Spring calendar of events

Editor’s note: Juniata Valley Family offers non-profit and other community organizations an opportunity to promote upcoming events for free in this events planner.

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¯“Meet Me at the MACC” — weekly, Middlecreek Area Community Center, Beaver Springs. Child care available to children ages 1 and older. Provided from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Program includes meals and snacks, organized free play, arts and crafts, stories and music. For more information, call (570) 658-2276.

¯Learn and Play — 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Middlecreek Area Community Center, Beaver Springs. Children are taught social and interpersonal skills, self-help, independence, academics and learning readiness. Call (570) 658-2276.

¯Maple Sugaring Walk — 10-10:45 a.m. March 2, Little Buffalo State Park, Newport. Learn how to easily tap super maples and collect sap to make real maple syrup. Meet in the former office parking lot, where Little Buffalo and Gill Hill roads intersect.

¯Kid’s Corner — 10 a.m. to noon March 2, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, Petersburg. Kids Corner is a fun way to explore nature with toddlers and pre-Kindergarten children. Activities may include nature-based crafts, stories, lessons and games. Come dressed for the weather. The program is offered at no cost.

¯“Screenagers” — 7-9 p.m. March 2, in the auditorium at Huntingdon Area High School. The Huntingdon County Library presents “SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library. Cost is $5. For tickets, visit www.youseemore.com/huntingdon.

¯Play group — 10 a.m. March 3, Mifflin County Library. For children ages 12- to 36-months-old. Siblings are welcome. While the children play, adults can talk, drink coffee and play too. Feel free to bring snacks. Sign-ups are not necessary.

¯History hike and vernal pool discovery — 10-11 a.m. March 4, Wentz Education Center, Canoe Creek State Park, Hollidaysburg. Get out and visit the park’s limestone kilns for a glimpse into the history of the area. Learn about the railroad, immigrants and connection to the steel industry. Come back from 2:30-3:30 p.m. to see and learn about vernal pools. Wear boots for walking in wet areas. For more information, call (814) 695-6807.

¯Mountain pie madness — 1-3 p.m. March 5, Canoe Creek State Park, Hollidaysburg. Celebrate the end of winter with a walk, bonfire, hot beverages and build-it-yourself mountain pies, all available for a donation. Call (814) 695-6807 for more information.

¯DivorceCare for Kids–5:30-7 p.m. March 6, Lumina Center, Lewistown. No cost. A hands-on interactive, kid-friendly support system that presents skills to assist children in maneuvering through the difficult places of divorce or separation. For more information, call or text Ann Kanagy at 437-4946. Registration forms available.

¯AP/NCAA information night — 7 p.m. March 7, Mifflin County High School auditorium, Lewistown. Students who are thinking about taking an AP course or additional AP courses in the coming school years are encouraged to attend with their parents to learn about the expectations and benefits of these courses. Student athletes who are thinking about playing sports at a Division I or Division II college or university are encouraged to attend with their parents to learn about recruiting guidelines and how to qualify academically.

¯DivorceCare for Kids–5:30-7 p.m. March 13, LUMINA Center, Lewistown. No cost. A hands-on interactive, kid-friendly support system that presents skills to assist children in maneuvering through the difficult places of divorce or separation. For more information, call or text Ann Kanagy at 437-4946. Registration forms available.

¯30th Anniversary Lip Sync Contest — 6 p.m. March 18, Mifflin County High School. Tickets are $8 for stadium seating, $10 for floor seating. For tickets, visit the Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center office, 31 S. Dorcas St., Lewistown. Applications for participation are available at www.mjsnc.org or call 248-6261.

¯Pancake and sausage breakfast — 7-11 a.m. March 18, Belleville Fire Company Activity Center, the former Union Elementary School. Cost: $5 per person, $2.50, children ages 10 and younger.

¯Happy Valley’s Got Talent — 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. main event, March 18, at the State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. Showcase of talented kids in four competition categories. Four acts in each age group will vie for cash prizes. 12 acts compete among featured performances. Proceeds benefit Tides, a local non-profit program that provides grief counseling and support for children and teens who have lost a loved one. For ticket information, visit thestatetheatre.org/happy-valleys-got-talent.

¯“Getting Ready for Kindergarten” night–6 p.m. March 22, Lewistown Elementary School. To help parents know what to expect as children enter Kindergarten. Learn more about attendance, lunches and school policies. Sponsored by MCSD and Success By 6.

¯Kids’ Day: Dress Up and Discover — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1, Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg. Kids of all ages get to wear combat gear and helmets from the museum education collection. Regular admission rates apply.

¯Play group — 10 a.m. March 3, Mifflin County Library. For children ages 12- to 36-months-old. Siblings are welcome. While the children play, adults can talk, drink coffee and play too. Feel free to bring snacks. Sign-ups are not necessary.

¯Maple syrup day — 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 18, Little Buffalo State Park, Newport. In the classroom of the park office, view the film, ‘The Maple Sugaring Story.’ The movie will be followed by a short talk about making maple syrup and a look at equipment used at the park. Visitors will be able to taste maple syrup made at Little Buffalo. Stay until 11:45 for a chance to learn how to tap sugar maples and collect sap to make syrup.

¯Youth Art Day — 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. April 8, Newport High School, 500 Caroline St., Newport. Annual showcase of visual art, music and literary talent from students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The event features a large student art exhibition, food, live music, dance performances, readings and demonstrating artists. Also includes “Perry County’s Got Talent,” a new take on the performance portion of the event. One standout performer will receive a $100 cash prize and a performance opportunity at a future Perry County Council of the Arts event. Admission is $4 for adults, and students are free.

¯Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser — begins at 9 a.m. April 8 at Lewistown Lanes. Teams of four people will bowl for two hours. There is a $225 registration fee per team. Prizes will be awarded to teams with the highest fundraising. Individuals who raise more than $100 will be entered into a raffle for adventure passes to local destinations. Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and non-bowlers, with levels ranging from $100 to $500. To join the committee, sponsor the event or sign up to bowl, call 248-4034. Team registrations are due by March 3. Sponsorship agreements are due March 10.

¯DivorceCare for Kids–5:30-7 p.m. April 10 and 17, LUMINA Center, Lewistown. No cost. A hands-on interactive, kid-friendly support system that presents skills to assist children in maneuvering through the difficult places of divorce or separation. For more information, call or text Ann Kanagy at 437-4946. Registration forms available.

¯“Getting Ready for Kindergarten” night–6 p.m. April 18, Indian Valley Elementary School, Reedsville. To help parents know what to expect. Learn more about attendance, lunches and school policies. Sponsored by MCSD and Success By 6.

¯Earth Day — 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 22, Black Moshannon State Park, 4216 Beaver Road, Philipsburg. Help beautify the park by helping with winter debris removal, trail maintenance, gardeining, litter pick-up and more. Free camping is provided this weekend for those who volunteer all day. Lunch is provided. Pre-registration is required by contacting the park office at (814) 342-5960 or blackmoshannonsp@pa.gov.

¯Take Your Child to Work Day — April 27. A consent form is available for Mifflin County School District students at www.mcsdk12.org.

¯Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild: Live! — 7:30 p.m. April 29, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. For ticket information, visit www.luhrscenter.com.

¯Kid Connection — 8 a.m., April 29, downtown Lewistown.

¯2016 Kish Creek Trout Tournament — For full details, visit online at kishcreektournament.com or contact Teresa King at 667-6110 or by email at wadeteresa@embarqmail.com.