The Update | NPR’s Eisenberg Coming to JCC; Irish Fest Names Its ‘Mayor’

YOUNGSTOWN – Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR’s weekly trivia and puzzle game show “Ask Me Another,” will come to the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, on July 25 for a 5 p.m. presentation.

The comedian has also appeared on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” Comedy Central and “The Today Show.”

The event is free, but registration is required. Registration will be open until July 22 or until full. Go to to register.

Irish Fest Names Mayor of Malarkey

YOUNGSTOWN – Shawn Mulhall has been named the Mayor of Malarkey of the 2024 Mahoning Valley Irish Festival.

The owner of S&T Engraving and Finnegan’s Cottage gift shop, Mulhall has deep roots in the Valley.

His ancestors emigrated to the United States in the 1700s. His great-grandfather, Patrick Peter Mulhall, was the first Irishman to own land in Hubbard. His grandfather, Dennis Mulhall, helped found Immaculate Conception Church, now St. Angela Merici.

Mulhall attended Cardinal Mooney High School and Youngstown State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business.

Shawn married Renee Moss in 1986, and they have three daughters: Britanee, Natalee, and Emilee. This year, Shawn welcomed his first grandchild, Ashton.

Playhouse Auditions for ‘Something Rotten’

YOUNGSTOWN – Auditions for The Youngstown Playhouse’s production of “Something Rotten” will take place on Sunday, July 14 and Monday, July 15, from 6-9 p.m.

Energetic singers, dancers and actors age 16 and up are being sought. Be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song of your choice. An accompanist and tech will be provided (a capella auditions are not preferred).

Dress and prepare for light choreography.

Rehearsals will take place in the evenings, Sunday through Thursday, beginning July 28.

The show will be performed Sept. 20-22 and 27-29.

For information, go to

Neil Diamond Tribute Show at Robins

WARREN, Ohio – So Good: The Neil Diamond Experience come to the Robins Theatre on Friday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m.

Tickets range between $20 to $37 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. at and at the box office, 160 E. Market St.

Diamond is played by Robert Neary, a Broadway, television and film actor for over 35 years. Neary performs Diamond’s greatest songs and tells the stories behind them.

Cultural Event on Yemeni Immigrants

CANFIELD – Mahoning Valley Cultural Alliance will recognize immigrants from Yemen on Monday, Aug. 5, at A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon St.

The speaker will be Dr. Rashid Abdu, retired surgeon. Heather Abrams, a professional belly dancer, will perform. The meal will be prepared by A La Cart.

The program is part of the alliance’s Stories of Mahoning Valley Immigrants series.

The cost is $40 ($35 for Mahoning Valley Historical Society members). Reservations are required and must be made by July 30. Call 330 743 2589.

One Hot Cookie Reading Program

BOARDMAN, Ohio – One Hot Cookie will present its Summer Reading Quest and Story Time series for youths ages 2-17, with cookie treats.

From now through Aug. 15, participants can pick up a reading log at either One Hot Cookie location.  The reading log is kept in increments of 30 minutes and must be signed off by a parent/guardian. After completing two hours of reading, children can collect their prize of a free traditional cookie.

After completing five hours of reading, the prize is a specialty cookie; after 10 hours, I’ts a choice between a specialty cookie or brownie and ice cream.

The child must be present to collect their prize and only one prize can be collected per visit.

Story Time events will take place at each One Hot Cookie location throughout the Summer

Reading Quest time frame. The story schedule is as follows:

Boardman (1315 Boardman Canfield Road: July 15 at 2 p.m., “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”; and Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Hermitage, Pa. (3346 E. State St.): July 16 at 2 p.m., “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”; and Aug. 1 at 2 p.m.: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”

Middle East Media Expert Coming to JCC

YOUNGSTOWN – The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation will host “A Conversation with Elliot Zweig” at 7 p.m. July 16 at the JCC of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane.

Zweig, deputy director of the Middle East Media Research Institute, will discuss the role of the MEMRI and explain how the Oct. 7 attack on Israel and the U.S. college campus protests are being reported on by Mideast news outlets. He’ll also talk about the way extremist groups are using AI technology to disseminate propaganda misinformation.

The program is free, but registration is required by July 12. Email or 330 746 3250 ext. 108. A coffee and dessert reception is included.

Butler Art Museum Is Seeking Docents

YOUNGSTOWN – The Butler Institute of American Art is offering classes for new docents (tour guides).

Docents are trained volunteers who offer teaching, understanding and appreciation of art through guided tours of the permanent collection. Docents provide a valuable support to the operation of the museum and to the public through their understanding of the museum’s collection.

No previous museum experience is necessary, but a willingness to participate and commitment to study the masterpieces in the museum collection is required. Classes will begin in mid-September and run through mid-April. For information, call Joyce Mistovich, Director of Dducation, at 330 743 1107 ext. 1101.

Yachtley Crew Coming to Robins Theatre

WARREN, Ohio – Yachtley Crew, a yacht rock tribute show, will come to the Robins Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from $25 to $45 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased at or at the box office, 160 E. Market St.

Yacht rock is the soft rock and Top 40 hits from the late ’70s to the early ’80s, and includes songs such as Boz Scaggs’ “Lido Shuffle,” Ace’s “How Long,” Robbie Dupree’s “Steal Away,” the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love” and Christopher Cross’ “Ride Like the Wind.”

Pictured at top: Ophira Eisenberg will come to the JCC on July 25.

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