The Update | Opera Presents ‘Parisian Promenade’; Charlie Brown Christmas at Packard

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Opera Western Reserve will present “A Parisian Promenade” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, on the promenade at the Fifth Avenue entrance of Stambaugh Auditorium.

 The company’s emerging artists group will take the audience through a 19th century Parisian love story with excerpts from the upcoming production, Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

The event will include dinner and drinks, starting with brie and baguette appetizers and a cash bar. A buffet-style dinner will include French mustard chicken, gratin dauphinoise, taboulé aux herbes fraishes, hericot vert, and fresh glazed carrots. Chocolate mousse will be served for dessert.

Tickets are $60, or a table for eight people for $450, cand can be purchased at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office; by phone at  330 259 9651; and at

Charlie Brown Christmas Coming to Packard

WARREN, Ohio – A Charlie Brown Christmas Live will come to Packard Music Hall on Dec. 16.

Tickets are $52.50, $42.50 and $32.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, at (fees apply) and the Packard box office.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live, featuring the Peanuts comic strip gang, is a

fresh take on the classic animated TV special. It lets family audiences experience the story with live actors but with the integrity and spirit of each Peanuts character intact.

The Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz has been a

longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. The live show also includes the familiar piano score by jazz artist Vince Guaraldi.

The live show includes an intermission. After the final bow, the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing Christmas favorites.

Polka Star Mollie B Coming to Avon Oaks

GIRARD, Ohio – Squeezebox, featuring Mollie B and Ted Lange, will return to the Mahoning Valley on Oct. 15 for a polka concert from 3 to 7 p.m. at Avon Oaks, 1401 N. State St.

The Del Sinchak Band will open the show.

General admission tickets are $25 and available by calling Peppermint Records at 330 783 2222. Checks, debit and credit cards accepted for payment.

Food and beverages will be sold (this is not a BYOB event).

For information, email

Lecture on Astronaut Neil Armstrong

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Dan Mathey will present a lecture on astronaut Neil Armstrong at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at the meeting room of Chad Anthony’s Grill, 46998 Belmont Ave.

Admission to the program, presented by the McGuffey Historical Society, is $10 ($5 for society members). The event will include a raffle to benefit the society’s education mission. For reservations or more information, phone 330-726-8277.

Mathey is co-founder of the Neil Armstrong First Flight Memorial Lunar Module replica.

Armstrong and his family made their home in Warren, Ohio, when he was a young boy. His interest in flying developed at an early age. On July 26, 1936, at the age of 6, young Neil and his father, Stephen, embarked on his first flight in a Ford airplane – a Tin Goose – from Warren Airways on Parkman Road, now the site of the Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 Lunar Module replica.

Thirty-three years later, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history with his first flight in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module. He became the first man to walk on the moon.

Mathey is a member of the National Packard Museum and the Trumbull County Historical Society board of directors.

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