Fayette County Fair to kick off on Thursday
This is when you know summer is flying by: The Fayette County Fair starts Thursday. Wednesday is the last day to buy advance admission tickets, which saves several dollars per ticket. You can get them at Armstrong and Davies Ford in Connellsville, Sweet Peas in Vanderbilt, First Niagara Bank in Laurel Mall and the fair office on Pechin Road. The first weekend has great acts booked, including The Clarks with guest Tres Lads in the Chevron Outdoor Arena on Friday night; Parmalee with opening act Clare Dunn in the Indoor Arena on Saturday night; and the Fabulous Hubcaps on Sunday night. Of course, there is all the great fair food, carnival rides and games, demolition derbies, 4-H members with their animals and so much more. This event brings about 100,000 people through the gates in 10 days, and that's remarkable. For information and schedules, check out the ad in the paper everyday. The website is www.fayettefair.com.
• The walk to be held Sunday at Central Fellowship Church is called Light the Way. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., and the walk will start at 8 p.m. in the church parking lot. Organizers are hoping for a good turnout; it's for a cause that has affected many people. This is not a race; it is simply a walk through Connellsville with participants collecting sponsors of any amount in advance. All proceeds from the walk will be divided between the National Foundation for Cancer Research and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Even if you can't walk, stop by and show your support with a donation. There will be refreshments and a bounce house by Hip Hop Hooray to enjoy throughout the evening.
• Finley's Fighters 5-K, 10-K walk/run and one-mile fun run/walk early registration is $20 a person or $55 per family by Aug. 14. Race shirts are not guaranteed for registrants after that date. Pre-registration includes participation in either race, a shirt, personalized braille bookmark and lunch. Race-day registration is $25 a person or $65 a family and includes lunch and a shirt, if available. Make checks payable to RDH12 Fund For Sight and mail with registration form to Phyllis Kovall, 1231 Sycamore St., Connellsville, PA 15425.
• Auditions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 29 and 30 in Porter Theater for “Fiddler on the Roof” to be presented Sept. 19 to 22 in that beautifully renovated venue. Michael Rohlf, director, and Tricia Rohlf, producer, encourage people of any age to audition, including musicians. For more information, call 724-785-2248.
• Charles Lowery Productions sent this information. His company will be presenting a “Christmas Extravaganza” featuring dancers, singers and all other performing talents. Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 by appointment only in Connellsville Community Center Porter Theater. The show is scheduled to take the stage there the first weekend in December. To schedule your audition or for more information, call Charles Lowery at 724-562-4585 or Lori Kosisko at 724-626-0300.
• Bruner Insurance is running a food drive for the Connellsville Area Community Ministries food pantry. Stop at Bruner Insurance at 546 Morrell Ave. with a nonperishable food item (or more) and be entered for a chance to win a $100 Sheetz gift card. The food pantry serves nearly 350 families each month and appreciates the support.
• Woodruff runners and walkers who did not stay for awards can pick up their trophies by calling 724-628-4326.
• This is an event that is in the early planning stages and is expected to be big, possibly including a haunted house and a professional film crew. “The Running Dead, A Zombie Run” will be held Oct. 26. To keep up with plans, visit www.facebook.com/connellsvillezombies. Organizers are looking for volunteers and participants.
• The next few Sunday nights at Lions Square feature some popular entertainment that you won't want to miss. Sunday is the Molinaro Band as it continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary, followed Aug. 4 by Del Sols and Aug. 11, the New High Ryder Band. Hopefully, you've all been there enjoying the free concerts. Remember, the Lions members open their refreshment stand each week and sell Lions brooms that are so popular. Tell them thanks for providing these nice Sunday evening events.
• Conn-Area Catholic School is selling a calendar ticket for the month of August. The cost of the ticket is $10 — each ticket has two, three-digit numbers drawn on the Pennsylvania Daily Number at 7 p.m. You have a chance to win 31 times in August, with cash prizes ranging from $50 to $200. For tickets, call the school at 724-628-5090 or stop in the school office.
• The Farmers Market coupon flier has savings from El Canelo Mexican Restaurant, M&M Club House, Peanut's Pizza and others. Be sure to pick one up 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. And don't forget to use your Buy Local card there to save $5 if you are one of the first 20 to arrive.
• The 30th annual AG Montessori-Phil Foley 5-K Run/Walk and Children's 1⁄2-mile Fun Run (ages 2-11, 9 a.m. start) will be held at Yough River Trail at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10. All pre-registered participants receive a T-shirt. Walk-ups will be accepted on the day of the event. For more information, email Jes Hutson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-430-4100, ext. 4886.
• The Connellsville Area School District Falcon Foundation will hold its fourth annual Night Time Golf Outing on Aug. 17 at Donegal Highlands Golf Course.The cost is $65 per player. It will be a four-person scramble, nine-hole event. Registration and dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 9 p.m. Every golfer will receive a door prize. Those who are interested in playing in this year's outing, call John Ellis at 724-628-8832 or email email@example.com
• Yoga On The Yough is held 9 to 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting. The Saturday class is a donation class, which benefits FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library. Bring your mat and water.
• Bedtime Stories sponsored by Connellsville Area Preschool will be held at Carnegie Free Library at 5 p.m. every Monday in August. There is no charge. Activities will include crafts, stories, songs, rhymes, cookies and milk.
• A Parkinson Disease Support Group meeting will be held in Carnegie Free Library 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 23. It is for those diagnosed with Parkinson disease, their caregivers, family members and friends. David Von Hofen with the National Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania will be the presenter.
• Ceane O'Hanlon-Lincoln will present “Enchanted Elements” at ArtWorks at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6. She will speak about the healing properties of gemstones used for centuries by people in cultures all across the globe for their healing, protective and revitalizing energies, in addition to being worn for their beauty.
“The Native Americans, for instance, have always held turquoise in high esteem, not only for its beautiful color that represents the sky/heaven, but for the energies contained within this semi-precious stone,” she said.
• Aug. 6 is National Night Out. Connellsville is among about 100 Pennsylvania communities taking part in this celebration. You can sponsor a block party in your neighborhood, hold a cookout, organize a flashlight walk, hold a neighborhood youth program — it's up to you. It's a wonderful opportunity for communities to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to stopping crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination that help make neighborhoods a safer place year-round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention success and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days, said Dan Cocks. If you and your neighbors would like to take part in Connellsville's National Night Out, let Cocks know of your activity and location so you can be put on the list of celebrations.
• Connellsville Crime Watch meetings will be the second Wednesday of each month in city hall starting at 5:30 p.m. The first half- hour will feature guest speakers. Those who are scheduled include Cindy Hanzes, Crime Stoppers of Fayette County, Aug. 14; Thomas Zabielski, Guardian Home Security, Sept. 11; and Jen Soisson, Domestic Violence Services of Fayette County, Oct. 9.
• Downtown Connellsville committees are busy organizing the annual Mum Festival to be held Sept. 7. If you, your group, organization, church, etc., would like to set up to sell food or crafts, reserve a vendor spot online at www.downtownconnellsville.org, and click on the calendar of events.
• Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: July 25 to Aug. 3, Fayette County Fair; Saturday, scrapbook and card-making in the community center; Sunday, Light The Way Cancer Walk, Central Fellowship Church, and Molinaro Band at Lions Square; Aug. 3, Summer Jam Music Fest in East Park; Aug. 4, Del Sols in Lions Square; Aug. 8, Lynn Dairy Queens DQ Miracle Treat Day; Aug. 10, Phil Foley 5-K Run and South Connellsville Flea Market; and Aug. 11, The New High Ryder Band in Lions Square.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting, Yoga in Yough Park. Each Wednesday night, weather permitting, Scott C's Cruize-In at Rock Starz. Every Saturday morning is the farmers market.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.