Across the area

Christmas sale to aid Portage society

PORTAGE — When the Portage Area Historical Society asked the community for their no-longer-needed Christmas items, little did they expect the overwhelming response to its request.

The hundreds of items collected will be on sale at the Chatter Box through July 31 for a “Christmas In July” fundraiser, thanks to Bob and Bonnie Fox, owners of the coffee shop on Main Street, for offering the use of their cafe for this fundraiser.

Local bands will be playing Christmas music throughout the month and Bonnie will be baking some Christmas treats. Check the Portage Area Historical Society or The Chatterbox Facebook pages for more information.

‘Explore the Mainline’ set Saturday

The Mainline area’s version of a “Taste & Tour” will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday across Lilly, Cresson, Gallitzin, Loretto, Ashville and Dysart.

The event will feature more than 25 businesses who will provide specials, freebies and promotions specifically for individuals participating in Explore the Mainline.

VIP Pass pick-up will take place at the Cresson American Legion between 2:30 and 4 p.m., with food and drink specials at the Legion. Those who purchase a ticket will receive their VIP pass, a list of all participating businesses and offers, and several other free items when picking up their pass.

A free shuttle, provided by PennCrest Bank, will be available throughout the evening. Details for the shuttle will be provided with the VIP Pass. Shuttle riders can park at the American Legion, where entertainment will continue from 8 to 11 p.m., after the Explore the Mainline event.

Proceeds from the event, which is being held to highlight Mainline-area businesses, will benefit the Cresson American Legion and the Lions Club of Gallitzin.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.skura

solutions.com/explore-the-mainline or by calling


Flutopia 5K set at military museum

BOALSBURG — Cathy Herrera, founder of The Flutopia Initiative and piccoloist with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, has announced that the PA Military Museum has welcomed the seventh annual Flutopia 5K to be held at its grounds.

The July 27 event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a rendition of Flight of the Bumblebee instead of a starter gun, racers, joggers and walkers will be serenaded by some of the area’s finest musicians.

There will be flutists (including ASO Principal Flutist Diane Toulson), plus drummers, strings, reeds, jazz and more. All prizes are music-themed, and there will be a Flutastic 50-yard dash for children 10 and younger.

Proceeds benefit Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

Register at www.active.com/boalsburg-pa/running


Mail-in registration information is at flutegarden1


SAMA offers workshop for kids

BEDFORD — The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Bedford will host “Animation” for kids ages 7 to 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. July 22, 24 and 26.

It will be led by local artists Nicole Clark and Maggie Howsare.

This is guaranteed to be a fun, hands-on experience for young creatives.

Instructors will lead students through the process of creating a story, developing and sculpting characters. Then they will have the opportunity design, film and edit an original animation.

Kids will also get experience using their screen time in a new way with iMotion software.

All supplies are included in the workshop fee. The cost is $95 for nonmembers and $85 for members. The museum will offer a $10 discount for children registered by Wednesday.

See the event on the SAMA Bedford Facebook page or call 589-3020 for more information.

Cemetery cleanup set for Saturday

The Friends of Rose Hill Cemetery will hold a cleanup day at the cemetery at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Some equipment will be available, and the Friends will provide gas if you take your own equipment.

Lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided to all volunteers.