Tea Party offers Patriot Scholarship
The Blair County Tea Party announced its 2014 Patriot Scholarship.
The Patriot Scholarship is open to all graduating seniors in Blair County who plan on attending college or other educational pursuits this fall.
Applications have been distributed and are available in the guidance offices of all eight senior high schools in Blair County.
The original application and essay must be postmarked or received by June 30 and should be mailed to Blair County Tea Party, c/o Patriot Scholarship, P.O. Box 54, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-0054.
The essay of at least 500 words will be on the Bill of Rights. The content of the essay is to answer the following question: "Which of the 10 amendments, if it had not existed, would have had the greatest impact on the U.S. historically as well as today?"
Each essay will be scored and the finalists will be interviewed by representatives of the BCTP Board of Directors.
The scores for each applicant's essay and interview will be combined and the winner will be announced and presented with a plaque on July 20 at the Blair County Tea Party's Freedom Festival. The winner will share their winning essay at that time.
This scholarship opportunity is made possible by proceeds of the Blair County Tea Party's current fundraiser, details of which can be found on the official website www.BlairCountyTEAParty.org
Questions about the scholarship should be directed to the Blair County T.E.A. Party Communications Director at 944-2314. For more information, visit www.BlairCountyTEAParty.org.
ASO annual meeting is Thursday
The Altoona Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual meeting, which is open to the public, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Blair County Arts Foundation offices at 1221 12th Ave., downtown Altoona.
Library to launch summer reading
CLAYSBURG - The Claysburg Area Public Library will hold its Summer Reading Program June 9 through July 31. Children up to age 18 are encouraged to register and read during the summer.
In addition, the library will have programs which include science experiments to make things interesting. Each week will have a different theme.
June 9 to 12 - Fun with Food.
June 16 to 19 - CSI.
June 23 to 26 - Science Magic.
June 30 to July 3 - Grossology.
July 7 to 10 - Magnetic Attraction.
July 14 to 17 - Rocket Science.
July 21 to 24 - Weather or Not.
July 28 to 31 - Budding Engineers.
Children may come in the library during regular hours and participate in the programs. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bicycle Safety Rodeo is Saturday
The Lakemont Lions Club, along with the Lakemont Fire Department and Spokes & Skis Shop, is sponsoring a Bicycle Safety Rodeo designed to teach improved safety skills needed to be better cyclists.
The rodeo will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lakemont Fire Hall.
The event will have a series of stations to include a bicycle mechanical check, safety orientation, helmet fitting, two actual courses to complete and a completion certificate for the child. The rodeo is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants should wear a safety helmet.
There will also be a drawing held for a bicycle and a separate drawing for a helmet.
The Lakemont Fire Department will also be sponsoring an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call Larry Edwards at 943-6310
Memory screenings offered June 11
Members of the community are invited to the Senior Daily Living Center at 701 Quail Ave., Altoona, for free memory screenings from 9 to 11 a.m. June 11.
The screenings are offered through a partnership with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, which raises awareness about the importance of being screened for memory loss. Individuals can take advantage of free screenings at the center as the first step toward proper detection and treatment of memory loss.
The center provides a daytime home-away-from home for seniors where meals, activities, medications and caregiving assistance is available as their loved ones work or handle other responsibilities.
Seniors also have the opportunity to spend time with children who attend the Growing Years Early Learning Center through the Generations Together program.
For more information, contact Rachel Guiher, center manager at 946-4693 or email@example.com.
Volunteers needed to 'Stuff the Bus'
The Family Resource Center at the United Way of Blair County announced its sixth annual "Stuff the Bus" school supply campaign.
School supplies collected will benefit students in Blair County school districts and early learning programs. Stuff the Bus is a community-wide effort to collect items needed for students to succeed in school.
Local businesses, agencies, clubs and churches conduct in-house collections by their employees or members or act as donation sites for the community.
Donations of supplies will be accepted from June 23 to July 30. On July 31, volunteers from the Family Resource Center and United Way will pick up items at the various locations. Volunteers will sort the items for distribution and the distribution will be on Aug. 7 at the United Way.
If you or your program would like to donate, collect, be a distribution site or volunteer, contact Denise Adams, coordinator, at 944-0884, ext. 304, or firstname.lastname@example.org.