Across the Area

St. Luke’s Food Pantry sets schedule

The Food Pantry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church lists the following Thursdays through spring: this Thursday, April 18, May 30 and June 27. The pantry is now held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, Eighth Avenue entrance.

To register, new participants are asked to bring a photo ID, a piece of mail for proof of address and birth certificates for children age 18 and under.

St. Luke’s also continues to offer its free community lunch the first Wednesday of each month.

Celebration of St. Joseph’s Table set

HOLLIDAYSBURG — St. Leonard’s Personal Care Home will host its fourth annual celebration of St. Joseph’s Table from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday March 23 at the American Legion social Hall at Legion Park.

The event includes a meal, dessert bar, auctions, raffles and entertainment.

Tickets are $30 each and are available at St. Leonard’s during business hours at 601 N. Mont-gomery St., Hollidaysburg, or by calling 695-9581. All proceeds benefit St. Leonard’s charity care fund.

Beekeepers group will meet Sunday

EBENSBURG — The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the office, 499 Manor Drive. The topics will be nectar, pollen and propolis. You do not need not be a beekeeper to attend.

For more information, please call 472-7637, or visit the website at

Purple martin birdhouse in fundraiser

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A purple martin birdhouse, built by local craftsman David Aikens, will be raffled at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library at 1 Furnace Drive.

It is a well-constructed birdhouse that will add beauty and birds to a yard or garden. The drawing will be held March 29. Tickets are available at the library for $5 each or $10 for 3. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Raffle to benefit Bedford Relay For Life

BEDFORD — Woodmen Life Chapter 688 Relay for Life Team of Bedford County is organizing a Basket Raffle to be held March 31 at the Bedford American Legion Post #113.

Doors open at 1 p.m. and drawings start at 2 p.m. Ticket price is $20, which includes a door prize ticket and 25 individual basket raffle tickets. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Prizes include more than 60 baskets valued at $40 or more. Items such as Vera Bradley, Thirty-one, Yankee Candle, Lennox, local Golf packages, Sight & Sound tickets, Altoona Curve tickets, Pirate tickets and more can be found.

The event includes a 50/50 drawing and Gift Card trees to raffle off.

Many local businesses and restaurants have donated to the fundraiser. Snacks, sweets, and refreshments will be provided.

Money raised goes to Relay For Life of Bedford County 2019.

Roberts ambassador for Nothing Down

EBENSBURG — Fleur Roberts of Ebensburg, was announced as an ambassador for Nothing Down, an organization aiming to change the way the world views Down syndrome.

She is one of 33 new ambassadors chosen to represent and assist the organization through community outreach and social media promotion for the duration of 2019.

The mission is to provide support, advocacy, education and opportunities for individuals and families that have been touched by Down syndrome. They aim to change the way that the world views Down syndrome and eliminate the stigmas that are often associated with disabilities. The organization produces documentaries, viral photo and video projects, an annual calendar, and social media campaigns that highlights the promise and beauty of individuals with Down syndrome.

Nothing Down runs several programs, Blessing Baskets of Hope, supporting new and expectant parents of babies with Down syndrome, and a National School Awareness program that celebrates differences and fosters acceptance. Nothing Down ambassadors and their families support the organization’s mission and assists in educating the public on the potential and abilities of individuals with Down syndrome.

To keep up with the ambassadors and their mission, follow along at or