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AFSCME to hold picnic Wednesday

EBENSBURG -?The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Sub-Chapter 8303 will hold its summer picnic at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Penn Gables Restaurant.

Those attending are asked to consider taking a canned good item.

Dinner, basket party to help family

A spaghetti dinner and basket party benefit will be held July 13 at the Gallitzin?Sportsmen’s Association.

The event will raise money for 20-month-old Eli Bender, son of Jason and Nickole (McKloskey) Bender of Lilly. While camping with is family on June 1, Eli fell into the fire pit. He was transported by Lifeflight helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, where he is being treated for first-, second and third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body.

Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baskets will be given away at 4:30 p.m.

Dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 and younger. Takeouts will be available for $10.

Civil War Round Table to meet

BOALSBURG – The Central Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Military Museum auditorium, 602 Boalsburg Road.

Mark Neely will speak on “Lincoln and the Constitution.” Neely is professor emeritus of history at Penn State University who just completed writing a book called “The Loyal Opposition: A Brief History of the Democratic Party During the Civil War.”

Anyone who is interested in the Civil War or joining the Central PA Civil War Round Table is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Central PA CWRT President, Lynn Herman, at 861-0770.

Juniata Civics to discuss new park

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

Several Central Blair Recreation leaders will discuss the opening and planning for the new playground and spray park and how the community should get involved.

Plans for fall and winter will be discussed, along with talk about the future of the sports complex.

Summer fun camp set in Coupon

ASHVILLE – Coupon CARES will offer its fourth annual Children’s Summer Fun Camp for children at no cost. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15 to 17 at the Coupon Hall, 3232 Coupon Gallitzin Road.

Outdoor activities will allow the children to enjoy the summer weather and participate in multiple games, such as scavenger hunts, relay races, obstacle courses and many more activities.

On the warmest days, they can cool down from the heat with a splash during the water games.

They will be challenged to think creatively through art and science projects.

There is no cost for the camp, and a nutritious lunch will be provided daily. Enrollment is open to all children entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

Registrations will also be accepted on the first day of camp; however, early registration will be appreciated in order to plan effectively. To register call Cindy Conklin at 949-0390 or Jeanette Fabbri at 330-7234.

Princess, Pirate Party set for July 20

Sheetz Inc. and Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger will host a special Princess & Pirate Party at 4 p.m. July 20 at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Princesses and Pirates can enjoy two hours of activities before the Altoona Curve’s game against the Bowie Baysox. Activities will include a treasure hunt, princess hairdos and nail painting, talk-like-a-pirate lessons, face painting, walking the plank, crafts and more.

Princesses and Pirates who stay for the game will be recognized on field before the start of the game and will lead the seventh-inning stretch. New to the event this year will be an autographed bat auction held throughout the game. Fireworks also are scheduled after the game.

Tickets for the Princess & Pirate Party are $10 each and can be purchased online at or by calling 943-8887.

Proceeds from the Princess & Pirate event benefit Janet Weis Children’s Hospital pediatric services.

Sheetz, Inc. is the corporate sponsor for this year’s Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger Princess & Pirate Party.

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Bus trip offered to Festival of the Arts

The Bottleworks is kicking off the excitement of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts with a festival bus trip, traveling from Johnstown to the streets of State College.

The bus trip departs at 8 a.m. July 10 from the Bottleworks and continues throughout the day until the 5 p.m. departure from State College. The cost is $45 per person. Those who sign up before July 1 will receive a discounted price of $40.

Bus trip participants will travel in the comfort of a 30 person coach bus with refreshments provided to and from the festival

The Bottleworks new executive director, Angela Rizzo, will travel with participants to hear their ideas about future bus trip activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with a festival coordinator, who will explain the festival happenings upon arrival.

To register or for more information, call 535-2020 or 241-9811.

Family Days planned in Ebensburg

EBENSBURG – The Cambria County Conservation District will host their annual Family Days – a fun day exploring nature – on July 16 at Duman Lake County Park, near Belsano.

Guests will have a chance to canoe with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission experts, learn about blue birds and build nesting boxes with the PA Game Commission, learn to read maps and go on a treasure hunt and the day will conclude with a special program featuring Native American Indian legends and dancing.

On July 18, the fun will take place at the 1889 Park in St. Michael. Families will be treated to a CSI adventure with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, a water scavenger hunt with the Department of Environmental Protection and a Crazy Corn Center. The special program for the day will be Ryan Bridge “The Bugman.”

Each interactive station offers a way to enjoy the outdoors and learn a little something about the environment. This is an inexpensive, educational event that is fun for all ages.

The cost is $2 per person per day. Drinks and snacks will be provided, along with an ice cream treat at the end of each day. Participants should pack a lunch.

Registration is required by July 3. Space is limited. Call the Conservation District at 472-2120 for more information or to register by phone.

Bluegrass festival to aid Make-A-Wish

CRESSON – Pickin’ for Wishes II will be held

Aug. 23 at the Cresson Sportsman’s Club, to benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The festival will run from noon to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under 12 receive free admission with adult supervision. The event will be held rain or shine with musical acts featuring Hillbilly Gypsies, Allegheny Drifters, Brush Creek, Mama Corn, Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers and Roustabouts.

Along with the festival, there will be food and craft vendors, basket auctions and raffles. Rough camping will also be provided starting at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 21.

For more information, call Michelle Houser at 883-7390 or visit

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VFW to sponsor community ‘bailout’

MARTINSBURG – The D. Merl Tipton Veterans of Foreign Post 43 Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a community “bailout” to benefit National Military Service, VFW programs that aid military and their families.

The “bailout” is scheduled for Friday in Martinsburg during the annual Bargain Days.

Various members of the post, auxiliary and community will be “jailed” and have to “make bail” to be released. The group hopes to raise $1,500, and all money raised will go to National Military Service.

The programs consist of Operation Uplink, which connects troops with loved ones during deployment free of charge.

Unmet Needs provides up to $2,500 in financial assistance to service members and military families who are facing unexpected financial difficulties resulting from military service.

Military Assistance Program is a link between the VFW and auxiliary and the military community. MAP grants promote involvement and interaction with the local military and the VFW and auxiliary. MAP sponsors morale-boosting events such as homecoming celebrations, send-offs and other special events.

The newest program offered is the “Sports Clips Help a Hero Scholarship.” Scholarships may be up to $5,000 and are for retired, honorably discharged, active duty or a member of the National Guard or Reserve and have the rank of E-5 or below.

The “jail” will be at the triangle at Locust and South Market streets.

Fire, EMS, police part of rib challenge

Area residents are invited to join Texas Roadhouse in Altoona as they honor local heroes at noon Saturday at the restaurant at 1560 Osgood Drive.

The public can watch as members of the Altoona Fire Department, Logan Township Police Department, Hollidaysburg EMS and police departments, Phoenix Fire Department and Lakemont Fire Department match their appetites against Texas Roadhouse’s ribs in a rib-eating relay.

Each will be playing for their favorite local charity. Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of food sales from noon to 4 p.m. to the winning team’s charity of choice.

In addition, each team will bring a special emergency vehicle along for guests to see, and Texas Roadhouse mascot Andy Armadillo will be on hand.

Symphony league to sponsor bus trip

The Altoona Symphony League is sponsoring a bus trip on Aug. 28 to the American Music Theater to see “Music of the Night,” the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The cost of the trip is $80, which includes transportation and the show ticket.

The bus will depart from Lowe’s in Altoona at 10 a.m.

For reservations, call Karen at 942-4482 by Aug. 8.

Historical society sets July activities

EVERETT – The Bloody Run Historical Society has announced its July activities.

The society will meet at 7 p.m. July 1 at the Everett Railroad and Community Museum. The public is welcome.

The July historical exhibit at the Everett Free Library features Everett’s Historic District with house photos and descriptions and a map for a walking tour. It can be visited during regular library hours.

The open house program at the Everett Railroad and Community Museum will be held at 2 p.m. July 20. It will feature sportsman Harry Guyer discussing the historical use of medicinal plants and also features his new book “Ghost Brothers – Outdoor Tales of the Supernatural,” which will be available for purchase. The museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. that day, including the newly renovated caboose and the gift shop featuring many new items with a railroad flavor.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and welcomes new volunteers to help maintain those hours.

Contact John Nebel at 623-8850 for information on how to help preserve Everett’s history with your time and/or financial donations.

War descendants to meet Wednesday

BELLWOOD – The regular meeting of the Descendants of Civil War Veterans will be held at

7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

The speaker will be Lucy Wolf.

The meeting is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.

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HUB?honors volunteer, selling berries

The Mission Central HUB of the United Methodist Church held its annual celebration on May 4.

The HUB celebrated seven years as a mission outreach for Mission Central in Mechanicsburg, a partner of the United Methodist Community on Relief.

Each year, a volunteer is recognized for their support and hard work in enabling HUB to fulfill its missions of making kits (school, health, layette and cleaning buckets) to be used locally and all over the world.

Beverly Motsic, a member of Christ Community Methodist Church, was chosen as this year’s Volunteer of the Year. In her spare time, Motsic also makes dresses out of gently used pillow cases to be sent to third-world countries.

HUB’s annual blueberry sale is underway. It is the group’s main fundraiser to help meet the expenses of rent and utilities. The blueberries are picked in New Jersey and delivered within 24 hours. They are $30 for approximately 10 pounds and must be prepaid. They will be available for pickup on July 8 at the church you order from. To order, contact any Methodist church by Thursday.

The HUB is at 1738 N. Branch Ave., Altoona (in front of the driver’s license center), and is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and other days by appointment by calling 201-2123.

Snazzy Socks Fun Run is July 12

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Community Partnership will host a Snazzy Socks Family Fun Run on July 12.

The start and finish of the race will be at the Hollidaysburg Area School District tennis courts. The race travels up Tiger Paw Path, around the high school, and back down Tiger Paw Path.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the race starting at 8:30 a.m.

The race is for children ages 8 to 14 (younger children may race with accompaniment). Children register and receive a free T-shirt, prizes, goodies and more.

Parents race for free, while children are $12 a racer for early registration and then $15 after July 9. Race day registration will be accepted.

There will be prizes for top finishers and those who dress with the snazziest outfit, including snazzy socks.

Participants can register by paper application in person and in the mail or online at!event-4/c5mm.

All proceeds benefit the Hollidaysburg Community Partnership. For more information, call 696-0544.

Hollidaysburg Y camp begins July 8

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA will offer a four-week program designed to give preschool children (3- to 6-year-olds) the opportunity to explore a variety of themes and art forms like cooking, art, drama, music and science. This class will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Children must be potty-trained.

The sessions for this camp are as follows:

Session 1: Creative Cooking (July 8, 9 and 10) – This session promises to be a yummy and sometimes messy experience for all. Working in the kitchen with various types of cooking, safety tips, measuring and using recipes will be explored.

Session 2: Drama & Music (July 15, 16 and 17) – Imagination will play an important role as they participate and learn creative expression through a variety of plays, puppetry, storytelling and more. Music in its many forms will be explored with hands on experience with instruments, dancing and more.

Session 3: Art Exploration (July 22, 23 and 24) – Children will dabble in expressive art experiences focusing on a creative theme while using a variety of art mediums.

Session 4: Science & Nature (July 29, 30 and 31) – Experiments, explorations and lots of hands on science experiments will be the focus of this session.

For more information, call the YMCA at 695-3204 or 695-4467.

Budweiser Clydesdales coming to area

JOHNSTOWN – Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Rally and Von’s United Beverage announced the inclusion of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales and the new addition of the Budweiser Brewmaster Tour.

Both displays will be at Peoples Natural Gas Park, Johns Street, from Thursday to Sunday with the exception of the Budweiser Clydesdales on Thursday evening, where they will appear at Ebensburg Wheels & Wings.

The Clydesdales will also appear in the Grand Thunder Parade on Saturday.

The Budweiser Brewmaster Tour is a scaled-simulation of Budweiser’s seven-step brewing process, showcasing the quality and care that goes into each Budweiser beer. The sensory tour takes visitors through Budweiser’s five brewing zones, with a focus on the beer’s ingredients, including barley, rice, hops, yeast and water.

Brewmaster tours will be given from 3 to 8 p.m. June 27, 1 to 8 p.m. June 28 and 1 to 4 p.m. June 29 at Peoples Natural Gas Park.

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Tyrone Fitness Center offers program

TYRONE – The Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center will provide a free educational program, “The Great Outdoors – Maximize Your Health and Fun.”

The program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. July 10 in the main lobby at the new Tyrone Health & Wellness Building, which is on the Tyrone Regional Health Network campus at 154 Hospital Drive.

The program will be presented by Mary Kowalski, certified athletic trainer.

Participants will learn how to take their usual indoor workout and move it outdoors for twice the benefit. They will also learn some basic exercise moves for increasing motivation to get fit or stay fit, how to use the backyard, local or state park, beach or woods as an exercise setting and learn some helpful resources to open the door to various activities, events and outdoor pursuits.

Program attendees can also participate in an organized local outdoor excursion, details will be shared during the presentation.

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 684-2117.

Canoe Creek playground seeks donors

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Friends of Canoe Creek State Park, which is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is trying to raise $25,000 to provide a playground for the visitors to Canoe Creek State Park, to be installed this year.

Indididuals, as well as businesses, can send donations (checks payable to PPFF, with Canoe Creek Playground Fund in the memo line) to PPFF, 1845 Market St., Suite 202, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Dairy Day set at courthouse

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Area residents can enjoy free ice cream sundaes on Friday in front of the Blair County Courthouse in celebration of Dairy Month. They will be available from noon until all the ice cream is gone.

A representative from the Blair County Dairy Court will be on hand to serve the sundaes.

This salute to agriculture and June Dairy Month is sponsored by The Chamber’s award-winning Farm-City Committee and Ritchey’s Dairy.

For more information, call 943-8151.

Farm, craft market to begin July 8

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Farm & Craft Market will be held from July 8 through Oct. 17.

It will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays on Montgomery Street near the Diamond.

It will include local fresh produce, granola, baked goods, jellies, relishes, soaps, lotions, jewelry, crafts, and more.

Vendors are encouraged to join the market as long as their products are homemade and homegrown.

To register, visit or call the Hollidaysburg Community Partnership at 696-0544.

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Family planning session is Saturday

STATE COLLEGE – A free introduction to the ovulation method of natural family planning will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday 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 or email “”>

Museum to host ‘Buzz Cut Saturday’

BOALSBURG – The Pennsylvania Military Museum will commemorate the beginning of summer with a traditional boot camp haircut with “Buzz Cut Saturday” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Donations will be accepted for the haircut or it is free with museum admission.

For more information, call 466-6263 or visit

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 the history of that area may attend. Copies of the “Dutch Corner Schools” book are still available. Contact Carl Sellers at 623-6303 or email

Fire police course signups due Friday

SAXTON – The Saxton Volunteer Fire Company will offer a basic fire police course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28 and 29 at the Saxton Firehall.

There is a $3 cost to purchase the program syllabus. Meals will be provided in consideration for a donation. An Advanced Fire Police class will be offered as a follow-up in September or October.

All fire police and fire personnel are welcome to attend.

RSVP by Friday by calling Wayne Hammond at

935-0355 or 251-5670.

Fundraiser benefits sick teen

JABA Paranormal Investigations, a nonprofit organization, recently helped a local 14-year-old named McKayla Buoymaster, who was diagnosed with a rare liver disease known as primary sclerosing cholnagitis or PSC.

They sold a total of 683 hoagies and 97 pizzas for a total of $5,484 and were able to give the family $1,500.

Tour of historic homes is June 29

WILLIAMSBURG – The public is invited to a self-directed tour of historic homes in northern Morrisons Cove on Sunday, June 29, starting at Royer Mansion, 5 miles south of Williamsburg on Route 866.

Participants can begin the tour anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. and proceed at their leisure to three other 19th-century homes hosted by the owners. Directions will be provided at Royer Mansion.

Tickets for the tour are $6 per adult. Children younger than 12 can tour for free.

Participants are invited to stroll the 8 acres of natural beauty surrounding Royer Mansion.

Upon completing the tour, participants are invited to enjoy light refreshments in a backyard garden.

Proceeds from ticket purchases will go directly to the preservation and future development of the mansion for community use.

Spikes game to benefit CMN

STATE COLLEGE – A special Miracle Night at the Spikes event will be held during the State College Spikes baseball game on Monday against the Jamestown Jammers at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

The first pitch will be thrown out at 6:05 p.m., with activities held during the game to benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

Fans can use the promo code “MIRACLE” to donate a dollar of their admission to Children’s Miracle Network.

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, call Vanessa Houser at


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Glendale regatta set for July 5

The Lake Glendale Pontoon Association will have its annual regatta at 2 p.m. July 5. The event is open to owners of all boats, including pontoon boats, sailboats and runabouts.

The regatta features decorated boats with trophies awarded for the top four entries. Previous winners have included Puff the Magic Dragon, Statue of Liberty, pirate ship, covered wagon and a paddle wheeler.

Boats must be registered to participate. Preregistration will be held from noon to 5 p.m. July 3 and 4 at the main marina host campsite or on the day of the event from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the main marina.

Trophies will be awarded at a covered dish picnic at 4 p.m. at Pickerel Pond for regatta participants and association members and potential members.

The Lake Glendale Pontoon Association was established in 1969.

Bowling event to aid Alzheimer’s group

On June 27, teams will take to the lanes of Holiday Bowl, Altoona, to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

The disease is newly diagnosed in more than 440 Blair County residents every year. Alzheimer’s affects one in eight people over the age of 65.

All donations received will be donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Legion Park on Sept. 13.

Teams of four will compete for top honors in addition to who was able to raise the most monies. The $20 registration fee, per person, includes shoes and bowling for three hours.

To register, call Amy Dick at 502-9403 or Home Instead Senior Care at 693-2911.

There will be door prize drawings, food and drinks available for purchase.

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CPA recognizes distinguished service

STATE COLLEGE – Robert and Helen Harvey of State College are the 2014 recipients of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State Distinguished Service Award.

The Harveys have helped to ensure the growth of the arts not only at Penn State but also in the community. They were honored at a 2013-14 season celebration dinner April 28 at The Atherton Hotel.

The Harveys have been Center for the Performing Arts Leadership Circle members since 2006. They co-sponsored a presentation -?Kirov Orchestra – with Glenn and Nancy Gamble. Since then, the couple have sponsored performances by Itzhak Perlman, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and Moscow Festival Ballet. They have supported jazz presentations and sponsored parking for various performances.

In addition, the Harveys have volunteered at the Center for the Performing Arts. Bob served as a guide for Eisenhower tours, and Helen recently completed her second term on the Community Advisory Council.

The Harveys have spent a lifetime involved in the arts. They met as musicians in college when they both attended Duff’s Business Institute (now the Everest Institute Pittsburgh). Bob played the alto saxophone and Helen the piano.

Helen went on to earn a master’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed post-graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University. She has participated in an array of dance, theater and graphic design activities. She and Bob spent a year in Japan while she worked for the Omiya City Board of Education. Bob retired from People’s Natural Gas Co., and Helen retired after 42 years of teaching English and drama in the Armstrong and Hollidaysburg Area school districts. They have two daughters, Patricia and Ann.

The award recognizes significant contributions and support to the Center for the Performing Arts, which has presented the honor annually since 1996.

Training set for veteran peer mentors

JOHNSTOWN – The next training session for Veteran Peer Mentors for Veterans Court will be offered this week.

The session will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hiram G.?Andrews Center, 727 Goucher St.

For more information,?call Tom Caulfield, coordinator, at 255-0355.

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Library features Altoona artist

The Altoona Area Public Library invites the public to enjoy the art of Michael Kensinger of Altoona.

On any given day it is hard to tell where you might find wildlife artist and illustrator Michael Kensinger.

Inspired by the beauty of this world from the age of 4, Kensinger began teaching himself how to render birds and other wildlife.

Aside from the personal enjoyment he gets from creating wildlife art, his pieces are used to generate interest and education about conservation.

By the age of 17, Kensinger’s acrylic painting of blue-winged teal ducks placed best of show out of nearly 700 entries in Pennsylvania and was placed in the national competition for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

This rare honor granted him the opportunity for his piece to be displayed for a limited time at various spots throughout the U.S., including the Smithsonian Museum of Art.

More recently, his watercolor of an American Coot placed top 10 nationally for Nevada’s 2013 Waterfowl Stamp Competition.

Kensinger is building his portfolio and expanding his horizons with new exhibits and new contests. He is hoping to land a job as a contributing illustrator for a number of outdoor publications.

To view more of his work or purchase prints of his work, email him at or call him at his studio at 505-3410.

This exhibit may be viewed through June 30 during regular library hours on the ground floor.

Bike ride, 7K to raise money for CAST

CLEARFIELD – On June 22, bike riders, runners and walkers from all over the area will gather at Elliott State Park to participate in the seventh annual CAST Tour de Parks Bike Ride and 7K through Elliott State Park and Parker Dam State Park.

Riders will have their choice of four ride options: 5, 15, 22 and 35 miles through wooded areas riding entirely on paved and dirt roads.

Those doing the 7K (4.5 miles) will travel the same basic path as the shortest bike ride. All routes are well marked with manned rest stops along the way. Maps will be available for all participants the day of the event.

When the riders and walkers return, they will enjoy a picnic meal before heading home.

Check-in opens at 11:30 a.m. on ride day at the pavilion at S.B. Elliot State Park, and event participants depart at 1 p.m. Helmets must be worn by all riders, and all riders younger than 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Those wishing to participate in this annual event can download a registration form from the CAST website at, or call the CAST office at 765-4474 and a form can be mailed to you, or stop in the CAST office. The registration fee is $20.

CAST is a nonprofit organization with its roots in the Old Town Players from the 1940s. CAST brings quality entertainment to the area in the form of live theater, band concerts and other arts-related activities.

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

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Eagle Scout fundraiser is Saturday

Eagle Scout candidate Joseph Lannoo, a junior at Altoona Area High School, will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast fundraiser and yard sale from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N.?Fourth St.,?Altoona, to raise money for his Eagle Scout project.

Joseph’s project consists of removal of an old ramp and building a much needed storage shed for Juniata UMC. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Astronomy club plans sky watch

HOLLIDAYSBURG?-?The Starlight Astronomy Club will hold a free public sky watch 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 the planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, the moon and several deep-sky objects, including many galaxies and globular and open star clusters.

The club will be meeting in the parking lot on the beach side of the lake. The rain date will be Saturday.

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

Drive-ins to broadcast Buffett concert

CARROLLTOWN – Hi-Way Drive-In is hosting a special event on June 19.

The sold-out Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band concert at Panther Island, Fort Worth, Texas, will be broadcast live on the big-screen at drive-ins nationwide in an effort to help drive-ins meet their financial needs.

Tickets are $18 per person. For tickets and information, visit drive-in or or call 344-8684.

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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:

June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., UPMC Altoona

July 18 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Windy Hill Village, Philipsburg.

Aug. 5 and 6 – 1 to 4:30 p.m., Epworth Manor, Tyrone.

Aug. 11 – 4 to 8 p.m., DuBois Library.

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Singles dance is Saturday in Tyrone

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., and 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

Volunteers needed at playground

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission, along with the Booker T. Washington Revitalization Corporation, is looking for volunteers for this week’s Prospect Park Community Playground installation at 112 S. 15th St., Altoona.

About 30 to 35 volunteers will be needed from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Along with volunteers, donations of food and drinks for the volunteers are needed.

To volunteer or to donate food or drinks, contact the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission at 949-2231 or

Event focus is people with disabilities

A number of spots remain for the Blair County?Emergency Management Symposium regarding people with disabilities, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 at the Blair County Convention?Center.

The symposium is being presented by the Center for Independent Living of Southcentral Pennsylvania, in partnership with Blair County Emergency Management Agency, Department of Social Services and Contact Altoona.

Agencies who work directly with Blair County people with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

The goal is to identify where they live and inform first responders so they can be prepared to meet their needs in the event of a weather, human or technological disaster.

There is no cost for the symposium. Lunch will be provided. Registration is requested by June 16 by calling Melissa Gillin in the Blair County Department of Social Services at 693-3052 or

Gaming marathon to benefit CMN

Area residents are invited to take part in this year’s Extra Life gaming marathon Oct. 25 to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

Gamers make up teams, recruit friends or join the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger team and collect pledges from friends and families. Then get ready for 24 hours of game playing.

Sign up online at

For more information about Extra Life, contact Vanessa Houser at 800-451-5437 or

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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NARFE to meet Friday at King’s

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

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

A representative from UPMC Healthcare Plan will provide a presentation and answer questions and concerns that NARFE members have about the upcoming negotiations regarding continued coverage of Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers in the greater Blair and Centre counties and surrounding area.

For more information, call Michael Grove at 329-8274.

Riyo’s Rock and Ride to aid autism

The second annual Riyo’s Rock and Ride for Autism will be held Aug. 24 to help his friends and their families battle the challenges with autistic people. The ride starts at MBG MMA, 715 Fifth?Ave., Patton. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

This family-friendly event is a motorcycle ride through the Allegheny Mountains, and vehicles are welcome to follow.

The ride is approximately 100 miles with two stops and ends with a basket auction, meal and live entertainment.

Preregistration is recommended, but not required. The cost is $20 per person, which includes the events, a custom ride T-shirt, meal, soft drinks and water.

Donations are being accepted. Make checks payable to Riyos Rock and Ride for Autism.

Individuals and businesses can donate to have their name or logo printed on the T-shirt.

For more information, visit Facebook – Riyos Rock and Ride for Autism or email

J.C. Blair offers Safe Sitter classes

HUNTINGDON – J.C. Blair Hospital joins hundreds of cities across the country that offer Safe Sitter babysitting training classes. The medically accurate program teaches boys and girls 11 years and older how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.

J.C. Blair is offering two different sessions this summer: June 13 and June 16. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center.

The fee is $40, which includes a Safe Sitter manual, program completion card, snacks and lunch. The class now includes CPR instruction. Space is limited.

For more information or to register for the Safe Sitter class, call 643-8839.

African?American Heritage Project to meet

The African American Heritage Project of Blair County will meet at 6 p.m. June 21 at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2121 Fifth Ave., Altoona.

Those attending will plan for the 21st African American Heritage Festival, which will occur on July 26 at Penn State Altoona.

The public is invited to attend.

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Mountain?City Grass to perform?

CLAYSBURG -?The Mountain City Grass will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Claysburg Community Park. Admission is free.

Take a lawn chair or blanket.

Health screening set for Saturday

EVERETT – Health screenings that consist of a series of 28 tests, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels, are being offered by UPMC?Bedford Memorial Hospital and local organizations.

Screenings will be offered on the following dates:

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

7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 6 – Bedford Area Ambulance Service, 130 W. Vondersmith Ave., Bedford. Some additional screenings will be offered on this date.

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

Results are available the next day and can be sent to primary care physicians. Annually, more than 500 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.

The cost is $25 for blood screening and $3 for urinalysis. For an additional $3, test results can be sent directly to the patient. Payment to be made by cash or check only.

Registration is not required. For more information or to ask specific questions about the screenings, contact the laboratory at 623-3506.

Healing Patch sets volunteer open houses

Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch needs volunteers to help grieving children and their families.

Healing Patch has centers in Altoona and Ebensburg, and area residents are invited to an open house at the location of their choice to learn more about the ways to get involved.

The Altoona open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 18 at 5416 Sixth Ave.

The Ebensburg open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. June 25 at 118 Ebony Road.

The Healing Patch: A Program for Loss and Hope for Grieving Children and Their Families is a free peer support program for children of preschool age through 18 years.

While volunteers must understand they cannot “fix” what has happened, volunteers are able to help bring hope and healing back into the life of a child.

There are many opportunities to get involved by facilitating groups and planning activities for children to share with one another, greeting family members as they arrive, serving food and beverages for families to enjoy, completing sewing projects for children to remember their loved ones or assisting with special family programs.

Healing Patch volunteers must be at least 21 years old.

For more information about the open houses or volunteer opportunities, contact Melody Ray, volunteer coordinator, at 800-445-6262, ext. 2656, or mray@

Day One plans ‘Flag Day Prayer Run’

Day One of Greater Altoona will hold its annual motorcycle event, “Flag Day Prayer Run,” on June 14. All are welcome. Meet at the Alliance Church (former Value City building).

Registration starts 9:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 10 a.m.

This is a donation-based ride; all proceeds will be used toward Day One’s summer youth camps.

For more information, call 949-9210.

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Tea Party offers Patriot Scholarship

The Blair County Tea Party announced its 2014 Patriot Scholarship.

The Patriot Scholarship is open to all graduating seniors in Blair County who plan on attending college or other educational pursuits this fall.

Applications have been distributed and are available in the guidance offices of all eight senior high schools in Blair County.

The original application and essay must be postmarked or received by June 30 and should be mailed to Blair County Tea Party, c/o Patriot Scholarship, P.O. Box 54, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-0054.

The essay of at least 500 words will be on the Bill of Rights. The content of the essay is to answer the following question: “Which of the 10 amendments, if it had not existed, would have had the greatest impact on the U.S. historically as well as today?”

Each essay will be scored and the finalists will be interviewed by representatives of the BCTP Board of Directors.

The scores for each applicant’s essay and interview will be combined and the winner will be announced and presented with a plaque on July 20 at the Blair County Tea Party’s Freedom Festival. The winner will share their winning essay at that time.

This scholarship opportunity is made possible by proceeds of the Blair County Tea Party’s current fundraiser, details of which can be found on the official website

Questions about the scholarship should be directed to the Blair County T.E.A. Party Communications Director at 944-2314. For more information, visit

ASO annual meeting is Thursday

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual meeting, which is open to the public, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Blair County Arts Foundation offices at 1221 12th Ave., downtown Altoona.

Library to launch summer reading

CLAYSBURG – The Claysburg Area Public Library will hold its Summer Reading Program June 9 through July 31. Children up to age 18 are encouraged to register and read during the summer.

In addition, the library will have programs which include science experiments to make things interesting. Each week will have a different theme.

June 9 to 12 – Fun with Food.

June 16 to 19 – CSI.

June 23 to 26 – Science Magic.

June 30 to July 3 – Grossology.

July 7 to 10 – Magnetic Attraction.

July 14 to 17 – Rocket Science.

July 21 to 24 – Weather or Not.

July 28 to 31 – Budding Engineers.

Children may come in the library during regular hours and participate in the programs. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bicycle Safety Rodeo is Saturday

The Lakemont Lions Club, along with the Lakemont Fire Department and Spokes & Skis Shop, is sponsoring a Bicycle Safety Rodeo designed to teach improved safety skills needed to be better cyclists.

The rodeo will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lakemont Fire Hall.

The event will have a series of stations to include a bicycle mechanical check, safety orientation, helmet fitting, two actual courses to complete and a completion certificate for the child. The rodeo is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants should wear a safety helmet.

There will also be a drawing held for a bicycle and a separate drawing for a helmet.

The Lakemont Fire Department will also be sponsoring an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call Larry Edwards at 943-6310

Memory screenings offered June 11

Members of the community are invited to the Senior Daily Living Center at 701 Quail Ave., Altoona, for free memory screenings from 9 to 11 a.m. June 11.

The screenings are offered through a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, which raises awareness about the importance of being screened for memory loss. Individuals can take advantage of free screenings at the center as the first step toward proper detection and treatment of memory loss.

The center provides a daytime home-away-from home for seniors where meals, activities, medications and caregiving assistance is available as their loved ones work or handle other responsibilities.

Seniors also have the opportunity to spend time with children who attend the Growing Years Early Learning Center through the Generations Together program.

For more information, contact Rachel Guiher, center manager at 946-4693 or

Volunteers needed to ‘Stuff the Bus’

The Family Resource Center at the United Way of Blair County announced its sixth annual “Stuff the Bus” school supply campaign.

School supplies collected will benefit students in Blair County school districts and early learning programs. Stuff the Bus is a community-wide effort to collect items needed for students to succeed in school.

Local businesses, agencies, clubs and churches conduct in-house collections by their employees or members or act as donation sites for the community.

Donations of supplies will be accepted from June 23 to July 30. On July 31, volunteers from the Family Resource Center and United Way will pick up items at the various locations. Volunteers will sort the items for distribution and the distribution will be on Aug. 7 at the United Way.

If you or your program would like to donate, collect, be a distribution site or volunteer, contact Denise Adams, coordinator, at 944-0884, ext. 304, or

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BG elementary music meeting today

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School will be expanding its instrumental music program to reach area parochial grade school students in grades four through eight.

Students entering these grade levels will be afforded the opportunity to choose a musical instrument and be taught the skills and techniques to become a young musician, playing alongside their peers.

In this program, students will receive weekly individual and/or group lessons with like instruments during the school day by Mel McConnell, former music director at BG.

There will be an informational session for parents at 7 p.m. today in the Bishop Guilfoyle cafeteria. All parents of the community are welcome to attend.

Instruments available include flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, snare drum, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and French horn.

For more information, visit

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Relay teams to meet in?Saxton

SAXTON -?The Tussey Mountain Relay For Life will meet at 7 p.m. June 10 at the Trinity United Church basemaent, 1001 Church St.

Teams will continue the planning of the 2014 Tussey Mountain Relay For Life and all fundraising efforts.

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 635-4157.

Yard sale to aid Hinish Foundation

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Zack Hinish Foundation will hold its fifth annual spring yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St.

It will include lots of furniture, kitchen accessories, Christmas items, books and more.

Baked goods, hot dogs, ox roast sandwiches and snow cones will also be available for purchase.

All money raised will benefit the foundation’s various projects that benefit children with various disabilities.

Last year’s yard sale raised more than $6,000. Yard sale items and baked goods to be donated can be dropped off from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the church.

For more information, call Tami Hinish at 696-5028.

The Zack Hinish Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of children with disabilities.

‘Beauty, Brains and Heart’ seeks girls

Beauty, Brains and Heart will be sponsoring a Miss American Liberty Pageant on July 5 at the Juniata Civic Center.

Age divisions are: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-19.

Only six contestants per age division will be accepted.

Areas of competition will be All American Girl Wear, Onstage Chat and Beauty (short dress for ages up to 12 and long for 13 and older).

The sponsor fee to compete is $95, and optional events are $15 each (photogenic, prettiest hair, prettiest eyes and prettiest smile). There will also be a People’s Choice Award (votes will be a donation of $1 per vote). Each division winner will receive a crown, sash, trophy award and gift. Each runner up will receive a trophy award and gift. People’s Choice Winner will receive a crown, sash and trophy award. If you are interested in entering please email Jackie at or call 814-942-6824.

Beauty, Brains and Heart is owned and operated by the mother/daughter team of Jackie and Typhani Russo. It is dedicated to promoting positive pageantry and is involved in the community, organizing unique events, as well as volunteering with many organizations for the benefit of area children.

The motto is “Remember that you are a beauty, using your brains to guide your compassionate heart.”