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Grier Gala set for this weekend

The Grier School in Tyrone will hold its eighth annual Gala Workshop/Performance at the Grier School Perfoming Arts Center.

The workshop for students ages 10 to 22 kicks off Tuesday with rehearsals with Crystal Frazier of the Rennie Harris Rhaw Company. This year’s opening number is being set in only three rehearsals. It will be a hip-hop piece to Pharell Williams’ “Happy.”

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be workshop classes with all the invited artistic directors. Guest artists will include Jon Lehrer, Bradley Shelver, Brian Sanders, Greer Reed, Crystal Frazier, Matthew Farmer, Val Suarez, Kiesha Lalama and Nancy Turano. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Student Showcase will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Grier Performing Arts Center. The professional performance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, which includes such notorieties as Lehrer Dance of Buffalo, N.Y.; Junk from Philadelphia; h2 from Holland, Minn.; Koresh Dance Company of Philadelphia; Kiesha Lalama Choreography of Pittsburgh; Reed Dance of Pittsburgh; Steps Repertory Ensemble of New York City; New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble of Wall, N.J.; and Extended Dance Theatre of New York City.

Tickets for the professional performance are $35/cash only. The entire workshop, including a ticket to the Saturday evening professional performance, is $200 per student.

For more information and registration, email Jocelyn Hrzic at

Cambria garden line to open Thursday

EBENSBURG – The Penn State Master Gardeners of Cambria County will answer gardening questions on their “Garden Line” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday at 472-7986, starting this week.

The garden line will continue every Thursday until Sept. 25.

Operation Small Steps benefit is Sunday

In an effort to raise funding and awareness for the upcoming mission of Operation Small Steps, a Coach purse fundraiser will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jaffa Shrine Center, Altoona.

Tickets are $20. Doors will open at 2 p.m.

Operation Small Steps is a nonprofit medical organization focused on the education and treatment of clubfoot and other orthopedic conditions in underserved areas around the globe.

OSS will travel to continue the treatment and educational programs for the birth defect clubfoot.

Brain injury programs set in area

EBENSBURG – Lisa Cullen, brain injury outreach and support program project coordinator at the The Center for Independent Living will present the program “I Bumped My Head – Big Deal” at 6 p.m. April 23 at Ebensburg Free Public Library, 225 W. Highland Ave. The program will focus on brain injuries and the lasting effects they have.

To allow for proper accommodation, call 800-237-9009 or email

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Insurance agent makes donation to CMN

Joseph Hudson Insurance/Farmer’s Insurance made a $1,000 donation to the Re/Max Results Realty Group’s 12th annual bowl-a-thon on March 9.

Hudson, who previously lived in the Baltimore area, said he was happy to learn about Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger when he moved to the Altoona area and was happy to make the contribution.

The total amount of funds raised from the event was $12,000, which will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System.

‘Weddings in the Cove’ set for Sunday

MARTINSBURG – Fisher’s Party Central will present “Weddings in the Cove” bridal show from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Village Green.

The cost is $3 per person. Brides may register by calling 793-0096.

Dreams Go On to train volunteers

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Dreams Go On Inc.’s therapeutic horseback riding program will hold volunteer training at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake View Stables, 1403 Turkey Valley Road.

Volunteers need to be at least 16 years old. All present volunteers, as well as new volunteers, are urged to attend to be updated on program policies and procedures, as well as updating paperwork.

Paperwork can be found at, if you would like to complete forms and bring with you.

For more information or directions, call Debbie Kelly, program manager, at 312-2614 or 943-4767 or visit

Program to detail garden diseases

EVERETT – Al Imler, Penn State chemical engineer and master gardener, will present “Prevention of Garden Diseases in Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Cabbages” at the next meeting of the Bedford County Garden Club, to be held April 15 at Homewood at Spring House Estates.

The business meeting begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program at 1 p.m.

The cost for lunch is $11, and the menu choices are eggs Florentine or grilled chicken salad with french fries, both served with a beverage and a dessert of ice cream with fruit sauce. Lunch reservations may be made by calling Denise at 652-2836 or Monique at 623-0406 by April 7.

Attendees are invited to participate in a plant exchange by bringing seeds, cuttings or plants to the meeting.

Craft show planned in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg Farm Show Committee will have a Spring/Easter Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 at the farm show building. The kitchen will be open all day with sandwiches and soup.

The GPS address is 1019 Recreation Drive, Williamsburg, PA 16693.

Photographer supports Smiles Day

EBENSBURG – Claire Terese Photography will join with Professional Photographers of America Charities to promote “Celebration of Smiles Day” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 5 at the studio, 109 S. Center St.

This national fundraising effort will benefit Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

Claire Terese Photography is encouraging adults, children and pets to come to her studio where she will offer the gift of a 10- to 20-minute individual portrait session, online password-protected proofs and a free 5×7 desk-sized portrait for a $24 donation to Operation Smile. This donation represents one tenth of $240, the amount needed to help fund a single surgery. Additional prints can be purchased at 24 percent off the regular studio price with 24 percent of the additional print purchase total also being donated to Operation Smile. There will be refreshments and goodies. No appointment is needed; it is all on a walk-in basis.

Any mini-session appointments that take place between now and April 25 also can participate in the “Celebration of Smiles” campaign. For an appointment, call 472-0803.

Houser was honored in Phoenix at the Professional Photographers of America Convention in January for her previous work with Celebration of Smiles. In addition to the smiles, Claire had received generous corporate donations from Cavalier Orthodontics, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc, and State Farm Agent Kim Springer.

Claire Terese Photography was able to raise a total of $1,597, enough for more than six surgeries.

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SFU to host ‘Voices of Autism’

LORETTO – St. Francis University’s DiSepio Institute, in conjunction with the Alternative Community Resource Program, will present “Voices of Autism” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in DiSepio 213.

This program will provide an introduction to autism spectrum disorders in the hopes of helping individuals better understand the condition and to recognize signs of it in others.

This interactive presentation will place special emphasis on the challenges of individuals with Autism in the university environment and will offer strategies on how students, faculty and staff can be more inclusive and supportive. Members of the public and campus community are strongly encouraged to attend this free event.

The presentation will feature several speakers from ACRP, including Dr. Randall Harris, psychologist; Brian Nagle, director of autism services; Troy Kline, clinical supervisor of ACRP’s Autism Unit; and Amber Hale, a certified special education teacher.

In addition, several individuals on the spectrum and their family members will also speak, providing “hands-on” insight from first-person perspectives.

This event is supported by the Phi Lambda Psi sorority as part of St. Francis’ Autism Awareness Week. Autism Awareness Bracelets will be sold for $2 at the event.

For more information, contact the DiSepio Institute at or 472-3923.

Health, welfare council to meet

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at The Arc of Blair County, 431 Jackson Ave., Altoona.

Coleen Heim, director of the Healthy Blair County Coalition, will discuss the activities of the work groups following the completion of the 2013 county-wide needs assessment, including plans for the future.

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council provides education and information to the public on health and human service needs, services, and resources.

For more information, visit

Lions, BCAB offer eye screenings

The Lakemont Lions Club and the Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind will hold an eye screening event for all ages at the Logan Valley Mall in conjunction with the Mall’s Kid’s Day.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be give-aways for the children and an opportunity for a child to win a bicycle.

Dance, benefit set for Saturday

Family and friends are having a benefit celebrating the life of Ryan Carruthers. The event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St., Altoona.

Carruthers, 33, of Altoona died March 12 after a courageous battle against a rare blood cancer.

Admission is $10 and includes sloppy joes, hot dogs, sauerkraut, snacks and desserts. Music will be provided by The Hope Fallacy and Under the Influence. There will be a cash bar, 50/50 drawings, a basket raffle and a chance to win four box seat tickets to a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game along with an autographed jersey.

Proceeds will go toward remaining medical expenses and immediate family expenses to ensure Ryan’s children have a secure future.

Mount Aloysius to hold college fair

CRESSON – Mount Aloysius College will hold its inaugural college fair at 6 p.m. Monday in the college’s new 87,000-square-foot Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center.

More than 40 colleges will participate in this regional event, and more than 100 regional high schools are invited. Prospective students are encouraged to bring their parents to the fair. Parking is free.

High school students can meet representatives from colleges and universities from throughout the state and beyond.

Civics to plan summer activities

The Juniata Civic Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Juniata Pavilion.

Many plans will be discussed, including the opening of the volleyball courts, the sports complex schedules, summer scheduling of the pavilion and the future opening of Memorial Park spray park.

Prospective members are encouraged to attend.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Pancake breakfast to aid Stella’s House

Hope Community Church, 1520 11th St., Altoona, will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 5:30 to 10 a.m. April 12 at the church to support Stella’s House.

Stella’s House, which is in Moldova, rescues girls from sex trafficking.

The cost for the breakfast is $7 per adult and $5 for children ages 5 to 9. Children ages 3 and younger can eat for free.

Senior driving programs offered

Seniors for Safe Driving will hold several highway safety education programs for seniors ages 55 and older in the area.

The programs are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The successful completion of the program makes senior drivers eligible for a 5 percent discount on their automobile insurance premiums, across the board, for a period of three years. Receiving the discount is mandated by Pennsylvania State Law.

Those who have never participated in a senior driving program previously must attend a two-day (four hours each) or one-day eight-hour standard class. To qualify for a one-day refresher program, seniors must have attended a senior driving program in the past.

To register for a class, call 800-559-4880 or visit

Upcoming classes include:

April 7 – 1 to 5 p.m., Homewood Retirement Center, Martinsburg.

April 8 – 1 to 5 p.m. at Epworth Manor, Tyrone.

April 11 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Windy Hill Village, Philipsburg.

April 12 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UPMC Altoona (refresher).

April 14 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., DuBois Library.

May 7 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Presbyterian Village, Hollidaysburg.

May 10 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UPMC Altoona (standard).

Penn-Mont plans indoor yard sale

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Penn-Mont Academy will host a huge indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 in the lower level of the school at 131 Holliday Hills Drive.

This schoolwide sale will include children’s clothing, toys, books, kitchen items, small appliances and electronics.

All items will be in the gymnasium, so the event will be held regardless of the weather.

Head coverings offered to cancer patients

The American Cancer Society, in partnership with the Altoona Beauty School and the Colosseum Salon and Day Spa, has free, brand-new wigs and head coverings available to those with cancer, regardless of income.

Funds raised at the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Blair event, helped make these wigs and head coverings free to local cancer patients.

The free wig program has human hair wigs with modern styles and highlights, synthetic wigs and all types of head coverings, such as cotton scarves.

To make an appointment to get a wig or head coverings, call 800-227-2345.

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GACTC to hold open house Thursday

The Greater Altoona Career and Technology?Center will hold an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the school, 1500 Fourth Ave.,?Altoona.

Attendees can meet teachers, ask questions and receive information on programs, financial aid and career placement services. For more information, visit or call 941-TECH.

War descendants to meet Wednesday

BELLWOOD – The regular monthly meeting of the Descendants of Civil War Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

James Gindlesperger will speak on the events surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg. Gindlesperger is owner of the Civil War Bookstore in Tire Hill.

Women’s Night Out features motivator

UPMC Altoona’s Healthy Living Club invites area women to attend Women’s Night Out on April 24 at The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m., and dinner is at 6:45 p.m.

The event will feature motivational speaker Tami Evans, named among the Top 5 New Speakers 2012 by the National Speakers Association.

Evans travels the country working with organizations to activate optimism, humor and other hard-core soft-skills. Her clients include Estee Lauder and People Magazine. She specializes in rich content with a lot of humor for women at any stage in their lives.

She firmly believes laughter is a vital part of learning and living. Tami will have you laughing as you learn how to leverage the power of positivity.

The event will include dinner and a UPMC Altoona Foundation fundraiser sponsored by Your Jewelry Box. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at

For more information, call UPMC Altoona Healthy Living at 889-2630.

SAMA sets arts-in-education workshop

LORETTO – The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto will host an arts-in-education workshop with Jim Donovan from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 on the campus of St. Francis University.

Donovan is a multi-platinum recording artist and educator whose mission is to empower, inspire and connect people through the power of group music-making. Donovan’s programs use music to promote personal wellness and working as a community.

Workshop participants will learn basic rhythm and drumming techniques for individuals and group environments, as well as voice and vocal toning. The group will experience participating in a drum circle, while also learning how to use rhythm to lead health and wellness experiences and how to perform guided meditation and imagery with rhythm. The workshop is designed for beginners, and no musical background is necessary to participate.

Donovan is a founding member of the ’90s band Rusted Root, which sold more than 3 million records.

The cost for the workshop is $40 per person, with breakfast and lunch included in the price. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. Reservations are required by April 4 and can be made by calling the museum at 472-3920. Six hours of ACT 48 credit are available.

Homewood announces golf classic

EVERETT – Homewood at Spring House Estates announced its seventh annual Golf Classic will be held May 21 at Down River Golf Club.

All golf participants enjoy 18 holes of golf with cart and fees included, lunch buffet, putting contests, hole in one contest, Chinese auction and a closing awards dinner with signature dishes from Spring House executive chef Nicole Kimmel.

This annual golf classic is Spring House’s largest fundraiser each year with all proceeds used to enhance resident amenities. This event traditionally draws participation and support from many local businesses, as well as supporters and residents of the Spring House community.

Last year’s proceeds were used to purchase accessories for our indoor pool. Proceeds from this year’s tournament are slated to purchase a new pool table, ping pong table, additional pavilion improvements and pool equipment.

All levels of sponsorship are available, ranging from golf, tee and putting green sponsors to major sponsorship. Golf foursomes are available at $340. Senior foursomes are available for $200. Register at

For more information, call 623-0349.

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River bank cleanup scheduled April 5

SPRUCE CREEK – The Little Juniata River Association will hold its 10th annual River Bank Clean-up Day on April 5.

LJRA members and volunteers will meet at the Spruce Creek Methodist Church parking lot at 9 a.m., where ladies from the church will serve hot drinks and treats from TastyKake.

Each year, the LJRA leads more than 100 volunteers, including Scouts, church and office groups, in a stream bank clean-up. More than 20 miles of stream banks and roadside pull-offs from Bellwood to Barree are visited.

Anyone who wishes to participate can contact Bill Anderson at 684-5922 or bjuniata or simply show up in the church parking lot that day.

Bags, gloves and water will be furnished, followed by a hot lunch hosted by the church.

Blair garden line to open April 1

MARTINSBURG – Garden Line (940-5989) is a free service offered through the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Blair County.

Blair County Master Gardeners help callers with gardening questions and concerns.

The Garden Line will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday from April 1 to Sept. 30.

Master Gardeners answer Garden Line questions on a variety of topics, including growing vegetables, fruits, ornamentals and turfgrass, plant identification, pruning and insect and disease problems.

Master Gardeners encourage the use of integrated pest management and environmentally sound practices.

To help with identification and diagnosis, plant and insect specimens can be taken to the extension office, now located on the second floor of the Blair County Airport, 310 Airport Drive, Suite 9, Martinsburg.

Select fresh plant samples with intact parts including flowers, if present. For diagnosis, take a live sample that shows both healthy and unhealthy growth. Enclose live insect specimens and infested plants in an airtight container. If you cannot keep the insect alive, place it in a jar with alcohol or freeze it for several days to preserve the specimen. Digital photos for plant or insect identification can also be emailed to

‘Life With Diabetes’ starts April 8

STATE COLLEGE – A “Life with Diabetes” class series will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Mount Nittany Medical Center, Conference Rooms 1 and 2, 1800 E. Park Ave.

Join members of Mount Nittany Health’s diabetes team for an important class series aimed to teach you and your loved ones how to live with and manage your diabetes.

Mount Nittany Medical Center’s “Life with Diabetes” program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for quality self-management education, and is intended for individuals with diabetes, pre-diabetes or those at risk of getting diabetes.

The cost to attend the series is $40, which is due on the first day of class. A friend or family member may come with you at no extra charge.

Preregistration is required by contacting Heather Harpster at 231-7194 or Class size is limited so register early.

South Hills plans Career Day April 9

The South Hills School of Business & Technology will hold Career Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 9 at all three locations: State College, Altoona and Lewistown.

Participants can explore new careers, learn about financial aid opportunities, sit in on classes and meet instructors.

Register online at or call 888-282-7427.

Relay For Life plans basket fundraiser

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Relay For Life of Central Blair will hold its sixth annual basket event, an all-team fundraiser, at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the National Guard Readiness Center at the Meadows Intersection.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 and can be purchased at the American Cancer Society Office on North Juniata Street or by contacting Cathy Horvers at

There will also be “specials” packages available for purchase in advance or at the door.

To learn more about Relay For Life and how to become involved, visit or contact Carrie Wilkinson at the American Cancer Society at 695-9232, ext. 65197, or

Remembering Adam sets murder-mystery

PATTON – Remembering Adam Inc. will host “Murder at Stardust Casino” April 12 at the La Ferme Rouge.

This audience-participation murder mystery dinner-theater will highlight the annual fundraiser for Remembering Adam Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education to school districts and communities.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner and entertainment to follow at 6 p.m.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes dinner and entertainment. Games of chance are available for additional fees, and more than $4,000 in prizes will be given away.

All proceeds will go to Remembering Adam’s Pledge Together Campaign to prevent substance abuse among youth.

For tickets and more information, contact Remembering Adam at 954-1556 or Seating is limited, so get tickets early.

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Bowling, basket event to aid MS Society

Hollywood Hope will join thousands of others in a movement to end multiple sclerosis by participating in Walk MS 2014 on April 27.

In an effort to raise funds for the MS Society’s Western PA Chapter area, Hollywood Hope will hold a bowl-a-thon and basket raffle from 1 to 4 p.m. April 13 at Holiday Bowl, Altoona.

Ways to help out include:

Donate a basket for the basket raffle.

Sponsor one of the bowling teams with a tax-deductible donation to the MS Society (make checks payable to National MS Society).

Put together a bowling team (four members) of your own. Each team should raise a total of $200 in donations/sponsorships ($50 per person), will receive free shoe rental and bowl two games. There will be prizes for the team that raises the most money and the team with the highest score.

Teams should preregister by April 5. The basket raffle will be open to the public.

For more information or to sign up for the bowl-a-thon, call Cindy Conway at 935-1391.

Dinner to benefit Dreams Go On

LORETTO -?The students from Phi Lambda Psi

at St. Francis University will hold their annual spaghetti dinner and basket raffle to benefit Dreams Go On from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the JFK Center on campus.

Dinner is $7, which includes spaghetti, meatballs, roll, salad, drink and dessert. Takeouts also will be available.

Family planning information offered

STATE COLLEGE -?A free introduction to the ovulation method of natural family planning will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St.

The ovulation method allows couples to confidently identify their times of fertility and infertility, and then use this information to either avoid or achieve a pregnancy.

For more information, visit www.creightonmodel.

com, call 238-0901 or email

Rabies clinic set for April 5

CLAYSBURG – The Claysburg-Kimmel Ag Club and Dr. Edwin Bracken will host a rabies clinic from 8 a.m. to noon?April 5 at the Queen Grade School to benefit the Queen Farm Show.

The cost is $15 for cats and dogs. Walk-ins are welcome, but for an appointment, call 623-1888.

correction–event is April 12 — Association sets program on plants

EBENSBURG – The Allegheny Mountain Woodland Association invites area residents to participate in a native plants program titled “Native Pennsylvania Plants for Every Garden & Every Season” from 9 a.m. to noon April 5 at the Ebensburg Borough Building, 300 W. High St.

Eric Burkhart will offer a few of his top plant choices for Pennsylvania gardeners interested in integrating native plants into the landscape.

For each plant, identification, cultivars, cultural requirements, ecological value and propagation methods will be reviewed. Burkhart will also present tips and ideas, drawing from his own home landscape experiments, on how to convert landscapes into native plant gardens.

The registration fee is $10 for AMWA members and $15 for nonmembers. Preregistration is not required, but doing so reserves a spot and assists in planning. Light refreshments will also be provided at no cost.

To preregister or for directions or more information, call 472-8560 or visit

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Altoona men win $500 in contest

The Altoona Planet Fitness Club announced that two of its longtime club members, Altoona residents Joe Waite and Ronald Himmel, are winners of $500 awards as issued by Planet Fitness corporate organization in celebration of achieving 5 million members across the U.S.

Waite has been a member since December 2011, and Himmel was there on opening day in August 2011. They both regularly work out at the 3240 Pleasant Valley Blvd. location in Altoona.

Club members, their families and friends can participate in the celebration and contest by visiting or for a chance to win prizes such as daily cash prizes, a Mazda 5, a five-day Hawaiian vacation and more. There is no cost to enter the contest, and membership is not required. The contest runs through today.

Spring Garden Day set for April 26

EBENSBURG – The Penn State Master Gardeners of Cambria County will hold its Spring Garden Day from 8 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Manor Drive conference room, 499 Manor Drive.

The presentations will be:

“Peter Piper Picked the Proper Plants to Plant in Proximity” or “Companion Planting.” This topic is intended to help gardeners, beginners as well as experienced ones, to select the vegetables and flowers that will benefit each other in their gardens.

“Romance in Bloom, A collection of flowers that will bring yearning, disappointment, infatuation and true love to your garden.”

“The Right Tool for the Right Job,” plus “Soil Testing.”

“Edible Flowers,” including samples of lavender shortbread cookies with lavender glaze.

There will also be snacks and coffee, door prizes and free plants.

For tickets, send a check for $14.95, made out to Penn State Extension, to Penn State Cooperative Extension, 401 Candlelight Drive, Ebensburg, PA 15931. For more information, call 472-7986.

Egg hunt to benefit Miracle Network

An Easter egg hunt will be held at 2 p.m. April 12 at Baker Mansion with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

There will be more than 1,000 Easter eggs spread on the lawn of the Baker Mansion with crafts by Home Depot of Altoona before and after the hunt. Balloon artist Dennie Huber will provide entertainment.

The cost is $5 per participating child, and online registration is available at

For more information, contact Melanie Swartz at or 943-8887.

The funds raised by this event will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System.

Mount offers grad school information

CRESSON – Mount Aloysius College will host a Graduate School Open House at 6 p.m. March 26 in the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery on the first floor of the Main Building on the Cresson campus.

Light refreshments will be available.

Mount Aloysius College offers four master’s degree programs. These include business administration, community counseling, a new autism-focused master’s degree in behavioral specialist consulting and psychology.

Representatives of the college’s financial aid staff will answer questions about finding financial help to complete a graduate degree, as well as program coordinators for each of the four degree areas to answer specific program questions.

Reservations for the information session can be made by calling 886-6406 or emailing

Wedding expo set for March 30

HUNTINGDON -?The Raystown Region Wedding and Event Expo will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 30 at the Huntingdon?Country Club.

The event will feature unique venues, reception facilities, photographers, videographers, caterers, event planners, travel agents and places to stay.

The Huntingdon Country Club is extending the offer for grooms to golf for free in the company of at least one paying guest. Also, grooms, brides and guests are welcome to watch a Sunday afternoon professional sports game on a big-screen TV.

Brides can register at Exhibitors can register at For more information, visit

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Symphony League to present concert

The Altoona Symphony League will present “A Few of My Favorite Things” at 3 p.m. April 6 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1401 12th Ave., Altoona.

The concert will feature Barbara Weller Crain on piano and Franklin Nino on cello.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling Carol Richardson at 942-8136 and at the door.

All proceeds will benefit the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.

Details announced for scrapbook event

The Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center will host its annual “Scrappin’ For a Cure” event to benefit Relay For Life. It will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 5 at the center.

Admission is $25, which includes lunch, a goodie bag from scrapbooking vendors, various door prizes and “Break Out” classes.

Vendors from Ahni & Zoe, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Thirty-One, Origami Owl, The Recycler and Bella’s Lockets will be available for mini classes/demonstrations and sales.

For each additional guest you bring, your name will be placed in a drawing for a gift basket.

For tickets, call Becky at 946-8490, ext. 1297.

SharpTones to play at dance April 12

PLEASANTVILLE – A dance to music by The SharpTones will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. April 12 at the Alum Bank Firehall, Route 96, north of Route 56.

Admission is $5 per person, with children ages 11 and younger admitted free.

The kitchen will open at 5:30 p.m.

The event is smoke-free and alcohol-free. It is sponsored by the Alum Bank Community Fire Company Auxiliary.

For more information, call 839-2358 or visit the fire company on Facebook.

Civil War Round Table to meet April 1

STATE COLLEGE – The Central PA Civil War Round Table will meet April 1 for a dinner meeting at the Mount Nittany United Methodist Church, 1500 E. Branch Road.

There will be a roast beef dinner with a salad, potato and gravy, all the trimmings, dessert and beverages beginning at 6 p.m. The program will follow sometime after 7 p.m. Dinner reservations are necessary by March 18 and can be made by contacting vice president Dale Benner at 355-5184. The cost of the dinner is $12 per person.

Jeff Wert will speak on “An Army of Lions – The Army of the Potomac.”

Wert is the author of eight Civil War-related books and has written more than 200 articles, essays and columns for various magazines, including Civil War Times.

Anyone who is interested in the Civil War or joining the Civil War Round Table is invited to attend. For more information, call Benner at 355-5184.

Chorus to present ‘Why We Sing’

ROARING SPRING -?The Cove Community Chorus will present “Why We Sing” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Spring Cove Middle School auditorium.

The show will be directed by Tom Kunkle with piano accompanists Marian Grassmyer and Sandra Harteis.

Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the following locations: Burget’s Hardware, Curryville; Mamie’s Cafe, Martinsburg; Roaring Spring Dept. Store, Roaring Spring; The Music Emporium, Altoona; Thompson’s Pharmacy, Hollidaysburg; C&S Family Market, Williamsburg; or from any chorus member.

There will be a special guest appearance by State Rep. Jerry Stern, who will render a patriotic reading during the program. Stern is retiring this year after 22 years of service.

The chorus currently has 95 members. Rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in the band room of the Spring Cove Middle School. No auditions are necessary and membership is open to anyone who loves to sing. There are 13 solos and four duets in the show, along with a piano duet.

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Penn-Mont to hold open house Sunday

Penn-Mont Academy will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at both of its locations: 131 Holliday Hills Drive, Hollidaysburg, and Cypress Building, Penn State Altoona.

Staff will be available to guide parents and children through the materials and the classrooms, as well as answer questions about the curriculum. Parents and children are invited for a tour of the school and an inside look at the Montessori classroom.

Penn-Mont offers toddler, early childhood and elementary programs for students ranging in age from 2 to 12 years old. The school also offers a half-day or full day toddler or preschool program and an elementary program kindergarten through sixth grade.

Financial assistance is available for qualified families.

For more information, call the school at 696-8801 or visit

Planetarium show slated for March 28

The Neil Armstrong Planetarium at Altoona Area High School will debut its new full-dome digital sky show, “Galileo: The Power of the Telescope,” at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. March 28.

Following the famous scientist’s little-known but vital experiments on motion, through his discoveries made with his own early telescopes, this presentation traces the instrument itself back to its origins in the Netherlands in the 1600s, on through cutting-edge telescopes that span the entire world today.

“Galileo: The Power of the Telescope” will delight audiences of all ages.

Reservations may fill up quickly, so call the planetarium reservation hotline at 946-8300 and reserve your seats today.

Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students. Individuals attending the show should enter the planetarium via the 13th Street entrance.

Donkey basketball game is March 31

NEW PARIS -?A donkey basketball game will be held at 7 p.m. March 31 at Chestnut Ridge High School gymnasium

Advance tickets are $6, and tickets at the door will be $8. Children ages 6 and younger will be admitted for free.

Proceeds benefit the Alum Bank Fire Company and the Teagan Imler family.

The event is sponsored by the Chestnut Ridge FFA.

Juniata College sets diversity workshop

HUNTINGDON – Gene Kelly, associate dean of intercultural development/director of gender and sexuality programs at Lafayette College, will ask Juniata College students and employees to play the game of LIFE, but with a twist.

The diversity specialist will ask players to play several scenarios where life opportunities differ for different groups as part of a workshop at 7 p.m. March 26 in the ballroom of Ellis Hall on the Juniata campus.

Called “Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood,” after the notoriously bigoted television character from the 1970s CBS situation comedy “All in the Family,” the game is highly interactive and gives students the chance to create communities in the context of differences based on race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and other factors.

The workshop is free and open to the public. The workshop is part of the college’s Beyond Tolerance series, in which diversity presentations are held once a month.

Free Friday event planned this week

HUNTINGDON – The upcoming Free Friday will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 21 at The Natural Connection Wellness Center, 313 Fourth St.

Dr. Jeffery D. Hartman will present “Know Who Is Living With You,” which details how your total health is affected by the microscopic friend or foes living in your mouth.

Circle of Hope to meet March 28

PORT MATILDA -?The Circle of Hope Special Abilities Connection, a meeting for special needs children and their families, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 28 at Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church, 1776 Halfmoon Valley Road, Route 550.

For more information, contact Angie LaVanish at 386-1826 or

Brain injury support offered for vets

The Veterans Brain Injury Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 26 at the Station Medical Center Conference Room, 1516 Ninth Ave., Altoona.

Attendees are asked to use the K4 (former CVS Pharmacy) entrance.

For more information or to request an accommodation, contact Charlie Gibbons at 515-4624 or or Lisa Cullen at

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Benefit planned for accident victim

TYRONE -?A Supermom Benefit for Jessica Conrad Finochio will be held March 22 at the Tyrone American Legion. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by Nobody’s Heroes, McGinnis & Knepper and The JAM with special guest Eric Carr, a KISS tribute artist.

Tickets are $6 each or two for $10. Tickets are available at JCs Barber Shoppe in Tyrone and Allied On-Guard Protective Services in Altoona. A limited amount of tickets remain.

Donations can also be dropped off at the mentioned locations for those that cannot attend.

Participants must be 21 or older to attend.

Jessica was on her way to work on Dec. 31 at JCs Barber Shoppe, when she was in an auto accident. She was transported to UPMC Altoona and then flown by Lifeflight helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, where she had major back surgery.

Jessica has two sons, Nathan (12) and Jimmy (10). After the accident Jessica is left unable to work for several months and finding herself in financial strain. All proceeds from the benefit will go to help Jessica with her medical expenses and helping her provide for her sons.

Center offers program on gardening

Area residents can learn some of the trade secrets that Penn State Master Gardeners use to produce beautiful floral displays in their backyard during a three-week program offered by the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission.

During week one, the instructors will review basic principles of gardening and will highlight topics such as site preparation, garden planning, varietal selection, nutrient management and insect and disease control.

Week two will spotlight flower gardening, delving into annual, perennial and shade gardening.

During the final week, the focus will be on vegetable gardening and topics like soil testing and transplant production.

All participants will receive a reference packet containing some of Penn State Extension’s most authoritative gardening publications.

The classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 25 and April 1 and 8 at the Altoona Area Junior High School, 1400 Seventh Ave., Altoona. The cost is $20 per adult with a minimum number of participants of 10. The deadline to register is Friday. To register, call the Rec Office at 949-2231.

Juniata to host peace studies conference

HUNTINGDON – The Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College will bring in a team of nationally known scholars to determine how best to identify success in student learning and curriculum at the conference “Reconstructing Peace Studies: Assessing New Knowledge and Outcomes,” held from Thursday through March 23 in Sill Boardroom in the von Liebig Center for Science.

The sessions are restricted to those who have registered for the conference. To register, call Elizabeth Widman at 641-3464.

Chinese medicine practitioner to visit

HUNTINGDON – A practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jin-Yun “Andy” Hu of Taipei, Taiwan, will visit Juniata College and the Huntingdon community next week.

Hu has been studying and practicing TCM for more than 10 years and is the owner of the PeachBuddha Healing Center in Taiwan. His talks are free and open to the public.

n 7 to 8 p.m. Monday – “Food and Body Construction in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Part 1,” Juniata College, Brumbaugh Academic Center, C225.

n 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday – “Food and Body Construction in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Part 2,” BAC, C225.

n 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday – “Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment Consultation,” Huntingdon Health & Wellness Center, Fourth and Mifflin streets.

n 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday – “Eye Care in Traditional Chinese Medicine,” BAC, C225.

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Brain injury programs set in area

Lisa Cullen, brain injury outreach and support program project coordinator at the The Center for Independent Living will present the program “I Bumped My Head – Big Deal” at several locations.

n 6 p.m. Tuesday, Gallitzin Library, 411 Convent St.

n 6 p.m. March 20, Claysburg Public Library, 957 Bedford St.

n 7 p.m. March 25, Hastings Public Library, 312 Beaver St.

n 6:30 p.m. March 31, Martinsburg Community Library, 201 S. Walnut St.

The program will focus on brain injuries and the lasting effects they have.

To allow for proper accommodation, call 800-237-9009 or email

Fundraiser to help mission fund

DUDLEY – A prize fundraiser will be held at

2 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets, which are $20, will be available at the door and include a sandwich and a side. Prizes include Temp-tations dishes, RADA cutlery, a 29-inch TV, a convection countertop oven, George Foreman grill, Farberware pans and a Keurig coffeemaker.

For more information, call Jane at 635-3780 or Katie at 928-5172.

All proceeds benefit the Mary’s Medical Mission Fund, which helps people with long-term illnesses.

Center to host Earth Day films

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Care for Creation Center at St. Bernardine’s Monastery, 768 Monastery Road, will host two free films promoting Earth Day awareness.

“Chasing Ice,” which is about polar ice, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and “Genetic Roulette,” which is about the health risks of GMOs, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. March 26.

To reserve a seat, call Pat Trimble at 942-8254.

ACM to offer financial aid info

EVERETT – Financial aid officials at Allegany College of Maryland will share their knowledge with Bedford County-area students and parents at the second annual Financial Aid Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26 on the Bedford County Campus of ACM, which is adjacent to Everett Area High School.

Graduating high school seniors and community members planning to enroll at the college for fall 2014 are encouraged to attend.

The event encourages students to take the first step toward financial aid by offering assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Participants should take income statements with them.

Financial Aid Days feature fun activities, food and beverages and random drawings for prizes in addition to valuable services to help students achieve their academic goals. A $200 tuition voucher will be presented by random drawing at the end of the event.

The activities, coordinated by ACM’s Student Financial Aid Office in collaboration with multiple college departments, are in conjunction with initiatives nationwide to raise awareness of college affordability and to increase college participation by young people.

In addition to assistance with the application for financial aid, new students are invited to participate in a guided campus tour. Tours will be given at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information, call 652-9528. The Student Financial Aid Office can be contacted at 301-784-5213. Information is also available at

Color Dash 5K event is March 29

Penn State Altoona’s Campus Activities Board will hold its second annual Color Dash 5K Walk or Run on March 29.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the race will start at noon. Cost to participate is $20 for students and children under 12 and $25 for nonstudents. A race T-shirt is guaranteed with all registrations by Friday.

Register in the Office of Student Life, 205 Slep Student Center (cash or check only) or at

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Altoona library features young artist

The Altoona Area Public Library is displaying the art of Young Adult Artist Valerie Chamberlin.

Valerie is a 2013 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School and a current student of Sue Lowther at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center.

She is also enrolled as a student at the New York Institute of Photography in the professional photography course.

As a child, she attended dozens of craft shows with her family, where they were vendors. She said she was deeply influenced by her mother and sister who both do crafts of every variety.

Her favorite mediums are colored pencil and photography. She said she prefers to shoot without any filters and likes to keep her images as realistic as possible.

After graduating from GACTC, Valerie plans to start her own photography business, specializing in portraiture, in the Bellwood area.

Valerie’s art will be on display on the library’s first floor through March 31.

Beekeepers to meet in Hollidaysburg

The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Geeseytown Fire Hall.

The topics will be spring management and nutrition.

There is no fee to attend, and participants don’t have to be beekeepers.

For more information, call 472-7637 or email or visit

Basket event to aid Project SOAR

“Daubers, Door Prizes and Desserts,” a basket fundraiser to benefit the Altoona Area School District’s Project SOAR, will be held at 2 p.m. March 30 at Father Kelley Hall, Altoona. Doors will open at 1 p.m.

The Project SOAR program (Study, Overcome, Achieve, Reward) was launched in 2008 at the Altoona Area Junior High School.

The SOAR program is a five-year program designed to provide a structured orientation and mentoring program to assist students toward their goal of a post-secondary education.

Students participating in the program are required to maintain very strict requirements in regard to attendance, behavior, grade point average, participation in events and activities and the identification of career and life goals.

Those students who complete the program will be eligible for financial assistance with post-high school education.

Tickets for the event are $25 which includes 15 games, appetizers, desserts and drinks. A Value Pack also is available for $60. Tickets may be purchased at Thompson Pharmacy on Chestnut Avenue in Altoona or by calling Patricia Labriola at 942-2177.

Smiles for Miles plans activities

Smiles for Miles has announced some of its upcoming activities.

n Smiles for Miles has been invited to participate in the Logan Valley Mall Kid’s Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29. The group will have information and prizes for children.

n The group also has been invited by Irvin’s on Main in Bellwood to sell the Smiles for Miles International Cookbook from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 and 30.

n A wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 5 at Oak Spring Winery,?East Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona, (Pinecroft Exit of I-99). The event will be hosted by Oak Spring Winery, Sandi Stever-DelGrosso and Penny Brunner. There will be door prizes.

Psychology professor to present talk

HUNTINGDON – David Widman of Huntingdon, a psychology professor at Juniata College, will give a lecture on “Religion, Reproduction and Evolution” at 4:30 p.m. March 19 in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Widman’s talk is part of the Bookend Seminar Lecture Series, which offers monthly lectures from Juniata faculty during the school year.

Widman, who teaches many of the college’s behavioral psychology courses, will outline how evolutionary psychologists have theorized that religion may be an evolved human behavior and in fact may still have an influence in shaping human evolution today.

Scrappin’ for a Cure set for April 5

The Greater Altoona Career and?Technology Center will host its “Scrappin’ For a Cure” annual scrapbooking event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 5 to benefit Relay For Life.

Tickets are $25. For each additional guest you bring, your name will be placed in a drawing for a gift basket.

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Association for Blind receives grant

The Blair Clearfield Association for the Blind received a grant for $8,305.30 from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Penn Region Inc. for its Preschool Prevention of Blindness program.

The grant will be used to purchase a Welch Allyn SureSight Vision Screener, which will make the screenings easier, quicker and more accurate in detecting eye problems in children ages two through six. A child who can not see well will start their education at a disadvantage. In turn, the sooner an eye problem is discovered, the better the chance for the child to receive the necessary treatment.

The grant will also be used to enhance a new children’s education program, “Reckless Returns, Eye Safety 101,” written by Cory Geishauser for the BCAB.

The enhancements will include the purchase of the material for a mascot costume which will allow Reckless to come to life and catch the attention and hold the interest of the eye safety message being presented to the children.

Food drive underway for those in need

Norcom Mortgage is conducting its inaugural food drive through March 27 to help local families in need.

Several local realty companies have volunteered to be collection centers for non-perishable food items and/or grocery gift cards.

Items can be dropped off at the following locations:

Norcom Mortgage, 219 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg.

Coldwell Banker, 300 Union Ave., Altoona.

Howard Hanna, 300 Orchard Ave., Altoona.

Stultz Real Estate, 501 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg.

Remax Realty, 1001 Logan Blvd., Altoona.

All donations will benefit the Altoona Food Bank and the American Rescue Workers of Hollidaysburg.

The goal is 2,000 pounds of food and $1,000 in gift cards.

“The number of our neighbors in need continues to increase, and we all want to do what we can to help. Any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated. Please join us on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Norcom for our final drop-off and the weighing of the food,” said Peter Nastase of Norcom. “A big thank you to the above agencies for volunteering to support our community.”

For more information, call Nastase at 695-0909 or any of the above-mentioned agencies.

HARP to present ‘Broadway in Burg’

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area Repertory Players will present “Broadway in the Burg” at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School auditorium.

It will be an evening of singing, acting and dancing. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door.

Fall prevention workshop is April 4

EAST FREEDOM -?Blair Senior Services Inc. will sponsor a “Healthy Steps for Older Adults” workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4 at the Southern Blair Senior Center, 15229 Dunnings Highway.

The class is a free one-day workshop designed to help older adults make their homes safer, manage their medicines and learn how to improve their strength and balance.

Preregistration is required. To preregister for the class or for more information, call Angel Dandrea, community services program supervisor, at 946-1235 one week before the workshop.

Summit Level Hike set for March 22

CRESSON -?The 180th Anniversary Summit Level Hike will be held at 1 p.m. March 22 at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Summit Level Visitor Center.

Join Park Ranger Doug Bosley on a 3- to 3.5-mile hike of the Summit Level to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the Allegheny Portage Railroad.

The hike is free, but reservations are required by calling 886-6150.

Wear good hiking shoes/boots, take water and be mindful that weather conditions within the hike area are unpredictable.

The hike will go rain, snow or shine, so prepare for snow, ice, mud, rain, roots, rocks, puddles and other potential hazards.

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is 10 miles west of Altoona, off the Gallitzin exit of U.S. Highway 22.

Brain injury support group to meet

HUNTINGDON – The Brain Injury Support Group-Huntingdon will meet at 7 p.m. March 17 at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Education Center, 860 Bryan St., across from the main hospital.

The topic will be “Life With a Brain Injury – Telling Your Story.”

To request accommodation or for more information, contact Lisa Cullen, project coordinator, at

800-237-9009 or or Beth Thomas at 684-0335 or

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Program details how to start exercising

TYRONE – The Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center will provide a free educational program titled “How to Create, Organize and Start an Exercise Program.”

The program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. March 24 in the main lobby at the Tyrone Health & Wellness Building, which is on the Tyrone Hospital campus at 154 Hospital Drive.

The program will be presented by Tyler Hunter, personal trainer at the Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center.

Individuals who attend the program will learn how to create an exercise plan, how to tailor an exercise plan to your unique needs, what exercises to include in your plan, proper exercise form and safety, instruction on how to perform certain key exercises and important muscle groups to work.

The program is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested as seating is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information, call the center at 684-2117.

The Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center offers monthly health and wellness classes that are free and open to the public.

War Veterans Council to meet

The Blair County War Veterans Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona.

All members are urged to attend.

NARFE to meet Friday at King’s

Altoona Chapter 0328 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Friday at King’s Restaurant, Sixth Avenue, Altoona.

Lunch will be at noon with the meeting to follow at 1 p.m.

Representatives from Highmark will provide a presentation and answer questions and concerns regarding coverage in the greater Blair and Centre county and surrounding area.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner is Sunday

COALPORT -?The Glendale Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 59th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Sunday at the fire hall on Water Street.

Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. The meal will be a choice of ham or turkey with all the trimmings for a cost of $8 for adults, $3.50 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger.

Tickets will be available at the door, and carry-outs will be available. A raffle is also scheduled for the day.

Ebner Elementary plans fundraiser

Ebner Elementary School’s sixth-grade class will hold a Vera Bradley and Thirty-One fundraiser at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Rose of Lima Social Hall, Altoona. Doors will open at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $25, which includes food, beverages and desserts. A $55 Value Pack also is available.

Proceeds will benefit Ebner’s sixth-grade activities and toward the construction of a new playground.

Tickets purchased at the door must be paid in cash or by money order.

For advance tickets, call 932-4616 or email

Singles dance set for Saturday

TYRONE – will hold a St. Patty’s celebration dance from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the private room at the Tyrone Elks, 5496 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m.

Music will be provided by a DJ. Admission is $8, which includes snacks. Participants must be at least 21 years old. ID will be required.

For more information, call 867-7771 or email

History group to meet in?Bedford

BEDFORD – The Bedford County Dutch Corner History Group will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 741 Messiah Church Road.

Anyone interested in preserving the history of the area is welcome to attend. Copies of the “Dutch?Corner Schools” book are still available at the meetings or by contacting Carl Sellers at 623-6303 or emailing

The group’s websites are and

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CMN?part of?Raise the Region event

DANVILLE – Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger will be one of the participating nonprofits in Raise the Region 2014.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania holds Raise the Region in an effort to help nonprofit organizations’ fundraising efforts. The event begins at 6 p.m. March 12 and runs until 11:59 p.m. March 13.

The 30-hour event is held at www.raisetheregion.

org. Donors are asked to visit the website, choose Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger and make an online gift. The running totals will be displayed online throughout the day.

Funds raised will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System.

Oak Spring Winery to host fundraiser

“An Afternoon of Wine and Chocolate” and a silent auction will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. March 30 at the Oak Spring Winery, Altoona.

This event will benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s 2014 Take Steps Walk.

Ticket are $25 and are available at the door or by calling 404-4470.

Home Instead offers free resources

As one of the most-worried-about diseases, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, presents many challenges for families living with this disease.

An estimated 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s live at home, with the responsibility of care for them usually falling on their families. While it may be impossible to predict behaviors exhibited by a person struggling with Alzheimer’s, there are free resources available to help families in Blair and Cambria counties cope with the disease.

Home Instead Senior Care will be offering free Family Caregiver Alzheimer Trainings to reassure those caring for and to answer questions for those looking to know more about the disease.

The first class for the year will be from 2 to 4 p.m. March 13 at the Duncansville office, 1923 Plank Road, Duncansville.

To register, call 693-3634. Other classes will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. June 13 and 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 12.

Foundation discusses programs

COALPORT – At the Feb. 24 meeting of the Glendale Education Foundation, President Rick Holes noted a request from Glendale High School principal Gary Walstrom for an “SAT Prep” workshop for juniors and seniors.

The board approved sponsoring a workshop on SAT Math and Reading and test-taking skills, to be presented April 12 by educators from The Learning Lamp in Johnstown.

The board accepted the resignation of charter board member Edward B. Turchick and then voted in recently retired Glendale teacher Diane Andrews to take his place on the board of directors. Andrews will also serve on the scholarship subcommittee.

To help support and expand local literacy, the board voted to send a donation of $250 to First Book-Clearfield County, which distributes free books to organizations that serve low-income families with children.

First Book is planning a book dispersal at the Glendale Area Public Library on May 24. The foundation’s donation will subsidize nearly 100 books.

The board plans on doing something during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week (May 5 to 9) for the 114 Glendale School District employees who donated a total of $4,385 to the foundation in 2013 via payroll deductions.

The board received a donation of $500 from Albemarle Corp. to subsidize its scholarship.

The board was awarded $1,800 from the Northwest Charitable Foundation Inc., which will subsidize the foundation’s Viking Achievement Program for grades seven through.

The Glendale Education Foundation Golf Tournament will be June 13 at Eagles Ridge Golf Club. Golfer registration fees will be $60 this year, and the board is hoping to exceed the 96 total hole sponsors at $50 each from last year.

The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 28 at Josie’s Restaurant.

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Homewood to hold silent auction

MARTINSBURG – Homewood at Martinsburg’s Auxiliary will host its sixth annual silent auction from 2 to 6 p.m. March 14 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 in Homewood’s Southview Building. The winning bids will be determined at 4 p.m. March 15.

There will be antiques, collectibles, furniture, paintings, glassware, jewelry, quilts, flower arrangements and hundreds of theme baskets.

Unique prizes will be offered such as a gourmet dinner for six in the home of Margaret Nuss (Homewood’s former marketing director who is known for her great cooking); tickets to an Altoona Curve baseball game; unique handcrafted furniture, and many hotel getaway packages and gift certificate donations from area businesses.

Light refreshments will be served, and music will be provided during the event.

Event chairmen are Jean and Ben Kensinger.

All the money raised will be used for projects that benefit Homewood’s Healthcare Center residents.

For more information, contact Debbie Pierce, volunteer director, at 793-1350.

Center to hold dinner, casino, auction

The Central Blair Senior Center, 1320 12th Ave., Altoona, is planning a dinner and an evening filled with entertainment and fun at 5 p.m. March 14.

Participants can enjoy a number of casino games, including black jack and a roulette wheel, as well as a Chinese auction, prizes, juggling entertainment at

6 p.m. and a magician at 6:45 p.m.

Individuals age 60 and older interested in attending are asked to call Lindsey Wilson, center coordinator, at 946-1235 by March 12, to reserve an evening meal.

A donation toward the dinner and entertainment is appreciated. Transportation is available and can be arranged by calling 695-3500.

Association for Blind sets programs

The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind offers weekly opportunities for educational programs and socializing. All programs are at 10 a.m. Unless otherwise stated, programs are held at 300 Fifth Ave., Altoona.

Today – “Identity Theft,” Patrolman Himes, Altoona Police Department.

March 12 – Shopping at Kmart.

March 19 – “Home Care,” Holly Miller, Griswold Specialty Care.

March 26 – “Meals on Wheels” and “Commodities Program,” Jessica Lippert, Blair Senior Services.

For more information, call 944-2021. Programs are open to the public.

Historical society to meet Tuesday

DUNCANSVILLE -?The Duncansville Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The discussion for this meeting will be a possible self-guided historical tour of part of Duncansville, showing where some of the businesses were located.

Participants are asked to share any pictures or stories they might have or remember.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, information may be sent to Nancy DeLozier, P.O. Box 115, Duncansville, PA 16635 or call 695-1017.

The society would like to make copies of your photos, and they will be returned promptly. New people are always welcome to attend the meetings. The society meets on the second Tuesday of every other month.

PSU?Altoona tops THON?earnings

Penn State students outdo themselves every year when it comes to raising money for THON, and 2014 was no exception as last year’s total was surpassed by about $900,000,000.

The astounding $13,343,517.33 total was unveiled at the close of the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon held Feb. 21-23 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. This is the 10th straight year that more money was raised than the previous year.

Altoona students managed to raise more than $107,000, topping last year’s contribution by about $1,500. Altoona also ranked first among the Commonwealth campuses in earnings.

THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world donating all proceeds to The Four Diamonds Fund, which in turn benefits the Hershey Medical Center and its young patients battling pediatric cancer.

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UPMC Bedford announces screenings

EVERETT – Health screenings that consist of a series of 28 tests, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels, are being offered in Bedford County

Results are available the next day and can be sent to primary care physicians. Annually, 150 to 200 people take advantage of these discounted screenings offered by UPMC Bedford Memorial.

For accurate results, patients must fast for 12 hours and not drink alcohol for 24 hours prior to screening.

Cost is $25 for blood screening and $3 for urinalysis. For an additional $3, test results can be sent directly to the patient. Test dates follow:

Saturday and Sept. 13 -?7 to 10 a.m., Chestnut Ridge Family Medicine-UPMC, 2040 Quaker Valley Road, Fishertown.

April 12 – 7 to 11 a.m., Community Health Fair at Homewood at Spring House Estates, 150 Victoria Ave., Everett.

June 7 – 7 to 10 a.m., Shawnee Valley Ambulance Service, 166 Valley Road, Schellsburg.

Nov. 8 – 7 to 10 a.m., Alum Bank Fire Hall, 6738 King St. Clair Road, Alum Bank.

No appointments are necessary. For more information or to ask specific questions about the screenings, contact the UPMC?laboratory at 623-3506.

SFU?opens lab to the public

LORETTO -?St. Francis University’s DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness is offering community use of its new Human Performance Lab. The lab offers the latest cutting-edge technologies and is designed to allow individuals to attain their peak physical conditioning.

The St. Francis HPL employs world-class multidisciplinary experts who will help individuals of all ages accomplish their health goals. Areas of assessment that are supervised by a certified clinical exercise physiologist include aerobic fitness, lactate threshold, body composition, muscular fitness, resting metabolic rate, resting EKG and a complete personal fitness package.

All of the services are designed to help individuals understand the risk in developing medical conditions and allow the experts to design a health regimen that will provide individuals with a path toward optimum health.

Fees for the assessment include testing and individual training plans based on results and personal goals. There are discounts for St. Francis faculty, staff, students and groups of 10 or more.

Visit for more information about the lab, fees and pre-testing instructions.

Homers Gap Civics to meet March 18

The Homers Gap Civics Association will meet at 7 p.m. March 18 at Asbury Church Hall.

Items to be discussed will be financial matters, fundraising, trustee responsiblities and building renovations.

Operation Small Steps sets benefit

In an effort to raise funding and awareness for the upcoming mission of Operation Small Steps, a Coach purse fundraiser will be held at 3 p.m. April 6 at the Jaffa Shrine Center, Altoona. Doors will open at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20.

Operation Small Steps is a nonprofit medical organization focused on the education and treatment of clubfoot and other orthopedic conditions in underserved areas around the globe.

In 2011 and 2012, the group had successful missions when a team of medical and support professionals from Altoona area traveled to a remote village in Madagascar to give orthopedic medical care.

In June, the group will travel again to continue the treatment and educational programs for the birth defect, clubfoot.

American Red Cross offers courses

DUNCANSVILLE – The American Red Cross in Blair County is offering a variety of courses where people can find out how to be prepared and save lives. The classes include:

n Adult and pediatric CPR/AED (Web/classroom class) – 9 to 10:30 a.m., Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 Education and Technology Center, 580 Foot of Ten Road, Duncansville. Cost is $90.

n Adult and pediatric first aid/CPR/AED (Web/classroom class) – 9 to 11:30 a.m., Appalachia IU8 Education and Technology Center. Cost is $110.

To register, visit or call 800-733-2767.

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Blue Knob seeks ski patrol candidates

The Blue Knob Ski Patrol is accepting applicants for its 2014-15 patroller candidate class.

Ski/board assessments and interviews will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort.

This will include a facilities tour, equipment demonstrations, question and answers and an opportunity to ski and board with members of the training staff.

After skiing or riding, participants will receive an assessment of their skills and candidate status.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer board/ski patroller should call 239-1009 or visit to register.

Those registering in advance will receive a ski/board pass for the day. Space is limited.

Rabies clinic set for March 15

BEDFORD – A rabies clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at the Bedford County Fairgrounds.

Dr. Edwin Bracken has partnered with the Bedford Fair and Ring Committee with the assistance of Blazin’ Trails Community Club in an effort to raise funds to rebuild, restore and beautify the Bedford County Fairgrounds.

Walk-ins are welcome.?Cats and dogs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and horses from 2 to 4 p.m. All others are asked to call 623-1888 for an appointment.

For pricing information, visit

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Blue Knob seeks ski patrol candidates

The Blue Knob Ski Patrol is accepting applicants for its 2014-15 patroller candidate class.

Ski/board assessments and interviews will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort.

This will include a facilities tour, equipment demonstrations, question and answers and an opportunity to ski and board with members of the training staff.

After skiing or riding, participants will receive an assessment of their skills and candidate status.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer board/ski patroller should call 239-1009 or visit to register.

Those registering in advance will receive a ski/board pass for the day. Space is limited.

Rabies clinic set for March 15

BEDFORD – A rabies clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at the Bedford County Fairgrounds.

Dr. Edwin Bracken has partnered with the Bedford Fair and Ring Committee with the assistance of Blazin’ Trails Community Club in an effort to raise funds to rebuild, restore and beautify the Bedford County Fairgrounds.

Walk-ins are welcome.?Cats and dogs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and horses from 2 to 4 p.m. All others are asked to call 623-1888 for an appointment.

For pricing information, visit

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MADD to present program Thursday

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is promoting a 25-minute presentation that could make the difference between life and death for teenagers.

“MADD’S Power of Parents Can Make a Difference” will be presented from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the library at Bellwood-Antis High School. The program was canceled in February due to bad weather.

Parents of teenagers can learn helpful strategies to use to have challenging yet necessary conversations with their children. Middle school and high school parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.

The event is sponsored by the Bellwood-Antis Middle and High School SAP Teams

RSVP to Karen Miller at 742-2274 or

Unter Uns to host Lenten fish dinners

The Altoona Almrausch Schuhplattlers will hold their Lenten fish dinners at the Unter Uns Club at Van Buren Avenue and 14th Street, Altoona. Dinners will be held on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and every Friday during Lent, including Good Friday.

This is the group’s seventh year to be serving the dinners. Dinners will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and can be either eaten in or taken out. The dinners consist of baked or fried haddock, baked macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes, stewed tomatoes, cole slaw, roll and butter. Dinners are $8.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children ages 3 and younger. Desserts and coffee will also be available for a small fee.

Proceeds will help raise funds for travel expenses, costumes and other expenses. The group has been in the Altoona area for more than 75 years.

For more information regarding the dinners or the dance group, call 944-0258.

SFU to hold FAFSA competition night

LORETTO – St. Francis University will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid completion night from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the university’s Office of Financial Aid, Padua Hall, room 228.

The event is free and open to the public. SFU?financial aid staff will help families from any high school or college that needs to complete the 2014-15 FAFSA. Students and potential students do not have to be St. Francis students.

Parents and students should bring their completed 2013 tax information to complete the FAFSA forms.

For more information, visit or contact the office of financial aid at 472-3010 or

GriefShare to begin next session

HOLLIDAYSBURG – GriefShare, a grief support group for people experiencing the grief and loss of someone close, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, from Thursday through May 29, at The American Rescue Workers, 502 Mulberry St.

For more information, call Nicole at 695-0766.

Free Friday event is next week

HUNTINGDON – The Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association will hold its next Free Friday event from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Natural Connection Wellness Center, 313 Fourth St. The workshop will take place on the first floor in the yoga studio.

This week’s topic is “Pain Control Using Energy Methods” by Marty Marsh. This workshop is for people dealing with chronic pain or living with someone who deals with chronic pain.

For more information, email

Railroad retirees to join for breakfast

All area railroad employees and their spouses are invited to a monthly breakfast at 9 a.m. Monday at Tom &?Joe’s Restaurant, 1201 13th Ave., Altoona.

Meetings are held the first Monday of each month.

For more information, call Michael?Verilla at 942-7095.