Calendar (Weeks 1-4) – February 1-28, 2015

Sunday 1

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. call for information. 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.

Happy Belated Birthday, William McKinley. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. President William McKinley, a Niles native and investor in the Bears Den Quarry, was born January 29, 1843. After watching a historic portrayal by Mike Wilson, the group will hike to the quarry and back. Moderate, 3 miles. 1:30-4 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.

YSU Dana Chamber Orchestra. Christman Memorial Hall, Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. Works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Barber will be featured with Dr. Joseph Kromholz conducting. 4 p.m.

Monday 2 

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.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Lordstown Branch Library, 1471 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown; 330-824-2094. Preschool Storytime features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For ages 3 to 5. Mondays, Feb. 2, 9, 23. 1 p.m.

Library Adventures in Augmented Reality. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. A reading experience featuring 3-D objects, animations and the virtual world. Call and ask for the Readers Services Department to schedule a 20-minute session. For kids age four to 6th grade. 5:30 p.m.

Locate Your Customers: Exploring The Library’s Business Databases. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Join Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, to learn about how to target potential customers. The featured databases, D&B Million Dollar Database and ReferenceUSA (Business, HealthCare, New Business, and Residential modules), bring timely and authoritative information to develop strategic marketing. To register, call and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. For adults. 5:45 p.m.

Tween: Celebrate Valentine’s Day. Public Library, various branches. Celebrate Valentine’ Day the library with games, crafts, and lots of chocolate to eat. For grades 4-6. Holiday program. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2; Tri-Lakes Library, 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9. 6 p.m.

Valentine’s Craft. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Come and create a Valentine’s craft to give to someone special or keep for yourself. For tweens (age 10-12) and teens (grades 7-12). Holiday program. 6 p.m.

Pups and Pages at the Main Library. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 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, Cortland; 330-638-6335. Features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. 6 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 2, 9, 23 and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 24. 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 “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” by Jamie Ford. Share your favorite books and find out what new ones are being published. The Library will preview the March book, “The Good Earth,” by Pearl Buck. For adults. 7 p.m.

Tuesday 3

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. Occurs 9:30-11 a.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. on Feb. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26. 9:30-11 a.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. Drop-in class. $10/class.

Friends of the Poland Library Meeting and Program. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Friends of the Poland Library Meeting and Program. For adults. 10 a.m.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 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, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 at 11 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 at 6:30 p.m. 11 a.m.

Pups and Pages at the Main Library. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 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, Cortland; 330-638-6335. Features stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. 6 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 2, 9, 23 and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 24. 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.

Blood Drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross.  Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Multiple 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, 1-6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3; Austintown Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28; Boardman Library, 1:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19; Poland Library, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4. 1-3 p.m.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Brookfield Branch Library, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. 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, Feb. 3, 10, 24. 1 p.m.

Ongoing: Book Buddies. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 330-399-8807, ext. 206 to register. Help your student be a better reader. Book Buddies provides one-on-one reading practice and reading-related games after school. Children in grades 1 through 4 may sign up for a 30-minute session to practice their reading in a fun, stress-free environment with a trained volunteer. Registration is required. Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 between 4-6 p.m. 4-6 p.m.

SCORE @ the Library. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-2948. Need advice on starting a business or helping your established business grow? Ask questions on any business topic. SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, in partnership with the Library, will have two volunteers in the Business and Investment Center (BIC) of Main Library to provide advice and answer questions. SCORE counselors will be available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month. The service is free. To talk with a business professional from SCORE, call 330-941-2948 for an appointment. 5:30 p.m., Feb. 3 and 17. 5:30 p.m.

Ongoing: Night Owl Story Time. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. An evening story time for ages 3-5.  Each child must be accompanied by an adult in this 30-minute program featuring finger plays, stories and a craft activity. 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 10*, 17, 24 (*holiday program). 6 p.m.

Ongoing: Salsa Dance Class. Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. It is a paired dance, but everyone learns together. Beginners welcome and encouraged. Led by Lynda McPhail and A Time to Dance. Call Ford Nature Center for details. Feb. 3, 10, 17, 21. 6-7 p.m. $5/class.

Ongoing: Rumba Dance Class. Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. It is a paired dance, but everyone learns together. Beginners welcome and encouraged. Led by Lynda McPhail and A Time to Dance. Call Ford Nature Center for details. Feb. 3, 19, 17, 21. 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. Tuesdays. 7 p.m.

Wednesday 4

Music and Movement. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 330-399-8807, ext. 206 to register. 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.  Registration is required. Wednesdays, Feb. 4 and 11 at 10 a.m. and at 11 a.m. 10 a.m.

Time for Tots. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive, Cortland; 330-638-6335.A developmentally appropriate story time program for children ages 2 to 3 – with a parent or caregiver. Registration is required and begins one week before the start of each session. Wednesdays, Feb. 4 and 11. 11 a.m.

Ongoing: Baby Brilliant: Pre-Kindergarten Story Time. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. This program is for 4 and 5 year olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. Uses books, stories, rhymes, music, movement, and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten. 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25.

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. Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25. Noon-1 p.m. $10 per class.

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.

Music at Noon: Dana Flute Ensemble. Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44505; 330-941-3636. Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, in collaboration with the Butler Institute of American Art, presents “Music at Noon.” 12:15  p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Basic Computer Class @Newport. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Learn very basic computer skills. This is a beginner’s class that will cover use of a mouse, computer terms, and simple internet use. Space is limited to 5. Call to register and specify Newport Basic Computer Class. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25. 12:30 p.m.

Big Bingo Book Night @Newport. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Come play literary bingo games. Discover what the library has to offer while playing a classical game. Fun for the whole family. Prizes. 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 and 18.

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.

We Heart the Doctor. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Calling all Whovians. Join the Library for a “Doctor Who” lovefest complete with crafts, trivia, and more. For Whovians of all ages. 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Pop-Up Library at Campbell Elementary in conjunction with the Imagination Library Initiative. Campbell Public Library, Campbell; http://www.libraryvisit.org/popuplibrary. The Pop-Up Library goes out into the community to serve Library patrons. This time, it will be at Campbell Elementary School in conjunction with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project through the United Way.  Parents can sign up their children age 5 and younger for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Each month, they will receive free book at their home address. Stop by to learn more and to check out Library materials, sign up for a Library card, or learn about digital resources and branch services. For the family. For information or to inquire about a Pop-Up Library. visit: http://www.libraryvisit.org/popuplibrary. 6-7:30 p.m.

Lego My Library. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. various branches. Kids, age 6 and up, will meet to enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4; Boardman Library, 2-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14; Brownlee Woods Library, 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14; Poland Library, 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17; Sebring Library, 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19; Tri-Lakes Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10. 6 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.

music @ night 

Bourbon House 45. Jay Byrd. 6-9 p.m.

Leon’s. Chuck Gisewhite. Open mike. 8 p.m.

YOLO. Julius Veal. 6-10 p.m.

Thursday 5

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.

Backyard Birds. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Ages 2-3. Who’s tweeting out that window? #wildwinterbirds! Discover which birds stick around for the coldest season of the year. Register/pay two days in advance. 10-11 a.m. or Feb. 7 from noon-1 p.m. 10 a.m. $5 R; $7 NR. Additional fee after deadline.

Ongoing: Toddler Tales. Howland Branch Library, 9095 E. Market St., Howland; 330-856-2011. Storytime for toddlers 19 to 35 months old with a parent or caregiver. Registration is required for each session. Thursdays, Feb. 5 and 12. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. 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. Thursdays, Feb. 5, 12, 26. 11:30 a.m.

Something Special. Public Library, various branches. Stories, finger plays and music. For children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult. Greenford Library, noon, Thursday, Feb. 5; Sebring Library, noon, Monday, Feb. 23. Noon.

Rendezvous With Romance Series: Movie. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Join the Library to watch one of the most memorable of all film experiences and a true Hollywood legend. This 1942 film stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. (Film not rated; runtime 102 minutes.) 2 p.m.

Minecraft Mania. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Teens in grades 7 to 12 are invited to play on our private server. If you have a laptop (no tablets), please bring it along. 5-7 p.m.

LEGO Club. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Children in kindergarten to grade six can stop by the library to create unique structures with our collection of popular building blocks. Each structure will remain at the library for all to see.  5 to 7 p.m.

25 Under 35. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. The Mahoning Valley Young Professionals (MVYP) will be honoring exceptional young professionals who have made strides in their profession and have contributed to the Mahoning Valley through their volunteer efforts. Each honoree is recognized at this dinner and awards ceremony, and three of the 25 are distinguished for special accolades as MVP Award winners. Both the 25 honorees and top three are selected by a small committee, formed by the Community Foundation. 5:30 p.m.

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.

Homework Huddle. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Pop in at the library to do homework and discover resources, including a website where you can chat with a tutor. The Library have laptops to use and a place to study. A thinking snack will be provided. For teens in grades 7-12. Main Library, 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5. 12, 19, 26. 6 p.m.

And the Rest is History Book Club. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Features an informal discussions covering all areas of history, including historic eras, people, places, and things. For adults. 6 p.m.

Family Storytime Event: Moments in Black History. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. February is African American History Month, and the Library is celebrating with a special guest at storytime. Madonna Chism Pinkard, Director of Community Relations for WFMJ/WBCB Television and adjunct instructor at Youngstown State University, will join participants to share stories from African-American history that will inspire and entertain. For families with children ages 5 to 12. 6 p.m

Celebrating Your Orchid’s First Birthday. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Becoming an orchid owner may seem daunting, but this class will ease your fears and help you get your orchid to its first birthday and beyond. Dave Miller of the Greater Akron Orchid Society will share ways to keep your orchid growing well in your home. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10.

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.

music @ night 

Apollo Maennerchor. Acoustic open mike. 8 p.m.

Cedars West End. Swing Dance Night. 9:30 p.m.

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

Friday 6 

Enormous Elephants. Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Ages 3-6. Come and join the herd for a fun-filled hour as we leave Ohio and discover the largest living land mammal in the world through a story and hands-on activities. Register/pay two days in advance. Feb. 6 or 7. 10-11 a.m. $5 R; $7 NR. Additional fee after deadline.

Rendezvous With Romance Series: A History of Chocolate. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Diana Kindler of Diana’s Delectable Chocolates will talk about the 3,000-year history of chocolate and how it became associated with Valentine’s Day. Plus, there will be plenty of samples. No reservations required. 11 a.m.

Ongoing: Preschool Storytime. Howland Branch Library, 9095 E. Market St., Howland; 330-856-2011. Stories and a craft related to a weekly theme and reinforces the development of early literacy skills. For children ages 3 to 5. Fridays, Feb. 6, 13, 27. 11 a.m.

Ongoing: Babytime. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 330-399-8807, ext. 206 to register. For infants ages 6 to 18 months with a parent or caregiver. Short stories, fingerplays, and simple songs. Registration is required. Fridays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11 a.m. 11 a.m.

Brad Paisley. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 1-800-745-3000. Brad Paisley will perform with opening acts Parmalee and the Swon Brothers. 7:30 p.m. $65-$45.

Last Laugh. Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. http://www.theyoungstownplayhouse.com. A special-event premier in the Griffith-Adler / Moyer Theater. Runs Feb. 6-8, 12-14.

Dynamic Earth. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The Earth is a living, dynamic planet. How did it get that way? What happens if our global climate changes? Narrated by Liam Neeson, the program takes you above Earth to look at how our atmosphere moves, below the ocean to seek how currents move and how the carbon chain begins, and to Venus, the perfect example of a climate system gone wrong. 8 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Cedars West End. Tropidelic, 5 Elements. 10 p.m.

Christopher’s. Live Underground Jazz. 5-8 p.m.

Cricket’s. Perfect Pair. 10 p.m.

Donna’s Diner. Steve Vuich. 5-7 p.m.

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6-10 p.m.

Quinlan’s. Davis and Henner. Acoustic. 6-9 p.m.

SATURDAY 7

Get Connected with Your eReader @ the Library. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Bring your eReader to the Library and learn how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog. Space is limited. Call and ask for the branch by name to register. 10 a.m.

Open Studio – Garden Design. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Planning your ornamental garden? Wanting some help on a garden design challenge? Bring any design problems or questions you may have and a Fellows Riverside Gardens staff member can offer suggestions. Some basic sketching tools will be provided, or bring your own. Drop-in. 10 a.m.-noon.

Orchid Walk-About, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Join a park expert on an orchid walk highlighting the main varieties of orchids displayed throughout the Davis Center. Drop-in. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Comforts of Winter. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Sample light comfort foods at this winter brunch while journaling about winter memories. Led by Michelle O’Brien. Bring a notebook and writing tools of your choice. Register/pay by Feb. 5. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.$30; FFRG $26.

Black History Month Program with the Friends’ East Committee. Public Library, East branch, 430 Early Road, Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Bring the family to this Black History Program at East Library. See a special presentation with storyteller Jocelyn Dabney. The Friends will be serving black eyed peas, sweet potato pie and sweet tea. There will be a craft. Families are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the PLYMC’s East Committee. 1 p.m.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The planetarium will journey through the solar system in a cardboard rocket in this full dome presentation. How do we do it? It’s a secret!  The program, newly digitized, provides excellent information about all the planets and the sun, and is a great motivator to use reading skills and imagination. This show is designed specifically for families and younger children. 1 p.m.  and 2:30 p.m.

Rendezvous With Romance: Meet Bestselling Author Holly Jacobs. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807, ext. 128. Holly Jacobs is the bestselling author of more than 30 books and has sold over 2.5 million books worldwide. Her books range from lighthearted comedies to more serious dramas and even mysteries, but at heart, they’re all stories of love. She will be at the Main Library to talk about how romance novels are evolving and the shifting romance novel market. Her first sale to Harlequin was a 2001 Duets book, “I Waxed My Legs for This?” and she has gone on to write for Silhouette Romance, Harlequin Flipside, Signature Select, and Harlequin’s Everlasting Love line. She currently writes for Montlake Romance and Harlequin. Her newest book is “Christmas in Cupid Falls.” Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. No reservations necessary; admission to the event is free. 2 p.m.

Teen Advisory Board. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Teens in grades seven to 12 can earn service credit, be the first to know about new things in Teen Central, and help the library develop and promote programs and resources especially for teens. 3 p.m.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meeting. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Various branches. 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. Austintown Library, 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7; Boardman Library, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4; Poland Library, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25 (snacks); Tri-Lakes Library, 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 (snacks). 3 p.m.

An Evening with Colin and Brad. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. Sunrise Entertainment will present the comedy improv duo for one show. 8 p.m. $55-$25.

Dynamic Earth. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The Earth is a living, dynamic planet. How did it get that way? What happens if our global climate changes? Narrated by Liam Neeson, the program takes you above Earth to look at how our atmosphere moves, below the ocean to seek how currents move and how the carbon chain begins, and to Venus, the perfect example of a climate system gone wrong. 8 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

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

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6-10 p.m.

McMenamy’s. House Band. 8:30 p.m.

Sunday 8

Souper Bowl II. Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Hikers will look for signs of wildlife and see if the falls are frozen around Lake Cohasset. Warm up afterwards with some homemade soup – bring a bowl and spoon. Call Ford Nature Center to register by Feb. 6. Moderate, 3 miles. 2-4:30 p.m.

Monday 9

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.

Friends of the Boardman Library Meeting and Program. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. “Music in Video Games” with Dr. Steven Reali, Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University. For adults. 10 a.m.

Great Moments with Lincoln. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive, Cortland; 330-638-6335. This slide show presentation by local historian Wendell Lauth will feature President Abraham Lincoln’s greatest moments. 11 a.m.

Sogbety Diomande: Experience the Music of West Africa. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, various branches.; 330-744-8636. Experience the rhythms, dances, and songs of West Africa with West African drummer and performer Sogbety Diomande. He has been drumming since his early teens, playing the traditional drum music of the West African region. He first learned by observing drummers in Toufinga, a village in Ivory Coast. Since moving to the United States in 1997, he has performed with a number of dance companies, including the Mask Dance Company, the Kotchenga Dance Company, Company Kobake, the Djoniba Dance Company, and Tokounou (a Guinean dance and drum company). He also performed on Jimmy Buffet’s tour in 2000 and as a resident artist at Disney World’s Harambe African Village. More recently, Diomande has been teaching drumming, in the U.S., including regularly teaching in his adopted home of Ohio. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636, Occurs 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9 and Main Library, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16. 2 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Paper Flowers. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Give the gift of flowers … Paper flowers, that is. Stop by the Library and learn how to make beautiful paper flowers. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. For teens and adults. 6 p.m.

Investment Research 24/7. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Join Stuart Gibbs, the Business and Investment Center librarian, to learn about databases to assist you in making your personal finance choices. Featured databases are Business Insights: Global, Morningstar Investment Research Center, and Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage. WI-FI access allows you to bring your device to research these powerful sources of reference. To register, call 330.744.8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar.  For adults. 6 p.m.

Kindle Klass. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Bring your Kindle to the library and learn how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog on the website. Don’t forget your Amazon account and email information. Space is limited. Call and ask for the branch by name to register. For teens and adults. Austintown Library, 6 p.m.

Pups and Pages at the Howland Branch Library. Howland Branch Library, 9095 E. Market St., Howland; 330-856-2011. Children in kindergarten through grade 6 may sign up for 15-minute sessions to read aloud to a registered therapy dog at the 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.

Ancestry Library Edition Class. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807, ext. 202. Registration is required by calling the Local History & Genealogy Center. 6 p.m.

Kindle Klass. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Bring your Kindle to the library and learn how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog on the website. Don’t forget your Amazon account and email information. Space is limited. Call and ask for the branch by name to register. For teens and adults. Austintown Library, 6 p.m.

WordPlay: Fun with Reading and Writing. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 330-399-8807, ext. 206 to register. Children will spend an hour doing story-building activities that will also build their reading skills. Reading, writing, crafts, art, and more. For kids in grades 1 through 4. Registration is required. 6 p.m.

Cortland Chocolate Challenge. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive, Cortland; 330-638-6335. For teens in grades 7 to 12. 6 p.m.

Tuesday 10

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.

Scrapbooking Club. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Scrapbook a page and share your scrapbooking ideas. Please pre-register for this event. For adults. 11 a.m.

Monthly: Low Vision Support Group. Park Vista Retirement Community, 1216 Fifth, Youngstown; to RSVP call 330-746-2944, ext. 1551. Second Tuesday. 10 a.m.

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.

La-La-La Lip Balm. Public Library, Sebring branch, 195 W. Ohio Ave.; 330-744-8636. Using the provided household ingredients,  meet and make some lip gloss. Teens at 3 p.m. and Tweens at 4 p.m. 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 (Teens); 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 (Tweens). 3 p.m.

Valentine Workshop. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive, Cortland; 330-638-6335. Need some last-minute valentines? Come to the library and make your own. Choose from several different styles. For ages 6 to 12. Registration is required by Feb. 7. 5:30 p.m.

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

Family Story Time. Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Bring the whole family for stories, games, crafts, and fun for all ages. Children under age 7 must be with adult. 6:30 p.m.

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: Pig Iron Press Open Poetry Reading. Knox Building, 110 W. Federal 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 11

Ongoing: Recreational Hikes. Mill Creek MetroParks, various days, locations; 330-740-7107. 9 a.m., Feb. 11: Meet at overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive. Easy, 1 or 3 miles. 9 a.m., Feb. 25: Meet at Kirk Road Trailhead. Moderate, 2-4 miles. 9 a.m.

Music at Noon: Vocal Department Recital. Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44505; 330-941-3636. YSU’s Dana School of Music, in collaboration with the Butler Institute of American Art, presents “Music at Noon.” 12:15  p.m. Free.

Mommy and Me Yoga. Howland Branch Library, 9095 E. Market St., Howland; 330-856-2011. Join Miss Brindi for a simple yoga program especially for toddlers and a parent or caregiver. No experience needed. Adult and child should each bring a towel or yoga mat to sit on. For children 2 to 4 years old. Registration is required. 1 p.m.

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2010.Howland Branch Library, 9095 E. Market St., Howland; contact the Main Library at 330-399-8807, ext. 201 to sign up. In this class, participants will create a simple one-page flyer using the basic tools of Microsoft Publisher 2010, and learn how to use these tools to create newsletters, brochures, greeting cards, and more. Registration is required. 2 p.m.

Friends of PLYMC Puzzle Swap. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Bring your once created jigsaw puzzles to swap, limit six per person. 5 p.m.

Kidz Create. Brookfield Branch Library, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. Join the hands-on fun as young chefs learn the basics of food preparation to make delicious culinary creations. For children in kindergarten through grade 6. Registration is required. Wednesdays, Feb. 11 and 25. 5 p.m.

Happy Hearts Day. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Get in the Valentine’s Day spirit with stories, games, songs and more fun. For school-age children. Holiday program. 6:30 p.m.

Celtic Braid Bracelets. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Make your own Celtic braid leather bracelet for yourself or someone. For adults and teens. 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 12

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.

Ongoing: Basic Computer Classes. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 330-399-8807, ext. 201 to register. The Library offers free introductory classes for the novice. Registration is required for each class. Class will be held at the Main Library. Introduction to Computers: Thursday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.; Introduction to the Internet: Thursday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.; Introduction to Email: Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. 2 p.m.

Book Discussion Group. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Read this month’s featured book, “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, and then join in the discussion. 2 p.m.

I Love My New Canfield Library Fundraiser. A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon St., Canfield; 330-740-6086. Treat your sweetheart to a night out. A fundraiser benefitting the Canfield Library Capital Campaign will be held at A La Cart Catering. The evening features heavy hors d’oeuvres, chocolate desserts, raffle, and cash bar. For information and tickets, call the Library’s Development Office. 5:30 p.m. $25.

Hearts & Chocolate. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Enjoy an evening of creativity while painting an intuitive art masterpiece and learning about the wonders of chocolate. Lori Mowad and Mandy Smith will lead the session. Register/pay by Feb. 10. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20; FFRG $18.

Ongoing: Thursdays at Main. Main Library, 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. The Feb. 12 event is the 8th Annual Love Stinks Chocolate Fest. Feb. 12, 19, 26. 6 p.m.

Finding Foundation Support for Your Education Public Library. Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Learn about tools and techniques for seeking financial support for higher education. To register, call and ask for the Information Services Department or register online using the Events Calendar. For adults. 6:30 p.m.

History Buff Program. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Interested in history? Join us to hear about topics of interest in the area of history. 7 p.m.

Struthers Winter Concert Series. Yellow Creek Lodge. Mill Creek MetroParks, Struthers; 330-755-7275. Features the music of Rex Taneri. 7-8:30 p.m.

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 Messies Anonymous for Household Organization. Second Thursday. 7-8:30 p.m.

music @ night 

Apollo Maennerchor. Acoustic open stage. 8 p.m.

Christopher’s. Reeds and Strings. 6:30-9 p.m.

Station Square. Perfect Pair. 6:30 p.m.

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

Friday 13

Sit ‘n Stitch. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Features a morning to knit, crochet, embroider, sew or other lap needlework. Bring in your current project, make new friends, and learn from one another. Facilitated by a librarian. 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Love Stinks Party for Tweens. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. Cupid rhymes with stupid. If you hate this holiday but like games, crafts, and candy, this program is for you. Tweens in grades 5-8 only are invited to our hour-long un-celebration. 2 p.m.

Makerspace: Sweet Stuff. Lordstown Branch Library, 1471 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown; 330-824-2094. Join the Library to make chocolate treats and crafts you’re sure to love. For grades 5 to 12. Registration is required. 3 p.m.

Hunger Moon. Lanterman’s Mill Parking Lot, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Learn why Native Americans gave this month’s moon such a strange name during the hike. Moderate, 2 miles. 7-8 p.m.

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-747-7825. The Phantoms play Dubuque at home. 7:05 p.m. $25.75, $20.75, $15.75, $12.75.

Shrek: The Musical. Crown Theater Productions, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana, 44408; 330-482-9915 and 330-482-9647. http://www.crowntheaterproductions.org. Runs Feb. 13-15, 20-22.

Dynamic Earth. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The Earth is a living, dynamic planet. How did it get that way? What happens if our global climate changes? Narrated by Liam Neeson, the program takes you above Earth to look at how our atmosphere moves, below the ocean to seek how currents move and how the carbon chain begins, and to Venus, the perfect example of a climate system gone wrong. 8 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Cedars West End. Spastic Hearts.10 p.m.

Christopher’s. Live Underground Jazz. 5-8 p.m.

Diletto’s Winery. Davis and Henner. 7-10 p.m.

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

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6-10 p.m.

Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts. Reeds and Strings. 6:30 p.m.

Quinlan’s. Jay Wonders. 6-9 p.m.

Saturday 14 

Proposal Writing Basics. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. This program will provide the basics of writing a proposal for your nonprofit organization, designed for new proposal writers or for those requiring a refresher. To register, call and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. For adults. 9:30 a.m.

Coffee with the Birds. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. As part of the 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, join Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Brundage to watch birds while sipping coffee (or tea). Bring your favorite mug. Limited space; please call to register. Chose one session: 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 10:15-11 a.m. 9:30-11 a.m.

Love Rocks Project. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. You may have found a Love Rock tucked away in the Family Garden or perhaps someone has given you a Love Rock. Learn the story of how the rocks came to be and create your own to give to others. Donations are appreciated and all proceeds benefit the Family Garden. Drop-in. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wear it. Survive it. Unravel it. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty; 330-759-2589. Learn how to make a paracord cuff – it could come in handy when camping or in an emergency situation. Also learn some survival skills. For ages 8 to 12.  Registration is required by Feb. 9. 11 a.m.

Sensory Storytime. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 330-399-8807, ext. 206 to register. A new storytime specially designed for children with autism and other sensory-integration challenges. Features age-appropriate stories and sensory-rich activities that promote literacy and positive associations with reading and the library. Ages 3 to 8, parents and caregivers, and families. Registration required. 11 a.m.

I Love You More. Howland Branch Library, 9095 E. Market St., Howland; 330-856-2011. It’s Valentine’s Day, and the library invites you and your family to come and celebrate by making one giant valentine. Bring your creativity – craft supplies will be provided. For the entire family. Registration is required by Feb. 10; space is limited. 11 a.m.

Bluebird Box Workshop. Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Learn about Eastern Bluebirds and make a nest box to help their population. Afterward, hike to the bluebird trail along the MetroParks Bikeway. $15 R; and $18 NR per nest box. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Feb. 8. 1-3 p.m.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The planetarium will journey through the solar system in a cardboard rocket in this full dome presentation. How do we do it? It’s a secret!  The program, newly digitized, provides excellent information about all the planets and the sun, and is a great motivator to use reading skills and imagination. This show is designed specifically for families and younger children. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-747-7825. The Phantoms play Dubuque at home. 7:05 p.m. $25.75, $20.75, $15.75, $12.75.

Symphonic Valentine: Symphony Idol. Edward W. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-4269. Three finalists from “American Idol” – Lakisha Jones, Haley Scarnato and Matt Giraud – will join the Youngstown Symphony performing songs like “Georgia on my Mind,” “My Heart Will Go On,” “I Will Always Love You,” and more. 8 p.m.

Dynamic Earth. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. See Friday, Feb. 13. 8 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Cedars West End. Jillian Rae. 10 p.m.

Crickets. OGB. 9 p.m.

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6-10 p.m.

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

Mastropietro Winery. Murphy Morgan. 7-10 p.m.

Papa’s Sports Bar. Fetish. 9:30 p.m.

Sunday 15

MetroMutts: Puppy Love. Lily Pond, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-330-740-7107. Take a brisk walk with your favorite Valentine (your canine companion!) as the participants explore the winter beauty of the Lily Pond. Meet at Birch Hill Cabin afterward for hot drinks, cookies and treats by the fireplace. Each member dog will receive a special Valentine. Local shelters will be on hand with some of their adoptable dogs. Easy rating, 1 mile. Donations accepted.  Bring along an item to donate to local animal shelters.  11 a.m.

Check into Chess. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. If you would like to learn to play, the Library will teach you. For school-age children, teens and adults. 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Lily Pond in Winter. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. The Lily Pond has plenty of visitors during the warmer months, but it’s a lonely place when it’s cold. Explore nature in and around the pond in winter. Moderate, 2 miles. 2-4 p.m.

Nourishing Soup Fest. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Features a demonstration and tasting. Learn how to prepare Provencal vegetable soup favoring organic ingredients, artisan bread, aromatic pesto, and a sweet souvenir. Learn how to prepare soup in one hour to enjoy all week. With Karres Cvetkovich. Register/pay by Feb. 13. 2:30-4:30 p.m. $30; FFRG, $26.

Monthly: Irish Music Session. Quinlan’s Irish Pub, 5154 Youngstown-Warren Road (Rt. 422), Niles; 330-349-4500 or 330-757-9057. Traditional musicians gather to share Irish tunes and friendship. Acoustic musicians and listeners are welcome. Call for more information. Every third Sunday. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Monday 16

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.

Monthly: Southington So Sews. Southington Christian Church, St. Rt. 534, Southington; Contact Jennie at 330-847-7386. Third Monday. 9:30 a.m.

Sogbety Diomande: Experience the Music of West Africa. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, various branches.; 330-744-8636. Experience the rhythms, dances, and songs of West Africa with West African drummer and performer Sogbety Diomande. He has been drumming since his early teens, playing the traditional drum music of the West African region. He first learned by observing drummers in Toufinga, a village in Ivory Coast. Since moving to the United States in 1997, he has performed with a number of dance companies, including the Mask Dance Company, the Kotchenga Dance Company, Company Kobake, the Djoniba Dance Company, and Tokounou (a Guinean dance and drum company). He also performed on Jimmy Buffet’s tour in 2000 and as a resident artist at Disney World’s Harambe African Village. More recently, Diomande has been teaching drumming, in the U.S., including regularly teaching in his adopted home of Ohio. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636, Occurs 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9 and Main Library, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16. 6:30 p.m.

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

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Edward W. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-4269. In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. This traveling stage play is based on the 1954 Hollywood musical. 8 p.m.

Tuesday 17

Basic Computer Class @ Austintown: Email. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Learn how to set up your own email account. This is a beginner’s class that will cover setting up an Internet-based email account and how to use it. Some knowledge of computers and Internet is required. Space is limited to three. Call to register and specify “Basic Computer Class at Austintown: E-mail.” For adults. Austintown Library, 11 a.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.

Beginning Microsoft Word: An Introduction to Word Processing. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive, Cortland; 330-399-8807 ext. 201. In this class, we will be using Microsoft Word 2010 to get started in word processing. We cover the basics of formatting, editing, printing, and saving. Prerequisite: comfortable with a mouse and some typing practice. Registration is required. Contact the Main Library at the number listed above to sign up. Class will be held at the Cortland Branch. 2 p.m.

Budding Pint-Sized Picassos. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Young budding artists get to experience a different art medium (paints, play-dough, shaving cream, glue, etc.) each month at the Newport Branch. Some activities will get messy so dress in old clothes or bring an old adult shirt to use as an artist’s smock. For children 3-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 6 p.m.

Blingin’ Out My Sock Monkey. Public Library, various branches. Decorate your very own sock monkey. The Library will provide the monkeys and the bling (markers, ribbon, buttons, jewels, etc.) and you provide the design and creativity. For grades 7-12. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17; Tri-Lakes Library, 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11. 6 p.m.

Tween Writer’s Club @ W-TCPL, Main Library.Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 330-399-8807, ext. 206 to register. Are you a young creative writer looking for a writer’s group? Then, the Tween Writer’s Club @ W-TCPL is for you. At meetings, you’ll improve your writing through writing exercises, sharing, critiquing, and more. Ages 10 to 14. Registration is required. 6 p.m.

Academy Awards Dinner. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Feature a demonstration and tasting. Chef David Armstrong will prepare a Hollywood-style menu, including caviar dip, filet of beef, smoked salmon and mesclun salad, and a raspberry-infused drink. Register/pay by Feb. 15. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $42; FFRG $36.

Wednesday 18

Music at Noon: Tuba Ensemble Recital. Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44505; 330-941-3636. YSU’s Dana School of Music, in collaboration with the Butler Institute of American Art, presents “Music at Noon.” 12:15  p.m. Free.

Orchid Clinic. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Stop by with your questions for our orchid experts, Dave Miller and Jackie Land. Bring any problem orchids you may have and they will help you get them back on track. Orchid bark mix and orchid pots will be available for sale for a nominal fee. Drop-in. 2-4 p.m.

Legos and Looms. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs or Rainbow Loom bracelets. Legos and Rainbow Loom materials will be provided. Ages 6 and up. 4 p.m.

Makerspace: T-Shirt Transformations. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive, Cortland; 330-638-6335. For teens in grades 7 to 12. Wednesday after school until 5 p.m.

Anime and Manga Club. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Come in for some anime, graphic novels, and other pop culture fun. Otaku, bronies, and gamers are all welcome. For teens and adults. 6 p.m.

Page Turners Book Club. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Love books? Looking for a good read? Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read. For adults. Austintown Library, 6-7 p.m.

Youngstown-Warren Inventor’s Club Meeting. Oakhill Collaborative, 507 Oakhill, Youngstown; 330-750-0417. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call Robert Davenport for more information. 7 p.m.

Book Discussion Group: The Presidents. Howland Branch Library, 9095 E. Market St., Howland; 330-856-2011. Join the Library for the first meeting of a new book discussion group about notable presidents. The first selection is “Mr. President: George Washington and the Making of the Nation’s Highest Office” by Harlow Giles Unger. Read the book and then join in the discussion. The featured book is available to borrow from the library, or a limited number of paperback copies may be available to buy. 7 p.m.

music @ night 

Bourbon House 45. Jay Byrd. 6-9 p.m.

Leon’s. Chuck Gisewhite. Open mike. 8 p.m.

YOLO. Julius Veal. 6-10 p.m.

Thursday 19

Homeschool Brunch Bunch. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Homeschoolers will celebrate Chinese New Year with a book discussion followed by extension activities. Additional resources will be available to check out for further exploration and self-study. Bring a sack lunch if you wish. A snack will be provided. For elementary school children. 11 a.m.

Listen and Lego. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Listen to a story and then have fun building with Legos, which will be provided. 1-2 p.m.

All About Hearts. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Ages 3-5. Enjoy a heart-felt story, a heart ornament craft, and a heart healthy snack. 1-2 p.m. $5.

PANDA Partners. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Join local high school PANDA leader groups for fun teambuilding activities in the teen room. The group will have pizza. For grades 7-12. 4 p.m.

Celebrate Chinese New Year. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Begin the Year of the Sheep with games, trivia, snacks and more. For grades four and up. 6:30 p.m.

Using the Ancestry Database. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. The Genealogy and Local History Librarian will demonstrate the power of the Ancestry database and show how it can be used effectively for genealogical research. For adults. Registration is required by phoning 330-744-8636 or online via the library’s events calendar. 6:30 p.m.

Sci-Fi Book Discussion Group. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Read this month’s featured book, “Ringworld” by Larry Niven, and then join in a discussion led by a librarian. 6:30 p.m.

music @ night

Apollo Maennerchor. Acoustic. 7:30 p.m.

Cedars West End. Swing Dance Night. 9:30 p.m.

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

Friday 20

Botanical Mornings. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Appreciate the structural beauty of the Gardens during this wintertime stroll with Lynn Zocolo. Look for Witch Hazels and perhaps some early blooming bulbs. 9-10 a.m. $5.

Mad About the Arts. Stambaugh Auditorium Ballroom, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-941-1777. To purchase tickets, visit wysu.org/madaboutthearts. For 20 years, “Mad About the Arts” has benefited the John J. McDonough Museum of Art and WYSU 88.5 FM. This special 20th anniversary celebration at Stambaugh will feature  food, music and wine. The event includes “Wine Craft and Connoisseurship” and performances by YSU’s Jazz Ensemble 2 and Jazz Combo. The event will be capped with dancing to Redline. 6:30 p.m.

Let It Be. Edward W. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-0264. The global tour of “Let It Be” comes to the Mahoning Valley for one show. The performance captures the Beatles’ meteoric rise from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to their later studio masterpieces. Hear live performances of early hits like “Twist and Shout,” “Baby You Can Drive My Car,” and career toppers such as “Hey Jude,” “Come Together,” and, of course, “Let It Be.” 7:30 p.m.

Toughest Monster Trucks. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 1-800-745-3000. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21. $25-$10.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Selah Restaurant, 130 S. Bridge Street, Struthers, 44471; 800-838-3006. This intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron has celebrated a two-and-a-half year run in New York’s Westside Theatre. “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” is based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman and the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. The show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories. The show is winner of the 2010 Drama Desk Award and 2010 Broadway.com Award for favorite new play. Shows will be held on the second floor cabaret at Selah Restaurant, which is accessible by stairs.  Admission includes dessert and coffee at intermission. Advance ticket purchases are required. Pre-theater dining is recommended by reservation. Call the main restaurant at 330-755-2759. Occurs 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-21, 27-28. $17.50.

Dynamic Earth. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. See Friday, Feb. 13 for listing. 8 p.m. Free.

music @ night

Christopher’s. Live Underground Jazz. 5-8 p.m.

Donna’s Diner. Terry Dach. 5-7 p.m.

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6-10 p.m.

Rust Belt Tap Room. Reeds and Strings. 7-9 p.m.

Up a Creek. G-Force. 8:30 p.m.

Saturday 21

Garden Seminar: Heritage Gardening for the 21st Century. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. During the 10th annual winter seminar, discover some of the most successful, sustainable, and simple plants from the 18th through early 20th centuries. These tough and adaptable plants represent the foundation of our gardens today. In addition, speakers will look at historic gardening methods that can be applied to our current gardens. Join us in exploring the rich heritage of the garden and what it can mean to us. The books of speakers will be available for purchase at the seminar. Presented by the Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown and Mill Creek MetroParks. For more information and to register, go to the Winter Seminar site: http://www.mgcy.org/Pages/WinterSeminar.aspx. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $45; $55 after Feb. 8.

Hunting & Military Relic Show. Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-539-4247.  Feb. 21-22. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ongoing: Twice-Loved Book Sale. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Peruse the tables in the Antonucci Horticulture Library for much loved books on gardening, cooking, and nature. There will also be magazines for sale. All proceeds benefit the Antonucci Horticulture Library. Feb. 21-March 1. 10 a.m.-5p.m.

Ongoing: Nature Photography Exhibit. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. View the talents of amateur photographers in this exhibit. Feb. 21-March 15.

Cabin Fever Fest. Wick Recreation Area, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Burn off the winter blues during the Cabin Fever Fest, presented by the MetroParks Police and Recreation Departments. Activities include a chili cook-off, outdoor games and activities, sled riding and more. Participate in the snow sculpting competition (weather permitting) and do fun winter crafts. Sample chili and vote for your favorite for a small donation. $10 fee to enter the chili cook-off. Call the Ford Nature Center for chili cook-off registration, rules, or event details. Noon-2 p.m.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The planetarium will journey through the solar system in a cardboard rocket in this full dome presentation. How do we do it? It’s a secret!  The program, newly digitized, provides excellent information about all the planets and the sun, and is a great motivator to use reading skills and imagination. This show is designed specifically for families and younger children. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

2nd Annual Chocolate Olympics. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 330-399-8807, ext. 206 to register. Calling all chocolate lovers. Join the Library for a chocolate-filled extravaganza of games and more; it will be sweet. For children in kindergarten through grade six. Registration is required. 2 p.m.

Reading and Other Forms of Art. Butler Trumbull Branch, 9350 E. Market St., Howland; 330-856-2011. The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library and the Butler Institute of American Art offer a unique blend of art and books during this interactive family program. A children’s librarian will present stories, and an art educator will present a companion craft. For ages 5 to 10 with an accompanying adult. 2 p.m.

Game-a-thon. Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Video games, board games, trivia games, and more. The Library will provide the games and snacks. For grades 4-12. 2:30 p.m.

Movie Matinee.  Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Multiple branches. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children age 7 and under must be with an adult. Movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG-13 to G. Austintown Library, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21; Brownlee Woods Library, 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21; Newport Library, 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14 and 28; Struthers Library, 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26. 2:30 p.m.

Contra Dance at Pioneer Pavilion. Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Features a Contra Dance on the ballroom floor at historic Pioneer Pavilion. Beginners and veterans alike can enjoy this unique folk dance form from the British Isles. 7-10 p.m. $7 at the door.

Toughest Monster Trucks. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 1-800-745-3000. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21. $25-$10.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Selah Restaurant, 130 S. Bridge Street, Struthers, 44471; 800-838-3006. See Friday, Feb. 20 for listing. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-21, 27-28. $17.50.

Dynamic Earth. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. See Friday, Feb. 13 for listing. 8 p.m. Free.

music @ night 

Brickhouse. Hat Trickz. 9 p.m.

Cedars West End. White Cadillac. 10 p.m.

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6-10 p.m.

Holiday Bar. Wet Lemon. 9:30 p.m.

McMenamy’s. Huckin’ Fillbillies. 8:30 p.m.

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

Suzie’s. 5 Elements, Jones for Revival. 9 p.m.

SUNDAY 22

Hunting & Military Relic Show. Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-539-4247.  9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Creating Sacred Space. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Karres Cvetkovich teaches how to return to the present moment to connect with and make room for the new you to emerge. Bring a notebook, mat, pillow, and small blanket for guided relaxation. Register/pay by Feb. 20. 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.$26; FFRG $22.

Cumberland Island National Seashore. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Ever dream of your own island paradise? Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island and boasts maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes. Join Eric Broviak for a talk and presentation about this island paradise with pristine beaches and stunning natural wonders. Participants will see highlights of easy front country features and venture into the jungle-like interior of this island gem right here in the U.S.  From wild horses to armadillos, this well-kept secret is yours to explore. Call Ford Nature Center for details. 2-3:30 p.m.

Monday 23

Friends of the Austintown Library Meeting and Program. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Mill Creek Metroparks Horticulture Director Keith Kaiser will present “Fellows Riverside Gardens-Spring is Here.” For adults. Austintown Library, 10 a.m.

It’s All about Yarn. Public Library, various branches. Bring in your crochet, knitting, plastic canvas, or “anything with yarn” project and learn from one another. Participants are encouraged to bring all yarn UFOs (unfinished objects). For adults. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636, 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 23; Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 and 20. 11 a.m.

Monday Movie Matinee & Discussion Group. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. Join the Library to watch a classic movie shown on the big screen in the library meeting room, and then join in a discussion led by a librarian following the film. This month, we’ll be celebrating African American History Month with the showing of a featured film. No reservations necessary. 2 p.m.

Turning Pages at the Library. Howland Branch Library, 9095 E. Market St., Howland; 330-856-2011. A program for those beginning readers who can’t get enough of books. Come to the library once a month for an after school interactive reading session including games and a snack. For kids in grades one through four. Registration is required. 5 p.m.

Facebook for Your Business. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. The workshop will feature the steps to create a Facebook page for your business. To register, call and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. For adults. 6 p.m.

Stamping with Cindy. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools. Each participant will create a greeting card with a matching envelope and 3-D item. Class size is limited, registration required. For adults. 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23; 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 27. 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 24

Blood Pressure Check by Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association. Public Library, various branches. Austintown Library, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24; MetroParks Farm Library, 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17; Sebring Library, 1-3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Microsoft Word 2: Continuing with Word 2010. Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive, Cortland; 330-399-8807 ext. 201. Participants will continue learning about Microsoft Word 2010 in this class. It covers bullet points, columns, color, and inserting pictures. Prerequisite: the course “Beginning Microsoft Word.” Registration is required. Contact the Main Library at the number listed to sign up. Class will be held at the Cortland Branch. 2 p.m.

Family Story Time Black History Month Celebration. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Celebrate Black History Month with stories, songs and activities about African American artists and musicians. Make a craft to take home. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult. For the entire family. Main Library, 6:30 p.m.

Leave No Soldier Behind: Finding Our Family Members in Uniform. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Explore the records of America’s armed forces. Learn how to pursue personnel files and unit histories in order to understand your ancestor’s role in the military. Registration is required by calling or online via the library’s events calendar. For adults. 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday 25

Gardening Basics: Botany for Beginners. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Have you ever been stumped by a botanical name? Are you confused by the differences between a xylem and a phloem? If you answered yes to either question, then perhaps a refresher in botany is just what you need with Mandy Smith. Register/pay by Feb. 23. 9:30-11 a.m. $8.

3-D Printing: An Introduction. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave.; 330-744-8636. What is 3-D Printing? How does it work, and why is this technology becoming so popular? Find out in this class. No experience is necessary, and no computer skills are required. See a demonstration of loading a 3-D print job and watch the printer in action. For the family. 11 a.m. or 4 p.m.

Music at Noon: Strings Showcase. Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44505; 330-941-3636. YSU’s Dana School of Music, in collaboration with the Butler Institute of American Art, presents “Music at Noon.” 12:15  p.m. Free.

Art in the Afternoon. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 330-399-8807, ext. 206 to register. Children in grades one to six can get creative and experiment with different media in this art program. Registration is required. 4 p.m.

Family Story Time. Public Library, various branches. Have the winter doldrums? Join us for a family story time. Winter stories, activities, craft and maybe a surprise. For all ages. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25; Tri-Lakes Library, 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28. 6 p.m.

Anglophiles Unite. Public Library, Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. 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. For teens and adults. 6:30 p.m.

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley: NAS Priority Species & Habitats. Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Canfield-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Mandy Smith will present a program about National Audubon Society’s priority species and habitats. Smith previously worked for Audubon Maryland-D.C. 7-8 p.m.

YSU Skeggs Lecture: Valerie Plame. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. Former covert CIA operations officer Valerie Plame, author of “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House,” will speak as part of YSU’s Skeggs Lecture Series.  Plame was a covert CIA operations officer in 2003 when she found herself at the heart of a political fire storm when senior White House and State Department officials revealed her secret status to several national journalists, including conservative syndicated newspaper columnist Robert Novak who published her name.  She remained silent throughout the controversy, but then wrote her New York Times best-selling autobiography “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.” 7 p.m. (lecture) 8 p.m. (book signing). Wednesday, Feb. 25. Free.

Stomp. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. Sunrise Entertainment will present “Stomp” in a beat-filled live show that utilizes brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more. 8 p.m. $56.50-$36.50.

music @ night 

Bourbon House 45. Jay Byrd. 6-9 p.m.

Leon’s. Chuck Gisewhite. Open mike. 8 p.m.

YOLO. Julius Veal. 6-10 p.m.

Thursday 26

Sit and Stitch. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Sit and stitch with others at the library. Share ideas and skills while making new friends. Bring your own quilting, appliqué, knitting or crochet projects and supplies. This is not an instructor-led activity. For teens and adults. 6 p.m.

Cookbook Club. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Share your favorite recipes for dips and dressings. Bring a dish to share with friends. (Food waiver must be signed) For adults. Austintown Library, 6 p.m.

Cookbook Club. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road; 330-744-8636. Share your favorite recipes for dips and dressings. Bring a dish to share with friends. (Food waiver must be signed) For adults. Austintown Library, 6 p.m.

Can a Healthy Diet Prevent Breast Cancer. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St.; 330-744-8636. Dr. Kathy Padgitt presents the latest research. For adults. 7 p.m.

Out of This Furnace. Ford Theater, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown, 44555; 330-941-3105. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26-28. 7:30 p.m.

music @ night

Apollo Maennerchor. Acoustic. 8 p.m.

Cedars West End. Swing Dance Night. 9:30 p.m.

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

Friday 27

Mahoning Valley Home & Garden Show. Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-799-3111.  Feb. 27-March 1.  10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-747-7825. The Phantoms play Fargo at home. 7:05 p.m. $25.75, $20.75, $15.75, $12.75.

Out of This Furnace. Ford Theater, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown, 44555; 330-941-3105. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26-28. 7:30 p.m.

YSU Wind & Percussion Invitational. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555.  7:30 p.m. $4-$5. Free with valid YSU ID.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Selah Restaurant, 130 S. Bridge Street, Struthers, 44471; 800-838-3006. See Friday, Feb. 20 for listing. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-21, 27-28. $17.50.

Firefall. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Throughout Earth’s violent history, impacts from comets and asteroids have mercilessly shaped its surface. The ancient barrage continues today; from harmless meteors – those brilliant streaks in the night sky, to mountain sized boulders wandering perilously close to Earth. Terrifying and majestic, these invaders from space are capable of utter destruction yet they have delivered life-giving water and most of the organic materials necessary for life. 8 p.m.

Paula Poundstone. Ford Family Recital Hall at DeYor, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-4269. The DeYor Performing Arts Center and 88.5 WYSU will present comedian Paula Poundstone for one show. 8 p.m. $75, $35.

music @ night  

Cedars West End. Them Bastards. 10 p.m.

Christopher’s. Live Underground Jazz. 5-8 p.m.

Diletto’s Winery. Richard Boston. 7-10 p.m.

Donna’s Diner. Carolyn Longo. 5-7 p.m.

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6-10 p.m.

Quinlan’s. Jay Wonders. 6-9 p.m.

Saturday 28

Mahoning Valley Home & Garden Show. Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-799-3111.  Feb. 27-March 1.  10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Restorative Yoga. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Begin the morning with quiet time restoring the body and nourishing the mind with restorative yoga and journaling with Michelle O’Brien. Each class will explore a specific topic to reflect on as you allow yourself to open to the process of relaxation and mindfulness. Please bring several blankets, a pillow, and notebook. Register/pay by Feb. 26. 9-10:30 a.m. $20.

Jr. Genius: Learning Through Play. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; call 330-399-8807, ext. 206 to register. Jr. Genius features age-appropriate stories and activities that introduce math and science concepts to preschoolers.  For children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver. Registration is required. 10 a.m.

Dynamic Earth. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. See Friday, Feb. 20. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free.

MetroMutts: Hot Dog Hike. Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Features a winter hike around the Ford Nature Center. Get warm by the campfire with hot dogs and hot chocolate. Moderate rating, 2 miles. MetroMutts members free, not-yet-members $3. Register by Feb. 26. 11 a.m.

The History of African-American Films. Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren; 330-399-8807. In recognition of February as African American History Month, guest speaker Arthur Byrd will be discussing the history of African-American films. After working many years as a videographer and photojournalist, Byrd is now an instructor at Youngstown State University. He has won awards as a filmmaker and journalist and has also written and produced numerous independent films. 2 p.m.

American Heart Association’s Heart Ball. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. The annual event includes dinner, dancing and a live and silent auction. 6 p.m.

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-747-7825. The Phantoms play Fargo at home. 7:05 p.m. $25.75, $20.75, $15.75, $12.75.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Selah Restaurant, 130 S. Bridge Street, Struthers, 44471; 800-838-3006. See Friday, Feb. 20 for listing. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-21, 27-28. $17.50.

Out of This Furnace. Ford Theater, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown, 44555; 330-941-3105. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26-28. 7:30 p.m.

Firefall. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Throughout Earth’s violent history, impacts from comets and asteroids have mercilessly shaped its surface. The ancient barrage continues today; from harmless meteors – those brilliant streaks in the night sky, to mountain sized boulders wandering perilously close to Earth. Terrifying and majestic, these invaders from space are capable of utter destruction yet they have delivered life-giving water and most of the organic materials necessary for life. 8 p.m.

music @ night

Black Horse. After Hours. 9:30 p.m.

Cedars West End. First In Space. 10 p.m.

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6-10 p.m.

Ice House. Radio Pulse. 9 p.m.

Little Wing. G-Force. 8 p.m.-midnight.

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

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

Mastropietro Winery. Murphy Morgan. 7-10 p.m.

Mocha House. Just Matt. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Papa’s Sports Bar. Hat Trickz. 9:30 p.m.

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