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Plans underway for 'It's a Connellsville Christmas'

| Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Nancy Henry | For the Daily Courier
FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library will sell their seasonal cookie jars, Andy’s Cranberry Cookie Mix and FRIENDS Death By Chocolate, at the library on Dec. 7 during the vendor event in the auditorium. The jars make great hostess gifts.

“It's a Connellsville Christmas” vendor event will be held again this year, on Dec. 7 in the Carnegie Free Library. Cookie jars will be available, as well as the 110th anniversary Carnegie Free Library canvas tote. It is a great opportunity to do Christmas shopping and support local artists and organizations. If you would like to display your work or product and secure a table, please contact Cathy Kumor, chairperson for the event, at 724-628-1380. FRIENDS said the vendors were very happy with their sales at last year's event.

I want to thank all of you who read this column and “mark your calendars” to attend or support the various Connellsville events that are included each week. I sometimes hear back from the organizers who tell me that you have been a part of their success. Spaghetti dinners, chicken and biscuit dinners, book sales, races, concerts, festivals, anniversaries, grand openings, and all the others, you have all been great about getting out or donating to them, and it is appreciated. We all know how precious every minute is, but when you take time out of your busy schedule to visit or support these organizations, businesses or fundraisers, it really makes a difference in their success and in our community.

Wait until you see what “It's a Connellsville Christmas” will feature downtown on Dec. 7. It will be an 18-foot by 50-foot synthetic ice rink. Weather is not a factor, and skates are provided. It is called “Future Skate,” and sponsors who have made it possible include Armstrong Cable, House Financial Services and Davies Ford. More sponsors are welcome. To see more about it, go to www.futureskate.net. Also on Dec. 7, there will be breakfast with Santa at the new Connellsville Canteen from 9-10 a.m. for $10 per child. Photos and visits with Santa will be in ArtWorks starting at 10 a.m.

“Oh Come Let Us Adore Him,” the nativity and angel display will once again take place during “It's a Connellsville Christmas” at the Presbyterian church. The hours will be 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Everyone in the community is invited to include their pieces, too. They must be at the church by Nov. 22. For more information, call 724-628-4401. Also, if you would like apple dumplings for Thanksgiving, they must be ordered by noon Nov. 19 by calling 724-628-3704. Pick up is one day only, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Be sure to save the date for St. Rita's annual holiday cookie sale on Dec. 7.

Tomorrow night's crime watch meeting will be held at Culver Karate starting at 6:30 p.m.

When you attend the Mozart Music Club Thanksgiving Festival of Choirs on Nov. 24, you will get to hear the beautiful soprano voice of 2010 CAHS graduate Chelsea Ritenour who is now in her senior year of college at Carnegie Mellon University studying opera vocal performance. She will be the guest soloist for the annual event. It was very nice to see Joanna Ball at the recent Mozart Club monthly meeting. She looked wonderful.

Saturday is a Barnes & Noble event at Carnegie Free Library. One of the authors will be a favorite of mine, Chris Rodell from Latrobe, who will have his book “Use All The Crayons” on sale.

ArtWorks will host an author event on Nov. 29 from noon-4 p.m. featuring Ceane O'Hanlon-Lincoln and George Von Benko. Then, the next day, Nov. 30, O'Hanlon-Lincoln will be there with a special presentation, “The Metaphysical Properties of Gem Stones.” It will also be an opportunity to buy the one-of-a kind jewelry pieces she has created.

It is funny to drive through town and see so many people looking up. It seems like the Shallenberger Construction workers are in the sky when they are atop the Aarons building, and the heavy equipment brings more attention to it. It looks like they are making progress everyday.

The Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce will once again hold Christmas in the Park on Nov. 23. There will be photos with Santa and children's activities. If you would like to help sponsor this event, contact the chamber office at 724-628-5500. The annual Christmas parade and light-up will be that night.

Fayette County Cultural Trust invites everyone to “Holiday Pops Heinz Hall” on Dec. 15. The bus departs the Paint Room parking lot at 1 p.m.

Dinner will be at The Grand Concourse in Pittsburgh. Transportation, show, and dinner are included in the $129 price. Why not treat yourself to a special day that will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit? To reserve a seat, visit www.fcctrust.org or call 724-626-0141.

As you start your Christmas shopping, be sure to think about spending your money locally as often as possible. I know Hunter Pharmacy in Martin's Plaza has some very nice, unique things that will make nice gifts. Another store to visit that has changing inventory all the time is T&A House of Treasures. There is glassware of all kinds, housewares including pots, pans and complete sets of dishes, tools, toys, new and used furniture and holiday items. The store is located right in downtown.

“A Taste of Local Music — Music for the Mission” is an event to benefit City Mission – Living Stones, Inc. in Uniontown that will be held at the State Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event is presented by the Cecchini Advanced Center for Dentistry in cooperation with the Fayette County Buy Local Network. The evening will showcase The Sammy Brooks Band, local musicians playing jazz with a classy Rat Pack flair. The audience will also be entertained by the Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School's Show Stoppers and the Frazier High School Jazz Band. Admission to the event is a $5 donation at the door and doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

Junior FIRST Lego League for children ages 6 to 9 will hold registration throughout November during open hours at Brooke's Block Party, Connellsville Community Center Room 107. Team will meet one night a week with six children per team. First meetings will start in December and run through February 2014 with breaks for the holiday. This year's challenge is Disaster Blaster. Children will research natural disasters, pick one to focus on, create Lego models and make a “show me” poster to display their findings. Price will be $50 per child with a nonrefundable deposit of $25 at sign up. There will be fundraising options as well. Stop by Brooke's Block Party, call 724-208-2861 for more information or visit www.brookesblockparty.com.

This is a week to honor and remember our veterans, if you see a man or woman who has served in the military be sure to thank them for their service, sacrifice and bravery.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Wednesday, crime watch meeting; Saturday, Carnegie Free Library book signing, Music for the Mission and veterans luncheon; Nov. 23, Christmas In The Park and Christmas parade and Falcon Band Boosters Cash Bash; Nov 24, Mozart Music Club Festival of Choirs: Nov. 29, ArtWorks author event; Nov. 30, “The Metaphysical Properties of Gem Stones;” Dec. 7, St. Rita's cookie sale: De. 7 and 8: “It's a Connellsville Christmas;” Ongoing, yoga at Carnegie Free Library.

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 crisliphenry@gmail.com.

Nancy Henry is a resident of Connellsville.

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