Upcoming events and activities

Staff Writer

Monday, Feb. 15
•All schools closed in the St. Marys Area School District for a vacation day.
•St. Marys City Council meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in City Hall of LaFayette St. in downtown St. Marys.
Tuesday, Feb. 16
•The St. Mary's Lighthouse Aglow will meet tonight at the Fox Township Senior Center. A DVD from the International Conference held in November will be shown featuring President of Aglow, Jane Hanson Hoyt. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
•The Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania Board of Directors will hold a regular board meeting today at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Board Conference Room at the Authority's Regional Facility located at 44 Transportation Center, Johnsonburg.
•Open and adult swims will be held at the St. Marys Area High School Natatorium on tonight and Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Open swim will be from 7:30- 8:30p.m. with adult swim from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Swims are $2 for students and $2 for adults. March's swim schedule will be forthcoming.
Thursday, Feb. 18
•DuBois Area Historical Society historian Todd Thompson will be presenting a program called Tom Mix Remembered at the Bennetts Valley Senior Center today at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 787-7888. The public is welcome.
Friday, Feb. 19
•The Elk County Catholic High School Alumni Association will hold its February Alumni Mass today at 9:05 a.m. at ECCHS. All graduates of Central High School and Elk County Christian/Catholic High School are invited to attend and celebrate with the students, faculty and staff. The mass intention this month will be for the classes of 1955 and 2000. A continental breakfast will be served immediately following in the cafeteria.
Saturday, Feb. 20
•The Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette is hosting an "Appalachian Eagle Project" today at 1 p.m. The Keystone Elk Country Alliance has joined up with Penn State DuBois Wildlife Dept. to assist with an ongoing research project involving the astonishing Golden Eagle. Join us as we discuss the project and take a hike to our study site.
•Parker Dam State Park is hosting a learn to cross-country ski session at 10 a.m. at the Environmental Education Classroom. Learn how to enjoy this winter sport with the whole family. Learn why the cross-country skis work the way they do, how to get strapped onto the proper-sized equipment, and then go outside to practice turns, falling down, getting back up, and various techniques to get you started. Equipment is available for both adults and kids (limited number and sizes). Dress appropriately for being active outdoors. There is a fee to participate.
At 1 p.m. a ice fishing basis session will be held at the beach house. All the basics will be covered; dress warm. If 16 or older, bring along your 2016 license.
•Elk County Council on the Arts Annual Gala is taking place tonight at The Highlands Restaurant in St. Marys at 7 p.m. The event includes the awarding of four "Heart in the Arts" awards, live entertainment by Slippery Rock University’s Afro-Columbian Dance Ensemble, live painting, and live and silent auctions. The event is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased in advance, online or at the door. All proceeds benefit ECCOTA programming.  For more event information contact ECCOTA 814-772-7051 or visit ECCOTA.com. 
Sunday, Feb. 21
•The Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette is hosting a "Winter Tracking" program today at 1 p.m. Join staff members for a trail walk looking at tracks left by Pennsylvania wildlife around the center. Discover a story left by the tracks and learn about how wildlife behaves when out of site from human view.
•Parker Dam State Park is hosting a learn to cross-country ski session at 1 p.m. at the Environmental Education Classroom. Learn how to enjoy this winter sport with the whole family. Learn why the cross-country skis work the way they do, how to get strapped onto the proper-sized equipment, and then go outside to practice turns, falling down, getting back up, and various techniques to get you started. Equipment is available for both adults and kids (limited number and sizes). Dress appropriately for being active outdoors. There is a fee to participate.

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