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FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville to collect donations

| Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Saturday is a busy day in Connellsville. The FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library will be at the library collecting your donations of books, books on tape, large-print books, CDs and DVDs as it begins organizing for the Spring Ahead Book Sale on March 9. This is an opportunity for you to clean off your bookshelves to help this nonprofit group put together another successful book sale to benefit our 110-year-old library. The FRIENDS will be serving birthday cake and beverages.

Then you can head a few blocks in either direction to browse and buy all kinds of things you might need or want. The Presbyterian Church is holding its yearly “Indoor Yard Sale.” Vendors have a variety of items for sale, including toys, tools, antiques, jewelry, purses, dishes, linens and collectibles of all kinds. Refreshments will be sold including apple dumplings, sandwiches, soup and drinks. The proceeds go to the children's group that will be traveling to see “Noah” in Lancaster in the spring. There is no admission fee to come in and shop. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Over at the Connellsville Community Center an indoor flea market will start at 7 a.m. Many vendors are expected, so it's another shopping opportunity. The center's Advisory Board kicked off the fundraising project, hoping lots of residents and groups participate. Engraved bricks are being sold for $50 each, with three lines for wording, that will then be set into a Memorial Patio in front of the historic building. A reminder that room rentals are available for businesses. The gym has had many successful birthday parties, and the board would like to let the pubic know that the gym is available for rent.

The Recreation Department will show a family movie at 1 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Porter Theatre at the community center.

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.

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. Tickets are $20 each. You can get them at the door or by calling 724-710-5619. There will be a cash bar.

Yough River Trail Council will hold the 19th annual spring race on March 30, beginning at 9 a.m. They have added a one-mile fun run in case any family member wants to participate while you are in your race. The 5K Run and Walk (3.1 miles), 10K Run (6.2 miles) and 10-mile run are still the same. The course is the beautiful bike trail. Registration and finish are at Yough River Park. This is an important fundraiser for trail and equipment upkeep, and they appreciate the support of the community and those who come from long distances to participate. Entry forms are at Everyone, keep your fingers crossed for good weather.

Immaculate Conception Christian Mothers will sponsor a fish dinner on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the social hall. The menu is scalloped potatoes or macaroni and cheese, baked or fried fish, green beans or stewed tomatoes, applesauce or coleslaw, roll, dessert and beverage. Take-outs are available by calling 724-628-9795. Cost is $10 for adults; $4 for children 12 and younger.

A Pre-Lenten Slovak Food Sale will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 in St. John's social hall, 908 W. Crawford Ave. Food items available will be cooked pierogies with butter and onions, halupki, haluski, kielbassi and kraut, hot dogs, rolls, cake, coffee and soft drinks. A Slovak Sampler will be available, which includes a pierogi, cabbage roll and haluski. Take-out 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.

A Rivers Casino round-trip coach bus trip on March 22 will be a fundraiser for Finley's Fighters RDH12 Fund For Sight. The Kovalls and West Apple Tours are the organizers. Cost is $25 per person, and a Rivers promotion gives you a $20 playing voucher and a $5 food voucher. The bus leaves Martin's parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and County Market parking lot at 4:45 p.m., arriving at Rivers at 6 p.m. and departing at 11 p.m. There will be fun games on the bus. Reserve your seat now by contacting Phyllis Kovall at 724-628-6078 or

Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center is a beautiful, modern facility. A public open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21. You will be able to find out about CACTC's day programs and adult education classes. For more information, visit the website through the district's webpage at

Connellsville Area High School Patriots are scheduled for an Applebee's Dining to Donate day on 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 for the Patriots to receive credit. You can pick fliers up at the visitor's entrance at the high school or get one by emailing Please share this information with your friends and support this event. You must go to the Mt. Pleasant Applebee's restaurant between 11 a.m. and midnight that day.

Conn-Area Catholic School's Performing Arts Club will present “Annie Jr.” at the Edwin Porter Theatre in the Connellsville Community Center at 7:30 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 pantries.

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 open at 6 p.m. After dinner, dance the night away to live entertainment by The Sammy Brooks Band. Tickets are $40 per person. Seating is limited to 150 guests. Call 724-628-5090 to make your reservation. Proceeds benefit Conn-Area Catholic School.

Take Your Child to the Library Day will be celebrated at the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville all day Feb. 4. Autism Speaks will sponsor a support group and lead discussion of successes and challenges during an informal meet-and-greet session Feb. 6 at the library. For more information, call Kristan Miller at 724-562-5302. Find them on Facebook at Autism Parent and Family Meet & Greet.

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

Mark your calendars for these events: Feb. 2, FRIENDS book donation event at CFL, indoor yard sale at Presbyterian Church, soup pickup at Greenwood and Community Center flea market; Feb. 4, Take Your Child to the Library Day at CFL; Feb. 6, Autism Speaks at CFL; Feb. 8, pre-Lenten food sale St. John's; Feb. 9, first of three “Art of Bonsai” at Artworks and Connellsville Township VFD comedy show; Feb. 10, Dining to Donate at Mt. Pleasant Applebee's for Patriots, recreation board movie and Christian Klay Wine & Chocolate event; Feb. 13, IC fish dinner; Feb. 16, dinner/dance benefit for Conn-Area featuring The Sammy Brooks Band; Feb. 23 and 24, “Annie Jr.” at community center; March 7-10 CAHS Musical; March 9, FRIENDS Book Sale; March 15-17 Geibel musical; March 22, Rivers Casino bus trip; March 22-24, CJH musical; March 30, YRTC Race.

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Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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