Howard Happenings


Advent Church and Historical Museum will hold their fall yard and bake sale on Sept. 14 from 9-5 and on Sept. 15 from 9-noon. Donations of good, clean and working yard sale items have been dropped off at the big tent that has been set up at the church. Baked goods were dropped off last night and more will be coming today, too.

Advent Church and Historical Museum is located at 1303 Moose Run Road, about three miles Northwest of Milesburg on the road heading to Yarnell.

Volunteers are needed to help on the sale days and for clean-up on Saturday afternoon.

For more information or to help with the yard sale please call Charlotte at 814-355-4166 or Judy at 355-1140.


Howard United Methodist Church will host a Soup Sale on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 11 to 1 at the church fellowship hall. A bowl of soup, dinner roll, piece of pie and beverage is $6.

Quarts of soup for take-out are available in freezable containers for $6. Orders for take out soup can be called to Patti at 814-625-2182 by the Sunday before the soup sale.


Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will hold an open house for the public to gather to view the improvements that have been made to the center over the last year. The open house is planned for Sunday, Sept. 23, from 2-4 in the afternoon. If you have been a volunteer who has helped the FCC with their activities then you’re invited to drop by the FCC for a very special thank you. If you would like to see the inside of the FCC and decide whether it may be a place you’d like to rent to hold a small party or family gathering then this open house would be your chance to come for the grand tour. Call Sandy at 570-962-2397 for information about the Friendship Community Center or this Open House that’s planned.


Howard Christian Church will hold a Fall Carnival at the church on Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30. The event is free to everyone and will include hot dogs, popcorn, a bounce house and games.

Howard Christian Church Pastor Don Crane invites the public to attend their services. Sunday School begins at 9 o’clock followed by worship service at 10. On Wednesday evenings there are youth group activities and the adult bible study at 7 p.m.

A Pancake Breakfast with bacon and eggs will be served at the church on Sunday morning, Sept. 30, from 8-9:30. A freewill donation will be accepted as payment for the meal which will be given to the missionary work of Tim and Tammy Aho in England. Tim and Tammy will be present for the breakfast and Tim will be speaking during the 10 o’clock worship service.


Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard is having their annual Terri Lynn Nuts and candy sale. The sale is going on now until Sept. 23. Orders can be placed by seeing or calling Joyce Beaty at 570-962-3355. The orders and money need to be turned in before Sept. 23.


Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on Sept.17 for Beech Creek and Beech Creek Township residents in Clinton County and for those residents of Centre County who missed their distribution date earlier this month. Food Bank hours are from 2-4 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School.

Howard Area Lions Club Bingo is coming back. After a summertime break, the bingo fundraiser will resume on Sept. 20. Doors and the kitchen open at 5:30 with bingo games starting at 6:30. The Lions use the bingo evenings as a fundraiser which enables our local club to help others in our community.

Lions Bingo will normally be held on the second and fourth Thursday evenings at the Beech Creek Fire Company social center, but because of a prior booking at the fire station it had to be adjusted this month to Sept. 20 and Sept. 27.


The West Branch Area Ladies Retreat will be held at Sylvan Hills Christian Service Camp on Sept. 14 and 15. Kristy Steppe will be speaking on “Strong Women in the Bible – Their Strengths and Priorities.” The topic will help women of all ages to develop a heart of wisdom. Overnight accommodations are also available at the camp. More information and a reservation form are available on the website at or call Denice at 570-748-2508.

Beech Creek-Blanchard Fire Company will hold a gun and ATV drawing on Sept. 15 at the fire hall from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Prizes include guns, bows and cash. The grand prize is a 2018 Honda TRX420 ATV with trailer. Food and beverages will be provided. Must be 21 with a valid photo ID to attend.

Howard Fire Company will be holding a Chicken BBQ on Sept. 16 at the fire station. The chicken should be ready to eat at 11:30 a.m. A meal of chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans and a roll will be $8.

Coy Lutz Memorial Rodeo will be held on Sept. 21 and 22 at Grange Fairgrounds. Tickets are available at the gates or on Facebook. Rodeo events begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. Awesome fun for the whole family and the proceeds go towards a scholarship fund in Coy’s name.

Nittany Valley Amish Benefit Dinner will be held at the Hublersburg fire hall on Saturday, Sept. 22, from noon to 7 p.m. You can pick your time to eat and enjoy the excellent foods provided by the local Amish community. To reserve your meal time slot or for questions call Katie at 814-383-2008.

Lakeside Mennonite Church invites the public to an evening of songs of praise and worship on Sept. 23. New Creations Chorus will be there singing acapella. The evening service begins at 7 p.m. Call Kevin at 717-824-6502 for info.

The third annual Sisters Against Cancer/No One Fights Alone 5k Run/Walk will be held in Howard on Oct. 6. The event will draw awareness to the BRCA gene and raise funds to help others in memory of four sisters who fought long battles against cancer. Faye Garis, Mary Lomison, Darlene Boone and Dottie Butts all carried the BRCA2 hereditary cancer gene that causes higher risks of breast and ovarian cancers. Their families have joined together to support others in the Centre and Clinton County areas who may be going through the same situation. Contact Tina Lomison at 814-280-7333 for more information or to register for the upcoming event.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, there will be a showing of “A Fish Out of Water” at Howard UM Church. This is a 2009 documentary film that showcases the Bible versus pertaining to homosexuality and same sex marriage. The public is invited to the view the video and have open discussion. Contact Pastor Craig at 814-933-7333 for info.

Howard Fire Company’s Punkin Chunkin will be held on Oct. 20 at Bald Eagle State Park. Craft vendors are needed for this event. Volunteers to assist with this activity are also needed. Craft vendors can obtain an application at or by calling 814-360-1680.

Howard Fire Company will hold their annual gun raffle at the fire station on Nov. 10. Tickets are on sale now from any fire company member and tickets will also be available at the Punkin Chunkin Festival.


Howard United Methodist Church invites you to make their activities part of your weekly schedule. Coffee Club is held on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 at the church fellowship hall. Join in fellowship with others of the congregation and those who live in town. There’s some discussions, and you can obtain a chair massage from certified massage therapist Seth Woodring.

Beginning on Sept. 10, a Ladies Dance Exercise Class will be held on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. This class is for mothers, daughters, sisters and friends from ages 3 to 93. Instructor Samantha Gray can be contacted at 814-441-7255.

Yoga Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:45 to 7 p.m. at the church fellowship hall. Contact Kathie Baughman for more information and specific times for beginners or advanced yoga classes. Kathie can be reached at 814-625-2852.


The public and veterans are invited to Central Park in Howard Borough on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 a.m. Guest speakers will be Congressman Glenn Thompson, Representative Mike Hanna, Roger Elling and retired Army Colonel Todd Warner. In case of inclement weather the program will be moved across the street to the Howard fire hall.

A military gun salute will accompany the program (so don’t be alarmed if you hear gun shots in town). Please come out to support our current veterans and those veterans who have served in the past. For more information call Skip at 814-625-2662.


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