Variety of events to choose from in South Connellsville
Saturday will be a big day in South Connellsville.
• The annual Car & Bike Show, with a craft show, will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scott C's Auto Sales is the sponsor of the show. Trophies will be presented for first, second and third place in more than a dozen divisions. A disc jockey will be there to play music, and food will be sold. The craft show will include quite a few vendors, and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Mayor Pete Casini invites everyone to the borough for a fun day. Proceeds from the day will benefit the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company and the community playground.
• The Rotary Club of Connellsville will hold its annual rose sale, beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at Lynn's Dairy Queens in Connellsville and Mt. Pleasant. Members bunch the fresh roses at a “bunching party.” The roses are available at the two Dairy Queen locations through Saturday; at the John P. Murtha Wellness Center in Highlands Hospital at 6 a.m. Friday, and in the lobby at 8 a.m.; and on Saturday morning at the Scottdale Bank Connellsville branch drive-through. All of the locations will offer flowers while supplies last, so buy early and treat someone to an unexpected surprise. Members have had requests for extra bunches of totally red, pink and yellow in recent years, so there will be more of those, along with many mixed colors, including pastels such as peach, coral, sunset and pistachio. The proceeds from the annual event are used for community projects and giving to nonprofits.
• The board of directors of Wesley Health Center invites you to an open house on Saturday as they celebrate the center's 20th anniversary of providing continuous free health care to those without health insurance in our area. WHC has expanded its services over the years and will offer tours to showcase the facility and equipment. A brief rededication will be held at 10 a.m.; the open house will run until 2 p.m. Those who plan to attend are asked to call 724-626-2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Octoberfest at Immaculate Conception Church will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the IC Festival Building. Lil' John's Polka Band will play from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be food, including sausage sandwiches and beer. If it rains, the festival will move to the Morrell Volunteer Fire Department building on Route 119. Organizers invite everyone in the community to join them for a good time.
•The third annual Tangled Up In Brew event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Yough Park. There will be home brewers competing for your vote. Details are posted on the Connellsville Recreation Board Facebook page. Admission tickets will cover the cost of a pint glass for sampling, snacks and music. Proceeds will benefit the recreation board.
• Sunday is the 19th year for the Yough River Trail Council Fall Foliage Bike/Walk/Run. The event is an important fundraiser, with proceeds going to maintain the trail and pay utilities during the winter. Registration will start at noon, and lunch will be served by Connellsville Lions at 3 p.m. For those who want a little competition, there will be 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. will be entered in the drawing for a gift card. Pavilion No. 1 will be dedicated in Chris Wagner's name at 3:45 p.m. The YRTC is a hard-working group of volunteers who can really use your support, and they are hoping for a big turnout. You can also join as a new member.
• Connellsville Community Ministries is helping many people in our area. Right now, they could use donations of peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese and tuna. If you are able to donate, it will be appreciated. Bring some of each if you can, or cases, if possible.
• Members of the Mozart Club are making plans for the Nov. 24 Festival of Choirs. They would like area choirs who are interested in participating this year to call Marilee McFadden at 724-628-0394. Regular monthly meetings of the Mozart Club are held at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month in Wesley United Methodist Church. There is a program featuring a talented local musician each time, and the 7 p.m. performance is open to the public. New members are always welcome to join. The church is located at 417 S. Pittsburgh St.
•Conn-Area Catholic School will hold a Ladies Day Out vendor fair Oct. 20 in the school gymnasium from noon to 3 p.m. The event features many women's products, such as Pampered Chef, Sabika Jewelry, Thirty-One, Mary Kay Cosmetics and much, much 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.
•Don't forget about the contest in conjunction with The Running Dead event. It is called the Home Horror Decorating Contest. Residents in the coverage area of the Daily Courier who believe they have the scariest or most unique home decorations can enter by taking a photograph of the outside of their house and emailing the photo to The Running Dead at email@example.com. The photos will be published in the Daily Courier and posted on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/connellsvillezombies. Voting is open to the public. You can vote by going on the Facebook page and clicking “like” below your favorite photo. Voting will remain open until Oct. 20. At that time, those who live in the three houses with the most “likes” will be invited to The Running Dead awards ceremony.
•Coming up Oct. 20 (note date change) is the 13th annual Ex-Paws-Ition at Christian W. Klay Winery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a blessing of the animals, followed by a rabies clinic. A pet parade will be held, and prizes will be awarded for the longest and shortest tails and nose, cutest, best trick and more. There will be vendor booths, live music, food from the Stone House Smoke House and more.
•Conn-Area Catholic School is hosting The Clarks on Nov. 1 in the Edwin Porter Theater in the Connellsville Community Center. Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available at the school. Concert proceeds will benefit the students of the school.
•A trip to Rivers Casino is scheduled for 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 Food Market parking lot in Connellsville at 4:30 p.m. and the County Market parking lot in Mt. Pleasant 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 724-628-6078 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The trip is planned by West Apple Tours and Ted and Phylis Kovall.
•The Connellsville Marching Band will hold a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Pleasant Valley Masonic Center. Adult tickets are $7 and tickets for children 10 and younger are $5. Eat in or take out. There will be vendors to assist with Christmas shopping, including Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Paparazzi, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One and Avon. For tickets or questions, call 724-812-2524 or 724-317-2877.
• The Connellsville Area School District's Falcon 5K run/walk will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 in Falcon Stadium, Connellsville, and use the same course as with the Woodruff Race. A children's run/walk will be held at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the CASD Wellness Committee. For more information or an application, visit www.casdfalcons.org or call Vicki McWilliams at 724-628-3300, ext. 327.
•Some dates to remember are: fall cleanup day in South Connellsville will be held on Wednesday. Trick-or-treat in Connellsville will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27, and the Halloween parade will be on Oct. 29. Now is the time that FRIENDS of the Library asks you to drop off your gently used books, videos or books on tape so they can be included in the Big Fall Book Sale on Nov. 2 — please set items by the elevator.
•Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Rotary Rose Sale; Saturday, IC Octoberfest, South Connellsville Car & Bike Show, Wellness Retreat, Tangled Up In Brew and WHC 20th Anniversary; Sunday, YRTC 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: Nov. 2, FRIENDS of CFL Big Fall Book Sale, CAHS Marching Band spaghetti dinner and Falcon run/walk; and Nov 24, Mozart Club Festival of Choirs.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.