Briefs

Science fiction trivia contest

Attention all science fiction buffs. The Warren Public Library is offering a Science Fiction Trivia Contest on Wednesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. Those interested may compete individually or they may form a team and compete as a group. This event, a part of the teen/tween summer reading program, is open to teens, tweens and adults. Prizes will be awarded to those competing as individuals and as teams. Refreshments will be served. Pre-registration for this event is mandatory in order to finalize plans. Call the library at 723-4650 no later than 8 p.m. on Monday, July 7. The event will be canceled if there is not enough interest.

Calendar photos chosen

The Allegheny Center for the Arts (ACA) congratulates the winners for the June page for the ACA/WCCBI “Warren County Wonders” calendar contest. Bill Simbeck won first place for “Mute Swans with Chicks” and second for “Mute Swan.” Allan Branthover placed third for “Bridge’s Invisible Force.” All three winners are in the running for the cover of the calendar. ACA is accepting photos for July until July 20. Photos may also be sent for September, October, November and December (of last year). The last four months of the year need to be sent by Aug. 20. The month for which the photo is sent must be marked clearly. Put each month in a separate email. Check the website to see these winners and the rules for the contest and deadlines. Also check out the fall class schedule. The ACA is beginning to post class start up for after Labor Day. ACA is also looking for a teacher to do classes in art (painting and or drawing); visit www.alleghenycenterforthearts.com.

AOC on the move

On Tuesday, July 1, the Allegheny Outdoor Club (AOC) will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant in Warren to discuss the Bryce Canyon ski trip set for Jan. 5, 2015. Participants will eat dinner before the meeting. For more information and to make a dinner reservation, call Pat Spicer at 757-8331.

On Wednesday, July 2, the AOC will ride bikes in North Warren. Participants will meet at the Russell Post Office at 5:30 p.m. then ride to the Dairy Queen via Big Four Road then return to Russell. For more information, call Pat Spicer at 757-8331.

On Sunday, July 6, the AOC will hike a five-mile section of the Gerard Trail in Oil Creek State Park. Participants will meet at bicycle trailhead parking lot near Drakes Well Museum at 2 p.m. For more information call Charlene James at (814) 463-7394 or cell (814) 516-6595.

Win at bridge

Winners in Monday evening duplicate bridge game at the YMCA were Beth Howe and Carol Lake, first with 46.5, and Joyce Davis and Janet Templeton, and Marge Polito and Al Schumann, tied for second with 41.6.

Crafty Tuesday

Crafty Tuesdays will be held every Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Slater Room. Teens, tweens and adults are invited to attend these activities. On July 18, participants will have the opportunity to create a unique and beautiful wall hanging crafted from an old DVD. Participants are requested to bring either a 4-in-1 screwdriver or a regular screwdriver to the class. All other materials will be supplied. While reservations are appreciated to ensure that enough materials are available, walk-ins are welcome. Call the library at 723-4650 to make a reservation or to ask a question.

Movie Monday

Monday Night Movies at the Warren Public Library will continue July 7. This free even will begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Slater Room on the third floor of the library. Complimentary popcorn will be available. This week’s PG-13 rated, 129 minute film stars Colin Farrell, Will Smith, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Russell Crowe, Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs. Colin Farrell headlines this romantic drama adapted from the novel by Mark Helprin, centering on the relationship between a thief and a dying woman. Call the library at 723-4650 for the exact title of this and other movies in this series as the library’s movie license does not permit listing the titles of movies outside the library.

Based on a book

Books Made into Movies is a movie series that is being held in conjunction with the Teen/Tween Summer Reading Program. Adults are also welcome to attend. The film for Monday, July 7, is based on the book “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman. This animated PG rated, 100 minute film stars Dakota Fanning, Dawn French, Ian McShane, Jennifer Saunders, Keith David and Teri Hatcher. A young girl walks through a secret door and discovers a parallel reality that is eerily similar to the life she already knows, yet deeply unsettling in a number of ways, in director Henry Selick’s animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s international best-seller. Eleven-year-old Coraline Jones (voice of Dakota Fanning) is fearlessly courageous, and perhaps far too adventurous for her own good. Coraline and her parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman) have recently relocated to Oregon from Michigan. Bored in her new home since her parents are distracted by work and she has yet to make any new friends, Coraline passes the time by exploring her new neighborhood with an annoying local boy named Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.). But after paying a visit to her eccentric neighbors Miss Spink (Jennifer Saunders) and Miss Forcible (Dawn French), a pair of aging British actresses, and crossing paths with the outright weird Mr. Bobinsky (Ian McShane), the precocious young girl becomes convinced that her new surroundings are just as dull as she’d initially suspected. Shortly thereafter, Coraline discovers a hidden door in her new house, and decides to investigate. Venturing into the eerie passageway inside, Coraline emerges into an alternate version of her own reality. At first glance, this strange new world seems even better than the real thing; there her parents aren’t distracted by work, and Coraline is always the center of attention. There’s even a mysterious Cat (Keith David) that’s fascinated by her every move. But when Coraline’s button-eyed Other Mother (also Hatcher) attempts to make her stay permanent, the frightened young girl must summon her resourcefulness and bravery in order to find her way back home and save her real family. The movie will start at 11:30 a.m. in the Slater Room. Either snacks or pizza will be served.