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Claysburg Spring Fling set for Sunday

CLAYSBURG – The Friends of the Claysburg Library will hold a Spring Fling at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Christ Lutheran Church to benefit the library.

The Spring Fling will include tea and a fashion show featuring clothing from Christopher and Banks.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the library at 957 Bedford St.

Mount Nittany offers weight loss series

STATE COLLEGE – Registered dietitians from Mount Nittany Health invite the public to attend their “Healthy Weight for Life: Weight loss/management class series” to learn how to lose or manage weight to feel their best.

The series will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 4, 11, 18 and 25 and May 2 in conference rooms 2 and 3, on the ground floor of Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Each class will explore the many ways to reach weight goals, including how to live a healthy life. A pre-and-post program evaluation will be provided.

The cost to attend the series is $25 (due at the first class), which includes a three-month follow-up class.

Register by contacting Heather Harpster at hharpster@mountnittany.org or 231-7194.

Speaker to receive honorary degree

HUNTINGDON – Jo Young Switzer, president emerita of Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Juniata College at a ceremony prior to her lecture “Women and Leadership: Where has Progress Gotten Us?” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science.

Switzer, who retired as Manchester’s president in 2014, will be presented with the honorary degree by James A. Troha, president of Juniata, and her citation for the degree will be read by James Lakso, provost emeritus at Juniata.

She will speak on the effective characteristics for leadership, focusing on women in leadership roles.

Homers Gap Civics plans sale

The Homers Gap Civics Association is hosting a Spring Rummage and Bake Sale at 8 a.m. April 30.

To reserve a table, contact Meg Eardley at 932-3883 or homersgapcivics@gmail.com.

SFU offers STEM summer academics

LORETTO – Saint Francis University’s STEM Summer Academies are now open and registrations are being accepted until April 15.

These are weeklong programs designed to provide an opportunity for high school students between their sophomore/junior and junior/senior years to experience science, engineering and computer science in

action.

Selected students will be provided with room and board, all course supplies and materials (up to a $2,000 value) and can earn two college credits upon completion of the program.

In addition, they will gain experience in classroom and laboratory settings, along with hands-on environmental and industry-based learning. Students with an interest in pursuing a career in the sciences or technical fields are encouraged to apply.

This summer’s academies include App Inventor Academy (June 26-July 1); Environmental Engineering Design Academy (June 26-July 1); Protein Chemistry Academy (June 26-July 1); Gaming Academy (July 10-15); Science of Exercise Academy (July 10-15); 3D Printing Academy (July 17-22); and From Dragons to DNA (July 17-22).

To register, visit francis.edu/stem-summer-academies-16.

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Veterans, widows invited to food bank

DUNCANSVILLE – The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign War Post 8724 Auxiliary sponsors a monthly Central PA Food Bank at the Duncansville VFW Post 8724, 1665 Newry Lane. A total of 18,637 pounds have been distributed in a short time.

The next give-away will be held on April 4. It is for area veterans, widows and active duty service members.

Additional dates are May 2, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

Proof of eligibility is needed – Military ID or DD-214.

Participants must preregister by calling Keri at 207-9495 or Alice at 239-9264.

Tussey Relay teams to meet

SAXTON – The Tussey Mountain Relay For Life will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 in the basement at Trinity United Church basement, 1001 Church St.

The meeting is for all people interested in donating, fundraising and/or volunteering for the American Cancer Society that will benefit all cancer patients through research and assistance.

Organizers are planning a completely different event than in years passed in hopes of getting more involved in the community and increase fundraising efforts for cancer patients.

StrongWomen class starts in April

The next session of the StrongWomen/Growing Stronger program will be held from April 19 through June 21.

This is an eight-week session with classes from 10 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, both at the East Juniata Community Center, 1608 N. Fifth Ave, Altoona.

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

The StrongWomen Program is a safe, motivating, highly effective weight-bearing physical activity program that includes food, health and nutrition education information.

It was developed by Miriam Nelson, an associate professor at Tufts University. It is based on 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. The cost is $50.

For more information or to register contact Sharon McDonald at 940-5989. The registration deadline is April 16.

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Concert to benefit Altoona Symphony

Strings – Young and Old, a concert to benefit the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, will be presented by local musical artist and teacher Barbara Weller Crain and guest violinist Jeremy Klapper.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. April 17 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1401 12th Ave., Altoona. Refreshments will follow.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Carole at 942-8136.

Wildlife Society sets regional meeting

HUNTINGDON – Juniata College’s student chapter of The Wildlife Society will host the 2016 Northeast Conclave, an annual meeting of student chapters of the society from colleges and universities across the Mid-Atlantic Region from April 1 to 3 at Camp Blue Diamond in Rothrock State Forest near Petersburg.

The Conclave is sponsored by The Wildlife Society, Sodexo, the Raystown Field Station, Standing Stone Coffee Company and Friends of Raystown Lake.

The meeting will feature a Quiz Bowl, where 15 teams from institutions from Virginia to Michigan to Maine will answer questions about wildlife and environmental science.

The Quiz Bowl competition is at 7 p.m. April 2 in the main lodge.

The main speaker for the meeting at 8 p.m. April 1 in the main lodge will be Lisa Williams, a wildlife biologist and species specialist for ruffed grouse, woodcock, mourning doves and webless waterfowl.

Williams, a 1989 Juniata graduate, helped develop the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Wildlife Action Plan and helped coordinate the commission’s emergency response to White Nose Syndrome, a deadly affliction affecting bats throughout the state.

Workshops will be held at 8:15 and 10 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

On April 3, there will be a longer workshop from 8:15 a.m. to noon.

Juniata Civic Association to meet

The Juniata Civic Association will meet April 5 at the Juniata Pavilion.

The association will hold a soup sale on Election Day, April 26.

Three soups will be offered: chicken pastine, stuffed pepper and potato. Preorders will be taken, and volunteers are needed the day of the sale. Contact Char at 946-8802 to place an order or to volunteer.

The Civics are planning to have several speakers at future meetings with the history of Juniata and surrounding areas.

The Catalyst Church and the Juniata Civics will sponsor an Easter egg hunt on April 2.

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J.C. Blair offers Safe Sitter classes

HUNTINGDON – J.C. Blair Hospital is offering the Safe Sitter babysitting training classes. The medically accurate program teaches boys and girls 11 years and older how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.

J.C. Blair is offering two sessions this summer: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9 and 10 in the J.C. Blair Education Center. The fee is $40, which includes a Safe Sitter manual, program completion card, snacks and lunch. The class now includes CPR instruction.

Dr. Patricia Keener, an Indianapolis pediatrician, developed the Safe Sitter program after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter who didn’t know what to do.

The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by adolescent babysitters.

More than 500,000 Safe Sitter graduates have learned how to handle life threatening emergencies, how to keep themselves safe, when and how to call for help, and how to understand and deal with children of different ages. They even learn about the business aspects of babysitting.

Students must pass a rigorous practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

For more information or to register, call 643-8839.

Mother/daughter tea set for May 14

EBENSBURG – Cresson Lake Playhouse has announced its second annual Mother/Daughter American Girl Doll and Friends Tea Party will be held on May 14 at the Noon-Collins Inn, 114 E. High St.

The tea party will be held in two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served, musical entertainment will perform, door prizes will be raffled off and participants will complete a craft.

Door prize raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the tea party. Doll clothing/accessory vendors as well as jewelry vendors will also be present.

Children are encouraged to take their American Girl doll or favorite stuffed animal or doll to the tea party. Hair stylists will be available to style their doll’s hair. Space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 472-4333.

Payment must be made at the time of the reservation, and all sales are final. Costs are $30 for a mother and daughter and $15 for each additional child or adult. All proceeds benefit Cresson Lake Playhouse.

Scrappin’ for a Cure set for April 9

Area residents are invited to join the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center’s Scrapbook All Day for the American Cancer Society.

Scrappin’ for a Cure will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 9 at the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center, 1500 Fourth Ave., Altoona.

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

Vendors from Heritage Makers, Mary Kay Cosmetics and The Recycler are a few that will be available for break-out sessions/demonstrations and sales.

For tickets or more information, call 946-8490.

South Hills locations plan open house

South Hills School of Business & Technology will hold “A Day at the Hills” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 6 at its locations in State College, Altoona and Lewistown.

Attendees can explore specialized associate degree options, sit in on classes, meet faculty and students, explore financial aid options for those who qualify, attend veteran information sessions and discover career opportunities.

Register online at www.southhills.edu or by calling 888-282-7427.

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Glendale sets kindergarten registration

FLINTON -?Glendale Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year on April 7 and 8.

Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by

Sept. 1.

To schedule an appointment, call 687-4263.

Dance to benefit ACM students

EVERETT – The Bedford County Regional Education Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Bedford County Campus of Allegany College of Maryland, will hold a dinner-dance at 6 p.m. April 2 at the Bedford Elks Country Club, to benefit college students. The doors will open at 5 p.m.

The event will feature music performed by Zupe.

“Live From Bedford, PA: Croonin’ the Night Away” features a silent auction of goods and services and a buffet meal prepared by Terry Wallace, executive chef and manager of the country club’s Arandale Lounge and Ballroom.

The benefit will help the foundation buy advanced computer software that presents life-like scenarios for use with simulated training equipment in the campus’ associate-degree nursing program at the Bedford County Technical Center. Other funds raised will purchase 10 personal computer architectural units and Cisco Systems equipment to support course work in cybersecurity starting in August.

Any additional money raised will go to scholarships for ACM students in credit programs at the Everett campus.

In the 2015-16 academic year, the foundation provided more than $65,000 to 321 students through scholarships, tuition assistance and emergency book purchases.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by contacting Leah Pepple at 652-9528, ext. 6223, or

lpepple@allegany.edu.

Weight loss series starts April 4

STATE COLLEGE – Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., will hold a “Healthy Weight for Life: Weight loss management/class series” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays from April 4 to May 2 in the ground floor conference rooms 1 & 2.

Each class will explore the many ways to reach weight goals, including how to live a healthy life.

A pre-and-post program evaluation will be provided.

The cost is $25, due at the first class, which includes a three-month follow-up class.

Register by emailing Heather Harpster at

hharpster@mountnittany.org.

Event for veterans set for April 5

DUNCANSVILLE – Veterans Community Initiatives Inc., in partnership with Blair County Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 967, and Duncansville Veterans of Foreign Wars invite area veterans and family members to the Blair County Veterans Outreach & Reintegration event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 at the Duncansville VFW Post.

Donuts and a light lunch will be provided.

Local, state and federal organizations will discuss, advise and answer questions regarding veterans benefits, entitlements, services, programs and other veteran-related issues and topics in an informal manner.

Two workshops will be held for those interested.

11 a.m. – “Compensation & Pension Benefits, Agent Orange/Gulf War illness updates.”

1 p.m. – “A Layman’s Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

This event will be the third in a series of Rural/

Semi-Rural Veteran Outreach and Reintegration programs geared toward providing services and programs where the veteran lives (community outreach).

Previous events have been well attended at both Central City (Somerset County) VFW and Sankertown (Cambria County) VFW.

Efforts are almost complete for outreach veteran events in Indiana and Bedford counties within the next two months.

Reservations will be helpful, but not necessary. For reservations, call 255-0355.

The Inkwell to meet April 7

DUNCANSVILLE – The monthly meeting of The Inkwell will be held April 7 at Marzoni’s Brick Oven and Brewing Co., 164 Patchway Road, beginning with dinner at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by a presentation by Carol Silvis on “Writing as an Expert.”

There is a huge market for nonfiction books and articles on a variety of subjects. This discussion will address writing for various nonfiction niche markets such as textbooks, business books and self-help books, as well as articles.

Discussion will include determining viable markets and topics, addressing timely issues, choosing appropriate titles, researching, writing in a way people can relate to, meeting a publisher’s needs and submitting a proposal.

Silvis is the author of “Giving Presentations, Business Writing, and Teambuilding” textbooks (Cengage 2015), “101 Ways to Connect With Customers, Chiefs, and Coworkers” (Cengage 2014), “Job Hunting After 50” (Cengage 2011), “101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work” (2009 Cengage Technology), “100% Externship Success” (2008 Cengage) and “General Office Procedures” textbook. She is president of

Pennwriters.

The Inkwell is a group of individuals dedicated to educating and supporting novice and accomplished writers and is open to writers of all levels and genres.

The group is supported by Pennwriters Inc., a non-profit multi-genre writing organization established in 1988 as a networking tool for published and aspiring writers. Pennwriters offers an annual three-day writers conference, area events, on-line courses, email groups and social networks.

The Inkwell in Area 4 Pennwriters covers Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Mifflin and Somerset counties.

The dinner and presentation are open to all writers, from beginner to published. A membership in Pennwriters is not necessary.

Individuals planning to attend the April event can contact Hilary Hauck, Area 4 representative, at Area4Rep@Pennwriters.org.

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Lincoln Caverns plans Easter events

HUNTINGDON – Lincoln Caverns, 7703 William Penn Highway, will host “Find the Easter Bunny Underground” from 1 to 4 p.m. today and Sunday.

Visitors can visit the Easter bunny and find treats, prizes, tour discounts and free Hoss’s kid’s meal coupons along the way.

Three will be professional digital photos with the Easter bunny by MJEM’s Photos.

A suggested $5 donation will benefit Huntingdon County PRIDE.

For more information, call 643-0268.

‘Our Town Cresson’ info session set

CRESSON – A community meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wolf Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius College.

The meeting is for all those interested in participating in the WPSU production of “Our Town Cresson Area,” which is scheduled to be broadcast on June 9.

Representatives from WPSU will provide training about the project and sign up volunteers who would like to be a part of the production by sharing stories of the Cresson area.

A similar program was created approximately 10 years ago.

The meeting is open to the public, as well as individuals, businesses and organizations that have specific ideas that would capture the history, spirit and future of the Cresson area.

For more information, call the Cresson Public Library at 886-2619.

Murder-mystery set for April 16

PATTON – Remembering ADAM will host “Murder at Highland Derby” on April 16 at La Ferme Rouge.

The fundraiser will consist of the murder-mystery, buffet-style dinner, games of chance and a Chinese auction. This is the 11th year Remembering ADAM has hosted a murder mystery as its annual fundraiser.

The event is held to support the “Pledge Together” volunteer drug screening program. Approximately 2,200 students in 17 school districts are enrolled in the program this year. All of these students have taken a pledge to be drug free and have volunteered to be randomly drug screened.

Tickets for the murder mystery are $45 per person, and reservations are required.

For more information, contact Remembering ADAM at 954-1556 or contact@rememberingadam.org.

Historical society sets April events

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

The Railroad Station Museum on Fifth Street will reopen for the season on April 2 and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 29. There is no charge for admission but a financial donation will help maintain the museum. Volunteers are needed. Contact President Barb Hummel at 652 -9174.

From 1 to 3 p.m. April 2, there will be a children’s craft making program presented by museum members. There is no charge, but each participants is asked to take a can or bag of cat food to be donated to a local cat shelter, and each child must be accompanied by an adult.

The society will meet at 6 p.m. April 6 at the railroad museum. All interested are welcome and members are urged to attend.

Biscuits and Gravy, an area musical group, will present the first open house of the season at 2 p.m. April 17 at the museum. There is no charge for admission tho a donation is appreciated to help with museum maintenance. Refreshments will be served. For a listing of other open house events at the museum, visit www.bloodyrunhistory.org.

The historical exhibit at the Everett Free Library for April kicks off the spring ball season with a photograph and information about the first youth ball team in Everett dating back to l894 with names of the players pictured. It can be visited during regular library hours. This same exhibit will be exhibited at the annual Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame gathering, compliments of Everett historian Barb Miller.

Documentary to be shown Wednesday

HUNTINGDON – Filmmaker Curtis Chin will host a Juniata College screening of his documentary film, “Tested,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Sill Boardroom in the von Liebig Center for Science at Juniata College.

The film follows a dozen school children from varying socio-economic, religious and racial backgrounds, as their families prepare them for grueling entrance exams for the top high schools in New York City.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Juniata’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Allegheny Ballet plans basket bingo

Allegheny Ballet Company will hold a basket bingo featuring Longaberger Baskets, Vera Bradley and more from 5 to 8 p.m. April 3 at Father Kelley Hall on 25th Avenue, Altoona.

Tickets are $25, which includes bingo, food, desserts, wine and other beverages. A value pack is available for $60, which includes 108 raffle tickets, two special bingo sheets, a dauber, six tickets for a walk around raffle and all items included in the standard ticket.

To order tickets or to make a donation to the event, contact Allegheny Ballet Company at info@allegheny

ballet.org or call 941-9944.

Rotary golf tournament set for June 10

ROARING SPRING – The Morrisons Cove Rotary Club and The Dragon Pride Foundation will host a golf tournament on June 10 at Iron Masters Country Club to raise money to support community and student projects throughout the Morrison Cove. The tournament is open to everyone.

The event will include a luncheon, an awards ceremony and prizes. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1:15 p.m.

“Every year, Morrisons Cove Rotary Club gives $20,000 to local charitable organizations. With the help of our business partners, we are striving to donate even more money back to the community,” said Tom Kozminski, Morrisons Cove Rotary Club member and event coordinator.

In addition, half of the funds will be donated to The Dragon Pride Foundation. The foundation acquires and distributes funds to provide opportunities for the Spring Cove School District students to benefit from enhanced educational arts and athletic programs, while bolstering Dragon Pride throughout the community.

For more information and to register for the tournament, visit the Morrisons Cove Rotary Club’s Facebook page to download a brochure or contact Kozminski at 381-2909 or tom.kozminski@morefield

.com.

Center plans spring vendor event

Circle of Life Holistic Health Center, 122 Greenwood Road, Altoona, will host a Welcome Spring & Happy Easter Vendor Event and family activities from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The schedule follows:

12:30 and 3:30 p.m. – Easter craft.

1 and 3 p.m. – Story time.

2 p.m. – Easter egg hunt.

Spring photos also will be available.

Vendors include Usborne Books & More, LuLaRoe, Norwex, Trade Secrets and Jamberry Nails.

For more information, contact Lex Hock at

lexlovesreading@gmail.com.

Country dance set for Saturday

SAXTON – A dance to music by Country Blend will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Broad Top Area Senior Center, 707 Ninth St.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the kitchen will open at 6 p.m.

The dance will feature two step, line dancing and square dancing. All ages are welcome.

There is a $3 charge per person.

SFU to host open house April 5

JOHNSTOWN – Saint Francis University, Loretto, will host a Graduate School of Business and Adult Degree & Continuing Studies open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Panera Bread, 400 Town Centre Drive.

The event is for current and prospective students and will feature the opportunity to meet with university staff about certificate, associate, bachelor, degree completion and graduate business programs.

University staff from the career services and financial aid offices will also be available to answer questions, and information about the master of business administration and master of human resources programs will be provided.

The Adult Degree & Continuing Studies and Graduate Business programs hold evening and weekend classes in Loretto, Altoona, Johnstown and State College.

Online programs and courses are also available. New and returning adult learners can choose from programs in business, accounting, organizational leadership, health care management, early childhood education, and computer systems management.

Generous credit transfer is available for those with prior college experience.

For more information, call 472-3026.

Cruzin to perform April 9 at fire hall

PLEASANTVILLE – The Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host the band Cruzin from 7 to 10:30 p.m. April 9.

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

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

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Donations used for Dragon costume

MARTINSBURG – Thanks to the generosity of family and friends of the late Fred Dangel, a new Dragon mascot costume has been purchased for Central High School.

Fred Dangel taught and coached at Central for 37 years until his retirement in 1997. He passed away on July 27, 2014.

Honored by student votes as “Teacher of the Year” numerous times during his career, his professional and caring approach made a positive impact on Central students by asking that memorial contributions be given to the Central Athletic Department.

“Fred the Dragon” made his debut in late January.

Military museum to host documentary

BOALSBURG – The Pennsylvania Military Museum will host the documentary “You Enter Germany – Bloody Huertgen and the Siegfried Line” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 51 Boal Ave., three miles east of State College.

Between September 1944 and February 1945, the U.S. Army fought for control of a 50-square-mile area of dense forest along the German/Belgium border. It was the longest single battle and largest defeat of the American Army in Europe.

This 2007 German production tells the story, along with a synopsis of the war, through veterans’ interviews and archival footage.

A donation is requested.

Team Dolan seeks donations for walk

Team Dolan of Imler will participate in the Red Shoe Crew and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore’s fifth annual Red Shoe Shuffle 5K Run and Walk on April 10 in Baltimore to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The Ronald McDonald House was a home-away-from-home for the Mosser family and their son, Dolan, of Imler, who lost his three-year battle with cancer on April 23, 2010, at 22 years of age.

Make checks payable to RMHC Shuffle-Team Dolan and mail to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, 635 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or visit redshoeshuffle.org to donate online.

For more information, call Sobra Mosser at 239-2397.

Easter egg hunt is Saturday

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission will hold its eighth annual Easter egg hunt on?Saturday at Vets Field, 24th Street and Maple Avenue,?Altoona. The rain date is March 26.

Parking is permitted in the parking lot at the Jaffa Shrine Center.

Children will be divided into two age groups: ages

5 and younger will start at 10 a.m. and ages 6 to 9 will start at 11 a.m.

Take your own basket or bag for collecting eggs.

There will also be a special guest appearance from the Easter bunny, along with the Altoona Curve’s Steamer, Daniel the Lion, Little Caesars, McGruff the Crime Dog, Chef Marco the Pizza Guy, T. Roadhouse Armadillo, Altoona Mountain Lion and Max Sportacus.

Huffington Post writer to give lecture

CRESSON – The Mount Aloysius College Spring Honors Lecture will feature Neil McCarthy, regular contributor to The Huffington Post, a political activist, a one-time congressional candidate, and a noted New York attorney.

McCarthy will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Alumni Hall. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

McCarthy will deliver the Mount Aloysius College Spring Honors Lecture, “Voices of Immigration – Old and New.”

His remarks will be the sixth formal installment in the college’s yearlong exploration of Voices.

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YMCA to hold line dance classes

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA will offer “Cory-Ography” from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays from April 5 to 26. The program is for ages 13 and older.

Cory Geishauser will teach solo line dancing – tapping, snapping and clapping – to rock ‘n’ roll, country western music and some club mixes.

Wear comfortable clothing for dancing. This dance program is designed for beginner and intermediate line dancers. There are no advanced line dances in this particular session.

The cost is $32 for YMCA members and $42 for nonmembers. For more information, call 695-4467.

Cresson Lions plan pancake breakfast

CRESSON – The Cresson Area Lions Club will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Cresson American Legion on Ashcroft Avenue.

Advance tickets are $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for children. Tickets at the door will be $6 for adults and $5 for children. Take-out will be available.

St. Leonard’s announces raffle winners

Residents from St. Leonard’s Home drew the winning tickets for the St. Leonard’s Home’s “Fly Fishing in Central Pennsylvania” raffle on Feb. 2.

n Michael Keith from Roaring Spring received first prize – a two-day, two-night stay for two at HomeWaters, including meals and fly fishing lessons, valued at more than $3,200.

n Pat Craig from Altoona received the Pelican kayak.

n Fred Struthers from Hollidaysburg received the Orvis fly rod.

n Alyssa Zimmerman from Hollidaysburg received the Eddie Bauer rolling duffle.

n Ed Horne from Hollidaysburg received the custom hand-tied flies.

n Dale Culp from Hollidaysburg received the fly-tying station and fly box.

n David Mussleman from Hollidaysburg received the Woolrich sportsman’s items.

The raffle raised more than $5,000; proceeds will assist the residents of St. Leonard’s Home in Hollidaysburg. St. Leonard’s Home thanks those who purchased tickets, and is grateful for the support of the event’s sponsors.

St. Leonard’s Home cares for individuals older than 55 years who are not able to live alone. For more information about St. Leonard’s Home, call 695-9581.

PSU Altoona offers ‘Wills for Heroes’

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Blair County Bar Association, Penn State Altoona and its Criminal Justice Organization will offer a “Wills for Heroes” program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9 in the Cypress Building on campus.

Volunteer lawyers from Blair County will provide free estate planning services to all retired and active first responders, along with all sworn personnel and the spouses or significant others of local first responders and military veterans.

The program provides free wills, living wills, health care and financial powers of attorney.

Qualified individuals should make appointments at www.pabar.org/wfh/ using PSU as the password.

For more information about the program, visit www.willsforheroes.org. Questions about the event should be directed to Joel C. Seelye at

joel@grabillandseelye.com or 944-5090.

Comedy show to aid humane society

JOHNSTOWN -?The Steel City Comedy Show, to benefit the Humane Society of Cambria County, will be held at 7 p.m.?April 2 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. The doors will open at 6 p.m.

Advance tickets are one for $15 or two for $25. Tickets at the door will be $20 each.

The evening will include basket raffles, 50/50 and cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the shelter or online.

To make reservations, call 535-6116.

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Juniata club receives national honor

HUNTINGDON – The Juniata College chapter of the Society of Physics Students again received the Outstanding Chapter Award for the past academic year 2014-15 for the Zone 3 region from the club’s national organization for the 17th year in a row.

The awards recognize the club’s activities from the 2014-2015 academic year.

Advised by Jim Borgardt, professor of physics, the club competed for the honor in Zone 3, which includes colleges and universities from all of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware and New Jersey.

The Juniata chapter has more than 20 active members for the 2013-14 academic year, including Bradley Spayd, a senior from Altoona, as president.

In addition, the Women in Physics student club received a $500 grant from the American Physics Society to support outreach efforts, such as a tutoring program, and several annual outreach events, including Physics Phun Night, an entertaining science demonstration held every spring in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center.

SFU sets conference, ethics lecture

LORETTO – Saint Francis University will hold its annual undergraduate conference in the liberal arts, “The Examined Life,” on Friday and March 19.

The conference and all related events are open to the public and are free.

Events will begin on Friday evening with an ethics lecture. A keynote address will be given by John Fea, professor of American history at Messiah College in Grantham, at 7 p.m. in the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Fea’s talk will derive from his 2011 book, “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction.”

On March 19, student presentations (approximately 20 minutes each) will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Posters, artwork and other standing pieces will be available in a common meeting area. At the conclusion of the conference, a panel of judges will award the top student performers with cash prizes.

Presentations will be related to the liberal arts disciplines (and interdisciplinary programs) associated with the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, with a particular focus on this year’s theme, “Being Political and the Politics of Being.”

Topics will be presented in traditional paper presentations as well as posters, films, art, poetry, drama and other forms of creative expression.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit francis.edu/examined-life-conference-16/.

Funding available for home repairs

HARRISBURG – Homeowners in rural areas who need repairs to their homes but can’t afford regular loans may be eligible for participation in USDA Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants Program.

Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants, also known as the Section 504 Home Repair Program, aims to provide loans for very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes. A 504 loan can reach a maximum of $20,000 at a fixed interest rate of 1 percent.

The 504 Program also provides grants, which can be worth a maximum of $7,500 and may only be issued to eligible seniors aged 62 and older, and may only be used for the removal of health and safety hazards.

In order to qualify for a 504 loan, an applicant must be the homeowner and occupy the house, be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere, and have a family income below 50 percent of the area’s median income. For grants, the only qualification is that an applicant must be 62 years of age or older and must be unable to repay a repair loan.

Applications for this program are taken year-round.

For more information on the 504 Home Repair Program call 717-237-2266. For more information on the other programs Rural Development has to offer in Pennsylvania, visit www.rd.usda.gov/pa.

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Genealogical society to host quilter

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 17 at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road.

Penelope Wilson will present “Quilt Codes.” Wilson, an artist who works from her Hollidaysburg studio, has received first place awards and has exhibited her artwork both locally and nationally. Her African American Quilt Code collages started in 2011 have become a source of lectures on the meaning of the quilt codes.

After the presentation, the society will offer tours of the research library and book store.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Easter egg hunt set for March 26

Asbury United Methodist Church, in collaboration with the Homers Gap Civics Association, will host a free Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. March 26 at the pavilion, across from the church, 1341 Grandview Road, Altoona.

There will be Easter egg hunts for individual age groups, lots of snacks and drinks and a visit from the Easter bunny.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Homers Gap Civics Association on Preston Lane ( mile up Homers Gap Road on the left hand side).

Sponsors include Shirley’s Cookies, the Homers Gap Civics Association and the Asbury UMC Women’s Group.

SFU to host job and internship fair

LORETTO – Saint Francis University will host the annual Job/Internship Fair Extravaganza (JIFE) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 in the Stokes Center on campus. The fair will include representatives from more than 80 employers in a wide variety of fields.

JIFE allows employers the opportunity to network with a diverse population of students from various majors such as business, healthcare, government, human services, criminal justice, science and technology.

The fair is open to students of all majors from any surrounding college or university. Saint Francis University alumni, and other members of the regional community who are seeking employment are also encouraged to attend.

For a complete list of participating employers, or for more information visit francis.edu/jife.

Employers who are interested in setting up a table at JIFE must register before March 18. Visit

francis.edu/jife for details.

The event is sponsored by Saint Francis University, Mount Aloysius College and the South Central PA Area Health Education Center.

Health, welfare council to meet

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. March 18 at The Arc of Blair County.

Dr. Zane Gates will discuss his Empower3 Center for Health in Altoona.

Empower3 Center is serving the Central Pennsylvania region’s Medicaid patients under contract with the UPMC Health Plan and is also serving the uninsured and those with private health plans. His office operates on a flat, per-patient per-month fee, rather than typical charges based on individual diagnoses and treatments.

One of only two such offices in the country, Empower3 Center services includes lab, pharmacy, dietetic and – prospectively – telemedicine services.

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

For more information, visit www.blairhealthandwelfare.org.

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Kristen Luciano at 944-4519, ext. 331, or kluciano@skillsgroup.org in advance of your participation or visit.

Historian of Dark Ages to speak

HUNTINGDON – Robin Fleming, professor of history at Boston College, will talk on “Who was Buried in Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries?” at 7:30 p.m. March 22 in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science at Juniata College.

The talk is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of the Delbert McQuaide Lectureship in history and is sponsored by the history department.

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Glendale foundation sets golf event

COALPORT – The 12th annual Glendale Education Foundation Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 10 at Eagles Ridge Golf Club.

Registration forms will be mailed to 130 prospective golfers, but any new golfers can play after paying the $60 fee – with preference given to those in foursomes.

Additionally, letters will go out to a potential 136 hole sponsors.

Any interested company or individual can sponsor a hole for a minimum donation of $50.

Nurses cancel monthly meetings

The Altoona Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association has canceled its meetings for the first Saturday of each month and is going back to quarterly meetings.

The next meeting will be the Spring Meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 12 at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, Valley View Boulevard and Seventh Street, Altoona.

Those attending will order from the menu. Check Facebook for additional information.

ATV ride to aid voucher program

SMOKE RUN – The Croatian Club Lodge 80 in Smoke Run will hold a “Bras for a Cause” ATV Ride and Scavenger Hunt on April 9 to benefit the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute’s Breast Cancer Voucher Program.

Registration will be from 10 to 11 a.m.. There is a donation fee of $10 per rider. The starting point is at the Croatian Club, 5792 Cross Roads Blvd.

The ride includes stops at Coalport VFW Post 7043 and Moose Lodge 1172 in Madera.

A T-shirt sale will also be held during the event. Individuals may make donations to honor or remember loved ones by posting a pink paper bra bearing a loved one’s name or a special message. The pink paper bras will be available at the Croatian Club, the Coalport VFW and the Moose Lodge in Madera.

Participants are invited to attend festivities at the Croatian Club following the event. Activities will include a live broadcast with QWiK Rock 105.9, games with chances to win prizes, followed by entertainment featuring DJD.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. While donations will be accepted at any time leading up to the event, the deadline for sponsorship recognition is Friday. For more information about sponsoring or participating in the event, contact Amy Vereshack at 761-0440 or amyvershack@gmail.com.

The Breast Cancer Voucher Program assists area women who are patients of the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute who have breast cancer and who are uninsured or underinsured by providing financial support.

Greenhouse seminars start March 19

JOHNSTOWN – Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and Conservancy will begin its annual greenhouse seminar series beginning March 19. Classes take place from 10 a.m. to noon inside a working greenhouse lat Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and Conservancy, 80 Hickory St.

This educational programming is for students, adults and seniors.

The topics are:

March 19 – Entrance Gardens, Borders & Island Beds for Curb Appeal.

March 26 -?Straw Bale Gardening for Flowers & Vegetables.

April 2 -?Herb Gardening Companions to Perennials & Vegetables.

April 9 -?Water Gardens & Hydroponic Gardening.

Sessions will be presented by Ron McIntosh, host of the former “Green Grower” gardening program which aired in the 1980s on WJAC-TV6.

Now owner of the “Green Grower Grown Organic Produce,” McIntosh also will provide suggestions and designs with real plant material at each session.

The cost per seminar is $15 per person.

Hands-on-learning opportunities will be offered, and refreshments will be served at each session.

To register, visit www.sandyvalememorialgardens.org or call 266-7891.

Botanist to speak on invasive species

HUNTINGDON – Norris Muth, associate professor of biology at Juniata College, gets to the root of the truths and myths about invasive plant species in the talk “Dr. Strange-olive: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Live with Invasive Species” at 4:30 p.m. March 16, in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the college’s Bookend Seminar series, a monthly talk by a member of Juniata’s faculty.

Muth, who is trained as a botanist, will discuss whether it matters if natural habitats were comprised of native plants or species that originated elsewhere.

He will use several species of olive plants, such as Russian olive and Autumn olive, as examples. He will explain how native and invasive species can populate urban and suburban areas.

The discussion will cover the risks posed by non-

native plants and whether or not it is ethical to spray or destroy invasive species instead of letting nature take its course.

Muth also will explain how homeowners and landscape managers can encourage others to use native plants, while laying out an argument to gauge the difficulty of using native plants rather than non-native species.

Lyme disease topic of workshop

ST. MICHAEL -?A Lyme Disease Awareness Workshop will be held at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Conservation District Education Center, 138 Lake Road.

The workshop will be based on ticks, tick ecology, prevention and more. Tick-borne diseases affect hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. There are 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported yearly in the U.S., but recent studies indicate that the actual number of people infected may be up to 300,000.

The presentation will be approximately 40 minutes with a 20-minute question-answer period.

For more information, call Cambria County Vector Control at 534-2810.

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Comfort Keepers holds food drive

STATE COLLEGE – The Comfort Keepers office in State College collected more than 10,000 pounds of food during its annual Stop Senior Hunger Food Drive, which ran from September through November.

The Stop Senior Hunger Food Drive is an initiative of the Comfort Keepers franchise that aims to help provide food to senior citizens in need, as well as raising awareness and educating the public on the issue of senior hunger.

This year, Comfort Keepers in State College found extra help from a group of Mount Aloysius College students. Rachel Harpster, Brandon Eger, Denise Schultz, and Abdul Aljabri collected just shy of 300 pounds of food for the State College Comfort Keepers’ Stop Senior Hunger Food Drive. The students also earned credits for their Connections course, which teaches students about Mount Aloysius’ values and ways of living.

Next year’s Stop Senior Hunger Food Drive will begin in September and run through November.

Comfort Keepers in State College will be setting up collection bins around Centre, Clearfield and Blair counties for donations. If you would like more information, call 861-1600.

BG to hold open house Saturday

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, 2400 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Altoona, will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Students and families of all ages and faiths are welcome.

Information stations will be available on educational opportunities, iPad technology/virtual days, meet the faculty, learn about our college-preparatory curriculum, college in high school programs, guidance services, financial aid, athletics, clubs and activities.

School tours will be available along with an open gym for students and opportunity to meeting the Marauders. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, call 944-4014, email

admissions@bguilfoyle.org or visit www

.bishopguilfoyle.org.

Beekeepers to meet in Hollidaysburg

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Geeseytown Fire Hall, 215 Mary St.

The topic will be “The Importance of Honeybees.”

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

For more information, call 472-7637, email

pigeonflyr@verizon.net or visit www.ccbee.org.

Auxiliary seeks donations for book sale

EVERETT – UPMC Bedford Memorial Auxiliary is accepting used adult and children’s books, puzzles, CDs and DVDs for its used book sale.

Donations will be accepted through Wednesday at the hospital front desk.

The used book sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 7 a.m. to noon?Saturday in the employee cafeteria, hospital ground floor .

Foundation discusses literacy project

COALPORT – At the Feb. 29 meeting of the Glendale Education Foundation, the board heard from member Diane Andrews, who discussed the children’s literacy program in which the foundation is now involved.

The “PA One Book” program involves the purchase of the book, “Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story” by Pennsylvania children’s author/illustrator Will Hillenbrand, for every Glendale student in kindergarten and first grade.

Andrews said that working with the primary teachers and Kate Bacher, elementary school principal, they came up with activities to go with the book distribution in the afternoon of April 1.

The activities will include

n Icing and eating kite-shaped cookies made by former Glendale teacher, Diane Rainey, and the “breakfast group.

n Doing kite-related art projects.

n Experiencing a presentation on black bears by Prince Gallitzin State Park naturalist Beth Garner. A “bear” will be handing out the 102 free books to each student, which will be read to them by Andrews.

Executive director Richard S. Snyder II discussed the criteria for new Matthew Bordack Memorial Scholarship, funded by the Reade Township High School Alumni, and Andrews announced the new Glendale Area Garden Club Scholarship, which has just been instituted for high school seniors.

In addition, Snyder signed the papers on a charitable remainder trust endowed anonymously to the Glendale Education Foundation that will eventually provide five $10,000 Foundation Scholarships annually to Glendale students.

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Homewood silent auction starts Friday

MARTINSBURG -?Homewood at Martinsburg’s Auxiliary will host its eighth annual silent auction from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Homewood’s Southview Building.

The winning bids will be determined at 4 p.m. Saturday.

This is the auxiliary’s largest fundraiser, with last year’s proceeds exceeding $8,000.

“This two-day event involves over 100 volunteers, many of whom have been working for several months to plan the auction and organize the donations. Yet all their work would be for nothing if Homewood didn’t have the support of the community taking part and bidding on the items,” said Debbie Pierce, volunteer director.

All money raised is used toward projects that enhance the lives of Homewood residents.

This year, organizers estimate that more than 500 items will be available for bid. There will be antiques, collectibles, furniture, paintings, housewares, jewelry and many theme baskets, as well as hotel getaway packages and donations from area businesses.

In addition, this year offers an opportunity for crafters, with a large number of crafting items such as needlepoint, knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, doll house making kits and more that will be available for cash-and-carry.

Refreshments will be available, and music will be provided during the event.

Participants receive a bidding number when they register; they then use that number to anonymously place their bids on the various items’ bidding sheets.

Participants with the highest bids at 4 p.m. Saturday are the winners. Winners need not be present at the end of the auction, but will be contacted if they submitted the winning bid.

For more information, call Pierce at 793-1350.

Dreams Go On sets volunteer training

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?Dreams Go On Inc. is preparing to open its 2016 riding season and invite all volunteers, past as well as new, to attend a training workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday at the DGO barn at Lake View Stables, 1403 Turkey Valley Road.

Dreams Go On provides a therapeutic horseback riding program for riders with emotional and/or physical challenges in Blair County,

The volunteers will become acquainted with the DGO policies and procedures and update paperwork. Volunteers also need to complete PA Child Abuse Clearance forms and be a minimum of 16 years old.

For additional information or directions, call Debbie Kelly, program manager, at 312-2614.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner set for Sunday

COALPORT – The Glendale Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the fire hall on Water Street.

This is the 61st year for the annual tradition for the fire department, which is scheduled for the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day.

The meal will be a choice of ham or turkey with all the trimmings for a cost of $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and younger.

Tickets will be available at the door, and carry-outs will be available.

A raffle also is scheduled for the day.

Elmcroft to hold egg hunt March 19

DUNCANSVILLE – Elmcroft of Altoona, 170 Red Fox Drive, will hold a children’s Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. March 19.

In addition to the Easter Egg hunt, there will be live bunnies to pet, activities for children and a visit from the Easter bunny. Take your own camera for pictures.

RSVPs are appreciated by March 16 by calling

695-8425.

Easter Bunny Trolley set for March 19

ROCKHILL FURNACE – The Easter Bunny Trolley will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 19 at the Rockhill Trolley Museum.

Children and their parents are invited to ride an antique electric trolley, including a visit with the Easter bunny. Children 13 years and younger will receive a free special gift, have fun with face painting, balloons with Tillie’s Sunshine and crafts in the pavilion after the ride.

Trolleys from York, Oporto, Portugal and Philadelphia will be available for scenic three-mile rides along the Blacklog Creek passing the Rockhill Iron Furnace remains to Blacklog Narrows.

See other trolleys in the collection including a snowplow, snow sweepers, a freight motor and a Bullet trolley. See the 100-year-old inter-urban trolley undergoing restoration. Visit the museum store for trolley-related gifts. Snacks and drinks will be available at an additional cost.

Fares are $8 for all riders. Those under age 2 are free.

The museum is on PA 994 just west of the US 522/SR 994 intersection at Rockhill Furnace/Orbisonia.

Maps, directions and more information are available at www.RockhillTrolley.org or by calling 447-9576 (weekends).

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Auction features dinner with Harris

Charitybuzz has joined Penn State University in its fight against breast cancer.

Charitybuzz is an online charity auction platform based in New York, offering luxury items and experiences.

A current auction featuring dinner for four with former Pittsburgh Steelers player and Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris will help raise money for PinkZone at Penn State.

All efforts will benefit the experts of Penn State Hershey Cancer Instituate fight cancer on every front through education and prevention, early detection and diagnosis, effective treatment and survivor programs.

The auction ends at 3:02 p.m. March 10.

To participate or for more information, go to www.charitybuzz.com and click on Penn?State University Pink Zone under the “charities” tab.

Food donations being collected

DUNCANSVILLE – Private Care Resources is collecting food items for the Archway Ministries Food Bank.

All nonperishable food items are accepted and appreciated.

Items that are always in demand include peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned fruit, soups and macaroni and cheese.

The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items can be dropped off at the office at 125 Maple Hollow Road. Donations will be accepted through March 21.

Freedom Ball set for March 12

TYRONE – Area residents are invited to join Freedom Ride USA and “Freedom DJ” Greg Ray from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday for the third annual Freedom Ball at the Tyrone Legion Post 281.

The ball will celebrate freedom and raise money for local veterans.

There will be music, raffles, a cash bar and dancing.

All proceeds from the $5 cover at the door will go toward the Freedom Ride 2016 donation to the James E. Van Zandt VA Hospital.

Freedom Ball is a 21-and-older event.

Easter egg hunt set for April 2

The Blair County Historical Society will kick off its first event for 2016 with an Easter egg hunt on April 2 at Baker Mansion.

The doors will open at 10 a.m., and the hunt starts at 11 a.m.

Mansion tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Event details include the unveiling of the newly restored dining room, egg hunt and candy exchange, prizes for children who find the Baker Golden Eggs, photos with the Easter bunny with special souvenir photo ($2 perprinted photo).

It will include tours of the main floor of Baker Mansion, refreshments in the Baker family kitchen, a special showing of “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” and face painting by Andilena Pacifico. Admission is $5 per person.

For more information, visit www.blairhistory.org or email info@blairhistory.org.

GriefShare sessions start March 14

GriefShare, a weekly seminar/support group for people mourning the death of someone close, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays from March 14 to April 18 at The Good Funeral Home Inc.

GriefShare is a place to be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss.

Participants will learn information that will help them through this difficult time.

For more information and registration, call 942-3545.

The sessions are sponsored by the Fourth Street Church of God, Alto-Reste Park Cemetery and The Good Funeral Home Inc.

Association plans two contra dances

STATE COLLEGE – The Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association will sponsor contra dances from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. March 18 and April 15 at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive.

The dances will feature live music. No partner or experience is needed.

For more information, call 880-0338 or visit sites.google.com/site/cpcdapublic.

SanTones to perform in Bellwood

The SanTones Orchestra will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. April 22 at the Bellwood Eagles Ballroom.

The $15 admission includes light refreshments and benefits the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

Cash bar will be available. Tickets are available at the library or by calling 742-8234 or 742-7196.

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Ebensburg VFW to hold breakfast

EBENSBURG – The Ebensburg Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the VFW Hall, 120 W. Sample St.

The breakfast includes pancakes, home fries and white or wheat toast; or eggs (omelet or scrambled eggs) home fries, bacon or sausage and white or wheat toast. Drinks include coffee, tea or orange juice. Breakfast ranges from $3.50 to $5.50.

Proceeds will benefit local VFW veterans programs.

Craft fair planned in?Ebensburg

EBENSBURG -?Bishop Carroll Catholic High School will hold a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19 in the school cafeteria.

It will include crafts by area artists, homemade goods, gourmet cinnamon rolls and gobs, as well as a Kiddy Korner. There will be an egg hunt at 1:30 p.m. and photos with the Easter bunny.

Easter bunny, Mad Hatter coming to mall

Children can visit and have photos taken with the Easter bunny in his garden at the Logan Valley Mall.

He will be on the first level near JCPenney from today through March 26.

In addition, the second annual “Mad Hatter Tea Party” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and March 19.

Kids can create a mad hatter hat, butterfly craft, and enjoy performances and a meet and greet with characters from Huntingdon Dance Academy.

Kids can enjoy light refreshments and fun activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 5 and 19 on the first level near JCPenney, after visiting with the Easter Bunny.

Photos with the Easter bunny will be offered from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Extended hours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 19 and March 23 to 26.

To avoid waiting in line, go to shoploganvalleymall

.com/mad_hatter and reserve a time with the Bunny. Book photos and save up to 40 percent off the price of a photo package.

Museum plans Easter Eggstravaganza

A Quaint Corner Children’s Museum & Discovery Center, 2000 Union Ave., Altoona, will hold an Easter Eggstravaganza, an egg hunt alternative, from 10 a.m. to noon March 19.

Participants can play games to win filled plastic eggs, meet the Easter bunny, make an Easter craft, enjoy refreshments, decorate a cookie and explore the museum.

Admission is $4 per person.

For more information, call 944-6830, email

quaintcorner@verizon.net or visit Quaint Corner on Facebook.

Civil War re-enactment group to meet

STATE COLLEGE -?The March meeting of the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C, Civil War Re-enactment Group will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 1450 N. Atherton St.

The group will discuss its 2016 re-enacting schedule and its first Company Drill on April 2.

The regiment is recruiting new members. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Civil War reenacting or the Civil War in general is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Fred Grauch at 342-7320.

College plans ‘Spring Into Health’

EVERETT – The Bedford County campus of Allegany College of Maryland is offering its sixth “Spring Into Health With ACM” community health and wellness fair on Saturday.

This event is free and open to the public.

Area professionals and ACM faculty members and students will share their knowledge in training sessions, health and wellness activities, screenings and other activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The half-dozen hour-long health-and-wellness training sessions include “Body Basics With Curves,” “Important Topics in Dentistry,” “Yoga,” “Caregiver Burnout,” “Vaping, Health and You” and “Movin’ ‘N’ Groovin’ for Health: An Integrative Wellness Approach.”

“Spring Into Health” includes additional health and wellness activities, screenings and information tables on such topics as acupuncture and body wrapping, as well as blood pressure checks and bone density screening, healthy cooking and physical therapy.

In addition are activities that children will enjoy and benefit from, including bicycle safety, crafts and games and various activities relating to law enforcement and fire prevention, including the opportunity for a close-up look at emergency vehicles.

Representatives of area health care providers and ACM allied health care programs will be present to offer their insight.

For more information, call 652-9528, ext. 6200, or visit www.allegany.edu.

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Bedford hospital plans book sale

EVERETT – The UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold a used book sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 and 11 and 7 a.m. to noon March 12 in the hospital cafeteria.

YMCA to offer CPR certification

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA will offer CPR certification for ages 15 and older from 4 to 8 p.m. March 23.

“Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers” is designed to teach CPR skills for victims of all ages, including ventilation with a barrier device, use of a bag mask device and oxygen, use of AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction.

The course is intended for healthcare providers, as well as those who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. This is a two-year certification. 100 percent attendance is required. The cost is $30 for YMCA members and $45 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 695-4467 or visit www.HollidaysburgAreaYMCA.org.

Penn-Mont sets Altoona open house

Penn-Mont Academy will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. April 3 at its satellite location, The Penn State Altoona Child Development Center located in the Cypress Building on Penn State’s Altoona campus.

Staff will be available to guide parents and children around the classroom, as well as answer any questions about the program and curriculum. Parents and children are invited for a tour and an inside look at the Montessori classroom. The program at this location serves preschool children ages 3 to 6 years.

For more information, call Penn-Mont Academy at 696-8801 or visit www.penmontacademy.com.

Easter Bunny Brunch set for March 12

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA will hold an Easter Bunny Brunch from

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12. The event is for all ages.

Kids can show off their creative side by making crafts and participating in Easter activities.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The YMCA?Member Rate is $25 per family or $5 per person. The nonmember rate is $35 per family or $7 per person.

For more information on this program or other YMCA?programs, call 695-4467 or visit www.HollidaysburgAreaYMCA.org.

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Plots available at monastery gardens

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Monastery Community Gardens are offering area families the opportunity to lease 30-foot-by-30-foot plots for vegetable and flower crop production in the 2016 growing season.

The gardens have been soil tested and amended according to Penn State standards for vegetable crops. They are plowed and disked prior to the opening date in the spring. A smaller plot measuring 30 by 15 feet is also available for smaller families who wish to grow their own produce.

Anyone who wishes to experience the many benefits of gardening and does not have the space to do so, the solution is to join a community garden.

For more information or to lease a plot, contact Pat Trimble at 942-8254 or patrimble@verizon.net.

C-K Jazz Band Concert set for Friday

CLAYSBURG -?The Claysburg-Kimmel High School Jazz Band will perform at a concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the Claysburg-Kimmel High School auditorium. Admission is free.

There are 21 students from eighth to 12th grades in the jazz band. It is under the direction of Matt Stombaugh, CK High School music teacher.

Most of the jazz band members have been in the jazz band since their seventh-grade year.

The concert also will feature the Rick Hirsch 4. This instrumental foursome interprets rock and pop music through their unique filter of post-bop and modal jazz, drum-and-bass and R&B.

They stimulate and entertain listeners as they shed new light on classics by the likes of The Beatles, Van Morrison, Nirvana and Eric Clapton.

The RH4 also performs the originals of saxophonist Rick Hirsch, an award-winning composer.

Blair Gastro part of Dress in Blue Day

Blair Gastroenterology is taking part in the National Dress in Blue Day on Friday as part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Dress in Blue Day is held annually in communities throughout the nation as a way to show support in the fight against colon cancer.

Colorectal Cancer is the third most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women combined. About 1 in every 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer. This is a cancer we can beat through early screening tests. These tests are able to detect and remove polyps before they become cancer or detect the cancer in its early stages when treatment is most effective.

The community and businesses are urged to participate in this event by wearing blue and urging others to do the same. By “going blue” the hope is to raise public awareness about the importance of getting screened and encourage family, friends and co-workers to talk with their doctor about colon cancer risk factors, symptoms, screening and prevention.

Talk will focus on wasting disease

Bill Brehun, Blair County wildlife conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Game & Wildlife Commission, will give a free talk on the topic of “Deer, Elk, and Chronic Wasting Disease” at 6:30 p.m. March 18 at the Homers Gap Civics Association.

The event is free and open to the public. Hunters, hikers, nature enthusiasts and animal lovers, are all encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Meg Eardley, Homers Gap Civics Association president, at 932-3883.

The Homers Gap Civics Association is a community group, founded in 1951, on the tenets of learning, benevolence and charity. It is on Preston Lane, three-tenths of a mile up Homers Gap Road on the left-hand side.

Claysburg library plans activities

CLAYSBURG – The Claysburg Area Public Library has announced several upcoming activities.

The library will hold a pysanky class at 6 p.m. March 10. The cost for the program is $5. The class is limited. To register, call the library at 239-2782.

The Learning @ the Library program is a preschool program for 3- to 5-year-olds. The purpose is to prepare children to enter kindergarten. The classes are held at 6 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Anyone interested may call the library at 239-2782.

Lego Club is held at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Children are encouraged to construct Lego forms based on various themes. The next club meeting will be March 17.

Cambria EMS sets information meetings

CRESSON – The Cambria Alliance EMS Ambulance Service will host five community information and membership sign-up meetings during the month of March. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The meetings are scheduled to discuss the future of EMS in the area and all area residents are encouraged to attend. The five meetings will be held over a two-week period across the association’s service area:

March 8 – Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church Hall, Lilly.

March 10 – St. Aloysius Community Center in Cresson.

March 15 – St. Demetrius Church Hall, Gallitzin.

March 16 – St. Michael’s School Hall in Loretto.

March 23 – St. Monica’s Church Hall in Chest Springs.

Ebner plans multi-vendor basket raffle

A Multi-Vendor Basket Raffle, featuring more than 20 vendors, will be held March 14 in the cafeteria at Ebner Elementary School, 308 Hillside Ave., Altoona.

The doors will open at noon, and drawing begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults (for three sheets of 25 tickets) and $5 for children. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase, and other chances will be available, as well.

Proceeds will benefit the sixth-grade activities and the new playground construction fund.