Calendar (Week 1-4) – September 1-30, 2014

Monday 1 

Monthly: Free Mad Hot Monday Ballroom Boogie. Kuzman’s Lounge,1025 S. State St., Girard; For more information, contact Kuzman’s at 330-545-8521/330-545-8995 or USA Dance volunteer Stephen Barba at 330-502-5492. Features ballroom, Latin, and swing  and hustle. 6-9 p.m. Free.

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. 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Weekly: Open Poetry 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 2

Ongoing: Aerial Yoga. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center for the Arts, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402. http://www.thedanceofeos.com. This class takes the traditional yoga postures and sequences and adapts them for the air using fabric hammocks hung to hip level as a prop. A safe form of inversion therapy, it is for nearly everyone. Reservations recommended; space is limited. Classes are limited to 10. Call for more information. 7:30-8:45 p.m. on Mondays; 1-2:15 p.m. on Tuesdays; 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. and 7:30-8:45 p.m. on Thursdays; Noon-1:15 p.m. on Saturdays. 7:30 p.m. 9 a.m. $12.

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Led by Marina Perdos (mornings) and Karres Cvetkovich (evenings). Includes a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels. Bring a mat and small blanket. 9:30-11 a.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. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Led by Marina Perdos (mornings) and Karres Cvetkovich (evenings). Includes a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels. Bring a mat and small blanket. 5:30-7 p.m. $10.

Monthly: American Sewing Guild. JoAnn Etc., 7386 Market St. Boardman; Contact Sylvia at 330-744-8053. Bonnie Whittinghan will do a tube-turner demo. 6:30 p.m. Free.

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

Weekly: Canfield Community Band. Canfield High School, 100 Cardinal, Canfield; 330-542-3313. Any musician is welcome. Tuesdays. 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. 7-8:30 p.m. Free.

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

Wednesday 3

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. 9:30-11 a.m. Free.

Ongoing: T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join instructor Marie Lew for warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Noon-1 p.m. $10.

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. Noon.

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 with Sam. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center for the Arts, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402. http://www.thedanceofeos.com. Zumba is a Latin-based dance party that doubles as a calorie-busting cardio workout. This particular class is friendly for beginners and features a high-energy, athletic workout. Wednesdays. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $7.

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. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10.

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.  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.

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.

Weekly: Hot Yoga. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center for the Arts, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402. http://www.thedanceofeos.com. Relaxing and challenging, classes are held in a studio heated to 85º plus and are accessible for all levels. Be hydrated and bring a towel, if you like. The studio has mats, but feel free to bring your own. Classes start promptly. Wednesdays. 7:30-8:45 p.m. $7.

Thursday 4

Weekly: Men’s Fellowship Bible Study. Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., Youngstown; 330-744-8411. Thursdays. 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. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Led by Marina Perdos (mornings) and Karres Cvetkovich (evenings). Includes a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels. Bring a mat and small blanket. 9:30-11 a.m. $10.

Monthly: Niles Silver Thimbles. Shepherd of the Valley Assisted Living, 1500 McKinley Ave., Niles; contact Gretchen at 330-538-2819. Meets in the Activity Room. Susan Layschock will be showing how to make flowers from different mediums. 10 a.m.

Slow as a Snail. Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Ages 2-3. An average adult snail moves at a speed of 1 millimeter per second. Learn about these “belly- footed” animals through a story, craft, and hike. Register/pay by two days in advance. 10-11 a.m. $5 R; $7 NR. Additional fees apply after deadline.

Ongoing: T’ai Chi Basics Course. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. This 10-week course is for beginners. The class will explore the stances and movements, rhythms and applications of a classic T’ai Chi form. Marie Lew will guide you in following the theme of circles and cycles in warm-ups and breathing exercises, while developing coordination, flexibility and leg strength, improving balance, stability and concentration. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. noon-1 p.m. $100; 10 percent discount ($90) if registered by September 1. Occurs Sept. 4, 11, 25.

Weekly: Chair Yoga. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center for the Arts, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402. http://www.thedanceofeos.com. This class is for people who have some level of limited mobility and don’t feel comfortable getting up and down off the mat. All the principles of yoga still apply: building strength, flexibility, working through range of motion, and relaxation. Thursdays. 2:30-3:30 p.m. $7.

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. 5-6 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Led by Marina Perdos (mornings) and Karres Cvetkovich (evenings). Includes a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels. Bring a mat and small blanket. 5:30-7 p.m. $10.

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. 5:45-7:30 p.m.

Twice-Weekly: BelliFit. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center for the Arts, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402. http://www.thedanceofeos.com. BelliFit is an interval-style fusion class. Two-thirds occurs on the mat. The remainder is practiced on the feet with moving drills. The basic isolations of this Eastern style of dance are drilled with a specific focus on muscle awareness, control and toning as well as flexibility. 5:45-6:45 p.m. on Mondays and 5:45-6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. 5:45 p.m.  $7.

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. 6-8 p.m. Free.

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.

Friday 5 

Ongoing: Loose Knit Group. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Create blankets for organizations that give to those in need. All helping hands are welcome, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated at any time. Registration not required. 10 a.m.-noon. Free.

Ongoing: Family Garden Fridays: Alice In Wonderland. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Take part in fun drop-in activities in the Family Garden. Watch as the garden grows with characters from “Alice in Wonderland” and Wonderland-like plants. Learn about garden creatures, tools and how to care for a garden. Take part in making garden treats, listening to stories, kid’s yoga and, of course, having fun with Alice and her friends. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Cedar’s West End. Red Sun Rising.

Crickets. Steel Valley Rockers.

Donna’s Diner. Steve Vuich.

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

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

Kennsington Golf Club and Grille. Labra Bros.

Mastropietro Winery. Following June. 7-10 p.m.

Quinlan’s. Jay Wonders.

Saturday 6

Book Discussion: Teaching the Trees – Lessons from the Forest. Old Log Cabin, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-702-3000. Enjoy reading this collection of essays by natural history author Joan Maloof highlighting the relationships that trees have with their ecosystems. Then join the park to discuss the book at Old Log Cabin.  10-11:30 a.m.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. MYCAP parking lot, 1325 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features produce, baked goods, whole-bean coffees, tastings, demonstrations, and music. Saturdays February through December. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Slow as a Snail.  Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Ages 2-3. An average adult snail moves at a speed of 1 millimeter per second. Learn about these “belly-footed” animals through a story, craft, and hike. Register/pay by 2 days in advance. 11 a.m.-noon.  $5 R; $7 NR. Additional fees apply after deadline.

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.

Hike: Foray into Fungi. Lanterman’s Mill, 980 Canfield Road, Youngstown. Explore the rotten world of fungi, including tips on how to identify some edible species of mushrooms. Local mycologist Walt Sturgeon will present an indoor program as well as a guided hike to find and observe these fascinating organisms. Please note: collection in the park is prohibited. Easy, 1 mile. 1-3 p.m. Free.

Kayak Tours – Harvest Moon Kayak. East Newport Boat Launch, Mill Creek Metro Parks, Boardman; 330-740-7107. Naturalist and volunteer-escorted trips, age and experience restrictions apply. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center two days before program. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $12/person R; $15/person NR; second person in tandem half price. Additional fees apply after deadline.

music @ night 

Back Yard Bar and Grille. After Hours.  9 p.m.

Cedars West End. Chemobear. 10 p.m.

Diletto Winery. Richard Boston. 7-9 p.m.

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

Greene Eagle Winery. Take II. 7 p.m.

Halliday’s Winery. John Reese Project. 7-10 p.m.

Kennsington. Sensations. 8:30 p.m.

Leon’s. Harvey Wallbanger. 9:30 p.m.

Los Gallos/Austintown. Sideshow. 6-10 p.m.

Marguerita’s. Joe Fritz. 7-10 p.m.

The Manor. Frank Castellano. 7-10 p.m.

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

Mocha House. Full House. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Sunday 7

Yoga Basics. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Learn the basics. Taught by Karres Cvetkovich. Bring a mat and small blanket.  9-10:30 a.m.$10.

MetroMutts: Keeping Harmony in a Household with Kids & Dogs. Birch Hill Cabin, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Presented by The Learning Dog. Teaching our dogs boundaries around children and teaching children to respect a dog’s space is the key to keeping peace. Whether it’s a new baby on the way or introducing a new dog into a household with kids, this seminar will cover all aspects of introductions and maintaining a happy household. Please leave your dogs at home for this workshop. Register at Ford Nature Center. 10-11:30 a.m. Members free; nonmembers $5.

Bridal Fair. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Meet area bridal vendors and discover ideas for a wedding ceremony and reception. Register for door prizes and be a guest at the 3 p.m. Wedding Fashion Show. Noon-4 p.m. Free.

Guided Tractor Wagon Ride. Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Back to school. Learn your ABCs with the Park: learn about the Animals, visit the Barns, and see the Crops. Tractor wagon rides every half hour. Donations accepted. Fall craft fee. 1-4 p.m. $1.

Monthly: Austin Log Cabin Tour and Open House. 3797 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown; 330-792-1129. First Sunday. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Strock Stone House Open House. 7171 Mahoning Ave., Austintown; 330-792-1129. First Sunday. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Who Lives in Bear Creek? Ford Nature Center. 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Like an aquatic biologist, sample “macroinvertebrates,” and rate the creek’s cleanliness. Wear appropriate shoes for walking in water. Register at Ford Nature Center by Sept. 6. Moderate rating, 1 mile. 2-4 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Ward-Thomas House Tour. 503 Brown St., Niles; 330-544-2143. Guides from the Niles Historical Society will answer questions during tours of the 1862 mansion. First Sunday. 2-5 p.m.

Monday 8 

Monthly: Fancy Cutters. Lake Vista, 303 North Mecca St. (State Route 46), Cortland; call Virginia at 330-847-7549 for details. Stenciling on cloth demo by Doris Pealer.  10 a.m.

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. Second Monday. 9:15-11:15 a.m.

SlimDown. St. Joe’s at the Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; for information, call 330-480-2223. Humility of Mary Health Partners will offer “SlimDown,” a six-week weight-management program at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center in Boardman beginning Sept. 2 and at St. Joe’s at the Mall in Niles beginning Sept. 8. SlimDown teaches participants to manage their weight by making lifestyle changes with regard to food, physical activity and behavior. Classes run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center and Mondays at St. Joe’s at the Mall. 5:30 p.m. $40. (The cost for individuals who’ve taken the class before and Humility of Mary Health Partners employees is $20.)

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. 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Monthly: Evening Cut Ups. Grace Church of the Nazarene, 5253 W. Webb Road, Austintown; contact Joanne at 330-652-5564 or Kim at 330-545-6520. Fabric necklace demo by Lynn Price. 7 p.m.

Weekly: Open Poetry 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 9

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles that will help you keep a healthy outlook. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Drop-in class. 9:30-11 a.m. $10.

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. 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. Information about diabetes and glucose testing will be provided. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Twice Monthly: Campus Drum Circle. Penn State Shenango, downtown Sharon;  724-983-2969. The drum circles occur in the Great Hall on second Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. and the fourth Monday at noon of every month. Attendees do not need to have drumming experience in order to participate. Simple instructions with practice rhythms and drums are provided so that new members feel welcome and included. 12:15 p.m. Free.

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. Call for more information. Occurs 5-6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. 5-6 p.m. $2.

Annual: Founders Day Dinner. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-743-2589. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s anniversary dinner will occur in the lobby of the historic Warner Bros. theater at Powers Auditorium and the DeYor Performing Arts Center. This event includes a buffet dinner and a musical presentation by George Kalbouss. A retired professor of Russian Literature from the Ohio State University, Kalbouss’ historical presentations focuses on classic songs from the 1920s-1940s and specifically music from the great Hollywood movies. 5:30 p.m. $35 for MVHS members and $40 for guests.

Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Drop-in class. 5:30-7 p.m. $10.

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. Every Tuesday. Religious program led by Justin Burnette Sr. Refreshments will be served. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

End of Summer Arrangement. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Remember the “hot” colors of summer by designing a fresh floral arrangement of hues of yellow, white, purple, with a touch of orange. Marie Borocz will guide you in using sunflowers, carnations, mums, and limonium, accented with bear grass to create a sunny arrangement for your home. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $39; FFRG member $30

Monthly: Youngstown PFLAG Meeting. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-747-2696 or email youngstownpflag@aol.com. Meets the second Tuesday. 6:30-8:30 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. Every Tuesday. 7 p.m.

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. Meets the second 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. Every Tuesday. 7-8:30 p.m.

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. Occurs the second Tuesday.  7:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 10

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.

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. 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. Drop-in class. Noon-1 p.m. $10.

Food for Thought. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. So you don’t think you could be a vegetarian, but you’d like to add more fruits, vegetables, and grains into your diet. Explore the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet with Samie Winick, as she shares her favorite resources and recipes for a healthier planet and a healthier you. Class participants will have an opportunity to taste a few dishes with these super foods in the starring role. Call Fellows Riverside Garden to register. 6-7:30 p.m. $16; FFRG member $12.

Monthly: Metaphysical Insights 528 Group of Trumbull County. COPE Building,  220 W. Market St,  Warren; 330-792-0486. Metaphysical Insights 528 will present David Leung in a program titled “Chinese Dragon of Natural Healing.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m,. $5.

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. Drop-in class. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10.

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. Meets the second Wednesday. 8 p.m.

Thursday 11

Weekly: Men’s Fellowship Bible Study. Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., Downtown Youngstown; 330-744-8411 or visit http://www.youngstownymca.org. Every Thursday. 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Weekly: Walk and Chat. Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St., Boardman; for information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. Meets every Thursday for walking and socializing. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Drop-in class. 9:30-11 a.m. $10.

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. Free.

Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Drop-in class.5:30-7 p.m. $10.

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

Monthly: Material Girls. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 490 N  High St. (Rte 5) Cortland; Contact Barb at 330-550-1215 or 330-759-1211. Barb Tryon will demo the studded and pleated neckline in the mohair tank top she wore at the Extravaganza. 6 p.m.

Weekly: Recovery Group. Warren Revival Center Fellowship Hall, 4400 W. Market St., Leavittsburg; 330-898-4295. This class uses “Celebrate Recovery” material for individuals facing addiction. Open to all. Thursdays. 6:30-8 p.m. Free.

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. Second Thursday. 7-8:30 p.m.

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 

Christopher’s Downtown. Live jazz. 4-6 p.m.

Los Gallos/Howland. Frank Castellano. 7-10 p.m.

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

Friday 12

Monthly: Designing Women. Domestic Sewing Center, 2011 Youngstown Road SE., Warren; contact Violet Linger at 330-889-3398. More embroidery tips by Linda Fabrizio. 10 a.m.

Silly Squirrels. Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Ages 3-6. Squirrels are one of the most familiar animals. This is the time of year when they are doing what they do best…collecting and stashing acorns. Discover the life of squirrels through hands on activities and exploration. Register/pay 2 days in advance. 10-11 a.m. $5 R; $7 NR. Additional fees after deadline.

Family Garden Fridays: Alice In Wonderland. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Each Friday, take part in fun drop-in activities in the Family Garden. Watch as the garden grows with characters from Alice in Wonderland and Wonderland-like plants. Learn about garden creatures, tools and how to care for a garden. Take part in making garden treats, listening to stories, kid’s yoga and of course, adventuring with Alice and her friends. Registration not required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Remembering Idora Park. Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek Metro Parks, Youngstown;  330-740-7107. Idora Park closed its gates for the final time in early September 1984. Rick Shale, author of Idora Park: The Last Ride of Summer will present a slide program about our beloved amusement park. Register at Ford Nature Center by Sept. 11. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Ongoing: What’s Going On In My City Speaker Series. GreyLand Gallery, 23 W. Boardman St., Youngstown; 330-707-5689. GreyLand will present the third installation in its speaker series. This repeating event features a speaker who is a community leader in some facet. The event features a presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. Previous speakers have included Phil Kidd and Sean Posey. 8 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Christopher’s Downtown. Live jazz. 5-8 p.m.

Crickets. Christine Witt, Bobby Fritz. 6-9 p.m.

Donna’s Diner. James Willaman. 5-7 p.m.

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

Kennsington. Scammin’ Jones. 8:30 p.m.

White Fire Grille. John Reese Project. Jazz. 7-10 p.m.

Saturday 13

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. MYCAP parking lot, 1325 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features produce, baked goods, whole-bean coffees, tastings, demonstrations, and music. Saturdays February through December. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Silly Squirrels.  Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. For ages 3-6. Squirrels are one of the most familiar animals. This is the time of year when they are doing what they do best – collecting and stashing acorns. Discover the life of squirrels through hands on activities and exploration. Register/pay two days in advance. 10-11 a.m. $5 R; $7 NR. Additional fees after deadline.

Old-fashioned Fall Fun at Lanterman’s Mill. Lanterman’s Mill, Mill Creek MetroParks, 980 Canfield Road, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Join the park at Lanterman’s Mill for some harvest time fun. Take a turn grinding grain, carding and spinning wool, playing games from the past, exploring the grist mill to see how things were done in the 1800s, and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular Mill admission fees apply. Craft activity available for $2 fee.

Annual: Third Annual Rock ‘n’ Art Fest. David Grohl Alley, downtown Warren; 330-469-6981. This annual event features music (Haymaker, Tim Drummond and Danny Lopez), live painting (with auction), a happy hour painting class, beer and food, and a loudest-bike contest. Sponsors include Trumbull Art Gallery, Artistics Silk Screen and Design, and National Fire Repair. Proceeds benefit David Grohl Alley.  6-10 p.m.

The Farmer and the Chef. Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Presented by WFMJ/WBCB Local food, local fun! Chefs and farmers will work together to create an array of freshly prepared cuisine from locally grown vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy products. Sample food and craft beer in the barn, which will be decorated by Something New. Includes desserts like mini-cupcakes made with an assortment of vegetables. Vote for your favorite soup in the People’s Choice competition. Gail George and Donkey Engine will perform. 6:30-10 p.m. $50; patron admission $125.

music @ night 

Crawlspace. Daydreamer and others. 6 p.m.

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

Halliday’s Winery. Richard Boston.

Ice House. Wet Lemon. 10 p.m.

Kennsington. Vindys. 8:30 p.m.

Manor. Teddy Pantelas, Zach Economos. 7:30 p.m.

Quaker Steak/Boardman. Edison’s Medicine. 9 p.m.

Sunday 14

Yoga Basics. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Feel comfortable in a class meant for everybody while you learn the basics taught by Karres Cvetkovich. Experience the release of mental and physical tensions. Bring a mat and small blanket. Drop-in class. 9-10:30 a.m. $10.

Idora: 30 Years Later. Lanterman’s Mill, 980 Canfield Road, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Idora Park closed its gates for the final time in September 1984. Share your memories as we walk the perimeter of what was our beloved amusement park. Easy, 1 mile. Call Ford Nature Center for details. 2-3:30 p.m. Free.

Monday 15

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.

Monthly: Habitat for Humanity Meeting. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown; for more information call 330-743-7244 or visit http://www.hfhofmc.org. 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.

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.

Tuesday 16

Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Drop-in class. 9:30-11 a.m. $10.

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. 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 http://www.theursulinecenter.org 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.

Fused Glass Pendants. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Lynn Cardwell will help students create two fused glass pendants. The pendants will be fired and ready for pick up in approximately four weeks. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. $39; FFRG member 5:30-7 p.m. $30.

Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116.  Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles that will help you keep a healthy outlook. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Drop-in class. 5:30-7 p.m. $10.

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 17

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. 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. Noon.

Weekly: Zumba with Sam. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center for the Arts, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402. http://www.thedanceofeos.com. Zumba is a Latin-based dance party that doubles as a calorie-busting cardio workout. This particular class is friendly for beginners and features a high-energy, athletic workout. Wednesdays. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $7.

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.  7-9 p.m.

Monthly: The Sewphisticates. Shepherd of the Valley (chapel), 4100 North River Road, Howland (Rt. 46 and North River Road); contact Diane at 234-855-7610.  6 p.m.

Thursday 18

Weekly: Men’s Fellowship Bible Study. Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., Downtown Youngstown; 330-744-8411 or visit http://www.youngstownymca.org. Every Thursday. 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 every Thursday for walking and socializing. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Monthly: Austintown Stitch and Share. Humility House,  755 Ohltown Road, Austintown; Contact Pam at 330-533-7445. Work on centerpieces  for Holiday Party. Meets the third Thursday. 10 a.m.

Visit Lincoln Park. Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Many have fond memories of this beautiful Youngstown park, home to the famous Council Rock, the legendary site of an 18th century Native American gathering. We’ll travel through Mill Creek Park en route and back. Some walking. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Sept.16. 10-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Adults: $5 residents, $7 non-residents; 12 and under or 60 and over :$3, residents and $5, non-residents.

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. Free.

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

Weekly: Recovery Group. Warren Revival Center Fellowship Hall, 4400 W. Market St., Leavittsburg; 330-898-4295. This class uses “Celebrate Recovery” material for individuals facing addiction. Open to all. Thursdays. 6:30-8 p.m. Free.

Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers. Westminster College, New Wlmington, Pa.; contact Dr. Kristin Park, professor and coordinator of Westminster’s Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Program, at 724-946-7251 or email kpark@westminster.edu for more information. Westminster will host sociologist and author Dr. Donald Kraybill for a talk and book signing in Wallace Memorial Chapel.  The program is free and open to the public. Kraybill is the author, co-author or editor of more than a dozen books on Amish culture.  His presentation will be about his newest release, “Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers,” and he will sign copies of the book following the discussion.  Copies of the book are available in Westminster’s bookstore and at the event. The book describes the 2011 series of Amish-on-Amish beard and hair cutting attacks on nine victims in eastern Ohio. The offenders were the first to be convicted of religiously-motivated hate crimes under the 2009 Shepard Byrd Hate Crimes Act.  Kraybill assisted the U.S. Department of Justice in the prosecution and served as an expert witness at the trial. “Kraybill is a senior fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College and is known as the country’s foremost scholar on Amish society.  He spoke at Westminster on his book The Riddle of Amish Culture in September 2009. The program is sponsored by Westminster’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, Inquiry Program and Office of the Chapel. 7 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.

Explorer’s Garden: Plants from Afar. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Dan Hinkley, considered one of the most prolific independent plant hunters of modern times, will discuss the process, perils and joys of observing plants in their wild state. Hinkley will discuss the process of bringing home seed for evaluation and possible introduction to landscapes across North America. Join him in this evening lecture as he leads you through the mountain floras of southwestern China, northern Vietnam and the Japanese Archipelago. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

music @ night 

Christopher’s Downtown. Live jazz. 4-6 p.m.

Los Gallos/Howland. Frank Castellano. 7-10 p.m.

Quaker Steak/Warren. Joe Fritz. 6-9 p.m.

Stambaugh Auditorium. Cloud Nine. 6-7:30 p.m.

Vintage Estate. Steve Vuich. 7:30 p.m.

Friday 19

Loose Knit Group. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Create blankets for organizations that give to those in need. All helping hands are welcome, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated at any time. Registration not required. 10 a.m..-noon.

Family Garden Fridays: Alice In Wonderland. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Each Friday, take part in fun drop-in activities in the Family Garden. Watch as the garden grows with characters from Alice in Wonderland and Wonderland-like plants. Learn about garden creatures, tools and how to care for a garden. Take part in making garden treats, listening to stories, kid’s yoga and of course, adventuring with Alice and her friends. Registration not required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Art Show and Rap Show. GreyLand Gallery, 23 W. Boardman St., Youngstown; 330-707-5689. The evening opens with “Rust on Rust: Two Rust Belt Cities, One Gallery.” The art show features 12 Youngstown and eight Pittsburgh artists and was curated by Katelyn Gould. The evening includes a rap show after 10 p.m. Local rap acts and Baltimore-based rapper Height are scheduled to perform. Call for more information. 7 p.m.

music @ night 

Christopher’s Downtown. Live jazz. 5-8 p.m.

Crickets. Christine Witt, Bobbt Fritz. 6-9 p.m.

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

Kennsington. Labra Bros. 8:30 p.m.

Saturday 20 

Birding the Sanctuary. Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead this walk. Bring binoculars and boots. Register at Ford Nature Center by Sept. 19. 8-9:30 a.m. Free.

Faerie Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116.  For ages 6–17. Do faeries really exist? Make a special faerie garden and they will come. Be inspired to create a miniature garden. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 10-11:30 a.m. $12.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. MYCAP parking lot, 1325 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features produce, baked goods, whole-bean coffees, tastings, demonstrations, and music. Saturdays February through December. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Faerie Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. For ages 6–17. Do faeries really exist? Make a special faerie garden and they will come. Be inspired to create a miniature garden. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Noon-1:30 p.m. $12.

Sunset at the Farm. Metro Parks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Watch the sun set on the horizon as you enjoy the late summer atmosphere at the Farm. Enjoy folk music as you roast a marshmallow over the campfire, explore the animal barns and a corn maze, watch cider and homemade apple butter being made and try a sample, play some old-time games, ride a horse-drawn wagon, and more. Pony rides and face-painting available for a small fee. 5-8 p.m.

Weirdoes of Comedy. GreyLand Gallery, 23 W. Boardman St., Youngstown; 330-707-5689. Features local comedians. Hosted Michael Kolenich. 9 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

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

Kennsington. Hot Diggety and the Pink Flamingos.

The Manor. Frank Castellano. 7-10 p.m.

Marguerita’s. Bare Bones. 7 p.m.

Sunday 21

Yoga Basics. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Learn the basics taught by Karres Cvetkovich. Experience the release of mental and physical tensions. Bring a mat and small blanket. Drop-in class. 9-10:30 a.m. $10.

End of Summer. Metro Parks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-740-7107. On the final day of astronomical summer, explore the farm and environs with some special emphasis on the longhorn cattle. Rating: Moderate.1.5 or 2.5 miles. Call Ford Nature Center for details. 2-3:30 p.m. Free.

Monday 22

Monthly: Southington So Sews. Southington Christian Church, St. Rt. 534, Southington; Contact Jennie at 330-847-7386. Mystery program by Loretta Click. Meets the third Monday. 9:30 a.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: http://ycc.photoforge.org. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 23

Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Drop-in class. 9:30-11a.m. $10.

Gardening Basics: Design Theory II. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Even if you missed the initial Landscape Design Theory class, you will walk away from this class with the skills to look at gardens from a designer’s point of view. After a review of some basic elements of design, Bridget Beck will introduce the class to some famous (and not so famous) gardens and what makes them “work” as pieces of art. This class will also discuss sustainable design and designing contemporary gardens. Students are encouraged to bring sketches. 1:30-3 p.m. $20; FFRG Member $16.

Doodlebugs: Marble Fish Painting. Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. For ages 5-7. Jackson Pollock was an American abstract expressionist painter who was famous for innovative “action paintings.” He would drip, pour, and splatter paint instead of using regular brush strokes. Create a personal fish painting in a Jackson Pollock style as well as learn about warm and cool colors. Register/pay by Sept. 21. 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5 R $6 NR.

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

Herbal Tea Time. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Pam Baytos to discuss herbal teas, infusions, and decoctions. Learn how to brew, prepare herbs, and what plants to grow for specialty use gardens. Mix a few tea blends then enjoy a cup of tea along with scones and herbal butter in your take home tea cup and saucer. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 6:30-8:30 p.m.$16; FFRG member $12.

Weekly: Canfield Community Band. Canfield High School, 100 Cardinal, Canfield; 330-542-3313. 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. 7-8:30 p.m. Free.

Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley. Metro Parks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Jim McCormac of Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife will speak about birding Ohio’s north coast and the new Lake Erie Birding Trail from Conneaut to Toledo. 7-8 p.m.

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

Wednesday 24

Plant Parts & Patterns: Leaves. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Enjoy a mid-morning stroll through the Gardens as you learn the basics of botany and patterns of plant families. Learn the basic parts of a leaf and look at venation patterns and leaf arrangements. Return to the Davis Center to sup on a seasonal lunch, plus dessert. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $16; FFRG member $12.

Ongoing: 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. Drop-in class. Noon-1 p.m. $10.

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. Drop-in class. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10.

Weekly: Hot Yoga. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center for the Arts, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402. http://www.thedanceofeos.com. Relaxing and challenging, classes are held in a studio heated to 85º plus and are accessible for all levels. Be hydrated and bring a towel, if you like. The studio has mats, but feel free to bring your own. Classes start promptly. Wednesdays. 7:30-8:45 p.m. $7.

Thursday 25

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

Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga style. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Drop-in class. 9:30-11 a.m. $10.

Garden Gnomes. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116.

For ages 3-5, plus guardian. Explore the Gardens in search of these delightful creatures. Enjoy a snack and craft. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 1-2 p.m. $5.

Picnic in the Park. Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Enjoy an afternoon excursion in Mill Creek Metro Parks. Guides will stop to explore several park landmarks and make a very special stop for a picnic with sandwiches from Gordy’s Specialty Market. Register/pay by Sept. 23. 1-4 p.m. Adults: $15, residents; $17, non-residents; 12 and under or 60 and over: $12, residents; $15, non-residents.

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  5:30-7 p.m.  $10.

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. 6-8 p.m. Free.

music @ night

Apollo Maennerchor. Open stage. 8 p.m.

Christopher’s Downtown. Live jazz. 4-6 p.m.

Clark Bar. Frank Weston, Kenny Szenborn. 8-11 p.m.

Los Gallos/Howland. Frank Castellano. 7 p.m.

Quaker Steak/Warren. Gary Pirrung. 6-9 p.m.

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

Friday 26

Ongoing: Family Garden Fridays: Alice in Wonderland. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Each Friday, take part in fun drop-in activities in the Family Garden. Watch as the garden grows with characters from Alice in Wonderland and Wonderland-like plants. Learn about garden creatures, tools and how to care for a garden. Take part in making garden treats, listening to stories, kid’s yoga and of course, adventuring with Alice and her friends. Registration not required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Creative Creekers: Animal Portraits. Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Ages 8-12. Visual texture is when an artist creates the impression of how an object feels. Create your own visual texture of feather, fur, and scales as you create a unique animal portrait. Learn how to blend oil pastels and work from a reference photo. Register/pay by  Sept. 24.4:30-5:30 p.m. $5, resident; $6, non-resident.

Open Mic Night. GreyLand Gallery, 23 W. Boardman St., Youngstown; 330-707-5689. Features poets, musicians and performance artists. 9 p.m. Free.

music @ night

Christopher’s Downtown. Live jazz. 5-8 p.m. Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6 p.m.

Kennsington. Leanne Binder. 8:30 p.m.

Quaker Steak and Lube/Warren. Fringe. 9 p.m.

Saturday 27

Restoration and Journaling. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116.. Reflect and restore using gentle movement, breathing practices, and journaling while in the garden beauty with Michelle O’Brien. Bring a mat, some favorite pillows and blankets for props, and the writing tools of your choice. No prior writing or journaling experience is necessary, and each written piece is for your own private introspection. Call to register.9:30-11:30 a.m. $24; FFRG member: $20.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. MYCAP parking lot, 1325 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features produce, baked goods, whole-bean coffees, tastings, demonstrations, and music. Saturdays February through December. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Stroller Walk: The Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Connect yourself and your child to nature. Enjoy a short guided walk through the Gardens. Specially designed hike for children in strollers with a caregiver. Call  for more information. 10 a.m.-10:45 a.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.

Kayak Tours – First Fall Kayak. East Newport Boat Launch, Mill Creek MetroParks, Boardman; 330-740-7107. For these naturalist and volunteer-escorted trips, age and experience restrictions apply. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center two days before program. 1-3 p.m. $12 per person for residents; $15 per person, non-residents; second person in tandem half price. Additional fees apply after deadline.

Hall and Oates Keyboardist Elliot Lewis. Little Wing Cafe, 750 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren; 330-399-5896 Eliot Lewis – current band member of Hall and Oates – continues his solo tour with his first appearance at Little Wing Cafe. Lewis is currently touring the East Coast and Midwest, promoting his first live CD, “Live And Up Front,” which was recorded entirely in Ohio in 2013. His previous studio CD, “Enjoy The Ride,” was released in 2012. From 1989 to 2002, Lewis was the lead singer/bass player for Average White Band, co-writing and producing all three of group’s albums during that time. In 2003, he joined Hall and Oates, primarily as their keyboard player, but also filling in on guitar and bass occasionally.  Lewis’ musical style can be best described as a mix of pop, soul, and progressive blues. 8 p.m.

music @ night 

Chippers. Amnesty for Astronauts. 8 p.m.

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

Kennsington. Manhattan. 8:30-11 p.m.

Manor. Teddy Pantelas, Zach Economos. 7:30 p.m.

Marguerita’s. Richard Boston. 7-10 p.m.

Mastropietro Winery. Chasin’ the Blues. 7 p.m.

Quaker Steak/Boardman. No Xcuse. 9 p.m.

SUNDAY 28

Yoga Basics. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Learn the basics taught by Karres Cvetkovich. Experience the release of mental and physical tensions. Bring a mat and small blanket. Drop-in class. 9-10:30 a.m. $10.

MetroMutts: Hike into Fall. West Golf Drive Golf Course overflow parking lot, Mill Creek MetroParks, Boardman; 330-702-3000. The days are getting shorter, and there’s crispness to the air. We’ll celebrate fall as we trot down the East Golf Hike and Bike Trail. Animal Charity will be on hand with some of their adoptables. Easy, 2 miles. Meet at the Golf Course Overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive. 10-11 a.m.

Pint Size Pumpkin Picking Wagon Tour. MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road; 330-702-3000. Guided tractor and wagon ride will stop at the Pumpkin so you can pick your own pumpkin. Supplies will be on hand to decorate your pumpkin.  Park pumpkins will be just the right size for young visitors to carry.  Dress appropriately for the pumpkin patch. This event will be every Sunday through Oct. 19.1-4 p.m. Wagon ride: $1. Wagon ride with pumpkin: $4.

Cycles and Anthocyanins. Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-740-7107. Explore the colors of fall with a guided afternoon bike ride. Moderate, 6 miles. Helmet required. Call Ford Nature Center for details. 1-3 p.m.

Vinaigrette Extraordinaire. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. The dressing makes the salad – and the vinegars, special oils, herbs and toppings you will learn about and sample will elevate your salad experience to a whole new level. Karres Cvetkovich will share with you recipes, organic herbs, and fresh ideas to take home. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 2:30-4:30 p.m. $28; FFRG member $24.

Organ Concert: Jonathan Ryan. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; for more information or for tickets, visit stambaughauditorium.com or call the box office at 330-259-0555. Jonathan Ryan will perform on the E.M. Skinner Pipe Organ. His performance will include works such as “Pageant” (1929) by Leo Sowerby. “Concerto in D Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 596 / RV 565” by Johann Sebastian Bach. “Rhapsody in C-sharp Minor, op. 17, No. 3” by Herbert Howells. “Passion Symphony, op. 23” by Marcel Dupre. Ryan has emerged as one of the premier concert artists in North America. He has performed at venues throughout the U.S., Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. He has a repertoire that spans the 16th to the 21st centuries and has received a number of awards. Ryan began playing the organ at the age of eight. He studied with Andre Lash and then with Joyce Jones at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. He completed his bachelor of music degree with academic honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied organ, improvisation, and church music with Todd Wilson, and he was awarded the Henry Fusner Prize for outstanding achievement in the organ department. He received a master of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., and studied improvisation with William Porter. Ryan also holds a Fellow certificate from the American Guild of Organists, their highest ranking professional certification. Ryan is currently the assistant director of music at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Greenwich, Conn. He also serves as faculty, principal organist, and a conductor of the Church Men’s Association of America and their annual summer Colloquiums. 4 p.m. Call for ticket information.

Monday 29

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.

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. 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Weekly: Open Poetry 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 30

Ongoing: Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Led by Marina Perdos (mornings) and Karres Cvetkovich (evenings). Includes a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels. Bring a mat and small blanket. 9:30-11 a.m. $10.

Leaf Bowl. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Lynn Cardwell will teach students to construct a clay bowl embossed with leaf patterns. The work will be glazed, fired, and ready to take home approximately five weeks after the class. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. 5:30-8 p.m. $39; FFRG member, $30.

Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket.  Drop-in class. 5:30-7 p.m. $10.

Recreational Hikes. Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway, MetroParks Farm Trailhead, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Recreational hikes. Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm. Easy, 2 or 4 miles. 6-7 p.m. Free.

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