CAHS Patriots to hold fundraisers at Applebee's
The Connellsville Area High School Patriots are scheduled for two Applebee's Dining to Donate days — this Sunday and Feb. 10. This is an easy and delicious way to help a terrific organization raise funds for the packages they send to the men and women of the military — 15 percent of your bill will go to the Patriots if you remember to take the flier. Their specific flier must be presented on those dates for the Patriots to receive credit. You can pick them up at the visitors entrance to the high school or get one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share this information with your friends and support this event. You must go to the Mt. Pleasant Applebee's restaurant from 11 a.m. to midnight.
I recently asked if other businesses or organizations are celebrating milestones. As it turns out, Connellsville's wonderful garden club was started in 1972 and has just passed the 40-year mark. Congratulations to all the members of this active community group on an impressive anniversary, and thanks for all you do to beautify our city.
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. For more information, call 724-320-6392.
Conn-Area Catholic School is holding fall 2013 enrollment registration for all new students pre-kindergarten through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31. New registrations for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, please bring your child, a copy of their birth certificate, immunization record and baptism certificate if applicable. Vision and speech screenings will be conducted on that day when you visit the school. For more information or to schedule an appointment for another date, call the school at 724-628-5090.
Also, Conn-Area Catholic School's Performing Arts Club will be performing “Annie, Jr.” at the Edwin Porter Theatre in the Connellsville Community Center at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24. The shows are free to the public. Please bring a canned food item for our area food banks.
A Valentine's Weekend Dinner, Dance and Benefit will be held Feb. 16 in the Mallard Room at Duck Hollow Golf Club in Uniontown. Doors will open at 6 p.m. After dinner, dance the night away to live entertainment by The Sammy Brooks Band. Tickets are $40 per person, and seating is limited to 150 guests. Call 724-628-5090 to make your reservation. Proceeds benefit Conn-Area Catholic School.
The United Methodist Women of Greenwood United Methodist Church, on the corner of South Ninth and West Green streets, will hold its annual “Soup”er Saturday sale. Soups must be pre-ordered by Monday 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.
Connellsville Presbyterian Church will hold its annual indoor yard sale Feb. 2 in the church basement. Anyone is welcome to set up by calling Nancy to reserve a table or tables at $10 each; call 724-628-4401. Sellers keep all of their money; there is no fee. There is no admission charge for shoppers, and doors open at 9 a.m. This is also another chance to purchase a pan or two of the church's delicious apple dumplings. As part of the annual indoor yard sale, you may purchase pans of apple dumplings, only if you call ahead and place your order at the church office, 724-628-4401. Orders will be taken until Jan. 31. Dumplings must be picked up at the church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2. The dumplings will be sold only by the pan for takeout. The cost per pan is $21. The only individual apple dumplings sold will be at the refreshment window along with the other food items on the menu during the indoor yard sale that day. All proceeds go to help the Faith Finders children's group attend Sight and Sound in Lancaster to see “Noah.”
The Greater Connellsville Community Center will hold a community flea market Feb. 2. Setup cost is $15 per space; bring your tables. Vendors are welcome. Setup is at 6 a.m.; doors open at 7 a.m. Organizers hope to make this a regular sale, weekly or monthly. Support is important to raise funds for the community center.
A reminder: “Violet” by Cait Cuneo is out, and you can download your copy on iTunes or buy a CD online.
Much excitement and anticipation surround the opening of Cafe Carnegie by the FRIENDS at the Library. They are in need of refrigerators with the freezer on the bottom ... and volunteers! A class being offered at the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 and 30 titled “Cooking for Crowds” will certify volunteers for food safety practices. Registration is $11 and due on Wednesday; call 724-627-3745 to sign up. FRIENDS will hold their first planning meeting for the second annual “Bike With Books” fundraiser at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at Bud Murphy's Shamrock Room. Please RSVP before Monday by calling 724-628-1380 or email email@example.com to make seating arrangements.
And speaking of Casey Sirochman, librarian, she sent this: “This year marks the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville's 110th birthday. That's quite an accomplishment in this digital age. One way to honor the library is to go to our Facebook page and click LIKE. We are trying to reach the goal of 1,110 friends this year.”
“Take your Child to the Library” day will be celebrated at the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville all day Feb. 4. Scrapbooking Club will meet from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. For registration and more information, call 724-323-4567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Autism Speaks will sponsor a support group and lead discussion of successes and challenges during an informal meet and greet Feb. 6. For more information, call Kristan Miller at 724-562-5302. Find them on Facebook @ Autism Parent and Family Meet & Greet. Child care trainings offered for a nominal fee through Keystone STARS — Quality Improvement for Child Care Facilities is a Pennsylvania quality improvement program. Contact Sharon Enfield for information on the Keystone STARS Program, how to enroll and the financial supports that may be available. She can be reached at 877-349-4850, ext. 11228, or 412-255-1228 or by email at email@example.com.
Pre-Lenten Slovak Food Sale will be held Feb. 8 starting at 11 a.m. at St. John's Social Hall, 908 W. Crawford Ave. Food items available are cooked pierogies with butter and onions, halupki, haluski, kielbassi and kraut, hot dogs, rolls, cake, coffee and soft drinks. A Slovak sampler that includes a pierogie, a cabbage roll and haluski will be available. Takeout orders will be available. Anyone wishing to place a lunch order may do so by calling the social hall before 11 a.m. at 724-628-8601. In the event of bad weather, the sale will be held on Feb. 9. Any change will be announced on Armstrong Channel 20.
The Connellsville Recreation Department is planning to show a movie each month, starting Feb. 10 at the Porter Theater in the Community Center. The movies will be held on Sundays at 1 p.m.
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 age 21-only show with an all-you-can-eat Italian-style buffet starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. You can get them at the door or by calling 724-710-5619. There will be a cash bar.
The Fayette County Conservation District is thinking spring. The annual tree sale is on. You can find a host of native trees and shrubs to enhance your landscape or expand the fruits of your labor with some apple, cherry, pear or peach trees. The trees are of great quality. The district also sells bluebird boxes, so you can provide nesting habitat. The order form has a description list. You can get it on the Jacobs Creek Watershed Facebook page starting on Wednesday. All orders are due with payment by March 22. The two days for pickup are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. For more information, call executive director Patty Miller at 724-887-8220, ext. 3, or visit www.jacobscreekwatershed.org. If you would like to volunteer to help bundle trees on April 4, let Miller know.
The chamber is accepting nominations until Friday for its 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.
Saturday yoga class at the library is held from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. by donation, which benefits FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library. The suggested donation is $5.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Saturday, scrapbooking at library; Sunday, Dining to Donate for CAHS Patriots at Applebee's, Mt. Pleasant; Monday, deadline to order soup; Feb. 2, FRIENDS book donation event, indoor yard sale at Presbyterian Church and soup pickup and flea market at Community Center; Feb. 4, take your child to the library; Feb. 8, Slovak food sale at St. John's; Feb. 9, first of three “Art of Bonsai” at Artworks and Connellsville Township VFD Comedy Show; Feb. 10, Dining to Donate for CAHS Patriots at Applebee's, Mt. Pleasant, Rec Board Movie and Christian Klay Wine & Chocolate; Feb. 16, dinner, dance at Duck Hollow to benefit Conn-Area Catholic; March 7-10, CAHS musical; March 9, FRIENDS book sale; March 15-17, Geibel musical; March 22-24, CJH musical; and March 30, YRTC race.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.