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Deadline for nurses’ picnic is Thursday

The Altoona Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association will hold its annual picnic at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg.

The cost is $15.

Reservations must be made by Thursday by contacting Carolyn Troy, 1101 Flamingo Drive, Apt. 2104, Altoona, PA 16602; or Dorothy Lansberry, 1913 N. Fourth Ave., Altoona, PA 16601; 201-2556; Lansberry8

@aol.com.

Diamond Dash set for Sept. 10

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA announced the addition of a race to its Community Wellness Challenge Race Series.

The Hollidaysburg Diamond Dash, to be held at

8 a.m. Sept. 10, will offer a 10K run, a 6K run and a 5K walk. All races will start and finish in the Hollidaysburg Diamond, in front of First National Bank.

The post-event celebration continues after the race with refreshments from race sponsor, Hoss’s?Steak &?Sea House.

An awards ceremony will take place immediately following the races. Medals will be awarded in the following categories: 10K top three male and female overall finishers, 6K run and 5K walk overall top finishers.

Awards will also be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age category.

Registration is available at the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA or at www.hollidaysburgareaymca.org.

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

Diabetes prevention program Tuesday

EAST FREEDOM -?Geisinger Health Plan’s Diabetes Prevention Program will be held from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Southern Blair Senior Center, 15229 Dunnings Highway.

This class is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 866-415-7138.

Holiday Bowl to host fundraiser

In recognition of September as Hydrocephalus Awareness Month, the sixth annual Bowling for Hydrocephalus national bowling day will be held Sept. 17 at Holiday Bowl, Altoona.

The event will benefit Hydro Angels Over America, a nonprofit organization that offers support, education, resources, giving programs, scholarships and events.

Hydrocephalus is a neurological condition which requires brain surgery to insert a shunt and more surgeries to replace the shunt when they malfunction. One in every 500 babies born are diagnosed with the condition.

Teams of four can register for $25 per person. Each team will play a maximum of two hours. All ages are welcome. Registration includes bowling, shoes, a

T-shirt and pizza.

Online registration ends Sept. 8. Visit www

.hydroangelsoveramerica.org.

Corporate sponsorships are available in the amounts of $250, $500 and $1,000.

For more information, call 830-837-9459 or email support@hydroangelsoveramerica.org.

Veterans town hall set in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN – A veterans town hall meeting will be hosted by the Van Zandt VA Medical Center at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Hiram G. Andrews Center, Seminar Theatre, 727 Goucher St.

The Veterans Administration would like to hear from veterans and stakeholders about their experiences, challenges and questions with regard to VA health care and VA benefits.

For more information, contact the public affairs office at 943-8164, ext. 7991.

Inkwell to meet Thursday at Marzoni’s

DUNCANSVILLE -?The Inkwell will meet on Thursday at Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing Co., 165 Patchway Road, beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. and followed at 7:15 p.m. by an interactive panel discussion about various types of publishing.

Speakers will describe their experiences with self- publishing, small presses, vanity presses and traditional publishers.

If you plan to attend the September event and for more information about Pennwriters and the Inkwell, contact Tanya Schleiden, Area 4 representative, at Area4Rep@Pennwriters.org.

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Zombie video shoot set for Friday

Area residents are invited to the Zombie Walk Photo Shoot on Friday. Participants should arrive around 5 p.m. and park in the Station Medical Center and Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum parking lots.

The Zombie Walk route begins behind Station Medical Center, along the railroad tracks near the 17th Street bridge. The walk will proceed along the walking path parallel to the railroad tracks, behind the Railroaders Museum, along 12th Street, along Ninth Avenue, to the museum gates.

The video shoot of the Official ZombieTown USA Zombie Walk begins at 5:30 p.m.

After the Zombie Walk, zombies can enter “The Land of Ozz” for a night of music by the headlining Ozzy Osbourne tribute band and opening band, Small Town Horror Show, at the Railroaders Museum. Tickets are $10 per person.

The fun continues on Saturday with an early morning Zombie Fun Run through downtown Altoona’s streets and alleys.

Zombie Yoga will cool down runners and warm up families who participate in the Monster March later in the morning. Through the day and into the night, attendees will enjoy an immersive experience, including live music, activities, contests, games, food and vendors.

ZombieTown USA is a collaboration among local businesses, nonprofit organizations, city leaders and community volunteers.

Goals for the event are to celebrate the diverse community, welcome area students back to town and support local art, culture, history and economy.

For more information, visit www.zombietownusa.com.

AAHS preschool taking registrations

The Altoona Area High School Child Zone Preschool is accepting registrations for the 2016-17 school year.

Children ages 3 to 5 can be enrolled for classes, which will begin in October. Sessions are held Tuesday through Thursday from October through May. Morning and afternoon sessions are available, and the cost is $30 per month.

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 946-8354 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Juniata Civics plan corn boil, meeting

The Juniata Civic Association has announced its corn boil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Juniata Pavilion, prior to the regular meeting.

The building committee will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the party room.

The sports committee reported a possibility of Penn State Altoona using its sports complex for fall baseball practice. They will also be offered the volleyball courts for an intermural program.

The grant for planting trees and shrubs along Spring Run has been awarded to Logan Township to avoid any bank erosion at the ballfield.

At the Sept. 6 meeting, the children’s Christmas party will be discussed.

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Catholic Daughters to hold yard sale

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Catholic Daughters of America Court No. 1755 will hold a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1201 N. Juniata St.

The sale will include a bunk bed (new in box), microwaves, area rug, country decor, pictures, clothing, toys, Christmas decorations, housewares and more.

Color Run/Walk set in Irvona

FLINTON – The Glendale Vocal Music Boosters and Glendale Music Association will host the Glendale Color Run/Walk, “Color Me to Disney,” at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 at Irvona Elderberry Park and throughout Irvona streets.

Preregistration (by Sept. 6) is $20, which includes an event T-shirt. After that and day-of registration is $25. Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. at Elderberry Park.

For more information, email jwilliams@gsd1.org or tlowe30@verizon.net.

Registration forms are available on the Glendale Choir and Glendale Music Association Facebook pages.

The event will raise money for the choir and band trip to Disney World.

Hunters’ Health Day set for Sept. 10

STATE COLLEGE -?Mount Nittany?Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., will host Hunters’ Health Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion.

The event offers screenings including EKGs, total cholesterol, vision, total body fat, blood pressure, blood sugar and stroke.

Screenings offered can help indicate individuals’ risk for stroke or heart attack and presence of diabetes.

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Mini-golf event aids Alzheimer’s walk

Swinging for the windmill, golfers took to the miniature golf course at Lakemont Park, Altoona, to help raise funds and bring awareness for the Altoona Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Despite the hot and humid weather, many golfers came out and learned more about the disease.

Tying the course record, Thad Baughman of Hollidaysburg made an even par with a 40 for the best score.

Overall, the day raised over $300 for the sixth annual Altoona Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will take place on Sept. 10 at Lakemont Park.

Club to host Sepp memorial ride

JOHNSTOWN – The Road Dawgs Motorcycle Club will host the Trooper Joseph Sepp Memorial Ride on Saturday.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. at Zepka Harley Davidson on Eisenhower Boulevard. The ride begins at 1 p.m.

The cost is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger, which includes a meal at the end of the ride provided by The Cottage Restaurant, Ebensburg.

A portion of the registration proceeds will be donated to the family of St. Clair Township Police Officer Lloyd Reed Jr., who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 28, 2015.

Event to raise money for stadium lights

EBENSBURG -?Bishop Carroll Catholic High?School will host a “Bingo Bash for Friday Night Lights” at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 in the school cafeteria.

The doors will open at 1 p.m.

The event will raise money for the BCCHS?Football?Field Lights Project.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the school office or from any Bishop?Carroll student.

For more information, call 472-7500.

Series to focus on stress, healing

STATE COLLEGE – The Mount Nittany Medical Center will present the Family Medicine Seminar Series: “Effects of Psychological Stress on Wound Healing” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, 1800 E. Park Ave.

The series will be presented by Christopher

Engeland, assistant professor of biobehavioral health in the Penn State College of Nursing at Penn State University.

For more information, contact Jessica Bird at jbird@mountnittany.org.

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Mall to host back-to-school pep rally

The Logan?Valley?Mall will hold a back-to-school pep rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The mall welcomes cheerleaders, bands, clubs, sports teams and school fundraising groups to share their spirit with the community.

To save a spot, contact weidelj@preit.com.

Blood drive is Thursday in Tyrone

TYRONE – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the classroom at Tyrone Hospital.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Walk-ins are welcome.

Beekeepers plan auction, picnic

The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers Association will hold its annual auction and picnic at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Mountz Memorial Park, 194 Walnut St., Janesville.

Participants need not be a beekeeper to attend.

For more information, call 472-7637, email

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

Many attend Lyme documentary

Creators of the newly formed Altoona Area Lyme Support Group, Amber Altiero, Lisa Worrell and Jim Beauchamp, were quite shocked at the turnout for a recent showing of the Lyme disease documentary “Under Our Skin,”with close to 100 attending.

The group suffers from the complications of Lyme disease and wants to help educate others to keep searching for treatment and answers.

Support meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, starting Sept. 13, at

St. Rose of Lima, 5514 Roselawn Ave., Altoona.

For more information, call Lisa Worrell at 329-3863, Amber Altiero at 934-7403 or Jim Beauchamp at 944-2371.

The Expansions to perform Aug. 27

PLEASANTVILLE -?The Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host The Expansions from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the fire hall.

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.

Historical society plans activities

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

The society will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Everett Train?Museum on Fifth?Street. The public is invited to attend. The open house at the museum will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 18. It will feature Duane Weaver, military historian, who will discuss the Black Robe Regiment. The group was comprised of preachers who fought and preached during the Revolutionary War.

There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome to help maintain the facility.

The September historical exhibit at the Everett library features Everett’s latest historian, the library’s mascot, a pup named Snickers whose weekly photos at various historical unnamed sites in Everett may have stumped area residents.

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Yard sale to fund vision projects

The Lakemont Lions Club will hold a multi-family yard sale to support vision screening projects.

The sale will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at 623 Lake Ave., Altoona.

There are many items, including some furniture, clothing and household items.

There will also be refreshments and sandwiches for sale.

‘The Art of Golf’ set for Oct. 10

JOHNSTOWN – The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art will host “The Art of Golf,” the museum’s inaugural golf tournament, on Oct. 10 at the Sunnehanna Country Club.

The tournament will provide several opportunities for golfers to win prizes, and all participating golfers will leave with a gift. Prizes include a $10,000 cash prize for a hole in one, courtesy of Bud Smail Motorcars in Greensburg. Other prizes include an iPad Mini 2, $250 Golfsmith gift card, travel bag and more.

Cost for a foursome is $1,400, or individuals may register for $350.

Several sponsorship opportunities are available for the tournament. For $5,000, a Hole in One Sponsor receives two foursomes, corporate banner display, meal sponsorship and a tee sign on one of the 18 holes.

At $3,000, Eagle Sponsors get access for six golfers, plus corporate banner display and a tee sign. Birdie Sponsors ($2,000) receive one foursome plus a tee sign.

For $500, a Turn Sponsor receives a corporate sign display on the on-course food and beverage station.

Businesses and individuals can advertise with a corporate sign on one of the holes for $175. All sponsor levels $500 and above also receive ads in the event program.

The tournament begins with registration at 11:30 a.m., followed by buffet lunch and shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Following the tournament, golfers will be treated to a cocktail-and-hors d’oeuvres reception.

Reservations are due by Sept. 12 by calling SAMA-Loretto at 472-3920. For more information, visit www.sama-art.org.

Blood drive part of ZombieTown events

The American Red Cross will be at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 collecting blood for ZombieTown USA’s Blood Frenzy Blood Drive.

Presenting donors will receive free admission to the Railroaders Memorial Museum on Aug. 26 (does not include Horseshoe Curve), as well as a $5 Amazon gift card code that will be sent to their email.

To schedule an appointment (walk ups are welcome), visit www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsorcode: ZombieTownUSA.

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Forums to focus on insurance, care

Representatives from Central PA’s Senior Care Coalition, along with Blair Senior Services, are hosting the second of three informational community forums next week.

The forums are free to the community and are being held at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 21 at the Tyrone (Northern Blair), East Freedom (Southern Blair) and Bedford senior centers and the Altoona Masonic Hall (Jackson Avenue).

The Senior Care Coalition of Central PA is comprised of area skilled nursing and personal care communities and senior service centers working together to educate, empower, and equip seniors and their families to better understand, plan for and successfully navigate the diverse challenges associated with aging.

This discussion will focus on changes in the Medicare and Medicaid programs that fund skilled nursing stays for older adults, changes in reimbursement and how it will affect admissions into these facilities, the proposed “bundle payments” for joint replacements and the ins and outs of applying for medical assistance.

It will also explain what services Medicare and managed care programs cover during a short-term stay in a long-term care facility and how private long- term care insurance works.

There may be some significant changes in the works for older adult healthcare so attending these seminars will provide the community with the facts to make informed decisions for both themselves and their loved ones.

Representatives from various, local long-term care facilities will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information regarding these events, call 793-2104, ext. 2296.

Upward Bound taking applications

LORETTO -?The Saint Francis University Upward Bound Program is accepting applications from college-bound students in grades nine and 10 attending public schools throughout Cambria County.

Upward Bound is designed to help students prepare for and pursue a college degree following high school graduation.

A federal TRIO Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound has prepared more than 2,500 qualifying students for the challenges of college.

Each year, the program provides services to 110 students.

Provided at no cost to participants, the program offers a wide variety of academic, career, cultural and social development activities.

From September through May, students participate in Saturday follow-ups held on the campus of Saint Francis University, as well as tutorials held after school in their own communities.

Additional academic year activities include college visits, SAT cram sessions, FAFSA completion nights and college fairs.

In addition to SAT and college application fee waivers, the staff provides students with assistance completing their college and scholarship applications.

Each summer, participants live on the Saint Francis University campus for six weeks, attending academic classes in math, lab sciences, literature, foreign languages and social sciences.

The program also sponsors tutorials, a work-study component, volunteer opportunities and cultural activities during the summer.

To qualify for the program, students must either come from a family with a modest income or from a family in which neither parent has a bachelor’s degree.

For more information or to request an application, contact program director Anne Heinzeroth at

upwardbound@francis.edu or 472-3023 or 800-457-6300.

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Phoenix Fire Dept. plans open house

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Phoenix Fire Department will hold an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25.

Visitors can check out the fire equipment and jump in a truck to see the world from inside a fire engine.

There will be a vehicle rescue demonstration at 6 p.m.

State Police will do car seat safety checks, Hollidaysburg Police will offer child identity finger printing, and Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand.

Kids can learn how to stay safe from fire by touring the Kid’s Safety Trailer.

There will be free hot dogs for kids 12 and younger.

Ox roast and fries will also be available for purchase.

White Shadow to perform Saturday

PLEASANTVILLE – The Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host the band White Shadow from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Fall Country Show set for September

WOODBURY -?Kathy’s Country Cricket, 214 Potter?Creek Road, will hold its ninth annual Fall Country Show from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10. The shop also will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17.

The shop will be loaded with handmade things from 14 different local crafters, including hand carved wooden characters, dried flower arrangements, live gourd arrangements, outdoor decor, candles, handpainted items, hand stitched items, table runners, handmade candy/goodies, dried food mixes and dips, and more.

For more information, call Kathy at 502-5420.

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Library names artist of the month

Kelly Bowers of Altoona is the Altoona Area Public Library August Artist of the Month.

Bowers is a self-taught photographer who has been taking pictures for more than 20 years.

She started doing this because she enjoys capturing images of nature. She seeks out quiet spaces for her inspiration.

Bowers is a stay-at-home mom with six sons, three grown and three still at home. She is also grandmother of two.

This is her first exhibit, and she is very excited to share her work.

The public can see Bowers’ work all this month at the Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave.

Little Juniata River Assoc. to meet

ALEXANDRIA – The Little Juniata River Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Edgewater Inn.

Everyone is invited to come early for dinner and/or stay after for drinks with the LJRA officers. (Thursday is “Smoked Wings” night).

Meeting topics include the Tyrone Paper Mill impact on trout; low, warm water effects; telemetry study follow up; and recent PFBC electroshocking in upper river preliminary results.

For more information, visit www.littlejuniata.org.

Blue Knob ATV run is Saturday

Blue Knob Volunteer Fire Company will hold its annual ATV run on Saturday.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The run begins at 10 a.m., and all riders must be off the trail by 5 p.m.

There is a $20 registration fee. Riders ages 12 and younger are $5.

Helmets are required at registration and on the trail. The event will be held rain or shine.

For more details, visit www.blueknobfire4t.com.

Flea market to aid fallen officers

Bombshell Vintiques, 1417-19 11th Ave., Altoona will hold its Downtown Flea Market from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot behind Bombshell Vintiques.

Vendor spaces are available for $10. This week’s proceeds will be donated to the Dallas Fallen Officers Foundation.

Contact Jack today at 946-7630 to reserve a space.

Local emergency responders will be present for an Appreciation Day, Schraff’s Mobile Kitchen will be on site and the Backyard Rockers will perform.

Golf event to aid kids with cancer

The ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund is planning a golf tournament on Sept. 23 at Sinking Valley Country Club.

Registration for the four-person scramble tournament begins at noon Sept. 23 at Sinking Valley Country Club with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $100 per player.

Proceeds from the ThinkBIG for Kids Golf Tournament will be used to help children with pediatric cancer and their families.

The mission of ThinkBIG is to take the stress away from families of pediatric cancer patients by providing financial support for unexpected out-of-pocket expenses related to the child’s care.

Recently, ThinkBIG separated from Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital to better serve patients.

Already this year, ThinkBIG has been able to help dozens of families across the state, including families in the Centre and Blair county regions.

For more information about ThinkBIG, sponsorship opportunities or to register for the tournament, contact Mike McMullen at mmmcmullen

@geisinger.edu or 949-2302.

St. Patrick’s to hold festival in Newry

NEWRY – St. Patrick’s Parish will celebrate the church’s 200th anniversary during its 33rd annual Festival in the Shade this weekend.

The event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The event will include chainsaw carving artist Tim Klock on Friday, followed by Celtic rock music with Full Kilt from 7 to 10 p.m.

Triple Threat’s classic rock opens the celebration on Saturday, then Mama Corn will entertain with bluegrass music from 7 to 10 p.m.

A cruise-in will be held on Sunday. Registration will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Country singer Kenton Sitch will entertain from

2 to 4 p.m. and the Fabulous Flashbacks will play from 4:15 to 7:15 p.m.

The festival will include food, an indoor flea market, a bake sale, hay rides, a 50/50 drawing, basket raffles and lots of games.

Special quilts and wood items have been donated for fundraisers.

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RSVP?by Friday for Silver Stroll

The Northern Blair Rec Center, 4080 E. Pleasant Valley?Blvd., is recognizing the seniors that participate in Silver & Fit, Silver Sneakers or have been thinking about joining into the fitness movement.

The Rec Center will present “Silver Stroll,” a free event to promote fitness at the senior level to adults in Blair County, at 10 a.m. Monday, followed by a light luncheon.

The event will introduce the center’s outdoor trail, which is always open to the public free of charge.

Participants should RSVP for this event by Friday by calling the center at 742-9500.

Comedy shows set for Aug. 19

A comedy show benefit will be held Aug. 19 at the United Veterans Association Club, 1809 Union Ave., Altoona.

The show will benefit the Family Services Teen Shelter and the Gabby Colegrove family.

There are two shows – a family-friendly show at 6 p.m. and an adult show at 8 p.m. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

Comedians will be provided by Soul Joel Productions with headliner Richie Bryne and featuring Adam Lucidi and Joel Richardson.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Those ages 16 and younger will be admitted for $10.

For more information or tickets, call Beth at 762-6779.

Charity Gump Run set for Aug. 27-28

Vets Supporting Vets will hold its ninth annual charity motorcycle run benefit “Gump Run,” which includes overnight camping, a pig roast, prizes and games, on Aug. 27 and 28.

The start location is The Monkey Wharf, 601 Fourth Ave., Altoona. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and is $25 per person. The ride starts at 11:30 a.m. The end location is Shady Rest Farm, Marienville.

The event helps defray the expenses incurred during hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery. This year’s funds will be divided between the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, for homeless veterans in the 14 counties it serves, and Forest County Transportation Veterans transportation.

For more information or registration, call Bob at 931-0735 or email shady.rest.farm@verizon.net.

Bluegrass festival to aid Make-A-Wish

LORETTO – The fourth annual Pickin’ for Wishes bluegrass festival will be held Aug. 20 at the Cresson Sportsman’s Club, 1224 St. Joseph St., Loretto.

This family-friendly event opens its gates at 10 a.m., with live music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., rain or shine.

This year’s lineup includes The Hillbilly Gypsies, Marv Ashby & High Octane, Trains, Moonshine & Jesus, Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, Mountain City Grass and Mama Corn.

A free concert will be held Friday night before the festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a performance by Tree and a basket raffle from 4 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate and free for kids under 12 with adult supervision.

In addition to live tunes, guests can enjoy food and craft vendors, basket raffles, kid’s activities, fishing and more. The ticket includes a chance to win $2,500 in prizes, as well as a grand prize of $1,000 gift to Bedford Springs.

Tickets can be purchased at www.pickinforwishes.org or at B&S Beverage in Patton and Miller’s Hunting & Fishing Shop in Cresson. Guests will be provided with free parking and optional rough camping.

For more information, call Michelle Houser at 883-7390 or visit www.pickinforwishes.org.

Historical society has display at library

EVERETT – The Bloody Run Historical Society met Tuesday at the Train Station Museum on Fifth Street.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

There will be no open house program at the museum in August. The next one will be Sept. 18 with Duane Weaver the presenter.

The August historical exhibit at the Everett Free Library located on Main Street highlights the Everett American Legion Home located across the east end bridge on Route 26 South. It has been assembled by historian Barbara Sponsler Miller with photographs and descriptions of the building in its prime.

Built by the WPA “CCC boys” in the l930s, it was heavily used by the community for recreation, sports, and at one time it housed a grade school class overflow. It is now a popular spot for wedding receptions, class reunions and other social gatherings. The display can be visited during regular library hours.

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Paint and Sip event is Aug. 11

The Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation (PHNCF) will host a Paint and Sip event from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at Oak Spring Winery, 2401 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. The event will raise funds for PHNCF’s community programs that serve the underserved in Blair County.

The cost to attend is $45. Registration is available at phnfoundation.net/Paint. The price includes all art supplies, appetizers and a glass of wine.

The Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation is a nonprofit foundation that supports the community by providing access to healthcare services for the medically underserved.

Programs include prescription assistance, community scholarships, free transportation of patients and youth mentoring programs.

Sponsors include Walberg Family Pharmacies and Bulldog Office Products.

For more information, visit phnfoundation.net or call 724-981-2875.

Fundraiser set in memory of local girl

MARTINSBURG – The second annual Cure for Mito Mania, a fundraising event in memory of Brielle Harmon, will be held Aug. 27 at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park.

Proceeds will benefit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, specifically to renovate the outdoor playground area, which is being renamed “Brielle’s Playpark at Acorn Cove.”

Brielle passed away in October 2014, just shy of her third birthday, after losing her battle with Mitochondrial Disease.

This year’s theme is “Where Fashion Meets Faith,” and the event will include a gift auction and a fashion show, “Brielle’s Beauty Extravaganza.”

The gift auction will open at 10 a.m., and Brielle’s Beauty Extravaganza will begin at 2 p.m. There will be a special guest speaker, Brielle’s Uncle Jeffrey, who is active duty military. Throughout the fashion show, he will be sharing how his time in the military strengthened his faith.

The prizes for the gift auction will be on display in the banquet room at The Park beginning at 10 a.m. Attendees will be able to stop in between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to purchase tickets and enter to win.

Tickets for the fashion show are available at Charlotte’s Trove in Roaring Spring and the park office.

For more information on this fundraiser, visit

Facebook.com/briellesbrigade or for more information on Mitochondrial Disease visit www.umdf.org.

Home Helpers plans poker run

Home Helpers will hold its second annual Veterans Poker Motorcycle Run on Sept. 17, starting at 11 a.m. at Home Helpers, 911 Scotch Valley Road, Hollidaysburg.

The cost is $25 per rider and $10 per passenger. All proceeds benefit local groups Funds for Freedom and Keystone Pinups.

The ride will go through central PA including the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville and end at the Veterans Community Park in Williamsburg.

Registration includes event T shirt (if pre-registered), lunch, dinner, beer, vendors and live entertainment featuring Southern Comfort Experience.

Overnight camping is available for tents and campers for $5 per person.

To register, call 317-5080 or visit Home Helpers of Central PA on Facebook. Event-day registration begins at 9:45 a.m.

Golf event to aid Smiles for Miles

STATE COLLEGE – Smiles for Miles will host its 2016 golf tournament on Aug. 20 at Toftrees Resort Golf Club, 1 Country Club Lane with a 9 a.m. tee time.

Following golfing, Smiles for Miles will host a Pennsylvania Pig Roast Luncheon.

To participate, contact Matt Brunner at Mbrunpsu

@gmail.com or smilesformiles1031@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.smilesformiles.info.

AAHS band, cheer event set for Sept. 9

Registrations are still being accepted from former members of the Altoona Area High School marching band who would like to participate in Alumni Band Day and former AAHS cheerleaders who would like to participate in the first Alumni Cheer event at the AAHS game at Mansion Park Stadium on Sept. 9, when the Mountain Lion football team plays Butler.

Alumni Band registration includes admission to the game, a pregame meal and a commemorative stadium blanket and must be submitted to the Alumni Office by Aug. 12.

Alumni Cheer registration includes admission to the game, a pregame meal and a T-shirt and must be submitted by Aug. 26 to Ashley Young, 108 Aldrich Ave., Altoona, PA 16602.

For more information about Alumni Band Day or to register go to www.aahsalumni.org or call the AAHS Alumni Office at 946-8424.

For more information about the Alumni Cheer event, contact Ashley Young at 934-2170 or ayoung@altoonasd.com.

UPMC Bedford seeks used books

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

Donations are appreciated and accepted through Aug. 10 at the hospital front desk.

The used book sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12 and 7 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 in the employee cafeteria, hospital ground floor.

Veterans, widows invited to food bank

DUNCANSVILLE – The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8724 Auxiliary sponsors a monthly Central PA Food Bank at the Duncansville VFW Post 8724, 1665 Newry Lane.

The next giveaway will be held on Monday. It is for area veterans, widows and active duty service members.

Additional dates are 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.