Band to play in Mercer
MERCER -- The Youngstown Area Community Concert Band will appear in Mercer on the courthouse square at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The band will perform marches and patriotic numbers. Bring lawn chairs. Accordionist Pat Septak will warm up the crowd at 6:15 p.m. The Children's Aid Society will host an old-fashioned ice-cream social throughout the evening, and the Mercer Band Boosters will sell fresh popcorn. If it rains, the concert will be at Mercer High School, 545 W. Butler St., a block from the courthouse square.
Blossom Music Festival
CLEVELAND -- Performances will be heavenly at the Blossom Music Festival this weekend. Hugh Wolff, chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany, will make his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in Gustav Holst's best-known work, "The Planets," at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The multi-media performance includes NASA film and photo images of the planets projected onto three large video screens. A pre-concert wine-tasting will be at 6 p.m. at the Special Events Plaza just inside the main gates at Blossom. A $15 sampling ticket is available in the wine-tasting area. On Sunday at 7 p.m., Blossom Festival Director Jahja Ling will conduct The orchestra in a program featuring Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Lang Lang as soloist. The program also includes Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky Cantata with mezzo-soprano Irina Mishura as soloist, in her Cleveland Orchestra debut. Tickets for both events are $38, $29 and $20 for pavilion; and lawn, $18. Lawn seating for children ages 6 to 12 is half-price and is free for children 5 and under. Tickets for all 2005 Blossom Festival concerts are available online at clevelandorchestra.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge tickets by phone, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141.
Sunfest at Mill Creek Park
YOUNGSTOWN -- Take the kids to Mill Creek Park Sunday for Sunfest and the Parrothead Band at the Wick Recreation Area. Activities include a golf skills test from 9 a.m. to noon; a free sand-sculpting clinic from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; a two-mile hike through Rock Ridge beginning at 11:30 a.m.; and a sand sculpture competition from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (reserve your sand canvas by calling (330) 740-7107). That '60s Band will perform at the Judge Morley Pavilion at 5:30 p.m., and The Parrothead Band, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will perform at 7.
Chorus seeks director
The Spirit of the Valley Chorus, of Youngstown, is looking for a director. The chorus is chartered with Sweet Adelines International as an official barbershop chorus. Contact Beverly Nelson, chairwoman of the search committee, at (724) 981-9299.