2019 Community Events at the Community Center:
Music in Avella — April 10 & 11
with Resident Artists Linda Littleton
& Karen Hirshoe of Simple Gifts Music:
Workshops and concerts for all ages.
Play, Sing, Learn, Listen, Enjoy!
About Simple Gifts:
Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage at the Avella Community Center on April 10th and 11th. This award-winning duo performs on an impressive array of instruments, including two violins, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, recorders, banjo, and guitar plus some more unusual instruments like the bowed psaltery, baritone fiddle, shruti box, banjolin, guitjo, and doumbek.
Simple Gifts presents a wide variety of ethnic folk music, including everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs, haunting Gypsy melodies, and exotic Balkan dance tunes. Throughout their performances, they put their own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, blending styles from diverse cultures with their American roots.
Music in Avella Schedule:
Wednesday April 10, 2019: 4-5pm – UKULELE WORKSHOP
Ages 8+. Learn 2-3 chords and the basics of strumming & fingerpicking. Show off your new skills at the Thursday evening concert.
Wednesday April 10 2019, 7-9pm – MUSICIANS’ WORKSHOP
All ages and musical abilities. Bring your instruments and voices to play together as a band. Work to arrange a piece of music to perform at the Thursday evening concert.
Thursday April 11, 2019, 10-11am – CHILDREN’S CONCERT
For children 3-6 (and their parents, grandparents, etc.) Interactive learning and fun: play percussion instruments, singing, and hand motions
Thursday April 11, 2019, 7-8pm – CONCERT
The concert begins with the new ukulele players showing off their skills, followed by the musicians playing the piece they arranged. Finally Simple Gifts will present a concert of traditional music from many cultures, playing 10—12 different instruments.
This event is funded by a grant from Pennsylvania Partners in Arts.
For more information, please call 724.507.6448 or 724.587.3518.
Pickle Ball for adults
Open Gym: Mondays (6- 8 PM) beginning April 22, 2019
Pickle Ball is a court game, similar to tennis, played with a whiffle ball and oversized Ping-Pong paddles — and a lot of fun!
For open gyms, please wear gym shoes.
Avella Business Expo: Saturday, May 4, 2019
The Avella Business Expo will be held at the Independence Township Community Center on Saturday, May 4 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Area businesses will showcase their enterprises at the Expo.