Across the area

Chimrock Squares to hold dance

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Chimrock Square & Round Dance Club will hold “Tex Mex” Night from

7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Hall, 1008 Edgar St.

The cost is $5 to dance. It is free to observe.

For more information, call 695-5043.

Demonstration garden invites visitors

EBENSBURG — The Penn State Extension Cambria County Master Gardeners’ demonstration garden is in full swing. The garden is at the Young People’s Community Center at 300 Prave St.

The public is invited to stop by between 10 a.m. and noon Oct. 21 to speak with master gardeners and follow along with the garden progress.

Learn how to create a lasagna garden bed, plant an herb garden, grow your own garlic, set up a compost plan in the city and start a perennial flower garden plus much more.

This is an informal hands-on work day at the demonstration garden. It is free to the public, and no reservations are required.

Phoenix firehall to hold open house

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department announced today that they will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the fire station at 206 Wayne St.

“We want our citizens to understand and appreciate all of the services that the fire station, police and other first responders provide,” said Tony DiBona, fire chief,

A variety of activities are planned, including child safety seat checks performed by the Pennsylvania State Police and child identity fingerprinting courtesy of the Hollidaysburg Police. Residents can sign up to have their smoke detectors inspected by fire department personnel.

Kids are invited to climb into the fire engine or ride in the bucket of the Phoenix Aerial. Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand for pictures, and kids can learn about fire prevention and take a tour through the Kids Safety Trailer.

Hollidaysburg Ambulance will have their vehicles open for inspection. Phoenix Fire Department will demonstrate the tools they use to perform a vehicle crash rescue.

The firehouse kitchen will be open and serving chicken barbecue dinners, snow cones, popcorn and more. Kids ages 12 and younger can enjoy free hot dogs.

There will also be an opportunity for individuals who are interested in joining the fire department to try on fire helmets and turnout gear and even fill out an application.

Enactus to hold 5K costume race

Penn State Altoona’s Enactus team will host a 5K costume race at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 on campus.

Cost is $15 for students, faculty and staff, and $20 for the general public. Registration begins at 5 p.m. at the Laurel Pavilion, or online at


Awards will be given for first-, second- and third-place winners in several age categories. There will be a Monster March around the Reflecting Pond for children and a costume contest with prizes, along with music, snacks and drinks.

Proceeds from the race will, in part, fund current projects of the Penn State Altoona Enactus team, including performing energy audits of multiple businesses, analyzing possible uses for a manufacturing company’s by-products and partnering with an orphanage in Bolivia to develop a sustainable dairy operation.