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Tickets on sale for ‘Farm to Fork’

LORETTO – Vale Wood Farms will host a “Farm to Fork” dinner to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16 on the dairy store lawn, 517 Vale Wood Road.

Vale Wood invites the public to celebrate local food with local farmers.

Chef Michael Passanita will prepare a meal from food that is grown, prepared and served in Cambria County. Local farmers will serve a casual, station-style meal. Local wine samples will be available – glasses and bottles can be purchased.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Vale Wood home delivery customers can charge tickets to their account by calling 886-7171, ext. 106. Tickets are also available in the Loretto dairy store or by calling the number above with a credit card.

Bob Evans to help Smiles for Miles

Bob Evans Restaurant of Altoona will host a Smiles for Miles fundraising day all day Aug. 10.

Fifteen percent of sales will be donated to the Smiles for Miles Charitable Foundation. All proceeds will go to raising awareness of a very rare and incurable disease Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia and other such pediatric genetic diseases, helping families battling incurable pediatric genetic diseases and to assist in raising funding for continued research.

Vouchers are required and are available through Smiles for Miles Charitable Foundation.

For more information, call Penny Brunner at 935-9238 or smilesformiles1031@gmail.com.

Juniata Civics to hold corn boil

The Juniata Civic Association will hold a corn boil at it next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Juniata Pavilion. Corn and hot dogs will be the menu. Members and guests are invited to attend.

AFSCME to meet Wednesday

EBENSBURG – Sub-Chapter 8303 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ebensburg Municipal Building.

Fundraisers to benefit Harper Hite

ROARING?SPRING?- A chicken barbecue, yard sale and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Brethren to benefit Harper Hite.

Harper is 2 months old and was diagnosed at birth with microphthalmia, a genetic condition causing her eye to be severely underdeveloped. This condition has left Harper blind in her left eye. Frequent travel and overnight stays to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are required to get her the medical treatment she needs.

Yard sale donations or baked good donations should be dropped off at the church between 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the yard sale. Chicken dinners will be $7 and can be eaten in or taken out.

Money raised will help pay for medical and travel expenses.

For more information contact Amy at 814-502-9403.

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Open horse show set for Saturday

MARTINSBURG – The Morrisons Cove Open Horse Show, organized by Classic Ribbons 4-H and Pony Club in conjunction with the Morrisons Cove Dairy Show, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park.

There will be junior and senior classes, and high point awards will be awarded for 36 divisions. Entry fees are $3 per class. Ribbons will be awarded for first through sixth places. Trophies will be presented for high point beginner, junior and senior riders.

Food stands will be open all day.

Association for Blind sets programs

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

The following programs are open to the public:

Aug. 6 – Shopping at Amish Farm Market.

Aug. 13 – Shopping at Dollar Tree.

Aug. 20 – “Respite Care after Hospitalization,” presented by Amy Harr of Elmcroft.

Aug. 27 – Programs offered through Senior Life, presented by Suzie Knorr.

Aug. 30 – “Medication Dispensing Unit,” presented by John Gardini of Home Helpers.

This specialized services program is funded in part through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services, and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

For more information, call 944-2021.

Grant writing workshop offered

EBENSBURG – “Getting the Most from Your Grant Writing Efforts,” a half-day workshop from Penn State Extension, will examine the grant writing process in detail.

The workshop is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Penn State Extension Cambria County, Manor Drive meeting room, 499 Manor Drive.

Topics include identifying and working with foundations, the components of an effective proposal, evaluation strategies, the grant review process and effective search strategies.

This workshop is recommended for staff, volunteers and board members of community nonprofits, local governments and other community organizations.

Whether you are responsible for obtaining grants, wondering where to start or simply curious about how to improve your efforts, the interactive program will give you an opportunity to share best practices, learn from your peers and do a little networking.

Angie Berzonski of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies will be a guest presenter to provide information about the CFA, as well as her insights as a funder.

The cost is $25 per person. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Register online at extension.psu.edu/grant-writing or contact Penn State Extension Adams County, which will take registrations for the Ebensburg session, at 717-334-6271, ext. 307.

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ACT to hold meeting Friday

Altoona Community Theatre will announce plans for its 2014-15 season at 7 p.m. Friday in the Rehearsal Hall of the ACT Workshop, 1213 12th St., Altoona, next to Tom & Joe’s restaurant.

Anyone interested in any aspect of theater is welcome to attend regardless of previous experience or prior involvement with ACT.

At the meeting, Brendan Jesus, an integrative arts major at Penn State Altoona who is directing the first show in ACT’s season, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” will discuss the production and its auditions.

Details on other shows, events and activities for the year also will be announced.

For more information, call ACT at 943-4357 or visit www.altoonacommunitytheatre.com.

Dance set for Aug. 9 in Pleasantville

PLEASANTVILLE – A dance to music by White Shadow will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Alum Bank Firehall on Route 96, just north of Route 56.

Admission is $5 per person. The kitchen will open at 5:30 p.m.

The smoke-free, alcohol-free event is sponsored

by the Alum Bank Community Fire Company Auxiliary.

For more information, call 839-2358 or visit www.facebook.com/AlumBankFireCompanyAux.

Railroad retirees to join for breakfast

All area railroad employees and their spouses are invited to a “dutch treat” breakfast at 9 a.m. Monday at Tom & Joe’s restaurant, 1201 13th Ave., Altoona.

Meetings are held the first Monday of each month.

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

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Fundraiser set for Hope for Families

Bob Evans restaurant, 317 W. Plank Road, Altoona, is hosting a community fundraiser for Blair Hope for Families on Sunday.

From 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of sales to the organization for customers presenting a fundraiser flyer at the time of checkout. Flyers are available at www.facebook.com/

BlairHopeforFamilies or by emailing Doug_Sloey@

yahoo.com. The donation will be made for dine-in and carryout meals.

Blair Hope for Families provides items, events and experiences that may be missed by the children in the foster care system in Blair County.

Sunday Funday set at Lakemont Park

LTD Boosters of the LTD Academy are hosting Sunday Fundays at Lakemont Park every other Sunday throughout the summer.

The events will all have two band sets and four acoustic acts competing in competition. The final Sunday will have three bands, and the winners of the acoustic acts competing for the overall winner.

The band schedule includes Left for Dead and The Sitch on Sunday, Dirt Kicker and This Albatross on Aug. 10 and 7th Gear, Flight 19 and Sky 2.0 on Aug. 24.

LTD Boosters is a nonprofit group that assists families with gymnasts on the LTD Academy Competitive Gymnastic Team.

Admission is free. CoBRH”s, the Belmar and Pellegrine’s, along with Lakemont Park, will have barbecue foods available for purchase, and LTD Boosters will have adult beverages for sale.

Community day is Aug. 2 in Skelp

SKELP – The Sinking Valley Fair will hold a community day on Aug. 2 at the fairgrounds.

There will be a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food will be provided by the Sinking Valley Grange. A free bounce house and other free activities will be available for children.

There will also be a cow patty bingo.

For more information, call Jessica Long at 684-5894.

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 11 a.m.

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

Making Strides kickoff is Aug. 16

The 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Blair County campaign will host its annual Breakfast Kick-Off at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 at The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona.

During this breakfast, attendees will learn lots about Strides and how our donations make a difference toward the fight against breast cancer.

The 2014 Honorary Survivor Chairs, Gloria Smouse and her daughter Abby Morgart, will be sharing an inspirational story of their breast cancer journey.

To RSVP, call the ACS office at 695-9232 by Friday.

Portage Rotary to sponsor 5K

PORTAGE – The Rotary Club of Portage will sponsor the “Portage Summerfest 2014 5K Run” on Aug. 9 at the football stadium in Portage.

Awards will be presented to winners in each age group. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run will start at 8:30 a.m. There will be a $20 registration fee, $15 if you register before Aug. 1.

For more information or to preregister, contact Tom Schettig at 886-7790 or theballroom@comcast.

net. T-shirts and refreshments will be available.

Proceeds will benefit Crichton-McCormick Park.

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Bellwood library honors photographer

BELLWOOD – Amy Renney Sipes is the artist of the month at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library for July and August, displaying more than 40 photographs taken over the years.

A Penn State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a teaching certificate in chemistry, Sipes has worked for the Altoona Water Authority for 19 years in many capacities and currently serves as the Water Authority’s Environmental Microbiologist, coordinating sampling, testing and treatment of 12 reservoirs and seven water treatment plants.

Many of her photos are influenced by her passion for protecting the environment and have been taken throughout Blair County on local watersheds.

Two years ago, Sipes and a friend created a website on Facebook titled, “Poetry through the Lens,” which displays her favorite photograph of the day.

“Most of the time, I am surprised and thrilled with what the camera has captured,” she said. “A single moment in time … a cloud formation that can never be repeated … a sunset that is one of a kind.”

Sipes has submitted photographs in competitions and placed second at the 2013 and 2014 Pennsylvania Lake Management Society’s Annual Conference. Her photograph, “Reflection,” was chosen out of hundreds of entries for the 2014 Altoona Mirror wall calendar, for the month of August.

Sipes has a daughter, Shayan, and is the daughter of former Bellwood residents Jim and Linda Renney.

Her photographs can be seen in the library during regular library hours, 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Summerfest parade seeks participants

PORTAGE – The Rotary Club of Portage will be sponsoring the 2014 Portage Summerfest Parade on Aug. 9.

Line-up will begin at 1 p.m. at the Centre Town Mall on Caldwell Avenue, and the parade will start at 2 p.m.

Groups wishing to participate in the parade are asked to contact Mike Scarton at 736-9313. Several fire companies, rescue vehicles and ambulance associations will be there, and judges will be awarding monetary prizes to the best floats and walking groups.

Best of the Best Show set for Sunday

STATE COLLEGE – The 28th annual Last Cruise Best of the Best Show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday on Allen Street downtown State College.

This is an invitation-only event with pre-approved cars.

In addition to the car, truck and motorcycle show, there will be kids activities and live entertainment featuring Your Dad’s Friends.

Following the show, anyone may participate in the cruise around downtown State College.

Master gardeners to hold workshop

EBENSBURG – The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Cambria County will offer a Garden Art Hypertufa Workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 16 in the Penn State Extension meeting room at 499 Manor Drive.

Gardeners will craft their own platters at a hands-on workshop out of a lightweight, fake stone mixture called “hypertufa.” The platter, which will be in the shape of a leaf, may be used as a birdbath, bird feeder or simply as decoration in the garden.

The demonstration will include painting and sealing. Participants should take a 1- or 2-gallon bucket and a sturdy surface like a cookie sheet to put their platter on.

The cost of the workshop is $14.95, first come, first served, as the class size is limited.

Call 472-7986 to reserve a space by Aug. 13 or to get more information. The meeting room is handicapped accessible.

Civil?War Round?Table to meet

BOALSBURG -?The Central PA Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Pennsylvania Military Museum auditorium, 51 Boal Ave.

John Quarstein will speak on “The Battle of Mobile Bay.” Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer and author. He previously worked for 30 years as the director of the Virginia War Museum and as consultant to The Mariners’ Museum’s MONITOR Center. Quarstein currently serves as a historian for the City of Newport News,?Va.

Quarstein is the author of 14 books.?He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries and is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 1993 President’s Award for Historic Preservation.

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.

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Bellwood library honors photographer

BELLWOOD – Amy Renney Sipes is the artist of the month at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library for July and August, displaying more than 40 photographs taken over the years.

A Penn State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a teaching certificate in chemistry, Sipes has worked for the Altoona Water Authority for 19 years in many capacities and currently serves as the Water Authority’s Environmental Microbiologist, coordinating sampling, testing and treatment of 12 reservoirs and seven water treatment plants.

Many of her photos are influenced by her passion for protecting the environment and have been taken throughout Blair County on local watersheds.

Two years ago, Sipes and a friend created a website on Facebook titled, “Poetry through the Lens,” which displays her favorite photograph of the day.

“Most of the time, I am surprised and thrilled with what the camera has captured,” she said. “A single moment in time … a cloud formation that can never be repeated … a sunset that is one of a kind.”

Sipes has submitted photographs in competitions and placed second at the 2013 and 2014 Pennsylvania Lake Management Society’s Annual Conference. Her photograph, “Reflection,” was chosen out of hundreds of entries for the 2014 Altoona Mirror wall calendar, for the month of August.

Sipes has a daughter, Shayan, and is the daughter of former Bellwood residents Jim and Linda Renney.

Her photographs can be seen in the library during regular library hours, 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Summerfest parade seeks participants

PORTAGE – The Rotary Club of Portage will be sponsoring the 2014 Portage Summerfest Parade on Aug. 9.

Line-up will begin at 1 p.m. at the Centre Town Mall on Caldwell Avenue, and the parade will start at 2 p.m.

Groups wishing to participate in the parade are asked to contact Mike Scarton at 736-9313. Several fire companies, rescue vehicles and ambulance associations will be there, and judges will be awarding monetary prizes to the best floats and walking groups.

Best of the Best Show set for Sunday

STATE COLLEGE – The 28th annual Last Cruise Best of the Best Show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday on Allen Street downtown State College.

This is an invitation-only event with pre-approved cars.

In addition to the car, truck and motorcycle show, there will be kids activities and live entertainment featuring Your Dad’s Friends.

Following the show, anyone may participate in the cruise around downtown State College.

Master gardeners to hold workshop

EBENSBURG – The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Cambria County will offer a Garden Art Hypertufa Workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 16 in the Penn State Extension meeting room at 499 Manor Drive.

Gardeners will craft their own platters at a hands-on workshop out of a lightweight, fake stone mixture called “hypertufa.” The platter, which will be in the shape of a leaf, may be used as a birdbath, bird feeder or simply as decoration in the garden.

The demonstration will include painting and sealing. Participants should take a 1- or 2-gallon bucket and a sturdy surface like a cookie sheet to put their platter on.

The cost of the workshop is $14.95, first come, first served, as the class size is limited.

Call 472-7986 to reserve a space by Aug. 13 or to get more information. The meeting room is handicapped accessible.

Civil?War Round?Table to meet

BOALSBURG -?The Central PA Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Pennsylvania Military Museum auditorium, 51 Boal Ave.

John Quarstein will speak on “The Battle of Mobile Bay.” Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer and author. He previously worked for 30 years as the director of the Virginia War Museum and as consultant to The Mariners’ Museum’s MONITOR Center. Quarstein currently serves as a historian for the City of Newport News,?Va.

Quarstein is the author of 14 books.?He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries and is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 1993 President’s Award for Historic Preservation.

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.

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Historical society plans Aug. events

EVERETT -?The Bloody Run Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Everett Railroad Museum on Fifth Street, off North Spring Street.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through October, including the newly renovated caboose and the restocked gift shop.

The historical exhibit at the Everett Library for August will be a photo collection of “then and now” Everett sites, framed by Bloody Run?Historical Society member Wayne Fluke. It can be visited during regular library hours.

The 100-year-old Lincoln Highway will be explored in detail at the Aug. 17 open house at the Everett Railroad Museum with a discussion and a showing of the Telly Award-winning orientation film “Through the Windshield.” The program begins at 2 p.m.

It will be presented by Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Executive Director Olga Herbert and Bedford County representative on the LHHC Board Karen Bowman.

There will be handouts facilitating an interesting tour along the 200-mile Roadside Museum along the corridor.

There is no admission charge, but donations are always welcome and needed to maintain the museum.

Reynoldsville ATV rally set for Aug. 2

REYNOLDSVILLE – The annual ATV Rally will be held Aug. 2 at Rathmel Run Hunting Preserve, 2288 Wayne Road. The event will be held regardless of the weather.

The event includes more than 20 miles of trails on 1,100 acres of private land, concessions and a mud pit.

The cost is $25 per ATV. All riders and passengers must sign liability forms. No alcohol is permitted while riding, and riders must wear helmets. Those who preregister by July 30 can get $5 off the registration fee.

Registration and riding begins at 9 a.m., and all ATVs must be off the course by 4 p.m.

Drivers must be at least 16 years of age. Parental signature is required.

Primitive camping will be available.

For more information, call Jack at 591-3801.

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Children mark Fair Housing Month

The month of April was designated as Fair Housing Month to commemorate Congress passing the Civil Rights Act of l968. On an annual basis, the Altoona Housing Authority hosts some type of event for the children to participate in and celebrate Fair Housing Month.

This year, the Altoona Housing Authority, in collaboration with the Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation After School Program at Fairview Hills, sponsored a poster/essay contest for children to participate in with the theme of “I Have a Dream of Fair Housing.”

Paulette Cornett, fair housing administrator for the City of Altoona, along with staff members from the City of Altoona, judged the posters and essays.

A recognition ceremony was held at the Fairview Hills Community Center with an ice cream social for all participants.

Golf tournament to benefit fire school

EBENSBURG -?On Sept. 5, Cambria Care Center of Ebensburg will host its inaugural golf tournament to benefit the Volunteer Fireman’s Association of Cambria County and Vicinity and support its annual firefighter training.

The Cambria County Fire School trains hundreds of firefighters across Pennsylvania.

“We are only one of a few county associations that still run a county fire school program,” said Paul Kundrod, treasurer of the association. “We run over 50 classes on the three weekends of the Cambria County Fire School held each spring. These classes are open to any firefighter statewide, and the response by firefighters has been fantastic. This past year, we had 775 registrants taking a variety of classes at our school site in Patton.”

The CCC Golf Classic will be a four-person scramble format held at the Ebensburg Country Club at 408 Manor Drive, across from the Care Center. It will feature a luncheon, an All Fore Friday after-business mixer and an awards dinner with activities for nongolfers.

Golfers can participate in skill contests and other games with all proceeds benefiting the association, which is made up of 57 fire departments from a multi-county region.

For more information, call 471-2111 or visit Cambria Care Center’s Facebook page.

Smiles for Miles golf event is Aug. 2

The 2014 Smiles for Miles Non-Profit Golf Tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 2 at Sinking Valley Country Club, Altoona.

Proceeds will go to raise awareness of nonketotic hyperglycinemia, a very rare and incurable disease to help families currently battling NKH and to assist in raising funding for continued research for NKH and other orphan incurable pediatric genetic diseases.

The Smiles for Miles Foundation will donate proceeds to Penn State University College of Medicine, Pittsburgh University School of Medicine and the University of Colorado Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia Research.

Smiles for Miles was founded in honor of Miles Daniel Brunner, who was born Oct. 31, 2012. Shortly after birth, Miles was diagnosed with NKH.

Miles’ fraternal grandparents, Penny and Jerry Brunner of Bellwood, and Miles’ father, Matthew Brunner, founded Smiles for Miles Foundation.

Shaner Hotel Group from State College and Select Medical from Harrisburg are the key sponsors of the tournament. Beerbower Jewelers from Hollidaysburg is this year’s hole-in-one sponsor.

To register, email Penny Brunner at smilesformiles1031@gmail.com or Matthew Brunner at Mbrun@gmail.com or visit www.smilesformiles.info.

Association plans mushroom program

EBENSBURG – The Allegheny Mountain Woodland Association will hold its third workshop of 2014, “Wild Mushrooms: From Foraging to Forest Farming,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Ebensburg Borough Building meeting room, 300 W. High St.

The workshop will focus on reasons to look for wild mushrooms. Participants will explore wild mushroom foraging and marketing in the region and learn how seasonal mushrooms can be used to enhance your diet and forest-based enterprise.

This program will be taught by Eric Burkhart, the plant science program director for Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. He also teaches courses for the Penn State Ecosystem Science and Management Department.

Preregistration is required, and only 50 slots are available. The cost is $30 ($20 for AMWA members), which includes registration, refreshments and a pizza lunch. The outdoor afternoon session follows lunch, and it will take place west of Ebensburg on Route 22 (directions will be provided at the program).

To register, call 472-8560 (Noll’s Forestry).

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Fundraising underway for local man

Donations are being collected for Jeff Guyer, who has been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer, called Glioblastoma, in the past few weeks.

He recently had surgery to remove the tumor in which the doctor was able to remove 95 percent; however, even with treatment and the aggressive chemo and radiation therapy, the prognosis is uncertain.

At the time of diagnosis, Guyer was working full-time at the Advanced Center of Surgery as a nurse. He was also the assistant deputy coroner for Blair County and a part-time police officer at the Duncansville Police Department.

At this time, he is unable to perform any of these jobs and his future employment is unknown.

Guyer is also well-known for his love of music, be it playing guitar or singing, and has played in numerous bands through the years. He also has a passion for riding his motorcycle.

A benefit titled “Rock N’ Roll Benefit: Starring Jeff Guyer and Company” is planned for Aug. 3 at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona.

This will be a night dedicated to dancing and socializing while listening to Guyer and his friends from years past play.

All monies that are raised will be donated to Jeff and Peggy Guyer to help with the medical expenses that will accrue over and above his medical insurance coverage due to him being unable to work.

There will be tickets sold to this event, 50/50 tickets and a Chinese auction. There will also be a door prize.

Tickets can be purchased at either Professionals Auto Body location and are $10 each. Any contributions (monetary, basket donation, etc.) can also be dropped off at either Professionals Auto Body location. Checks should be made payable to “Guyer Rock and Roll Benefit.”

Civil War group seeks descendants

On Aug. 24, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will conduct a commemoration ceremony to honor members of the 84th Pa. Regiment and the 110th Pa. Regiment who fought at the First Battle of Kernstown on March 23, 1862.

The Sons are interested in locating descendants of soldiers killed in that battle from Blair and the surrounding area for the ceremony. Of particular interest are relatives of Col. William Gray Murray, Capt. Patrick Gallagher and Lt. Charles Reem, all who died in the battle and are buried in Hollidaysburg.

Anyone with information should contact John Crider, commander of Col. Crowther Camp 89, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, at 207-9123.

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War descendants to host professor

BELLWOOD -?The Descendents of Civil War Veterans will host Professor Paul Newman, who will present a slide presentation at their meeting titled “The Faces of the Civil War – Pennsylvanians and Americans and the Realities of Armed Conflict.”

This meeting will be held at 7 p.m. July 23 at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

Barnes & Noble plans Batman Day

Barnes &?Noble Altoona is planning an exciting event as part of the Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble campaign.

On July 23, the store will host Batman Day, a celebration for both kids and adults of the Caped Crusader’s enormous influence on pop culture.

On Batman Day, customers can celebrate the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary with activities and giveaways – including a free special edition of Detective Comics No. 27. In addition, fans can enter for a chance to win their own Mini Bat Signal.

Events include storytime and craft at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., a costume contest for kids and adults at 6 p.m. and trivia at 6:30 p.m. for kids and 7 p.m. for adults.

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble is a month-long pop culture celebration in stores nationwide from July 18 through Aug. 10.

It brings to life customers’ favorite books, characters, DVDs, artists, illustrators and pop-culture icons with themed events, author signings, panel discussions, contests, exclusive content, giveaways and prizes, sneak peeks, activities and more.

In addition, throughout the month, customers can enter the exclusive Get Pop-Cultured Sweepstakes from NOOK for a chance to win a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, a Warner Bros. Studio VIP Tour for two and many other prizes by visiting the NOOK counter at their local Barnes & Noble.

St. Vincent de Paul collecting supplies

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is sponsoring its back-to-school project to help needy kids with new school supplies.

Financial donations can be sent to SVDP Youth Ministry at 927 Franklin St., Johnstown, PA 15905.

New school supplies will also be accepted.

For more information, call the society at 539-4627.

Pressure canning workshop is July 24

DUNCANSVILLE -?The Penn State Cooperative Extension will offer a hands-on workshop on pressure canning from 6 to 9 p.m. July 24 at the Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave.

Participants will have a supervised experience of using a pressure canner and each person will take home one or two pints of a processed product.

According to the extension office, if you can green beans, beets, carrots, soups, meats or any other low acid foods, then pressure canning is the only safe way to can these foods to prevent botulism.

Information on water bath canning, freezing and drying foods will also be provided, and everyone will receive the latest Let’s Preserve fact sheets.

Sharon McDonald, extension educator, and Jackie Forsht, master food preserver, will lead the class.

The cost for the workshop is $20 per person. To register, call 940-5989 or visit extension.psu.edu/

food/preservation/events.

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Oz group to play in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG – Please join the Williamsburg Senior Center, 423 West Second St., from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, for an afternoon of music with Oz and the Sharptones.

Individuals 60 years of age and older are invited to attend this free event. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy oldies music. For more information, call Gerta Strohmeyer, Williamsburg Senior Center Coordinator, at 814-832-3625.

Dutch?Corner Group to meet Sunday

BEDFORD – The Bedford County Dutch Corner History Group will meet at 2 p.m. July 20 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 741 Messiah Church Road.

Anyone interested in the history of that area may attend. The “Dutch Corner Schools” book is still available. Call 623-6303 or email schools@dutchcornerpa.com. Websites are www.dutchcornerpa.com/ or www.DutchCorner.org.

Beekeepers to hold meeting Sunday

JANESVILLE?- The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday Mountz Memorial Park, 194 Walnut St., Janesville, Clearfield County.

The topic will be pests and diseases. Attendance is free and you need not be a beekeeper to attend. For more information, call 814-472-7637.

Presentation, ice cream social set

EAST?FREEDOM – Please join the Southern Blair Senior Center, 15229 Dunnings Highway, at 12:30 p.m. July 23 for a presentation titled “Here’s to Your Health!” by the Village at Morrisons Cove, followed by an ice cream social at 1 p.m.

The event is free for individuals ages 60 and over. For more information or to RSVP, contact Sondra Stacey, Southern Blair Senior Center Coordinator, at 317-5181 by July 22.

Sportmen’s annual barbecue Aug. 2

COUPON – Mountain Top Sportsmen’s Association, 305 Maple St., will hold its annual chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 2.

All meals are $9. The band Locked &?Loaded will play from 5 to 9 p.m.

There will be a basket raffle, a 3-D Archery shoot Aug. 1 and 2, games and prizes and more.

For more information, call 946-9350

Archway Ministries to hold street fair

Archway Ministries, 401 Fifth Ave., will hold its third annual street fair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug 23.

The fair will include bingo, fair food, vendors and crafters, games for kids, a Chinese auction and an Elvis impersonator.

The fair benefits Archway Kids Outreach Programs. This year, a donation will be made to McKayla Buoymaster, 14, of Altoona who has a very rare liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis which results in liver failure. She will ultimately require a liver transplant.

Other proceeds from the fair will benefit the community Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and after- school programs for children.

The Ministries is asking local business for donations, items that can be used in the operation of the fair and vendors and crafters.

If anyone is interested in donating, volunteering or being a crafter or vendor, contact either Beth at 762-6779 or Tanya, the director of Community Outreach Programs at 201-2477

Mount Aloysius information tonight

CRESSON – Registered nurses interested in earning their bachelor of science nursing degrees are invited to attend an information night at Mount Aloysius College at 6 p.m. today in the college’s Wolf-Kuhn Art Gallery. Refreshment will be available.

Mount Aloysius Nursing Division Chief Dr. Rebecca Zukowski noted that the college’s RN to BSN program offers convenience, accessibility and is designed for working nurses.

“The entire program can be taken online,” she said. “However, we also offer the option of taking classes at the college or in several community locations.”

Nationally there is a mandate that RNs move toward achieving their BSN. The degree allows nurses to develop additional skills and assume more responsibility in their work setting.

Information will be presented about financial aid, the admissions process, curriculum and convenience. Faculty and staff will be on hand to present the program and answer any questions.

To register, contact the College’s Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at 886-6406 or email gce@mtaloy.edu.

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Law Dogs to hold pig roast, dice run

The Law Dogs will hold their second annual pig roast and dice run on Saturday.

The ride begins with registration from 10 a.m. to noon at Underdogs in Bellwood. The ride begins at noon and ends at Campbell Hill Recreation Area in Geeseytown.

The $25 registration includes roast pig with sides and beverages, entertainment by Flight 19 and games. Cars and other vehicles are welcome to participate in the run or just show up at Campbell Hill. Prizes include $300 for a high roll and $150 for the low roll.

Free camping is enouraged on the premises.

Ox roast, yard sale to aid fire company

MARTINSBURG – The Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company will hold an ox roast and yard sale weekend of July 18 and 19.

The event starts at 11 a.m. each day and runs until 9 p.m. It will include yard sales set up at the grounds both days. Spaces are available for $10 for one day or $15 for both days. To reserve a space, call 793-2812.

The SharpTones will perform both evenings starting at 6 p.m. Take a lawn chair.

Nason Hospital holds walk/run

ROARING SPRING – Nason Hospital held its 14th annual walk/run on June 7 at Central High School in Martinsburg, in conjunction with the Spring Cove School District.

Nason Hospital Community Education Committee members assisted with the event.

Healthy snacks were provided to participants. This year’s event had 50 participants.

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Doggie Dash set for July 26 in Tyrone

TYRONE -?Dogs and the humans who accompany them are being recruited to participate in the fifth annual Doggie Dash 5K Walk/Run to be held July 26 Tyrone.

The event begins and ends at Reservoir Park and is being held to benefit Mending Hearts, the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society and Happy Paws Happy Homes. Runners and walkers are encouraged to participate with or without dogs.

Registration will be held from 7 to 8 a.m., and the race will start at 8:15 a.m. Awards in a variety of categories will be given immediately following the race.

Again this year is a 1-Mile Fun Run for children ages 11 and younger. This event will start after the awards presentation.

According to Deb Moore, Dash coordinator, this is the third year the Doggie Dash has been held at Reservoir Park, which offers adequate parking, restroom and facilities and water fountains. “The park is a beautiful place,” she said, “and we are pleased to once again be able to bring so many dog lovers and their canine companions to the park this year. The course will go through the park and out into the borough as well.

“We welcome all runners and walkers as the event is geared to raise funds for two very worthwhile organizations that provide care, shelter, medical treatment and other needs for homeless animals in our area,” Moore said.

The planning committee invites area residents to come to the park to cheer on the participants at the start of the race and welcome them back after the nearly 5-mile race. People who do not participate but may wish to make a donation for the benefiting organizations can do so the day of the race by giving their contributions to any member of the planning committee

In order to be guaranteed a T-shirt and a gift for your dog, participants must register by Friday.

Participants can register at tyronedoggiedash.org.

For more information, call Moore at 684-1493.

Center plans ’70s dance, car show

TYRONE -?The Northern Blair Senior Center is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Blair Senior Services on Friday.

There will be a ’70s Day at the Northern Blair Senior Center, followed by a ’70s dinner-dance in the evening.

Vehicles from the ’70s are welcome to be on display throughout the day. People who can bring a ’70s vehicle to this event should call Christine Fultz at 684-7853 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or email cfultz

@blairsenior.org.

South Hills sets summer open house

South Hills School of Business & Technology will host a summer open house from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 16 for people interested in knowing more about the associate degree programs offered at the Altoona campus of South Hills School at 541 58th St.

Visitors can tour the facility, learn about the diversity of career options, hear about funding opportunities for veterans, financial aid options for those who qualify and have a free career planning session.

Light refreshments will be offered throughout the day.

Register online at www.southhills.edu.

Singles dance set for Saturday

STATE COLLEGE – SinglesMakingConnections.

com will hold a Rock-in Summer Dance from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 245, 1950 Pine Hall Drive, with music by a DJ.

Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. 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 SinglesMakingConnections@yahoo.com.

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Library recognizes young artist

The Altoona Area Public Library welcomes Anthony Forlina of Altoona as the Young Adult Artist for July.

“Anthony has an extremely cubistic influence in almost every aspect of his artistic works. This makes for an extremely outlandish style of art, yet displays absolutely jaw-dropping pieces,” said Matthew Savino. “Some of his most notable works to me, as a close friend and business partner, are his surrealism pieces. He takes much of his influence from the masterpieces of Alex Grey and the works of Salvadore Dali. This creates a mad scientist approach to art that I believe the artistic community has lost over the years. Using cubism, and many flashy colours Anthony Forlina can come up with some of most unique and questionable pieces you may ever see. I … hope everyone else who ever comes across his art can appreciate it for what it is.”

Anthony’s work may be viewed during regular library hours on the first floor through July 31.

Tots & Trucks set for July 19

DUNCANSVILLE – Blair Hope for Families will hold a Tots & Trucks event from noon to 4 p.m. July 19 on Theater Drive, between Imler’s Poultry and Lamar Advertising on Route 764.

The event is hosted by FedEx, Imler’s Poultry, Better Batter and Always A Party. It will include food, a touch-a-truck event, corn hole tournament, a bounce house, Jaffa clowns, a petting zoo, face painting, a bake sale and basket fundraisers.

Proceeds will benefit Blair Hope for Families and Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania.

Blair Hope for Families works with foster families and helps provide backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, folders and other supplies, as well as gear and equipment needed to participate in fall sports and other school programs. Call 932-3736 for information about Blair Hope for Families or visit Blair Hope for Families on Facebook.

Easter Seals, Altoona Division, offers physical, occupational and speech therapies to children and adults with disabilities, regardless of their ability to pay. Easter Seals has been in Altoona for more than 50 years.

Baskets for the raffle can be taken to FedEx Ground at 231 Theater Drive, Duncansville.

Cavanaugh School coming to Cambria

The Kenny Cavanaugh School of Irish Dance is celebrating its second anniversary this fall by coming to Cambria County.

The school, located in Milford, Pa., Andover, N.J., and Pond Eddy, N.Y., is celebrating its second anniversary this September.

Expansion of the school with new instructors to the Portage/Summerhill/Ebensburg area of Cambria County is in the planning stages, and enrollment will start in August.

Since 2012, Brigid Robine has been providing Irish Step and Ceili Dance instruction for all ages and ability levels. Dancers have performed in almost 50 events in the course of these past two years, including dancers who competed and won at the regional and national levels.

In its third year, instruction will move onto overall physical fitness and health, along with more intensive Irish dance training for existing students and continued performances in the area.

New students can benefit from the school’s anniversary promotional offer.

New students registering during open enrollment for our full fall semester, will receive 10 percent off a month’s tuition and a free introductory lesson.

Fall classes will begin after Labor Day.

For more information, visit www.kennycavanaughirishdance.webs.com or contact Robine at 570-604-2568.

Dealers lining up for antique show

SOMERSET – The 44th Annual Somerset Antique Show, sponsored by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and Somerset Trust Co., is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 on the streets of uptown Somerset.

This event draws more than 100 vendors and an estimated 5,000 visitors to the region. It features furniture, sports memorabilia, jewelry, quilts, glassware, books, paintings, toys, coins and more.

The event also includes an antique and classic car show from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Somerset Trust Co. parking lot on West Main Street, as well as various food and drink vendors.

Admission is free, and free parking is available in the Somerset County parking garage along East Catherine Street. The event will be held rain or shine, and those attending are asked to leave their pets at home.

Vendor space is still available. For details, call 445-6431 or email info@somersetcountychamber.com.

For more information on the car show, contact Somerset Trust Co. at 443-9200.

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Drive-thru food drop-off is Wednesday

The Van Zandt VA Medical Center is partnering with the U.S. Army 298 SMC to have a “Feds Feed Families Food Drive-Thru” from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center.

Look for the military truck and soldiers in the front of the medical center.

Organizers are hoping to fill the truck with non-perishible food items. The donated food items will go to a local food pantry.

For more information, call 943-8164, ext. 7991.

Eagle Scout project to be on display

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?Eagle Scout candidate William Calvert invites the public to attend an open house at the new Furnace Road location of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

William, 16, is the son of William and Renee Calvert of Hollidaysburg and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 3031 of Duncansville.

New books, posters, a guitar and a ukulele will be on display. These items were added to the library’s outdoor collection as a result of William’s Eagle Scout project.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 3031 will assist with demonstrations of Scouting skills, including knot tying and first aid.

The open house will be held in the library’s new Community Room, where light refreshments will be served. No signup is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register for art camps by Tuesday

BELLWOOD – The Bellwood-Antis Public Library will hold its “Fizz Boom Read” 2014 Summer Reading Art Camp for ages 6 to 8 and Digital Navigator for ages 9 to 12 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 14 and 15 at the library.

To register, call 742-8234 by Tuesday.

The program is funded by Benzel’s Bretzels and the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation.

Mount sets grad school open house

CRESSON -?Mount Aloysius College will offer an open house for students looking to add one of four master’s degrees to their resume.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the college’s Wolf-Kuhn Gallery in the Main Building on campus. Refreshments will be available.

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

Faculty from each of the four programs will be on-hand to meet prospective students and answer questions.

Representatives of the financial aid staff will also be on hand to explore the best way to complete a graduate degree.

To learn more about the program or to register for the open house, contact Roxane Hogue, director of graduate and continuing education, by calling 888-823-2220 or 886-6406 or emailing gce@mtaloy.edu.

Elvis impersonator to visit veterans

An Elvis impersonator is devoting a day to area veterans and the public on Wednesday.

He will perform in the main pavilion at the Van Zandt VA?Medical?Center on Pleasant?Valley Boulevard, Altoona, beginning at 1:30 p.m. In the event of bad weather, he will be in the second floor auditorium.

Performances are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.

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Convention center to host pageant

The Miss Pennsylvania Junior High, High School and Collegiate America Pageant will be held at 2 p.m. July 27 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door and will be $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.

Contestants will compete in three areas of competition: Interview (40 percent); evening gown (40 percent); and fashion runway (20 percent). There are no swimsuit, aerobic wear or talent portions.

Pennsylvania state winners will receive a prize package including an academic scholarship and the opportunity to represent the Keystone State at the national pageant and compete for a $10,000 scholarship in Orlando, Fla., in July 2015.

Winners will have the opportunity to travel the state promoting the pageant’s platform and bullying prevention campaign, The Crown C.A.R.E.S., along with making appearances and volunteering in community service activities.

The pageant is an official state pageant of the Miss Junior High School America, Miss High School America and Miss Collegiate America Pageants, a scholarship and community service-based pageant that exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for junior high, high school and collegiate girls. Its goal is to provide outstanding young ladies the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that has the highest of moral values.

For more information about the state pageant and to request an application, contact Amber Smith, state director, at PennsylvaniaJHCAPageant@yahoo.com or visit pennsylvaniajhca.wix.com/pennsylvaniajhca.

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Fourth of July events set in?Patton

PATTON – Patton’s Fourth of July celebration is set to go off with a bang, but organizers hope people will turn up early to spend the evening listening to – and evening singing along with – some great tunes in Patton Park, while also helping to raise funds for the Patton Library.

Musician Jerry Carnicella has organized a slate of acts to perform between 4 and 9 p.m.:

4 p.m.: Music from the ’50s through the ’70s from the White Shadow Band.

5 p.m.: Beatles tribute band The Beatle Maniacs.

6 p.m.: Musician Andy Rhody’s “Blast from the Past” show.

7 p.m.: Pittsburgh band Hemlock House will perform ’80s hits.

8 p.m.: All-musician jam session and karaoke.

Carcinella said once the show ends, concert-goers can stroll to the end of the block toward the football field to watch the fireworks. People can visit the library pavilion at any point during the concert, he said, to check out the books or make a donation.

Food will be available for purchase as well, though people also can choose to cook out on one of the park’s fireplaces and grills.

There are picnic tables available, but people are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket.

Summer Rocks day camp begins July 21

Boys and girls ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate in the Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission’s Summer Rocks In Your Parks.

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays from July 21 to Aug. 15 at Leopold Park. New this year, every Friday, the camp will meet at a different park in the city.

This camp will provide the opportunity to enjoy outdoor fun and recreation in the sun at your local community parks.

Qualified staff will not only supervise but assist with daily activities that support our weekly themes.

There will be sports, arts and crafts, educational experiences, special guests and many more exciting surprises.

The program will include weekly field trips, at an additional cost, supporting the theme of the week.

The Carnival of Games will be held on Aug. 14 at the East Juniata Community Center. This year-end activity includes games, prizes, face painting, cotton candy and camp awards.

The cost for this program is $50. There are scholarships available for low- to moderate-income families. Scholarship registrations with proof of eligibility are only accepted at the CBRC office.

Chicken dinner set for July 26

WOODBURY -?A carry-out chicken barbecue dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 at the Woodbury Community Center.

The cost is $8 per dinner, and proceeds will benefit the community center.

Tickets must be purchased by July 18 by calling Trisha Mickle at 793-0140.

Homewood golf classic is Aug. 13

MARTINSBURG – Homewood at Martinsburg is gearing up for its 11th annual golf classic, which will be held Aug. 13 at Iron Masters Country Club, Roaring Spring.

This annual event is the largest fundraiser each year for Homewood. All proceeds will be used to benefit Homewood’s healthcare residents, particularly for the purchase of the new carpeting project planned for the Springfield resident rooms and hallways.

All golf participants enjoy 18 holes of golf with cart and fees included, lunch buffet, hole in one contest, longest drives and closest to the pins contests, snack cart, raffles, and a closing awards dinner.

This year’s honorary tournament co-chairs are Reid Ritchey and Judy Winfield.

The registration deadline for foursomes, tee and cart sponsors is July 30. Sponsorship opportunities are as follows:

Platinum tee sponsor – $5,000 (includes eight players, banner and tee sign).

Gold tee sponsor – $2,500 (includes four players, banner and tee sign).

Silver tee sponsor – $1,000 (includes two players, banner and tee sign).

Bronze tee sponsor – $500 (includes one player, banner and tee sign).

Range sponsor – $300.

Putting green sponsor – $300.

Corporate foursome – $400 (includes tee sign).

Regular foursome – $340.

Senior foursome (all four have to be 65 years and older) – $200.

Tee sponsor – $100.

Golf cart sponsor – $25.

For sponsorship information or registration forms go to www.homewood.com or contact Jen Helsley at 793-1353 or Debbie Pierce at 793-1350.