Outdoors

YSU Summer Festival of the Arts: Artist Applications

The 19th Annual YSU Summer Festival of the Arts will be held at and around Youngstown State University, Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9. Artist applications for the juried fine art show are now available. Artists are encouraged to apply by the April 3 early deadline, although applications will be accepted until the event is full. Over 80 artists participated in the two-day event last year, which also includes an ethnic festival, jazz concert and multiple family activities.

First Night Youngstown 2016: New Year's Eve Celebration

First Night Youngstown 2016 Celebration takes place on New Year's Eve from 4:00 pm to Midnight, in downtown Youngstown. This event will include family and children's activities, live theatrical and musical entertainment, with fireworks at 9:00 pm and Midnight. Button sale locations and more information about locations and the schedule of events are available at firstnightyoungstownoh.com (first night youngstown o h dot com).

Youngstown Road Runners: Jingle Bell Run

The Youngstown Road Runners present the Jingle Bell 5K Race, on Saturday, on December 31 at 1:00 pm at the Canfield Fairgrounds. There is also a Kids Run is at 12:45. Register online at Runsignup.com or pick up a race registration form at Second Sole in Boardman. You can also print one at ytownrunners.org. All parking will be via the Kilcawley Memorial entrance from Route 46. More information at Youngtown.jinglebell.15@gmail.com.

Twas the Night Before 5k Race

The fourth annual Twas the Night Before 5k Race runs through the Joy of Christmas light show in Historic Firestone Park in Columbiana, on Wednesday, December 14. Registration begins at 4:30pm in Pavilion #1. The race begins at 6:00 pm. Runners get treated to hot soup and other treats at the finish line. Mrs. Claus will be available for the selfie booth photos.

YSU Biology Department: Bird Day

The Youngstown State University Biology Club is sponsoring BIRD DAY on Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at Austintown Township Park's Kiwanis Paviolion. The event is FREE to the public and features a live bird show, guided walks, games and more. More information at 330-766-3929.

Friends of Poland Forest: Fall Foliage Hike

The Friends of Poland Forest will hold their annual Fall Foliage Hike on Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 pm, meeting at the College Street entrance to Poland Forest, in Poland Village. The hike will last one to two hours. More information at 330-757-9057

Area Agency on Aging 11, Inc.: Strike a Balance Walk-A-Thon & Health Fair

The Area Agency on Aging 11 presents a free Walk-A-Thon & Health Fair, on Thursday, September 22, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, at the Wick Recreation Center in Wick Park, in Youngstown. The event is to raise awareness on national falls prevention day, and includes a community picnic. The walk is around the park.

30 Mile Meal Mahoning/Shenango+: Northside Corn Roast

30 Mile Meal Mahoning/Shenango+ presents the Northside Corn Roast, on Saturday, September 17, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, at the Northside Farmer's Market on Elm Street, in Youngstown. There will be roasted Angiuli's sweet corn with a secret sauce, soul food tastings, live music, kids activities and more! Cooking demos at 10:00 and 11:00 am, with the Corn Roast starting at noon. Admission is free.

Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past: Sixth Annual Nonviolence Parade and Rally

The Sixth Annual Nonviolence Parade and Rally is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, at 3:00 pm, in downtown Youngstown. The parade will start on W. Wood Street and Wick Avenue and proceed downtown. It is open to all nonprofit organizations. This is the kickoff of nonviolence week in the state of Ohio. More information at pennywells@global.net.

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation: East Side Better Block

In partnership with Lincoln Knolls Block watch, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) is hosting a "Better Blocks" event on the East Side of Youngstown, on Saturday, August 13, 2016, noon - 4:00 pm. "Better Blocks" will take place in the Lincoln Knolls Plaza on McCartney Roadd. The event will include pop up businesses, kids activities, food, a Bike Helmet and book bag giveaway, art gallery, vendors, and outdoor seating.

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