The Update | Pumpkin Walk at Twilight to Return; Symphonic ’70s Coming to Robins

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mill Creek MetroParks will present the annual Pumpkin Walk at Twilight from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave. 

Admission to the event is free.

Guests can stroll along the pumpkin-lined paths of the gardens as day turns to night. There will be live music by the Shoeshine Boys and children’s activities.

One highlight will be Scarecrow Row, located near the Margaret Cushwa Education Building. It will feature various scarecrows dressed and decorated by local area nonprofit organizations.

Refreshments by Kravitz’s Garden Café and Mill Creek MetroParks branded merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.

Free parking will be available on-site and in nearby lots. Price Road will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking. Additional parking will be available at Wick Recreation Area, 1861 McCollum Road, with a limited trolley shuttle service to and from Fellows Riverside Gardens. Wait times for the trolley shuttle service may be lengthy.

A family pumpkin-carving session will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the rear, north section of the Fellows parking lot. The finished products will be shown during the Pumpkin Walk.

Pumpkins and carving tools will be supplied, but participants can bring their own carving tools. Carving will continue while pumpkin supplies last. Carved pumpkins cannot be taken home before, during or after the event – they are to be displayed at the Pumpkin Walk event. 

Pumpkin carving is free and open to everyone of all ages. Groups of 10 or more should call ahead. For information, call 330 747 7107 or go to

Music of the 1970s Backed by Orchestra

WARREN, Ohio – Symphonic ’70s, a live tribute to the music of that era, backed by the 32-piece Dave Banks Orchestra, will come to the Robins Theatre on Friday, Jan. 26, for an 8 p.m. concert.

Tickets range from $29 to $49 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale Friday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at and the box office, 160 E. Market St. A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will start at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The show will feature three acts: Serpentine Fire, playing the music of Earth, Wind and Fire; Soul of the ’70s, featuring Tyriq Johnson and Genevieve; and B.B. and Me, featuring Chris Clermont.

The concert is being produced by Howland native Mariano Longo, whose musical career has led to performances with many Las Vegas acts. Longo arranged the music and will serve as conductor.

Used Book Sale at Westminster Presbyterian

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Drive, will present its annual used book sale Oct. 11-13.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Now in its 67th year, the sale will offer thousands of hardback and paperback books. Categories include children’s, fiction, nonfiction, history, cooking, military, sports, hobbies and religion. 

The sale, which is open to the public, will also include puzzles, music albums and CDs and DVDs.

All paperbacks will be reduced to 25 cents on Oct. 12. All books will be half off on Oct 13 until 4 p.m.; and from 4 to 7 p.m. that day, books will be sold for $1 per bag.

Proceeds will support the church’s outreach projects.

All-female Boxing Card for Breast Cancer

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Fight for the Chicks! Fight to Unite 6, an all-women boxing event, will take place Friday, Oct. 20, at Stambaugh Auditorium to raise awareness of breast cancer.

It will feature 18 bouts, with pugilists coming from throughout the region.

Sponsorship and advertising are available. Contact Alecia DeFrank at or 234 600 4415.

Scary Tales Tours at The Hoyt

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Arts & Education at the Hoyt, 124 E. Leasure Ave., will present the second annual Scary Tales tours on Oct. 26-28 at the Alex Crawford period house.

This year’s 45-minute tour was drawn from five of the scariest classic stories ever published, including the witches of “Macbeth,” “The Monkey’s Paw,” “The Thing in the Cellar,” “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Pale Man.” 

Attendees will be led through the mansion with a flashlight in hand. Each room will depict the disturbing events, with portrayals recounted by the tour guide. Tours begin after dark on the half-hour at 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m.  

Cost is $5 per person. Reservations are required online HERE.

Guide to Ohio’s Charming College Towns

COLUMBUS, Ohio – TourismOhio, the state’s tourism office, has created a guide to Charming College Towns in Ohio.

“Exploring Ohio’s college towns is like discovering the threads of your future woven into the fabric of our great state,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development, which oversees TourismOhio.

The guide spotlights attractions and dining spots, and unique places for visitors to stay in Wilberforce, Akron, Dayton, Oxford, Columbus, Athens and Yellow Springs. 

“In towns all across Ohio, a short drive, Uber or bus ride can transport students from their campus surroundings to an exciting off-campus world of discovery where they will be welcomed during their college and post-graduate years,” said Jacquelyn Powell, Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “I encourage students to access the plethora of free information provided by Convention & Visitors Bureaus in their college and university communities. Take time to check out the CVB websites and make personal bucket lists of area attractions and activities to experience during college. Fall in love with your school and your community.”

Click HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.