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Connellsville Community Center looking for support this weekend

| Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 7:15 p.m.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, the Greater Connellsville Community Center will be transformed into holiday festivities for two days.

The advisory board from the center hopes the community will support the weekend's activities, which kick off with a bonfire. Carolers will perform, and a sing-along will take place.

At 7 p.m., Santa will arrive by fire truck.

Inside the center, the Hall of Trees will be unveiled. Tickets are available for those who want to take a chance to win a completely decorated Christmas tree. Some will be themed, others will be traditionally decorated. All proceeds benefit the community center.

Area businesses that have pledged to decorate a tree are Alternatives Yes/Pregnancy Support Center; Linda Cordaro of Horewitz Cordaro Dietz & Miele PC; Domino's; Donna J. Evans Realty; Geyer Theater; Fiesta Insurance/S.L. Spotto Co. Inc.; Little Ceasars; Mayor Charles Matthews; Connellsville City Council; Connellsville City Hall; Mirror Mirror Salon; Bud Murphy's; and RockStarz, said Lori Kosisko, office manager at the community center.

Some crafts-makers will be set up Friday evening.

On Saturday, the community center will join with Downtown Connellsville for “It's A Connellsville Christmas.”

Tarah DeWitt, owner of LocalMotion, has put together a Christmas Shoppe, where shoppers can find nearly two dozen vendors with specialty items.

Among the participants are Scentsy; Initials Inc.; Avon; Tupperware; Mary Kay; Bull Of The Woods; Tastefully Simple; Celebrating Home; It Works; Country Gourmet Home; Jamberry Nails; Silpada; Pampered Chef; Thirty-One; Mandy Lyn Jewelry.

Admission is free to the Christmas Shoppe, which will be open from noon to 5:30 p.m.

The Christmas Shoppe and the Hall of Trees will be on the first and second floors, which are handicapped-accessible.

Other Saturday events are a puppet show by Robert Sanner, sponsored by the community center advisory board; and the movie “The Polar Express,” sponsored by Connellsville's Recreation Board. Both shows will be in Edwin S. Porter Theatre.

Concessions will sells soda, hot chocolate, candy, nachos and cheese, and hot dogs on Friday and Saturday. Food, however, is not permitted in the theater.

“Candy will be given out after the movie. We are asking the kids to wear pajamas, and we'll serve hot cocoa at the concession. Also, we had tickets made up to give to the kids and hope to have a hobo train conductor punch holes in their tickets as they go into the theater. This is a great Christmas movie, and we are excited to be able to show it to the public this holiday season. As always, the movie will be free of charge and is perfect for families and children of all ages,” said Melissa Tzan, president of the recreation board.

“The rec board will be showing the movie at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and we're hoping for a good turnout for it,” said Greg Lincoln, board vice president.

Gary Colatch, a member of the community center advisory board, expects people to enjoy the Hall of Trees with the sounds of the season and refreshments. The puppet show will be performed prior to the movie.

“Then our special guest returns at the end of the movie for the children's dress-up contest. At the Hall of Trees, the tree drawing will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the event closes at 5:30 p.m. so that everyone can attend the Christmas concert at Wesley United Methodist Church at 6 p.m.,” said Colatch.

“I cannot thank enough all the wonderful people who have worked so hard to make this event happen for our city. I have said so many times before, and so many times the words ring true. We are truly blessed here in Connellsville, for our fine people know the true meaning of the word ‘community.' We hope you will take time to stop by and join us on Friday and Saturday. And may this holiday season and coming New Year fill your hearts with peace, love and joy,” said Colatch.

For more information, call Connellsville Community Center at 724-626-0300.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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