Benefit planned for accident victim
TYRONE -?A Supermom Benefit for Jessica Conrad Finochio will be held March 22 at the Tyrone American Legion. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by Nobody's Heroes, McGinnis & Knepper and The JAM with special guest Eric Carr, a KISS tribute artist.
Jessica Conrad Finochio is shown with her sons, Nathan (12) and Jimmy (10).
Tickets are $6 each or two for $10. Tickets are available at JCs Barber Shoppe in Tyrone and Allied On-Guard Protective Services in Altoona. A limited amount of tickets remain.
Donations can also be dropped off at the mentioned locations for those that cannot attend.
Participants must be 21 or older to attend.
Jessica was on her way to work on Dec. 31 at JCs Barber Shoppe, when she was in an auto accident. She was transported to UPMC Altoona and then flown by Lifeflight helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, where she had major back surgery.
Jessica has two sons, Nathan (12) and Jimmy (10). After the accident Jessica is left unable to work for several months and finding herself in financial strain. All proceeds from the benefit will go to help Jessica with her medical expenses and helping her provide for her sons.
Center offers program on gardening
Area residents can learn some of the trade secrets that Penn State Master Gardeners use to produce beautiful floral displays in their backyard during a three-week program offered by the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission.
During week one, the instructors will review basic principles of gardening and will highlight topics such as site preparation, garden planning, varietal selection, nutrient management and insect and disease control.
Week two will spotlight flower gardening, delving into annual, perennial and shade gardening.
During the final week, the focus will be on vegetable gardening and topics like soil testing and transplant production.
All participants will receive a reference packet containing some of Penn State Extension's most authoritative gardening publications.
The classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 25 and April 1 and 8 at the Altoona Area Junior High School, 1400 Seventh Ave., Altoona. The cost is $20 per adult with a minimum number of participants of 10. The deadline to register is Friday. To register, call the Rec Office at 949-2231.
Juniata to host peace studies conference
HUNTINGDON - The Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College will bring in a team of nationally known scholars to determine how best to identify success in student learning and curriculum at the conference "Reconstructing Peace Studies: Assessing New Knowledge and Outcomes," held from Thursday through March 23 in Sill Boardroom in the von Liebig Center for Science.
The sessions are restricted to those who have registered for the conference. To register, call Elizabeth Widman at 641-3464.
Chinese medicine practitioner to visit
HUNTINGDON - A practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jin-Yun "Andy" Hu of Taipei, Taiwan, will visit Juniata College and the Huntingdon community next week.
Hu has been studying and practicing TCM for more than 10 years and is the owner of the PeachBuddha Healing Center in Taiwan. His talks are free and open to the public.
n 7 to 8 p.m. Monday - "Food and Body Construction in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Part 1," Juniata College, Brumbaugh Academic Center, C225.
n 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - "Food and Body Construction in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Part 2," BAC, C225.
n 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday - "Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment Consultation," Huntingdon Health & Wellness Center, Fourth and Mifflin streets.
n 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday - "Eye Care in Traditional Chinese Medicine," BAC, C225.