Homewood to hold silent auction
MARTINSBURG - Homewood at Martinsburg's Auxiliary will host its sixth annual silent auction from 2 to 6 p.m. March 14 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 in Homewood's Southview Building. The winning bids will be determined at 4 p.m. March 15.
There will be antiques, collectibles, furniture, paintings, glassware, jewelry, quilts, flower arrangements and hundreds of theme baskets.
An unusual handcrafted item that will be offered at the Homewood at Martinsburg’s Auxiliary’s silent auction is a combination highchair/rockinghorse/child’s desk, shown here with craftsman, Skip Earle. This heirloom-quality piece was crafted in Homewood’s woodshop. This is one of 800 items in the auction.
Unique prizes will be offered such as a gourmet dinner for six in the home of Margaret Nuss (Homewood's former marketing director who is known for her great cooking); tickets to an Altoona Curve baseball game; unique handcrafted furniture, and many hotel getaway packages and gift certificate donations from area businesses.
Light refreshments will be served, and music will be provided during the event.
Event chairmen are Jean and Ben Kensinger.
All the money raised will be used for projects that benefit Homewood's Healthcare Center residents.
For more information, contact Debbie Pierce, volunteer director, at 793-1350.
Center to hold dinner, casino, auction
The Central Blair Senior Center, 1320 12th Ave., Altoona, is planning a dinner and an evening filled with entertainment and fun at 5 p.m. March 14.
Participants can enjoy a number of casino games, including black jack and a roulette wheel, as well as a Chinese auction, prizes, juggling entertainment at
6 p.m. and a magician at 6:45 p.m.
Individuals age 60 and older interested in attending are asked to call Lindsey Wilson, center coordinator, at 946-1235 by March 12, to reserve an evening meal.
A donation toward the dinner and entertainment is appreciated. Transportation is available and can be arranged by calling 695-3500.
Association for Blind sets programs
The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind offers weekly opportunities for educational programs and socializing. All programs are at 10 a.m. Unless otherwise stated, programs are held at 300 Fifth Ave., Altoona.
Today - "Identity Theft," Patrolman Himes, Altoona Police Department.
March 12 - Shopping at Kmart.
March 19 - "Home Care," Holly Miller, Griswold Specialty Care.
March 26 - "Meals on Wheels" and "Commodities Program," Jessica Lippert, Blair Senior Services.
For more information, call 944-2021. Programs are open to the public.
Historical society to meet Tuesday
DUNCANSVILLE -?The Duncansville Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The discussion for this meeting will be a possible self-guided historical tour of part of Duncansville, showing where some of the businesses were located.
Participants are asked to share any pictures or stories they might have or remember.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, information may be sent to Nancy DeLozier, P.O. Box 115, Duncansville, PA 16635 or call 695-1017.
The society would like to make copies of your photos, and they will be returned promptly. New people are always welcome to attend the meetings. The society meets on the second Tuesday of every other month.
PSU?Altoona tops THON?earnings
Penn State students outdo themselves every year when it comes to raising money for THON, and 2014 was no exception as last year's total was surpassed by about $900,000,000.
The astounding $13,343,517.33 total was unveiled at the close of the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon held Feb. 21-23 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. This is the 10th straight year that more money was raised than the previous year.
Altoona students managed to raise more than $107,000, topping last year's contribution by about $1,500. Altoona also ranked first among the Commonwealth campuses in earnings.
THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world donating all proceeds to The Four Diamonds Fund, which in turn benefits the Hershey Medical Center and its young patients battling pediatric cancer.