The Update | Author to Sign Book on Ohio Attractions; Arts Fest Sets Dates

WARREN, Ohio – Brandy Gleason will sign copies of her new book, “100 Things to Do in Ohio Before You Die,” at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at End of the Commons store in Mesopotamia, and at 3 p.m. at BAM! Books-A-Million Bookstore in Eastwood Mall, Niles.

The Grove City, Ohio, native is also the creator of the popular Ohio Road Trips Facebook page.

Her new book is a guidebook that reveals hidden gems, adventures and landmarks in the Buckeye State. 

“100 Things to Do in Ohio Before You Die” showcases several sites in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, including the Elm Road Triple Drive-In Theatre in Warren, Past Times Arcade in Girard, the National Packard Museum in Warren, the End of the Commons in Mesopotamia and The Butler Museum of Art in Youngstown. 

In addition, the book mentions sites such as Mahoning River Adventures in Leavittsburg and the McKinley Memorial Museum as part of Ohio’s presidential history.

Summer Festival of the Arts Sets Dates

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Summer Festival of the Arts will take place July 27-28 at Wean Park, downtown.

The event is a summer staple in the region, showcasing visual arts and entertainment for families.

Artists can apply to show their works at

Author to Sign Book at Ursuline Center

CANFIELD, Ohio – Thomas G. Welsh will sign copies of his new book, “The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown,” from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Ursuline Center auditorium, 4280 Shields Road.

Welsh will discuss the 221-page narrative, which features dozens of images. The Ursuline Sisters commissioned Welsh, a well-regarded author of local historical books and an adjunct journalism professor at Youngstown State University, to write the book.

The project took a year and drew upon archival data and numerous interviews with people across the Mahoning Valley connected to the Ursuline Sisters. Hollywood actor and Youngstown-native Ed O’Neill penned the book’s foreword.

Books will be sold at the event for $24.99. Copies also are available through online sellers and at the Tyler History Center, the Arms Museum and Mill Creek MetroParks’ Davis Center.

Cedar Point Annual Jobs Fair This Weekend

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Cedar Point will host its second annual Jobs Fun Fair hiring party at the park’s Main Gate this weekend. 

Several activities will be available at the casual event, including a complimentary barbecue, beverages, treats from the park’s French Quarter Confections restaurant, games and more.

As an added perk, all candidates who are hired at the event will receive a voucher for two free  Cedar Point admission tickets they can redeem at their onboarding (in addition to free tickets received as part of regular employment benefits).

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14.

Interviews, hiring and initial orientation will take place on the spot. A variety of positions are available for everyone from high school students to career professionals and retirees.

Hourly pay ranges from $13 to $17 (for those age 16 or older) based on experience, prior service and position. Cedar Point offers flexible scheduling and benefits, discounts, reward and recognition programs, exclusive associate-only events, ride nights, free tickets for family and friends, on-site housing for those who qualify and free admission to any Cedar Fair park.

For information on available seasonal, part-time and year-round positions, potential candidates can apply online immediately at

Scrappers Offer Sensory Safe Suite

NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and The Rich Center for Autism are teaming up to provide a sensory safe suite at Eastwood Field.

The suite will provide a more calming and comfortable environment. It will include sensory safe amenities such as interactive play displays, sensory kits, lighting options and newly installed shades on windows and sliding doors to provide fans with the option of controlling their environment.

The Sensory Safe Suite includes 12 game tickets and three parking passes for each Scrappers game. Families can request game dates and tickets in advance. The application to request tickets is available at

The Scrappers have also partnered with The Rich Center for Autism to create a specialty jersey that the Scrappers players will wear for Autism Awareness Night on June 8.

MVHS Receives $19K Grant

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio History Connection has awarded Mahoning Valley Historical Society a $19,000 grant for collections consolidation.

The grant will partially fund the cost to move more than 6,800 artifacts that are stored at Arms Family Museum to the newly acquired former IBM Building on East Federal Street. 

The move is part of a larger initiative to unite the extensive artifact collections and care for them in one centralized facility that allows room for growth. 

Pictured at top: Brandy Gleason, author of the new book “100 Things to Do in Ohio Before You Die.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.