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Sensory night set at Spikes game

STATE COLLEGE — The Central PA Autism Society is partnering with the State College Spikes for Autism Awareness Night at 7:05 p.m. Friday as a sensory night for all individuals with autism and special needs.

The music will be lower, the lights will be dim and there will be a suite dedicated as a breakout room for children who may just want to break away.

From the box, the parents can still enjoy the game.

For more information, contact Lindsay Martsolf, autism society president, at centralpaautism

For tickets, call Taylor Young at 272-0237 and use promo code CPAAS at the box office or online at

Beekeepers to meet Saturday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will hold its annual picnic and auction at noon Saturday at Canoe Creek State Park, 1400 Turkey Valley Road, Pavilion No. 1.

The meal will be at 1 p.m., followed by an auction .

There is no charge to attend, and participants don’t have to be beekeepers.

For more information, call 472-7637 or email

WISE Women adds board members

WISE Women of Blair County welcomed three new members to its board of directors.

WISE stands for Women Involved in Scholarship and Empowerment.

The new board members are Jillian Pirro, branch manager at First National Bank; Jennifer Soisson, owner of Brush Mountain Running and Outdoors Inc.; and Mandy Michelone, project manager with Mountain Research.

To keep up to date on the group’s programs and events, visit

Y to host diabetes prevention program

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair Regional YMCA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and the Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program to help reduce the chances of getting type 2 diabetes.

Starting Aug. 28, the Y will offer a diabetes prevention program geared toward people who are at risk of type 2 diabetes or who are pre-diabetic.

This class will be in a small group setting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Groups will meet for 16 weekly sessions and six monthly follow-up sessions.

The main goal of this program is to help participants learn ways to make small changes in eating habits and ways to be more physically active.

Lifestyle coach Robert E. Vonada III will support participants while helping them lose weight and create lifestyle changes.

There is no charge to those who qualify.

If interested, contact Vonada at 207-5592 or

Chicken barbecue to aid Relay team

The Pinecroft Volunteer Fire Department’s Relay For Life Team “Ignitors of Hope” will hold a chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. Sunday until sold out.

Dinner is an $8 donation.

Family fishing program set Sunday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Canoe Creek State Park will host a free family fishing program from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the boat rental area at Canoe Creek State Park. Directions will be available when you register at

Walk-ins are welcome, as long as space is available.

Participants can learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting the hook and taking a fish off the hook.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission has waived the license requirement for individuals 16 and older who are registered for this event.

All equipment will be provided, including fishing rods, reels, bobbers and bait. Several volunteers will assist the families with the “how to’s” of fishing. The volunteers are members of John Kenned Trout Unlimited and/or PFBC trained instructors.

The “catch?” Adults must take a child, and children must take an adult.

For more information, contact Carl Reed at or 886-5817.