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TOPS to hold open house March 15

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Chapter 0379 of Take Off Pounds Sensibly will hold an open house on March 15, in the basement of Zion Lutheran Church, Allegheny Street. Weigh-in will be from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the meeting from 6:15 to 7 p.m.

Members pay a yearly registration fee of $32, and monthly dues are $3. A free TOPS magazine is also sent to those who join.

TOPS is a support group for children (ages 7 and older), teens, women and men who are struggling to lose weight. There are no contracts to sign. Area captain, Judy Link, will be at the event.

For more information, call Elaine at 934-9139.

Three ballroom dances scheduled

STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Dance Association will hold ballroom dances from

7 to 10 p.m. March 10, April 14 and June 2 at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive.

Music on March 10 will be provided by The Headliners. Music on April 14 and June 2 will be provided by Zupe.

Admission is $20 per person. Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Take a snack to share (no nuts, please).

For more information, visit cpbdadance.weebly

.com, email or call 867-1941.

Blair Garden Club offers scholarship

The Blair Garden Club of Altoona is offering a $1,000 scholarship to eligible high school seniors.

Applicants must be a resident of Blair County and must be interested in pursuing further education in one of the following areas of study: botany, ecology, environmental engineering, environmental science, floriculture/floral design, forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture and design, nursery production/management, plant pathology/science, soil science/conservation and turf management.

Graduating high school students who meet the qualifications are urged to contact their high school guidance counselor to obtain an application or contact Sue Brower at 696-1500 or Bev Kennedy at 942-1953.

The deadline for completed applications is April 6.

Arts council to sponsor concert

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council is sponsoring a free St. Patrick’s Day concert at 7 p.m. March 15 at the U.S. Hotel Restaurant & Tavern, 401 S. Juniata St.

Music will be by the Irish Pretenders.

Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Murder mystery dinner set March 16

EBENSBURG — In a murder mystery fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network, a guest at the local cafe has gone missing and is presumed murdered.

The only objective witnesses are the audience members, who must cast their vote on who they think committed the murder.

Reserve your spot for “Cafe Murder,” a fun-filled evening featuring a silent auction, dinner, a cash bar and an entertaining murder mystery, held March 16 at the Crystal Hall, Ebensburg. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and the show begin at 7 p.m.

Reservations are $35 per person and can be made by Tuesday at or by calling 943-8887. Call in advance with seating preferences.

PSU Altoona sets Junior Open House

It’s never too early to start thinking about college, so Penn State Altoona invites area high school students to attend its Junior Open House from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24.

Participants can tour campus and learn about admissions, academics, financial aid, housing and more. Registration is required by visiting