Success for food drive
The third annual neighborhood food drive from Orchard, Ida, Centenial, Hill, Second, Botsford, Outlook, Morse and portions of Water Street in Poland was a success. Neighbors contributed a record amount of 273 pounds of food. Monetary donations and food items were given to Second Harvest Food Bank and were distributed before Christmas.
Blood pressure screening scheduled
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a blood pressure screening Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.
Library closed for holiday
All public libraries in the Mahoning County system will be closed for the holidays today, Friday and Jan. 1.
Scholarship for Catholic women
The Catholic Collegiate Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to be used in the academic year 2011/2012 at any college or university.
All applicants must be Catholic women in good standing with their university and they must provide a recent transcript showing a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must also have successfully completed one year of college and submit a letter of recommendation from their pastor and an adviser or professor.
A short essay describing the reasons why the applicant should be awarded the scholarship will also be required.
To obtain an application or additional information, call 330-726-8063 before Jan. 12 or call the YSU financial aid and scholarship office at 330-941-3504. The deadline for the scholarship application is March 23.
Railroad layout at local museum
The Western Reserve Modular Railroad Club is featuring its large modular layout at the National Packard Museum in Warren through Wednesday.
Put on a red scarf and run
The Nick Dubos Red Scarf Invitational 2.2-mile fun run and 1.1-mile run/walk is scheduled for Sunday at Roosevelt Park, 351 Tenney Ave. in Campbell.
The entry fee is six to 12 cookies or a handful of leftover Christmas cookies or fruitcake. Canned goods to be donated to the Mahoning Valley Food Bank will also be accepted.
Lunch, coffee, cookies and drinks will follow after the race.
To make a reservation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mark at 216-392-8935.
Winter Celebration: Holiday Scent-sation
Visit Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek MetroParks for the holidays and be greeted by the scent of cedar, fir and cinnamon through Jan. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The decorated trees and seasonal flowers throughout the Davis Center will display the “Holiday Scent-sation” theme. Make sure to see the Rainforest Room, stop by the Shop in the Gardens for unique holiday gift ideas and catch the view of Lake Glacier while dining in the Garden Caf .
Join a celebration of family, friends and life
Help support Karen Rohan in her fight against breast cancer Jan. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. at St. Maron’s Church Antioch Hall, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
She was diagnosed with large globular differential carcinoma in June 2010.
The benefit includes a spaghetti dinner, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Carry-out is available and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
To donate for the Chinese auction, call Bill Rohan at 330-398-3232 or Nikki Martin at 330-652-6630.
Nature photography exhibit at Riverside
The annual Nature Photography Exhibit will be displayed at Mill Creek MetroParks Fellows Riverside Gardens in Weller Gallery Feb. 13 through March 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Deadline for entries is Jan. 23. Applications will be available for download at www.millcreekmetroparks.org in January. Call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107 for information.
Explore the winter woods
Need a respite from the holiday rush? Join Bill Whitehouse on an exploration of the peaceful Hitchcock Woods at Mill Creek MetroParks Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available on Deerpath Drive. This 2-mile hike is moderately difficult.
Health and wellness walks offered
Join Mill Creek MetroParks for several walks throughout December. All walks start at 9 a.m.
Meet at the Golf Course overflow parking lot on West Golf Drive Wednesday for an easy 1 or 3-mile walk.
Do yoga in the gardens
Join yoga instructor Heidi Suraci at Mill Creek Parks Fellows Riverside Garden Tuesdays in December from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for beginner classes and from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for intermediate classes. All level classes are Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring a mat and small blanket. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 for information. The cost is $10 per class.
T’ai Chi step one in the gardens
Ease stress, improve health and increase vitality at Mill Creek Parks Fellows Riverside Garden with Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form Wednesdays in December from noon to 1 p.m. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 for information.
The cost is $10 per class.
Take the best drive in the park
Original drawings, vintage photos and equipment of Mill Creek Golf Course will be on display in the Melnik Museum at Fellows Riverside Gardens through December.
View the wldlife art of John A. Ruthven
Wildlife artist John Ruthven paints what he knows and loves. Often called the modern day Audubon, Ruthven thoroughly studies his animal subjects and paints them in their habitats with technical detail. His work will be on display at Mill Creek MetroParks Davis Education and Visitor Center daily through Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Blood pressure check offered
The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a blood pressure screening at the Poland library Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.
Bond with babies and books at library
Join the Poland library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger play and other activities for babies 6-23 months Wednesdays in January at 10 a.m.
The program is designed to make children successful readers. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
The library will host a similar program for children ages 2 and 3 Thursdays in January at 10:30 a.m. and a program for children ages 4 and 5 Thursdays in January at 1 p.m.
Trim a tree in January
Children of all ages can decorate an ornament throughout January for the all-seasons tree during regular hours at the Poland library.
Join in a Kulig winter celebration
Join Polish Youngstown and Mill Creek Metroparks for a sleigh-ride around Lake Glacier Jan. 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens.
Traditional Polish food, a bonfire, music and more will be available.
For information, call 330-740-7118.
Metroparks looking for seasonal workers
Learn about seasonal and part-time employments opportunities at the Metroparks Jan. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Davis Center in Fellows Riverside Gardens.
Representatives from several departments will be available to answer questions and provide information about jobs for the 2011 season.
Feed the chickadees at Ford Nature Center
Meet at Ford Nature Center Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. and feed Black-capped chickadees with certified volunteer Naturalist Nancy Brundage. Feed will be provided.
Learn about the park
Kristen Peetz, environmental land manager for Mill Creek Metroparks, will discuss the park district’s undeveloped areas Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at MetroParks Farm.
A social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 888-846-8851.
Share a few soup recipes
David Armstrong will share recipes and culinary techniques as he demonstrates how to prepare and serve a vegetarian, a beef and a seafood soup Jan. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The cost for the event is $28 for garden members and $35 for nonmembers.
To register, call Fellows Riverside Garden at 330-740-7116.
Look for icicles at Mill Creek
Grab a camera and enjoy a two-mile, moderately-difficult, slow-paced exploration of the Mill Creek gorge Jan. 2.
Meet at the Lanterman’s Mill parking lot at 2 p.m.
Public library closed Jan. 17
All public libraries in Mahoning County will be closed Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Remember Edward Galaida during walk
Join Bill Whitehouse for a two-mile, moderately-difficult hike that will visit many of the places Edward Galaida wrote about in his book, “Mill Creek Park,” Jan. 9.
Meet at the Ford Nature Center at 2 p.m.
Learn about animal tracking
Meet at Bear’s Den Cabin Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. for a short presentation on animal tracking. Afterward, look for tracks of Mill Creek’s winter wildlife on a two-mile, moderately-difficult hike and make a cast of them to take home.
Hike for winter skeletons
Meet at MetroParks Bikeway Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. for a two-mile, moderately-difficult hike to look for the remaining subtle beauty of wildflowers.
Harvest ice the old-fashioned way
Learn how the Youngstown Ice Company harvested ice for commercial use from Mill Creek and the Mahoning River in the early 1900s during a º-mile hike around Lake Glacier Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m.
A three-mile hike to see what’s left of the ice company will be offered immediately afterward. The hike contains hills and steps.
Walk for health and wellness
Mill Creek Metroparks is offering health and wellness walks throughout January.
For easy-rated walks, meet at the Main Golf Course overflow parking lot for a one to three-mile walk Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. or at the Metropark’s bikeway trail at Metroparks Farm Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. for a full moon two-mile walk.
A moderately-difficult two or four-mile walk is available Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Metroparks’ Bikeway Trailhead at Kirk Road.
Gardens offers botany and breakfast
Start Jan. 21 with a brisk garden walk and then return to the Garden Caf for a light breakfast and lesson on spruce, pine and fir.
The cost is $7 for garden members and $9 for nonmembers. To register, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.
Do yoga at the gardens
Bring a mat and small blanket to learn a blend of energizing yoga styles from Heidi Suraci at Fellows Riverside Gardens on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout January.
Tuesdays will feature beginners’ classes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and intermediate classes from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday classes will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and are open to all levels.
The fee is $10 per class. For information, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.
T’ai Chi in the garden
Ease stress, improve health and increase vitality with breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form taught by Marie Lew Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. during January at Fellows Riverside Gardens.
The costs is $10 per class. For information, call the gardens at 330-740-7116.
Have fun with feathered friends
The Ford Nature Center will host a “Winter Snow, Blue Feather” program for 2-year-old children Jan. 6 at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
During the program, children can listen to stories about birds and make edible crafts for their feathered friends. Children must be accompanied by a parent. The costs is $2. To register, call the nature center at 330-740-7107.