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Wooddale Grange to host bluegrass jammers

| Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

A bluegrass open stage and jam session will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Wooddale Grange, 938 Pleasant Valley Road, Mt. Pleasant. It's on Route 982 between Laurelville and Connellsville. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Food and drink will be for sale. The jam session will be downstairs and the stage upstairs. Bands can call Bill Springer at 724-455-3919 to schedule stage time. Springtime Hill Barn Band will host this event and provide the sound. Friends and volunteers will help out. For more information, call 724-455-3919. This is a monthly event through the fall, winter and spring seasons and always the first Saturday of the month. However, there will be no event in January because of the Butler Ice Jam. They will resume on the first Saturday of February, March, April and May in 2014.

The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will sell hoagies on Saturday at the intersection in Normalville.

A toy bash will be held on Sunday at the Indian Creek Valley Community Center. Doors will open at noon with drawings from 1 to 5 p.m. The bash will benefit the Normalville Area and Saltlick Township volunteer fire departments. Tickets are $5 each. For more information, call 724-455-6510 and leave a message of call 724-455-3509, 724-455-3411 or 724-455-3902. See any firefighter for tickets.

Come see the Wonder of Christmas from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Donegal Area Community Center, 113 Community Center Lane. The event features a Parade of Trees, music, crafts, good food, 50-50 drawing ticket and a Chinese auction. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society at 724-593-3102 or 724-593-4231 or 724-423-7348. The event is sponsored by the society and the center.

The 14th annual Christmas in the Mountains will be held this weekend at these businesses: Nino's Laurel Garden, Gallery of Steel, Brady's Restaurant, Linda Brown's Floral, Collections By Marty, Firefly Chocolates, Country Pie Shoppe, Old General Store and Body in Balance. Look for the Christmas tree signs. Businesses can be found while heading east on Route 31 from Mt. Pleasant to Donegal. Register at participating businesses for a chance to win a local shopping spree and an overnight stay at Holiday Inn Express. For more information, visit or Facebook.

The Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce will present “Fracnation,” a documentary that attempts to address safety concerns about the process of hydraulic fracturing that gas companies use to extract natural gas, commonly called fracking. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the ICV Community Center, 628 Indian Creek Valley Road. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Following the showing will be a panel discussion moderated by D. Merle Skinner, president of the chamber. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 724-593-8900 or 724-455-2122.

The Christian Family and Children's Center will hold a community skate night Dec. 17 at the ICV Community Center for all the kids in the area. There is a $3 fee to skate. Games, music and concessions will be available. Grades up to 6 will skate from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and grades 7-12 will skate from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Future dates and times will be announced based on interest.

On Dec. 13, Champion Christian School will host a Community Visit Day from 4 to 7 p.m. Both the South Campus in Indian Head (preschool to sixth grade) and the North Campus in Donegal (preschool and grades 7-12) will be open for tours. The faculty and staff will be available for questions. A Kindergarten Readiness Seminar will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the South Campus only. This is for parents of students entering kindergarten in the fall, no matter what school they will attend.

The previous class on J.R.R. Tolkien was a big hit, so on Dec. 17, Dr. Al Ricketts will be back to offer a shortened version. The class will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Campus in Donegal. There will be no CEU offered for this class. The cost is $5 if you register by Dec. 16 and $7.50 at the door. Come learn about Middle Earth and the theology behind Tolkien's famous work.

They will be offering another chance to receive first-aid training on Dec. 18 and 19. This is a 5- to 6-hour class that will be split up between those two evenings. The class will cover CPR, AED and basic first-aid training. The cost is $40. Times will be announced. Space will be limited. To register, call 724-455-2122. For more information, email or call 724-455-2122.

A live musical Nativity will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. Come hear a special choir and solo music. Enjoy singing around the fire, free food and fellowship. Join them as they celebrate Jesus, the reason for the season. County Line Church of the Brethren, corner of Route 711 South and County Line Road, will host the event. For more information, call 724-593-2680.

The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will hold a pizza and wing night from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14. Pizzas are $8.25 for cheese or pepperoni and $1 for each additional topping. Wings are $8 a dozen and $4 for half a dozen. Eat in or take out. The event will be held at the fire hall in Normalville, 3387 Springfield Pike. For more information, call 724-812-6469 or 724-455-6510 and leave a message.

Santa will be at the Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department fire hall, 2009 Indian Head Road, Indian Head, from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 to visit with children 12 and younger who live in Saltlick Township. He will have a special Christmas treat to give them.

The Mountain Watershed Association's 2014 lottery calendars have arrived. There are 365 chances to win your money back, plus top prizes of $100, $200, $250 and $500. Buy your 2014 Lottery Calendar online at or stop by the office to pick one up today. They make great Christmas gifts and feature full-color photographs of the Indian Creek watershed. You may call 724-455-4200, ext. zero, or email to purchase.

Last week's trivia question: What other meat was served at the first Thanksgiving meal besides wild turkey? John Steindl, Peggy Magyor, Artis Smith, Henry Nicholson, Bill Shepler and Jim Shawley answered venison, wild fowl, squirrel, fish and rabbit.

This week's question: What year was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor?

If you have news for this column, give me a call at 724-455-7746 or email by 6 p.m. Monday to have your news appear that Friday.

Pam Porterfield is a resident of Normalville.

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