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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Seventh Annual Pittsburgh Zoo Safari

Join us for the Seventh Annual Pittsburgh Zoo Safari for Somerset County residents Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 5-9 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Admission is free with a wristband, and wristbands will available while supplies last starting July 1 at the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and Somerset County branches of Somerset Trust Co. Quantities of 20 or more wristbands are limited. Bus transportation is available for $22 per seat for charter buses and $12 per seat for school buses. Bus reservations must be made by Aug. 1, and no refunds will be given after Aug. 6. For more information, call (814) 445-6431. This event is made possible with support from the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, Somerset Trust Co., Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Bull's Eye Security and The Daily American.

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Volunteers Needed!

The Chamber is seeking volunteers to help with the 44th Annual Somerset Antique Show on Saturday, Aug. 9 in Uptown Somerset. Volunteers are needed for various shifts from 5 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. Duties include vendor registration, working the Chamber information booth at the Somerset County Courthouse, and helping with teardown after the show. Volunteers are also needed on Friday, Aug. 8 to help mark spaces. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or sandyb@somersetcountychamber.com.

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Members-Only Dinner & Show

Visit the Rockwood Mill Shoppes & Opera House for an exclusive Chamber members-only dinner and a show Tuesday, July 29. Enjoy a wine tasting featuring wines from Wapiti Ridge Wine Cellars from 6-6:30 p.m. followed by dinner catered by Crazy Alice's Cafe at 6:30 p.m. and a special performance by Ricky Howsare at 7:30 p.m. A special member rate is available for $25. Reservations are required by July 23. Call Rockwood Mill Shoppes & Opera House at (814) 926-4546 to RSVP or click here for more information.

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Rustic Lodge/Trenthouse Inn Mixer

Visit Trenthouse Inn Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. for A Hot August Night Mixer hosted by Rustic Lodge and Trenthouse Inn. Enjoy the patio garden with fire pit and party tents and live music by Ian Tepper. A $10 cover charge includes appetizer buffet. B.Y.O.B. For more information, call (814) 352-8222 or click here.

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Geneva MSOL Open House

Join the Geneva College Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) for an open house from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 at Johnstown Industrial Development Corp. Meet MSOL faculty, staff, alumni, and current students and learn more about the MSOL program. Please send RSVPs to msol@geneva.edu or call (724) 847-2715.

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Community Foundation grant opportunity

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies' Youth Philanthropy Interns have released two Requests for Proposals - each of which will award up to $25,000. The interns have been assessing community needs through research, site visits, and interviews and have determined a need for both a teen marketing campaign and an educational campaign that focuses on obtaining food security that could be implemented in Bedford, Cambria and/or Somerset counties. Click here for details. The deadline to submit RFPs is noon Thursday, July 31.

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Junior Achievement Golden Ticket

Junior Achievement of Western PA has created the perfect grown-up version of the Golden Ticket by assembling an extraordinary sports package, perfect for all Pittsburgh sports fans. All ticket sale proceeds support Junior Achievement programs for the 68,000 students the organization serves each year. One winner receives two season tickets to attend a full season of home games for each of the following teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pitt basketball, Pitt football, Penn State football (plus a parking pass), Pittsburgh Power, Duquesne basketball, and Robert Morris football, basketball and hockey. Tickets are $50 each and include four chances to win. A limited number of tickets will be sold. For tickets, visit www.showclix.com/event/PGHGoldenTicket or call 1-888-71-TICKETS. Tickets will be sold until Aug. 27. Click here for additional information.

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Benefit Basket Party

Visit Oakwood Restaurant at Laurel View Village Aug. 2 starting at noon for a basket party benefiting the residential caring fund. Admission is $15 and includes a spaghetti dinner from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 25 raffle tickets. For more information, call (814) 288-2724.

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Roof Garden Independent Film Festival

Somerset will be hosting the Roof Garden Independent Film Festival Aug. 16 at the Quality Inn Conference Center, Mel's Restaurant & Bar and Tailgatez. See screenings of several independent films throughout the day before the event culminates in the premier of "Meltdown" at 9 p.m. at Tailgatez. Seven Springs Mountain Resort will provide shuttle buses, and drink specials will be available at all three locations. Also, visit Mel's from 9 p.m. to close Aug. 15 for a Roof Garden IFF Kickoff Party. Click here for a complete schedule of events. Additional details will be announced closer to the event.

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Corvette Giveaway

Help support the Humane Society of Somerset County. Purchase $5 tickets for a chance to win the grand prize, a 1989 Corvette T-Top. Other monetary prizes will be awarded. Tickets may be purchased at Mosholder Insurance Agency, Somerset. The drawing will be held Oct. 2 at the Humane Society. Click here for details.

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Somerset Inc. Shooter Showdown

Somerset Inc. will be hosting its first Shooter Showdown sporting clay event Saturday, Aug. 23 at Buffer Creek Sporting Clays, Sipesville. Each shooter receives 100 targets, lunch and shooter mementos. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Click here for details or contact Jessica Spangler at (814) 445-4378.

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Upcoming ServSafe Classes

The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA) has announced upcoming ServSafe courses. PRLA offers early bird pricing for its one-day courses: $130/PRLA member and $170/non-member (regularly $135/member and $175/non-member). To qualify for the early bird special, you must pre-pay 14 days prior to the class. Shipping/handling fees and tax will apply. Contact the state office at 800-345-5353 for more information.

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Youth Minimum Wage Law

If your business is planning to hire school-aged employees this summer, here are some things you should know about paying minimum wage when it comes to "youth." A "youth" is someone who is under the age of 20. Currently, the youth minimum wage is $4.25 per hour under the Fair Labor Standards Act (state rates may be higher). If someone turns 20 years old while working for your company, start paying the regular minimum wage on their birthday. In addition, bear in mind that the clock starts ticking the day the youth begins working for your company. After 90 consecutive calendar days, the regular minimum wage kicks in. Even if the employee takes time off after that first day of employment, the clock doesn't stop ticking. Be sure to also consider the restrictions on hours and times of day for youth employment. Cite: Fact Sheet #32: Youth Minimum Wage, www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs32.htm.

For more information on minimum wage changes by state, click here.

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Chamber Calendar

 44th Annual Somerset Antique Show
Aug. 9, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Seventh Annual Pittsburgh Zoo Safari
Aug. 13, 5-9 p.m.
 Faranda's Farm Mixer
Aug. 14, 5-7 p.m.
 Roof Garden Independent Film Festival
Aug. 16, Noon

Contact the Chamber at 814-445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com to RSVP to these events.

2014 Chamber directory available

Copies of the 2014-2015 Somerset County Chamber of Commerce Community Profile & Membership Directory are now available. Contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com, or visit the Chamber office at 601 N. Center Ave., Somerset, to pick up your copy.

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