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Rec board hopes to fill bus for Cuneo's record release party

| Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 9:10 p.m.

Friday night is Cait Cuneo's record release party at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh. Connellsville residents are encouraged to attend to support this important event for the singer's future.

In that spirit, the Connellsville Recreation Board has organized coach bus transportation to this all-ages show. Reservations must be made and paid for at City Hall or Atkins Music Center by Wednesday.

Cuneo says, “‘Violet' is officially out now, and it has been great hearing everyone's feedback. Please come and celebrate all this new music. I will have a 10-piece band backing me for this show! The lineup will include Chelsea Baratz, who is an award-winning saxophonist. Her band will also be supporting us. It includes many legendary jazz musicians from the Pittsburgh area.

“Thank you all again for being such great fans, and I really hope to see everyone Friday night.”

The Connellsville Presbyterian Church will hold the annual indoor yard sale that has become a good place to sell and buy before the outdoor ones get going. Anyone can reserve to set up by calling Nancy to reserve a table or tables at $10 each. Sellers keep all their money. There is no additional fee. The doors open for buyers at 9 a.m. Refreshments will be sold. The organizers urge everybody to clean out their basements and closets and plan to be a part of the yearly indoor yard sale. Call 724-628-4401.

The FRIENDS of the Carnegie Free Library have decided to initiate a huge push forward to collect gently used books, tapes, CDs, etc. for their March 9 Book Sale. On Feb. 2, whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, the group will hold a major collection day at the library between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. It will also be their kick-off to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville. Lots of cake and beverages will be served. The group is asking everyone to start their spring cleaning early and empty their bookshelves of gently used books. This will give the FRIENDS members time to organize all of the donations in order that you will be able to find what you are interested in when you enter the basement to shop for used books at the book sale.

Feb. 2 is a kick-off date, but you are welcome to bring all of your books, tapes, CDs, etc. for recycling anytime. Just bring the donated items in to the library and set them by the elevator on the first floor. The FRIENDS will take care of getting them to the basement to sort and organize.

The FRIENDS are ever appreciative of how the people of Connellsville and surrounding communities are so generous with the books that they love and are happy that they will fall into grateful hands and have a second life. For clarification purposes, they can not accept encyclopedias, magazines or damaged books. And a reminder: Don't forget to fill out the online library survey at

ArtWorks Connellsville is holding an instruction series on Feb. 9, 16 and 23 called “The Art of Bonsai” with clay artist Barbara Bailey. You will learn the art of making your own clay pot, glazing, soil and finally the planting and care of your bonsai plant. The cost is $35, and you must reserve in advance. All materials are included. The class is geared for adults only. Call 724-320-6392.

The Connellsville Recreation Department is planning to show a movie a month starting Feb. 10 at the Porter Theater in the Community Center. The department is looking at titles now. The movies will be 1 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Congratulations to Craig Appliance and Furniture. Gene and Barry Craig were recently recognized by the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce for their 50-plus years in business in Connellsville. The two are also generous in the community.

The chamber is accepting nominations until Jan. 25 for the annual awards banquet. The categories are Distinguished Citizen; Community Service, individual and group; Beautification; and Athena. You do not have to be a chamber member to nominate or to be nominated. Forms are available at the office, 923 W. Crawford Ave.

A new business in our area is “Name It-We Do It.” What its employees do includes transportation service for grocery shopping and doctor appointments, pet sitting, office and home organizing, residential and commercial cleaning, interior painting, garage cleanup, and window and gutter cleaning. They are insured, have local references and give free estimates. Their motto is “You Can Count On Us.” The owner is Barbara Berdar, who can be reached at 724-237-6173.

The Connellsville Township VFD is holding a Comedy Night by Steel City Comedy Tours on Feb. 9. They suggested it is a fun night out before Valentine's Day for singles, couples and groups. There will be four comedians. It's an over-21-only show with an all-you can-eat Italian-style buffet starting at 6 p.m. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are $20. You can get them at the door or by calling 724-710-5619.

Save the dates now for the spectacular school musicals. The Connellsville Area High School performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” will be held March 7-10. The Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School performance of “Les Miserables” will be March 15-17, and the Connellsville Area Junior High School performance of Disney's “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” will be March 22-24.

The Yough River Trail Council is keeping its race date on the day before Easter because that date has been working out so well. The council has added a 1-mile fun run in case any family member wants to participate while you are in your race.

“If you know of any family, co-workers, complete strangers, etc. who may be interested, please feel free to have them download the entry from Hope to see you there. Bring friends,” said Ted Kovall.

The United Methodist Women of Greenwood United Methodist Church at the corner of South Ninth and West Green streets, will hold its annual “Soup”er Saturday sale. Soups may be pre-ordered by Jan. 28 by calling 724-628-9215. Soup choices are beef barley, broccoli-cheese, chicken noodle, chili, pasta fagioli, stuffed pepper, vegetable beef and wedding. Cost is $5 per quart. Pick up orders from 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 2 at the side door of the church.

Got the winter blues? How about an escape to Jamaica where nothing is a problem on this Caribbean island paradise? Enjoy listening to reggae music, watching the local cliff divers and admiring the incredible sunsets. Call Lisa at Travelogics to get you packing today!

Christian W. Klay Winery will hold its first event for 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 with an afternoon of wine and chocolate with entertainment provided by Chuck Cantalamessa. Cost is $20 per person. Call the winery at 724-439-3424 for reservations.

Darlah Hogan, owner of Endless Style Hair Salon on the West Side, wants everyone to know that Billie Jo Smiley, formerly of Platinum Spa in Youngwood, is now accepting appointments for massage therapy, Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone and reflexology at Endless Style. And a reminder: Nikkie Leapline is taking walk-ins and appointments for pedicures, manicures with nail art and design, too. The phone number there is 724-603-2083.

Saturday Yoga class at the library is 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. and by donation, which benefits the FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library. (The suggested donation is $5.)

Have a great week, everyone.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Friday, Cait Cuneo at the Rex; Jan. 28, deadline to order soup; Feb. 2, FRIENDS book donation event, indoor yard sale at Presbyterian Church and soup pickup; Feb. 9, first of three Art of Bonsai at Artworks and Connellsville Township VFD Comedy Show; Feb. 10, Rec Board Movie and Christian Klay Wine & Chocolate; March 7-10, CAHS musical; March 9, FRIENDS Book Sale; March 15-17, Geibel Catholic musical; March 22-24, CJH musical; and March 30, YRTC Race.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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