THINGS TO DO

CLASSES

• The Grove City Education Center for Adults will begin offering free “English as a Second Language” instruction from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Thursday. Language learners at all levels are encouraged to attend.

For information or to register, contact Sandy Marwick at 724-458-7270 or gcedcenter@gmail.com

Located at 118 S. Center St., Grove City, GCECA is a nonprofit agency that operates in partnership with the Butler County Community College Adult Literacy department with support from the Grove City Area United Way.

CONCERTS

• Grove City College hosts three concerts featuring students during the annual Family Weekend. They are free and open to the public.

At 6 p.m. Friday in Arnold Recital Hall of the Pew Fine Arts Center, the Grove City College Singers’ perform “Folk Songs of the World.”

The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, directed by Andrew Erb, associate professor of music and director of bands, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center. The concert, entitled “Flight,” will feature works composed by Saucedo, Whitacre, Hazo, Morgensen and others.

Dr. Joseph Hasper, associate professor of music, directs the Jazz Ensemble and Stage Band, which will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Ketler Auditorium.

In addition to the three concerts, the Grove City College Jazz Combo will perform outside Breen Student Union from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

• A free spring handbell concert will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St., Grove City. Participating choirs include the Revelation Ringers, the Celebration Community Ringers, the Glenn Memorial Ringers of Tower Presbyterian Church, and handbell soloist Sue Garton.

FUNDRAISER

• A Hawaiian luau fundraiser will be held for Brynn Adams at 2 p.m. May 18, at Pine Township Engine Co., 1252 S. Center St., Pine Township. Admission is $10, and proceeds benefit Brynn’s medical costs. She has been diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia, a neurological disorder that makes it difficult to walk due to muscle weakness and tightness.

There will be food from Norm’s Mule Train Smokers, music by Treebeard Brown, a basket auction, 50/50 raffle, and games and activities. Tickets can be purchased at DuraEdge, 149 S. Broad St., Grove City, or online by visiting the “Hawaiian Luau Fundraiser For Brynn” Facebook page.

For more information, call 724-372-0839 or 724-992-1498.

LECTURE

• Dr. Sherri Mason, an expert on plastic pollution, will speak at Westminster College at 12:40 p.m. Thursday in the Dietz-Sullivan Lecture Hall in the Hoyt Sciences Center.

Mason, sustainability coordinator at Penn State Behrend, will delve into her internationally renowned research on plastic pollution in her lecture “The Perils of Plastic.” Though plastic seems to be everywhere, the lecture will focus on what plastic is, where it comes from, and where plastic products go after they are used.

Mason is a 2018 Heinz Award winner in Public Policy and a 2016 EPA Environmental Champion. Her visit is sponsored by Lawrence and Mercer County Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring (ALLARM), a water quality research and outreach group based at Westminster.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Helen Boylan, professor of chemistry and director of the Center for the Environment at Westminster College, at 724-946-6293 or boylanhm@westminster.edu

OUTDOORS

• McConnell’s Mill State Park, Portersville, hosts a spring wildflower walk from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the Point parking area on McConnell’s Mill Road to join members of the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania and park staff to explore the woods along a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail, hunting for the beautiful flowers of spring. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a snack or water.

• Moraine State Park, Portersville, hosts a spring wildflower bike ride from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the Lakeview Beach Area on the North Shore for a seven-mile ride that includes information about wildflowers along the multi-use trail. Bring water and a snack. You must wear a helmet. The ride is for ages 12 and up. Bikes and helmets may be available upon request. Call the park office at 724-368-8811 to register. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

• The National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday in the Joseph D. Monteleone Picnic Shelter at Grove City Memorial Park. Praise and worship starts at 11:15 a.m. followed by the prayer event from noon to 1:15 p.m.

In case of severe weather, the event will be held at the nearby First Church of God, 1333 W. Main St., Grove City. Info: Call Pastor Pam Schnelzer at 714-992-9196 or Pastor Veda Holland at 724-992-3249.

• The Mercer County Historical Society hosts its annual dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Dr. James K. Sewall Genealogical Library of the society’s headquarters, 119 S. Pitt St., Mercer. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. in the social hall of the Helen Black Memorial Chapel – enjoy salad, stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and rolls with butter.

A short business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. to elect officers and the board of directors, followed by a presentation by Amber Farris, McKinley Memorial Museum Director, on “William McKinley Jr.: A Life Outside of the Presidency.” The evening concludes with a cookie and punch reception.

The reception and presentation are free and open to the public. Tickets for the dinner are $12 a person. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Historical Society or call 724-662-3490. The deadline is noon Thursday.