THINGS TO DO
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
• The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a ribbon cutting at noon Friday for Simply Vintage by SL Designz, 104 N. Pitt St., Mercer. There will be light refreshments and demonstrations all weekend.
For more information about the event, contact Mindy Trepasso at the chamber by calling 724-662-4185 or emailing email@example.com
• The New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC) hosts its 114th annual gathering through Friday at Westminster College, New Wilmington.
The theme verse for the week-long conference, which is open to people of all ages, is Hebrews 12:2: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”
Participants will hear from many people of faith — including representatives from former Soviet countries, Asia, Africa and the Middle East – who have experienced the cost of discipleship, but kept their eyes on Jesus.
The daily schedule will include studying scripture, hands-on experiences and activities, and Christian fellowship. Lectures by spiritual leaders, which are free and open to the public, will be held daily.
Dr. Florence Muindi, founding president and chief executive officer of Life in Abundance International and a thought leader in the ministry of community development, will speak at the meetings at 11 a.m. through Thursday in Anderson Amphitheater.
Additional speakers and faith leaders will be featured during the week’s evening meetings, which will begin at 7:45 p.m. in Anderson Amphitheater.
For more information, visit www.NWMCmission.org
• The 27th annual Mercer County Antique Power Association’s Antique Tractor and Engine Show will be held 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Stoneboro Fairgrounds, 2381 Mercer Road, Stoneboro. Admission is $5 Thursday through Saturday, and free on Sunday.
There will be entertainment, tractor pulls, displays, demonstrations, car cruise, music and more.
Info: Call 724-992-9474.
• The Wonderful Wizarding Weekend will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Volant. Admission is free. The shops will transform into a world of “Harry Potter” fun for all ages.
Info: Call 724-533-2629.
• Silk Road Fair Trade Market, 115 N. Market St., New Wilmington, hosts its first Storytelling Faire from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Sit down on the blankets under the tree and be transported into a world of dragons, fairies, monsters, and mythical beasts as the master tellers, Mary Morgan Smith and Barra Jacob-McDowell, weave their magic. The shop will be selling items themed for the event.
• Marcellus Outreach Butler hosts its annual summer picnic from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Windy Knob Pavilion at Moraine State Park, Portersville.
Bring a dish to share along with a plate, cup and flatware. Fried chicken, lemonade and flavored sparkling water will be provided.
RSVP with the number of guests attending by visiting www.marcellusoutreachbutler.org and sending the information via the “Contact Us” form.
• Arts and Education at the Hoyt in New Castle hosts its Annual Children’s Summer Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, rain or shine. There will be entertainment, face painting, chalk-on-the-walk competition, activities that focus on world cultures, food, and more.
Children are encouraged to bring a T-shirt for a tie-dye project; shirts will also be sold for $5.
Info: Visit visit www.hoytartcenter.org
• The Children’s Aid Society of Mercer County is sponsoring the ice cream social that is part of the Mercer Community Band Courthouse Square concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. It is coordinated by the Friends of Children’s Aid Society to raise money for programs. Cake, ice cream and pie will be sold.
• An auction and dinner to benefit an accident victim will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 9, at the Brenneman Farm, 967 Hamburg Road, Fredonia, about a quarter-mile east of Route 58. New item donations are needed for the auction and can include furniture, quilts, tacks, toys, and more.
Items can be dropped off at the farm during evenings in August or the day of the sale. Auction items can be purchased with cash, or check with positive ID.
Info: Call Henry Brenneman at 724-475-3717 or 724-967-6511, or Enos Brenneman at 724-475-2655.
• Celebrate the Bloom will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Road, Brady Township. There will be activities, workshops, demonstrations, bonfire, food, vendors and entertainment.
Info: Call 724-794-6011 or visit www.celebratethebloom.wordpress.com
• Jennings Environmental Education Center, Brady Township, hosts Silver Sciences for senior citizens from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Learn about the different ecosystems at Jennings. Register by Friday by visiting events.dcnr.pa.gov or calling 724-794-6011.
PETS AND ANIMALS
• A clinic on how to teach your dog to catch a Frisbee will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 31, at the Hovis Auto and Truck Supply distribution center, 1000 Champion Drive, Springfield Township, just a half-mile west of Grove City Premium Outlets on state Route 208.
Instructors are Mark Vitullo and Billy Woodman, world champion disc dog competitors. Cost is $10 per person/dog. This clinic is for all ages and skill levels. Participants will learn about the sport of K9 Frisbee Toss and Fetch, and they’ll try a few practice rounds on an official field.
Discs will be provided, or bring one. Bring dog on a leash; or bring a 30-foot line if the dog’s retrieving skills still need work. Also bring water and treats for the dog.
Info: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Lavina Williams Eakin and William Eakin family reunion will be held at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3, at the Clintonville pavilion. Bring a tureen to share and table service. Coffee and table coverings will be provided. Officers will be elected.
• The 129th annual Alexander Family Reunion will be held at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3, at the Alexander homestead, 202 Coolspring Road, Mercer. Come out at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 to help set up and enjoy a wiener roast. The reunion includes games, food, brief meeting, singing, photos, hay rides and more.
• The annual O’Conner Family Reunion will be held at noon Aug. 4 at Grove City Memorial Park on West Main Street. Bring a covered dish of food and a dessert or fruit to share, and plates, cutlery, napkins, etc. Lunch starts at 1 p.m.
Bring a wrapped prize for bingo, along with donations for the raffle. Bring a T-shirt to paint; the paint will be supplied. Bring new addresses and other information to update the family history.
Info: Call Joyce Buchanan at 724-287-5299.
STAGE AND THEATER
• Pairing with the Greenville Area Community Theatre, Julie Freeman Kerr brings to life “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,” at the Robinson Theater at Thiel College, Greenville. Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The box office opens one hour before show time with the auditorium opening 30 minutes before the show. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for ages 60 and over, and $10 for ages 4 and over including high school and college students with ID.
Reservations for groups larger than eight people and wheelchair accessibility are available; call or text Holly at 724-651-2951 for more details. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting GACT-ors.com
• WaterFire Sharon needs volunteers for the “Beach Bash” event Saturday. A variety of opportunities are available. More information can be found on the “WaterFire Sharon, PA” Facebook page, or by contacting the volunteer coordinator at email@example.com or 724-301-1868.