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Hospital launches Facebook contest

TYRONE — The Tyrone Hospital family is encouraging area residents to support the hospital by sharing a story about how Tyrone Hospital has touched their life and how it makes a difference in the community.

Share your story using your phone to create a video or through a written Facebook post. Either can be submitted via the “My Hospital My Community” Facebook page at

/168385353712467/ or email to CommunityHospitals Creativity is encouraged.

Sponsored by athenahealth for community hospitals size 50 beds and under, the purpose of the contest is to create awareness and support for the unique challenges community hospitals face. The contest’s Facebook page will provide a place to bring to life stories from rural hospitals across the country, showcasing how important each hospital is to the community they serve.

Those who submit a story should ensure when they post their video or written submission they select “post in event” and then include Tyrone Hospital’s name, city and state.

Winterfest is for special needs families

Central PA Autism will host its second annual Winterfest for all families with children and individuals with autism, sensory disorders and special needs on Dec. 16.

A free sensory friendly movie and Santa will be held at AMC Cinema 12, 234 Convention Center Drive, at 9:30 a.m. The doors will open at 9 a.m.

The Disney Pixar Movie “Coco” will be shown.

Each family will receive a free popcorn and drink. A limited number of 150 seats are available. To make reservations, questions or a social story, email or text 935-0409. All children/youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Archway Ministries to host event

The public is invited to visit Archway Ministries’ fifth annual Santa Comes to Town at 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at 401 Fifth Ave., Altoona. The event is free.

The event will include fun, games, crafts and a visit by Mickey & Minnie and Marshall from Paw Patrol.

Music will be presented by Central PA DJs, and there will be refreshments, hot dogs and snacks.

Santa will arrive at dusk.

Volunteers can call 937-5105.

Tour aims to share Christmas meaning

EBENSBURG — For those meandering downtown with visions of sugarplums on Dec. 14, they might get a glimpse of the true meaning of Christmas – and it comes with free hot cocoa.

Ebensburg United Methodist Church will host the “True Meaning of Christmas Tour” from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Ebensburg Courthouse, 200 S. Center St.

The United Methodist Church is hitting the road with “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour” in 16 states this year to offer free hot cocoa, opportunities to lend a helping hand and an invitation to join with others to unwrap the true meaning of Christmas.

An easy-to-find, bedecked tour truck will be the centerpiece of the festivities; the whole community is invited.

There will also be a collection of hygiene items, which United Methodist Human Services will distribute to local people in need. Tour participants can bring donations of soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and washcloths to the event.