The Update | Food Trucks and Football at Wean Park; BWR Fundraiser

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Food Trucks and Football, a free, family event, will take place Saturday, Oct. 14, at Wean Park, downtown.

It will feature food trucks, a bounce house and a DJ.

The Notre Dame-University of Southern California football game will be shown on a big screen. Guests can bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

Ballet Fundraiser at Inner Circle

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ballet Western Reserve will present Nutty Night Out on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Inner Circle Pizza, 1816 Boardman Poland Road.

The evening will raise funds for BWR’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

It will feature basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle, specialty drinks and celebrity bartenders Samantha Bender and Kristen McFarland from WKBN-TV.

Prizes include tickets to “The Nutcracker”; dinner reservations at The Federal during the restaurant’s Miracle on Federal Street holiday event; reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Youngstown Downtown; and baskets that contain wine and spirits and salon services.

“The Nutcracker” will be presented Dec. 2-3 at Powers Auditorium. The production will include more than 80 BWR students, accompanied by the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets on Sale for Red Wanting Blue Concert

KENT, Ohio – Tickets are now on sale for Red Wanting Blue’s Dec. 29 concert at Kent Stage. 

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40; click HERE.

Hoyt Seeks Mini Masterpieces Entries

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Arts and Education at the Hoyt’s annual Mini Masterpieces competition, now in its fifth year, is seeking submissions.

Artists are asked to copy a famous work of art onto a 3-inch-by-3-inch canvas panel. All entries will be displayed March 26-May 12, with three winners chosen in each category for a $150 purchase award. The winning entries are also reproduced as refrigerator magnets. There are no age requirements or geographic restrictions. The entry fee is $5.

“The idea was sparked during the height of Covid, when activities were limited and folks needed something to do,” said Kimberly Koller-Jones, the Hoyt’s executive director. “We kept the rules simple and the price accessible, and it took off. It has become an activity that whole families, classrooms and social groups continue to do together.”

Nearly 200 entries are received each year from contestants ranging in age from 2 to 90.

Participants can purchase their canvas panels at any local retailer and pay the entry fee when the work is submitted. The entry fee covers return of the work by mail at the exhibition’s close.

Entry forms are available online HERE, and pre-paid entry kits are still available through the Hoyt gift shop. Deadline for delivery is Friday, Jan. 12, by 4 p.m. Entries postmarked by Jan. 12 will be accepted until Jan. 19.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.