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Astronomy club sets meeting, sky watch

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Starlight Astronomy Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the lower level of Penn Mont Academy, 131 Holliday Hills Drive.

The club members will have various telescopes on display and welcomes the public to attend. If you have a telescope and would like to learn more about it, take it along.

The club also will hold a public sky watch from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday at Canoe Creek State Park. Visitors are encouraged to take binoculars or telescopes. Club members also will have telescopes available for public use. The club will meet in the parking lot on the beach side of the lake. The rain date is Saturday.

For more information, visit the club’s website at www.starlightastronomyclub.org or call 937-6991.

Master gardeners open hot line

MARTINSBURG — Trained Penn State Master Gardeners in Blair County are ready to answer garden questions about growing vegetables, flowers and other plants.

Home garden enthusiasts can feel free to contact the Blair County Master Gardeners’ Garden Hot Line at 940-5989 with questions about vegetable and flowering plants, insect problems and plant disease.

Answers are based on the most up-to-date research based information available.

The hot line is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays from April through October. Walk-ins with gardening questions are welcome at the Blair County Cooperative Extension Office during the times noted at 266 Aviation Way, Martinsburg.

For more information, call the extension office at 940-5989.

Armed Forces Day Committee to meet

The next meeting of the Armed Forces Day Committee will be at 5 p.m. April 29 in room C126 at the VA Medical Center.

Preparations for Armed Forces Day 2019 continue. The event will take place May 18 at the Van Zandt Medical Center in Altoona.

The program will feature military vehicles, displays by military and veterans organizations, military and patriotic music, as well as a featured speaker.

This year, the event will honor women who have served in the armed forces. Any woman wishing to participate should contact Ivan Riggle at 935-3829.

Any organization wishing to present a wreath at the Wall That Heals should contact Lisa Williams at 312-1405.

JC Blair, Kiwanis sponsor wellness check

HUNTINGDON — J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and the Kiwanis Club of Huntingdon are partnering for the eighth year to offer a Community Wellness Check from 7 to 10 a.m. May 4 in the main lobby of J.C. Blair Hospital.

The Wellness Check is an affordable, comprehensive blood test — more than $350 value — for $40. Testing includes a lipid panel (to measure cholesterol), a metabolic panel, TSH (thyroid check), hemoglobin/hematocrit and hemoglobin A1C.

This comprehensive blood test will provide participants information about their heart, thyroid, kidney and liver health, diabetes, anemia and any electrolyte imbalance.

Additional free screenings, health information and a continental breakfast, complements of the Huntingdon Kiwanis Club, will also be available at the event.

The Wellness Check is for adults 18 and older. To guarantee quick service, appointments are recommended; however, walk-ins are welcome. Participants should not eat or drink anything, except water, after midnight the night before.

Results will be sent to each participant and his or her primary care provider. Payment can be made by check, cash or credit card at the time of the screening.

To schedule an appointment, go online to www.jcblair.org/wellness or call the community relations office at 643-8833.

Altoona street fair is May 3, 4

The third annual Altoona in Bloom Street Fair will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. May 3 and noon to 9 p.m. May 4 in downtown Altoona.

Sponsored by the Altoona Area Business Community (formerly Downtown Altoona Business Community), this year’s fair will include a variety of food, retail vendors, rides and entertainment, including headliner WALKNEY from 7:30 to 9 p.m. May 4.

The fun begins at Heritage Plaza with food and entertainment, then continues over the foot bridge to the Railroaders’ Museum for rides and more treats with activities and retail vendors every step of the way.

Bartlebaugh’s Amusements will provide the rides for the kids while magicians, face painting, an exhilarating Zumba demonstration and more will entertain folks of every age.

Festivities begin with an opening from Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico and an opening prayer and remarks from a WTAJ personality.

Entertainment includes a lip sync contest, Altoona Brass Collective, Wilted, Lauren & Joe Acoustic Duo, Zupe and more.

SFU to hold Earth Day Carnival

LORETTO — Saint Francis University will hold its annual Earth Day Carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JFK Student Center. Some portions may be outside on the patio if weather permits.

The carnival creates a fun atmosphere for celebrating our planet. This is a free event, and people of all ages are encouraged to attend.

There are activities for everyone, including a lot of games that will appeal to school-age children. Activities include: fishing (with Goldfish crackers), potting your own plant, face painting, plus many other games.

Hosted by the Environmental Action Society, this annual event brings together hundreds of community members to learn about the Earth.

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