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WEEKEND MATTERS | So very happy — Blood Sweat & Tears to perform at Robins Theatre

Blood Sweat & Tears will perform at Robins Theatre in Warren on Friday.
Blood Sweat & Tears will perform at Robins Theatre in Warren on Friday. (Contributed photo)

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.

WARREN — After a three month delay, Blood Sweat & Tears will perform at Robins Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday.

The group, known for the 1969 hits “Spinning Wheel” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” was originally scheduled to appear Sept. 12, but the concert was postponed.

Tickets are on sale here and at the Robins Theatre Box Office, 160 E. Market St.

All tickets purchased for the Sept. 12 date will be honored.

‘A Very Electric Christmas’ will be offered 3 times Saturday

WARREN — “A Very Electric Christmas,” presented by Lightwire Theater, is coming to Robins Theatre on Saturday for three performances.

The performances will be at 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Doors will open an hour before each show.

Audiences will follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole, his adventure begins. Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias light up the stage in the production.

Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $55 plus applicable fees, are available here and at the Robins Theatre Box Office, 160 E. Market St.

Struthers grad Kasony-O’Malley to share Christmas tales

LIBERTY — Nationally known storyteller Michael Kasony-O’Malley will share Christmas Tales and Old Irish Legends at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room at Chad Anthony’s Italian Grille & Pub, 4698 Belmont Ave.

His talk is part of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s Memories of a Lifetime lecture series.

A Struthers High School alumnus now living in Columbus, Kasony-O’Malley has shared his tales with hundreds of thousands over the past 25 years. A 1984 graduate of Youngstown State University, he specializes in Christmas legends, Irish and Slovak tales (from his ethnic heritage) and old hearth family stories from Youngstown and Struthers.

The program is suitable for children and teens, as well as adults.

All McGuffey programs are open to the public. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Refreshments and live entertainment will be provided, and a 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the society’s education mission.

Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins will be admitted based on seat availability. For reservations or more information, call 330-726-8277.

Alta Care Group, One Time for the Kids to host holiday fundraiser

YOUNGSTOWN — Alta Care Group is partnering with local nonprofit One Time for the Kids for a Christmas benefit fundraiser Saturday at The Embassy Banquet Center, 5030 Youngstown-Poland Road.

The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m. Proceeds will go toward Alta Care Group and its new Camp Challenge building project. Alta Care Group is a Mahoning Valley agency committed to the social, emotional, behavioral, educational and physical well-being of children, adolescents, young adults and families.

The fundraiser is open to the community and features dinner, live music, an open bar, an auction and raffle. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

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