Calendar (Week 1) – January 1-7, 2015

Thursday 1 

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.

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.

Friday 2 

Ongoing: A Loose Knit Group. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. All helping hands are welcome, both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet, to create blankets for those in need. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated at any time. Drop-in. Jan. 2, 15. 10 a.m.-noon.

Get Out and Explore. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Enjoy a family outing to Ford Nature Center. Visit the Live Animal, Discovery, and Habitat Rooms, then pick up a Winter Scavenger Hunt List and look for nature’s hidden treasures. Bring a digital camera or phone to document your findings. Noon-5 p.m.

BYOS. Lily Pond Circle Trail, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown. BYOS (Bring Your Own Sled) and enjoy some winter fun. Enjoy a winter hike looking for animals and their tracks, then slide down Little Ski Hill. Moderate, 1.5 miles.1-3 p.m.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Christmas Attic. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 1-800-745-3000. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. $69.50-$40.50.

Snow Moon Hike. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Some North American Indian tribes referred to this month’s moon as the “Snow Moon.” Find out why. Moderate, 2 miles. 7-8:30 p.m.

Saturday 3

Bird in the Hand. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Black-capped Chickadees are inquisitive birds that sometimes can be coaxed into landing in your hand – especially if you tempt them with food. Lend your hand and the park will provide the birdseed. Led by Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Brundage. 9-10 a.m.

Grant-seeking Basics. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Gain an introduction to the world of foundation fundraising. Geared to beginners, provides instruction in foundation research and identifying potential funders. Includes a tour of the Grant Center. To register, call and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. 9:30 a.m.

Discover Ford Nature Center. Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Bring the family to discover and enjoy Ford Nature Center. Explore the Habitat Room and then see live animals. A naturalist will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions. While there, lend a hand to overwintering birds by creating an edible bird craft to hang on a tree outside or to take home. Then head outdoors and enjoy the season by hiking one of the park’s many trails.10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Blood Drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross. Various branches. Proudly serving the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. Taking blood donations to help our community. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Austintown Library, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3; Austintown Library, 1-6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20; Poland Library, 1:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22. 10:30 a.m. (Austintown).

Sensory Storytime. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren; registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, ext. 206. A new story time specially designed for children with autism and other sensory-integration challenges. This program features age-appropriate stories and sensory-rich activities that promote literacy and positive associations with reading and the library. For children ages 3 to 8, parents and caregivers, and families. 11 a.m.

Get Out and Explore. Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Enjoy a family outing to Ford Nature Center. Visit our Live Animal, Discovery, and Habitat Rooms, then pick up a Winter Scavenger Hunt List and look for nature’s hidden treasures. Bring a digital camera or phone to document your findings. Noon-5 p.m.

Make It! Robots. OH WOW, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-5914. For ages 8 and older. Make a robot to help solve a simple task while using real tools with OH WOW’S InspireWorks staff. Pre-registration advised. Noon-1 p.m.  $4 (general admission rates apply to non-members).

Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Multiple library branches. Check us out at the monthly TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting. Help plan and support teen activities at the Library. Meet new people and have fun. Newcomers are always welcome. For teens in grades 7-12. Snacks will be provided. Austintown Library, 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3; Boardman Library, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7; Poland Library, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28* (*be a founding member); Tri-Lakes Library, 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15. 3 p.m.

music @ night

Brickhouse. Old Goat Band 9 p.m.

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

Los Gallos/Boardman. Huckin’ Fillbillies. 9:30 p.m.

Jack’s Bar & Grille. Jeff Welsh Band. 9:30 p.m.

Magic Tree. D.J. Dr. Goo. 11 p.m.

The Manor. Teddy Pantelas, Zach Economos. Jazz. 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Sunday 4

Monthly: Sauce and Songs. St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-1109. St. Patrick’s resumes its monthly “Sauce and Songs” program for the 2015 season. Spaghetti dinners will be served from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the church social hall. Cost of the dinners is $8 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under. The menu includes the main entrée, salad, bread, dessert, and beverage. Carry-outs are available, and containers will be provided. The concert series in the church will open with a performance in the afternoon from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public, but free-will offerings will be accepted. For more information, call the church office. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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.

Resolution Hike. Mahoning Avenue Trailhead/MetroParks Bikeway, 16 Harold St, Youngstown, If your New Year’s resolution is more exercise and/or to experience something new, join this steady but moderate pace to the Trumbull County Line. The group will cross it and hike a bit on the new Niles Greenway. Moderate/difficult, 5.5 miles. 2-4 p.m.

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 5 

Senior-Cise Healthy Fitness Program. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. The Friends of PLYMC are introducing a new program called Senior-Cise, an hour-long fitness program primarily for those age 65 and older. The teacher is Ericka Williams, a certified group fitness instructor through The American College of Sports Medicine.  This low-impact program is designed to get seniors moving towards better health with a goal of improving range of motion, strength and balance.  Registration and introduction will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Jan. 5 and 12. Classes begin Jan. 26 and will be held every Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fee is $5 per class. For more information, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086.  9:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 5 and 12 (registration and introduction); 9:30-10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26. Classes begin and run weekly. 9:30 a.m.

Blood Pressure Screening by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. 12:30-3 p.m.

Big Bingo Book Night – BINGO. Multiple branches. Come play literary bingo games. Discover what the Library has to offer while playing a classical game. Fun for the whole family. Prizes. East Library, 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 5; Newport Library, 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 21, 28; Struthers Library, 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29. 4 p.m.

Business Start-Up Workshop. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636.The Library partners with SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, in presenting this seminar. Are you thinking about starting a business in the near future or further down the road? Members of SCORE will address key topics for those considering beginning a business: start-up considerations, marketing, finances, and technology for business. The Business and Investment Center librarian will discuss the Library’s sources and services for business start-up and beyond. To register, call and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. 5:45 p.m.

Read-A-Long for Tweens and Teens. Various branches. Come in from the cold and join us in the warm and cozy library for an hour of short stories. We will take turns reading out loud while enjoying some junk food. If you stay and read for the full hour you will get a small prize. Snacks and reading materials will be provided. For grades 4-12. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 5; Tri-Lakes Library, 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12. 6 p.m. (Austintown).

Library Adventures in Augmented Reality. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Get ready for a reading experience like no other as 3D objects and animations pop off the book, bringing the virtual world to you. Call and ask for the Readers Services Department to schedule a 20-minute session. For kids age four to sixth grade. 5:30 p.m.

Pups and Pages at the Main Library. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren; registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, ext. 206. Children in kindergarten through grade 6 may sign up for 15-minute sessions to read aloud to a registered therapy dog at the Main Library. Dogs are provided by K-9s for Compassion, a Delta Society pet partner group that assists with animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy. Registration is required. 6–7:30 p.m.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive in Cortland; 330-638-6335. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. Mondays, Jan. 5, 12, 26 at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11 a.m. 6 p.m.

Get Connected with Digital Media@ Your Library. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Would you like to learn how to download free ebBooks, audio books, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices? Call 330.744.8636 and ask for the Poland branch to register. For adults. 6 p.m.

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.

Reader’s Choice Book Club . Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Discuss “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. Share your favorite books and find out what new ones are being published. The group will also preview February’s book, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” by Jamie Ford. For adults. 7 p.m.

Tuesday 6

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Preschool storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. Tuesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 at 6:30 p.m. 11 a.m.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive in Cortland; 330-638-6335. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. Mondays, Jan. 5, 12, 26 at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11 a.m. 11 a.m.

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: Preschool Storytime. Brookfield Branch Library, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-330-448-8134. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. Tuesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27. 1 p.m.

Ongoing: Salsa Dance Class. Pioneer Pavilion, 876 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Swing your hips and enjoy the Latin rhythms as you learn to salsa. No partner? No problem! It is a paired dance, but everyone learns together. Beginners welcome and encouraged. Led by dance expert Lynda McPhail and A Time to Dance. Call Ford Nature Center for more information. Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27. 6-7 p.m. $5/class.

Real Science Wizards. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren; registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, ext. 206. Through experiments and crafts, children in grades 1 through 6 will explore the life and work of great scientists and thinkers throughout the ages. 6 p.m.

Ongoing: Thursdays at Main. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. For teens in grades 7 to 12. Each event features a different theme and activities. Thursdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29. 6 p.m.

Night Owl Story Time. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. An evening story time for children ages 3-5. Each child must be accompanied by an adult in this 30-minute program featuring finger plays, stories, and a craft activity. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27. 6 p.m.

Saving Memories: Downloading Digital Pictures. Various branches. Keep your memories safe by learning how to transfer pictures from a digital camera or phone onto a computer and flash drive. For adults. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6; Tri-Lakes Library, 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 10. 6 p.m.

Ongoing: Rumba Dance Class. Pioneer Pavilion, 876 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. Learn this easy-to-follow slow dance. Rumba is a paired dance, but everyone learns together. No partner needed. Beginners welcome and encouraged. Led by dance expert Lynda McPhail and A Time to Dance. Call Ford Nature Center for more information. Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27. 7-8 p.m. $5/class.

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.

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.

Wednesday 7

Recreational Hike. West Golf Drive, Mill Creek MetroParks, Boardman; 330-702-3000. Recreational Hikes, generally led by volunteers, are faster paced to focus on exercise. Meet at overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive. Easy, 1 or 3 miles. $5/class. 9-10 a.m.

Ongoing: Music and Movement. Main Library of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren; registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, ext. 206. Children learn language and motor skills through an energetic combination of music, movement, and books. For toddlers 19 to 35 months old with a parent or caregiver. Wednesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10 a.m. and at 11 a.m.

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.

Laughter Yoga. Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7107. This fun, interactive class is led by certified instructor Teresa Lisum. No flexibility or yoga experience required. $5/class. $5 R; $7 NR. Additional fee after deadline. Noon-1 p.m.

Ongoing: Wednesdays at the WOW. OH WOW, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-5914. OH WOW explores a new STEM topic every Wednesday. Visit http://www.ohwowkids.org for details. 4-5:30 p.m. Free with museum admission.

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.

Guitar for Beginners. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636.For teens and adults: Get a new guitar for Christmas? Want to learn how to play it? This is an introductory-level program, and you must have your own playable guitar, preferably acoustic. Space is limited, so register soon by calling 330-744-8636.  For teens and adults. 6:30 p.m.

Weekly: Cortland Community Band Practice. Lakeview Middle School, 640 Wakefield, Cortland; call Pat at 330-652-2424 or visit http://www.cortlandcommunityband.org. 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.

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