• The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood platelet donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type.
Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Opportunities include:
» Noon to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3325 Morefield Road, Hermitage.
» 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Kennedy Catholic High School, 2120 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage.
» Kennedy Catholic High School, 2120 Shenango Valley Freeway» 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Robert M. Smith Student Center at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock.
• Join Munnell Run Farm guest artisan owner of Outland Studios, Brandon Cowie, to paint a festive bunny on wood from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Munnell Run Farm, 753 Greenville Road, Coolspring Township. Cost is $30, and all materials are provided. Visit munnellrunfarm.org to see a project sample. Registration and payment are due by Friday, April 5, by calling 724-662-2242.
• Grove City College’s Symphony Orchestra will perform at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
About 4,000 music teachers and performers, music businesses and exhibitors and high school music students will be in attendance. They will be participating in sessions, honors music ensembles and other professional development activities.
This is the first time the Symphony Orchestra has been selected to perform at an Eastern Division Conference. The symphony orchestra was selected by a rigorous evaluation process that included applications from 170 ensembles representing 14 states from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
The Symphony Orchestra will perform twice at the conference. The first performance will be the world premiere of a work written by a high school student from Pennsylvania who won the annual PMEA Composition Competition. The second will be a 40-minute concert featuring selections that the orchestra has been rehearsing since November, including the world premiere of a composition by Grove City College Professor of Music Dr. Joseph Hasper entitled “Suite for a Short Time.”
Two senior music majors who won the Fall 2018 Concerto/Aria Competition will also be featured: Vocal performance major Callie Roberts ‘19 will sing “Ain’t It a Pretty Night” from Carlisle Floyd’s opera “Susannah;” and music and biology major Meredith Stratton ‘19 will perform the first movement of the Vaughan-Williams Concerto in A minor for oboe and string orchestra.
• Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts presents the Jakobs Ferry Stragglers, a traditional Appalachian bluegrass band, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Lincoln Hall, 42 S. Palmer St., Foxburg. Tickets are $30 for adults, and $5 for students. Info: Visit www.alleghenyriverstone.org or call 724-659-3153.
• The eighth annual Butler County Home Show will be held 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Family Sports Center, Route 68, Butler. There will be vendors, exhibits, seminars and demonstrations on home improvement and decorating. Admission is free.
Info: Visit www.ButlerCountyHomeShow.com
• The Mercer County 4-H Teen Council will host its annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Mercer County 4-H Park on Route 19 north of Mercer. Children ages 2 to 11 are invited. There is no admission fee.
• The annual Grove City Community Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Farmers National Bank will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Grove City Memorial Park, rain or shine. Kids 10 and are invited to this free event to gather thousands of candy-filled eggs. Some eggs contain special prizes in each age group. The Easter Bunny will be visiting for free photos.
• Mercer Area Library hosts these programs and events:
» Join the Mercer County Conservation District at 5:30 p.m. today, April 3, to learn about beavers. Call the library to register.
» The Friends of the Library host the spring used book sale April 9 to 13. Items are full price April 9 and 10; half price April 11 and 12; and cost by donation April 13. Donated books will be accepted through Friday, April 5. Volunteers are needed to help set up for the sale and assisting shoppers.
» The Friends of the Library holds an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, for anyone interested in helping with the library’s landscaping. If you can’t attend the meeting but would like to help, sign up at the main desk or email Chris at email@example.com
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 community is invited to Jennings Environmental Education Center, Brady Township, to experience the center’s new exhibits during a special open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6. The new exhibits feature realistic representations of prairie plants and wildlife above and below ground; interactive animations of the geological story of our region; an opportunity to hear the voice of botanist Otto Emery Jennings, for whom the park is named; historic artifacts; interviews with the people who have played a role in the park’s land and creation; and more.
Exhibit designers from Split Rock Studios of St. Paul, Minn., and Jennings staff will be available to answer questions and guide explorations. Light hors d’oeuvres and a small commemorative item will be available at noon while supplies last.
Award-winning photos from the 2018 Audubon Photography Contest will also be on display during this open house; it’s hosted by Bartramian Audubon Society. One of the most prestigious awards in nature photography, the winning photographers and their stunning photographs were selected from more than 8,000 entries submitted by photographers from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces. Jennings is the only location in western Pennsylvania where this traveling exhibit can be seen. Bartramian Audubon president, Jeffrey Hall, will give brief remarks on this exhibit at 1 p.m.
• Join local naturalist April Claus as she introduces you to things that creep and slither from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Moraine State Park; meet in park region 2 conference room at the 528 Prospect exit off of Route 422. This hands-on interactive program introduces you to the reptiles and amphibians of Pennsylvania. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their call, examine touchable models and learn how to identify the venomous snakes that live in our state. Meet and touch some live snakes, toads, turtles and salamanders that are native to western Pennsylvania.