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Free sign language classes offered

Area residents are invited to come have some coffee, tea and make new friends while learning sign language.

All levels of knowledge are welcome. Whether you are a beginner learning American Sign Language or you are fluent, come, hang out and practice.

Being around people learning ASL is a fun way to improve your skills and an excellent way to learn more.

Classes will be held for six consecutive weeks from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 17 at the Scotch Valley Road Community Center, 911 D Scotch Valley Road, Hollidaysburg.

For more information, call 317-5080 or Leslie Kelly at 201-5033.

Basket bingo to be held Sunday

The Homers Gap Civic Association will hold a basket bingo at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Homers Gap Civic Association, 135 Preston Lane, Altoona. The doors will open at noon.

Tickets are $20. Food will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Meg Eardley at 932-3883.

Spaghetti dinner set for Saturday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg Chapter No. 471, Order of the Eastern Star, will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Hall, 1008 Edgar St.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 11 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door. Participants can dine in or take out. Veterans from the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home will be guests.

Joshua House Fall Classic is Oct. 26

TYRONE — Joshua House’s annual Fall Classic 5K/9-Mile Race will be held Oct. 26 at Reservoir Park.

Seasoned runners, first-time runners, walkers and kids of all ages are welcome. Race-day registration begins at 8 a.m. Parking is available near the Tyrone Community Pool on Reservoir Drive.

New this year is a 1-Mile superhero costume race for kids 12 and younger.

Age categories include: 10 and younger, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-55 and 56 and older.

Trophies will go to the top overall male and female finishers in the 5K Run and 9-Mile Run and medals will go to the top three finishers in each age category.

Early Registration by Oct. 23 (guaranteed a race shirt): $25

Oct. 24-25: $25

Race-day registration: $30

Kids 1-Mile Superhero Race (12 and younger): $10

For more information or to register, visit www.JoshuaHouse.com/races.

Proceeds from Joshua House races help fund programs and services that support their mission to help youth find purpose.

Catholic Daughters to meet Wednesday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of The Alleghenies Court 1755, met Sept. 11 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The new district deputy, Frances Rhoa, was introduced to the group.

Anita Burket, membership co-chair, reported on the Circle of Love Tea to be held at St. Mary Catholic Church Social Hall in Hollidaysburg.

A ham and cheese sandwich fundraiser will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Duncansville VFW Post. Orders can be made by calling Mary Dively at 239-5065. Sandwiches cost $3.50 each and can be picked up that evening or delivered after members make them.

Make a Difference Day will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Garvey Manor. All members are invited to help.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Knights of Columbus. State Sen. Judy Ward will be the featured speaker.

For more information, call Toni Prough, regent, at 695-7033. All Catholic women are welcome.

Addiction topic of free training

The 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. Oct. 15 at Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships, 3001 Fairway Drive, Suite D, Altoona.

Registration is preferred by calling 381-0921.

NARFE to meet Friday at King’s

Altoona/Blair Chapter 0328 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will meet Friday at King’s Restaurant, 301 Sierra Drive, Altoona.

Lunch will be at noon with the meeting to follow at 1 p.m.

Members are encouraged to invite an active federal employee or retiree to join them.

Charles Becker will provide a presentation on “Building your own Airplane.”

For more information, contact Mike Grove at

329-8274 or mgrovehealth@gmail.com.

Service officer to visit Cresson Legion

CRESSON — Cresson American Legion will host the Cambria County veterans service officer from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 15.

Any veteran and their family are invited to attend. The officer will talk about a wide variety of issues such as disability, health care, burial benefits and valuable property tax information as they apply to 100% service connected veterans and their families.

Jack Thompson, service officer for the Cresson American Legion, will offer information regarding application for service-related disabilty compensation.

In conjunction with this meeting, veterans who were formerly unable to join the Legion based upon their service such as reservists, can now make application to become a member of the Legion family.

Daniel Eberhart, adjutant/membership coordinator, will answer questions and assist veterans in making application for Legion membership.