DuBOIS — The community calendar — a project spearheaded by the Downtown DuBois Revitalization Group, Parkside Community Center and Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania — is here and ready for individuals to submit events that are happening in the DuBois area.
It has been a long time coming, said Parkside Executive Director Kathleen Clement.
“How many times have social clubs or people that want to plan something in the community and it’s triple booked?” Clement said. “This will give the community an opportunity to provide a schedule of events up to six months in advance.”
“We would like members from the community to give us their events,” said DDRG Manager Dan Bowman. “The six-month time period, we thought, was very good because it allows people to plan ahead.”
Clement stressed that it is “community events” they want added to the calendar.
“It’s not yard sales,” Clement said. “Anything such as what’s going on at the Reitz Theater, the Winkler Gallery, or the fire halls, for example, or the Creative Crawl, and fundraising walks.”
“People at Coffee and Commerce have said that it will be nice to plan for the holiday season,” said Bowman.
As of this week, the six-month community calendar, an 18-foot-by-4-foot dry erase banner donated by Goodwill to help other non-profits and groups in the area promote fundraisers and other events, is now on display on the wall of Parkside Community Center, 120 W. Park Ave., DuBois.
“Helping other non profits with their printing needs has been a big mission of our graphic design department,” said graphic designer Chad Barnard.
Sara Berry, who is in the Computer Technology program at Jeff Tech vocational school in Reynoldsville designed the calendar based on Downtown DuBois’ needs and also printed, laminated it with a dry erase film, and punched dozens of grommets to finish it.
Berry is in Goodwill’s co-op program and spends half her day working in the Goodwill Graphics Department, said Barnard.
“I thought it was fun to do and it was nice because I got to do it mostly on my own,” Berry said.
“It’s exciting that she’s (Berry) started in her co-op program with Goodwill this year maybe a couple months ago, and we’ve already got her diving into these projects,” said Barnard. “And the fact that Parkside didn’t have a logo and I said, ‘See what you can come up with.’ She obviously didn’t disappoint.”
Barnard thinks the calendar itself is very cool.
“I’m definitely a big website content, video and social media guy, but sometimes nothing beats just physical, show up, actually write it and edit it, in person,” said Barnard. “It’s right in front of you, you can’t argue with that. That’s word of mouth. It will give people freedom, too, to take a picture of the calendar of what’s going on this month and put it on a Facebook page or anywhere on the Internet.”
“This is 100 percent donated by Goodwill,” Clement said.
“It’s been a collaborative effort between Kathleen, myself, Chad, and Sara, of course,” said Bowman.
Individuals who would like to submit events for the calendar can call either Clement at 814-371-4000 or Bowman at 814-371-3064. Events can also be emailed to: email@example.com.