Finley's Fighters fundraiser set for Saturday at Yough Park
The big event for Finley's Fighters is Saturday, and organizers hope to see folks from all over the area coming to Yough Park to compete or just enjoy the fun day. Walk-ups are welcome. Registration for the 5K and 10K walk/run and mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., the 10K run/walk begins and at 9:15 a.m. the 5K run/walk begins. The race on the beautiful Yough River Trail will be officially timed. Top winners in each category will receive a unique hand-carved trophy. The mile fun run and carnival begin at 10 a.m., and a delicious lunch with cookies is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be music, tractor rides, games, a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals and a lot more. Kids can enjoy the popular playground.
The baskets must be seen to be believed — they are loaded with great things including overnight stays, golf for four at many area courses, gift certificates, Pittsburgh Zoo and area attraction passes, Pirates tickets, skiing, movies, Pamper Yourself, toys and the Penguins Evgeni Malkin jersey. Those with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will be held rain or shine. The RDH12 Fund For Sight is a charitable organization under IRS code 501(c)(3). Donations are welcome at any time throughout the year and can help save the sight of Finley and other affected children. Checks can be made out to RDH12 Fund For Sight and mailed to Phyllis Kovall, 1231 Sycamore St., Connellsville, PA 15425.
This is the last week that apple dumplings will be sold at the Presbyterian Church this summer; order yours by calling 724-628-3704.
The Connellsville Crime Watch meetings have been well attended. A partnership between Culver Karate Club and Downtown Connellsville has resulted in free home safety and self defense training being offered by Culver Karate at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the 306 S. Pittsburgh St. location — everyone is urged to attend. For more information, call 724-626-KICK (5425).
Connellsville Wal-Mart, in partnership with The Connellsville Salvation Army, is organizing a “Stuff the Bus” event to collect donations for students who need help stocking up on notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, glue sticks and binders for school. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Residents don't have to wait for Saturday to donate, however. School supplies can be dropped off at the Connellsville-Scottdale Salvation Army Service Center, 300 W. Crawford Ave., Mondays through Fridays. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to hand out fliers encouraging shoppers to donate.
The Mighty Falcon Marching Band members want to ask for everyone to support them by eating at the Texas Roadhouse lunch buffet for $10 per person from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The Miniature Golf Tournament will be held Saturday at Greenwood Family Fun Center. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. For information on these events, call 724-812-2524.
We're down to the final two weeks of Lions Square concerts on Sunday nights. This Sunday will be Eric Harvey and Band, and Sept. 1 the grand finale is Harold Betters. Concerts are held from 7 to 9 p.m. and are free of charge. Bring a chair. The Lions members will have the concession stand open.
The East Park Pep Rally date has been changed to Thursday. The football team, band and cheerleaders will be there, and at dusk the city Recreation Board will show the movie “Little Giants” sponsored by Bud Murphy's. Refreshments will be sold.
A musical tribute to Peanuts and the gang, Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and Lucy will be held at the Porter Theater on Aug. 30 and 31. Friday's showing is at 7:30 p.m. with $10 festival seating. Saturday offers two shows, a matinee at 2 and another show at 7:30 p.m., $10 festival seating. All proceeds benefit the Connellsville Community Center.
A Health and Fitness event with basketball, soccer, kickball, dashes and runs will be held Saturday and Sunday at East Park. Individual event categories are 5- to 8-year- olds, 9 to 13 and 14 to 17 and team events are 5 to 8, 9 to 13, 11 to 17 and 14- to 17-year- olds and an adult kick ball tournament for those age 18 and older. A giant water balloon battle will be held for 5- to 17-year-olds. Awards will be presented and fireworks at dusk will close Sunday's events.
The St. Rita Christian Mothers will sponsor Nationality Day from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the social hall of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church on First Street. Featured will be a spaghetti dinner, a large variety of favorite Italian dishes, pizza, bake sale and more. For take-out orders, call 724-628-5119.
The Mum Festival on Sept. 7 is coming together with lots of shopping, eating and entertainment, so plan to be in downtown Connellsville that day.
The Running Dead, Connellsville's inaugural Zombie Run, is Oct. 26. Participants for the race can be either zombies or runners. The event has been mentioned on Pittsburgh TV stations. There are hundreds of people expected to run, chase or watch. Quite a few vendors have also signed up. For registration information, a map of the course, rules and other fun zombie stuff, visit www.downtownconnellsville.org/Zombie-Run.html or visit and “like” the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/connellsvillezombies. Businesses that would like to be involved can email email@example.com.
The Farmers Market has had a great selection of fresh fruit. The cantaloupe is sweet with lots of flavor. There's corn on the cob, white, yellow and mixed, tomatoes, potatoes, fresh-cut flowers and herbs and lots more. The market is open 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through September beside Lions Square.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Wednesday, Culver Karate free self-defense training; Thursday, Pep Rally and “Little Giants” showing at East Park; Friday, Falcon Band Texas Roadhouse lunch buffet; Saturday, Finley's Fighters race, Stuff the Bus for Salvation Army and Falcon Band miniature golf; Sunday, Eric Harvey Band at Lions Square; Friday through Sunday, Italian Festival at Fayette fairgrounds; Saturday and Sunday, fitness event at East Park; Aug. 30 and 31, Peanuts and the Gang at the Porter Theater; Aug. 31, open house at Blushie Boutique; Sept. 1, Harold Betters performs at Lions Square; Sept. 6, Nationality Day at St. Rita's; and Sept. 7, Mum Festival.
The Connellsville Area Community Ministries is open the first Saturday of each month.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting, there will be Yoga at Yough Park. Every Saturday morning is the Farmers Market.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.