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Announcements & Ongoing Events
Be a Friend of the Fireworks! Just One Week Left To Meet Our Goal!
The St. Marys fireworks display will be held at dusk on July 3 at the Leaning Pines/The Highlands, with live music from 7 – 9 PM, children’s activities, snack vendors, and more! As always, the display is entirely funded by the community’s generosity. Each year the display costs approximately $18,000 including fireworks, insurance, facility usage, entertainment, cleanup, and public safety. We’re currently about $7000 short and we’re asking everyone to help. Your donation to the fireworks fund supports an event that honors the sacrifices veterans have made, the freedom enjoyed by all Americans, and the shared pride that ensures our community remains strong. We thank all the individuals, businesses, and organizations who have already graciously contributed, and we hope all who enjoy the displays will donate too! We appreciate your continued support and hope to see you at the Fireworks!
“Sweet 16” Wing Fling Tickets On Sale – Buy Now and Save!!!
Get your Wing Fling tickets now and save $$$!!!! $20 tickets for Wing Fling are on sale at the Chamber office. After August 1 tickets will be $25 each. We’re also looking for Wing Fling participants, so don’t forget to send in your forms!! You don’t have to be a restaurant to participate – all businesses are welcome!
2017 Dairy Queen Cutest Pet Contest Is Underway!
Vote for your favorite entries from June 17 thru July 16 – winners will be announced July 20, winner’s picture will be taken July 29! All proceeds benefit the Elk County Humane Society and the top 12 will be featured in the 2018 Elk County Humane Society calendar.
Hiring Students? Ask to See Their School Counts Employability Certificates
If your business is hiring students this summer, please ask to see each candidate’s Employability Certificate! This program is part of an initiative that encourages employers to use high school performance records as one of the criteria to evaluate high school job applicants, and we hope that by working to achieve this certificate, students will begin to realize the importance of accountability and responsibility. A total of 158 St. Marys Area High School students received Employability Certificates this year, proving that they obtained a grade of “C” or better in every course, achieved a 95% attendance rate and punctuality record, took more than the minimum graduation requirements, and demonstrated positive behavior. For more information about School Counts Employability Certificates, click here.
ECCOTA Accounces Project Stream Grants Available For Arts Activities
The Elk County Council on the Arts in conjunction with the PA Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Project Stream, which provides funding for individuals and not-for-profit organizations in the form of grants for arts-related public projects. You need not be an arts organization to take advantage of this funding. Grants for amounts up to $2500 are available to support arts activities that take place between Sept. 1, 2017 and Aug. 31, 2018 in Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Potter Counties. The application is completed online and the deadline is June 20, 2017. More info is available at 814-772-7051, email@example.com, or the ECCOTA website.
Upcoming Community Events
NOW THRU JUNE 30
Elk County Council on the Arts Presents the Tom Copella Retrospective
date & location: now thru June 30 at the ECCOTA Gallery at 237 Main Street in Ridgway
description: The Elk County Council on the Arts is pleased to present the Tom Copella Retrospective, on display now till June 30 at the ECCOTA Gallery at 237 Main Street in Ridgway. The Retrospective is a collection of work created throughout span of Tom’s artistic career and includes many pieces that have never before been presented for public view. Several large paintings are exhibited alongside smaller pieces and 3-dimensional carvings. Prints of much of the work are also available. Tom’s eclectic collection is an impressive showing of his diverse skills and wild creativity. For more information, contact Sara Frank, Gallery Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-772-7051.
NOW THRU AUGUST 6
CNB Bank to Feature Local Photography in 2018 calendar
description: Area residents are invited to submit photos for the 2018 CNB wall calendar, which will feature photos with an “Americana” theme from the western Pennsylvania region. The theme encompasses all things that help tell the story of who we are, from family heirlooms and well-loved toys to priceless artifacts, items of nostalgia, and pop culture. Local residents are encouraged to submit up to two photos using the online submission form. Photos can be submitted through Aug. 6. On Aug. 9, 12 winners (including Best of Show) and 24 honorable mentions will be selected. These photos will be printed in the Bank’s 2018 wall calendars, which will be distributed to customers all over PA in November. Winners will be announced on Friday, Aug. 11.
JUNE 19-JULY 14
ECCOTA Youth Summer Visual Arts Camp
dates & locations: Camp will be held at the St. Leo’s Church social hall in Ridgway June 19 – 23 and at the Community Education Center in St, Marys July 10-14 .
description: Each day will be filled with a creative new project inspired by the theme, “Fairy Tales and Folklore”. The camp is open to students entering grades 3 – 9. Applications and information are available at ECCOTA.com or by calling 814-772-7051 or stopping by the ECCOTA gallery at 237 Main St. in Ridgway.
ECCOTA Youth Summer Theater Camp
date, time & location: Camp begins on June 26 and concludes on June 30 with a 7 PM public performance of Honk Jr., directed by Tiffany Gump, at the St. Marys High School Auditorium.
description: Campers 18 or younger entering grades 3 – 12 in the fall are welcome to participate. Campers 6th grade and up are encouraged (but not required) to pre-audition for larger roles. Auditions will be held Thursday, June 15 in the ECCOTA gallery from 9 AM – 12 PM and 1 – 4 PM in the St. Marys High School band room. Applications and information are available at ECCOTA.com or by calling 814-772-7051 or stopping by the ECCOTA gallery at 237 Main St. in Ridgway.
St. Marys Fireworks Dairy Queen Blizzard Day
date & location: June 27 at St. Marys Dairy Queen
description: Support the annual Fireworks Display at this great community event in cooperation with the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce! Stop in at your St. Marys Dairy Queen on June 27 and enjoy a delicious treat, with $1 from each Blizzard sold going towards the Fireworks Fund. Businesses can call with large orders at 781-1417.
Children’s Miracle Network Celebration Events
date & location: Golf Ball Drop – 11 AM (kids) and 6 PM (adults), June 30 at Leaning Pines Golf Course; Children’s Miracle Network Celebration Dinner, 7:30 PM at Highlands Grille and Banquet Center
description: Golf Ball Drop – Join the fun at Leaning Pines Golf Course on Friday, June 30, where kids and adults can win Walmart gift cards and cash prizes at the Golf Ball Drop! Balls are free for kids and just $5 for adults. The kid’s Golf Ball Drop will take place at 11 AM, the Adults’ Golf Ball Drop at 6 PM. The Golf Ball Drops are sponsored by Walmart, Dairy Queen, and WTAJ TV. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and the Elk County Community Foundation.
Celebration Dinner – Join us at 7:30 PM on Friday, June 30 at Highlands Grille and Banquet Center in St. Marys for a full buffet dinner, dessert, and more! Live entertainment with Travis Unplugged from 6 – 10 PM; long drive and putting contests; and meet WTAJ TV Chief Meteorologist Joe Murgo. Dinner cost: $30. Tickets available at The Highlands, SMACC, Elk County Community Foundation, Merlin’s, Leaning Pines Golf Course, and St. Marys Insurance Agency. For more info, find us on Facebook.
ECCOTA Annual Erie Art Museum Trip
date: July 6
description: All students from grade 3 & up are welcome to register and attend. More information is available at ECCOTA.com or by calling 814-772-7051 or stopping by the ECCOTA gallery at 237 Main St. in Ridgway.
Elk County Cruise In & Kill the Grill BBQ Competition
Date, Time, & Location: July 8 at the Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette PA, starting at 1 PM
Description: Join the Elk County Cruisers for their annual Elk viewing cruise in. All late models and classic cars, trucks, jeeps and motorcycles are invited to the Elk Country Visitor Center for an afternoon of fun. Dash plaques will be awarded until gone. Music in the afternoon, along with the Kill The Grill BBQ Competition for Chicken, Brisket and Ribs and a chicken BBQ after 4.
2017 Disability & Senior Resource Expo
date, time & location: 9 AM – 1 PM July 26 at Edgewood Hall in St. Marys
description: State Rep. Matt Gabler and Life and Independence for Today invite you to the 2017 Disability & Senior Resource Expo from 9 AM – 1 PM on July 26 at the new location, The Edgewood Hall on South St. Marys St. in St. Marys. Spotlight vendors include ATA, Bradford Manor, Penn highlands Elk, Pinecrest Manor, Penn Highlands Community Nurses, Care Unlimited (an Aveann Hone Healthcare Center for Community Resources Inc.), County Homemakers Inc., Ridgmont – WRC Senior Services, and Sweden Valley Manor. For more information, visit http://repgabler.com
NWIRC Sales Process Workshop
date, time & location: Aug. 25, 8 am – 3 pm, Community Education Center in St. Marys
description: This workshop will help your company become more proactive, qualify leads more effectively, and stay in alignment with your customers buying process. After this workshop you’ll have a higher probability of success leading to increased revenues and improved profitability. Cost: $250 P/P for a company team of 3 or more; otherwise, $350 per person. Value add: receive 2 hours of virtual post-workshop coaching support. For more information or to register: call 814-898-6888
Bavarian Fall Fest
date & time: Fri. Sept. 15, 11am-10pm; Sat. Sept. 16, 9am-10pm; Sun. Sept. 15 9am-3pm
location: Downtown St. Marys
description: Food, crafts, live entertainment, pancake breakfast, huge basket raffle, folk mass
SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 1
Quehanna Elk Quest Weekend
date: September 29 – October 1, 2017
description: Explore the Moshannon and Elk State Forests, hike with KTA staff and Board members, view the elk herd in the Benezette area, and complete your weekend adventure at Gunners – a quaint motel/restaurant in historic St Marys, PA. This weekend package trip includes: Two nights lodging as well as two breakfasts, one lunch, and two dinners. We will take four hikes throughout the three day adventure, visit the Elk Country Visitor Center, and a State Game Lands in the heart of the elk viewing area.
Sign-up here: http://www.kta-hike.org/2017-qeq-rsvp.html