• The work of emerging student artists at Slippery Rock University are on display through April 30 via a virtual exhibition, “MOSAIC: Individually Together.”

Participating student artists are enrolled in the university’s professional practices course, Art Seminar, and under the instruction of Heather Hertel, professor of art.

The class used Instagram to created a virtual art gallery and Facebook to expand their presence.  Artwork include paintings, printmaking, drawing, photography and digital art.

Featured student artists include Deanna Wood, a junior art major from Mercer; Elizabeth Hines, a senior art major from Slippery Rock; Vera Pieri, a junior art major from Slippery Rock; and Rebecca Kifer, a junior art major from Hermitage.

Info: Look for “Mosaic Individually Together” on Facebook or @sruartseminar2021 on Instagram.


• The American Red Cross is calling for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to help refuel blood supplies. The Red Cross has teamed up with INDYCAR to urge people to donate blood or platelets.

Those who donate through April 15 will be entered to win a VIP trip for four to the 2022 Indianapolis 500. Those who donate during the month of April will have a chance to win a $1,000 e-gift card for a merchant of their choice.

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus; that could help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

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:  

» 1 to 6 p.m. April 12 at Slippery Rock United Methodist Church, 130 Franklin St., Slippery Rock.

» Noon to 5:30 p.m. April 15 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3325 Morefield Road, Hermitage. 


• Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts presents Tania Grubbs with bassist Jeff Grubbs and pianist Alton Merrell with “Songs of Spring” at 7:30 p.m. April 10 at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg.

Tickets are $20 for adults, and $5 for students. Info: Visit or call 724-659-3153. 


• The Grove City Community Library announces the following:

» Appointments can be made for curbside pickup, copying, printing, scanning and faxing services, donation drop-off, computer use and tech help. Call the library or email

The library is tentatively scheduled to reopen for in-patron browsing on April 12. Face coverings and social distancing will be required.

» The library hosts Looks 4 Books by hiding book at Grove City Memorial Park and in downtown Grove City. Each book is sanitized and placed into a plastic bag. Find a book, take it home and read it, then hide it again for someone else to discover.

Share photos with the library of you finding, hiding or reading the books. You can also hide your own books along with a message that says the book has been cleaned with sanitizing wipes before being placed in a bag.

» The Make a Difference Knitting and Crochet Group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 8 in the basement of Tower Presbyterian Church, Grove City.

This casual group is open to anyone. Members have been working on projects to donate to local nonprofits.

» The Monday Night Virtual Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. April 12. This month’s book is “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. Contact the library to receive a Zoom invitation if you’d like to join.

» During the month of April, shop at Ace Hardware, 816 W. Main St., Grove City, to help support the library. The Friends of the Library group has organized a round-up fundraiser; if you “round up” your purchase to the nearest dollar upon checkout, the difference will be donated to the library. 

» During tax season, the library maintains common federal forms and instructions. If the library doesn’t have the necessary form, it can be printed from the internet for 20 cents per side.

» The Grove City Kids’ Virtual Cooking Club is for kids in grades first through eighth. Club activities will be conducted through a private Facebook group.

Everyone who completes an assignment will have a chance to win a prize. Email Miss Heather at to register.

» Keep an eye on the library’s Facebook page for details about when the next kids’ craft kits are available. Children must register for the kits, which are free while supplies last.

» More than 45 cake pans are available to check out for one week at a time.Visit to view the selection.

» Spring 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 are encouraged to wear face masks.

Grove City Community Library is at 125 W. Main St., Grove City. The staff can be reached 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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, offers these programs and services:

» With the growing number of book donations, the library needs help with transporting books to its warehouse in Franklin. Volunteers with vans, SUVs or trucks can contact the library, which will have the books boxed and ready to load.

» Donations are being accepted for the library’s book sale, which will be held May 20 to 22. Used books, audiobooks, DVDs and puzzles can be dropped off at the library during business hours. Please do not leave donations in the book drop.

» The Learning Suite, which is provided by the New Castle Library District for Mercer County library patrons, has been designed to meet the needs of all learners by combining real-time, one-on-one connections through a modern, online classroom. Info: Visit

The library is open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Curbside pickup is available Tuesday through Friday. 

For more information, call 724-662-4233, email or visit or “Mercer Area Library” on Facebook.

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