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Announcements & Ongoing Events

ECCOTA Presents Charles Wish Original Painting Viewing & Studio Tour – May 1-26

The Elk County Council on the Arts presents a Charles Wish Original Painting Viewing event and exclusive studio tour at the Walnut Street Art House. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 5 from 5-9 PM in the ECCOTA Gallery at 237 Main Street in Ridgway. The collection will be on display for public view until May 26. Charles Wish is an American painter best known for visually fusing Regionalism imagery with 9th-19th century South Asian symbolism and motifs. Charles Wish and his wife Abbi Peters have happily resided in Elk County for over 10 years, and ECCOTA is pleased to announce that select pieces of his work will be on public view, followed by a personally hosted tour of his studio space at the Walnut Street Art House on May 5 from 9PM-12AM, immediately after the opening reception. The studio tour is limited and reservations must be made at ECCOTA.com.

Weekend Programs at the Elk Country Visitor Center

May 6 – Spring Wildflower Walk – 2 PM – Join DCNR educator Eric Rensel for an informative hike
May 7 – All About Elk – 2 PM – Come and learn about the PA Elk Herd
May 13 – Newborn Wildlife – 2 PM – learn about PA wildlife’s new arrivals
May 14 – Go Fish – 2 PM – Learn more about this popular sport
May 20 – Vernal Pools – 2 PM – Learn about the species that utilize this habitat type
May 21 – Geochaching 101 – 2 PM – Come lear about this popular activity
May 27 – Kids Corner – 2 PM – Story time, nature crafts, and more
May 28 – Cute Calves – 2 PM – Learn about elk calves

Senior Outreach Program Caring Volunteers Needed

Community Nurses Senior Outreach is a free service for seniors who have been referred to our agency to receive regular telephone reassurance calls to check on their well-being, remind them to take their medicine, and reassure them that someone cares. Volunteers make calls from the Community Nurses St. Marys office. If you have just a few hours every other week to make some phone calls you can help give these seniors a feeling of security and well-being by talking with them for a few minutes. Community Nurses staff will follow up on any issues or concerns identified during your call. Time and days are flexible. Please contact Katie at 814-781-4722.

Upcoming Community Events

APRIL 7 – 28

Student Art Showcase Presented by ECCOTA

date, time, & location: The Student Art Showcase continues through  April 28 at the ECCOTA Gallery, Northwest Savings Bank, CNB Bank, and Farmers National Bank
description: The Student Artist Showcase will provide students in Elk County a chance to present their work to the public in a community setting. We encourage all participating students, teachers, family and friends to join us at an Opening Reception on April 7 from 5 – 9 PM in the ECCOTA Gallery on Main St. in Ridgway. Participating schools include Ridgway Area High School, Elk County Catholic, St. Marys Area High School, and Johnsonburg Area High School.  This is a free event, open to the public!


Spring Time Bling – Elk County Women’s Social

date, time & location: Join us on April 26, 6 – 9 PM at The Fine Line. $25 per person, meal included.
description: Bring your own glass, mug, or vase to paint. Come check out vendors, play a few games, and have fun! Please RSVP by April 19 to the Chamber at 781-3804.


National Arbor Day Activities in St. Marys

date, time & location: 1 PM on April 27 in Benzinger Park 
description: The Arbor Day tree planting for 2017 will be a tree to be planted in Benzinger Park at 1 PM on April 27. The fifth grade students from St. Marys Catholic Elementary School will participate in the planting. Toby Herzing, Forestry Consultant from the DCNR and advisory member of the Shade Tree Commission, will be Master of Ceremonies. Other members of the Shade Tree Commission and local City of St. Marys officials will be present.

BC3@Brockway Open House

date, time & location: April 27, 6 – 7:30 PM, at BC3 in Brockway
description: Tour BC3@ Brockway, explore academic programs, meet faculty and staff, and learn about financial aid! Thursday, April 27 from 6 – 7:30PM. Register for the Open House online at bc3.edu/open-house or call 814-265-1813 for more information.

Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services Open House & Ribbon Cutting

date, time & location: April 27, 5:30 PM at Phoenix Rehabilitation & Health Services
description: Join us at 5:30 PM for a special ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of our first year in our new home! Held in cooperation with with the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce. Appetizers, tours, cocktails, & raffle! RSVPs are encouraged but not necessary to attend. Call 814-834-1190.


St. Marys Cricket Wireless Grand Opening Event

date, time & location: Friday, May 5, from 12-4PM at Cricket Wireless in the St. Marys Plaza, 828 S. St. Marys Road, St. Marys
description: We extend a warm invitation to everyone to attend our Grand Opening event! Leading up to the grand opening we’re holding a raffle for 3 amazing prizes: an LG Harmony, a ZTE Grand X4, and a Samsung Galaxy AMP Prime. Be sure to stop by, fill out your entry and drop it in for the raffle! And please RSVP to the grand opening by sending an email to stmaryscricket2017@gmail.com .


Opening of the Marilyn Horne Museum & Exhibit Center

date, time & location: May 6, Marilyn Horne Hall, 2 Marilyn Horne Way, Bradford, PA. Dedication ceremony at 2 PM, Dedication performance at 5 PM.
description: Please join us to celebrate the opening of the Marilyn Horne Museum & Exhibit Center. The dedication ceremony at 2 PM will feature a tour of the museum and exhibit center, with light refreshments immediately following. The 5 PM performance will feature DeAndre Simmons, bass; Julie Davies, soprano; and Martin Katz, pianist/accompanist. Reception immediately following the performance. RSVP deadline is Friday, April 21. Call 814-362-7501.

MAY 6 & 7

Elkland Search And Rescue Fishing Derby

date, time & location: May 6 & 7, along the East Branch of the Clarion River from the Glen Hazel Bridge to Bendigo State Park. The derby will run from 7 AM to 7 PM on Saturday, May 6 and from 7 am to 5:30 PM on Sunday, May 7
description: Elkland Search and Rescue is a nonprofit volunteer organization serving Elk and surrounding counties. Our primary function is to search for and locate lost individuals at the request of the area police and fire departments, Our efforts are coordinated through Elk County control. More information here: www.elklandsar.com Elkland receives no tax support, so all money needed for equipment, training, and operating expenses must be obtained through fundraisers, grants, or donations. Elkland will sponsor a fishing derby on May 6 & 7, along the East Branch of the Clarion River from the Glen Hazel Bridge to Bendigo State Park. The derby will run from 7 AM to 7 PM on Saturday, Mat 6 and from 7 am to 5:30 PM on Sunday, May 7. We are asking you to consider sponsoring a fish for the derby with a cash donation or a pledge not valued at less than $25. If a tagged fish, identified as your is caught and turned in during the derby, you would be expected to donate that dollar amount which would be awwarded in your name. If your tagged fish is not caught and turned in during the two-day event, there is no further obligation. The participating fisherman’s entry fee will be the financial benefit to Elkland. Your pledge will generate the prize money for the derby. This is the 23rd year Elkland will be sponsoring this type of derby. It will bring many anglers into our area with potential benefits extending far beyond Elkland. Elkland would appreciate your support!

MAY 17

IRC Manufacturers Growth Conference

date, time, & location: May 17, 7:30 am – 4 pm at The Highlands Event Center in St. Marys
description: Learn best practices to create and sustain profitable growth! Being competitive and growing your business in a dynamic global economy is challenging. You may have great assets of people, equipment, technology, and processes, but are you maximizing their potential? Join us to learn about world-class best practices from national and local experts. Topics include how to breakdown jobs, standardize work, and train effectively; transfer years of knowledge to less experienced workers; find, develop, and retain good employees; identify new markets for diversification; generate qualified leads and acquire new customers; and commercialize a proprietary product and protect your products and ideas. Keynote address by PA State Representative Matt Gabler. For details and registration info visit http://www.nwirc.org/events or call 814-898-6888.

MAY 18

“Sing It Again” by The Concert Choir of Elk County

date, time, & location: Thurs. May 18, Fri. May 19, and Sat. May 20 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Inn in Ridgway
description: The Concert Choir of Elk County proudly presents “Sing It Again”, dinner and song being held at the Royal Inn, Ridgway, Pa on May 18, 19 and 20. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, April 11th at The Village Peddler, Cliffe’s in Ridgway and Constables in Johnsonburg. You must call the Royal at 773-3153 by Monday, May 8th with your ticket number and entrée choice. Entrees include Chicken Francese, Stuffed Haddock and Stuffed Pork Chop. Advance ticket sales only. Cost is $30 a ticket.

MAY 28

4th Annual Bennetts Valley Family Fishing Day

date, time, & location: May 28 at Bennets Valley Senior Center, Plum Street, Weedville. Fishing begins at noon, food from 11 AM – 5 PM, entertainment from 1 – 5 PM
description: Approx. 2000 trout will be stocked, including prize fish. Prize fishing ends at 5 PM. Observe all PA Fish Commission regulations. Entertainment from 1 – 5 PM: Dan & Galla Musical Show, SMAHS Dance team Exhibition, Heather Olson, Gabby Fye, and other local talent, plus Bubbles the clown with balloons, face painting by Emma Gavazzi, and activities for children. Free prize drawings throughout the day, and a 50-50 raffle! Food from 11 AM – 5 PM – hotdogs, hot sausage, brownie Sundaes, baked goods, pulled pork, elk burgers, smoked brisket sandwiches, chicken nuggets, fresh cut fries, and funnel cakes. Bring your own lawn chairs and have a fun day! Sponsored by Valley American Legion Post 978, Seneca Resources Corporation, Bennetts Valley Senior Center, Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Club, and Bennetts Valley Lions.

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