Across the area

Courtesy photo The Loretto American Legion Post 748 held its annual Turkey Basket “Trunk Load Of Groceries” fundraiser on Nov. 12. The winners were Deb Jones of Cresson and Hayley Hull of Westover. The money raised is donated to the Legion’s Auxiliary for ongoing veteran programs.

Historical display on view at library

EVERETT — The Bloody Run Historical Society’s monthly historical display at Everett Free Library is “The Tragic Train Explosion That Shook Everett in 1901.”

The display will be presented by Barb Miller.

The explosion will be revisited in photos and news releases. The explosion killed four workers with one thrown 90 feet across the river at Mount Dallas Gap, where it occurred

The display can be visited during regular library hours throughout the month of February, then it will be on display at the Everett Train Museum on West Fifth Street when it re-opens in April.

Bus trip to Sight & Sound in April

The Altoona District Volunteers in Mission of the United Methodist Church has scheduled a fundraiser bus trip to Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster.

The trip is scheduled for April 6 to see the new show “Jesus.”

Tickets include a meal, transportation and show. The price is $125 for adults and $81 for children ages 3 to 12. A deposit of $60 per ticket will reserve your seat and the balance to be paid no later than March 10. (No refunds after March 10.)

Checks or money orders should be made payable to “Altoona District VIM” with “Jesus show” in the memo line. Mail to: 349 Nelson Road, Altoona PA 16601. Please include your full name, phone number and email address for each reservation.

Buses will pick up passengers at Peebles in Huntingdon; Walmart in Everett and Lowes in Altoona. Additional information about the trip will be given one week prior to the trip.

VIM has been helping with disaster victims in the eastern part of the U.S. since 2006. For more information on VIM journeys, email altoonavim@susumc


‘Understanding Addiction’ slated

Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships will provide free one-hour training for any community member.

“Understanding Addiction” will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 16 and 5 p.m. March 20 at Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships, 3001 Fairway Drive, Suite D, Altoona.

Registration is preferred by calling 381-0921 or emailing

Claysburg Trivia Night, dinner set

CLAYSBURG — Claysburg Preserving Artifacts, Stories and Traditions (PAST) is teaming with the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company to sponsor its fifth annual Trivia Night Contest and Turkey Dinner on Feb. 24 at the Claysburg Township Center on Bedford Street. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the fire company.

Even though the event is sponsored by Claysburg PAST, the trivia is not Claysburg trivia. There will be four rounds of questions, with teams accumulating points each round. In the event of a tie, there will be up to two tie-breaker rounds.

Prizes will be awarded to teams as follows: $150 for first place, $125 for second place, $100 for third place and $75 for fourth place.

Teams may consist of one to eight people. A limited number of tickets will be sold for the event at a cost of $20 per person. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Throughout the evening, ticket holders will be eligible for random drawings of cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50. In addition, five $20 prizes will be awarded.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Claysburg Area Public Library at 239-2782, Elaine Smith at 937-3397 or Troy Crist at 330-2616 and from other members of the fire company and PAST Committee.

Toy lending library sets schedule

LORETTO — Saint Francis University’s Toy Lending Library has announced its spring 2018 schedule.

The library, located on the bottom floor of the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness, will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday.

It is like a traditional library but with toys; all children ages 1 to 8 can check out toys for free, take them home for up to a month, then take them back and pick another toy.

This year, the Toy Lending Library is bringing back its popular Family Game Nights. Game Nights will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 28, March 14 and April 4 and 18.

Families can enjoy a night of fun playing a variety of new and classic board games and puzzles while still taking the advantage of the Toy Lending Library.

Occupational Therapy Professor Lorie Rowles founded the Toy Lending Library in 2009. The program was designed to meet the needs of the community so that all children have the opportunity to engage in play for development. All are welcome to come out and play. For more information, email or call 472-2749.