• The Institute for Learning in Retirement, 165 Elm St., Slippery Rock offers a variety of classes for lifelong learners in-person and online. Topics include local history, healthcare, financial planning and outdoor excursions.

The fall semester runs Sept. 7 through Nov. 18. A regular membership is $70. Virtual-only classes are $50, and a basic package is $25 for three classes. Single classes are $15.

Info: Visit or email

• The Grove City Education Center for Adults, 118 S. Center St., hosts a free computer class for beginners 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Sept. 15 through Nov. 3.

Registration is required by contacting Sandy Marwick at or 724-458-7270. The center also offers GED instruction, English as a Second Language class, and other adult literacy services.


• Sandy Lake Wesleyan Church, 3096 Sandy Lake-Grove City Road, Sandy Lake, hosts Music by the Lake with gospel, county and contemporary performances at 6 p.m. the first Saturday of the month.

On Sept. 4, Don Etzel, Donnie Clark and Justified will perform. Admission is free.

Info: Call Jim Hanna at 814-673-4371 or Harold Surrena at 814-786-9038.


• The 42nd annual Lake Latonka Festival will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11. There will be more than 115 vendors including food, crafts, nonprofits and more, plus an auction, entertainment and raffle prizes.

Info and directions: Visit or check out “Lake Latonka Fall Festival” on Facebook.


• The Mercer County Trails Association hosts Pedal the Lake starting at 7 a.m. Sept. 4 at Maurice K. Goddard State Park, Sandy Lake, rain or shine. There are several bike route options, and helmets are required.

Rest stops will include light snacks and water.

Info and registration: Visit

• The Maple Lane Charitable Foundation hosts it 15th annual Barn Party on Sept. 11 at Maple Lane Farm, 767 Franklin Road, Jackson Center.

There will be dinner, music, and live and silent auctions with a 2021 vehicle from Diehl Automotive and the Chevy All Stars set to be the featured item. Tickets are $75 each, or $700 for a table of eight.

Sponsorships are available, and auction donations are being accepted.

Info: Contact Bill Doyle at or 724-679-8259.


• The Sharon Kiwanis hosts its second annual Bicycle Safety Event for kids from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 4 on the lawn of the Buhl Park Casino, Hermitage. Along with the Mercer County Trails Association, their goal is to fit 100 kids from preschool through high school with bicycle helmets, free of charge.

Attendees can also meet with a Sharon police officer, who will talk about safe bike-riding. BJF Bicycle Services, Kinsman, Ohio, can check kids’ bikes for safety and make minor repairs. State Rep. Mark Longietti is provided bicycle safety pamphlets.

This event is part of Buhl Day. Anyone is welcome to join the Sharon Kiwanis at one their meetings, held at noon every Tuesday at the Avalon at Buhl Park.

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