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Plants needed for annual swap

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The public is invited to participate in First United Methodist Church Garden Club’s annual community plant swap on May 5.

This free event offers the opportunity bring and give abundant plants and take home lots of new varieties to transform your 2018 garden.

Now is the time to plan and prepare by starting seeds and rooted cuttings, dividing house plants, perennials and grasses — anything that grows.

For details, call 502-3510 or email SpringPlantSwap

Hollidaysburg class of 1950 to meet

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The class members of the Hollidaysburg High School class of 1950 holds its monthly luncheon meetings at 12:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at The Dream Restaurant.

Spouses are also welcome to attend.

The next meeting will be held on March 14.

For more information, call 695-1573 or 695-0028.

Overdose prevention topic of program

A free overdose prevention presentation, “Reverse Opioid Overdose and Save Lives,” will be held at

5 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. March 28 at Blair Drug and Alcohol, 3001 Fairway Drive, Altoona.

Free naloxone kits will be available at this training.

Registration is preferred by contacting the Blair Drug and Alcohol Program at 381-0921 or

Genealogical society to meet

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Genealogi-cal Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road.

James Hostetler will present “Forbes Road through Bedford and Neighboring Counties.” The Forbes Road was a military road built by British regulars and Colonial troops in 1758. It ran from Carlisle to Fort Duquesne, present-day Pittsburgh, with the intent of driving the French from its stronghold there.

Hostetler is a retired history teacher with more than 35 years of experience. In 2001, he was named Bedford County Historian of the Year for compiling two volumes on World War II veterans. He has been published in several magazines and newsletters, has written a number of books on Bedford County history and has edited several publications.

PARSE announces 2018 speakers

STATE COLLEGE — The PA Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE) has announced its 2018 speaker schedule.

PARSE members meet at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 1450 N. Atherton St., at 11:45 a.m.

March 15 — Centre County Commissioner Mark Higgins.

April 19 — Monica Wright, advancement specialist, Centre County United Way.

May 17 — Richard Wade, president, Centre County Genealogical Society.

Sept. 20 — Tyler Gum, executive director, PA Military Museum.

Oct. 18 — Mary Sorensen, executive director, Centre County Historical Society.

Nov. 15 — Joe Davidson, Centre County recorder of deeds.

Garvey Manor to host basket bingo

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Garvey Manor will hold its annual basket bingo from 2 to 5 p.m. March 18 in Carmel Hall.

This will be a spirited afternoon for bingo lovers with 20 games plus more than 50 baskets filled with an assortments of items/gift certificates on the Basket Bonanza Raffle.

Registration is $30, which includes refreshments.

For more information, call 695-5571.

A Basket Bonanza Raffle preview and ticket sales will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 15 to 18.

All proceeds raised from fundraisers are directed to Garvey Manor and Our Lady of The Alleghenies resident programs, amenities and services. Proceeds are also used for to purchase furnishings and equipment used by the residents to enhance the services and life-enriching activities at Garvey Manor.

Spring craft show begins March 15

WOODBURY — Kathy’s Country Cricket will hold a spring craft show from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 15 and 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 and 24 and 5 to 7 p.m. March 23 at its 1800s-era log cabin at 214 Potter Creek Road.

The show will include handmade items from local artists. For more information, call 502-5420.

Country Gentlemen to perform

PLEASANTVILLE — The Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host the band Country Gentlemen from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday March 10, at the fire hall.

Admission is $5 per person. The kitchen will open at 5:30 p.m. The event is smoke- and alcohol-free.

For more information, call 839-2358 or visit