The Update | Exploring Novel ‘The Bear’; Little River, Robert Cray Band at The Robins

LISBON, Ohio – Stage Left Players will present an exploration of the novel “The Bear” from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event is part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, and includes activities at Trinity Playhouse, 234 E. Lincoln Way; the Lepper Library and the Lisbon trailhead of the Greenway Trail. It is open for all ages.

The NEA Big Read in Lisbon is presented in partnership with the Lepper Library, Keep You in Stitches Quilters, the Columbiana Parks District, Source Gallery, SPARK Storytellers, the Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society, Deer Path Designs and the Leap of Faith Dance Studio, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Andrew Krivak’s “The Bear” follows a girl and her father who live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all.

Beginning Sept. 10, copies of “The Bear” will be available on loan to the public from the Lepper Library, the Trinity Playhouse and the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce. Stage Left is one of 62 grantees of the 2022-2023 NEA Big Read Grant and is committed to the goal of getting Americans to read and discuss great books.

Kandace Cleland, Stage Left’s executive director (pictured above), said the theater company has created a calendar of events that provide opportunities for readers to explore “the issues that are relevant to our lives.”

The calendar can be viewed at; for information, email

Little River Band Coming to Theater

WARREN, Ohio – Little River Band will come to the Robins Theatre on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from $35 to $85 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale on Friday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. at and at the theater box office, 160 E. Market St.,

An online presale will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, accessible only Friends of the Robins Theatre. For information on membership, go to the website or the box office.

The band is known for its 1970s and ’80s hits “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Lady” and “Lonesome Loser.” It is led by 41-year member Wayne Nelson, lead vocalist and bassist.

Robert Cray Band Coming to Valley

WARREN, Ohio – The Robert Cray Band, featuring five-time Grammy winner Robert Cray, will come to the Robins Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from $33 from $53 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale on Friday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. at and at the theater box office, 160 E. Market St.

An online presale will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, accessible only Friends of the Robins Theatre. For information on membership, go to the website or the box office.

Art Workshops at the JCC

YOUNGSTOWN – The Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, is offering two art workshops this month.

A fused glass pendants and keychains workshop will be Sept. 10. Participants will cut and arrange colorful glass pieces to make pendants or keychains, then learn how they will be fired and fused in the kiln. Participants will be able to pick up projects a week after the class date. Ages 8 to 16 will meet from noon to 1 p.m.; ages 16 and older from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

A sip and paint workshop for ages 18 and over will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Participants will put their own creative spin on a fall themed painting.

The cost per workshop is $25 for JCC members and $30 for nonmembers. Go to to register.

Open House at Arms Family Museum

YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning Valley Historical Society will have a free public open house in honor of its 147th Founders’ Day celebration on Sunday,Sept. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave.

The MVHS was founded Sept. 10, 1875.

Walking tours will be given that focus on the development of Youngstown State University’s campus, and explore the transformation of the historic Wick Avenue neighborhood from an affluent residential district to the city’s cultural and institutional core. There will also be family-friendly crafts and activities on site, and Good Humor and Klondike ice cream treats for sale.

Tyler History Center at 325 W. Federal St. in downtown Youngstown will be closed that day.

Lecture on Caring for Family Treasures

WARREN, Ohio – Victorian Collections and Coffee, the annual fall lecture series of the Sutliff Museum, will begin Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Community Auditorium, inside Boscov’s in Eastwood Mall, Niles. The first lecture will be on how to handle, care for, and eventually pass on, your family treasures. Holly Witchey, ICA-Art Conservation’s director of education, will host a pop-up museum and deliver a presentation. Attendees are encouraged to bring a small object, photograph, document, or item that is meaningful to exhibiting with family treasures.

Discussion of ‘Women of Packard’

WARREN, Ohio – A belated Labor Day panel discussion entitled, “The Working Women of Packard Electric,” will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. This one-hour educational program is open to the public and free with paid admission to the museum.

For over a century, Packard Electric was one of Warren’s most dynamic and progressive companies. From its founding in 1890, Packard provided employment opportunities for women. The panel will include Packard Electric retirees who will share stories of working for the company from the late 1950s until the 1990s, the challenges they encountered balancing work and family, and the camaraderie and solidarity built among the employees.

Gallery Seeks Artists for Season

YOUNGSTOWN – Artists are being sought for the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Art Gallery’s upcoming season.

Their work will be exhibited in the gallery, which is inside the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane. Included will be the opportunity to sell their work, the option of an opening reception or workshop, and an article in the Jewish Journal Monthly Magazine.

Paintings, sketches, illustrations, photography, sculpture, and textiles are welcome. Artists may apply as individuals or as a group. There is no exhibit fee, but sales are subject to a 25 percent commission. Completed applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. To apply, visit

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