The Update | Lucie Arnaz Coming to Westminster; Acton to Speak at JCC

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.  – Actor-singer Lucie Arnaz will present “I Got the Job – Songs from my Musical Past” at Westminster College’s Orr Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21.

The daughter of actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, she began her career on television at the age of 12 in a recurring role on “The Lucy Show” and at 17 became a series regular on “Here’s Lucy.”

On film, Arnaz co-starred in “The Jazz Singer” with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Oliver, as well as several made-for-television movies like “Who is the Black Dahlia,” “Washington Mistress” and even “Who Gets the Friends?” with Jill Clayburgh.

For nearly three decades, Arnaz has toured her critically acclaimed nightclub acts throughout the United States and Europe with stops in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno with special appearances at The White House and the 1981 Academy Awards.

The show coming to Westminster features a look back at some of the roles Arnaz has had on stages throughout the world, anecdotes about her co-stars and some iconic songs from some of Broadway’s greatest shows.

To reserve tickets, call the Westminster College Celebrity Series box office at 724 946 7354 or click here.

JCC Speaker Series Includes Amy Acton

YOUNGSTOWN – The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, is offering four programs – including one led by Dr. Amy Acton – as part of its J. Newman Levy speaker series.

On May 25, musician Tom Roberts will present an interactive multimedia presentation on the life of Louis Armstrong and his connection to Judaism. Dinner will be served. The event begins at 6 p.m.

On June 29, comedian Mark Klein will deliver a fast and engaging show at 6 p.m. Klein is a thoroughbred racehorse owner, real estate investor, husband, father and the walker of the “dumbest dog in the world.” Dinner will be served.

On July 31, Youngstown native Dr. Amy Acton will discuss leadership and lessons learned during her time as director of the Ohio Department of Health during the pandemic, and as a Jewish woman, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brunch will be served.

On Aug. 23, a baseball park-themed dinner followed by a documentary about Jewish baseball legend Sandy Koufax with an introduction by Kenny Fibus will begin at 5:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Art Show, Sale to Benefit Ukraine

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The YWCA and the YMCA will co-sponsor a pop-up benefit art show and sale to support Ukraine on June 11 from 1-3 p.m. in the lobby of YWCA Mahoning Valley, 25 W. Rayen Ave.

The theme will be sunflowers, which is the national flower of Ukraine. Art can be in any style: realism, expressionism or abstract.

All portable and hang-ready media is acceptable. Art must be labeled with name, title, medium, and suggested price. The Y will designate a price if none is listed. Tables will be provided. Artists are encouraged, but not required, to stay during the sale.

All proceeds benefit YUkraine, which will earmark the money exactly where it is most needed. Works that don’t sell will be transported to the Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road, Boardman, where the sale will continue through the end of June. If requested, works not sold will be returned to the artist.

To donate art, email to Elise at by June 6.

Lecture on Packard Family at Museum

WARREN, Ohio – Charles Ohlin, director of educational services at the National Packard Museum, will present “Meet the Douds: Packard’s In-Laws and Out-Laws” on May 21. This lecture, which will start at noon, is open to the public and free with paid admission to the museum.

When Warren Packard married Mary Elizabeth Doud in 1860, the Packard family expanded to include a colorful cast of characters, mostly distinguished, but with its fair share of black sheep.

Attendees at the lecture will learn about Mary’s grandfather, James Doud, who was one of Canfield’s pioneers; her father, William Chapman Doud, who died when she was just nine months old; and her brother, James, who had several brushes with the law before settling down in Deadwood, South Dakota.

There will also be entertaining tales about Mary’s beloved niece, Gertrude Doud, and the mystery surrounding her birth, and stories about her maternal uncle – a member of the Blinky Morgan gang, one of Ohio’s most notorious band of criminals.

The National Packard Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Admission is $10 ($8 for seniors, $5 for children aged 7-12).

Pictured: Lucie Arnaz will bring her show to Westminster College on May 21.

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