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WEEKEND MATTERS | HBA’s Home & Garden Show kicks off today

Also happening around the Valley this weekend: Singer/songwriter Jeffrey Williams will perform for the Dana Alumni Recital Series; The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is offering lifeguard certification courses; and The Butler Institute of American Art will open a new exhibition of paintings by Dorothy Churchill-Johnson.

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

BOARDMAN — Home Builders & Remodelers Association of the Valley's 70th annual Home & Garden Show takes place this weekend at Mr. Anthony's, 7440 South Ave.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Home improvement professionals will be on hand, ready to help guide consumers. Those attending will have the opportunity to speak with HBA contractors and see the newest trends in the market. 

Patrons can register to win outdoor Poly Furniture, including a glider, set of chairs and end tables courtesy of Pinewood Structures of Columbiana.

Steve Brewer, HBA president, says his organization worked with the Mahoning County Health Department to create a safe environment despite the coronavirus pandemic.

On Demand Occupational Medicine will provide temperature checks at the show entrance. Window Depot of Boardman will supply hand sanitizer. Masks covering the nose and mouth will be required to enter the show, and proper social distancing will be maintained. Occupancy limits will be monitored.

For more show information, visit the HBA website.

Jeffrey Williams to perform for Dana Alumni Recital Series

YOUNGSTOWN — The next Dana Alumni Recital Series, a partnership with the McDonough Museum of Art, will feature singer/songwriter Jeffrey Williams in a virtual performance at 7 p.m. Saturday (March 13).

The performance will be available on the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and McDonough YouTube channels.

Williams, who is known professionally as Jeffrey Cruz, will perform with his ensemble, including Jordan Grantonic, violin; Brendan McEvoy, violin and viola; Hannah Shively, cello; Dan Mihelarakis, electric guitar; Darren Thompson, keyboard, flugelhorn and electric bass; Antwan Howard, electric bass and alto sax; and Jesse DeLorenzo, drums.

They will perform a mix of Cruz’s original compositions as well as selections from Marvin Gaye and Billie Eilish.

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

Jewish Community Center offers lifeguard certification courses

YOUNGSTOWN — The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, is offering lifeguard certification courses from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or April 10 and 11.

An online portion must be completed before the in-water classroom portion.

Participants will learn skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel can take over. Participants will receive an American Red Cross certificate valid for two years upon completion.

The cost is $187 for JCC members and $250 for nonmembers. Lifeguard recertifications are also available upon request. To register, click here.

Dorothy Churchill-Johnson exhibition to open at The Butler on Sunday

YOUNGSTOWN — The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., will open a new exhibition of large-scale surrealist paintings by Dorothy Churchill-Johnson on Sunday. 

The exhibition will be on view in The Butler’s Giffuni Gallery on the second floor through May 30.

“Dorothy Churchill-Johnson: PATTERN and REALISM, in Search of the Big Picture” is comprised of three themes of large-scale oil paintings on canvas. Kaleidoscopes, both fabric and nature, evoke the power of centrifugal force that runs the universe. Pavement and groundscapes express natural patterns and present the microcosm as a metaphor for the macrocosm. Surreal Landscapes have both waxing or waning transitional light evoking unique juxtapositions and a sense of isolated consciousness in a constantly changing universe. 

“I start all my paintings with a red undercoat and build the image with many layers of thin glazes, sometimes allowing the color underneath to show through to achieve complex but subtle variations,” Churchill-Johnson said in a news release. “My hope is that the combination of color and enormous size will make the viewer feel as if he is looking at something familiar for the first time.”

Admission to the museum is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The Butler is closed Mondays and major holidays.