The Update | Holiday Programs on WYSU; Holiday Flea on Phelps Street Walkway

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – WYSU-FM, the public radio service of Youngstown State University, will air two special holiday programs on Thanksgiving Day.

At 9 a.m., it will present “Giving Thanks,” a contemporary, thoughtful celebration of the spirit of the holiday featuring Stanley Tucci and Naomi Shihab Nye, with music from Eric Whitacre, Bach and Copland.

It will be followed at 11 a.m. with “Every Good Thing,” in which host Andrea Blain and classical music fans from all around the country celebrate music.

Holiday Flea on Phelps Street Walkway

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown Flea will present Flea on Phelps, a special holiday market of local makers, artists and artisans, from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 on the Phelps Street pedestrian walkway, downtown.

The market will be in cojunction with that day’s lighting of the city’s holiday tree on Central Square.

Once again, there will be no holiday parade this year because of the pandemic.

The Holiday Flea will also take place the rest of the weekend, Dec. 4 and 5, at its building at 365 E. Boardman St., downtown. Hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5.

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New Year’s Eve for Kids at Robins Theatre

WARREN, Ohio – Families can ring in the New Year at the Spectacular Kids New Year’s Eve Countdown to 2022 at the Robins Theatre on Dec. 31. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include a  variety of family entertainment.

The 2009 Pixar film “Up” will be screened at 5:30 p.m.

At 7:15 p.m., The Big Fun Circus, featuring aerialists, jugglers, stilt-walkers, illuminated performers, contortionists, clowns and more, will take place.

The Here We Glow Dance Show will begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by a dance party balloon drop at 8:45 p.m.

All seating is general admission. Tickets are $22 per person. An optional Kids Swag Bag is also available for $16. For $100, guests can purchase a family pack, which includes two adult tickets, two children’s tickets, and two Kid Swag Bags – a savings of over $20.

An online-only presale will take place Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. For access to this presale, subscribe to the Robins email list at An email with the presale code will be sent out Tuesday morning.

Tickets go on sale to general public Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Robins website, and at the theater box office, 160 E. Market St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

YSU Wind Ensemble Concert Canceled

YOUNGSTOWN – The Nov. 22 performance by the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble concert, originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium, has been canceled, according to a press release from the university. Advance tickets will be refunded through Stambaugh. 

JCC Presents ‘Wizard of Oz for Kids’

YOUNGSTOWN — The School of Theatre at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will present “Wizard of Oz for Kids” at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane. 

Tickets are $10 per person. Children 5 and under are free. Visit to purchase tickets. 

Guest Presenters at Youngstown Lit Series

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Lit Youngstown’s First Wednesday Readers Series will present Andrew Rihn of Canton and RC Wilson of Kent on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., downtown. The reading, free and open to the public, will be co-hosted by Gayle Catinella and will be followed by an open mic. 

Rihn is the author of “Revelation: An Apocalypse in 58 Fights,” a book of prose poems about Mike Tyson. He writes The Pugilist, a monthly boxing column for Into the Void magazine, where he is also a poetry editor. 

Wilson performs poems, songs and monologues and is a frequent organizer of poetry readings and events in the Kent area.

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