Here’s what’s happening in Armstrong County from January 16-22, 2023!

Monday, January 16 

8:30 AM: “Step” Walking Challenge, Leechburg Public Library

Meet in front of the Leechburg Public Library on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 AM for a walk around the neighborhood. We’ll start and end at the library. Give the library a call at 724-236-0080 for more information.

Tuesday, January 17

10:30 AM: Golden Age Social Club, Ford City Public Library

Meet up with friends for games, reading, conversation, and more! Adults aged 60 and up are welcome to join the social club every Tuesday at 10:30 AM in the library’s reading room.

12 PM: Music Time, Kittanning Public Library

Join Kittanning Public Library for songs and stories at the weekly Music Time program from 12-1 PM.

1 PM: Afternoon at the Movies, Leechburg Public Library

Leechburg Public Library is hosting an adults-only movie afternoon! Holiday Inn will be playing from 1-3 PM. Popcorn is included.

2 PM: Homeschool Hangout, Ford City Public Library

Held every Tuesday at 2 PM during the school year, the makerspace and programming area will be available for homeschool groups to use the space, books, and resources of the library, and computers. Studying a specific topic or under a certain theme? Requests for books and materials can be made ahead of time by calling or emailing the library! Open to all ages, free, no membership required.

6 PM: LEGO Club, Ford City Public Library

Put your building skills to the test at LEGO Club! FCPL will have LEGOS and some challenges ready for builders on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Open to ages 3+ (children under 9 must have adult supervision).

7:30 PM: DJ Trivia, The Craft House & Gastropub

DJ Trivia will be held at The Craft House & Gastropub in Kittanning every Tuesday at 7:30 PM! It’s free to participate.

Wednesday, January 18

8:30 AM: “Step” Walking Challenge, Leechburg Public Library

Meet in front of the Leechburg Public Library on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 AM for a walk around the neighborhood. We’ll start and end at the library. Give the library a call at 724-236-0080 for more information.

10 AM: Music, Movement, and Stories, Leechburg Public Library

Music, Movement, and Stories is a weekly program at the Leechburg Public Library based on nursery rhymes and songs.

11:30 AM: Storytime, Ford City Public Library

Storytime is a half-hour storytime for children ages 3-5 with adult supervision required. Miss Katie will lead the Storytime with songs, puppets, a story, and a simple craft. Storytime is typically held in the library’s children’s area but may be held in Ford City Park or at the Clock Tower in the summer or for special occasions — check out the library event calendar for location changes! During the summer, Summer Storytime is open to children of all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated for planning purposes; walk-ins are always welcome!

5-8 PM: Paper Crafting Together, Leechburg Public Library

Leechburg Public Library is hosting a drop-in craft evening! Bring your own materials and share the creative experience with others.

6 PM: Weigh-to-Go Wednesday, Ford City Public Library

Meet up with others on their weight loss and healthy living journeys each week for talks, tips, and much-needed support. Individuals aged 18 and over are welcome to join Weigh to Go Wednesday each week at 7 PM in Ford City Public Library’s reading room.

7 PM: Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Ford City Public Library

On select Wednesdays following Weigh-to-Go Wednesdays, the Ford City Public Library will feature professionals to educate on a variety of health and wellness topics. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! On Wednesday, January 18, join the Culinary students from Lenape Technical school to learn recipes, tips, and tricks for eating healthy and working toward a healthy lifestyle in the new year. This program is funded by the Armstrong County Libraries’ 2022-2023 United Way Community Impact Fund Grant.

7 PM: Twissted Trivia, Edgewood Winery & Event Center

Join Edgewood Winery for Twissted Trivia! Trivia starts at 7 PM, and it’s free to participate.

Thursday, January 19

9 AM: Coffee & Connections, Alle Kiski Strong Chamber

The Alle Kiski Strong Chamber is hosting its monthly Coffee & Connections networking event at Optilux in New Kensington. This event is free and open to Chamber members and non-members. Registration is required.

10:30 AM: Pre-K Story Hour, Leechburg Public Library

Join Leechburg Public Library for its weekly AM pre-K story hour from 10:30-11:30 AM.

11 AM-1 PM: Genealogy Group, Leechburg Area Museum & Historical Society

Join the Leechburg Museum’s Genealogy Group on the first and third Thursday of each month from 11 AM-1 PM. New members are always welcome.

1 PM: Library Playgroup, Ford City Public Library

Feel like you’re stuck at home with the kids? Every Thursday at 1 PM, parents and caregivers are welcome to sit together and chat (with other adults!) while their children play, learn and socialize in the Ford City Public Library’s children’s area. Ages 0+. Free, no membership or registration required.

1 PM: Pre-K Story Hour, Ford City Public Library

Join Leechburg Public Library for its weekly pre-K story hour from 1-2 PM.

6 PM: DJ Trivia, Portage Inn

Portage Inn is hosting DJ Trivia weekly on Thursdays at 6 PM! It’s free to play, and you can win prizes.

6 PM: DIY Thursday, Ford City Public Library

Join Miss Katie on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6 pm as she leads you through a simple, DIY craft to take home. Adults and children ages 10 and up with an adult’s help. Pre-registration is required for planning purposes.

6-9 PM: Line Dancing with Raquel, Edgewood Winery & Event Center

Learn to line dance with Raquel at Edgewood Winery and Event Center! This event is $5 cash.

7 PM: Sacred Society of Mystics, Mystic Beauty Spiritual Wellness Studio

For those looking for the witchier side of spirituality, Mystic Beauty Spiritual Wellness Studio created its own coven page. This is an ongoing meeting every other Thursday. We will also meet on other days based around Pagan, Wiccan, and witchcraft sabbats, luner cycles, and much more.

Friday, January 20

8:30 AM: “Step” Walking Challenge, Leechburg Public Library

Meet in front of the Leechburg Public Library on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 AM for a walk around the neighborhood. We’ll start and end at the library. Give the library a call at 724-236-0080 for more information.

10:30 AM: Story Time, Kittanning Public Library

Story Time is held weekly at Kittanning Public Library on Fridays at 10:30 AM!

11:30 AM: Littles Lapsit, Ford City Public Library

Join Miss Katie on Fridays at 11:30 AM for a special lapsit storytime with our littlest library friends. A short story will be read by Miss Katie as parents/caregivers hold their little ones on their laps and follow along with their own copies of the book. Exposure to book handling, following along with words, and reading aloud helps garner early literacy skills and promote building a strong vocabulary from birth. Open to children ages 0 to 2 and their caregivers. Registration is not required but is appreciated for planning purposes.

2 PM: Crafternoon, Ford City Public Library

Working on a cool project? Looking for a new hobby to pick up? Stop by the FCPL weekly Crafternoon session, where the Makerspace area will be reserved for crafters to bring in projects, check out some maker kits, and make use of their supplies and resources. For ages 18+, but open to all ages with adult supervision.

3 PM: Friday Night Game Time, Ford City Public Library

Hang out with the FCPL in the Makerspace area on Friday nights! Play video games, board games, do crafts, or anything you want. Free and open to all ages (especially teens!).

7 PM: Acoustic Brew 412, Edgewood Winery & Event Center

Acoustic Brew 412 will be playing at Edgewood Winery and Event Center in Spring Church! No cover charge.

Saturday, January 21 

9 AM: Scuba Equipment Specialist Class, Scott’s Scuba Service

Diving is all about the equipment. Without gear, we wouldn’t be able to survive underwater. Doesn’t it make sense that you should know as much as possible about it? With Scott’s Scuba Service’s equipment specialist class, you will get hands-on and in-depth about all types of gear. Learn basic maintenance and repairs, how your gear works, different styles and models, how to read cylinder markings (and what the inside of a tank looks like), neoprene sewing, and so much more. This is a 3-session course — you must be able to attend all three sessions. The course will be held on January 14, 21, and 28 starting at 9 AM. The cost is $345. Anyone open water certified and above (ages 10+) can take this course. It is highly recommend for all divers of any experience level, even if you are not “equipment savvy.” Call 724-295-3500, email [email protected], or stop in the shop at 509 High Street, Freeport to sign up.

11 AM: Free Tutoring, Kittanning Public Library

Tutoring will be on Saturdays from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm for grades K-12. Science, reading, social studies, English, and elementary mathematics. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Call the library at 724-543-1383 to schedule an appointment. We hope to see you there!

12 PM: “But it’s Just a Day Hike” and Other Famous Last Words Wilderness Survival Class, Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek

Join instructors from the True North Wilderness Survival School at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek to learn how you can better prepare to protect yourself and others during your next outdoor adventure. During the class, you will learn the same approach to survival that is taught in the U.S. military, as well as key priorities, tools, and resources to consider.  It’ll also offer you the opportunity to ask questions that will expand your appreciation of the natural world around you, as well as dispel popular myths and misconceptions. Taught by experienced professionals who have worked with a diverse array of clients, from hikers, hunters, and paddlers to First Responders, this program is designed to help you to get outside and explore with confidence. Please note that in order to maximize your learning experience, space is limited. Register online.

12:30 PM: Free Tutoring, Ford City Public Library

Funded through the United Way Impact Grant for the 2022-2023 academic year, FCPL is offering free tutoring services weekly for students in K-12. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. In the event of a cancellation by our tutor, appointments can be made during the following week – contact us for more information!

1 PM: SOUPer Fundraiser, Ford City Public Library

Join Ford City Public Library on Saturday from 1-4 PM for their SOUPer Fundraiser. Warm up with some soup while supporting your local library. For just $10, you’ll get a roll, drink, and cup to try each soup while supplies last.

2 PM: Young Adult Book Club, Ford City Public Library

Ford City Public Library hosts a Young Adult Book Club for patrons ages 12-18. Book Club will be hosted on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at 2 PM. Teens can meet up to discuss a selection of books, or decide on specific books as a group and have the library order multiple copies for each meeting. Registration is encouraged for planning purposes but walk-ins are always welcome! Register online, in person, or by calling the library at 724-763-3591.

3 PM: Vultures: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird, Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek

Vultures are often overlooked, underappreciated, and unloved, despite the vital roles they play in healthy ecosystems. Worldwide, vultures are primarily scavengers; they can help stop the spread of disease by quickly and efficiently removing dead animals from the landscape. Unfortunately, due to poisoning, direct persecution, habitat loss, and other threats, vultures are more likely to be threatened or endangered than any other group of raptors. But in the Western Hemisphere, Turkey and Black Vultures counter this trend and are increasing in number. Based on Katie Fallon’s recent book, this fun presentation will explore the life and times of the noble Turkey Vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions. Katie will also discuss what it’s like to be up close and personal with Turkey and Black Vultures through her work with the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. Katie will have copies of her book, Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird, for sale at this event. Please register in advance. The presentation is $8 per person.

6 PM: Scentsy & Sips, Rittner’s Farmhouse Bakery & Market

Come enjoy an evening at Rittner’s Farmhouse Bakery & Market for their Scentsy & Sips party. There will be a Scentsy consultant to show all kinds of awesome products. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. RSVP on Facebook to snag your spot.

6 PM: Wine and Crystals Class, Mystic Beauty Spiritual Wellness Studio

Join Mystic Beauty Spiritual Wellness Studio for a night of Wine and Crystals from 6-8 PM — BYOW (bring your own wine). For only $20, you get a wine glass, a lesson on crystals, and a crystal starter kit. Register online.

7 PM: Jentz Band, Edgewood Winery & Event Center

Jentz Band will be playing at Edgewood Winery and Event Center in Spring Church! No cover charge.

9 PM: Karaoke Nights, Hot Spot Hotel & Lounge

Stop by the Hot Spot Hotel & Lounge after 9 PM for karaoke nights!

Sunday, January 22

12 PM: Snowshoeing Basics, Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek

The snow has arrived, and you want to be outside, but you don’t want to sink in up to your calves. Then come and find out about snowshoeing your way through the winter. This course will help you select the footwear and clothing that will ensure you are prepared for a day of stomping through the snow. You’ll learn about the different styles of snowshoes and the pros/cons of each. Wondering where you can rent, borrow or purchase these snow tamers, that will be discussed too. Finally, information will be provided about great places to go to experience the same snow that Bigfoot so loves … well, at least our local version of Bigfoot. This class is co-taught by Joesph Triebsch and Megan Caplan, a guide with the Women’s Adventure Club of Pittsburgh. Register online.

1-4 PM: Lightroom Editing Class for Photographers, Donna Weckerly Photograph

Editing can be a very daunting endeavor for someone new to Lightroom’s interface, structure, and tools. But Lightroom is a fantastic editing software to help bring your images to life in a variety of ways. Donna Weckerly Photography offers this beginner’s Lightroom editing class to introduce you to LR catalogs and file organization, the difference between desktop and mobile versions, its interface and tools, and some basic ways to edit your images. This 3-hour class will be hands-on, so you must have a laptop with the full subscription-based Lightroom Classic and Lightroom installed prior to the class. Please have your Adobe log-in information available. Bring an SD card with new images that have not yet been added to Lightroom. Please include several RAW format images. Images will also be provided for group editing practice. Be sure you have the power cord for your laptop to charge if needed. Bring a tablet for note-taking. This class is part of Donna’s mentoring program and is offered to aspiring photographers and business owners looking to improve their editing skills. Therefore, the class fee is reflective of the knowledge and skills that she has crafted over the years as a photographer and business owner. Class fee: $250.00 plus PA sales tax Payment in full is due on or before January 14, 2022 to reserve your spot in class. Class limited to 8 people at this time. One-on-one mentoring is also available at a rate of $100/hour. Venmo, cash, or check accepted. Text Donna at 724.664.3976 with any questions and to reserve your spot in this class.

1-4 PM: Paint Class with Cathy, Edgewood Winery & Event Center

Edgewood Winery & Event Center is hosting another paint class with Cathy! This event is $35, call 724-478-4373 to reserve and pay for a spot.

2 PM: DJ Bingo, Edgewood Winery & Event Center

Play DJ Bingo at Edgewood Winery & Event Center on Sundays from 2-4 PM.