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Summer Stock 37 is proud to present our upcoming performances of Hairspray: The Musical.  With music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray is based on the 1988 John Waters film. Directors Tom Hitmar, Mackenzie Pinto and choreographer Dana Warren-Tolios lead the cast.  Songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad attempts to realize her dream of dancing on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program similar to American Band Stand, and to join the movement for civil rights.


Hairspray performs July 18–20, and 25-27, and August 1-3, at Kent Trumbull Theatre, 4314 Mahoning Ave. N.W. in Warren, OH.  All shows are at 8:00 PM except for Sundays at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $10 for children. Call (330) 675-8887 or email trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu for information and reservations.


Warren – Join us for The Hippodrome’s 2nd Annual Bridal Showcase on February 9th, 2014 from 1-5 pm.  The show will feature over 25 of the area’s finest wedding specialists, all here to help you plan your perfect day. Plan on speaking to photographers, event planners, bridal fashions and tuxedo specialists, Dj’s and many more.

Sit back and relax and enjoy the fashions during our intimate show, which will be featuring the latest in Bridal Gowns and Tuxedos from Stephanie Leigh Bridal and American Commodore Tuxedo.

Brides are welcome to pre-register on our website, www.warrenweddingbliss.com.  All Brides attending will have chances to win fabulous prizes from each of our vendors, as well as special prizes given out during the fashion show. The first 50 brides will also receive special bags filled with goodies!! From sampling, to show specials, to the opportunity to speak to each vendor, this show is a definite must for every bride.


The Hippodrome is located at 150 High Street in Warren.

Will you be the Lucky Bride to win the GRAND PRIZE: A free reception for 100 (tax & gratuity not included) courtesy of The Hippodrome??


In the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem there are 15 oil lamps that have been burning continuously for over a thousand years. This is the Peace Light flame. Now in its 27th year, the Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organized by the Austrian Broadcasting Company – ORF (Linz) – and was part of a large charitable relief mission – Light into Darkness, for children in need in Austria and abroad. Since 1986, there has been a great deal of co-operation between Scouts and Guides in many countries which has allowed the light to travel throughout Europe.


Warren - The Birds in Flight Sanctuary of Warren, Ohio, will be presenting a Raptor Education Program on April 13th, 2013 at 7pm. This is a FREE event and is open to the public. The program is being sponsored by The Eagle Creek Conservation Club and will be held at their club facilities located at 5525 Eagle Creek Road, Leavittsburg, Ohio 44430. Doors will open at 6pm and seating is limited. This program will give people an understanding, appreciation, and concern for raptors and other wildlife. It will also explain the licenses and training required to run a rehabilitation facility and the environmental issues involved. Then the birds will be welcomed out one by one for their introduction. Come bring the kids and join us for this educational and highly entertaining evening.


On a beautiful, crisp fall day, several area families joyously celebrated their newest additions. No, it wasn’t at the local hospital. Rather, gathered outside the castle-like Trumbull County Courthouse, holding tightly to brightly-colored balloons drifting in the autumn winds, community children gave thanks for the families that adopted them and new parents and new siblings gave thanks for the little ones that have now officially become a part of their families. 


Let me tell you the real story. What REALLY happened at the Battle of Lake Erie. Actually, I would love to do just that, but I can’t since I wasn’t around way back then. But Oliver Hazard Perry can, and that’s exactly what the heroic commodore did last Tuesday night as Perry himself, portrayed by scholar Jeremy Meier, took the stage under a giant red-and-white tent in downtown Warren and told of the tales of his adventures on the water. Dressed in the costume of Perry’s U.S. Navy uniform, Meier walked as Perry and talked as Perry, recounting the incident which many believe won the western frontier of Ohio for America. Perry spoke of the betrayal and intrigue surrounding the event with all the diplomacy and discretion expected of a well-to-do officer and entertained a crowd of over seven hundred spectators – in the lawn space of a tent that holds five hundred – with the harrowing account of defending his squadron of ships from the formidable enemy that was the British.


Just a month ago, Trumbull County-based daily newspaper, the Tribune Chronicle celebrated its 200th anniversary of publication. During the Founders’ Day festivities, community members were able to partake in a bit of history – and become a bit of history – as they strolled through Courthouse Square enjoying locally-themed lectures, quilt-making exhibits, and the opportunity to view vehicles from “the olden days” all to the sounds of a “newsie” calling out the day’s headlines in old-fashioned style.

Now residents and visitors are once again invited back in time as the traveling historical group, Ohio Chautauqua, comes to town full of characters and stories of the earliest days of our state. The theme for Ohio Chautauqua 2012 is “When Ohio Was the Western Frontier” and the event will feature a week full of workshops, musical entertainment, and “living history” performances involving some of the key players in Ohio’s beginning formation.


Warren – Anglers Anonymous of Warren will be hosting a first time fishing event for fifteen pre-registered ladies on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. The event will be held at Fish & Game club of Vienna on St. Rt. 198 across from the Cafareo aircraft hanger. There is no charge or fee for the event.

With the program being held on the pond of Fish & Game Club of Vienna, ladies will not be required to have an Ohio Fishing License to take part. The idea of  “Ladies on The Lake”  is also a part of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s “Step Outside” program which is designed to introduce people to outdoor activities for the first time.

Ladies On The Lake will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening and will encompass  a classroom introduction to basic fresh water sport fishing. Following the class room introduction, the ladies will be able to go out to the club pond which is stocked with game fish to actually apply their class room techniques.

Because this program is limited to fifteen ladies at a time, those ladies who are interested need to pre-register by sending their name, address, and  phone number to Anglers Anonymous c/o All Outdoors, 1404 Warren Ravenna Rd., Newton Falls, Ohio, 44444-9751 by  Friday, September 2 nd., 2011.

The ladies will be treated to pizza for the evening and four lucky ladies will go home with a complimentary gift basket  donated by Nancy Hagmire of Sluggmasters at Center of The World.

Ladies are encouraged to bring a fishing rod and reel if they have one. If not, the anglers will have rods and reels available. Ladies of all ages are invited to take part. The pond is accessible to handicap folks.

This is an opportunity for ladies to learn about a whole new recreation sport which can be most relaxing and restful.

The stage at W.D. Packard Music Hall hosted several notable characters over the last few months.
In September Dr. Elliot Engel, a PMH fixture, entertained loyal fans and newcomers alike as the opener for this year’s Trumbull Town Hall Lecture Series. Dr. Engel, a professor, scholar, and literary performer, graciously stepped in when the planned speaker, actor Jamie Farr (or Corporal Klinger to M*A*S*H fans) had a scheduling conflict. Recounting the origins of the American fairytale, The Wizard of Oz, Dr. Engel explained, in his own special way, just how this fantastical tale came to exist. Mixing true history with a bit of believable legend, he led those in attendance on a special journey of L. Frank Baum’s life and the creation of this classic story, adding the bit of flair and humor that his fans have come to expect, and which will keep newcomers keeping an eye out for his next visit.
October stirred up quite a crowd as visitors were treated to the Taste of Home Cooking Show. With a practically sold-out attendance of 1300 tickets, audience members watched as six delectable dishes were whipped up just for them, with a suspended video camera projecting the step-by-step action on a big screen behind the capable instructor. Sponsored locally by the Tribune Chronicle, the event offered menu items ranging from a simple soup to gooey dessert and the ingredients featured in the various recipes were included in goodie bags given to each spectator. Dozens of themed door prizes donated by area businesses were given away, adding to the excitement, and local vendors answered questions about products, passed out samples, and offered merchandise specials should anyone be adventurous enough to put their newly-learned kitchen skills to good use.
November saw an Emmy and Oscar winner from the small and silver screens grace the small stage. As the next speaker in the four-part Town Hall Lecture Series, actress/comedienne/musician Cloris Leachman entertained, amused and bemused guests with her stories of working alongside celebrities, coming into her own on Broadway, and even of riding the streetcar in the small Iowa town where she grew up. The spry 84-year-old discussed her determination at a young age not to become one of those “gray people” (the dreary 9-5ers surrounding her on that streetcar), shared her wisdom on growing old and preparing for the looming end (“Cremation sounds like you’re going to wind up as a non-dairy coffee additive.”) and confessed her distaste of dying: “I hate death, I hate the thought of dying. Whoever thought up that rotten idea…?” In true Cloris style, the lighter moments reigned as she took time to tickle the ivories, sang a few bars of “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” and recited ad lib “As You Like It.” She also shamelessly plugged her recent endeavor, “Raising Hope,” a comedy on Fox (after Glee!) in which she plays the not-quite-all-there great-grandmother Maw Maw of the infant title character.
The highlight of the morning presentation was the opportunity after her speech to buy her autobiography, co-written by her former husband George Englund, along with personalized autograph and photo op. (For those who may have missed the fall speakers, the Town Hall Series will resume in March with an appearance by Tom Gjelten, a national security correspondent. Damaris Peters Pike, a local Women of Note impersonator, will wrap up the season in April as Dolores Hope, the wife of the legendary Bob Hope.)
And now in December, though the weather is growing cold, the stage very much remains hot ringing-in the holiday season with the Big Band sounds of Packard backing up the soaring vocals of England-born, Ohio-transplant singer Helen Welch. This past Friday, the Hall held a free concert Jingle Bell Swing performance inviting the audience to get into the spirit of the season. Among the usual Christmas favorites, Welch led into intermission with a medley from the musical  “Chicago”, starting with “All That Jazz” and blending it with the equally jazzy “Razzle Dazzle ‘em.” It is safe to say that whatever their favorite part of the show, the spectators very much enjoyed the razzle and the dazzle of the evening.
Though some of the events require ticket purchases (The Town Hall Lectures are $5 with a student ID) Packard Music Hall offers many family-friendly experiences for free. The next free W.D. Packard Concert Band performance is scheduled for January 17th at 3pm. Check out http://www.packardmusichall.com for more details and a current listing of all upcoming events.