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Veterans, widows invited to food bank

DUNCANSVILLE — The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign War Post 8724 Auxiliary sponsors a monthly Central PA Food Bank at the Duncansville VFW Post 8724, 1665 Newry Lane.

The next give-away will be held on Monday. It is for area veterans, widows and active duty service members. The next food bank will be held on Jan. 14. Proof of eligibility is needed — Military ID or DD-214.

Friends of Palmer selling art, ornament

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Friends of the Palmer Holiday Art and Ornament Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum on Curtin Road. The sale features one-of-a-kind ornaments, jewelry and artwork by invited artists, both regional and national.

A preview and reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, exclusively for members of the Friends.

The featured ornament for 2018 is by celebrated studio glass artist James Hayes of Pine Bluff, Ark. Hayes’ inspiration for the hand-blown, ethereal glass bulbs came from the tile colors in the columns that make up the Palmer’s prominent facade, designed by innovative architect Charles Willard Moore. Every globe is unique in pattern and distribution of color.

Funds raised through the sale support more than 100 educational events and programs that happen annually at the museum and are offered to all visitors, admission-free.

The sale also spotlights work by other invited artists, such as ornaments, small gifts and jewelry. Ornaments from past sales will be available for the first time through the museum store at discounted rates. Friends memberships may be purchased for as little as $35 a year and include specially tailored benefits.

For more information, contact Amber Krieg at

863-9191 or adk5@psu.edu.

YMCA plans Santa event Saturday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Area residents can welcome the holiday season by attending an event for the whole family from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blair Regional YMCA’s Y-Nite with Santa.

Participants can enjoy singing and dancing to the holiday sounds of the season, cookie decorating, face painting and creating Christmas crafts.

Santa will be joining the festivities and participants can get a free family picture to take home. Other activities include swimming and soup sampling.

Admission is $5 for Y members or $7 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 695-4467 or visit


Pa. Highlands Blair plans open house

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center will hold a Patient Care Technician Open House from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at its Logan Valley Mall facility.

The Patient Care Technician certificate allows students the ability to provide basic care, which includes emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual support to patients of all age groups in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates will learn how to perform procedures in a safe and therapeutic manner while in compliance with federal/state mandates.

For more information, call 201-2700, email blair

@pennhighlands.edu or visit www.pennhighlands


Country Traditions to perform

PLEASANTVILLE — The Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host the band Country Traditions from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $5 per person. The kitchen will open at 5:30 p.m. It is a smoke- and alcohol-free atmosphere.

For more information, call 839-2358 or visit www.facebook.com/AlumBankFireCompanyAux.

Contra dance set for Friday

STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association will hold its First Friday Contra Dance/Old Time Country Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive.

The dances will be taught and are easy to learn. Bruce Young will call the dances to live music by Strath Hanna.First-time dancers receive a coupon for a free dance. Beginners, experienced dancers and groups are welcome. No partner is needed. The steps are similar to square dancing.

For more information, call 880-0338 or visit cpcdc.org.


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