Corry Widows Group
• The Corry area Widows Group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. at the former St. Thomas School.
• The annual Corry Day in Kissimmee, Florida, will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Golden Corral located at 7702 West U.S. Route 192, mile marker five. For questions, call 814-964-8669 or 352-748-5505.
• Do you have a manual machine background and are looking to take your skills to the next level? In this 60-hour, hands-on class you will learn the basics of G-Code programming as well as machining skills, controls for CNC Mill and CNC Lathe. Instructor Dana Kruse will lead the class at the Corry Area High School Career and Technical Education Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 11 through April 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $750. Partial scholarships are available. Seating is limited. Registration and payment are required by Thursday, Feb. 6. Call the Hi-Ed at 664-9405.
History of Valentine’s Day
• From Lupercalia to Pope Gelasius and the Saints Valentine (there were more than one) to courtly love and the birth of romance to Chaucer’s Parlement of Foules to Esther Howland’s Victorian filigree to Hallmark cards and Cadbury chocolates — a history of Valentine's Day, or how a Roman fertility ritual became the occasion for wine, chocolate and greeting cards will be held for free on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to join Andy Roth, Ph.D., who is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Jefferson Educational Society, for a lecture titled, “The History of Valentine’s Day.” This presentation is part of the JES Satellite Series with the Corry Higher Education Council. Local chocolate and wine will be available for those over the age of 21. Call JES to register at 814-459-8000.
Free GED and Adult Education
• Thinking of earning your high school equivalency diploma in 2020? Looking to brush up on your basic academic skills? Classes are currently forming for those interested in enrolling in GED/Adult Basic Education offered through IU5 Adult Education & Career Readiness. Free adult education courses prepare students for the GED/HiSET high school equivalency tests and are also available for adults who already have a high school diploma that are considering refining their skills in math, reading or writing. Classes are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and evenings at the Corry Higher Education Council. Participants can join the program at any time, but must register and schedule their first session by calling the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit in Edinboro at 1-800-461-6711.
A Citizen’s Action Guide to Blight
• “A Citizen’s Action Guide to Blight” is part of the JES Satellite Series with the Corry Higher Education Council. This presentation will be offered as a Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Call JES to register at 814-459-8000. In 2016, the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy commissioned a report applying lessons learned from the program to a group-action project to address blight in Erie County. During the seven-month-long Civic Leadership Academy, the group created a citizen’s action guide to combating blight, from Erie’s downtown to its urban core to its rural borders, and also participated in a neighborhood cleanup. This presentation will explore the report data as well as new initiatives, such as a tool-lending library. Scheduled to present are Breanna Adams, B.S.; Jay Breneman, M.S.; and Ashley Lawson, M.P.A.