The Update | Rockers Visit School; Boardman Jazz Program Sets Spring Concert

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Eric Blinzley and Dave Hope of local rock band Apocalyptic Lovers made a surprise visit to the Austintown Middle School Choir on Tuesday to deliver thank-you packages.

In October, choir director Megan Keown and her students recorded backing vocals for two songs on the Apocalyptic Lovers’ new album, “And the World Tomorrow,” slated for release later this year.

Blinzley and Hope gave choir members gift bags containing a concert-style T-shirt to commemorate the date of their recording. The shirts include the names of every choir member on the back. Students also received stickers and other Apocalyptic Lovers swag. 

Boardman Jazz Program in Spring Concert

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Boardman High School jazz program, under the leadership of Thomas Ruggieri, will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the Boardman Performing Arts Center, 7777 Glenwood Ave., on the school campus.

Admission is $3 ($2 for students; free for senior citizens). Enter through Door 8 on the north side of the building.

The seniors will be prominently featured throughout the concert by the school’s three jazz ensembles.

They are Jackson Bogerd, Alex Cole, Molly DePinto, Vincent Dominic, Vinny Johnstone, Theresa Laverock, Angelo Marcella, Gino Perretti, Nicholas Ricottilli, Logan Rosko, Mary Salus, Alivia Shablesky, Evan Sweder, David VanPelt and Savanna Watkins.

The BHS jazz program’s summer schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, June 3: 2k24 ensemble at Boardman Park, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 6: Ensembles 1 and 2 at Boardman Park, 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 30: Ensemble 1 and 2k24 at Columbiana Firestone Park, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27: Ensemble 1 at WaterFire festival, Sharon, Pa., 2:30 p.m.

City Schools Students to Read Poetry

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Lit Youngstown, in partnership with Youngstown City Schools, will present CityVerse, a public reading by students from East and Chaney high schools and Youngstown Rayen Early College, in the Christman room at Stambaugh Auditorium at 7 p.m. June 4.

Admission is free to the public.

Student poets participating in the pilot program took six poetry writing workshops with poets Quartez Harris of Cleveland, Shaunda Yancey of Youngstown and Barbara Fant of Los Angeles. They will read their work at the event before a panel of community judges: Debbie Allen, Jimmy Sutman and Ahmed Sutton. Five students will receive $100 cash prizes, and one will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Trumbull Tourism Updates Its Website

WARREN, Ohio – The Trumbull County Tourism Bureau has launched its redesigned website,

The new site features a fresh, user-friendly interface and a suite of innovative features aimed at promoting visits to the county by tourists and potential new residents.

It includes an events calendar and a trip planning feature.

Rummage Sale at Metro Assembly Church

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Metro Assembly of God’s inaugural rummage sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

The church is at 2530 South Ave. Admission and parking are free.

The sale will include one-of-a-kind finds and housewares, home goods and hidden gems. 

Pictured at top: Eric Blinzley, Dave Hope and the Austintown Middle School Choir.

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