Club notes

Sewing club to make yo-yo snowman

The Altoona Area Sewing Club will be learning to make a yo-yo snowman at 7 p.m. Oct. 16.

The club’s sewing interest sinclude general sewing, crafting, quilting, wall hangings and learning new techniques.

The club sews projects for community organizations. Area residents are invited to join the club.

For more information, call Bonnie at 941-7116 or Kathy at 742-8202.

Blair Garden Club to meet Monday

The Blair Garden Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library.

Members will carpool to Cresson to tour the Country Dahlia Gardens of Aimee Itle, who grows more than 800 dahlias and arranges them for special events.

She will provide tips on growing dahlias and storing the tubers over the winter.

Members also are reminded of the the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania District VI annual meeting on Sept. 25 at the U.S. Hotel Restaurant & Tavern in Hollidaysburg. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and there will be a buffet lunch at noon.

Chelsea Kerr of Kerr Creations will speak about the latest trends in fall designs.

Genealogical society to meet Thursday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road.

Daniel Felix will present “A Scout for E Company: 1944 — The Story of Pfc. Gene Wentz.”

Felix will share how he developed the idea for a book about Gene Wentz, his father-in-law. Felix will tell stories taken from the book and why he felt it was important to write Wentz’s story.

The book, which is part biography, part history of World War II, takes the reader through Wentz’s early years growing up in a small coal mining town in Western Pennsylvania.

The story centers on Wentz’s time in the Army, but shares anecdotes of his life after he came home — and like the rest of his generation, how his time in the Army shaped his later life back in the United States.

Felix, who resides in Mechanicsburg, is an adjunct professor at Elizabethtown and Messiah Colleges.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

DAR hears about Constitution Week

The Adam Holliday Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met Sept. 9 at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona.

Dawn Harpster, Adam Holliday Chapter member, gave a presentation on the U.S. Constitution as a part of celebrating Constitution Week which begins today.

She provided a brief history of the U.S. after the American Revolution and said the Founding Fathers were a well-educated group.

To date, a total of 27 Amendments have been added to the original text. The office of Rep. Judy Ward donated booklets containing the Constitution.

Numerous kitchen items were brought for donations to veterans programs. The collection of amputee socks for veterans is ongoing.

Any woman who can prove lineal descent from a patriot who served in the Revolutionary War or to an ancestor who gave aid to American colonists during the American Revolution is eligible for membership in DAR.

Area clubs and nonprofits can email photos and information to community@altoonamirror.com.

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