Across the area

Art in Bloom set for Saturday

EBENSBURG — Ebensburg’s Art in Bloom Spring Art Show will once again feature three live artist demonstrations Saturday and Sunday at the Cambria County Courthouse.

From noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Ali Johnson, owner of Ebensburg-based business Building New Treasures, will showcase how to repurpose used clothing into hand-braided rugs.

Immediately following from 2 to 4 p.m. will be international business student Manpreet Karda from Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, who will demonstrate her work in henna art.

Sunday will feature local photographer Brandon Hirt who is offering a “photo walk” through the Cambria County Courthouse at noon. Interested participants will take photos inside and outside the Courthouse.

In addition, six local artists have donated pieces from their personal artwork collections to be raffled off during the show.

The artwork consists of mostly framed paintings and photographs, and has been donated by the following local artists: Phil Brulia, Ebensburg; Brandon Hirt, Ebensburg, Billie Hollen, Altoona; Jeffrey Koss, Ebensburg; Diana Sharbaugh, Ebensburg; and Lida Hood, Northern Cambria.

Additionally, Gold Rush Diamonds & Boutique has donated a sterling silver and diamond heartbeat necklace, also to be raffled off during the show.

Chances may be purchased at the show. The winners will be drawn at the conclusion of the event on Sunday. Winners do not need to be present.

Visit the Art in Bloom welcome desk just inside the Courthouse for more information, or call 472-8414.

“Art in Bloom” is sponsored by the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership. Visit www.ebensburgmain for more information about the show.

Senior Olympics invites participants

Blair Senior Services Inc. announced that the 18th annual Blair County Senior Olympics will be held June 1 to 26.

Area residents are invited to participate in more than 30 events that include bocce, bowling, golf, horseshoes, swimming, track and field events, trivia, spelling bee challenges, Frisbee golf and more.

New this year is the addition of pickleball and tennis.

The Senior Olympics are open to anyone age 50 and older.

Registration forms and a complete events schedule is available at all four area Senior Centers and at

A modest registration fee of $14 qualifies you to participate in events of your choosing, to receive a Senior Olympics T-shirt and an invitation to the kick-off party and closing ceremony social, featuring entertainment by the Sharptones.

Registration forms will be accepted through May 17. For more information, call Angel Dandrea at


Spring Extravaganza set for Saturday

NEW PARIS — The Chestnut Ridge School District and Bedford County Interagency Coordinating Council will hold their second annual Spring Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Central Elementary and Chestnut Ridge High School.

The event brings together organizations from across Bedford County and those serving Bedford County residents to make residents aware of available services.

Last year, more than 50 organizations attended the event. This year, more are expected. The goal is to provide an opportunity for attendees to become aware of services to support families. This year, a STEM fair, art show, craft vendors and a Color Run will be added to the event. In addition, there will be many fun activities for kids.

Center retirees to meet Thursday

The Pennsylvania State Retirees of Cresson, Ebens-burg and Altoona Centers will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at King’s Restaurant, Altoona.