ArtWorks book-signing event features illustrator Tremba, author Etheridge Sr.
The book-signing event at ArtWorks from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday will feature Johnny Tremba who illustrated his sister Danika's book, “Imagination Stew,” and will give everyone a chance to see the creativity of the siblings. The poems are funny and the art is really colorful. Johnny also has some individual illustrations on display. Emile Etheridge Sr., author of “I was mad at God” and “Good Coach / Bad Coach,” will also be there.
The By Faith Ministries Community Fishing Derby will be held Saturday. If you didn't pre-register, you must bring cash to sign up that day. There will be a $3 kids fishing pond, too. This is a one-day event with a unique exception. If anyone who is registered for the days' event catches one of the tagged fish up until July 27, the dollar amount will still be paid. The five tagged trout will be $25, $100, $200, $300 and $500. The fishing derby will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $15. Cash prizes will be awarded. Anyone over the age of 16 years must have a valid fishing license. For more information, call 724-628-9520.
The Connellsville Lions Club is holding its sixth annual rabies clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lions Square. The cost is $10 per pet. Please bring all dogs and cats on leashes or in a carrier. Dr. Howard Markle Jr. is the veterinarian.
It's time to sign up if you are participating in the Community Yard Sales In Connellsville and Dunbar on May 4 or South Connellsville on May 11. Each community has had success with the yard sales each spring with a great variety of items set out at prices that allow bargain hunters to have good days of shopping. Organizers have noted merchandise from toys to outdoor furniture, clothes, tools and sporting equipment will be some of the many items families will offer. Often several neighbors join together and have a selection of clothes in all sizes, baby items and furniture, too.
Large trash pickup day by the garbage company will be May 11 for the city and May 15 for South Connellsville.
What a great variety of interesting items there are ready to be sold at the CAHS Patriots Auction on May 2, including four Pirate tickets from Bud Murphy's, two tickets to the Eight Man Jam donated by Y108 and tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony. Remember, all donations are tax deductible.
The Finley's Fighters branch of the RDH12 Fund for Sight recently received a generous donation from the Verizon NPD-SRC office located in Greensburg. In March, the office group decided to have a charity event. Charities were submitted by the workers for one to be randomly chosen. Finley's Fighters was entered in the drawing by Tish Cramer from Indian Head and was chosen as the designated charity. A bulletin board was created to promote Finley's Fighters and money was raised by allowing people to either dress down for work or for eat-at-your-desk days. Because of the benevolent and giving hearts of this staff, $765 was raised and donated to the RDH12 Fund for Sight. This donation came at a perfect time since money is now needed to prepare for entrance into the Clinical Trials for the cure of RDH12 affected Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (Finley's disease). Finley is the daughter of Mathew and Jennifer Pletcher of Littleton, Mass., and granddaughter of Ben and Sally Pletcher of Indian Head and Ted and Phyllis Kovall of Connellsville. Donations are always welcome. For more information, visit www.rdh12.org or www.finleyfighters.com.
Connellsville Area Garden Club is looking for metal mailboxes. If you have one you can donate, please let a member know. The Geranium Festival vendor list is growing; if you would like to set up at the May 25 event, call 724-626-1445 to complete a registration form.
Cait Cuneo will perform at the Porter Theater on June 29. The event is sponsored by the Connellsville Recreation Board; there will be more details to come.
The Fayette County Cultural Trust is busy planning the second annual Golden Reunion to be held May 26, starting at 1 p.m. at East Park. Currently Michael Edwards and Corrine Shields are seeking updated information on classmates from 1930s up through the 1960s. If you are the class representative and know of class members who have moved or are no longer with us, please send that information to firstname.lastname@example.org. And this year you can register for the weekend's events by going to www.fayettetrust.org and clicking on the Symposium link. If you prefer to pay with a check, a form can be printed out and sent to Fayette County Cultural Trust, 139 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425. The fee for the catered picnic luncheon is $25; the day will feature the Wally Gingers Band. Be sure to encourage your out-of-town classmates to come back for the reunion.
The Connellsville Area All Star Chorus has a couple of performances coming up that director Gayle Cuneo would like to share. The chorus' spring concert is slated for 7 p.m. May 13 in the Connellsville Area Junior High auditorium. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. On May 15, the All Star Chorus will be on its “World Tour” visiting both C.N. Pritts and Zachariah Connell Elementary schools. They will present an interactive concert at the schools, in addition to the selections and soloists from their spring concert. The All Stars will enjoy lunch at Rock Starz and dessert at Lynn's Dairy Queen. The singers are really looking forward to this special performance week and hope to see all of the community come out for the concert. It will be a delight for all.
The Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center held an assembly as part of a fund-raising event for Childhood Cancer Research, St. Baldrick's Foundation. This school-wide event was coordinated by Ron Barry, protective services instructor. Cosmetology instructor Trudy Nicholson and several of her students were shaving heads of students and staff volunteers who have raised over $1,000, exceeding their goal. Log onto www.stbaldricks.org and type Connellsville CTC in the search box to find out more.
A spaghetti / rigatoni dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. May 18 at the Mill Run Fire Hall. It is a fundraiser for the Wendy Burkholder Leichliter transplant expenses. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12; children age 3 and younger eat free. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance from any family member. The meal includes salad, vegetable, roll and butter, dessert, coffee, punch or water. Takeout will be available. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prize awarded — the winner does not need to be present.
The Highlands Hospital Auxiliary is holding a basket sale now through May 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the hospital lobby. Winners will be drawn at the annual fashion show at noon May 11 at Morrell Volunteer Fire Department, Route 119, with Fashions by Phyllis, a luncheon and Chinese auction. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets for the show can be purchased by calling Dorothy at 724-628-1416 or from any auxiliary member.
The Carnegie Free Library Board of Directors is selling to the highest bidder three wooden card catalogs and upright pianos. Bids must be submitted in writing to the library. Casey Sirochman, director, said that since it is the library's birthday they are going to extend the deadline until April 30, but the items have to be out by May 3. The winning bidders must be fully responsible for hauling the card catalog units and pianos away during normal library business hours. For more information, call Sirochman at 724-628-1380.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: April 27, book signings at ArtWorks, fishing derby and rabies clinic at Lions Square; May 2, CAHS Patriots Auction at Elks; May 4, Community Yard Sale in Connellsville and Dunbar; May 5, 110th Birthday Celebration at library and Molinaro Band Concert at Porter Theater; May 11, South Connellsville Community Yard Sale, large trash pick-up in city and Abilene at South Connellsville VFD; May 13, All Star Chorus Concert; May 15, large trash pick-up in South Connellsville; May 18, city-wide cleanup, and spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Mill Run fire hall; May 24, symposium; May 25, Geranium Festival; May 26, Golden Reunion; May 27, Memorial Day Parade in Connellsville; June 10, Lions Kids Fest; June 13 to 15, Connellsville Township VFD Fun Fest; June 23, Lions Square Summer Concert with Nashville Past; June 29, Art on the Yough; June 29 and 30, Braddock's Crossing; and June 30, Lions Square Summer Concert with Sugar Mountain.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.