THINGS TO DO

MEETINGS

• The Democrat Women of Mercer County will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday (5-14-22) at the Monteleone Shelter at Grove City Memorial Park. Take donations for AWARE, the county domestic violence agency. A list of needed items is on the DWMC Facebook events page. Call Kim Powell at (724) 734-1399 for more information.

Mercer County Democratic Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (5-12-22) in the Hermitage City building, 800 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage. This is a hybrid meeting and can be attended either in person or via Zoom. Those wishing to attend via Zoom should email: mercercountydemparty@gmail.com to request the passcode for the meeting.

The Mercer County Democratic party welcomes all county Democrats and Independents interested in furthering democratic values in Mercer County.

Hubbard American Legion Post 51 will meet at 7 p.m. May 19 in the Social Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 22 Westview Ave. Election of officers and other business are on the agenda.

Parking to access the Social Hall is at the lower level parking lot of the church.

Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the meeting. Commander Raica invites and encourages all members to attend.

RECYCLING

Shenango River Watchers will hosting a tire recycling collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 28 at the Hickory VFW, 5550 E. State St., Hermitage. The collection is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Visit shenangoriverwatchers.org for more information.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• The return of the National Association of Letter Carrier’s annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday (5-14-22) and will benefit the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County. Non-perishable food items should be left where the postal carrier can collect them easily.

• “Unite for Recovery” is the theme for a Rally in the Valley for Hope from 1 to 6 p.m. May 21 in Veteran’s Square, Farrell. The vision is to connect people battling addictions and their family members and loved ones to treatment, support, and equipping them to maintain lifelong support.

Featured guest will be Anthony Dawson of Farrell and Kyle Costal of Youngstown, along with testimonials, live music, and mime dance of hope.

There will be more than 20 resource tables offering prevention, intervention and other useful information, free raffle gift basket giveaways, and free food.

All are welcome. Information: Ben Zimmer at 814-282-9358 or Lynda Moss-McDougall at 724-301-3064.

• Former Mercer County District Attorney, James Epstein, will again moderate the Mercer County League of Women Voters’ annual book discussion program at 2 p.m. Saturday (5-14-22) at the Community Library of the Shenango Valley. “Just Mercy” by Brian Stevenson will be discussed.

All are welcome to join the discussion whether or not they’ve read the book. The library will have copies of the book available.

Gibson Manor in Jamestown will host its annual Spring Tea and Luncheon event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (5-14-22). There will be four kinds of tea sandwiches, cold soup, fresh fruit, decadent finger desserts, and selected teas. A fashion show by Andrea Peters, live music, gift baskets, and nursery plants will also be included.

Reservations are pre-paid only and can be made by calling Melanie at 412-979-4391.

FUNDRAISERS

Wilmington Township Mercer County Civic League will sponsor a huge garage sale and quilt raffle from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (5-14-22) at the Wilmington Township building, 35 Auction Road, New Wilmington.

Amish donuts and lunch will be available. Tickets for the Irish Chain of Hearts quilt are $1 per ticket or $5 for six tickets.

• The Ladies Dorcas Society of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will sponsor its annual Primary Day Bake Sale on May 17 at the church, 3325 Morefield Road, Hermitage. The sale starts at 8 a.m. and ends when it’s sold out. Goodies include homemade pies, cakes, cookies, haluski, and stuffed cabbage. Lunch items, including hot dogs, chips, macaroni salad, coffee, and iced tea, will be sold. Proceeds benefit the church and the society’s community projects.

Countryside Evangelical Church and Clarks Mills United Methodist Church will sponsor a 5K Fun Run fundraiser to benefit Lakeview Area Helping Hands. Registration begins at 4 p.m and the race will follow at 5 p.m. in Goddard State Park.

The event includes live music, a prize auction, prayer tent, and refreshments.

FOOD

• An Amish benefit chicken dinner is planned for 3:30 to 7 p.m. May 13 at the Brenneman Farm, 967 Hamburg Road, Fredonia. Meals are paid by donations and include grilled barbecue chicken, sides, and dessert.

There will also be a bake sale on site and a small auction. Proceeds benefit Uriah and Lydia Hochstetler’s medical expenses. Information: 724-475-3717.

St. Anthony Feast Day is planned for 11:30 to 2 p.m. June 12 in the church, 804 Idaho St., Sharon. Meals are dine in or take out and include a barbecued half chicken, green beans, and Croatian potato salad for $12. Also available are a whole chicken for $10, Haluski for $5, or Croatian potato salad alone for $5. All items must be pre-ordered by calling 724-342-2489. The event also includes a basket raffle in the Antonium and a St. Anthony raffle with top prize of $500. The hall is handicapped accessible and entered through Sherman Avenue.

Shenango Valley Masonic Lodge 810 will sponsor a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday (5-14-22) at the lodge, corner of state Rt. 62 and 7 S. Neshannock Road, Hermitage. Dine-in and takeout meals include salad, pasta with meatballs and sauce, and ice cream.

Containers of meatballs must be ordered in advance at 724-342-9100.

BOOK SALES

Friends of the Community Library of the Shenango Valley will host a big book sale May 25 to 28 at the Sharon Library.Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 25; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 26; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 27 and 28.A large selection of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books will be available along with a variety of audiovisual materials.Funds raised support the Community Library System. Monetary donations are always welcome. Donations of gently used books or materials will be accepted again starting June 15.

WORKSHOPS

• A workshop to discuss composting and using rain barrels is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. May 19 at Lower East Side Community Garden, 202 N. Walnut St., New Castle. In case of inclement weather, the workshop will be moved to Lawrence County Courthouse, Gettings Annex.

Cost is $10 per person at the door and includes a choice of compost bin or rain barrel, while supplies last. There is a limit of 40 people. To register, email jzona@lawrencecountypa.gov or call 724-658-6925.

SENIORS

• A Seniors for Safe Driving course will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 25 in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville. To register, call 1-800-559-4880 or 724-283-0245 or visit www.SeniorsForSafeDriving.com.

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, has announced the LIHEAP application deadline is extended through May 20.

Longietti’s office will host a free workshop from noon to 3 p.m. May 18. Location is Pymatuning Township Building, 256 Edgewood Dr., Transfer.

Workshop includes info on the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which benefits residents 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and those with disabilities. Annual income limit is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters.

Workshop for water assistance is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. June 1 in Greenville. Walk-ins welcome. Must provide photo ID, proof of 2021 income, rent or property taxes paid.

Information: 724-981-4655 or 724-588-1005.

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