The Update | Theater Sets ‘Wine & Laughter’ Fundraiser; Rock Band’s Gear Stolen

LISBON, Ohio – Stage Left Community Arts Center will host “Wine & Laughter,” a fundraiser, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Trinity Playhouse, 234 E. Lincoln Way.

The Dinner Theatre Rejects comedy troupe will perform.

Admission is $25 (must be at least 21) and includes six wine tastings and appetizers. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased at the eventfor $3 each or four for $10. For information, email or call 724-426-1955.

Proceeds will go toward the repair of the theater’s rear entrance and to complete the memorial garden landscaping.

“We want to add safety and beauty as we take part in the ongoing renaissance of downtown Lisbon,” said Kandy Cleland, artistic director of the theater. 

The evening will include a grand wine basket raffle.

Spirit of the Bear Launches Gofundme Page

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Spirit of the Bear, the rock band based in Columbus and Youngstown, has launched a page to raise money to replace gear stolen from its van.

The theft took place recently in Salt Lake City, where the band was performing as part of its first coast-to-coast tour. The musical equipment is valued at $13,000, and its replacement will not be covered by insurance, the band says.

The gear was stolen from the band’s van when it was parked. The band was able to borrow equipment from other bands to complete the tour.

The gofundme page was launched Wednesday and as of this morning had raised $11,756 toward its $13,000 goal.

Mini Masterpieces at Hoyt Seeks Entries

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Arts & Education at the Hoyt’s Annual Mini Masterpieces competition is now accepting entries.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 14. Entry fee is $5 and includes the canvas and return shipping. Winners will be announced in February.

Now in its fourth year, Mini Masterpieces challenges individuals of all ages to replicate their favorite masterpiece on a 3-inch by 3-inch canvas. Winners receive a $150 purchase award and the honor of having their entry reproduced as refrigerator magnets. 

There will be six winners: three in the youth category and three in the adult category.

To enter, go to

In addition to exhibiting all entries at the Hoyt, March 21-April 27, the Hoyt will share an entry a day on Facebook and Instagram @ArtsAndEducationAtTheHoyt, with a little history about the original artist and the entrant’s inspiration for recreating the work.

Refrigerator magnets featuring the winners will be available in the Hoyt’s gift shop.  

Magnets featuring prior year’s winners are available now.   

Pictured at top: The Dinner Theatre Rejects are Sarah Demetruk, Lynn Blystone, John Morris, Paul Dahman, Jeanine Rees, Ryan Clausen and Josh Terlecki.

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