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Butler city fire department brought the little remote fire truck that squirts water at the children at last year’s Healthy Kids Day at the Butler YMCA. Butler Eagle File Photo

What ever happened to flash mobs?

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a flash mob is when a group of people gather in a public place and perform a number, usually featuring great harmonies and synchronized choreography.

I have never witnessed one of these in person, but I know they were all the rage back in the 2010s. You could probably find a million examples with a quick search on YouTube.

Miller Minutes with Butler Eagle reporter, Molly Miller

The spirit of the flash mob is to gather people together with a common interest and spread a little joy. With the warm weather outside, I’d say we need to bring this trend back. Anyone willing to plan this should know I have five years of dance experience under my belt.

The time is coming when county events pack every weekend as it is. Can you imagine if we all broke out into song and dance?

In all seriousness, events are fun even without the random musical numbers (though some of the options this week will be full of them). The following are a great reminder that there’s lots to explore and support in Butler County.

Musical Theatre Guild’s production of the musical “Ordinary Days” premieres at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, and runs at the same time Saturday, April 20, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in MTG’s Butler Memorial Park performance center. For tickets, visit

Tumble out of bed and stumble to Slippery Rock University’s production of “9 to 5,” which goes on stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Miller Auditorium and Performing Arts Center, 102 Maltby Ave. Tickets are available at

South Butler Community Library is hosting a sale of books, music, games, puzzles and more this weekend. It’s $5 per grocery bag of items you take away! The sale starts at 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, and continues through Sunday, April 21.

Butler Catholic School’s Spring Fling craft and vendor market starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at 515 E. Locust St. There will be activities for children, food and raffles available.

Harrisville Volunteer Fire Company’s spring craft bazaar starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the station, 313 E. Mercer St.

The Gardner’s Farm and Greenhouse in Zelienople is hosting a botanical art and garden show with live butterflies from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The Cranberry Artists Network will be exhibiting some works during the show.

The Butler YMCA will participate in Healthy Kids Day on Saturday with games, vendors, healthy activities and more. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lola Layland enjoys riding the scooters at Healthy Kids Day at the Butler YMCA in 2023. Butler Eagle File Photo

Celebrate Earth Day at Moraine State Park by helping the park look its best. People are asked to wear sturdy shoes, work clothes and work gloves bring and a friend for a Saturday cleanup. Those interested in helping should contact Mike Shaffer at 724-368-8811 to discuss appropriate projects for your group's numbers and abilities.

The Great Butler Bake Off at the Butler Art Center lasts from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Spectators must purchase tickets at

Planting for the Future is a family-friendly event and celebration of agriculture taking place from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Butler Farm Show Grounds, 625 Evans City Road, Connoquenessing Township. Enjoy food trucks, a petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, a farmers market and square dancing at night!

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