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Artwork sought for show/sale at library

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Library will host its annual Books and Brushes Art Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3.

The library is seeking interested artists, artisans and serious hobbyists who would like to participate by demonstrating and/or selling their art.

For more information and registration, contact Mary Rieffannacht at (717) 242-2391 or

‘Shining Light’ plans kickoff, needs help

LEWISTOWN — The Christmas season is fast approaching, and with it, the 12th season for Shining Light Through the Darkness.

This year, the committee is hosting a kick-off picnic from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 30, in the Green Pavilion at Kish Park, Lewistown.

There will be food, entertainment and announcements of the new items for this year. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the picnic.

Set up will begin Oct. 27, and continue until the lights and entertainment begin on Dec. 1, through Jan. 4, 2019. Tear down begins Jan. 5, 2019.

There are many lights that the committee will be unable to put up because there is not enough manpower to get it done. So anyone interested in helping — such as youth groups, students in need of community service projects, friends wanting to spend time together or children who need to learn the satisfaction of helping others –would be appreciated.

For more information visit or contact Darla Ricket at (717) 635-0919.

Chamber Mystery Tour is filling fast

LEWISTOWN –The Chamber Mystery Tour Bus is ready for another adventure. The bus leaves at 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 13 from the Mifflin County Library parking lot in Lewistown.

The cost is $70 per person and includes coach transportation, admission fees, a special lunch experience and loads of adventure.

The Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce staff has been working to put together a brand-new group of interesting stops. This escapade is appropriate for all ages and requires a moderate amount of walking. There will be a variety of destinations with something for everyone.

Many seats are already taken, but the chamber is still taking reservations. For more information or to register, call the office at (717) 248.6713, or send an email to

Roles available for ‘The Nightmare’

LEWISTOWN — There are several roles open for the Stone Arch Players fall production of “The Nightmare.”

There are roles for two males, age 35 to 60, and 24 to 25, and one female, age 24-25.

Anyone interested is asked to call the director, Thiry Olbrich, at (717) 248-0582.

Evolution Arts Center lists coming events

LEWISTOWN — Coming events at the Evolution Arts Center, 121 Valley St., Lewistown, are as follows.

¯ Every Wednesday — 7-9 p.m., Free Improv Workshop with Mundo;

¯ Friday — 7-10 p.m., Chili Cook-Off Contest, includes live music;

¯ Saturday –1-3 p.m., Mask Making Party, $20;

¯ Sept. 13 — 7-9 p.m., VooDoo Doll Therapy, $25;

¯ Sept. 23 — 2-4 p.m., Owl Painting Party, $30;

¯ Oct.1 — 7-8 p.m., Holiday play auditions, featuring the play “Never Home for the Holidays,” by Julie O’Connor. Rehearsals will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Oct. 22 through Nov. 15 except on Halloween. Performances will be open to the public at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18.

¯ Oct. 5 — 6-8 p.m., Halloween Painting Party, $30;

¯ Oct. 13 and 20 — 1-3 p.m., Nerf Gun Modification Workshop, $25;

¯ Oct. 20 — 1-3 p.m., Zombie Doll Making Party.

For more information, visit the website

Juniata County library to offer fall courses

MIFFLINTOWN–The Juniata County Library is offering educational courses this fall in computer and technology.

≤ Learning how to use Microsoft Excel, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sept. 17. Many jobs and workplaces need and use Excel and numbers can be put into Excel and translated into information and insights. Even for personal use, Excel can be useful for tracking things in your life. Learn how to bend data to your will with Microsoft Excel 2016.

It is suggested to bring your computer to get a hands-on experience (not required). The cost is $10.

≤ Learning how to use Gmail, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sept. 24. Gmail is the free email service by Google and is both easy to use for new users and powerful enough to accommodate experienced users. Gmail can do a lot to help control the amount of email users get. Learn how to bend email to your will.

Attendees must have a Gmail account (not required to bring device but recommended). The cost is $10.

≤ Learning how to use Windows 10, 5:30 to6:30 p.m., Oct. 22. Many new computers come with Windows 10 and many services are now not compatible with Windows XP. This is a great course to learn the basics for using Windows 10. Attendees must have a Windows 10 computer (not required to bring device but recommended). The cost is $10.

≤ Learning how to use Libby, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 29. Libby is the new app from OverDrive that gives you thousands of free eBooks. Libby is a new and fresh way to get books. Many aspects of the app are streamlined and easier than the original OverDrive app. Learn how to use this app and download eBooks instantly.

Attendees must have and bring a device compatible with Libby (works with Apple and Android devices and tablets). The cost is $10.

≤ Learning how to use an iPad, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 19. There are many things you can swipe, tap and consume while using an iPad. Learn the basics and a few additional features to protect your battery from running low and your privacy from being violated.

Attendess must have and bring an iPad. The cost is $10.

≤ Learning how to use an SPARK, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 26. SPARK is the digital version of what was the card catalog. The library uses it to let guests search for books, check out materials and much more. Learn how to search and use the system.

The cost is $10.

Folk music gathering slated for weekend

GREENWOOD FURNACE — The Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering will be held Friday through Sunday. This annual festival is a learning event offering 48 workshops on topics such as How to Yodel, Guitar Techniques, Harmony Singing, Learn to Play by Ear, Singing for Beginners, 1960s Folk Revival and How to Jam.

Musicians of all instruments and levels are invited to learn in this friendly, intimate atmosphere. There are also options for singers, dancers and non-musicians. Jam sessions will take place throughout the weekend.

For more information visit the Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering website, call the Huntingdon County Arts Council at (814) 643-6220, or follow details on Facebook at


Concert planned at Brookline Healthcare

MIFFLINTOWN — Canaan’s Land Bluegrass will perform on Tuesday at the Concert on the Lawn series at Brookline Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services, Mifflintown.

The concert is from 6 to 8 p.m. A cover charge of $2 per person will benefit the residents’ Christmas Fund. Concession stands will begin selling food at 5 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.

For more information, call Stephanie Stein at (717) 436-2178 ext. 155, or send an email to

Thompsontown Fall Fest set for Sept. 22

THOMPSONTOWN –Thompsontown Fall Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Haldeman Park, near the tennis/basketball court.

Many craft, direct sales and food vendors will be set up. There will be games for children and face painting inside the tennis/basketball court, in addition to a pet parade, paddle wheel and Chinese Auction.

The Juniata County Food Pantry will be there all day taking donations of nonperishable foods, diapers, wipes, laundry detergent, dish detergent, toilet paper and paper towels.

The event will not be held if it rains.

The Fall Fest is sponsored by the Thompsontown Fire Company.

For more information, call Waynett Dunn at (717) 497-0915.

Local museum lists hours for the season

The McCoy House Museum, located at 17 N. Main St., is open for the season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday through September.

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