THINGS TO DO

CLASSES

• The Grove City Education Center for Adults, 118 S. Center St., Grove City, will offer a free, eight-week computer class for beginners starting May 3. Classes will be held 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Info and registration: Call 724-458-7270 or email gcedcenter@gmail.com

• Collage Coffee and Art House, 221 S. Broad St., Grove City, hosts kids’ craft classes for ages 5 and up at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. The fee is $5.

Register online at collage.coffee/events

CONCERTS

• The “Handbells in Spring” concert will be at 3 p.m. April 18 at Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St., Grove City. The concert will be performed by the Revelation Ringers from Grove City College, the Glenn Memorial Ringers of Tower Presbyterian Church, and the Celebration Community Ringers.

Admission is free, though a free-will offering will be collected to help with the cost of bell music and bell repairs. Guests must maintain social distancing and wear a face mask. The concert can by livestreamed at www.Facebook.com/TowerPresbyterianChurch

CONTESTS

• The Pymatuning Lake Association’s Crappie Tournament will be begin at 6 a.m. April 24 at the Espyville Boat Launch, 23531 S. Lake Road. First place gets $500; payouts go down to seven places.

Registration is $45 per team of two. Late registration is 6 to 8 a.m. Entry forms can be picked up at area bait shops or online at www.pymatuninglake.com

Info: Visit “Pymatuning Lake Association” on Facebook, or call 724-418-1501.

• High school students who live in Pennsylvania’s 16th District are invited to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide program that gives them a chance to showcase their talents. Winning pieces will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, who serves the 16th District, encourages students to enter. This year’s contest is virtual, and the deadline is April 28. Winners will be announced in early May.

Info: Visit Kelly.house.gov/congressional-art-competition or email the congressman’s Congressional Art Competition coordinator Mariah Rohan at Mariah.Rohan@mail.house.gov

FUNDRAISERS

• Westminster College Sports Management students are hosting a virtual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event through May 8 to support the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County and call for an end to sexual assault and violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Students in the Sports and Event Planning and Management capstone course have teamed up with Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an international campaign encouraging men to walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes as a symbol of standing up against sexual assault violence.

Participants can register online and walk their mile whenever and wherever they prefer: their treadmills, yards, neighborhoods or towns. Proceeds benefit the shelter, which provides leadership initiatives to help end physical, sexual and emotional violence.

The students are also selling $5 calendars that show Westminster’s male faculty, staff and students wearing the iconic red high heels associated with “Walk a Mile.”

Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt and digital race bib.

Register by visiting www.runsignup.com and clicking on “Find a Race” and searching for “Westminster College.”

• Grove City Education Foundation is hosting #ImpactRun 5K at 7:30 a.m. May 8 in the parking area behind Grove City Premium Outlets, 1911 Leesburg Grove City Road, Springfield Township. Proceeds benefit the foundation, which supports local students.

Info and registration: Visit www.grovecityeducationfoundation.org

OPEN HOUSE

• Westminster College, New Wilmington, is hosting an in-person open house from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 24. It is open to high school juniors and seniors, and students already enrolled in college who are considering transferring to Westminster.

Visitors will be able to tour the campus, talk with faculty and current students, learn about scholarships and financial aid, and have lunch. Students and their families can check in from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

Face masks and social distancing are required.

Info and registration: Visit www.westminster.edu/openhouse

OUTDOORS

• Moraine State Park, Portersville, hosts these programs:

» The Timberdoodle Flutter from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 15. Meet at Pavilion 7 at the McDanel’s Launch Area on the North Shore. to look for the American Woodcock, also known as the “timberdoodle,” one of the Pennsylvania’s most unusual birds.

Habitat improvement work is being done at Moraine to help support wildlife including the woodcock. Guest speaker is Jeff Herrick, a habitat management biologist with the Wildlife Management Institute who is spearheading the habitat work at Moraine.

A representative from the USDA/NRCS will provide information about funding availability for wildlife habitat practices on private land. After the presentation, the group will take a short hike to look for the birds and their spring mating ritual, the “timberdoodle flutter.”

Bring binoculars, warm clothes and field footwear. Face masks and social distancing are required.

Register by calling 724-368-8811.

» Wood Duck Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on April 20 or April 21 at Pavilion 7 at McDanel’s Launch Area on the North Shore. Russ Cawthorne of Specialty Outdoors will explain how the wood duck program insures successful nesting by selecting optimal habitat, box size, location, nesting material and predator guards.

Face masks and social distancing are required.

Register by calling 724-368-8811.

• Jennings Environmental Education Center, Brady Township, hosts these programs:

» Take Back the Woods: Battling Invasive Species on April 17. Celebrate Earth Day by helping to “weed out” invasive plants at Jennings. Volunteers can work individually or in groups of up to 12 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Volunteers will receive a virtual introduction to invasive plants; tools, materials and directions; and an invasive species cookbook. Volunteers must be at least 12 and be prepared to work outside, rain or shine.

Register by April 15 by visiting events.dcnr.pa.gov or calling 724-794-6011.

» Family Science Outside: Invasive Plants! from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18, 20 or 22. At-home learners in grades two through six and their grownups and siblings can explore how invasive plant species impact native plants.

Work as a team to remove the invasives as a way to celebrate Earth Day. Participants will get a virtual introduction, guidance on identifying the invasives, and materials.

Register and pick a time slot by visiting events.dcnr.pa.gov or calling 724-794-6011.

• Maurice K. Goddard State Park, Sandy Lake, hosts “Bring in the Spring Hike” at 10 a.m. April 18. Meet at the Dugan Run parking lot for this moderate hike.

Face coverings are required.

Info and registration: Contact Jared McGary at jamcgary@pa.gov or 724-932-3142 ext. 109.

PETS AND ANIMALS

• The Grove City K9 Frisbee Toss and Fetch League’s spring season is April 20 through May 18. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Hovis Auto and Truck Supply Distribution Center a half-mile west of Grove City Premium Outlets on Route 208.

Cost is $20 for the season, and it’s open to all ages and abilities. Play Frisbee with your dog on a safe, fenced-in field. A free clinic for those new to the sport will be held at 6 p.m. April 20.

Info: Visit tossandfetch.com or contact Billy Woodman, club captain, at bwoodman.2@gmail.com

PROGRAMS

• Slippery Rock University is hosting several events this month to celebrate Earth Day, which is April 22 and is the world’s largest civic observance that supports environmental protection.

SRU Earth Days is presented by the SRU President’s Commission on Sustainability and it includes workshops, social media challenges and virtual panel discussions.

Info: Visit www.sru.edu/about/sustainability

THEATER

• The Musical Theatre Society at Slippery Rock University performs a virtual show, “The Theory of Relativity,” April 15 to 17. The musical was written by composer Neil Bartram and it’s based on the book by Brian Hill. The theme is directly related to what most college students are encountering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cost per viewing is $12.04 for the general public, and $7.21 for SRU students.

Tickets: Visit showtix4u.com

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