THINGS TO DO

BLOOD DRIVE

• Grove City Medical Center and Vitalant host a community blood drive from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in the hospital’s education center. Vitalant is the supplier of all blood products for the hospital.

The demand for blood in our region continues to grow. More than 200,000 units of blood must be collected each year to meet the transfusion needs of local patients. Each donation can save up to three lives.

Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Most medications are acceptable, and blood donations can be made every 56 days. Pre-registration is preferred by calling the hospital’s public relations department at 724-450-7191 or by registering online at www.vitalant.org. Walk-ins are welcome until 3 p.m. on the day of the drive. 

CONTEST

• PennDOT is inviting high school students in the northwest region to participate in the “Paint the Plow” art outreach program. This year’s theme is “Don’t Rush in Ice and Slush,” which must be incorporated into an original mural painted on one of PennDOT’s snow plow blades.

“Paint the Plow” art and social media contests will be held in Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Venango counties as well as a combined contest for Forest and Warren counties. Students in public and private schools are eligible to participate, though school officials must make the arrangements.

PennDOT does not fund the project, but the agency does social media postings, media press releases and public displays at a local PennDOT facility.

For more information or to request a participation packet, contact Joshua Kaufer at 814-673-6110 or jkaufer@pa.gov

ETC. 

• Members of the Mercer community can take advantage of the opportunity to host exchange students through the American Scholar Group in Greenville during the 2019-20 school year at the Mercer Middle-High School.

Families are needed to host students from Korea, and they would arrive in early August and stay for the whole school year. A monthly stipend would be provided to each family to assist with any expenses associated with hosting a student.

Info: Contact Michael Piddington, Mercer-Middle High School principal, at mpiddington@mercer.k12.pa.us or 724-662-5104.

FUNDRAISERS

• The annual Spring Quilt Program sponsored by the Harmony Museum will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 28, in Stewart Hall, 218 Mercer St., Harmony. Sarah Barnett of the Little Foot Quilt Shop in Evans City will be presenting “Quilts and Techniques Old and New.”

Admission is $7 at the door with proceeds supporting the Harmony Museum. Coffee, tea and cake will be served. One of the quilts on display will be raffled off. It features the diamond-star pattern in pastel colors, and was completed by the Harmony Museum Quilters. 

• Reaching Up and Reaching Out hosts a line dancing party from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Rudy’s Restaurant and Lounge, Findley Township; no experience necessary. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Manna House and Grove City Community Food Pantry.

Info and tickets: Call 724-496-3777.

LIBRARY EVENTS

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

» Summer reading registration begins Tuesday, May 28. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” It is open to all ages for kids through 12th grade.

» The Graphic Novel Book Club for grades four through seven meets at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. This month’s book is “Zita the Spacegirl” by Ben Hatke.

» Kids’ Cooking Club for grades three through six meets at 6 p.m. Fridays June 7, July 5, and Aug. 2. Learn how to make snacks, decorate cupcakes and cookies, learn basic kitchen rules, and more. Attendees are asked to bring an apron. 

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. The library will be closed today, May 25, and and Monday, May 27.

Info: 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:

» Tickets are on sale now for the third annual library raffle. They are $5 each, or three for $10, and they can be purchased at the library, at Windy Knoll in New Lebanon, or the Deer Creek Barntique event. First prize is a corn hole set depicting the Stoneboro Lake high dive; second prize, Vintage Treasures machine-quilted quilt; and third prize, a signed and numbered print by Jean M. Dunn. The winning tickets will be drawn on Labor Day.

» A lunch and bake sale to benefit the library will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, May 25, at Deer Creek Barntique, 307 Deer Creek Road, Sandy Lake. There will be baked goods, soup, sandwiches, sloppy joes and more plus garden and barn items, old tools, small furniture and benches.

• Mercer Area Library hosts these programs and events:

» The Mercer Area Quilt Club, assisted by The Gallery, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. The club is free and open to every skill level.

» The fiction book group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, to discuss “All the Light We Cannot See.” Print and audiobook copies are available at the library.

» The Friends of the Library needs donations of completed raffle baskets for its summer fundraiser. For more information, contact the circulation desk, or call Nancy Ollinger-Thiess at 724-662-3986. The baskets must be delivered the week of June 4. Ticket sales start June 11, and the winners will be chosen on Aug. 9. 

OUTDOORS

• The Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey is coming to Munnell Run Farm, Coolspring Township, for a “HerpBlitz” event at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3, in the red Education Building. “Herptile” refers to any reptile or amphibian.

Bring waterproof footwear, bug spray, a water bottle and flashlight. All ages are welcome, and kids must be accompanied by adults. Register by Friday, May 31, by calling 724-662-2242. 

SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

• Area senior citizens are invited to attend the “Senior Coffee and Conversation” seminar at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Greenville Senior Center, 45 Alan Ave., Greenville. It is open to residents 55 and over, and it is hosted by the Better Business Bureau, Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources, and the office of state Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer.

Attendees will learn about social security issues, elder financial abuse and fraud, and more. There will be refreshments, and prizes during “scams and fraud bingo.”

Info: To make a reservation, call 724-588-3155. 

STAGE AND THEATER

• Outta Theatre in Grove City hosts these programs and events:

» Rummage sale to benefit the organization, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 14, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 at Grace United Methodist Church in Grove City.

» Adult voice workshops, 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 11 and 25 and Aug. 20; $20.

» Tween/teen group voice coaching, 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. June 11 and 25 and Aug. 20; $20.

» Art and theatre camp for kids, July 15 to 19; $99 for half-day sessions, or $179 for full day.

» Piano Olympics camp for levels primer to 3, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 to 15; $60.

» Singing Olympics for ages 8 to 14, 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 to 15; $60.

» Adult mime workshop for ages 16 and up, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17; $30.

» Tween/teen mime workshop for ages 9 to 17, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 17; $30.

Info and registration: Visit outtatheatre.com or call 724-967-2723.

VETERANS

• Congressman Mike Kelly invites veterans, active duty service members and their families of Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District to a Veterans Resource Fair from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Downtown Mall, 900 Water St., Meadville.

Attendees can get information about VA benefits and programs. Several organizations including the Department of Veterans Affairs will be on hand.

Info: Contact Tony Digiacomo in Kelly’s Erie district office by calling 814-454-8190 or emailing tony.digiacomo@mail.house.gov