The Update | Poland-based Actor to Appear in Lifetime Movie

A Mahoning Valley-based actor has a co-starring role in the Lifetime channel movie “The Bad Guardian,” which will air on the cable channel at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27.

Jeff Hochendoner of Poland plays Mack, the owner and manager of a diner.

The movie originally aired May 18 and is also currently streaming on Hulu.

Melissa Joan Hart and La La Anthony star in the film. Hart plays the role of Leigh, who is trying to save her father from a corrupt and greedy court-appointed guardian. Her character works in the diner owned by Hochendoner’s character.

Shooting took place in Fairmont, W.Va., in February.

Hochendoner will also appear in a co-headlining role in an upcoming episode of “The Mayor of Kingstown. The series, starring Jeremy Renner, is on Paramount Plus.

The episode featuring Hochendoner will air later this summer.

Hochendoner’s film résumé includes roles in many major films, including “I Am Number Four,” “Unstoppable,” “A League of Their Own,” “Warrior” and “Rustin.”

Badfish Tribute Weekend at Nelson Ledges

GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio – Badfish, the Sublime tribute band, will return to Nelson Ledges Quarry Park for its annual Spring Badfish festival May 31-June 2.

For tickets, click HERE.

For 22 years, the Rhode Island-based band – Joel Hanks on bass, Scott Begin on drums, Pat Downes on vocals and guitar, Danny Torgersen on horns, keyboards and guitars – has paid tribute to Sublime, the short-lived but influential California group that brought ska-punk and reggae-rock to the mainstream.

The band is also moving forward with its music and will augment its Sublime repertoire with some of its original songs in concerts.

“Putting out original music alongside being a tribute band has always been a point of interest to us,” Begin said. “It’s been a tricky path to walk though. Yet as the years have gone by and we’ve gotten to witness our little show turn into somewhat of a movement within the scene, we are at the point where we feel we have something of real heart and value to add not only to our show but to the American reggae scene.”

YSU Theater Students to Perform at Fringe Festival

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Fourteen theater students at Youngstown State University will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, this summer where they will appear in a musical at the Fringe Festival.

Performing as the Steel Penguin Ensemble, the students present the Off-Broadway musical “Here There Be Dragons.”

They will travel to Scotland in August with Adam Day Howard, a lecturer in YSU’s theater department, who will serve as music director for the performance.

The students are KJ Hudson, Lauren Ladd, Natalie Horvath, Mal Ehrhart, Sam Law, Emalee Chappa, Ryan Bed, Cyrus Dzikowski, Chloe Downey, Laynee Sanger, Sandon Elik, Ilse Zislstra, Crystal Fisher and Camryn Tighe.

Renova Music Festival Returns to Area

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – The Renova Music Festival will return to New Castle from June 2-15. 

The event brings together 35 college-age classical musicians and nationally recognized artist-faculty from across the country for performances, instruction and creative renewal.

Six public concerts are presented as part of the festival on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The Thursday performances, which will take place June 6 at Westminster College’s Wallace Memorial Chapel and June 13 at St. Camillus Church in New Castle, will feature a range of chamber music.

The Friday night performances are less formal and will feature quartets and quintets. They will take place June 7 at Nova Cellars Winery in Pulaski and June 14 at The Henry Banquet and Events Center in downtown New Castle. Admission is free to these two shows.

Saturday night concerts on June 8 and 15 will take place at the Magnificat Chapel at the Villa Maria Community Center.

For tickets and information, go to All concerts (except the Nova Cellars performance) start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are available at the door.

Warren Flea Market Garage Sale

WARREN, Ohio – The Warren Flea and Farmers Market’s annual garage sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1 and 8.

The market is at 428 Main Ave. Admission is free.

Outside set-ups start at $5 and begin as early as 7 a.m. the days of the event. All available spaces are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Situated on over 3 acres, shoppers can find unique items and bargains of new, next to new and vintage goods.

The event will include two indoor restaurants: Kim’s Korean Food and Joe’s Snack Bar. The Last Go Round Band will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, call the market at 330 399 8298. 

Simply Slavic Baking Contest Seeks Entries

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The annual Simply Slavic festival baking competition will take place at 1 p.m. June 8 at Smarts, in the Ohio One building, 25 E. Boardman St., downtown.

The festival will take place June 14-15 on East Federal Street.

The region’s best amateur bakers are invited to put their favorite goods to the test. The public is welcome to attend to enjoy sampling. Admission is free.

The contest takes place before the festival so the bakers, judges and organizers can focus on it without any distraction, according to Marta Mazur, contest chair, past winner and owner of Krakus Polish Deli & Bakery.

Participants should submit their entry form with a $5 nonrefundable entry fee and a description of 75 words or less. The entry form is available online at Remember to highlight pertinent information like its Slavic roots, holidays at which it might be used and where you first ate it.

Mail it to Simply Slavic Baking Contest, 7050 Market St. #108, Boardman, OH 44512, or drop it off at Krakus Polish Deli & Bakery on Market Street. Entries will be accepted through Saturday, June 1.

Contestants are required to preregister and bring two of their baked items (or two dozen cookies) packaged separately. No baked goods that require freezing, refrigeration or heating will be accepted. Entries must be at room temperature when presented to the judges. This competition is open to nonprofessionals, defined as individuals who have not been paid for their cooking or baking services.

For more information, visit Simply Slavic’s website, call 330 261 4263 or email

Pictured at top: Jeff Hochendoner of Poland.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.