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Ambucs to host blood screening May 1

The Ambucs Blood Screening Program will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. May 1 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.

Register today and get a 36-test blood screening for $55. Optional tests are available for an additional cost. A 12-hour fast is required for the testing. Masks and social distancing are requested.

This annual event is open to the public. Reserve your space by calling 814-889-4222.

Proceeds from the blood screening event will benefit Ambucs to further support local programs and services in the community.

The Altoona Chapter of Ambucs is a fun, energetic group helping children, teens and adults with disabilities. It serves the community by providing therapeutic AmTrykes, educational scholarships for physical therapists and residential ramp building.

Ambucs is an acronym for American Business Club.The local chapter meets at noon on Tuesdays at The Blair County Convention Center.

Area residents are urged to consider becoming a member. More information on how to become a member of Ambucs is available at AMBUCSAltoona.com.

Celebration of Life for community icon

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Celebration of Life for David Zeek will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 at the American Legion Social Hall, right inside the entrance to Legion Park.

Zeek, 69, died in December. He was an icon in the community.

There will be an area where participants can write down a little story or memory they have of Dave.

This is a come-and-go-as-you-please open house, and light refreshments will be served

For more information, call Sarah at 814-696-4154, Laurah at 814-414-7948 or Rebekah at 814-515-3587.

Plant a Tree at Flight 93 returns April 23

SHANKSVILLE — New tree seedlings will be planted when volunteers converge on April 23 at Flight 93 National Memorial.

The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service continue a major reforestation project that will result in 150,000 native trees at Flight 93 National Memorial.

Every year during National Park Week, America’s national parks host public events and coordinate volunteer opportunities to celebrate. This year, Flight 93 National Memorial honors the tradition of National Park Week with “Plant a Tree at Flight 93.”

This year, nearly 200 volunteers will help plant approximately 7,000 seedlings over 10 acres.

The planting event has been modified for the health and safety of participating volunteers and is limited to preregistered groups and forestry professionals.

“Our hope is to expand Plant a Tree at Flight 93 next year to a multi-day event to accommodate additional volunteer participation,” said Flight 93 National Memorial Superintendent Stephen M. Clark.

Free-Bee Workshop set for April 24

BEDFORD — In celebration of Earth Day, a local artist will be instructing a Children’s Free-Bee (bee theme) workshop at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 137 E. Pitt St.

Children are welcome to participate in person or to join others on Facebook Live for this free workshop. Advance reservation is required for in-person limited participation and can be made at www.sama-art.org/event-list or by contacting the museum. Please consider making a donation to the museum to help support this program and other programs offered by SAMA.

Art to be on display at Altoona Grand

Hollidaysburg Area Junior and Senior High Art Exhibition will be held with an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the Altoona Grand Hotel.

Admission is free. The art show is running in conjunction with the HAMPA Cash Bash Fundraising Dinner. Tickets are required for the dinner. Check out the HAMPA Facebook page for details.

Whipple Dam plans Volunteer Day

PETERSBURG — Whipple Dam State Park will hold its annual Spring Volunteer Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24.

The Friends of Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam and Penn-Roosevelt State Parks sponsor the event. Participation is limited to 35 volunteers. Call the Greenwood Furnace park office at 814-667-1800 to register by Wednesday, April 21. Volunteers should report to Pavilion 3 (across from the beach) for orientation and work assignments.

Whipple Dam is now open after being closed for a year for a lake dredging project and other improvements.

The annual volunteer day is an effort for residents and community service organizations to join together to get local state parks ready for summer by raking leaves, spreading mulch, picking up trash and debris, clearing hiking trails and other projects.

Volunteers should take their own work gloves. Due to COVID restrictions, no lunch will be provided this year. Participants must wear a face mask or covering, and social distancing is in effect.

Information about this and other park programs can be found on the park’s Facebook page at www.fb.me/greenwoodfurnaceSP or on the Calendar of Events at the State Parks website at www.visitPAparks.com.

Area clubs and nonprofits can email articles and photos to community@altoonamirror.com. For more information, call Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, at 814-946-7459.

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