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Courtesy photo The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center partnered with the Because We Care Foundation, in conjunction with the Altoona Police Department and UPMC Altoona, to collect stuffed animals in October. Penn Highlands Blair collected nearly 30 stuffed animals, which will be provided to young patients undergoing difficult and/or painful procedures at UPMC Altoona. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has locations throughout the Southern Alleghenies in Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland and Somerset.

Free dental exams to be offered

In observance of Children’s Dental Health Month, Betar Dental & Associates, 2217 Seventh Ave., Altoona, will offer free pediatric dental exams and cleanings for ages 2 to 12 and free exams for ages 13 to 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 24.

Walk-in appointments will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointments will be scheduled.

Each patient will receive a free gift bag, and parents (on-site only) will be eligible to place their name (one per family) in a raffle to receive prizes.

Mount Aloysius to hold Outdoor Expo

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College will hold its inaugural Outdoor Expo on Feb. 22.

The public is invited to attend sessions from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m.

Both sessions will be held in the Bertschi Center and Technology Commons. There is no charge to come and celebrate the regional outdoor heritage.

Events, speakers and demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

For more information, call 886-6528.

Unexpected widow to form group

An area woman is hoping to form a support group for women who suddenly and unexpectedly became widows.

Anyone interested can call 931-4093 (cell) or 239-5225.

Snowmobile club plans ribbon cutting

FLINTON — The Glendale Lake Snowmobile Club will hold a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting event for the snowmobile trail that links the Prince Gallitzin State Park to the Black Moshannon State Park.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Beaver Valley Marina (flag pole area) at Prince Gallitzin State Park, 1663 Beaver Valley Road.

GLSC has worked in conjunction with state legislators, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, DCNR State Parks and Forests, local municipalities, private property owners, RJ Corman Railroad and the Black Moshannon Snowmobile Club to build this snowmobile trail.

This ceremony is the club’s way to acknowledge those that have had any part in making this trail come to fruition and to say thank you.

Immediately following the ceremony, the club will host a reception at the conference room at Prince Gallitzin State Park Office, 966 Marina Road.

Store collecting shoes for Soles4Souls

TYRONE — The Shoe Fly stores have launched a shoe drive to collect new or gently used shoes of any kind for Soles4Souls.

Until Feb. 28, shoes can be dropped off at six different Shoe Fly stores throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland, including the Altoona store at 3415 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Suite 108.

The shoes will be delivered to Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.

Founded in 2006, the organization has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and used shoes in 127 countries.

For more information, call the Altoona store at


Nittany Valley Writers Network to meet

STATE COLLEGE — The Nittany Valley Writers Network will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Schlow Library’s Community Room.

Participants will have an open discussion about what challenges writers with their writing.

Take your best piece of writing and seek advice from others.

The Nittany Valley Writers Network is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice, published and hopeful.

All writers are welcome. For more information, contact Mark at

Contra dance to be held Feb. 16

STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association will sponsor a contra dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive.

The event will feature live music. No partner is needed, and no experience is necessary. All dances will be taught. Karl Senseman of Baltimore will call the dances to music by Smash the Windows.

For more information, call 880-0338 or visit