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Purple Panthers visit Everett

EVERETT — Homewood at Spring House Estates recently hosted the monthly luncheon of the Purple Panthers from Northern Bedford, part of the Red Hat Society.

With a room full of red and purple, as well as hats festively decorated for spring, the ladies enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship and fun.

The Purple Panthers meet once monthly for lunch, usually have 20 to 25 people and have no rules or dues. For more information or to become involved, contact Marian Grassmyer at 793-3161 or Mary K. Hall at 652-2267.

Newry Lions to hold barbecue

NEWRY — The Newry Lions club will sponsor a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lions Club behind Leighty’s Farm Market.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door. A free eye screening also will be held.

The club recently elected the following officers for 2019-20: Mike Klock, president; Wayne Conrad, secretary; Francis Shaw, treasurer.

Beekeepers to meet Sunday

The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Altoona Lighthouse Men’s Christian Fellowship, 224 Woomer Road, Altoona.

The topics will be “Why Make Splits” and “First Steps to Swarm Prevention.”

There is no charge to attend, and participants do not have to be beekeepers.

For more information, call 472-7637, email

pigeonflyr@verizon.net or visit www.ccbee.org.

Cemetery cleanup set for Saturday

The Friends of Rose Hill Cemetery will hold its first cleanup day of the season on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. Some equipment will be available and the group will provide gas for those who take their own equipment.

Lunch and snacks will be provided to all volunteers.

Other cleanups include May 18, June 22, July 20, August 24, Sept. 21.

Y to host Healthy Kids Day Saturday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair Regional YMCA will hold a free community event, Healthy Kids Day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its 1111 Hewitt St. location.

The event is being held to inspire all youth, parents and caregivers — regardless of YMCA membership status — to get active and make healthy choices during the summer and beyond.

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, will feature games, healthy cooking tips, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

Join the Y and dozens of other local organizations to see what the community has to offer this summer.

Activities will include face painting, fire prevention and safety, an obstacle course and bounce house and more.

Howard Johnson by Wyndham is the 2019 national sponsor of Healthy Kids Day.

For more information, call Colin Sullivan or Phyllis Baker at 695-4467 or visit www.blairregional

ymca.org.

Group plans Friends-Raising meeting

GALLITZIN — Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site will hold a Friends-Raising meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the park Visitor Center, 110 Federal Park Road.

Park Superintendent Stephen M. Clark and other staff will share what’s going on this year at the historic site and to explore with those in attendance the formation of a Friends group. The meeting is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

A National Park Friends Group is established primarily to assist or benefit a specific park. A Friends Group can be the vehicle to provide an outlet for citizens’ passion about a park’s mission. Friends Groups are a partnership between the community and the park. They may provide an avenue for public stewardship of park resources. Ultimately, they are a way to deepen public support for the park and the value of the park to the community. Traditionally, Friends Groups function in support of a park as volunteers and advocates, and provide additional financial resources through fundraising activities.

Clark invites all those who are interested in the future of the historic site and want to learn more about forming a Friends Group to attend this informational planning meeting.

At the meeting, staff will also be seeking input on future projects and special events.

Throughout the National Parks, Friends groups partner with over 200 National Parks and do a little bit of everything; including providing guided tours, staffing historic buildings, hosting events, supporting critical research and restoration projects, enhancing educational opportunities and raising funds to rehabilitate centuries-old structures.

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