The Update | Pabstolutely Returns; ‘Disney’s Aladdin’ on Stage; Coffee Trail

YOUNGSTOWN – The 15th annual Pabstolutely rock music festival will take place Saturday at the Royal Oaks bar, 924 Oak St., on the east side.

The festival will feature 12 bands. Doors open at noon, with music beginning at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $10. The headliner will be Daijaku, making its sixth appearance at Pabstolutely. The instrumental Alabama-based surf-rock act is a favorite at The Royal Oaks, and is known for wearing kabuki-style makeup..

Music will take place on an outdoor stage in the street alongside the bar. There will be an outdoor beer vendor, food trucks and other vendors. The Royals Oaks will also sell barbecue ribs and its indoor bar will be open.

Pabstolutely benefits special-needs adults.

Here is the schedule:

12:30-1:10 p.m.: The Feral cats.

1:30-2:10 p.m.: Bullet finger and the Expirations.

2:30-3 p.m.: Kookie Kutters.

3:15-3:50 p.m.: Johnny Leitera.

4:10-4:45 p.m.: Punk Willie.

5-5:30 p.m.: Wild Wings.

5:45-6:30 p.m.: Brown Angel.

6:45-7:15 p.m.: DAGGRS..

7:30-8:15 p.m.: 7:Rebreather

8:30-9:15 p.m.: Black Signal.

9:30-10:15 p.m.: FAKING

10:30-close: Daikaju.

 Kids First Presents ‘Disney’s Aladdin’

BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP – The Oakland Center for the Arts Kids First Initiative will present “Disney’s Aladdin” for four performances this weekend at Trinity Fellowship Church, 4749 South Ave.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For advance tickets, call 330 406 0606 or go to Tickets will also be sold at the door.

The cast includes members of the Kids First Au-Stars program, that works with kids on the Autism Spectrum. In includes Cameron Keffer, Caroline Capuzello, Lexi Dombrosky, Nicholas McGoogan, Adriana Trafficate, Addison Goche, Brook Fordham,Trudi Herrholtz, Leah Kovacs, Casey Herrholtz, Connor Fitzpatrick, Trip Matthews, Charlotte Ward, Alex Cook, Chris Rutledge, Alyssa Moliterno, Makenna Ray, Zoe Powers, James Matig, Ace Johnson, Henry Buzzacco, Alex Hoover, Mackenzie Dennison, Laney Messersmith, Ellie Moliterno, Ace Johnson, Julianna Moore, Brylee Rutledge, Charleigh Book, Sophia Peralta, Lennon Ciavarella, Annabell Rauschenbach, Gariella Abramowski, Hannah Abramowski, Serena Martinez and Frankie Wray. 

Sharon Rae North Releases Album

WASHINGTON – “Silhouette,” the new album by jazz vocalist Sharon Rae North, is now available at

North is a Youngstown native and a former news reporter for WYTV-33. She performed at The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre earlier this summer.

PBS Offers After-school Programming

KENT — To help children continue to learn after school and for home-schooled students, PBS Western Reserve, in collaboration with other PBS stations throughout Ohio, will offer a new live, virtual program called After School 360 every Tuesday at 4 p.m. starting on Sept. 6.

After School 360, a component of the Ohio Learns 360 project, will continue through May and include read-along resources, clips of favorite PBS Kids shows, hands-on activities and more. 

 Ohio Learns 360, which aims to reach kindergarten through fifth-grade students from underserved communities, kicked off this spring and continues through September 2024. The Ohio Department of Education is providing $5 million in funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), first authorized by Congress in 2020.

To sign up for After School 360, either as an organization or as an individual, go to

 Hoyt to Exhibit Art of Harold Maiella, Robbi Wesson

 NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Art & Education at the Hoyt’s newest exhibitions opening Aug. 30 demonstrate the truth of the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” 

Artist Harold Maiella has openly admitted to incorporating items he has picked up off the street into his mixed media collages.  Both he and found art sculptor Robbi Wesson will exhibit their latest bodies of work at the New Castle arts center through Oct. 27.

Maiella describes his approach to the collection, Mixed Media Maximalism, in the main galleries, as painting with ephemera.  Ephemera simply refers to things that were intended to be enjoyed for short periods of time, such as theater programs, event posters, ticket stubs, holiday cards and bumper stickers. By combining this common imagery in unexpected ways, the artist can convey his thoughts, ideas, and feelings about society without uttering a word. Often times, his chosen items pertain to popular culture, further inviting the viewer to find a deeper meaning beneath the visual narrative.

After working many years as a professional artist in Naples, Fla., Maiella is now based in New Castle, Pa.

The adjoining Blair Sculpture Walkway Gallery will feature the assemblages of New York-based artist Wessen.  He refers to his three-dimensional creations as Foundlings due to the almost spiritual nature of their second life.

Wessen’s artistic development is rooted in Eastern Mysticism and such concepts as the inevitability of the life cycle and the Taoist contemplations of contrast and duality.  He builds upon these concepts to heighten the sense of beauty and the passage of time in with the combination of articles.

A public reception will take place Sept. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. For information, go to  The work will be exhibited August 30-October 27.

‘Hocus Pocus’ Children’s Halloween Event

WARREN, Ohio – Moxie Events will present a Halloween evening for children at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at The Robins Theatre.

The evening will include a full presentation of the beloved 1993 movie “Hocus Pocus” on the big screen; an appearance by the Sanderson Sisters of the film; a meet and greet with Thackery Binx; live musical performances, “smelly” children, photos opportunities and more.

Children are encouraged to wear a costume.

Tickets are 22.50 plus applicable fees; add a “Magical Goodie Bag” can be added for an additional $17.50. it includes a commemorative “Hocus Pocus” mug, Winnie’s Whimsical Popcorn, Thackery Binx’s Bag of Treats, glow in the dark items for interaction during the movie; magical spill-proof punch and more.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. at and at the Robins Theatre box office, 160 E. Market St.

Visit Coffee Shops, Help the Rescue Mission

YOUNGSTOWN – The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley will present the first Mahoning Valley Coffee Trail fundraiser, a six-week adventure that allows participants to explore 17 coffee shops throughout the area.

Participants who donate to the Mission will receive a Trail Guide that includes an offer for a free coffee item from each of the shops. All proceeds will help provide emergency overnight shelter and meals for up to 186 men, women and children nightly.

The event will run from Sept. 9 until Nov. 6. Participants who redeem each offer on the Trail Guide will be eligible to enter a drawing for a grand prize valued at over $750 and includes a barista lesson.

 Only 500 Trail Guides will be printed for this event and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Trail Guides can only be purchased for a minimum suggested donation of $15 from the Rescue Mission at

Participating coffee shops are:

Aunt Martha’s Donut and Coffee Shoppe.

Branch Street Coffee Roasters.

Common Goods Studio.

Glenwood Grounds.

Generations Café.

Hallowed Grounds Coffee Co.

High Octane Coffee Boardman.

Lib’s Market and Village Café.

Market House Caffe.

Nova Coffee Co.

Napa Grocery Gourmet Market Café.

Peaberry’s Cafe.

Side Quest Coffee.

The Howland Bean.

The Mocha House – Youngstown and Warren.

Cozé Coffee Shop.

Steelnative Coffee.

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