Across the area
Soup sale to benefit SVDP Soup Kitchen
The St. Vincent DePaul Society will hold a “Souper” fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 20, at 2201 Union Ave., Altoona.
The $8 ticket buys one quart of wedding soup prepared by DelGrosso Foods and a loaf of Italian bread.
Please wear a mask when you enter to pick up your soup. There will be no bake sale this year.
Proceeds will benefit the SVDP Soup Kitchen.
For more information, call 814-944-6302.
Blair Garden Club to meet Monday
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair Garden will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in the social hall of American Legion Post 516 at 1501 N. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg.
The program is “Honey, I Shrunk the Lawn” by club member Lisa Merschiltz.
She will present the research of Douglas A. Tallamy, a professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware.
His research demonstrates how homeowners can turn sections of their yards into Conservation Corridors that provide wildlife with food and habitat to offset the decline in insect and bird population.
The public is welcome to attend.
Civil War descendants to meet
BELLWOOD — The Descendants of Civil War Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.
John Creider will talk about “Libby Prison.”
The public is welcome to attend.
Society to host Vietnam exhibit
BEDFORD — The Viet Nam Veterans Organization will hold its exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, to Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Bedford County Historical Society, Hall at Kinton’s Knob, (second floor), 6441 Lincoln Highway. The public is welcome.
All Vietnam veterans are welcome to bring in their artifacts on Monday Nov. 1, beginning at 9 a.m.
Veterans who haven’t participated before but would like to share their artifacts may contact Jim Williams at 814-761-6130 or 814-623-1655) or Bill Mock at 814-839-4649 for directions.
Johnstown Halloween parade returns
JOHNSTOWN — Community groups from the Johnstown area are coming together to put on a Halloween parade at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.
“In years past, Forever Media has put on the parade and they’ve done a wonderful job,” said Amy Bradley, president and CEO of the Cambria Regional Chamber. “Because they are unable to present the parade this year, several community organizations have come together to put on the parade this year.”
The decision was made after many community groups reached out to various organizations asking about the parade and expressing their desire to participate in the longtime Halloween tradition.
“We definitely have heard from numerous groups and individuals,” said Melissa Radovanic, president of the Discover Downtown Johnstown Partnership. “We know this is a beloved tradition for many families, so we are happy to help out.”
“As a business owner, we are really excited that the parade is back on,” says Michele Adams, co-owner of Classic Elements. “Any time we can get people to come visit our beautiful downtown it is good for us.”
The parade route will follow the traditional path, starting at Point Stadium and traveling down Main Street.
This year’s Halloween parade is limited to 40 entries.
Ski club kicks off membership drive
JOHNSTOWN — Bob Snoby of Johnstown has been elected president of the Greater Johnstown Athletic Ski Club. Snoby is also a regional director of outdoor emergency care with the Ski Patrol.
Other officers elected are Annette Kamzik, vice president; Marsha Flower, secretary; Judy Adams, treasurer; Lynne Dougherty, communications director; Johns Campos, financial director; Barbara Visnovsky, newsletter editor; and Harry Graham, past president. Trustees are Lary Koval, Betty McPherson, Conrad Sikirica and Anthony Stumpo.
The organization has kicked off its 43rd membership drive for 2021-22. Annual membership is $30 per person.
The active yearround organization will celebrate its 43rd anniversary at Ace’s on Saturday, Nov. 13, via Eventbrite.com.
For more information, call 814-536-7325 or visit www.johnstownskiclub.com.
DAR hears about tours of Canal Basin
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Adam Holliday Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met Oct. 2 at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library. Attendance was in person, by Zoom or via phone.
Tom Kopriva gave a presentation on the Hollidaysburg Canal Basin. The complex was described as a monumental endeavor of human engineering which provided transportation of goods and passengers westward from 1830 to the mid-1850s. Kopriva gives guided tours of the area. Information may be found on the Canal Basin website.
Regent Michelle Shank reported the chapter’s 100th anniversary luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the community room of the library. Members will receive detailed information in the near future.
Registrar Rachael Parker is working with several prospective members to complete their applications. She is available to assist others with genealogical issues.
A thank-you note was received from the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home for donations of personal care items.
Members are asked to take travel-size body wash, shaving cream and/or Harry’s Razors to the Nov. 6 meeting for donations to the Van Zandt VA Medical Center.
Any woman 18 years of age who can prove lineal descent from a patriot who served in the Revolutionary War or gave aid to American Colonists during the Revolution is eligible for membership in DAR. For more information, visit http://pssdar.org/chapter_sites
SAMA to offer coffee, pastries for vets
LORETTO — The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art welcomes veterans for free coffee and pastries on Thursday, Nov. 11.
Each site will offer a small spread to show appreciation for the sacrifice and service of veterans.
At the Loretto location, artist and veteran Tom McCarty will offer a free ceramics demonstration to all visitors who come to celebrate the day. Please consider spending your day at SAMA and donating to support the museum and free educational programming.
For more information, visit www.sama-art.org or contact the museum at 814-472-3920 or email@example.com. Please check the website or each site’s Facebook page for hours of operation. The museum is on the campus of Saint Francis University at 112 Franciscan Way, Loretto.