Calendar (Week 3) – February 15-21

Saturday 15

Annual Winter Garden Seminar: Four Seasons of Color. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Presented by the Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown. Would you like year-round color in your garden? Designing a year-round landscape ensures that your home is surrounded by color and interest through all four seasons. Garden experts will take you through the steps in planning and plant selection to create an ever-changing landscape that can be enjoyed for the entire year. For more information and to register, go to the Winter Seminar page at or call John Kolar at 330-545-2266. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Registration is required. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; sign-in begins at 8 a.m. $40; $50 after Feb. 8.

Children’s Nature Hour: Groundhogs. Pineer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Punxsutawney Phil may wake up from hibernation in February but wild groundhogs rarely do. Children ages 3 – 5 will learn all about the groundhogs and when they usually wake up. Held at Pioneer Pavilion. Pre-register/pay at Ford Nature Center. Occurs Feb. 14 or 15. 10-11a.m. $2 R; $3 NR (day of program, if space available).

Ongoing: Twice Loved Book Sale, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Peruse the tables in the Antonucci Horticulture Library for much loved books on gardening, cooking, and nature. There will also be garden magazines for sale. Donations of related used books are appreciated at any time. All proceeds benefit the Antonucci Horticulture Library. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from Feb. 15-23 (closed Mondays).

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 February through December. Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Digital Underground’s Humpty Hump and Shock G. TheStage, Harley Davidson’s BikeTown,  5700 Interstate Blvd., Austintown; for ticket information, visit:—humpty-hump. Members of Digital Underground, featuring Shock G, Humpty Hump, Pee Wee, and D.J. Fuze, will highlight the 90s throwback evening. Shock G – along with his alter ego Humpty Hump – is a pianist, visual artist, and music producer. He is responsible for Digital Underground’s smash, “The Humpty Dance,” 2PAC’s breathrough single ” I Get Around,” and was co-producer of 2Pac’s debut album “2Pacalypse Now.” The show is hosted by M.C. Dennis The D-Man (Erie), D.J. Kidd (Cleveland), Daboondox (Youngstown), and Geo C and Tha Storm (Youngstown). Doors open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. $50 for VIP meet and greet, $28 for gold circle and $20 for general admission.

Other Desert Cities. New Castle Playhouse. 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. 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.

Broadway In Love. De Yor Center/Symphony Center/Ford Theater. 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264.  A compilation of the obvious – and not so obvious – love songs from the Great White Way. Featuring guest artists Stephen R. Buntrock and Melissa Errico. 8 p.m.

music @ night 

Ciminero’s. Backbeat. 9:30 p.m.

Downtown Coffee Cafe. Wise Guyz. 8-11 p.m.

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

Ice House/ Fetish. Rock. 9:30 p.m.

Mastropietro Winery. John Farley. Acoustic blues. 7-10 p.m.

Mocha House. Davis and McKay. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Side Door. Breeze Way. 10 p.m.

Sunday 16

MetroMutts Puppy Love. Mill Creek Golf Course, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-702-3000. Take a brisk walk with your favorite Valentine (canine companion) as we explore the beauty of Mill Creek Golf Course in the winter. We’ll be walking on the cart paths, then retiring to the historic Fieldhouse for hot drinks, cookies and treats. Each dog will receive a special Valentine. Animal Charity will be on hand with some of their adoptable dogs. Easy rating, one or two miles, depending on the weather. Meet on the porch at Mill Creek Golf Course. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free.

Other Desert Cities. New Castle Playhouse. 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. 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. 2 p.m. $13.

Monthly: Ballroom Dance. Orthodox Hall, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown; 330-565-0726. 5 p.m. $5 USA Dance members, $10 non-members, $2.50 students.

Monthly: Traditional Irish Music Session. Quinlan’s Irish Pub, 5154 Youngstown Road, Niles; 330-349-4500. An informal gathering of acoustic musicians playing traditional Irish jigs, reels and airs. Newcomers, beginners and listeners welcome. Every third Sunday. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Monday 17

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.

Weekly: Lunchtime Zumba. Eos Whole Fitness and Bellidance, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit Noon-1 p.m. $7.

Weekly: Happy Feet Dance. Weathersfield Fire Station Hall (behind Walgreens), Tibbetts-Wick Road at Route 422, Weathersfield Township; 330-518-8891. Tonight’s dances tonight include basic swing, 6-7 p.m.; waltz, 7-8 p.m.; rhumba, 8-9 p.m. and balboa, 9-10 p.m. Call for more information. 6-10 p.m.

Weekly: Youngstown Executive Toastmasters 408 Meeting. Shepherd of the Valley, 301 W. Western Reserve Road, Poland; Members meet to practice skills useful in public speaking, including giving speeches, speaking extemporaneously, listening, and providing each other with feedback and evaluation. Youngstown Executive 408 Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication. Call for more information on participating. Meetings are free for guests; members pay $36 every six months. 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Monthly: Habitat for Humanity Meeting. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown; for more information call 330-743-7244 or visit 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. Every third Monday. 7 p.m.

Twice-Monthly: Youngstown Camera Club. Christ’s Church, 7155 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-793-8316. Youngstown Camera Club meetings are open to anyone interested in digital photography. Meetings occur the first and third Monday of the month. Interested people can find the latest information on the club’s website: 7:30 p.m. Free.

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 18

Monthly: 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.

Monthly: 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. Meets the third Tuesday. 1-3 p.m.

Monthly: Prayer Shawl Ministry. The Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road, Canfield; for information visit or call Eileen Novotny at 330-533-3831. Meets the third Tuesday and third Wednesday. 10:30 a.m.-noon (Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m. (Wednesday). 10:30 a.m.

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. 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. Meets the third Tuesday. 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday 19

Regional Chamber Luncheon: The Real Truth about Oil and Gas Development and its Effects on Communities. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 343 Via Mount Carmel, Youngstown; 330-744-2131, ext. 12. The Regional Chamber Young Series luncheon will feature officials from Texas and Pennsylvania shale plays, including former Mahoning Valley business leader Walter “Buzz” Pishkur. (He is now director of Water Utilities for the city of Arlington, Texas). Pishkur will be keynote speaker. He said that Barnett shale development in Arlington has been an economic boon for the city of about 365,000 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He notes that the city has, among other things, amassed a fund of nearly $100 million from various revenues from the oil and gas industry. Pishkur will be joined at the luncheon by Jim Parajon, Arlington’s director of community development and planning. Another luncheon speaker will be Jeff Kotula, president of the Washington County, Pa,. Chamber of Commerce. Kotula has called Washington County “The Energy Capital of the East,” due to the large investments made by the oil and gas industry there because of the Marcellus Shale play. Kotula will be accompanied by one of his Chamber members who has benefitted from the Marcellus Shale play. The luncheon is free but reservations are required. RSVP Jennifer Mascardine at 330-744-2131 ext. 12, email her at, or go to the Chamber’s website, and click on Upcoming Events. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.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.

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.

Orchid Clinic. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116.  Dave Miller and Jackie Land wil  p.l walk you through repotting your very own orchid. Bring any problem orchids you may have and they will help you get them back on track. Plus, receive an orchid to repot in class and take home. Orchid bark mix will be available for sale for a nominal cost. Held at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Registration required. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20; FFRG member $15.

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 20

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

Weekly: Standing in the Gap Religious Meeting. Room 204, Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., Downtown Youngstown; 330-744-8411 or visit Religious program led by Justin Burnette Sr. Every Thursday. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

Weekly: DARE Singles Group Meeting. Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman; 330-793-5856, 330 533-7062, 330 793-1484. This group for divorced and widowed people hosts a weekly meeting and organizes social events throughout the month. Typical events include a movie night, bowling, dance classes, bike riding and small group discussions. Call for more information. 7:30 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Clark Bar. Bill Henceroth. 8 p.m.

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

Friday 21

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.

Annual: Mad About the Arts. McDonough Museum of Art, YSU; 330-941-1777. WYSU 88.5 FM and the John J McDonough Museum of Art are re-uniting to present the 19th annual “Mad About the Arts,” which features an evening of contemporary art, jazz, wine tasting and food sampling at the McDonough. “Mad” benefits the McDonough Museum of Art and WYSU 88.5 FM and has sold out the past two years. Tonight’s event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation of wine craft and connoisseurship hosted by Ed Goist of WYSU. The main event follows at 7 p.m. with the YSU Jazz Ensemble 2 and appetizers, beverages and desserts. At 8:30 p.m., pianist and YSU faculty member, Dr. Alton Merrell will take the stage with his jazz trio. To purchase tickets online, visit The featured exhibition is “UNCHARTED,” an exploration of innovation and tradition. In addition, WYSU and a number of community organizations are joining the McDonough Museum of Art to bring StoryCorps to Youngstown this summer to record “Voices of the Valley.” StoryCorps produces segments that are broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Tonight’s event receives promotional assistance and support from: 27 WKBN/Fox Youngstown/33WYTV/MyYTV, City Printing, Joseph Verzilli, Earthwork Recording Studio, Metro Monthly, Mix 98.9 & 570 WKBN, Aladdin’s, Cassese’s MVR, Chalet Premier, Edward’s Florist, Giannios Candy, Joe Maxx Coffee, Kravitz Delicatessen and Katering, L’uva Bella Winery, Markko Vineyard, One Hot Cookie, Sherman Creative Promotions, Inc., Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. Call or emial for ticke information. 6:30-10 p.m.

Ragtime. Top Hat/Fairview Arts and Outreach Center. 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 330-750-0513. Based on the novel, “Ragtime,” by E.L. Doctorow, this turn- of-the-century musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront the timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21-March 8.  7:30 p.m.

music @ night 

Donna’s Diner. Kevin Vallely. 5-7 p.m.

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

Quinlan’s. Davis and Henner. 7 p.m.

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