Hey Ligonier Parents and Guardians!!!! July is almost over… GULP. It’s almost August which means it’s almost back to school… double GULP!! Hopefully, a lot of you have made it through summer camps and maybe had a week or weekend with just your spouse, or dog….. or cat…. or your flock of chickens! Maybe even had a nice family vacation or a mini stay-cation and got some quality family time. Maybe like me, you have some downtime after summer camp and before vacation (which we still have not planned but I’m determined to take)!! Whatever your summer situation I’m dropping Part 2 of my Free Kids Calendar of Events for Ligonier, cleverly entitled “August”. Very clever -yes- I know. I’d fit right in with the guys and gals in Hoot N Hollar! But hey my creativity is on hiatus at the moment. I just used up most of it on the Lego wall at the Library.

So enjoy the list, there are some really great events happening around here in August if you are around and want to get out of the house. August is when I find our schedule is at its most relaxed, and we make a point of hitting up our favored events like the Fairfield Boys Club Frog Hop. Like seriously who doesn’t want to race a frog! If you haven’t before check it out, and they even have frogs to rent for $1 if you didn’t catch your own.

We also visit the library a lot as well as our favorite parks and hiking trails and get some crafty art projects done this time of year. I might even try to sneak in some school prep because of all my good intentions of continuing the learning at home throughout the summer … well, they got thrown out the window. The second story window for all the scouters out there!

Wishing you all a fun and easy end of summer!

Sara Hillen


August 2|

Friendly Fire Friday @ Fort Ligonier Free Admission

August 3 |

Fairfield Boys Club Frog Hop @ Laurel Valley Elementary                 10am

Winnie Palmer MUD Day                                                                   10am-1pm

Winnie Palmer Butterfly Release  Call to RSVP a butterfly               10am-3pm

Family Fly a Kite day w/ Ligonier Library @ Friendship Park               1pm

Market Sprouts @ Ligonier Country Market Tractor Art                8am-12pm

August 4|

Powdermill Nature Reserve Story Time craft & hike ages 3-9             2pm

August 5 |

Hometown Helpers Vacation Bible School @ FlaxFairgrounds           530pm-8pm

Register here Stahlstowcharge.org

August 6 |  

National Night Out Municipal Lot across from the YMCA              6pm

Hometown Helpers Vacation Bible School @ FlaxFairgrounds           530pm-8pm

August 7 |

Cannonball Club @ Fort Ligonier                                                      10:30am-12

Hometown Helpers Vacation Bible School @ FlaxFairgrounds           530pm-8pm

August 8 |

Hometown Helpers Vacation Bible School @ FlaxFairgrounds           530pm-8pm

August 9 |

Hometown Helpers Vacation Bible School @ FlaxFairgrounds           530pm-8pm

The Stroll Kids Korner Pinewood Derby & Scavenger Hunt              4309m-9pm

August 10 |

Pollinator Festival at the Powdermill NR                                           10am-3pm

Market Sprouts @ Ligonier Country Market Butterfly Release        8am-12pm

August 11 |

Powdermill Nature Reserve Lecture W/ activity ages 8-13                 2pm

August 14 |

Cannonball Club @ Fort Ligonier last one!                                   10:30am-12

Winnie Palmer Nature Play                                                                10am-11am

Powdermill Nature Reserve Nature at Night                                     830pm-10pm

August 16 |

Free Movie Night @ St. Michaels in Rector Snow White                  8pm

August 17 |

Market Sprouts @ Ligonier Country Market Bird Feeders               8am-12pm

Cub Scout Booth @ Ligonier Country Market                                 8am-12pm

Keystone State Park Geocaching                                                      5pm-7pm

August 24 |

Market Sprouts @ Ligonier Country Market Pig Bags                      8am-12pm

Flight 93 Recovery Table @ Ligonier Country Market                       8am-12pm

August 31 |        

Market Sprouts @ Ligonier Country Market Butterflies                   8am-12pm

For More Information, Registration, and Sources :

Registration required for most programs with the DCNR in Forbes State Forest. For more information or to register contact   [email protected] or 724-259-2201.

Keystone State Park (724) 668-2939   1150 Keystone Park Rd, Derry, PA 15627


First Church of the Brethren  405 Route 271 Waterford RSVP by 7/25 (814)243 7156

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve 744 Walzer Way ​Latrobe, PA 15650     724.537.5284    https://www.wpnr.org/


https://carnegiemnh.org/visitor/powdermill-nature-reserve/ 1795 PA-381, Rector, PA 15677 (724) 593-6105

http://ligonierymca.org/home/ 110 W Church St, Ligonier, PA 15658 (724) 238-7580

120 W. Main St., Ligonier PA 15658 | 724-238-6451 | [email protected]

https://www.fortligonier.org/  200 S Market St, Ligonier, PA 15658   (724) 238-9701

http://ligonierhumc.org/ 107 W Main St, Ligonier, PA 15658  (724) 238-2627

 https://www.cooktwp.com/community-center.htm 1716 Route 711, Stahlstown, PA 15687 724-593-7471

Covenant Church 200 N Market St, Ligonier, PA 15658  (724) 238-3657 https://www.cpclig.net/

St Michaels Church    http://stmichaelsligonier.org/ 2535 State Route 381 Rector, PA 15677  (724) 238-9411


Written by Sara Hillen, mom of three human children: Michael 10, Ian 7 and Hailey 3, and two wannabe human children: a giant dog, Finnegan and a very fat cat called Duncan. I have been a resident of Laughlintown for the past five years and previously spent summers and falls visiting the Ligonier Valley from Pittsburgh. I can proudly say I have never missed a Fort Day  Weekend in my life, and really enjoy the beautiful wilderness of the Laurel Highlands, as well as the wonderful sense of community so many Ligonier residents strive to share with each other. I spend my time volunteering with Scouts BSA of America, in Cub Scout Pack 370 and with RK Mellon PTA as the Scholastic Bookfair Chair Woman.