The Update | NASA’s Nick Mastramico to Speak at Boardman High; Twin Peaks Restaurant Set to Open

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Nick Mastramico, a NASA aerospace engineer and Boardman High School graduate, will return to his alma mater Friday, Feb. 2, to share his experiences in a lecture at the school’s performing arts center.

The public is invited to the 7 p.m. event, and admission is free.

Mastramico, who is based at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will share his perspective on space exploration and his work with the Artemis project, which entails a mission to the moon.

Mastramico’s appearance comes as the April 8 solar eclipse is nearing, and he will also discuss the rare event. The zone of totality for the eclipse will encompass most of Trumbull County.

The 2000 BHS graduate’s goal had always been to work at NASA. He invites the Boardman community to attend his address in a video.

Twin Peaks Restaurant Plans Grand Opening

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The new Twin Peaks restaurant at 7165 Tiffany Blvd. will have its grand opening Monday, Jan. 29.

The restaurant, located in the former TGI Friday’s building, is the chain’s first in the Mahoning Valley.

Twin Peaks is a sports bar with a décor that calls to mind a mountain cabin. Its menu features hand-smashed burgers, beer-battered chicken tenders, hand-cut steaks, street tacos and wings.

The Dallas-based Twin Peaks chain has 115 locations nationwide.

Art Exhibition at Trumbull Gallery

WARREN, Ohio – An opening reception for Mélange, an exhibition of works selected by Warren-based artist Dovey Wuvey, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Trumbull Art Gallery, 180 N. Park Ave.

The exhibition, which opened Jan. 11, features works by Wuvey, Orrville Brown, Dylan Weaver, Elizabeth Given, Jersee Hogue, Marcus P. Blackwell, Paul Jackson Burgess, Robert Dennick Joki, Steve Ehret, Audrey Gardner, Brian Hill, Chad Kessler, James Pernotto, Davey Highben, Eric Alleman and Lynn Wheeler.

David Wheeler is the guest curator.

The Hoyt Seeks Submissions for Juried Show

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Art & Education at the Hoyt is inviting both emerging and established artists to apply for its 51st annual Hoyt Regional Juried Art Competition this winter. It is open to adult artists residing within a 250-mile radius of the museum.

All media, with the exception of video and installation, will be considered. Participants must be at least 18 to enter, and work must have been completed within the past three years. The deadline is March 1. At least $1,200 in cash prizes will be awarded. Application access is online through the Hoyt’s website.

Juana Williams, associate curator of African American art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, will serve as juror. 

For those who need assistance in preparing their entry, an artist prep workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 with digital media specialist Cassidy Tonks-Hatch. She will offer tips on taking photos of artwork. Bring items you wish to photograph to class. Registration and class fees apply (free to members).

For information, click HERE or contact Patricia McLatchy, exhibition manager, at

Army Woodwind Quintet Coming to College

GROVE CITY, Pa. – The U.S. Army Woodwind Quintet will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in Arnold Recital Hall in the Pew Fine Arts Center at Grove City College.

The Woodwind Quintet is one of the premier chamber ensembles of the U.S. Army band Pershing’s Own, which was formed in 1922 by Gen. John J. Pershing.

The ensemble is frequently called upon to play at high-level military and civilian events.

Tickets are available HERE.

Other shows coming to the college include:

  • Organist Adam Brakel at 8 p.m. March 8 in Harbison Chapel on campus.
  • Piano Trio, featuring Bethany Danel Brooks, Anne Martindale Williams and Christopher Wu, at 7:30 p.m. March 20 in Arnold Recital Hall.

Pictured at top: Nick Mastramico, a Boardman native and NASA aerospace engineer, in an image captured from video. (Facebook | Amy Radinovic)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.