The Update | The Vindys on Vinyl; WWE Coming to Covelli; New Poland Library Café

YOUNGSTOWN – The Vindys will release a special vinyl edition of their album “Bugs” on the the Black Friday Record Store Day, Nov. 25.

Signed copies are available for pre-order now at The Vindys’ website; click HERE.

The Youngstown-based rock band will also be at The Record Connection in Pinetree Plaza, Niles, at 10 a.m. on Nov. 25 to sign their 2021 album and give an acoustic performance.

To mark the vinyl release, The Vindys will release a music video for the album’s title track “Bugs” (watch the trailer HERE.) 

Metaphorically “Bugs” is about the things that keep Vindys singer Jackie Popovec awake at night, but the video was inspired by her real-life experience of finding thousands of yellow jackets behind the ceiling of her bedroom.

“We took this story and made a dream within a dream music video where I fall asleep and wake up to insects (played by The Vindys band members) disturbing me,” Popovec said. “The video follows a spiraling wonderland into several scenes before waking up and realizing it was all a dream.”  

The Vindys also include guitarists John Anthony and Rick Deak. Longtime drummer Ed Davis recently went on hiatus to focus on his family, and bassist Matt Jackson left to focus on his solo music career.

WWE Coming to Covelli Centre in March

YOUNGSTOWN – The WWE will return to Youngstown on March 11, when Road to Wrestlemania Supershow comes to Covelli Centre for a 7:30 p.m. show. The lineup includes Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, Bianca Belair, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso and others.

Tickets range from $118 to $23 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 at and the Covelli box office. An online-only presale will take place from 10 a.m. Nov. 16 to 11:59 p.m. Nov. 17; use the password WWELIVE.

Village Farmacy Eatery to open at Poland Library

POLAND, Ohio —Village Farmacy, a local vegetarian and vegan eatery, will open a branch on the first floor of the Poland library.

It will offer local coffee, artisanal teas, handcrafted sodas, snacks, deli-style prepared foods, and bakery items. The café, owned by Karte Lewis, uses primarily local and organic ingredients and plans to be open five days a week (closed Sunday and Monday). 

It will be in the location formerly occupied by Pressed coffee house, which closed in 2021.

The library chose Village Farmacy after a search that yielded many proposals. Maggie Henderson, library spokesman, said Lewis’ proposal met all requirements and provided a unique spin on their offerings. “The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County thought it would be a good fit for this particular space and community,” Henderson said.

 Lewis said she hopes to be open before the holidays.

“We will roll out a menu in stages that will add sandwiches, a soup of the day, sweet and savory bakery items and hearty salads,” she said.

Lewis will also present a vegan bazaar at the Poland library on Dec. 1. It will be the first of a monthly series that will include local food producers, a lifestyle market, jams, hot peppers, sauces and other items.

Civil War Historian to Give Presentation

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Civil War historian Dan Welch will recall Ohio’s major role in the Civil War in a presentation he will give at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 in the meeting room of Denny’s Restaurant, 4020 Belmont Ave

The lecture is sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. Admission is $10 ($5 for members.) Reservations are suggested; call 330 726 8277.

Welch, of Boardman, is a music educator in the Campbell City School District and serves as a seasonal park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. He is the co-author of “The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863,” and “Ohio at Antietam: The Buckeye State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day.”

Santa Claus Coming to Eastwood Mall

NILES, Ohio – Eastwood Mall will begin the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Activities in Center Court that day will also include:

  • 10 a.m.: Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kick-Off. Three schools in the area are competing by decorating their kettles in one of the 12 days of Christmas themes. Shoppers can vote on their favorite kettle.
  • 11 a.m.: Ballet Western Reserve will give a performance from its production of “The Nutcracker.”
  • 11:45 a.m.: Giveaways.
  • 12:15 p.m.: Jack Frost and the Magical Snow Queen on stage for story time and singalong performance. 
  • 1 p.m: Santa arrives.

The Salvation Army, Midas and Mix 98.9 are asking for donations to make Christmas merry for less fortunate children in our area. People can bring in a new, unwrapped toy to the dropoff location in Center Court of the mall from Nov. 12 to Dec. 18. Those who do will be entered in a contest to win a $500 Eastwood Mall shopping spree.

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