Upcoming events and activities

Staff Writer

Monday, Feb. 29
•A fundraiser for Judy Pontious, a crossing guard at South St. Marys Street Elementary School, is taking place at Pizza Hut until March 3. Flyers are available which include a ticket that should be turned in during checkout that allots 20 percent of the bill to be donated to Judy and her family. Judy is currently undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
•Relay for Life of Elk County is currently seeking interested individuals/teams for the 2016 season. If you are interested in helping in any capacity please contact Susan Babik at 404-653-8075.

Thursday, March 3
•A new sign language class will be held on Thursday evenings for 10 weeks at the Faith Baptist Church on West Creek Road in St. Marys. Shown are the instructors, Jody Damerst and Tom Prechtl. The class is from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning March 3. For information or to register, call Damerst at 834-9455 or leave a message at the church number at 834-1830.
•The Community Nurses Bereavement Support Group meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at the Community Nurses office located on the campus of Penn Highlands Elk.

Saturday, March 5
•The Ridgway Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous starts today and concludes on March 12.
•The Wapiti Roost Local PA Hunting Heritage Banquet is being held today at the Red Fern on the Old Kersey Road. Call 781-1509 for tickets.
•March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam Sate Park and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it yourself today. Learn how to identify maple trees in the winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps, and so on. Find out how large, modern sugar operations produce syrup and other maple products; and how Parker Dam State Park’s small operation produces this tasteful treat. A few lucky participants will get to tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Free taste samples of pure maple syrup will be available for all visitors. Programs will be held each Saturday and Sunday afternoon throughout March at 2 p.m. except March 26 and 27. Come discover the tradition. Meet at the park’s Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road. Schools and organized groups may schedule a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday Maple Sugaring program in March by calling (814) 765-0630, or emailing the park’s Environmental Education Specialist at: cahuber@pa.gov.

Sunday, March 6
•A spaghetti dinner is being held today at Sacred Heart Parish Center from noon until sold out benefitting the activities of Boy Scout Troop 95. The dinner is $8/plate with no charge for children under age 5. Take outs and deliveries are available. There will also be a cash drawing and prize raffle. For questions or to schedule deliveries call 814-335-4376.