The Update | Riverside Odds at Westside Bowl; Good Friday Breakfast Service at YMCA

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Philadelphia-based band Riverside Odds will bring its speed-punk rock to Westside Bowl on Friday evening as part of a St. Patrick’s Day punk show that also includes Pittsburgh’s The Cheats and Detroit’s Norcos y Horchata.

The show, in the venue’s main room, starts at 8 p.m.

Riverside Odds is touring on the strength of its latest album, “Punching Above Our Weight,” which was released last week. The 13-track album, produced by the Supersuckers’ Eddie Spaghetti, embodies the band’s “live for the moment” ethos. Embracing both the light and dark sides of human nature, the album explores themes of indulgence, vengeance and celebration.

Other notable shows coming to Westside Bowl, 2617 Mahoning Ave., this month include Volk, with Lords of the Highway, on March 23; The Got It Got It Need It on March 24; Daikaju, March 30; and The Jasons, March 31.

YMCA of Youngstown’s Annual Good Friday Breakfast

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The YMCA of Youngstown’s annual Good Friday breakfast and service will take place April 7 at the Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., downtown.

Catering by Chef Christopher will serve a breakfast buffet at 7 a.m., with the program to follow in the second-floor gym at 7:45 a.m. The event will conclude at 8:45 a.m.

John Muckridge, president and CEO of the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley, will deliver this year’s Good Friday message. Music will be provided by Linda Noday of Rising Star Baptist Church.

“Fifty-seven years ago, the YMCA of Youngstown recognized the need for a community event in downtown Youngstown to highlight the historical death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to celebrate the Y’s Christian roots,” says Tom Gacse, the YMCA’s CEO. “Each year since then, the YMCA has held this special Good Friday service to bring the community together in prayer, encouragement, worship and reflection on what Jesus Christ has done for us.” 

Seating is available by reservation only. Contact Patty Tchoryk at the downtown YMCA at 330 742 4781. A table of eight is $100, and individual tickets are $15. This event usually sells out, and reservations should be made by March 20.

Hoyt Offers ‘Drop-in’ Classes

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Art & Education at the Hoyt has added “drop-in classes” to its previously announced schedule of art classes and workshops between March 28 and May 20.  

Drop-in classes are those that one can register for up until 3 p.m. the day of the class. Current options include Stained Glass, Watercolor, Digital Photography, Drawing and Yoga.

“This new flexibility is due to an increasing trend toward last-minute decision making because of busy lifestyles,” said Kimberly Koller-Jones, executive director. “You can explore an interest before making an eight-week investment of time or money in a full class, or just continue to develop your skill sets as you are able.”

The number of spots available will still be limited by the maximum capacity of each classroom. Drop-in registration will open the first day of each class.

The new opportunities include Printmaking for Teens (ages 13 to 17), Florigami (ages 12 and older) and Writing for Youth (ages 8 to 18).

For a full schedule, go to

Stambaugh Youth Concert Band Performance

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Stambaugh Youth Concert Band will close its 2022-23 season with a concert featuring senior soloist Anna Joy and the presentation of the Barbara Armstrong Scholarship at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Joy, a flutist, is a senior at Columbiana High School. She has participated in the Columbiana

County Honor Band, Youngstown State University Side by Side Honor Band and Ohio State University Honor Band. In addition to flute, she has taken piano lessons for 11 years and organ lessons for six years. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her educational career and is a member of the National Honor Society.

The Stambaugh Youth Concert Band is composed of 69 of the top high school musicians from northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The SYCB is under the direction of Tyler Husosky, Kate Ferguson and Nathan Sensabaugh.

Tickets for the concert range from $8 to $10 and are available by phone at 330 259 9651; in person at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, downtown; and at

The concert will also be livestreamed for free on Stambaugh’s YouTube channel.

Pictured at top: Philadelphia-based punk band Riverside Odds will headline a show Friday at Westside Bowl.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.