Briefs…

Hike Sunday

On Sunday, March 24, the Allegheny Outdoor Club will hike and have its quarterly planning meeting in Bradford. Participants will meet at the intersection of Rt. 770 and Rt. 219 in Custer City at 2 p.m. From there participants will carpool to the start of the hike then hike three miles on the Blaisdell-Emery Trail to the home of Pat and John Shinaberger for the planning and eating meeting. Chili and cornbread will be served, and hikers can bring a side dish to pass. The group will schedule events for April, May and June. Those who would like to lead an event but cannot attend should email their information to john.young@eaglezip.net. For more information, call the Shinabergers at (814) 598-9094 or (814) 598-4590.

Palm Sunday service

North Warren Presbyterian Church, 200 S. State St., North Warren, will have an 11 a.m. service on Palm/Passion Sunday, March 24, with worship and “One Great Hour of Sharing” offering. Join your friends and neighbors for an inspiring time of worship as we usher in “Holy Week” and the passion of our Lord. The service will feature special music by the Qadosh Bells, and the Adult Choir, as well as the gathering in of this year’s “One Great Hour of Sharing.” Rev. Ward’s message will be “From Rejoicing to Rejection” from Luke 19:28-40.

Circle Eight to dance Saturday

The Circle Eight Square Dance Club will dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the auditorium at Warren State Hospital, North Warren. Caller will be Rodney Spencer.

Polka Sunday

The Slovenian Polka Boosters will dance from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Ridgway Moose Club. Del Sinchak of Cleveland, Ohio, will provide music for all types of dancing. The public is invited. For information, call Paul Leofsky at 563-7516.

55 Plus to meet

The 55 Plus Group of Emanuel United Church of Christ will meet at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 200 Market St., Warren, to attend the community Lenten service and lunch there.

Spaghetti served

The Garland Ridge Runners Muzzleloaders Club will host a free spaghetti dinner with all the fixings, plenty of desserts and drinks beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Pittsfield Community Center, 365 Main St., Pittsfield. Doors will open at noon. More than $2,500 in merchandise will be raffled, and there will be a drawing for a new cornhole game. The day also will include 50-50 drawings, a Chinese auction, raffles and a kids-only raffle.

Grants offered

The Northern Allegheny Conservation Association (NACA) is again offering S. Knox Harper Grants for environmental educators. These grants are in member of founding members and dedicated conservationist S. Knox Harper. Past grant money has funded a classroom aquaculture/hydroponics system, Purple Martin houses, bird books and binoculars, bat studies, butterfly gardens, construction of an outdoor education pavilion and more. School and other organizations are invited to submit grant proposals for conservation or environmental education projects. Send a detailed description of each project and money needed to NACA, PO Box 661, Warren, PA 16365. Questions can be directed to Chuck Conaway, NACA president, at 726-2424. Proposals are due by April 14. The NACA board will allocate funds available and notify winners by April 25.