Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm People gathered in Soldiers and Sailors Park on Friday for Music in the Park. Friday’s music was provided by the Good Life Band. There are two more Friday evening concerts scheduled for this season. Wheels & Heels take the stage on Friday, Aug. 23. The last concert will feature Border Ride. Concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m.

Blood donations

Community Blood Bank is experiencing a critical shortage of donated blood, particularly types O-positive and O-negative. There are drives scheduled for noon to 5:30 Tuesday at the Holy Redeemer Center in Warren, and from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Youngsville Fire Hall. Walk-ins are welcome. Community Blood Bank is the exclusive blood provider to Warren General Hospital.

Halls of Ivy

Lucas Moore, son of Randy and Kristin Moore, has been accepted to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology to pursue a degree in cybersecurity beginning with the fall 2019 semester. He was awarded the BK Scholars and Robert B. Wilson Public Safety Scholarships.

Class lunch

The Warren High School class of 1956 will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the Main Landing Restaurant, at Holiday Harbor, Celoron, N.Y.

A Smokey celebration

Join Chapman State Park, Cornplanter State Forest District, and Clarendon Fire Department to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the amphitheater at Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon.

Smokey Night will begin with a parade through the campground, led by Smokey Bear himself. All area children and campers are invited to participate in the parade, on either foot or bicycle.

The parade will end at the Amphitheater for a program on fire prevention and to celebrate Smokey’s birthday.

Firefighting equipment, hot dogs, birthday cake, and, of course, Smokey Bear will be there.

The symbol of wildland fire prevention turns 75 this year. Do not forget your camera to remember this special day! Parking is available in the 4th Parking Lot, adjacent to Pavilion #4, to access the Amphitheater.

All programs are free unless otherwise stated.

For more information, contact Jen Moore at (814) 723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee meeting

The next planning meeting for the 2019 Warren Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease will be held at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the meeting room of Targeted Pets Treats in the Struthers Building at 1003 PA Ave. W. Use the back entrance.

A light lunch will be provided.

Prospective teams and individual walkers may sign up at this meeting. Registration materials and fundraising information will be available. Sponsors, former committee members, team captains, volunteers, and any other interested persons are invited to attend.

The Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 28, at Betts Park. Join the Fight for Alzheimer’s First Survivor. To date, there are 19 teams registered.

For more information about the Walk or the planning meeting, contact Jennifer Brownlee, Walk Manager, at (814) 456-9200, extension 5105, or jbrownlee@alz.org.

Master Gardener program

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Warren County is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Penn State Extension Master Gardener program.

The program consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with the information and skills necessary to share their experience and knowledge with others. Weekly classes will be held from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 3 through Feb. 27.

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 18 and can be found at http://extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/join.

For more information, contact the Warren County Penn State Cooperative Extension office located at 100 Dillon Dr., Youngsville, or call (814) 563-9388.

There is a program fee of $200 to cover the cost of training materials and expenses.

In exchange for 40 hours of instruction, candidates must agree to volunteer 50 hours to Penn State Cooperative Extension. Volunteer activities currently carried out by Master Gardeners in Warren County include maintaining the demonstration garden at Betts Park, an activity booth at the Snowflake Festival at the Audubon Community Nature Center, and a Seed Swap and Talk.

A Master Gardener Open House will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Penn State Extension office at 100 Dillon Dr., Youngsville.

Bark For Life

The annual Bark for Life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Beaty Field, to benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration is from 1 to 2 p.m.