Photo submitted to Times Observer The Youngsville American Legion Riders Chapter 658 donated $3,000 to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 75 for its Disabled Veteran van fund. From left are Linda Rose, Dave VanHouten, Bill Irvine, Ella Johnson, Ed Rose, Angie Shaw (presenting the check), Wayne Larson, DAV commander Dick McCorrison, Keith Shaw, DAV senior vice commander Greg Bimber, Sue Larson, Pete Popovich, Craig Meyers, Cal Redick, Gary Hale, and Joel McKown.

Warren native dances for SRU

Slippery Rock University’s Dance Theatre will present “RISE,” a showcase of original choreography by SRU dance majors, at 2 and 6 p.m., Feb. 2, at Butler County Community College’s Succop Theater. Molly Huey, a junior dance major from Warren, is participating in the event.

The February performance will be the premiere of the work by SRU dance majors. Following its premiere, students will join in a faculty-student research project that will see the group perform the piece at the Joyce Theater in New York City as part of the biennial University Partners Showcase.

Nature Art Showcase deadline extended

Artist registrations are still being accepted for the Fourth Annual Nature Art Showcase and Sale, which features outdoor scenes, recreational activities, wildlife, birds, wildflowers, and distinctive locations throughout northwestern Pennsylvania.

Entries can be submitted through January 25 by completing a free registration packet available online at, or by calling the Penn Soil RC&D Council at (814) 726-1441. Packets can also be obtained in person at the office of the Oil Region Alliance at 217 Elm Street in Oil City; Victorian City Art & Frame on Liberty Street in downtown Franklin; and the Penn Soil office at 4000 Conewango Avenue in Warren.

Entries to date span a wide range of artistic media, including acrylic paintings, oil paintings, photography, jewelry, colored pencil, India ink with watercolor, mixed media, metal work, photos on slate, pastels, pyrography on wood, pottery, and more.

This free public art exhibit and sale will be held on Feb. 8 and 9, inside the lobby of the Barrow-Civic Theatre in downtown Franklin during the “Franklin On Ice” Festival. Titusville musician Daniel Stockwell will stroll through the Friday evening, Feb. 8, public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. singing folk songs and playing his guitar.

This reception is an opportunity for guests to meet many of the participating artists in person.

The Nature Art Showcase continues Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Most of the displayed items are also available for purchase on site.

Flute choir rehearsals

The Silver Winds Flute Choir will begin rehearsals for its spring concert on Monday, Feb. 5. Rehearsals are weekly for one-and-a-half hours. The first “reading session” is open to all interested intermediate and advanced flute players. “This is a great way to get a taste of the type of music and the level of technical proficiency that is necessary to play in a flute choir,” according to Becky Darbee, the choir coordinator. “We are always interested in finding new flute players in the community.” Players have the opportunity to play in an ensemble, experiment with the different instruments (alto, bass, and piccolo), and improve and practice their skills in a supportive environment. Contact Becky Darbee by call or text to 688-2054 to receive information regarding time and location of the reading session. Leave name, number, and email information.

This spring, the concert program will include some of the member’s old favorites as well as some new pieces acquired during the past year. Some highlights include Morton Gould’s Pavanne from the Second American Symphonette No 2. arranged by Rochester Flute Club member Thomas Acquaviva, Theme and Variations on Wayfaring Stranger (Monroe), and Echoes in the Wind: A Native American Soliloquy by Phyllis Avidan Louke. The concert will also include some classical, folk-based, and popular film pieces.

The Silver Winds Flute Choir will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the First Lutheran Church on 109 W. 3rd Street, Warren.

Society to meet

The Purple Majesty Chapter of the Red Hat Society will meet at The Arbor Coffee House Cafe & Team Room at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

ACA events

Allegheny Center for the Arts is presenting an art show at the Wetmore Gallery. Set up is Feb. 1. The public is welcome for viewing Feb. 2 through 28 during regular Warren Public Library hours. There will be a reception on Feb. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. All presenters are invited as well as the public to this reception.

On April 27, ACA will host its fifth Appetite for the Arts at Holy Redeemer. This year we will offer a cooking contest for professional and amateur cooks. Categories to be judged will include Best Hors d’oeuvre, Best Main Dish, and Best Dessert. Deadline to apply to cook is April 16. Check out more details on our website and download forms.

Have fun tapping into your creative side. Check out the classes offered at ACA this winter. Coming up will be classes for photography, acting, beading, Scandinavian chip carving, ukulele, metalsmithing, and mosaic with glass or other materials. ACA has new equipment for mosaic work, for casting in metalsmithing, and for photography.

Some teachers need to know two weeks ahead how many students are signed up to be able to have enough supplies. In some cases, teachers are able to adjust class times to meet enrollment needs. Send questions to Check the ACA website for more details and registration procedures at

Outdoor Club

The Allegheny Outdoor Club hike and bushwhack/wiener roast scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 20, has been canceled.

Class breakfast

The EHS Class of 1973 will be having breakfast at The Bucket Cafe in Sugar Grove at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

Everyone interested is welcome to attend.