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Duncansville historical society to meet

DUNCANSVILLE — The Duncansville Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave. Enter from the back parking lot.

Plans will be discussed for this year’s Community Days, which will be held July 18, 19 and 20. The Duncansville Volunteer Fire Company will be celebrating 125 years. A new book has been compiled by Dale DeLozier for this milestone and will be available for purchase.

The society is interested in obtaining pictures or information regarding Duncansville. If you are unable to attend the meeting, information or pictures can be sent to Nancy DeLozier, P.O. Box 115, Duncansville, PA 16635 or call 695-1017. The society would like to make copies of the information, and it will be returned promptly.

New people are welcome to attend the meetings. The society meets on the second Tuesday of every other month except January at Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church.

During Community Days, the society will have a special display for the Duncansville Fire Company.

‘Understanding Addiction’ is July 9, 16

Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships will provide a free one-hour training open to all community members.

“Understanding Addiction” will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. July 16 at Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships, 3001 Fairway Drive, Suite D, Altoona.

Registration is preferred and can be made by calling Blair Drug and Alcohol Program at 381-0921.

NAPA breaks car wash world record

ATLANTA — NAPA Auto Parts announced that Guiness World Records has officially certified the company’s world record of 7,197 cars washed in an eight-hour period, set on April 27, smashing the previous record of 6,277 cars washed, which has stood since October 2012.

A total of 159 NAPA locations across the U.S. participated in breaking the Guinness World Records title for most cars washed in eight hours (multiple venues), including the NAPA Auto Parts locations in Altoona and Duncansville, where representatives from the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and United Way of Blair County raised funds and supported the successful record-breaking attempt.

Nationally, NAPA Auto Parts stores raised a total of more than $82,000 to support not-for-profit organizations.

Sunday on the Square set for Aug. 4

JOHNSTOWN — Gallery on Gazebo has announced its first fundraiser event, “Sunday on the Square,” taking place this Aug. 4 in Johnstown’s Central Park.

The event will feature 10 chefs from the Greater Johnstown area, who will prepare two specialty food items in individual white tents, located throughout the park. There will also be adult libations such as wine, spirits and beer, served by local crafters nearby.

Live music will be featured in the park’s gazebo, throughout the day. Event goers will be admitted through a $10 registration which they can obtain at www.classy.org/event/sunday-on-the-square/e231319.

Gazebo Place will be lined with tables and chairs for dining, so attendees can enjoy the live music, socializing, food and beverages at their leisure. The event will also allow for BYOB in addition to the purchase of adult libations from vendors.

Gallery on Gazebo/The Art of Tea, located at 140 Gazebo Place, in downtown Johnstown, is a visionary art gallery co-habitating with a gourmet tea shoppe, which opened its doors in April.

It brings a lively, interactive and fun social meeting venue to Downtown. The Gallery is a partner within Vision 2025, as part of the Central Park Square Team, and under the nonprofit umbrella of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

“Sunday on the Square is Gallery on Gazebo’s description of a perfect afternoon,” said Rosemary Pawlowski, who is the Vision 2025 Gallery on Gazebo site coordinator and Central Park Square Capture team director of the gallery. “Outdoor dining on a pedestrian mall, fine food from regional chefs, entertainment, activities for the whole family — and all at an affordable cost.” She emphasized, “We are simply capitalizing on a natural asset which is Downtown’s Central Park.”

Gallery on Gazebo is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. General admission to the Gallery is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday, 11 amn. to 6 p.m. Wednesdat, Thursday and Friday. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Visit Gallery on Gazebo’s FaceBook page for a complete list of upcoming events.

Autism Speaks walk set for Oct. 6

Children and adults with autism, their families, friends, colleagues and neighbors will join the 12th annual Central PA Autism Walk at 9 a.m. Oct. 6 at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of people with autism, across the spectrum and throughout the life span.

The walk also promotes understanding and acceptance.

Autism Speaks funds research, leads state and federal advocacy and provides resources for every stage of life, including more than 40 free tool kits covering everyday challenges — from early-childhood diagnosis to education, employment and independent living.

In 2017 alone, Autism Speaks’ helpline responded to 70,000 requests for information, tools and resources.

The sensory-friendly event includes bubbles, coloring, face painting and a quiet space for anyone who needs a break from the action.

Participants are encouraged to register in advance, form a walk team, join one or donate at AutismSpeaksWalk.org.

On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternity is the national sponsor of the Autism Speaks Walk series, held in nearly 60 cities across the U.S.