SpitzerCares.org hopes to fund a million meals in 2012 through food pantries, shelters, kids’ cafés, and backpack programs. For every dollar it earns via community car washes, donations, and fundraising events, SpizerCares.org can provide four meals to northern Ohioans in need. Patrons can keep up with the organization’s progress online as a ticker shaped like an apple tallies the number of meals SpitzerCares.org has shelled out so far this year.
With more than 80 seasons of emotive experience, The Youngstown Playhouse has been treating Mahoning Valley audiences to Broadway plays, youth theater, and other quality community productions for generations. One of the season’s six main-stage plays, the Tony Award–winning musical, Oliver!, carouses audiences into the chilly alleys, dark corners, and haggis-laden streets of Victorian-era London in a show-stopping adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic coming-of-age story. Centered around the trials and tribulations of a penniless orphan, Oliver! will delight theater-goers of all ages as they follow along with his rags-to-riches story, and sing along to famous songs such as Consider Yourself, You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two and Oklahoma! . Grab today's dramatic Groupon and call to reserve your seats.
Four-year-olds scamper across ATA Black Belt Academy's padded floors, dressed in white robes and kicking with all the strength in their little legs. Instructors lead students of all ages through three separate classes divided by age. Students 4–6 develop coordination and motor skills in the Tiny Tigers program, before graduating into the Karate for Kids classes for ages 7–12. Adults and teens train together in the tae kwon do classes.
Bill's Place invites hard-working lads and ladies to relax and unwind over a menu that showcases saucy wings, juicy burgers, and smooth brews. Bill's famous jumbo wings ($0.50/wing for dine-in; $0.60/wing for takeout) come smothered in a choice of sauce, such as hot, garlic, barbecue, or honey mustard, and the Bill's burger ($4.85) comes crowned with a golden tiara of cheese and the owner's autograph. Pair any meal with a large side of fresh-cut french fries ($2.75), chili-cheese fries ($3.75), or deep-fried pickles ($1.25), and outfit the noneating hand with a Corona, Keystone, or Busch beer to wash it all down. The bar's televisions flicker with the day's sporting events, and guests can hang around after fingers are licked clean to run the billiard table or rack up a new high score on the bowling arcade game. Open for both lunch and dinner, Bill's Place offers indoor seating for those who prefer lighting provided by neon beer signs and outdoor seating for those who want to eat, drink, and converse with friends while enjoying some fresh air. Bill's also plays host to trivia and karaoke nights, live music performances, and livestock auctions on select evenings.
Olympic Dreams imparts tumbling tenderfoots and movement mavens with gymnastic know-how through an array of classes tailored to every skill and age level. Students can choose from a range of classes that meet once a week over the course of a month. During sessions, capable coaches train participants in gymnastic fundamentals and enhance gross motor development, balance, and body mobility. The school-age program pushes students beyond basics into more difficult maneuvers, which are broken down, practiced movement by movement, and pieced together, unlike the armless busts of ancient leotard designers. For boys and girls aged 8–18, tumbling and trampoline classes start rigid bodies on path toward actualizing dreams of flipping, twisting, and street-performing as full-body contortionists. Classes begin focused on back handsprings and front and back flips, and basic floor work finishes the series.