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AFSCME Retirees to meet May 7

DUNCANSVILLE – The regular monthly meeting of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Subchapter 8306 Retirees will be held on May 7 at the chapter house on Patchway Drive.

The executive board will meet at 12:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Bark For Life scheduled for May 10

EVERETT – The Bedford Relay For Life will hold Bark For Life 2014 on May 10 at Tenley Park.

Registration starts at noon with the opening ceremony at 1 p.m.

This is a canine event to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.

This is a family event with games, contests and lots of fun-filled activities.

Lunch will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 348-1071 or 888-227-5445.

Elementary Song Fest set for May 9

LOYSBURG – Northern Bedford County School District will host the District 6 Elementary Song Fest on May 9.

This event is for fifth-grade students from Blair, Bedford, Cambria and Somerset counties.

Ellen Stuckey, host director, said there are 140 students registered to attend from 26 schools. The guest director will be Kim Rauch of Richland.

The festival will conclude with a concert at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. The public is invited.

Juniata to host Olympiad state finals

HUNTINGDON – Students from 70 high schools and middle schools across Pennsylvania will move from scientific challenges to theoretical obstacles as part of the intellectual “athletic” contest known as the 2014 Pennsylvania Science Olympiad Finals to be held Friday on the campus of Juniata College.

This will be the 23rd year Juniata College has hosted the state finals.

The students will compete across campus at sites such as the von Liebig Center for Science, Knox Stadium, the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center and the lawn behind Ellis Hall.

The 2014 Science Olympiad begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day, ending with an awards ceremony at approximately 4:15 p.m. in the sport’s center’s main gym. More than 1,000 students will compete.

Competitors are separated into two divisions: Division B (grades 6-9) and Division C (grades 9-12).

Teams attending the state finals at Juniata qualified by finishing first or second at one of six regional competitions held in March.

Teams finishing first or second in the state finals will go on to compete in the Science Olympiad National Tournament May 16 and 17 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.

For more information, visit http://projects.juniata.


Fundraiser is May 10 in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA – A Vera Bradley/Longaberger basket fundraiser will be held at 4 p.m. May 10 at the Alexandria Fire Hall. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Juniata Valley Lions Club.

Yard sale to aid Association for Blind

The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 in the parking lot at 300 Fifth Ave., Altoona.

Proceeds will benefit the Client Fund.

The sale will be held regardless of the weather.

Altoona artist wins best of show

Annette Zalanowski of Altoona was recently awarded best of show for her mixed media work, “Canyon River at Dusk” in the fourth annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit, sponsored by The Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Of 134 entries from 53 artists in 14 states, juror Lauren Schell Dickens, curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., selected 36 art works from 27 artists from 12 states.

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Elk foundation to hold banquet

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its Central PA Chapter Banquet Friday at The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m., concluding at 9:30 p.m.

Activities include a live auction, silent auction, general raffle, card raffle, progressive raffle and a ladies table.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a nonprofit organization for wildlife habitat.

For tickets, contact Bill or Veronica at 935-5546 or 472-7038.

Nursing alumni to meet at Perkins

The Altoona Hospital School of Nursing Alumni will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 13 at Perkins Restaurant, Altoona.

Members are asked to take paper products for a donation to the women’s abuse shelter.

Members will meet in the meeting room and order from the menu.

Singles dance set for Saturday

TYRONE – will hold a dance/social from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday 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

Cambria Heights plans Alumni Night

PATTON – All former members of the Cambria Heights marching band, including instruments, majorettes and color guard, are invited to attend an Alumni Night on Sept. 12.

The event is being organized in conjunction with the annual homecoming football game. Alumni will join the current band members in their pregame performance and play “pep-tunes” in the stands that evening.

Alumni are also invited to a pot luck dinner sponsored by the Band Boosters prior to the game. More information and registration form can be found online at:

You must be preregistered in order to participate. The deadline for registration is Aug. 1.

Muddy Bloody Run ‘a success’

EVERETT -?The second annual Maxwell Transportation Muddy Bloody Run was held April 5 in Tenley Park, where 87 people braved the cold and the wet and the gray to complete the 3.75-mile obstacle course race.

“We more than doubled last year’s participation,” said co-master of games Kelly Winegardner.

The course had 35 named obstacles besides the mud, rocks and roots along the trail.

The course length, the scale of the obstacles and the optional nature of the obstacles -i f you didn’t want to do an obstacle, in many cases, you could walk around – made for a challenging, yet kid- and family-friendly course. Children under the age of 18 were welcome, but children under the age of 13 were required to do the course under the supervision of a parent.

The runners were a diverse group of people. Students, seniors, hard-core adventure athletes and people interested in improving their fitness came to challenge themselves on the course.

The Everett HS/MS Renaissance Foundation funds student activities like guest speakers and incentives for students to do their best work. The Tenley Park Recreation Board oversees the operations and upgrades of Tenley Park. Presently, they are raising money to build an amphitheater in the park where nature talks and movies can be shown.

The Premier Sponsor was Maxwell Transportation Systems, and the Obstacle Sponsors were Clark Contracting Inc., Highland Tire, Structural Fiberglass Inc., Grouseland Tours, Everett Pharmacy, LaSalle’s Garage and Addictive Apparel. Event sponsors were Everett Foodliner, Hometown Bank, The Pie Shoppe, Barkman Oil Co., EAEA, REI, Walmart Distribution Center No. 6047, The Igloo, M&T Bank, Stover Photography and Pennwood Ophthalmic Associates.

Dance to feature The Runaways

PLEASANTVILLE – A dance to music by The Runaways will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. May 10 at the Alum Bank Firehall on Route 96 just north of Route 56.

Admission $5 per person. The kitchen will open at 5:30 p.m. The event is smoke- and alcohol-free.

It is sponsored by Alum Bank Community Fire Company Auxiliary.

For more information, call 839-2358 or visit

SAMA adds to board of trustees

LORETTO – The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art announced the additions of Kashana Kopac and Chantel Ventura to its board of trustees.

Kopac, of Hollidaysburg, is the owner of multiple businesses. A mother of three, she enjoys gardening, traveling and collecting art and has a passion for contemporary fashion. She is a member of The Blairmont Club, Hollidaysburg, and the Founder’s Circle of Penn-Mont Academy, as well as the Ford Plantation in Georgia. She has been involved in SAMA-Loretto’s gala and also serves on the committee for SAMA-Altoona’s Think Pink fundraiser.

Ventura, of Duncansville, graduated from Mount Aloysius College with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is co-owner of Ozzven, LLC in Altoona and is involved with Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club and Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania, among other organizations. She has been involved with SAMA for nearly 10 years and will serve as chair of SAMA-Altoona’s annual fundraiser, Think Pink, in November.

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Blood screening set for Saturday

The annual Ambucs Altoona Blood Screening will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Park Hills Country Club.

A 12-hour fast is required for this 36-test blood screening, which tests for coronary disease, anemia, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes and other things. An optional colon-rectal home screening kit will be available for $5, and an optional prostate-specific antigen test will be available for $20. In addition, a high-sensitivity C-Reactive Protein test is $20 and a hemoglobin A1c test is $20.

The test results will be sent to the patient’s physician. This blood screening is done in conjunction with UPMC Altoona. To register, call 889-4222.

Bedford Relay teams to meet Thursday

EVERETT – The Bedford Relay For Life will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Spring House Estates.

All teams and any community members who would like to join the fight against cancer are invited to attend.

For more information, call 348-1071 or 888-227-5445.

Historical society to meet in Everett

EVERETT – The Bloody Run Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. May 6 at the Everett Railroad and Community Museum on Fifth Street. The meeting is open to the public.

The Everett Railroad and Community Museum is open for the season from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcomed and needed, as are volunteers. Contact John Nebel at 623-8850 for more information.

The open house program at the Everett Railroad and Community Museum at 2 p.m. May 18 will be presented by the area dulcimer club and will include demonstrations and history of the instrument, as well as a concert and possibly some hands-on activities. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome. The museum will open at 1 p.m., including the gift shop and the nearly completely renovated caboose.

The historical display at the Everett Free Library for May continues to share some of the information about the community and its people housed at the Everett Railroad and Community Museum. Two posters feature dozens of local people and tell a tale of their place in Everett’s history. The exhibit is presented by the Bloody Run Historical Society and can be viewed during regular library hours.

Civil War group sets Recruitment Day

BOALSBURG -?Battery B, 3rd PA Volunteers, Light Artillery will hold a Civil War Artillery Re-enactment Unit Training and Recruitment Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum.

Cannons will be fired throughout the day. The public is invited to come and see the “big guns” fire.

Information will be available for anyone wishing to join the battery.

Battery B is a living history military unit located in central Pennsylvania portraying a Union Civil War Artillery Battery. Its goal is to perform within the Army regulations of 1861 to 1865. Battery B was one of the 12 companies of the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery. It entered service in 1862 and was discharged in 1865. It served initially as prison guards at Fort Delaware near Wilmington. They were then transferred to Fort Monroe at Hampton Roads, Va. While there, they served as gunners on naval ships and the siege lines around Richmond.

The members, who are all volunteers, recreate the life of a Civil War soldier by wearing period clothes, firing period weapons and reliving history. They do not wear original uniforms. Some members do fire original arms and some fire reproductions.

The unit also participates in parades, honor guards, dedications, anniversaries or anything which honors and acknowledges our American heritage.

For additional information, contact Capt. Gene Metzgar at 717-248-8935 or or

Cpl. Bob Barry at 574-3159 or

Area on Aging plans art show May 9

BEDFORD – A senior citizen art show will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 at the Bedford Senior Center, featuring artwork done by participants at the four area senior centers taught by artist Cindy Inman.

There will be no charge for admission. Some of the work will be for sale. If you are interested in having lunch at the center which is on the corner of East Penn and South Richard streets, call ahead to make a reservation at 623-5140. The cost is a $2 donation.

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Area beekeepers to meet Sunday

WOODLAND – The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church, 20 Egypt Road.

The topic will be swarms and supering.

There is no charge, and participants do not have to be beekeepers.

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

History group to hold open house

BEDFORD -?The Bedford County Dutch Corner History Group will hold an open house at 2 p.m. Sunday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 741 Messiah Church Road.

The topic, presented by Frank Antonson, is “German Timber Framing” (post and beam construction). Antonson will compare the structures of Germany to the structures of barns, etc. in Dutch Corner. Anyone may attend, and refreshments will be served.

The group has been named Bedford County Historians of the Year for 2013. On March 29, the Bedford County Historical Society members and guests honored the preservation efforts of this group during the annual history banquet.

The group was recognized for its publication of the book, “Dutch Corner Schools: Schools Located in Dutch Corner, Bedford County, Pennsylvania,” and for its restoration and maintenance of many old cemeteries of the area. In addition, the group has also developed a driving map with GPS coordinates in Dutch Corner and has made and posted signs marking cemeteries and former schools.

Other accomplishments of 2013 include two open houses with historical presentations, one given by Antonson on the former Oppenheimer mines, and the other given by Charles Smith on past life in Dutch Corner as recorded in his grandmother’s diary.

Carl and Lora Sellers composed an article concerning the old schools of Dutch Corner, which was published in the third quarter’s newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, “Penn in Hand.”

Copies of the Dutch Corner Schools book may be purchased for $17 each at the open house or by contacting Carl Sellers at 623-6303 or emailing Lora@ Websites are or

CMN yard sale to feature new items

CLEARFIELD – A large yard sale event featuring five tractor-trailer loads of items donated by the Walmart Distribution Center in Woodland will be held May 9 and 10 to support Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

The yard sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds Expo Building 1 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds Expo Building 2.

Light refreshments also will be available for purchase.

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.

For more information, contact Vanessa Houser at 943-8887 or

District sets annual awards banquet

CARROLLTOWN – The Cambria County Conservation District will hold its annual Conservation Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Carrolltown Firemen’s Banquet Hall on Main Street.

The banquet will honor those individuals, organizations and businesses who are putting conservation efforts on the ground or are educating others to the importance of conservation.

Special conservation awards, farm service awards, poster awards and recognition of the winning Envirothon teams will highlight the evening.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, which includes a turkey dinner, musical entertainment from the Forest Hills High School Chorus and door prizes.

For tickets, call 472-2120 or email bard@co.cambria. by May 8. Tickets will be sent out after payment is received.

Penn?State to host Bug Camp

UNIVERSITY PARK – Young bug enthusiasts can satisfy their curiosity about insects by attending Penn State’s Bug Camp for Kids, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23 to 26.

Hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, Bug Camp will be held in the Forest Resources Building on the University Park campus. Faculty, staff and graduate students from the Department of Entomology will help children, ages 8 to 11, learn about a broad range of biological, ecological and environmental topics.

The event gives campers a unique chance to learn about the influence of insects on humans and the environment.

Some of the topics are types of insects, insect identification, habitats and human-insect interactions.

Campers also will be led on daily field trips to locations such as Millbrook Marsh and Sunset Park. During these trips, campers will enjoy hands-on activities, such as collecting insects each day.

Other activities include playing insect-related games and making crafts. On the final day of camp, the campers’ families are invited to an open house where they can learn about their campers’ bug collections and hear about their favorite moments of the week.

The registration fee of $275 includes bus travel, instruction and materials such as an insect collection box, net, collection jars and identification book. Enrollment is limited to 25 campers. Partial scholarships may be available through the Department of Entomology, with applications available upon request. To register and learn more about scholarships, visit the event website at

1sGOdVy. The registration deadline is June 2.

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Bake sale to benefit Royer Mansion

ROARING SPRING – A “try before you buy” baked goods and sandwich sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Frederick’s Meat Market, 1077 E. Main St., to raise money for “Save Royer Mansion,” which is in danger of closing due to financial hardship.

There will be pies, cookies, fudge, gobs and more, along with pulled pork sandwiches.

Mount Aloysius to hold open house

CRESSON – The Mount Aloysius College admissions team invites prospective students and parents to their open house at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The entire campus will be open to students and parents curious about college.

Students at Mount Aloysius can pick from more than 70 academic programs which statistically earn graduates good jobs or a ready pathway to grad school.

Just recently, Mount Aloysius signed an early acceptance agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dental and Pharmacy school. Mount Aloysius College’s NCAA Division III athletic status and the developing campus continues attracting students looking for a “next level” college experience.

To register for the open house, email admissions@, visit or call


Military museum to host dress-up day

BOALSBURG – The Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boal Ave., will hold “Kids Day Dress-Up and Discover” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Kids of all ages get to pose for pictures in the military uniforms and equipment from the education collections and visit the education stations in the galleries for more fun discoveries throughout the day.

For more information, call 466-6263.

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:

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

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

June 9 – 4 to 8 p.m. at DuBois Library.

June 14 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UPMC Altoona.

Veterans to exhibit artwork at ballpark

The art therapy group at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona, is looking for veterans interested in exhibiting artwork at an annual Veteran Art Show.

This year, the show will be held at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Armed Forces Night, May 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Veterans interested in exhibiting their artwork should contact Nick Frick at 943-8164, ext. 8133.

Districts seek senior volunteers

The Cambria County Conservation District and the Blair County Conservation District, along with Nature Abounds, a national nonprofit and organizer of the SEC program, are working together to engage senior volunteers in environmental activities throughout the region.

Members can participate in a variety of tasks from monitoring water-quality, observing and reporting on wildlife, and even helping with office tasks.

Blair County has had an active SEC program for over a decade, and the Cambria County SEC is new.

Anyone interested in joining either SEC group is invited to attend the joint water quality monitoring training from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 at the Newry Lions Club Park.

To attend the training of for more information about the SEC program, contact Melinda Hughes-Wert of Nature Abounds at 765-1453 or

RSVPs for the event will be accepted until May 2.

‘Plant Extravaganza’ set in Ebensburg

EBENSBURG – A “Plant Extravaganza” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. May 17 at the Master Gardener Meeting Room, 499 Manor Drive.

A large selection of plants will be available for reasonable prices. The selection may include annuals, as well as perennials, herbs, hostas, daylilies, milkweed for Monarch butterflies and much more.

Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions.

For more information, call the Penn State Cooperative Extension office at 472-7986.

Walk to help combat homelessness

Veterans, family members and members of the community are welcome to join in the VA2K on May 21 at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. in front of The Wall That Heals.

To help homeless veterans, the center is asking for donations of household cleaning supplies, which can be dropped off at the registration table on May 21.

For more information, contact Tim Skarada at 943-8164, ext. 8175.

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SFU plans information session May 29

LORETTO – St. Francis University will host an Adult Degree & Continuing Studies Information Session from 6 to 7 p.m. May 29.

This is an online event. Once registered, you will receive a link and instructions regarding how to join the event. The event for current and prospective students will feature cyber door prizes and the opportunity to talk with University staff about certificate, associate, bachelor and degree completion programs.

University staff from the career services and financial aid offices will answer questions.

The Adult Degree & Continuing Studies program holds evening and weekend classes in Loretto, Altoona, Johnstown and State College. Online courses are also available. New and returning adult learners can choose from programs in business, accounting, organizational leadership, health care management, early childhood education and computer systems management. Generous credit transfer is available for those with prior college experience.

For more information about the information session, call 472-3012 or email

To register for the event, visit

Food safety training set for volunteers

Individuals involved in preparing or serving food for nonprofit or volunteer organizations are encouraged to attend “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling.”

Two workshops, offered by the Penn?State Cooperative Extension, are being held in May:?9 a.m. to noon May 3 at the Duncansville Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave. and 6 to 9 p.m. May 6 at the Alum Bank Fire Company, 6738 King St. Clair Road.

The workshop is designed for volunteers who are responsible for preparing food for large numbers of people, such as church suppers, firehall dinners, band boosters or other types of food fundraisers.

The cost of the program is $40 per organization, which includes registration for five people. For each person after this, there is a $5 per person fee.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion and each organization will receive the “Cooking for Crowds” food safety manual, a food and refrigerator thermometer and food safety posters. Registration is required by April 30.

To register online visit

food/safety/courses/cooking-for-crowds-volunteer-food-safety or call the extension office at 940-5989 for further information.

Rails-To-Trails?Triathlon is May 4

The third annual Rails-To-Trails Triathlon will be held May 4 in Everett.

The triathlon with feature an 8-mile bike ride from Everett down Milk and Water Road to Elk Lick Road and back Milk and Water Road, a 5-mile run from Everett along Midstate Trail to Lutzville and a 5-mile canoe on the Juniata River from Lutzville back to Everett.

Team categories include women, men, mixed, Iron Men, Iron Maiden and new this year, The Bedford County High School Challenge Cup.

More information and preregistration are available at Triathlon registration will coincide with the Bloody Run Canoe Classic registration at the Union Hotel in Everett. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 3 and 7 to 9:30 a.m. May 4. The race will start at 10 a.m.

The Triathlon is organized by Rails-To-Trails of Bedford County and the Midstate Trail Association with all proceeds to benefit the H&BT Rail Trail.

Pre-K Counts apps due May 30

Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool is accepting applications for its Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts classrooms. To qualify, a child must be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 30 and live in Blair County.

Eligible children must live in families that earn 300 percent or less than the federal poverty level. For example, a family of four can make up to $71,550.

Pre-K Counts is a free, high quality program that provides children with the opportunity to learn the skills they need in order to be ready and excited to enter kindergarten.

Classes are taught by highly qualified, certified teachers. Class sizes are small so teachers can give children individualized attention. Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts also accepts children who speak English as a second language or may have special needs.

Classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. If your child does not qualify for Pre-K Counts, Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool is also accepting children for the preschool and pre-kindergarten programs for the 2014-15 school year.

For more information, contact Chelsea Hallinan at 515-1044 or or visit for an application. They may be printed and mailed or delivered to 703 Grant Avenue, Altoona PA 16602. The deadline for applications is May 30.

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Civil?Air Patrol open house is?Tuesday

DUNCANSVILLE – Civil Air Patrol Squadron 1504 will hold an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the PA Army National Guard Readiness Center at the Meadows Intersection.

Area residents are invited to find out how youth 12 to 21 years old and adults can learn and serve in this U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.

CAP’s three missions are aerospace education, cadet programs and search and rescue.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 942-0571.

Sanatorium marker dedication May 3

CRESSON – The dedication ceremony for the official Pennsylvania historical marker commemorating the Cresson Tuberculosis Sanatorium (1913 to 1964) will occur at 10:30 a.m. May 3 on the Cresson Summit, Admiral Peary Highway (Old Route 22) across from the entrance to former Cresson SCI.

The Cresson San, as which it is more commonly referred, was one of the state’s three sanatoriums in Pennsylvania’s unprecedented anti-tuberculosis campaign in the early 1900s.

Nearly 40,000 men, women and children were treated during the facility’ years of operation.

Refreshments following the dedication ceremony will be held at the Cresson American Legion, 222 Ashcroft Ave., where memorabilia from the Cresson San will be on display.

Visitors are welcome to view the San model on the third floor of the Administration Building at Mount Aloysius College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

Notice of attendance not required, but appreciated in preparation for refreshments.

For more information, call Dave Huber at 472-7241.

SFU to host lecture on ‘Green Path’

LORETTO -?St. Francis University will host its 22nd annual Ethics Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the John F. Kennedy Student Center auditorium.

This year’s topic, “The Green Path: Developing a Shared Ethic for Protecting the Planet,” will be delivered by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. The event is free and open to the public.

For more than a decade, Abdul-Matin has been a passionate voice for the planet and its people. He is a consultant with The Frontier Project, the author of “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet” and a contributor to “All-American: 45 American Men On Being Muslim.”

A question and answer session with the audience and a book signing will conclude the presentation. Visit for more information.

‘Women In The Wilds’ slated May 10

PHILIPSBURG – On May 10, area residents can enjoy a fun-filled day of activities at Black Moshannon State Park in a friendly non-competitive environment.

The “Women In The Wilds” program is being hosted by the Friends of Black Moshannon and Black Moshannon State Park, and is open to women beginning at age 14. Females from the ages of 14 to 17 must attend with a parent or legal guardian.

The cost for this program is $40 per person, which includes four expertly-taught classes, equipment needed for use during those classes, coffee and donuts and lunch.

The classes available this year include fly fishing, fly tying, kayaking, canoeing, campfire cooking, butterfly box building, geo-caching, auto mechanics 101, painting in the outdoors, bluebird habitat, archery, fishing skills, canning and freezing, trapping, crocheting, sketching, journaling, candle-dipping, hiking, backpacking, taxidermy and aromatic oils.

Preregistration is required by May 2. For a class list and registration form, call 342-5960 or email

Tree-planting set at Flight 93 Memorial

SHANKSVILLE – On Friday and Saturday, the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation and Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial are continuing a major reforestation effort that will eventually result in 150,000 new trees at Flight 93 National Memorial, which commemorates the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and remembers all those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Every year during National Park Week, America’s national parks host public events and coordinate volunteer opportunities to celebrate the special occasion. For a third year, Flight 93 National Memorial will honor National Park Week with “Plant a Tree at Flight 93.”

The tree-planting events will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Businesses and organizations have already committed to providing more than 150 volunteers each day, but 50 additional individuals are still needed each day to complete the work. All interested volunteers must preregister online (first-come, first-serve) and be at least 14 years of age.

Flight 93 National Memorial will still be open to the public during regular visiting hours (9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with last entry at 6:30 p.m.) on the days of the tree-planting effort.

The previous two years’ reforestation efforts consisted of hundreds of volunteers planting nearly 28,000 seedlings. This year, a team of more than 400 volunteers under the guidance of tree-planting experts will have the special opportunity to continue this effort and plant an additional 20,000 seedlings over 30 acres at the memorial.

Many sponsors have joined with the National Park Foundation to make this effort possible.

In addition to the Flight 93 National Memorial, other parks in western Pennsylvania will also be hosting their own National Park Week events. For a full listing of all National Park Week events in Pennsylvania and across the country, go to

For more information about how to support Flight 93 National Memorial, visit

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Family planning class is Wednesday

STATE COLLEGE – A free introduction to the ovulation method of natural family planning will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday 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.

The ovulation method is especially helpful for couples with infertility or who are breastfeeding.

For more information, visit www.creightonmodel.


Talent show planned in Greenwood

The Crazy Fest Talent Show will be held at 1 p.m. April 27 at the Greenwood Fire Hall, 1500 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona.

Crazy Fest started 24 years ago and remains today as an all-volunteer, nonprofit event. The combined efforts of area entertainers, business people and former contestants make this a one-of-a-kind event.

The show is open to all area talented young people, 21 years old and younger. Trophies will be awarded in 10 different age categories.

Contestants wanting to compete should call Dennie Huber at 942-2516. There are no auditions or contestant fees.

The public is invited to attend the event.

Admission is $2 per person, and tickets will be available at the door.

Gardeners offer ‘Make It, Take It’

EBENSBURG -?The Penn State Master Gardeners of Cambria County invite children ages 5 to 11 years old to join in a Mother’s Day “Make It & Take It” Craft from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 3 in the meeting room at 499 Manor Drive.

Participants can decorate their own flowerpot, hear a gardening story and plant a flower gift for Mother’s Day.

Adults and caregivers are encouraged to attend to assist younger children with their craft project.

Call the Cambria County Extension Office at 472-7986 to register your child. There is a $5 fee per child.

Space is limited to 15 children, so registration is required.

StrongWomen classes start Tuesday

Individuals looking to get fit for summer can consider joining the StrongWomen program sponsored by Penn State Extension. It is a safe, motivating, highly effective weight-bearing physical activity program that includes food, health and nutrition education information.

This is a 12-week session with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday through July 15. Class sessions are held from 10 to 11 a.m. or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the East Juniata Community Center, 1608 N. Fifth Ave., Altoona.

The program is in collaboration with Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission.

For more information or to register, call the Rec Office at 949-2231. Class size is limited.

The cost for the 12-week program is $70.

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Astronomy club to hold sky watch

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Starlight Astronomy Club will hold its first public sky watch of the year from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday at Canoe Creek State Park.

Visitors are encouraged to take binoculars or telescopes. Club members will also have telescopes available for public use.

Highlights of the evening sky will be two passes by the International Space Station, three Iridium Flares, the planets Jupiter and Mars and several deep-sky objects including the Great Orion Nebula, many galaxies and globular and open star clusters.

The club will meet in the parking lot on the beach side of the lake. There will be no rain date for this event.

For more information, visit the club’s website at or call 937-6991.

Genealogy expo to be held April 26

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Blair County Genealogical Society, 431 Scotch Valley Road, will hold its sixth annual Genealogy & History Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The following vendors are tentatively scheduled to participate in this year’s expo: The Adam Holliday Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Bellwood-Antis Historical Society, Blair County Courthouse, Blair County Historical Society, First Families of Blair County, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Tyrone Historical Society, Pennsylvania Archives of Harrisburg, Herman Nagle, Polish Society of Northeast, LDS of Hollidaysburg, Allegheny Portage Railroad and Duncansville Historical Society.

Attendees can tour the library and see the many areas of research, such as deeds, wills, marriage applications and many other resources.

Research will be limited in the library that day.

Dance ensemble offers panel discussion

Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside Dance Ensemble will host the panel discussion, “Approaches to the Burning Book,” at 12:15 p.m. April 24 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.

It is is free and open to the public.

The discussion will reveal the significance behind Ivyside’s spring performance “Maddening Madness,” a modern ballet inspired by Ray Bradbury’s novel “Fahrenheit 451.”

KT Huckabee, assistant professor of integrative arts and dance, will discuss the artistic vision which led her to use this novel as inspiration for choreography.

Todd Davis, professor of English, and Joe Petrulionis, instructor in philosophy and history, will speak to the literary significance and philosophical implications of Bradbury’s work during the 1950s and today.

For more information, call the box office at 949-5452 or visit

Conference for cancer survivors is May 3

LORETTO – The fourth annual Rural Conference for Cancer Survivors will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 3 at St. Francis University’s DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness.

This year’s theme is “Education to Overcome the Fears.” Guest speakers and exhibits from local organizations will provide information about cancer support and treatment. The conference is free and open to cancer survivors, their family, friends, and caregivers.

Dr. Paula Scaramozzino, chairperson of the medical imaging and radiation science program at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, will be the guest speaker.

Michael Craig, assistant football coach at St. Francis University, will be the keynote speaker. Craig is a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor and will discuss his experience with cancer and his work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

St. Francis University’s DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness and the Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas, along with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, are the event hosts. Corporate sponsors are the Laurel Auto Group and Cambria County Area Agency on Aging.

Preregistration is required and limited and will close on April 25. Lunch will be provided to all conference attendees. To register, call 472-3923 or go to

Black Moshannon to mark Earth?Day

PHILIPSBURG – Black Moshannon State Park will hold an Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26.

Volunteers, such as individuals, groups, businesses and families, are invited to help enrich the beauty of the park during this volunteer day.

Projects include winter debris removal, native plant gardening, trail maintenance and many others. Preregistration is required, and lunch will be provided. Free campsites are available for that weekend.

Call the park office at 342-5960 to register and for the free campsite.

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Vision screenings to be held April 25

The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind will offer free vision screenings for ages 2 to adult from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 at the BCAB offices at 300 Fifth?Ave.,?Altoona. Visitors can also see the renovations done to the building and check out the mural.

For more information, call 944-2021.

Plant Swap planned in Hollidaysburg

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?A Community Plant Swap, a free event, will be held at 10 a.m. May 3 at First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St.

The event will give garden enthusiasts the opportunity to meet new people, share enthusiasm for gardening, give abundant plants and take home lots of new varieties to transform their 2014 garden.

After the swap, any remaining plants will be given away. Free-will donations will be accepted to support the church garden club.

Participants may bring seedlings, annuals, bulbs, tubers, vegetable plants, perennials, houseplants, herbs, divisions, flowers, vines, extra plants – anything that grows.

For more information, contact Lisa Long at 502-3510 or

Refreshments will be provided.

Cancer benefit is May 3 at UVA

Family and friends of Jodie Koegler are holding a cancer benefit fundraiser from 5:30 to 10 p.m. May 3 at the United Veterans Association club, 1809 Union Ave., Altoona.

A pasta dinner will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by entertainment by a DJ, basket raffles, door prizes and a cash bar.

Jodie is 42 years old. Approximately 5 years ago, she was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. And last year, she learned that she also has Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS Cancer). At the end of last year, she was told that the cancer was in remission, but she just recently learned that the CML has returned and they will be doing another bone marrow biopsy in April to determine the status of the MDS Cancer.

She also has Degenerative Joint Disease which is affecting her jaw, and is in need of major dental surgery.

She has been bravely fighting these diseases while living in Illinois for the past two years with her husband and children, separated from the rest of her family in Pennsylvania, due to her husband’s employment.

In addition to dealing with the cancer and DJD, about a month ago she had a seizure, for unknown reasons, and is now unable to drive herself the approximate 2 1/2 hours each way for weekly medical treatments and other medical appointments.

Donatinos are being sought to help with the medical and travel expenses for Jodie.

For tickets to the fundraiser, call Lorrie Zimmerman at 932-1780, Pat Krull at 932-2925, Heather Krull at 932-1197, Becky Stiffler at 312-7606, Shelly Krull at 330-0063 or Amy Koegler at 937-1033. Tickets are also available at Thompson’s Pharmacy, Chestnut Avenue and Hollidaysburg locations.

For more information, visit “Jodie Koegler Cancer Benefit” on Facebook.

Wellness check to be held May 3

HUNTINGDON -? J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and the Kiwanis Club of Huntingdon are partnering for the third year to offer a Community Wellness Check from 7 to 10 a.m. May 3 in the J.C. Blair Education Center on the hospital campus.

The Wellness Check is an affordable blood analysis – over $300 value for $35. Testing includes a lipid panel, metabolic panel, thyroid check, hemoglobin/hematocrit. This comprehensive blood test will detect potential health problems including heart disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease, liver disease, anemia and electrolyte imbalance.

Additional free screenings available at the event include blood pressure, body mass index calculations, osteoporosis, pulse oximetry, stroke risk assessments, foot evaluations and more.

The Kiwanis Club will be offering healthy breakfast refreshments and hospitality for the event.

The Wellness Check is for adults 18 and older. Participants should not eat or drink anything, except water, after midnight the night before. Results will be sent to each participant and his or her primary care provider. If a participant does not have a primary care provider, one of J.C. Blair Medical Services’ physicians will be assigned to follow up. Payment can be made by check, cash or credit card at the time of the screening.

Space is limited, so appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment, call 643-8484.

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Bounce Marathon nets $5,018

The 44th annual Penn State Altoona Greek-sponsored philanthropic event, Bounce Marathon, took place April 4 to 6 at various locations around Altoona.

About 120 Greek Life students volunteered in six-hour shifts over the weekend to bounce basketballs to raise money for Easter Seals of Central Pennsylvania.

Students raised $5,018 by bouncing.

A give-back night was held April 10 at Sweet Frog and a 5K Fun Run was held April 13, to raise additional funds for the organization.

Established in 1970 by Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, Bounce Marathon has grown over the years and now includes all four Greek organizations at the college.

Easter egg hunt set for Friday

EVERETT – The Overcomers Relay For Life Team will hold a free community Easter egg hunt on Friday at the Everett Assembly of God’s church complex, on the hill behind the SAC Station on Route 30. It is for children ages 12 and younger. Hundreds of stuffed eggs and more than 30 Easter baskets and prizes will be given away.

There will be live bunnies at the event. Lunch and baked goods will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to Relay For Life.

Registration is at noon, and the hunt begins at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 348-1097.

American Red Cross to hold classes

DUNCANSVILLE – The American Red Cross is offering a course where people can find out how to be prepared and save lives.

An Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED class will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 3 at Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 Education and Technology Center, 580 Foot of Ten Road. The cost is $90.

An Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED class will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. the same day at the same location. The cost is $110.

To register, visit

Dorothy Day Center sets carnival

LORETTO – St. Francis University’s Dorothy Day Center will hold its Funfest Carnival for kids from noon to 5 p.m. April 26 in the auxiliary gym at Stokes Athletic Center on campus.

The event will include fun for all ages, including music, food, games and more. Hubie the Clown also will be there.

Cost is $8, which includes 20 tickets for activities at the event. Those who take canned goods, hygiene products or a monetary donation will receive 10 extra tickets.

There will also be a Chinese auction.

Proceeds will benefit the center’s clients in need of clothing, furniture, groceries and help with utility bills.

Museum commission views collection

COALPORT – At the March 25 meeting of the Coalport Area Museum Commission, members heard board member Larry Edelblute’s presentation on his collection of “The Beacon” newspaper from the former Beccaria Township High School.

Edelblute acquired the collection of former student Mae Sincox at an antique store, beginning with the first edition from Fall 1938.

The museum has a file of lesser-quality copies of “The Beacon” from the 1948-49 school year.

Curator Richard W. Snyder II and Edelblute displayed their recently completed collaborative project: two large notebooks containing a compilation of historic photos from the various elementary and high schools that made up the current Glendale School District.

These photos were mostly gleaned from the museum’s collection, as well as loaned school photos and student identification assistance from Virginia Lesher, Richard and Lynde Hegarty, George Sinclair and George Ricketts.

The commission received a 1900 published book titled “A Treatise on Coal Mining” from Diane Rydbom of Lyleville.

It purchased new book “A Country School Primer – One-Room Schools of Indiana County” from the Historical Society of Indiana County.

Amy Cathcart of Coalport is the museum’s latest life member.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 24 at the Bloody Knox cabin in Kellytown.

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Vendor fair to benefit Making Strides

ROARING SPRING -?A “Spring Into Hope” Vendor Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 434 E. Main St., in memory of Kay Bechtel, a local cancer fighter who lost her battle with Stage 4 breast cancer in August 2013.

Making Strides team members are hosting the event to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Blair County.

The event will offer more than 20 vendors with products ranging from candles, kitchenware and home decor to fashion and hair accessories and health and beauty products. A basket/product raffle will be held with all proceeds going to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Blair County. Light refreshments will also be available.

For more information, find the “Spring Into Hope Vendor Fair” event on Facebook.

Day One to hold spring banquet

Day One, a Christian ministry to individuals and families, will hold its spring banquet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 8 at The Casino at Lakemont Park,?Altoona.

The featured speaker is Todd Templeton.

For tickets, call 949-9210.

Juniata to hold liberal arts symposium

HUNTINGDON – Juniata College students will get a day off from classes – and display their knowledge to faculty and their peers – when more than 180 students present their research projects Wednesday in classrooms across campus.

The Juniata Liberal Arts Symposium, first staged in 2006, asks students from most of Juniata’s academic disciplines to present their research projects.

Oral and poster presentations will run from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. in buildings across the campus, including Brumbaugh Academic Center, the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts, Founders Hall and the von Liebig Center for Science.

Regular classes will be cancelled for the day, allowing classrooms to be available for presentations.

For a complete schedule, visit

Float for Charity set for May 17

EVERETT – The sixth annual Float for Charity will be held May 17 along the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River.

The launch will take place at the Joe Ritchey Bridge in Tatesville (just north of Everett) as in past years and will conclude 10 miles downstream at Cooper’s Sawmill Road in Hopewell.

Related information can be found at or on Facebook under Float for Charity. All funds raised this year will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the launch is scheduled for noon.

Free camping and live music will be provided. T-shirts and food will be for sale after the launch.

For more information, contact Chris Weitzel at 390-6116, Maggie Weitzel at or Dave Potchak at

Fair queens to host CMN fundraiser

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Fair Queens will host the third annual Queens for a Cause Car and Bike Show and 5K June 8 at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds.

The 5K registration will be from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. with the race starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be given following the race. The car Show registration begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information or for a sponsorship, email Brenda Morgan at

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.

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across the area BBBS to hold reception Tuesday Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently celebrating 50 years of programming in Blair County. On Tuesday, the agency is having a “Mentoring Matters” Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Baker Mansion, Altoona. Alumni Bigs & Littles, current board members and individuals interested in mentoring will be getting together. Come share your success stories, hear an alumni’s story and help spread the word on what volunteer opportunities the agency has. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, email, visit or follow BBBS on Facebook.

Personal shredding offered April 25

Free personal shredding is being offered from 9 a.m. to noon April 25 on 12th Avenue in downtown Altoona, outside the Gable’s building, across the street from Blair Senior Services. State Rep. John D McGinnis has teamed up with Burgmeier Shredding to bring local residents this service, so they can pull up to the building and see their personal papers shredded before they leave for free. No commercial/business shredding will be accepted.

Ukulele workshop set for April 26

Stuart Fuchs will give a ukulele workshop titled “Right Hand Techniques for Beginning Players” at 9 a.m. April 26 at the Titleman Lounge, Miscianga Building on the Penn State Altoona campus.

Tickets are $25 and are available in advance or at the door. For more information, visit

Fuchs will perform a ukulele concert at 7:30 p.m. April 25 at 150 Hawthorn Building at Penn State Altoona. Tickets are $10 and available in advance or at the door. For more information, visit

PSU senior to present voice recital

“Traveling Through Music,” a recital by senior Shana Soriano, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 8 in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf-Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn?State Altoona. The recital will also feature student pianist Annette Nagle and a duet with assistant professor of music Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber.

The recital includes pieces by Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss and Reynaldo Hahn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauss, Giacomo Puccini, and Leo Delibes, as well as musical theater pieces from Porgy and Bess and West Side Story.

Soriano is a senior integrative arts major in the vocal performance track. She will graduate in May and plans to pursue a master’s degree in choral conducting.

Soriano recently performed at the St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, as a member of the choir for “The Birth of Christ” by American composer Andrew T. Miller. She also performed Durufle’s “Requiem” at Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center with the Masterworks Choir, and in the Wolf-Kuhn Theatre with the Ivyside Pride Choir, during which she also conducted the Pie Jesu for the orchestra and soloist. This summer, Soriano will attend the Opera Studio of the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Free tickets for “Traveling Through Music” are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. For more information, call 949-5452.

Dance to raise money for cancer

A cancer benefit dance will be held April 26 at the Juniata Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8685, 126 N. 16th Ave.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Scott Allegretto (Elvis impersonator) and DJ EGG. The event will include food, door prizes and a Chinese auction.

Tickets are $8 and are available in advance only. To make a donation or to purchase tickets, call 942-1347 or 932-9411.

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Library recognizes artist of the month

The Altoona Area Public Library welcomes Sue Lehman as its artist of the month for April.

Her works on display include mixed media, oils and computer graphic renderings. Lehman chose each piece to specifically depict how she expresses herself through her art.

She said her works of art represent different chapters of her life, but mostly inspiration on the positive outlook she has on life and her hope is that by helping others and demonstrating how she has overcome by using her time and talents, that others will find hope.

Lehman, a Hollidaysburg resident for many years, received a dual major in equestrian science and English from Stephens College, Columbia, Mo., in 1991. In 1995, she was in a car accident that resulted in an acquired brain injury, which left her unable to walk and talk.

It also left her without the use of her dominate right hand. A full recovery was not possible, but she gained incredible spirit and motivation through activities of prior passion in horses and art.

Lahman founded Dreams Go On in 2004, now a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities.

She also continued to fulfill her creative needs with works of art in writing and artistic endeavors.

Lehman said she values her art teachers, Kathy Mueller, Joan Stern and Rachel DiAndrea.

She has worked with mixed media, pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and oils, and is currently working with graphic computer art with varied software programs that she learned how to utilize on her own. Recently, she started an art business gallery called, Strength.

She stated, “I have been through many trials and tribulations over the years, but art has always been my anchor – even through hurricanes. Art heals – pass it on.”

Home Nursing offers grief support

Home Nursing Agency is offering “Good Grief,” a six-week support group for those who have lost a loved one, on Thursday afternoons from April 24 to May 29. The group will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Graystone Manor, 1929 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona.

Facilitated by hospice social workers Judy Lankes and Kelly Daughenbaugh, the six-week group is based on material from Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., who is world-renowned in the field of grief and loss.

Grief can be very painful and difficult at times, so those grieving are invited to come and share their thoughts, express their feelings and discuss how to work through the grieving process.

To register, contact Lankes or Daughenbaugh at Home Nursing Agency at 800-445-6262.

UPMC Foundation sets golf classic

UPMC Altoona Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic will be June 23 at Scotch Valley Country Club, Hollidaysburg.

An individual golfer fee is $150, which includes greens fees, cart and luncheon. Play is open to all golfers.

Throughout the day, prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin, longest drive, longest putt and more. Additionally, there will be a golf ball drop with a $300 prize for the ball that lands closest to the pin. Golf ball drop tickets will be on sale for $10, and you do not have to be present to win.

Last year, $56,000 was raised to benefit the foundation, which exists to financially support the programs and services within the health system.

Tickets are available for purchase on the UPMC Altoona website or by calling the foundation at 889-6406.

Brain injury group to meet April 21

HUNTINGDON -?The Brain Injury Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. April 21 at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Education Center, 860 Bryan St., across from the main hospital.

The movie “A Calling of Courage” will be shown.

To request accommodation or for more information, contact Lisa Cullen, project coordinator, at 800-237-9009 or or Beth Thomas, co-leader/volunteer, at 684-0335 or

Easter egg hunt slated for April 19

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission and the Blair County Community Action Agency will hold their fifth annual Easter egg hunt on April 19 at Vets Field, 24th Street and Maple Avenue, Altoona.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. Ages 5 and younger will begin hunting at 10 a.m., and ages 6 to 9 will begin at 11 a.m.

Participants should take their own bag or basket to collect eggs. There will also be a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny, as well as the Altoona Curve baseball team mascot, Daniel the Lion, Little Caesar, McGruff the Crime Dog and Frankie the Friar from St. Francis University, Loretto.

Parking is permitted at the Jaffa Shrine Center parking lot.

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Spring Plow Day set for April 19

NEW ENTERPRISE – Southern Cove Power Reunion, a nonprofit corporation at 145 Cave Road, will hold its Spring Plow Day and Tractor Show April 19 at their show grounds.

The event will be open for breakfast through evening. The rain date is April 26.

There will be plowing demonstrations, a tractor parade, tractor pulls, free flea market spaces and craft setups.

The club recently built two new museum buildings to house equipment and memorabilia. It is currently constructing a 60-by-100-foot building to house larger equipment.

The club is requesting monetary donations and donations of equipment to display at its 15 different events and shows throughout the year. Information flyers are available from club members for the 2014 events.

For more information, call 696-3377, 793-3971 or 766-3436.

Plans continue for Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day events will be held May 17 at The Wall That Heals, in front of the Van Zandt VA Medical Center on Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona.

The day will feature military displays, music and a 2 p.m. ceremony with WTAJ’s John Clay as master of ceremonies.

The guest speaker will be Admiral James Loy, a native of Altoona and former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and deputy secretary of homeland security.

There will be a wreath-placing ceremony by local military and service organizations at The Wall That Heals.

Any organization wishing to present a wreath should either attend the next meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in the seventh-floor conference room at the VA Medical Center or call Lloyd Peck at 942-3261 or Gregg Miller at 695-3246.

UPMC Altoona marks Volunteer Week

There are more than 600 active volunteers working throughout UPMC Altoona, and these hardworking people, ranging in age from 14 to 95, gave a total of 86,107 hours of their time in 2013.

UPMC Altoona is celebrating this week, which is National Volunteer Week.

They’re recognizable by their blue jackets and “volunteer” badges. They greet anyone entering the hospital or Station Medical Center. They provide assistance, directions and escorts to visitors. They answer phones, assemble charts, discharge patients, stuff envelopes and help with filing and paperwork. They clean wheelchairs, knit baby hats, deliver meals, transfer patients and deliver charts and lab specimens.

Friends, the auxiliary volunteer group, raises money to support the unbudgeted needs of hospital departments through fundraisers and the operating and staffing of the UPMC Altoona and SMC gift shops.

Throughout the week, Volunteer Services will provide refreshments for volunteers, and each one will receive a small thank-you gift. Award pins will be given to volunteers reaching milestones in hours served; the highest milestone for this year is 25,000 hours by Maggie Klesius.

Softball game to benefit cancer society

The Altoona Area High School softball team will hold a “Strike Out Cancer Pink Game” event at 4 p.m. April 17 at Logan Elementary School, 301 Sycamore St., Altoona.

The team will play against St. Mary’s High School.

The rain date is April 24 against DuBois.

There will be raffles, a bake sale and prizes.

Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society and Stars of Hope survivor group.

Gay Pride Celebration is April 25

The Keystone Alliance/Gaylife Newsletter will present the fifth annual Altoona Gay Pride Celebration at 10 p.m. April 25 at the Slep Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the Penn State Altoona Gay Straight Alliance.

The show is free and open to the public.

Daycare to mark Week of Young Child

Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool Inc. is hosting a Week of the Young Child Celebration and PA One Book reading with Rep. John McGinnis and his assistant, Leslie Hayes.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Begin With Us, 729 Grant Ave., Altoona.

WOYC is an annual tradition started in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Juniata trike-a-thon starts today

HUNTINGDON – Preschoolers at Juniata College’s Early Childhood Education Center, as part of the Week of the Young Child activities, will hold a trike-a-thon today and Thursday on the Juniata campus to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Early Childhood Education Center has held the trike-a-thon for more than a decade.

The children will be riding their tricycles on a course set on the college’s outdoor basketball court near Ellis Hall at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today and Thursday.

The children will ride through a course set up with traffic cones, and all riders will wear safety helmets. If it is raining outside. Center staff will set up the course inside the center.

Members of the community can make donations as the children are riding. All donations will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a hospital specializing in treatment of catastrophic diseases. All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay.

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CORE awareness event set for Friday

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education is joining the organ donation community once again this April by celebrating National Donate Life Month.

Throughout the month, CORE is encouraging people to register to become organ, tissue and cornea donors.

As part of this monthlong observance, Friday is National Blue and Green Day, a national initiative to get people talking about organ donation, why it is important and how easy it is to sign up and become a donor.

From 6 p.m. to midnight, CORE’s Altoona Area Task Force will have an organ donation awareness information table at Family Pizza, 200 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, to encourage donor sign ups. CORE encourages individuals to wear blue and green to show their support.

Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about making the pledge to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor. Each person that signs up to become a donor can help up to 50 people.

For more information about organ, tissue and cornea donation, visit

It only takes 30 seconds to become a registered donor by visiting

Singles dance set for Saturday

TYRONE -? will hold a dance/social from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tyrone Elks, 5496 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd.

Doors will open at 7:15 p.m.

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

For more information, call 867-7771 or email

Seltzer, Mirror team up for program

Steve Seltzer Powersports, 433 Sabbath Road, Altoona, is co-sponsoring the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program in Blair County, in conjunction with the Altoona Mirror.

The Motorcycle Safety Program was established to teach riders of all skill levels the basic fundamentals needed in order to safely operate a motorcycle. The MSP was created from legislation in 1984 and began one year later. The Motorcycle Safety Program is free to all Pennsylvania license holders.

There are 24 Basic Rider Course sections held on Wednesdays and Sundays from April to October. Each section consists of four classes, Wednesday classes at Steve Seltzer Powersports and riding classes on Sundays in the Altoona Mirror back parking lot.

There are also four Basic Rider Course 2 sections offered, for those who want to improve their riding skills – May 25, July 6, Sept. 7 and Oct. 26. The riding sessions are held in the Altoona Mirror parking lot.

A valid Pennsylvania motorcycle license or permit is required in order to register and participate in this program. Name, address, telephone number, Pennsylvania driver’s license number and birth date will be needed for registration.

For more information, schedules and registration, visit

Program focuses on proper footwear

TYRONE – The Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center will provide a free educational program titled “Shoe 101: Proper Footwear for Fitness” from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday in the main lobby at the Tyrone Health & Wellness Building, which is on the Tyrone Hospital campus at 154 Hospital Drive.

Attendees will learn how to select proper footwear for their activity and foot type and learn about common foot injuries and treatment and therapeutic footwear options that can be fun and fashionable.

All program attendees will also receive a free iStep digital foot scan. The iStep digital foot scan accurately measures your foot size and determines your arch type and pressure points, providing information to help select footwear to meet your unique needs.

The program will be presented by Marcy Chichester of The Shoe Fly Stores/New Balance in Altoona. She is a certified athletic trainer and a certified pedorthist.

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 wellness center at 684-2117.

The center offers monthly health and wellness classes that are free and open to the public.

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Biologist to speak about sabbaticals

HUNTINGDON – Douglas Glazier, professor of biology at Juniata College, will give a talk on how his sabbatical leaves during a 30-year career have improved his teaching, as well as his research interests at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

Glazier’s talk, “A Tale of Four Sabbaticals: Or, Why Sabbaticals are so Important,” will cover each of Glazier’s four leaves to study at other institutions. He will detail research experiences in England, Tasmania and South Africa and explain how each sabbatical built on the skills and knowledge gained during the previous sabbatical.

He also will explain how each sabbatical contributed to his ecology, evolution and mammalogy courses. Finally, he will cover how taking a sabbatical can open up research opportunities for students and other faculty.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the Bookend Seminar Lecture Series, a series of lectures on various topics given each month during the school year.

CAST book sale starts Friday

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre Inc. will hold its “Great Semi-Annual CAST Book Sale” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

All the nonfiction books are categorized by subject, and all the fiction books alphabetized by the author.

Hardback fiction books are $1, paperback fiction books are 50 cents and larger paperback fiction are 75 cents. The Harlequin, Love Inspired and Silhouette books are 25 cents.

In addition to the thousands of fiction books, there are biographies, political, history, self-help, health, religion, art and literature, nature, hunting, animal, home improvement, Star Trek, Readers Digest Condensed Books and classics, plus a children’s section.

CAST welcomes book donations year-round. Almost any kind of books are welcome with the exception of encyclopedias or X-rated books. CAST is delighted to get yearbooks from any of the schools in the county and from any year. Books can be dropped off at the side (alley) door anytime.

CAST is at 112 E. Locust St., downtown Clearfield. The website is

Lunch offered for first day of trout

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Canoe Creek Brethren In Christ Church will have its annual food booth set up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.?Saturday in the church parking lot (or inside the church in the case of rain) on the opening day of trout season.

The church is a short distance away from Canoe Creek State Park Entrance 3, on Beaver Dam Road, on the east side of Canoe Creek.

There will be hot dogs, sloppy joes, homemade soups, beverages and lots of desserts. Donations received will go toward the youth group’s mission trip this summer. For more information, call Tammy Carnicella at 695-7162.

Easter Bunny Brunch is Saturday

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA is offering an Easter Bunny Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for all ages.

Come join in on a fun-filled family event with the Easter Bunny and Chef Doug.

Kids can make crafts and participate in Easter egg activities. Brunch will be served by Chef Doug and YMCA volunteers.

The cost for YMCA?members is $6 per person or $24 per family. The nonmember rate is $8 per person or $30 per family. The registration deadline is Thursday.

For more information, call 695-4467.

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NARFE to host 80th District candidate

Chapter 328, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet at noon Friday at Kings Restaurant, 3000 Sixth Ave., Altoona. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are welcome to attend.

NARFE will meet for lunch at noon, with their meeting to follow at 1 p.m.

Judy Ward, candidate for the 80th District, will address the chapter members’ concerns regarding the bipartisan house bills, 1621 and 1622, protecting patient access and choice in the health care marketplace.

For more information, contact Michael Grove, president, at 329-8274 or

C4C to host presentations in April

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Care for Creation (C4C)/

Monastery Community Gardens will host presentations this month at 793 Monastery Road.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday – “Wild About Wildlife: Juniata Valley Audubon Adventure,” by Laura Jackson, Juniata Valley Audubon Society vice president. Laura and husband Mike are active members of the Audubon Society and will share with us their life-long adventures in the Pennsylvania Allegheny Ridge and their experience with the birds of Pennsylvania.

6:30 p.m. April 16 – “Owl, Fowl, not Foul”! As the “Creature Teacher” Jody Wallace, the environmental educator specialist for Blair County Conservation District, has been presenting hands-on environmental and science programs to schools, library and civic groups. Wallace is also a National Park interpreter and 4H Extension agent. She will do a talk on native owls in Pennsylvania.

6:30 p.m. April 23 – “What’s the Buzz About Bees” by Amber Lewis, vice president of the local beekeepers organization, and Regis Nale, retired teacher and a beekeeper for many years, will do a program on bees. The presentation will include information on pollination, general beekeeping and include an observation hive to observe.

6:30 p.m. April 30 – “Introduction to Soil Fertility and Fertilizers in the Garden” by extension educator and Penn State agronomy agent Eli Snyder. Snyder will give us a presentation covering key concepts in garden soil fertility, including the importance of soil pH, organic matter and the influence of other factors on plant nutrient availability. She will also discuss some commonly used garden fertilizers, how they work and the appropriate uses in gardens.

Basket fundraiser set for May 18

HUNTINGDON – A Vera Bradley/Longaberger Basket fundraiser will be held at 2 p.m. May 18 at the Standing Stone Senior Center. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. The event will include food, raffles and door prizes.

Proceeds will benefit the Huntingdon Area High School class of 1969 reunion.

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Glendale library appoints officers

COALPORT – At the March 19 meeting of the Glendale Area Public Library board, trustees accepted the resignation of long-time President Rita Hahn, who chose to resign after 15 years of dedicated service. In addition, treasurer Arlene Henry resignation was also accepted.

Both will continue to volunteer at the library on various days. Board directors nominated and appointed Nancy Washell as president and Trisha Cann as treasurer and temporary secretary.

Activities director Sarah Stephenson presented a list of planned activities for the year, which include these children’s events: Castle Party (May 18), First Books/Clearfield County distribution of free books (May 24), Beach Fun (June 22), Pirate Party (July 20), and a Back-to-School Party (Aug. 17). There will also be a Halloween party and a Christmas party.

Washell went over the revised library schedule, emphasizing a need for more volunteers: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The acknowledged donations given in memory of longtime patron and friend, Margaret Ricketts.

The next meeting is scheduled for noon April 16 at the Coalport Community Building.

Everett High School sets ribbon-cutting

EVERETT – Everett High School will hold an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. April 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:15 p.m. dedicating the new and renovated facility.

Tours and a historical documentary produced by Dennis Tice will be shown throughout the event starting at 2:15. The public is invited to join the school district and alumni in marking this event.

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Tussey Relay members to meet

SAXTON – The Tussey Mountain Relay For Life will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Trinity United Church basement, 1001 Church St.

Plans for the 2014 Tussey Mountain Relay for Life and all fundraising efforts will be discussed.

If you know anyone interested in starting a team for next year or would like to volunteer your time, contact Jane Brown at 635-3780 or Angela DeLuca at 635-2255.

Nursing alumni to meet Tuesday

The Altoona Hospital School of Nursing Alumni will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room at Perkins Restaurant, Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona.

Participants will order from the menu.

Election of officers will be held.

War veterans to meet April 10

The Blair County War Veterans Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 10 at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.

All members are urged to attend.

Penn State Altoona offers Fun Run

Students Advocating for Disability Awareness and the Greek Community-sponsored philanthropy, Bounce, will co-host a Fun Run at 12:30 p.m. April 13 at Penn State Altoona.

Runners and walkers of all skill levels, including those with disabilities, are invited to participate. Registration fees are $15 for adults and $10 for 12 and younger. Participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for children 12 and younger.

Registration may be done at

psafunrun or Check or cash may also be sent to the Office of Student Life, 3000 Ivyside Drive, Altoona, PA, 16601.

All money raised will benefit individuals in Central Pennsylvania living with disabilities.

Home Nursing offers grief support

EBENSBURG – Home Nursing Agency is offering a grief support group from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays from April 23 to May 28 at the agency’s Ebensburg office, 118 Ebony Road.

Facilitated by hospice social worker Susan Higgins, this support group is free and open to all members of the community grieving the loss of a loved one. Grief can be very difficult and painful at times, so those grieving are invited to come and share their thoughts, express their feelings and discuss how to work through the grieving process.

For more information, call Higgins at 800-445-6262.

Breakfast to benefit Miracle Network

DuBOIS – A benefit breakfast will be held from

7 to 11 a.m. May 3 at DuBois American Legion Post 17 to support Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

Tickets, which are $5 per person, will be available at the door.

For more information, contact Vanessa Houser at 943-8887 or or Barbara Haas at the American Legion at 372-4604.

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.

SFU to host workshop on drug trends

LORETTO – St. Francis University will offer a workshop titled “Emerging Drug Trends and the Epidemic Threat to our Educational Communities” from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. May 2 on campus.

The event is co-sponsored by UPMC Altoona.

Those attending the event who are eligible to receive five hours of continuing education credits include: Act 48 professionals, drug and alcohol professionals, licensed marriage and family therapists, NBCC counselors, and Pennsylvania social workers. The cost to attend is $50, which includes lunch.

Presentations will help participants identify and describe new psychoactive substances and popularity among students; understand the effects, signs and symptoms of NPS use; describe treatment and prevention methods; identify the threat to educational environment; and identify the relationship of drug use to crime.

Dr. Kenneth Dickinson and Detective Kevin J. Price will present this information.

For more information or to register, visit or call 472-3211.

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Yard sale to benefit humane society

Sue Diehl is organizing the annual indoor yard sale at the Juniata Civic Center, 206 W. 12th Ave., Juniata, and will be collecting items for the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society in Altoona.

The sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Items needed at the CPHS?shelter include treats, food and cleaning supplies.

Penn State senior to present short film

Jorden Heitkamp, along with his cast and crew, will premiere the short film, “The Romantic,” at 4 p.m. April 27 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. The screening is free and open to the public.

Written and directed by Heitkamp for his senior capstone, “The Romantic,” stars students Matt Roland, Devony DiMattia, Matt Kresch and Abdoul Bah. The film is a psychological thriller and is intended for mature audiences only.

For more information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 949-5452 or visit

Mo Valley sets kindergarten registration

The Moshannon Valley School District will hold kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year on April 8.

Parents may receive preregistration forms and information by calling the Moshannon Valley Elementary School at 378-7683 or at the Moshannon Valley website.

All students must be preregistered before attending registration.

The child must be 5 years old on or before the first day of school. Proof of age must be presented (official birth certificate or record of birth), along with proof of immunizations.

Historical society announces events

EVERETT – The Bloody Run Historical Society has announced activities for April.

The society will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Everett Railroad Museum on Fifth Street.

The Everett Railroad and Community Museum reopens for the season on Saturday. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but donations are encouraged to help maintain the facility. Volunteers are needed. If interested, call John Nebel, president, at 623-8850. Visit for a look into the museum.

The April historical exhibit at the Everett Free Library provided by the society is the opportunity to visit the town of Everett as it was in 1905 via a panoramic map hand made by T.M. Fowler.

The map includes houses, streets, foliage, hills , schools, churches, businesses and the railroad. The exhibit may be visited during regular library hours. This map is titled “A Bird’s Eye View of Everett, Pa.”

The musical group Biscuits & Gravy will kick off the first open house at the Everett Railroad and Community Museum at 2 p.m. April 27. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome and needed.

Quaint Corner plans egg hunt Saturday

The Quaint Corner Children’s Museum will host an indoor Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the museum, 2000 Union Ave., Altoona, with a visit from?the Easter bunny.

Snacks, drinks and cookie decorating are included in the $3 admission for visitors over 2 years of age.

Member benefits include free entry to all events.

Those attending can explore the pirate ship, play dress-up and perform in the drama room, discover the Vet Center, Grocery Story and more.

Quaint Corner’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Juniata to host art history symposium

HUNTINGDON – Juniata College will host the ninth annual Central Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Art History Symposium on Saturday, starting at 9:15 a.m., as 16 students from 10 colleges make presentations on senior thesis research projects, internships or independent study projects throughout the day in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

“This conference gives students a unique opportunity to present their research, to hone their speaking skills and to share their ideas with an audience of their peers,” said Karen J. Rosell, professor of art history at Juniata and coordinator for the symposium.

In addition to students from Juniata, student art history majors or museum studies majors from Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Lebanon Valley College, Lycoming College, Muhlenberg College, Penn State University and Ursinus College will make presentations.

Each student will give a 15-minute oral presentation, followed by a few minutes for questions.

James A. Troha, president at Juniata will open the symposium at 9:15 a.m., welcoming the student presenters and their sponsoring faculty members.

All presentations are free and open to the public.

Fairview UMC?to host dance for all ages

Fairview United Methodist Church will host a dance from 6 to 8 p.m. April 21 at the church, 2214 Fifth St., Altoona. The dance is free to children of all ages. No church affiliation is necessary.

Children will be supervised at all times by Safe Sanctuary-certified church members, and snacks will be provided. This month’s dance theme is “Easter.”

For more information, call Rhonda at 330-6761 (leave a message).