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December 30, 2010
The Herald-Star

Penguins at Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center and the Pittsburgh Penguins are teaming up to present exhibits from the Hockey Hall of Fame at the center today and Friday.

Displays will include every trophy ever won by individual Penguins, plus memorabilia of such Penguins stars as Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jaromir Jagr, Evgeni Malkin, Ron Stackhouse and Rick Kehoe. For those whose nostalgia dates back to the '50s, there will be artifacts from the Pittsburgh Hornets.

A 30-minute show about the history of the Stanley Cup will be presented in the Works Theater daily at noon and 2 p.m.

Today and Friday only, the Stanley Cup will be on display from 9 a.m to 8 p.m.

Viewing the exhibits will be free with general admission to Carnegie Science Center and free for members of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Gourmet Getaway at Seven Springs Resort

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. - Seven Springs Mountain Resort once again offers the perfect escape - the third-annual Gourmet Getaway Jan. 7-9.

Throughout the weekend, presenting culinary experts will demonstrate various styles of gourmet cooking techniques.

Seven Springs has two options for guests who would like to savor this weekend. A weekend package is available featuring two nights of lodging, three days of gourmet cooking demonstrations and seminars, and the Gourmet Getaway package is priced at $419 per couple. For weekend reservations and information, call (866) 437-1300 or book online at

Day packages also are available for $129 per person and include all of the above except for the lodging. Prices do not include tax and gratuity. Guests who would like to book the day package are asked to call (800) 452-2223, extension 7757.

For information, visit or call (800) 452-2223.

Upcoming events at Raccoon Creek State Park

Coming events at Raccoon Creek State Park Include:

Jan. 8 - Basics in snowshoeing, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

This beginners program will cover the history of snowshoeing, various types of snowshoes and how to use them. Participants can borrow park snowshoes following the program and hike around the trails in the Western Park. If no snow, a one-hour, guided nature in winter hike will be offered at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Participants must register by Jan. 6 online at

Jan. 29 - Nature journaling, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can join park volunteer and naturalist Betsy Bangley for a program on nature journaling. She'll cover the fundamentals of recording observations, sketching in nature and writing poetry in journals. An ideal class for beginners, all journaling materials will be provided. Those attending should dress warmly for nature walks and bring a mug for hot drinks. The program will be held at the Parks Wildflower Reserve. Pre-registration is required online.

Feb. 5 - Family ice fishing program, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Discover just how much fun the cold weather can be when you and your family head outside for a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Family Ice Fishing Program. Those attending can learn the basic skills of ice fishing, including rigging and using a tip-up, working a jigging rod, selecting bait and lures and using an auger to bore a fishing hole. Also included in the program is information about basic ice safety and how to determine adequate ice thickness for fishing. No fishing license required and all equipment is provided. Adults must bring a child, and children must bring an adult since you'll be learning and fishing together. The program will begin at the Parks Wildflower Reserve. Pre-registration is required online.

These programs are free and sponsored by Raccoon Creek State Park, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. For information, call (724) 899-3611.

Annual MessFest at Carnegie

Science Center

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center is breaking out its messiest, sloppiest, grossest activities for a one-of-a-kind celebration guaranteed to kick off 2011 with a plop, splash, squish, and fizz with its fifth annual MessFest Sunday.

In previous years, MessFest took place on New Year's Day, but this year the center will be closed.

MessFest features a variety of exciting, hands-on activities available only once a year. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. visitors will have the chance to get slimy with oobleck, a gooey substance that feels solid when picked up, but then slips through the fingers like a liquid. The egg drop activity invites visitors to encase a raw egg in various packing materials, then to drop it over the outdoor railing to see whether it breaks. Kids can become messy artists with finger painting, create their own "Martian" soil as they explore the characteristics of the Red Planet's dirt, make sidewalk chalk out of plaster of paris and tempera paint and blow bubbles of all shapes and sizes. Carnegie Science Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for MessFest. Activities are included with general admission to the center. Admission is $17.95 for adults; $9.95 for children ages 3-12; and free for children younger than 3 and members of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Holy Grounds to host live music

MARTINS FERRY - Holy Grounds Cafe will host live music from 7 p.m. to 9:30 today and then every Thursday evening beginning Jan. 13.

The cafe will feature an open microphone night with several local artists already lined up to play. Performance slots are available, so aspiring musicians (vocal or instrumental) are strongly encouraged to perform. Poetry readings or other performances are welcome. Live mini-concerts also are planned.

Hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks will be available for a minimal donation, and two pool tables and free WiFi also are available.

Holy Grounds Cafe is on Hanover Street in Martins Ferry directly across from Zontini's Pizza. For information, call (740) 633-2699.

Student artworks at Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling

WHEELING - Local residents can view some of the finest student artwork from area high schools beginning Jan. 13 at Oglebay Institute's Stifel Fine Arts Center.

A free public opening reception and awards ceremony will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the center. Twelve winners will be chosen in four categories including drawing, painting, photography and three-dimensional. A best-of-show award also will be presented. This year's judge is retired art teacher and local artist Mary Ann Snyder. The exhibit continues through March 11.

Towngate to

present 'Beauty and the Beast'

WHEELING - Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre presents Warren Graves' beloved fable "Beauty and the Beast" Jan. 21-23 and 27-29. Showtimes are 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee Jan. 23.

In the magical moral drama a young beauty's innocence and goodness enable her to see beyond the ugliness of the beast to the handsome prince trapped in a spell.

Admission is $12.50 for adults and $10 for children. OI members receive a discount. Tickets can be purchased by calling (304) 242-7700.

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