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Courtesy photo Abby Menett, an occupational therapist, volunteered at this year’s Sensory Picnic in the Park, hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Autism Society. She is shown with Addison Martsolf.

Society hosts Sensory Picnic in the Park

The Central Pennsylvania Autism Society hosted “Sensory Picnic in the Park” on July 14 at the Bellwood Community Park. There were more than 100 attendees, which included all members of the families who attended.

The event created a safe and accepting environment for children with autism and other special needs from ages 2 to 21.

Parents were able to network in an accommodating environment, as well as having their child feel accepted and highly motivated.

Throughout the event, children were able to engage in sensory activities including swimming, bouncing in a bounce house, an obstacle course, a tour of a “sensory” fire truck, eating various picnic foods and other events brought by area therapy centers.

Organizations that sponsored the event include ProCare, WeCare, Kid’s First Therapy, Home Nursing Agency, Journey Center and Merakey.

Financial donations and items received from various sponsors including Bellwood-Antis Township, Crazy Four Parties, Excelsior Fire Company, Hoss’s, Lowe’s, McDonald’s, Roaring Spring Water, Sam’s Club, Snyder’s of Berlin, Texas Hot Dogs and Walmart.

Various sensory events in the future include the Everett Railroad, JB Tree Farm and the AMC Theater. Events are free of charge with the help of various community donors. For more information, contact Lindsay Martsolf, president, at centralpa or 935-0409.

PennDOT, businesses collect supplies

HOLLIDAYSBURG — PennDOT is partnering with other local engineering firms to “Stuff the Barrel” with school supplies to help students and schools in need.

PennDOT is accompanied by Stiffler McGraw & Associates Inc., The EADS Group Inc., Keller Engineers and other partnering agencies.

The groups will collect school supplies until Aug. 20 and will then deliver supplies to the schools of need across the region.

“Our goal is to be able to continually increase the number of schools we can help each year,” said Tara Callahan-Henry, press officer for PennDOT District 9, organizer of the event.

Any members or organizations in the community that would like to participate in this initiative are welcome to donate supplies to any of the organizations listed above.

‘Princess Tea Party’ set for Saturday

FLINTON — The Glendale Junior-Senior High School Drama Club will host a Disney Princess (and Prince) Tea Party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Glendale Elementary gymnasium.

Meet your favorite Disney princesses, enjoy a tea party, vocal performances by the princesses and a chance to purchase crafts. Fun activities for children are also planned.

Tickets will be sold at the door or in advance by contacting drama club advisers Mr. or Mrs. Putorek at or or by calling 687-5035.

Tickets are $10 per child and $5 per accompanying adult.

Class of ’54 plans luncheon Saturday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg High School class of 1954 will hold its annual class luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, Patchway Drive, Duncansville.

For more information, call 317-7894.

Master gardeners taking applications

EBENSBURG — The Penn State Cooperative Extension in Cambria County is accepting applications for the 2019 Penn State Extension Master Gardener program.

The program consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with information and skills necessary to share their experience and knowledge with others.

There is a program fee to cover the cost of training materials and expenses, and classes are going to be held weekly from Oct. 4 to Feb. 21.

In exchange for 40 hours of instruction, candidates must agree to volunteer 50 hours to Penn State Cooperative Extension.

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 6.

An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Manor Drive Meeting Room, Ebensburg.

For more information, call 472-7986.

Cars, motorcycles invited to event

Hope for Jamie Breast Cancer Run and Sharky Memorial Run will be held Aug. 26.

Registration will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Cantina, 330 Seventh Ave., Altoona, with kickstands up at noon.

Motorcycles and cars are welcome.

The cost is $25 per driver and $15 per rider.

An after-party follows the run at The Cantina.

It will include food, music, drink specials, door prizes, basket raffles, a 50/50 and more. Those attending must have an arm band to get into the party. Tickets will be available at the door.

Support T-shirts will be available for $25 each.