Calendar (Week 1) – February 1-7

Saturday 1

Ongoing: Jewels of Winter: Orchids. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Orchids are the jewels of the plant world, full of color, let them dazzle you with their brilliance and splendor. During the heart of winter, find the spirit of the tropics here at the Davis Center as you observe these exotic beauties on display. Bring your camera, there will be plenty of beautiful flowers around the lobby to photograph. Occurs 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 1-March 16, Tuesdays-Sundays. Free.

African Marketplace. Chestnut Room, Klcawley Center, Youngstown State University, Youngstown; 330-941-3516. Youngstown State University’s annual African Marketplace, featuring a variety of vendors, will occur from noon to 6 p.m. on in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. The event, which features artistic creations, artifacts, books and jewelry, kicks off YSU’s celebration of African American History Month in February. The marketplace is free and open to the public. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Dancing Mindfulness Classes. The Hidden Path, 71 Terrace St., Struthers,  330-755-6400. Occurs  Dec. 7, 21 with facilitator Ramona Skriko. Dancing Mindfulness  is a “come as you are” practice, with no prior experience in yoga or dance necessary to participate. Call to preregister. 10 a.m. $15.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features produce (apples, squash, lettuce), baked goods, fair market coffees, demonstrations, music and tastings. During winter, the market occurs indoors in Channing Hall (the basement community room of the church). Saturdays Feb.  through December. Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Chili Cook Off. Wick Recreation Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. The MetroParks Police and Recreation Department invite you to burn off the winter blues with a chili cook-off and outdoor winter games and activities. Weather permitting, there will be sled riding, snow sculpting competition, winter games and crafts provided at no charge. For a $3 fee you may sample all the contestants’ chili and vote for your favorite recipe. Chefs can enter their chili for a $10 fee. For chili cook-off registration, rules, or general event details call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107. Held at Wick Recreation Area. Noon-2 p.m.

Weekly: Zumba Classes. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. Meets 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon on Saturdays. Half-off fee for the first class.  Noon. $8.

In My Backyard. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps St., Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Children’s entertainer Fred Penner narrates and sings for this lively journey into his backyard, where we discover all sorts of things: colors of the rainbow, bugs and spiders, the different seasons, the planets, the moon, and the stars in the nighttime sky. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free.

Life Could Be a Dream. Salem Community Theatre. 490 E. State, Salem; 330-332-9688. http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.com. Take another trip to Springfield and meet the Crooning Crabcakes. The ’60s doo-wop songs say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” Book by Roger Bean. Feb. 1-2. 8 p.m.

Elton John. Covelli Centre. 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600. http://www.covellicentre.com. Multiple Grammy-winning legend Elton John plays Youngstown a second time. 8 p.m. $26, $76, $136.

music @ night 

Cedar’s. Jackie Povac, The Judys. 10 p.m. $5.

Crickets Pub. Rolling Rockers. Rock. 9:30 p.m.

Fernegles. Skull’Rz Bane and Metalourd.

Frieda’s. Al Spencer Trio. Jazz. 6 p.m.

Halliday’s Winery. Richard Boston. Acoustic.

Jack Perry’s Gastopub. David Ward Project. 8:30 p.m.

Leon’s. Andrea’s Fault. Big Shot. Rock. 9:30 p.m.

Mastropietro Winery. Jim Golen. 7-10 p.m.

Uncle Sil’s. Adam Jacob’s Band. 9 p.m.

SUNDAY 2

MetroMutts: Resource Guarding. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Presented by The Learning Dog. Does your dog grumble when you try to move her off the couch? Does she get grouchy when you approach her food bowl? Is trying to take things away from her a hazard? These are all signs of Resource Guarding, a behavior often misunderstood, overlooked, and treated incorrectly. Learn the signs that your dog is guarding, what causes it, and ways to work with the behavior. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Tyler Classroom. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free for MetroMutts members; others, $5.

Super Sunday Hike. Mill Creek Golf Course, Mill Creek MetroParks, Boardman; 330-702-3000. The NFL season ends tomorrow and many players will work on their golf games until next summer’s training camps. Most of us can’t travel to warm vacation spots with them, but anyone can join us for a loop around the Mill Creek Golf Course. It’s replete with both nature and history. Meet at the Fieldhouse. Moderate rating, 3 miles. 2-4  p.m. Free.

Life Could Be a Dream. Salem Community Theatre. 490 E. State, Salem; 330-332-9688. http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.com. Take another trip to Springfield and meet the Crooning Crabcakes. The ’60s doo-wop songs say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” Book by Roger Bean. Feb. 1-2. 2 p.m.

Monday 3

Ongoing: Stressercise Class/Low Impact Exercise For The Body and Mind. YWCA of Youngstown, 25 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown; visit http://www.stressercise.com to register. Occurs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 4:45-6:15 p.m.$2.

Monthly: Mad Hot Monday Ballroom Boogie. Kuzman’s, 1025 S. State, Girard; 330-545-8521/330-545-8995. Ballroom, Latin, swing, hustle. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Pilates Basics. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment, and breathing with Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. Feb. 3. 10. 17, 24. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10/class.

Weekly: Youngstown Executive Toastmasters 408 Meeting. Shepherd of the Valley, 301 W. Western Reserve Road, Poland; http://www.speakingclub.org. Practice skills useful in public speaking, including giving speeches, speaking extemporaneously and listening. Includes peer feedback and evaluation. This nonprofit educational organization operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication. Meetings are free for guests; members pay $36 every six months. Feb. 3. 10. 17. 24. 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Weekly Rehearsal: The Mahoning Valley Chorale (formerly Seraphim). Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Ave., Boardman; 330-707-2144. Mondays. Feb. 3. 10. 17. 24. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Co-Dependents Anonymous. Prince of Peace Church, 2985 Center Road, Poland; 330-743-3768. A 12-step recovery program for individuals in co-dependent relationships. Mondays. Feb. 3. 10. 17. 24. 7:30 p.m.

Weekly: Open Poerty Reading. Metamorphosis Gallery, 6 State St., Struthers; 330-787-1994. An open poetry reading occurs weekly at the gallery. Call for more information. 8 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 4

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens.. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Marina Perdos and Karres Cvetkovich teach a variety of yoga styles for all levels. Bring a mat and small blanket. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20. 25, 27. 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. $10.

Weekly: Job Training Information. Mahoning Senior Center, 1110 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-782-0978. A representative from Senior Employment Center will be on hand. Tuesdays. Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Express Yourself: Nature-Inspired Stoneware Mugs. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Lynn Cardwell will help students construct two nature-inspired stoneware mugs. They will be food and dishwasher safe. The project will be glazed, fired and ready for pick up approximately three weeks after the class. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Registration required. 5:30-8 p.m. $39; FFRG member $30.

Weekly: Standing in the Gap. Room 204, Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion, Youngstown; 330-744-8411. Religious program led by Justin Burnette Sr.  Tuesdays. Tuesdays. Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Free.

Weekly: Zumba Classes. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. Meets 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon on Saturdays. Half-off fee for the first class. 6:45 p.m. $8.

Weekly: Canfield Community Band. Canfield High School, 100 Cardinal, Canfield; 330-542-3313. Any musician is welcome. Tuesdays. Tuesdays. Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25. 7 p.m.

Weekly: Valley Bible Study. St. Brendan Parish, Room 103, 2800 Oakwood, Youngstown; Joan Lawson at 330-792-3875 or Jim Merhaut at 330-743-2308. Tuesdays. Tuesdays. Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25. 7-8:30 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 every Tuesday and Wednesday. 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.

Tournées Film Festival. Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.; 724-946-7265. Westminster College’s Departments of Modern Languages and English continues its third “Tournées Film Festival,” a series of French films shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 28 through Feb. 25. The films occur in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The events are free and open to the public. Five contemporary films will be subtitled in English with each screening followed by a discussion. The festival opened on Jan. 28 with L’Assaut (The Assault), directed by Julien Leclercq. Additional films are: “La Fée” (The Fairy), Feb. 4; “Monsieur Lazhar,” Feb. 11; “L’Enfant D’En Haut” (Sister), Feb. 18; and “Couleur De Peau: Miel” (Approved for Adoption), Feb. 25. The festival is supported by a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Centre National de la Cinematographie et l’Image Animée, Campus France USA, the Florence Gould  Foundation, and Highbrow Entertainment. Westminster faculty involved in planning and organizing the festival are: Dr. Jeffrey Bersett, associate professor of Spanish and chairman of Westminster’s Department of Modern Languages; Dr. Deborah Mitchell, professor of English; and Dr. Ann Murphy, associate professor of French. Contact Murphy at 724-946-7265 or email dammroa@westminster.edu for additional information. Visit http://www.westminster.edu/frenchfilm  for additional information about the festival and the films. 7 p.m.

Weekly: Stephen Foster Chorus. SCOPE Center, 220 W. Market St., Warren; Jerry at 330-652-5739. For anyone who enjoys singing. Tuesdays. Tuesdays. Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 5 

Weekly: Valley Bible Study. St. Brendan, Room 103, 2800 Oakwood, Youngstown; Joan Lawson at 330-792-3875 or Jim Merhaut at 330-743-2308. Wednesdays. Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. 9:30-11 a.m. Free.

Weekly: Rotary Club of Warren Meeting. Enzo’s, 2918 Elm Road, Warren; 330-369-7500.  The Warren Rotary chapter will meet for lunch and a business meeting. Wednesdays. Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. Noon.

Ongoing: T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements. Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. Noon-1 p.m. $10.

Weekly: Music at Noon. Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3636, Youngstown State University Dana School of Music, in collaboration with the Butler Institute of American Art, presents “Music at Noon” performances.  Performances are held on Wednesdays at 12:15  p.m. at the Butler Institute of American Art.  The concerts are free and open to the public and parking is free at the Butler. This month’s performances include: Feb.  5, “Clarinet Studio Recital,” Feb. 12, “Tuba/Euphonium Recital,” Feb. 19, “Flute Studio Recital,” and Feb.  26, “Choral Music.” 12:15 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Family Financial Education Services. Family Service Agency, 535 Marmion Ave., Youngstown; to register, call 330-782-5664. Workshop for potential home buyers. First Wednesday. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Weekly: Zumba. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $7.

Ongoing: Pilates Sculpt. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Core strength, alignment, and breathing are emphasized. Bring a mat and water. Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10.

Weekly: Dance Lessons. Judy Conti Dance Studio, Wedgewood Plaza, Austintown; 330-727-6312 or 330-788-7474. Classes in swing, cha-cha, and waltz. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Weekly: Cortland Community Band Practice. Lakeview Middle School, 640 Wakefield, Cortland; call Pat at 330-652-2424 or visit http://www.cortlandcommunityband.org. All musicians welcome. Wednesdays. Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. 7-9 p.m.

Bi-monthly: Girard Community Band. Girard High School, 31 N. Ward, Girard; 330-539-1453. Any musician is welcome. First and third Wednesday. 7 p.m. Free.

YSU Jazz Ensemble I: The Music of Tadd Dameron for Harlan Leonard and His Rockets. The Hub, Kilcawley Center, YSU; more information is available by calling the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636. Tonight’s concert features YSU’s Jazz Ensemble 1, directed by Kent Engelhardt, in Kilcawley Center’s Hub. The evening will feature “The Music of Tadd Dameron for Harlan Leonard and His Rockets,” a project made possible during Engelhardt’s Professional Development and Scholarship re-assigned time from the College of Creative Arts and Communication. Patrons may listen, dance, and purchase food and beverages from vendors in the Hub.  Dameron (1917–1965) was an African-American jazz composer/pianist from Cleveland, who is well known for his music written for Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, and his own groups.  His music for Harlan Leonard provided the first opportunity for Dameron to have his music recorded and performed on a national stage.  The music combines the riff and swing elements of Kansas City Jazz with Dameron’s keen harmonic sense and foreshadows the harmonic and melodic advances in ensemble writing in the Bebop Era and beyond. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue M1 parking deck for a small fee. 7 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown. Davis Center, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116 or 330-757-4727. Meeting includes a speaker. First Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.

music @ night

Knox  Building. Karaoke á la Knox. 10 p.m.

Up a Creek. Todd Cutshaw. 7 p.m. Gary Pirrung. 10 p.m.

Thursday 6

Weekly: Men’s Fellowship Bible Study. Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., Youngstown; 330-744-8411. Thursdays. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free.

Weekly: Walk and Chat. Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St., Boardman; 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. Walking and socializing. Thursdays. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Tales for Tots: Penguins. Birch Hill Cabin, Mill Creek Metroparks; 330-740-7107. What is the biggest penguin in the world? Through a story, craft, and activity, children ages 2-3 are invited to learn about the Emperor penguin. Pre-register/pay at Ford Nature Center. Held at Birch Hill Cabin. 10-11 a.m. $2 R; $3 NR.

Weather and Plants. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Ages 3-5. Children will explore different types of weather and how it affects plant life on Earth. Weather-related experiments, activities and art will abound! A snack will be provided. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Registration required. Feb. 6 and 8. Thursday, 1-2  p.m. or Saturday, 10-11 a.m. $6; FFRG member $4.

Weekly: Warriors: Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs. Warriors Inc., 2733 Market St., Youngstown; 330-783-3276. State-certified program focuses on preventing drug use through fishing and aquatic-resource education. Thursdays. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 5-6 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Marina Perdos and Karres Cvetkovich teach a variety of yoga styles for all levels. Bring a mat and small blanket. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13., 28, 20, 25, 27. 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. $10.

Weekly: Bellifit. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $7.

Weekly: Midweek Dinner and Classes. Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market, Warren; 330-372-1676 or visit http://www.warrencentralcc.org. Dinner followed by a choice of classes: Bible study, book discussion or a computer lab. Thursdays. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 5:45-7:30 p.m.

Weekly: Polish Youngstown Cultural Preservation. http://www.Polishyoungstown.com or 330-646-4082. The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle offers crafts, dancing and songs for children and opportunities for adults with the Village Folk Singers. New members welcome. Thursdays. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Beginner Orchids. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Becoming an orchid owner may seem daunting, but this class will ease your fears and help you get your orchid to its first birthday and beyond. Dave Miller and Jackie Land will share ways to keep your orchid growing well in your home. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Registration required. Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $12; FFRG member $10.

How to Achieve Your Ideal Weight. Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center, South Bridge West (behind Second Sole), 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3, Boardman. Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. will be presenting a free seminar entitled, “How to Achieve your Ideal Weight” tonight.  Suzelis 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 your weight loss, and more.  To register, call 330-729-1350 or register online at OhioND.com. Free admission, RSVP required. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Zumba Classes. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. Meets 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon on Saturdays. Half-off fee for the first class.  6:45 p.m. $8.

Weekly: DARE Singles Group Meeting. Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman; 330-793-5856, 330 533-7062.  For divorced and widowed. Features meetings and social events, including movie nights, bowling, dance classes, and small group discussions. Thursdays. 7:30 p.m. Free.

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

Weekly: Dancing Mindfulness Classes. Yoga Room, 815 Youngstown-Warren Road, No. 13, Niles; 330-637-7171. Occurs on Thursdays with rotating facilitators Jamie Marich and Kelsey Evans. Donation based ($10-$15 donation suggested). Dancing Mindfulness is a “come as you are” practice, with no prior experience in yoga or dance necessary to participate. 7:30 p.m.

music @ night

Clark Bar. Bill Henceroth. Open mike. 8-11 p.m.

Vintage Estate. Steve Vuich. Open mike. 8 p.m.

Friday 7 

Twice-Monthly: A Loose Knit Group. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Make afghans and knit and crochet other items to donate locally. All levels welcome. Feb. 7, 21. 10 a.m.–noon. Free.

Other Desert Cities. New Castle Playhouse. 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. Politics, lies, and regrets collide in this biting, sharp, and fiercely funny show. The events occur in Palm Springs when the Wyeth family gathers together at Christmas 2004.  Daughter Brooke returns home after six years to announce that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history. Directed by Lester Malizia, Feb. 7-9, 13-16. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances occur at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee takes place at 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $13.

music @ night 

Donna’s Diner. Steve Vuich. Acoustic. 5-7 p.m.

Cedar’s. Sam Goodwill Winter Tour. 10 p.m.

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

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6 p.m.

Quaker Steak/Austintown. Save Yourself. 9 p.m.-midnight.

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