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Singers needed for Let Freedom Ring concert

LEWISTOWN –The Lewistown Community Choir is once again looking for adult singers for the annual Let Freedom Ring Concert.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on June 29 in front of the Embassy Theatre on South Main Street in Lewistown. The rain date is July 1. The concert will feature the Lewistown Community Band and the Lewistown Community Chorus.

This year the choir will showcase American folk tunes with a medley of well-known and well-loved folk songs entitled “An Americana Songbook.” The arrangement is written for choir and band.

Chorus rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s. The rehearsal schedule is tentatively as follows: 6:30 p.m., May 20; 4 p.m., June 3; 6:30 p.m., June 10; 6:30 p.m., June 17; and 6 p.m., June 25 with the band.

There is no cost for participating, and all adult singers are welcome.

Book sale to benefit Beavertown Library

BEAVERTOWN –The 14th annual book sale to benefit the Beavertown Library will be held during the Beavertown Yard Sale Days on Friday and Saturday. Hours for Friday are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and hours for Saturday are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is located on Walnut Street in Beavertown.

In addition to hundreds of gently used books, there will be a large selection of audio book tapes, videos, CDs and DVDs. All items will be priced separately, but patrons of the sale will be offered a chance to purchase a tote bag for $10 and fill it with as many books as possible. Bags will be furnished at the sale.

As a feature this year, there will be a free drawing for an adult tote bag of books, and a free drawing for a children/young adults tote bag of books.

Facebook workshops set by Centers in Motion

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin Juniata Area Agency on Aging’s Centers in Motion is offering several workshops this month.

¯ May 24 — Facebook Talk, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services office, 249 W. Third St., Lewistown, $2 donation, deadline to register, May 23.

¯ May 25 –Hands-on Facebook Class, 10 a.m.-noon, the Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services office, 249 W. Third St., Lewistown, $5 donation, deadline to register, May 23.

For more information, call Randie Warner at (717) 242-0315 ext.127.

Stone Arch Players show concludes this weekend

LEWISTOWN –The Stone Arch Players production of “Southern Fried Funeral,” continues at the Theatre in the Park at Kish Park on weekends until Sunday.

Showtimes are: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10.

For tickets, call (717) 248-2224 or send an email to

Art exhibit remains open all month at Ohesson

LEWISTOWN –Ohesson Manor Nursing Home, 276 Green Ave., Lewistown, is sponsoring an art exhibit by area artists, “Art Along The Juniata,” running through May 29.

The public is invited to view the artwork during daylight hours.

Many of the works of art will be for sale.

Auction scheduled to benefit Central PA Clinic

BELLEVILLE — The fifth annual benefit auction for the operating expenses of the Central Pennsylvania Clinic in Belleville will be held at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, at the Belleville Livestock Market Grounds, 26 Sale Barn Lane, Belleville.

The clinic is a non-profit medical research and diagnostic service for children with inherited metabolic disorders.

The sale will include livestock, furniture, tools, sporting goods, collectibles, farm related items, household items and quilts. The quilts will be sold at 11:30 a.m. after comments from Dr. Morton. The event also includes a silent auction.

A chicken dinner buffet will start at 3:30 p.m., Friday, at the auction site. Breakfast will begin from 6 to 9 a.m., Saturday and a lunch menu will follow.

Auction donation items will be accepted through the day of the sale at the auction location.

For more information, call (717) 667-2907.

Young dancers to perform in recitals

Local dance recitals have been scheduled as follows.

Miss Stephanie’s School of Dance Recital will be held Sunday at Mifflin County High School.

Shows are at 1 and 6 p.m.

Reserved seating tickets are $12, available in the lobby before each show, or by calling Miss Stephanie at (717) 994-1612.


Margaret McCann School of Dance will present #Undercover at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on June 9 at Juniata High School, Mifflintown

Young dancers, ages 4 to 18, will be featured in all genres of dance, from hip hop to classical ballet. Every piece of music is a cover song. Tickets are $8.50 each by calling (717) 436-9806, with any remaining tickets to be sold at the door. All seats are reserved.


Studio Thirty-Two School of Dance will present From the Barre to the Beat at 3 p.m. on June 10 at East Juniata High school, Cocolamus. Tickets will be available at the door for $7; veterans and children age 5 and under are free.

War fever topic for author presentation

MIDDLEBURG — “War Fever! How the Government’s Anti-German Propaganda Campaign Affected Central Pennsylvania,” is the topic of a program that will be held by the Snyder County Historical Society on May 22.

How did official government propaganda campaigns push America into the First World War? How did these campaigns subsequently affect the course of politics and society over the next hundred years? How did this activity affect the people of central Pennsylvania? Local historian and author Bruce Teeple will examine these questions and analyze the long-term repercussions.

The program will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the historical society’s building at 30 E. Market St., Middleburg. The building is handicapped accessible.

For more information, call the society at (570) 837-6191.

May 26 is Country Memories Day

MCVEYTOWN –The streets of McVeytown will come to life on May 26 for the 32nd annual Country Memories Day.

Festivities will kick off at 6 a.m. with registration at the corner of Queen and Holiday streets, as vendors arrive.

Breakfast will be served near the town square from 6 to 10 a.m.

More than 175 stands, including food, craft booths and demonstrations will be set up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the streets of McVeytown.

The opening ceremony, to start at 9 a.m., will feature Carrol “Sis” Norton as master of ceremonies, flag-raising by Boy Scout Troop 104, the national anthem by Greta Stimely and a prayer by Curt Brower.

Other scheduled events are:

10-11 a.m. –Music by Kenzie McCarter;

11 a.m.-noon –Music by Flip-Side;

1-2:30 p.m. — Music by Flip-Side;

3 p.m. –Festivities end.

Activities will include:

¯ Tractor and wagon rides by the Barnyard Corn Maze;

¯ Displays of antique and classic automobiles, antique tractors, antiques and quilts on Queen Street;

¯ Old-time demonstrations by a jeweler, broom maker, blacksmith and potter;

¯ McVeytown Museum open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

¯ Street vendors featuring antiques, collectibles, ceramics, crafts, folk art, garden stones and wood crafts;

¯ Music at the square;

¯ Antique and classic car cruise-in;

¯ Music from the ’50s and ’60s with D.J. Mel Thomas all day on Queen Street.

Country Memories Day wooden replicas and baskets will be on sale at the information booth.

Due to very crowded streets, people are asked to leave pets at home. Proceeds benefit community projects.

For more information, visit the Facebook page Country Memories Day.

Music on the Beach to begin at Whipple

WHIPPLE DAM –The Music on the Beach Summer Concert Series kicks off on Memorial Day weekend, when the Stone Valley Pickers appear on May 26.

The Stone Valley Pickers play tunes for everyone, with a blend of instruments featuring music from Irish fiddle tunes to old country to the soul of Appalachia and more.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. on the beach. Snacks and drinks will be for sale by the Friends group.

The summer concert series began in the summer of 2015 to increase awareness and to raise funds for projects in Whipple Dam State Park. A $5 donation is suggested. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the Friends of Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam, and Penn-Roosevelt State Parks. All donation proceeds go to the Friends group for projects at Whipple Dam State Park.

Information about this and other park programs can be found on the park’s Facebook page at or on the Calendar of Events at the State Parks website at

Vendors wanted for community day

REEDSVILLE — Reedsville Community Day organizers are seeking food and craft vendors, baked goods, produce and organizations to participate in the annual Reedsville Community Day, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 9 at Bender Park.

The day begins with a townwide yard sale, kids’ contests, pet show, live music and a chicken barbecue.

A vendor application is available on Facebook under Reedsville Community Association or call Dave McNitt at (717) 667-6791, (717) 250-5020; or JoAnn Smith at (717) 667-2390 or (814) 880-6754. The deadline for applications is May 12.

M-J Arts council workshops slated

LEWISTOWN –The Mifflin-Juniata Arts Council has announced its spring workshops as follows.

¯ June 2 — Art Journaling 101, 1-3 p.m. at Gallery 3West.

Nationally published mixed media artist Kate Yetter, and Jane Cannon Mort, will teach participants how to make their own art journals by altering old books, as well as techniques to break the pages and fill the journals with their own artwork. Contact: Yetter at, by May 26.

¯ Novel Escapes: A New Kind of Book Club — Dates and times are determined by the group at meetings Contact:Staci VanArt at (717) 994-1225.

Proceeds benefit the arts council.

McCoy House lists hours for openings

LEWISTOWN — The McCoy House Museum, located at 17 N. Main St., is now open for the season.

Regular museum hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday through September.

The museum is a two-story brick house and is the birthplace of soldier-statesman Maj. Gen. Frank R. McCoy. The 1841 McCoy House is operated by the Mifflin County Historical Society. The society’s motto is, “Preserving the Past for the Future,” and the organization endeavors to conserve the heirlooms of a county established in 1789.

For more information ,or to make arrangements for a special tour, call the society office at (717) 242-1022.

PCCA to host spring art-related classes

NEWPORT — The Perry County Council of the Arts is offering a variety of art classes at Landis House, 67 N. Fourth St., Newport this spring and summer.

To register for a workshop, call (717) 567-7023, visit PCCA Gallery, One S. Second St., Newport, or go to

Flower Pounding

Instructor: Jane Shull, Perry County Master Gardeners–Penn State Extension

June 13, 6-8 p.m.

Register by June 2; limited to 12 students

Use a flower pounding technique to design up to three individual muslin wall hangings using fresh seasonal flowers and plants growing in your environment as a paintbrush. Cost: $25, or $20 for PCCA members. For students ages 18 and up.

Funding sought to support fireworks

LEWISTOWN –The Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce is raising money for the 2018 Independence Day fireworks display.

The event is slated for June 30, with a rain date of July 1.

Once again, the fireworks will be launched on the banks of the Juniata River in the MCIDC Plaza, just across from Victory Park.

The show will begin at 9:30 p.m. and will last one half hour.

Make checks payable to JRVCC Fireworks Fund, and mail to Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce, 1 W. Market St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Liberty Fest to take place in Lewistown

LEWISTOWN –​The historic Embassy Theatre will host Liberty Fest, starting at 11 a.m. and running until the fireworks in Lewistown are over on June 30.

The event will be held in front of the Embassy Theatre on South Main Street, Lewistown, from the square to Water Street.

There will be live music all day​, the Juniata Valley Idol contest finals, a Classic Car Cruise-in, vendors, bounce house and activities for children, and food vendors

Vendor and car spaces available. For vendor information, call (717) 348-0185.

For more information, visit Facebook@embassyltwn.

Registration open for annual theatre camp

SELINSGROVE — Registrations are now being accepted for high school, middle school and elementary school students for the GENEROO Organization’s annual Theatre Camp.

Campers will learn theatrical basics, such as voice projection, script reading, lighting, costuming and set design.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9 to 14, at The Degenstein Theatre at Susquehanna University.

Cost for the weeklong camp is $60 per camper. Deadline to register is June 15.

For more information or to register, call (570) 658-5300 or visit

Juneteenth slated for the 16th of June

HUNTINGDON –The 9th Annual Huntingdon County Juneteenth Celebration is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. on June 16, at Portstown Park in Huntingdon.

“The celebration this year will be especially poignant as we celebrate the life of Greg Banks,” said Anthony Bullett, who served with Banks as co-chairperson of the event. Banks, who succumbed to cancer last month, conceived this event as a way to bring together families and friends for a joyous gathering. His wish was that his memorial service be held at Juneteenth.

“In keeping with Greg’s wishes and continuing his legacy, his memorial service will not be a time for mourning, but we will celebrate his amazing life and his passage to eternity,” Bullett said.

In addition to the memorial service, the Juneteenth Celebration will feature live music, crafts and information vendors, food and dancing. There will be drawings for cash and prizes throughout the afternoon. Tickets for the drawings may be purchased now from committee members.

Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas, in 1865. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending in slavery in the United States, marking the day, June 19, 1865, that General Granger and the Union soldiers reached Texas with news of the Emancipation Proclamation — more than two years after it was signed.

The Huntingdon County Juneteenth Celebration welcomes everybody and draws people from throughout the central Pennsylvania region. Attendees to this free event may bring their own picnic lunch or purchase food at the park. The event is funded through the donations of attendees and friends.

For more information, contact the Huntingdon County Juneteenth Celebration Committee at