Club notes

Courtesy photo Irv Seltzer (right) and Joel Hollander, both of Altoona, recently attended the 100th anniversary celebration of their high school fraternity, Sigma Alpha Rho Fraternity International.

Local men mark fraternity’s 100th year

Altoona residents, Irv Seltzer and Joel Hollander, recently attended the 100th anniversary of their high school fraternity, Sigma Alpha Rho Fraternity International in Philadelphia.

More than 600 Sigma Alpha Rho alumni attended the celebration during the weekend of Oct. 15 to 17 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Philadelphia.

Seltzer and Hollander served their fraternity through their high school, college and young professional years.

Seltzer served the organization as the international first vice president, and years later, Hollander served as the international president. Sigma Alpha Rho has remained a key ingredient in their entire lives.

Sigma Alpha Rho grew to 128 chapters from Pennsyl-vania and New York to California, from Montreal and Toronto to Florida, Texas and Louisiana, and dozens of states in between.

Seltzer was inducted into the fraternity in 1942 and Hollander in 1967.

Seltzer is an attorney who is a real estate developer, owner of The Columns in downtown Altoona and active in many start-up companies.

Hollander is the president of Altoona Pipe and Steel Supply and the chairman of PennCrest Bank.

Glendale Garden Club sets tree lighting

COALPORT — The Glendale Area Garden Club will host its fourth annual Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 3 in the garden next to the Glendale Area Medical Center on Main Street.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m., and the tree will be lit at 5:25 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Blair Garden Club to hold holiday social

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the community room at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, One Furnace Drive.

Club president Rene Hrescak will discuss the benefits of “compost tea” and how to brew it.

This is also the club’s holiday social. Members whose last names begin with A through J are asked to take an appetizer, and those with last names beginning with K through Z are asked to take a dessert.

A monetary donation will be collected for the Altoona Food Bank. There are no meetings in December and November.

Group selling ‘Pro-Life Christmas Cards’

Citizens Concerned for Human Life, Blair County Chapter, is offering Christmas cards for sale this season.

Two designs are available: One titled “Madonna and Child” depicts Mary’s love and tenderness as she beholds her Infant Son, Jesus; the second design, titled “Emmanuel, Prince of Peace,” portrays the Infant Jesus in the manger, surrounded by His Holy Name and Titles.

Both designs are available for $7 per package of 11 cards. A purchase helps support the pro-life work of CCHL in Blair County.

To see photos of the cards and inside verses, go to

To order, call Pat at 946-0681 or Dorothy at 505-2886.

Dance group plans Kringlefest

The Altoona Almrausch Schuhplattler (German dance group) will hold its annual Kringlefest, a Christmas dinner/show and dance, on Saturday at the Unter Uns Club on Van Buren Avenue and 14th Street in Altoona.

The dinner is a traditional German meal with pork, dumplings, German potato salad, blaukraut and dessert.

The dinner will be served from 6 to 7 p.m., with the dance group putting on a show after that.

Following the show. the band Madel Jager from Pittsburgh will perform.

Tickets for adults are $20 each and for children under 10 years of age are $10.

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance, as there will be no tickets sold at the door and there is a limited supply.

You can purchase your tickets from the club at 942-9439 after 4 p.m. or by calling 944-0258 (leave a message).

A cash bar will also be available.

Area clubs and nonprofits can email articles and photos to For more information, call Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, at 946-7459.