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'Annie Jr.' to be presented by Conn-Area Catholic club students in Connellsville

| Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

“Annie Jr.” will be performed by the Conn-Area Catholic Performing Arts Club students at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The young cast has really worked hard and is looking forward to acting on the stage of the beautiful Porter Theater in the Community Center. This is a free show. Organizers ask only that you bring a canned good (or more than one) to contribute to their collection for area food pantries. This will be an energetic and uplifting time. Don't miss it.

The Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center is a beautiful, modern facility. It is holding an open house for the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. 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 www.casdfalcons.org.

The Carnegie Free Library received a Keystone Grant for $150,000 last week. That is such wonderful news. Now the roof and windows can be fixed, and many who love the library can breathe a sigh of relief.

The CAHS Patriots have mailed more than 1,100 letters to celebrities asking for donations for its upcoming auction. If you know anyone famous, or slightly famous, or a talented artist, author or other, ask them to donate something special to this group of student volunteers. The packages they send to deployed military really make a difference to those serving far away from home. You can always send a monetary donation, too, to help with the cost of mailing. The packages they will assemble soon will reach the servicemen and women by Easter. The address is: CAHS Patriots Inc. 201 Falcon Drive, Connellsville, PA 15425. The auction will be held May 2 at the Connellsville Elks with a preview at 5:30 p.m. and the auction at 6 p.m.

South Connellsville VFD will hold a hoagie sale on Saturday. Firefighters will be located throughout the borough selling the hoagies with proceeds benefiting the fire department. They appreciate your support.

Do you have your tickets to see “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” at the Connellsville Area Senior High School yet? You will get to enjoy it in the newly remodeled auditorium. Performances are March 7-10.

The following weekend you can enjoy the Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School production of “Les Miserables” March 15-17 in the State Theater.

Do you know what a snarfblat is? You'll have to go to the Connellsville Junior High musical “The Little Mermaid Jr.” March 22-24 to find out!

Joseph Borytsky Jr. will demonstrate the art of pisanki at ArtWorks Gallery from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 2. This is a free event. Soap making with Joy Faith will also be taught there that day; it will be a busy place. For more information, visit www.artworksconnellsville.org to find out about other interesting events planned.

Save the dates, details to come, May 5 and 11.

The Lenten lunches held at noon each Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church are a very special hour of fellowship for our community. Everyone is welcome. Today the lunch, including dessert, is being provided by the church. The speaker is Will Hough of First Baptist Church. On Feb. 26, lunch will be provided by Calvary Assembly of God, and the speaker will be the Rev. Bob Lubic of the Connellsville Catholic community. A free-will offering is collected. The programs are sponsored by the Connellsville Area Ministerial Association and last for an hour.

Harold Betters will perform at the Monte Carlo Night fundraiser in the State Theater from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27. For tickets call 724-439-1360.

King Solomon's Lodge presented Grand Lodge Masonic Service Emblems at a recent award ceremony in the new building on Route 982. The 60-year Masonic Service Emblem was presented to Alex K. Tinker Jr., who was initiated Feb. 6, 1953; William H. Bane, who was initiated April 7, 1953; Frederick R. Robbins Jr., who was initiated June 2, 1953; and Lewis M. Lynn, who was initiated Nov. 3, 1953. Fifty-year Masonic Service Emblems were presented to John B. Truxel, initiated Feb. 6, 1963; Daniel W. Firestone, who was initiated May 14, 1963; and Charles Herbert Ellis Jr., who was initiated June 11, 1963. The 25-year Masonic Service Emblem was presented Paul E. Truxel III, P.M., Timothy L. Truxel and William L. Gallentine.

A spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the Dawson-Vanderbilt Lions, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3 in the Brownfield Community Center, Dawson. Cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger. Takeout will be available.

Stop in at Atkins Music Center to see the great beginner acoustic guitar package deals. There are also excellent instructors there to get you started.

Highlands Hospital Club is selling tickets for chances on Longaberger baskets, pottery and other Longaberger items. Proceeds will benefit the hospital. Tickets are $25, which includes a luncheon at noon March 2 in Pleasant Valley Country Club. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. You need not be present to win. This is the club's annual fundraiser. Call Donna at 724-628-5575 to find out more.

Club members also will sell raffle chances on Longaberger baskets and their contents in the lobby of Highlands Hospital daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Today and each Tuesday, Lenten lunches at the Presbyterian Church; Friday, fish lunch/dinner at Connellsville Township VFD and every Friday through Lent; Saturday and Sunday, “Annie Jr.” at the Community Center; Feb. 27, Harold Betters in the State Theater; March 3, spaghetti dinner in Brownfield; March 7-10, CAHS musical; March 8, Coffee House at the Christian Church; March 9, FRIENDS book sale; March 15-17, Geibel musical; March 22, Rivers Casino bus trip; March 22-24, CJH musical; and March 30, YRTC race.

If you have a local upcoming event that you would like mentioned in this column, email it well in advance so I can include it at crisliphenry@gmail.com.

Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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