THINGS TO DO
• The American Red Cross national blood inventory is at its lowest level this time of year since 2015. There is less than a half-day supply of type O, which is the most transfused blood type in the United States.
Eligible donors are encouraged to give blood or platelets. Those who donate in October will receive an email offer for a free sandwich from Zaxby’s or a $5 e-gift card of your choice from a participating merchant.
All donors must wear face masks. Donations can still be made after the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered; be prepared to share the name of the vaccine manufacturer. Info: Visit RedCrossBlood.org/covid19
Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Opportunities include:
» 12:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Hampton Inn and Suites Grove City, 4 Holiday Blvd., Springfield Township.
» Noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Living Hope Mennonite Church, 3358 Perry Highway, Sandy Creek Township.
» 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, 229 S. Market St.
» 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Fredonia Presbyterian Church, 24 Water St.
• The Tri-County Country Music Association has canceled its Oct. 12 gathering in Slippery Rock Township. They hope to meet in November.
• North Liberty Presbyterian Church, 209 North Liberty-Plain Grove Road, Liberty Township, hosts Dan Schall at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The Zelienople man’s music and testimony shares his love for Jesus Christ and his concern for his fellow man’s eternity.
Schall stutters when he speaks, but he has a rich singing voice and shares how positive changes came to him. For more information about Schall and Dan Schall Ministries, visit www.danschall.org
• The Ride for Life will be held on Oct. 9 from Mercer to Meadville. The motorcycle ride will honor two children who died after choking and raise choking awareness, and LifeVac devices will be donated along the way.
Aizeya Mattocks was a beautiful 8-year-old who choked to death in school in 2012. She would have graduated high school in June 2021. Kolson Confer was a healthy 22-month-old boy who choked to death eating breakfast with his father.
Riders will meet at 10 a.m. at the Legion Riders, 100 E. Butler St., Mercer, then stop at fire and police departments, ambulance companies and preschools to donate the LifeVac choking rescue devices.
The ride ends The Compound Voodoo Brewery, 834 Bessemer St., Meadville, with CPR classes for parents, plus music, magic show, petting zoo and prizes.
Info: Visit “Kolson’s Krew” on Facebook.
• Lakeview Area Public Library hosts Designer Bag Bingo and Holiday Bling on Nov. 12 at the Sandy Lake borough building. Prizes include designer purses and holiday decor, and there will also be additional raffles and gift auction.
Doors open at 6 p.m, bingo starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for 12 bingo games with three cards per game. Reserve a table for eight for an additional fee. Guests can bring their own snacks; no alcohol allowed. Light refreshments will be available.
All tickets must be purchased in advance at Kepner’s Farm Market, 3755 Sandy Lake Road, Sandy Lake. Adults must accompany anyone under 18. Proceeds benefit the library: Info: Call Susan Kepner at 724-699-0184.
• Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Trunk or Treat for Mercer-area families 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 23 on Courthouse Square in Mercer.
• Dr. Deanne Buffalari, Westminster College associate professor of neuroscience, will present the 2021-22 Henderson Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Witherspoon Lakeview Room of Westminster’s McKelvey Campus Center.
In “Basic Research in Neuroscience Promotes Our Understanding of Addiction,” she will discuss findings from her research on nicotine use, including its relationship with reward centers of the brain, addiction and memory.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Buffalari’s research, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more on Westminster’s neuroscience program, visit www.westminster.edu/neuroscience
• The Grove City Community Library announces the following:
» The Monday Night Book Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11. This month’s book is “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert.
It will be held in person and over Zoom. Contact the library for a Zoom invite or a copy of the book.
» The Make a Difference Knitting and Crochet Group meets at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Everyone is welcome to join this casual group, which makes items to donate to local nonprofits.
» A craft group for adults will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Cost is $5 to make a fall decoration. Call the library to register.
» Donations for the next book sale are being accepted by appointment. Gently-used books, DVDs and audio CDs are welcome.
» Spanish language classes for grades one through six will be held Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 18 and Dec. 2 and 16. Registration is required.
» Build a Blanket Fort Night is 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Families can bring blankets, sheets, clothespins and other supplies to build their own fort, then enjoy games, snacks and more. Wear your pajamas and bring a snack to share. Registration is required.
» The Kids’ Dollars and Sense Financial Literacy Program presented by Mars Bank will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15.
Kids in first through sixth grade will learn about saving and earning money, responsible spending, budgeting and more. There will be prizes. Call the library to register.
» Star Wars Day at the Park will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Monteleone Shelter at Grove City Memorial Park. Visit with about 20 characters, and wear your own costume.
» Family Movie Night is 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 with “Ratatouille.” Kids should wear and oversized white shirt to “dress like a chef,” and they’ll be making their own chef hats and snacks. Registration is required.
» The fourth annual Halloween Bash is 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the library. Bring a snack to share and a donation for Grove City Area Pet Rescue.
There will be crafts, games, food, costume contest, monster bash disco party and more.
Grove City Community Library is at 125 W. Main St., Grove City. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
• The Clarion University Physics Department presents ”Stars Over Clarion” at 7 and 8 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 in the Donald D. Peirce Planetarium located at the Grunenwald Science and Technology Center.
The program combines ancient storytelling with the modern understanding of celestial bodies to explore the month’s night sky and highlight important events which may have occurred in the sky over Clarion.
Guests must wear face masks. Seating is limited, the planetarium is handicap-accessible, and admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
• The Grove City Area Historical Society and Museum hosts its Fall Speaker Series at 6:30 p.m. Mondays:
» Oct. 11 – Local resident Grant McKnight will speak at the museum, 111 College Ave., Grove City, about his business, which is the leading supplier of infield playing surfaces for Major League Baseball teams and their affiliates.
» Oct. 25 – Historical society volunteers will provide a “show and tell” experience at the museum, sharing favorite exhibits and little-seen pieces.
• The Shenango River Watchers hosts its Fall Paddle Fest on Oct. 9 at Pymatuning State Park. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.
Celebrate the Shenango River as Pennsylvania’s River of the Year and enjoy the fall foliage. Shuttle service and lunch are provided. Info and registration: Visit shenangoriverwatchers.org
• Penn State Shenango’s eighth annual Stamp Out Stigma will be held at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 13. This year’s mental health awareness event will address anxiety and depression, bringing information, awareness and personal stories about the importance of mental health care.
Keynote speaker is William Doan, professor of theater in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State’s University Park campus. He created “The Anxiety Project,” which includes more than 300 of his drawings and live performances that focus on living with anxiety and depression.
He will also discuss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people’s anxiety and depression.
The community is invited to attend this free program, though registration is required by visiting shenango.psu.edu/stampoutstigma
Location information will be provided upon registration. Info: Contact Tony Paglia at email@example.com or 724-983-2841.
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