Second Harvest Military Share

In northwest Pennsylvania, nearly 25% of households receiving food assistance have at least one member who has served or is serving in the military. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania wants to help military families who are struggling to put nutritious food on the table.

Second Harvest is hosting a Military Share distribution at the Warren County VA Medical Center, 3 Farm Colony Dr., Warren, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. The Military Share — a Produce Express Program of Second Harvest — is designed to include fresh, nutritious food for families with at least one member who has served or is serving in the armed forces or National Guard. Those who participate are asked to bring photo ID and bags or boxes to carry the food home.

Individuals in need of food are asked to pre-register for the event by calling Cindy Plymyerat at (814) 459-3663 (x 103).

While the specific items distributed at the Military Share will vary based on Second Harvest’s available inventory, each eligible, registered family will receive fresh produce, one quart of fresh milk, one dozen eggs, cheese, and a box of shelf-stable pantry staples such as soup, pasta, sauce, and cereal. When available, meat, fish, and poultry products will also be included.

For the convenience and privacy of the individuals and families served, Military Share mobile food distributions take place on site at VA Medical Centers and armory locations throughout Second Harvest’s 11-county service area.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

Designed for people with diabetes or the caregivers of someone with diabetes, this program has proven success building the participants confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The Diabetes Self-Management Workshop, scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 9 to Oct. 14 at Jefferson DeFrees Family Center, 207 Second Ave., is free, and snacks are provided.

Each participant in the workshop receives a free copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and Relaxation CD.

Register at (814) 729-6350.

Participants will learn: Techniques to deal with fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems; Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; Appropriate use of medications; Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; and, Nutrition.

Bridge results

Tuesday afternoon at the Allegheny Community Center, Marjorie Polito was first and Patty Baker was second. At the Woman’s Club Thursday afternoon, Connie Michell and Pat Raub were first and second. Cindi Agnew placed first Thursday evening at the library with Dave Benedict in second.

Chapman programs

Here are Chapman State Park programs for the weekend of August 2 to 4:

Friday, Aug. 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. (Amphitheater): Geocaching 101 — What is geocaching? Attend this introductory course to learn the basics of this popular outdoor activity. Participants will learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to locate geocaches. A limited number of GPS units will be available for use.

Friday, Aug. 2, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Amphitheater): Geocaching at Night — Experience this popular activity after the sun goes down. A brief introduction and hands-on instruction will be provided. A limited number of GPS units will be available for use. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.

Sunday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. (Amphitheater or Pavilion 4 in case of rain) — 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 at1-888-PA-PARKS with at least three days notice. Interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearingare 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.

Polka Sunday

The Slovenian Polka Boosters will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at The Maple Inn on Rt. 46 in Crosby, with Kim Rodick Evanish with the Skovenski Band performing. There will be music for all types of dancing, and the public is invited.

For information, call John or Pat Moore at (814) 837-9218.

Watson Grange

Wendy Hollabaugh, master, presided over the recent meeting of Watson Grange with a report from Matt Irons that Braden Gourley and Derek Snyder were chosen Outstanding Youth Ambassadors at the PA State Grange Family Festival held in Hall.

Kelly Van Ord reported on the recent meeting of the Junior Grange in which they worked on their scrapbook page and other crafts to be judged at the Warren County Fair. They are doing a tupperware fundraiser and will also hold a Mystery Dinner at the Pomona Grange building at 5 p.m. Oct. 5. The Juniors are to meet Aug. 3 in the Pomona Grange to set up their exhibit for the fair.

Discussion took place on the Indian Festival to be held in Tionesta August 15 to 18 where Watson will have their dime pitch set up.

Miranda Irons had the program for the evening on How to Have a Happier Life and kids advice on numerous subjects. Van Ord will have the program at the Aug. 22 meeting with picnic food for the lunch. The Aug. 8 meeting has been canceled due to the fair.