Sugar Grove Area News in Brief



21st Century

Community Night

The 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Program held a Family Night for participating students and their families at Sugar Grove Elementary School in February.

The students presented their handwritten books to the parents and enjoyed a light dinner together. Ian Eastman from Family Services also discussed “Constructive Use of Time” with the parents.

The next Family Night at SGES is scheduled for March 27. The 21st Century Community Learning Center is funded with a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

There will also be an additional Family Night scheduled for May 15.

First Day

of Fishing Breakfast

It’s the first day of fishing on Saturday, April 12 and the Lottsville United Methodist Church is hosting a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is a donation. Breakfast will be pancakes with sausage, scrambled eggs, juices, applesauce, fresh fruit pies, beverages. All fishermen are welcome to join us for breakfast.

Creative Card Class

Sugar Grove Free Library’s Creative Card Class is offering an introduction to paper quilling class on Saturday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and enjoy learning this Victorian-era paper rolling technique by creating three quilled greeting cards. Cost for the class is $10.

Contact SGFL at 489-7872 or via email at for more information, sign-up and small supplies needed list. If you plan to attend, bring a sack lunch refreshments will be provided.

PMEA Regional

and All State Band

Eisenhower High School recently sent three representatives to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region II Band Festival. The event was held at Leechburg Area High School March 13-15. The guest conductor was Dr. James Patrick Miller from the University of Massachusetts.

Our talented EMHS students who attended were Jessalyn Peterson, flute; James Palmer, tenor saxophone and Macy Retterer, contrabass clarinet. They are under the direction of Mark Napolitan. Congratulations to all.

Advancing on to the Pennsylvania All-State Concert Band are Palmer and Retterer. The students will attend the Pennsylvania State Festival in the Hershey area from March 26-29. On Saturday, March 29 they will perform at The Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg. The band will be under the direction of Guest Conductor Andrew Boysen from the University of New Hampshire.

Technical Assistance


The Sugar Grove Library is hosting a “Bring Your Own Device” Class (BYOD) on March 26. Have problems with your new electronic device your Kindle, your iPhone, your tablet? Need to know how to checkout library books electronically? Bring your own device to the library and we can help.

Space is limited, so register by contacting the library by March 20 and tell us what kind of device you have. Class starts at 6:30 p.m.

Book Club

The next Sugar Grove Library Book Club meeting will be held March 31. The book chosen is “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson. You have over four full weeks to obtain a copy of the book and join the Sugar Grove Book Club. For more information, stop in the Sugar Grove Free Library.


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Community Lunches

The Community Lunches in the area continue to be well attended. All lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend any or all of the area Community lunches.

Each month lunch is held on the first Friday of the month at the Mission Covenant Church at the corner of Matthews Run and Jackson Run roads. On the second Thursday of each month at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church located at the corner of Race and Jamestown streets in the center of town. On the third Wednesday of the month at the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church located in Chandlers Valley. Everyone is invited to attend.

We Are Bookin

The Sugar Grove Free Library will once again hold its 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk on April 26. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the library.

Race time will begin at 10 a.m. on race day and registration will begins at 9 a.m. at the library on Harmon Street. All ages are welcome to participate in the event. The race start and finish line will be located on the corner of the library on School Street.

For the race route, you can contact the library or stop in. The cost to participate in the 5K is $15 if you register on or before April 18. After April 18 the cost to register will be $20. The cost to participate in the 1 mile fun walk is $10 if you register on or before April 18. After April 18 the cost to register will be $15. T-shirts are guaranteed to all entries received by April 11.

All the information and registration forms are available at the Sugar Grove Free Library or you can contact the Sugar Grove Library website at



A Prize Shoot and Gun Raffle to support the Eisenhower High School Band will be held at the Pine Grove Sportsman’s Club on Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be happening rain or shine. The club is located at 2344 Egypt Hollow Road in Russell.

Events will include trap shooting, 22 Luck Shoot, Chinese auction, and raffle drawing. Food and drink will be available. Prizes for the raffle are as follows: 1st Prize Mossberg 535, Camo 12 ga; 2nd Prize – $50 Tall Tales Sporting Gift Certificate; 3rd Prize George Foreman 9-Serving Grill. Tickets are available from band parents and will also be available the day of the event.

Blood Drive

Thank you to all those from the Sugar Grove Community who came out on Wednesday, March 19 to donate to the American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Sugar Grove Fire Hall.

Benefit Dinner

There will be a benefit dinner for Jim Kolenda on Saturday, April 5 at the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. The event will feature Ron Carrington and “A Touch of Gold” at 6:30 p.m. Come for dinner and stay for great music. We will be having chicken and biscuits served with mashed potatoes, hot vegetables, applesauce, beverages, and a pie buffet for dessert.

There will be Chinese Auction tickets available at the event. The cost is only a donation. Jim has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). All proceeds from the evening will assist Jim with his medical expenses. If you would like to make a donation to the Chinese auction or a donation to support Jim and his family at this time, contact the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church at 489-3105.

Indoor Garage Sales

The Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Auxiliary is sponsoring another fun Indoor Garage Sale at the Fire Hall on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are interested in being a vendor, eight-foot table spaces are $10. Call 489-7750 Linda York for registration or more information.

St. Jude’s


The Sugar Grove Free Methodist Imaginative Preschool is once again holding its annual Trike-A-Thon to benefit the St. Jude’s Research Children’s Hospital on Thursday, March 27. The Preschool students will be peddling many laps around an indoor course. During the week the students will also learn many helpful trike and bike safety rules from Bikewell Bear and friends.

If you would like to sponsor this cause, seek out one of the many students ages 3-4-5 who will be riding their trikes or contact the preschool at 489-3105.