Calendar (Week 4) – September 23-30, 2014

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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