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Food share program set for Monday

DUNCANSVILLE — The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 8724 will hold its monthly Military Food Share distribution on Monday, beginning at noon, at the post, 1665 Newry Lane.

It is for all active military, veterans and widows or widowers of veterans living in Blair County. Take your military and photo ID and enter from Dunnings Highway/Newry Lane.

The auxiliary wants to thank all the volunteers, local businesses, individuals and Pennsylvania Skill Charitable Giving for helping to keep this program going.

Auxiliary meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the post. Membership is open to individuals related to a veteran who has served overseas in a location of foreign conflict, earning the campaign medals eligible. That veteran can be a living or deceased spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.

For more information, call the VFW at 695-9703.

Veterans Day spaghetti dinner planned

The Homers Gap Civic Association will hold a Veterans Day spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Homers Gap Civic Association, 135 Preston Lane, Altoona.

The cost is $5 for veterans and $7 for adults. Children ages 9 and younger can eat for free.

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

Altoona/Blair NARFE to resume meetings

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

Members are encouraged to invite an active federal employee or retiree to join them. Lunch will be at noon with the meeting to follow at 1 p.m.

Information on health care open season insurance for 2021 will be shared with the group.

For information, contact Mike Grove at 329-8274 or mgrovehealth@gmail.com.

Salvation Army seeks holiday volunteers

The Altoona Salvation Army Worship Center is seeking volunteers this Christmas season.

Beginning in November through Christmas Eve, community members, businesses or groups can volunteer at a free community gift-wrapping station at the Logan Valley Mall. Wrapping times are 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with early times scheduled upon request.

Although gift wrapping is free, donations are collected, and volunteers are needed to help with wrapping. All supplies are provided. If you or your group would like to volunteer, contact Autumn Temple at 626-1281.

All funds raised stay in the community to support local individuals and families with utility, rental and food assistance, as well as other basic needs.

The Altoona Salvation Army Worship Center also distributes food to 11 different food banks throughout Blair County, provides an Emergency Disaster Services Response team and facilitates referrals for Sheetz Kidz, Project Bundle Up, Adopt-A-Family and many other programs for individuals, children, families and seniors.

Citizen of the Year to be honored

BEDFORD — The Bedford Rotary Clubs and the Bedford Elks Clubs announced that Clifton Clark has been selected as Citizen of the Year by unanimous choice of the joint selection committee.

Clark, president of Clark Contractors Inc., has been involved in many local organizations and initiatives, including recent contributions to the Silver Lining Drive-In Project and the trail project at the Bedford County Humane Society, among others.

His nominator wrote: “Clif has been involved in many community initiatives, preferring to stay behind the scenes as he works to improve our community for his children and others. He commits time, talent and resources to projects that enhance our region, and he chooses to do it in a way that is not often highly publicized. He exemplifies the Rotary and Elks mottos, putting Service Above Self as he cares for our community by sharing his gifts with others.”

Due to gathering restrictions related to COVID-19, the 2020 Citizen of the Year Award will be presented as part of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration Nov. 19 at the Silver Lining Drive-In at the Bedford County Fairgrounds.

Tickets for the event are $89 and may be purchased by calling the Chamber at 623-2233.

Holiday craft show, soup sale set Nov. 15

The Pinecroft Volunteer Fire Department Relay For Life Team Ignitors of Hope will host a Holiday Craft Show & Soup Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Pinecroft Fire Department, 2134 Old Sixth Avenue Road, Altoona.

Admission is free. There will be more than 30 crafters on site.

Soup will be for sale for $6 per quart (ham pot pie, chicken noodle, beef vegetable and stuffed pepper soup).

Playwriting contest accepting entries

BEDFORD — Off Pitt Street Theater Company is accepting manuscript submissions for the sixth annual Off Pitt Street Open Playwriting Competition through April 1.

For $10 per entry, authors/playwrights may submit a new, unpublished One-Act play for judging.

Off Pitt Street will produce the world premier of the first- and second-place winners and a preview of the third-place winner at its “Winner’s Showcase” in June.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, OPS is planning to produce the 2020 winners in March 2021.

For contest details and rules or to upload an entry, visit www.OffPittStreet.com and click on “CONTESTS” in the search bar or email info@offpittstreet.com.

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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