 330-638-2916. Meets the third Tuesday. 10 a.m.

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. The group meets the third Tuesday and third Wednesday of the month. 10:30 a.m.-noon (Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m. (Wednesday).

Hospice of the Valley’s Craft and Chat, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland; for more information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 800-640-5180.  Establishing a “new normal” requires being social and meeting new friends. The group meets the third Tuesday. 1-3 p.m.

Microscope Cell Viewing, OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-5914 or ohwowkids.org. What do cells from plants and animals look like? Come to OH WOW! and see. For grade 2-8 . 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free (general admission applies to non-members).

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.

French Film Festival Series: Un Homme Qui Crie (A Screaming Man), 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 “Un Homme Qui Crie” (A Screaming Man). 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 include “Une Vie De Chat” (A Cat in Paris), Feb. 26. 7 p.m. Free.

African-American History Month: With Grace I Stand, Ohio Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, Elm Street at Veterans Plaza, Youngstown; 330-941-3097. E.P. McNight will present her one-woman play, “With Grace I Stand.” McNight, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, currently travels throughout the country with her highly acclaimed show, “I Question America: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer.”  7 p.m. Free.

African-American History Month: Award-winning poet Remica Bingham, McDonough Museum of Art, Wick Avenue near Spring Street, Youngstown 330-941-3097.  Award-winning poet Remica Bingham reads from her new collection of poetry, “What We Ask of Flesh” (Etruscan, 2013), in the McDonough Museum of Art. The reading is free and open to the public. 7 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. The group meets every third Tuesday. 7-9 p.m.

Monthly: RTS Bereavement Support Group, Beeghly Medical Park, Community Learning Center, 6505 Market St., Youngstown; 330-884-2911. The group is for people who are dealing with grief from miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn loss. The group meets the third Tuesday. 7-9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 20

Twice-Monthly: Health & Wellness Walks, Mill Creek MetroParks, various locations; 330-702-3000. Recreational hikes are generally fast-paced and focus on exercising in the outdoors. Occurs Feb. 13 and 20. Experience the many benefits of walking. Feb.  13: Meet at the Golf Course overflow parking lot. Easy rating, 1 or 3 miles. Feb.  20: Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm. Moderate rating, 2 or 4 miles. 9 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.

SouthernCare Hospice Health Fair and Blood Drive, Lariccia Family Community Center, Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman; 330-797-8940 or e-mail at dprocopio@southerncareinc.com. SouthernCare Hospice will hosting a free health fair and blood drive in support of American Heart Month.  Vendors will be available to provide free health screenings and information on heart health, nutrition and smoking cessation. The American Red Cross will be on-site collecting blood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled by calling SouthernCare. 10 a.m.-2 p.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: 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.

Ongoing: 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. The third Tuesday and third Wednesday. 10:30 a.m.-noon (Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m. (Wednesday). 6:30 p.m. Free.

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 21

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. “Our Vigil tells the story of the 17,000 children worldwide who die every day from hunger and malnutrition,” said Dan Eicher, a founding member of the group. “Our three- day vigil is intended to raise awareness and educate regarding this nightmare that has been accepted as common place, but needs to be regarded for what it is – a catastrophe and moral scandal of epic proportions,” added Terry Vicars, founding member.  For more information on the event, visit http://www.peoplefightingfamine.org. Today features an 8 a.m. morning prayer and vigil at Unitarian Church; a noon and 4 p.m. prayer and vigil in downtown Youngstown; and a 10 p.m. Thursday night prayer at First Unitarian. In addition, ONE Representative Brandon Kovach will speak on Global Progress and Potential at 2 p.m. at First Unitarian and an ecumenical prayer to end world hunger occurs at 7 p.m. at the church. The vigil continues tomorrow and Saturday. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Austintown Stitch and Share, Humanity House, 755 Ohltown Road, Austintown; for more information call Pam at 330-533-7445.  The group meets the third Thursday. 10 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Fun Time for 4s and 5s, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Join us for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. Free.

Monthly: Austintown Stitch and Share, Humanity House, 755 Ohltown Road, Austintown; for more information call Pam at 330-533-7445.  The group meets the third Thursday. 10 a.m.

Sharing & Caring: Grief and Bereavement Book Club, Borders Books, Cafe, 2102 Niles-Cortland Road, Niles; for more information call the Bereavement Coordinator at 330-770-0502. The group meets the third Thursday of the month, and is a topical support group, sponsored by Senior Independence Hospice, for those experiencing grief and bereavement issues. Noon. Free.

Microscope Cell Viewing, OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-5914 or ohwowkids.org. What do cells from plants and animals look like? Come to OH WOW! and see. For grade 2-8 . 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free (general admission applies to non-members).

Monthly: The Mahoning Valley Rose Society Meeting, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116. The society meets every third Thursday. Various programs will include: back to basics of growing roses, rose arranging, garden tours, speakers, slide presentations and more. 6:30 p.m.

Monthly: Romance Readers’ Book Club, McKinley Memorial Library, 40 N. Main St., Niles; 330-652-1704, ext. 205. The group meets every third Thursday and is for those who love to read romance novels. 6:30 p.m.

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: 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. The group meets the third Thursday. 7-9 p.m.

Bimonthly: 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.

African-American History Month: African Culture Heritage: Missing Values in the Quest for Modernism, Gallery Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, Elm Street at Veterans Plaza, Youngstown; 330-941-3097. Emmanuel Christian Nyarko will deliver tonight’s lecture. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for National Culture in Kumasi and president of the Ghana Association of Visual Arts. He is currently a Ghanaian educationalist specializing in Art Education.  7 p.m. Free.

music @ night

Izzy’s. John Reese Project. Jazz.

Vintage Estate. Open mike night.

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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