Upcoming events and activities

Staff Writer

Monday, Jan. 25
•A Farm to Community Open Forum is being held tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. in room #301 at the Community Education Center on Erie Avenue in downtown St. Marys. All farmers, business owners and community members are invited to share their insight, knowledge and ideas to strengthen local agriculture and community access to healthy options. For more information contract Kindra Aschenbrenner at kaschenbrenner@hwct.org
Tuesday, Jan. 26
•The Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) is hosting a Poetry Out Loud competition tonight at 6 p.m. in the St. Marys Area High School auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. The winner from this event will head to the state finals in Harrisburg in March. The state final winners will compete for the national championship in Washington, DC in May. Students choose three poems to memorize for recitation from a catalog of approximately 800. Poetry Out Loud is a free program offered to every high school student in Pennsylvania. The program encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. For more information about Poetry Out Loud visit PoetryOutLoud.org. For more event information contact ECCOTA 814-772-7051 or visit ECCOTA.com. 
•The James Zwald Chapter #314 of Trout Unlimited will be holding their January meeting at the St. Marys Area Middle School tonight at 7 p.m. in the library room.
•A meeting for Project Gifts for Elk County is taking place tonight at 6:30 p.m. at their building located on Depot Street in St. Marys.
Wednesday, Jan. 27
•Community wide Soup Kitchen at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in St. Marys from 4-5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
•There will be a meeting of the executive committee of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission starting today at 9:30 a.m. followed by the full board of directors meeting starting at 11 a.m. These meetings will be held in the North Central Teleconference Room located at 49 Ridgmont Dr., Ridgway.
•The St. Marys Sylvania Employee Association will be holding their quarterly meeting at Casali’s on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. All retired and active members are welcomed as plans for a summer picnic will be discussed. In addition, a update will be given on membership.
Thursday, Jan. 28
•A Free Dinner at Faith Baptist Church from 4-6 p.m. at 288 West Creek Rd. in St. Marys.
Saturday, Jan. 30
•6th Annual CAPSEA Inc. Polar Sweet Express from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall. One stop shopping for all your Valentine's Day needs. Event includes local vendors with unique gift ideas, chocolate dipping station, beer and wine tasting station, huge basket raffle and lunch available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the CAPSEA shelter.
•A Benefit Dance for Elkland Search and Rescue will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Wildwoods Bar and Grille. The band "Factor V" will perform.
•A yard sale, bake sale and prize auction is taking place today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fox Township Community Building to benefit the Kline/Cherry/Wall family. A large number of items in the auction have been donated by local businesses and individuals. All types of donations also welcome. For more information please call Eileen Miller at 834-4750 (home) or 623-217-5690 (cell); or Marilyn Pusl at (602) 367-4409 (cell) after 3 p.m. Please come and support this local family during this trying time.
•The Elk Country Visitor Center will host a program “Track Identification” today at 1 p.m. Tracking is enjoyed as a hobby by many people in Pennsylvania. Learn some of the basics of tracking, and how to identify the tracks of many species that are native to PA.
Sunday, Jan. 31
•The Troia Social Club of St. Marys will be having a homemade ravioli dinner on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 12:30 p.m. until sold out a the Sacred Heart Social Hall. Dinner includes Italian beans, tossed salad, garlic or Italian brad, coffee and juice and a dessert. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds benefit the Sacred Heart Social Committee building fund.
•St. Boniface School is hosting a homemade pasta dinner today starting at 11 a.m. until sold out. The dinner includes pasta, sauce, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, drinks and ice cream. Pie is available for $1. The price is $9 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under or $24 for families of two adults and two children with $2 extra for each additional child.
•The Elk Country Visitor Center will host a program “River Otters: A Conservation Success Story” today at 1 p.m. River otters were reintroduced into most of Pennsylvania in the 1980s, and have been thriving ever since. They are elusive creatures with many unique characteristics. Join us and learn all about their ecology, habits, and social behavior.