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Get your Slovak food on Friday

| Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A Pre-Lenten Slovak Food Sale will be held Friday 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 will be available which includes a pierogi, cabbage roll, and haluski. Takeout orders will be available. Anyone wishing to place a lunch order may do so by phoning the social hall at 724-628-8601 before 11 a.m. In the event of bad weather the sale will be held the next day, on Saturday.

The CAHS Patriots are scheduled for an Applebee's Dining to Donate Day on Sunday. 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. Also, 15 percent of your bill will go to the Patriots if you remember to take the flyer. Their specific flyer must be presented for the Patriots to receive credit. You can pick them up at the visitor's entrance at the high school or get one by emailing Please share this info with your friends and support this event. You must go to the Mt. Pleasant Applebee's from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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.

Highlands Hospital Club is selling tickets for chances on Longaberger baskets, pottery and other Longaberger items. The proceeds will benefit the hospital. The tickets are $25 which includes a luncheon at noon March 2 at Pleasant Valley Country Club. You need not be present to win. This is their annual fundraiser. The club members will also be selling raffle chances on Longaberger baskets and their contents in the lobby at Highlands Hospital daily Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They ask that you please support your community Highlands Hospital Club.

Immaculate Conception Christian Mothers will sponsor a fish dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2 and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday 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 will be available by calling 724-628-9795. The cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and under.

The Connellsville Township VFD will hold its Lenten fish dinners starting Feb. 13 and continuing each Friday through March 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 and 4 to 7 p.m. You can eat in or take out. Choose fish, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw and dinner roll or fish, fries, cole slaw and dinner roll for $7. To pre-order or for delivery, call 724-628-0900.

A Valentine's Weekend Dinner and Dance 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 provided 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.

A few Valentine gift ideas: Jalyn's suggests, for your sweetheart from Vera Bradley now through Feb. 14, a Sweetheart coin purse for $18. Plus new spring colors in Jazzy Blooms, Plum Crazy, Go Wild and Midnight Blues. Jalyn's winter hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Atkins Music Center has Cait Cuneo's “Violet” on CD and Cait's T-shirts too. Then there is Colebrook Chocolate, too delicious to describe and lots of special ideas for Valentine giving.

Conn-Area Catholic School's Performing Arts Club will be performing “Annie, Jr.” at the Edwin Porter Theater 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.

The Connellsville Recreation Board sent this: “We are having our sweethearts movie at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. The movie ‘Gnomeo & Juliet' will be shown at the Porter Theater in the Community Center. Admission is free. Bring the whole family.”

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 of Connellsville and West Apple Tours are the organizers; it costs $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 at 724-628-6078 or email:

Don't forget about the unique fundraiser going on at ArtWorks to benefit the building of the new Connellsville Canteen. Dog tags in several styles are being sold. Stop in there to see them.

Reservations for the Connellsville Chamber Annual Awards Presentation Dinner need to be made by Feb. 16. It is being held at Bell's Banquets on Feb. 26 and you can choose New York Strip Steak or Parmesan Crusted Chicken; call 724-628-5500 for more information.

The John Woodruff Running Club is searching for the name of the winner of the 1988 John Woodruff Scholarship Award; call 724-628-5195. The Woodruff Race this year will be held on July 10.

Congratulations to Henry F. Molinaro on his 60th year as choir director of St. Rita's Choir. That is dedication and a very remarkable amount of time.

Donna Campbell Allen, who grew up in Connellsville, will be at ArtWorks April 5 to 7 to teach a watercolor class. Reservations must be made in advance.

Several readers wondered about the answer to the question last week concerning the spelling of groundhog. Ask a FRIENDS of the Library member to tell you and try to keep a straight face.

The Connellsville Township VFD is holding a Comedy Night by Steel City Comedy Tours Saturday. 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, you can get them at the door or by calling 724-710-5619. There will be a cash bar.

The Ritz Touch is celebrating 30 years in business in Connellsville. They plan weddings and special events and have been very successful in this business where trends often change and originality is important. Congratulations to Lynda and Mike Ritz and their family.

Autism Speaks will sponsor a support group and lead discussion of successes and challenges during an informal meet and greet Wednesday at Carnegie Free Library. For more information, call Kristan Miller at 724-562-5302. Find the group 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. Miller can be reached at 877-349-4850, ext. 11228 or at 412-255-1228 or by email at

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

Have a great week everyone.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Feb. 6, Autism Speaks at Carnegie Free Library; Feb. 8, pre-lenten 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 Applebee's M.P., Recreation Board movie and Christian Klay Wine & Chocolate; Feb. 13, IC fish dinner and Connellsville Township VFD fish dinner; Feb. 15, fish dinner at Connellsville Township VFD and every Friday through Lent; Feb. 16, Conn-Area dinner/dance The Sammy Brooks Band; Feb. 23 and 24, “Annie Jr.” at Community Center; March 7 to 10, CAHS musical; March 9, FRIENDS book sale; March 15-17, Geibel musical; March 22, Rivers Casino bus trip; March 22-24, Connellsville Junior High musical; and March 30, YRTC race.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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