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Youngsville area pickleball is off to a great start. Thanks to the hard work and time of a few volunteers, Island Park now has two pickleball courts available to the public.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports for good reason: the court size is half the size of tennis, it’s great exercise and can be enjoyed by all ages, from children to the elderly. Those new to pickleball but want to learn more about the rules and basics of the game – in a very laid back atmosphere – can do so on certain days when someone will be there to teach in Youngsville. These are not formal courses and those interested do not have to sign up or sign up. Interested people also don’t have to stay all the time, just drop by.

Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14 or Wednesday, September 21 or from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 or September 22. Another series of classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 17 and 24.

Those without pickleball equipment but want to try the sport can borrow pickleball paddles and balls from the Youngsville YMCA at Island Park. Those requesting equipment do not need to be a YMCA member to borrow pickleball equipment. Contact the Youngsville YMCA at 814-802-1618 for more details.

Youngsville YMCA pickleball equipment was purchased by Bill Gross. For more information, email:


Book Sale: Today is the Youngsville Library’s annual one-day book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hot dogs, fries, desserts and drinks will be available for $5 from 11 a.m. while supplies last. In addition to DVDs, Christian fiction, and children’s books, there’s also a huge selection of large-print books, popular fiction authors, and all kinds of genres, from cookbooks to mystery novels. The annual book sale is one of the library’s main fundraising activities.

Library Friends crafting items will also be available for purchase. At the craft table there will be a selection of decorative bottle lights, molten glass spoon holders, lamps, wind chimes, ornaments, battery operated candle jars and more.

Story Time: Tuesday, September 13, join library friend Diane Danielson for Youngsville Library’s monthly story time from 10:30-11 a.m. Target ages are 3-5 years old, but all are welcome. No registration is required to participate. Story time includes stories, songs, dancing and activities. Story time takes place on the second Tuesday of each month.

Free Job Workshops: On Wednesday, Danielle Ditz will be holding three separate career development workshops at the Youngsville Public Library.

The first workshop is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and focuses on SkillUP PA. The session is an in-person session with walk-in visits. SkillUP PA provides access to over 6,000 free online training courses to help you prepare for a new career path, improve a worker’s existing skills and more.

From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ditz will have an open, walk-in Q&A. Ask personalized questions about job searches, PA CareerLink, free job training opportunities, and more. No registration necessary.

From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ditz will conduct “Take back the do’s and don’ts”, a workshop available for in-person, virtual or telephone participation. The workshop requires registration by calling Ditz at 814-272-4020 or emailing

Visit the homepage or the library’s Facebook page at Youngsville-Public-Library for more information and for upcoming workshops. Workshops count towards weekly unemployment requirements because they are part of PA CareerLink.

Rebecca Whitney will also be offering a virtual SkillUP PA workshop (offsite) from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. To attend, call Whitney at 814-853-5141 or email


Free Community Event: “The Big Cop Says Stop” will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Warren Area High School. Hosted by the Youngsville Police Department, the event is funded by FWMWA Systems of Care. Officer Galloway has nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience and much of that time has been spent dealing with underage alcohol and drug abuse. His presentations deal with the problems of alcohol and drug use among minors and how to combat them within a community.

Everyday objects that you may not look at a second time will take on new meaning. The presentation will cover: new drugs, logos and other identifiers, images, songs and clothing related to drugs, potential storage compartments, vaping, etc. For more information, contact Youngsville Police Chief Todd Mineweaser at 814-563-7555.


Race Night: Race Night will be held Saturday, October 15 from 7-10 p.m. at the Youngsville Fire Station. Doors open at 6 p.m. and proceeds go to Brokenstraw Valley Pool. Entrants must be 21 years of age to participate. Bet on video recorded horse races. There will be door prizes, payouts for race winners, places and finishers. All bets are $2 minimum with payouts determined by the number of winning tickets. The event is bring your own alcohol with light snacks provided. There will also be pull tabs and 50/50 giveaways.

BBQ: A take-out BBQ will be held at EUM Church on Second Street, with dinners including a pulled pork sandwich, corn on the cob, coleslaw and dessert for a $10 donation. Pick-up day is Saturday, September 24, 4-6 p.m. Tickets are on presale only. To order a BBQ meal to go, call 814-563-4351. Orders will be taken from September 10 to September 20.

Chicken BBQ: A Chicken BBQ will be held today starting at noon to raise money for the Garland Volunteer Fire Department at Friendship Field in Pittsfield. All dinners are take-out or drive-in. A full dinner is a $12 donation and includes half a barbecue chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans and a bun. Chicken only is a $10 donation.

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