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Relay’s Bark for Life set for Saturday

Central Blair’s Relay For Life will hold its Bark For Life from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Legion Park, Hollidaysburg.

Opening ceremonies and registration begin at 9 a.m., followed by a blessing of the animals and the noncompetitive walk for dogs and owners begins at 10:30 a.m.

Registration is $15 for the first dog and $5 for each additional dog. Gift bags will be given to pre-registered walkers.

Area residents are urged to come out and walk their dog, walk in honor of their dog or just come to enjoy the festivities.

The devent lasts until about 1 p.m. and will include pet demonstrations, contests, music, pet vendors and food vendors.

Bark For Life is in its fourth year, raising approximately $10,000 for the American Cancer Society.

To preregister or for more information, call the ACS at 695-9232 or register online at

Workshop registration due Friday

The registration deadline for the Pennsylvania Library Association Juniata-Conemaugh Chapter Spring workshop “3C: Common Core and Copyright” is Friday.

The program, which is open to librarians, library staff and library advocates, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 at the Port-Sky Cafe at Penn State Altoona.

Participants can register at

112439. Public librarians can earn two continuing education credits for their participation.

Penn State Education Librarian and assistant director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book Ellysa Stern-Cahoy and Brandy Karl, Penn State University Libraries copyright officer and affiliate law library faculty member, will conduct the workshop.

The workshop costs $30 for PaLA members and $50 for nonmembers, which includes morning refreshments and lunch. The registration deadline is Friday.

For more information, contact the Juniata-Conemaugh Chapter chair, Linda Filkosky at or 946-0417, ext. 134.

AFSCME 8303 to meet Wednesday

EBENSBURG -?The American?Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Subchapter 8303 will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ebensburg Municipal Building.

Juniata Civics to meet Tuesday

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

David Sloane, the newly hired manager for the Juniata Memorial Spray Park, will be in attendance for a discussion of this summer’s operation and programs.

The public is invited to attend and learn about Altoona’s newest recreation facility.

The social committee is in need of volunteers for two events:?the Blair County Historical Society USO event on May 2 and the annual yard sale on May 9.

The sports committee reported that the Altoona Teener League is playing at the Civics Sports Complex. This includes the sponsored Civics team and McMullen Furniture.

A discussion was held on how to enforce citizens walking their pets and not cleaning their waste at both the Sports Complex, as well as the pavilion property. Residents are asked to use the litter bags provided all along the area.

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Master gardeners set Plant Showcase

EBENSBURG -?The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Cambria County will hold their annual Plant Showcase from 9 to 11 a.m. May 30 at the Manor Drive meeting room, 499 Manor Drive.

A wide variety of annuals, herbs, bulbs, houseplants and perennials will be on sale, and the master gardeners will be on hand to discuss the care and planting of flowers and vegetables and answer gardening questions.

J.C. Blair gets donation for mattresses

HUNTINGON – The J.C. Blair Hospital Foundation received a gift designated to the maternity department at J.C. Blair Hospital for the purchase of new stretcher mattresses.

This gift was made possible through a community Christmas music program, directed by Janis Moberg with pianist Bev Peachey, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Marklesburg, and a gift from the Blair/

Huntingdon County Chapter of Thrivent for Lutherans.

The following Woodcock Valley churches participated in the program: James Creek Church of the Brethren; St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ, Entriken; Zion United Church of Christ and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Marklesburg.

SharpTones to play in Pleasantville

PLEASANTVILLE – The Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host The SharpTones from 7 to 10:30 p.m. May 9 at the fire hall.

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

The event is smoke-free and alcohol-free.

For more information, call 839-2358 or visit

Woodland association sets program

EBENSBURG -?The Allegheny Mountain Woodland Association (AMWA) invites the public to participate in its first program of 2015, “Golden-Winged Warbler: Ecology and Habitat Needs.” This program will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ebensburg Borough Building, at 300 W.High St.

Emily Bellush and Ryan Davis are pleased to offer a three-part program, first covering grassland/farmland habitat management for birds; followed by a discussion of the ecology of a young forest dependent species, the Golden-Winged Warbler; and finally, how to create Golden-Winged Warbler habitat and potential sources of financial and technical assistance that may be available to private forest landowners.

This program is free, and pre-registration is not required. Coffee and a light snack will be served.

For more information, call 472-8560 or visit

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Local breeders to attend sheep fest

Two local sheep breeders will attend the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2015 this weekend.

William Churchill and Fred Stowell raise Leicester Longwool Sheep, a critical heritage breed. Colonial Williamsburg, Va., started the program in 1990.

These sheep will be featured at the festival in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their return to the United States.

An international panel of judges will card grade each animal against the breed standard at the Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association’s tent.

Wool products and Leicester Longwool related items will be available for sale.

Civil?War group to meet May 5

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

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jim Bloom will speak on “To Whom Would You Entrust the Confederate Treasury?”

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

For more information, contact Central PA CWRT President, Lynn Herman, at 814-861-0770.

Town &?Gown dance set for Friday

STATE COLLEGE -?A Town & Gown Dance featuring DJ Kevin Fee will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive.

The cost is $15 per person. Take a snack to share and your own non-alcoholic drinks.

For more information, call 867-1941.

Mother’s Day dinner set in Newry

NEWRY -?The Knights of Columbus, Star of the Sea Council 4245, will hold its second annual Mother’s Day Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 10 at St. Patrick’s School Hall.

The dinner, prepared by Wilbur’s Creative Catering, is buffet-style and includes stuffed chicken breast and ham, potatoes, two vegetables, salad, roll, dessert and coffee, punch or water.

The cost is $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit the charitable deeds of the Knights of Columbus.

Tickets are limited to 300, so get your tickets by calling Dennis Dombrosky at 695-1509 or email Take-outs are available, and limited tickets will be available at the door.

Chicken barbecue set for May 16

The Kittanning Trail Volunteer Fire Company will host a chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. May 16 at the fire hall at 937 Edison Ave., Altoona (near Ebner Elementary School).

The cost is $8.50 for a half chicken, homemade baked beans, homemade macaroni salad and roll.

For more information, “Like” the Logan Township United Fire Department on Facebook or call 944-4121.

Dialysis group to hold first meeting

The Dialysis Support Group’s inaugural meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. May 12 at the Center for Independent Living conference room, 1019 Logan Blvd., Altoona.

This is a new support group for people on dialysis who have kidney disease.

To request accommodation or for more information, contact Brandee Riggleman, administrative assistant at 800-237-9009 or briggleman.cilscpa

Tussey Relay invites new participants

SAXTON -?Anyone interested in donating, fundraising and/or volunteering for the American Cancer Society that will benefit all cancer patients through research and assistance is invited to a meeting of the Tussey Mountain Relay For Life at 7 p.m. May 12 in the basement of Trinity United Church, 1001 Church St.

The meeting will be for planning the June 20 Tussey Mountain Relay For Life and discussing all fundraising efforts.

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Vendor event to benefit Relay For Life

BELLWOOD – Football Fanatics Kicking Cancer is holding a fundraiser in support of Relay For Life of Northern Blair. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bellwood Community Park (near the Bellwood pool). The event will be held rain or shine.

There will be more 35 vendors. The team will be selling meatball sandwiches, hot dogs, baked goods and more, and there will be a professional photographer there taking Mother’s day pictures for a donation of $5, which goes to the team.

Since it’s also the opening day of baseball, participants can meet the Bellwood Blue Devils’ mascot and enjoy face painting and kids’ crafts.

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Vera Bradley, power tool event set

ALEXANDRIA – The Juniata Valley Lions Club will hold a Vera Bradley and power tool fundraiser at 3 p.m. May 9 at the Alexandria Fire Hall. The doors will open at 2 p.m.

Admission is $20. The kitchen will be open.

Canoe, kayak, SUP Classic is Saturday

EVERETT – The Bloody Run Canoe, Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Classic will be held Saturday. There will be 5- and 9-mile races available.

The cost for participants under 18 years old is $15 per one-person boat and $20 for a two-person boat. Those 18 and older can participate for $20 for a one-person boad and $40 for a two-person boat.

The Bloody Run Canoe Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday outside of The Union Hotel, 128 E. Main St.

The event will include music by DJ Chris, pony rides, a children’s Big Wheel race with prizes, food vendors, race painting and craft vendors. Free camping will be available at Tenley Park.

Participants can register for the races from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday at The Union Hotel. Online registration is available at

Spaghetti dinner to be held Thursday

TYRONE -?Christ United Methodist Church, 1359 Pennsylvania Ave., will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the church social hall.

Patrons can eat in or take out. The $5 donation will benefit the Energy Fund. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, call the church at 684-3561

Cemetery meeting rescheduled

TIPTON – The Friends of Charlottesville Cemetery will meet at 7 p.m. May 13 at the Tipton Methodist Church. The meeting was previously scheduled for May 6.

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Civil Air Patrol sets open house

Civil Air Patrol, Keystone Country Cadet Squadron 1504 will hold its 36th annual open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Army National Guard Readiness Center, 518 Municipal Drive, Duncansville.

CAP is a nonprofit auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, and has three main missions: cadet programs, aerospace education and emergency services.

Youth may join as a cadet between the ages of 12 and 18. Seniors can be 18 and older.

For more information, call 942-0571.

Chicken barbecue set for May 16

The Kittanning Trail Volunteer Fire Company will host a chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. May 16 at the fire hall at 937 Edison Ave., Altoona (near Ebner Elementary School).

The cost is $8.50 for a half chicken, homemade baked beans, homemade macaroni salad and roll.

For more information, “Like” the Logan Township United Fire Department on Facebook or call 944-4121.

Whipple Dam sets cleanup day

HUNTINGDON -?Whipple Dam State Park will hold Spring Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2.

The event will be sponsored and led by the Friends of Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam and Penn-Roosevelt State Parks.

Volunteers should report to Pavilion 3 (across from the beach) for orientation and work assignments. Call the Whipple Dam Store at 667-3778 or the Greenwood Furnace park office at 667-1800 to register by Wednesday. A free lunch will be provided by the Friends of Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam and Penn-Roosevelt State Parks.

Participants should take work gloves, and if possible, tools, such as rakes and shovels, that may be in short supply. Boy and Girl Scouts can earn community service time by participating in the event.

Talk to focus on gall bladder disease

EVERETT -?The UPMC Bedford Memorial Alive and Well Series will discuss gall bladder disease at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at Homewood at Spring House Estates, 150 Victoria Ave.

Dr. Timothy Horsky will discuss the causes, risk factors, symptoms and treatment options of gall bladder issues.

This event is open to the public, though reservations are required. To make a reservation or for more information, call 623-3773.

Golf event to aid St. Vincent DePaul

The Society of St. Vincent DePaul Youth Ministries will hold its major fundraiser, the seventh annual Ravine Invitational Outing on June 27 at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona.

SVDP is seeking participants as players, team captains, sponsors, in-kind contributors, advertisers and partners.

Donations will help support the society’s Back to School Backpack Project, holiday meals to the Domestic Abuse Shelter, SVDP National Haitian Adopt a Student program, Evergreen Manors After School programs and SVDP Christmas for Kids Program for those less fortunate, as well as other area youth group functions.

For more information, contact Sonny Consiglio, executive director, at 943-1981 or

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Talent show is Sunday in Greenwood

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

Crazy Fest started 25 years ago and remains as an all-volunteer, nonprofit event, thanks to the combined efforts of area entertainers, business people and former contestants.

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

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

The public is invited to attend. Admission is $2 per person and tickets will be available at the door.

Spaghetti dinner to benefit CMN

Miss Armstrong County Anna Oberneder of Kittanning, formerly of Altoona, will hold a spaghetti dinner to benefit Children’s Miracle Network on May 3 at the Unter Uns Club on Van Buren Avenue and 14th Street, Altoona.

Oberneder is the daughter of Joe and Mary Oberneder. She will be competing in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant in June in Pittsburgh, and the Children’s Miracle Network is the charity that the program supports.

Oberneder is still very active with the Altoona Almrausch Schuhplattlers (German Dance group), and she has sung many times at the Altoona Curve ball games. She is also involved in the Catholic War Veterans/St. Mary’s Memorial Day ceremonies at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the club by calling 942-9439 after 4 p.m. or by calling Dot at 944-0258. You do not have to be a member of the club to attend this event.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger.

The dinners will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out. Takeouts will be available. DelGrosso Foods is one of the supporters of this fundraiser.

Chicken barbecue set for May 16

The Kittanning Trail Volunteer Fire Company will host a chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. May 16 at the fire hall at 937 Edison Ave., Altoona (near Ebner Elementary School).

The cost is $8.50 for a half chicken, homemade baked beans, homemade macaroni salad and roll.

For more information, “Like” the Logan Township United Fire Department on Facebook or call 944-4121.

Foundation sets Superheroes Carnival

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Area residents are invited to join the Brian Morden Foundation in celebrating survivors of pediatric cancer at its annual Ride, Run and Fun for Life: Superheroes Carnival from 8:30 a.m. to

1 p.m. May 23 at Legion Park.

Carnival attractions will include live superheroes, Dennie Huber, master balloon artist, games and prizes for children of all ages, a photo booth, a bounce house, a bicycle ride (for amateur and seasoned cyclists), walk/run events and digital and traditional scavenger hunts, along with fun in the Discovery Garden and Kids’ Kingdom Play Park

The event will also include a service opportunity: Carnival guests can lend a hand making cards and decorating gift bags for pediatric cancer patients.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Registration information can be found at

Carnival attendance fees for preregistered guests are $20 per person; $35 per family.

This pre-registration fee includes participation in all events, as well as an event T-shirt and lunch.

To preregister, call Cathy Chirdon at 946-3977.

Historical society plans May events

EVERETT -?The Bloody Run Historical Society has announced its May activities.

n The society will meet at 6 p.m. May 5 (changed from the previous 7 p.m. meeting time ) at the Train Station Museum on West Fifth Street. Everyone is welcome to help plan the coming year’s activities.

n The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 31 and has open house programs at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month except in June. The May 17 open house is “Quilts, Quilts,?Quilts,” presented by Linda Brouse of Unique Stitches Quilt Shop in Bedford, who will discuss types, styles and different patterns including an 1851 block. The Everett Bicentennial Quilt will revisit the museum that day as will other local quilts and quilters. A question-and-answer session will be held and any quilted item you’d like to bring and share with the group is welcomed. There is no charge for the admission. For more information and the open house schedule, go to

n The historical exhibit at the Everett Free Library presented by the Bloody Run Historical Society for May will concentrate on the organization and local members of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Everett Cemetery’s military census. It has been prepared by Barbara Miller and can be visited during regular library hours.

St.?Vincent DePaul to be part of walk

JOHNSTOWN -?The Society of St. Vincent DePaul is participating in Highmark’s Walk for Healthy Communities, which will take place on May 30 at Central Park.

Groups are coming together to raise money for a growing need in the region and need help in their efforts to help those poverty-stricken looking for a healthier tomorrow.

Registration is 7:45 a.m., and the 5K walk begins at 9 a.m. There is also a 1-Mile Fun Walk beginning at 9:15 a.m.

For more information, go to: and look for Society of St. Vincent DePaul and join “Team Vinnie” and help in the fight against hunger.

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Church to collect teen shelter donations

On Saturday, the Juniata Presbyterian Church, 522 N.?Seventh Ave., Juniata, will host a donation site for the new Altoona Teen Shelter.

JC Penney employees will volunteer their time to accept the donations at the church. Donations will be accepted from 2 to 6 p.m. and will be sorted, boxed and delivered to the shelter by the JC Penney volunteers.

The new shelter is in need of personal hygiene products, laundry supplies, cleaning supplies, paper products, feminine hygiene products, school supplies, activities items (crossword puzzle books, games etc.), small kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils and bathroom linens.

Entrance to the drop off site is on the Sixth Street side of the church. The parking lot is on the Sixth Street, side across from the drop off entrance.

Contact Gwen Black at 330-5646 for more information or directions.

The new Altoona Teen Shelter will be located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and 17th Street in Altoona.

Snazzy Socks Fun Run is May 2

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Community Partnership will host a Snazzy Socks Family Fun Run on May 2.

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 8:30 a.m., with the race starting at 9 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 per racer before May 1 and then $15 after that. 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 in person or by mail by calling the Hollidaysburg Community Partnership at 696-0544. Proceeds benefit the partnership.

Author to sign books Saturday

NEW PARIS – Children’s book author Loretta Radeschi of Bedford will sign copies of “Buddy and His Pals: True Stories of Horses, Llamas and Cats” and “Mr. and Mrs. Sock and the True Spirit of Christmas” at the Spring into Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Live Well Chiropractic, 1634 Quaker Valley Road.

Radeschi will also have available child-size pillows featuring full-color illustrations from “Buddy and His Pals.” Also new this year are sock dolls made in the image of Mr. and Mrs. Sock. The dolls come in a variety of hair and clothing colors. The pillows and dolls were designed and crafted by Hilda Morgart of Bedford.

For more information, call 623-7399 or email

Greenwood Furnace plans cleanup

HUNTINGDON -?Greenwood Furnace State Park is looking for area residents to volunteer in a one-day effort to plant trees, rake, sweep, spread mulch, pick up trash and debris, clear hiking trails and other projects.

For those participating all day, the park is offering a limited number of free campsites (Friday to Saturday) on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Participants should come to the Blacksmith Shop for orientation and work assignments. Volunteers will be asked to work on small and large cleanup projects and will be assigned to projects based on their skills, abilities and desires.

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and clubs are encouraged to participate. Take work gloves, and if possible, tools such as rakes and shovels.

A free lunch will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam and Penn-Roosevelt State Parks.

Register by today by calling the park office at 667-1800 or by email at

Rec commission offers quilting classes

The Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission will hold a quilting class for beginners and intermediate quilters. The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays from?April 30 to May 28 at the Altoona Area Junior High School, 1400?Seventh?Ave..

The goal of the class is to complete a small quilt (throw, approximately 48×60), making an easy pattern or a star pattern.

Participants must purchase supplies, such as fabric and needles, which will be discussed at the first class.

The instructor will teach color selection, choosing fabrics, quilt construction, basting a quilt, hand quilting, machine quilting and tying a quilt.

Sally Detwiler has been a member of Redbud Quilt Guild for 19 years; she has taught two quilt classes at Juniata College, Huntingdon, and a previous class at the CBRC.

The cost of class, which is for those of any age, is $30. To register, call the Rec Commission at 949-2231.

Food safety training set for volunteers

BEDFORD – The Penn?State Cooperative Extension will offer “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling” from 6 to 9 p.m. May 5 at the Bedford Area Ambulance Training Center, 130 Vondersmith Ave.

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

The cost is $40 per organization, which includes registration for five people. For each person after this there is a $5 per person fee. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and each organization will receive the “Cooking for Crowds” food safety manual, a food and refrigerator thermometer and food safety posters. The deadline to register April 28.

To register, visit or call 940-5989.

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WISE Women to present workshop

The WISE Women of Blair County will present a Pathways to Empowerment Workshop on Saturday at the Blair County Convention Center.

WISE stands for Women Involved in Scholarship and Empowerment.

The event, called “Reaching for the Good Life,” begins with registration and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 1:30 p.m. The event is free of charge. Childcare will be available for attendees, also at no cost.

The workshop is co-sponsored by Mount Aloysius College and Contact Altoona.

The Host for “Reaching for the Good Life” is Donna Gority, member of the Board of WISE Women of Blair County and a former Blair County commissioner.

Keynote speaker will be State Representative Judy Ward, the first female representative in the history of Blair County, who was elected to serve the 80th Legislative District on Nov. 4, 2014.

Topics will include extreme couponing, budgeting, healthy eating, self-esteem, relaxation, career and continuing education and more.

Anyone interested can register online at or contact Marisa Evans at or 886-6336.

Senior center plans derby social

TYRONE – The Northern Blair Senior Center, 505 Third St., will hold a Kentucky Derby Social at 10:30 a.m. May 1.

Individuals age 60 and older interested in attending are asked to call Christina Fultz, Northern Blair Senior Center Coordinator, at 684-7853 one day before the event to reserve a meal for that day.

Walk to aid spasmodic dysphonia

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Altoona Spasmodic Dysphonia Group will sponsor its first fundraising walk-a-thon at 2 p.m. May 17 at Legion Park, to benefit the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association.

Spasmodic dysphonia is a neurological voice disorder that causes the vocal cords to spasm causing the voice to be choppy and broken or reduced to a whisper.

“Our main purpose for the walk is to promote awareness about spasmodic dysphonia,” support group leader Linda Bashore said. “So many people have never heard of spasmodic dysphonia, and yet, while it is very rare, everyone in our group has met people who ‘talk like us’ but didn’t know there was a name for their condition or a support group to provide help or even a national organization solely dedicated to helping those of us who struggle with SD.

There are many challenges in living with spasmodic dysphonia, starting with getting a correct diagnosis to the frustration of trying to make people understand what we are saying.

“We also feel very fortunate that we have a support group here in Blair County that has members attending from five other counties, as well. We are one of only four support groups currently meeting in Pennsylvania,” Bashore said.

All interested in supporting this cause are invited to join the walk.

To register, call Bashore by May 1 at 309-9398. Those unable to participate in the walk, but wishing to support the event can donate online at

SFU plans three open houses

LORETTO – Saint Francis University has scheduled three undergraduate open house dates for the spring and summer 2015 semesters.

Open house dates include Saturday, as well as

July 10 and Aug. 7.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about Saint Francis’ academic programs and campus life during the Academic & Co-Curricular Opportunities Fair.

The day will also include a walking tour of campus, presentations on the admission and financial aid process, and a current student panel Q&A. Lunch is also provided at Torvian Dining Hall.

For more information or to register, visit

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Golf outing to aid Crohn’s, colitis

ROARING SPRING – The local Guts and Glory team of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, in conjunction with Blair Gastroenterology, will hold its inaugural golf outing to be held on May 16 at Iron Masters Country Club.

The cost is $65 per person, which includes greens fee and lunch. This is a four-person scramble format.

The outing begins with registration at 7:15 a.m. and an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Organizers are seeking local corporate sponsors for the event for a cost of $25, which entitles the company to a tee box sign, which will be displayed throughout the day’s events.

The deadline is May 1.

For more information and entry forms, call Mark A. Scalice at 207-4320.

Musicians to perform honors recital

HUNTINGDON – The Juniata College Department of Music has set an honors recital for three Juniata students and a local high school musician at 4 p.m. Thursday in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.

The recitals are part of Juniata’s Liberal Arts Symposium. Performers include:

n Jamey Brumbaugh, a sophomore from Altoona, who will perform a voice recital, singing “Go Lovely Rose,” by Roger Quilter, a British composer noted for his art songs. Later in the program, Brumbaugh will perform “Bring Him Home,” a song from “Les Miserables” by Claude-Michel Schonberg.

n Patrick Rea, a senior from Hollidaysburg, who will perform a solo piano piece, “Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 5” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Rachmaninoff was a Romantic-era musician, and such a selection represents the composer’s emotion-driven style.

n Abigail Long, a high school student from Hesston, and a cello studio student at Juniata, will perform a solo cello composition, “Chason Triste,” by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky wrote this melancholy work, translated as “Sad Song,” in 1878.

n Adam Lescallette, a senior from Hershey, will perform “Elegie in E-flat Minor, Op. 3 No. 1” by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Tyrone library plans book sale

TYRONE -?The Friends of the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library will holding a spring used book sale during regular library hours from Saturday through April 28.

Friends of the Library members can shop the exclusive preview sale days from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Hundreds of books, movies, records, audiobooks, and children’s books will be available.

For more information, visit

Event to help Alzheimer’s patients

The second annual bowling kickoff for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Holiday Bowl in?Altoona. A donation of $20 per bowler will cover all costs. The event features awards for bowlers, raffle baskets and dessert buffet.

More than 4,000 Blair County residents are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, with roughly 400 to 500 more every year. Having better detection and understanding has provided better lives for those affected; yet there is more research to do.

Last year’s walk raised more than $25,000. This year’s walk will be held Sept. 12, and organizers hope to surpass that goal.

To register, call Chris Lucas at 241-9473.

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Roaring ’20s Night is April 25

CLAYSBURG – Claysburg Preserving Artifacts, Stories and Traditions (PAST) will hold a Roaring ’20s Night in a Chicago Speakeasy from 6 to 10 p.m. April 25 at the Greenfield Township Center on Bedford Street.

Tickets are $15 per person, which includes admission, food, beverages, music and prizes.

The evening will feature food and beverages from the ’20s era. Costumes are welcome, and prizes will be awarded for best costumes.

Proceeds from this event will go to the Claysburg Hall of Fame to cover expenses for induction of new members.

Tickets may be purchased at Yingling Insurance or Claysburg Library in Claysburg or from members of Claysburg PAST. A limited amount of tickets will be sold.

UPMC?to mark Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month. UPMC Altoona is taking part in the Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

Events will take place April through August to celebrate recipients and spread awareness of the importance of signing up to become an organ donor.

On Friday, staff from the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) will be at UPMC Altoona to share information about organ donation at a table outside the hospital Cafeteria.

UPMC Altoona will hold a flag-raising ceremony to honor those who have given the gift of life at 11:30 a.m. April 28 at the flagpole in front of the hospital.

In Pennsylvania, approximately 8,500 people are waiting for a transplant, while nationally more than 120,000 are on the waiting list.

UPMC Altoona in 2014 provided 33 lifesaving transplants from organs and tissue, 58 cornea transplants providing the gift of sight, and more than 1,900 life-enhancing tissue transplants.

Additionally, countless individuals may someday benefit from organs and tissues recovered for research.

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Earth Day Carnival is Monday at SFU

LORETTO – The Saint Francis University Environmental Action Society will host its annual Earth Day Carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the John F. Kennedy Student Center on campus.

The carnival is free, and families with children are encouraged to attend.

The carnival will include many fun and educational events, such as live animals, music, a honey-tasting and bug cookies, face painting, eco facts and trivia, nature crafts and games, as well as treats and prizes.

The Saint Francis student-trained service dogs will provide a demonstration, and the Chemistry Club will make ice cream using liquid nitrogen.

Booths will be set up by numerous student groups and organizations including the Dorothy Day Outreach Center, the beekeeping class, the Institute for Energy, the Astronomy Club, the Scuba Club, Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (R.O.C.K.) and the Literary Guild.

For more information, call contact Lane Loya at

Longaberger, Bradley fundraiser set

The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament will host a Longaberger Basket and Vera Bradley fundraiser at

1 p.m. April 26 at Father Kelley Hall, 429 25th Ave., Altoona. The doors will open at noon.

Tickets are $25 for entry, and a value pack is an additional $30. Proceeds will assist children in Catholic schools, religious education and youth activities.

For more information, call the parish office at 944-4603 or Roberta Burns at 946-0238.

Earth Day craft event is Monday

CRESSON – The Mount Aloysius College Account-ing Club invites area children ages 12 and younger to celebrate Earth Day with a craft event in the college’s Ihmsen Hall Breezeway.

The Earth Day craft event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday.

Children attending the event must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Student coordinators note that fun activities include various crafts, chia pets, “grow a lima bean” and “make-a-snack.”

The Ihmsen Breezeway is under roof, so the children’s Earth Day events will take place regardless of the weather.

ROTC sets Run for Wounded Heroes

The Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Club of Penn State Altoona is hosting a 10K/5K race April 25.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The course begins and ends on campus and winds through streets and roads of Altoona.

The entrance fee is $23 with all proceeds benefiting the Pittsburgh branch of the Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House provides military families with housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury received during combat operations. More than $3,000 was raised for the Fisher House with last year’s run.

Registration can be done at or on the day of the race. A children’s one-mile Around the Pond Fun Run will also take place following the 10K/5K. There will be awards for top finishers and a check presentation to Fisher House representatives. Community members may make donations the day of the race.

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‘Creating Wellness’ theme of program

The Blair County “May Is Mental Health Month” Committee will present “8-8-8 Time to Feel Great,” a wellness program, on May 13 at the Altoona Heritage Discovery Center, 1421 12th Ave., Altoona.

Professional continuing education credits are available.

The free conference is open to the public and behavioral health professionals.

Dr. Joseph Antonowicz, medical director of UPMC Altoona Behavioral Health Services, will explain the importance of life balance and incorporating recreation.

Keynote speaker Chuck Sallows, a recreational therapist at Penn Highlands DuBois Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit, will speak about how emotions, thoughts and attitudes affect the energy, productivity and overall health of everyone – not just those with mental illnesses.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program is expected to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For the first hour, attendees can visit representatives from different agencies to learn what help and services are available locally. Special “hands-on” tables will be available for those who wish to “practice” relaxing and enriching activities.

For more information, call 889-2706.

Order of Eastern Star plans dinner

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 471, will hold a spaghetti dinner from

4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Hall, 1004 Edgar St.

The cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 11 and younger.

Tickets will be available at the door, and patrons can eat in or take out.

Residents of the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home will be guests at the dinner.

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. 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:

Tuesday – 1 to 5 p.m., Epworth Manor, Tyrone.

May 9 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., UPMC Altoona.

May 13 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Presbyterian Village, Hollidaysburg.

June 13 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., UPMC Altoona.

June 22 – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., DuBois Senior Center.

Community wellness check is May 2

HUNTINGDON -?J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and the Kiwanis Club of Huntingdon are partnering for the fourth year to offer a Community Wellness Check from 7 to 10 a.m. May 2 at the J.C. Blair Education Center on the hospital campus.

The Wellness Check is an affordable blood analysis more than a $350 value – for $40. Testing includes a lipid panel, metabolic panel, TSH (thyroid check), hemoglobin/hematocrit and hemoglobin A1C.

This comprehensive blood test will detect potential health problems including heart disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease, liver disease, anemia, and electrolyte imbalance. Additional free screenings available at the event include blood pressure, BMI (body mass index) calculations, osteoporosis, pulse oximetry, foot evaluations and more.

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

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

Light the Night Walk seeks teams

JOHNSTOWN – One of Johnstown’s largest walks – the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk for blood cancer – is seeking teams for its 16th annual event, to be held on Oct. 3 at the Pitt-Johnstown campus.

To register, go to or call


Last year, over 750 friends, family and co-workers participated in this 2-mile non-competitive walk. Eighty-five teams contributed $101,000 toward LLS’ mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for local patients and their families via financial support and lifesaving research.

This year’s walk chairs are husband and wife Dan and Elizabeth Watson.

The pre-walk entertainment and children’s activities begin at 5:30 p.m. behind Pitt’s Blackington Hall, with a Remembrance Ceremony at 6:15 p.m. The walk itself begins at 7:30 p.m.

Scrapbook event to aid cancer society

The Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center will hold “Scrapbook All Day for the Cancer Society” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 25 at the center, 1500 Fourth Ave., Altoona.

Admission is $25, which includes lunch, a goodie bag from scrapbooking vendors, various door prizes and “Break Out” sessions. All proceeds will go toward the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

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

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Beekeepers to meet in?Houtzdale

HOUTZDALE -?The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Houtzdale Fire Hall, 601 Good St.

The topic will be artificial swarming basics.

There is no charge, and participants need not be a beekeeper to attend.

For more information, call 472-7637, email

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Spring Plow Day set for this weekend

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

The public is invited to take equipment and participate in all the events on both days.

Plans are to have steam engines pulling four bottom plows. The pulling track will hold its first pulling event of the new season. The club has widened the track to accommodate two sleds.

There will be plowing demonstrations, a tractor parade, tractor pulls, free flea market spaces and craft setups. Camping is available on the show grounds.

During the event, the club will have three new museum buildings open to display antique machinery tools and other memorabilia.

For more information, call Fred Mellott at 766-2703 or Bob Detwiler at 766-3436.

The club also is requesting donations of equipment to display at its 15 different events and shows throughout the year. Information flyers are available from club members for the 2015 events. Any donations or consignments can be arranged by calling Jerry Hershberger at 766-2424.

History group to hold open house

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

Historian and re-enactor Philip Brambley will present information on frontier homesteading. Refreshments will be served, and all are invited to attend.

The “Dutch Corner Schools” book will be available that day or may be purchased by calling 623-6303 or emailing For more information, visit

Astronomy club plans sky watch

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

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

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

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

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

CAST book sale is Friday, Saturday

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre (CAST) will hold its next Great Semi Annual CAST Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at CAST, 112 E. Locust St.

The paperbacks sell for only 50 cents and 75 cents for the larger ones. Harlequin Books are 25 cents. Most of the hardbacks are $1.

CAST is a nonprofit organization that receives very little funding. It is known for its live theater productions, band concerts, CAST Friday Night Live! and other performance events.

The CAST website is, and CAST is on Facebook.

Talk will focus on Rwanda genocide

HUNTINGDON – Carl Wilkens, a former humanitarian aid worker for the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rwanda and the sole American to stay in the country after a genocide broke out in Rwanda in 1994, will speak on “building bridges to peace” and “working to create a world without racism, genocide or intolerance” at Juniata College at 7 p.m. April 21 in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Wilkens, his wife, and his three children were all living in Rwanda in 1994 when genocide began. As he heard radio reports from mission stations throughout Rwanda, Wilkens made the decision to stay in the country to try and help members of the Tutsi ethnic tribe, who were the victims of the genocide.

His wife, Teresa, and their children were evacuated from Rwanda.

Wilkens received the 2005 Medal of Valor from the Simon Weisenthal Center and the Dignitas Humana Award from Saint John’s School of Theology.

Wilkens’ story also was featured in the PBS documentary “Ghosts of Rwanda” and the radio documentary “The Few Who Stayed.”

Fine crafts, antiques sale set at Royer

WILLIAMSBURG – The Royer Committee announced the ninth annual Fine Crafts and Antiques Sale at Royer Mansion will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25.

The event will include 16 new vendors. They will be filling two floors.

Royer Mansion is on Route 866, five miles south of Williamsburg and eight miles north of Martinsburg.

A light lunch will be available for purchase. Admission is $2 per person; children under 12 are free.

Proceeds will benefit the maintenance of Royer Mansion, which is owned by the Blair County Historical Society.

For more information, call Elizabeth Turiano at 695-8087.

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Children’s Theatre to present ‘Shrek’

HOLLIDAYSBURG The Hollidaysburg Area Children’s Theatre will present DreamWorks Theatrical’s “Shrek Jr.” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School auditorium.

The show, directed by Lisa Surkovich, involves 65 students in grades four through six from all three of the district’s elementary schools.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children. Seating is reserved. Tickets can be ordered by emailing or purchased at the box office in the junior high lobby from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today through Thursday.

Please use the Hact email for any questions or additional information. Do not call the school.

Juniata to host trike-a-thon

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

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

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

Since 2001, the center has raised more than $18,860 to help the children’s charity. Last year, the event raised $2,250.

Members of the community can make donations as the children are riding. Children enrolled at the center also will take home sponsor forms for friends, relatives and neighbors to sponsor their rides.

Bowl-a-thon to benefit Stella’s House

Stella’s House will host a bowl-a-thon from 5 to 9 p.m. April 26 at Pleasant Valley Recreation Center, Altoona.

For an unlimited number of games, the cost will be $25 for adults and $15 for children 11 and younger.

There will be a bake sale during the event, as well as a trivia competition.

Stella’s House is an organization that rescues girls from the human trafficking industry.

For more information, call 944-1948 or visit www

Nurses to elect president Tuesday

The Altoona Hospital School of Nursing Alumni will hold their first meeting of the year at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Perkins Restaurant on Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona.

There will be election of the president and secretary, along with the annual meeting.

Attendees will meet in the meeting room and order from the menu. Dessert and beverage will be provided by the association.

Lunch offered for first day of trout

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?Canoe Creek Brethren in Christ Church will have its annual food booth set up in the church parking lot (or inside the church if it rains) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the opening day of trout season.

Area residents are invited to tell their fish stories and purchase hot dogs, sloppy joes, barbecue pork sandwiches, homemade soups, beverages and desserts.

The church is a short distance from Canoe Creek State Park Entrance No. 3, on Beaver Dam Road, on the east side of Canoe Creek.

Donations received will go toward the youth group’s mission trip this summer.

For more information, call Tammy Carnicella at 695-7162.

Elk foundation plans banquet May 4

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its Rocky Mountain Central PA Chapter Banquet on May 4 at the Altoona Grand Hotel.

Social hour starts at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. and concluding at 9:30 p.m.

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

General raffle ticket are two-for-one if reservations are made by April 20.

Sign up online at events/altoona.

For more information, call Mary or Mike Peoples at 672-4383 or Bill or Veronica at 935-5546 or 472-7038.

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Juniata to host Empty Bowls event

HUNTINGDON – The Juniata College art department has hand-made hundreds of bowls for hungry diners for its ninth annual Empty Bowls event, which raises money to benefit various Huntingdon County food banks, at 5 p.m. Friday in the Stone Church of the Brethren.

The Empty Bowls dinner, a grassroots fund-raising idea that has spread to colleges, cities and towns nationwide, is in the basement of the Stone Church of the Brethren. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 5 to 10. Children under age 5 are admitted free. Patrons who pay the adult price will get not only soup and bread, but also a hand-made ceramic soup bowl from the college’s pottery program.

In addition, patrons can purchase a commemorative T-shirt for $10 as part of the fundraising effort.

Empty Bowls is a nationwide event designed to focus on world hunger. Tickets are available at the information desk at Juniata’s Ellis Hall Information Desk and the Unity House on Moore Street. The dinner will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the dinner for many different local food banks.

Juniata students and about a dozen community members made the more than 400 bowls needed for the event. A variety of soups and breads will be provided by a wide variety of local restaurants. In the past, some of the restaurants donating the soups included Hoss’s, Memories, Donna’s, Standing Stone Coffee Co., Box-ers, Diner 22 and Sodexo Campus Services Division, the food service provider for Juniata College. Other businesses have donated services or supplies.

YMCA plans Healthy Kids Day

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25, with a free community event that encourages kids in Blair County to get moving and learning and families living healthier.

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

The event will include games, demonstrations, free T-shirts, exhibits, face painting and physical activities, as well as an open swim from 1 to 4 p.m. Child-ren under the age of 9 must be accompanied in the pool by an adult.

All activities are free and open to the public. Lunch and snacks will be available for a small fee.

For more information, call the Y at 695-4467 or visit

Jaffa to host One Book Symposium

Librarians and early childhood education professionals throughout the state will convene at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona for a symposium celebrating the 10th anniversary of the PA One Book-Every Young Child Early Literacy Initiative.

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 21 at the Jaffa’s Blair Conference Room. It will kick off with a keynote address from Lindsey Barrett George, author of the 2006 PA One Book, “Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse,” followed by professional development training from Betsy Diamant-Cohen of “Mother Goose on the Loose” fame.

Immediately after her keynote at 11 a.m., George will go to the nearby Quaint Corner Children’s Museum, where she will read her book to Altoona area preschool children and engage them in activities related to the book. Museum director Coreena Detrich will provide the children with a tour of the museum.

The symposium and children’s event are also part of Week of the Young Child activities, sponsored by the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning, the NW Regional Key for Quality Early Learning and the PA Library System, observed annually during April.

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BBBS Legacy Reception is Tuesday

The board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County announces its inaugural Legacy Awards.

This year’s reception, titled “Let’s Unite and Reunite,” is designed to honor an individual, business and current mentoring teams.

“Let’s Unite and Reunite” will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Baker Mansion, Oak Lane, Altoona.

Those being recognized are Lynnea Detwiler, individual; New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., business; and three mentoring teams with graduating mentees from Blair County.

All graduating and alumni mentees, alumni and present mentors, volunteers, board members and community partners are invited to attend, as well as any individuals or businesses interested in supporting BBBS’s nationally recognized youth mentoring organization.

Legacy awards will take place at 5:45 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Baker Mansion. During the Legacy Reception, current mentors will be sharing information on mentoring and the benefits they have received from participating in activities with their mentee or “little.” Hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages will be served.

Gail?Clapper, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said, “This reception lets our supporters and the community ar successful stories from our past and present matches and thank everyone who consistently supports our efforts to make mentors available to every child who wants and needs them.”

For more information, call 944-6129 or email The reception is open to the public free of charge, but reservations are requested by Friday.

Juniata to hold Physics Phun Night

HUNTINGDON – Lauren Bowen, whose first year as Juniata College’s provost has been a rush of meetings, classes and planning, will get a chance to relax at 7 p.m. April 16 in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center, when she agrees to lie down on a bed of nails as part of a demonstration of scientific principles at Physics Phun Night.

The event is free and open to the public.

Physics Phun Night’s highlight has always been the demonstration showing how the distribution of force over a wide area can lessen the effects of the force. Bowen will demonstrate this principle by allowing James Borgardt, professor of physics, to break a cement block balanced atop the prone provost, with a sledgehammer as she lies on the bed of nails.

Sponsorship of Physics Phun Night, sponsored by the Society of Physics Students, combines entertainment and education for fellow Juniata students and community members.

In all, the students will demonstrate more than a dozen concepts in an entertaining and informative presentation.

Wine festival planned in Hastings

HASTINGS -?A wine festival will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. April 18 at the Hastings Memorial Building as a fundraiser for the local pool.

There will be live music, free photo booth, food sales, vendor sales, basket auction and sampling/

sakes from eight wineries.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For tickets, call 247-6663 or visit for information.

Plant swap set in Hollidaysburg

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?Area garden enthusiasts are invited to the Community Plant Swap on May 2 at First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny?St.

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

After the swap, any remaining plants will be given away.

Free-will donations will be accepted to support the church garden club.

Participants may take seedlings, annuals, bulbs, tubers, vegetable plants, perennials, houseplants, herbs, divisions, flowers, vines and extra plants for registration and swap between 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Refreshments will be provided.

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

SFU?holds deaf hospital simulation

LORETTO – A deaf hospital simulation was held on March 19 in the John F. Kennedy Student Center lounge at Saint Francis University.

The deaf community often faces communication barriers when navigating through the healthcare system. Students participated in a deaf hospital simulation to get a sense of how it feels to miss pertinent medical information.

The purpose of this simulation was to inform individuals, especially students majoring in the health sciences, about how cultural insensitivity and ignorance-especially towards the deaf population-can negatively affect the quality of healthcare for patients.

Holly Blaakman conducted the simulation as a part of a project she proposed, winning an Intrepid grant.

To learn more about the project, visit

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Striking Chords music fest is May 30

The American Cancer Society will present the fourth annual Striking Chords Against Cancer Music Festival on May 30 at the Altoona Railroaders Museum. The gates will open at 2 p.m. with local bands performing from 2:30 to 10 p.m.

Presenting sponsors are Keller Engineers, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona, the Heidelberg Country Club and Furrer Beverage, and media sponsors are the Altoona Mirror and the Bavarian Aid Society.

This year, Holiday Bowl will sponsor the Kids Zone from 2 to 5 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase by Wings and Things, JR Pizza and Furrer Beverage.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the ACS Office at 695-9232. All ticket-holders will have the opportunity to win a suite for a night at the Altoona Curve.

Meetings set for Armed Forces?Day

Preparations are moving ahead for Armed Forces Day May 16 at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona.

The event will include military vehicles, displays by military and veterans organizations, music, a featured speaker and a wreath-laying ceremony.

There are two planning meetings remaining. They will be held at 5 p.m. April 27 and May 11 in room C126 on the first floor physical therapy wing of the VA Medical Center.

Any organization wishing to present a wreath should attend any of these meetings or call Lloyd Peck at 942-3261, Gregory Miller at 695-3246 or Donna Foy at the VA Medical Center at 943-8164, ext. 7085.

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Registration open for Miller 5K event

HUNTINGDON – Preregistration is open for the seventh annual Dr. Miller 5K Run and Walk on April 25, which kicks off the annual Mayfest celebration in downtown Huntingdon. To register, go to or call 506-4007.

All of the morning events begin and end at the J.C. Blair Therapy & Wellness Center on the hospital’s campus, adjacent to the helicopter pad. The 5K Walk and the 5K Road Race course goes through the campuses of Juniata College, Huntingdon Area High School and Middle School, and finishes at the Therapy Center. The 1 Mile Walk or Run will take place on the hospital campus after the 5K walkers and runners take off and the Kids Fun Run will conclude the morning’s fitness events.

All proceeds raised from this event will benefit the Dr. David Miller Memorial Fund of the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Preregistration for participants and a guaranteed Miller Run shirt is $20 if received by Friday. Add $5 if registering after Friday.

For a registration form or more information, call Andrea Teeters, J.C. Blair Health & wellness coordinator, at 506-4007 or visit

Hollidaysburg Y offers summer camps

HOLLIDAYSBURG – This summer, the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA’s summer camp program is offering kids an enriching, learning experience to help them get more out of summer break – more friendships, more accomplishments and more belonging.

Through a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving well-being, kids will experience new adventures, learn and master new skills, as well as share and trade interests with friends.

The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA offers:

n Camp Hihowrya at the Frankstown Children’s Center (for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade).

n Camp Chimney Rocks (for children who have completed kindergarten through second grade).

n Camp Dysart (for children who have completed third through fifth grade).

n Teen Camp (for children who have completed sixth through eighth grade).

All camps begin pending the end of the Hollidaysburg Area School District calendar (tentatively June 8) and run through Aug.t 14 for the YMCA Camps and through Aug. 19 for the Children’s Center Camps.

To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need.

For more information, visit or call the YMCA at 695-4467 or the YMCA Children’s Center at 695-3204.

NAMI plans recovery conference

The Blair County Affiliate office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold a one-day recovery conference on April 16 at the Altoona Grand Hotel.

The conference, “Rock Your Recovery: Live Your Dream,” will feature live musical performances, community agency vendors, interactive activities, an “In Our Own Voice” presentation and keynote speaker Chuck Sallows.

Sallows will speak on the importance of recreation in mental health recovery.

There is a $3 registration fee (includes event with breakfast and lunch and an annual NAMI membership).

Registration is required by Thursday by calling 943-0414, ext. 3065.

Volunteer drivers needed by VA

The Veterans Administration Volunteer Transportation Network is in need of volunteer drivers in Bedford, Blair, Clinton and Mifflin counties to transport veterans to and from their appointments at the Altoona Van Zandt VA?Medical Center.

Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, be able to pass a physical and want to serve others.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, call Amy Detterline, voluntary service assistant, at 940-7833. Please leave a message with your name and address and a drivers application packet will be mailed to you.

Black Moshannon sets programs

PHILIPSBURG – Black Moshannon State Park has announced two upcoming programs.

Women In The Wilds – Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities at Black Moshannon State Park in a friendly non-competitive environment on May 9. The program is being hosted by the Friends of Black Moshannon and Black Moshannon State Park, and is open to women beginning at age 14. Teens ages 14 to 17 must attend with a parent or legal guardian. Preregistration is required. Those who register and pay by April 15 will receive a free T-shirt. All registrations are due by May 2. Call 342-5960 or email to receive a registration form and class list. The cost is $40 per person.

PA Wilds Child – Join Black Moshannon State Park and the Friends of Black Moshannon for this fun event on June 20. Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities in a friendly noncompetitive environment. Children ages 7 to 16 get to choose four classes they would like to attend throughout the day. For a registration form and complete class list, contact the park office at 342-5960 or The cost is $20 per child, which includes lunch for child and one adult. Extra meals are $5. Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, four classes and equipment needed for use during classes. The deadline for registering is June 12.

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Healthy Living Expo set for April 25

TYRONE – The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania will hold its second annual Women’s Healthy Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Tyrone Regional Health Network Campus.

The expo is a day of bringing women together to find the best information on health, fitness and nutrition.

The sessions will be led by some of the area’s most highly respected doctors and specialists who have designed their presentations specifically for this event and for women’s health, including Dr. David Arbutina, director of Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central PA, and Dr. Kelly Biggs, director of radiology at Tyrone Hospital. These doctors, and many more, will be at the expo prior to and after their presentations to answer questions.

Attendees will also be able to shop with vendors, whose products will all be geared toward women. They will also have many chances to win prizes and be entered into different raffles. Limited vendor space is available, and all vendors will be included in the Expo Event Guide and select event marketing.

Admission and parking are free.

For more information, contact Kelsey Cheers at 946-7449 or

Monster Hunt Race seeks recipient

PHILIPSBURG – Black Moshannon State Park will hold its fourth annual Monster Hunt Race on Oct. 3, and the race committee is looking for nominations of an individual in need of financial help due to a medical condition to receive proceeds from the event.

Nominations should include some background information and contact information for the person being nominated and the person that nominated them.

Any type of medical condition that causes a person to have a financial need will be considered.

Nominations will be accepted for local areas in central Pennsylvania, such as Clearfield, Philipsburg, Snow Shoe, Bellefonte, State College, Port Matilda, and all small towns in between. The race committee will meet and vote in mid-April. All voting will take place with the committee only knowing the background information.

Nominations can be emailed to monsterhuntrace or will be accepted through a private message at


For more information, visit the Monster Hunt Facebook page or call 342-5960. Nominations are due by April 15.

Chronic health conditions to be discussed

TYRONE – Tyrone Regional Health Network, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, is offering the free educational program “Living a Healthy Life – Self-Management Workshop.”

The program, developed by Stanford University, is a series of six educational classes designed to help people with chronic conditions improve their health and quality of life. Attendees will learn how to live a healthy life despite having a chronic health condition. Topics addressed include diet and proper nutrition, reading food labels, exercise and symptom management.

Anyone with a chronic health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, high or low blood pressure, depression or any other chronic health issue is welcome to attend.

Class instructors are certified master trainers in chronic disease management, Lannette Johnston and Leigh Montecalvo of Tyrone Regional Health Network.

The series of classes will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. April 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 20 and 27 in the classroom at Tyrone Regional Health Network at 187 Hospital Drive in Tyrone.

The program is free and includes all course materials, books and CDs.

RSVP is required by April 17 by calling 682-1800.

Easter Bone Hunt set for April 12

CLEARFIELD – The annual Mountain Laurel Kennel Club Easter Bone Hunt for dogs is set for 2:30 p.m. April 12 in the campground behind the cow barns at the Clearfield Driving Park.

Registration opens at 2 p.m. All participants, who must be on a leash (no flexi-leads, please) will receive a treat bag. The cost is $2 per dog. This is the club’s largest fundraiser with proceeds earmarked for education and outreach efforts, according to MLKC President Sonya Johnston.

Special guests will be Clearfield County Dog Warden Karen Shick and her dog, Angel, The Animal Welfare Council and the Easter Bunny, who will lead the parade following the hunt.

In addition to hunt prizes, there will be a Chinese Auction, 50/50 drawing and door prizes.

For more information, email

Penn State Altoona to host speaker

Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the nonprofit movement To Write Love on Her Arms, will speak at Penn State Altoona at 6:30 p.m. April 16 in the Pondview room of the Slep Student Center.

Tworkowski wrote the story “To Write Love on Her Arms” in 2006 about a friend struggling with depression, addiction and self- injury. The story resonated with others, and now, eight years later, it has now grown into one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the country.

TWLOHA is dedicated to encouraging, informing and inspiring those who struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts.

Tworkowski will discuss the nonprofit and its mission during the event, which is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The event is made possible by Penn State Altoona’s Student Activity Fee, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the Office of Residence Life, and the Sheetz Health and Wellness Center. For additional information, contact Laura Hoffman at the Office of Residence Life at 949-5710.

Across the area

Home food preservation topic of class

Individuals who are thinking of preserving food from their garden for the first time or who have been persevering food for years are invited to attend “Home Food Preservation Basics” from 6 to 8 p.m. April 16 at Altoona Area Junior High School.

Workshop participants will receive an overview of the latest food preservation methods for canning, freezing and drying for safety and quality. Topics of discussion include pressure canning, water bath canning, raw vs hot pack, blanching vegetables and others.

The cost is $5, and the instructor will be Jackie Forsht, Blair County master food preserver.

To register, call the Central Blair Rec Commission at 949-2234 or visit by April 15.

DAC offers sign language classes

Deaf Awareness Cooperative, formerly known as Hands in Motion, a sign language group that goes into the community, will offer a free six-week session of adult sign language classes beginning April 14.

The group will meet from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays in the Logan Hills Community Room, Altoona.

Participants must register to attend by calling Heidi Metz at 330-6619 by Friday.

Paddle for a Cure set for April 25

The fourth annual Paddle for a Cure, a 10-mile kayak and canoe excursion, is scheduled for April 25 along the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River.

The launch will take place at the Joe Ritchey Bridge in Tatesville, just north of Everett, and will conclude at Cooper’s Sawmill Road in Hopewell.

This event was started four years ago by Jack and Carolyn Sparks of Altoona as a fundraising activity for their American Cancer Society Relay For Life team, Team OZmosis, in memory of their son, Todd.

Now, the Penn State Altoona Alumni Society oversees the project. “We are honored to have this opportunity to work with Jack and Carolyn on this exciting project as they are very special friends of Penn State Altoona,” Shelly Beaver, president of the Penn State Altoona Alumni Society, said. “Proceeds from the event will continue to benefit a cure for cancer, specifically pediatric cancer, through Penn State’s Four Diamonds Fund.

The society’s board of directors has been committed to raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer and we are particularly happy with this event as it also provides an opportunity to bring families together for a great outdoor activity,” she adds.

Penn State Altoona Sheetz Fellows program members will participate, and Altoona’s Field & Stream store will serve as presenting sponsor.

Event activities include free snacks, food, beverages, a special kayak drawing and an array of raffle baskets.

For more information, visit

/paddle-for-a-cure online or call 949-5498.

Wellness Fair, blood screenings slated

EVERETT – A Community Wellness Fair with free services and screenings will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. April 11 at Homewood at Spring House Estates, 150 Victoria Ave.

Additionally, hospital staff will offer a series of 28 tests, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Results are available the next day and can be sent to primary care physicians.

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

The cost is $25 for a blood screening with an $3 additional for a urinalysis, $5 for TSH (thyroid), $5 for A1C (diabetes) and $10 for PSA (prostate cancer).

Test results can be sent directly to the patient for an additional $3. Payment to be made by cash or check only. Registration is not required. For more information, call the hospital laboratory at 623-3506.

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BG to host basket fundraiser April 12

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School’s Athletic Department will host its annual basket fundraiser featuring Longaberger baskets from Dresden, Ohio.

The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. April 12 at Father Kelley Hall, 25th Avenue and Fifth Street, Altoona.

Tickets are $25, which includes dinner, soft drinks, wine and dessert. The $60 Super Value Package also is available.

The doors will open at 4 p.m., and Advance Value Pack ticketholders may use the exclusive side entrance.

Check out the calendar on for more information. To order tickets, call or email Leanne Maucieri at 934-4047 or 942-4453 or

NARFE to meet April 10 at King’s

Altoona Chapter 0328 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will meet on April 10 at King’s Restaurant, Sixth Avenue Altoona.

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

Members will be discussing congressional awareness in preparation for the 114th Congress.

For more information, call Michael Grove at 329-8274

Genocide Awareness events planned

HUNTINGDON – From April 5-10, Juniata College will host Genocide Awareness and Action Week, an interdisciplinary program originally organized by students to commemorate the 1994 Rwandan genocide in particular, as well as other historical genocides.

This year’s events will focus on themes of Reconciliation and Survivorship. The following events are free and open to the public.

n The week’s activities will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, with the showing of an acclaimed movie, “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science. The film depicts Australia’s efforts to “assimilate” its aboriginal population into Australian society. Alison Fletcher, associate professor of history, and Polly Walker, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies, will lead the discussion after the film.

n Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, will speak on “Anabaptist Perspectives on Reconciliation and Healing in Times of Trauma” at 7 p.m. Monday in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science. The talk will focus on the 2006 school shooting at West Nickel Mines School, as well as how the Church of the Brethren reacted when its Nigerian headquarters was overrun by the terror group Boko Haram.

n At noon Tuesday in Sill Boardroom, Celia Cook-Huffman, professor of conflict resolution at Juniata’s Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, will moderate a workshop on how the victims and perpetrators of a genocide can reconcile their differences to find peace. Then at 7 p.m., the film “Aghet” will be screened. “Aghet” is a German documentary detailing the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Turks during World War I. Historian Alison Fletcher will lead the discussion.

n At 7 p.m. Wednesday in Neff Lecture Hall, there will be a public lecture by Eugenie Mukeshimana, educational outreach coordinator at the Center for the Study of Genocide at Rutgers University and a Rwandan genocide survivor.

n On Friday, James Borgardt, professor of physics, will speak on the use of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and current issues about nuclear weapon safety at 12:10 p.m. in Sill Boardroom. Later that day, the Juniata chapter of Hillel will hold its “Freedom Seder” at 6 p.m. in the ballroom of Ellis Hall. The seder dinner is free, but tickets are required for entry. Tickets are available at Unity House and at the information desk in Ellis Hall.

StrongWomen classes start April 16

A new 10-week session of the StrongWomen/

Growing Stronger program will be held on?Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 16 to June 25 at the East Juniata Community Center.

A morning session will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., and an evening session will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost for the 10-week program is $60.

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

The StrongWomen Program was developed by Miriam Nelson, an associate professor at Tufts University. It is based on years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improves the health of women of all ages.

The program is targeted to both sedentary and active women.

For more information or to register, contact Sharon McDonald at 940-5989. The registration deadline is April 9.

Ballroom group plans dance

STATE COLLEGE – Central Pennsylvania Ballroom Dancers Association will hold a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. April 18 in the community room of the Friends School, 1900 University Drive Extension.

Music will be provide by Kevin Fee.

For more information, call 717-667-3850.

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Voices of Freedom Project seeks vets

The Blair County Historical Society announced that the Blair County History Center at Baker Mansion will host the Voices of Freedom Project.

The Voices of Freedom Project’s mobile oral history studio will be onsite from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8.

Eligible to participate are veterans who served during wartime.

Preregistration is required by Tuesday by calling the Blair County History Center at 942-3916.

For more information, visit

Association for Blind sets programs

The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind offers weekly opportunities for educational programs and socializing. All programs are at 10 a.m.

Unless otherwise stated, programs are held at 300 Fifth Ave., Altoona.

Today – Inspirational Speaking.

April 8 – Shopping at Dollar Tree.

April 15 – “Blood Pressure,” Sally Lenz, Allegheny Social Ministries.

April 22 – “Diabetes Health,” Jessica Albright, Home Nursing Agency.

April 29 – “Blair County Department of Emergency Services Registry,” Sherri Hack, Blindness and Visual Services.

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

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.

Week of Young Child Celebration set

The United Way of Blair County, in cooperation with the Family Resource Center, announces the annual Week of the Young Child Celebration (WOYC) to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at the Penn State Altoona Campus Adler Gym.

This free celebration involves area early learning and community agencies, clubs and businesses that care about improving the lives of young children and their families. Free activities, information and fun will be provided.

WOYC is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest early childhood education association, with local, state and regional affiliates. The WOYC was established in 1971, and the local celebration has occurred since 2004.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Baltimore Life, Begin With Us Childcare and Preschool, Kids First Affiliated Services and Lily Pond Child Development Centers, Penn State Altoona, Joyful Kids’ Preschool and Sheetz Inc.

For more information, contact the Family Resource Center at United Way of Blair County at 941-7711.

Skills Trivia Challenge set for April 10

The third annual Skills Trivia Challenge to benefit the Skills Foundation, will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 10 at The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona.

Teams can have a maximum of six players. The team rate for six players is $25 per player, or $150 per team. The rate for teams with less than six players is $30 per player.

Guests will enjoy not only trivia, but a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three scoring teams.

All proceeds will benefit programs that support people with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses.

To register, visit

For more information, contact Gwen Auman at 239-2345, ext. 313, or

‘Anonymous People’ to be shown

The movie “Anonymous People” will be shown at

7 p.m. April 10 at the Penn State Altoona Devorris Downtown Center, 1431 12th Ave., Altoona. Admission is free.

The documentary is on sharing the hope of recovery from addiction.

Fellowship will follow the film showing at the Altoona Heritage Discovery Center.

The event is sponsored by the Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships and the Penn State Altoona Health Advisory Board/the Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Subcommittee.

SFU?to host Relay For Life April 11

LORETTO – Saint Francis University will host a Relay For Life from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 11 around the campus mall.

Team members will relay around the mall, while an ’80s-themed carnival, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of Relay For Life, encompasses the middle of the campus mall.

Each Relay For Life team will provide a booth at the carnival. The booths will be games, food, bingo, a rock wall and much more, allowing the entire community to enjoy the day with or without being on a Relay team.

SFU will also host a Zumbathon in the early afternoon.

The preregistration deadline for the Zumbathon is Saturday, and the cost is $10. A sweatband is included with the cost and pre-registration.

Registrations will be accepted for the Zumbathon up to the day of the Relay and at the event. The cost after March 28 will be $15, no sweatband included.

In addition, there will be a Survivor’s Dinner in the evening. All cancer survivors are invited to attend.

Once dark, a luminaria ceremony will take place. The campus mall will be lit with luminaria bags in celebration of those who beat cancer, in memory of those who passed and in honor and support of those whose fight continues.

Registrations will be accepted at

/relay-for-life-2015 until the day of the Relay.