Lions Square Summer Concert Series moves into final weeks
As the Lions Square Summer Concert Series moves into the final five weeks of the schedule, try to get there if you haven't made it yet. There have been good crowds, food, music, and mostly good weather. Del Sols will be on stage at the gazebo with classic rock and oldies from the 1960s and up this Sunday. Lions members will be selling Domino's Pizza, nachos and cheese, popcorn, ice cream and more. Bring your chair and enjoy this free event, 7-9 p.m.
On Thursday and Friday, Breakneck Church of God members will hold their annual flea market, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall. They have held it every year for more than 20 years. It is a popular event with a bake sale and breakfast, and lunch for sale, too. Breakfast, eggs, bacon and toast will be served from 7-10:30 a.m. and lunch is after 9 a.m.; you can eat there or take out. Large homemade cinnamon rolls are 75 cents, coffee and tea are 50 cents. Lunch is homemade vegetable or ham and lima bean soup and hot dogs with or without sauerkraut or homemade barbecue ham or kolbassi, plain, with kraut or with peppers and onions. Everything is held indoors and there is plenty of parking. Proceeds go for maintenance of the fellowship hall. “Flea market items for sale include household items, dishes, glasses, tools, toys, clothes for babies, children and adults, a few antiques, all kinds of things, a great variety. There is no charge to come in,” said Doris Sparks, Church member and event organizer.
Connellsville Chapter #247 Order of the Eastern Star members will hold its second annual outdoor Farmers Market (rain or shine) on Aug. 4 at the Pleasant Valley Masonic Hall on Route 982. It will coincide with the Masons Open House from 1-5 p.m. There will be lots of fresh-picked vegetables, crafts, baked goods and more. They encourage everyone to come out and support this project. You can also find out more about becoming part of the Masonic Brotherhood and tour the Masonic Hall. Last year's Worthy Matron Karen Copera started the project. This year's Worthy Matron Sharon Smith is continuing it.
From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Carnegie Free Library will hold “An Evening of Beauty,” featuring Earth's Beauty, a natural cosmetics product line. Rose Bloom, event host, will educate consumers on the chemical and natural ingredients in cosmetics. She will demonstrate the products and provide samples. The products will be available for purchase as well. The event will take place in the board room. Contact Bloom at 724-626-7317 for more information.
Remember, a health literacy event will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the library. It's the initial meeting of the Parkinson's Disease Support Group. The group is open to those with Parkinson disease as well as caregivers, family and friends. David Von Hofen, with the National Parkinson Foundation Western PA, will present information on Parkinson disease. For more information, he can be reached at 412-837-2542.
“Bedtime Stories,” sponsored by Connellsville Area Preschool, will be held at the library 5 p.m. every Monday in August. There is no charge. Activities will include crafts, stories, songs, rhymes, cookies and milk.
Thank you to Tuffy Shallenberger, who is taking on the daunting task of redoing the Aaron's Building. As we all know, it has needed to be rescued for a long time and I can't think of anyone better for the job than Tuffy.
There are two free movie nights left for this summer. They have all been held by the Connellsville Recreation Board thanks to local sponsors. On Friday night, the movie is “Despicable Me,” a computer-animated 3-D family comedy sponsored by the Catholic Community of Connellsville. Then, be sure to be at East Park on Aug. 23 for the pep rally to kick off football season followed by “Little Giants,” sponsored by Bud Murphy's.
Finley's Fighters 5K, 10K walk/run and one mile fun run/walk and picnic will be held Aug. 24 at Yough Park, with all proceeds going to benefit Finley's RDH12 Fund for Sight foundation. The day will include the races, beautiful basket raffles, a signed Malkin Penguin jersey, delicious lunch, bounce house, face painting, tractor rides and hair feathers and games for kids. Early registration is $20 per 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 book mark, and lunch. Race day registration is $25 a person or $65 a family and includes lunch and a shirt. Make checks payable to RDH12 Fund For Sight and mail along with registration form to Phyllis Kovall, 1231 Sycamore St., Connellsville PA 15425. I always tell people to support the event just so they can eat some of the delicious cookies that are served with lunch! Finley will be there, too.
Walk-in auditions are being held 6-9 p.m. today at the Porter Theater for “Fiddler On The Roof,” to be presented Sept. 19-22 in that beautifully renovated venue. Michael Rohlf, director, and Tricia Rohlf, producer, encourage everyone of any age to audition, including musicians. For more information, call them at 724-785-2248.
Charles Lowery Productions will be presenting a “Christmas Extravaganza,” featuring dancers, singers and all other performing talents. Auditions are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 by appointment only at the Connellsville Community Center Porter Theater. The show is scheduled to take the stage there the first weekend in December to coincide with Downtown Connellsville's “It's a Connellsville Christmas.” To schedule your audition or for more information, call Lowery at 724-562-4585 or Lori Kosisko at 724-626-0300.
A recent shopper at ArtWorks was from Moscow. He bought a Connellsville magnet. So just think, somewhere in Russia there is a Connellsville magnet hanging on a refrigerator!
The Mighty Falcon Marching Band has simultaneous events going on Saturday — a car wash at Auto Zone in Martin's Plaza and a big yard sale at the Comet Drive-In, both are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., so you know there are a lot of volunteers involved to help the students raise money for their trip.
The Fayette County Fair will be over for another year on Saturday night, and since it is held so close to Connellsville, everyone should try to support it. If you haven't been there, just take the drive to Dunbar Township and enjoy the fun. The family area has great entertainment including pig races, frisbee dogs, a petting zoo and more. Barney of Mayberry will bring back memories. There are demo derbies tonight and Saturday, monster trucks and quad races Wednesday night, 4-H livestock to see and commercial buildings with interesting displays of talents and products. The Hillbilly Way with guest Vanessa Campagna will perform in the indoor arena at 7 p.m. Saturday. All the information was in a special section of the Daily Courier last week. Maybe you saved it. If not, go to www.fayettefair.com or call 724-628-3247.
Wednesday is the pre-registration deadline for the 30th annual AG Montessori-Phil Foley 5K Run/Walk and Children's 1⁄2 mile Fun Run (ages 2-11, 9 a.m. start) to 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, contact Jes Hutson at email@example.com or 724-430-4100, ext. 4886.
A free back-to-school clothing giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Trinity Lutheran Church social room, 126 E. Fairview Ave. This is for students in the Connellsville Area School District in kindergarten through 12th grades. You will need proof of residence. These are brand-new clothes and backpacks with the tags still on, the Willing Workers ladies group and other church members shop all year long to purchase nice things for the kids.
The Connellsville Area School District Falcon Foundation will hold its 4th annual Night Time Golf Outing on Aug. 17 at Donegal Highlands Golf Course. Golfers use glow-in-the-dark-golf balls. 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, please contact John Ellis at 724-628-8832 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In early May, the Believe In Connellsville group asked businesses and residents to show their patriotism by displaying red, white and blue decor and Old Glory. I've noticed some very nice displays, including Marcia's Silhouette Salon, Donna Evans Realty, Atkin's Music Center, Country Stylin', Endless Style Salon and inside at PNC Bank. Let me know if there are others to mention. And thanks to Believe In Connellsville members for their ongoing clean-up efforts around town.
Spa Faces has this promotion going on through Wednesday: When using your Buy Local card, you can print out these coupons at www.buylocalfayette.org to get a free Spa Faces signature massage upgrade ($60) for the price of the Swedish massage ($50), or a free anti-aging hand treatment with any 50-minute facial. Limit one per customer.
Karen Hechler sent this good news. Apple dumplings will be available a little early this year. Members of the Connellsville Presbyterian Church, located at 711 S. Pittsburgh St., are taking orders Aug. 5 for pickup on Aug. 6. The cost is $3.50 per dumpling. Call the church at 724-628-3704 to place your orders. Next week, when actual baking begins, if the signs are out on the sidewalk, you can purchase any extra dumplings that are available.
From 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, West Overton Village & Museums will host its second Wednesdays at West Overton. This month will feature a collection of ceramic art by Dianne Pyda and live entertainment by Blues Passport. She is also the founder of the West Overton Art Club, which will meet for the first time today from 6-9 p.m. The club will meet monthly and offer three fun hours of networking with fellow artists, sharing creative ideas and working on new masterpieces. All artists and aspiring artists are welcome and should bring their own supplies to the meeting. Advance registration is not required. There is not a fee to participate, but donations are welcome. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Pyda at 724-423-5013.
Bruner Insurance Agency is holding a nonperishable food drive to provide food for the Connellsville Area Community Ministries Food Pantry. Stop at Bruner Insurance, 546 Morrell Ave., to drop off your donation and be entered for a chance to win a $100 Sheetz gift card. Connellsville Area Community Ministries 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.
“The Running Dead, A Zombie Run” will be held Oct. 26 in Connellsville. To keep up with the plans, go to their Facebook page (connellsvillezombies). Organizers are looking for volunteers and participants.
Conn-Area Catholic School is selling a calendar ticket for the month of August. Cost of the ticket is $10. Each ticket has two three-digit numbers drawn on the PA Daily Number at 7 p.m. You have a chance to win 31 times in August, cash prizes ranging from $50 to $200. For tickets, call the school at 724-628-5090 or stop at the school office.
The Farmers Market coupon flyer has savings from West Side Jewelry, Riverwalk Antiques, La Boheme and others. Be sure to pick one up Saturday mornings, 8 a.m.- noon. And don't forget to use your Buy Local card there to save $5 if you are one of the first 20 to arrive.
DQ Miracle Treat Day at Lynn Dairy Queens is Aug. 8 when $1 from every Blizzard sold is donated to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. What a delicious way to help a good cause!
The South Connellsville Flea Market is Aug. 10 at the playground. There is no charge to sellers or buyers. It is open to everyone. For more information, call 412-582-2342.
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 precious gemstones, used for centuries by people in different cultures all across the globe for their healing energies, protective energies, and their 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,” said O'Hanlon-Lincoln.
Aug. 6 is also “National Night Out.” Connellsville is registered with about 100 other 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 nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie. The night celebrates safety and strong neighborhoods. If you and your neighbors would like to take part in Connellsville's “National Night Out,” register your event by calling Dan at ArtWorks, 724-320-6392, so you can be put on the list of celebrations.
Connellsville Summer Jam Music Fest will be held Saturday at East Park. It is an all-day, all-ages event from noon until 9 p.m. Up to 15 bands are expected. Tickets are available by calling 724-217-4879 or 724-425-6734.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Now through Saturday, Fayette County Fair; Aug. 1, 2, flea market at Breakneck Church of God; Aug. 2, East Park “Despicable Me;” Aug. 3, Falcon Band car wash and yard sale, Summer Jam Music Fest at East Park; Aug. 4, Del Sols at Lions Square and Farmers Market at Masonic Hall; Aug. 6, Ceane O'Hanlon-Lincoln at ArtWorks and National Night Out; Aug. 8, Lynn Dairy Queens DQ Miracle Treat Day; Aug. 10, Phil Foley 5K Run and South Connellsville Flea Market; Aug. 11, The New High Ryder Band at Lions Square; Aug. 17, Falcon Foundation Night Golf and Trinity Lutheran free clothing giveaway; Aug.18, Dawson's Creek at Lions Square; Aug. 23, pep rally and Little Giants at East Park; Aug. 24, Finley's Fighters race; Aug. 25, Eric Harvey Band at Lions Square; Sept. 1, Harold Betters at Lions Square; every Wednesday and Saturday, weather-permitting, yoga at Yough Park; each Wednesday night, weather-permitting, Scott C's Cruize-In at Rock Starz; every Saturday morning, Farmers Market.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.