Newton Dinner Club

Newton Dinner Club will meet Thursday, at 1 p.m., at the home of Carol Cornell, Sanford Road, Grand Valley, for its annual picnic.

Members are reminded to bring food items for the Titusville Area Food Bank.

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, 155 E. State St., Pleasantville, on Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. You can schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org., or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Second Harvest mobile food pantry

The Second Harvest mobile food pantry will be distributing food boxes Wednesday, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Pleasantville VFD. Pre-registration is required.

 Proof of residency must be presented. Leave a message at the Pleasantville United Methodist Church, at (814) 589-7385.

Annual corn roast

Full Gospel Church of Pleasantville will host its annual corn roast, Saturday, at 5:30 p.m., located at 16922 Jerusalem Corners Road, Pleasantville.

There will be animal balloons, games, face painting, camping, fellowship, and lots of fun. For those who would like to stay, bring a tent and sleeping bag to camp out. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Secret uses of native wild plants

“The Pioneer: Secret Uses of Native Wild Plants,” will be held Sunday, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Oil Creek State Park Office amphitheater. Join the park naturalist for a detailed look at the many uses of native plants for food, medicine and daily life by the early pioneers who first settled this area.

Family fishing picnic

Venango Fatherhood Initiative will present Family Fishing Day at Two Mile Run County Park on Saturday. The free event will take place at 11 a.m., at the park’s Woodchuck Pavilion, on the left side of the beach.

VFI will be conducting a brief course on fishing basics. No license is required for the event. There will be a hot dog cookout and prizes.

The event is free, but space is limited.  Register early by calling VFI, at (814) 676-9940 ext. 12. Participants must be registered by Thursday.

Pickin’ Party

A Pickin’ Party will perform a jam session at the Neilltown Church on Aug. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. The musical program will be held inside the historic structure, which was built in 1842.

Seating is limited, so bring a seat cushion or folding chair. The church is located less than a quarter mile off state Route 227 just 4 miles east of Pleasantville.

Refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted.

Pleasantville Book Club

Pleasantville Book Club will meet on Sept. 1, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s in Pleasantville. The selection for September will be “Sea Glass,” by Anita Shreve.

Drake Day Circus

The Drake Day Circus will be on Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Drake Well Museum and Park, 202 Museum Lane, Titusville.

Attractions will include jugglers, fire eaters, contortionists, magicians, tightrope walker, fortune teller, Jungle Terry’s exotic animals, games, music, food, and other acts sure to delight and fascinate. There is a fee to attend.  Special group rates are available. For additional information, call (814) 827-2797.

Quote of the week

“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing – that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time.  So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.” – Fred Rogers

Peach cobblers

Ingredients: fruit mixture: 6 cups of fruit, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 cups of water, butter, cinnamon.

Dough mixture: 2 cups of flour, 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 3 teasoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 6 tablespoons shortening, and 1 cup of milk. 

Directions: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening.  Stir in milk to form a soft dough. Set aside. In saucepan combine fruit, sugar, cornstarch, and water.

Bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Pour into a 9- by 13-inch pan. Dot with the butter and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Drop dough by the spoonful onto the hot mixture. There should be eight cobblers. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Holidays

Today, Aug. 16: National Tell a Joke Day

Aug. 17: National Thriftshop Day

Aug. 18: Bad Poetry Day

Aug. 19: Aviation Day and National Potato Day

Aug. 20: National Radio Day

Aug. 21: National Spumoni Day, Senior Citizen’s Day, and Summer Olympics ends in Rio

Aug. 22: Be an Angel Day and National Tooth Fairy Day

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