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Carnegie library plans Book Collection Day

| Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Saturday will be the gently used Book Collection Day at the Carnegie Free Library when the FRIENDS of the Carnegie Free Library encourage everyone to bring in books, books on tape, movies, etc., so members can spend the month of October organizing and properly categorizing all of the donated materials. Every item is appreciated. Volunteers will be there to unload cars and carry books to the basement. After you drop your books off, you are invited to stop in the kitchen for some cookies, coffee and conversation to celebrate this day of gathering. You are reminded that you can drop off books year round, just please leave them by the elevator and FRIENDS will see that they get to the basement. “Thanks to all who help us make our two annual book sales a success,” said member Karen Macko. The Big Fall Book Sale will be held Nov. 2.

Unity A Journey of Hope will hold its second annual Journey and Jaxx 5-K Walk & Wag from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is held to raise funds for Unity in order that the nonprofit can continue granting wishes to adults with a life-limiting illness and canine safety. The Walk & Wag will be held at The Lardin House in Masontown. The walk is held on the adjacent Browns Run Trail and is a 5-K competitive walk for you and your favorite canine friend. The walk is held in honor of Karen Roderick Tummons, a Unity volunteer and wish recipient. There will be plenty of other things to do as part of the event, too. John and Bobbi Robinson encourage everyone to join them for this important afternoon.

A reminder — the final farmers market of the summer will be held Saturday next to Lions Square, and Saturday is also the Dunbar Community Fest.

By Faith Ministries Inc. will hold a free community breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at its fellowship hall, 107 N. Seventh St. Everyone is welcome.

The Small Business Association free presentation will be held Wednesday at the Porter Theater in the community center. This important presentation to help the business community and future entrepreneurs is sponsored by Downtown Connellsville and the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority. Registration begins at 5 p.m. To register, email or call 724-626-1645. The program will be moderated by SBA lending relations specialist Stephen Drozda. Don't miss this opportunity.

Also Wednesday evening will be solo art exhibit and sale of Sheree Cockrell at West Overton Village and Museums. She will have a wonderful selection of her paintings and is really looking forward to the event. Your $5 admission benefits West Overton Village & Museums. There will be hors d'oeuvres and beverages courtesy of Carson's Premier Catering and live music by Blues Passport. This is the last Wednesday at West Overton of the season, so try to attend. For more information, visit

The Connellsville Presbyterian Church will hold an Apple Dumpling Festival for one evening on Oct. 3. Everyone is invited to the church dining room where you can sit down and enjoy good company, a sandwich and apple dumplings with or without ice cream.

Beginning Oct. 1, Yoga at the Carnegie Free Library will be held Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays (this is a donation class which benefits the library) from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Reservations are now due for The Great Gatsby Gala, sponsored by the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce. It will be held at Linden Hall Mansion on Oct. 5. The Sammy Brooks Band with guest performer Harold Betters will be the entertainment.

The South Connellsville Fall Community Yard Sale will be held Oct. 5. If you want your house on the map, registration is $5 at the borough office. The maps will be available for pickup starting Monday. The yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The following Saturday, Oct. 12, will be the annual car show, sponsored by Scott C's Auto Sales. If anyone would like to secure a vendor spot for that day, they can call Karen at 412-582-2342. There is no charge, but you must call in advance so organizers know how many are going to participate. Vendors are responsible to bring their own tables, tents, etc.

Some dates to remember are fall cleanup day in South Connellsville on Oct. 9; trick-or-treat in Connellsville, from 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 27; and the Halloween parade on Oct. 29.

This is from Chip Rowan: Connellsville Area Community Ministries will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5. In addition to the Care and Share Boutique, the ministry will also have its “hallway of flea market specials.” There will be tables lined up in the entrance hallway with decorations for fall and Christmas on sale plus many household items at deeply discounted prices. The ministry will continue to be open the first Saturday of each month. The Wesley Family Clothesline at Wesley United Methodist Church will also be open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5. Stop at both locations for some great Saturday deals.

The third Tangled Up In Brew event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at Yough Park. Organizers are seeking home brewers for the competition. Details are posted on the city recreation board Facebook page. Tickets will include a pint glass for sampling, snacks and music.

Coming up Oct. 6 is the 13th annual Ex-Paws-Ition at Christian W. Klay Winery to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a blessing of the animals followed by a rabies clinic. A pet parade and fun competitions will award prizes for longest and shortest tail, nose, cutest, best trick and more. There will be vendor booths, live music, food from the Stone House Smoke House and more.

Highlands Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a B and G Book Sale in the hospital lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2. Shoppers can choose from cookbooks, best sellers, children's books, gift items and more. These will make great Christmas gifts. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to purchase needed equipment and furnishings for the hospital.

“Broadway ... Recently” is a musical revue to held at the Porter Theater in the Greater Connellsville Area Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 4 and 5 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Presented by Jonaleka Productions, it will feature selections from recent Broadway hits such as “Hairspray,” “Rent,” “Footloose,” “Les Mis,” “Legally Blonde,” “Wedding Singer,” “Wicked” and more. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 724-626-0300.

Plan now to be at the Yough River Trail Council Fall Foliage Ride/Walk coming up Oct. 13. Registration begins at noon and the ride is not timed. For those who want a little competition, there are two competitive rides with a chance to win prizes. One goes to Adelaide and back and the other goes to Camp Carmel and back. Those who pick up a token at those destinations and return to Yough Park before 3 p.m. get entered in the drawing for a gift card. The Connellsville Lions Club will serve its usual fantastic lunch from 3 to 4 p.m. Cost is $15 by Oct. 4 and $20 after that. Lunch and a long-sleeved T-shirt are included. This is one of the trail council's biggest fundraisers for the year and proceeds will be shared with the Lions Club. Applications are available at the trail heads and online at

The staff at Pleasant Valley Country Club wants to remind everyone it is not too early to book holiday parties and 2014 special events.

Conn-Area Catholic School will hold a Ladies' Day Out vendor fair in the school gymnasium from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Event will feature many women's products, such as Pampered Chef, Sabika Jewelry, thirty-one, Mary Kay Cosmetics and more. Admission is $3 per person, which includes a complimentary beverage and one ticket for the basket raffle. Additional vendors are welcome, call Kristin Baker at the school office at 724-628-5090.

A Rivers Casino trip will be held Nov. 1. It is a Finley's Fighters RDH12 Fund For Sight Fundraiser. The round trip on a Nelson coach bus will leave Martin's parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and the County Market parking lot at 4:45 p.m. You will arrive at Rivers at 6 p.m. then depart for home at 11 p.m. The cost is $25 and you will receive a $15 playing voucher and a $5 food voucher. There will be fun games on the bus ride. Remember to bring your players card and ID; everyone must arrive on the bus. To reserve a spot, call Phyllis at 724-628-6078 or email The trip is planned by West Apple Tours and Ted and Phyllis Kovall.

Conn-Area Catholic School is hosting The Clarks on Nov. 1 at the Edwin Porter Theater in the Connellsville Community Center. Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available now at Conn-Area Catholic School. Concert proceeds directly benefit the students of the school.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Wednesday, “Meet The Lenders” at Porter Theater and West Overton presents the art of Sheree Cockrell; Friday, Tastefully Simple at Blushie Boutique; Saturday, FRIENDS used book collection at library, Walk & Wag at Lardin House, Dunbar Community Fest and By Faith Ministries free breakfast; Oct. 1 and 2, Highlands Hospital Auxiliary Book Sale; Oct. 3, Presbyterian Church Apple Dumpling Festival; Oct. 5, chamber's Great Gatsby Gala, South Connellsville Community Yard Sale and Community Ministries will be open; Oct. 3 to 6, “Broadway ... Recently” at Porter Theater; Oct. 12, South Connellsville Car Show and Wellness Retreat and Tangled Up In Brew; Oct. 13, Yough River Trail Council's Fall Foliage ride/walk; Oct. 18, Rivers Casino bus trip; Oct. 26, Zombie Run; Nov. 1, The Clarks at Porter Theater and Rivers Casino bus trip; and Nov. 2, FRIENDS of the library Big Fall Book Sale.

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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