Sylvan Hills Christian Service Camp in Marsh Creek will host a Men’s Night Out at the church camp on Friday evening, May 5. The theme for the program will be “The Role of Men in God’s Kingdom”. Guest speakers will be Belton Mobley, Minister at Diamond Street Christian Church in Williamsport; Drew Foster, Minister at the State College Christian Church and Cameron Watford from the Cogan Station Christian Church.

Registration is from 4:30-6:30. A roasted pork supper will be served from 5:30-6:45. The program runs from 7-9 p.m. Early registration cost is $20 for men age 16 and over and $10 for those boys 15 and younger if paid before April 28. Walk-ins and late registrations after April 28 will be $25 for adults. A free-will offering will be taken during the evening to benefit Camp 21 in the hopes of paying off the mortgage during 2017.

Visit for a registration application or phone Joe Kramer at 570-748-2508. Call Camp Manager Chris Miller for directions or upcoming events happening at Sylvan Hills Camp at 814-355-5652.


Pets Come First in Centre Hall will hold their annual Dog Jog 5K on Saturday, April 29, at Grange Fair Grounds Gate 2 area. The event will be held rain or shine and you can bring your four-legged friends (dogs) to join in the 5K run that starts at 10 a.m. or the 1.5 mile walk that starts at 11 o’clock. Registration is $30.

Prizes and special awards will be presented and participants will be entered into a drawing for special gifts. Food vendors and a silent auction will also be on hand both before and after the races.

Pets can be micro chipped for $15 at the clinic held at the fairgrounds during this event. All dogs must be on a fixed leash with only one animal per handler. No aggressive dogs, dogs in heat or puppies under one year old should be brought and proof of rabies vaccinations and license/tags must be shown at the registration table beginning at 8:30 a.m.

For more info on this fundraising event to benefit the pet shelter, visit or call Pets Come First Director Deb Warner at 814-364-1725.


Howard United Methodist Church will offer a six-week educational support group for anyone who has experienced a loss thru death. The support group will meet on Sunday’s from noon to 2:30 at the church on May 7 and May 21 and then continuing each Sunday in June.

For more information or to sign up for participation please contact Pastor Craig Rose at 814-933-7333 or by emailing to


The Grange Hall in Jacksonville is being closed and the contents of the building will be sold at an indoor yard sale on May 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jacksonville Church will hold a Chicken BBQ on May 13, too. Chicken should be ready for sale at 11 a.m. Prices haven’t been given to me yet, but I hope to have more information available for you on both of these events over the next few weeks.


Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority has scheduled a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event on April 28 from 10-6 and on April 29 from 8-2 for Centre County residents. The collection will be held free of charge.

Items that can be brought to this collection event so that they can be properly disposed of are cleaners, oil-based paints, insecticides, weed killers, pool chemicals, CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes.

Items NOT being accepted are latex paints, antifreeze, used motor oil, alkaline batteries or medications. Alternative disposal options for these items can be obtained from the CCRRA website at or call the office located at 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte (near the old Corning Plant) at 814-238-7005 for more info.

In conjunction with HHW collection, a canned food drive will be held to benefit the Central PA Food Bank. The first 1,000 cars to bring non-perishable food items to this event on April 28-29 will receive a reusable Earth Day tote designed by two local fifth grade students.


The Beech Creek American Legion will hold a Memorial Day Parade on May 29 beginning at 10 a.m. The public is invited to participate in the parade. Fire, ambulance and emergency apparatus, antique vehicles and tractors, bands, twirling groups, dairy princesses, fair queens, ball teams, church groups and anyone else who would like to enter a float or participate may do so. Parade line-up begins at 8:30 a.m. at or near the Legion grounds. Call Melvin at 570-660-6619 for more information.


Howard Cub Pack 353 will offer a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, April 21, from 4-7 at the Howard United Methodist Church. The Cub scouts are holding the dinner to raise funds for a bus trip to Gettysburg. Eat in or take-out meals will be available. Meal prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Younger tykes eat free. Call Patti at 625-2182 for more info.

Howard Area Lions Club will be “Keeping PA Beautiful” when they participate in roadside clean-up on April 22. Lions members should meet at the Howard VFW at 8 a.m. to begin.

Country Music Jam will be held at the Howard Fire Company from 2-6 p.m. Bring a snack to share and enjoy the afternoon of toe-tapping music. A hat will be passed for donations to benefit the fire company.

A Spring Carnival will be held at Howard Christian Church on Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30-8 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, games and a bounce house. Call 814-625-2764 for more info.

Lions Bingo will be held on April 27 at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall. Doors open at 5:30 and bingo games begin at 6:30.

BC-B Senior Cheer Club will meet on Thursday, May 4, at noon at the Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek. Bring a covered dish to share for lunch and a wrapped item for the bingo games. Anyone 55+ is invited to join the Cheer Club. Call Jane at 570-962-2406 for more info.

Howard Community Yard Sale days will be on May 5 and 6, 2017.

Fairview Cemetery in Boggs Township will have spring clean-up on May 6 beginning at 8:30 a.m. All lot owners should remove any decorations they want to keep before the clean-up date. In case of rain the clean-up will be held the following Saturday morning.

After the clean-up, the officers will hold their annual meeting and election of officers. All lot owners and anyone interested in the well-being of the cemetery are encouraged to attend.

Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by email at or by telephoning 814-625-2684.