Big Band dinner-dance, concert at Holiday Inn

Big Band dinner-dance,concert at Holiday Inn
BOARDMAN -- A Big Band jazz concert and Valentine's Day dinner-dance will be held Feb. 11 at the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn, U.S. 224 at South Avenue. Adult singles, couples and groups are welcome.
Music will be provided by Ron Chick's Friends, a 20-piece orchestra that plays the music that many local people associate with Idora Park: Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Nat King Cole and more.
The doors open at 5 p.m. with a buffet-style dinner served at 5:20 p.m. Doors open for the concert only at 6:30 p.m. The concert and dancing will begin at 7 p.m.
The cost is 25 for dinner, concert and dancing and 22 for concert and dancing only.
A cash bar will be furnished by the Holiday Inn. Reservations are required for the dinner by calling (330) 788-0494.
Playhouse offers youth winter classes
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown Playhouse Youth Theatre will hold its winter session of classes on Saturdays from Jan. 27 to March 3.
Pupils in grades one to three may select "Tell Me Why Tales," a creative drama class led by Monica Beasley-Martin, in which they will learn acting skills by exploring famous stories such as "How the Elephant Got His Trunk" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots." Children will then create and perform their own "Tell Me Why" tale. Also available for this age group is "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," a mini-musical theater workshop that will have pupils singing and dancing Broadway style.
Instructor Rosie Boehlke will lead "Where the Sidewalk Ends" using the poetry of Shel Silverstein to teach stage skills to pupils in grades four to six. The class stresses voice, body and interpretive work. Musically minded youngsters may also enroll in "High School Musical -- the Class." Children in this class will create a new adventure for the film's characters and stage a musical number from the show, led by instructor Sara Klimenko.
Pupils in grades seven to 12 can hone their skills by enrolling in "Acting 101," which will focus on the fundamentals of vocal technique, movement, character, improvisation and auditioning. The class will be taught by Terri Wilkes. Also being offered is "Saturday Morning Improv," taught by Rosie Boehlke, which will teach the art of improvisation and performing "Whose Line is it Anyway?" scenes.
For registration and further information, call Youth Theatre Director Patricia Fagan at (330) 788-8739.
Cleveland zoo sendspolar bear on a mission
CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo moved Little One, a polar bear, to Cincinnati last week in hopes he'll hit it off with a pair of female bears there. If all goes well, Cleveland could be home to polar bear cubs before the end of next year.
Little One is adapting well to his new home at the Cincinnati Zoo, where he will be introduced to two female polar bears for breeding, according to a press release from Metroparks. Little One's move on Jan. 4 highlights the Cleveland zoo's renewed commitment to its polar bear breeding efforts and comes just as federal officials consider adding polar bears to the country's threatened species list.
Cleveland's two female polar bears, Little One's mom, Snowball, and half sister Aurora, remain on exhibit. The zoo has started talks to acquire another male polar bear for possible breeding with its younger female.
The polar bear population in the Arctic is estimated at 20,000 to 25,000, with as many as 5,000 living in Alaska; but those numbers are expected to drop as global warming continues to melt massive sheets of ice that polar bears depend on for traveling and finding food. The International Conservation Union added polar bears last May to its list of threatened wildlife, and the U.S. Interior Department is taking steps to classify polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The zoo is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with reduced winter admission rates of 6 for adults 12 and older and 4 for kids ages 2 to 11. Children under 2 receive free admission.
For more information, call the zoo at (216) 661-6500 or visit
Ballroom dance groupoffers free tutoring
YOUNGSTOWN -- USA Dance, the local ballroom dancing group, is offering free one-on-one tutoring for beginners from 5 to 5:30 p.m. before each monthly dance.
The next dance will be next Sunday at the Orthodox Center, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave. Dances are open to the public, with or without partners. Admission is 5 for members, 8 for nonmembers and 2.50 for students.

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