Join the Washington County Parks Department on an aquatic scavenger hunt as they sift through the muck, mire and plant material in search of insects, amphibians, fish and other critters that call Cross Creek Lake home. Water shoes are required; a change of clothes is recommended. The Sifting through Pond Stew program will be held Tuesday, July 16. The group will meet at Shelter 3, Cross Creek Park, at 7 p.m. Nets and containers will be provided. Reservations for the program are required as collecting supplies are limited. Reservations can be made by calling the Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation at 724-228-6867. There is no fee for this program.

The Martha Washington Garden Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. July 16 at Laboratory Presbyterian Church, 33 Manse St., Washington. Lunch follows the program, “Bats, Bats, and More Bats,” which will be presented by Scott Detwiler, environmental educator and naturalist for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Crossroads Ministries, 81 Walter Long Road, Finleyville, will host a free family movie night on the lawn July 19. Come early (around 7 p.m.) and enjoy some time on the field with some outdoor games for the kids and a dollar concession stand. At sunset (close to 8:30 p.m.) we will enjoy the movie, “How To Train Your Dragon 3 – The Lost World” on our 32-foot outdoor movie screen. This giant screen will be out on the field in front of the church, so bring your own lawn chair or blankets for you and your family. The event is free, but we ask that you reserve your spot online at the church’s website, www.crsmin.com.

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