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Oldies Dance to benefit Sparks in the Park

BURNHAM — An oldies dance slated for Saturday in Burnham will benefit the 148th Venture Crew’s Sparks in the Park Civil War event in May.

The dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Burnham Lions Club, 403 First Ave., Burnham. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Participants are invited to dress in the decade of their choice, but may also come as they are.

The cost is $5 per person, and those attending must be 14 years and older. There will be a food stand available during the non-alcoholic event.

Music will be provided by A.W. Entertainment.

For more information, call (717) 543-0921.

Auditions scheduled for ‘Southern Fried Funeral’

LEWISTOWN — Auditions for the upcoming Stone Arch Players production of “Southern Fried Funeral,” written by Osbourn and Eppler, directed by Katye Long, will continue at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Theater in the Park.

Passages from the script will be read. The cast is made up of six female and five male roles.

For more information, Long at (717) 250-1378.

Two programs slated for Greenwood Furnace

GREENWOOD FURNACE STATE PARK — Programs on animal prognosticators and winter birds are planned at Greenwood Furnace State Park.

Animal Prognosticators will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17 in the visitor center.

In the winter, people eagerly await word from a famous groundhog as to whether spring will come early. In the autumn, people watch out for wooly bear caterpillars, and look for where hornets built their nests. In today’s digital world, with weather forecasts instantly at people’s fingertips and Doppler radar showing storms in real time, people still cling to these customs from the past.

Where these traditions came from will be presented in this offbeat look into the animal world. The program will also look into the animals themselves, to learn about their behaviors and habits that lead people to believe they can foretell the weather.

Winter Birds for Beginners will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the visitor center.

Many people enjoy watching birds. They are colorful, musical creatures. While most people are familiar with a few of the more common species, many are lost when seeing other birds. In this program, participants will learn how to identify the most commonly seen birds in winter. Participants will take a short walk around the park, and view birds at the park’s feeders.

More information can be found on the park’s Facebook page at or on the Calendar of Events at the state parks website at

Works of Beethoven to be featured at theater

STATE COLLEGE — The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra will feature the works of Beethoven and guest pianist Jessica Cho at the State Theatre in State College.

The performance will be held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the theatre, located at 130 W. College Ave.

Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at (814) 272-0606. For more information, visit

Mifflin Co. Library to close on President’s Day

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Library will be closed on Feb. 19 to celebrate President’s Day.

Normal operating hours will resume on Feb. 20.

For more information, call (717) 242-2391 or visit the website

‘Grease’ to be the first musical for MCHS

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County High School’s first musical production, “Grease,” is scheduled to take the stage on Feb. 23 and 24.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for students and will be available for sale beginning on Feb. 1 during school hours at the school store. Tickets may be purchased at the door if they haven’t sold out.

‘The Lottie and Bernice Show’ opens on Feb. 24

LEWISTOWN — The Stone Arch Players will present “The Lottie and Bernice Show,” Feb. 24 to March 11 at the Theatre in the Park at Kish Park, Lewistown.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 19. Reservations are strongly recommended. For tickets, call the theater at (717) 248-2224, or email

In the show, two old grumpy Polish ladies, Lottie and Bernice, become trapped in a television studio by a blizzard and end up taking over Western New York’s favorite morning show “Buffalo Yak.”

Millerstown Lions plan Card Party

MILLERSTOWN — Plans have been finalized for the annual Pinochle card party sponsored by the Millerstown Lions Club in Millerstown. The event will be held on March 3 at the Greenwood Elementary School, just off Route 17 East in Millerstown.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the party will begin at 6 p.m.

This annual event has been held by the Millerstown Lions for many years and is recognized as one of the most popular events of its kind in the area. Prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded to the lucky winners, and nearly everyone is guaranteed a prize. In addition to the prizes given out, there is usually an auction of different items, so players should come prepared to find some bargains during the auction.

Profits from the annual event benefits Lions District 14T projects. including sight, diabetes, Beacon Lodge, Leader Dog and many others.

Cost of the party is $8 per person, which includes refreshments.

For more information, call Curt Black at (717) 589-3598.

Research library to reopen March 6

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Historical Society’s research library remains closed through February, reopening on March 6.

Weather permitting, the office will remain open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If schools are closed, the office will be closed.

Spring Fling to be held in Millerstown

MILLERSTOWN — The 26th Annual Spring Fling Craft Show, sponsored by Millerstown Community Success Inc., will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 10 in the Greenwood Elementary School along Route 17 in Millerstown Borough. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. to accommodate early shoppers.

More than100 vendor spaces are available, and interested crafters are invited to reserve limited space by calling (717) 589-3598.

A large variety of hand crafted merchandise, gifts and decorating items will be featured for sale. The annual event coincides with Easter, Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and spring house cleaning and decorating.

Each year, hundreds of shoppers visit the show to find special gifts for themselves, for others, and for decorating their homes–it’s a spring tradition.

Refreshments will be sold throughout the day, including breakfast items and sandwiches. Admission to the show is always free.

There is a limited amount of vendor space available and new vendors are welcome. Interested craftspeople should call (717) 589-3598 for more information or space rental. Space is restricted to vendors who make their own crafts; no commercial vendors will be accepted.

Lip Sync Contest to include other acts

LEWISTOWN — The Compass Community Connections, formerly known as the Special Needs Center, will host the 31st annual Lip Sync Contest at 6 p.m. on March 17 at Mifflin County High School auditorium.

The Lip Sync Contest will also include a Creative Expressions Contest.

The show will be split into two divisions, lip sync and creative expressions, which will include acts such as juggling, twirling, cheering, musicians, magicians, poetry readings, artistry — anything that is suitable for a family audience.

Each act will have a five minute time limit and the number acts will be limited so the show fits within a two-hour time frame. An overall best of show winner will be named and the winner can come from either division.

Participants must fill out an application, submit a $10 registration fee and a copy of their music (if applicable) to the agency at 31 S. Dorcas St., in Lewistown. All applications are needed no later than March 2.

Prizes will be awarded according to the number of entrants in each division. The event serves as a fundraiser for the agency.

For more information, call (717) 248-6261.

Downton Abbey, tea features of bus trip

LEWISTOWN — Destination History – Mifflin County Historical Society is sponsoring a trip on March 22 to the Downton Abbey exhibition and afternoon tea at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The trip is open to everyone; membership in the historical society is not required.

The cost of the trip is $200 per person, which includes transportation, the entrance fee to the Downton Abbey Exhibition, Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court and bus driver gratuities.

Full payment is required at the time reservations are made. It is recommended that reservations be made quickly, as there is limited availability for this trip.

For more information, contact Karen Galbraith at (717) 250-5152 or, or Nancy Kauffman at (717) 994-4663 or

Reservation checks may be made out to Nancy Kauffman and sent to: Nancy Kauffman 457 Church St., P.O .Box 104, Reedsville, PA 17084.

There will be no refunds after Feb. 22 due to unrecoverable deposits to the tour vendors.

Centers in Motion plans trip to ‘Jesus’

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin Juniata Area Agency on Aging’s Centers in Motion program is planning a trip on April 24 to see the play “JESUS” at Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster.

“JESUS” is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever.

Participants must make a donation of $68 to attend, which includes transportation, show tickets and the meal. Centers in Motion will accept two separate payments of $34, one due in February and the other in March. Payment must be made in full by March 21.

Pick up is at 7:30 a.m. in the Lewistown Walmart front parking lot. The bus will depart at 7:45 a.m. and stop at CJEMS in Mifflintown by 8 a.m. The show begins at 10 a.m., and afterward the group will stop for a late lunch buffet at Arthur’s Terrace Restaurant. Departure for home is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Return time to CJEMS is estimated at 5 p.m.; Lewistown at 5:45 p.m.

Reservation and payment deadline is March 21. For more information or to register, contact Randie Warner at (717) 242-0315 ext. 127 or email

Joe Diffie coming to The State Theatre

STATE COLLEGE — The Sentinel will present legendary country music artist Joe Diffie on April 20 at The State Theatre in downtown State College. Tickets are on sale now.

With chart-toppers like “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock From the Sun,” and “John Deere Green,” and 13 albums and more than 20 Top 10 singles to his credit, country fans can expect a night of beloved hit songs.

Tickets for the performance are $49 for the front section, $41 for orchestra and $35 for balcony seating. The Chris Ruble Band, from Mifflin County, will be the opening act for the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (814) 272-0606, or at The State Theatre box office, 130 W. College Ave., State College, during normal box office hours.

For more information, go; ticket link:

Two historical trips

are being planned

LEWISTOWN — Destination History has announced two Mifflin County Historical Society trips for 2018 — a four day trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, in June, and a four-day trip to Boston in July.

The trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, The Queen City, will take place June 7 to 10. The price includes transportation and baggage handling (one bag per person), three nights accommodations, three breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners, all admissions and entrance fees to attractions, tour guides and bus driver gratuities. The cost for members is $720 for double, $895 for single; non-members, $740 for double, $915 for single. Make reservations quickly as these trips have been filling up fast. A $100 deposit is required at the time reservations are made. Final payment is due April 1.

The Boston Pops Fourth of July and Salem trip will take place July 2 to 5. The price includes transportation and baggage handling (one bag per person), three nights lodging, three breakfasts, one lobster luncheon cruise, two dinners; chair rental for the Boston Pops rehearsal and fireworks; all admissions and entrance fees to attractions, tour guides and bus driver gratuities.

The cost for members is $935 for double, $1,215 for single; non-members, $955 for double, $1,235 for single. Make reservations quickly as these trips have been filling up fast. Half payment is required at the time of reservation. Final payment is due May 15.

For more information, contact Karen Galbraith at (717) 250-5152 or, or Nancy Kauffman at (717) 994-4663 or