Dance to the music of the Sharp Tones will be hosted by the Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Alum Bank Fire Hall. Admission is $5 per person. The kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m. Smoking and alcohol consumption are prohibited. For more information, call 839-2358 or visit

Auditions for Off Pitt Street Theater’s family Christmas show, “Twas the Opening Night Before Christmas,” at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Visit to sign up for an audition. There are parts for 14 to 20 actors and choral singers. For more information, call or text 814-310-1987.

Alum Bank Fire Department in Pleasantville will host a craft show and bake sale to benefit the fire department 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the fire hall, 6738 King Saint Clair Road, near the intersection of Routes 96 and 56 and across the road from the Pleasantville Industrial Park. Orders are being taken for homemade vegetable beef, beef noodle and ham and bean soups. Donations of baked goods are welcomed. Admission is free. The Halloween parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Pleasantville, with lineup starting at 6 p.m. For more information, call 839-2944 before the events or 839-2940 on the day of the show.

Annual Bedford Elks Halloween Parade will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. The raindate is Oct. 30. The parade will start at the east end of town, travel up East Pitt Street, and turn left onto Juliana Street, where it will pass in front of the judges stand before disbanding at the Bedford County Courthouse. The parade will begin to form at 6:30 p.m. Individuals or organizations interested in being part of the parade may pick up a registration form at the Bedford Borough office or online at or Bedford Elks Halloween Parade Facebook page. Mummers, who need no prior registration, should report to the Landmark Restaurant parking lot the night of the parade. Participants are reminded that throwing candy is prohibited; however, passing out candy is allowed. If selling anything, transient vendors are required to obtain a license from the borough. Call Brad Koontz at 623-9510 for more information. The annual parade is coordinated by the Bedford Elks Lodge #1707 and supported by local businesses.

Schellsburg & Old Log Church Historical Society and Shawnee Valley Fire Company Community Auxiliary will host Spirits of Schellsburg walk Oct. 12. The walk will begin at the Shawnee Valley Fire Hall. Sign-in times are 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight. There will be food and beverages for purchase at the fire hall, and a basket raffle and 50-50 drawing will be held. Tickets are $10.

Volunteer chorus for the 32nd-year Messiah concert in December will rehearse from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7, Nov. 14, and Dec. 5 at the Bedford Presbyterian Church and Dec. 13 at the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church. There also will be an afternoon rehearsal Dec. 14 at the Chestnut Ridge church, where the performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. New singers are asked to contact Deena Thompson at for more information.

Murder Mystery evening will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12 at Old Bedford Village. Participants should arrive by 7:30 p.m. so they have enough time to visit all suspects. Bring flashlights. Cost will be $10 for adults, $8 for youth ages 6 to 18 and free for children 5 and younger.

Saturday night dances will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 at the Broad Top Area Senior Center, Saxton. The kitchen will open at 5 p.m.

Central Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women Organization will present “An Evening with Kechi” and Special Guest “Jimmy Mowery” Oct. 12 at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. Doors open at 6 p.m., with a show time of 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at by clicking on the Kechi link or through the Jaffa Shrine ticket sales as well as the Jaffa box office. For more information, email or call 814-931-4194. Sponsorships and ads for the event are still available. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Jaffa Capital Campaign and Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Everett’s Halloween Parade will be hosted by the Everett Recreation Board and sponsored by the Bloody Run Social Club at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29. “Halloween/Autumn” will be the theme. Parade participants will line up at 6:30 p.m. along the east end of Main Street. The parade route travels from East Main Street at Karns Avenue to West Main Street at the Everett Foodliner. To participate, email or visit the Tenley Park Facebook page. Anyone needing a hard copy of the registration form can call 494-2120 and leave a message.

Everett’s Home for Christmas Celebration will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Small Business Saturday. The Everett Area Better Business Association New Ideas Committee will host Everett’s Holiday Celebration. The parade will return this year and will start at 3 p.m. It will travel on Main Street from the high school to Juniata Street. Main Street will be lined with vendors, live music and organizations with activities. The tree lighting in the old gazebo area will occur at 5:45 p.m., with silent fireworks ending the evening. Vendor spaces are free. Parade entries are welcomed. Sign up at the Everett Free Library or contact the committee chairperson at The home decorating committee will be branching out to homes in the 15537 zip code area. Parking meters are available to be “Holidazzled,” and luminaries will be available for donation again to light the night and honor someone special or a business. Updates and messaging available through the EABBA Facebook page.

Pumpkinfest will be held at Old Bedford Village from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. There will be a kiddos train ride, cider making, square crow making, visits with Big Bertha the cow, a pumpkin guessing game, candlemaking, basketmaking, pumpkin carving or stickers, food and more. Admission will be $10 for adults and free for youth under age 14.

Fulton Fall Folk Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 and noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Hope Christian Academy in McConnellsburg. There are a limited number of outdoor and indoor spaces available. For more information, call 717-816-4081.

Locality Gallery in Bedford is looking for new, one of a kind, imaginative works on the theme “We the People” to be included in an upcoming show. All artists’ interpretation of the theme and all mediums are accepted. The Bedford Arts Cooperative has the final say on works to be included in the show. Description of works should be submitted via email to no later than Oct. 13. Include photos, dimensions, title, medium, artist name and contact details and retail price for each work. There is no limit to the number of works submitted. For a complete listing of the rules and procedures for sales, email Artists will be notified by Oct. 14 of inclusion of their work or works in the show. Delivery dates will be 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 and 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 20. The exhibition runs from Oct. 26 through Dec. 7, with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

“Politics can be Murder,” an interactive murder mystery fundraiser, will be presented by Off Pitt Street Theater Company, the Bedford Arts Cooperative and the Helen B. Hughes Foundation of Democratic Women at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Locality Gallery. Guests will mingle, play games and complete challenges to win clues, interview high-profile personalities and solve a murder. The evening will feature music by “The Zillion Dollar Combo.” Tickets are limited and by pre-sale only. Cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Proceeds benefit the Helen B. Hughes Foundation of Democratic Women. For more information, call 814-310-1987 or email

Akersville Fall Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17-19. The family-friendly festival features 50 crafters and vendors, ice cream, popcorn, antique cars and tractors, children’s activities, live music, apple cider, apple butter, food, kettle fries, 2020 calendars and more. The festival will be held at 3431 S. Valley Road, Crystal Spring; take Route 915 south off Route 30, travel 2 1/2 miles or take exit 151 off Interstate 70 and travel 3 1/2 miles north on Route 915.

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