Photo submitted to Times Observer Audubon Community Nature Center’s next Nature Play Day is Saturday morning, Jan. 19. Accompanied by their favorite adults, kids ages two to eight can be creative, explore and have fun in Audubon’s Nature Play Area, while a naturalist is available to answer questions. The program is free thanks to grant funding.

Class lunch

The Warren High School Class of 1953 will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Perkins Restaurant.

Class breakfast

The Youngsville High School class of 1961 will be having breakfast at Richard’s Restaurant in Youngsville at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Chautauqua County Camera Club show

Members of Chautauqua County Camera Club (Chautauqua, N.Y.) will display their art beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in 3rd on 3rd Gallery at Reg Lenna Center for The Arts. A free public reception is open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11. Admission during all hours of the gallery is free.

Chautauqua County Camera Club promotes the interests of photographers by bringing together those who are interested in helping each other create better photographs. Featured photographers include D. Arlene Bonnett, Gary Bartoo, Bernadett van der Vliet, and Terrie Johnson.

Warren County GOP meetings

The Warren County Republican Committee will hold its monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Unless otherwise announced, those dates for 2019 will be: January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 15, September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12.

The August date is not the second Thursday due to the Warren County Fair.

The meetings are held at the HQ building at 145 Conewango Ave., Warren.

Dog obedience classes at Paws

Paws Along the River Humane Society will hold an eight-week dog obedience course, with Donna Anderson as instructor, every Tuesday night. The cost is $90. Call (814) 726-1961 to sign up for the course beginning on Jan. 22, or visit, click on Services, then Obedience Class, to register online.

Basketball fundraiser

The Warren Dragons 5th-grade boys basketball team will hold a breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Warren American Legion, 412 Pa. Ave. W. For a donation, pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, coffee, and more will be served. All proceeds benefit the team.

4-H Robotics open house

The Warren County 4-H program invites you to learn about the robotics program that is available to youth between the ages of 8-18 (as of January 1). The Xtreme Engineers 4-H club uses a variety of opportunities to engage youth in scientific inquiry and engineering design.

During the 2018-2019 program year, the club will use EV3 curriculum to teach youth design and programming from the Lego technology. Learn more about the Xtreme Engineers by attending the first meeting on Sunday, January 20 at 4 pm. The club meets monthly at the Penn State Extension office located at 100 Dillon Drive, Suite 101 in Youngsville. If you have questions regarding the program contact Jennifer Grooms at (814) 563-9388.

The 4-H program is a youth development program of Penn State Extension. It is open to all youth between the ages of 8 and 18, without regard to ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or place of residence.

Indivisible Warren

Indivisible Warren PA will hold its bimonthly meeting this Thursday, Jan. 10, at Emanuel Church of Christ (1710 Penna. Ave, East, Warren), from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For information on Indivisible, see

Bridge results

Thursday afternoon at the Woman’s Club, Connie Lucia placed first and Nan Cashman came in second. Donna Holding and Connie Michell were first and second Thursday evening at the library.

On Friday at the Marathon bridge tournament at the Woman’s Club, the team of Marcy O’Brien and Magda Fanaritis topped the leaderboard with JoAnn Hultquist and Connie Michell in second.

Hospice training volunteers

Hospice of Warren County will be offering training classes to those who would like to become a Hospice of Warren County volunteer. The eight-week training classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m., beginning March 26 and running through May 14. There is no charge to attend. Attendance throughout the entire training is required.

For more information, or to request an application, contact Volunteer Coordinator Barbi Zingone at 723-2455.

Halls of Ivy

Alexis Munksgard of Warren has been named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Munksgard, a Speech Path Audiology major, is among more than 1,900 students named to the Dean’s List.

To qualify for Dean’s List, a student must earn a quality point average of 3.5 or higher (based on 4.0) during the semester.


Joseph Wiler has qualified for the Dean’s List at Liberty University’s School of Divinity in Lynchburg, Va., for the Fall 2018 Academic Term with a 4.0 GPA. As a 1988 Youngsville High School graduate, Wiler is currently a Junior pursuing a degree in Religion.

Audubon Nature Play Day

The third Saturday morning of every month is Nature Play Day at Audubon Community Nature Center.

Saturday, January 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, is the next opportunity for kids ages two to eight to explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment while their favorite grown-ups learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Nature Play Days are free and have an open house format, so you can stay as long as you like.

Your young children can be creative with what nature provides – plus a few additional supplies from Audubon. Extra materials that change with the weather and season are placed in the play area, and a naturalist is present to answer questions and provide information.

Adults are required to stay with their children, and they may want to bring a chair, snacks and water or a drink.

Be prepared to play outside. Wear clothes and footwear that can get wet and dirty. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home.

January 19 is also Doors Open Jamestown, when Audubon joins many local attractions in having free admission all day.

While Nature Play Day is planned for rain, snow, or shine, in the case of severe weather, the program will be canceled; call (716) 569-2345 to confirm.

Reservations are appreciated and can be made through the programs page at Walk-ins are welcome.

Bible school at Praise Fellowship

Praise Fellowship of Russell will be hosting Harvest School, a video-based Bible school. The spring semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 8, and will run for 10 weeks, ending March 12.

Students may choose to attend classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 6 to 9 p.m. Tuition is $60 and includes prepared class notes for the entire semester. Scholarships are available for first-time students.

Harvest School uses the International School of Ministry (ISOM) curriculum, which utilizes teachings from Joyce Meyer, John Bevere, Jack Hayford, and more.

This same curriculum is currently being used in 150 nations at over 20,000 training sites. It has been translated into over 75 languages and is being used to train church leaders and increase Bible knowledge.

Each three-hour class consists of video teachings, discussion, question/answer time, testimonies, and presentations.

Coursework done at Praise Fellowship can be transferred for an associate’s degree in Biblical Studies at multiple Christian universities and is also recognized by Elim Bible Institute.

For information, or to sign up for classes, visit, contact Rich VanHouten at, or call (814) 757-5758. Praise Fellowship is located at 7451 Market Street, Russell.