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WEEKDAY MATTERS | Documentary puts spotlight on Youngstown, young leaders

Also happening around the Valley this week, the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is accepting registrations for several art workshops in April.


Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this week. For more events, check out our Events calendar.

YOUNGSTOWN — The city and a new generation of young leaders will be in the spotlight Tuesday as “The Place That Makes Us” premiers on the WORLD Channel at 8 p.m.

The documentary also will be streamed on worldchannel.org, amdoc.org, LinkTV.org, PBS.org and on the PBS app, and will air later in the week on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and Dish Network 9410).

“The Place That Makes Us,” directed by Karla Murthy and presented by documentary series “America ReFramed,” takes viewers to Youngstown — still reeling from the widespread mill and factory closures that started in the 1970s — where a new generation of young leaders has emerged to envision a new future and rebuild their neighborhoods.

Filmed over the course of three years, the documentary takes an intimate look at Youngstown, seen through the efforts of a new generation of residents who have chosen not to abandon their hometown.

A trailer for the documentary can be viewed here and above.

Jewish Community Center to host art workshops

YOUNGSTOWN — The Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts is offering several workshops in April at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane.

“Paint a Hippie Van Mug” is from 5 to 6:15 p.m. April 15. Participants of all ages will create their own ceramic mug. The cost is $10 for JCC members and $15 for nonmembers. Children under eight years old must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by Thursday (April 1).

“Beaded Jewelry” is from 10 a.m. to noon April 10. Participants age 14 and older will learn the basics of how to string beads and make a beaded necklace or bracelet from start to finish. The cost is $15 for JCC members and $22 for nonmembers. Registration is required by Friday (April 2).

“Make a Mosaic” is a four-week workshop for all ages. Participants will produce polished mosaic masterpieces using colorful mosaic tiles and sea glass. The workshop will be from 1 to 3 p.m. April 10, 17 and 24 and May 1. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $55 for JCC members and $70 for nonmembers. Registration is required by Friday (April 2).

To register for the workshops, click here.