Calendar (Weeks 1-4) – January 1-31, 2016

Friday 1

Happy New Year!

Saturday 2      

Book Sale. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. The Friends of PLYMC Bookstore will have a month-long book sale in January with all cookbooks, medical and self-help books at half-off. Additionally, all young adult and teen books will be $1 for a brown bag full. The bookstore will run special sales throughout 2016, so check the library’s Happenings newsletter for details of upcoming sales. Friends of PLYMC Bookstore, Poland Library lower level, Open Hours, January.

America’s Schoolmaster: The Early Days of William Holmes McGuffey. Melnick Museum, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. William Holmes McGuffey taught millions how to read and study. Learn more about the early days of McGuffey and his boyhood homestead in Coitsville (now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve and part of Mill Creek MetroParks). Through Dec. 2016. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration. Weller Gallery, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. The Hunt Institute of Pittsburgh brings the work of 35 botanical documentation artists from around the world to the Weller Gallery. Botanical art depicts plant portraits, both visually pleasing and botanically accurate. These works are part of the permanent record of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Through Jan. 10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Book Discussion: Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. This book by Lyanda Lynn Haupt shares complex natural history details on crows and their place in our world, as well as observations on the relationship between humans and nature. Read “Crow Planet,” and then join the group to share your thoughts about the book during a discussion group. 10:30 a.m.

Battle of the Books. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Come to the library and vote for one of the two books displayed. You may vote each time you visit the library during the month of January. For children of all ages. Brownlee Woods Library, Library hours, January; Campbell Library, Library hours, January; East Library, Library hours, January; Newport Library, Library hours, January; Struthers Library, Library hours, January; and West Library, Library hours, January.

Take a Guess. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Guess the number of items in the jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. Austintown Library, Library hours, January. Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January.

Teen Book Spine Poetry. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Use the titles of books in a stack to create book spine poetry. Fill out a contest form for a chance to win a small prize. You can also take a picture of your book spine poem and post it to social media using the hashtags #plymc #bookspinepoetry. For grades 6-12. Austintown Library, Library hours, January; Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January.

Coupon Swap @ the Library. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons or learning new tips from other coupon-clippers. For adults. Austintown Library, Library hours, January; Sebring Library, Library hours, January; Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January; West Library, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7.

Blind Date with a Book. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Exciting, single book is seeking a fun-loving reader. Will be wearing a plain book jacket and sitting out on display during Library hours. Check me out today. For adults. Austintown Library, Library hours, January; Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January.

Book-A-Librarian: Information Services. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Need help downloading library books to your eReader, want help with your tablet or laptop, or can’t wait to download magazines and movies to your device(s)? You can come to the library for a free one-on-one individual lesson with the Digital Services Librarian. Register at the Main Library at the Information Services Librarian’s desk or call 330-744-8636 to sign up for an appointment. Teens and adults. Library hours, January.

Snow-Who. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Snowmen have come to the library dressed as their favorite book characters. Match each Snowman Character with the name on the literary character list for chance to win a prize. For tweens in grades 4-6 and teens in grades 7-12. Library hours, January.

Trim a Tree for January. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Decorate an ornament for the Library’s all-season tree. Children of all ages. Austintown Library, Library hours, January; Newport Library, Library hours, January; Poland Library, Library hours, January; Springfield Library, Library hours, January.

Blood Drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Austintown Library, 1-6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19; Austintown Library, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2; Austintown Library, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 23; Poland Library, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7; Poland Library, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15; Boardman, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4. 10 a.m.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. Elm and Baldwin streets., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features seasonal produce, baked goods, demonstrations, canned goods, and coffees. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

music @ night  

Frieda’s. Howard and the Point Five Band. 6 p.m.

Magic Tree. Joe Graziosi presents “Modern Art:  A Tribute to Art Blakey. ” Valley native Joe Graziosi returns with his hard-swinging sextet that focuses on the songbook of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. Graziosi and his jazz group include Kyle O’Donnell, John Reese, Theron Brown and Vinny Vivacqua.  8-11 p.m.

Sunday 3

Ford Hunt and Hike: Snowflakes. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. This year is the Mill Creek Park’s quasquicentennial (125th anniversary). Stop by the Ford Nature Center and locate the 25 snowflakes – hidden to commemorate this milestone, and then go on a hike of your choice. Jan. 3-31. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Resolution 2016. Newport Wetlands, Mill Creek MetroParks, Boardman, 44512; 330-740-7107. Overindulge during the holidays? Resolve to exercise more during 2016? Join a steady, but moderate, pace around Lake Newport. Moderate/difficult, 5 miles.2-4:30 p.m.

Monday 4

Grab & Go Craft for January. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Make a craft to take home. Main Library, 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4; Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January. 5:30 p.m.

Saving Memories-Downloading Digital Pictures. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Keep your memories safe by learning how to transfer pictures from a digital camera or phone onto a computer and flash drive. Bring your device with cord attachments and if possible with flash drive or laptop. For teens and 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. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. The group will discuss “Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. Share your favorite books and find out what new ones are being published. The group will preview February’s book, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. For adults. 7 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.

Tuesday 5

Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies & Books. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. For children 6 to 23 months. Twenty minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Poland Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27. 10 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Fun Time for 4s & 5s. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Features developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Main Library, 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25; MetroParks Farm, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5; Newport, 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 8. 10 a.m.

Teen Tuesdays. Sebring Library, 195 W. Ohio Ave.; 330-744-8636. Come have a snack and join your friends to do some fun activities on the first Tuesday of each month. Topics will be different monthly. Program is for Teens, 7th grade and up. 4 p.m.

Get Connected with Digital Media @ Your Library. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Get Connected with Digital Media@ the Library – Would you like to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices? Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the specific library to register. For teens and adults. Main Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5; Poland Library, 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16. 6 p.m.

SCORE Appointments @ the Library.  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 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 in the Information Services Department’s Business and Investment Center (BIC), located on the second floor of the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave. The service is free. To talk with a business professional from SCORE, please call 330-941-2948 for an appointment. For adults. By appointment between 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 6

Recreational Hikes. Various locations, Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7107. Recreational hikes, generally led by volunteers, are faster paced to focus on exercise. 9 a.m., Jan. 6: meet at overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive. Easy, 1 or 3 miles. 9 a.m., Jan. 20: meet at Ford Nature Center. Moderate, 2 or 4 miles. 9 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s & 3s. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Features developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 20, 27; MetroParks Farm, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 13; Poland Library, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28. 10 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Pre-Kindergarten Storytime. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. This program is for 4 and 5 year olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. The sessions use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement, and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten. 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27.

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.

Ongoing: Wednesdays at the WOW. Oh Wow, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-5914. Explore in the museum’s InspireWorks Lab. Free with museum admission. http://www.ohwowkids.org. 4-5:30 p.m.

Night Owl for the New Year. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Ring in the New Year with a special family story time. Stories, games, and activities, including a time capsule for each family. 6 p.m.

Winter Wreaths. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Holiday decorations must come down, so let’s make something festive to put in their place. For teens and adults. 6:30 p.m.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meeting. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Check the Library out at the monthly TAB 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. Austintown Library, 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9 (snacks); Boardman Library, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6 (meets first Wednesday of the month).

Thursday 7

Fitness Fun Story Time. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Features stories and activities selected from the Eat, Play, Grow program. Good fun and good nutrition. Prizes and snacks will be given. For children ages 2-5. Sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Kids Coalition. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 7. Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13. 10 a.m.

The Big Bad Wolf. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. Ages 3-6. Wolves are one of the most feared and misunderstood creatures due to fairy tales like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs.” Children are invited to learn the truth about these social, pack-living animals. Register/pay by Jan. 5. 10-11 a.m. $4 R; $6 NR. Additional fee after deadline.

Gotta Move Story Time. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. For children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Features a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development, and motivate language learning. Adults and kids, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play. Austintown Library, 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 21, 28; MetroParks Farm, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan 12; Poland Library, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25; Sebring Library, 12 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 28; Tri-Lakes Library, 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28. 11 a.m.

Listen and Lego. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Listen to a story and then have fun building with Legos. Legos will be provided. For ages 4-7. 1 p.m.

Teen Cafe. Newport Library, 3730 Market St., Youngstown, 44507; 330-744-8636.  Food, fun and information in the Teen Room. For teens in grades 7-12. 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28. 4 p.m.

Weekly: Warriors Inc.: Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs. Warriors Inc., 2733 Market St., Youngstown; 330-783-3276. This is a weekly, state certified program that focuses on preventing drug use through fishing and aquatic resource education. 5-6 p.m. Free.

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

Memory Keepers Scrapbooking Club. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Bring your photographs and create a scrapbook page for them. Paper and other supplies provided. Please pre-register for this event by calling 330-744-8636. For teens and adults. 6-7:30 p.m.

And the Rest is History Book Club. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Read a sizzling, red-hot history book lately? We would love to hear all the juicy details. Features informal discussions covering all areas of history, including historic eras, people, places, and things. For adults. 6 p.m.

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

music @ night  

Magic Tree. John Reese Project.  8-11 p.m.

Friday 8

The Rat Pack Is Back. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and http://www.packardmusichall.com. Performance recreates the music of the Rat Pack. 8 p.m. $67-$31, plus applicable service fees.

music @ night

Frieda’s. Howard and the Point Five Band. 6 p.m.

Pressed. Open Mike Night. 6 p.m.

Saturday 9

Photography Workshop. Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield, 44406; 330-702-3000. Members of the Youngstown Camera Club and Warren Photographic Society return to present informative sessions about a variety of photo topics. Bring your camera/manual, and lunch/drink. Free, but register at FNC by Jan. 8. 9 a.m.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. Elm and Baldwin streets., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features seasonal produce, baked goods, demonstrations, canned goods, and coffees. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

MetroMutts: Pupsicle Hike. Golf Course Overflow Parking Lot. Mill Creek MetroParks, W. Golf Drive, Boardman, 44512; 330-740-7122. Shake off cabin fever and bring your canine companion for a new year winter stroll down the East Golf Hike/Bike trail. Easy, 2 miles. 11 a.m.

Sensory Story Time. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Features a family story time for children of all ages with a sensory focus. This program is designed for children with different needs, including those with Autism, speech/language delays, cognitive impairments, AD/HD and other special needs and challenges. Enjoy books, music and sensory stations with a schedule board and double visuals. Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman Library. Preschool and school-age children. 10 a.m.

A Celebration of Dr. Seuss. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Caricaturist Paul Merklein combines art, comedy, and audience participation as he draws “Great Big Seusses,” all from the world of Dr. Seuss. For the entire family. 11 a.m.

Family Story Time. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Bring the whole family for stories, games, crafts, and fun for all ages. *Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Greenford Library, 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21; Main Library*, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 26; Newport Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20; and Sebring Library, 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. 11 a.m.

Sensory Art. Newport Library, 3730 Market St., Youngstown, 44507; 330-744-8636.  Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to this fun sensory art class. They will be introduced to new art materials, and be immersed in many beautiful colors and activities. Noon.

music @ night 

Frieda’s. Howard and the Point Five Band. 6 p.m.

Los Gallos. Edward Be Thy Name.

Magic Tree. BananaFish, The Sums Divide.  8-11 p.m.

SUNDAY 10

Yoga Basics Course. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Enjoy a gentle, but thorough, approach with daily deep relaxation during this eight-week yoga course. Choose either Sunday mornings or Tuesday evenings. Participants should bring a mat, small blanket and pillow. Karres Cvetkovich is a seasoned instructor. Participants need to pre-register. Occurs Jan. 10-Feb. 28 (Sundays, 9-10 a.m.) or Jan. 12-March 1 (Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.). $80; 10 percent discount ($72) if registered by Jan. 5.  9 a.m.

YSU Dana Horn Workshop. Room 2326, Bliss Hall, YSU, WIck Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown, 44555; 330-941-3636. This special event features workshops, performances and guest artist Lowell Greer. Noon-5 p.m.

Check into Chess. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. For teens and adults. 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Same Trail Twelve Times. Parking lot, Lanterman’s Mill, Mill Creek MetroParks, 980 Canfield Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7115. Mill Creek Gorge inspired Volney Rogers to establish our park district 125 years ago. The group will celebrate the quasquicentennial by hiking the gorge every month this year. Hike with the group and see the ever-changing beauty of the Gorge. Moderate, 2 miles. 2-3:30-p.m.

Lit Youngstown/Jewish Community Center Poetry Reading. Jewish Community Center of Greater Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown 44504; 330-746-3251.  The Jewish Community Center and Lit Youngstown will host a literary reading that corresponds with art shows in the Thomases Family Gallery.  Poets Will Greenway, Mindi Kirchner-Greenway and Susan Wojnar will read their work today. An exhibition of watercolor paintings by John Guy Petruzzi will be on display until Jan. 22. 3-4 p.m.

Monday 11

Let Freedom Ring. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and make your own freedom bell. Library hours. For children of all ages. East Library, Library hours, Jan. 11-16; Newport Library, Library hours, Jan. 11-16.

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.

Mystery Mondays at Main. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Do you love to read mysteries or thrillers? Features an informal discussion of “Art in the Blood” by Bonnie MacBird. We’ll chat about what else we’ve been reading and preview some new releases. For teens and adults. 11 a.m.

Baby Brilliant: Playtime at Your Library. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Prepare for kindergarten through play. The group will read a story and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for kindergarten. For ages 2-6. All children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 6 p.m.

Business Start-Up Workshop. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 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 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. For adults. Boardman Library Tech Room, 6:30 p.m.

Get Connected with Digital Media @ Your Library. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Find out what all the Hoopla is about. Learn how to use your library card to download or stream free movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks. For adults. Registration required. 7 p.m.

Tuesday 12

Yoga in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Join Marina Perdos for a blend of energizing yoga styles. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Drop-in. Occurs Jan. 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28. 9:30-11 a.m. $12/class.

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.

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.

The Art of Ballroom Dancing. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Join Joe Sepesy, retired injured veteran, and Linda McPhail, the dance instructor who helped Joe overcome physical and emotional challenges through ballroom dancing. Joe is the author of “Word Dances: A Collection of Verses and Thoughts About Ballroom Dancing.” Books will be available for purchase.  Reservations are needed. Newport Library, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12; Poland Library, 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29. 1 p.m.

Lego My Library. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636.Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. For kids, age 6 and up. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6; Austintown Library, 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16; Boardman Library, 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 23; Poland Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19; Sebring Library, 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14; Tri-Lakes Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12. 6 p.m.

Night Owl Story Time. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 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. 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 19, 26.

Yoga Basics Course. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Enjoy a gentle, but thorough, approach with daily deep relaxation during this eight-week yoga course. Choose either Sunday mornings or Tuesday evenings. Participants should bring a mat, small blanket and pillow. Karres Cvetkovich is a seasoned instructor. Participants need to pre-register. Occurs Jan. 10-Feb. 28 (Sundays, 9-10 a.m.) or Jan. 12-March 1 (Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.). $80; 10 percent discount ($72) if registered by Jan. 5. 6 p.m.

Tween Tech Open House. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Come to the Austintown Library to see and explore our tech toys including snap circuits, a robot building kit, and Sphero robotic ball. For tweens and teens in grades 3-8. Austintown Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12; Tri-Lakes Library, 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25. 6 p.m.

Read, Rap and Snack. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Join the teen book club. For the January meeting, the Library will discuss a book chosen at the December meeting. Look for postings with the book title after the December meeting. The session will leave time to discuss any of your favorite books/music/movies/TV shows so feel free to attend even if you haven’t read the chosen book. Snacks will be provided. For grades 7-12. 6:30 p.m.

I Read YA. Book Club. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. For adult fans of Young Adult Literature. This month the group will be discussing “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey. For adults. 6:30 p.m.

Introduction to Foundation Maps. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Learn how to effectively search Foundation Maps. Foundation Maps Professional 2.0 offers features that allow you to research funders in new ways, understand funding trends in your issue area, and see your organization in the context of the broader field. For adults. Main Library Computer Center, 6:30 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.

Wednesday 13

Chair to Mat Movement. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Chair to Mat Movement™ with Michelle O’Brien is designed to increase mobility and flexibility for those who find seated floor movement challenging. Breathing techniques, as well as mindfulness practices, make this class accessible to most anyone for health and fitness and relaxation. All movement is done seated in chairs and in standing positions on a mat. Jan. 13, 20, 27. 9-10 a.m. Drop-in. $10/class.

T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 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. Occurs Jan. 13, 20, 27. Noon-1 p.m. $10/class.

Music at Noon: Chamber Winds. Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44505; 330-941-3636. The Dana School of Music’s Chamber Winds will perform. 12:15 p.m.

Basic Computer Class. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 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 330-744-8636 to register and specify which library for Basic Computer Class. For adults. Austintown Library, 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15; Main Library, 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19; Newport Library, 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 20, 27. 12:30 p.m.

Teen Homeschool Brunch Bunch. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Use a recycled book and bring it to life. Create 3D word art or a design of your own. Like any book, the possibilities are endless. For homeschooled teens ages 12-18. 1 p.m.

Homeschool Brunch Bunch. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Homeschoolers explore your library. Features a reading and discussion of “Let’s Go to the Library” by Martha Rustad, followed by a library tour and a scavenger hunt. Bring a sack lunch if you wish. A snack will be provided. For elementary-school children. 1 p.m.

Ongoing: Wednesdays at the WOW. Oh Wow, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-5914. Explore in the museum’s InspireWorks Lab. Free with museum admission. http://www.ohwowkids.org. 4-5:30 p.m.

Puzzle Swap. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Swap six of your once-done jigsaw puzzles with others. Held every second Wednesday of the month. 4 p.m.

Coloring 4 Grown-Ups – Tap into your creative side with the newest relaxation craze. Colored pencils and markers will be provided along with intricate abstract and themed design sheets. For teens and adults. Main Library, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13; Struthers Library, 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14. 6:30 p.m.

Think Spring. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Bring the birds back early and maybe they will bring the warm weather with them. Brrrr… Learn to make an outdoor hanging bird seed ornament. Suggested age is for adults,  but all are welcome. Please register for this event. 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 14

Blossoming Happily Into the New Year. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Michelle O’Brien leads this three-session workshop where she guides participants into learning a healthier life style. Subjects range from shedding excess weight to forming new habits. Bring a notebook. Register/pay by Jan. 12 for series. Occurs Jan. 14, 21 and 28. 5:30-7 p.m. $36/series; $15/class.

Sensational Preschool Science. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Watch some easy science demonstrations and join in with other interactive science activities. For ages 3-5. 6 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.

Struthers Winter Concert Series.Yellow Creek Park, Mill Creek MetroParks, 19 1/2 Lowellville Road, Struthers, 44471; 330-755-7275. Features an evening of music and dancing with The Jim Frank Combo.  7-8:30 p.m.

Friday 15

Textiles of Perception. Weller Gallery, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. The work of Cheryl Eddie Deibel steps away from tradition quilts and quilting techniques. Her floral abstractions are loosely based on the Fibonacci number series to define size and proportion. Jan. 15-Feb. 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Crafting Corner. Brownlee Woods Library, 4010 Sheridan Road, Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Features a special craft. The group will be making sugar scrubs. All materials will be provided. Registration is required so reserve your spot. Call 330-744-8636 and specify Brownlee Woods Crafting Corner. For tweens, teens, adults. 4 p.m.

music @ night  

Frieda’s. Howard and the Point Five Band. 6 p.m.

Magic Tree. Jay Bird. Blues. 8-11 p.m.

Pressed. Open Mike Night. 6 p.m.

Saturday 16

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. This program offers a step-by-step checklist approach to help with your organization’s readiness for foundation fundraising. It is designed for groups without nonprofit status or new nonprofits with limited grant-seeking experience. For adults. Main Library, 9:30 a.m.

Bird in the Hand. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 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. If you lend your hand, the Park will provide birdseed. 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. Elm and Baldwin streets., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features seasonal produce, baked goods, demonstrations, canned goods, and coffees. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

It’s for the Birds. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. The park’s overwintering birds are beautiful, fun to watch, and hungry.Create some easy-to-make bird feeders to hang in your own backyard. 10:30-11:30 a.m. $3 R, $5 NR.

So You Bought a Telescope. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown, 44502; 330-941-3616. Planetarium InfoLine: 330 941-1370. This popular program, presented by the Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society, welcomes telescope users young and old who need help on setting up their telescopes. Includes tips on how to use them and the opportunity to ask questions. Drop in any time between 1 and 3 p.m. Be sure to bring your telescope. 1-3 p.m.

Saturday Movie Matinee. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Features a Saturday Movie Matinee. Please bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children age 7 years and younger must be with an adult. Movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. Austintown Library, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16; Newport Library, 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, 23; Struthers Library, 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30. 2 p.m.

music @ night

Frieda’s. Howard and the Point Five Band. 6 p.m.

SUNday 17

Meditation and Mindfulness. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Explore methods and offerings to apply mindfulness skills in daily life. Practices are guided by Karres Cvetkovich. Register/pay by Jan. 15. 10:30 a.m.–noon. $15/class; $18/drop-in.

Who’s Knocking. Hitchcock Woods, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-330-740-7107. Look and listen for Ohio’s seven species of woodpeckers during a winter hike. Participants should park on Deer Path Drive. Moderate, 2 miles. 2-4 p.m.

Faculty Woodwind Quintet Recital. Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU, WIck Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown, 44555; 330-941-3636. This concert features Kathryn Thomas Umble, flute; Shawn Reynolds, oboe; Alice Wang, clarinet; Donald W. Byo, bassoon; and Stacie Mickens, horn. 3 p.m.

Tracy Lawrence & Diamond Rio. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504; 330-259-0555. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. Diamond Rio is a multi-platinum country group with over 10 million albums sold. They became the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single (“Meet in the Middle”). The band is celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Their long history includes hits such as “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable,” and “In a Week or Two.” Tracy Lawrence has earned 22 songs on the Billboard Top 10 chart with 18 No. 1 singles. Some of his most recognizable songs include “Paint Me a Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find out Who Your Friends Are.” He has sold over 13 million albums in a career that spans 20 years. 7:30 p.m. $50-35.

Monday 18 

Monthly: Hospice of the Valley Common Bond. Vienna United Methodist Church, 4265 Warren-Sharon Road; for more information call Hospice of the Valley at 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. The group focuses on one grief topic a year, and it meets the third Monday. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Monthly: 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.

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.

Tuesday 19 

S.T.E.M.: Parabolic Curve Art Projects. Newport Library, 3730 Market St., Youngstown, 44507; 330-744-8636. Come and learn the basics to make your art stand out. For school-aged children. 6 p.m.

Anglophiles Unite. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Are you an Anglophile? Would you like to meet some other like-minded individuals with which to share your experiences? This meeting is for lovers of all things British. This is a group for people interested in stand-up comedy, British film, history, tea, Shakespeare, famous books and authors, and the monarchy. Tea and biscuits will be served. For teens and adults. 6:30 p.m.

From the Garden: Soups On. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Features a demonstration and tasting. Chef David Armstrong will teach the art of making soups to take off the chill of winter. Varieties include wild rice, mushroom and roasted chicken, sirloin chili, and Spanish pea with ham. Soups will be served with a specialty beverage. Register/pay by Jan. 17. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $36; FFRG $30.

wednesday 20

Music at Noon. Music at Noon, Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44505; 330-941-3636. This concert features Kathryn Thomas Umble, flute; Shawn Reynolds, oboe; Alice Wang, clarinet; Donald W. Byo, bassoon; and Stacie Mickens, horn. 12:15 p.m.

Mini-MakerSpace. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Do you like to try new things? Collaborate, imagine, and learn? Then get creative and join us at the Main Library’s Mini-MakerSpace. Mini makers in grades K-6, come build exciting projects using Snap Circuits. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 4 p.m.

Page Turners Book Club. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Love books? Looking for a good read?  Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun. For adults. 6-7 p.m.

Sound Bath Experience. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. A Sound Bath is a deep meditative experience where you relax by lying on a mat and receive the sound that is played around you. The low-frequency sound and vibrations include gongs, crystal singing bowls, pyramids, flutes and other instruments. The session induces a deep state of relaxation. Register/pay by Jan. 18. 6-7 p.m. $27.

Google Drive. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Learn to allow your share, access, and share your files on one platform. Questions answered include: How do you use 15 GB of storage? What types of files can be used? Learn how to share and keep documents private. Demonstrations on Google Drive integration with other products will also be discussed. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. Boardman Library Tech Room, 6:30-8 p.m.

Anime and Manga Club. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Come and enjoy the pop culture that doesn’t get on daytime TV. Bronies, gamers and other enthusiasts also welcome. For teens and adults. 6:30 p.m.

Monthly: 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. Meets the third Wednesday. 7 p.m.

Color Your World. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Features a relaxing evening of adult coloring. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own. Light refreshments For teens and adults. Boardman Library, 7-8:30 p.m.

thursday 21

Sprout Club: Spices. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. For ages 3-5, plus adult. Explore the world of plants and spices. Register/pay by Jan. 19. 1-2 p.m. $7/class.

Now You Know Series: Latest Medical Advances in Treating Opioid Addiction. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Presenter is Dr. Daniel Brown, D.O., medical director, Meridian HealthCare. You can’t miss them —newspaper ads and billboards offering medical treatment for opioid addiction. There are many misconceptions, myths and questions about Medication Assisted Treatment. Meridian’s medical director, an expert in addiction medicine, will explain how opioid addiction works and the medicines that work to reverse it. Co-sponsored by the Library and Meridian HealthCare. Reserve a spot at 330-744-8636. 6 p.m.

Art With Andrea. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Join the Library in this art class as directors guide you through a monthly project and help you work through your own art. For teens and adults. Call 330-744-8636 to register. For adults and teens. 6:30 p.m.

DIY Winter Sugar Scrub. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Learn how to make a hydrating winter body scrub out of healthy ingredients that will exfoliate, nurture, and moisturize your dry winter skin. For teens and adults. 6:30 p.m.

music @ night

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

Magic Tree. John Reese Project. 7:30 p.m.

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

friday 22

The Snow Moon. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. During this hike, discover why some North American Indian tribes referred to this month’s moon as the “Snow Moon.” Moderate, 2 miles. 7-8:30 p.m.

music @ night

Frieda’s. Howard and the Point Five Band. 6 p.m.

Pressed. Open Mike Night. 6 p.m.

SATURDAY 23

Coffee with the Birds. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. Watch birds with Jeff Harvey of Wild Birds Unlimited while sipping coffee (or tea). Bring your favorite mug. Space limited, call to register for a 45-minute session. 8-8:45 a.m. or 8:45-9:30 a.m.

The Wonders of Air Plants. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Air plants require no soil to thrive. Mandy Smith will introduce participants to these unique plants and their care. Then put together a creation to take home and enjoy throughout the year. Register/pay by Jan. 21. 10 a.m.-noon. $30; FFRG $26.

Tales to Tails. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Come and read to a therapy dog from Pet Partners. Bring your own book, or the Library will find one for you. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and asking for the Austintown Library. For school-age children. 11 a.m.

Tales to Tails. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Come and read to a therapy dog from Pet Partners. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and asking for the Austintown Library.  For school-age children. 1 p.m.

Builders’ Club. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. What will you build? The Library will provide the supplies and a snack. For kids in grades 4-12. For tweens and teens 2:30 p.m.

Sunday 24

Winter Scavenger Hunt. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. Cabin Fever? Get outside and hunt for nature’s winter treasures. See what you and your family can find on this Winter Scavenger Hunt. Bring back evidence on your phone of camera. Fun for all ages. 2-4 p.m.

Three Dog Night. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504; 330-259-0555. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. Three Dog Night has announced that their tour dates will continue as scheduled following the death of member Cory Wells. Wells died on Oct. 20. The original date (Oct. 11) at Stambaugh was postponed. Tickets purchased for the Oct. 11 date will be honored on Jan. 24. 7:30 p.m.

Monday 25

Super Bowl 50 Predictions. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Teens in grades 7-12: stop by the Boardman Library between Jan. 25-Feb. 6 to fill out a Super Bowl Prediction form. Answer such questions as these:  Will the coin toss land heads or tails? What will the first commercial be advertising? Which team will call the first timeout? The Library will tally the scores after the event and the teen with the highest score will win a $10 Dicks Sporting Goods gift card. Library hours, Jan. 25-Feb. 6.

Mini-Makerspace: Snap Circuits. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Make learning a snap with Snap Circuits. All week long during Library hours, borrow one of our four Snap Circuit kits. Follow the diagrams to build projects like radios, voice recorders, doorbells, and more. When you’re done, unsnap the pieces and turn them back in. All Snap Circuits products are for kids ages 8 and up. Library hours, Jan. 25-30.

It’s All About Yarn. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. 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 teens and adults. 11 a.m.

Blood Pressure Screening by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Austintown Library, 11 a.m.-Noon, Tuesday, Jan. 26; Sebring Library, 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28. 11 a.m.

Stamping with Cindy. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools.  Sign up to create each month’s greeting card with matching envelope and 3-D item.  Participation is limited to one session per person each month to accommodate demand; registration is required. Call 330-744-8636. For adults. Austintown Library, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25; Austintown Library, 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29; Tri-Lakes Library, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26. 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 26

Chapter Chat Book Club. Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Love books? Come to the Chapter Chat Book Club where the group will be reading and discussing a book together every month. Each month will be a new genre. Call the library at 330-744-8636 to find out this month’s exciting read. For adults. 6 p.m.

Take Flight. Paper Airplanes and More. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Investigate the basic principles of flight, make and test a variety of paper airplanes and try on a real flight suit. Registration required: Call 330-744-8636 or visit the Poland librarians’ desk. For grades 3 to 8. 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday 27

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: String Department Recital. Music at Noon, Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44505; 330-941-3636. 12:15 p.m.

Ongoing: Wednesdays at the WOW. Oh Wow, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-5914. Explore in the museum’s InspireWorks Lab. Free with museum admission. http://www.ohwowkids.org. 4-5:30 p.m.

Family Story Time. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Features sports stories, games, a craft, and snacks. Wear your favorite team’s football jersey. For children of all ages. Austintown Library, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27; Tri-Lakes Library, 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30. 6:30 p.m.

Excel for Business. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Learn the basics of Excel for your business. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. For adults. Boardman Library Tech Room, 6:30 p.m.

Tie-Dye Pillowcase Party. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Transform a white pillowcase into a colorful tie-dye creation. Pillowcases and snacks will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland Library. For tweens and teens in grades 4-12. 6:30 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 1-800-745-3000 and http://www.covellicentre.com. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters perform one show at Covelli. 7 p.m. $79-$24, plus applicable fees.

Thursday 28 

National Kazoo Day. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. This event celebrates the kazoo. Kids will learn about the kazoo and play in their very own kazoo band. For school-age children, Tweens and Teens. 2:30-4 p.m.

Puzzle Craze. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Celebrate National Puzzle Day. Various types of puzzles will be available: crosswords, Sudoku, word searches are just a few to enjoy at this program. For the whole family. Brownlee Woods Library, 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29; Campbell Library, 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29; East Library, 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28; Newport Library, 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29; Struthers Library, 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29; West Library, 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28.  4 p.m.

Weekly: Warriors Inc.: Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs. Warriors Inc., 2733 Market St., Youngstown; 330-783-3276. This is a weekly, state certified program that focuses on preventing drug use through fishing and aquatic resource education. 5-6 p.m. Free.

Play with Clay. Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Come make a femo clay ornament, pin, or figurine to give as a gift. All supplies provided, limited space. Adults and teens may register by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Boardman Library. 6 p.m.

Appy Hour – What’s an app. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. What apps are right for me? Learn all about popular apps for smartphones and mobile devices. See a variety of apps that will help you connect to your library, find a good place to eat, keep you entertained in a long grocery line, find a great new recipe, or find great music to listen to on your walk. Registration recommended, call 330-744-8636, and ask for Poland. For adults. 6 p.m.

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

Music for the Masses: Music Club – Winter Blues Edition. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Listen, watch videos, and share cold wintery music. Songs for your winter weather playlist. For teens and adults. 6:30 p.m.

Friday 29

The Art of Ballroom Dancing. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Join Joe Sepesy, retired injured veteran, and Linda McPhail, the dance instructor who helped Joe overcome physical and emotional challenges through ballroom dancing. Joe is the author of “Word Dances: A Collection of Verses and Thoughts About Ballroom Dancing.” Books will be available for purchase.  Reservations are needed. Newport Library, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12; Poland Library, 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29.  10 a.m.

Toughest Monster Truck Tour. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 1-800-745-3000 and http://www.covellicentre.com. The monster trucks return to the dirt track at Covelli. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30. 7:30 p.m. $28-$10, plus applicable fees.

Winter Skywatch. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown, 44502; 330-941-3616. Planetarium InfoLine: 330 941-1370. The night sky changes with the seasons, and so does YSU’s “Skywatch” program. This traditional, lecture-based program covers planets, constellations, constellation lore, and current space events. 8 p.m.

music @ night 

Frieda’s. Howard and the Point Five Band. 6 p.m.

Pressed. Open Mike Night. 6 p.m.

Saturday 30      

Introduction to Finding Grants. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Learn what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. For adults. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations. What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding. How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach. In-person classes will end with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. Main Library Computer Center, 9:30 a.m.

Beginner Lacto-Fermentation. Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Learn to make your own sauerkraut, a lacto-fermented food, in this instructive class. All materials will be provided, and registration is recommended. Call 330-744-8636, and ask for the Poland Library. For adults. 10 p.m.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. Elm and Baldwin streets., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Features seasonal produce, baked goods, demonstrations, canned goods, and coffees. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Nurturing You and Your Baby. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Learn how to create a healthy, nurturing environment for you and your baby. The group will learn several calming techniques. Adults only; bring a baby doll or stuffed animal for practice. Register/pay by Jan. 28. 1-2:30 p.m. $24; FFRG $20.

This Is Our Sky. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown, 44502; 330-941-3616. Planetarium InfoLine: 330 941-1370. Join Luna and her friends for an exploration of the sky, seasons, moon phases, constellations and planets. This show is geared toward families. 2 p.m.

Toughest Monster Truck Tour. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 1-800-745-3000 and http://www.covellicentre.com. The monster trucks return to the dirt track at Covelli. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30. 7:30 p.m. $28-$10, plus applicable fees.

Winter Skywatch. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps Street, Youngstown, 44502; 330-941-3616. Planetarium InfoLine: 330 941-1370. The night sky changes with the seasons, and so does YSU’s “Skywatch” program. This traditional, lecture-based program covers planets, constellations, constellation lore, and current space events. 8 p.m.

Sunday 31

Philadelphia Flower Show. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Interested in seeing the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show? Then join Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens for a three-day garden tour to explore America’s Garden Capital. The theme for this year’s show is “Explore America – 100 Years of the National Park Service.” In addition, the tour includes visits to Winterthur Museum Garden and Library to see famous March Bank in bloom and Longwood Gardens to see “Orchid Extravaganza.” On Saturday, time has been allotted for you to explore Philadelphia on your own. Sites such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell or the Philadelphia Museum of Art are a few options. Fee includes transportation, admissions, lodging and most meals. The event occurs March 4-6. Register bys Jan. 31. $575; FFRG $525.

Ice and Fire. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. Features a frosty winter walk. Afterward, warm by the fire with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Register by Jan. 30. Moderate, 1.5 miles. 1-3 p.m.

Jewels of Winter Orchid Exhibit. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Orchids are the jewels of the plant world. During the middle of winter, find the spirit of the tropics here at the Davis Center. Bring your camera, as there will be plenty of amazing flowers to photograph. Occurs Feb. 2-March 13. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Sundays.

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