Penns Valley’s Kevin Montminy to Introduce Magic Johnson


Did you know that you can see Magic Johnson – in person – on April 1st? For free? This is no fool’s joke! The Penn State Schreyers Honor College is sponsoring this special “Shaping the Future Summit: The Power of Money” event and Penns Valley’s Kevin Montminy was selected to introduce Magic before his lecture.

Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park Campus

Admission: Free and open to the public, ticket required for admittance.

Ticket Pickup Locations: Eisenhower Auditorium Ticket Office, Penn State Downtown Theatre, HUB-Robeson Center, or Bryce Jordan Center

Here’s everything you need to know from the official press release:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Two-time Basketball Hall of Famer, NBA legend and successful businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be the distinguished speaker for the 2015 finale of both the Schreyer Honors College’s Shaping the Future Summit and the Student Programming Association’s Distinguished Speaker Series on April 1, 2015.  Johnson’s lecture is set for 7 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium on the Penn State University Park campus.

Johnson is widely known as a star player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and as a member of the United State’s 1992 Olympic gold-medal winning “Dream Team.” Propelling Michigan State University to an NCAA title as a collegian and the Lakers to five NBA championships during his career, Johnson would translate his leadership skills to the business world.

The collaboration between the Schreyer Honors College and the Student Programming Association invites students, faculty, staff and members of the community to attend Johnson’s lecture. This event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required for admission. Advance tickets are available for weekday pickup at the Eisenhower Auditorium Ticket Office (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (1- a.m.-6 p.m.).

“Magic Johnson is not only recognizable as a leadership figure from his championship days in the NBA and Big Ten, he is an incredible example of someone who has used his success, and fortune, to help others,” Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady said.

Johnson is chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, which provides quality products and services in urban communities. His conglomerate is made up of many other businesses including a billion dollar real estate fund, private equity fund and a new African-American television network.

He is also the chairman and founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation that teaches and promotes education and awareness of HIV/AIDS. He created the foundation after he was diagnosed as with HIV in 1991 and dedicated his life to battle the disease.

“The Magic Johnson Foundation is based upon a simple principle, ‘We are the communities we serve.’ That is what makes the story of his post-basketball career so compelling,” Dean Brady said. “He has used various business and charitable ventures in order to help build up ethnically diverse, urban communities. He has shown that ‘the power of money’ can be used to transform the world in a truly positive way.”

Because of his investments, Magic is part of the ownership group that runs Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.

Johnson is currently working on an effort to build a new stadium to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles and in the process creating thousands of jobs in the city.

The Shaping the Future: The Power of Money series was created with the purpose of engaging the Penn State community in a discussion and programming focused on global issues and leadership scenarios in the next decade.

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Final Day: Get your $6.99 Haircut


It’s March 31st, the final day of The Barber Shop’s incredible deal: a $6.99 haircut. Stop by to get acquainted with the new shop on Route 45 in Centre Hall and come out handsomer than ever. Read our story about The Barber Shop by clicking here!

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Beautiful Farmette for Sale

DSC_0402One of Penns Valley’s gems is for sale! For more information about this beautiful 33-acre farmette, visit its custom For Sale By Owner website.

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How to Grow Your Own Medicine and GET BETTER


Raise your hand if you were sick this winter!

Raise your hand if you are sick of being sick this winter!

Me. too.

We’ve had our fair share of hacking coughs and stomach viruses this winter and are more than ready to regain our health as the weather clears. That’s why I felt so inspired when I sat down to tea with Jennifer Tucker this afternoon. She positively glowed when she talked about the benefits of simple medicinal herbs… even some of the Spring weeds that are popping up.  I took notes about how our little family can pursue a healthy recovery as the Valley’s plant life peeks through the chill.

Jennifer Tucker is the Learning Garden’s beloved medicinal herb specialists. (What an honor for our community to have the likes of Jennifer Tucker and Warren Leitzel who offer their gardening expertise to whomever is interested.)

Last summer, our family visited Jennifer at the Spring Mills Farmer’s Market – held every summertime Saturday at the American Legion – and meandered through the Learning Garden’s lush herb garden, tasting and smelling bits of lemon thyme, lavender, echinacea, and calendula. We were so inspired by Jennifer’s vast knowledge and her enthusiasm in teaching folks like you and me.

We’ll keep you in-the-know about the Learning Garden’s events throughout the growing season, but for now…

Two Important Things you Need to Know about the Learning Garden:

1. This summer, they are offering a few FREE rows to community members. If you are looking for some great land to garden, and a built-in resource of gardening expertise, JUMP ON THIS opportunity.

2. This Saturday, Jennifer will be offering one of her Herbal Workshops at The Bremen Town Ballroom. Only $30 for 3 hours of useful, applicable learning. This month, the topic is “The Health of Digestion”. You’ll go home with your own tea mixture as well as helpful handouts for your gardening notebook. If this is an area of interest to you, Jennifer is a genuine, knowledgeable, helpful teacher who will help you every step of the way. $30 well-invested in your health. She requests your RSVP by Thursday, March 26th. So, contact her at jenniferanne(dot)tucker(at)gmail(dot)com and let her know you plan to be there!

Here’s to more chickweed and dandelion roots!

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What’s up this weekend: 3/20 – 3/22


There’s something for everyone in Penns Valley this weekend: from Farmer’s Markets, Ham Pot Pies, Oysters, Shrimp, and Pork Loin to an Outdoor Symposium and a 10-Mile Relay Race, and…

…wait for it…


You know that Spring has officially arrived when the Yard Sale signs start going up! Well, this one gets us off to a great start because it’s FREE. 

Family Life of Penns Valley invites you to their FREE YARD SALE on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at their new location: 219 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall, PA 16828 United States. Check out their transformation of the bank on Pennsylvania Ave. and look for a treasure or two. (Unless I beat you there.)

Visit our Community Calendar for details about the Valley’s weekend events. And as always, enter your own events any time, any where. Like Family Life’s yard sale, this is always FREE, too. :)

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When NOT to make a big decision?

Choice-360x360Recently, I was trying to make a big decision but was so exhausted that I couldn’t think straight. I whined about it to a trusted friend. She smiled and said,

“You should never make big decisions when you’re exhausted, lonely, or angry.”

This was such great advice that I just had to pass it along to you.

And now, I need to take a nap.

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Cinderella: A Classy Production


Bravo to the cast and crew of PVHS’s Cinderella! We had such a lovely time at your packed house production. You were funny, charming, and polished. All of your hard work resulted in a memorable gift to the community. Thank you!


And thank you to the sweet folks who organized the little princess parade during the intermission. (There’s our little princess in the white sweater!) How generous and fun.

(And… with so many talented underclassmen, we’re already looking forward to next year’s production!)

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What’s up this weekend: 3/13 – 3/15


This weekend is packed with entertainment and good food!

Our personal top pick from the Community Calendar is Penns Valley Thespians’ production of Cinderella. Back-in-the-day, Ryan was in several Penns Valley musicals; it’ll be fun to return to the auditorium after all these years. (Besides, we have a few little princesses of our own who will love the show!)

Get ready to hum along! (“In My Own Little Corner” with Broadway’s Laura Osnes.)

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Be sure to visit the Community Calendar to discover great things for your weekend!

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Pep Talk from Coach Joan


Countless Penns Valley people feel inspired by Coach Joan of Blueberry Hill Academy Fitness. Here’s what she has to say to us this week:

So maybe you’ve been a bit off your routine…
Or bored with it…
Or winter is getting the better of you and you just feel exhausted by the cold and ice and cold and ice.

Every moment is a new moment to start fresh.

No beating yourself up. No negative self talk. No trashing yourself in your mind.

You are lovely and beautiful. Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off and simply do what we all know we need to do: move more and sit less; eat more vegetables and protein; eat LESS processed stuff; choose water over liquid candies. BOOOOM!! You’re back in business.

OK? Now — get after it. You’re all over this!


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What’s So Great About Page 4??


(Picking up a few copies at Snappy’s)

2013, 2014, 2015 To-Do:

Write an article for The Valley Newspaper

One of my business goals for the past THREE years was to write an article for The Valley Newspaper. I’ve always appreciated the wholesome living-off-the-land newspaper and knew it’d be a great way for to reach people in our surrounding area. As it turns out, thinking up a story is hard work. And writing that story is even harder.

But today friends, I am on cloud nine because the article is finally written… and published! Read The Valley Newspaper online or pick up a copy at any of these local distributors: E & L Supplies, Penns Valley Building Center, Jodon’s Store, Homan’s General Store, Milheim FoodMart, Stanley C. Beirly Stove Shop, Elk Creek Cafe, Green Drake Art Gallery, Inglebean Coffee Shop, Elk Creek Dry Goods, Snappy’s, or Martins Feed and Grain.

Page 4! Woot!

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