Laudato Si’: A Blueprint for the 21st Century

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Presenter: Caroljean Willie
Cost: $10, non-resident only
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ calls us to a deeper understanding of the common good and the role each of us has to play in making it a reality. This program will provide an overview of the document, the connection between climate change and poverty, and the connection between spirituality and sustainability.

Substance Abuse 101: How Can I Help?

Date: Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Presenter: Brenda Heidinger
This class will evaluate current drug abuse
trends in the area as well as a brief look at
medical marijuana, its effects in other states, and its status in Ohio. Brenda Heidinger will discuss resources available in the community and how to access them.

Writing from Life: Picture This

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presenter: Karen Schubert
Location: Boardman Public Library Meeting Room, 7680 Glenwood, Boardman, 44512
In this workshop, attendants will write from a photograph, noting details that no one else would see, like your friend’s hilarious Ronald Reagan impersonation, or your favorite tree with the wide crook for reading. Please bring a photograph of any subject that has particular meaning to you.

Galaxies: Expansion of the Universe

Date: Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Warren Young
Cost: $5, non-resident only
This course will take a look at the basic nature of the universe. Discussed will be everything from the small things around our own homes and lives to the view of the galaxies and the expansion of the universe.

Andrew Wyeth: Visions in Watercolor

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Presenter: Felicia Zavarella Stadelman
Cost: $10, non-resident only
Andrew Wyeth was one of the best-known
artists of the 20th century. Using his favorite subjects – the people and landscapes around
him – he brought everyday events to life on his canvas. Wyeth is one of three generations of painters in his family.

China through Rose-Colored Glasses: Today and Yesteryear

Date: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Presenter: Douglas Sipp
Cost: $5, non-resident only
This is a story about the presenter’s journey through the contrasting experiences of China in 1986 and modern China in 2017. Douglas Sipp will review the different areas of China, how the country sees itself moving forward and its own perceived prominence in the world.

Mahoning Valley Trivia

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Presenter: Bill Lawson and Traci Manning
What year did John Young first set foot at Mahoning Commons? Find out during Mahoning Valley Trivia! Test your historical knowledge and have some fun as Bill Lawson and Traci Manning of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society host this interactive event.

World War I

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to noon; lunch following
Presenter: Dr. Greg Ferro
Cost: $15, non-resident only; lunch included
Though initially dubbed the “Great War,” for most Americans today World War I might better be called “the forgotten war.” And yet World War I, in which millions died, was a crucial war for the United States. In this course, will take a look back at the legacy of World War I and why it still matters so much.

Ecology of New Zealand

Date: Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Jay Mager
Cost: $5, non-resident only
This program will present the biogeographical history of New Zealand, as well as the ecological changes experienced by the nation following colonization by Polynesian and European settlers. The program will also present some of the current efforts to restore the ecological and cultural heritage within this region.

Telephone with OH Wow!

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Presenter: Ralf Urbach
Explore a world of possibility with this intergenerational program about circuits! Grandparents, parents and children alike will be invited to participate in this interactive program that will start with a simple game and children’s book called, “Telephone.”

Writing from Life: Question Me

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presenter: Karen Schubert
Location: Boardman Public Library Meeting Room, 7680 Glenwood, Boardman, 44512
This workshop will use the interview format to invoke stories. Coming up with good interview questions lets us see what kind of writing is most interesting to us. Have you ever had a terrible haircut? What advice would you give to a young person whose heart is freshly broken? We’ll use these questions as a way to intriguing story writing.


Date: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Presenter: Felicia Zavarella Stadelman
Cost: $10, non-resident only
Michaelangelo is considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time. He made an incomparable influence on the development of art, especially in the western world. This course will evaluate his expertise of contour modeling, and take a look specifically at his abilities as a sculptor, painter and architect.