The Update | Watercolorists Exhibit Works; Cirque International Coming to Powers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mill Creek MetroParks presents “A Splash of Color,” an exhibition showcasing works by members of the  Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society.

The free exhibit will open Jan. 16 at the Weller Gallery in the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens and run through April 17. The center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit will spotlight 31 local artists who create with watercolor, plein air watercolor, acrylic and alcohol ink. 

Cirque International Coming to Powers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Cirque International will come to Powers Auditorium on Feb. 10 for a 7:30 p.m. performance.

Tickets range from $29 to $59 (plus fees) and are available now at the box office (weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), by phone at 330 259 9651 and at

The troupe of acrobats, gymnasts and aerial artists comes from across the globe, and perform in the style made famous by Cirque du Soleil.

Animal Welfare League Fundraiser

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio – In honor of beloved actress Betty White, the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County will present an evening of Betty White-themed bingo games with prizes.

White, who died this month at age 99, was a longtime advocate for animals.

The event, dubbed Bingo with Betty, will take place at the AWL of Trumbull County building, 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road. Animals will appear at the event.

A limited number of tickets remain available and can be purchased online through Eventbrite on Facebook; search for Bingo with Betty. Donations are also being sought for basket raffle prizes. Contact the AWL at 330 539 5300.

Butler Museum Cancels, Postpones Events

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – With the increase in COVID-19 cases, The Butler Institute of American Art has canceled or postponed some of its programming this month.

All director’s lecture series lectures in January have been postponed; dates will be announced in the future..

The Arts in the Early Morning: Senior Art & Learn program for Jan. 20 is canceled. 

No Lectures at Tyler History Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s monthly Bites and Bits of History lunch and learn program is canceled for the month of January due to the closing of Tyler History Center to the public. The program will resume in person on Feb. 17 with the program “Hidden History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley” presented by local author and historian Sean Posey.

Both Tyler History Center and Arms Family Museum will reopen to the public on Feb. 1.

Kids First Theater Sets Auditions for ‘Annie’

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Oakland Center for the Arts Kids First theater program will hold a second set of auditions and call backs for the musical “Annie” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Fellowship Trinity Church, 4749 South Ave., Boardman.

A large cast is required.  Especially needed are young males and females to play orphans. All young people, age 5 years and up, are welcome.

Girls auditioning for the title role will be asked to sing “Tomorrow.” Those auditioning for the roles of “Daddy Warbucks, Rooster, Miss Hannigan, Lilly and Grace,” will be asked to demonstrate dancing ability.

“Annie” will be performed over the last two weekends of March. For information, call 330 406 0606.

‘Return to Sender’ Auditions at Salem Theater

SALEM, Ohio – Auditions for Salem Community Theatre’s production of “Return to Sender” take place Jan. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., and Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the theater.

The show will be presented March 11-13.

“Return to Sender” is a fast-paced farce written and directed by local writer Scott Weingart, who is casting five adult men and four adult women.

Set in the 1970s, the show focuses on Margie-ruth, an ordinary secretary who is having an extraordinary day. Already dealing with a bad boyfriend, boss and a fad water diet, she is abducted she is abducted by a bizarre but harmless political activist group. When she proves to be a less than agreeable house guest, the bumbling gang of anarchists just wants to stamp “Return to Sender” on her forehead and give her back to her boss. But will he take her back? 

Expressive Art Therapy Workshops

YOUNGSTOWN — The Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the Jewish Community Center is offering free expressive art therapy workshops for adults 18.

The workshops will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17, Feb. 21, and March 21. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Go to

Hope Hanley, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Mahoning Valley, Hope Haney, will lead the workshops on mental health wellness and healing.

The Jewish Community Center is at 505 Gypsy Lane.

Pictured: This watercolor painting by Noreen Yazvac of North Lima will be among the works exhibited at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

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