The Update | Noble Creature Beer to Benefit Mill Creek Park; Youngstown Mafia Podcast Premieres

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Noble Creature Cask House is supporting the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation in a unique way.

The brewery at 126 E. Rayen Ave. has launched a line of Mill Creek Park-inspired brews to support the restoration of the park’s trail system.

Noble Creature owner-brewer Ira Gerhart got the idea during the darkest days of the pandemic, when he found refuge in his daily hikes with his young daughter along the 46 miles of trails in the park. He was so appreciative that he wanted to give back, and he did so through his talent for making beer.

The first offering is Parapet, an IPA, named after the famed stone bridge on East Glacier Drive. Gerhart is donating a portion of revenue from the beer series to the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation.

Holiday-Season Shows at Robins Theatre

WARREN, Ohio – Three holiday-season events coming to The Robins Theatre were announced on Monday. Tickets for all three go on sale Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m. robinstheatre.com and the box office, 160 E. Market St.

An online-only pre-sale will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, accessible only to Friends of the Robins Theatre. To become a member go to the website or the box office.

Here are the three events:

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Howland High School Drama Club, 7 p.m. Nov. 12. Tickets will range from $14 to $16.

First Snow: A Tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets will range from $10 to $30 (plus applicable fees).

 “The Nutcracker,” 3 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets will range between $18 and $25 (plus applicable fees).

Podcast Premieres on Youngstown Mafia 

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – “Crooked City,” a 16-part podcast series about Youngstown’s Mafia past, is now available on all podcast portals.

The series is produced and narrated by Marc Smerling, the creator of the “Crimetown” and “The Jinx” crime podcasts.

Made from the research of Youngstown podcast producer John Chechitelli, the series includes interviews with many witnesses and experts. Episodes range from 30 to 45 minutes.

One episode will be released every Monday for free, with commercials. Listeners can also hear all episodes now by subscribing to Sony’s The Binge service.

Valley Arts Organizations Receive Grants

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thirteen arts organizations in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties have been awarded grants from the Ohio Arts Council, including $115,871 for The Butler Institute of American Art.

In total, the arts council issued 764 grants statewide, totaling $18.2 million.

The Butler will use its grant to sustain its programming.

Here are the other local grants:

Ballet Western Reserve, $13,144.

Cultural Alliance/Youngstown State University, $2,782.

Stambaugh Auditorium, $3,106

Lit Youngstown, $4,044.

McDonough Museum of Art, YSU, $11,625.

Opera Western Reserve, $8,338.

Stambaugh Chorus, $3,658.

Etruscan Press, $3,933.

Foundation Medici, Warren, $2,909.

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, $$2,710.

City of East Liverpool, $1,928.

Stage Left Players, Lisbon, $4,500.

Photo Exhibit by Suzi Altman at the JCC

YOUNGSTOWN – The artwork of Suzi Altman will be on exhibit in the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Art Gallery at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane, from Aug. 1 to Sep. 5. A reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4.

The collection of images for “From the Rust Belt to The Bible Belt” was made over the course of a few years of Altman traveling the backroads of Mississippi to Ohio.

During her travels Altman documented the everyday life and ordinary people and explored the often overlooked spiritual and religious aspects of these environments looking for the similarities and finding the extraordinary hidden in plain sight.

Altman started her career in New York City at The Associated Press after an internship at Rolling Stone Magazine and another internship with acclaimed photographer Mary Ellen Mark over thirty years ago.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, London Financial Times, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, The New York Post, AFP, Reuters News Agency, and more.

McKinley Memorial Library Picnic

NILES, Ohio – Friends of the McKinley Memorial Library will have its annual picnic on Thursday, July 28, from 5-8 p.m.

The event will include food, basket raffles and music by Cin City & the Saints on the McKinley Memorial grounds, 40 N. Main St., Niles.

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