Think Spring with these local events

Just because the temperatures are heating up, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in the name of arctic animals! The Polar Bear Float at Cook Forest State Park falls on this Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kayakers will get to enjoy the temperate waters of a cold weather trip on the National Wild and Scenic Clarion River.

If you’re interested, everyone will be meeting at the Cook Forest State Park Office at 113 River Road in Cooksburg to prepare for the 8-mile trip. Bring a packed lunch and visit Pennsylvania Wilds to brush up on safety afloat. Contact Dale Luthringer at (814) 744-8475 to see if there are spots still available.web

For smaller or more racecar-enthused human beings, there is a racecar show Sunday, March 13, at the Cranberry Mall. The free event lasts through Wednesday, so there are plenty of opportunities for kids and adults alike to check out local racecars and their drivers.

If you’re a fan of the classic story “Charlotte’s Web,” then you’re in luck! Drive over to the Barrows-Civic Theatre in Franklin to see Joseph Robinette’s interpretation of the E.B. White children’s classic. Wilbur, Charlotte, Fern, Templeton and the rest of the gang will hit the stage Friday and Saturday. The show times are 7:30-10 p.m.

C & A Trees wants you to get creative and design a magical fairy garden this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at 53 Tree Lane in Clarion. The event costs $10, and a portion of the ticket cost benefits the Clarion Sunshine Project. The rest of the ticket cost will pay for the plants, accessories and other materials with which you can make the fantasy garden of you or your child’s dreams.

Go out there and enjoy our early spring!


(Eric Zavinski is a Clarion University student contributor to & Email Eric your weekend events to