THINGS TO DO
• Central Blood Bank is the supplier of all blood products for patients at Grove City Medical Center, and donors are needed. Grove City Medical Center, in cooperation with Central Blood Bank, is holding a Community Blood Drive from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the hospital’s Education Center.
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.
Donors can pre-register by calling the hospital’s public relations department at 724-450-7191. Walk-ins will be welcome until 3 p.m. on the day of the drive.
CALLS FOR TALENT
• The Olde Town Harmony Barbershop Chorus welcomes new members of all ages, male and female. They rehearse 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Center Presbyterian Church, 333 Center Church Road, Pine Township. The group encourages people to get together, enjoy good music, learn new songs, and improve their singing skills while having fun.
Their next open house is 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the church.
Info: Call Rick at 724-458-7817.
• The Venango Chapter of the DAR will hold its second annual Vendor Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Franklin VFW on Buffalo Street, Franklin. There will be vendors, a quilt raffle, baskets, a Chinese auction, and a bake sale.
• A spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction benefit for Curt Moore will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. today at New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St., Sandy Lake. The auction drawing will be held at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for kids 12 and under. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert, and drinks. Take-out meals will be available.
Curt has been battling an aggressive cancer for the last three years, and the disease has spread throughout his body, causing numerous setbacks along the way. He continues to fight with support from his wife Marcia. All proceeds will help the Moores with medical expenses and other costs related to Curt’s care.
Info: Call Patty at 724-992-0829 or Kelly at 724-992-4101.
• Grace Harvest (Church of God of Prophecy), 2396 Leesburg Grove City Road, Springfield Township, will host a stuffed pork chop dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. today. Adults are $10, and kids age 5 to 12 are $5. Meal includes stuffed pork chops, mashed potatoes, vegetable, cole slaw, drink and dessert. For take-out and delivery orders, call 724-734-1171.
• The Stoneboro Lions Club will host its 70th annual Buckwheat, Pancake and Whole Hog Sausage Supper from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 17 in the cafeteria at Lakeview High School, Stoneboro. The all-you-can-eat meal includes pancakes, buckwheat cakes, sausage prepared by the Lions using a secret recipe, juice, coffee, tea, milk, and homemade cookies.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club members for $7.50 per adult, and $3.50 for kids under 12. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8 per adult, and $4 for kids under 12.
• Grove City Community Library offers events, programs and services. Registration is required for all programs and events. The upcoming calendar includes:
» Pub Trivia Night is 6 p.m. Nov. 15, for ages 21 and up. Participants should bring a snack to share, and the event is BYOB. The lightning round is “World War I.”
» The Brown Bag Book Club for kids in grades three through six meets at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16. This month’s book is “The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall. Bring your own supper, and be prepared to discuss the book. Contact Miss Heather if you need a copy.
» The Kids Christmas Art Club Day is 1 p.m. Nov. 17, with artist Brandon Cowie. Register to make a wooden pallet Christmas tree. Cost is $15. Make checks out to Brandon Cowie.
» The American Girl Doll Club is a new group for girls in grades one through five. Enjoy activities, crafts, food, history, and more. Guests should bring an American Girl doll or similar doll. There will be 15 minutes of free play at the end of each meeting.
Meet Mary Ellen at 3 p.m. Nov. 14; and Samantha at 3 p.m. Dec. 12.
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. These adjustments to the library’s schedule are coming up: Open Nov. 10 for Christmas Marketplace only; closing early at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21; closed Nov. 22 and 23; closing early at 1 p.m. Dec. 22; closed Dec. 24 and 25; and closing early at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31.
• Mercer Area Library hosts these programs and events:
» The week of Nov. 13 is LEGO Building Week. Visit the library during regular hours to build anything with LEGO bricks.
» Circulation desk volunteers are needed to assist library staff. They are looking for public-oriented individuals who enjoy reading and working in a varying environment. Duties include: decision-making, communicating with patrons via different types of media, operating the online catalog, and more. Volunteers must be available on a weekly basis and one Saturday a month.
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.
• The Tri-County Country Music Association will meet on Nov. 13 at the Slippery Rock Township Community Building, 155 Harmony Road at Branchton Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. Come to enjoy entertainment, fellowship, Thanksgiving tureen, and the monthly meeting.
Attendees can bring a casserole, salad, or dessert to share. Beverages will be provided, along with music by The Shalico Family Band. The evening is hosted by Pete Watt, president, and Carol Young, secretary/treasurer.
Musicians and singers are welcome to bring their talents. Donation is $5 at the door. Membership dues for 2019 are now payable.
The event is smoke free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. For more information about the event or to book a band for your function, call Pete at 724-352-3836.
• The Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking for state game warden deputy candidates to help protect wildlife and state game lands. An open house will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, and the PGC State Game Lands 85 Maintenance Headquarters, 26114 State Highway 408, Cambridge Springs. Learn more about the roles of deputies.
Applicants must be Pennsylvania residents, at least 21 years old, and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and high school diploma or GED. Applicants must be in good physical condition, have a good knowledge of hunting, trapping and other outdoor activities, and be capable of maintaining good working relationships with fellow officers and the public.
Applicants also must put in 20 hours of ride-along time with a game warden and have a through character investigation conducted prior to taking the deputy entrance examination.
• The Bartramian Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Jennings Environmental Education Center, Brady Township. Learn about oak trees from Adam Haritan of LearnYourLand.com, who will discuss the edible and medicinal species that grow in association with the trees, with special emphasis on mycorrhizal, saprophytic, and parasitic fungi. Acorn harvesting and processing will also be discussed, including how to turn raw acorns into delicious, edible flour.
Refreshments will be served after the talk. There is no charge and the public is welcome. Bartramian Audubon Society is the chapter of the National Audubon Society serving Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, and Venango counties.
• Clarion University welcomes the community to join “Stronger than Hate: A Clarion Vigil” at 6 p.m. Monday at Suites on Main North Theater. The vigil will honor victims of recent hatred and violence in Pittsburgh, Kentucky, and the nation.
• The Mercer County Historical Society will host its Civil War Discussion Group on Tuesday at the society, 119 S. Pitt St., Mercer. Learn about day three of the Battle of Gettysburg, which brought Pickett’s Charge into the national spotlight. The program will be presented by James Carnes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month September through May, and it’s free and open to the public.
• The Mercer County Conservation District presents “Yellowstone, I have Loved” as part of its “Get Outside, Come Alive” series. It will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14, at Woodcock Creek Nature Center, Meadville.
Info: Call 814-763-5269 to register.
• The League of Women Voters of Mercer County is sponsoring the Crawford-Mercer Solar Co-op Information Session from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Community Library of the Shenango Valley, 11 N. Sharpsville Ave., Sharon.
Residents of Mercer and Crawford counties will learn about solar energy and how the co-op makes it easy to go solar. The presenter will be Henry McKay, Pennsylvania program director for Solar United Neighbors. He is an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional and holds a master’s in public administration from Cornell University and a bachelor of arts in politics from Oberlin College.
Since June, the Crawford County Solar Co-op has brought neighbors together for the first solar bulk purchasing program in the area. Now, Solar United Neighbors, a nonprofit that helps community members go solar and fight for their energy rights, has expanded the co-op into Mercer County.
The co-op has 11 participants, provides technical support and bulk purchasing power to help participants get a beneficial deal on the right solar system for them, while also building a network of local solar supporters.
Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.
STAGE AND THEATER
• Portersville Christian School hosts “An Evening of Sights and Sounds” at 7 p.m. today at the school, 343 E. Portersville Road, Portersville. This showcase of student performances will highlight what it means to be image-bearers of God, and the ability to communicate this in a variety of ways. Jennifer Ledford is the producer.
Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students.
Info and tickets: Visit www.ourpcs.org or call the school office at 724-368-8787, extension 201.
• Grove City Medical Center, in partnership with Lutheran Senior Life/VNA Hospice, presents “Holiday Grief: Embracing the Season,” a community outreach program for those who are facing the holidays after loss. It will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Conference Room D at the hospital.
Kelli Connolly, grief recovery specialist, will provide suggestions on preparing for the holidays after the loss of a loved one. A highlight of the event will be a candlelight memorial remembrance ceremony with a reading of the names of all deceased loved ones. Refreshments will be served.
This program is free and reservations are suggested, but not necessary.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact 724-431-3520.