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Egg art demonstration, soap making class planned

| Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Saturday is the Polish drop and pull egg art demonstration at ArtWorks Gallery and Learning Center. You can observe Joe Borytsky as he designs goose and duck eggs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Also on Saturday you can learn how to make your own soap with Joy Faith. This class requires pre-registration; call 724-320-6392.

The Fayette Hoops Festival starts 2 p.m. Tuesday with a skills competition at Penn State Fayette The Eberly Campus. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, a parade starts in front of the courthouse in Uniontown with many of the teams participating. At the same time, dozens of vendors will be set up in the Fayette Building if you would like to do some shopping. A Monte Carlo Night featuring entertainment by Harold Betters and DJ Mark Rafail will also be held in the State Theatre.

Saturday morning, Highlands Hospital is sponsoring the USCAA 5-K Run and Walk at the Community Building at Penn State Fayette. There are nice prizes and a lollipop race for kids. For more information, visit at

A free youth basketball clinic will also be held Saturday morning, but registration must be made in advance because space is limited; email at Ryan.Ehrie@theuscaa. Thousands of people will be in our area this week to attend these USCAA national championship games.

Who knows what this means? I didn't. “The Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville, Pennsylvania Board of Trustees extend to every current and future patron a cordial invitation to be present at the exercises attendant upon the library's 110th birthday celebration on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.” The odd part was the wording on the original invitation to the opening of the library in 1903 — it means you're all invited!

TOPS meetings are being held 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Dunbar Community Library. Everyone is welcome.

The Rotary Club of Connellsville Annual Pancake and Sausage Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at Otterbein Church. Tickets are $5 per person from any Rotarian or at the door. Children age 5 and younger eat free. Everyone is welcome.

The Christian Church of Connellsville “Coffee House and Open Mic” is held the second Friday of each month, October through May, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nominally priced specialty coffees, lattes and desserts are available. There is no cover charge; the open mic music participation is by those in attendance choosing to do so. The church is located at 212 S. Pittsburgh St.

A special episode of the primetime variety show Going LIVE with FCTV, sponsored by the Fayette County Buy Local Network and Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology, was filmed in the Porter Theater on Feb. 15, following the Connellsville Area High School Musical preview. The episode featured performances by the spring musical casts from both Connellsville Area High School and Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School, directed by Henry Molinaro and Nick Bell, respectively. Guests also included Mayor Charles Matthews and Councilman Gregory “Matty” Rich, representing the Connellsville Community Center; Michael Edwards of Fayette County Cultural Trust; Will Prince of the Progress Fund/Trail Town Program; Ted Kovall of Yough River Trail Council; Drew Smith of the John P. Murtha Wellness Center at Highlands Hospital; and pianist Levi Graft of the Sammy Brooks Band. For the next two weeks, the episode will be broadcast at 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Sundays on Atlantic Broadband's cable channel 77. It will also air on cable partners in Bethel Park, Erie and Pittsburgh, reaching a grand total of more than 420,000 households. Fayette County residents who do not receive Atlantic Broadband cable may access an archive of the program at

Casey Sirochman, Carnegie Free Library director, sent this fun invitation: “Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday at the Carnegie Free Library during Preschool Storytime on March 6 from 11 a.m. to noon. For the past five years, the library has celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday with a special story hour of reading a Dr. Seuss book or two and hosting a birthday celebration. This year, we have an extra special treat as a local pediatrician or doctor will read a Dr. Seuss book during our story hour. Guest reader, Dr. Thaer Almalouf will entertain the children with his presentation of Dr. Seuss' ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.'

“Dr. Almalour completed his pediatric residency at Brooklyn Hospital in 1998. Since 2000, he has been in practice with Pediatric Associates of Westmoreland which has locations in Greensburg, Irwin, Mt. Pleasant, Connellsville and Jeanette. He has served as Special Care Nursery Direct for over five years at Westmoreland Hospital and has used his understanding of the needs of the children and their families to build a new state-of-the-art facility to serve all children in the area. He feels privileged to be a part of the lives of the children in the community and enjoys watching them grow along the way. Following the story will be a Dr. Seuss-themed craft, coloring sheet and game. And no birthday celebration would be complete without birthday cake and treats! A Dr. Seuss-themed door prize will also be awarded.

“All children are welcome to attend. Call 724-628-1380, check us out on Facebook or on our website, or stop in at the Carnegie Free Library, 299 S. Pittsburgh St. Come sing happy birthday to Dr. Seuss with us,” Sirochman said.

Think spring with these ideas from several of our local merchants. Hobby's n' Stuff has kites, model rockets, radio control airplanes and helicopters, radio control cars, nitro and electric and balsa and foam airplanes. You'll find a lot of fun things to do when you stop in there at 119 W. Crawford Ave. Pat's Bridal Boutique has 2013 prom gowns discounted now. There are storewide spring sales to celebrate the store's anniversary. Mother of the bride and bridesmaids dresses, selected groupings, are on sale and they are so pretty. Pat's also has some beautiful bridal gowns for $99. The specialty shop is located at 119 W. Crawford Ave. The Coocoo's Nest has spring decor for inside and out, wooden stars, chairs and light posts, many one-of-a-kind items. Patriotic and holiday theme creations, too. They are located in the Village Plaza near Pizza King.

Highlands Hospital Club is selling tickets for chances on Longaberger baskets, pottery and other Longaberger items; the proceeds will benefit the hospital. The tickets need to be purchased in advance. The $25 luncheon is Saturday at the Pleasant Valley Country Club; doors open at 11 a.m., lunch is 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 will be also be selling raffle chances on Longaberger baskets and their contents in the lobby at Highlands Hospital daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Margaret Zylka House, attorney-at-law, recently welcomed a new associate. Candice J. Raymond, attorney-at-law, will be located at the Zylka House office at 815 A. Memorial Boulevard. Stop in and say hello.

Bill “Powerhouse” Hughes, who will be wrestling at the Geibel fundraiser on March 9 was talking about the Last Man Standing bout he had with Scott Fowler. He explained that it was much like when we hear athletes talk about “being in the zone.” He was that night and sensed it when he got into the arena. “Once the match started, everything seemed like it was going in slow motion. The crowd reacted to everything we did, and unless someone has been in the zone, it is so hard to explain,” he said.

Tickets are on sale now by calling 724-628-5600. He stresses that it is most definitely a kid-friendly, family-oriented event.

Tickets are on sale now for the Connellsville Junior High production of Disney's “Little Mermaid Jr.” Performances will be held 7 p.m. March 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. March 24. This is a wonderful story with beautiful costumes and sets that will delight children and adults of all ages. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the junior high in front of the auditorium from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Tickets are on sale at the State Theater box office for the Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School production of “Les Miserables,” scheduled for March 15 to 17. All tickets are $10. You can purchase tickets by calling 724-439-1360. Tickets will also be sold before each performance at the door.

I've been lucky enough to attend two previews of the CAHS musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” These kids are so talented and so enthusiastic. I hope everyone will go to see it at least once. It's the kind of show that has so much going on you will notice even more if you go back a second time. Ticket prices are very reasonable, $10 Thursday night and $12 Friday through Sunday. Some of the seniors have participated in every production since their junior high years and they'll be sad to see it end. They always talk about the fun they have even with all the hard work and keeping up with classes. They make new friends and have lifelong memories. This show was performed 17 years ago, too. So if you know anyone who was in it then, encourage them to go see it this time.

A Spring Sock Hop will be held at the Connellsville Community Center from 7 to 10 p.m. April 6. You're asked to bring your yearbook and share your memories. There will be music, dancing and refreshments. Tickets are $5 each or $7 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at the center daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Lori at the center at 724-626-0300. The memorial patio bricks are being sold and in addition to that, there are plans for Memorabilia Walls located throughout the building. Anyone who would like to donate past yearbooks, class sweaters, photos or trophies is asked to contact the office. A flea market will be held Saturday at the Community Center. Call ahead to reserve your spot; cost is $10 each, call 724-626-0300.

The Book Collection Day on Groundhog Day was very successful with bags and boxes being delivered right up to closing time. The FRIENDS of the Library is so appreciative of everyone who braved the cold snowy day to drop off books to be recycled.

Since then, members have been working hard to organize all the books into zones such as fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography, children's, spiritual, tweens, supernatural, health, cookbooks, romance, art, languages, travel and dozens more categories. There are also sections with books on tape, CDs, VHS and large print books. Patrons can go directly to their favorite zones to gather popular selections and continue to stroll and find unexpected treasures at the Spring Book Sale on March 9. That day you can fill a plastic bag with all your favorites for $5. Also on sale are large FRIENDS canvas bags for $8 and you can fill it up for free. Members encourage everybody to please mark their calendar for March 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and come join the fun. All year long the FRIENDS will celebrate the 110th Anniversary of the Carnegie Free Library. Anniversary cake and coffee will be served to all the earlybirds. This is a great event to meet old friends and make new ones.

Bedtime Stories at Carnegie Free Library are sponsored by: Pinky Toes Child Care & Development Center and are held from 6 to 7 p.m. every Monday, March 4, 11, 18 and 25. There will be crafts and activities, stories, songs and rhymes, cookies and milk. Also “Dig Into Reading” preschool storytime is held at 11 a.m. every Wednesday through May 8. A Vintage Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held 1 p.m. March 16 at the library and is being sponsored by FRIENDS. Donation is $20.

A spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Dawson-Vanderbilt Lions will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brownfield Community Center, Dawson. Cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 6 to 12; children age 5 and younger eat free. Take-out will be available.

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. 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, arriving at Rivers at 6 and departing at 11. There will be fun games on the bus. Reserve your seat now by contacting Phyllis at 724-628-6078 or email at

The Yough River Trail Council will hold the 19th annual spring race March 30 beginning at 9 a.m. A one-mile fun run has been added. In case any family member wants to participate while you are in your race, the 5-K Run and Walk (3.1 miles), a 10-K Run (6.2 miles) and a 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 members appreciate the support of the community and those who come from long distances to participate. Entry forms are at

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Tuesday and each Tuesday, Lenten lunches, Presbyterian Church; Fridays during Lent, fish lunch/dinner Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department; Wednesday, Harold Betters at State Theater; Sunday, spaghetti dinner at Brownfield; March 7-10, CAHS musical; March 8, Coffee House at Christian Church; March 9, FRIENDS Book Sale at library and pro wrestling at Geibel; March 15-17, Geibel musical; March 16, Vintage Fashion Show at library; March 22, Rivers Casino bus trip; March 22-24, CJH musical; March 30, YRTC Race; May 2, CAHS Patriots auction at Elks; and May 5, 110th birthday celebration of the library.

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

Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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