Campus to host variety of spring and summer activities


Pitt-Bradford Bradford will hold a variety of enrichment courses for those looking to learn something new this spring and summer. 

            Events are sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development unless otherwise noted. Contact the division at (814)362-5078 or for more information or reservations. 

            Landscape oil painting takes place with instructor Cindy Nowacki from 6 to 9 p.m. May 13 and 14 in the first floor art room of the Seneca Building, located at 2 Main St. in Bradford. Take home a beautiful oil painting suitable for framing. No experience necessary. Materials are included in the $79 fee for the class.

            Those looking to get in shape this summer can check out Jen’s Boot Camp beginning May 14 and taking place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through June 19 in the McDowell Fieldhouse in the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center. A second six-week session will be held June 25-July 19. People who add high-intensity interval training to their routine shed fat, build muscle and get into the best shape of their lives. Sessions are $99 each.

            Kinzua Fly-fishing School will take place May 17-19 and includes two days of instruction with master fly-fisherman Joe Humphreys. Cost is $445 for residents and $420 for commuter students. For more information or to register, contact Steve Skvarka at

            The Allegheny National Forest Photo Trek is a three-day weekend photography workshop May 17 to 19 in the ANF with Forest Press photographer Ed Bernik. Trek into the ANF and surrounding areas to photograph the flora, fauna and landscapes of this natural environment. Cost is $625 for those staying on campus; $450 for commuters. 

            Wire-wrapping cabochons will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 20 and 22 in the first floor art room of the Seneca Building. Materials and supplies included in the $79 price of the course. Anyone allergic to copper, who has difficulty with wrist movement or who may have arthritis should refrain from taking this class.

            Navigating the Internet for Seniors will be offered twice, from 9 a.m. to noon May 22 in Room 200 of the Seneca Building and from 9 a.m. to noon June 19 at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties in St. Marys. This hands-on class is designed for seniors to learn how to use the Internet. Cost of each class is $45.

            Water aerobics will begin in the PaulC. Duke III Aquatic Center in McDowell Sport and Fitness Center on May 20 and run through July 24. Classes are held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Both shallow and deep water will be used to vary the intensity of the workouts. Cost to participate is $67.

            Writing personal narratives will take place with Dr. Dani Weber from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from May 28 to June 18 in Room 200 of the Seneca Building. Using mentor texts as models, participants will study and practice techniques of good writing. Cost is $79.

            Basic digital photography will be offered in St. Marys from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 30 and June 6 at the CEC of Elk and Cameron Counties. Topics include an introduction to basic camera functions and their uses and handling special scenes, including backlit scenes, sports and action photos, family and children, portraits, landscapes, close-ups and macro photography. Cost is $75.

            The Penn’s Woods Jeep Jamboree will roll into town June 20-22 for a full weekend of trail riding. The registration for this popular event is closed. For more information, visit

            Pitt-Bradford will host the McKean County Relay for Life from noon June 28 until noon June 29. Twenty-five teams will walk for 24 hours to raise money for the McKean County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

            From July 21-26 (and rain dates of July 27-28) Pitt-Bradford will host the Pennsylvania State Little League Finals at the Kessel Athletic Complex. Winners of the state tournament will travel on to the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship in Bristol, Conn.

            Finally, a parent-and-child version of Pitt-Bradford’s popular Introduction to GPS and Geocaching course will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10 at Kinzua Bridge State Park. Learn about GPS and how to use it. Cost is $20 per participant.

            Pitt-Bradford offers more activities and camps for school-age youth. For a brochure about those programs, contact the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development.