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DECEMBER 24, 2010

Local Dance Students to Perform in Bowl Halftime Show By Sam Stitzer POTTERS MILLS – Among the many college football bowl games is the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Florida. This year’s game pits teams from West Virginia and North Carolina State against each other in a Big East vs. Atlantic Coast Conference showdown on December 28. Of particular interest this year will be the halftime show, which will feature a group of 200 young dance students and cheerleaders from around the United States. Among the 200 will be 15 students, ranging in age from nine to 18 years, from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts in

Potters Mills. This school is one of just 12 schools in the country chosen to participate in the Champs Sports Bowl performance. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts is owned and operated by Sarah Mason and her husband, Chuck Mason. The dance routine to be performed was choreographed by Rob Schultz, from Los Angeles, who has done work for several television shows and other entertainment venues. His routine was sent to Sarah Mason on a DVD, and the dancers have been working on it for about 2½ weeks. Rehearsals with the full troupe will begin on December 26 in Orlando. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts dance students are each responsible for their own transportation to Orlando. Some will be driven there, and some will fly. They held fundraisers includDancers rehearse in the Pennsylvania Academy ing a quarter aucof the Arts studio. tion which raised


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$900, and a poinsettia sale, with the help of Woodring’s Floral Gardens. Several students also received private donations from families and friends. Including parents and instructors, a total of 34 proud and happy folks will be making the trip. Referring to her students, Sarah Mason said “This is a great opportunity for them to do something on a different scale than dancing on a stage.” She is very excited about the trip, and considers it a once in a lifetime opportunity for the kids. Scott Burd and his wife, Victoria Brennan Burd, have two children in the group going to Orlando. Their daughter, Olivia, and son Conlan (the only boy in the group) will both be going. They plan to fly out of Baltimore, and are hoping there is not a snowstorm that day! They consider this trip to be a great opportunity for their kids, and it will create many great memories that will last a lifetime. Congratulations to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts and its students for this singular honor. The Champs Sports Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on December 28, and will be televised on ESPN. We’ll all be watching!

Re-enactors Wanted

Thompson’s Independent Battery C PA Volunteer Light Artillery is recruiting families to help them reenact the Civil War. Be a part of living history. For an application, call (814) 355-4934, e-mail gvhoover@uplink. net, or visit

GROUP MEETINGS The Gazette will publish the regular meeting dates & times for all Centre County social & service groups, organizations, clubs, etc that has membership open to the public. To have yours listed send to editor@centrecountygazette. com or mail to Stott Publications, PO Box 129, Warriors Mark, Pa. 16877 Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans meet the fourth Thursday every month at 7:30 p.m. at I.O.O.F. Hall, 756 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap. BEA Class of 1959 holds its monthly dinner on the first Thursday each month at 6 p.m. at the Highway Pizza Pub on Zion Road in Bellefonte. Any questions call Joyce at (814) 383-4337 BEA Class of 1964 holds its monthly breakfast on the fourth Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Mt. Valley Diner in Wingate. Call Sue at (814) 625-2132. Bellefonte Intervalley Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon January 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Home Delivery Pizza in Bellefonte, with a presentation by APPI Energy Savings Program. Bellefonte Elks Lodge meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Bellefonte Elks. The Bellefonte Elks will hold their annual Christmas Eve Buffet on Friday December 24 from noon to 4 p.m., at the Bellefonte Elks Club. Members are encouraged to attend any time during that period of time. The Bellefonte Elks Lodge will once again provide a New Year’s Eve party for Elks members and guests on December 31, beginning at 10 a.m., and continuing until 7 p.m. Randy Gates will provide music during this time frame, and party favors and a light buffet will be provided. January 9, 2011 is the date for the Bellefonte Elks Lodge Local Hoop Shoot, which will take place at 1 p.m. The Local Hoop Shoot will be held at the Bellefonte High School and is open to any children in ages 8 through 13.    Bellefonte Encampment #72 and Ridgeley Canton #8 meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College.

Sarah Mason, standing against a mirrored wall, gives instructions to the dancers.

Ink Cartridge Recycling

Habitat for Humanity accepts laser cartridges, inkjet cartridges, laptops and cell phones for recycling – with proceeds benefiting their organization. Drop off Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at PrinterMech, 171 Technology Drive, Suite #100, Boalsburg, (814) 237-2790. Tell them it’s a donation for Habitat for Humanity. The Frame Factory also still accepts cartridges at 426 Westerly Parkway.

Tutors needed

Mid-State Literacy Council is looking for volunteer tutors. These tutors teach reading, writing, math, pre-GED prep, ESL, job skills, and other skills needed by adults. Tutors will be trained and have access to teaching materials for their tutor sessions. If you can spare two hours a week and would like to help an adult with their literacy needs, call (814) 238-1809 and ask for Mike or Amy. Mid-State Literacy Council and our students appreciate your efforts. Tutoring is done from 248 Calder Way, Suite 307, State College.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts dancers and their instructors.

Bellefonte Artists’ Exhibit

A new exhibit titled “Four Bellefonte Artists,” is now presented at the BHCA Gallery at the Gamble Mill beginning Saturday, December 18, and running through January 15. The artists presenting are Susan Nicholas Gephart, Holly Fritchman, Sharon McCarthy, and Mary Vollero. The Gallery is at the Gamble Mill Tavern, 160 Dunlap Street. Hours are Monday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For further information, call (814) 383-0039. This exhibit is supported by the PA Council on the Arts and by the Borough of Bellefonte.

Bellefonte Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at the Moose Club on Spring Street at noon. For information on Kiwanis, contact Richard King, (814) 355-9606. Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Cafe on the Park at Talleyrand Park. Guests and visitors welcome. (No meetings on December 24 and 31.) For more information on BSRC, contact Debbie Rowley (814) 880-9453. Bible Study for Adults offers helpful and practical explanations from Ezekiel & Daniel. There is also a teen meeting (Games & God’s Word) with Pastor Jeremy. These take place at the Nittany Baptist Church just east of Boalsburg on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Call (814) 360-1601 for more info. Breast Cancer Support Group meets the first Monday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Conference Room 4, Entrance B, Mt. Nittany Medical Center, State College. Call Kristin Sides for information (814) 234-6175 Centre County Real Estate Investment Club meets the third Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1609 N Atherton St. State College. For more information call (814) 280-5839. Centre Region Model Investment Club meets in the Mazza Room at South Hills Business School, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information call (814) 234-8775 or e-mail Grief Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Centre Crest. For additional info contact Anne Boal, Social Service Assistant, Centre Crest Nursing Facility, 502 East Howard Street, Bellefonte, (814) 548-1140 I.O.O.F. Centre Lodge #153 meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall 756 North Main Street, Pleasant Gap. Keystone Guild of the Watchmakers Association of Pa. meets the second Tuesday of each month 1 p.m. at the Bull Pen Restaurant at the west end of Tyrone. Call George at (814) 238-1668.

Nittany Mineral Society meets the third Wednesday of the month in Room 114 Auditorium of the Earth & Engineering Sciences (EES) Bldg on the west side of the Penn State Campus in State College. Agenda: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – social hour, refreshments in the lobby; 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.- free door prize drawings, announcements; 8 p.m. – speaker. Junior Rockhounds also meet on third Wednesdays, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 116 Earth & Engineering Sciences Building (during the social hour for the regular NMS meeting). Call (814) 867-6263 for details. Maps and directions are available through The Penns Valley Area Historical Museum will hold its annual membership dinner meeting on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the New Hope Church, 119 Cobblestone Court, on Route 45 west of Spring Mills. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Dr. William A. Pencak, Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Penn State University, will present “History on the Highway: Historical Markers in Penns Valley.” Dinner tickets are $15 and available from museum board members or by sending a check to PVAHMA, P. O. Box 80, Aaronsburg PA. 16820. Reservations must be made by January 3, 2011. The public is invited.     State College Elks Lodge holds its meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the State College Elks Country Club. State College Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of the month at Damon’s of State College at 6 p.m. Women’s Mid Day Connection is holding its January meeting on the 11th at 11:45 a.m. It’s the annual Sach’s 5th Avenue Event – held at the Elk’s Country Club, Boalsburg. For reservations and cancellations, call Margo at (814) 355-7615. Zion MOPS & Beyond meets the first Thursday of each month at 3261 Zion Road Bellefonte from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and on the third Thursday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. First visit is free; $10 annual membership fee when you join.

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