Penns Valley Youth Center Video

I love that this is happening in our town.

Keep up the great work, PVYC.

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Summer Swim Team Registration


Become a stronger swimmer, improve and learn new skills, and have FUN this summer!

WHEN: Monday, April 28, and Tuesday, April 29, 2014
from 6:00-8:00PM
WHERE: Old Gregg School

Swimmers must be 4 years old by June 1, 2014. Swimmers must be able to swim half the length of the pool (12 yards) unassisted.
Contact Head Coach Joan Karp: [email protected]
-or- call 349-8678 for more information.

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What’s Up This Week: 4/20 – 4/26


I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of the bright green grass that is stretching out over the Valley’s fields.  After gazing out the window on that snowy white canvas for so long, Penns Valley’s spring colors are simply gorgeous.


Did you know that last week was “National Library Week”? Keep the momentum going by getting out to Centre Hall Library for one of their many, many activities. While you’re there, check in with the librarian about what to look forward to this summer – they throw an awesome Summer Reading Program each year for every age – complete with prizes, jars of jelly beans, and raffle tickets. It’ll be here before you know it and you’ll want to be ready for the fun.

When it comes to the library, we’ve been enjoying Homeschool Tuesdays. (Read all about it by clicking here: Brochure). It’s a new program for homeschool students that utilizes grant money specifically earmarked to enrich our library with fantastic resources for all students – homeschooled or not.

Check out this list of resources you can enjoy any time you stop by Centre Hall Library.

In-House Reference Resources:

  • Microscope
  • Apologia Biology prepared slide set
  • Apologia Marine Biology prepared slide set
  • Human Anatomy Prepared slide set
  • Blank slides and cover slips
  • Rocks and Minerals Collection (50 specimens)
  • Balance with Weights
  • Digital Platform Scale
  • Spring scales
  • Vernier Caliper
  • Micrometer
  • Thermometers
  • Circulating Resources:
  • Science Solves It series
  • YWAM Heroes of History series
  • Drive Through History DVD series
  • Literature –based Reader’s Theater Scripts

All of that potential tucked in the walls of that quaint brick building on West Beryl Street!

Be sure to check out all of the other activities going on this week in the Valley and enter new events for the Spring and Summer.

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Pretty Natural Easter Eggs: Part 2

egg2(Wondering, is this thing really gonna work??)

Yesterday’s science experiment was today’s art project as the kids dyed their eggs and decorated them with petals, grass, and feathers.


We let the eggs soak in the dye for half an hour as we ate breakfast.


Their colors were so subtle and pretty.





I think they’re the prettiest little eggs we’ve ever made!


(Lia stuck around afterwards and mod-podged the remaining scraps to her plate, making a “Cholestrial Garden” for her eggs to sit in. She really did mean to say, “Celestial Garden”. I couldn’t get over the appropriateness of her mistake. Funny girl.)

Happy Easter!

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Pretty Natural Easter Eggs: Part 1


You probably think I was crazy to say, “Hey kids, let’s laugh in the face of conventional egg dyes! Those simple little tablets are far too easy! And far too non-messy! Instead, let’s make natural egg dye the week after welcoming a new baby into our home! It’ll be great!”


You’re right: I probably am crazy. But it’s really nothing new (the craziness, that is). And in my defense, this is a pretty simple project and everything is going my way.

Check it out:

* the recipe arrived for free in our mailbox  (Well, mostly free. Somehow, we get a few free issues of Parents magazine whenever we have a new baby. That is not why we keep having kids. I promise.)

* the handful of onions that remained in our cold cellar are soft and should be tossed, but their peels will be just the thing for a nice, orange dye.

* someone delivered a salad the other night with bags and bags of accessories, including lots of chopped cabbage, which will make a pretty blue dye.

* AND, five years ago my mom cleaned out her spice cabinet and gave me a container of Tumeric, which has been tucked back in the dark corners of my spice cabinet. Until this week, I had no idea what to do with Tumeric. As it turns out, you make yellow egg dye from it! Wa-la.


So, all we need now is for Ryan to come home with a dozen white eggs (our chickens lay brown) and a handful of beets (for the pink dye) and we’ll be on our way to something beautiful.

Stay tuned for photos of the lovely eggs themselves…

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Friday at Weaver’s Store: Get Ready to Grill!


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Penns Valley Population: +1


We are delighted to welcome a baby girl into our family!

She is a true gift and we can’t kiss her enough. While we hunker down and enjoy her first days, we won’t be online much. (You could’ve guessed that, huh?)

BUT… the Community Calendar will continue to burst with fun for you and your family. Be sure to check it out often and continue to add your own events as the Valley comes alive this Spring! (You’ve been doing such a great job at adding your own events. Isn’t it a cinch?)

Once we establish a new rhythm, we’ll be back to share regular posts about all-things-Penns-Valley.

Until then…

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Final Curtain Call: PVHS Senior Drama Students Perform!


Penns Valley Area Advanced Senior High Drama class and Director Susan Shirey will perform John Cariani’s Almost, Maine on April 12th   in the Penns Valley Area High School auditorium.

Doors open at 7:30 PM and admission is free.

Almost, Maine is a warm-hearted play with both humor and tragedy. The play consists of a medley of skits that captures lives of people living in a small town in Maine. Scenes range from heartbreak and shattered dreams to discovering new love and discovering who you are.

A talented cast takes the stage hoping to wow audiences with their realistic portrayal of their characters.

The cast includes: Makayla Dreibelbis as Ginette, Felix Schaefer as Pete, Angelica Emel as Glory, Devin Bolyes as Easton, Taylor Smith as Sandrine, Gino Nicosia as Jimmy, Laureta Fazliu as Marvayln, Hayden Smith as Steve, Tetiana Poliakova as Gayle, Stephen Gover as Lendell, Angelo Nicosia as Randy, Gabe Gensimore as Chad, Kristie Dobell as Marci, Haven Tucker as Phil and Danny, Ayla Olsen-Zelman as Hope, Eliza Gretok as Rhonda and Danny Kozar as Dave.

Come and join us for a night of laughs and tears as we send off both our seniors and Director Susan Shirey in their last full length performance.

We would love to see you there!

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Spring Craft Fair and Annual Egg Hunt!

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Win a Vera: Support PVHS Girls Basketball

Basketball-generic3Looking for a chance to win a fantastic spring purse and support our local athletes at the same time? This is it!

PVHS Girls Basketball Vera Bradley/ Coach BINGO

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Win big! Enjoy 15 games of bingo for Vera Bradley/ Coach items. Or, maybe you’ll win a raffle drawing or a 50/50 drawing!

Enjoy refreshments AND support the area’s favorite girls basketball team!

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Contact 814-574-1264 for more information.


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