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NARFE to meet at Altoona Grand

The Altoona Blair Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association (NARFE) will meet at noon Friday at the Altoona Grand Hotel, 1 Sheraton Drive.

It will be the group’s annual recruitment luncheon and 1 p.m. meeting.

The meeting is open to retirees and active federal employees that would benefit from participating in this organization with the primary mission of protecting federal retirement benefits.

Anyone who plans to attend should contact Mike Grove at 329-8274 or mgrovehealth@gmail.com.

Lyme group cancels Dec. meeting

The Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group will not meet in December.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at St. Rose of Lima social hall, 5519 Sixth Ave., Altoona. For more information, call Amber Altiero at 934-7403, Lisa Worrell at 329-3863 or Jim Beauchamp at 944-2371.

Kiwanis plans kids’ Christmas event

The Eldorado Kiwanis will host a Christmas event for children from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eldorado Kiwanis Building on California Avenue.

There will be free photos with Santa, hot chocolate and snacks.

The Hollidaysburg Community Chorus will perform.

Planetarium to host Christmas shows

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Planetarium will present “The Star of Bethlehem” and “Cosmic Christmas” Thursday through Saturday at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School.

“The Star of Bethlehem” is a new full-dome show that takes attendees back to the little town of Bethlehem of long ago, in the endeavor to investigate the question “What was the ‘star’ that guided the Wise Men?” Due to calendar revisions, the timing of the star is important.

“Cosmic Christmas” is a musical light show. This show was seen by more than 900 people last season and is fun for the entire family. This is a medley of a dozen songs by a variety of artists from Maria Carey and Destiny’s Child to Paul McCartney and Bing Crosby. Participants are invited to sing along.

Lots of Christmas stocking stuffers will be available before each show from 3D puzzles and models to stickers and T-shirts. This is the last chance to buy “I Need My Space” T-shirts for $5. There will also be a great variety of pieces of meteorite material from $1 up to $20 pendants.

Show times are 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday. Suggested ages 5 and older for either show.

The cost is $4 for adults and $3 for children.

For further information about each show and to make verified reservations, visit astroprof.com for details. You may also call the planetarium at 693-3975 and leave a message. Calls are returned as time permits.

Penn State Altoona offers workshop

Penn State Altoona will offer a dance studies choreographer workshop at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 in room 148 of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

The workshop is the culminating experience of the Contemporary Movement Lab, a course that incorporates technique and performance with the art of improvisation, composition and choreography.

Seniors Erin Tavani and Nicholle Ventura will present their choreographic projects developed this semester that incorporated thematic ideas, manipulation, improvisation and form. Students from Dance 366 also will present their final choreographic studies of the semester.

The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and before and during all performances.

For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 949-5452 or visit www.altoona.psu.edu.

Valley Voices concert set for Sunday

PHILIPSBURG — Valley Voices Annual Christmas Concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 121 S. Front St.

In lieu of the price of a ticket, those attending the concert are asked to take nonperishable food items which will be given to the four food banks in the area where singers reside.

These are Philipsburg, West Branch, Osceola and Moshannon Valley. Any monetary donation received will be used by the food banks to purchase meat vouchers.

Bellwood choir to perform Dec. 19

TYRONE — The Bellwood Community Choir will present its Christmas program at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Tyrone Church of the Good Shepherd, 1650 Clay Ave.

The choir of 50 adults will present both sacred and popular Christmas music under the direction of Richard Bower.

The concert is open to the public with free parking and admission. The facility is handicap-accessible.

A free-will offering will be taken for the purchase of new music and for a music scholarship at Bellwood-Antis High School.

AARP Smart Driver course is today

EVERETT — The AARP Safety Driver Refresher course called Smart Driver will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Everett Senior Center, 101 W. Main St.

The course is for individuals who have completed either the two-part basic course or refresher course within the past three years.

The cost is $20 per person or $15 for AARP members. The course must be renewed every three years.

A check payable to AARP will be collected by the instructor. Students should also take a pen and their driver’s license and AARP membership card.

Those wishing to participate should call Annette at 652-5621 to register.

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