The Update | Printmaking Sessions at YSU; Golf Courses Opening at Mill Creek Park

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Richard Repasky will be the guest artist in residence April 4-8 at Youngstown State University’s visual and dramatic arts department, as part of the annual Red Press Collaborative.

Repasky will participate with students in a printmaking session each day from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Patrons may drop by at any time to observe the printmaking process.

Repasky will give an artist talk at 5:10 p.m. April 6 at the McDonough Museum of Art. All events are free and open to the public anytime during the open hours.

YSU art students will collaborate with Repasky to produce a limited-edition print. The public will be able to observe the process. Prints from previous years will be available for sale and display.

A Chicago-based stone lithographer, educator and artist, Repasky has been making lithographs and teaching lithography for 25 years. 

The Red Press Collaborative is a program designed to promote fine art printmaking at Youngstown State University.

Mill Creek Golf Course Opens

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Golf season returns to Mill Creek Park this week. The North Course and Pro Shop at Mill Creek Golf Course opened Wednesday, while Hole #55 Bar & Grille opens today.

The park’s South Course opens April 11, and the driving range and practice facility will open April 18.

Mill Creek Golf Course hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and, Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

At the Wick Recreation Area, the par-3 golf course and batting cages open today, while the tennis courts and sand volleyball courts will open April 3. Wick hours are 8 a.m. to sunset, with lighted night hours Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m. beginning May 1.

Grammy Winning Sax Player at BHS

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Two-time Grammy winner Eric Marienthal will spend hours practicing with Boardman High School jazz students on Tuesday, April 5, in preparation for the 20th annual Boardman Jazz Fest concert at 7 p.m. that night in the Boardman Performing Arts Center.

Marienthal has performed with Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Barbara Striesand and Aaron Neville. He will share his knowledge with the students during the day and perform with all three BHS jazz ensembles at the concert.

Admission to the Jazz Fest concert is $10 at the door (free for senior citizens).

YMCA Accepting Art for Ukraine Fundraiser

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road, is accepting art donations for its Sunflowers for Ukraine fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale will benefit YMCA Ukraine which operates in 26 cities, including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv and Odessa.

Works in all two-dimensional art styles and media are welcome. Pieces do not have to be framed, but must have a wire, sawtooth mount, or command strips on the back.  

The sale will begin April 10.  Donations will be accepted any time before or after that date. They can be dropped off at the front desk. Artists must include their name, title, medium, and suggested price on the back of each piece. 

For information, email Suzanne Gray at

Trumbull Theater Sets ‘Grease’ Auditions

NILES, Ohio – Auditions for Trumbull New Theatre’s production of “Grease” will take palce on May 25 from 7 to 9 p.m., and May 29 from 2 to 4 p.m, at the theater, 5883 Youngstown Warren Road.

The cast requires females and nine males, between age 16 and 23. Actors must be able to demonstrate ability to sing, dance and act, and be available for rehearsals in June.

 Performances will be July 8-10 and July 15-17.

The director is Ron Sinesio.

Scottish Fiddling Group in Recital

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College Scottish fiddling group will present its faculty recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3, at Wallace Memorial Chapel on Westminster’s Campus.

Led by Melinda Crawford Perttu, associate professor of music, the recital will feature traditional and original music for the Scottish fiddle.

Crawford Perttu is an established U.S national fiddling champion and has performed throughout the United States, including a recital for the Lord Lyon of Scotland, plus many other large Scottish cultural events.

She is also the founder and director of the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling at Westminster College and is the author of “A Violinist’s Guide to Scottish Fiddling,” published by Mel Bay, an American musician and publisher known for music education books. She also directs Westminster’s Scottish string ensemble Ceòl na Teud.

Poets to Read Works for Lit Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Lit Youngstown’s First Wednesday Readers Series will present poets Cindy Bosley of Toledo and Jennifer Jones of Akron at Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., downtown, at 7 p.m. April 6. The readers will be followed by an open mic session.

Bosley’s recent publications include an autofiction piece, “Algorithms, in Scoundrel Time,” and a collection of poems, “Quilt Life,” published by Bottom Dog Press. 

Jones is full-time faculty at Kent State University-Stark, where she teaches poetry, creative writing, and composition courses that focus on social justice. 

The May 4 reading will feature memoirist Angie Orlando of Kent and poet Christine Howey of Cleveland. 

Pictured: An example of one of Richard Repasky’s prints.

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