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WEEKDAY MATTERS: YSU Flute Ensemble ready for the outdoors

Looking for something to do this week? Check out these events.
YSU Flute Ensemble
The Youngstown State University Flute Ensemble will perform in an outdoor concert today at Harrison Common on Walnut Street in Youngstown. (Contributed photo)

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

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University Flute Ensemble will present an outdoor concert at 6 p.m. today at Harrison Common on Walnut Street across from Cassese's MVR.

The concert, directed by Kathryn Thomas Umble, is free and open to the public. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and may bring snacks. Social distancing and masks will be enforced. 

The concert will include music by Faustin Jean-Jean, David Stiver, Claude Debussy, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach and Michael Colquhoun, culminating with the YSU Flute Ensemble performing Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Flight of the Bumble Bee."

Students participating are Olivia Benna, senior, Pittsburgh; Kayla Gilmore, junior, Chester, W.Va.; Mia Heron, freshman, Murrysville, Pa.; Andriy Lassowsky, sophomore, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Kaitlyn Livingston, freshman, Lakewood; Megan Ochs, junior, Freedom, Pa.; and Jordan Pope, junior, Youngstown. 

Shepherd’s Foundation to host virtual cooking class

YOUNGSTOWN — Shepherd's Foundation is hosting a virtual cooking class at 6 p.m. Thursday to help participants prepare a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

A team of chefs will demonstrate how to prepare three Mexican favorites: beef empanadas, shrimp tacos and tres leches cake.

Tickets are $20. All proceeds from the event will benefit Shepherd's Foundation.

To register, click here.

'Spanning the Need' to present Browns pre-draft podcast

YOUNGSTOWN — "Spanning the Need" will present a live Cleveland Browns pre-draft podcast at 7 p.m. tonight.

The podcast will be available here.

The podcast will include a recap of the 2020 season/coronavirus pandemic, free agency, draft opportunities for the Browns and the future of the team.

Participants for the show will be Anthony Spano, moderator and host; Felix Wright, former Cleveland Browns player; Mike McLain, retired sportswriter with the Warren Tribune Chronicle who covered the team for more than 30 years; and Gary Flauto, a Browns enthusiast.

The panel will answer questions from viewers. Questions can be submitted in the comment section of the broadcast.

United Way’s annual meeting at Lake Club to be livestreamed

POLAND — The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley will host its annual meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Lake Club, 1140 Paulin Road.

The event, which is sponsored by TCF Bank and Sherman Creative, will celebrate the success of the 2020 campaign and milestones achieved by the organization. The top campaigns and volunteers will be recognized for their contributions during the program.

Doors will open at 11 a.m, and the program will begin at 11:45 a.m. The United Way is following all COVID-19 safety protocols for the meeting.

The event also will be livestreamed here.

Dana Large Ensembles to perform at Stambaugh

YOUNGSTOWN — The Dana School of Music will sponsor a free in-person concert featuring the Dana Large Ensembles at 8 p.m. Thursday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave.

Open to the public, patrons will have access to the main floor only. Social distancing and masks will be enforced.

The Dana Large Ensembles is composed of students in the string orchestra, chamber orchestra and large chamber group.

The repertoire will include "Creation of the World, op. 81a" by Darius Milhaud, where senior Jimmy O’Donnell will perform a solo saxophone piece; "Quasi una Fantasia, op. 64" by Henryk Górecki; "Fratres" by Arvo Pärt; and "Tam Lin," a new Celtic classical folk-rock ballad by Fiona Gillespie.

O’Donnell is a senior saxophone performance major from Altoona, Pa. He has participated in many performance groups at YSU, such as Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, saxophone quartets and other various small ensembles. He is the second tenor for the First Class Big Band, a local jazz band based in Boardman.