• The Penn State Master Gardeners of Mercer County are holding their third annual Pumpkin Grow Off, and they are looking for participants of all ages and gardening levels.

On June 1, registered participants will receive pumpkin seedlings to plant in their own gardens. Participants can grow their pumpkins however they choose, but must submit a photo of their pumpkin(s) and a short description of their experience on or before Oct. 5 to be entered in the competition. Pumpkins may be painted, carved, used in fall decor, etc. The photos will be displayed on the county Facebook page for judging with the winner announced on Oct. 31.

Register by Tuesday, April 30, by calling the Mercer Extension Office at 724-662-3141 or emailing with your name, city, and level of gardening experience. 


• The 22nd annual Mercer County 4-H Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday, May 4, at the 4-H Park Show Arena, 463 N. Perry Highway, Coolspring Township. The kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m., and the auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Mercer County 4-H program and the 4-H Park.

To donate items, call the Mercer Extension Office at 724-662-3141. Past auction items have included gift certificates for local businesses, tools, children’s toys and bicycles, jewelry, gift baskets, gardening supplies, and supplies for horses, livestock and pets.


• Slippery Rock Community Library hosts these programs and events:

» The library will be participating in the Slippery Rock University Kaleidoscope Arts Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saday, April 27, at the Macoskey Center on campus.

» Geri-Fit Senior Strength Training Classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Pre-registration is required.

» Slippery Rock University students will be available at the library as Homework Helpers at 3:30 p.m. Mondays in April. SRU students will be matched local school students who need a little extra help.

Slippery Rock Community Library is located at 465 N. Main St., Slippery Rock. New expanded hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Info: Call 724-738-9179 or visit

• Grove City Community Library offers events, programs and services. Registration is required for all programs and events. The upcoming calendar includes:

» The Sci-Fi Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, for ages 18 and up. This month’s book is “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov. Copies are available at the front desk.

» Cooking the Books meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29. This month’s cookbook is “Modern Lunch” by Allison Day. Pick a recipe to share with the group. Participants can make a free copy of their recipe at the library.

» The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held May 6 through 11 during regular library hours. Volunteers are needed; contact Miss Heather if you’d like to help.

» A fundraiser concert featuring Treebeard Brown will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Grove City Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $5 at the door. There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, and refreshments. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new carpet for the children’s area of the library.

Chinese auction prizes are needed. Businesses or individuals who would like to donate can drop off the items by Tuesday, April 30, or arrangements can be made for them to be picked up.

Grove City Community Library is at 125 W. Main St. It is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call 724-458-7320, visit or check out “Grove City Community Library, PA” on Facebook, or email 

• Mercer Area Library hosts these programs and events:

» The nonfiction book group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, to discuss “A Night to Remember” by Walter Lord. Print and audiobook copies are available at the circulation desk.

» The Friends of the Library host their Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 1. The cost is $6.50 and the menu includes a turkey breast and provolone sandwich, pasta salad, and Texas sheet cake. Stop at the library to place your order, or sign up if you’re interested in helping prepare food or serving.

Mercer Area Library is at 110 E. Venango St., Mercer. It is open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 724-662-4233, email or visit


• Arts and Education at the Hoyt, New Castle, is holding an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, April 27. Learn about the Hoyt’s camps, classes, workshops, concerts and more. There will be demonstrations and opportunities to try things like pottery, animating clay, and painting. For more information, call 724-652-2882 or visit

• The GeniusCorps program hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, in the atrium of the STEM building at Grove City College. Students will present posters about their lab work, and guests will be able to try out some experiments.


• Jennings Education Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Road, Brady Township, hosts guest artist Susan Walker from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, for the next part of the “Art and Nature” series, “Vernal Pools and Watercolors.” Walker will lead the group in the creation of a personal piece of art, using watercolors to capture the scene of the vernal pool in a forested setting.

This program is for ages 12 and up. Register by Wednesday, May 1, by visiting or by calling the Center at 724-794-6011. A fee of $5, cash or check, must be paid in advance.



• The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Isaac Eaton Camp 504, meets at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the social hall of the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel at the Mercer County Historical Society headquarters, Mercer. Info: Call 724-662-3490, email, or visit



• The 101st annual Nicklin Reunion will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 1948 Leesburg Grove City Road, Springfield Township. Guests will be ordering their own meals from the menu. Please bring pictures and family information to share.


• Outta Theatre presents “The Cloaked Princess: A Fairy Tale Odyssey” at 3 p.m. today, April 27, at Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St., Grove City. Tickets are $8. Ages 5 and under are free. Info: Call 724-967-2723 or visit

• A class of Westminster College students will present “Brew and the Bard: An Evening of Shakespeare’s Comedy” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Hop Asylum Brewery in New Wilmington.

The students will open the night with a teaser scene from “Hamlet,” which will run from May 2 to 5 in the college’s Beeghly Theater as a senior capstone project. Students from the class and voluntary audience members will also read scripts for scenes from a series of Shakespearian comedies, including “The Winter’s Tale,” “Twelfth Night” and “The Tempest.”

This event is part of the Theatre for Social Engagement cluster class’ coursework. Students have been using theatre in a variety of ways to bring the community together and reflect on social issues throughout the semester.

The event is free and open to the public. Drinks and food can be purchased from the brewery. For more information, contact Dr. Karen Dabney, visiting assistant professor of theatre, at 724-946-6238 or