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Drum circle, dance workshops set

The Altoona West African Drum Circle and Camara Drum and Dance will host live drum and dance workshops on Friday and Saturday, culminating in an African dinner and performance at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St.

Open to all, workshops are 75 minutes, priced separately, $10 each. Saturday evening dinner and performance is $15. Those who attend all classes pay $8 for the Saturday dinner and show.

Friday sessions include 7 p.m. drum workshop and 8:30 p.m. dance workshop. Saturday workshops begin with a Sangban Dance workshop at 1 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. drum workshop; 4 p.m. dance workshop, followed by 6:30 p.m. dinner and professional performance. Following the performance, those who participated in the classes will be invited to join the Drum Circle.

The professional group, led by world-renowned artist Yamoussa Camara, performs the unique and exciting arrangements of West African music with uplifting choreography and authentic Guinean dress.

Altoona West African Drum Circle is part of Arts Altoona, which strives to bring more arts, culture and diversity to the area.

YMCA collecting items for yard sale

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA will hold its third annual community yard sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 and 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 at the Y’s 1111 Hewit St. location on the outdoor basketball courts (weather permitting).

Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Sept. 13 and 19.

Donations are tax-deductible, and receipts will be available upon request. All proceeds will benefit the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA’s 2017 annual campaign, which provides scholarships to those who cannot afford the YMCA’s services.

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

For more information, contact Joy Bell at 695-4467 or

Art Alliance plans fundraiser Sept. 17

STATE COLLEGE — The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania has scheduled its annual fundraising event, and it’s added a partner this year: Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.

The event, called Good Spirits, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 780 Waupelani Drive.

In keeping with the shared theme, photographer Bob Baumbach will have a display of bird photos, and Chris Bittner will provide homemade bird houses for sale.

More than 25 artists have donated items for a silent auction.

This event features wine tasting, samples of a Big Spring Distillery signature cocktail, appetizers provided by Wegman’s, artists in action and music by Eric Ian Farmer and Adi Martinez.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For tickets, call 234-2740 or visit