Random Acts of Artists Gallery and Art Emporium will host a show of the works of eight local artists. Original paintings, drawings, prints, cards, sculpture, woodwork and jewelry are on display. Artists include Jackie Bader, Diane Beatty, Mindy Young, Ken Cole, Gil Thurman, Cliff Dawson, Jeff Vargo and Michele Kienast.
The gallery is located inside Cravings Cafe, 76 Shenango Ave, Sharon.
• Elise McKeown Skolnick of Austintown is the featured artist at Firebean Espresso in Sharon, for the months of May and June. Her photography is on display and for sale. Skolnick’s work has been accepted in national and local shows, including the Butler Museum of Art’s Annual Area Artists Juried Show, the Hoyt Center for the Art’s Regional Juried Show, and the YWCA’s Annual Women’s Artists: A Celebration! Juried show. She has earned several awards for her photography.
Info: Visit elisemckeownskolnick.com to learn more.
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• The Hopewell Theatre, Youngstown, will hold auditions for C.S. Lewis’s fantasy classic, “The Magician’s Nephew.”
This production will feature roles for adults of any age, teens, and children as young as 6. This show is meant for both experienced and first-timers to the stage. All roles are available, except Aslan.
Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Call backs, if necessary, will be held 6 p.m. Thursday.
The show will run Fridays and Saturdays, July 5, 6, 12, 13 and Sunday July 14.
• Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St., Grove City, will host a free handbell concert at 3 p.m. Sunday. Choirs participating include the Revelation Ringers (a group of local college students), the Celebration Community Ringers, the Glenn Memorial Ringers of Tower Presbyterian Church, and renowned handbell soloist Sue Garton.
• Robyn Ruth will perform 7 to 9 p.m. May 10 at Cana’s Corner, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sharon.
• Organist Edward Alan Moore will return to Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, at 4 p.m. June 2. He will be joined by The Brass Roots, a Pittsburgh-based brass ensemble.
Info: Tickets are on sale now. Call 330-259-0555, go to stambaughauditorium.com, or visit the Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office at Stambaugh Auditorium in person. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• The BBB featuring Bernie Dresel will perform May 19 at The Corinthian Banquet Hall and Event Center in Sharon.
Dresel, a Sharon native, is a drummer and percussionist for Hollywood motion pictures and television soundtracks.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the show will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Light snacks and refreshments will be for sale. CDs and Blu-rays signed by Bernie will also be available for purchase.
A “meet and greet” will follow the concert.
Info: Tickets are available at Berniedresel.com, The Corinthian and at Marks Music Store in Hermitage.
• Sharpsville Historical Society will sponsor a bus trip to see Diana Ross in concert at the Chautauqua Institution on July 5. Cost is $125 and includes transportation and admission to the concert. The bus departs Sharpsville Plaza at 4 p.m.
• Oldies and Funk Night with DJ Platter will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Hartford Winery.
• Dance every Sunday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6233, Route 18, West Middlesex, with John Henry and Friends. Doors open at 5 p.m. Music from 6 to 9 p.m. Coffee, water and soft drinks available.
• The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 11 at the Niles (Ohio) SCOPE Center, 14 E. State St. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served. There is a $6 donation per person at the door.
Info: Call 330-506-3370.
• Brookfield Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Committee presents An Evening of Comedy at 8 p.m. May 11 at Brookfield High School auditorium. Featured will be Mark Riccadonna, BHS class of 1999, contributing writer to SNL “Weekend Update” and Jay Black, winner of the “College Performer of the Year” award and named three-time “College Comedian of the Year.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. for Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Seating begins at 7:30 p.m.
Info: Pre-sale tickets are $15 VIP and $10 for general admission. Send checks payable to Brookfield Distinguished Alumni HOF to Robert Kozar, 266 W. Park Ave., Hubbard OH 44425 and indicate the number and type of tickets you want. Pre-sale tickets will be available for pick-up at “Will Call” table the evening of the event. Tickets at the door are $20 VIP and $15 for general admission. Must be age 16 or older to attend.
• Whispering Oaks, Hermitage, will host the following entertainers in May: The Foresters at 6:45 p.m. Friday; Rick Bruening at 6:45 p.m. May 9; Tammie O’Marrie at 2 p.m. May 11; Todd Cutshaw at 3:15 p.m. May 13; Dave and Jimmy Holbert at 2 p.m. May 15; Handbell Choir at 4 p.m. May 15; Gary and Donna Zock at 2 p.m. May 26; Gene Testa at 6:45 p.m. May 29.
• Friday: Nikki Glitter 7 to 11 p.m. at Jamestown Fireman’s Club.
• Saturday: Moonlight Karaoke 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Farrell Veterans of Foreign Wars.
• The Keg, Sharon, presents: Terry Dach and Garrett Fry at 7 to 10 p.m. today; Double Shot from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday; and Jason Antognoli from 7 to 10 p.m. May 9.
• Steve Vuich will host HoneyBoy’s Acoustic Open Mic at 8 p.m. today at Vintage Estate Wine and Beer, Youngstown. At 6 p.m. Friday he plays at the Lake Club, Poland, Ohio. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday he performs at Quaker Steak and Lube, Sharon. At 5:30 p.m. Saturday he plays at Peter Allen Inn, Kinsman. At 10 p.m. Saturday he plays at Nick’s Inn 62, Hermitage. He hosts HoneyBoy’s Acoustic Open Mic at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quaker Steak and Lube, Sharon and 5 p.m. Wednesday at Brew32/ Nova Cellars, Pulaski.
• Those Damn Daves will play from 6 to 9 p.m Friday at Mortals Key Brewing Co. Jamestown. Max Schang’s Trio of Blues will play there from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and Hair Supply will play there from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
• Go For Broke Acoustic will play from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Lago Winery, Jamestown.
• Apollo Maennerchor, Sharon, hosts: Chardon Polka Band from 7 to 9 p.m. today; Average Jane from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday; Mike Adams and Common Ground from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday; Maifest in the Festhalle with Cleveland Donauschawabische Blaskapelle from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday; and Jeff Welsh from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
• J. Hicks on the Square, Mercer, presents: Jazz with Rock Jazz from 7 to 10 p.m. today; Jay Wiley from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday; and FX Trio from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
• The Tyler Jenkins Trio will play from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at El Torero, Warren, Ohio.
• Terry Dach will play from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hartford Hill Winery.
• “Who is Jesus”, a one act play by Frank E. Harriger that answers the question, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. May 11 at Hickory United Methodist Church, 240 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage.
The play will be followed by refreshments.
Admission is free. There will be a free-will offering taken.
Proceeds will benefit Joshua’s Haven and Sarah’s Butterflies.
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