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Courtesy photo The Alto Model Train Association will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday inside the Antique Depot at 1401 Second Ave., Duncansville. There are eight operating layouts in HO, N, O and S gauges. A Kids Corner offers train-themed playtime, and adults will enjoy the railroad memorabilia. Featured for this special weekend will be a DCS workshop and vendor tables, courtesy of club members, along with a gift shop. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted.

War veterans council meetings resume

The Blair County War Veterans Council will resume its monthly meetings starting Thursday at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.

The council will meet at 3 p.m. in the Eisenhauer building. All veterans are welcome to attend.

Super Mega Fun Day is Saturday

Area families are invited to Super Mega Fun Day 3000 on Saturday. For a $10 fee, participants can visit up to five local family friendly attractions.

The sites include Quaint Corner Children’s Museum, Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Altoona Area Public Library, the Neil Armstrong Planetarium at Altoona Area High School and Fort Roberdeau. Tickets are available at Quaint Corner, the Railroaders Museum and Fort Roberdeau.

Those who visit at least three of the sites will receive $2 off at Sweet Frog.

SFU to host Solar 5K Sept. 23

LORETTO — Saint Francis University will host a Solar 5K on Sept. 23 on the campus mall in front of the Science Outreach Center. This fundraising event will support the summer camps at the center.

Participants will learn fun facts and answer questions (optional) about celestial bodies and compete in physical fitness for a chance to win a prize at the finish line.

Solar 5K includes a timed race, a solar viewing, awards, prizes, brain-teasing games, hands-on activities for kids and their parents and lots of fun information about the Solar System.

T-shirts will be available for $10. Pick up race packets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 or 22 or on the day of the race on the mall in front of the Science Center from 7:40 to 8:20 a.m.

Registration is $20 for adults ($15 for seniors age 60 and older), $15 for students (ages 7 to 24), $60 for a Family Deal and free for ages 6 and younger.

Awards for first, second and third place male and female runners will be given out immediately following the race at 9:30 a.m.

Special prizes will be awarded to two who answer all (or most) questions correctly throughout the course and one raffle winner. For more information and to register, visit

Grant to help trail at Canoe Creek

Keep Blair Beautiful, an initiative of the Inter-municipal Relations Committee, has been awarded a 2017 Keep America Beautiful Community Trail Grant to help build, restore and enhance the Marsh Trail at Canoe Creek State Park.

Keep America Beautiful is providing 35 grants of $5,000 each to its community-based affiliates and partners throughout the country to be used in support of the development of one trail project or revitalization of one trail in each state. The volunteer-driven community trail projects are taking place between June and September.

The project in Blair County will take place from

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Canoe Creek State Park. Keep Blair Beautiful will be working with the park, Friends of Canoe Creek State Park, and the Hollidaysburg Area High School to build a boardwalk on the trail providing year-round access with handicap accessibility. The project will also include teaching platforms along the trail.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Katrina Pope at or 942-7472.