Across the area

Courtesy photo Olivia Kirsch, an 8-year-old second-grader at Longer Elementary School, Hollidaysburg, was eager to accompany her Aunt Dana Martini of Hollidaysburg, shopping for children in need through the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. She packed a couple of shoe boxes and tracked them across the world until they reached a child’s hand.

‘New Year, New You’ set for Saturday

A “New Year, New You” Education Expo will be held Jan. 6 at St. Barbara’s in Houtzdale.

Admission is free. The doors will open at 4 p.m.

Presentations will include:

4:30 p.m. — “Clean Living, Toxins in the Body.”

5:15 p.m. — “Let Food Be Thy Medicine,” learn how foods support our health.

6 to 6:30 p.m. — Break. The kitchen will be open with limited menu items for purchase.

6:30 p.m. — “Intro to Essential Oils,” learn how oils can be used to support wellness.

7:15 p.m. — “Emotional Health,” learn how emotions factor into our overall health.

For more information, contact Nicole Switala at or call or text 762-3499.

‘Keeping Kids Safe’ topic of meeting

The Center for Independent Living of South Central PA will hold a Kids Klub event, “Keeping Our Kids Safe,” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Center for Independent Living of South Central PA, 2900 Beale Ave., Suite 118, Altoona.

The inclement weather date is Jan. 23.

Those attending will meet Officer Aaron Baker of the Altoona Police Department and State Trooper David McGarvey and Trooper Caresalot (a robot).

Discussion will focus on what parents can do to keep kids safe. ID kits with instructions will be supplied to parents.

Participants must RSVP by Jan. 11 by calling Kathie at 949-1905.

‘Beat the Winter Blues’ set for Feb. 3

CRESSON — The Frontier Girls Troop 213 will hosting its fifth annual “Beat the Winter Blues Dinner, Dance, and Basket Raffle” on Feb. 3 at the Cresson American Legion.

The doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and include spaghetti dinner and music provided by Jae Smith, The Rattlers and 53 South.

The basket raffle will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 and beginning at 1 p.m. Feb. 3.

For tickets or more information, contact Cori Adams at 935-8798 or Lori Shaw at 207-0437.