Thiel hosting career fair for students today

GREENVILLE — Mercer County Career Fair will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today in Rissell-Beeghly Gymnasia on the campus of Thiel College in Greenville.

Mercer County Guidance Counselors Association is sponsoring the event for students from Greenville, Commodore Perry, Reynolds, Grove City, West Middlesex, Lakeview, Jamestown, Sharpsville, Mercer, Sharon and Farrell high schools.

More than 100 colleges, universities and technical schools, businesses and armed forces representatives will distribute materials and talk with students and community members.

Thiel will participate from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Venango County Career Night at Cranberry Mall in Seneca.

Info: 724-589-2173.

F.H. Buhl Club provides Mother’s Day Out

SHARON — Those ages 2è through 5 can take part in Eat ’n Play from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays in F.H. Buhl Club, 28 Pine St., Sharon.

Children can attend this Mother’s Day Out program on an ongoing basis or whenever is convenient to the parent’s schedule. They should bring their lunch and beverage.

Cost is $8 for an afternoon. Club membership is not needed. Reservation or info: 724-981-3700.

Whispering Oaks to send Christmas gifts to troops

HERMITAGE — Veterans, residents and staff of Whispering Oaks in Hermitage are seeking help in sending Christmas gifts to local soldiers deployed overseas during the holidays.

Operation Christmas is running through Nov. 11. Non-perishable food, toiletries, games, calling cards and monetary donations for shipping and handling costs are being accepted for Christmas packages.

Info: 724-347-3050.

Old-Fashioned Christmas planned in Shaker Woods

COLUMBIANA, Ohio — The 12th annual Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 and 21 and 22 in Shaker Woods, Columbiana.

The festival will host 200 craftspeople and artisans. Exhibitors will demonstrate their crafts and sell handcrafted holiday items and traditional crafts.

Admission for adults is $6 and free to those 12 and younger.

Info: Linda McGaffic, Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods Inc., 433 State Ave., Beaver, Pa. 15009; call 724-728-7084; e-mail, or on-line,

Jameson Health System hosting pandemic event

NEW CASTLE — Community Pandemic Disaster Conference will be from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 in the conference center of the south campus of Jameson Health System, New Castle.

The event seeks to increase community awareness, education and preparedness for pandemic influenza. Pennsylvania departments of health and agriculture and Lawrence County Emergency Management also will take part.

Registration or info: 724-656-4270.

GC Medical Center event covering Medicare

PINE TOWNSHIP — A program on Medicare is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in the education center of Grove City Medical Center, Pine Township.

Gene West, chairman of the Resources for Community Education on Medicare and Medicaid Reform, will speak.

Original Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D will be discussed.

Reservation or info: 724-450-7191.

Arc of Mercer County hosting ‘Transition’ event

HERMITAGE — The Arc of Mercer County will host “Transition to Adulthood” from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 in 850 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage.

What transition is, available support, strategies for approaching transition and agencies available to help will be covered. Partnership trainers from Achieva will be presenters.

Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families, a project of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, sponsors the training through funding from the Office of Mental Retardation, Department of Public Welfare.

The program will be in conjunction with Arc of Mercer County’s membership meeting.

Registration: Kathy Lesko, 888-272-7229, Ext. 509; or

Info: 724-981-2950.

Competition open to hearing-impaired students

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Ninth- through 12th-graders with hearing loss can compete for prizes and an all-expenses-paid trip to Rochester in the Digital Arts and Animation Competition.

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is sponsor.

This national competition recognizes students’ artistic expression with awards in mixed digital media, Web page design, graphic media, 3-D animation, interactive media, photo illustration and free-hand art in digital form.

Students by Dec. 1 must submit an entry form and a 150- to 300-word descriptive essay and artwork on CD or DVD. Additional requirements and information are available at

Gourmet Extravaganza to benefit March of Dimes

SHARON — Local chefs and caterers will prepare samples of their signature dishes for Gourmet Extravaganza from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in The Corinthian, 47 Vine Ave., Sharon.

Live and silent auctions also are planned. The event will raise funds for March of Dimes birth defects foundation in the United States.

Info: Dottie Tawney, March of Dimes, 724-981-1841; or The Corinthian, 724-983-9020.

Jennings seeks photos of historic Foltz School

SLIPPERY ROCK — Historic Foltz School, remembered fondly by many former students, has stood as an area landmark for more than 125 years. Located just south of the Old Stone House on Route 8 in Brady Township, the one-room schoolhouse was built in 1880. It closed in 1963 after serving the region for 83 years.

Jennings Environmental Education Center manages the school site and is looking for photographs of it in order to help document it as an important historic resource.

The Jennings staff is requesting that anyone with pictures of Foltz School contact the center by e-mail at: or by phone at 724-794-6011.

All photographs and pictures will be copied and returned to the owner as soon as possible.

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