lularoeSunday, December 4th, 2016, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, the North Warren Community House at 3 Church Street in North Warren will be hosting a LuLaRoe Holiday Shopping Event, with ten consultants and chances to win $20 LuLa Cash! First shoppers will receive free Swag Bags!

Don’t miss out on a chance to try on all the great LuLaRoe styles and get some holiday shopping done!

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For the past twenty years, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has annually recognized one river as the River of the Year. This recognition is done to raise awareness of the important recreational, ecological, and historical resources associated with the state’s rivers and streams.

The River of the Year is celebrated throughout the year. Events have included paddling trips, a speaker series, clean up days, photography contests, and more. Partnerships of community groups organize the events including a Sojourn paddling trip. In addition, POWR coordinates the production and distribution of a free poster celebrating the river.

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, or POWR, administers the River of the Year program. Local organizations submit nominations. POWR also helps organize and support local watershed associations, as well as the groups who lead a dozen sojourns on rivers around the state each year.

2017 PA River of the Year Nominees:
Allegheny River
The Allegheny River is over 315 miles long, and with a watershed area of 11,580 square miles, contributes 60 percent of the Ohio River flow at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Including its tributaries, the Allegheny River system is the location of the most diverse and populous freshwater mussel habitat in the world, and is one of the most biologically diverse watersheds in Pennsylvania. Eighty‐six miles of the Allegheny River from Kinzua Dam to Emlenton, PA are a federally designated National Wild and Scenic Recreation River and contains seven islands that are protected under America’s National Wilderness Preservation System. Every year, thousands of people paddle down this beautiful river.

Cumulatively, 822 volunteers have donated 6,576 hours to collect 795 tires and 236 cubic yards of trash from the Allegheny Reservoir. Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council hope’s to bring attention to a large portion of the Middle and Upper Allegheny watershed to draw even more people to this haven of hills, streams, trees, and wildlife and educating the public about the value of water quality

Brandywine Creek
The Brandywine Creek is acknowledged to be one of the East Coast’s most beautiful watersheds. The creek begins as springs and seeps at over 1,000 feet in elevation on the Welsh Mountain ridge near where Chester, Berks and Lancaster counties meet. Totaling several hundred‐stream miles, the watershed includes an east branch and a west branch and multiple tributaries. The Brandywine flows south through rich farmland, down steep wooded valleys, past historic villages and mill towns, and passes nationally acknowledged historic sites on its way to the City of Wilmington where it discharges into the Christina River.

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is in the process of implementing a Strategic Action Plan. Many municipalities have already embarked on Greenway initiatives: preserving farms and critical open spaces; planting riparian buffer forests; planning and constructing local and regional trails; and promoting public access to the Creek for recreation.

Loyalhanna Creek
The Loyalhanna Creek is 41 miles long and drains nearly 300 square miles of land originating from the ridges of the Laurel Highlands near Donegal where it flows north toward Ligonier. The creek then cuts a beautiful, forested gorge through Chestnut Ridge and passes through the center of the City of Latrobe. From there, it passes through farmland and woodland and enters the Loyalhanna Lake, a large flood‐control project of the US Army Corps of Engineers that offers boating, camping and hiking opportunities.

Efforts to restore and improve the Loyalhanna Creek by Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Inc. and numerous conservation groups, universities and state and federal agencies have brought new attention to this once underutilized waterway. Over recent decades, because of the investment of millions of dollars to fund projects that treat abandoned mine drainage, repair eroding stream banks, protect and enhance riparian buffer areas, and increase public awareness and recreational opportunities, what was once an orange, shallow waterway that passed by mills and factories is now a cleaner, vibrant passageway.

Perkiomen Creek
The Perkiomen Creek drains 362 square miles; an area that extends from Berks to Bucks County and from Lehigh through Montgomery County. A total of 488 streams flow for 636 miles through the Perkiomen Watershed and enter the Schuylkill River near Oaks, PA. The upper Perkiomen Creek is largely agricultural while the lower Perkiomen Creek valley has recently witnessed an explosion of development.

The three main conservation challenges for the Perkiomen Creek and center on erosion and sedimentation from storm water runoff, nutrient loading due to poor agricultural practices, and riparian buffer destruction from residential development. Despite these conservation challenges, the Perkiomen Creek follows a secluded course that still offers feelings of isolation where a personal connection with nature might be gained. Other natural resources connected with the creek include the 20+ mile Perkiomen Trail, Green Lane Park and Reservoir, Evansburg State Park, a great number of smaller township and county parks, and a number of environmental education centers.

The voting period will last from November 14th to December 19th, 2016. Vote Here!

Warren City Council will be meeting on Monday, June 20th at 7:30 PM, in the Warren Municipal Building, 2nd floor.

At this month’s meeting, the council will be addressing a petition to ban recreational burning in the city. Interested parties should be sure to show up at this meeting to express their opinions for or against a recreational burning ban.

wildwind

wildwind36th Annual Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival

Sat., Sept 12th & Sun., Sept 13th
Warren County Fairgrounds
Rte 6, Pittsfield PA
(12 miles west of Warren, PA)
10 am – 5pm each day
RAIN OR SHINE!!
~Featuring 150 craftsmen~
Inspired folk art, traditional American Crafts, handmade collectibles, fine art, live music, delicious foods, demos, childrens activities, Birds of Prey

Plenty of free parking – handicapped access
$6 adults; $4 seniors (65); children under 12 free. 2 day pass – attend Sat., return Sun. free Info@wildwindfestival.com

Saturday, August 15 through Monday (Labor Day), September 7, 2015

LangleyRainForestWrenOpening reception Saturday, August 15, 6-8 pm
Artist introduction at 7 pm

Brent will be giving a talk at Jamestown’s Roger Tory Peterson Institute at 7pm on September 4

The paintings in “Birds” are in oil, watercolor, and acrylic. They depict a variety of bird species of North America and other parts of the world. Some are small portraits meant to capture the personality of the bird with minimal background to distract from the primary subject; others are larger scale to emphasize habitat, with the bird presented as an element of the landscape.

The artist Brent Langley, a resident of Coal Valley, Illinois, was born in Kansas in 1947, and graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In 1999, Brent retired after a 26-year career with the U.S. government. Following his retirement, he embarked on a second career as a wildlife artist, developing his artistic abilities with emphasis on experimenting with new media and the portrayal of color and light. Largely self-taught, Brent has also greatly benefited from workshops presented by internationally known artists John Seerey-Lester and Robert Bateman He is especially proud of his membership in the prestigious Society of Animal Artists, in which he has been a Signature Member since 2011.

For more information, visit the Crary Art Gallery website.

boonies

boonieslogoAugust 19 – 22, 2015 – The Boonies International Film Festival presented by The Boonies Northern Pennsylvania Film Office.
SUBMIT your film now at Without A Box and at Film Freeway .

Click here for the selected films for 2015.
The festival, all film screenings and workshops are free to attend thanks to our sponsors and supporters.
We accept film year round but have a dead line of 07-01-15 for the August 4 day international fest.
Accepted films will also have multiple screenings over one year via The Boonies Road Show 2015-2016. Film screenings at our Road Show events are also free to attend.
Canoe/kayak trips do have fees but the movie is free.
August 19th & 20th – Films screening in most of the eight counties served by the Northern Pennsylvania Film Office. Checkout these Boonies Film & Outdoor Adventures! All part of The Boonies International Film Festival 2015! This is film at The Boonies 2015 and you know we’re Just Up The Road.
Canoe or Kayak to Screenings – shuttled and guided river floats to a Boonies 2015 screening location.
Allegheny Outfitters – Warren, PA (Warren County) Details soon.
Lazy River Canoe Rental – Ridgway, PA (Elk County) – Outdoors – Thursday, August 20th. The movie is free to attend and you can contact Lazy River to book yourself or your group for this Boonies Movie & Outdoor Adventure. We’ll let you know the film as soon as we can but don’t wait to book the trip.
Alternative Screening Venues
Chapman State Park – Clarendon, PA (Warren County) – Outdoors – Wednesday, August 19th and August 20th in the amphitheater. Park rules apply and campers and the public at welcome. The event is free with the film TBA.
Stew’s Brew Coffeehouse – DuBois, PA (Clearfield County) – Indoors – Thursday, August 20th. The event is free with the film TBA.
Warren County Visitors Bureau – Starbrick, PA (Warren County) – Outdoors – Thursday, August 20th. The event is free with the film TBA.
Youngsville’s Island Park – Youngsville, PA (Warren County) – Outdoors – Wednesday, August 19th. The event is free with the film TBA.
The 21st & 22nd – In Warren, PA – Screening all competition and exhibition film for 2015 and Award Day Saturday
Six Downtown indoor screening venues! Allegheny Community Center; Allegheny Outfitters; Blair Retail Store; Cambridge Warren; Struthers Library Theatre; Warren Public Library.
Carl Hultman – musician – nanotechnology professor will be presenting a one of a kind meet & greet event! Free to attend. More details about Carl’s event real soon.
Tombob Outdoors will present a Drone Demonstration at high noon on Saturday, August 22nd hosted by the Dan Van Gogh’s Flower Shop on the corner of 3rd & Liberty in downtown Warren & by the Northern Pennsylvania Film Office.
Workshops 4 schedule more to come and BTW the workshops are free too.
Music events are being planned now
Hoping to display quality artwork at screening we are seeking artist to take part – contact us
Boonies Road Shows – varies/TBA

From Boonies International Executive Director Jeff Clark:
“I want you to know that this film festival is in the midst of the Allegheny National Forest. We are the film festival in the wilderness of the PA WILDS. They call this area Kinzua Country and yes we’re in the woods here. We’re rustic, rural but global too. International businesses are here and so are a lot of trees, wild life and outdoor adventure. This is a great place to have fun outdoors, relax, or do business at a different pace. For 2015 thing are growing! We still have our 4 day film festival in August but it’s not just in Warren any more. We’re screening across 8 counties served by our Northern PA Film Office on days 1 & 2 and then capping things off on days 3 & 4 in Warren for more screenings and awards day Saturday. Now you can adventurously explore our eight counties while attending an international film festival. Take a road trip it’s all “Just Up The Road”. A drive in The Boonies could land you on some renowned roadways like routes 6, 62, 66 and ah well, route 666. All with glorious scenery and where animal life abounds. So a drive to film festival just became a true outdoor adventure. Just natures beauty alone can make you feel awakened. On the road you can see a lot, too much to list here. I will add this last thought. When you get to Warren for the last two days you’ll find multiple alternative and classic screening venues, including the 18th oldest active theatre in America, an outdoor store and a museum all showing plenty of films. The alluring nature… it doesn’t end either. In Warren you can be totally amazed in the virgin forest at Heart’s Content recreation area, walk our tree lined streets or floating down the Allegheny River or Conewango Creek; both meander through the city. The Conewango is Pennsylvania’s #1 River of 2015. Enjoy some coffee in the street cafes and we utilize the Wi-Fi floating around downtown. Plan on stopping in – We’re Just Up The Road! The Boonies International Film Festival August 19th – 22th, 2015.”

kinzuaheritage

kinzuaheritageThe 10th annual Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival will be held from August 21 – August 23, 2015 at 4047 Fox Hill Road in Russell, PA.
Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, the festival hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Sunday, August 23, the festival hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
General admission – $5.00
Children 10 and under are FREE!

This family-oriented festival is a living history portrayal, featuring Native American, Bluegrass, and Folk Music. Music is playing all day from two stages. There are also Native American Storytellers, local historical speakers, and re-enactors. You will find numerous artisans nestled among the Pines, including blacksmiths, wood and leather working, pottery, quilts, arts, crafts, and more.

Benefit auctions on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm to benefit local charities.

Covered shelter, food, and kids activities and games available. Free parking for the festival.

Website: www.KinzuaHeritage.org
Email: info@kinzuaheritage.org
Phone: (814) 688-7953 or (814) 757-5903

shefffirefest

shefffirefestDon’t miss a great week of events at the 2015 Sheffield Fireman’s festival in Sheffield, PA.

Sunday, August 16
Water Battle – Beside the Fire Hall.
Chicken BBQ – Noon & 3:00 PM. Must have ticket. Cost $8.

Tuesday, August 18
Carnival opens at 6:00 PM
KID’S NIGHT starts at 6:30 PM.
Come play games to win prizes… It’s FREE!
Special drawing at 10:00 PM – $100! Must be present to win.

Wednesday, August 19
Carnival opens at 6:00 PM
RIDE-A-RAMA – $10
Bingo at the Fire Dept Social Hall
Doors open 4:30 PM
Early Birds 6:00 pm
Regular Games 6:30 PM
Special drawing at 10:00 PM – $100! Must be present to win

Thursday. August 20
Carnival opens at 6:00 PM
Pet Parade at 6;30 PM
Special drawing at 10:00 PM – $100! Must be present to win

Friday, August 21
Carnival opens at 6:00 PM
RIDE-A-RAMA – $10
Bicycle Drawing
Special drawing at 10:00 PM – $100! Must be present to win

Saturday, August 22
Carnival opens at Noon
Parade at 1:00 PM
Smokin’ Hot SDCA Show at 4:30 PM at Memorial Field
FIREWORKS AROUND 10:30 PM
Grand Prize Drawing following fireworks.
Basket Raffle – Tent near firemen’s booths. All money benefits 53rd Fireman’s Festival.

firstfridays

firstfridaysMark your calendars now to join us on August 7th in downtown Warren for a night of classic rock, hot rods, and cool bikes! Cars will begin cruising in at 5:00 PM and line up on Liberty Street. Music in the Park will feature the band, Black John beginning at 7:00 PM. Matt Maloof will be playing through the evening at Allegheny Books and Antiques. Shops will be open for business and will be hosting fun inside specials. See you on 7th in downtown Warren! If you have a classic car, hot rod, vintage motorcycle and you would like to join, please message First Fridays on Facebook.

11- Can't Sing The Blues All Night Long Like I Used To

21- Nice Day To Start AgainFRIDAY, July 3 through FRIDAY, July 24, 2015
CLOSED SATURDAY JULY 4

Reception for the artist is on Saturday, July 11, 6-8 pm
Gallery talk at 7 pm

Jeff Pullen’s works are not just illusions of three-dimensional realities. They are actually three dimensional, images of cityscapes painted on all sorts of construction materials, from shutters to bricks and siding. These works are large and fill many of the galleries at the Crary.

Pullen was born in New York and continues to live and work there. He holds both a BFA and an MFA from Pratt Institute and has been exhibiting steadily through the years, with over fifty solo exhibitions to his credit. His extensive resume can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Artist’s Statement:

The Picture Plane’s movement throughout the history of painting has been glacial. Its progress measured in centuries, defined by only a handful of artists. Pictorial space was regarded as flat and illusionistic with any attempt to turn, shift or redefine the plane met with resistance and derision. Forays into another dimension no matter what the size, were immediately labeled relief or sculpture, no longer to be considered painting.

It is my contention that the painted image is the illusion regardless of its surface. Linen or canvas lends no extra validity to the image. My first introduction to the idea of painting on non-traditional surfaces and forming a new and dual reality came in the form of Graffiti’s colorful letters and cartoons undulating across the doors and windows of a full length subway car in the 1970’s and 1980’s presenting one illusion until the car doors opened revealing the second reality, the riders inside and the cars functional interior. Reacting to this new duality, my work over the past twenty years has been a continually changing illusion/reality dynamic. I paint my imagery directly onto walls constructed of brick, louver doors, plexi-glass, car-hoods and other assorted building materials. The selections in both cases of image and surface are not random choices. I am not striving for a dominant and subordinate balance, rather an existing simultaneous “push/pull” or “illusion/reality.” Both elements should always be at the viewer’s forefront. This is not a sculpture involved with negative space. Form and the illusion become form that create multiple views both real and imagined. The narrative picture dictates the form and the construction demands how the illusion is read, whether its surface is floating above on plexi-glass or ensconced within the brick and louvers. I have chosen to use realistic images in my work in the hopes of garnering an emotional response from the viewer and ultimately fusing it with the tactile qualities of the constructed surfaces. I wish to involve all who come to peruse my work to engage in a constant dialogue back and forth between the two realities. One should not be comfortable looking at a painting but rather be continually challenged. Most recently I have begun to further confront the viewer in the form of cutouts in the surface exposing the wall behind the piece, or one constructed of brick, stone, wiring, etc. bringing the illusion full circle back to flat. The picture plane in my work is never stationary because as one moves back and forth between the two distinct elements, the plane continually shifts.
Every generation in time has trumpeted the death of painting or has created rules for it that have been set in stone, from the Catholic Church to Clement Greenberg. When Cezanne tilted his picture plane he did so unaware he would outrage the French Academy and later be proclaimed the “Father of Modernism.” When Rothko painted his floating blocks of color he did so long before being hailed as the first “Color Field Abstractionist.” In my work, I have no desire to be regarded as a 21st Century Mannerist. It is my considered opinion that the artist is continually learning all that he can, finding his vision over time, and setting out to express it any way possible. And if he is fortunate, he may change many of the rules along the way.

2015poster68th Annual 4th of July Celebration in Warren, PA.

The Warren County 4th of July Organization has merged with the Downtown Warren Partnership & Music In The Park to bring a Family Event to Downtown Warren on Friday July 3rd. The pre 4th of July event will begin @ 2:00 P.M. thru 10:00 P.M. & include Food Vendors, Games for all ages,Sidewalk Sales & much, much more. Music includes Temple Gray from 5 to 7 P.M. Only Human from 7 to 9 P.M. at Music In The Park & Leather & Lace from 8 to 10 P.M. Event organizers encourage everyone to spend the day & evening downtown to meet with old friends & make new friends.

Pre-Parade Show – 10:30am

Fourth of July Parade – 11:00am

Betts Park Activities – 3:00pm to 11:00pm

Take 5 (Live Music) – 4:00pm

Rock of Ages (Live Music) – 7:00pm

For more info, visit the Official Site.

miketramp

Xjam Entertainment will be hosting the Voice of White Lion, Mike Tramp, on Monday, May 25th, at Hickory Creek Brewing, 129 Penn Ave E, Warren, PA.

A multi-platinum selling national record artist, Mike will be performing hits from his White Lion years, such as “Wait”, “When the Children Cry” and many more.

Show time is 7:30 PM, with local artist Brian K. Chase opening. Advance tickets available at Hickory Creek Brewing. Cost is $20 for all ages.