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Courtesy photo Staff from Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence present donations raised for Sister Paula’s Soup Kitchen. Staff collected money and nonperishable goods for dress-down days during their annual celebration of Nursing Home Week. Shown are (from left): Billie Jo Nelson, Olivia Kennedy, Tina Leturgey and Barbra Hileman with two staff members from the soup kitchen.

Downtown Live concert is Thursday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Downtown Live Concert Series in Hollidaysburg Borough will happen again this Thursday at 6 p.m.

The summer concert series is free to the public and located on the Diamond of Hollidaysburg at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Allegheny Street.

The concerts will run through September and will be held on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

There is an additional concert scheduled for Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.

Residents will enjoy the sounds of Hot Wax Classic Rock, a local rock band.

Many of the merchants maintain evening hours during the concert. Bring the whole family to enjoy the music and atmosphere of the downtown.

The featured food truck for this concert will be Shuman’s Concessions.

The remaining dates for the series are Aug. 1 and 15 and Sept. 19 with the performers for these dates to be announced.

Several sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information, email Katrina at kpope@Hollidaysburgpa.org or call 696-0544.

Support offered for bereaved parents

The Sweet Grace Ministries Support Group for Bereaved Parents has recently started a parent group in the area.

Moms and dads who have lost a child during pregnancy or as an infant are welcome to come and share in tears, laughter, support and friendship.

Meetings are normally held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Faith Baptist Church, 647 Valley Vista Drive, State College.

For July only, the meeting will be on the fourth Thursday, July 25.

For more information, call 717-414-7772 or visit SweetGraceParentsStateCollege on Facebook.

Area beekeepers to meet in Altoona

The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Altoona Lighthouse Men’s Christian Fellowship, 224 Woomer Road, Altoona.

The topic will be “All About Varroa Mites.”

There is no charge to attend, and participants don’t have to be beekeepers.

For more information, call 472-7637 or visit www.ccbee.org.

Mount to hold open house Friday

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College will host an open house at 10 a.m. Friday at the campus, 7373 Admiral Peary Highway.

Information from campus representatives will be offered, along with a tour of campus, guidance for financial aid and tuition and a chance to talk with professors, coaches and other college representatives.

For more information, email admissions@mtaloy


Backpack giveaway set for Sunday

ROARING SPRING — Wireless Zone, a retail franchise offering exclusive Verizon products and services, is partnering with The Cellular Connection and Culture of Good to donate backpacks and school supplies to children in need across the country.

More than 1300 Wireless Zone and TCC stores across the U.S. — including the location at 300 Spring Plaza, Roaring Spring — are inviting local families and their children to visit select locations from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, to pick up a backpack filled with various school supplies, including pencils, paper, folders, a pencil box, ruler and glue.

One backpack will be given per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Astronomy club sets sky watch

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Starlight Astronomy Club will hold a free public sky watch from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at Canoe Creek State Park. The club will be meeting in the parking lot on the beach side of the lake. The rain date is Saturday.

Visitors are encouraged to take binoculars or telescopes. Club members will also have telescopes available for public use.

This is an opportunity for people of all ages who have an interest in astronomy to get started in a fascinating hobby.

For more information, visit the club’s website at www.starlightastronomyclub.org or call 937-6991.