Across the area

Mountain Lion Observatory to open

Fort Roberdeau will hold the grand opening of its Mountain Lion Observatory on July 11 at Fort Roberdeau, 383 Fort Roberdeau Drive, Altoona.

The public night sky observation will take place from 8:30 to 11 p.m. (weather permitting).

There will be food and live music.

Admission is free.

Bicycle workshop planned July 14

SAXTON — Joe C. Hall Concrete, in cooperation with the Saxton Borough Police Department, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and local contributors, will conduct a bicycle workshop from 9 a.m. to noon July 14 at the ranger station at Warriors Path State Park.

Children ages 5 and older are invited to attend.

Children must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

This event will include a bicycle safety presentation, bicycle skills course (geared to the ability of each rider), an opportunity to have their bicycle inspected for safety and maintenance issues.

There will be emergency medical services personnel on hand in case of mishaps.

All riders must wear a bicycle helmet, which will be checked for proper fit. There will be light refreshments and door prizes.

For more information, call Robin at 515-0642.

Spaces available for Kids’ College

Summer is in full swing, and Penn State Altoona is offering weeklong fun and educational programs for kids entering kindergarten through ninth grade.

Pick from an array of camps about science, technology, engineering, art, history and more. Kids’ College will bring children’s imaginations to life and their thinking skills to the forefront.

Just a few of the camps this year include Brain Power that will teach children mindful thinking, Cardboard Mechanics, Gifts of the Earth: Reconnecting Ourselves with Nature, All Things Tea, Legos, Railroad Engineering, and Ceramics.

There are also four camps that help kids develop skills in critical thinking, communication, logic, teamwork and more. They are: Obstacle Courses and Games, Oh My (entering kindergarten and first grade); Games Galore and Universal Gaming (both camps for entering grades four to six) and Tournament of Skills, Thrills and Teamwork (entering grades six through nine).

To check out what camps are available in the next few weeks, visit or call Continuing Education and Training at 949-5535.

Investment Savings Bank continues its significant commitment for an endowment and to fund scholarships in support of Kids’ College

Patriotic pics could win ice cream

LANCASTER COUNTY — How do you celebrate the Fourth of July holiday? Turkey Hill Dairy wants to know — with a picture — and is giving away a year’s supply of Trio’politan Ice Cream to the best patriotic snapshot.

“It can be a photo of your kids playing with sparklers in the backyard, your family watching fireworks at your local park or your husband decked out in his favorite American flag-themed barbecue apron,” said Turkey Hill President John Cox. “However you celebrate Independence Day, we want to see it.”

Turkey Hill’s new Trio’politan is inspired by Neapolitan and includes three unique flavors of ice cream in each container. The five-flavor line-up includes options like Triple Chocolate, Mint Cookie and the red, white and blue American Dream.

To enter, fans can email their Independence Day celebration photos to The deadline for entries is Sunday.

Association for Blind sets programs

The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind offers weekly opportunities for educational programs and socializing.

All programs are at 10 a.m. Unless otherwise stated, programs are held at 300 Fifth Ave., Altoona.

July 11 — Shopping at Big Lots

July 18 — Lions Club Picnic at Greenwood Lions Club Pavilion

July 25 — Shopping at Amish Farm Market

For more information, call 944-2021. Programs are open to the public.