Upcoming events and activities

Staff Writer

Monday, Feb. 22
•A special meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors is taking place tonight at 7 p.m. in the high school library. Items being discusses include plans for the potential new multipurpose building and Bennetts Valley Elementary School renovations.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
•The St. Marys Public Library is offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a nine-session course taking place every Tuesday at 6 p.m. starting tonight and running until April 26. The class is free of charge through grant funding from a Library Services and Technology Act. Classes are is taught by Ramsey and his team via video and will help people achieve their financial goals by showing how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. Participants will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for their money and change their family tree forever. Class size is limited. Please register for the class by calling 834-6141.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
•Open and adult swims will be held tonight at the St. Marys Area High School Natatorium 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.
•The ECC Lady Crusaders take on the North Clarion SheWolves tonight at 6 p.m. at Clarion University. The ECC boys basketball team will follow at 7 p.m. as they play Union at 7 p.m. at CUP.
•The Ridgway Elkers basketball team will play Coudersport tonight at 7:30 p.m. at SMAHS.
Saturday, Feb. 27
•The St. Marys Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Business Expo today from 9 a.m. - noon at the Sacred Heart Parish Center on Center St. in St. Marys.
•The Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette is hosting a "Fireside Chat" today at 1 p.m. Gather around the hearth of the center's magnificent fireplace and ask staff members the burning questions you have always wanted to ask about wildlife and natural resources. Staff members will be armed with field guides and other resources to help answer those tough questions.
•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. there will be a presentation on the ice trade in the Environmental Education Classroom. Early refrigeration relied not on electricity, but ice. Millions of tons of ice were cut from ponds and stored or shipped for use around the world. Come learn about the tools and methods of the ice trade from its beginning until its end in the early 20th century.
Sunday, Feb. 28
•The St. Marys Rotary Club is preparing for their annual TV/Radio auction, which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28. The auction will be broadcast on Zito Media Channel 9, also watch on The River 98.9 website, or listen on The River 98.9.
•A bake sale fundraiser for Judy Pontious, a crossing guard at South St. Marys Street Elementary School, is being held today from noon-3 p.m. in the downstairs area of Gunner's.
•A spaghetti dinner will be held today at the First United Methodist Church from noon until sold out. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. Dinner includes drinks, salad, spaghetti and meatballs and dessert. Proceeds will benefit the youth group's trip to Creation in June.
•The Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette is hosting a "Pennsylvania Furbearers" program today at 1 p.m. Learn about all the types of furbearing mammals Pennsylvania has to offer. Touch and feel the pelts of each animal as we discuss what makes them all unique. Learn about the fascinating ecology of what we know as the Pennsylvania Fur Bearers.
•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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