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Free Centre County Use Your Voice civic engagement event set for Feb. 29 at Schlow Centre Region Library

Community members are invited to Centre County Use Your Voice, a free 90-minute event about the barriers that keep people from civic engagement, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, in Schlow Centre Region Library’s Downsbrough Community Room.

The event anticipates the Wednesday, March 16, Center for the Performing Arts presentation of the Use Your Voice Tour featuring Americana singer-songwriters Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell. The tour, which will visit almost 40 cities throughout the United States, doubles as a voter engagement drive in conjunction with the League of Women Voters.

“The largest voting group in the U.S. is single women, and too many are not turning out to vote,” Griffin said.

Centre County Use Your Voice will tackle the problem of being underrepresented and unheard through social networking, a panel discussion, testimonials on the everyday issues single women face and a roundtable exercise to identify how each person can engage locally in community decision-making. The outcomes of the conversation will be announced from the stage at the concert in Eisenhower Auditorium.

“In the past, many people in this country fought so that we could have the right and privilege to vote,” said Penni Fishbaine, State College Area school board member and former president. “Voting honors them and provides us with the opportunity to do our civic duty and be an active participant in our community.”

For information about childcare during Centre County Use Your Voice, contact Medora Ebersole at 814-863-6752 or mde13@psu.edu.

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