Mahoning Avenue Better Block Schedule

Here is the all-day schedule for activities at the Mahoning Avenue Better Block, between Steel Street and McKinley Avenue. Lit Youngstown will be at the Steel Street side of the event, serving coffee from Friends Specialty Café and cookies you can decorate yourself, and then EAT YOUR WORDS!

We are especially looking forward to the demonstration on the historic pipe organ at St. John’s Church, as well as tours of the church and of Paisley House. The idea of a Better Block is to showcase a neighborhood’s assets, and one of the strengths of the Garden District is the gorgeous original architecture that remains.

This is sure to be a fun event. Lit Youngstown gives a standing ovation to everyone on the planning team, especially Tom Hetrick and Jack Daugherty of YNDC. We also give a big thanks to Friends Specialty for donating their delicious coffee to our event.



Morning Activities

CHALK sidewalk art
World Café – crêpes and coffee (10am-2pm)
Pop-up library (10am-2:30pm)
Live accordion music (10am-1pm)
Lit Youngstown “EAT YOUR WORDS” cookie table (all day)
Art gallery at St. John’s (10am-5pm)
Art gallery at Casa Ramirez (all day)
Sculpture gallery at 1612 Mahoning (all day)
Outdoor market (all day)


Pipe organ history and demonstration at St. John’s
Silk-screening (demonstrations throughout the day)
Health fair (11am-2pm)
Bicycle helmet give-away (12pm and 1pm)
Life-size chess (11am-2pm)
Plant sale and kids garden display (11am-3pm)
Trolley rides (11am-3pm)
Trash can painting

Afternoon Activities

Chaney H.S. music performance – Steel & Mahoning
Chaney H.S. beat poetry – Steel & Mahoning
Tours, hot dogs, & music at the Paisley House (12pm-2pm)
T’ai Chi class – Whitney & Mahoning


Jazz duo – Steel & Mahoning
T’ai Chi class – Whitney & Mahoning


String quartet (2pm-5pm) – Milton & Mahoning
Farmer’s market (2pm-5pm) – Milton & Mahoning


Art class (3pm-5pm) – 1612 Mahoning


Lower West Side band – Steel & Mahoning


Bonfire – Glacier & Mahoning
Acoustic guitar – Glacier & Mahoning

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