Art

ä McKeever Environmental Learning Center, 55 McKeever Lane, Sandy Lake, presents its 12th Annual Nature Art Show from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday (9/26), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. These artists will display and sell their work: Chandler Beatty, Jocelyn Beatty, Larry Beckstein, Andrew Hazelton, Jack Paluh and Nicole Renee.

Julie Harris will provide live entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Food and beverages will be served throughout the weekend.

Info: 724-376-1000, email info@mckeever.org or visit www.mckeever.org

ä The Great American Art Auction of fine art and more is set for Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. There will be an open bar and hors d’ouevres. Doors open at 6 p.m. with registration, viewing of items and silent auction bidding. The auction begins at 7 p.m. and benefits the museum’s free community programs.

View the auction at www.byceauction.com

Comedy

ä Jake Johannsen will be at the Funny Farm Comedy Club, 1051 N. Canfield-Niles Road, Austintown, on Friday and Saturday. Info/reservations: 330-759-HAHA or www.funnyfarmcomedyclub.com

Concerts

ä Pop/rock band R5 will perform Thursday at Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown.

Tickets: stambaughauditorium.com or 330-259-0555.

ä Westminster College’s Celebrity Series for 2014-15 includes the following acts:

• America, Oct. 4

• The Hit Men, Nov. 15

• Christmas with The Tenors, Dec. 9

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium, New Wilmington.

Contests

ä Amateur photographers can win cash by capturing that perfect shot of summer fun through places, events and festivals unique in Lawrence County. Some of the photographs will be used in promotional literature seen by tourists from around the country. Cash prizes of $200 for first place; $100 for second; and $50 for third, will be awarded. All entries will be judged by the Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency. Those entering must be at least 16 years of age. The deadline for submission is Sept. 30. An entry form is available at 229 S. Jefferson St., New Castle. Info: 724-654-8408 or email at GJacob@VisitLawrenceCounty.com

Craft, bake, yard sales

ä Stoneboro United Methodist Church, Lake Street, will hold a large rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 4. Find treasures. Lunch will be available.

ä The Balm United Methodist Women fall bazaar, is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. There will be a bake sale and lunch. The church is on Route 258 in Blacktown, between the outlet mall and Mercer. Info: 724-748-3495.

Etc.

ä Join Moraine State Park staff in a free kayaking adventure at 6 p.m. Oct. 2. Participants may bring their own kayak (lifejacket required), or borrow one and equipment. Participants must be at least 9 years of age. An adult must accompany those participants that are under the age of 18. Info: 724-368-3612 and www.visitPAparks.com

ä From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (Sept. 27- Oct. 26) enjoy Pumpkinpalooza at For All Family Farms, 328 Hoon Road, Butler. Enjoy a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, kiddie village, corn slide, barrel train rides, pumpkin slingshot, hay tunnel, corn maze, bounce house and slide, face painting, pumpkin painting and pumpkin bowling. Info: 724-822-8852 and www.forallfamilyfarms.com

ä Stoneboro United Methodist Church is holding a Community Weiner Roast Get-Together and Fireside Chat from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot across from the church. The event is free.Bring your lawn chair and enjoy free hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks plus live music.

ä “Echoes from Our Past - Historic Cemetery Walk” will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at North Side Cemetery, 1002 N. Main St., Butler. The tour lasts 1è hours and is sponsored by the Butler County Historical Society, Butler Little Theater and North Side Cemtery Association.

Tickets are sold in advance only and are $14 for the general public and $10 for BCHS members and BLT season ticket holders. They can be purchased online at www.butlerhistory.com or at the BCHS office, 123 W. Diamond St., Butler. Sale ends today. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early and enter through the cemetery’s main entrance near the top of the North Main Street hill. Info: 724-283-8116 or visit www.butlerhistory.com

ä The Lawrence County Historical Society will begin its new season with the first program of the fall at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Greer-Clavelli Mansion, 408 N. Jefferson St.

Guest speaker with be Reid Joyce, sponsored by the King Beaver Archeology Society. Joyce is a retired research psychologist who did contract research for the Air Force and Navy human engineering and personnel labs. He will share his experiences as a member of the BentProp Project.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 8 Dale Perelman will discuss his new book, “Steel.” The book portrays the growth of the iron and steel industry in Western Pennsylvania during the second half of the 19th century. “Steel” will be available at the meeting for purchase at $10. Buyers also will receive one free copy of their choice of his books “Centenarians” or “The Regent.” This will be the last chance to see the “When Forges Roared” display.

Info: 724 658-4022.

ä The Shenango campus of Penn State University, Sharon, will host a free presentation for college-bound students with learning disabilities, as well as their parents, guardians and teachers at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 in the campus auditorium, with David Carson, nationally-recognized lecturer and the author, as speaker. He will discuss his journey from grade school through college, using his real-life experiences to illustrate to students, parents and educators that the next great wave of diversity for colleges is students with learning disabilities.

Info: 724-983-2841 or e-mail atp11@psu.edu

 ä Clarion University’s Department of Physics has planned multiple shows this fall at Donald Peirce Planetarium, inside Joseph P. Grunenwald Center for Science and Technology, Clarion campus. All are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. “Stars Over Clarion” presentations, all at 7 p.m., are set for Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, and will explore the stars visible that month. The planetarium, wheelchair accessible, is on the second floor of the science center. Parking is available in Lot 12, behind Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Center, and Lot 11, across the street from Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium. Info: 814-393-1899 or 814-393-2085.

Farm Markets

ä The Olde Town Grove City Farmers’ Market is 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through October at the Joseph D. Monteleone Youth Festival Park downtown. Info: 724-458-0301, email oldetowngrovecityatzoominternet.net or visit www.oldetowngrovecity.com

ä The Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market features a bounty of fresh foods and unique, handcrafted items from 9 a.m. until noon Saturdays at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock) through Oct. 25. Certified yoga instructor Rachel DeWolf Gilkinson offers a yoga class from 10 to 11 a.m. each Saturday (donation requested).

Learn more at http://rockfallsonline.com/srcfm/ or www.facebook.com/SRCFM. Call: 724-374-3276.

Film

 ä Family Movie Night, featuring the movie “Rio 2,” is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at the Grove City Community Library. Bring your own beverages and enjoy free popcorn. Wear your PJs and bring a pillow.

ä Westminster College’s free Jake Erhardt International Film Series will resume at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Sebastian Mueller Theater. Jon Shenk’s 2011 documentary, “The Island President,” follows Pres. Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world. Westminster seniors Mark Eck and Jordan Locke will introduce the film and lead a short discussion after the viewing. Additional films are scheduled for Oct. 21 and Nov. 18.

Info: 724-946-7030 or email dmitchel@westminster.edu for more information.

Fundraisers

ä George Junior Republic, Pine Township, will host a Race for Vocational Education 5K and Kids Fun Run Saturday through the 500-acre campus at 233 George Junior Road. The 5K will start at 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) and the Kids Fun Run will take place immediately following the 5K. Proceeds benefit the William H. Gladden Vocational School. Info: 724-458-9330, ext. 2171  To register: register.runhigh.com

ä Fredonia Presbyterian Church, 24 Water St., will hold a stuffed pork chop or chicken breast dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in the church. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children. Info: 724-475-3735.

ä Slippery Rock Rotary and Butler VNA are hosting their Autumn Golf Classic on Friday, Sept. 26 at Oakview Golf Club, Ralston Road, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Golfers and sponsors are welcome. Info: Call 724-406-0160 or 724-496-6568.

ä The Fourth Annual Small and Mighty 5K Run/Walk in Memory of Candice D. Berner will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Moraine State Park, Portersville, starting at the North Shore Pavilion 5. Proceeds benefit adoptaclassroom.org Info: www.active.com or Facebook.

Meetings

ä Grove City Woman’s Club will meet at noon Oct. 2 in the fellowship hall of East Main Presbyterian Church, Grove City, when Marge Devlin, president, will honor past presidents. The program will be WaterFire Sharon presented by Karen Anderson. Guests are welcome. Info: 724-748-6166.

reunions

ä The #5 Mine Reunion is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at Pavilion 2 at the VFW, Brent Road. Please bring covered dish to share.

Pets

ä Grove City Agway & Pets hosts the Race for Rescues, a 1.5-mile race at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Grove City Memorial Park. Walk or run with your dog for a great cause; all proceeds will benefit local pet rescues. Entry fee is $20 and all dogs will get a bandana and treat bag. All dogs must be on a leash, vaccinated and licensed.

Info: 724-458-9830.

ä Grove City Area Pet Rescue hosts a monthly, low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats at the Plain Grove Township municipal building. Dates vary and appointments are required. Cost is $60, which includes the spay/neuter and rabies and distemper vaccines. Flea and ear mite treatment is provided free. Info and to schedule an appointment: Call 724-662-4454.

Programs

ä Attention mushroom seekers: Back for a command performance is “Marvelous Mushrooms,” a how-to workshop to be presented by Ron Donlan from 9:30 a.m. to noon (or until all questions are answered) Oct. 4. Enjoy a fall walk in the woodlot at Munnell Run Farm, Rt. 58 a mile north of Mercer, and learn how to find, identify and harvest the many edible fungi available to the informed. No experience necessary.

Pre-register at 724-662-2242.

ä The Grove City Community Library and Where the Corners Meet Quilt Guild Present Commonwealth Speaker Cassandra Gunkel and “The Underground Railroad in Quilts” 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at East Main Presbyterian Church in Grove City. This is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by National Endowment for the Humanities. This event is free.  Details available by calling 724-458-7320 or visiting www.grovecitypalibrary.org

Special events

ä The village of Volant will be transformed Saturday when witches and warlocks of all ages are invited to fire up their broomsticks and fly on over for a wicked evening of enchanted activities. Put on ghoulish attire and enter the best costumed adult, child or pet contest while you parade down Main Street. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Witches hats will be available at Volant Mills for $5.

The Witches Ball is from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Meeting House Gardens, where one lucky enchantress will be crowned the most Bewitching Witch. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. DJ Lee will provide the music, and appetizers and beverages provided. Reservations are being taken at Volant Mills: 724-533-5611. Proceeds benefit the Volant Mills restoration project.

Info:  visit www.volantmills.com

ä Webb Winery, 2531 S. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, is hosting its Second Annual Fall Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy wine, live music by Twisted Wires and a gourmet build-your-own-burger bar. Tickets are $20 and include dinner, entertainment and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets/info: 724-856-2770 and www.webbwinery.com

ä Harmony commemorates the Hurricane Ivan flood disaster of 2004 and celebrates its recovery successes on Saturday, Sept. 27, with a free community day called Rise Above the Waters.

The event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., opens with a parade and includes art, photos, music, food, creek fun, and a big yellow ducky created by students at the local Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School. Joining the 10 a.m. parade of fire trucks, musicians, antique vehicles, the ducky will be accompanied by a flock of CVE art students who helped make the papier maché and yellow duct tape sculpture. It starts at the east end of Mercer Street in the Harmony Moose Lodge parking lot --- which was under about 12 feet of rushing Connoquenessing water as the flood peaked on Sept. 18, 2004 --- and ends at the borough’s creek side Wood Street Park. After the parade, children and adults can have a go at the Venture Outdoors climbing wall behind the Harmony Museum’s Wagner House, made possible by a grant from WesBanco. Their challenge will be to climb above 18 feet -- the high reading on the closest Connoquenessing Creek water level gauge during the 2004 flood. Other happenings include a water-themed art show in the museum’s Stewart Hall, a special art exhibit at the adjacent Bottlebrush Gallery, music on the porch of the Harmony Inn restaurant, and live music performances throughout Harmony’s Main and Mercer streets business district. Plein air artists will be at work. Stewart Hall also hosts a display of flood, cleanup and recovery photos and a signing wall on which visitors can note personal memories and thank-you's from their flood and recovery experiences. Food and refreshments will be available.

Info: 724-452-7341 and www.harmonymuseum.org   

ä Autumn in the Park runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Stoneboro Park. There will be music by Wildwood Express, pulled pork sandwiches, apple dumplings, a cornhole tournament, a Chinese auction, duck races and a garden shed raffle. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for kids. Proceeds benefit Jason Pyle Memorial and other projects.

ä The VIlla Maria Harvest day honoring the heritage of The Sisters of the Humility of Mary will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Villa Maria Community Center. The event includes live music by the Wrangler Band, hay rides, alpacas, farm fresh food, baked goods, children’s activities, vendors and a gift basket raffle. Special entertainment will be provided by Animal Tracks exotic animal show, a magician, the Villa’s own Jot the Clown, the Country Cloggers, and Paws and Taws square dance group.

The Villa Maria Market Barn will be open for purchases of seasonal produce, pumpkins, straw bales, corn stalks and mums. The Villa Shoppe will offer unique purses, jewelry, baskets, scarves, books, CDs and more. Help others by donating a non-perishable food item to local food banks.

Admission and parking are free. For more information on the event or to participate as a vendor or volunteer, call 724-964-8920, ext. 3348 or visit www.humilityofmary.org

ä Music notes and rolling hills combine for a spectacular evening to benefit one of Lawrence County’s hidden treasures; the Renova Music Festival. Thursday, Oct. 2, the committee for the Renova Music Festival will host a relaxing and casual event at the home of the Armstrong family in Union Township. Details include a casual evening with good music, wine and light pre-dinner fare in a scenic setting. The cost is $25 a person and will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Armstrong residence, 381 Armstrong Drive, New Castle (Union Township) 16101.

RSVP by Sept. 25 to 412-716-4416 or 724-510-1608 or email info@renovafestival.org

 Stage

GCC One-Act Fest turns spotlight on students

GROVE CITY -- Theater lovers can get a taste of Grove City College students’ talent this week with the annual Fall TAP One-Act Festival. The festival features four short plays directed and performed by students. It runs Thursday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 27 in the Little Theatre of Pew Fine Arts Center on the campus of Grove City College. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. All plays are performed each evening.

The plays include: “The Dark Lady of the Sonnets,” George Bernard Shaw’s Shakespearean tale of love and misdirection featuring the Bard himself; “Postcards,” by James Prideux, tracing the lives of an endearing elderly couple and the postcards they write to celebrities living and dead; “The Playwright’s Dilemma,” a story by Richard Sturm of a love triangle so complex it would make Pythagoras blush; and “Waiting,” a dour examination of the afterlife by Academy Award-winning director Ethan Coen.

The festival is sponsored by Tau Alpha Pi, the College’s Theatre Honorary. Students Ethan Mitchell ’15 and Nate Woodroof ’16 coordinate the festival. Professor Betsy Craig, Department of English, is the adviser.

Admission is free but tickets are required. To reserve tickets in advance: https://my.gcc.edu/html5/apps/theatre/tickets.html; or call 724-458-3331 or email theatretickets@gcc.edu

Seats for non-ticket holders will be available from 15 minutes before curtain, as space allows.

ä “Chicago” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. FridaySept.26 and SaturdaySept.27 and 2 p.m. SundaySept.28, as well as 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3, and 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at The Barrow Theatre, Franklin. Tickets :814-437-3440 or at www.barrowtheatre.com

Support groups

ä TOPS 1692 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a weight loss support group that meets every Tuesday at Center Presbyterian Church, Grove City. Members weigh in from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. There are weekly and monthly contests with prizes and projects to help local nonprofits. The group has also collected items to donate to the food pantry through the church, and earned beads for their accomplishments, making necklaces to give to Operation Christmas Child.

They’ll be collecting hats and gloves in October and November for local children. Info: 724-992-2584.

ä Grove City Medical Center, 631 N. Broad St. Ext., Pine Township, sponsors monthly support groups, held in the hospital’s Education Center. Registration is not necessary. Info: 724-450-7193.

Cancer Support Group -- first Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Grief Support Group -- third Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Diabetes Support Group -- fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Support Group -- third Thursday at 7 p.m.

Chronic Illness Support Group -- the third Thursday at 6 p.m.

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