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Photo submitted to Times Observer The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will be part of Sugar Grove Sale Day, Saturday, July 27, from 8 a.m. until finished. Nancy Schoonover and Sue Yovich are busy pricing items and setting up for the sale. Stop by the church for tasty bake sale items, lunch, and treasures.

Sugar Grove Vacation Bible School

Sugar Grove Presbyterian Church will hold a Vacation Bible School during Sale Days, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Children ages 4 to 12 are invited. Lunch and a snack will be provided. Details are available by contacting Pastor Patti at (814) 923-7722 or 1stpresbysg@verizon.net.

Allegheny Outdoor Club

On Sunday, July 28, the Allegheny Outdoor Club will meet at the Mayville, N.Y., train station to hike the Little Chautauqua Creek Gorge. Wear appropriate footwear for hiking in water. Members will meet at 1:30 p.m. Dennis Anderson will be the leader. He can be reached at (716) 969-9772.

Codes department

The City of Warren Codes Department will close at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, to attend a meeting. The office will reopen after the meeting.

Ride for Nancy

The “Ride for Nancy” Dice Run will be held Saturday August 24. Sign up from 10 a.m. to noon at RalphE’s’ Pub at $20 per driver or $15 per passenger. There is a free dinner after the ride at the Warren Eagles Club. There will be prizes, a 50/50, and basket raffle. All proceeds benefit the New Hope Assistance Dogs – Veterans Division. This ride is open to all vehicles — motorcycles, cars, and trucks. For more information, contact Tracey at 688-8364 or Jimmy at 688-3997.

Healthcare scholarship recipients

The Warren General Hospital Auxiliary awarded five Healthcare scholarships to Warren County residents currently enrolled full-time in courses leading to certification and/or licensure in a professional health care field .

Students awarded scholarships were:

Robert Bower – Alleghany College – Pre. Med; Jenna Chase – California Univ. of Pennsylvania – Nursing; Hayley Corbin – Slippery Rock – Cytotechnology; Brady Kesterholt – Seton Hill Univ. – Physician Asst.; and Ashlyn McMeans – Edinboro Univ. – Nursing.

Observatory

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On Wednesday, July 31, at 7 :30 p.m., Martz-Kohl Observatory board member Walter Pickut will lead a discussion on the weirdest stars that have baffled scientists. Pickut has been a board member at the Martz-Kohl Observatory since 2011. After the discussion, tours will be given, and the observatory will be open for both members and the public to view the night sky, weather permitting.

The observatory is located at 176 Robbin Hill Rd., Frewsburg, N.Y.

The Martz-Kohl Observatory is an all-volunteer, non-profit association (501c3) and does not charge for admission. A non-member donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child or student is appreciated.

The Martz-Kohl Observatory houses one of the largest public robotic telescopes in western New York. On open observatory nights, the public is welcome to come and tour the facility. If the evening sky is clear, the telescopes will be used to view the celestial sphere. The observatory can be contacted at (716) 569-3689. More information can be accessed at the observatory website, martzobservatory.org.

Chapman programs

Here are the Chapman State Park programs for the weekend of July 26 to 28:

Friday, July 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. (Environmental Learning Center): LIL’BUDS: DINOSAURS — Get the kids outdoors with this program featuring a nature story, hands-on exploration, and a craft. Designed for children ages 2 to 6, but all are welcome. A scavenger hunt for candy eggs will conclude the program. Environmental Learning Center

Saturday, July 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (Amphitheater): WILD EDIBLES — Come out to the campground amphitheater to learn about some plants that you can eat. We will learn how to identify some and nibble on a few of these plants. Provided will be some jellies that you can taste, as well as tea. Bring your own mug. Afterward, we will take a walk through the campground to see what edible plants we find. Guest Presenter: Brian Budjanec, Park Naturalist from Sizerville State Park

Saturday, July 27, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (Beach concession): BAT BOX BUILDING — Learn about the decline of Pennsylvania’s bats and how you can help by putting up bat boxes. All materials provided to make and take a bat box.

Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. (Amphitheater): CHAPEL SERVICE-NON-DENOMINATIONAL

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice) 717-558-2710 (local or international voice) 711 (AT&T Relay Services). With at least three (3) days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

Have a suggestion or a program you would like to see? Email the naturalist at jennmoore@pa.gov. Unless otherwise noted all programs are free of charge. For more information, contact the park naturalist, Jen Moore, at (814) 723-0259.

Pop-Up Literacy

Children in Sheffield received an unexpected treat last week when Free Books for Kids Town traveled through Sheffield and handed out free children’s books and ice cream.

Ruby Wiles, Director for Free Books For Kids, and volunteer Marsha Madigan (outgoing principal at Sheffield Elementary School) thought it would be a fun and unique adventure to surprise children at the playground, Ruth M. Smith Center, and surrounding neighborhoods with these summertime delights. Judging from the kids’ reactions, they were indeed surprised and excited.

This was not the only summer event. Look for Free Books For Kids Town at the fair on Saturday, August 10, to receive your free children’s book. Another surprise book and ice cream event is planned for later this summer.

Free Books for Kids Town is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting literacy and the love of books. For more information about this wonderful organization’s program or to donate to the program, contact Wiles, Director, at kidsbooksforfree@gmail.com.

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