The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania is holding its annual Orchid Show on Saturday, March 21, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday, March 22, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Phipps Garden Center in Pittsburgh. More information can be found at 412-714-0263. Admission is free and the public is invited.
The Shipka Speakers Series of the YSU Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies is presenting a lecture by Susan Jacoby: “The Culture of Distraction: Why the Young Need to Fight It,” based on her best-selling book The Age of American Unreason. The lecture will be presented on Tuesday, March 24th, 12:30 p.m., in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Youngstown State University presents an exclusive Adult Learner Open House for potential non-traditional students who are interested in attending YSU, on Wednesday, April 29th, 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Attendees can speak one-on-one with representatives from the various academic colleges. There will be information on how to apply for Fall 2015, how to pay for college, and much more. Information and reservations at 330-941-3243, 1-877-GO-TO-YSU, and on the web at www.ysu.edu/admissions.
The 2015 YSU Diversity Leadership Recognition event will honor the diversity & inclusion efforts of area leaders, on Friday, March 27th, at Stambaugh Auditorium. The dinner and awards begin at 5:30 pm, featuring guest speaker Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., the 2011 Winner of America's Got Talent. Murphy will also give a concert at 8:00 pm following the dinner. Tickets and reservations for the dinner and the concert are available at stambaughauditorium.com. More information about the event is available at YSU Diversity & Multicultural Office at 330-941-3370.
Dynamic Earth is currently showing at the YSU's Ward Beecher Planetarium, this Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00 pm, and at various afternoon times in March. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the program views Earth systems from above. Firefall, a show about the impacts from comets and asteroids, begins on Friday, February 27th. All public shows are free. There is more information at www.wbplanetarium.org, and at 330-941-1370.
The YSU Human Ecology Department is hosting its semi-annual event: An Afternoon in the Mediterranean: A Vegetarian Luncheon!, on Friday, March 6th, in room 3342 of Cushwa Hall, on the YSU campus. Seating times are 11:00am, 11:45am, and noon. The menu includes Greek Garden Cucumber cups, Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Wraps with Golden Garlic Hummus, and Jeweled Couscous salad. Tickets are available at the Human Ecology office at (330) 941-3344. The event will be held in Cushwa Hall in the Common Room, 3342 on Friday March 6th.
The spirit of the tropics can be found in the Jewels of Winter Orchid exhibit, on display now through March 15 at Fellows Riverside Gardens inside the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center Tuesdays through Sundays, from 9 am – 5 pm. There are more than one hundred orchid plants of many varieties on display. More information about the show and related activities at 330-740-7116.
An Interfaith Pre-Passover Seder Dinner & Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th at 4:30 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of Stambaugh Auditorium. The meal and ceremony will be conducted by Rabbi Joseph P. Schonberger and Father George Balasko. Featured during the ceremony will be Susan’s Seder Singers. Tickets and information at stambaughauditorium.com.
The Young Artists of Opera Western Reserve are presenting The Three Little Pigs in the Grand Ballroom of Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown on Sunday, March 8th, at 3:00 PM. The performance will feature music from four of Mozart’s operas (Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, and The Magic Flute). A meet and greet with the cast will occur after the performance. Tickets are available at stambaughauditorium.com.
As part of YSU's African American History Month activities, The Bondage Busters present the docudrama The Missing Link, on Monday, February 23 at 7:00 pm in the Ohio Room in the Kilcawley Center on YSU's campus. The Bondage Busters are a youth group in Youngstown dedicated to empowerment and education of African American youth. The group is led by Youngstown native, Pastor Charles Hudson.