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Veterans Day parade planned in Altoona

A Veterans Day parade will be held Nov. 7 in downtown Altoona.

The line-up starts at 10 a.m., and the parade starts at 10:30 a.m.

All veterans who are able to be in the parade are welcome according to Cmdr. Lloyd Peck. A bus will be available for those who would feel more comfortable riding.

There will be a service downtown following the parade, at 11th Avenue and 14th Street.

For details and to sign up, send a letter by Oct. 24 to Cmdr. Lloyd Peck, 2000 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602. No phone calls.

Donations are appreciated.

Beekeepers to meet Sunday in Altoona

The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at the Altoona Lighthouse Men’s Christian Fellowship at 224 Woomer Road, Altoona.

The topics will be treating for varroa mites and the dirth.

There is no charge to attend, and participants do not need to be beekeepers.

For more information, call 472-7637, email

pigeonfly@verizon.net or visit www.ccbee.org.

Blair Media Blood Blitz is Tuesday

The American Red Cross, in conjunction with WTAJ, Forever Media and Suburban Propane have issued a call to help save lives. The annual Blair Media Blood Blitz will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

This year, due to COVID-19, the blood drive has been moved from the Jaffa Shrine to the Altoona Area Junior High School Fieldhouse.

The goal for this blood drive is 225.

The Red Cross has also started testing blood products for COVID-19 antibodies in which the donor will be able to access their results within seven to 10 days.

All presenting donors will receive a $15 gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control and additional precautions — including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff — have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance.

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Make an appointment by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Coal museum to resume operation

COALPORT — Curator Richard W. Snyder II has announced that the Coalport Area Coal Museum at 961 Forest St. will re-open to the public on Tuesday.

Closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum will be back to its regular scheduled days and hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays.

AARP Senior Community Service employee Pat Onrubia will be in attendance to assist patrons in the reference room.

Adherence to all mandatory guidelines will be in operation, including the wearing of masks, as well as social distancing.

Turnpike half-marathon set for Aug. 9

The Old Turnpike Half-Marathon will take place Aug. 9 at the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike near Breezewood.

This will be one of the first in-person half-marathons in Pennsylvania since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

The race will be started in hourly waves to help with social distancing and the event will operate in accordance with all CDC and state guidelines.

For more information, email info@wolfcreektrackclub

.com or visit Runsignup.com/OldTurnpike


Richland Community Days canceled

JOHNSTOWN — The Richland Community Days Festival Committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 13th annual Richland Community Days Festival due to COVID-19 and related issues.

The event had been scheduled for Aug. 14-15 on the corner of Schoolhouse Road and Theater Drive in Richland Township near Johnstown.

Restrictions placed on large gatherings of 250 people or more and social distancing concerns were also factors the committee took into consideration.

The 2021 Richland Community Days has tentatively been scheduled for Aug. 20-21.

GBU Altoona District picnic canceled

The GBU Financial Life Altoona District 45 Annual Family Picnic scheduled for Aug. 14 at the Swiss Club has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The 2021 picnic will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 20, 2021, at the Swiss Club.

Sommerfest set for July 26 at Unter Uns

Join the Almrausch Schuhplattlers on July 26 for Sommerfest at the Unter Uns.

The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. It will include a live broadcast performance by Grammy-nominated Alex Meixner and an authentic German meal.

The meal includes pork schnitzel, German potato salad, blaukraut and dessert. Carry-out or dine-in is available in the Biergarten.

Tickets are $12 and available by pre-order only at the Unter Uns (942-9439) or by calling 944-0258. There will be a cash bar.

Area clubs and nonprofits can email articles and photos to community@altoonamirror.com. For more information, call Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, at 946-7459.


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