The Update | Squirrel Nut Zippers Coming to Robins; Lecture on Valley Baseball Legends

WARREN, Ohio – The Squirrel Nut Zippers will bring its holiday tour to Robins Theatre on Dec. 12 for an 8 p.m. concert.

The band will perform songs from its “Christmas Caravan” and “Mardi Gras for Christmas” albums, as well as other holiday favorites.

Tickets range from $29 to $49 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale Friday, July 14, at 10 a.m. at and the box office, 160 E. Market St. A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Squirrel Nut Zippers is a platinum-selling Southern roots and swing revival band.

Author to Discuss Valley’s Baseball Greats

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Many baseball legends got their start in the Mahoning Valley, and a free presentation at the Tyler History Center at noon July 20 will shed light on their stories.

Local author P.M. Kovach will deliver the lecture, which is part of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Bites and Bits of History series.

The audience will learn about Bud Fowler, the first professional Black baseball player who was a star pitcher for the Niles Grays in 1883, and others.

The Youngstown Puddlers team had players such as Ed McKean and Jimmy McAleer, who went on to play for the Cleveland Spiders in the 1890s. President William McKinley, a Niles native, was the first celebrity to throw the ceremonial first pitch for the 1897 season.

Guests can bring a lunch.

Senior Games Bicycle Races in Area

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – The 20-kilometer and 40-kilometer bicycle races portion of the National Senior Games will take place Sunday, July 16, and Monday, July 17, starting at Plain Grove Township municipal building. 

Sunday’s race will start at 7 p.m., and Monday’s race will start at 8:30 a.m.

The games, which are currently underway in Pittsburgh, are a 20-sport biennial competition for men and women age 50 and older.

For information or to volunteer, contact Visit Lawrence County at 724 654 8408 or

Historian to Share World War II Stories

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Historian Todd DePastino will share war stories from World War II veterans at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Heritage Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, 517 Gypsy Lane. 

The program is part of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation’s Nosh & Knowledge speaker series.

DePastino is co-founder and director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to gathering veterans of all eras and generations to share their stories of service. 

Using photographs of the veterans he’s met and interviewed, DePastino will tell the extraordinary stories he’s heard from veterans living in the region and will also discuss his quest to preserve and celebrate them. 

Brunch will be provided. The cost is $5 per person and free for veterans. To register, contact Nancy Sentelik at 330 746 3251, ext. 108, or

Monday Night Writers to Meet at Bookstore

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Monday Night Writers will meet Monday, July 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Leana’s Books & More, 4317 Kirk Road. 

Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend.

Led by professional writer Nancy Christie, author of “Reinventing Rita” and five other books, the meetings offer an opportunity for members to get group feedback on works in progress.
For more information, contact Christie at

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.