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Oct. 8: Cash and Cline at The Strand. A tribute to Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Terry Lee Goffee makes his fourth appearance at The Strand with his wildly popular Johnny Cash tribute concert, and once again, is joined by another gifted artist, Josie Waverly and her interpretation of country western legend Patsy Cline! 2 PM & 8 PM. $25 to $35 reserve seating. The Strand Theater, 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

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you wish for” in Stephen Sondeheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical. The Baker and his wife wish for a child, Cinderella wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack wishes his cow to give milk. Oct. 7-8 at 7:30 PM. Oct. 9 at 3 PM $17 unless a subscriber. Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-287-8243. mtgbutler.org.

Winterfest at Moraine State Park. Photo by: Teri Getsay

*Oct. 7-9: Musical Theatre Guild Presents Into the Woods. “Be careful what to make-n-takes. Classes for all ages are planned. Please visit Facebook for class information and to register. Nicolette’s Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

Oct. 5: Monthly doTERRA Essential Oil & Art Classes. From 101 classes

clothed model for drawing on the first Tuesday of each month through December. Bring all supplies needed. $10. 6-8 PM. Cranberry Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. 724-728-4658. www.cranberryartistsnetwork.com.

Oct. 4: Live Clothed Drawing. Cranberry Artists Network sponsors a professional with ShruBrew to do a beer tasting event at the store. 12-5 PM. 22410 Perry Hwy., Jackson Plaza, Zelienople. 724-473-4111. www.theperfectpiecestore.com.

Oct. 2: OctoBEERfest at The Perfect Piece Home Furnishing. Partnering Experience North Pittsburgh’s destination wedding venue and build your dream wedding. Visit the area’s top wedding vendors and have the opportunity to win your dream wedding reception. 1-4 PM. Pittsburgh Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Dr., Cranberry Twp. 724-779-4212. www.happilyeverafterweddingshow.eventbrite.com.

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Oct. 2: Happily Ever After Wedding Show. $10/preregister, $15/door.

beverages by local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries and craft breweries. Ticket and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit Community Care Connections, Inc. 4-7 PM. The Mansion, 141 Mansion Ln., Butler. 724-283-3198. www.communitycareconnect.org.

Oct. 2: 23rd annual Chef Tasting Party & Auction. Sample the best in food and Shop for beautiful mums, cornstalks and pumpkins from local growers in our area. Enjoy sampling some of our savory dips and sweet treats. The Meridian Station Gift Shop & Confectionery, 298 Meridian Rd., Butler. 724-482-4436. www.themeridianstation.com.

Oct. 2: Let’s Decorate for Fall Sale at Meridian Station. Gifts 10% to 20% off.

murder. Love and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s films, The Lodger; Sabotage; and The 39 Steps. Triple feature with vintage commercials, live sound effects and musical underscoring. One Howard St., Butler. 724-287-6781. www.bltgroup.org.

*Oct. 1-2, 4-8: Butler Little Theatre presents Vintage Hitchcock. Spies,

*Oct. 1-2: Portersville Steam Show Fall Fling. Vintage village, saw mill, cider press, gas engines, oil field equipment, farm animals, train rides, steam engines, flea market, crafts, great food, kids’ pedal tractor pulling, tractors, large traction engines, ice cream, tractor pulls, and a steam building. 9 AM-4 PM. Portersville Steam Show Grounds, 1512 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-285-7038. www.portersvillesteamshow.org. *Sundays in Oct.: Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. All ages fun this fall. 1-4 PM. The Beacon Hotel, 231 Beacon Rd., Renfrew. 724-596-6233. www.gotothebeacon.com. *Saturdays and Sundays in Oct.: Freedom Farms Fall Festival. A variety of fun activities such as hayrides, a hay maze, pony rides, face painting, contests and more. Local products including wines, chocolate, cheese and Freedom Farms foods. $10. 11 AM-5 PM. 440 Overbrook Rd., Valencia. 724-307-5464. www.freedomfarmspa.com. see Western Pennsylvania’s colorful foliage reflected on the lake. Reservations suggested. 1 and 3 PM. $14/adults, $12/ages 62+, $7/ages 12 and under, free/age 2 and under. 118 North Shore Dr., Portersville. 724-368-9185. www.morainepreservationfund.org.

Taking a selfie with an alpaca… seeing your child’s eyes light up as you approach carnival rides… holding your sweetheart’s hand while taking a sunset walk by the lake… that first sip of microbrewed beer. It’s the little things worth visiting for— the simple moments that make a big impression for years to come. Butler County, Pennsylvania is filled with unexpected curiosities in every season. One of the best parts is – it’s easy to get here! The Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-79, I-80 and Routes 422, 19 and 8 all run through the county. So spend a few nights in one of our scenic campgrounds, quaint B&Bs or comfortable hotels and expect your getaway to be great!

It’s the little things that make a getaway great…

*Saturdays in Oct.: Fall Foliage Pontoon Cruises on Lake Arthur. Come us for some adult haunting good times in the fields! 7:30-10 PM. The Beacon Hotel, 231 Beacon Rd., Renfrew. 724-586-6233. www.gotothebeacon.com.

*Fridays and Saturdays in Oct.: Haunted House and Corn Maze. Come join Pumpkin Fest: Sat./Sun. 11 AM-5 PM. $4/hayride, pumpkins extra. Petting zoo, hay jump, concession stand and holiday items. Fright Farm: Fri.-Sun. dark-10 PM. $15-20/ person. Haunted hayride, corn maze and multiple walk-through attractions. 147 Kennedy Rd., Portersville. 724-368-3233. www.cheesemanfarm.com.

*Weekends in Oct.: Cheeseman Fright Farm and Pumpkin Festival.

EVENTS – OCTOBER 2016

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BUTLER COUNTY, PA Calendar of Events Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Delve into the provocative world of extra virgin olive oil. Learn about production practices and how to identify and select oil. Materials fee due at the class. 6-9 PM. Register through BC3. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8501. www.bc3.edu.

Oct. 8: Family Fun Festival. Hosted by South Butler Community Library. Live music by local groups with amateur hour. Local vendors including artists, specialty products, fall decorations, food, beverages and community organizations. Admission fee but games are free. 4-9 PM. Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company Carnival Grounds, 290 Home Ave., Saxonburg. 724-352-4810. www.southbutlerlibrary.org.

Oct. 10: The $100 Show Art Exhibit. All art is $100. Opening Reception Oct. 12, 6-8 PM. Cranberry Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. 724-728-4658. www.cranberryartistsnetwork.com.

Oct. 8: Glaciation Program at Succop Nature Park. This program will help you imagine what Pennsylvania was like during the last Ice Age. We will also explore unique glacial features and use Google Earth to locate them. 10 AM-12 PM. $6/members, $10/non-members. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Oct. 8: Family Art Afternoons at the Art Center. Drop in each month for a seasonal project for kids and families. All ages welcome, parent or adult must stay. Signups are recommended, but walk-ins welcome. $10. 1-3 PM. 344 S. Main St., Butler. 724-283-6922. butlerartcenter.org. Oct. 8: Guided Tour/Hike at Preston Park. The tours last approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours and involve a lot of walking. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately. For information, contact Marcie at the Butler Township Building. 1 PM. Preston Park, 415 S. Eberhart Rd., Butler. 724-283-3430. http://butlertwp.org/preston-park. Oct. 8: Muddy Creek Oil Field Demonstration. Come see a restored oil well in operation! The Bessemer Gas Engine and Marshall-Barr No. 19 oil well equipment will be open for visitors to hear, see, and smell the industry that powered this region. Volunteers operate the engine and answer your questions. Free. 11 AM-5 PM. Moraine State Park, 195 Park Rd., Prospect. 724-368-8811. www.3mjc.org. Oct. 8: Zelie on Tap. Sip craft beer, munch with Best Eats and Treats, Voodoo, Wok of Life and ShuBrew. Jam with a concert line up. Tickets available on Eventbrite. $40/ session (beer tasting and concert admission) or $10 concert admission only. 3-6 PM and 7-10 PM. Zelienople Community Park, S. Division St., Zelienople. 724-452-0231. myzeliepark.org. Oct. 8: Fall Flea-Tique. Flea market, local artisans, vintage items, antiques, Ride for Kids booth. Flea-tique vendors will be located in the town square. Local businesses will be open during their normal business hours. 8 AM-2 PM. Main and Mercer Streets, Harmony. 724-452-9204. harmonybusinessassociation.com. Oct. 8: Sleepy Hollow Festival - Harmony. Sponsored by the Harmony Business Assoc. All day event with live music, trick-or-treat, a scavenger hunt, costume contests, face painting, ghost walks and more. Held in conjunction with the Zelienople-Harmony Fall Festival. Free. 11 AM-8 PM. Harmony. 724-452-0539. www.bottlebrusharts.com. Oct. 8: Basic Watercolor Class at Nicolette's. Paint and take home a beautiful bookmark. Simple watercolor techniques. All materials provided. 10 AM-12 PM. $25. 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-445-7088. www.nicolettesshop.com. *Oct. 8-9: Zelie/Harmony Fall Festival. Enjoy shopping our stores or a relaxing meal. Music, food, historic encampments, farmers’ market, pony rides, farm pets, antiques, crafters, free rides in a horse-drawn trolley wagon, chili cook-off, kids activities, toy tractors/hobby show, shops, sidewalk sales, historical tours, art exhibits and sales, and lots of food. 724-452-5571. fallfestival.zelie.us. Oct. 9: Natural Skincare and Medicinal Plants Workshop. Explore the historical uses of native plants in healing. We will then create a natural plant-based skin care product to take home. 2-4 PM. $12/member. $15/nonmember. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Weekly Happenings

*Every Wednesday: Open Portrait Group with a Live Model. Practice a portrait or drawing your fellow students. All levels welcome. No registration needed. $2/member, $4/non-member. 10 AM-12 PM. The Art Center, 344 S. Main St., Butler. 724-283-6922. www.butlerartcenter.org. *Every Wednesday: Trivia Night at ShuBrew. Six rounds of various trivia categories guaranteed to make you laugh. First and second place prizes are awarded each night. Teams are limited to four players each. Must be 21 or older. 8-10 PM. ShuBrew Handcrafted Ales & Food, 210 S. Main St., Zelienople. 724-766-4426. www.shubrew.com. *Every 1st & 3rd Friday: Kids Friday Activities Night at Nicolette’s. Do you want a date night, girls night or alone time? This event will have them eating and creating. For ages 7-14. Guided activity and pizza provided. $35. 6-8:30 PM. Nicolette’s Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com. *Every Sunday: Mixed Media Paint, Gather and Sip. A few of the subjects will be elegant fall/white pumpkin and potted lavender. $39. 6 PM. Nicolette's Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com. *events lasting more than one day

Oct. 11: "Time for an (Olive) Oil Change" Class by The Enchanted Olive.

Oct. 12: Fall Foliage Kayak Float. Join the park naturalist for an interpretive kayak paddle for a look into the colors of fall. Ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Kayak and gear provided, or bring your own. Life jackets required. Pre-registration required. 1-4 PM. Meet at Moraine State Park, Upper 528 Boat Launch, Slippery Rock. 724-368-8811. www.visitpaparks.com. Oct. 12: Birdwatchers Cruise on Lake Arthur. Join other birders as we tour Lake Arthur looking for Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Osprey, Vultures, Bald Eagles and more. Light refreshments will be served. 9 AM. Call for reservations. 118 N. Shore Dr., Portersville. 724-368-9185. www.morainepreservationfund.org. Oct. 12: Progressive Dinner in Saxonburg. The menu is a fall flavors theme. $55 includes all taxes and gratuities, and servings from seven local shops and restaurants, including Hotel Saxonburg. 3:30 PM. Tickets available with cash or check at Hotel Saxonburg, 220 W. Main St., Saxonburg. 724-352-4200. www.hotelsaxonburg.com. Oct. 13: Butler Butterfly Lady at the Maridon. Kimberly is a member of the Butler Garden Club and a professional photographer who has been raising and releasing Monarch butterflies for seven years. Join us for a PowerPoint presentation of the Monarch’s life stages and exhibit of beautiful photographs/art, some of which will be for sale. 7-9 PM. Maridon Museum, 322 N. McKean St., Butler. 724-282-0123. www.maridon.org. *Oct. 13-15: 8th annual DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede at

Lernerville. DIRTcar Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models, DIRTcar Big Block Mods RUSH (crate) Late Models, DIRTcar Open Sportsman/Stocks UMP E-Mods, RUSH (crate) Mods, 4 Cylinders, plus 100-Lap Enduro. 313 N. Pike Rd., Sarver. 724-353-1511. www.lernerville.com. Oct. 14: Dial ‘M’ for Mother - A Murder Mystery Dinner. A Hitchcock parody by The Maridon Museum. Call the Maridon for reservations. 5:30 PM. American Legion Post 778, 150 Legion Memorial Ln., Lyndora. 724-282-0123. www.maridon.org. *Oct. 14-16: The Living Dead Weekend. There will be lots happening at various locations around Evans City including EDCO Park and The Living Dead Museum on Main Street. Night of the Living Dead starts out in Evans City Cemetery. If you want to visit the movie location, it’s a five minute drive from Main Street. www.thelivingdeadweekend.com. Oct. 15: Buffalo Creek Half Marathon on The Butler-Freeport Community

Trail. Majority of the course is on a crushed limestone surface. Our downhill course with a slight uphill grade near the end allows many finishers to run their personal best times. Spectacular fall foliage makes our course one of the most scenic you will experience. 9 AM. 313 N. Pike Rd., Sarver. www.runsignup.com/Race/PA/SARVER/ BuffaloCreekHalfMarathon.

Oct. 15: Fall Harvest Dinner at The Old Stone House Museum. Thanksgiving comes early as we prepare our annual harvest dinner. The orchards, gardens and fields will provide the raw materials for our cooks at the hearth. We will enjoy the meal together in the house parlor. 10 AM-2 PM. 2856 William Flynn Hwy., Slippery Rock. 724-738-4964. www.oldstonehousePA.org. Oct. 15: Intermediate Watercolor Class at Nicolette’s. Paint and take home a beautiful completed project. Includes a watercolor paint set, various size brushes, and three 5 x 7 #140 sheets of watercolor paper. $55. 9:30-11 AM. 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-445-7088. www.nicolettesshop.com. Oct. 15: Owl Prowl at Todd Nature Reserve. Learn about our local owls inside, then search for them on the trails. Appropriate for all ages. 7 PM. $6/member, $10/nonmember. 347 Kepple Rd., Sarver. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org. *Oct. 15-16: “America the Beautiful” Quilt Show. Enjoy a weekend display of quilts and quilting. All proceeds will benefit the Lutherlyn Campership Fund. Quilting demonstrations throughout the day, vendor mall, Chinese auction, raffle quilts, “make and take” craft projects. Sat. 10 AM-5 PM. Sun. 11 AM-4 PM. $5. Lutherlyn, 500 Lutherlyn Ln., Butler. 724-865-2161. www.lutherlyn.com. Oct. 16: Harmony Museum’s annual Pumpkin Pancake Brunch. Pumpkin and regular pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, maple syrup, fruit, beverages. Reservations suggested. 9 AM-1:30 PM. Stewart Hall, 218 Mercer St., Harmony. 724-452-7341. www.harmonymuseum.org. Oct. 16: Pet Walk of The Living Dead. Pet costume contest and parade. Entry fee is a pet item donated to the Butler County Humane Society. 2-4 PM. EDCO Park, 154 W. Main St., Evans City. www.thelivingdeadweekend.com. Oct. 19: Photo Inspired Paintings Workshop. Students use one of their own photos as a guide to create a one-of-a-kind acrylic painting. Tips will be given on choices about composition, color and style. $20. 6:30-8:30 PM. Register by October 15. The Art Center, 344 S. Main St., Butler. 724-283-6922. www.butlerartcenter.org.

Oct. 20: Beer Social at Cooper Station Restaurant. Four course. Visit our Facebook page for details. 7-9 PM. Cooper Station Restaurant, 352 N. Pike Rd., Sarver. 724-353-2100. www.cooperstationrestaurant.com. Oct. 21: Great Pumpkin Festival. Pick your treats, make a craft, play spirited games, enjoy some munchies and choose your perfect pumpkin, all in your Halloween costume! Perfect for kids ages 1-8, but all are welcome. Pre-registration is required. 6-8 PM. $9. Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. 724-779-4386. www.cranberrytownship.org. Oct. 21: YMCA Trunk or Treat. Join us for a fun and safe way for the little ones to Trick ‘or Treat this year. 5:45-8 PM. Registration required. Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA, 2001 Ehrman Rd., Cranberry Twp. 724-452-9122. www.bcfymca.org. Oct. 21: Underground Band Night at The Art Center. The underground gallery serves a young audience and is drug, alcohol, and violence free with adult supervision. 344 S. Main St., Butler. 724-283-6922. www.butlerartcenter.org. Oct. 21: Rhapsodic Performance at Succop Theater. A dance-like program with Slavic roots. Come enjoy the romance of traditional dance and the sound of local Broadway-style talent. Brahm’s Hungarian Dances, Bartok’s Romanian Dances and Dvorak Symphony No. 6. 8 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu. *Oct. 21-22: Chiller Theatre, The Musical. This music and comedy revue, inspired by those last night fright fests hosted by the likes of Chilly Bill and Elvira, will have you rolling in the aisles and tapping your toes. $35/reserved seating, $25/limited or obstructed view, $30/‘Tis The Season subscribers. 8 PM. The Strand Theater, 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org. *Oct. 22-23: Intro to Beginner Backpacking for Women. Age 16 (with adult) and up join experienced state park staff for a guided trip along the North Country Trail. Learn planning and packing, explore the trail, tips on navigation, purification and more. $50. overnight Sat. 9 AM to Sun. 1 PM. Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Rd., prairie side near the pavilion, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011 www.visitpaparks.com. Oct. 23: Annie Moses Band at SRU. A brilliant blend of folk and classical family of musicians who combine technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. “The Art of the Love Song” was recently released and showcased on PBS. These virtuosic siblings bring Julliard-honed chops to Nashville-styled music-making. $22/adult, $20/senior, $18/youth, $8/SRU student. University Union MPR, 103 Central Loop, Slippery Rock. 724-738-2018. www.sru.edu. Oct. 23: Decyfer Down at The Strand. Take Grammy and Dove nominations, three top selling albums, seven chart-topping singles, songs in major sporting events and countless viral videos, and it’s been a productive decade for Decyfer Down. They will be joined by special guests The Protest and Jeremy Greene. 6:30 PM. $15/reserve. $25/VIP. The Strand Theater,119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org. Oct. 27: Painting with a Twist at Family Bowlaway. Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced and enthusiastic local artists. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a new found talent you’ll want to explore. Register online. 7-9 PM. $35. 540 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-8630. www.familybowlaway.com. *Oct. 28-29: 11th Frame Bar and Grille Annual Halloween Bash.

Spooky, sexy, or most creative… It's your choice. Win prizes and enjoy live entertainment! 9:30 PM-1:30 AM. 540 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-8630. www.11thframebarandgrille.com.

Oct. 29: 40th Anniversary of Greater Harmony Chorus. Come celebrate our 40th anniversary. Afterglow event for $17 advance sale only at Glade Run Church, located at 1091 Pittsburgh Rd., Valencia. 4 PM. $15/presale, $18/door, $5/student. Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-443-7391. www.greaterharmony.org. Oct. 29: The Barn at Soergel Hollow Fall Craft and Vendor Show. Enjoy a day in the hills of Butler County with over 20 vendors and local craftspeople. The Amish will be joining us with freshly-made donuts. Lunch will be available for purchase. 8 AM-3 PM. 1078 Prospect Rd., Evans City. 724-789-9567. www.soergelhollow.com. Oct. 29: Willie Barcena at The Strand. Come see the national comedian with a new Netflix special. 6 PM & 9 PM. The Strand Theater, 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org. Oct. 29: Creatures of the Night at Succop Nature Park. Fireflies guide you on our trails, hear stories from a Great Horned Owl, observe the acrobatics of the Flying Squirrel, go batty with Little Brown Bat, and more. Crafts and refreshments provided. Come in costume for twice the fun. Rain or shine. Registration required. $6/ member, $10/nonmember, under 2 is free. 6:30 PM, 7 PM and 7:30 PM start. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org. Oct. 30: Grand ‘Ole Radio at Succop Theater. Enjoy an afternoon of acoustic music from Rob and Tom as they perform songs from country greats like George Jones and Willie Nelson to the sounds of Neil Young and the Flying Burrito Brothers. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.


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Oct. 8: Cash and Cline at The Strand. A tribute to Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Terry Lee Goffee makes his fourth appearance at The Strand with his wildly popular Johnny Cash tribute concert, and once again, is joined by another gifted artist, Josie Waverly and her interpretation of country western legend Patsy Cline! 2 PM & 8 PM. $25 to $35 reserve seating. The Strand Theater, 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

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*Oct. 7-9: Musical Theatre Guild Presents Into the Woods. “Be careful what you wish for” in Stephen Sondeheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical. The Baker and his wife wish for a child, Cinderella wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack wishes his cow to give milk. Oct. 7-8 at 7:30 PM. Oct. 9 at 3 PM $17 unless a subscriber. Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-287-8243. mtgbutler.org.

Winterfest at Moraine State Park. Photo by: Teri Getsay

Oct. 5: Monthly doTERRA Essential Oil & Art Classes. From 101 classes to make-n-takes. Classes for all ages are planned. Please visit Facebook for class information and to register. Nicolette’s Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com. Oct. 4: Live Clothed Drawing. Cranberry Artists Network sponsors a professional clothed model for drawing on the first Tuesday of each month through December. Bring all supplies needed. $10. 6-8 PM. Cranberry Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. 724-728-4658. www.cranberryartistsnetwork.com. Oct. 2: OctoBEERfest at The Perfect Piece Home Furnishing. Partnering with ShruBrew to do a beer tasting event at the store. 12-5 PM. 22410 Perry Hwy., Jackson Plaza, Zelienople. 724-473-4111. www.theperfectpiecestore.com. Oct. 2: Happily Ever After Wedding Show. $10/preregister, $15/door. Experience North Pittsburgh’s destination wedding venue and build your dream wedding. Visit the area’s top wedding vendors and have the opportunity to win your dream wedding reception. 1-4 PM. Pittsburgh Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Dr., Cranberry Twp. 724-779-4212. www.happilyeverafterweddingshow.eventbrite.com.

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Oct. 2: 23rd annual Chef Tasting Party & Auction. Sample the best in food and beverages by local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries and craft breweries. Ticket and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit Community Care Connections, Inc. 4-7 PM. The Mansion, 141 Mansion Ln., Butler. 724-283-3198. www.communitycareconnect.org. Oct. 2: Let’s Decorate for Fall Sale at Meridian Station. Gifts 10% to 20% off. Shop for beautiful mums, cornstalks and pumpkins from local growers in our area. Enjoy sampling some of our savory dips and sweet treats. The Meridian Station Gift Shop & Confectionery, 298 Meridian Rd., Butler. 724-482-4436. www.themeridianstation.com. *Oct. 1-2, 4-8: Butler Little Theatre presents Vintage Hitchcock. Spies, murder. Love and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s films, The Lodger; Sabotage; and The 39 Steps. Triple feature with vintage commercials, live sound effects and musical underscoring. One Howard St., Butler. 724-287-6781. www.bltgroup.org. *Oct. 1-2: Portersville Steam Show Fall Fling. Vintage village, saw mill, cider press, gas engines, oil field equipment, farm animals, train rides, steam engines, flea market, crafts, great food, kids’ pedal tractor pulling, tractors, large traction engines, ice cream, tractor pulls, and a steam building. 9 AM-4 PM. Portersville Steam Show Grounds, 1512 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-285-7038. www.portersvillesteamshow.org. *Sundays in Oct.: Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. All ages fun this fall. 1-4 PM. The Beacon Hotel, 231 Beacon Rd., Renfrew. 724-596-6233. www.gotothebeacon.com. *Saturdays and Sundays in Oct.: Freedom Farms Fall Festival. A variety of fun activities such as hayrides, a hay maze, pony rides, face painting, contests and more. Local products including wines, chocolate, cheese and Freedom Farms foods. $10. 11 AM-5 PM. 440 Overbrook Rd., Valencia. 724-307-5464. www.freedomfarmspa.com. *Saturdays in Oct.: Fall Foliage Pontoon Cruises on Lake Arthur. Come see Western Pennsylvania’s colorful foliage reflected on the lake. Reservations suggested. 1 and 3 PM. $14/adults, $12/ages 62+, $7/ages 12 and under, free/age 2 and under. 118 North Shore Dr., Portersville. 724-368-9185. www.morainepreservationfund.org.

Taking a selfie with an alpaca… seeing your child’s eyes light up as you approach carnival rides… holding your sweetheart’s hand while taking a sunset walk by the lake… that first sip of microbrewed beer. It’s the little things worth visiting for— the simple moments that make a big impression for years to come. Butler County, Pennsylvania is filled with unexpected curiosities in every season. One of the best parts is – it’s easy to get here! The Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-79, I-80 and Routes 422, 19 and 8 all run through the county. So spend a few nights in one of our scenic campgrounds, quaint B&Bs or comfortable hotels and expect your getaway to be great!

It’s the little things that make a getaway great…

*Fridays and Saturdays in Oct.: Haunted House and Corn Maze. Come join us for some adult haunting good times in the fields! 7:30-10 PM. The Beacon Hotel, 231 Beacon Rd., Renfrew. 724-586-6233. www.gotothebeacon.com. Pumpkin Fest: Sat./Sun. 11 AM-5 PM. $4/hayride, pumpkins extra. Petting zoo, hay jump, concession stand and holiday items. Fright Farm: Fri.-Sun. dark-10 PM. $15-20/ person. Haunted hayride, corn maze and multiple walk-through attractions. 147 Kennedy Rd., Portersville. 724-368-3233. www.cheesemanfarm.com.

*Weekends in Oct.: Cheeseman Fright Farm and Pumpkin Festival.

EVENTS – OCTOBER 2016

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Event Listing

BUTLER COUNTY, PA Calendar of Events Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Oct. 8: Glaciation Program at Succop Nature Park. This program will help

you imagine what Pennsylvania was like during the last Ice Age. We will also explore unique glacial features and use Google Earth to locate them. 10 AM-12 PM. $6/members, $10/non-members. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Oct. 8: Family Fun Festival. Hosted by South Butler Community Library. Live

music by local groups with amateur hour. Local vendors including artists, specialty products, fall decorations, food, beverages and community organizations. Admission fee but games are free. 4-9 PM. Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company Carnival Grounds, 290 Home Ave., Saxonburg. 724-352-4810. www.southbutlerlibrary.org.

Oct. 8: Family Art Afternoons at the Art Center. Drop in each month for a

seasonal project for kids and families. All ages welcome, parent or adult must stay. Signups are recommended, but walk-ins welcome. $10. 1-3 PM. 344 S. Main St., Butler. 724-283-6922. butlerartcenter.org.

Oct. 8: Guided Tour/Hike at Preston Park. The tours last approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours and involve a lot of walking. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately. For information, contact Marcie at the Butler Township Building. 1 PM. Preston Park, 415 S. Eberhart Rd., Butler. 724-283-3430. http://butlertwp.org/preston-park. Oct. 8: Muddy Creek Oil Field Demonstration. Come see a restored oil well

in operation! The Bessemer Gas Engine and Marshall-Barr No. 19 oil well equipment will be open for visitors to hear, see, and smell the industry that powered this region. Volunteers operate the engine and answer your questions. Free. 11 AM-5 PM. Moraine State Park, 195 Park Rd., Prospect. 724-368-8811. www.3mjc.org.

Oct. 8: Zelie on Tap. Sip craft beer, munch with Best Eats and Treats, Voodoo, Wok of Life and ShuBrew. Jam with a concert line up. Tickets available on Eventbrite. $40/ session (beer tasting and concert admission) or $10 concert admission only. 3-6 PM and 7-10 PM. Zelienople Community Park, S. Division St., Zelienople. 724-452-0231. myzeliepark.org. Oct. 8: Fall Flea-Tique. Flea market, local artisans, vintage items, antiques, Ride

for Kids booth. Flea-tique vendors will be located in the town square. Local businesses will be open during their normal business hours. 8 AM-2 PM. Main and Mercer Streets, Harmony. 724-452-9204. harmonybusinessassociation.com.

Oct. 8: Sleepy Hollow Festival - Harmony. Sponsored by the Harmony Business

Assoc. All day event with live music, trick-or-treat, a scavenger hunt, costume contests, face painting, ghost walks and more. Held in conjunction with the Zelienople-Harmony Fall Festival. Free. 11 AM-8 PM. Harmony. 724-452-0539. www.bottlebrusharts.com.

Oct. 10: The $100 Show Art Exhibit. All art is $100. Opening Reception Oct. 12, 6-8 PM. Cranberry Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. 724-728-4658. www.cranberryartistsnetwork.com.

Oct. 20: Beer Social at Cooper Station Restaurant. Four course. Visit our Facebook page for details. 7-9 PM. Cooper Station Restaurant, 352 N. Pike Rd., Sarver. 724-353-2100. www.cooperstationrestaurant.com.

Oct. 11: "Time for an (Olive) Oil Change" Class by The Enchanted Olive.

Oct. 21: Great Pumpkin Festival. Pick your treats, make a craft, play spirited

Delve into the provocative world of extra virgin olive oil. Learn about production practices and how to identify and select oil. Materials fee due at the class. 6-9 PM. Register through BC3. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8501. www.bc3.edu.

Oct. 12: Fall Foliage Kayak Float. Join the park naturalist for an interpretive kayak paddle for a look into the colors of fall. Ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Kayak and gear provided, or bring your own. Life jackets required. Pre-registration required. 1-4 PM. Meet at Moraine State Park, Upper 528 Boat Launch, Slippery Rock. 724-368-8811. www.visitpaparks.com. Oct. 12: Birdwatchers Cruise on Lake Arthur. Join other birders as we tour Lake Arthur looking for Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Osprey, Vultures, Bald Eagles and more. Light refreshments will be served. 9 AM. Call for reservations. 118 N. Shore Dr., Portersville. 724-368-9185. www.morainepreservationfund.org.

Oct. 12: Progressive Dinner in Saxonburg. The menu is a fall flavors theme. $55 includes all taxes and gratuities, and servings from seven local shops and restaurants, including Hotel Saxonburg. 3:30 PM. Tickets available with cash or check at Hotel Saxonburg, 220 W. Main St., Saxonburg. 724-352-4200. www.hotelsaxonburg.com.

Oct. 13: Butler Butterfly Lady at the Maridon. Kimberly is a member of the Butler Garden Club and a professional photographer who has been raising and releasing Monarch butterflies for seven years. Join us for a PowerPoint presentation of the Monarch’s life stages and exhibit of beautiful photographs/art, some of which will be for sale. 7-9 PM. Maridon Museum, 322 N. McKean St., Butler. 724-282-0123. www.maridon.org. *Oct. 13-15: 8th annual DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede at Lernerville. DIRTcar Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models, DIRTcar Big Block Mods RUSH (crate)

Late Models, DIRTcar Open Sportsman/Stocks UMP E-Mods, RUSH (crate) Mods, 4 Cylinders, plus 100-Lap Enduro. 313 N. Pike Rd., Sarver. 724-353-1511. www.lernerville.com.

Oct. 14: Dial ‘M’ for Mother - A Murder Mystery Dinner. A Hitchcock parody by The Maridon Museum. Call the Maridon for reservations. 5:30 PM. American Legion Post 778, 150 Legion Memorial Ln., Lyndora. 724-282-0123. www.maridon.org. *Oct. 14-16: The Living Dead Weekend. There will be lots happening at various

Oct. 8: Basic Watercolor Class at Nicolette's. Paint and take home a beautiful

locations around Evans City including EDCO Park and The Living Dead Museum on Main Street. Night of the Living Dead starts out in Evans City Cemetery. If you want to visit the movie location, it’s a five minute drive from Main Street. www.thelivingdeadweekend.com.

*Oct. 8-9: Zelie/Harmony Fall Festival. Enjoy shopping our stores or a relaxing

Oct. 15: Buffalo Creek Half Marathon on The Butler-Freeport Community Trail. Majority of the course is on a crushed limestone surface. Our downhill course

bookmark. Simple watercolor techniques. All materials provided. 10 AM-12 PM. $25. 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-445-7088. www.nicolettesshop.com.

meal. Music, food, historic encampments, farmers’ market, pony rides, farm pets, antiques, crafters, free rides in a horse-drawn trolley wagon, chili cook-off, kids activities, toy tractors/hobby show, shops, sidewalk sales, historical tours, art exhibits and sales, and lots of food. 724-452-5571. fallfestival.zelie.us.

Oct. 9: Natural Skincare and Medicinal Plants Workshop. Explore the historical uses of native plants in healing. We will then create a natural plant-based skin care product to take home. 2-4 PM. $12/member. $15/nonmember. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Weekly Happenings

*Every Wednesday: Open Portrait Group with a Live Model. Practice

a portrait or drawing your fellow students. All levels welcome. No registration needed. $2/member, $4/non-member. 10 AM-12 PM. The Art Center, 344 S. Main St., Butler. 724-283-6922. www.butlerartcenter.org.

*Every Wednesday: Trivia Night at ShuBrew. Six rounds of various trivia

categories guaranteed to make you laugh. First and second place prizes are awarded each night. Teams are limited to four players each. Must be 21 or older. 8-10 PM. ShuBrew Handcrafted Ales & Food, 210 S. Main St., Zelienople. 724-766-4426. www.shubrew.com.

*Every 1st & 3rd Friday: Kids Friday Activities Night at Nicolette’s. Do

you want a date night, girls night or alone time? This event will have them eating and creating. For ages 7-14. Guided activity and pizza provided. $35. 6-8:30 PM. Nicolette’s Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

*Every Sunday: Mixed Media Paint, Gather and Sip. A few of the subjects will be elegant fall/white pumpkin and potted lavender. $39. 6 PM. Nicolette's Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

*events lasting more than one day

with a slight uphill grade near the end allows many finishers to run their personal best times. Spectacular fall foliage makes our course one of the most scenic you will experience. 9 AM. 313 N. Pike Rd., Sarver. www.runsignup.com/Race/PA/SARVER/ BuffaloCreekHalfMarathon.

Oct. 15: Fall Harvest Dinner at The Old Stone House Museum. Thanksgiving comes early as we prepare our annual harvest dinner. The orchards, gardens and fields will provide the raw materials for our cooks at the hearth. We will enjoy the meal together in the house parlor. 10 AM-2 PM. 2856 William Flynn Hwy., Slippery Rock. 724-738-4964. www.oldstonehousePA.org. Oct. 15: Intermediate Watercolor Class at Nicolette’s. Paint and take home a beautiful completed project. Includes a watercolor paint set, various size brushes, and three 5 x 7 #140 sheets of watercolor paper. $55. 9:30-11 AM. 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-445-7088. www.nicolettesshop.com.

Oct. 15: Owl Prowl at Todd Nature Reserve. Learn about our local owls inside, then search for them on the trails. Appropriate for all ages. 7 PM. $6/member, $10/nonmember. 347 Kepple Rd., Sarver. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org. *Oct. 15-16: “America the Beautiful” Quilt Show. Enjoy a weekend display of

quilts and quilting. All proceeds will benefit the Lutherlyn Campership Fund. Quilting demonstrations throughout the day, vendor mall, Chinese auction, raffle quilts, “make and take” craft projects. Sat. 10 AM-5 PM. Sun. 11 AM-4 PM. $5. Lutherlyn, 500 Lutherlyn Ln., Butler. 724-865-2161. www.lutherlyn.com.

Oct. 16: Harmony Museum’s annual Pumpkin Pancake Brunch. Pumpkin

and regular pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, maple syrup, fruit, beverages. Reservations suggested. 9 AM-1:30 PM. Stewart Hall, 218 Mercer St., Harmony. 724-452-7341. www.harmonymuseum.org.

Oct. 16: Pet Walk of The Living Dead. Pet costume contest and parade. Entry fee is a pet item donated to the Butler County Humane Society. 2-4 PM. EDCO Park, 154 W. Main St., Evans City. www.thelivingdeadweekend.com. Oct. 19: Photo Inspired Paintings Workshop. Students use one of their own photos as a guide to create a one-of-a-kind acrylic painting. Tips will be given on choices about composition, color and style. $20. 6:30-8:30 PM. Register by October 15. The Art Center, 344 S. Main St., Butler. 724-283-6922. www.butlerartcenter.org.

games, enjoy some munchies and choose your perfect pumpkin, all in your Halloween costume! Perfect for kids ages 1-8, but all are welcome. Pre-registration is required. 6-8 PM. $9. Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. 724-779-4386. www.cranberrytownship.org.

Oct. 21: YMCA Trunk or Treat. Join us for a fun and safe way for the little ones

to Trick ‘or Treat this year. 5:45-8 PM. Registration required. Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA, 2001 Ehrman Rd., Cranberry Twp. 724-452-9122. www.bcfymca.org.

Oct. 21: Underground Band Night at The Art Center. The underground gallery serves a young audience and is drug, alcohol, and violence free with adult supervision. 344 S. Main St., Butler. 724-283-6922. www.butlerartcenter.org. Oct. 21: Rhapsodic Performance at Succop Theater. A dance-like program

with Slavic roots. Come enjoy the romance of traditional dance and the sound of local Broadway-style talent. Brahm’s Hungarian Dances, Bartok’s Romanian Dances and Dvorak Symphony No. 6. 8 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu.

*Oct. 21-22: Chiller Theatre, The Musical. This music and comedy revue, inspired by those last night fright fests hosted by the likes of Chilly Bill and Elvira, will have you rolling in the aisles and tapping your toes. $35/reserved seating, $25/limited or obstructed view, $30/‘Tis The Season subscribers. 8 PM. The Strand Theater, 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org. *Oct. 22-23: Intro to Beginner Backpacking for Women. Age 16 (with adult) and up join experienced state park staff for a guided trip along the North Country Trail. Learn planning and packing, explore the trail, tips on navigation, purification and more. $50. overnight Sat. 9 AM to Sun. 1 PM. Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Rd., prairie side near the pavilion, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011 www.visitpaparks.com. Oct. 23: Annie Moses Band at SRU. A brilliant blend of folk and classical family

of musicians who combine technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. “The Art of the Love Song” was recently released and showcased on PBS. These virtuosic siblings bring Julliard-honed chops to Nashville-styled music-making. $22/adult, $20/senior, $18/youth, $8/SRU student. University Union MPR, 103 Central Loop, Slippery Rock. 724-738-2018. www.sru.edu.

Oct. 23: Decyfer Down at The Strand. Take Grammy and Dove nominations, three top selling albums, seven chart-topping singles, songs in major sporting events and countless viral videos, and it’s been a productive decade for Decyfer Down. They will be joined by special guests The Protest and Jeremy Greene. 6:30 PM. $15/reserve. $25/VIP. The Strand Theater,119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org. Oct. 27: Painting with a Twist at Family Bowlaway. Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced and enthusiastic local artists. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a new found talent you’ll want to explore. Register online. 7-9 PM. $35. 540 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-8630. www.familybowlaway.com. *Oct. 28-29: 11th Frame Bar and Grille Annual Halloween Bash.

Spooky, sexy, or most creative… It's your choice. Win prizes and enjoy live entertainment! 9:30 PM-1:30 AM. 540 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-8630. www.11thframebarandgrille.com.

Oct. 29: 40th Anniversary of Greater Harmony Chorus. Come celebrate our 40th anniversary. Afterglow event for $17 advance sale only at Glade Run Church, located at 1091 Pittsburgh Rd., Valencia. 4 PM. $15/presale, $18/door, $5/student. Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-443-7391. www.greaterharmony.org. Oct. 29: The Barn at Soergel Hollow Fall Craft and Vendor Show. Enjoy a day in the hills of Butler County with over 20 vendors and local craftspeople. The Amish will be joining us with freshly-made donuts. Lunch will be available for purchase. 8 AM-3 PM. 1078 Prospect Rd., Evans City. 724-789-9567. www.soergelhollow.com. Oct. 29: Willie Barcena at The Strand. Come see the national comedian with a new Netflix special. 6 PM & 9 PM. The Strand Theater, 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

Oct. 29: Creatures of the Night at Succop Nature Park. Fireflies guide you on our trails, hear stories from a Great Horned Owl, observe the acrobatics of the Flying Squirrel, go batty with Little Brown Bat, and more. Crafts and refreshments provided. Come in costume for twice the fun. Rain or shine. Registration required. $6/ member, $10/nonmember, under 2 is free. 6:30 PM, 7 PM and 7:30 PM start. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org. Oct. 30: Grand ‘Ole Radio at Succop Theater. Enjoy an afternoon of acoustic music from Rob and Tom as they perform songs from country greats like George Jones and Willie Nelson to the sounds of Neil Young and the Flying Burrito Brothers. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.


EVENTS – NOVEMBER 2016 Nov. 1: Live Clothed Drawing. See Oct. 4. Nov. 2: Monthly doTERRA Essential Oil & Art Classes. See. Oct. 5. Nov. 5: Saturday Safari at Lutherlyn. For families of all shapes and sizes as well

as scout groups and youth groups. Payment collected at the event and includes the program, snacks and beverages. $6/ages 5+. 9:30 AM-12 PM. Additional maple session from 1-3:30 PM. 500 Lutherlyn Ln., Butler. 724-865-9079. www.lutherlyn.com.

Nov. 5: Owl Prowl. See Oct. 15. Nov. 6: Country Dance at Cooper Station. Dinner, snacks and sandwiches will be available, along with a full bar. Fettig's Crossing Band will be playing. $5. Doors at 5 PM, dance 5:30-9:30 PM. Cooper Station Restaurant, 352 N. Pike Rd., Sarver. 724-353-2100. cooperstation.net.

Nov. 10: Gravity and Other Myths Show at Slippery Rock University.

A multi-award winning and critically-acclaimed acrobatics ensemble from Australia, Gravity and Other Myths creates their work with an emphasis on an honest approach to performance, moving away from traditional circus and theatre models toward a fusion of acrobatic physical theatre. $20/adult, $18/senior, $16/youth, $8/SRU student. 7:30-10 PM. 724-738-2018. www.sru.edu.

*Nov. 11-13: Sing Hosanna! performing Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The performances will be held in the Succop Theater at the BC3. 7:30 PM. 2 PM on the 13th. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-287-8362. www.singhosanna.org.

*Nov. 11-13: Christmas Open House Weekend at The Meridian Station Gift Shop & Confectionery. All of our gifts will be 25% off. Take a day with friends

and family and join us for a weekend of shopping and sampling sweet treats and savory dips. Fri. 9 AM-6 PM. Sat. 10 AM-6 PM. Sun. 11 AM-4 PM. 298 Meridian Rd., Butler. 724-482-4436. www.themeridianstation.com.

Nov. 12: Winter Berries for Birds Program. When winter sets in, birds depend on plant resources to provide critical nutrients as insects become scarce. We will discuss native plants that help sustain birds during the harsh winter months. Participants will then be guided on a short hike. 2-4 PM. $6/member, $10/non-member. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org. Nov. 12: Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents Veteran’s Day Salute. Honor our beloved Veterans, the heart of our nation! Hear memorable themes

from Victory at Sea, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan, and the Armed Forces Salute. 7:30 PM. Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-1402. www.butlersymphony.org.

Nov.12: Plow & Play Days at The Beacon Hotel. Western Pennsylvania Garden

Tractor Association. 231 Beacon Rd., Renfrew. 724-596-6233. www.gotothebeacon.com.

Nov. 12: Mixed Media Art Ornament Workshop. Using a glass-based orna-

ment, we will build layers of sheet music and acrylic paint techniques to complete an ornament for yourself or gift giving. All supplies provided. $35. 10 AM-12 PM. Nicolette's Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

Nov. 12: Sketching & Journaling Your Holiday. Connect and hold the memories of the holiday and everyday moments of the season by drawing and journaling. Journaling will reinforce the connections of the season with sounds, experiences and the people you’re with for celebrations. $15. 1-2:30 PM. Nicolette's Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

*Nov. 12-13: Harmony Museum’s annual WeihnachtsMarkt (Christmas Market). Juried regional artisans and other vendors present a marketplace in the

tradition of Germany’s famed Christmas markets, with quality artwork and handcrafted goods as well as German and other European imports plus entertainment, refreshments and foods. Harmony’s National Historic Landmark District, Main and Mercer Streets, Harmony. 724-452-7341. harmonymuseum.org.

*Nov. 16-Dec. 30: The Associated Artists of Butler County’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale. Opening reception is Nov. 18. Underground Band Night is

Dec. 9. 344 S. Main St., Butler. 724-283-6922. butlerartcenter.org.

Nov. 17: Santa’s Workshop at Lutherlyn. Come and join us for a fun-filled

weekend of "project completion" for adults. You will be provided with a workspace, overnight accommodations and plenty of delicious food and beverages. Bring your unfinished projects, tools and materials, bedding and personal items. Registration deadline is Nov. 7. 500 Lutherlyn Ln., Butler. 724-865-2161. www.lutherlyn.com.

Nov. 17: Ellen King at The Maridon Museum. A long time antiques dealer and

life-long collector, she has collected Flow Blue for over 45 years. Flow Blue is a catch term given to a form of china made primarily in England beginning in 1840. The color “flows” or blurs. This china is lovely for use or as a decoration. The program is filled with fun and interesting history and facts. 7-9 PM. 322 N. McKean St., Butler. 724-282-0123. www.maridon.org.

*Nov. 18-Jan. 8: Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. Award-winning Christmas light and music extravaganza is unlike any show you’ve seen. Tune in your radio and watch the magic unfold while driving through hundreds of thousands of brilliant LED lights dancing in synchronization. Journey ends at kid-friendly Santa’s Village. $25/carload, $40/mini-bus, limo, activity van. Big Butler Fairgrounds, 1127 New Castle Rd., Prospect. www.ShadrackChristmas.com.

Dec. 4: Frank & Barbra at The Strand. Come see the Christmas Concert that never was. Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand never shared a stage, and it's unlikely these two vocal powerhouses ever would have. 3 PM & 7 PM. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. www.thestrandtheater.org. Dec. 4: Fa-la-la-la-Llama Holiday Open House. Visit our friendly alpacas,

silly ducks and a sweet old llama that just might give you a kiss! There will also be demonstrations of obstacles and alpaca showmanship and you can shop our wonderful selection of handmade and imported alpaca items. Free refreshments and children's activities. 10 AM-2 PM. Stone's Throw Farm, 625 Unionville Rd., Butler. 724-306-1103. www.facebook.com/StonesThrowAlpacas.

Dec. 7: Monthly doTERRA Essential Oil & Art Classes. See Oct. 5. Dec. 9-10: It’s a USO Christmas. Christmas music at its classic best. 8 PM. The

Strand Theater, 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. www.thestrandtheater.org.

Dec. 10: Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents The Magic of Christmas. Bring the family and enjoy traditional carols, sprinkled with music from

How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Polar Express. Choral groups from Butler and Seneca Valley High schools will add to this memorable evening. 7:30 PM. Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-1402. www.butlersymphony.org.

Dec. 10: Holiday Tea. Succop Nature Park is beautifully decorated for the holidays!

Join us for tea, snacks, holiday carols and a craft. 11AM and 3PM. $20/member, $25/nonmember. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Dec. 10: Yule Log Hike and Craft. We will take a hike out into the woods to

gather natural materials to decorate a birch Yule log. We will drill candle holes and level your log so that it will stay in proper position when you use it to decorate for the holidays. 4-6 PM. $6/member, $10/nonmember. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

*Dec. 10: Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch & Friends at The Strand. See Nov. 26. Dec. 11: Bus Tour to Christmas Wonderland by Shadrack’s! Start with

an early dinner then to the Big Butler Fairgrounds to experience an award-winning Christmas lights extravaganza. The final stop will be at Santa’s Village. $62 and includes: deluxe motor coach transportation, early dinner, admission to the light display and a stop at Santa’s Village. Butler departure at 3:30 PM. Butler Motor Tours, 210 S. Monroe St., Butler. 724-282-1000 or 1-800-222-8750. www.coachusa.com.

Dec. 12: Family Art Afternoons at the Art Center. See. Oct. 8. Dec. 15: Beer Social at Cooper Station Restaurant. See Oct. 20. *Dec. 17: Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch & Friends at The Strand. See Nov. 26. Dec. 30: Family Bowlaway Fun Center annual New Year's Eve Cyber Bowling Extravaganza. Reserve your lane today! We have been hosting this event for over 30 years and it’s sure to sell out again this year. 4 PM-1:30 AM. $45. 540 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-8630. www.11thframebarandgrille.com.

Dec. 31: Harmony’s family-oriented Silvester New Year’s Eve celebration. Welcoming the New Year on German time in recognition of the community’s heritage —6 PM EST (midnight in Germany). Races, museum tours, dinner, comedic short film, foretelling the New Year, Christmas tree throwing contest, refreshments, specialty shops, all capped by ball drop and fireworks. 2-6:30 PM. Main and Mercer Streets, Harmony. 724-452-6780 or 724-452-7341. harmonymuseum.org.

EVENTS – JANUARY 2017 Jan. 7: Kids’ Christmas Bird Count. Kids and parents are invited to participate in a family-friendly version of the Pittsburgh Christmas Bird Count. Our naturalist will guide you. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Registration required. Free. 10 AM-noon. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Jan. 14: Ice Fishing at Succop Nature Park. Try your hand at ice fishing with one of our educators on the Succop Nature Park pond. This program is weather dependent. $6/member. $10/nonmember. 10 AM-noon. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Jan. 15: Winter Walkabout, Signs of Life at Succop Nature Park. Even in the

TBA: Celebrate Butler County Tourism.

Featuring fantastic vendors from all walks of tourism, as well as sampling, shopping, live demonstrations and much more. 10 AM-4 PM. $5/adults. $2/children (12 and under). Save $1 per adult admission by bringing a non-perishable food bank donation. Admission includes free ticket for door prizes! 724-234-4619. www.visitbutlercounty.com.

EVENTS – MARCH 2017 March 4: Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents Symphony Idol.

Enjoy popular music performed by TV sensations Matt Giraud, LaKisha Jones and Haley Scarnato from Fox’s “American Idol.” 7:30 PM. Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-1402. www.butlersymphony.org.

*March 10-12, 14-18: Butler Little Theatre presents Elvis Has Left the Building. It’s December 20, 1970, and Elvis Presley has disappeared. No one, not

even his wily manger knows his whereabouts. But the colonel is all shook up because he has racked up a secret debt and with the King himself missing, the only way to pay it off is to find an Elvis impersonator. One Howard St., Butler. 724-287-6781. www.bltgroup.org.

March 12: The Tornado Big Band at Succop Theater. The Tornado Big Band will amaze you with the band and jazz standards and exciting new compositions that showcase these talented young musicians from Butler Senior and Intermediate High Schools. These bands perform many original arrangements from the Big Band era as well as contemporary tunes. 2 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater. March 24: Bringing It All Together! Concert at Succop Theater. Using

pieces that feature small ensembles, this concert will bring together the different selections of the Philharmonic along with our local youth talent. Dvorak-Serenade for Winds, Warlock-Capriol Suite, Sibellus-Finlanda. 8 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

March 31: We’ve Only Just Begun Carpenters Tribute at SRU. See the show that sold out in Las Vegas that recreates the original sound of the Carpenters. JazzTimes magazine says, “Michelle Berting Brett is a richly gifted vocalist whose heartfelt tribute to Karen Carpenter is simply not to be missed.” $22/adult, $20/senior, $18/youth, $8/SRU student. 7:30 PM. University Union MPR, 103 Central Loop, Slippery Rock. 724-738-2018. www.sru.edu. March 31: Presidio Brass Concert at Succop Theater. Since forming in 2006, Presidio Brass has rocketed to success as the face of a bold new generation in brass entertainment. By combining a brass quintet, piano and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements, this Yamaha Performing Ensemble from San Diego, California has developed a truly unique sound. 8 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater. *March 31, April 1, 6,-9: Children of Eden at The Strand. Stephen Schwartz’ most popular musical to never have a Broadway run, this show has grown to become a beloved phenomenon. Joyous and inspiring musical celebrates family, parenting and ‘letting go’ with stories from the Old Testament. 8 PM. $40/reserved seating, $30/limited or obstructed view, $30/‘Tis The Season subscribers. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. www.thestrandtheater.org.

*March 31, April 1, 7-9: Musical Theatre Guild Presents Godspell.

Godspell deals with the last days of Jesus with dramatized versions of well-known parables. Religious experience, demonstration of joy and celebration of the family of man. The cast are conceived as clowns, improvising scenery and costumes, pantomime, vaudeville and varied musical styles. 7:30 PM. April 9 at 3 PM. $17 unless a subscriber. Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-287-8243. www.mtgbutler.org.

EVENTS – APRIL 2017 April 8: Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents American Masters. 2017 Concerto Competition Winner. Bernstein: On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite. Gershwin: An American in Paris. Ellington: Black, Brown and Beige Suite. 7:30 PM. Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-1402. www.butlersymphony.org.

*April 17-28: Kaleidoscope Arts Festival. The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival will

showcase the best of Slippery Rock University’s dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Slippery Rock University, 1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock. 724-738-4721. www.sru.edu.

April 21: Grand Romanza Show at Succop Theater. Stefano and Nina

Tanchietti, Tenor and Soprano Duo, offer a powerful and unforgettable experience. The program will feature songs from Broadway’s Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and Webber, to the operetta melodies of Kern, Herbert and Romberg. 8 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

midst of winter, the forest is teeming with life. Join a naturalist for the subtle and notso-subtle signs of animal activity on the reserve. Program is outside. Adults and families. $6/member, $10/nonmember. 2-3:30 PM. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

EVENTS – MAY 2017

*Jan. 20-21: The Chief at The Strand. Rob Zeller and Gene Collier’s one-man

May TBD: 4th annual Butler County Chainsaw Carving Invitational.

play about the life of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney is praised by theater patrons and sports fans alike. See this iconic play in The Strand’s intimate setting. $20-25/reserved seating. $5 off per ticket for Broadway on Main subscribers. 8 PM. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

Witness top chainsaw carvers in action from all around the world, including Damian Skal and Butler's own Ken Tynan. Live music, auction, food, beer and more. Butler Farm Show Grounds, 625 Evans City Rd., Butler. 724-822-3349. www.butlerchainsawcarving.com.

*Jan. 20-22, 24-28: Butler Little Theatre presents God of Carnage. A

playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together their parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, tensions emerge leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. One Howard St., Butler. 724-287-6781. www.bltgroup.org.

*May 4-6: Mars New Year. Celebrate the New Year on the planet Mars in the town of Mars! Highlighting innovation and exploration. Join chairman Mike Harvey of WTAE for three days of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) fun! Thursday night blast-off dinner. Friday and Saturday activities downtown. 724-652-1858. www.marsnewyear.com.

*Nov. 25-Dec. 3: Butler Little Theatre presents The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays. Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over

Jan. 21: Wolf Moon Hike at Succop Nature Park. The wolf moon is named for the lean, dead-of-winter times of January, but survival never takes time off. Search the landscape for resources for a cold winter’s night under a full moon. Eat supper before you come. We’ll warm up around the campfire at the end. This is an outside program appropriate for adults. $6/member, $10/nonmember. 5:30-7 PM. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

*May 5-7: Butler Little Theatre presents Flowers for Algernon. A compelling story of Charlie, a mentally handicapped man, and the strange interweaving of his life with Algernon, a mouse. Experimental surgery performed on Algernon increased his intelligence fourfold. The operation is tried on Charlie, who rapidly changes to a genius. It’s a race against time in which Charlie tries to keep his new intelligence. One Howard St., Butler. 724-287-6781. www.bltgroup.org.

Nov. 26: Holiday Desserts Cooking Class. The warmth of the hearth provides a seasonal background for the preparation of authentic 18th century dessert pies, tarts, cakes, "little" cakes and creams. 10 AM-2 PM. The Old Stone House Museum, 2856 William Flynn Hwy., Slippery Rock. 724-738-2409. www.oldstonehousePA.org.

*Jan. 27-29: Ella & Basie at The Strand. Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie are two titans of jazz that, surprisingly, hadn’t collaborated on a full album until July of 1963. This original concert revue tracks the careers of these jazz greats. $35/reserved seating. $25/limited or obstructed view, $30/Broadway on Main subscription. 8 PM. Jan. 29 at 2 PM. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

May 7: An Afternoon with Lindsay Fisher. Lindsay Fisher, originally from

Jan. 28: 11th annual Butler County Wine Festival. Event featuring wine, food,

to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Theater Critic, this show is an energetic romp through the life of one of Vaudeville’s pioneers. Fast-paced, but also heartfelt and sentimental. $35/reserved seating. $25/limited or obstructed view, $30/Broadway on Main subscription. 8 PM. May 14 at 2 PM. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

Nov. 17: Beer Social at Cooper Station Restaurant. See. Oct 20. Nov. 18: Santa’s First Stop. Help him light the holiday tree and enjoy holiday crafts

and refreshments in the Municipal Center. 7 PM. Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. 724-779-4386. www.cranberrytownship.org.

Nov. 19: Drawing Class at Nicolette’s Tailor Shop. Drawing in the style of

Zentangle, you will create pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art through simple, structured patterns, in a small size to be relaxing and fulfilling. 10:30 AM-noon. $15. Nicolette's Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

Nov. 19: Basic Watercolor Class at Nicolette’s Tailor Shop. See Oct. 8. *Nov. 19-20: Christmas Open House at Wagon Wheel Antiques. Now in our 43rd year in the same location! 10 AM-5 PM. 1399 Pittsburgh Rd., (PA Rt. 8), Valencia. 724-898-9974. www.wagonwheelantiques.us

for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of holiday revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, it’s up to Gillette to solve, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes. One Howard St., Butler. 724-287-6781. www.bltgroup.org.

Nov. 26: Spirit of Christmas Parade. Parade is open to businesses and organizations and will include local marching bands as well. Be sure to come early to enjoy all the downtown shopping and dining options. 5:30 PM. Main St., Butler. 724-283-1500. insidebutlercounty.com/spirit-of-christmas-parade.

Nov. 26: Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch and Friends at The Strand. Come see this family favorite. 2 PM. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

EVENTS – DECEMBER 2016 Dec. 2: Holiday Pops at Succop Theater. Celebrate the most wonderful time of

the year with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and some holiday favorites. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots and get a coupon for an upcoming show. Plus, don’t miss a special visit from Santa! 8 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

*Dec. 2-4: Annual Christmas Shopping Tour. Celebrate local! Join eight Butler County shops all celebrating the holiday season on the same weekend with sales, goodies and prizes. Each shop will have something special happening. A list of shops and map will be available at each shop. 724-368-1100.

*Dec. 2-4: Christmas Open House at the Glass Blowing Center. Browse our

selection of hand-blown glass gifts and learn about this amazing art form. You can experience flame working demonstrations by watching one of our resident glass workers producing their wares in our in-store workshop. 10 AM-6 PM. 114 Leonard Rd., Hilliards. 724-791-2100. www.glass123.com.

Dec. 3: The Reindeer Race. This is a fun family 5K and 1-mile race. Join us for a fun race, great prizes, cool giveaways and more. Walk, run or skip your way to the finish and visit with Santa Claus. Kick off the Christmas season at this festive and fun event! 7 AM-1:30 PM. Downtown Harmony, Mercer St., Harmony. $25. 724-321-4265. www.getfitfamilies.com. Dec. 3: Winter Birding with Audubon. What birds are showing up this year at

Succop? How do birds survive the cold of winter? Come explore with our naturalists and observe what species of birds are to be discovered and some of their strategies of survival. $6/member, $10/nonmember. 12-2 PM. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Dec. 3: Girls and Dolls Holiday Tea. Bring your favorite little girl, along with her

doll, for a tea party fit for a princess! We’ll have tea, snacks, holiday carols and a craft. Register early! 11 AM and 3 PM. $20/member, $25/nonmember. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Dec. 3: Citizen Science: Christmas Bird Count and Project Feederwatch Training. Learn or review the birds most likely to be seen. Beginners welcome! Act

48 credit available. Classroom session and a short birding walk, conditions permitting. Free. 10 AM-12 PM. $6/members, $10/nonmember. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Dec. 3: Paint a Watercolor Greeting Card. This class is during our Christmas

Shopping Tour which makes it special. Learn how to blend a soft watercolor wash with simple watercolor technique to create a beautiful greeting card. Frameable too! Includes prepared greeting card and use of supplies. $38. 10 AM-12 PM. Nicolette’s Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

music, photo booth and vendors. Sample from 10 Pennsylvania wineries, local restaurants and caterers and shop the unique merchandise. Basket raffle. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program of Butler County. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Session I: 3-5:30 PM. Session II: 6:30-9 PM. $20/online presale, $25/day of event. Butler Days Inn, 139 Pittsburgh Rd., Butler. 724-283-1500. wisr680.com/wine-festival.

Jan. 29: Cloud Chamber performance at Succop Theater. These formally

trained musicians are a violin and guitar duo specializing in folk and jazz. Their performance experience includes classical, blues, folk, jazz and rock genres. 2 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

Jan. 29: Citizen Science: Frog Watch Program. Learn how to identify local frogs and submit your counts to the Frog Watch citizen science data collection. Appropriate for adults and interested youth. Free. 2-4 PM. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

EVENTS – FEBRUARY 2017

Butler, who has spent the bulk of her career in NYC, is currently on the dance faculty at SRU. Her autobiographical piece “Over Exposed” will be represented. 2 PM. Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

*May 12-14: Groucho: A Life in Revue at The Strand Theater. According

May 13: Glacier Ridge Trail Ultramarathons and Trail Race. 50 mile, 50K ultramarathons and 30K trail race. 5 AM - 8:30 PM. Moraine State Park, 118 North Shore Dr., Pavilion #7, Portersville. www.glacierridgetrailultra.com. May 19: The Pittsburgh Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky. Two monumental pieces by the great Russian master Pyotr Llich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 and Violin Concerto in D major, featuring soloist Sam Rotberg. 8 PM. Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater. *May 20-21: Portersville Steam Show Spring Gas-up. We provide a large

variety of activities for the whole family. A vintage village, saw mill, cider press, gas engines, oil field equipment, farm animals, train rides, steam engines, flea market, crafts, food, kids’ pedal tractor pulling, tractor pulls, and a steam building are some of the features you may enjoy. Portersville Steam Show Grounds, 1512 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-285-7038. www.portersvillesteamshow.org.

Feb. 3: John Ford Coley at SRU. Best known as half of the Grammy-nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. This singing legend and audience favorite has multiple double platinum and gold records to his credit. $20/adult, $18/senior, $16/ youth, $8/SRU student. 7:30 PM. University Union MPR, 103 Central Loop, Slippery Rock. 724-738-2018. www.sru.edu.

May 22: Bus Tour: Murals and More. The Walldogs consist of volunteers who

Feb. 4: 7th annual Winterfest. A great cure for cabin fever! 5K run/walk, chili cook-off , visit with “Iceburgh” the Pittsburgh Penguin Mascot, ice carving, horse-drawn wagon rides, dog sleds, live music, snowshoe workshop, chainsaw carving, North Country Trail hike, cross-country skiing, crafts, food, bonfire and Smokey the Bear. On the South Shore this year, Moraine State Park, 225 Pleasant Valley Rd., Portersville. 724-368-9185. www.morainepreservationfund.org.

*May 26-29: Outdoor Extravaganza. Weekend full of outdoor activities, fun

Feb. 4: Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents Great Romantics.

Tanya Satteson, violin. Schubert: Rosamunde Overture, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto. Dvořák: Symphony No. 7. 7:30 PM. Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-1402. www.butlersymphony.org.

Feb. 10: Teresa Walters at Succop Theater. Teresa has performed as recitalist

and orchestral soloist on six continents and in most of the 50 United States at venues in New York, London, Paris, Moscow, Australia and Jerusalem. 8 PM. College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

Feb. 11: Butler A.M. Rotary’s 2nd annual Carved in Ice. DiMartino Ice Company will transform ice into one-of-a-kind works of art. Chili-cook-off with local restaurants and organizations competing for the Chili Bowl trophy, voted on by attendees who sample. Ice skating rink, food, hot drinks, wine tastings, music and entertainment, plus appearance by the Snow Queen, Snow Princess and their hugging snowman! 11 AM-4 PM. Diamond Park, Main St., Butler. 724-991-2212. www.ButlerAMRotary.com. Feb. 25: Cherry Pie Hike. Annual hike commemorating George Washington’s birthday with history and cherry pie. North Country Trail, Slippery Rock.   724-738- 4964. www.oldstonehousepa.org.

travel to different cities each year and paint murals around the town. In 2016, Butler was the lucky city to host this event. Our daily tour package will include viewing the various wall murals around town, with bonus stops featuring our favorite hometown shops and restaurants. Butler Motor Transit, Inc., 210 S. Monroe St., Butler. 724-282-1000. www.coachusa.com/butler.

workshops and evening entertainment, meals and camping. Sponsored by Butler Outdoor Club. Camping and food are optional. Activities leave from Breakneck Campground. Various levels of hikes, water trips, bike trips and workshops. 724-526-5407. www.outdoorextravaganza.org.

*May 27-28: PyroFest. PyroFest is an affordable community event to promote

and celebrate the international art of pyrotechnics through innovative and unique presentations. Techniques and products from around the globe create both daytime and nighttime pyrotechnic displays, providing a sensory and visual experience. PyroFest also includes live music, food and a kid's zone. Cooper’s Lake Campground, 205 Currie Rd., Slippery Rock. 800-854-4705. www.pyrofest.com. ----Dates and events are subject to change without notice. Admission may be charged, and the rates are subject to change. The Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau accepts no responsibility for any changes that might occur. When you are making plans to attend an event, verify the information by calling the number listed in each event. This calendar is only a partial list of events taking place. This calendar’s content was compiled and published by the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau based on information from the organizations and event sponsors listed. This calendar is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of the events.

For more event listings, explore www.VisitButlerCounty.com.

*events lasting more than one day


EVENTS – NOVEMBER 2016 Nov. 1: Live Clothed Drawing. See Oct. 4. Nov. 2: Monthly doTERRA Essential Oil & Art Classes. See. Oct. 5. Nov. 5: Saturday Safari at Lutherlyn. For families of all shapes and sizes as well

as scout groups and youth groups. Payment collected at the event and includes the program, snacks and beverages. $6/ages 5+. 9:30 AM-12 PM. Additional maple session from 1-3:30 PM. 500 Lutherlyn Ln., Butler. 724-865-9079. www.lutherlyn.com.

Nov. 5: Owl Prowl. See Oct. 15. Nov. 6: Country Dance at Cooper Station. Dinner, snacks and sandwiches will be available, along with a full bar. Fettig's Crossing Band will be playing. $5. Doors at 5 PM, dance 5:30-9:30 PM. Cooper Station Restaurant, 352 N. Pike Rd., Sarver. 724-353-2100. cooperstation.net.

Nov. 10: Gravity and Other Myths Show at Slippery Rock University.

A multi-award winning and critically-acclaimed acrobatics ensemble from Australia, Gravity and Other Myths creates their work with an emphasis on an honest approach to performance, moving away from traditional circus and theatre models toward a fusion of acrobatic physical theatre. $20/adult, $18/senior, $16/youth, $8/SRU student. 7:30-10 PM. 724-738-2018. www.sru.edu.

*Nov. 11-13: Sing Hosanna! performing Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The performances will be held in the Succop Theater at the BC3. 7:30 PM. 2 PM on the 13th. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-287-8362. www.singhosanna.org.

*Nov. 11-13: Christmas Open House Weekend at The Meridian Station Gift Shop & Confectionery. All of our gifts will be 25% off. Take a day with friends

and family and join us for a weekend of shopping and sampling sweet treats and savory dips. Fri. 9 AM-6 PM. Sat. 10 AM-6 PM. Sun. 11 AM-4 PM. 298 Meridian Rd., Butler. 724-482-4436. www.themeridianstation.com.

Nov. 12: Winter Berries for Birds Program. When winter sets in, birds depend on plant resources to provide critical nutrients as insects become scarce. We will discuss native plants that help sustain birds during the harsh winter months. Participants will then be guided on a short hike. 2-4 PM. $6/member, $10/non-member. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org. Nov. 12: Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents Veteran’s Day Salute. Honor our beloved Veterans, the heart of our nation! Hear memorable themes

from Victory at Sea, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan, and the Armed Forces Salute. 7:30 PM. Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-1402. www.butlersymphony.org.

Nov.12: Plow & Play Days at The Beacon Hotel. Western Pennsylvania Garden

Tractor Association. 231 Beacon Rd., Renfrew. 724-596-6233. www.gotothebeacon.com.

Nov. 12: Mixed Media Art Ornament Workshop. Using a glass-based orna-

ment, we will build layers of sheet music and acrylic paint techniques to complete an ornament for yourself or gift giving. All supplies provided. $35. 10 AM-12 PM. Nicolette's Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

Nov. 12: Sketching & Journaling Your Holiday. Connect and hold the memories of the holiday and everyday moments of the season by drawing and journaling. Journaling will reinforce the connections of the season with sounds, experiences and the people you’re with for celebrations. $15. 1-2:30 PM. Nicolette's Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

*Nov. 12-13: Harmony Museum’s annual WeihnachtsMarkt (Christmas Market). Juried regional artisans and other vendors present a marketplace in the

tradition of Germany’s famed Christmas markets, with quality artwork and handcrafted goods as well as German and other European imports plus entertainment, refreshments and foods. Harmony’s National Historic Landmark District, Main and Mercer Streets, Harmony. 724-452-7341. harmonymuseum.org.

*Nov. 16-Dec. 30: The Associated Artists of Butler County’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale. Opening reception is Nov. 18. Underground Band Night is

Dec. 9. 344 S. Main St., Butler. 724-283-6922. butlerartcenter.org.

Nov. 17: Santa’s Workshop at Lutherlyn. Come and join us for a fun-filled

weekend of "project completion" for adults. You will be provided with a workspace, overnight accommodations and plenty of delicious food and beverages. Bring your unfinished projects, tools and materials, bedding and personal items. Registration deadline is Nov. 7. 500 Lutherlyn Ln., Butler. 724-865-2161. www.lutherlyn.com.

Nov. 17: Ellen King at The Maridon Museum. A long time antiques dealer and

life-long collector, she has collected Flow Blue for over 45 years. Flow Blue is a catch term given to a form of china made primarily in England beginning in 1840. The color “flows” or blurs. This china is lovely for use or as a decoration. The program is filled with fun and interesting history and facts. 7-9 PM. 322 N. McKean St., Butler. 724-282-0123. www.maridon.org.

*Nov. 18-Jan. 8: Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. Award-winning Christmas light and music extravaganza is unlike any show you’ve seen. Tune in your radio and watch the magic unfold while driving through hundreds of thousands of brilliant LED lights dancing in synchronization. Journey ends at kid-friendly Santa’s Village. $25/carload, $40/mini-bus, limo, activity van. Big Butler Fairgrounds, 1127 New Castle Rd., Prospect. www.ShadrackChristmas.com.

Dec. 4: Frank & Barbra at The Strand. Come see the Christmas Concert that never was. Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand never shared a stage, and it's unlikely these two vocal powerhouses ever would have. 3 PM & 7 PM. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. www.thestrandtheater.org. Dec. 4: Fa-la-la-la-Llama Holiday Open House. Visit our friendly alpacas,

silly ducks and a sweet old llama that just might give you a kiss! There will also be demonstrations of obstacles and alpaca showmanship and you can shop our wonderful selection of handmade and imported alpaca items. Free refreshments and children's activities. 10 AM-2 PM. Stone's Throw Farm, 625 Unionville Rd., Butler. 724-306-1103. www.facebook.com/StonesThrowAlpacas.

Dec. 7: Monthly doTERRA Essential Oil & Art Classes. See Oct. 5. Dec. 9-10: It’s a USO Christmas. Christmas music at its classic best. 8 PM. The

Strand Theater, 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. www.thestrandtheater.org.

Dec. 10: Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents The Magic of Christmas. Bring the family and enjoy traditional carols, sprinkled with music from

How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Polar Express. Choral groups from Butler and Seneca Valley High schools will add to this memorable evening. 7:30 PM. Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-1402. www.butlersymphony.org.

Dec. 10: Holiday Tea. Succop Nature Park is beautifully decorated for the holidays!

Join us for tea, snacks, holiday carols and a craft. 11AM and 3PM. $20/member, $25/nonmember. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Dec. 10: Yule Log Hike and Craft. We will take a hike out into the woods to

gather natural materials to decorate a birch Yule log. We will drill candle holes and level your log so that it will stay in proper position when you use it to decorate for the holidays. 4-6 PM. $6/member, $10/nonmember. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

*Dec. 10: Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch & Friends at The Strand. See Nov. 26. Dec. 11: Bus Tour to Christmas Wonderland by Shadrack’s! Start with

an early dinner then to the Big Butler Fairgrounds to experience an award-winning Christmas lights extravaganza. The final stop will be at Santa’s Village. $62 and includes: deluxe motor coach transportation, early dinner, admission to the light display and a stop at Santa’s Village. Butler departure at 3:30 PM. Butler Motor Tours, 210 S. Monroe St., Butler. 724-282-1000 or 1-800-222-8750. www.coachusa.com.

Dec. 12: Family Art Afternoons at the Art Center. See. Oct. 8. Dec. 15: Beer Social at Cooper Station Restaurant. See Oct. 20. *Dec. 17: Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch & Friends at The Strand. See Nov. 26. Dec. 30: Family Bowlaway Fun Center annual New Year's Eve Cyber Bowling Extravaganza. Reserve your lane today! We have been hosting this event for over 30 years and it’s sure to sell out again this year. 4 PM-1:30 AM. $45. 540 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-8630. www.11thframebarandgrille.com.

Dec. 31: Harmony’s family-oriented Silvester New Year’s Eve celebration. Welcoming the New Year on German time in recognition of the community’s heritage —6 PM EST (midnight in Germany). Races, museum tours, dinner, comedic short film, foretelling the New Year, Christmas tree throwing contest, refreshments, specialty shops, all capped by ball drop and fireworks. 2-6:30 PM. Main and Mercer Streets, Harmony. 724-452-6780 or 724-452-7341. harmonymuseum.org.

EVENTS – JANUARY 2017 Jan. 7: Kids’ Christmas Bird Count. Kids and parents are invited to participate in a family-friendly version of the Pittsburgh Christmas Bird Count. Our naturalist will guide you. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Registration required. Free. 10 AM-noon. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Jan. 14: Ice Fishing at Succop Nature Park. Try your hand at ice fishing with one of our educators on the Succop Nature Park pond. This program is weather dependent. $6/member. $10/nonmember. 10 AM-noon. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Jan. 15: Winter Walkabout, Signs of Life at Succop Nature Park. Even in the

TBA: Celebrate Butler County Tourism.

Featuring fantastic vendors from all walks of tourism, as well as sampling, shopping, live demonstrations and much more. 10 AM-4 PM. $5/adults. $2/children (12 and under). Save $1 per adult admission by bringing a non-perishable food bank donation. Admission includes free ticket for door prizes! 724-234-4619. www.visitbutlercounty.com.

EVENTS – MARCH 2017 March 4: Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents Symphony Idol.

Enjoy popular music performed by TV sensations Matt Giraud, LaKisha Jones and Haley Scarnato from Fox’s “American Idol.” 7:30 PM. Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-1402. www.butlersymphony.org.

*March 10-12, 14-18: Butler Little Theatre presents Elvis Has Left the Building. It’s December 20, 1970, and Elvis Presley has disappeared. No one, not

even his wily manger knows his whereabouts. But the colonel is all shook up because he has racked up a secret debt and with the King himself missing, the only way to pay it off is to find an Elvis impersonator. One Howard St., Butler. 724-287-6781. www.bltgroup.org.

March 12: The Tornado Big Band at Succop Theater. The Tornado Big Band will amaze you with the band and jazz standards and exciting new compositions that showcase these talented young musicians from Butler Senior and Intermediate High Schools. These bands perform many original arrangements from the Big Band era as well as contemporary tunes. 2 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater. March 24: Bringing It All Together! Concert at Succop Theater. Using

pieces that feature small ensembles, this concert will bring together the different selections of the Philharmonic along with our local youth talent. Dvorak-Serenade for Winds, Warlock-Capriol Suite, Sibellus-Finlanda. 8 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

March 31: We’ve Only Just Begun Carpenters Tribute at SRU. See the show that sold out in Las Vegas that recreates the original sound of the Carpenters. JazzTimes magazine says, “Michelle Berting Brett is a richly gifted vocalist whose heartfelt tribute to Karen Carpenter is simply not to be missed.” $22/adult, $20/senior, $18/youth, $8/SRU student. 7:30 PM. University Union MPR, 103 Central Loop, Slippery Rock. 724-738-2018. www.sru.edu. March 31: Presidio Brass Concert at Succop Theater. Since forming in 2006, Presidio Brass has rocketed to success as the face of a bold new generation in brass entertainment. By combining a brass quintet, piano and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements, this Yamaha Performing Ensemble from San Diego, California has developed a truly unique sound. 8 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater. *March 31, April 1, 6,-9: Children of Eden at The Strand. Stephen Schwartz’ most popular musical to never have a Broadway run, this show has grown to become a beloved phenomenon. Joyous and inspiring musical celebrates family, parenting and ‘letting go’ with stories from the Old Testament. 8 PM. $40/reserved seating, $30/limited or obstructed view, $30/‘Tis The Season subscribers. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. www.thestrandtheater.org.

*March 31, April 1, 7-9: Musical Theatre Guild Presents Godspell.

Godspell deals with the last days of Jesus with dramatized versions of well-known parables. Religious experience, demonstration of joy and celebration of the family of man. The cast are conceived as clowns, improvising scenery and costumes, pantomime, vaudeville and varied musical styles. 7:30 PM. April 9 at 3 PM. $17 unless a subscriber. Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-287-8243. www.mtgbutler.org.

EVENTS – APRIL 2017 April 8: Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents American Masters. 2017 Concerto Competition Winner. Bernstein: On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite. Gershwin: An American in Paris. Ellington: Black, Brown and Beige Suite. 7:30 PM. Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-1402. www.butlersymphony.org.

*April 17-28: Kaleidoscope Arts Festival. The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival will

showcase the best of Slippery Rock University’s dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Slippery Rock University, 1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock. 724-738-4721. www.sru.edu.

April 21: Grand Romanza Show at Succop Theater. Stefano and Nina

Tanchietti, Tenor and Soprano Duo, offer a powerful and unforgettable experience. The program will feature songs from Broadway’s Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and Webber, to the operetta melodies of Kern, Herbert and Romberg. 8 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

midst of winter, the forest is teeming with life. Join a naturalist for the subtle and notso-subtle signs of animal activity on the reserve. Program is outside. Adults and families. $6/member, $10/nonmember. 2-3:30 PM. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

EVENTS – MAY 2017

*Jan. 20-21: The Chief at The Strand. Rob Zeller and Gene Collier’s one-man

May TBD: 4th annual Butler County Chainsaw Carving Invitational.

play about the life of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney is praised by theater patrons and sports fans alike. See this iconic play in The Strand’s intimate setting. $20-25/reserved seating. $5 off per ticket for Broadway on Main subscribers. 8 PM. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

Witness top chainsaw carvers in action from all around the world, including Damian Skal and Butler's own Ken Tynan. Live music, auction, food, beer and more. Butler Farm Show Grounds, 625 Evans City Rd., Butler. 724-822-3349. www.butlerchainsawcarving.com.

*Jan. 20-22, 24-28: Butler Little Theatre presents God of Carnage. A

playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together their parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, tensions emerge leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. One Howard St., Butler. 724-287-6781. www.bltgroup.org.

*May 4-6: Mars New Year. Celebrate the New Year on the planet Mars in the town of Mars! Highlighting innovation and exploration. Join chairman Mike Harvey of WTAE for three days of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) fun! Thursday night blast-off dinner. Friday and Saturday activities downtown. 724-652-1858. www.marsnewyear.com.

*Nov. 25-Dec. 3: Butler Little Theatre presents The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays. Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over

Jan. 21: Wolf Moon Hike at Succop Nature Park. The wolf moon is named for the lean, dead-of-winter times of January, but survival never takes time off. Search the landscape for resources for a cold winter’s night under a full moon. Eat supper before you come. We’ll warm up around the campfire at the end. This is an outside program appropriate for adults. $6/member, $10/nonmember. 5:30-7 PM. 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

*May 5-7: Butler Little Theatre presents Flowers for Algernon. A compelling story of Charlie, a mentally handicapped man, and the strange interweaving of his life with Algernon, a mouse. Experimental surgery performed on Algernon increased his intelligence fourfold. The operation is tried on Charlie, who rapidly changes to a genius. It’s a race against time in which Charlie tries to keep his new intelligence. One Howard St., Butler. 724-287-6781. www.bltgroup.org.

Nov. 26: Holiday Desserts Cooking Class. The warmth of the hearth provides a seasonal background for the preparation of authentic 18th century dessert pies, tarts, cakes, "little" cakes and creams. 10 AM-2 PM. The Old Stone House Museum, 2856 William Flynn Hwy., Slippery Rock. 724-738-2409. www.oldstonehousePA.org.

*Jan. 27-29: Ella & Basie at The Strand. Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie are two titans of jazz that, surprisingly, hadn’t collaborated on a full album until July of 1963. This original concert revue tracks the careers of these jazz greats. $35/reserved seating. $25/limited or obstructed view, $30/Broadway on Main subscription. 8 PM. Jan. 29 at 2 PM. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

May 7: An Afternoon with Lindsay Fisher. Lindsay Fisher, originally from

Jan. 28: 11th annual Butler County Wine Festival. Event featuring wine, food,

to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Theater Critic, this show is an energetic romp through the life of one of Vaudeville’s pioneers. Fast-paced, but also heartfelt and sentimental. $35/reserved seating. $25/limited or obstructed view, $30/Broadway on Main subscription. 8 PM. May 14 at 2 PM. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

Nov. 17: Beer Social at Cooper Station Restaurant. See. Oct 20. Nov. 18: Santa’s First Stop. Help him light the holiday tree and enjoy holiday crafts

and refreshments in the Municipal Center. 7 PM. Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. 724-779-4386. www.cranberrytownship.org.

Nov. 19: Drawing Class at Nicolette’s Tailor Shop. Drawing in the style of

Zentangle, you will create pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art through simple, structured patterns, in a small size to be relaxing and fulfilling. 10:30 AM-noon. $15. Nicolette's Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

Nov. 19: Basic Watercolor Class at Nicolette’s Tailor Shop. See Oct. 8. *Nov. 19-20: Christmas Open House at Wagon Wheel Antiques. Now in our 43rd year in the same location! 10 AM-5 PM. 1399 Pittsburgh Rd., (PA Rt. 8), Valencia. 724-898-9974. www.wagonwheelantiques.us

for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of holiday revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, it’s up to Gillette to solve, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes. One Howard St., Butler. 724-287-6781. www.bltgroup.org.

Nov. 26: Spirit of Christmas Parade. Parade is open to businesses and organizations and will include local marching bands as well. Be sure to come early to enjoy all the downtown shopping and dining options. 5:30 PM. Main St., Butler. 724-283-1500. insidebutlercounty.com/spirit-of-christmas-parade.

Nov. 26: Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch and Friends at The Strand. Come see this family favorite. 2 PM. 119 N. Main St., Zelienople. 724-742-0400. thestrandtheater.org.

EVENTS – DECEMBER 2016 Dec. 2: Holiday Pops at Succop Theater. Celebrate the most wonderful time of

the year with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and some holiday favorites. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots and get a coupon for an upcoming show. Plus, don’t miss a special visit from Santa! 8 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

*Dec. 2-4: Annual Christmas Shopping Tour. Celebrate local! Join eight Butler County shops all celebrating the holiday season on the same weekend with sales, goodies and prizes. Each shop will have something special happening. A list of shops and map will be available at each shop. 724-368-1100.

*Dec. 2-4: Christmas Open House at the Glass Blowing Center. Browse our

selection of hand-blown glass gifts and learn about this amazing art form. You can experience flame working demonstrations by watching one of our resident glass workers producing their wares in our in-store workshop. 10 AM-6 PM. 114 Leonard Rd., Hilliards. 724-791-2100. www.glass123.com.

Dec. 3: The Reindeer Race. This is a fun family 5K and 1-mile race. Join us for a fun race, great prizes, cool giveaways and more. Walk, run or skip your way to the finish and visit with Santa Claus. Kick off the Christmas season at this festive and fun event! 7 AM-1:30 PM. Downtown Harmony, Mercer St., Harmony. $25. 724-321-4265. www.getfitfamilies.com. Dec. 3: Winter Birding with Audubon. What birds are showing up this year at

Succop? How do birds survive the cold of winter? Come explore with our naturalists and observe what species of birds are to be discovered and some of their strategies of survival. $6/member, $10/nonmember. 12-2 PM. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Dec. 3: Girls and Dolls Holiday Tea. Bring your favorite little girl, along with her

doll, for a tea party fit for a princess! We’ll have tea, snacks, holiday carols and a craft. Register early! 11 AM and 3 PM. $20/member, $25/nonmember. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Dec. 3: Citizen Science: Christmas Bird Count and Project Feederwatch Training. Learn or review the birds most likely to be seen. Beginners welcome! Act

48 credit available. Classroom session and a short birding walk, conditions permitting. Free. 10 AM-12 PM. $6/members, $10/nonmember. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

Dec. 3: Paint a Watercolor Greeting Card. This class is during our Christmas

Shopping Tour which makes it special. Learn how to blend a soft watercolor wash with simple watercolor technique to create a beautiful greeting card. Frameable too! Includes prepared greeting card and use of supplies. $38. 10 AM-12 PM. Nicolette’s Tailor Shop & Specialty Gifts, 1263 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-368-1100. www.nicolettesshop.com.

music, photo booth and vendors. Sample from 10 Pennsylvania wineries, local restaurants and caterers and shop the unique merchandise. Basket raffle. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program of Butler County. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Session I: 3-5:30 PM. Session II: 6:30-9 PM. $20/online presale, $25/day of event. Butler Days Inn, 139 Pittsburgh Rd., Butler. 724-283-1500. wisr680.com/wine-festival.

Jan. 29: Cloud Chamber performance at Succop Theater. These formally

trained musicians are a violin and guitar duo specializing in folk and jazz. Their performance experience includes classical, blues, folk, jazz and rock genres. 2 PM. 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

Jan. 29: Citizen Science: Frog Watch Program. Learn how to identify local frogs and submit your counts to the Frog Watch citizen science data collection. Appropriate for adults and interested youth. Free. 2-4 PM. Succop Nature Park, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. 412-963-6100. www.aswp.org.

EVENTS – FEBRUARY 2017

Butler, who has spent the bulk of her career in NYC, is currently on the dance faculty at SRU. Her autobiographical piece “Over Exposed” will be represented. 2 PM. Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

*May 12-14: Groucho: A Life in Revue at The Strand Theater. According

May 13: Glacier Ridge Trail Ultramarathons and Trail Race. 50 mile, 50K ultramarathons and 30K trail race. 5 AM - 8:30 PM. Moraine State Park, 118 North Shore Dr., Pavilion #7, Portersville. www.glacierridgetrailultra.com. May 19: The Pittsburgh Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky. Two monumental pieces by the great Russian master Pyotr Llich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 and Violin Concerto in D major, featuring soloist Sam Rotberg. 8 PM. Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater. *May 20-21: Portersville Steam Show Spring Gas-up. We provide a large

variety of activities for the whole family. A vintage village, saw mill, cider press, gas engines, oil field equipment, farm animals, train rides, steam engines, flea market, crafts, food, kids’ pedal tractor pulling, tractor pulls, and a steam building are some of the features you may enjoy. Portersville Steam Show Grounds, 1512 Perry Hwy., Portersville. 724-285-7038. www.portersvillesteamshow.org.

Feb. 3: John Ford Coley at SRU. Best known as half of the Grammy-nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. This singing legend and audience favorite has multiple double platinum and gold records to his credit. $20/adult, $18/senior, $16/ youth, $8/SRU student. 7:30 PM. University Union MPR, 103 Central Loop, Slippery Rock. 724-738-2018. www.sru.edu.

May 22: Bus Tour: Murals and More. The Walldogs consist of volunteers who

Feb. 4: 7th annual Winterfest. A great cure for cabin fever! 5K run/walk, chili cook-off , visit with “Iceburgh” the Pittsburgh Penguin Mascot, ice carving, horse-drawn wagon rides, dog sleds, live music, snowshoe workshop, chainsaw carving, North Country Trail hike, cross-country skiing, crafts, food, bonfire and Smokey the Bear. On the South Shore this year, Moraine State Park, 225 Pleasant Valley Rd., Portersville. 724-368-9185. www.morainepreservationfund.org.

*May 26-29: Outdoor Extravaganza. Weekend full of outdoor activities, fun

Feb. 4: Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents Great Romantics.

Tanya Satteson, violin. Schubert: Rosamunde Overture, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto. Dvořák: Symphony No. 7. 7:30 PM. Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. 724-283-1402. www.butlersymphony.org.

Feb. 10: Teresa Walters at Succop Theater. Teresa has performed as recitalist

and orchestral soloist on six continents and in most of the 50 United States at venues in New York, London, Paris, Moscow, Australia and Jerusalem. 8 PM. College Dr., Butler. 724-284-8505. www.bc3.edu/succop-theater.

Feb. 11: Butler A.M. Rotary’s 2nd annual Carved in Ice. DiMartino Ice Company will transform ice into one-of-a-kind works of art. Chili-cook-off with local restaurants and organizations competing for the Chili Bowl trophy, voted on by attendees who sample. Ice skating rink, food, hot drinks, wine tastings, music and entertainment, plus appearance by the Snow Queen, Snow Princess and their hugging snowman! 11 AM-4 PM. Diamond Park, Main St., Butler. 724-991-2212. www.ButlerAMRotary.com. Feb. 25: Cherry Pie Hike. Annual hike commemorating George Washington’s birthday with history and cherry pie. North Country Trail, Slippery Rock.   724-738- 4964. www.oldstonehousepa.org.

travel to different cities each year and paint murals around the town. In 2016, Butler was the lucky city to host this event. Our daily tour package will include viewing the various wall murals around town, with bonus stops featuring our favorite hometown shops and restaurants. Butler Motor Transit, Inc., 210 S. Monroe St., Butler. 724-282-1000. www.coachusa.com/butler.

workshops and evening entertainment, meals and camping. Sponsored by Butler Outdoor Club. Camping and food are optional. Activities leave from Breakneck Campground. Various levels of hikes, water trips, bike trips and workshops. 724-526-5407. www.outdoorextravaganza.org.

*May 27-28: PyroFest. PyroFest is an affordable community event to promote

and celebrate the international art of pyrotechnics through innovative and unique presentations. Techniques and products from around the globe create both daytime and nighttime pyrotechnic displays, providing a sensory and visual experience. PyroFest also includes live music, food and a kid's zone. Cooper’s Lake Campground, 205 Currie Rd., Slippery Rock. 800-854-4705. www.pyrofest.com. ----Dates and events are subject to change without notice. Admission may be charged, and the rates are subject to change. The Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau accepts no responsibility for any changes that might occur. When you are making plans to attend an event, verify the information by calling the number listed in each event. This calendar is only a partial list of events taking place. This calendar’s content was compiled and published by the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau based on information from the organizations and event sponsors listed. This calendar is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of the events.

For more event listings, explore www.VisitButlerCounty.com.

*events lasting more than one day

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