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

SUNDAY 23

MetroParks Hike. Ford Nature Center, MetroParks; 330-740-7107. It’s almost Thanksgiving – will the turkeys be in hiding?  Find out when hikers take a loop around the Ford Nature Center to see if they can find  the park’s resident flock, then take a walk on East Cohasset Drive.  Animal Charity will be on hand with some of their adoptables. Easy, 2 miles. 11 a.m. Free.

Winter Preparation. Lower Bears Den parking lot, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. There are different ways that animals, including ourselves, survive the cold winter months. Explore this topic in the rugged and scenic Bears Den Area. Call Ford Nature Center for details. Moderate, 2 miles. 2-4 p.m.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change: Trumbull New Theatre. 5883 Youngstown Road, Niles; 330-652-1103. http://www.trumbullnewtheatre.com. By Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts. Directed by E. Wason. Nov. 7-8, 14-16, 21-23. 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. 2 p.m . $12 adults, $10 students.

Almost, Maine: Stage Left Players. Outreach Center, 234 E. Lincoln, Lisbon; 330-424-5093. stageleftplayers.org. Evening performances are 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays. “Almost, Maine.” Book by John Cariani. Directed by Kandace Cleland. It’s love – but not quite in this mystical montage of a town in the unorganized territory of Aroostook County, Maine. 7 p.m., Nov. 14-15, 21-22 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23. 2 p.m.

Monday 24

Friends of the Austintown Library Meeting and Program. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. James Amey will share his desire and efforts to develop a museum featuring Idora Park. 10 a.m. Free.

Weekly: Youngstown Executive Toastmasters 408 Meeting. Shepherd of the Valley, 301 W. Western Reserve Road, Poland; http://www.speakingclub.org. 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Concert Band & Wind Ensemble: Musical Variations. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3636. The Dana School of Music will present tonight’s event. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 25

Free Blood Pressure Check by Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association. Public Library, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Austintown Library, 11 a.m. -1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25; Library at MetroParks Farm, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18; Sebring Library, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25; Tri-Lakes Library, 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11. 11 a.m. Free.

Thanksgiving Arrangement. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Gather your family and friends around your Thanksgiving table with this fresh centerpiece. Using the warm hues of the season, Marie Borocz will guide you in designing an arrangement with carnations, mums, mini pumpkins and gourds, and more. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $39; FFRG member $30.

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley: Birding by Habitat. Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Cheryl Harner of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society and Richland County Master Gardeners will group birds by habitat and highlight some of the best plants and places for specific species. Once birders consider the plant life associated with the bird they’d like to see, it’s easier to find the most desirable birds or even attract them to your yard. 7-8 p.m.

Guest Artist Recital: Matthew Miles, Tenor. Bliss Recital Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3636. The Dana School of Music will present tonight’s event. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 26

School’s Out: Four Flying Toys. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Up, up and away with stories and flying toys to make and fly at the Boardman Library Air Show. A family program for all ages. Program will last one hour. Preschoolers must be with an adult. 10 a.m. Free.

Makerspace: Going to the Movies. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Grades 7 to 12 can join anytime between 1 and 5 p.m. and watch movies based on some of your favorite books and make items inspired by them. 1- 5 p.m.

Read-a-Long for Tweens and Teens. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Join Newport  the day before Thanksgiving for pizza and prizes as we have the Newport Library First Annual Read-A-Long. Pizza and snacks for teens and tweens who want to participate in listening/reading short stories out loud as a group for one hour. Prizes for those who can complete the full hour of reading. This event will be facilitated by a librarian and the reading materials will be provided. Sign up quick. Space is limited to the first 20 who sign up. For tweens and teens in grades 4 and up. Call and ask for Newport Library. 1-2 p.m. Free.

Anglophiles Unite. Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636.  Are you an Anglophile? Would you like to meet some other like-minded individuals with which to share your experiences? This meeting is for lovers of all things British. This is a group for people interested in stand-up comedy, British film, history, tea, Shakespeare, famous books and authors, and of course the Monarchy. Tea and biscuits will be served. 6:30 p.m. Free.

music @ night  

Back Yard Bar & Grille. Following June. 9 p.m.

Kennsington Grille. Army of 2. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Susie’s Dogs & Drafts. Jones for Revival. 9 p.m.

Yolo Grill. Julius Veal. 6-10 p.m.

Thursday 27

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday 28 

Holiday Crafts. Public Library, Struthers branch, 95 Poland Ave.; 330-744-8636. Using simple materials and instructions,  let your creativity shine. Make and take craft items for the holiday season. All ages but children under 7 must be with an adult. 4 p.m., Free.

Dom Leone Writing Competition Benefit/Variety Show. Deibel-Morley Art Center, Ursuline High School, Bryson Street entrance, Youngstown; for more information, call Carmen Leone at 330-755-0633 or Chris Leone at 415-333-0523. This annual event is open to the public and proceeds fund the Dom Leone Writing Competition. The competition is held annually for students in the Youngstown area parochial schools, and is coordinated by Carmen Leone and Teresa Leone. The competition is held in memory of Dom Leone, a published fiction writer, songwriter, poet, and cartoonist from Youngstown, who died of cancer in 1989.  It is sponsored by Dom Leone’s family and friends.  Entertainment for this year’s benefit will be anchored by the Spurs of the Moment, a local country-and-standards band. Among the other performers will be students from the Finelli School of Dance, the DellArco Sisters, the Kevin and Christopher comedy duo, and some surprise regional artists. The event will include an auction featuring a large variety of items donated by local businesses and individuals.  Also, random readings of past years’ contest winners will be presented. The event encourages young people to be creative. An awards ceremony is held each spring on the campus of Youngstown State University for winners in the categories of poetry, short stories, and cartoons. 7 p.m. $5, adults, $3 for students, children are admitted for free).

music @ night  

Brick House. Ray Huber and Short Fuse. 8-11 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Kennsington Grille. Vindys. 8:30-11:30 p.m.

Saturday 29

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. First Unitarian Church, 1105 Elm St., 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.

Crafter’s Club – Make a Seasonal Star. Public Library, Sebring branch, 195 W. Ohio Ave.; 330-744-8636. This star will guide family and friends into your home for the holidays. Shape nature’s materials into a glittering festive star by adding your own creative inspiration. All materials provided. Led by a librarian, you may also bring in supplies for other crafts and receive assistance. Lefty friendly. For teens and adults. 10:30 a.m. Free.

Olde Fashioned Christmas at Lanterman’s Mill. Lanterma’s Mill, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Sponsored by WFMJ/WBCB. Lanterman’s Mill will be festively decorated for this traditional event on the last open weekend of 2014. Enjoy fine entertainment, taste chestnuts roasted over an open fire, give Santa your wish list, watch artisans demonstrate crafts, purchase unique gifts, If you wish to share the holiday spirit with others, bring a hat, scarf, or pair of mittens to decorate a “Giving Tree.” Donated items will warm up children in need this winter. Call Ford Nature Center for details. Occurs Nov. 29-30. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Totally Tie Dye. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Join the library for a fun-filled time as they tie dye in the afternoon. Want to do your own shirt? Bring one with you. Otherwise, a bag or hat will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by stopping in the Poland Library or calling and asking for the Poland Library. For teens in grades 7-12. 3 p.m. Free.

Teen Advisory Board. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren; 330-399-8807. Teens in grades seven to12 can earn service credit, be the first to know about new things in Teen Central, and help the library develop programs and resources for teens. 3 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

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

High Pointe. G-Force. 9:30 p.m.

Kennsington Grille. Labra. 8:30-11:30 p.m.

Lime Tree. Pickups, Kellys.  7 p.m.-midnight.

Manor. Frank Castellano. 7:30 p.m.

Margherita’s Grill. Bill Henceroth. 7-10 p.m.

SUNDAY 30

Olde Fashioned Christmas at Lanterman’s Mill. Lanterma’s Mill, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Sponsored by WFMJ/WBCB. Lanterman’s Mill will be festively decorated for this traditional event on the last open weekend of 2014. Enjoy fine entertainment, taste chestnuts roasted over an open fire, give Santa your wish list, watch artisans demonstrate crafts, purchase unique gifts, If you wish to share the holiday spirit with others, bring a hat, scarf, or pair of mittens to decorate a “Giving Tree.” Donated items will warm up children in need this winter. Call Ford Nature Center for details. Occurs Nov. 29-30. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Santa’s Winter Barn. Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Welcome Santa and some of his unusual animal friends from around the world such as a camel or yak. Sit in Santa’s sleigh for that special holiday picture.  Event is staged in the barn, but it’s not heated so dress appropriately. 11  a.m.-2 p.m.  Craft fee $1.

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