RIVERSIDE INN & DINNER THEATRE: October events at 1 Fountain St., Cambridge Springs — A Night in the Theatre by Lawrence Casler, Dinner Theatre, through Oct. 30 on Tuesday and Wednesday at noon; The Medieval Feast, ‘Frankenfeast,’ Dinner Theatre, through Nov. 17 on Fridays and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Sundays at 2 p.m.; In All Seriousness, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Matriarch Mayhem (Stromboli Family Reunion), Oct. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. Each event has a cost and reservations are required. More information or for reservations: Call 398-4645 or visit theriversideinn.com.
NIGHTMARE ON SNOW ALLEY: A haunted house that’s open every Friday and Saturday in October from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. (or later if there is still a line waiting) at the carnival grounds in Cambridge Springs. Cost is $6 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Concessions available. Proceeds benefit Cambridge Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Cambridge Area Volunteer Ambulance Service.
ENIVIRONMENTALITIES PRESENTATION: Curator, educator, artist and author Linda Weintraub will give a public presentation, ‘EnvironMentalities: Artists as Conservationists, Preservationists, Restorationists,’ on Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Room A104 of the Doane Hall of Art at Allegheny College. Weintraub is the author of several popular books about contemporary art, including ’In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art’ and, most recently, ‘To Life! Ecoart in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet.’ More information about Weintraub and her work can be found at lindaweintraub.com.
‘IN THE WRONG BODY’: Cuban filmmaker Marilyn Solaya will screen her documentary film ‘In the Wrong Body’ on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at Allegheny College. The screening is free and open to the public. ‘In the Wrong Body’ tells the story of Mavi Susel, who in 1988 underwent Cuba’s first gender reassignment operation. The film explores the meaning of femininity in the macho and patriarchal society of Cuba, where many stereotypes and prejudices still exist. In addition to the screening, Solaya will speak on issues regarding the role of gender in Cuban society, both from a historical and a feminist perspective, what it means to be a feminist filmmaker in contemporary Cuba, and her vision for women filmmakers in Cuba.
EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Hospice of Crawford County holds an educational symposium entitled ‘Lighting the Way with Confidence.’ on Oct. 16 at New Beginnings Church on Leslie Road from 1 to 5:15 p.m. The keynote speaker is Ken Ross, the son of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a pioneer in the modern hospice movement and respected author. He will discuss her life and legacy of promoting patient comfort and dignity in a holistic manner as well as helping loved ones through the stages of grief. Following the keynote will be breakout sessions presented by local experts. The topics include special needs for veterans, music therapy, elder law, yoga, reiki, funeral planning, opportunities for volunteering with hospice, and advance directives. More information or for reservations: Call Hospice of Crawford County at 333-5403; call 827-0330 if in the Titusville area; or stop by either office.
ACADEMY THEATRE MURDER MYSTERY: Every two years, the Academy Theatre teams up with the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum. The Academy holds a Murder Mystery at the museum on Oct. 18 to 20. More information: Call 333-9882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEGS AND CORKS: Blue Canoe Brewery, 113 S. Franklin St., Titusville, hosts its fourth annual Kegs and Corks, a beer and wine-tasting event featuring food, music, auctions and prizes, on Oct. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Erie Homes for Children and Adults. Tickets cost $35 and are available at Blue Canoe, EHCA, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, online at ehca.org/kegsandcorks or at the door.
‘A SIMPLE LIFE’ PREMIERE: A recently completed, independent film by Oil City native Scott Nelson is set to come to life on the big screen during the film’s public premiere on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Venango College of Clarion University in Oil City. The movie, featuring a cast of local area talent and filmed at various western Pennsylvania locations, including Jamestown’s Gibson House, is billed as ‘an emotionally charged look at one woman’s journey on the road we all must travel.’ It follows the poignant, often bittersweet and sometimes volatile, relationships between members of one woman’s family, spanning three generations. A Simple Life will seek distribution through various film festivals throughout the coming months.
BREWS FOR BIRDS: A ‘Brews for Birds’ fundraiser is Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie. Music will be provided by Salmon Frank. Taste beers from Voodoo Brewery of Meadville and sample wines from Blue Iris Winery of North East. Snacks and appetizers will also be provided. Play some games for a chance to win prizes. Tickets are available at Wild Birds Unlimited in Village West in Erie, at the Audubon Pennsylvania office at 301 Chestnut St. in Meadville, or at the door. Brews for Birds is sponsored by the Presque Isle Audubon Society along with Audubon PA and benefits bird research and banding at Presque Isle State Park. More information: Call 333-1170.
FEZZIWIG’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: Mr. Fezziwig’s annual Christmas Party on Nov. 29 and 30 at the Baldwin-Reynolds House features a full dinner, music and everyone from Scrooge to Bob Cratchit in attendance. Cost for this event is $25 per person with reservations required. More information or for reservations: Call 333-9882 or email email@example.com.
BALDWIN-REYNOLDS HOUSE 50TH ANNIVERSARY: The Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum officially turns 50 on Dec. 27. The museum will hold a formal reception to celebrate as Ellie Davies shares her memories of John and Katherine Reynolds from when the museum was still a private residence. Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program following. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance. Major sponsors for the museum’s 50th anniversary season receive complementary tickets. More information: Call 333-9882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SQUARE DANCE: Every Friday, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., bring a dish to share, Wild Country Dance Hall, corner of routes 19 and 198, Saegertown. More information and fees: Ed or Jan, 282-4608 or 398-1463.
MEADVILLE VICINITY PENNWRITERS: Meets the first Saturday of every month at the Tim Hortons restaurant, 16447 Conneaut Lake Road, Vernon Township, 1 to 4 p.m. Members learn new techniques, encourage each other and share their writing and other information about the state of publishing today. The meetings are open to members of the statewide Pennwriters group; those interested in learning more may visit as a guest. More information: Call Babs Mountjoy at 332-0032.
EDINBORO FILM SERIES: The fall 2013 semester’s Edinboro Film Series is free to Edinboro University students. There is a fee for all others. The following is the schedule: Oct. 10, Double bill: ‘Rubber’ (2010) and ‘Wrong’ (2012); Oct. 24, ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ (2011); Nov. 7, ‘Holy Motors’ (2012); Nov. 21, ‘Waltz with Bashir’ (2008); and Dec. 5, ‘Broken’ (2013). All screenings start at 8:30 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s Scot Cinema. More information: Visit aux.edinboro.edu/filmseries.
EDINBORO UNIVERSITY PLANETARIUM: The planetarium’s upcoming public showings for the fall season are Oct. 29, and Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. There will also be Christmas shows on Dec. 3 and 10 at 7 and 8:30 p.m. each day at 161 Cooper Science Hall on campus. More information: Call (814) 732-2493, email email@example.com or visit edinboro.edu and search ‘Planetarium.’
HURRY HILL FARM MAPLE MUSEUM: It will be open each Sunday afternoon until the end of November. Located at 11380 Fry Road, a couple of miles north of Route 6N in Edinboro, the museum features educational exhibits with maple sap producing tools, maple syrup related antiques, actual sections of maple trees and illustrated American Indian lore about syrup production. Members of the Edinboro Area Historical Society will offer maple sundaes for sale, a treat that gives visitors to chance to taste pure maple syrup made at Hurry Hill Farm. Hurry Hill Farm Maple Museum is northwest Pennsylvania’s only museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting the art and craft of making pure maple syrup and related products.
JOHN PINETTE: Presents an evening of stand-up comedy on Nov. 15 at the Warner Theatre in Erie. When describing his own standup, Pinette says ‘I talk about my life; it it the funniest thing I can think of.’ His latest comedy special, ‘Still Hungry,’ debuted on Comedy Central in 2011. The food-obsessed, storytelling Pinette is billed to deliver smart, original, Bill Cosby-influenced observations on everyday life. ‘Still Hungry’ is a follow-up to his successful ‘I’m Starvin’!’ and ‘Show Me the Buffet’ CDs and DVDs. Tickets: At erieevents.com or (814) 452-4857.
LEWIS BLACK: Live Nation welcomes Lewis Black to Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio, on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. Black, a Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs more than 200 nights a year to sell out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and United States. Tickets can be purchased at LiveNation.com, ticketmaster.com, stambaughauditorium.com, the venue box office or by phone at (330) 259-0555.
Friday's Light Up Night Meadville officially kicks off Christmas season
It’s once again time to welcome the holiday season to downtown Meadville with community spirit, excitement and fun.
Turkeys are funny-looking and tasty, but can they fly?
Turkeys are an ungainly mess of a bird. Their bodies appear too big for their scrawny legs, and they are pocked with all manner of bizarre anatomical structures, including snoods (fleshy bumps on their foreheads) and a dewlap (that distinctive flappy wattle under its neck). But amazingly, the bird - at least in its wild form - can fly.
Fellowship, fun and blessing of the crèche planned for Sunday Light-up Night in Conneautville
Conneautville’s annual Light-up Night and blessing of the crèche is Sunday at 6 p.m. in the borough on Main Street across from the library.
Conneaut Area Senior High School students offer holiday dinner to residents of Conneaut School District
A community dinner that’s open to individuals from the Conneaut School District area is Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Conneaut Area Senior High School cafeteria.
A short course on the history of Thanksgiving foods
Ask the people around the table on Thursday about the history of Thanksgiving, and most will say something about the Pilgrims.
Historical society offers holiday sale and open house
A Christmas open house with inventory reduction sale is Nov. 30, Shop Local Day, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society Museum, 150 N. Third St., Conneaut Lake.
Benefit book sale set for library Saturday
The Cochranton Area Public Library used book sale is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday is $3 bag day with bags provided by the library.
VIDEO: Holiday travel costs down this year
Traveling this Thanksgiving? Prepare to be stuffed along the way. Forty-three million people are expected to make the annual pilgrimage to the dinner table. Travel experts say costs are down this year and volume is expected to be high.
Old-school toys dominate holiday lists
There are two requests Don Mahoney, otherwise known as Santa Claus, keeps getting day after day: Barbies and Legos.
ARTS: Here's your listing for area exhibits and more for the week starting Nov. 21
ART SHOW: Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church in Conneaut Lake hosts its second annual art show on Nov. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. More than 25 artists and crafters from the parish are featured. The show includes a wine reception and music. The public is invited. The show will remain in plae on Nov. 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for additional viewing.
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