Howard Happenings


Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will host a Fall Bazaar today, Oct. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9-1 p.m.

The table spaces have all been rented by various vendors so there will be something for everyone, from antiques, baked goods, crafts and on Saturday Young Essential Oils will be there.

The kitchen will be open for foods and beverages and a 50/50 raffle will be sold with the proceeds going towards the FCC needs.

If you plan on visiting the Friendship Community Center for the bazaar and would like to donate a few items on their wish list, please feel free to bring your donations in then. The FCC can use cleaning supplies for the kitchen and rest room, paper plates, napkins, cups and bowls, plastic silverware, Ziploc bags, foil, paper towels, toilet paper, large trash bags and ice melt for the upcoming winter season.



Howard Fire Company’s annual Punkin Chunkin will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bald Eagle State Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be hay rides, a bounce house, T-shirts to buy and pumpkins being launched throughout the day. There are about 50 craft and many food vendors who will be selling their items during the day. We are all hoping for nice sunny skies to make this another enjoyable fall festival with fun for the whole family.

Volunteers are still needed for this event. If you’d be willing to help with parking cars and traffic control, selling T-shirts or raffle tickets, changing garbage bags to keep litter in its proper place, passengers onto and off of the hayride wagons, assisting vendors with errands and for park clean-up at the end of the event please contact the Howard Fire Company at (814) 625-2761 or Fire Chief Collin Alterio at 883-2839 or come to the park’s beach area on Friday afternoon to let our firemen know you want to help.

For those who plan to attend the Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival please drive carefully and slowly. There is only one way into the park and one way out, so there can be some traffic congestion, but just stay calm and you will get there.

The activities will be going on all day long so you won’t miss anything by staying patient and alert. You may want to bring your lawn chair and a jacket because it’s usually windy next to the lake. Please remember to drop a few dollars in the firemen’s boots upon entering or exiting the festival.


Howard United Methodist Church will offer a Soup Sale Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

A bowl of soup, a piece of pie, a roll and beverage is $6.

Quarts of soup in freezable containers can be ordered for take-out meals by calling Patti at (814) 625-2182. Proceeds from the soup sale will benefit local missions projects and needs in the community.


Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Association will be holding their first annual Predator Hunt on Oct. 26-27, 2019.

The predator hunt will begin early on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and will conclude at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27.

The registration fee is $40. Official rules and registration forms are available from the website at www.libertysportsmen.com or by visiting the club house on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 from 1-4 p.m.

Mailed in registrations must be received before Oct. 18.

The hunt will offer prize money for the largest red fox, largest grey fox and the largest coyote. The clubhouse will be open on hunt days from 8-4 for weigh-ins and the kitchen will also be open with food and beverages available for sale.

Call Gary at (814) 355-7784 or Butch at (814) 280-3015 for info.



Beech Creek Wesleyan Church will host The Kramer’s for a free gospel concert on Sunday, Oct. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. The Kramer’s are a national and international southern Gospel music family. They have participated with the Gaither Fall Festival and the National Quartet Convention.

The public is invited to the free concert. A love offering will be taken during the concert for the Kramer family.

The church is located at 217 Main Street in Beech Creek and you can reach Pastor Eckenroad at (570) 962-2732.


Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Association will be holding Clubhouse Bingo on Thursday evening, Oct. 17, with an early bird game beginning at 6 p.m.

Bring a friend to enjoy the bingo games that start at 6:30. The doors and the kitchen will be open with burgers, hot dogs, pasta and macaroni salad, snacks and sodas available for purchase.


Our local Lions will be collecting funds for White Cane Days this afternoon and tomorrow from 9-1 in the Beech Creek area. Lions will be at the bank, Uni-mart and Lykens Market. Drop a few dollars in the donation cans to benefit those who are blind.

There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 16 at the Howard Fire Hall from 1:30 to 7 p.m.

Blood donors of all types are needed. There’s been a shortage of donors so make this the month that you become a blood donor.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on Oct. 21 for Beech Creek area residents and those Centre County residents who may have missed your food pick-up earlier in the month. Please bring your empty distribution boxes back to be refilled each month.

Lions Bingo will be held on Oct. 24 at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall.

Doors and the kitchen open at 5 p.m. and bingo games start at 6:30 p.m.


The Howard Halloween Parade will be held on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Meet at the fire hall early because the parade starts at 5 p.m. sharp. Parade route is the same as usual, leaving the fire hall onto Black Street, to Grove Street, to Main Street, onto Beverly Street and then up the bike path back to the fire hall. Drinks, snacks and prizes will be awarded afterward.

Trick or treating in Howard will be following the parade from 6-8 p.m. Residents who are prepared with treats for trick-or-treaters should turn their porch lights on.

For more info about Halloween events in Howard contact Anita at (814) 571-4160.

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Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can reached by telephone at 814-625-2684 or by emailing to tammy@ioiofficeinc.com


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