Cycle through the centuries

MIFFLINBURG — Mary Sullivan will lead a historic bike ride through Mifflinburg’s history at 1 p.m. today. The tour begins at the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, 598 Green St.

The bicycle tour is 8.5 miles with frequent stops to view historical structures and photos. A $5 fee per person applies.

Space is limited to 12 people and reservations are required. The rain date is Sept 24.

Call the Buggy Museum at 570-966-1355 to reserve a seat. For more details, contact Sullivan at msulliva@pct.edu.

Bloomsburg University to welcome speaker

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University is planning the following events this week:

* Today: Matt Bellace, motivational speaker, psychologist and comedian, will speak at Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium, at 1:30 p.m. His comedic presentation, “A Better High,” promotes the Healthy Husky initiative to educate students about the misuse of drugs and alcohol.

Legislator to honor Vietnam veterans

LOCK HAVEN — State Rep. Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven, will hold a ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans at 1 p.m. today at the Lock Haven University Price Auditorium.

Hanna said the purpose of the event is to honor Vietnam War veterans who live in the 76th Legislative District.

“This momentous event is a way to honor the service and sacrifice so many have made for our great county,” he said.

Hanna previously has honored veterans who served in both World War II and the Korean War.

Gun club to hold block shoot today

WELLSBORO — The Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club will hold a block shoot today at its outdoor range at 4646 Route 287, 3 miles south of here.

Registration will be at 12:30 p.m. Matches start at 1 p.m. and end at 4. The event is open to everyone.

Competitors can use any 12-gauge shotgun. Scopes are permitted. Only ammunition provided by the club can be used during the shoot.

All shooters must be in the standing position without the aid of a brace or strap. Eye and ear protection must be worn by shooters and by spectators near the range.

The card stock targets measure 5 1/2- by 5 1/2-inches square with an “X” in the center. They will be hung from stands at 30 yards. One shot per card will be scored. Shooters may enter two cards per round. The closest shot to the center of the “X” will win the round.

The fee is $3 for each target with a two-target limit per round.

Prizes for each round will be split 50/50 between the winner and the Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club.

For more information, call Charlie Messina at 570-439-2192.

Bass tournament scheduled on river

LINDEN — The second annual Fundraising Buddy Tournament will be held today beginning at the boat launch here. Proceeds benefit the Lycoming County Veterans Transition Center.

Boat check and registration is from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., followed by launching. A fee will be charged per two-person team, along with an additional lunker fee.

Forty-nine boats may register. Anglers may enter five large- or smallmouth bass caught only with artificial lures. Trolling is not permitted.

Austin Gaab and Jake Jones are the tournament directors.

Historical society plans annual meeting

MANSFIELD — The Tioga County Historical Society’s annual dinner meeting will be held on Saturday at St. James Epsicopal Church, 18 St. James St.

Dr. Gale Largey will show his documentary, “People of Honor,” about Tioga County in World War II. The program will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a brief business meeting.

Parking is available at First Citizens Bank.

Tickets are $18 each and must be reserved by Monday by emailing tiogachs@gmail.com or calling 570-724-6116.

Dinner features drone demonstration

The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy is giving those who attend this year’s Tioga County dinner a few options.

“Because we’ve had two super cool projects in the Marsh Creek valley over the last year, we want to give you the chance to see those and learn more about how unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, were used in one of the projects,” said Renee Carey, conservancy executive director.

The schedule for the event on Monday includes:

* At 4 p.m., those who want to visit the Pensyl project and look at the Homer Webster project will meet at the viewing blind built by the Tiadaghton Audubon Society. The blind is at the “end” of Dresser Road. Attendees may park by the sign and walk out to the blind to take a look upstream/upwetland toward the former Webster property.

* At 4:30, the group will leave the blind and head toward the Cavanaugh Access. There, the access site can be examined as well as some aerial images of the wetlands along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

* At 5:30, a cash bar and social hour will start at The Burnin’ Barrel, 5440 Route 6.

* At 6, Merlin Benner will give a presentation on “Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Land Management” and then demonstrate a drone.

* Dinner, which includes salad, chicken marsala with pasta, and dessert, will start at 6:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, call 570-323-6222.

Diversity consultant to speak at Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG — The Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington will speak at 6 p.m. Monday at Bloomsburg University’s Mitrani Hall, in Haas Center for the Arts. His lecture is titled, “Building Capacity for Greater Inclusion: Our Work for the Next Round.”

The event is free and open to the public.

PennDOT to hold child seat collection event

PENNSDALE — The state Department of Transportation and Safe Kids Lycoming County will host a used child safety seat collection from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Burger King, 180 S. Lycoming Mall Road.

The event will remove unsafe seats from the community. Burger King coupons will be given for each car seat collected, while supplies last.

For more information on seat belt and child passenger safety, visit www.penndot.gov/safety or www.pakidstravelsafe.org.

Wildlife Leadership School topic of meeting

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will hold a free public program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kelly Township supervisors building, 551 Zeigler Road.

Katie Mass will discuss the Wildlife Leadership Academy and its inaugural Pennsylvania Gobbler Field School. A sophomore at Line Mountain High School, Mass will share her experiences as part of becoming an outstanding wildlife ambassador.

For more information, see www.sevenmountainsaudubon.org.

Aviation museum celebrates 20th anniversary

LOCK HAVEN — The Piper Aviation Museum is celebrating its 20-year anniversary from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with a reunion and open house for the public. Admission is free.

A variety of activities are planned, including speakers, videos, an archives table, food vendors and more.

Former employees should register by calling 570-748-8283.

History comes to life at military museum

BOALSBURG — On Saturday and next Sunday, visitors to the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Centre County will encounter more than 250 years of uniform and weapons evolution at the “Time Line of Military History.”

Reenactors from the Colonial Period to 21st-century active duty army will exhibit their gear and discuss life in the field at this annual fall event starting at 10 a.m. each day.

“This type of hands-on history education really brings the books, stories, and artifacts to life,”museum educator Joe Horvath said. “Events such as these living history encampments are, sometimes, a child’s first exposure to understanding the past.”

The encampments will be arranged chronologically along the walkway leading to the museum. A weapons demonstration is scheduled for 1 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Division Shrine, 51 Boal Ave., is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information on activities, visit www.pamilmuseum.org or call 814-466-6263.

Black Forest Star Party planned

COUDERSPORT — From 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, the public may look through many telescopes set up on Astronomy Observation Field to see amazing celestial objects and speak with visiting astronomers who are attending the three-day Black Forest Star Party at Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Road. The viewing is free and registration is not required.

The 19th annual Black Forest Star Party is hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Observers at the park from Friday through next Sunday and is a registration-required event. Only those who have registered may attend all three days of activities.

For more information about the Star Party or to register, visit www.bfsp.org.

For the public viewing, visitors should bring small flashlights, arrive between 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, park their vehicles in the Night Sky Viewing Area and walk across Route 44 to Astronomy Observation Field. Dark Sky Team volunteer members will greet people at the gate, provide them with red filters for their flashlights and instruct them on how to find the astronomers after dark.

Viewing will be cancelled in the event of bad weather or poor viewing conditions. To check to see if the public viewing will be held, call 814-435-1037, option 5.

Hunter education class planned

JERSEY SHORE — A hunter-trapper education class will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25-26 at the state Game Commission’s Northcentral Regional office, 2 miles south of here on Route 44.

Students must attend both evenings and pass an exam to be certified. Drinks and food are permitted during the class; no break will be held for a meal.

For more details, call Max Farley at 570-337-8750.

Southern Cali. birds, nature topic of program

The Lycoming Audubon Society will present a free public program on “Birding and Nature in Southern California” on Sept. 27, following its 6 p.m. meeting, in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Mike Fialkovich, who is president of the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology, an eBird reviewer, editor and compiler for the journal Pennsylvania Birds, and a founding member of the Three Rivers Birding Club, will present the program. He will highlight the variety of nature that southern California has to offer, even in the midst of a historic drought. The landscape varies from 234 feet below sea level at the Salton Sea to over 8,000 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains and from the Channel Islands to the deserts.

Rail trail group to hold pig roast

MOSHANNON — The fifth annual Carns Equipment/Snow Shoe Rails to Trails’ pig roast will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 and is open to the public

The $9 meal will be served at the Gillentown Trailhead, 1145 W. Sycamore Road. Takeouts are available. Snow Shoe Rails to Trails clothing and raffle tickets will be sold.

Visit www.ssrt.org for more details and directions to the trailhead.

Master Gardeners plan host of programs

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County are planning several educational programs for the public this year.

Unless otherwise noted, the programs will be held in the Chapel Room of the Lysock Complex, 542 County Farm Road in Loyalsock Township.

Registration is required by the date listed and may be made by calling the Cooperative Extension Office at 570-433-3040 or going online to http://extension.psu.edu/lycoming/events and clicking on the event.

Programs include:

* Sept. 30 — Composting, 9 to 11 a.m. Composting is nature’s original recycling program. Reduce household waste by up to 50 percent and create healthy soil by making and using compost. Join us to learn about the benefits of composting, as well as how and what to compost to ensure success.

* Oct. 6 — First Friday, 5 p.m. to dark. Stop by the Master Gardeners’ table in downtown Williamsport. Materials and topics will vary monthly.

* Oct. 14 — What’s ‘Growing’ on in the Garden, 10 to 11 a.m. at the demonstration gardens outside the Lysock Complex; free. Join the Master Gardeners for an informal walk-and-talk on what’s growing — or not — in the gardens and how to handle problems. Learn what pests, practices and produce are in the garden and discover tips and tricks to get the most from your gardens. Bring a sample of mystery weeds, bugs or plant disease. Come and go anytime during the hour. Meet in the gardens, rain or shine.

* Oct. 21 — Outdoor Grower’s Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by the Master Gardeners’ table at the market on the corner of Hepburn Street and Little League Boulevard.

Take a hike under the full moon

TUNKHANNOCK — The Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, will hold a series of full moon hikes this year at its grounds in Wyoming County.

The center’s naturalist will lead each 90-minute hike on trails in the area. All ages are welcome.

Hikes are planned to begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 6 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

For more information, contact the center at EMNCinfo@yahoo.com or 570-836-3835.

Audubon chapter to hold free field trip

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will hold a free local field trip at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 7.

Anyone who is interested should meet at the north side of the Weis/Panera parking lot, 6901 Westbranch Highway.

For more information, see www.sevenmountainsaudubon.org.

Store seeks vendors for farmers market

PENNSDALE — The Tractor Supply store in Williamsport is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its Farmers Market on Oct. 7.

Crafters and growers with an interest in everything from homemade crafts and candles to baked goods, art and gardening may sign up. To register, vendors can visit TSCEventPartners.com or the local store. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks also may register.

“The Farmers Market will be a celebration of the talent and expertise in our community,” said Phil Reiter, vice president of national and local store marketing at Tractor Supply.

By registering, participants will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their goods and services, free of charge, in tented areas near the storefront.

High Knob Trail Run planned for October

LAPORTE — The last day to register in advance for the third annual Sullivan County High Knob Trail Run is Oct. 13. The first 75 people who register will receive a T-shirt, and early registrations save $5 on the event fee.

The trail run, which is sponsored by the Sullivan County Recreational Association, will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 21 at the High Knob overlook parking lot in Hillsgrove Township. It is an 8.2-mile run and 5-mile fun walk on parts of the Loyalsock Trail, bridle trails and pavement. A few steep hills on the course make it very challenging. Race markers will be placed along the trail, and there will be two water stations on the course.

Trophies will be awarded to the overall first-place finisher in the run. Medals will be awarded for top finishers in each age division, male and female — 13 under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and over 60.

For more information, contact Sue Mullen at jsmullen@epix.net or Brandy Walker at brandybrion@hotmail.com or 570-924-4028.

Apple dumpling riverboat cruise planned

Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan will host a cruise aboard the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat at 6 p.m. Oct. 14. The one-hour cruise also will feature fresh apple dumplings from Bissinger’s Apple Dumplings, of Bloomsburg, and homemade cinnamon ice cream.

Don Shappelle and The Pickups will perform “Songs of the Susquehanna,” Parenzan said, and she will “share information about the work being done to make the Susquehanna River swimmable, drinkable and fishable.”

Reservations are required and may be made online at www.middlesusquehannariverkeeper.org/dumplings-at-dusk or by calling 570-768-6300. A discount for groups of 10 or more is available.

Register for Ives Run Trail Challenge

TIOGA — The 10th annual Ives Run Trail Challenge will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Ives Run Recreation Area on Hammond Lake, 710 Ives Run Lane.

The 4-mile course includes portions of the Lynn Keller, Stephenhouse and Archery Range trails and has varying terrain.

Registrations may be made now via mail, email or online.

Visit www.facebook.com/thclakes to download course maps and registration forms or to register online. Forms also are available by emailing Molly.A.Wilson@usace.army.mil or by stopping in at the Ives Run Visitor Information Center, 710 Ives Run Lane, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Through Friday, mail completed registration forms with the entry fee to Attention: Ives Run Trail Challenge, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 710 Ives Run Lane, Tioga, PA 16946 or email them to Molly.A.Wilson@usace.army.mil. Call 570-835-5281 for information on entry fees.

There is no entry fee for children 12 and under; they participate free.

On race day, registration and check-in will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Stephenhouse Pavilion. Participants will ride a bus to the Ives Run South Pavilion for a pre-race meeting at 9:45 a.m.

Awards will be presented at 11 a.m. Participants may enjoy free hot dogs, chips and water.

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