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August 18, 2011
The Herald-Star

Car, bike truck show at Beaver Creek State Park

EAST LIVERPOOL - The Friends of Beaver Creek State Park is hosting its first car, bike and truck show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Pioneer Village, 10201 Echo Dell Road.

A pancake and sausage breakfast will be from 8 a.m. until noon. Chef D's will have food from noon to 3 p.m.

Any and all kinds of vehicles are welcome. There is a $5 entry fee for each show vehicle. The first 50 vehicles will receive a dash plaque with the name and date of the show. Spectators will vote for the winning vehicles.

Events are to include a Chinese auction and a 50/50 drawing. Stealth DJ will provide a variety of music. East Liverpool's Power GM will bring a few of their show vehicles.

The trading post will be open with ice cream, snacks and fishing poles ready for use.

The event was planned by Mary Duris and her husband Wayne, both members of the Friends of Beaver Creek State Park, in an effort to bring more variety for park activities. Beaver Creek State park is one of three state parks designated with a Wild and Scenic River and is the only Ohio state park to have the same national recognition. Volunteers in all areas are welcome.

Hope Players schedules auditions for 'Fools'

HOPEDALE - The Hope Players will hold auditions for Neil Simon's classic comedy"Fools" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 29-30 at Harrison East Elementary School in Hopedale.

"Fools" will be presented at Harrison East at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4-5 and 2 p.m. Nov. 6.

"Fools" tells the story of the efforts of love-struck teacher Leon Tolchinsky to lift the curse of stupidity that has plagued the small Ukrainian town of Kulyenchikov for 200 years. Leon is opposed in his efforts by Count Gregor, who also is his rival for the affections of the lovely but dim-witted Sophia Zubritsky.

Other characters in the family-friendly comedy include Sophia's parents, Dr. Nicolai and Lenya Zubritsky, Snetsky the Shepherd, Mishkin the Postman, Slovitch the Butcher, Yenchna the Vendor and the Magistrate.

Hope Players Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III of Hopedale, who will direct "Fools," noted that while seven of the 10 characters in the comedy are listed as males, several parts can be played by actors of either gender. "We're looking for actors who love to laugh and make others laugh as they tell a story that also will touch the audience's heart," he said.

Rehearsals for "Fools" will be scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings leading up to the production weekend of the play. Actors should check their schedules prior to auditions and be prepared to list any conflicts on their audition sheet.

No other preparation is necessary to audition for "Fools." Pelegreen said actors would be given the opportunity to read various parts of the script with other actors. Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled times should contact Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629 prior to the audition dates to make other arrangements. For information, call President Donna Runt at (740) 937-2208. Those interested in working behind the scenes on sets, costumes, lights or sound also should contact Pelegreen or Runt.

The Hope Players is a member of the Ohio Community Theater Association whose members are dedicated to presenting family-friendly community theatre for area residents. For information, go to

History Center to host bocce tournamen, festival

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center's second-annual Bocce Tournament and Festival will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot on 12th and Smallman streets.

More than 25 four-person teams will showcase bocce skills while visitors enjoy Italian food, beverages, music and more. Spectators also are encouraged to try their hand playing bocce on two specially made public courts.

The festival features live entertainment from Pure Gold, Vito DiSalvo and Daniella Pasquini and Jimmy Sapienza's Five Guys Named Moe throughout the day. Italian food and beverages by the Common Plea will be available for purchase. The event proceeds benefit the Italian American Endowed Fund, which is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Italian Americans in Western Pennsylvania. For information, visit

Pittsburgh Shakespeare

in the Park looking for actors, actresses

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is casting for some additional roles in its production of "Merry Wives of Windsor," which runs weekends in September.

In the final scene of the play village children and youth, disguised as fairies, come out to bedevil the "villian" of the play, John Falstaff. Needed are two to five actors between ages 8 and 14. These are nonspeaking and nonpaying roles, and actors must be available one or two evenings rehearsal at the end of August or beginning of September. Actors need not be available for every show. A firm commitment for performances is required. The shows are staged at 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in September, so actors would be needed 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on performance dates.

Those interested should e-mail Alan Irvine at or call (412) 508-2077.

Preview party of Pittsburgh Public Theater set

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Public Theater will celebrate its upcoming Red Hot season with a preview party from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the O'Reilly Theater in downtown's Cultural District.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. for happy hour with musical entertainment, munchies and refreshments, including beer and wine. At 7 p.m, producing artistic director Ted Pappas will host a sneak peek at the theater's 2011-12 lineup of plays and special events.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the O'Reilly box office, by calling (412) 316-1600, or going

Vendors sought for St.

Aloysius School fall festival

EAST LIVERPOOL - St. Aloysius School is seeking vendors, including those specializing in crafts, farmers' market, antiques, housewares, jewelry, cosmetics and more for its fall festival, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 16.

A table and two chairs are available for $20, while a table, two chairs and electric are available for $25.

To register, call Chris Bell at (330) 385-7962 or send an e-mail to, The deadline to register is Oct. 2.

Celebrate the Constitution at Historic Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE - In September the Historic Fort Steuben will celebrate the Constitution with videos and an exhibit in conjunction with the Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Sept. 5-17.

On Sept. 11 the annual memorial concert will be held at 2 p.m. in the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater. Organized by the Council of Christian Churches of Steubenville and Vicinity and partnering with Jefferson County RSVP, the event will recognize those who died and those who served in the rescue and recovery efforts of that day 10 years ago. Music will be performed by the Tri-State Community Band.

Pittsburgh artist profiled in solo

art exhibit

PITTSBURGH -Cheap rent. Budget glam. Demolition.

Artist Stephanie Armbruster embraces the challenges and opportunities as a rustbelt city native in her solo exhibit, "In Search of Something More" through Sept. 11 at the 709 Penn Gallery. Influenced by street art, design and documentary photography, Armbruster's new series of encaustic paintings is a self-described "reckless commentary inspired by the absurdities of urban life, random encounters and the tension of the city in a state of flux."

Recollections of urban living come together in a stream of consciousness rant of vibrant layers riddled with overbearing typography and architectural elements. That her art studio is located in gritty, survivalist Braddock provides an added layer of inspiration. Founded upon her various urban-centric experiences, the city depicted in Armbruster's work is informed as much by fiction as reality.

Upcoming exhibits at

Oglebay Institute

WHEELING - Upcoming exhibits at Oglebay Institute include:

Sunday - Oglebay Institute has teamed up with local farmers and chefs to present a Farm to Table Culinary Tasting Event for the public to enjoy fresh, locally grown food and learn about the advantages of buying food locally. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Guests will enjoy tent hopping, tasting sweet and savory dishes prepared by featured chefs Craig Aubrey, Stratford Springs; Gene Evans, WVNCC; Mark Glass, Bethesda Market; Sarah Lydick, Sandscrest; and Charlie Schlegel, Ye Olde Alpha.

Tickets are $15 ($10 for children age 10 under) and can be purchased at the Stifel Center, Ohio Valley Farmers' Market and Wheeling Farmers' Market.

Aug. 28 -A Touch of Thai will feature a buffet of authentic Thai dishes from noon to 4 p.m. at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Guests also will enjoy traditional dances, martial arts demonstrations and more, creating the atmosphere of this southeast Asian country. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Stifel Center or at Golden Chopsticks on Wheeling Island. For information, call (304) 242-7700.

Upcoming events at Racoon Creek State Park

HOOKSTOWN - Upcoming events at Racoon Creek State Park include:

Saturday - Conservation Day at Wildflower Reserve sponsored by AmeriCorps, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers can help restore native wildflowers at the Wildflower Reserve of Raccoon Creek State Park by battling invasive plants. Those attending should bring gloves and sunscreen. Tools such as loppers, hand saws and pruners are welcome but not required. Cold drinks will be available to participants.

Aug. 27 - Native Pollinator Workshop, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 400 species of bees call Pennsylvania home. Visitors can learn how to help the native pollinators at this workshop. Attendees will learn about the importance of pollinators, different kinds of pollinating bees and build a bee condo. Registration is required by Aug. 25. To register, visit under park events; and select Raccoon Creek State Park; or call (724) 899-3611. The cost is $5.

Aug. 28 - Native Plant Gardening, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visitors can discover the possibilities of using native plants in landscaping. This program will discuss how to grow native plants, proper site selection and the benefits of using native plants.

Following the program at 3:30 p.m. those attending have the option of staying to help park staff and volunteers clean up native plant gardens. Extra native plants will be given from the garden to volunteers. Those interested should meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center on state Route 30. The program is free

Aug. 28 - Weeding Party Volunteer Event, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Those interested in flowers, gardening, native plants or just wanting to meet some people in the area are invited to keep native plant gardens looking good for visitors, butterflies and hummingbirds. Those attending should bring gloves and appropriate dress. Weeding parties will not be held in the rain. Those interested should meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center on state Route 30.

Aug. 29 - Raccoon Lake Evening Nature Paddle, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitors can join park naturalists for a guided evening nature paddle exploring the shoreline and wetlands area of Raccoon Lake. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from the Raccoon Creek boat concession at (724) 513-6740. Those attending should meet at the boat launch by the concession at 6:15 p.m. For information, call (724) 899-3611.

Pittsburgh Public Theater begins new season in September

PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Public Theater's 37th season includes a six-play subscription series and a special event, led by Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas.

Those include:

Sept. 29 through Oct. 30, "Electra" by Sophocles, adapted by Frank McGuinness and directed by Ted Pappas.

New stagings of ancient Greek plays are Pappas' signature. After productions of "Medea" and "Oedipus the King," he now will stage "Electra," the story of a family torn apart by adultery, assassination and revenge. The tragic tale of the deceitful Clytemnestra and her fanatical children, Electra and Orestes, is packed with action and suspense.

Nov. 10 through Dec. 11, "Red," by John Logan and directed by Pamela Berlin.

First produced by London's Donmar Warehouse, "Red" jumped to Broadway and won the 2010 Tony Award for best play. The setting is the studio of temperamental abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, who, in 1958, accepted a commission to create paintings for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York. As he works with his young assistant, this rare commercial project leads to discussions about the purpose of art. "Red" author John Logan is the screenwriter of "Gladiator" and "The Aviator."

Jan. 5-7, the Second City's Laugh Out Loud.

The Second City comes back by popular demand with its Laugh Out Loud tour. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray comes the next generation in an evening of sketch comedy and improvisation.

Jan. 19 through Feb. 19, "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare and directed by Pappas.

At the palace, Rosalind and Orlando fall for each other at first sight, but their courtship is cut short when she is banished by the duke. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind flees into the Forest of Arden, only to meet Orlando once again.

March 1 through April 1, "Freud's Last Session," by Mark St. Germain and directed by Mary Robinson.

Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud pioneered the id, the ego and the superego. Writer C.S. Lewis created "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Two men, both brilliant, yet vastly different - Freud the atheist and Lewis the believer. In this play, they meet in 1939 as England goes to war against the Nazis for an evening of conversation about God, love, sex and the meaning of life.

April 12 through May 13, "Around the World in 80 Days," by Mark Brown, based on the novel by Jules Vernes and directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

The year is 1872 and Phileas Fogg has accepted a bet to travel around the globe in record time in this classic novel brought to theatrical life. With his eccentric French manservant, the unflappable Fogg encounters a monsoon at sea, boards a runaway train and rescues an Indian princess. Five actors play dozens of characters in this mini-epic.

May 24 through June 24, "Private Lives," by Noel Coward and directed by Pappas.

After a tempestuous marriage, Amanda and Elyot got divorced. Just a few years later, however, each goes to the altar again - Amanda with Victor, and Elyot with Sibyl. Honeymooning at the same seaside hotel, the newlyweds discover they have rooms next to each other.

Subscriptions are available at or by calling the box office at (412) 316-1600. Single tickets go on sale in September. The Public's home is the O'Reilly Theater at 621 Penn Ave.

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