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New planetarium shows set for March 21

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two new planetarium shows are being featured at the Hollidaysburg Planetarium. The first is called “Understanding the Zodiac Constellations” will be presented at 6 p.m. March 21 at the Hollidaysburg Planetarium. Visit astroprof.com for more information.

The day of the show lines up with the first full day after the Vernal Equinox (the first day of spring). This used to be “New Year’s Day” a long time ago. Find out why and much more about the Zodiac Constellations and their connection to the North Star at this show.

The second feature is called “Incoming” and will be held at 7 p.m. This is narrated by George Takei who takes us on a journey of solar system’s history to explore the world of asteroids and comets. In the first five minutes, you are taken to Arizona’s Meteor Crater and breathtaking views of that desert area.

Verified reservations can be made at the website beginning today for either or both planetarium shows.

As part of the continuing fundraising efforts, the planetarium has some newly donated items to be viewed on tables before the show. Besides an actual chunk of a meteorite, come see a new pendent with a thin cut section of a meteorite in a stainless steel holder and bail. Also offered for free is a box that kids may choose items from. Posters are on sale for $1 each or six for $5.

Genealogical society meeting March 21

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Genealogical Society, 431 Scotch Valley Road, will hold the Society’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. March 21. The guest speakers will be Carol Adams and Margaret Skrivseth. The title of their talk is “Super Strategies of Genealogy.”

Skrivseth will be talking about Organizing records — easy ways to start out organized and stay organized, DNA what it is, what it can tell you, and how to use it in your research, and Negative Proof — what it is and how it is used. Adams will be discussing Podcasts/Blogs, Census Records, and determining birth.

Adams was born and raised in Armstrong County but has lived in Blair County for 24 years. She has been researching her genealogy for about 20 years.

Skrivseth in addition to being a BCGS board member and volunteer, is the owner and chief researcher of MRS Genealogy Services. She is also the State Vice President of the U.S. Daughters of 1812, Chapter President of the Robert Fulton Chapter of 1812, the Chapter Regent of Conestoga Manor –Daughters of the American Colonists, Registrar of the Bedford Chapter — Daughters of the American Revolution, and is on the DAR’s State Membership Task Force.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Shildt speaking to Health

and Welfare Council March 22

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Fri., March 22, at The Arc of Blair County.

The guest speaker will be Melanie Shildt, executive director, United Way of Blair County. Melanie will be speaking about BeThere. BeThere is an attendance challenge and buddy mentoring program that addresses chronic absenteeism. This is a new initiative in Blair County coordinated by the Healthy Blair County Coalition Attendance Task Force and United Way of Blair County.

Please note, in case of inclement weather, they will follow the Altoona Area School District schedule. If the AASD delays or cancels school, the meeting will be cancelled.

Indoor yard sale set for March 23

NICKTOWN — Northern Cambria Catholic School will hold an indoor yard sale and book and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at St. Nicholas Church Hall. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Books cost are 50 cents for paperback, $1 for hardcover and a bag of books for $5.

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