• The Grove City Education Center for Adults is offering online GED instruction and face-to-face classes at several sites. Virtual sessions include math from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays; science from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and social studies from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Face-to-face classes are available in Grove City, Sharon and Greenville. Grove City hours are 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sharon sessions are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays. Greenville classes are 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students can enroll at any time; pre-registration is required, as social distancing dictates maximum occupancy in classrooms. Volunteer tutors and classroom aides are also needed.

For information, contact Sandy Marwick at 724-458-7270 or GCECA is a nonprofit agency that operates in partnership with the Butler County Community College Adult Literacy program with support from the Grove City Area United Way.


• Grace Harvest Church on Route 208 in Springfield Township is holding a craft show and yard sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10. There will be Amish donuts; soup and sandwiches for $2 each; and quarts of soup for $5. Reserve a spot for $10.

Info: Call 724-734-1171.

• The sixth annual craft sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in the pavilion at Slippery Rock Community Park, 320 N. Main St., Slippery Rock. There will also be a raffle to benefit the Slippery Rock Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard. Cash is the only accepted form of payment. Please wear a face mask.


• Fair Haven Farms, 206 Lee Road, Springfield Township, offers a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides, gift shop, family fun center and more on weekends through Nov. 1.

Info: Visit or their Facebook page, or call 412-848-3501.

• Coolspring Corn Maze, 537 Franklin Road, Coolspring Township, offers a corn maze, hay rides, mountain slides, games, horse rides, food, indoor jumping pad and more on weekends through Nov. 1.

Info: Visit or their Facebook page, or call 724-699-3221.

• Irons Mill Farmstead, 252 Greenfield Road, New Wilmington, has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, zip line, pig races, candy cannon and more on weekends through October.

Info: Visit or their Facebook page, or call 724-946-5455.



• Most programming at the Grove City Community Library will be done virtually. Follow the library’s website, Facebook page and Miss Heather’s Facebook page for the latest information. These events have been announced:

» The Make a Difference Knitting and Crochet Group meets from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 in the basement of Tower Presbyterian Church, Grove City. All ages and abilities are welcome. Members are making afghans, washcloths, socks and more for Mercer County AWARE.

» The Monday Night Virtual Book Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12. This month’s book is “The Girls of Atomic City” by Denise Kiernan. If you’d like to participate in the Zoom event, contact the library to receive an invitation.

» The annual family Star Wars event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Monteleone Shelter at Grove City Memorial Park. Take your photo with Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Stormtroopers and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes.

» The library is hosting a Harry Potter online cooking club for kids via Facebook. For more information, call the library or email

» Fall story time for ages 3 to 6 will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the basement of Tower Presbyterian Church, Grove City. Registration is required, and participants must wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

Grove City Community Library is at 125 W. Main St. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The first hour each day is reserved for the most vulnerable population.

Toys and games will not be available, seating is limited, appointments must be made for computer use, the number of patrons will be limited, and curbside pickup is available by appointment.

For more information, call 724-458-7320, visit or check out “Grove City Community Library, PA” on Facebook, or email 

• Mercer Area Library, 110 E. Venango St., Mercer, hosts these events:

» The Friends of the Mercer Area Library annual used book sale is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Brandy Springs Park Community Center, 103 William T. Wardle Drive, Mercer. 

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The first hour Tuesday through Saturday is reserved for those who have a high risk of contracting COVID-19.

Occupancy is limited to 15 people. Wearing a mask in the library is required. Curbside pickup is available for those who are unable or do not wish to wear a mask.

For more information, call 724-662-4233, email or visit



• The Tri-County Country Music Association has cancelled its Oct. 13 gathering that was to be held at the Slippery Rock Township Community Building, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



• Jennings Education Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Road, Brady Township, hosts self-guided Fall Foliage and Autumn Wonder Walkabout 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 to 18 – peak fall foliage color. Visitors can pick up a free guide and follow a designated route; send an email to or call 724-794-6011.

Printed guides will be available at the entrance to the center. The route contains some steps and uneven terrain, but is considered easy. A mask is recommended as social distancing may be difficult on the trails.

• McConnells Mill State Park, Portersville, offers these programs:

» Owl Prowl from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10; meet the park naturalist at the Kildoo Pavilion. Be prepared for a walk to look for the creatures. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather and wear a face mask or covering. Register by calling 724-368-8811.

» Fall Foliage Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 11; meet next to the Kildoo Pavilion. Join a park naturalist to learn about the colors of fall. Wear a face mask or covering. Register by calling 724-368-8811.

» Geology Trail Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 15; meet at the Kildoo Picnic Area. There will be a guided geology-themed hike in the Slippery Rock Gorge. Wear a face mask or covering. Register by calling 724-368-8811.

• Moraine State Park, Portersville, hosts a Fall Foliage Kayak Float from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10; meet at McDanel’s Launch on the North Shore. Join a park naturalist for a paddle and look at the colors of fall. This is for ages 12 and up; those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks and gear will be available, or bring your own. Life jackets and face masks or coverings are required. Register by calling 724-368-8811.


• October is Pride Month at Slippery Rock University, where the Pride Center is hosting events with student organizations and other campus partners to promote empowerment, awareness and education about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning people.

Pride Month events include panel discussions, games, art, vigil, health information and more; most events are being held virtually. Info: Call 724-738-4378, visit or email


• From Oct. 7 to 11, Clarion University Theatre will be streaming “Hate Mail,” a comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky. Tickets and a link to the on-demand stream are available at

“Hate Mail” may not be suitable for younger viewers. It follows Dahlia and Preston, who first begin corresponding with an angry complaint letter concerning a cheaply made souvenir purchased at the shop where Dahlia works. The story is told through their letters, sticky notes and computer chat.

• Slippery Rock University’s Department of Dance will host its annual Faculty and Guest Artist concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 via a livestream on the department’s YouTube channel. Visit to buy tickets.

The concert is a collaboration between SRU dance and art students, University faculty and nationally and internationally known guest artists.


Recommended for you