Local events at glance

MVHS presents event on Liberty homes

YOUNGSTOWN — The historic homes of Liberty will be the focus of the Bites and Bits of History program at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown.

Marcia Levy will explore the beautiful and historic homes in the township, where many of the region’s wealthiest and most influential residents lived. Many also had country homes in the township as an escape from Youngstown.

The program starts at noon Jan. 17 and is presented by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Attendees can bring their own lunch or purchase from downtown restaurants. Coffee, pop and water will be available for purchase at the center.

For more information, call 330-743-2589.

Top Hat plans fundraiser dinner

YOUNGSTOWN — Tickets are on sale now for a fundraising dinner, show and dance presented by Top Hat Productions at the Fairvew Arts & Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Youngstown.

The evening will feature songs from the 1950s and ’60 performed by Top Hat Regulars, live music from the 57th Street Band and dancing. All proceeds will go toward programming and theater maintenance.

In addition to its stage productions, Top Hat contributes monthly meals to the Dorothy Day House, works with youth in the Juvenile Justice Center and offers a free summer youth workshop for children ages 6 to 12 and apprenticeships in lighting and sound for teens.

Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.tophatproductions.org and by calling 800-838-3006.

Entries sought for FIVE Squared show

BOARDMAN – The Davis Family YMCA is seeking donations for its upcoming FIVE Squared benefit art show and sale.

All art must be 5 inches by 5 inches and created on or attached to a stiff surface such as mat board or foam core. All mediums will be accepted. No frames are necessary and works should be lightweight enough to hang on the walls via sticky tack. The deadline for entries is Jan. 25.

Work can be dropped off at the service desk or mailed to Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road, Boardman. Each artist may donate up to eight pieces; children may enter four. The show will open Feb. 3.

For more information and / or to request an entry form, email Suzanne Gray at sgray@youngstownymca.org.

MLK celebration features retired pilot

YOUNGSTOWN — Col. Richard Toliver, a retired Air Force pilot and recipient of the the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Legion of Merit, will be the featured speaker for Youngstown State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Observance 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center.

Toliver graduated from Tuskegee Institute University in 1963 and began his Air Force career the same year as a project engineer. He was one of the first five African-American F-4 Phantom II pilots to serve under the famed Tuskegee Airman Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James and was twice deployed during the Vietnam War, flying 446 missions and 860 combat hours in fighter jets.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate and embrace King’s legacy of service and support for individuals of all backgrounds. Admission is free.

Opera singers’ auditions planned

YOUNGSTOWN — Opera Western Reserve is scheduling audition appointments for its upcoming productions of “Macbeth,” “La Traviata,” “Don Pasquale” and “Romeo et Juliette.”

Auditions will be held on stage at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, on April 8 and 9. There is a $25 nonrefundable audition fee, and an accompanist will be provided. Those auditioning prepare arias in each of the following languages: Italian, French and English.

To schedule an audition, contact Lynn Sabeh at 330-259-0555 or by email at admasst@opera westernreserve.org

Photography show opens at JCC

YOUNGSTOWN — The work of photographers Jaclyn Silverman and R. Clarke-Davis will be featured in an exhibition opening today at the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Art Gallery at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown.

The show, titled “far closer,” is described as a photographic conversation about place, belonging and community in locations they each consider home.

It runs through Feb. 21. An opening reception is planned 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, and admission is free. For more information, call 330-746-3250, Ext. 195.