KENT HOLDS BLACK HISTORY EVENTS: Black History Month events are being planned for February at Kent State University at Trumbull by the Council on Diversity.
The performances include Legends at 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kent Trumbull Theatre. In a flashy Las Vegas-style show, members of the ensemble perform the works of Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Billie Holiday and other historical musical icons from the 20th century.
The program celebrates the African-American experience through song and dance.
Lectures include Idris Kabir Syed's presentation "Black History in the Age of Obama" at noon Feb. 12 and Leslie Heaphy's address on Negro League Baseball at noon Feb. 26 both in the Lower Commons of the Classroom Administration Building.
PASTA COOKOFF PLANNED: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3020 Reeves Road N.E., Warren, will host its 12th annual Pasta Cookoff and Wine Tasting from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Covelli Gymnasium. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association Heart Walk.
Local restaurants and amateur chefs compete for People's Choice Award. Celebrity judges will decide the best-tasting dishes. For tickets, call 330-372-2215.