THINGS TO DO

BLOOD DRIVES

• The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood and platelet shortage. Donors of all blood types are encouraged to give.

In honor of the new Amazon series, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” those who donate through Nov. 12 will be entered to win a trip for two to Hawaii, courtesy of Amazon Prime Video, to see where the series was filmed.

Also, those who donate through Nov. 23 will received a $10 Amazon gift card by email.

All donors must wear face masks. Donations can still be made after the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered; be prepared to share the name of the vaccine manufacturer. Info: Visit RedCrossBlood.org/covid19

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Opportunities include:

» Noon to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3325 Morefield Road, Hermitage.

» 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Sharon Regional School of Nursing, 740 E. State St., Sharon.

» 12:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Mercer United Methodist Church, 250 E. Butler St., Mercer.

» Noon to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3325 Morefield Road, Hermitage.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

• The Mercer Salvation Army is accepting applications for Christmas assistance. Applicant can sign up to receive gifts for kids up to 13 years old, or food.

Applications can be completed between 10 a.m. and noon on Nov. 4, 11 and 18 at Mercer United Methodist Church, 250 E. Butler St. Bring a current photo ID and income information plus birth certificates for those in the household who are under 18. Info: Call 724-893-6031.

CONCERTS

• The Butler County Symphony Association presents the music of Mozart, Frank and Ginastera at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Road, Butler. Pre-show lecture is at 6:30 p.m.

Advanced tickets are $25 for adults, and $8 for students and children. Tickets at the door are $30 for adults, and $10 for students and children. Group rates are available. Tickets and info: Visit butlersymphony.org or call 724-283-1402.

• Sandy Lake Wesleyan Church, 3096 Sandy Lake-Grove City Road, Sandy Lake, hosts Music by the Lake with gospel, county and contemporary performances at 6 p.m. the first Saturday of the month.

Admission is free. Info: Call Jim Hanna at 814-673-4371 or Harold Surrena at 814-786-9038.

FUNDRAISERS

• The Corp. Claire L. Van Eman Auxiliary 519 is having a carry-out soup sale. Orders must be placed by Nov. 13, and the soup can be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the VFW, 220 Blair St., Grove City.

Soups are: cheesy potato, veggie beef, ham and bean, stuffed pepper, wedding, chicken noodle, and firehouse chili made by Pine Township Engine Company.

Cost is $7 a quart. Proceeds benefit military men and women. Call Etta Miller at 724-372-1129 to place your order.

• Lakeview Area Public Library hosts Designer Bag Bingo and Holiday Bling on Nov. 12 at the Sandy Lake borough building. Prizes include designer purses and holiday decor, and there will also be additional raffles and gift auction.

Doors open at 6 p.m, bingo starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for 12 bingo games with three cards per game. Reserve a table for eight for an additional fee. Guests can bring their own snacks; no alcohol allowed. Light refreshments will be available.

All tickets must be purchased in advance at Kepner’s Farm Market, 3755 Sandy Lake Road, Sandy Lake. Adults must accompany anyone under 18. Proceeds benefit the library: Info: Call Susan Kepner at 724-699-0184.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS

• The Grove City Community Library announces the following:

» The Monday Night Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 both in-person and virtually. This month’s book is “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult.

Contact the library for a Zoom invitation or to get a copy of the book.

» The Soup-er Fundraiser will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12, while supplies last. Get soup, chicken salad sandwich, chips and a cookie for $8, or soup or sandwich for $3 each.

» The library is collecting houseplant clippings for a propagation exchange starting Nov. 15. Participants can drop off their clippings or plants during the library’s regular hours, and bring a bag or container to take new clippings or plants home.

Those who don’t have clippings to share are welcome to take home one clipping per month or one potted plant every four months.

» Virtual kids’ cooking classes for kids in first grade and up meets monthly via a private Facebook group. Learn to cook from home while watching Miss Heather demonstrate a cooking or baking challenge along with the recipe.

Each participant will have a certain amount of time to complete the recipe. Participants will have a chance to win a prize. Contact Miss Heather to sign up.

» The Lego Club meets at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

» The Pokémon Trading Card Game Club meets at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. It is recommended for ages 7 and up.

» Preschool story time for ages 3 to 6 will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Adults are welcome to join the craft portion of story time.

The library is at 125 W. Main St., Grove City. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. It will close early at 1 p.m. Nov. 24 and be closed Nov. 25 through Nov. 28.

For more information, call 724-458-7320, visit www.grovecitypalibrary.org or check out “Grove City Community Library, PA” on Facebook, or email gccl@grovecitypalibrary.org

Lakeview Area Public Library hosts these events and programs:

» The Wednesday Book Club meets at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. This month’s book is “Two Days Gone” by Randall Silvis. The mystery is set in the Mercer County area.

» The Thursday Book Club meets at 1 p.m. every other Thursday; next session is Nov. 11, when chapters 4 to 10 will be discussed. The current book is “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi.

Info: Email Beth Creekpaum at theotherrevcreekpaum@gmail.com

» Story time for preschool-aged kids is held at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the library.

Lakeview Area Public Library is at 3265 S. Main St., Sandy Lake. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It will be closed on Nov. 26.

Info: Call 724-376-4217, visit lakeviewarealibrary.org or check out “Lakeview Area Public Library” on Facebook. Call the library to register for events and programs.

PROGRAMS

• The Clarion University Physics Department presents ”Stars Over Clarion” at 7 and 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in Donald D. Peirce Planetarium, located in Grunenwald Science and Technology Center.

The program combines ancient storytelling with modern understanding of celestial bodies to explore the month’s night sky and highlight any important events which may have occurred in the sky over Clarion.

Guests must wear face masks. Admission is free; seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

From Nov. 5 to 14, physics alumnus James Sanders will present “Laser Extravaganza” at the planetarium. For the schedule and to buy tickets, visit www.flyscience.net

• The Mercer County Conservation District hosts a Sustainable Living Workshop 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 6 in the education building at Munnell Run Farm, 753 Greenville Road, Coolspring Township.

This free event provides information on the environmental importance of living zero-waste through. Attendees will leave with a sample of DIY natural cleaner made during the presentation. Current CDC guidelines will be followed.

Info an registration: Visit “Mercer County Conservation District” on Facebook or call 724-662-2242.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St., Grove City, hosts a fair trade and crafts sale and model train display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6.

Sale proceeds benefit Shared Hope for Orphans Worldwide. Kids can also decorate a cupcake courtesy of Cutie Pie Cupcakes.

• Bethany Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Venango St., Mercer, hosts its Community Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 25. Meals are take-out only because of COVID-19.

Meal includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin pie and rolls. Call the church office at 724-662-4340 by Nov. 19 to reserve a meal.

STAGE AND THEATER

• Grove City College’s Theatre Program presents ”Once Upon a Mattress” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 to 6 in Ketler Auditorium at the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus. This is the program’s first main stage musical in nearly two years.

The hit Broadway musical is a comedic retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s 1835 fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea.” It is directed by Betsy Craig, professor of English and theatre at the college.

The show is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets online at gcc.edu/tickets or by emailing ouamgcc@gmail.com

• The Musical Theatre Society at Slippery Rock University presents ”Fall Broadway Cabaret” at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 and 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at Swope Music Hall.

Students will perform popular Broadway musical songs from productions including “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Mean Girls.”

Admission is a $5 donation with an SRU student ID, and $7 for the general public. Face masks are required.

VETERANS

• Mercer Elementary School hosts a Veterans Day program at 1 p.m. Nov. 11 in the gym. Doors open at noon. Face masks are required.

• A veteran service officer with the Disabled American Veterans organization, which typically has office hours at the VA Clinic in Butler, is available to meet with veterans at Leesburg ECO Presbyterian Church, 1831 Perry Highway, Springfield Township.

A representative will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Veterans can get help with eligibility, filing claims, and more. No appointment is necessary, though there may be a short wait. Please bring a copy of your DD214 discharge papers.

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