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Centre eyes pedestrian safety improvements

BELLEFONTE– The Centre County Commissioners are looking to help increase pedestrian safety in State College.

During their Tuesday meeting, Thomas Martin, county director of financial management, announced that the county will be submitting a liquid fuels application to PennDOT in the amount of $30,000 for pedestrian safety improvements at West College Avenue and Corl Street. Martin explained that the project was approved for the 2018 liquid fuels budget and that this would be just a formal application.

The county’s liquid fuels fund is used to supports its municipalities’ construction, reconstruction and maintenance and repair of transportation infrastructure.

“It’s a great application and we look forward to approval,” said Commissioner Mike Pipe.

In other business, the commissioners welcomed the organizers of a new dance and theatre event that will take place this coming weekend.

That event is the first annual Central PA Theatre and Dance Fest, which takes place Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24. Over the weekend, a total of 105 performances will take place, said Commissioner Mark Higgins.

According to festival co-founder Cynthia Mazzant, the festival, organized by the non-profit theatre company Tempest Productions Inc., would not be taking place without the support of the county commissioners and the Central PA Convention and Visitors Bureau. The festival will have a wide range of events, from poetry readings to workshops and classes.

“One of the things that we’re most excited about is that you don’t need to have any experience,” said Mazzant. “If you ever wanted to just learn how to tap dance — and you know that you do — or hip-hop, modern, jazz, or ballet, or you want to just take an acting class, or I want to get up and do old-time radio. All of these events are out there; many of them are free and multigenerational.”

“We are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, and we are thrilled to be part of the Central PA Theatre and Dance Festival,” said Jill Brighton, director of the Central PA Dance Workshop, a nonprofit dance studio in downtown State College. “What we are doing is using our children’s ensemble, which is a performing group made up of our younger students, and we will be presenting “Peter and the Wolf” on Friday morning at 11 o’clock at the State Theatre.”

Some of the performances during the festival will be ticketed, such as “Peter and the Wolf,” which is a dance performance of a children’s story that will be performed by members of the Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop

Other performances include “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Schoolhouse Rock Live!,” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Events will take place at various locations in downtown State College, including Sidney Friedman Park, Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe, and Penn State’s Schwab Auditorium.

For full information and event details, visit www.centralPATheatre.com.

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