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Courtesy photo Little Brothers Phillip (left) and Matthew get ready to try their luck at the lanes during Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 2018 Bowl for Kids’ Sake at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Valley Bowling Center, Altoona.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake set for Sunday

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County will hold its 2018 Bowl For Kids’ Sake “Lucky Strike” event from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasant Valley Bowling Center on Logan Avenue in Altoona.

This one-day event is underwritten by corporate sponsors. That means 100 percent of the money raised by bowlers will go toward supporting the children of Blair County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a volunteer mentoring network that matches adult volunteers known as “Bigs” with children known as “Littles.”

This program supports the development of positive relationships that have a direct and long-lasting effect on the lives of the young people and children it serves.

To join Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2018, visit the events page at, call 944-6129 or email the agency at

Altoona library to be closed Saturday

The Altoona Area Public Library will be closed on Saturday for routine maintenance and will reopen for normal business hours at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Nittany Valley Writers to meet

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

Author J.L. Delozier will speak on “Things Editors Hate: Rookie Manuscript Mistakes and How To Avoid Them.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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 set for Friday

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

All dances will be taught. Terry Bachmann of Harrisburg will call the dances to music by Strath Hanna. No partner or experience is needed.

For more information, call 880-0338 or visit

Catholic Daughters to meet Wednesday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of the Alleghenies Court No. 1755, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Hollidaysburg.

All Catholic women in the area are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call Toni Prough, regent, at 695-7033.

At the Feb. 21 meeting, guest speaker Ron Harella, Faithful Navigator of the 4 Degree Knights of Columbus, explained the group’s “40 Cans for 40 Days” Program. The Catholic Daughters are joining the Knights of Columbus in its project this year.

Members will collect nonperishable food items during the 40 days of Lent for donation to the American Rescue Workers, Hollidaysburg.

The combined goal is to collect 3,000 pounds of food. Catholic Daughters may bring their cans to the next meeting.

Frances “Fritzi” Durbin and Pat Gildea were elected as delegates to the national convention in Sioux Falls, S.D., in July. Toni Prough was elected as an alternate.

Ginny Harrington, chairwoman of the CDA’s annual yard sale, announced the annual sale will take place Aug. 11 at 1200 N. Allegheny St. Members were asked to begin setting aside items for the event. No large older model televisions will be accepted this year.

The District Diocese will hold its meeting April 14 at St. Matthew’s Church, Tyrone. This year, all new members from the Altoona-Johnstown District who have not had an orientation are invited to attend. The local court plans to hold one also soon.

A court “Salad” Bingo is planned for April 28 at St. Michael’s Church for all local court Catholic Daughters, their family and their friends.

A vote was passed to make a $100 donation to each of the eight churches represented by the court to assist the religious education programs in each church. Also, it was decided to give a donation of $250 to each of the four local orders of Catholic nuns.

Newburg plans vendor/craft fair

The Newburg Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host a vendor/craft fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 at the Newburg Fire Station, 2808 Washington Ave., Altoona.

More than 30 vendors will be on site.