Astronomy club to hold sky watch
HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Starlight Astronomy Club will hold its first public sky watch of the year from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday at Canoe Creek State Park.
Visitors are encouraged to take binoculars or telescopes. Club members will also have telescopes available for public use.
The American Rescue Workers of Hollidaysburg received a check for $4,083.29 from Stuckey Ford Subaru from its 2013-14 Share the Love Event. Shown are (from left): Major Evangeline Subisak, Zoe Lanzendorfer, Nate Farma, Matt Meiser and Matt Stuckey.
Highlights of the evening sky will be two passes by the International Space Station, three Iridium Flares, the planets Jupiter and Mars and several deep-sky objects including the Great Orion Nebula, many galaxies and globular and open star clusters.
The club will meet in the parking lot on the beach side of the lake. There will be no rain date for this event.
For more information, visit the club's website at www.starlightastronomyclub.org or call 937-6991.
Genealogy expo to be held April 26
HOLLIDAYSBURG - The Blair County Genealogical Society, 431 Scotch Valley Road, will hold its sixth annual Genealogy & History Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
The following vendors are tentatively scheduled to participate in this year's expo: The Adam Holliday Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Bellwood-Antis Historical Society, Blair County Courthouse, Blair County Historical Society, First Families of Blair County, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Tyrone Historical Society, Pennsylvania Archives of Harrisburg, Herman Nagle, Polish Society of Northeast, LDS of Hollidaysburg, Allegheny Portage Railroad and Duncansville Historical Society.
Attendees can tour the library and see the many areas of research, such as deeds, wills, marriage applications and many other resources.
Research will be limited in the library that day.
Dance ensemble offers panel discussion
Penn State Altoona's Ivyside Dance Ensemble will host the panel discussion, "Approaches to the Burning Book," at 12:15 p.m. April 24 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
It is is free and open to the public.
The discussion will reveal the significance behind Ivyside's spring performance "Maddening Madness," a modern ballet inspired by Ray Bradbury's novel "Fahrenheit 451."
KT Huckabee, assistant professor of integrative arts and dance, will discuss the artistic vision which led her to use this novel as inspiration for choreography.
Todd Davis, professor of English, and Joe Petrulionis, instructor in philosophy and history, will speak to the literary significance and philosophical implications of Bradbury's work during the 1950s and today.
For more information, call the box office at 949-5452 or visit www.altoona.psu.edu.
Conference for cancer survivors is May 3
LORETTO - The fourth annual Rural Conference for Cancer Survivors will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 3 at St. Francis University's DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness.
This year's theme is "Education to Overcome the Fears." Guest speakers and exhibits from local organizations will provide information about cancer support and treatment. The conference is free and open to cancer survivors, their family, friends, and caregivers.
Dr. Paula Scaramozzino, chairperson of the medical imaging and radiation science program at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, will be the guest speaker.
Michael Craig, assistant football coach at St. Francis University, will be the keynote speaker. Craig is a Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor and will discuss his experience with cancer and his work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
St. Francis University's DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness and the Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas, along with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, are the event hosts. Corporate sponsors are the Laurel Auto Group and Cambria County Area Agency on Aging.
Preregistration is required and limited and will close on April 25. Lunch will be provided to all conference attendees. To register, call 472-3923 or go to www.cermusa.francis.edu/survivorsconference.
Black Moshannon to mark Earth?Day
PHILIPSBURG - Black Moshannon State Park will hold an Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26.
Volunteers, such as individuals, groups, businesses and families, are invited to help enrich the beauty of the park during this volunteer day.
Projects include winter debris removal, native plant gardening, trail maintenance and many others. Preregistration is required, and lunch will be provided. Free campsites are available for that weekend.
Call the park office at 342-5960 to register and for the free campsite.