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WISE Women to hold annual meeting

The WISE Women of Blair County Board of Directors invites founders and members to attend the eighth annual membership meeting of the organization. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Hampton Inn, 180 Charlotte Drive, Altoona.

It will include reports on the financial status and general activities of the organization and will conclude with the election of 2016-17 board of directors.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP by Oct. 14 to wisewomenofblaircounty

@yahoo.com or leave a message at 650-9493.

Sharp Tones to perform Oct. 8

PLEASANTVILLE – The Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host The Sharp Tones from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 8 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.

Gluten-Free Expo set for Nov. 20

STATE COLLEGE – The fourth annual Central PA Gluten Free Expo will take place from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd.

The event will include more than 50 local and national vendors, educational presentations, door prizes and gluten-free samples.

Discounted advance tickets are on sale at various area locations. Youth 16 and younger are free to attend the event with an adult.

For more information, visit www.centralpaglutenfreeexpo.com.

Juniata Civics to meet Tuesday

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

The social committee will continue a discussion on whether to have several dinners or parties during the winter months.

In addition, members will discuss the fall dance in cooperation with the Marine Corps Reserve from Ebensburg to benefit the Toys for Tots program.

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‘Life with Diabetes’ series begins Oct. 6

STATE COLLEGE -?Mount Nittany Medical Center will offer a “Life with Diabetes” class series from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 27 at Mount Nittany Health Diabetes Network’s Outpatient Office, 120 Radnor Road.

The series is aimed to teach diabetics and their loved ones how to live with and manage diabetes.

Mount Nittany Medical Center’s “Life with Diabetes” program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for quality self-management education and is intended for individuals with diabetes, pre-diabetes or those at risk of getting diabetes.

The cost to attend is $40, which is due on the first day of class. A friend or family member may participate at no extra charge.

Preregistration is required by contacting Heather Harpster at 231-7194 or hharpster@mountnittany.org. Class size is limited, so please register early.

Out of the Darkness walk is Sunday

HUNTINGDON – More than 150 people from Huntingdon, Mifflin and Juniata counties are expected to participate in the inaugural Juniata Valley Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 2 p.m. Sunday at Juniata College. Registration starts at 1 p.m.

This year’s event will be held on “The Quad.” The rain location will be the Kennedy Sports & Rec Center. The walk route is approximately 1 mile long and will venture through campus and surrounding areas.

Parking will be available across from Knox Stadium on Scott Street with handicap parking available on 19th Street.

This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025.

The Juniata Valley Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 375 walks being held nationwide this year. The walks are expected to unite more than 250,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts.

As a fundraiser and memorial event, the walk is recruiting teams, individual walkers and sponsors.

Registration and donations are accepted at www

.afsp.donordrive.com/event/HuntingdonCounty.

HASD alumni invited to gathering

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Hollidaysburg Area School District Alumni Association will host an informal gathering after the Golden Tigers’ homecoming football game on Oct. 7 at the Old Canal Inn on Blair Street.

The Old Canal Inn has an outside venue perfect for entertaining complete with outdoor seating, a fire pit and a DJ. Food and drinks are on your own.

For more information call 696-4454, ext. 1130.

This event is sponsored by the Old Canal Inn and the HASD Alumni Association.

UPMC Bedford sets blood screenings

EVERETT – UPMC Bedford Memorial is offering health screenings that consist of a series of 28 tests, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

The next screening will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at Dr. George Zubak’s office of UPMC, 300 N. Spring St. Results are available the next day and can be sent to primary care physicians.

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

The cost is $25. Additional tests/fees include urine microalbumin testing for kidney function in people with diabetes, $5; urinalysis, $3; TSH to check thyroid function, $5; A1C to test for diabetic compliance, $5; and PSA for prostate cancer, $10. Test results can be sent directly to the patient for $3.

Payment to be made by cash or check only. Testing fees cannot be submitted for insurance reimbursement.

Registration is not required. For more information, call the hospital laboratory at 623-3506.

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BCAF Bravo Basket Bingo set for Oct. 9

The Blair County Arts Foundation will hold its first Longaberger/Thirty-One Bravo Basket Bingo at

1 p.m. Oct. 9 at Father Kelley Hall, Fifth?Street and 25th Avenue, Altoona, to benefit the ongoing restoration of the Mishler Theatre. Doors will open at noon.

Tickets are $25 and $60. Each includes a meal with beverages, desserts and entry for the grand prize.

The Mishler Theatre has served as the community’s cultural center for 110 years, and the proceeds from this fundraiser will be utilized to ensure the restoration project continues to move forward.

For tickets or more information, call 949-2787.

Quilt show set Saturday in Bellwood

BELLWOOD – The Bellwood Quilting Bees will sponsor a quilt show from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Logan Valley Baptist Church, Main and Boyles streets. Admission is free.

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 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.

Turkey Hill gives slusheys to schools

LANCASTER – Since 2008, Turkey Hill Minit Markets has given away more than a quarter of a million slusheys to help schools reward kids for earning good grades and other positive behaviors.

As they returned to school, thousands of elementary and intermediate school students in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana have been greeted with a chance to earn a free frozen slushey as part of the convenience store chain’s annual Kids Cup Program.

“Every August, we send letters to elementary and intermediate schools near our stores inviting them to participate in the Kids Cup Program,” said Kim Hertzog, public relations manager, Turkey Hill Minit Markets. “Schools that respond to our letter will receive 200 coupons to use as they see fit to give kids some extra encouragement to do their best.”

“It’s one of the ways we give back to the communities we serve,” Hertzog said. “By pairing a rewards program with good performance, it sends a positive message to students.”

Auction to aid Indigent Patient Fund

DERRY – Torrance State Hospital will hold its annual silent auction during Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 2 to 8) to benefit its Indigent Patient Fund.

This fund provides a small monthly stipend to patients who, because of their mental illness, have no means of income to assist them in purchasing personal items and incidentals. The hospital provides treatment to persons with mental illness from 14 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, including Blair and Cambria counties.

The public is invited to bid on items at the former superintendent’s home on the hospital grounds from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6.

Items to be auctioned include autographed books, tickets to local attractions, golf passes, a Mountaineer Casino overnight package, and various specialty baskets. Basket donations are welcome from any interested person or business.

For more information, call Lenore Meketa, volunteer resource coordinator, at 724-459-4464.

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Newburg vendor fair set for Oct. 2

The Newburg Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host a vendor fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the fire hall at 2808 Washington Ave., Altoona.

More than 30 vendors will be available.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The auxiliary also will have a soup sale, food, beverages, popcorn and more.

Swinging Squares plan Fun Night

Swinging Squares, a modern Western Square and Round Dance Club, is sponsoring a free Fun Night on Thursday to learn the basics of square dancing.

The group dances from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday at Jaggard Street United Methodist Church basement in Altoona. Interested newcomers can dance for free on Sept. 29. Dress is casual.

For more information, contact Steve at 329-0408 or Karen at 329-0410.

Community?Service Fair set for Oct. 4

Penn State Altoona will hold a Community Service Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Slep Student Center.

This event will help promote volunteerism by connecting potential volunteers with nonprofit agencies such as Blair Senior Services Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters, the American Cancer Society and the Blair/

Clearfield Association for the Blind.

The public can find the perfect way to donate their time and talents to local agencies that give so much to the community.

The fair is co-sponsored by the United Way of Blair County.

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Mount Aloysius to host deaf gathering

CRESSON – Mount Aloysius College will hold its first deaf gathering of the 2016-17 academic year from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the college’s Bertschi Center and Technology Commons.

The gatherings offer the region’s deaf community a social opportunity, while also providing Mount Aloysius College American Sign Language and English Interpreting students a real-life learning opportunity to hone their signing skills.

The college’s ASL Interpreting program is one of only 12 in the U.S. accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). It is the only accredited program in Pennsylvania and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Members of the region’s deaf community are invited to attend the free event.

Participants enjoy fun, great conversation, an educational presentation and a healthy dinner.

For more information, visit www.mtaloy.edu.

Museum offers free admission

The Altoona Railroaders Museum will join Smithsonian magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day Live on Saturday.

The free downloadable ticket includes free admission for two to the Railroaders Museum (does not include Horseshoe Curve). One ticket per household is permitted.

The ticket is available at Smithsonian.com

/museumday or www.railroadcity.com and by clicking on Museum Day Live under upcoming events.

For more information, call the Railroaders Museum at 946-0834, ext. 203.

Tickets still available for basket event

A limited number of tickets are still available for St. Leonard’s Personal Care Home’s annual basket fundraiser.

The event will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Catherine of Siena Church Hall in Duncansville.

Lunch will be available for purchase at noon.

The $25 ticket entitles each player to three cards for each of 20 games.

Theme baskets are bingo prizes and are also available for silent auction and pick-a-tickets.

Proceeds will benefit the Charity Care Fund of St. Leonard’s Home.

For tickets, call 695-9581 during business hours.

Blood drive in honor of Cohen Allen

EVERETT – The Everett community is invited to join the family and friends of Cohen Allen to help save lives by donating blood through the American Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Everett High School Gym, One Renaissance Circle.

The drive is in honor of Cohen’s third birthday.

Cohen was born Sept. 13, 2013, with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. He has undergone three open heart surgeries, the latest on Aug. 3, and 43 blood transfusions.

Family and friends of Cohen are now inviting the community to donate blood in his honor to help other patients in need.

“We chose to do a blood drive around Cohen’s birthday to celebrate not only Cohen’s life, but to thank the 40-plus people that donated blood for him,” said Cohen’s mom, Stephanie. “The donors have, in turn, given us yet another birthday to celebrate with Cohen.”

For an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED CROSS.

J.C. Blair sets health insurance outreach

HUNTINGDON – J.C. Blair Health System, a PinnacleHealth affiliate, will host a two-day health insurance outreach event titled “Understanding and Navigating the Upcoming Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period.”

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital’s main lobby.

Health insurance experts from the Area Agency on Aging and the Huntingdon County Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services will join J.C. Blair’s certified application counselor Gail Young to provide information about health insurance options through the federal Marketplace, Medicare and Medical Assistance.

Open enrollment for Medicare begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Open enrollment for the federal Marketplace insurance starts Nov. 1 and continues until Jan. 31.

For more information, contact Young at 643-8885 or gyoung@jcblair.org.

Cambria to launch Real Relationships

The Children’s Aid Society in Clearfield County will launch Real Relationships in Cambria County in October.

Real Relationships, the newest program of Children’s Aid Society, offers marriage and relationship education workshops and retreats to teach the tools needed to establish, build, and maintain successful relationships.

Free one-day workshops and couples retreats will be held at the Quality Inn and Suites in Johnstown. Free meals and Sheetz gas cards are included.

Both programs address topics such as “Encouraging Teamwork,” “Exploring Expectations,” “Improving Communication” and “Strengthening Commitment.”

The one-day workshop is designed for couples who are engaged or in a committed relationship. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15.

The weekend retreat is designed for married couples. It will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8. An overnight hotel stay is included.

To enroll, contact Real Relationships staff at 205-4193 or realrelationships@childaid.org.

Cut-a-thon to aid backpack program

The Salon?Professional?Academy,?415 Orchard Ave., Altoona, will hold a cut-a-thon from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

All proceeds will benefit the Mountain?Lion?Backpack Program.

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Gardening symposium set for Oct. 1

EBENSBURG – The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Cambria County will host its Fall Gardening Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at the Manor Drive conference room, 499 Manor Drive.

The fee of $14.95 includes a dessert buffet, coffee, tea and door prizes.

The morning’s schedule includes: Tom Ford, Penn State Senior Extension Educator, speaking about “Organic Gardening,” Louise Sprowls, Somerset County Master Gardener, whose topic will be “Landscaping with the Planting and Division of Native Perennials,” and Master Gardeners Joyce Long and Greg Rager, describing “Straw Bale Gardening.”

Other possible topics may be “Fall Bulbs,” “Bee Keeping” and “Monarch Butterflies.”

Reservations can be made by sending a check for $14.95, made payable to Cambria County Cooperative Extension, to Penn State Extension, 401 Candlelight Drive, Ebensburg, PA, 15931 by Monday.

Because of the administrative costs of registration and material preparation, no refunds will be given to persons not attending the workshop.

For more information, call 472-7986.

Deadline for fashion show is Sept. 30

Alivia Jacobs, captain of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team Walking Warriors, will host the inaugural “Put Your ‘Breast’ Foot Forward Luncheon and Fashion Show” on Oct. 2 at The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona.

The doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

There will be lots of vendors and raffle prizes.

Fashions will be provided by Macy’s, GiGi’s in Bedford, Diamond Bridal and Hometown Western Wear.

Tickets are $20 per person. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 30.

For tickets and more information, call Alivia Jacobs at 944-0236 or the American Cancer Society office at 695-9232.

Home Nursing offers grief support

Home Nursing Agency is offering “Good Grief,” a six-week support group for those who have lost a loved one.

It will meet from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 28 to Nov. 2 at United Way of Blair County, 5414 Sixth Ave., Altoona.

Facilitated by hospice social worker Kelly Daughenbaugh, the group is based on material from Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., who is world-renowned in the field of grief and loss.

Those grieving are invited to share their thoughts, express their feelings and discuss how to work through the grieving process.

To register, contact Daughenbaugh at 800-445-6262.

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Rise for Recovery set for Sunday

Area residents are invited to join Blair County’s Rise For Recovery Candlelight Vigil Ceremony to honor those who lost the battle to addiction, those who are fighting with addiction and those who are in recovery.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Second Avenue United Methodist Church, Altoona.

Candlelight vigil set at Saint Francis

LORETTO – Saint Francis University will host a community-wide candlelight vigil to honor the memories and lives of suicide victims.

The service will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the SFU Holy Immaculate Conception Chapel.

The public event is sponsored by The Counseling Center and Campus Ministry.

Names of those lost will be read during the ceremony. If you wish to have a name read at the ceremony, call 472-3211 or email counseling@francis.edu to provide a first name and last initial of someone you wish to have remembered.

Tyrone Hospital offers wellness check

TYRONE – Tyrone Hospital, in partnership with Kiwanis Club of Northern Blair County and Rotary Club of Tyrone, is offering a Community Wellness Check from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday on the Tyrone Regional Health Network campus at 154 Hospital Drive.

The blood analysis includes 38 different tests. The tests help with early detection of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, anemia, liver disease and thyroid disorder. The wellness check is open to adults age 18 and older. The cost is $38 per person. Optional tests are also available at an additional cost, including prostate cancer screening for $25 per person and thyroid disease screening for $10 per person.

Test results will be sent to participants and to their primary care provider. A Tyrone Regional Health Network physician will be assigned to those who do not have a primary care provider.

Appointments are recommended and walk-ins are also welcome. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 684-2117.

Payment is due at time of screening. Cash and personal checks will be accepted.

Participants should take medications as usual prior to the screening. Participants should not eat or drink anything for 12 hours before the screening.

Proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Northern Blair County, Rotary Club of Tyrone and Tyrone Hospital Foundation.

Fort Roberdeau to host program

The 40th anniversary season of Fort Roberdeau continues its commemorative program series with an honored guest, Robert Emerson, executive director of Old Fort Niagara.

“Robert Emerson: Garrisoning Fort Roberdeau for 40 years” will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for children ages 11 and younger.

A native of Hollidaysburg, Emerson started work at Fort Roberdeau during the summer of 1977 after graduating from college. He worked as a tour guide providing guided tours and musket demonstrations for visitors. He had so much fun, and did so well, the director asked him to stay on staff through the fall season.

The first battle re-enactment took place in 1980. This battle re-enactment became an annual event and evolved into the Fort’s Revolutionary War Days event. Emerson serves as the event coordinator to this day.

Veterans Appreciation Day is Saturday

ENTRIKEN – Vietnam Veterans of America Greater Blair County Chapter 967 will sponsor American Veterans Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Raystown Lake Seven Points Recreation Area Oak Picnic and Shelter Area.

The event is being held to honor all veterans.

Veterans and their spouse and family are welcome.

Coffee and donuts will be available at 9 a.m., when the volunteer boats will start loading.

The tour boat will leave at 10:30 a.m. for a two-hour lake tour. At 1 p.m., a barbecue lunch will be held for all those attending.

For more information, visit www.raystownlakecommunity.net or call Bruce Cavanaugh, event planner, at 717-514-9118.

Health, welfare council to meet Friday

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at The Arc of Blair County on Jackson?Avenue, Altoona.

Coleen Heim, director of the Healthy Blair County Coalition, will speak about the coalition and the results of the most recent Blair County Needs Assessment.

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

For more information, visit ww.blairhealthand

welfare.org.

Two weeks left for garden line

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Cambria County will answer gardeners’ questions on their “Garden Line” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 29.

Call the Cambria County Extension Office at 472-7986.

The gardeners plan to open their phone line again next spring.

Basket raffle to be held Oct. 1

NORTHERN CAMBRIA -?The Northern Cambria Senior Center, 908 Tracy Drive, will host a basket raffle on Oct. 1. The doors will open at 10 a.m., and the drawing will begin at 3 p.m.

Baskets are on display and tickets are for presale through Sept. 30 at Charlson’s Furniture, 4115 Crawford Ave., Northern Cambria.

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‘Dogs Helping Dogs’ walk is Sunday

The Lakemont Lions Club’s sixth annual “Dogs Helping Dogs” Dog Walk will be held on Sunday at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg. Registration, food and activities start at 1 p.m., with the walk slated to begin at 3 p.m..

The event will include music by Phil McCaulley, food, raffles and sponsor and vendor booths, according to event co-chairs Sondra and Terry Stacey.

Lakemont Lions Club members will sell ham barbecue sandwiches, stumpff dogs (hot dogs stuffed with sauerkraut and wrapped in bacon), hot dogs, beverages and snacks. Other club members will host a bake sale.

Girl Scout Troop 46423 will offer face painting.

New this year, contests for dogs will include cutest dog, a tail-wagging contest and a doggie ice cream eating event.

Subzero Ice Cream & Yogurt of Altoona will offer both doggie ice cream and their regular frozen confection, with portions of proceeds donated to the event.

Nevie Num Nums also will share proceeds from dog treat sales.

Honorary co-chair Marty Marasco will emcee the event and will lead the walk.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three walkers, with or without a dog, who raise the most money in pledges. Petco will provide gift baskets to the winners.

The event brochure and pledge form can be downloaded from the club’s website at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/lakemont. For those unable to attend, donations can be made through a secure

PayPal account, also at the club’s website.

For more information, call 717-414-1139.

Fort Roberdeau to present program

Fort Roberdeau will present a falconry program by Jody Wallace, Creature Teacher, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Fort Roberdeau in Sinking Valley.

Participants should meet at White Oak Hall at the top of the hill.

If conditions are right, visitors may witness the bird of prey in flight.

All are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. No signup is required.

Admission is free.

Volleyball game to honor Erin Dodson

The Erin Dodson Memorial Scholarship Fund Memorial Volleyball Game and Gray Out will be held on Wednesday.

Altoona will play Hollidaysburg at the AAHS Fieldhouse with junior varsity at 6 p.m. and varsity at

7:30 p.m.

Participants will honor Erin Dodson, a 2004 graduate of Altoona Area High School and all-state volleyball player who lost her battle to brain cancer in 2011.

Those attending are asked to wear gray, the color of brain cancer awareness, to the game.

A basket raffle will be held to benefit the Erin Dodson Scholarship Fund.

Tickets can be purchased 25 for $5 or 125 for $20.

The Erin Dodson Memorial Fund, established by the Brian Morden Foundation, awards scholarships to local high school students.

Astronomy Club to hold sky watch

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Starlight Astronomy Club will hold a free public sky watch from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Canoe Creek State Park.

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

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

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

SFU?lecture to focus on racism, fear

LORETTO – Father Daniel P. Horan, OFM, will present a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the JFK auditorium at Saint Francis University.

“A Franciscan Response to Racism & Fear of the ‘Other’ in Today’s World” is a timely discussion on responding to social and cultural issues from a Franciscan perspective.

Father Horan is a Franciscan friar who serves on the faculty of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is a columnist for America magazine and the author of several books, including the award-winning “The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought and Writing.”

His newest book, due out this fall, is a collection of essays titled “God is Not Fair, and Other Reasons for Gratitude.”

He is the author of more than 80 popular and scholarly articles.

He is also a frequent lecturer and retreat director around the world, and has taught at Boston College, Siena College and St. Bonaventure University.

The event is sponsored by The Rev. Gabriel J. Zeis, T.O.R. Endowment in Franciscan Studies and Roman Catholic Theology at Saint Francis University.

For more information visit www.francis.edu/Events/2016-Horan-Lecture or contact Father Joe Lehman, TOR, at JLehman@francis.edu.

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TOPS to hold open house Sept. 22

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?Hollidaysburg Chapter 0379 of Take Off Pounds Sensibly will hold an open house on Sept. 22 in the basement of Zion Lutheran Church, Allegheny St.

Weigh-in will be from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the meeting 6:15 to 7 p.m.

Members pay a yearly registration fee of $32, and monthly dues are $3.

A free TOPS magazine is also sent to those who join.

TOPS is a support group for children (7 years or older), teens, women and men who are struggling to lose weight. There are no contracts to sign.

For more information, call Patty at 944-2939, Mary at 695-3599 or Elaine at 934-9139.

Participants sought for VFW yard sale

DUNCANSVILLE – The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign War Post 8724 Auxiliary, will sponsor a community yard sale on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Duncansville VFW Post 8724, 1665 Newry Lane.

The sale will be in the parking lot, weather permitting, and inside the Duncansville VFW if it rains.

Participants can rent a table for $10, or donate items to the auxiliary. For more information, call Keri at

207-9495 or Alice at 239-9264.

YMCA taking donations for yard sale

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, 1111 Hewit St., will hold its second annual community yard sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24.

Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Tuesday. Donations are tax-deductible, and receipts are available upon request. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s 2016 Annual Campaign.

Suggested donations are toys, furniture, sports equipment, books, bikes, kitchen and housewares, tools, seasonal/holiday and camping/outdoor gear. No clothing or shoes will be accepted.

For more information, contact Joy Bell at 695-4467 or JBell@hollidaysburgareaymca.org.

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Area beekeepers to meet Sunday

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Canoe Creek State Park Pavilion No. 1, 1400 Turkey Valley Road. The topic will be fall preparation.

There is no charge to attend, and participants don’t have to be beekeepers.

For more information, call 472-7637, email

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

Master gardener training offered

Would you like to be a Penn State Extension Master Gardener? Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers who, after receiving training from Penn State University, help people solve their gardening problems and provide education through gardening programs.

Training classes will begin Oct. 6 and end in April.

The classes will be held in Ebensburg from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with the exception of holidays and severe weather. The cost of the training classes is $200.

For an interview and more information, call 487-4263 no later than Thursday.

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.

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

Additional dates are 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.

Senior driving classes offered

Seniors for Safe Driving will hold several highway safety education programs for seniors ages 55 and older in the area.

The programs are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The successful completion of the program makes senior drivers eligible for a 5 percent discount on their automobile insurance premiums, across the board, for a period of three years.

Those who have never participated in a senior driving program previously must attend a two-day (four hours each) or one-day eight-hour standard class.

To qualify for a one-day refresher program, seniors must have attended a senior driving program in the past. To register for a class, call 800-559-4880 or visit www.seniorsforsafedriving.com. Upcoming classes include:

Thursday – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Curwensville Library.

Sept. 21 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Presbyterian Village, Hollidaysburg.

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

Oct. 10 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mount Laurel Nursing/Rehabilitation Center, Clearfield.

Series planned for dementia caregivers

BEDFORD – UPMC?Bedford Memorial will host “Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Mini Series: A Free Four-Part Education and Support Opportunity for Dementia Caregivers” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from today through Oct. 4 in the hospital cafeteria.

Attendees may register for one or all four presentations, where they will learn more about various aspects of the medical, communication, legal and end-of-life choices related to dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

Topics include:

Today -?Medical Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

Sept. 20 – Communication Techniques and Managing Difficult Behaviors

Sept. 27 – Legal Issues

Oct. 4 – End-Stage Issues

Both professionals and family members who care for loved ones with dementia will gain a better understanding of managing the many challenges encountered during the course of the disease.

Preregistration is required by calling 623-7772. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater PA, First Choice in Home Care, Home Nursing Agency, Homewood at Martinsburg, Huntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging and UPMC Bedford Memorial.

Ostomy society to meet Sunday

The Central Pennsylvania Ostomy Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the rotunda on the sixth floor of the Outpatient Center at UPMC Altoona, 620 Howard Ave., Altoona.

The group offers information and support to new ostomy patients, including those who have undergone a colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. One of the members is a certified ostomy nurse and has ideas for helping new members. In addition, members of the group have shared many tips for easier ostomy care.

There is no cost to attend.

Other meetings are planned for Oct. 16 and Nov. 20.

For more information, call Russ Ellenberger, president, at 943-3782.

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Tractor Supply to celebrate pets

DUNCANSVILLE -?If you’re a proud pet owner or would like to be, mark your calendars for Sept. 17, when the Tractor Supply Co. store in Duncansville will be celebrating furry friends for Pet Appreciation Week’s Main Event.

The main event on Sept. 17 will include pet adoptions with community groups, samples, giveaways, drawings for gift cards and other family-friendly activities. In addition, deals on pet products, from food and treats to toys and crates, will be featured from Wednesday through?Sept. 18.

“Pet Appreciation Week is a time when our love for animals really shines,” said Diana Kidd, manager of the Duncansville Tractor Supply store. “It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate the love of pets, find great homes for local adoptable animals, and showcase the community partners and rescues who care for these animals year round.”

Several activities will take place during the main event on?Sept. 17, including pet adoption and vaccinations:

Adarrah Bull Bully Rescue -?on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Central Pennsylvania Humane Society -?on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PetVet Clinic -?on site from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

In addition to supporting community groups in their work to find good homes for dogs and cats, Pet Appreciation Week will help raise awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering pets and provide information on proper pet care and nutrition.

Pet Appreciation Week is open to the public – and all leashed, friendly pets – and will take place at Tractor Supply at 2002 Old Route 220 North.

Contact the Tractor Supply store at 696-9099 for pet adoption details and other planned activities.

For more information on Pet Appreciation Week, visit Facebook.com/TractorSupplyCo or Tractor

Supply.com.

POW/MIA candlelight ceremony set

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 967 will hold a candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday at the Wall That Heals in front of the Van Zandt Medical Center in Altoona.

The event will honor and remember prisoners of war and missing in action military from Pennsylvania. The public is encouraged to attend.

Trick shot artist joining golf event

The ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund will hold its second annual golf tournament Sept. 23 at Sinking Valley Country Club and a special guest will be joining the event this year.

Rocky “Rockstar” Shipes, a golf entertainer and trick shot artist, will be on hand for a special demonstration before the golf tournament and will be on hole No. 11 offering his long-drive services to teams.

Shipes has registered a 449-yard drive in competition and has recorded a 480-yard drive in non-competition.

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.

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

@geisinger.edu or 949-2302.

Quaint Corner plans Mega Fun Day

The Quaint Corner Children’s Museum &?Discovery Center, 2000 Union?Ave., Altoona, will hold Super Mega Fun?Day 2 on?Sept. 17.

Buy a ticket for $10 per person (ages 2 through adult) at Quaint Corner Children’s Museum and receive admission to four locations:

9 to 10:15 a.m. -?Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Altoona Area Public Library Youth Room activity.

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Neil Armstrong Planetarium (pizza lunch and a sky show included).

1:15 to 3:30 p.m. -?Quaint Corner Children’s Museum.

Get your ticket punched at all locations and take it to Sweet Frog Altoona on the same day and receive $2 off.

Only 50 tickets will be sold. For more information, call 944-6830 or visit Quaint Corner on?Facebook.

Community forum to focus on care

Representatives from Central PA’s Senior Care Coalition, along with Blair Senior Services, are hosting the final of three informational community forums on Sept. 21.

The coalition 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 the differences between home health and home care services.

There will also be an in-depth explanation of hospice services, how they are covered by insurance and the benefits to both patient and family.

The forums are free and are being held at the Tyrone (Northern Blair), East Freedom (Southern Blair) and Bedford Senior Centers and the Altoona Masonic Hall (Jackson Avenue) Sept. 21 – all at 2 p.m.

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

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

Friends of Cemetery to meet in Tipton

TIPTON – The Friends of Charlottesville Cemetery will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tipton Methodist Church.

The public is welcome to attend.

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Patton library plans Wine Fest

PATTON -?The Patton Public Library will host its second annual Wine Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at La Ferme Rouge, Marina Road, near Prince Gallitzin State Park.

Local wineries will offer free wine samples and wine smoothies. A pasta bar and cheese samplings will also be included with the ticket.

Jerry Carnicella’s White Shadow band and “Beatle Mania” with Bob Helbig will provide music for the entertainment.

A basket auction will also be available.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available at the library. Tickets will be $25 at the door.

The Wine Fest is one of the fundraisers that the Friends of the Library holds each year to support the programs and services that the library provides.

For more information, call the library at 674-8231 or Lisa Helbig, chairman of the Friends, at 327-0712.

Frye’s holding Vote for Me Project

Area residents are encouraged to visit Frye’s Sweeper & Sewing Center, 1400 Valley View Blvd., Altoona, to cast their vote(s) for their favorite quilt through Frye’s Vote for Me Project.

The cost is a penny a vote, and voting runs through Nov. 8.

Participants will vote for their favorite among a baby flannel or two Christmas quilts.

Money raised will be used to provide fabric to three local churches: Ward Presbyterian, First Presbyterian of Hollidaysburg and Bethany Lutheran.

Frye’s also will donate the three quilts to the churches.

Mail donations will be accepted. Please mark at the bottom of the check or on a note that it is for the Vote for Me Project.

Free yoga classes begin Sept. 21

The Building II Athletic Club, Altoona, will offer a free four-week introductory yoga class from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 21.

The class will be instructed by MaryAnne Colledge.

For more information, call 946-8014 or email info@thebuilding2.com.

Hearing loss topic of meeting

The Center for Independent Living of South Central PA will hold an Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) presentation and demonstration from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the center, 2900 Beale Ave., Suite 118,?Altoona.

The guest speaker will be Bill Best, Hearing Loss Association of Pennsylvania chapter coordinator.

Best travels throughout Pennsylvania to educate and demonstrate to the hearing loss community how to use assistive listening devices and share the latest technology. As an ALD coordinator, Best provides awareness of ALD technology available to enhance sounds.

CART/Communication Access in Real Time and a sign language interpreter will be available

Refreshments will be served.

Those individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or use cochlear implants are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Leslie Kelly, deaf and hard of hearing services, at 201-5033

Village at Morrisons Cove plans 5K

MARTINSBURG -?The Village at Morrisons Cove will host its Dandelion Project 5K Walk/Run at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Preregistration fee is $20 and includes a free T-shirt. Same-day registration fee is $25 and T-shirts will be available, while supplies last.

The Dandelion Project is a program designed and carried out by VIP Hospice in hopes to grant one wish for end-of-life patients.

The goal is to help patients accomplish their wish whether it is something simple like going shopping or baking, or something bigger like a day trip.

Through the donations raised by this race, and other various fundraisers, patients and families can submit a request for a special activity to be performed, and the staff at VIP Hospice said they will do everything in their power to make it happen.

To preregister for the 5K, call 793-5233

Country Gentlemen to perform

PLEASANTVILLE -?The Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host the band Country Gentlemen from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alum Bank Fire Hall. The kitchen will open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. The event is held in a smoke- and alcohol-free atmosphere.

For more information, call 839-2358 or visit the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com

/AlumBankFireCompanyAux.

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SFU to host lecture on national debt

LORETTO – Daniel Shaviro, Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation at NYU Law School, will present a free public lecture at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the JFK auditorium at Saint Francis University.

“When, Why, and How Do Deficits Matter?” will address how rapidly increasing federal budget deficits and national debt affect students and young professionals.

The event is sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, the John Templeton Foundation, the Saint Francis University School of Business and the Society of Economic Analysis at Saint Francis University.

For more information, email Edward Timmons at ETimmons@francis.edu.

POW/MIA ceremony set for Sept. 16

The Van Zandt VA Medical Center, in a community partnership with the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, will host a POW/MIA recognition event at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.

The keynote speaker is Brigadier General U.S. Army Retired Dominic Rocco Jr. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be offered following the ceremony.

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

Unter Uns Club plans Oktoberfest

This year, the annual Oktoberfest at the Unter Uns will be a two-day event.

The event will be held on Friday and Saturday at the club on Van Buren Avenue and 14th Street in Altoona. .

Friday night will begin with the music by the Rhinelanders from Johnstown from 7 to 10 p.m. outside under the pavilion.

During their intermissions, the Altoona Almrausch Schuhplattlers, who have been in existence since 1935, will perform. The outside kitchen will be open with German potato salad and other foods.

On Saturday, the event will begin with band Madel Jager from Pittsburgh, playing from 5 to 9 p.m. outside under the pavilion. This band plays traditional, as well as modern German music.

During their breaks, the Schuhplattlers will perform. The kitchen will be open, serving some new, as well as the traditional German foods.

From 9 p.m. to midnight, the band Shallow 9 will perform inside the club.

Tickets for the weekend are on sale now at the club with the prices being $5 per night or $8 for both nights purchased in advance.

For more information, call the club at 942-9439 after 4 p.m.

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VFW?to dedicate flag retirement patio

DUNCANSVILLE -?The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign?Wars Post 8724 and Eagle Scout candidate Michael?Elder will host an official dedication of their new ceremonial flag retirement patio at 10 a.m. Monday.

The dedication ceremony will take place on the VFW Post grounds, 1665 Newry Lane.

The flag retirement patio was created by Michael Elder of Duncansville as an Eagle Scout service project. Michael is a 17-year-old student at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 3031 of Duncansville.

Also in attendence will be VFW Post Commander Richard Dively, local VFW and Scouting officials, representatives from the many organizations who donated to the project and several local political leaders.

There will also be a special flag retirement ceremony conducted on the newly constructed patio as part of the dedication.

Following the ceremony will be an informal reception in the VFW Post hall.

‘Reading the Forest’ to be presented

PATTON -?The Allegheny Mountain Woodland Association, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, invites the public to participate in a woodland management program titled “Reading the Forest.”

This program will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at Queen of Peace Church, 907 Sixth Ave, Patton.

“Reading the Forest” will begin with an indoor session covering some basic ecology, including the interactions of plants and animals and their impact on a particular site. It will then branch into a consideration of human and natural history for a general understanding of the major factors that shape the forest.

The program will then relocate to a nearby woodlot. This is the site that was timbered in 2014 and examined in AMWA’s 2015 program, “Sustaining Values through Forest Management.”

Participants will review the changes that have taken place since 2015 and consider clues about the impacts of human interaction as revealed in factors such as the presence of invasive species, soil compaction, and past land uses. Options for ongoing management will be reviewed based on an understanding of the interplay of all of these factors.

The presenter will be James Finley, the Penn State Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources, director of the newly founded Center for Private Forests at Penn State, and a Pennsylvania extension forester.

The registration fee for this program is $5 for AMWA members and $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

Call 487-5786 or visit www.amwa.treesofpa.com to pre-register and for directions or additional information.

POW/MIA ceremony set for Sept. 16

DUNCANSVILLE – The Van Zandt VA Medical Center, in a community partnership with the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, will host a POW/MIA recognition event at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.

This year’s keynote speaker is Brig. Gen. U.S. Army Retired Dominic Rocco Jr.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be offered following the ceremony.

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

Hoedown set for Sept. 10 in Tipton

The next Steinbeisers and Friends Hoedown will be held Sept. 10 at the Tipton Fire Hall.

The music will be from 6 to 9 p.m.

Food will be available for purchase at 5 p.m.

Donations will be accepted. Raffle tickets can be purchased. Everyone receives a door prize ticket.

All proceeds from donations and raffle ticket purchase will be given to a selected member of the community in need of assistance.

Basket event to aid St. Leonard’s

St. Leonard’s Personal Care Home will hold its annual basket fundraiser from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at St. Catherine of Siena Church Hall in Duncansville.

Lunch will be available for purchase at noon.

The $25 ticket entitles each player to three cards for each of 20 games.

Theme baskets are bingo prizes and are also available for silent auction and pick-a-tickets.

Proceeds will benefit the Charity Care Fund of St. Leonard’s Home.

For tickets, call 695-9581 during business hours or send a self-addressed envelope and check to Bingo Tickets, 601 N. Montgomery St., Hollidaysburg PA 16648.