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Community center advisory schedules flea markets, craft shows and more

| Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, 6:21 p.m.

The Connellsville Area Community Center Advisory Board has developed a schedule of events that will hopefully bring traffic into the Fairview Avenue facility.

The first flea market sponsored by the board was held the first Saturday in February. Organizers said more than 200 people visited the center.

To keep the momentum going, indoor flea markets will be held the first Saturday of each month at the center. Vendors can set up for $10 for a 10-foot spot. Additional space is $3 a table. Those who participate must bring their tables. There is a $3 charge for electric. Set-up is on the first floor. As the monthly flea markets grow, the second floor will be used.

“That won't be a problem, though, since the elevator can be used,” said Patty Firestone, a member of the advisory board.

Upcoming dates are March 2, April 6 and May 4. Call the office to reserve a space. Doors open for vendors at 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. for shoppers. Flea markets will operate until 1 p.m.

Following this same pattern, a craft show will be held on the third Saturday of each month with all the same guidelines for sellers and the same hours for set-up and shoppers. Those who make their own products of any kind are invited to reserve now for the shows on March 16, April 20 and May 18.

Organizers are hoping to see crafts and homemade items of all kinds, home and outdoor decor, candles, soaps, jellies and jams, doll clothes, toys, scarves, holiday creations, wooden and metal household goods and items for sports fans. Any businesses such as Avon, Thirty-One, Pampered Chef and Tastefully Simple that would like to participate at either event are welcome.

There is no charge for guest admission at the flea markets or craft shows. Vendors should reserve a spot by calling 724-626-0300 or emailing

The Thrift Store at the Community Center is also taking donations.

“If a vendor comes in for the flea market and they don't want to take anything home, they can donate it to the Thrift Store. This is a convenience some folks appreciate. The Thrift Store will open full-time as soon as we get volunteers and additional shelving, coat racks and tables for merchandise. We also have the furniture store open during the flea market and craft show hours. If anyone would like to donate any office or household furniture items, they may do so,” said Firestone.

On April 6, the center will host an oldies dance.

“My mother has 12 yearbooks from the Cokers, and we want to pull out some ideas. Mark your calendars for the Spring Fling Alumni Dance for all Cokers, Gators, Mules, Owls and Falcons and their guests. If any alumni or class would like to be involved in the planning, please contact us by email or phone. We are trying to find the mascot outfits and memorabilia from the past,” said Firestone.

To keep updated, “like” the Connellsville Community Center on Facebook.

Firestone said engraved bricks for the Memorial Patio are still available for purchase. Forms can be picked up at the community center; email or call 724-626-0300.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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