• The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help end the ongoing critical need for blood and kick off the fall season with a blood or platelet donation. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially as COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

Donors who give in September will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut from Sport Clips Haircuts, and a college football T-shirt while supplies last. 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

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Opportunities include:

» Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at Avalon Golf and Country Club, 1030 Forker Blvd., Hermitage.

» Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at West Middlesex Presbyterian Church, 3082 Main St.


• Online class for 2021-22 Mercer County Master Gardener basic training will be held Oct. 7 through March. Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers who are trained by Penn State Extension and support the Extension’s educational programs in consumer horticulture.

Master Gardeners volunteer with service agencies and community groups on a wide host of educational gardening projects and create demonstration gardens, introduce plant science to children, answer gardening questions, and write articles and fact sheets.

Classes will be held 6 to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays. Participants must agree to volunteer 50 hours to Penn State Cooperative Extension; that could include maintenance of demonstration gardens, guest speaking, and working with youth groups.

The fee is $200. Info: Contact Susan Lanigan at or 724-662-3141.


• The Grove City College orchestra program is returning to live, in-person performances starting with the touring choir joining the orchestra to honor first responders, service members and those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus. Dr. Katherine E. Mueller, associate professor of music, directs the choir.

The concert is free and open to the public. Visitors are required to follow current COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. The concert will also be livestreamed at

• 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.

Barry and Debbie Wiles and the Allegheny Boys Quartet perform Oct. 2. Admission is free. Info: Call Jim Hanna at 814-673-4371 or Harold Surrena at 814-786-9038.

• The Butler County Symphony Association presents its 73rd season. Concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Butler Intermediate High School (April 10 concert is 3 p.m.).

The first concert is Oct. 2 with “Great Ladies of Swing” featuring the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan. Matthew Kraemer is the music director and principal conductor.

Season tickets are $125. Individual shows are $25; or $8 for students. Group rates are available. Info and tickets: Visit or call 724-283-1402.


• Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 819 Columbia Ave., Grove City, holds a weekly movie night at 7 p.m. Sundays. Refreshments will be provided.


• A fall bazaar and rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at Coolspring Presbyterian Church, 787 Coolspring Church Road, Coolspring Township.

A free-will donation will be accepted; proceeds benefit missions.


McConnells Mill State Park, Portersville, hosts these events:

» Owl Prowl is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Meet the park naturalist at Kildoo Pavilion to learn about owls that prowl the night woods in Pennsylvania. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

» Hemlock Heroes is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8. Meet in the parking lot at Breakneck Falls off of Cheeseman Road. Learn about the Eastern Hemlock, which is the state tree, and what you can do to help save it.

Be prepared for a two-mile hike with a park naturalist. Wear sturdy hiking boots, dress for the weather and bring water and snack.

Moraine State Park, Portersville, hosts these events:

» Stars, Stories and S’mores is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Pavilion 4 at the Lakeview Beach Area on the North Shore. Learn about stars and constellations around the fire while enjoying s’mores. Bring a chair or blanket, and binoculars if you have them. Dress for the weather.


• The Mercer County Republican Party hosts Pennsylvania Superior Court judge candidate Megan Sullivan from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Mercer County Republican headquarters, 124 S. Diamond St., Mercer.

This is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.


• Old Economy Village hosts its annual Erntedankfest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3. Celebrate the fall harvest and winter prep with artisans, demonstrations, music, food and more.

Volunteers are needed for the festival and other upcoming events. Info: Contact Chloe Thomas at 724-266–4500, ext. 104, or


• The Guthrie Players is holding auditions for “A Dickens of a Radio Play,” which is about a small radio station in the 1940s on Christmas Eve attempting to broadcast Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

Auditions for actors ages 18 to 65 will be held over Zoom on Oct. 2 and 3. Those interested in helping backstage are also invited to interview; duties include light and sound tech, costumes, props and set painting. Info: Email

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