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WEEKDAY MATTERS | Mahoning Valley Historical Society will open 2 exhibits Tuesday

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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.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will open two exhibits Tuesday.

“Woven Works of Art: 19th Century Coverlets” will be at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., while “Changing Views: Local Landmarks Over Time” will be at the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave.  

“It seems like an eternity since our two facilities have been able to offer new, on-site exhibits," Jessica Trickett, MVHS collections manager, said in a news release. "We’re thrilled to be able to add these to our other gallery exhibits as we emerge from our COVID-19 closures."

Tyler History Center and Arms Family Museum are open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 

Also, MVHS' summer learning series for families and children premieres Wednesday.

“Hands-On-History At Your House” is an online program offering weekly video challenges on the historical society's YouTube page, supported by activities that can be found on its website

The first "Hands-On-History At Your House" program will tell about the earliest inhabitants. Downloadable files with informative activities will include stories, crafts, games, artifact features and more. Guidelines will be available for two levels of ages and abilities: “Museum Assistant” and "Museum Curator.” 

Families will be encouraged to share their projects and challenge answers with the historical society and other participants by uploading to its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages using the hashtag #HistoryAtMyHouse2021.

YWCA offers artists show Tuesday

YOUNGSTOWN — Julie Cancio Harper, Lena Carson, Shari Della Penna, Kellie Kirksey and Cassandra Lawton will read their creative works at YWCA Mahoning Valley's Women Artists Show from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 25 W. Rayen Ave.

Cancio Harper’s unexpected pandemic sabbatical opened her heart to all the things she had meant to try but never made time for, she said in a news release. She now practices reiki, rigid-heddle weaving and tarot for self-care in addition to writing poetry, non-fiction and the occasional screenplay.

Now 8, Carson has been constructing and reading poetry since age 5. She is the author of "Brave Girl," a collection of poems written during the pandemic.

Della Penna is a lifelong tree-hugger, birdwatcher and Earth-lover. Her training as a children’s librarian helps her communicate her love of nature to children, the release states.  

Kirksey is a global traveler, speaker, poet, tree hugger, yoga teacher, holistic psychotherapist, drummer, dancer, spa promoter, heart-centered hypnotherapist, essential oil enthusiast and wellness promoter. She has presented workshops and wellness circles nationally and internationally.

Lawton, Lit Youngstown's outreach coordinator, is a student in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. She received her bachelor’s in human development and family studies and her master’s in social work from Michigan State University. Her career goal is to bring creative writing and its healing effects into therapeutic and community spaces.

Southern Park Mall is offering exercise classes beginning Wednesday

BOARDMAN — Southern Park Mall is hosting exercise classes for guests of all fitness levels.

The Summer Sweat series will be offered at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays starting July 7 and will run through Sept. 15. 

The classes, led by Planet Fitness trainers in Center Court, will feature options including full body workouts with weight resistance, cardio and aerobics.

To register, click here.

“We are thrilled to welcome guests to our upcoming Summer Sweat series as a way to stay active during the summer season,” Brian Gabbert, general manager at Southern Park Mall, said in a news release. “Whether guests are looking to try a new workout, connect with friends or simply stay active, we invite everyone to join us for these fun fitness activities.”

The Summer Sweat series will follow Southern Park Mall’s COVID-19 safety protocols, which can be viewed here.

Lit Youngstown offers in-person session

YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown will have its first in-person reading followed by an open-mic Wednesday at the Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St. Christopher Barzak will co-host the 7 p.m. program. National Strawberry Sundae Day will be celebrated.

Jason Baldinger and Rose Himber Howse will read from their works.

Baldinger is from Pittsburgh. His newest book is "A Threadbare Universe." His work has been published widely across print journals and online. You can hear him read his work on Bandcamp and on LPs by The Gotobeds and Theremonster.

Howse, of North Carolina, is a Wallace Stegner fellow in fiction at Stanford University and a Steinbeck fellow in fiction at San Jose State University. She earned a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as fiction editor of The Greensboro Review. Her work appears in Joyland, Hobart, The Carolina Quarterly, Sonora Review and YES! Magazine.

Scrappers face Black Bears, Spikes this week

NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have four home games this week at Eastwood Field. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. for all games.

Tonight, the Scrappers close their two-game series with the West Virginia Black Bears. It's First Responders Night, which means any first responder showing their badge or ID at the Chevy All-Stars Box Office will receive a free general admission ticket.

The State College Spikes will be the Scrappers' opponent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

In the series opener, the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a 2020 Topps Bowman sample pack.

All You Can Eat Tuesday is available for an extra $15 for adults and $12 for children. Hot dogs, Italian sausage, soft tacos, French fries, nachos, popcorn and soft drinks are on the menu through the seventh inning.

Senior Discount Tuesday offers fans 55 and older half-priced upper box seat tickets.

Wednesday is Military Appreciation Night. Anyone with a military ID can get two free upper box seat tickets. It's also $2 Pizza Joe's Pizza Slice Night at the concession stands throughout the game.

The series finale falls on Buck Night. Fans can get $1 general admission tickets, $1 hot dogs and $1 drinks all game long.

Tickets are on sale now at, at the Chevy All Stars Box Office or by calling 330-505-0000.

Reservations due for Fellows Riverside Gardens party

YOUNGSTOWN — The Summer Garden Party will return to Fellows Riverside Gardens on July 30. The party was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The cocktail party under the stars runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and features a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Inspired Catering by Kravitz.

Pianist Jason Volovar, a classically trained pianist and music director at St. Joseph Parish in Austintown, and Rudy and the Professionals will provide music. 

Guests must RSVP by Friday by visiting or the Shop in the Gardens at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Tickets can be purchased individually or reserved for a table of six. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

All proceeds from this fundraising event benefit Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens.