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Miller Minutes

Molly Miller

Labor Day proved to be relaxing, though rainy, and it seems the coming weekend could produce the same sort of gloomy weather, but don’t let that deter you from enjoying the many offerings available countywide.

In the following paragraphs, you’re going to see art, music, nature activities and sports as well as recognition of one of the worst tragedies in American history: the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Consider taking a moment to reflect, relax and revisit the past in the coming days. The following events will help in that endeavor.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, a vintage Ford Tri-Motor plane will be giving rides to residents of all ages at Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport, 473 Airport Road in Penn Township. Flights run all weekend, and you can book one by visiting www.eaa.org/shop/flights/flytheford.aspx.

The Butler County Disc Golf Classic starts Friday, Sept. 9, and runs all weekend in North Boundary Park, 1171 North Boundary Road, Cranberry Township. For tickets and times, visit www.discgolfscene.com.

The activity in Saxonburg this weekend is sure to draw a fair crowd with its food and entertainment! Between Octoberfest hosted by Sprankle’s starting Friday, Sept. 9, to the Saxonburg Festival of the Arts starting Saturday, Sept. 10, there will be something for everyone. For more information, visit the event websites at spranklesoctoberfest.com and www.saxonburgpa.com/festival.

Butler County Symphony Association’s free summer concert series will feature the fusion-rock music trio Cloud Chamber at noon Friday, Sept. 9, via Facebook or in person in the symphony building, 259 S. Main St.

Butler Art Center’s show “Your Way with Clay” pottery show is on display to the public until Sept. 24. A reception on Friday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. will feature a chance to mingle with the artists and their work. Stop by the center at 344 S. Main St.

The Pittsburgh Irish Festival runs from Friday, Sept. 9 to Sunday, Sept. 11, and will have bands, dancers and continuous fun at Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 801 Carrie Furnace Blvd., Pittsburgh. For tickets and more information, visit pghirishfest.org.

Digging Deeper: A Cemetery Tour, will lead you into the oldest portions of North Side Cemetery, 1002 N. Main St. Ext., at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The Butler County Historical Society will share the stories of three families in the oldest sections of the cemetery. Purchase tickets by calling 724-283-8116 or online at butlerhistory.com/shop.

Family-friendly nature activities will abound at the Buffalo Creek Watershed Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at 154 Monroe Road, Sarver. From fishing to games, the unique water resource will provide fun for everyone that afternoon.

Allow your pooch to swim away the dog day afternoon at the Alameda Dog Paddle Pool Pawty at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in Alameda Park, 184 Alameda Park Road in Butler Township. Tickets are $10, and half of that benefits the Butler County Humane Society. Register online at https://bcpr.recdesk.com/Community/Program?category=36.

The Harrisville Community Band will play at Concordia at Cabot’s Haven Apartments in recognition of Patriot Day. Music begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

Shilo, a golden retriever, lives up to his breed as he chases a ball into the pool at a previous Dog Paddle at Alameda Park in Butler Township. Butler Eagle file photo

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