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200 Club to aid Association for Blind

A 200 Club will be held Oct. 7 at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St., Altoona.

Dinner will be at 4 p.m., followed by the drawing from 5 to 7 p.m. and music by DJ Matt Caporuscio from 7 to 9 p.m. The doors will open at 3 p.m.

This fun night out lets participants enjoy dinner, drinks, and entertainment. There also will be small games of chance.

Each $75 ticket admits two adults for the evening. A catered dinner and six drink tickets are included. The grand prize is $1,500. An additional $2,400 in prize money will be given away. Purchase tickets online at

Costumes are encouraged but not required. Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative, Best Couple and Funniest costumes.

For more information, contact Misti Adams, event coordinator, at 944-2021 or

Proceeds will benefit the Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind.

AFSCME to meet Wednesday

DUNCANSVILLE — The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Retirees Subchapter 8306 will meet Wednesday at its Patchway Road office.

There will be a special guest speaker.

The executive board will meet at 12:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 1:30 p.m..

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.

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

Wednesday — “Arthritis Care,” Altoona Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center.

Sept. 12 — Shopping at Dollar Tree.

Sept. 19 — “In-Home Services,” Anne from Home Helpers.

Sept. 26 — Shopping at Way Fruit Farm.

This Specialized Services program is funded in part through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services, and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Fort Roberdeau plans Distaff Days

Distaff Days: Women’s Skills Weekend at Fort Roberdeau will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Through living history demonstrations and hands-on activities, attendees can discover the skills women used to maintain the home front during the Revolutionary War.

Hands-on demonstrations of colonial era women’s everyday work include colonial food ways, herbs and their uses, sewing, laundry, spinning, weaving, knitting, button making, and processing flax into linen.

Volunteers will also share “fancy work” demonstrations such as cross stitch and quilling (paper rolling).

Supplies will be available for the public to try the activities. The Acorn Gift Shop will carry specially designed cross stitch kits and other related kits for take-home purchases.

Activities for children include making corn husk dolls and playing with Colonial-era toys and games.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children ages 11 and younger. When you pay the regular admission fee on Saturday, a coupon is available for free admission on Sunday.

Barbecue to aid historical society

BEDFORD — Big B’s BBQ will sponsor a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15.

Tickets are $8 each, which includes a chicken leg quarter, baked beans, coleslaw and a Shirley’s Gob. Meals can be picked up at Big B’s BBQ truck in the society parking lot, 6441 Lincoln Highway.

To purchase tickets, contact the society at 623-2011 or or stop by the Big B’s BBQ truck in the society parking lot. All proceeds benefit the Bedford County Historical Society.