Lions Square Summer Concert Series to open with The Abilene Band
The Lions Square Summer Concert Series will begin on Sunday with The Abilene Band. Eleven consecutive weeks of entertainment will be presented free to area residents and visitors from 7 to 9 p.m. each Sunday through the efforts of the Connellsville Lions Club and the sponsors that are an important reason why so many good bands can be featured. The concession stand will be open with sandwiches, snacks, ice cream and Dominos Pizza. Don't forget to bring a chair. Abilene has several local sponsors of its own they would like you to support: Hobby's ‘n Stuff, House Financial Services, Davies Ford, L. Kevin Metsger DMD Progressive Dental Studio, Huffman's Auto Sales Inc., Ron Eiford's Garage, Burkhart's Body Shop and Orchard Camp Studios.
• Our Finest Hour will perform two concerts on Saturday in the city. Leanne Tressler has planned the events to fulfill a Girl Scout Gold Award requirement. The admission for both concerts is a nonperishable food item or items that will be donated to Connellsville Area Community Ministries. The first event is from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Porter Theater. The second is from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Connellsville Moose No. 16 parking lot. Tressler is hoping for great attendance at both and lots of food donations to deliver to CACM.
• Highlands Hospital's Bud Murphy 5K Run and Walk for Autism will be Thursday night. Some of the Riverhounds will be there for a mini soccer clinic, and there's a lollipop race for kids. The after-party is at Bud Murphy's. All the activity starts at 5 p.m.; the race begins at 7 p.m.
• Jacobs Creek Watershed Association asks you to volunteer for the 26th annual River Sweep to be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday to clean up around Greenlick Dam and Jacobs Creek Park. They are wonderful sites for fishing, boating, picnicking and bird watching — except for the litter! Individuals, families and groups are invited to participate. All volunteers will receive a free River Sweep T-shirt. Gloves, bags and light refreshments will be provided.
• By Faith Ministries Inc. will host a free community breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Everyone is invited. The menu includes eggs, toast, sausage biscuits, bacon, cereal, coffee and juice. Join them in the social hall at 107 N. Seventh St. For more information, call 724-626-9520.
• First Baptist Church at 301 S. Pittsburgh St. will hold its second annual Parking Lot Carnival from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. There will be games, refreshments, a Bible story, a clown and a bounce house. Everyone is welcome.
• The teen “Survivor Challenge” begins on Saturday at Carnegie Free Library. Participants can compete against other teams and take part in fun scientific challenges and more while trying not to get eliminated. Someone will become the CFL Sole Survivor. It is not too late to join any of the summer reading clubs for children, teenagers and adults. For more information, call 724-628-1380 or visit www.carnegiefreelib.org.
• Calvary Assembly of God Church will host a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday. Everyone is invited to hear New Journey and The Richters Realm of Grace and join both groups in celebrating the release of new CD projects. Admission is free; a love offering will be received. The church is at 1316 S. Pittsburgh St.
• Animal SnipPets volunteers have scheduled a coach bus trip to Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack on Saturday. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday. The bus will leave the Martin's Food Market parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and Giant Eagle in Uniontown at 10 a.m. Arrival at Wheeling Island will be at approximately 11:30 a.m. The bus will leave the casino at 5:30 p.m. (The time may vary.) Your donation is $25, and you get $25 back in free slot play. Animal SnipPets will also hold a Coach purse party from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 with giveaways every 10 minutes at the DL&V fire hall. Information for both events is on Facebook.
• The Christian Church of Connellsville at 212 S. Pittsburgh St. is holding a rummage sale on Saturday morning with lots of items at low prices.
• The Connellsville Police Officers Association is holding a Poker Run on Sunday starting at Yough Park. You have your choice of two courses: a challenging 10-mile ride on the streets of Connellsville or a 10-mile family ride on the Yough River Bike Trail. At checkpoints, riders will receive a playing card for their poker hand. Trophies will be awarded to the best poker hands in four classes. There will also be door prizes. Participants younger than 18 must have parental consent. Riders under 12 must wear a helmet; all riders are encouraged to do so. Registration will begin at noon; start time is 1 p.m. Free refreshments will be provided after the ride. For more information, call 724-628-2501, ext. 106.
• The third annual lavender festival will be celebrated at Christian K. Winery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be lavender cooking demonstrations and lavender products for sale, including baked goods, food, plants, soap, sachets and more. The lavender is growing and thriving, and the winery's Lavender Mist award-winning sparkling wine is available. Live entertainment will be provided by jazz legend Harold Betters from 1 to 4 p.m. Complimentary admission to the festival. For more information, visit www.cwklaywinery.com or call the winery at 724-439-3424.
• The Connellsville Farmers Market will kick off on July 5 and run through the Sept. 6 Mum Festival from 8 a.m. to noon weekly. Farmers and backyard gardeners are encouraged to get in touch with Michael Edwards and reserve a spot by calling 724-626-0141.
• Don't forget to invite your friends from out of the area to come to Connellsville for Braddock's Crossing and Art on the Yough on June 28 and 29. The Del Sols will perform from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. June 28.
• The fifth annual Paint Room Bike Run will be held on June 28 with signups beginning at 10 a.m. at the Paint Room on Apple Street. The run will be in loving memory of Wanda and Dave Bigam and will benefit Fayette Friends of Animals.
• Congratulations to the King family for completing the total remodeling of the new location of King Physical Therapy and Fitness at Arch Street and West Crawford Avenue — yet another bright addition to the downtown Connellsville area. Thanks, Mark, Debbie and children, for showing faith in the future of our city.
• Vacation Bible school will start on Monday at Connellsville Presbyterian Church for children 3 years old through sixth grade. All area children are invited to attend each evening, starting at 5:15 for dinner served by Champion Christian School and the National Hot Lunch Program. Dinner is free for those younger than 18 and $3.50 for adults. The opening program begins at 6 p.m. with music, games, crafts and story time, concluding at 8 p.m. Call the church office at 724-628-4401 for more information or register online at www.connellsvillepresbyterian.org. The church is at 711 S. Pittsburgh St.
• In July, children can attend vacation Bible school at Trinity Lutheran Church with the theme “Weird Animals.” They can participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures and make their own weird animal to take home. All children 4 years old through sixth grade are welcome. For more information and to register, call the church office at 724-628-7920.
• Connellsville Area Community Ministries is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. On June 28, men's shirts will be half off in the Care and Share Boutique.
• The fifth annual Falcon Foundation nighttime golf outing will be held Aug. 23 at Pleasant Valley Country Club. Proceeds will benefit students of the Connellsville Area School District. Cost is $65 per person and includes golf, cart, one glow-in-the-dark ball and a buffet dinner served at 7:30 p.m. The event is a four-player team scramble. Registration will start at 7:30 p.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call Dr. John Ellis at 724-628-8832.
• Highlands Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a vendor show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles at 116 S. Arch St. Vendors are wanted; $25 for the first table, $15 for each additional table. For more information, call Pam at 724-455-1758 or Kitty at 724-626-0591.
• Connellsville Area Historical Society members remind residents that its Balsley Pavilion, at the Crawford Cabin site along the Yough Bike Trail and the beautiful Youghiogheny River, can be rented. The fee is $75 for the day and includes use of the springhouse, which contains a refrigerator, a sink, a restroom and a stove. Call 724-628-5344 for more information.
• Congratulations to all of the 2014 high school and college graduates in our area. Good luck in all of your endeavors.
Mark your calendars for these dates: Thursday, Highlands Hospital's Bud Murphy Race for Autism; Saturday, Our Finest Hour concert in Porter Theater and the Moose; Sunday, Lions Square with The Abilene Band, concert at Calvary Assembly, Lavender Festival at Christian Klay and First Baptist carnival; June 28 and 29, Braddock's Crossing and Art on the Yough; June 28, Paint Room Bike Run; June 29, Lions Square Anna Jane Allen & Band; June 30, CAHS Band Pirates tickets deadline; July 3, Greater Connellsville Chamber fireworks; July 5, Saturday farmers markets begin; July 6, Lions Square Travelin' Road Show; and July 13, Lions Square The Del Sols.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.