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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Indiana County Day Christmas in July is set for July 19 at Idlewild and Soak Zone, where the county will be highlighted at the park.

Visit with Santa near the main park gazebo, and sign up for hourly prizes at the Indiana County gazebo. The first 300 children to visit the county gazebo will receive a free gift.

Discount tickets at a cost of $25 each are available by calling (877) 746-3426 or visiting the Indiana County Tourist Bureau at the mall, InFirst Bank in Blairsville, Ideal Market in Homer City, Valeski’s Fourth Street BiLo in White Township, Tate’s Supermarket in Clymer and All American Barber Shop in Saltsburg.

Even if you can’t attend on July 19, the tickets are good any operating weekday through the season, with a $13 surcharge for weekend use.

The event is sponsored by the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and the Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers’ Association.

SCAVENGER SATURDAY

The community is once again invited to be “Lovin’ Downtown Every Second” this Saturday.

In addition to offering sales, specials and the chance to browse, participating merchants will also serve as stops on a free scavenger hunt 10 a.m. 5 p.m.

All ages are welcome to play as individuals or teams for fun prizes.

Sign up starting 10 a.m. at the S&T tent, 800 Philadelphia St.

Players will be given a score sheet and asked to complete fun tasks and challenges at each stop. For more information, find Downtown Indiana on Facebook.

STRAWBERRIES AND SOCIALS

Church of the Resurrection will offer its Strawberry Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the social hall, 349 Morris St., Clymer.

Come and enjoy a delicious shortcake topped with strawberries and cool whip, with a side of vanilla ice cream. Beverage is included.

Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

There will also be a basket raffle and instant tickets.

And over at the Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church, all are invited from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday to the annual ice cream social, where the second anniversary of the church’s Little Free Pantry will be celebrated. Storyteller Jane Murphy, of Punxsutawney, will entertain the audience.

BUSINESS BYTES

Openings are posted on the Kohl’s website for nine positions for a store in part of the former Sears location in Indiana Mall.

Work has been ongoing on a 40,000-square-foot portion of the mall since April, when Zamias Services Inc. received a permit for a store with a smaller format than a standard Kohl’s store.

As posted by the Zamias-owned White Township mall on Facebook this week, the store is scheduled to open in October.

Full-time positions include stockroom operations supervisor, stockroom operations associate, retail sales associate, customer service supervisor, store support lead (helping store administrators “while demonstrating the Kohl’s Yes We Can culture”) and sales supervisor.

Part-time positions also include retail sales and stockroom operations associates as well as visual merchandiser.

Previously Kohl’s advertised for a manager and assistant manager.

Speaking of the mall, Blue Monkey Vapes has opened a kiosk in the Indiana Mall in the middle of the common area. The company sells vaping supplies such as e-liquids.

YOUR WEEKEND CALENDAR

Don’t forget Sunday at 3 p.m.is the 45th annual Country Music Show at Mark Park, to benefit the Indiana County Fraternal Order of Police Rhododendron Lodge #33.

The headliner is Crag Morgan, with special guest stars The Andy Davis Band, of Pittsburgh.

Admission is a $27 donation. For more information, visit www.fop 33.com.

And Sunday is the Gal’s Afternoon Out Basket Bingo and Luncheon Tea at The Fountains at Indiana to benefit the Indiana County Humane Society. Set for 1 to 4 p.m., admission is $20. Wear your best hat to be judged for the contest.

SHOP TALK AT SIX

Gas prices in the Indiana area today were hovering around $2.99 per gallon, compared with $2.91 statewide and $2.78 nationwide (www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com). … In honor of Bastille Day on Sunday, Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, recalls the words of former French President Charles de Gaulle: “How can anyone govern a nation that has 210 different kinds of cheese?”

Good evening!

This column is compiled by Margaret Weaver. Email items for submission to mweaver@indiana gazette.net.