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WEEKDAY MATTERS | Asleep at the Wheel, The Shootouts to perform at Robins Theatre

Looking for something to do this week? Check out these events.

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

WARREN — Asleep at the Wheel and The Shootouts will perform Thursday at Robins Theatre, 160 E. Market St.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m.

Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $40, can be purchased here and at the Robins Theatre Box Office.

Asleep at the Wheel has been part of the American roots music landscape for more than 50 years and has received 10 Grammy awards. The band has released 31 albums, including its latest, “New Routes.”

The Shootouts is known for its energetic blend of honky-tonk, Americana and traditional country. In 2020, the band was nominated for an Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Honky-Tonk Group.

MVHS to challenge live audience to ask history questions

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Bites and Bits of History lunchtime program is returning to in-person attendance this week.

The free “Ask a Historian” presentation is scheduled for noon Thursday at Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St. The presentation will give attendees a chance to ask questions about Mahoning Valley history to MVHS Executive Director Bill Lawson and other guest experts.

Lawson has worked for the historical society since 1987 and has held his leadership role since 1991. He is a past president, trustee-at-large and regional representative of the Ohio Local History Alliance. He has been a guest lecturer for the History, American Studies and Sociology Departments at YSU, has authored articles and book reviews on history for local and professional periodicals and is a co-author of the book “Mahoning Memories: A History of Youngstown and Mahoning County.”

Lawson will be joined by Sean Posey, a local historian and author, and Rebecca Rogers, a local preservationist of historic landscapes and architecture.

Masks are required to be worn inside all MVHS facilities.

JCC of Youngstown offering several workshops

YOUNGSTOWN — The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, is offering mental health wellness and healing workshops and a creative writing workshop for kids.

The Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the JCC is offering free Expressive Art Therapy workshops for individuals age 18 and older.

Hope Haney, executive director of NAMI of Mahoning Valley, will lead the workshops on mental health wellness and healing.

The workshops are from 6 to 7 p.m. today, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20. To register, click here.

The JCC School of Theatre is offering Mad Libs for Kids from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today.

In this creative writing exercise for kids age 9 to 14, participants will build their own funny stories with imaginative prompts and scenes.

The cost is $30 for JCC members and $40 for nonmembers. To register, click here.

YSU Wind Ensemble to perform outdoors Wednesday

YOUNGSTOWN — The YSU Wind Ensemble will perform outdoors on Harrison Common Field on Walnut Street, across from Cassese's MVR, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

The Pops Concert is free and open to the public. Attendees can bring a lawn chair and snacks, but no alcohol is permitted. In the event of rain, the concert will take place at Ford Theater in Bliss Hall on the YSU campus.

Selections will feature music by George Gershwin, Frank Ticheli, John Philip Sousa and more.

“Harrison Common is an outstanding venue for this music, and the YSU Wind Ensemble is enthusiastically looking forward to performing a Pops Concert under the open sky in our first concert of the semester,” Michael S. Butler, conductor, said in a news release. “Additionally, there is great excitement among the musicians and myself to have the incredible opportunity to make music again in a large ensemble after the past 18 months.”

For more information, call the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.

JCC of Youngstown offers Tech Tuesdays monthly

YOUNGSTOWN — As part of its Aging Well programs, the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, in conjunction with Jewish Family Services, will host Tech Tuesdays monthly at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane.
In this workshop, older adults will learn about email, social media, online banking and other tech topics.
The workshops will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. They are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit

Spiritual support offered for formerly incarcerated

YOUNGSTOWN — The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown on Thursday is hosting a spiritual support program for the formerly incarcerated and their families.

The gatherings take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month at Holy Apostle SS. Peter and Paul Church, 421 Covington St.

The program features open sharing and discussion of personal challenges and obstacles to reentry.

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