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.
Monday Movie Matinee. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-8807, extension 200. Watch the movie on the big screen in the library’s meeting room and then join in a discussion led by a reference librarian. Call the library to find out what classic movie will be shown this month. 2 p.m.
Pups and Pages. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland; 330-856-2011. Children gain confidence and improve their reading skills as they read to an uncritical and tail-wagging audience. Children in grades K to 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.
Live Music in the Library. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty, 44505; 330-759-2589. Local guitarist Tyler Guerrieri will perform selections of romantic music, plus there will be chocolate candy to enjoy. Free admission; no registration necessary. 6 -7 p.m.
Celebrate Black History. Public Library, East branch, 430 Early Road, Youngstown, 44505; 330-744-8636. Celebrate Black History month with crafts, books, and games. For the entire family. 6 p.m.
West African Rhythm with Sogbety. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Get a glimpse of West Africa with Sogbety Diomande, native of the Ivory Coast, through drumming and dance, colorful costumes, musical instruments, rhythms and songs. This interactive performance is sure to engage and delight all audiences. Fun for the whole family. 7 p.m.
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 email@example.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.
Pancake Mania. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown, 44507; 330-744-8636. Do you love pancakes? Then, come celebrate International Pancake Day with some stories, songs, and a craft to commemorate this delicious breakfast food. For school-age children. 3 p.m.
I Love Chocolate. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive, Cortland; 330-638-6335. Kids in grades 2 to 6 can come to the library and make a sweet treat for someone special. Registration is required. 5:30 p.m.
Valentine’s Night Owl Story Time. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 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, Valentine’s Day stories, a treat, and a craft activity. 6 p.m.
Monthly: Youngstown PFLAG Meeting. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-747-2696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Second Tuesday. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.
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. Main Library, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9; Newport Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24. 6:30 p.m.
Facebook for Seniors. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. See how you can connect with family, friends, send messages, and share photos on Facebook. Then call Austintown Library to Book-a-Librarian to set up your own Facebook account. To register call 330-744-8636. For adults. 6:30 p.m.
From the Garden: From the Heart. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Chef David Armstrong will create a heart-warming meal. Register/pay by Feb. 7. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $36; FFRG $30.
Guide to Online Grant-Seeker Resources. Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Learn to navigate and use the wide range of Foundation Center online resources. This hands-on session will introduce you to the resources available on the Foundation Center’s web site: GrantSpace.org. GrantSpace, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grant-seekers. You can explore content based on your subject area or a skill set you want to improve, as well as take advantage of our various tools to get answers to the most frequently asked questions, find sample documents, including proposals, and more. This class will show you how to get the most out of the web site, to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to get grants, manage your nonprofit, and improve your community. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. For adults. 6:30 p.m.
Homeschool Brunch Bunch. Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636 Homeschoolers join the Library for a reading and discussion of the book “Bears Hibernate” by Susan Gray, 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. 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. Public Library, Boardman branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Swap 6 of your once-done jigsaw puzzles with others. This is held every second Wednesday of the month at the Boardman Library at 4 p.m. For more information, call the Development Office at 330-740-6086. 4 p.m.
Kidz Create. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Brookfield branch, 7032 Grove St., Brookfield; 330-448-8134. Make culinary creations. For kids in grades K to 6. Registration is required. 5 p.m.: Feb. 10, 24.
Introduction to PowerPoint 2010. Class held at the Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland; call 330-399-8807, extension 201. Learn how to create, edit, and save a basic presentation using PowerPoint 2010. Registration is required. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Friends of PLYMC Canfield Friends Committee Meeting. Public Library, Canfield branch; 43 W. Main St., 44406; 330-744-8636. Meeting the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. For adults. 6:30 p.m.
Sprout Club: Does Candy Grow on Trees. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Ages 3-5, plus adult. Explore the world of plants and learn about the trees that provide us with candy. Register/pay by Feb. 9. 1-2 p.m. $7/class.
Beginning Microsoft Word I: An Introduction to Word Processing. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-8807, extension 201. Use Microsoft Word 2010 to get started in word processing. The class will cover the basics of formatting, editing, printing, and saving. Attendees must be comfortable with a mouse and some typing practice. Registration is required. 2-4 p.m.
Book Discussion Group. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-8807. Read the book and then join in the discussion led by a reference librarian. This month’s featured book is “The Grand Sophy” by Georgette Heyer. 2 p.m.
Ninth Annual Love Stinks Chocolate Fest. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-8807. Make choco tacos and more at our annual chocolate fest; this year featuring a special guest. For teens in grades 7 to 12. 5 p.m.
Family Pajama Jam. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty, 44505; 330-759-2589. Kids ages 3 to 8 can wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal for an evening storytime. Be ready to enjoy sleepy stories, silly songs, and a bedtime snack. Registration is required by Feb. 8. 5:30 p.m.
25 Under 35. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504; 330-259-0555. Honors young professionals who have contributed to the area through volunteer efforts. 5:30 p.m. $55.
I Love My New Canfield Library Fundraising Event. A La Cart Catering 429 Lisbon St., Canfield, 44406; 330-740-6086. The Friends of PLYMC’s Canfield Committee will host an “I Love My New Canfield Library Fundraiser” at A La Cart Catering. The event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, chocolate desserts, raffle, cash bar with wine and beer. For information or ticket reservations, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086. Proceeds benefit the Friends of PLYMC’s Canfield Committee and programs for the Canfield Library. 5:30 p.m. $25 per person.
A to Z Orchids That Grow in the Home. Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, 44509; 330-740-7116. Dave Miller will present an alphabet of twenty-six orchids that are easy to grow with basic skills. Register/pay by Feb. 9. 6-8 p.m. $5.
Preschool Art Fun. Public Library, Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St., 44514; 330-744-8636. Hear a story and then have fun exploring the story through art projects. For preschoolers. 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. The Mahoning Valley Button Box Club will perform polka music. 7-8:30 p.m.
music @ night
Christopher’s Downtown. Rick Bartholomy. 5-10 p.m.
Magic Tree. Howard and the Five Point Band. 7:30 p.m.
Vintage Estate. Steve Vuich. Open mike. 8-11 p.m.
Chocoholics Unite. Lordstown Branch Library, 1471 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown; 330-824-2094. Kids in grades 5 to 12 can learn about-and sample-different types of chocolate. Registration is required. 2:30 p.m.
music @ night
California Palms. Guys Without Ties. 8 p.m.
Frieda’s. Howard and the Point Five Band. 6 p.m.
Magic Tree. Guilty Pleasures. 8-11:59 p.m.
Pressed. Open Mike Night. 6 p.m.
Selah. Carla Gipson. 6:30 p.m.
Vintage Estate. Eric Brovinak and Friends. 8-11 p.m.
Coffee With The Birds. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. As part of the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, join the park to watch birds while sipping coffee (or tea). Bring your favorite mug. Limited space. Call Ford Nature Center by Feb. 12 to register for one session. 9:30-10:15 a.m., or 10:15-11 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.
Sensory Story Time. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Join the Library for 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. We will enjoy books, music and sensory stations with a schedule board and double visuals. Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required. Call and ask for Boardman Library. Preschool and school-age children. 10 a.m.
Genealogy Class: Ancestry Library Edition. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-8807, extension 202. Participants will learn how to use the library’s subscription database to find census, marriage, death, birth, military, and immigration records. Those taking the class should be familiar with navigating a computer using a mouse. Registration is required. 10 a.m.
MetroMutts: Puppy Love. Birch Hill Cabin. Birch Hill Cabin, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-330-740-7107. Explore the winter beauty hiking with your favorite canine Valentine! Warm up at Birch Hill Cabin afterward with hot drinks and treats. Members receive a special Valentine. Moderate, 1 mi. Share the love by bringing an item to donate to Oakley’s Heart. Hike free for all. Refreshments: MetroMutts members free; not-yet-members $1. 11 a.m.
Sensory Storytime. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-8807, extension 206. A 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. For children ages 3 to 8, parents and caregivers, and families. Registration is required. 11 a.m.
Discover Ford Nature Center. Ford Nature Education Center, Mill Creek MetroParks; 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, 44511; 330-740-7107. Explore the Habitat, Live Animal, and Discovery Rooms, identify and enjoy watching the birds at the birdfeeders, and learn about Ohio’s seven species of woodpeckers. Woodpecker mounts will be on display thanks to Jim Kerr and Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center. Then head outdoors to enjoy a winter hike and warm up afterwards by the fire. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
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.
music @ night
Coaches Burger Bar. Richard Boston. 7:30 p.m.
Frieda’s. Howard and the Point Five Band. 6 p.m.
Magic Tree. Party of 2. Acoustic. 7-10 p.m.
Selah. Rachell Joy. 6:30 p.m.
Up a Creek. Memphis Soul Stew. 8-11 p.m.
Hike with your Loved Ones. Pioneer Pavilion, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown. 44511; 330-740-7107. Bundle up with your loved ones and enjoy a winter hike around the especially lovely Lake Cohasset. We’ll listen for birds and look for signs of animals, then warm up by the fire enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. Moderate, 3 miles. 2-4 p.m.