SECOND SATURDAY COMMUNITY MARKET: Second Saturday’s ‘Kids’ Day’ is Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 pm. at the Meadville Market House with free admission and parking. The young and young-at-heart will enjoy family entertainment and activities, with appearances by the Erie Clowns and Magic Steve, as well as live music by Lori Burke and Frank Marzano. Kids are invited to pucker up for a pickle eating contest at noon. Live reptiles by Rebel Reptile Rescue, face painting, an on-site photo booth and plenty of activity stations will keep visitors busy throughout the day. Vendors of locally-produced items and the farmers’ market will be open for business. More information: Visit fb.com/MeadvilleSSCM or call (800) 332-2338.
BOOK SIGNING AT TATTERED CORNERS: John M. Persinger, a former White House staffer, will sign copies of his political thriller, ‘The Saint Joseph Plot’ on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tattered Corners Bookstore, 247 Chestnut St., Meadville. The book is about the final days of an election campaign in South Bend, Ind., after a Notre Dame priest is accused of assaulting the local Congressman’s daughter. The book is the first for Persinger, who worked in the West Wing of the White House and as the political attaché to the U.S. Ambassador to Australia before settling in Erie to practice law. More information: Visit johnmpersinger.com.
CANAL PARK SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: The 13th annual event is Aug. 10 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Conneaut Valley Historical Canal Park grounds, less than a mile north of Conneautville. Both parking and admission are free. This family event features music in the park gazebo, historical games for all ages, educational demonstrations of turn-of-the-century crafts, teepee tours by Boy Scout Troop 210, raffles, a silent auction and food for lunch and dinner to benefit Boy Scout Troop 210 and Canal Park.
FASHIONS OF DOWNTON ABBEY: For those who are fans of the hit show Downton Abbey, the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum has an extensive clothing collection and within it, many items from the ‘Downton Era’ of 1890 to the 1920s. This season’s summer exhibit is a fashion show of ladies and men’s clothes for all seasons throughout the mansion with special events to tie in. Exhibit hours are through Aug. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
A DOWNTON ABBEY SUMMER: Through Aug. 10, an exhibit on Downton Abbey is at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum. The museum also will have a special Downton-themed raffle with an actor autographed photo, Seasons 1 through 3 of the hit show on DVD and more in a special basket that can be won. Tickets are $1 each. The winner will be drawn the last night of the exhibit on Aug. 10. More information: 333-9882.
ANTIQUE DISCOVERY DAY: Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baldwin-Reynolds House with Colleene Fesko of Antiques Roadshow. Those who have something in their attic that they’ve always wondered about have their chance to find out.
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.
RAILROAD SPEEDER RIDES: The Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad holds speeder rides on Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. departing from the Perry Street Station. Seating is limited and reservations are required. No flip-flops or sandals and no children under the age of 6. Cost is $30.
SHAKER WOODS FESTIVAL: Aug. 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, a nationally recognized craft festival that celebrates its 31st year. Shopping, food and entertainment are featured during this six-day event. The Shaker Woods Festival, founded to honor the 18th century Shaker community, offers more than 200 craftspeople, representing artists and crafts from all across the country. Crafters demonstrate their unique skills without the use of modern conveniences — not even electricity. Three stages will also host entertainment, from bluegrass to cloggers. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Shaker Woods grounds are located at 44337 County Line Road in Columbiana, Ohio, minutes from the Pennsylvania state line. More information: Call (330) 482-0214, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit shakerwoods.com.
REDISCOVERED TREASURES: WORLD WAR II QUILTS: Aug. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Conneaut High School, 381 Mill St., Conneaut, Ohio, put on by the Conneaut Quilters Guild Forty vintage World War II military and patriotic-theme quilts plus war-time memorabilia from the collection of Sue Reich of Washington Depot, Conn., will be shown as part of Conneaut’s D-Day activities. Admission is $5, which includes guided tours each day by Reich at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. More information: Visit DDayOhio.us, coveringquilthistory.com and email@example.com.
WILD WIND FOLK ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL: Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. at the Warren (Pa.) County Fairgrounds, Route 6, Pittsfield. The 34th annual Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival features 140 juried craftsmen, delectable foods, live music, bird of prey exhibit and lectures, chainsaw carving demo, children’s activities and more. Held rain or shine. Go to wildwindfestival.com for more information.
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: Presale through today at 10 p.m. with password of food at erieevents.com; also call (814) 452-4857.
RODEF SHALOM BIBLICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN: Open Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.; 4905 Fifth Ave.; free. More information: Call (412) 621-6566 or visit biblicalgardenpittsburgh.org.
CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER: Ongoing exhibits: Miniature Railroad and Village; USS Requin submarine, roboworld, SeaScape, Highmark SportsWorks and laser shows: Laser Gaga, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Van Halen, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Hendrix, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.; AC/DC, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.; Led Zeppelin, Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m.; and Pink Floyd, Friday and Saturday at midnight. Omnimax films: ‘Born To Be Wild,’ ‘Rocky Mountain Express’ and ‘Tornado Alley.’ ScienceCenter. Hours: Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. One Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, (412) 237-3400.
PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. More information: Call (412) 622-6914 for conservatory, (412) 441-4442 for garden center or visit phipps.conservatory.org.
PITTSBURGH ZOO & PPG AQUARIUM: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with admission gates closing at 4. More information: Call (412) 665-3639.
BUHL DIGITAL DOME: Ongoing shows include ‘Far Out Space Places,’ ‘Ringworld,’ ‘The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ ‘Stars Over Pittsburgh’ and ‘Stars of the Pharaohs’ at Carnegie Science Center. Showtimes and tickets: Call (412) 237-3400 or visit carnegiesciencecenter.org.
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