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WEEKEND MATTERS | Stephen Gage to conduct YSU Wind Ensemble for the final time

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these events.

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

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble and Horn Choir will offer a free outdoor concert at noon Saturday (May 1) at Harrison Common on Walnut Street near Cassese's MVR.

Stephen L. Gage, who is retiring at the end of spring semester, will conduct the YSU Wind Ensemble for the final time in John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

Gage has served as professor of Conducting and director of Bands & Orchestra at the Dana School of Music since 1993. In 2014, he was appointed conductor of the YSU Dana Symphony Orchestra.

Yukitada Onitsuka will direct the Wind Ensemble, and Sean Yancer will direct the Horn Choir.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets and snacks. Social distancing and masks will be mandatory.

Wickshire Poland to host Adopt a Dog Day today

POLAND — Wickshire Poland, 335 West McKinley Way, is hosting Adopt a Dog Day at 2 p.m. today (April 30).

Legacy Dog Rescue will bring two dogs to the senior living center, which will pay adoption fees if either finds a forever home. 

To RSVP, call 330-707-1313.

Workshop to address systemic racism in the Valley

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ursuline Sisters, The Sisters of the Humility of Mary, and ACTION will present a two-day virtual workshop to address systemic racism in the Mahoning Valley.

The workshop, “ANTI-RACISM at the Crossroads: Healing the Great Divide 2,” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Zoom.

During the discussion, participants will decide on one system out of seven to specifically address in the Mahoning Valley. A follow-up meeting has been planned for 10 a.m. May 22, also via Zoom. 

To register for the workshop, email Sister Mary Stanco at or visit ACTION’s website. After registering, participants will be sent a link to a recording of an earlier workshop and a reflection question to prepare for this event.

For more information, contact Shelia Triplett at or ACTION Executive Director Rose Carter at or 330-941-0475.

Shop Small Hubbard | Spring Fling set for Saturday

HUBBARD — The fourth annual Shop Small Hubbard | Spring Fling will take place Saturday (May 1) starting at 10 a.m. to help support small businesses in the city.

More than 70 brick and mortar and pop-up businesses in the city are participating in the event, which will feature food, music, giveaways, Mother’s Day specials, a car show and more.

For updates and information about participating businesses, visit the event’s Facebook page.

May Day event to take place at Calvin Center in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — A coalition of local care-centered community members will host a free festival Saturday (May 1) for the celebration of May Day, an internationally celebrated day for workers, celebrants of spring and those finding new love.

The inclusive, family-friendly celebration at the Calvin Center for the Arts, 755 Mahoning Ave., will bring together supporters of the historical and present struggles of labor, celebrants of Beltane, those fighting against medical and racial discrimination, those fighting for climate justice and sustainable living and other supporters of justice, care and support of a sustainable planet, fair workplace and inclusive communities, a news release states.

The free event from noon to 5 p.m. will have strict COVID-19 safety protocols, including masks indoors and outdoors and social distancing.

“May Day in Youngstown is important because Youngstown is at the forefront of everything May Day represents: We’re a nationally recognized space of struggle for labor justice, and we are a frontline community struggling to make sustainable lives amid many destructive environmental factors," Daphne Carr, a co-organizer of the event, said in a news release.

Staughton Lynd, a labor and civil rights activist, will deliver the keynote address. Jonathan Blackshire, Jen Cancio, Hooja 1856 and Matt Marton will be among the musicians performing.

Also available will be spring crafting with flower crown making, a sage wand workshop, maypole dancing, sidewalk chalk art, free pedicab rides to downtown and the Oak Hill polls, and free face painting and a roving fire breather.

For more information, click here.

Dana Piano Trio offers virtual concert Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN — The Dana Piano Trio will perform in the next Muse Series concert presented by Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music and McDonough Museum of Art.

Saturday's performance will begin at 7 p.m. and can be accessed on the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and McDonough Museum YouTube channels.

The Dana Piano Trio’s members — violinist Wendy Case, cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman and pianist Cicilia Yudha — each have active performing careers as soloists and chamber musicians. They hold degrees from many of the world’s most prestigious conservatories, including the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory.

The Trio will perform Franz Schubert’s "Trio in Eb Major [D929]" and Adam Schoenberg’s "Luna y mar."

Dana Ensemble to perform at Ford Family Recital Hall

YOUNGSTOWN — The Dana School of Music's newly formed Dana Ensemble will perform its second concert Sunday (May 2) at Ford Family Recital Hall in the DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St.

Called “The Society for Public Musical Performance,” the concert at 3 p.m. will pay homage to Arnold Schoenberg’s salon concert series in Vienna.

The Dana Ensemble will perform orchestral pieces by Claude Debussy, Johann Strauss Jr. and Gustav Mahler arranged for Schoenberg’s Society, along with a world premiere of "The Garden Had Fallen Still," written by University of Akron faculty member Jamie Wilding. The Wilding piece was commissioned specifically by the Cliffe College of Creative Arts for The Dana Ensemble. 

Capacity in Ford Family Recital Hall is restricted to 125 patrons, who are advised to secure tickets in advance here or by calling the DeYor box office at 330-259-9651. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Reserved tickets are $10, and tickets for seniors cost $9. Admission is free for anyone with a valid YSU ID. Ticket prices are inclusive of the DeYor convenience fee.

All social distancing practices will be enforced. Guests will be required to wear masks and remain in their ticketed seat for the duration of the concert.

Annual Columbiana County cycling event set for Sunday

COLUMBIANA — Bicyclists will celebrate spring on Sunday with a long-standing annual touring tradition in Columbiana County.

The tour, known as Spring in Columbiana County, Ohio, originated in 1995 and is sponsored by the Out-Spokin' Wheelmen bicycling club.

The event, in which all cyclists are invited to ride, will begin at 8 a.m. at Firestone Park, 347 E. Park Ave., and will conclude at 3 p.m.

The main cycling route is a flat-to-rolling 35-mile loop through small towns and scenic countryside. Participants will have the option of riding an additional rolling-to-hilly 28-mile loop for a total of 63 miles.

Participants can ride at their own pace during the event, and support vehicles will be available for riders needing assistance. 

A snack stop will be at the rail station in downtown Lisbon. When they complete the 35-mile loop, riders will receive a Pizza Hut lunch.

The $20 ride fee includes the snack and lunch. Helmets are mandatory.

Riders can register here or in person from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday at Firestone Park. For more information, call Dave Hughes at 330-692-2468.