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Horseshoe Seniors dinner-dances return

The Horseshoe Seniors Dinner-Dance will be held Wednesday, July 21, at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St., Altoona. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., followed by three hours of dancing to music by a DJ. Admission is $13 per person. Singles and couples are welcome.

This is a fun evening for seniors, and new people are encouraged to come out and enjoy a time of friendship, entertainment and companionship with others.

This dinner-dance has been a monthly event and will usually be held the third Wednesday of every month.

Reservations need to be made by the Sunday before this event. For reservations and more information, call Don Beatty at 814-946-1074.

Friends of Library plan used book sale

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Friends of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library will hold a used book sale July 21 to 23 at the library at 1 Furnace Road, Hollidaysburg.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

A “Friends Members Preview” sale will be held from

6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A bag of books will be discounted to $5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and all day Friday.

For more information, call the library at 814-695-5961.

Faith-based grief support group to meet

The UPMC Altoona Faith-Based Grief Support Group is a free service provided by the Pastoral Care Department at UPMC Altoona.

It meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the conference room at Station Medical Center, 17th Street and Ninth Avenue.

The group is made up of people who are facing grief over the loss of a loved one. People who are there to support friends and loved ones during their grieving process are welcome to join them in the group meetings. There is no need to call ahead or make reservations.

The conference room of the Station Medical Center is inside the K4 entrance to the left of the Fresenius Dialysis Center. Signs are posted to direct you from this entrance to the conference room just inside on the left.

The Rev. David Hammerle is the chaplain in charge of these meetings. Any questions concerning the program may be directed to him by calling UPMC Altoona’s Pastoral Care at 814-889-2132.

Virtual workshop for widows, widowers

Beginning in August, Family Hospice, part of UPMC, is offering a free monthly virtual workshop for those who have lost a spouse or significant other.

The workshop is titled “Navigating Loss” and will be led by certified grief recovery specialist, writer, widow and retreat leader Donna Marie Todd. Registration is required.

The first workshop will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13 with the theme “Honoring What You’ve Lost: It’s a Big Step.” The August workshop will include the following topics: Facing widowhood: The biggest loss ever, practical information about grief, a roller coaster ride of emotions and guided mediation for healing. Register by calling Charlene Ebersole at 814-947-7060 by July 23.

The September workshop will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 with the theme of “Facing All the Changes.” The following topics will be covered: Widowhood brings changes, Stress: The silent killer, strategies for beating stress — breath work, accepting change and guided meditation for stress relief. Register by calling Ebersole at 814-947-7060 by Aug. 20.

Participants will need an email account to receive the meeting invitation and should plan to participate on a computer or smartphone. A copy of Todd’s book “Navigating Loss” will be provided if participants do not already have it.

Additional sessions will be held in October and November. This workshop series is funded by a grant from the Home Nursing Agency Foundation. Family Hospice serves patients in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin and Somerset counties.

Photography club hosts online contest

BEDFORD — The Bedford Area Photography Club is hosting an online photography contest and Town Planner photography submissions.

Chosen submissions for the Town Planner will appear in the 2021 Town Planner Calendar. The Town Planner categories include Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, and must be landscape type images taken in Bedford County. A $100 award will be give for the photograph chosen for the calendar’s cover.

The contest for the Bedford Area Photography Club has three categories; People, Nature and Open. Photo entries in these categories are not limited to Bedford County, and can be taken from any location. Cash prizes will be awarded in each subject. All photos entered will be displayed on the Bedford Area Photo Club Facebook page beginning Sept. 1. Deadline for entries is July 31.

There is a $4 entry fee for each photo submitted in any category. Photos will be judged by an independent panel. Submission details can be found on the Bedford Area Photo Club’s Facebook page or by email at bedfordphoto


Old Timers’ Baseball Picnic is Aug. 12

The annual Old Timers’ Baseball Picnic is scheduled for Aug. 12. Former baseball players from the area are invited to the picnic at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park pavilion No. 3 to reminisce.

The event begins with beverages at 3:30 p.m., appetizers at 4:15 p.m., a dinner featuring chicken barbecue and Murf’s potato salad and more, at 5 p.m. and a raffle drawing at 6 p.m.

Parking is limited, although additional handicap parking spaces will be available this year. These will be on a first-come basis. Carpooling, if possible, is recommended. The deadline to RSVP is July 28.

The cost is $12 per person and $12 per guest. Checks should be made payable to Old Timers’ Baseball Club and sent to: 436 Cedar Blvd., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

Registrations forms are available by calling Gary at 814-695-2619.

Old Timers’ Baseball Club board members are Denny Cowher, John Leamer, Pat Miller, Steve Sauers, Bill Wolf and Gary Zimmerman Sr., president.

Area clubs and nonprofits can email articles and photos

to community@altoonamirror.com. For more information, call Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, at



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