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Murrysville ROCKS group will host meet-and-greet, decorating event on June 11

Patrick Varine
| Thursday, June 7, 2018, 11:51 a.m.
Elaine Yarabinetz of Murrysville holds up a painted rock, which was placed somewhere in the municipality as part of the 'Murrysville ROCKS!' project.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Elaine Yarabinetz of Murrysville holds up a painted rock, which was placed somewhere in the municipality as part of the 'Murrysville ROCKS!' project.

This summer, the Murrysville Community Library's theme is “Libraries Rock.”

For Murrysville resident Elaine Yarabinetz, that presented the perfect tie-in with the Murrysville ROCKS program she organized last year.

There are “ROCKS” programs all over the country, where children and adults decorate rocks with a positive or inspirational message and put them in public places. Anyone who finds the rock is encouraged to take a photo to share on social media, and then re-hide it for someone else to find.

The Murrysville group, organized through a Facebook page, recently passed the 800-member mark since being created last summer. Recently, a new “ROCKS” group formed in neighboring Penn Township.

“It's cool that we're also getting some other towns close by helping to spread the good cheer,” Yarabinetz said.

On June 11, in partnership with the library and the Murrysville Recreation Department, Yarabinetz will host a Murrysville ROCKS meet-and-greet party from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Veterans Field Pavilion at 4170 Sardis Road.

In addition to using their imagination to decorate new rocks, Yarabinetz said participants will also create “some special rocks with the library logo, the rec department logo and my (realty) logo, and we're going to see how many people can find these specially-marked rocks over the summer the post a photo.”

Additional programs are in works as well.

“We're going to partner with the recreation department for some ‘ROCKS' programs at the Kids Club that's part of the Murrysville Farmer's Market this summer,” she said.

For more on the June 11 event, see the Facebook event page or the Murrysville ROCKS page.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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