Youngsville Life

Photo submitted to the Times Observer “Plants, Pollinators, & Painting” Charlotte, Finley, and Liam, clockwise from bottom left, are painting wooden flowers during the first day of Youngsville Library’s four-part series “Plants & Pollinators” which is held at Island Park. Special thank you to the Toy Shoppe of Warren for providing the wooden flowers that were set atop wooden dowels. There are two more dates remaining in this free, hand-on learning program series: Monday, August 21st and Tuesday, August 22nd from 10 am – 11 am located at Island Park’s main pavilion (rain or shine). Due to the difficulty level of some of the interactive crafts, target ages are 4-12 but all are welcome. You do not have to preregister. Come and learn about animal pollinators-beyond butterflies and bees- enjoy some creative crafting, and even have a snack or two.




The Youngsville Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is back on.

It will run every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. from Sept. 14 through Nov. 16. Those participating must be 18 years or older to participate and subject to a criminal background check. This is an opportunity for community members to learn more about the scope, depth, importance of local law enforcement/community partnerships etc. A link to the application and tentative topic/agenda are located on the Youngsville Borough’s Facebook page. Completed applications can be submitted to tmineweaser@youngsvilleboro.org or dropped off at the borough building.


Fiction & Fitness: Wednesday at 10 a.m. is Youngsville Library’s final “Fiction & Fitness” program date for kids ages 3-12 (but all are welcome). This program is in partnership with the Yngs YMCA and meets at the patio behind the Youngsville YMCA at Island Park. No registration is necessary. Topic for the final “Fiction & Fitness” program will be soccer. There will be soccer-themed stories with corresponding fitness activities, free snacks, and take-home craft.

Free Job search help: Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. there will be free one-on-one assistance and walk-in question and answer period offered at the Youngsville Public Library to anyone who would like help searching for a job, resume writing, help finding free job skills opportunities, or anyone who would like help meeting workshop/training requirements for unemployment benefits.

Free Resume help: Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. Chris Hinchman from PA CareerLink will be at the Youngsville Public Library offering Resume assistance, tips, and tricks during his free workshop: “Resume Do’s & Don’ts.” Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is appreciated by emailing Christopher.Hinchman@nwpacarrerlink.org or calling 814-853-3942.

Free career shift training: Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon Hinchman also lead a session on free assistance on how to access the “SkillUP PA” website and database. SkillUP PA is a PA sponsored resource that is free to every resident within Pennsylvania. This site offers free tools, training, resources, and support so that any Pennsylvanian resident who is thinking about a new career shift, would like to find a better living-wage job, and/or would like to increase their skill-set within their current job has access to a free database and free training options. There is even a section that links you to available jobs within PA. Walk-ins are welcome at this causal hour of questions and answers, but pre-registration is appreciated by emailing Chris at Christopher.Hinchman@nwpacarrerlink.org or calling 814-853-3942.


Island Park Music: The final day of Youngsville Boro’s Island Park Music Series will be on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. and is located at Island Park. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this free music series. Performing on August 24 the band will be Trixx (classic rock).


YBFree events: The following are upcoming events, gatherings, and opportunities that are open to the public and taking place at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church (179 Davis St.). They include Tuesday at 6 p.m. a “Trunk of Treat” meeting. Attend to help with this year’s event. Lighthouse Teens Back to School Party on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lighthouse Teens is a youth ministry group targeting youth from sixth through 12th grades. The group meets weekly on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the school year. Those attending do not have to attend each week. Baptisms in the Brokenstraw on Sunday, Aug. 27, following the church’s 11 a.m. service. If interested, message the church office. Food Ministry volunteers are needed the first, third and fifth Mondays and Wednesdays and every Friday to be part of the morning food pick up team, help sort and put away food at church, and be part of the distribution team that takes groceries to various locations/people. Those interested can email the church office at office@ybfree.org.

Bats Program Chapman Park: Sunday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m., come to Chapman State park to learn all about Pennsylvania’s Bats. Participate in some bat themed activities and go on a short hike to look for bats around the park. The group will meet at the amphitheater and walk less than a mile, on mostly flat terrain, to hopefully find some bats. For more information contact Emily Hunt at ehunt@pa.gov or 814-723-0532.

Monarch Festival: Saturday, August 26th from 10 am – 4 pm there will be a Monarch Butterfly Festival at the Audubon Community Nature Center. Walk into a room full of free-flying Monarch butterflies and wildflowers as you learn about the life and times of the Monarch and how to help the species survive. This day-long educational festival celebrates the life and beauty of one of the best-know native butterflies, Monarchs. Monarch butterflies face ongoing population problems due to habitat loss and other threats including an increased use of pesticides by home owners and farmers. With the help of sponsors, Audubon raises over 100 Monarch each year to help boost their population.


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