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WEEKEND MATTERS | The Nielsen Trust to perform at Robins Theatre in Warren

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.

WARREN — The Nielsen Trust will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Robins Theatre, 160 E. Market St.

Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves will open the show, which was originally scheduled to take place at the Warren Community Amphitheatre but was moved to Robins Theatre.

The Nielsen Trust is a new band featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Cheap Trick’s guitarist and his family. It will perform an eclectic mix of Cheap Trick and original tunes.

Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves is a rock band from Philadelphia led by artist, songwriter and producer Nick Perri.

Tickets, which cost $25, can be purchased here.

Scrappers to face Black Bears in 3 games this weekend

NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will take on the West Virginia Black Bears tonight, Saturday and Sunday at Eastwood Field, 111 Eastwood Mall Blvd.

Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Bucket Ruckus, baseball's rock stars, will entertain fans, and there will be a fireworks show after the game. 

Saturday’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. It’s Game Show Night. Purchase a regular-priced ticket in person at the Chevy All-Stars Box Office for a chance to spin the wheel of thousands of dollars of gift card giveaways (while supplies last). There also will be other prize giveaways throughout the game.

Sunday’s game is set for 4:05 p.m. Bring a nonperishable food item for Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley or a donation of new children's books and receive a free general admission ticket to the game. It's also Kids Run the Bases Day. All kids in attendance can run the bases after the game.

For tickets, go to the Chevy All Stars Box Office or the Scrappers’ website, or call 330-505-0000.

Mike Hull Memorial Poker Run for Autism set for Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN — The ninth annual Mike Hull Memorial Poker Run for Autism will take place Saturday to benefit the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley.

Along with the ride throughout the Valley, the event will feature food and music.

The schedule:

  • 10 a.m.: Registration at Dash Inn, 2716 Mahoning Ave.;
  • 11:45 a.m.: Blessing of the bikes;
  • Noon: Run begins, featuring stops at Styx in Youngstown, Redneck Riviera in Berlin Center, Etched in Stone Tavern in Leetonia, Castaway Craig's Pub & Grub in Lake Milton and back to Dash Inn;
  • 5 p.m.: Last bike in at Dash Inn, followed by a live performance by the Syndicate, food and raffles.

The cost is $20 per rider and includes a food ticket and music. Food tickets for nonriders are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

For more information, call Melissa Kalaman, director, at 330-770-6978 or Nancy at 330-622-1709.

Bob Hannon to share United Way history and broadcasting memories

LIBERTY — Bob Hannon, president of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and a former broadcaster, will discuss United Way history and his broadcasting memories at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kravitz’s Deli meeting room, 3135 Belmont Ave.

The event is part of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s Memories of a Lifetime lecture series.

Admission is $5 for society members and $5 for nonmembers. Refreshments and live entertainment will be provided, and a 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the society’s education mission. Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins will be admitted based on seat availability. For reservations or more information, call 330-726-8277.

Hannon, of Poland, has been with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley since 2008. As president, he has led the change to the Community Impact model that focuses on early education.

He was sports director for 33 WYTV from 1989 to 2008 and has been the play-by-play voice of Youngstown State University football since 1989.

Book sale set for Saturday at East Library

YOUNGSTOWN — The Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County’s East Library Committee will have a book sale Saturday in recognition of Juneteenth.

The sale is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. in the East Library parking lot, 430 Early Road. Proceeds will benefit the children's reading program.

Quilters offer garage sale Saturday in Canfield

CANFIELD — TQGIBT (That Quilt Group I Belong To) is having a Quilters' Garage Sale on Saturday at 3735 Barber Drive.

Fabric, books, patterns and crafting supplies will be available. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also available will be sewing machines, patterns, books, quilting notions and crafting supplies.

Proceeds will help the guild continue its philanthropic work — donating pillowcases and small quilts to area veterans groups, Akron Children’s Hospital, Hospice of the Valley and others.

For information on membership, contact Mary Durkin, president, at