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. 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.
TITUSVILLE HARVEST FEST: The annual event is Oct. 26 in Scheide Park. The festival will feature a new event this year — a wing and chili cook-off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration goes until Oct. 25. Those who would like to enter can pick up forms from the Titusville Area Leisure Services Commission, 714 E. Main St. For more information, call (814) 827-3741. Other activities running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. include a farmer’s market, games, crafts and pumpkin carving and pie-baking contests, for all ages. The Titusville High School marching band will perform from 10:30 to 11 a.m.; then “Five Corners,” a band with three high school students performing, will entertain the audience from 11 a.m. to noon. From noon to 2 p.m., “Carl Olson and Friends” will close out the festival. There’s also costume contest, with a parade around Scheide Park, at noon.
‘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.
A NIGHT OF KARAOKE: Cochranton Junior-Senior High School senior Kaleigh Scarborough is organizing A Night of Karaoke on Nov. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Cochranton high school gym for her senior project. There is no charge for admission. Sing for $2 per song. A bake sale will be available. All proceeds benefit the Crawford Central Community Foundation, which provides financial resources to enrich extracurricular activities and educational opportunities for Cochranton and Meadville students in grades kindergarten through 12 enrolled in Crawford Central School District.
KIDS AND CHEMISTRY: Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Thiel College, 75 College Ave., Greenville, the Thiel College Student Affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society presents the annual program, which includes demonstrations and hands-on activities for students in grades 4 to 6 from local elementary schools. Some of the planned activities are making slime and silly putty, chemistry games and building pop rockets. Free and open to the public. RSVP by Oct. 24. More information: Contact Kathryn Frantz at (724) 589-2113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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.
‘THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA’ SILENT FILM: A free showing of the original 1925 silent film version of The Phantom of the Opera is Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, and will feature live accompaniment provided by Grammy-winning organist Todd Wilson on the E. M. Skinner Opus 582 pipe organ. The American silent horror film is an adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel of the same title directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney in the title role as the deformed Phantom, who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to force the management to make the woman he loves a star. The movie remains most famous for Chaney’s intentionally horrific, self-applied make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film’s premiere. For tickets: Call (330) 259-0555 or by visit stambaughauditorium.com online.
BARROW HALLOWEEN PARTY: Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin holds a Halloween party on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite rock star (or your creepiest costume). Music will be provided by local group Lawyers, Guns and Money. The event includes a cash bar and snacks. Also, the ghost host for the show is celebrity emcee Val Porter of the WDVE Morning Show of Pittsburgh. More information: Visit barrowtheatre.com online.
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.’
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. Cost is $20. 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.
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.
Regional Juried Photo Exhibit opens Friday night in Meadville
Meadville Council on the Arts' Regional Juried Photo Exhibit opens Friday the Heeschen Gallery (second floor of the Market House) and runs through May 24. The photography show features photographs from artists living with 250 miles of Meadville. The public is invited to a reception on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. when the awards will be announced.
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