THINGS TO DO
• The Harrisville Community Band presents its annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Harrisville Fire Hall, 313 E. Mercer St. The band has been playing a variety of musical genres since 1965 with two charter members still performing with the band. Members range from high school students to senior citizens from the tri-county area.
The current director is Jim Jaskowak from Jackson Center. He is a music educator with the Grove City Area School District. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available during intermission.
• The Mary Ellen Liggitt Healthcare Scholarship was established in 1990 by the Grove City Medical Center Volunteers as a tribute to former Volunteer President Mary Ellen Liggitt, an active participant in many community and hospital programs. She contributed over 20 years of service to the hospital and its patients, and her outstanding dedication has long since been remembered.
The GCMC Volunteers are pleased to offer their $1,000 Mary Ellen Liggitt Healthcare Scholarship to an area student interested in preparing for a career in healthcare service. Any interested senior or graduate may apply for this scholarship by completing an application form and essay stating his/her goals and reasons for selecting a career in the healthcare field. A transcript and three reference letters also are required.
Interested students who would like an application or have questions about the requirements for scholarship consideration should contact Grove City Medical Center’s public relations office by calling 724-450-7191. Completed applications must be returned by April 15.
• The Harmony Museum is hosting a display of pre-Civil War coverlets and quilts from 1 to 4 p.m. through April 13 in Stewart Hall adjacent to the museum, 218 Mercer St., Harmony. It includes items from private collections and several museums.
At 10 a.m. April 13, Lauren Churilla, curator of the McCarl Collection at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, will speak about the weavers of western Pennsylvania. Again, attendees can have their personal coverlets evaluated.
Admission to the special Saturday programs is $5. Admission to the exhibition on other days is included in the price of a Harmony Museum tour — $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; and $3 for youths. Museum members and children age 5 and under are admitted free.
• Grove City Medical Center offers its summer Teen Age Volunteer program. Last year, teens volunteered in both clinical and non-clinical areas of service. If you are age 15 or older and want to explore opportunities for a future career in healthcare or simply want to provide a worthwhile community service, you are welcome to apply. Program size is very limited. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
To request an application packet, which contains mandatory training information and dates of the actual summer program, contact Mona Philson at Grove City Medical Center at 724-450-7191. After your application is submitted, you will be notified by mail of acceptance into the program.
• Grove City College welcomes Dr. Anthony Bradley to discuss mass incarceration and overcriminalization at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Crawford Hall auditorium on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Bradley is a professor and chair of the Religious and Theological Studies department and director of the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing at The King’s College and a research fellow at The Acton Institute. He studies and writes on issues of race in America, the criminal justice system, youth and family, welfare, education and ethics.
• Grove City Community Library offers events, programs and services. Registration is required for all programs and events. The upcoming calendar includes:
» “Does Not Compute” computer classes for adults will be held this month. All classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Thursdays, and they are intended for adults with little or no computer experience: April 11 – Introduction to Microsoft Word; April 18 – Introduction to Microsoft Publisher; and April 25 – Introduction to Microsoft Excel.
» The Make a Difference Knitting and Crochet Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11. This casual group is open to everyone. Members are currently working on afghans, washcloths, socks, and more for Mercer County AWARE and Three Rivers Hospice.
» Moms with babies and toddlers are invited to join a playgroup that meets every Friday morning. Toys will be available. Bring your own snacks.
» Registration is open for the American Girl Tea Party. The event will be Friday, April 26, for grades one through five.
» Storytime for kids ages 3 to 6 is held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Each half-hour session has a special theme and sometimes a craft and snack. There are also costume events and holiday parties. Kids will be introduced to group participation and new books and authors, and will gain some independence before going to preschool or kindergarten.
• Mercer Area Library hosts these programs and events:
» The Friends of the Library host the spring used book sale through Saturday, April 13. Items are full price April 10; half price April 11 and 12; and cost by donation April 13. 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. today, 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
» Preschool Storytime is held at 10 a.m. Thursdays. There are theme-based stories and crafts followed by an hour of free play with fun and educational toys.
• Moraine State Park, Portersville, hosts a Winter Weeds Walk from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Meet at the South Shore park office, 225 Pleasant Valley Road. Join the group for an easy 1.5-mile hike along Lake Arthur to the Sunken Garden Trail to look for dried grasses, seedpods, and more. Dress for the weather.
• The Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV Very Special Arts Exhibit will be on display through Wednesday, April 17, in the Pew Fine Arts Center at Grove City College. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The annual exhibit showcases artwork of area students with special needs. It is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Thirty Three Foundation.
For more information, visit www.miu4.org
• Saint Michael School hosts its spring rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 12, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, in Lateran Hall, 61 N. 3rd St., Greenville. Proceeds benefit the PTO and the school. Donated items are appreciated and will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, April 10, at Lateran Hall.
• Slippery Rock University’s Student Government Association will host an Empty Bowls dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. Attendees can buy bread and soup – served in handcrafted bowls made by members of the school’s Potter’s Guild and students.
Diners will also learn about food insecurity issues plaguing college campuses across the country. The bowls cost $5 to $20, and proceeds benefit Bob’s Market, the SGA-supported food pantry for SRU students. Food for the event is being donated by AVI Fresh, SRU’s contracted food vendor.