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Question: When is Beth Israel’s annual trivia night?

Answer: March 21, 2020

Organizers say the “always popular and much anticipated” annual Beth Israel Trivia Night is set for March 21 at the Eagles Club on Philadelphia Street in Indiana, where registration begins at 6:30 and games start at 7.

Join the event’s host, Gerry Pfeffer, as he weaves “mind-bending, always stimulating and often amusing questions” into the evening’s eight rounds of fun and intrigue.

According to organizers, “The event will again host its legendary buffet of outrageous desserts for the once-a-year ‘splurge.’ Also featured will be the popular ‘healthy row’ with sumptuous salads.”

This year’s theme remains a mystery and promises to provide a backdrop for friendly competition and stimulating conversation.

Participants are encouraged to sign up early, as the event is limited to 150 people.

Create your own team of six to 10 people, or sign up individually and be placed by organizers on a team needing players.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling Cindy Virgil at (724) 388-0893 or by email at by March 7. Tickets are also available from synagogue members.


Kudos to the students at Seeds of Faith, where schoolchildren recently assembled special valentines for people who receive Meals on Wheels through the area’s program.

The valentines will be distributed with meals today and include candy, homemade cookies, notepad and more to the 50 clients of the program.


An exhibit celebrating Black History Month is on display through Feb. 29 at the Indiana Free Library through the NAACP.

This year’s theme is “African Americans and the Vote,” partly because 2020 is the sesquicentennial plus one of the passage of the 15th Amendment in February 1869, which ensured that black males had the right to vote, and it’s the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which ensured suffrage for women. Many black women participated in the women’s suffrage movement.

A children’s exhibit is also display, complemented by books and activities on the topic in the children’s department.

A biopic of the life of Harriet Tubman, “Harriet,” will be shown at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and “The Untold Stories of Black Women in the Suffrage Movement” will be shown at 10 a.m. Thursday and on Feb. 26 at noon and 7 p.m. at the Indiana Free Library’s Community Room as well.


Be sure to add these people to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out driveways and shovel sidewalks for others during the winter season: The Rev. Paul Morris, Homer City; Tom Spencer and Chris Bash, Elderton; Matt Verheyen, Columbia Avenue, Homer City; Willy Cherbenak, 15th Street and Gompers Avenue, Indiana; David Schweissing, Ben Franklin Road and Crystal Drive, White Township; and Alex Blazavich, Old Route 119 North, White Township.

Have a good neighbor to report? Call (724) 465-5555, ext. 283, or email mweaver@indianagazette. net. Be sure to spell out your neighbor’s name and provide a town, as well as a street name.  


Shelocta Presbyterian Church will offer Friendsday Wednesday, a free community lunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church. 

The lunches will be offered on the third Wednesday of each month, and the next is set March 18.  

For more information, call (724) 354-2352.


This summer, Drew Fox, of Rossiter, will join outstanding elementary school students from across the state to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM, in Greensburg.

NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision family of programs ( that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Drew is a third-grader at the Punxsutawney Area Elementary School, where he is in the gifted program and taking part in the third- and fourth-grade reading competition.

Drew is a Bear Scout in Pack 245 Cub Scouts. He loves science and math and has aspirations to be president of the U.S. someday.

He said he is looking forward to building and coding a robot at the forum.


Homer City American Legion Post 493 Auxiliary will offer a breakfast from 7:45 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the post on Mullen Avenue. Cost is $7.


Gas prices in the Indiana area today were hovering around $2.79 per gallon, compared with $2.62 statewide and $2.45 nationwide ( … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, got a chuckle from this comment by comedian Jim Gaffigan, who is coming to IUP in August: “Without Valentine’s Day, February would be … well, January.”

Good evening!

This column is compiled by Gazette staff writer Margaret Weaver. Email items for submission to