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WEEKEND MATTERS | Country music artist Jamey Johnson to perform at Packard Music Hall

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these events.
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Country music artist Jamey Johnson will perform tonight at Packard Music Hall in Warren. (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 — Country music artist Jamey Johnson will perform at 8 p.m. tonight at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave.

The concert was originally scheduled for April 9 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tickets range in price from $33 to $82.50 plus fees and are available at and the Packard Music Hall Box Office.

Johnson is an 11-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and has won two Song of the Year awards from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

Steel Museum opens ‘William B. Pollock Company’ exhibit

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor has opened a new exhibit in the Bitonte Family Welcome Lobby titled “The William B. Pollock Company: Advancements in the Art of Iron and Steel.”

A virtual component of the exhibit can be viewed here.

The William B. Pollock Co.’s 120-year history in the Mahoning Valley was predicated on its “outstanding reputation for excellence and innovation in blast furnace design and construction.” The company began as a boiler shop and later went on to produce cinder cars, ladles and ladle cars for the steel industry. When the steel mills began closing in 1977, it affected the company, which built its final ladle for a basic oxygen furnace in December 1983. 

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, 151 W. Wood St., is supported by the Ohio History Connection and managed by the Center for Applied History at Youngstown State University. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Face masks are required at this time.

Kids First Theatre Initiative to stage 'The Descendants'

BOARDMAN — The Oakland Center for the Arts' Kids First Theatre Initiative will present the local premiere of the new Walt Disney musical comedy "The Descendants."

The production will be staged at 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Sept. 17-18, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 19 at the Trinity Fellowship Church, 4749 South Ave. 

Adapted from the Disney Channel's original movie and featuring its hit music and beloved characters, "The Descendants" tells the story of the offspring of Disney's most famous villains: Maleficent, The Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil and Jafar.

The production features a cast of more than 50 area youngsters age 5 to 18. Musical direction is by Melissa Hicklin and Stacy Anderson. Choreographers include Anderson, Teri Nobbs, Jessica Collingwood, Zoe Anderson, Lynnz Gonzales and Raquel Allison.

Tickets are $15 for adults, which includes the bonus of two free children's tickets. Senior tickets are $13, and tickets for students age 12 through college are $10. Children age 4 to 11 are admitted free.

For more information and reservations, call the theater at 330-406-0606. Tickets are available at the door.

West Branch invites families to Back-2-School Bash

BELOIT — West Branch is throwing a Back-2-School Bash for students, their families and supporters before tonight's home football game.

The free event begins at 4:30 p.m. and features food, games, face painting, an inflatable slide, a rock wall and a dunk tank.

The celebration will take place between West Branch High School and the football stadium, ending at 6:30 p.m. before the Warriors take on Marlington.

Students and their families can visit a petting zoo and get pictures with West Branch cheerleaders and mascots. They can explore firetrucks, with tours of equipment from Beloit, Damascus, North Georgetown and Homeworth volunteer fire departments.

Kent State students’ ‘Dismissed Abilities’ exhibit coming to The Butler

YOUNGSTOWN — Kent State University students Alexa Daher and Kristyn Wagner are bringing their “Dismissed Abilities” exhibit to The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave.

The series of portraits, which will be on display from Sunday through Jan. 3, captures the hardships of living with disabilities and thriving despite them. Visitors can meet the artists at an opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Daher grew up with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, and in high school she was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 

“Because of my FSHD, it is difficult to show drastic changes in my emotions. Initially, people around me have a hard time knowing if I am happy, sad or mad.” Daher said in a news release. “I want a way to show the public that I am happy and accepting of my disability, changing the way the media typically portrays people with disabilities.”

Daher wants to crush misconceptions that disabilities all look the same and that people with disabilities cannot live independently, care for or take help from others, be successful, or be disabled without the use of mobility aids, the release states. She chose her best friend, Wagner, to help carry out the idea for the series.

“Since she has been there through my experiences and understands portrait photography, I felt she would be an important part in telling my story,” Daher said. 

Historical society to host Founders Day Open House

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will host its 146th Founders Day Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St.

The free event will feature a Local History Fair, packets of family-friendly activities and walking tours that focus on significant downtown landmarks and sites.

In addition to free viewing of all current exhibits, MVHS will introduce its latest collection acquisition to the public. On display in the main lobby is the only known surviving automobile made by the Mahoning Motor Car Co. of Youngstown in 1905. The vehicle was owned by Warren P. Williamson Sr., who was an executive and shareholder in Mahoning Motor Car Co. and two other local transportation manufacturing, sales and service firms.

Local historical organizations will be in the Tyler’s second floor Thomas Ballroom for the Local History Fair. Visitors will be able to speak with representatives of these organizations and learn about each group’s offerings. MVHS archivists will be in the Archives Resource Center to answer questions about MVHS collections and archival services. 

Masks are required by staff and visitors at all times while inside Tyler History Center. MVHS also continues to encourage social distancing in its facilities.

Northeast Ohio Keyboard Festival begins Sunday

YOUNGSTOWN — Beginning Sunday, Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music and the University of Akron will present the collaborative Northeast Ohio Keyboard Festival.

The festival runs through Wednesday and includes master classes and concerts at both universities. Featured guest artist is Italian pianist and Steinway artist Emanuela Friscioni.

Performers include Caroline Oltmanns, Cicilia Yudha, Diane Yazvac, Sean Baran and James Wilding and Mayumi Kikuchi. The programs will include works for solo piano, duets and eight hands on two pianos. Works are by Dvórak, Khachaturian, Ravel, Piazzolla, Brahms, Chopin and Sousa.

 The schedule offers: 

  • 3 p.m. Sunday — Northeast Ohio Keyboard Festival, Akron Opening Concert, Guzzetta Hall, University of Akron;
  • 7:30 p.m. Monday — Northeast Ohio Keyboard Festival, Youngstown Opening Concert, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU;
  • 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday — Northeast Ohio Keyboard Festival, Workshop and Student Concert, Bliss Recital Hall, Bliss Hall, YSU;
  • 12:15 p.m. Wednesday — Music at Noon, Northeast Ohio Keyboard Festival Final Concert, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown.

Some quick hits …

  • Sharon Speedway, 3241 Custer-Orangeville Road, Hartford, will host the Apple Festival Nationals at 7 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are $15 for age 14 and older, $10 for age 62 and older and free for children age 13 and younger. For more information, click here.
  • Youngstown Flea, a “Market for Makers,” will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 365 E. Boardman St., Youngstown.
  • Youngstown Garden Company will set up in the parking lot of Noble Creature Cask House, 126 E. Rayen Ave. Youngstown, at 9 a.m. Saturday to sell house plants, pots, incense, bandanas, tote bags and more.
  • Saturday is Movie Night at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown’s Logan Campus, 3245 Logan Way, Youngstown. The featured movie is “Jaws.” Cost is $5 for nonmembers and free for JCC members.
  • The W.D. Packard Concert Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren. The performance is free.
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