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Courtesy photo On April 2, Chuck E Cheese’s in Altoona hosted its first Sensory Sensitive Sunday. Fifteen families attended with their children with special needs. Most of the children who attended have a diagnosis of autism, and April is Autism Awareness Month. The noise reduction accommodation was a hit. Among those participating were (from left): Jimmy Settle, Britt Yerty, Max Pruyn and Ozias Estrada-McBride. All are from Altoona. Sensory Sensitive Sunday is held from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first Sunday of every month.

‘Music for Meg’ set for Sunday

The public is invited to an afternoon of “Music for Meg” to help raise funds for the Eardley family, who lost their home in a recent house fire.

The event will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Klub Kryptonite, 1524 E. Walton Ave., Altoona.

Performing bands will be Time with Donny Burns, Rockkandy, Centralia and The Bigs.

Donation is $10 at the door, and any generous donations will be greatly appreciated.

Participants must be 21 or older with valid ID.

Beekeepers to meet Sunday

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

The topic will be “Honeybee Year.”

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

For more information, call 472-7637, email or visit

PSU Altoona sets student showcase

Penn State Altoona’s Division of Business & Engineering, the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation, the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, Catalyst Space and the Donald and Nancy Devorris Entrepreneurship Program Endowment will hold the spring 2017 student showcase on April 28 at the Devorris Downtown Center in Altoona.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Blair County business community, faculty, staff, parents and friends may stop in to see Penn State Altoona students from various disciplines showcasing their work.

It’s an opportunity for the community to see firsthand the fine work and talent at Penn State Altoona, while building the students’ communication and networking skills.

Students will make presentations in the areas of business, rail transportation engineering, electro-mechanical engineering technology and security and risk analysis.

The final round of the Pechter Business Plan Competition will also take place in which cash prizes will be awarded to students.

From 3 to 5 p.m., there will be EMET demonstrations in and around the Force Advanced Technology Center on the Ivyside Park campus.

A free networking lunch will also be provided at noon at the Heritage Discovery Center.

RSVP to Judy Paul at or 940-3400.

Art Walk to unveil mascot Thursday

HUNTINGDON — Art Walk Huntingdon, the monthly third Thursday celebration of Huntingdon’s arts scene, is unveiling a new mascot and social media contest during Thursday’s edition.

Artie Walker is the official mascot of Art Walk Huntingdon and will be unveiled in the form of a 16-inch plush doll during a party at Sweethearts Confectionery at 723 Washington St., from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Artie Walker was created through a youth design contest announced in December, by 15-year-old artist Kathryn Boden of Orbisonia. Boden will be presented with a replica of the doll during the event.

For more information, visit www.Huntingdon

Survivors, caregivers to be honored

Preparations are underway for Relay For Life of Bedford. During this event, there is a special time of celebration and recognition for cancer survivors and their caregivers.

This celebration includes a special “lap” followed by a light meal, social time and door prizes.

Cancer survivors are encouraged to call 800-227-2345 to sign yourself and your caregiver up for this fun and memorable event. There is no cost to register.

Relay For Life of Bedford will be held June 24 at Friendship Village Campground.

Money raised through Relay For Life Events helps the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Jen Barron at or