COLUMBIANA -- Sara Saverko, 9-year-old daughter of Michele and Robert Saverko of Elm Street in Columbiana, will be one of seven state finalists competing in the Colgate Country Showdown talent showcase Sept. 5 at Wyandot Lake amusement park in Columbus.
Sara earned the right to compete at the state level by singing "Crazy" and "Stand by Your Man" during a preliminary showdown competition held July 17 at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia.
The statewide winner will compete in a regional showdown for the chance to move on to the national finals, where someone will win & cent;100,00 and be named "Best New Act in Country Music."
WARREN -- Broadway and movie actor Austin Pendleton will return to his hometown to perform with Warren Philharmonic Orchestra during its 2004-05 season.
Pendleton will star in a concert performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" on April 30 at W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave. N.W. A Festival Chorus also will participate.
The orchestra season will begin Nov. 13 at Packard, featuring guest pianist Di Wu and vocalists Adele Karam, soprano, and Brian Keith Johnson, baritone. Johnson also is a Warren native. Performances for school children will be Nov. 12.
Westminster College Concert Choir and soloists will perform with the orchestra in a "Choral Glories: Paradise Found!" concert Feb. 26 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., and Feb. 27 at Packard Music Hall.
Season tickets are $50 for adults, $45 for senior citizens and $25 for students ages 13 to 21 if purchased before Oct. 1. After that date, prices will increase by $5. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by adults. Call (330) 399-3606 about subscriptions or (330) 841-2931 for single tickets.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Docent education classes begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 at Butler Institute of American Arts, 524 Wick Ave. Docents are volunteers who are trained to be tour guides when children's or adult groups visit. To register for the class, call (330) 743-1711 ext. 114.
Summer fun dance
STRUTHERS -- The United States Ballroom Dancers Association will host a summer fun dance from 5 to 9 p.m. next Sunday at Yellow Creek Park, 19 Lowellville Road. Burgers and buns will be provided and those attending are asked to take a side dish and dancing shoes.
Admission to the event will cost association members $5, nonmembers, $8, and students, $2.50.
The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the promotion of amateur ballroom dancing and to educating the public regarding the physical, mental and social benefits of dancing. For more information contact Susan Ryan at (330) 565-0726, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COITSVILLE -- The Red Hawk American Indian Cultural Society will sponsor an American Indian gathering from 10 a.m. to dusk Aug. 21 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Willow Ranch, South Hubbard Road.
Featured will be native dancing, drumming and singing featuring dancers and recording artists representing Indian nations from across the United States and Canada. Native foods, arts and crafts will be available and there will be raffles and pony rides daily. There will also be a display on recycling and resource conservation, interactive arts and crafts, and cattail mat making.
Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and children 6 to 12, and free for those under 5.
Glenn Miller tribute
CANTON -- A famous band leader will be remembered by John Trapani Big Band in its "Happy 100th Birthday, Glenn Miller!" concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 in Canton Palace Theatre, 605 N. Market Ave. Featured vocalists will be Wendy Lloyd and Don Dasco.
Tickets are $15 and $12 for adults, $12 and $10 for students. Call the theater at (330) 454-8172.