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LEWISTOWN –Through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Community Partnerships is now accepting applications for Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships.

Applications are due on April 22.

Folk and traditional arts are defined as those artistic traditions characteristic of specific ethnic, religious, linguistic, occupational or regional groups. These arts are shaped and shared within families, neighborhoods, and communities. They are passed down from one generation to another and learned through ongoing participation in community-based activities, and through observation, practice or apprenticeships with elders and masters, rather than through classes, books or other means of institutional instruction.

The Apprenticeships award funds a master who works with an apprentice to continue a tradition.

For more information, contact Sam Price at sprice@cpartnerships.com.

Mifflin County Library plans book sale

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Library Spring Book Sale will begin April 24 and run through April 28.

The hours are as follows: 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. April 24; 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., April 25, 26 and 27; and 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. April 28.

For more information, call the library at (717) 242-2391 or visit the website at www.mifflincountylibrary.org.

Jam session set at Lewistown center

LEWISTOWN — The Lewistown Senior Center will sponsor a jam session on April 25 at the center.

The kitchen will open at 5 p.m., Country Boy will play at 6 p.m., and, at 6:30, the jam session will start. Music will continue until 8:30 p.m.

The center is located at 515 Knepp Ave., Lewistown, in the former Central Novelty building.

Kid Connection is coming to town

LEWISTOWN –The 36th annual Kid Connection is set for April 27 and organizers have been hard at work lining up the entertainment, the scores of participants, and the many details that are required to run a community event of this size. Last year’s crowd was estimated at 3,000.

The free event is known for its wide variety of activities and entertainment provided by local businesses and non-profit agencies. The targeted age is 2 to 12, although everyone is invited to attend.

This year’s stage schedule includes Mr. Mike’s Dinosaurs, magician Richard Benninghoff, Miss Tillie Balloon Sculptures, and some yet to be announced.

Basic items like paper towels, bottled water and garbage bags are needed every year and the event committee will gladly accept these donations as well.

For more information, visit the Mifflin County Kid Connection Facebook page or call Venus Shade at (717) 250-0959.

McCoy House open for Kid Connection

LEWISTOWN — The McCoy House Museum, located at 17 N. Main St., Lewistown, will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Kid Connection on April 27.

The museum is a two-story brick house, the birthplace of soldier-statesman Major Gen. Frank R. McCoy. The 1841 McCoy House is operated by the Mifflin County Historical Society, which has as its motto, “Preserving the past for the future.” The society endeavors to conserve the heirlooms of a county established in 1789.

Members of the Mifflin County Junior High School History Club will be at the museum as tour guides.

Regular museum hours will begin on May 7. The museum will be open from 11a.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.

Native Americans topic of program

ACADEMIA –The Juniata County Historical Society’s Tuscarora Academy Fund-raiser Committee has planned an event to be held at 2 p.m. on April 28.

The event will be a presentation by Union County Historical Society historian Bruce Teeple and will be held at Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church, Academia.

The topic will be Native Americans of Central Pennsylvania.

There has been a growing body of literature over the last 50 years about the culture of native people and their relations with Europeans during the 18th century. This program will incorporate some of that new material in order to clear up any misperceptions and give a fuller picture of the Native Americans of our area.

A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door, and will include a social hour with light refreshments following Teeple’s presentation. Students will be admitted free with a student identification.

For more information, contact the Juniata County Historical Society at (717) 436-5152.

Bingo to benefit Millerstown Lions

MILLERSTOWN –The Millerstown Lions Club is sponsoring Super Bingo at 1 p.m. on April 28 at the Millerstown Moose Lodge, across from the Millerstown Community Park on West Juniata Parkway. Doors open at noon, with food purchases available.

There will be 20 cash games, raffles and more. Advance tickets are $20, at the door, $25. Tickets are available from any Millerstown Lions Club member or at Bratton Insurance, Stitch in Time and Juniata Valley Bank, in Millerstown.

For more information, call John Beaver at (717) 589-3728, or Angie Russell at (717) 589-3211.

Proceeds from the event will fund the many community projects that the local Lions club sponsors.

Archives closed; Academy to open

MIFFLINTOWN — The Juniata County Historical Society Archives Room will be closed the week of Memorial Day, May 28 and 29. The Archives will re-open June 4.

The following Sunday, June 2, the Tuscarora Academy will be open from 1:30 to 4 p.m., and will be open each Sunday afternoon through the end of August.

Here is the schedule of special events at the Academy this summer:

June 9 — Juniata Valley Quilt Guild display;

June 16 — open regular hours;

June 23 — An Overview of Community Band Activities in Juniata County, 1870-1930 presented by Aaron Himes, Tuscarora Junior High School band director;

June 30 — open regular hours;

July 7 — open regular hours;

July 14 — Indian artifact display and flintnapper demonstration;

July 21 — rain date for Indian artifact display and flintnapper;

July 28 — open regular hours.

Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25 — open regular hours.

‘Fridays’ to open May 3 at Kish Park

LEWISTOWN — The Stone Arch Players production of “Fridays” opens May 3 at the Theatre in the park at Kish Park.

Show dates are: May 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19; 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $12. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. For tickets call: (717) 248-2224 or email: tickets4sap@gmail.com.

Before each performance Bill Peightel will be in the lobby with copies of his recently compiled history of the Stone Arch Players; books are $38. The book includes many photos and stories documenting the troupe’s history.

“Fridays,” written by Andrew Johns and directed by Colette Hartzler, centers around a nickel-dime poker game that has taken place in George Herrick’s basement game room every Friday night for years.

The number of regulars has dwindled to three. Holly, “one of the guys,” is a lifelong bachelor who lives for the weekly poker session. In dialogue, Holly is presented as an irascible bully with whom few of George’s friends are willing to play; the game badly needs some new blood, just as long as it doesn’t belong to a woman!

A look at relationships, loss, life and the changes all that means for even the most resistant of people.

For more information, visit the SAP website at www.stonearchplayers.com.

Rt. 22 River Fest and Car Show is May 11

MILLERSTOWN — The Millerstown Recreation and Park Committee has finalized plans for the 12th Annual Route 22 River Fest and Car Show for May11. Rain date will be May 18. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Millerstown Community Park, just outside of Millerstown at 110 W. Juniata Parkway.

The show is open to all makes, models and years of cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles, with 19 classes of vehicles competing for awards in each class. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 150 registered entries. Judging starts at noon, with the awards ceremony at 4 p.m.

There will be awards to the top three in each class chosen by entrants — People’s Choice Award, Ric’s Pick and Big 3 Dealers Choice Awards. Other awards include Celebrity Pick, Best Paint & Best Car Club Showing. Classes include 1900-1950, 1951-1970, 1955-57 Chevy, 1971-Present, Camaro/Firebird, Chevelle, Corvette (1953-1982), Corvette (1984-Present), Ford/Mercury, Import/Tuner, Mopar, Motorcycle, Mustang (1964-1978), Mustang (1979-Present), Special Interest, Street Rod, Tractor, Truck (Modified) and Truck (Stock).

Pre-registrations are being accepted until May 1 for $12. Registrations will also be accepted the day of the show, from 9 a.m. until noon, when judging will begin. Registration on the day of the event will be $15. For registration information, call Dennis Comp, the chairman of the event, at (717) 275-4826. All pre-registered entrants will qualify for a PSA ticket drawing.

No pets, alcohol or bikes are allowed on the park property during the event.

Craft, flea and antique vendors are also being accepted for a 15 x 25 foot space for $15. A limited amount of space is available, and interested vendors should call Willard Benner at (717) 589-3060.

The event is free and open to the public, and plenty of other activities and food sold by the members of the Millerstown Recreational Committee will be available throughout the day.

There will be 50/50 drawings, raffles and auctions and car games with trophies. Mel Thomas will spin oldies and goodies throughout the day. This year there will also be Big Wheel Races for children ages 3-7, with trophies

There will also be event T-shirts and sweatshirts available for sale.

This event is one of many activities being planned throughout the year at the Millerstown Area Community Park. Proceeds from the event will be used to continue to develop and maintain the park. The park is easily accessible just off Route 22/322 at the Millerstown exit.

Festival in the Park to be held on May 18

MIFFLINTOWN — The second Festival in the Park in Mifflintown is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 at Myers Park (Mifflintown playground) adjacent to the Juniata County Library.

This year’s event will include music, art, food and plenty of activities for kids including a petting zoo and bounce castle.

The Juniata County Library will remain open through the close of the festival, and will offer door prizes and activities for children.

Festival organizers are seeking business donations to cover this year’s festival expenses.

Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 471, Mifflin, PA 17058, with checks made payable to Festival in the Park.

Proceeds benefit community organizations.

Bands, nonprofits and vendors interested in participating can get more information by calling (717) 437-2545, or emailing jflores@sanitationsolutionsplus.com.

Courses added at Juniata Co. Library

MIFFLINTOWN — The Lifelong Learning Courses being offered in the Virginia Swartz Room in the lower level at the Juniata County Library include the following.

≤ What is Yoga? (two sessions), 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 22 and April 29; $10 per class. Have you ever wanted to experience the benefits of yoga, from relaxation to improved flexibility? Join Kim Imes, a certified group fitness instructor and teacher at the Fayette Area Lion’s Den, for a two-session beginner yoga course.

For more information, call the library at (717) 436-6378.

Research library

resumes hours

LEWISTOWN–The Mifflin County Historical Society’s Research Library has resumed normal hours.

The office, located in the Mifflin County Historic Courthouse in Lewistown, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Trips planned by Destination History

LEWISTOWN — Destination History Mifflin County Historical Society 2019 trips have been announced.

¯ Charleston and Savannah — Sept. 15-21 (7 days, 6 nights)

Highlights include: city tour of historic Winston-Salem, Spirit of Carolina dinner cruise, Historic Charleston tour, Magnolia Gardens, Middleton Place Plantation, Patriots Point and Boone Hall Plantation, Historic Savannah Tour, Atlantic Ocean Low Country Tour, City tour of Richmond, Virginia.

The price includes: transportation and baggage handling (one bag per person); six nights lodging, six breakfasts, five dinners and four lunches; all admissions and entrance fees to attractions; tour guides and bus driver gratuities. Price for members — double, $1,500, single $2,150; non-members –double $1,520, single $2,170. Half payment is required at the time of reservation. Final payment is due Aug. 1.

¯ Williamsburg, Virginia — Dec. 6-8 (3 days, 2 nights)

Highlights include: Shirley Plantation, Colonial Williamsburg, Merchants Square, Yorktown, Riverwalk Landing and Yorktown Christmas Market, Yankee Candle, Mount Vernon, Newport News Park and Celebration of Lights; Dinners at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern and the Whaling Company.

The price includes: transportation and baggage handling (one bag per person); two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, all admissions and entrance fees to attractions, tour guides and bus driver gratuities. Price for members — double, $575, single $695; non-members –double $595, single $715. A deposit of $100 is required at the time of reservation. Final payment is due Oct. 30.

For more information, contact Karen Galbraith at (717) 250-5152 or gkg@pa.net, or Nancy Kauffman at (717) 994-4663, or npkauffman@embarqmail.com.

Payment may be made in full when making reservations. Seats will be assigned when reservation payments are received.

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

Rock band to play at Millerstown park

MILLERSTOWN –Plans have been finalized to bring a rock and roll and R&B band to the Millerstown Community Park on June 22. The Rich Clare Pentagon Band, a six-piece show band, will rock the amphitheatre along the Juniata River in the outdoor Millerstown Park, 110 W. Juniata Parkway, Millerstown.

Formed in 1971, the band showcases music from Wilson Picket, Smash Mouth, Buddy Holly, U2 and more. In early 1971 , Rich Clare asked long-time friend Jim Colestock to form what would become Rich Clare Pentagon. During the 20 years Rich Clare Pentagon traveled, they became the mainstay in Atlantic City casinos, played Las Vegas, L.A and Puerto Rico, and appeared on a showtime special entitled “Steve Allen on the QE2.”

The concert is being held as a fundraiser for the Millerstown Community Park; admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children under 12 will be free. Pentagon will perform three one- hour shows beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the show. In case of rain, the show will be moved to the auditorium of Greenwood High School. Food will also be sold before and during the show at the park and also if the show is moved to the high school.

Concert-goers should bring chairs, blankets, etc. to sit around the tiered formation in front of the stage facing the river.

For more information, call (717) 589-3052 or (717) 589-3598.