Swim Lessons at Millheim Pool


The Millheim Pool will offer two sessions of Group Swim Lessons at the end of July/beginning of August. Each session consists of six (6) swim lessons. Link to the website’s registration sheet, and call the Front Desk 349-5905 during pool hours for more information!

Morning Session 7/27/15 – 8/6/15
Mon, Tues, Thurs 11:00 – 11:45AM

Evening Session 8/3/15 – 8/12/15
Mon, Tues, Wed 7:00 – 7:45PM

Private swim lessons are also available by request at the Millheim Pool; please see our website, or stop in to the Front Desk during pool hours for more information and a private lesson request form.


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What’s Up This Weekend: 7/3 – 7/5


The Discovery Space in State College faithfully posts to our Community Calendar, updating Penns Valley citizens about its educational and fun activities for kids. The Discovery Space often supports our local library, supplying educational displays for the children’s department and free passes for circulation. (In fact, when I visit the library today, I’ll ask if Penns Valley folks can still check these out.  I’ll let you know!)

Anyway, this weekend, The Discovery Space is hosting its “First Friday” event from 5 – 8 p.m.  Admission will be half price during these hours (just $3!). Visit Firstfridaystatecollege.com for information on all the special activities going on downtown!

What else is going on this weekend? Fill in our Community Calendar and visit often to be in-the-know! :)

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Meet a Hero Today: Summer Reading Program at the Library


Week 1 of Centre Hall Library’s Summer Reading Program will introduce you and your children to local military heroes. Bring your children to the library between 2 – 4 this afternoon (Thursday, July 2) for fun, contests, and the inspiration to be a hero, too!

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3 Days Left to Save $15 on TIX: 9th Annual Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival


State College’s Bryce Jordan Center isn’t the only place in Centre County to hear the best-of-the-best music.  Penns Valley’s got a stage of its own that attracts some of the most talented bluegrass musicians around. This is the year to go to the 9th Annual Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival.

We’ve dug up the links to every featured artist so you can easily check out websites, hear samples, and decide which day(s) you want to attend.

Don’t forget the big deal: Purchase your 4-day ticket by July 1st for only $55! That’s a potential for 96 hours  – or 5, 760 minutes – of the best bluegrass this side of the Mississppi… 

Where: the Grange Fair Grounds in Centre Hall

When: July 9 -12, 2015 (The festival gates will open on Tuesday, July 8th at 9 am.)

What to expect: 

Feature performance by The Grascals on Saturday, July 11 at 2:45 and 8 p.m. Grand Ole Opry Stars The Grascals.

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Thursday July 9th (12:00 p.m. – 10 :00pm) will feature:

Little Roy Lewis
The Crowe Brothers
Remington Ryde
The Spinney Brothers
The Little Mountain Boys

Friday July 10th (11 am – 10:00 pm) will feature:

Nothin Fancy
The Bluegrass Brothers
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
The Hillbilly Gypsies
Remington Ryde.

Saturday July 11th (11:00 am – 10:00 pm) will feature:

The Grascals
Goldwing Express
Remington Ryde
Big Country Bluegrass
James King Band
Mark Templeton & Pocket Change

Sunday July 12th Church Service at 9 am with Billy Lee Cox .

Sunday main stage schedule (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) will feature:

Remington Ryde
Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
Nitro Ride
Canaan’s Land
The Unusual Suspects

Look forward to:

Workshops will be held daily by performers and lots of field pickin’ each day and throughout the night!

Great music from the Children’s Stage each day

Food and craft vendors

And shade tents, under which you can relax and enjoy the music. (Please bring your own chair.)

Camp at The Grange: The fairgrounds offer 1500 Full hookups for RV’s and 500 tent pads for rough camping.

Tickets: Purchase tickets at the gate.  Thursday: $20, Friday: $25, Saturday: $25, and Sunday: $15. Special 4-day pass for $70! (Only $55 if you purchase your ticket before July 1st.) Children under 12 are free with paid adult.

“What a wonderful family event this has turned out to be. I thank everyone for all their ongoing support!” – festival promoter Ryan Frankhouser.

This is truly an event you don’t want to miss!

For complete festival information visit www.RemingtonRyde.com or call Ryan Frankhouser at 717.348.3537.

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Who will watch your pet when you go on vacation?


If you’re looking for someone to care for your pet while you’re on vacation, simply visit our Business Directory to discover that Compassionate Home Pet Care is available to take good care of your Lassie, Spot, Lady, or Rufus.

Rachael Schu is certified by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) to offer a high level of expertise in pet setting, pet health, nutrition, behavior, pet safety, and pet first aid.

She’s available to visit your pet at your home (up to three visits per day), and/ or stay over night with your pet. Daily visits include: feeding, walking, administering medication, litter duties, and lots of love and attention. If you prefer, your pet(s) are welcome to stay in her home for the duration of your time spent away.

Contact Rachael today: [email protected].

Thanks for taking good care of our animals, Rachael.

(If you’d like to include your business in our Business Directory, simply click here to begin!)

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Centre Hall Yard Sales: This Weekend!

Some yards on Pennsylvania Avenue are open for business today! By Friday and Saturday, all of Centre Hall will be buzzing with customers in search of treasures. In recent years, we’ve discovered many gems – at great prices – at the yard sales off the main drag. After you’ve strolled through town, be sure to visit the neighborhoods by the library and elementary school.

I hope you find what you’re looking for!

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Pick up Your Blueberries: Thursday


If you ordered blueberries from the Kiwanis Club, remember to pick them up today (Thursday, June 25) at the Centre Hall American Legion between 3 and 6 p.m.

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Summer Reading Kick-off: Thursday



The Centre Hall Library does everything top-notch. That’s why we’re so excited about The Centre Hall Library Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story”. As our Penns Valley children read through the summer, they’ll meet military heroes, police men, seeing-eye dogs, sports heroes and more!

Summer reading Club programs help keep kids engaged in reading over the summer with fun activities and prizes.

Plan to visit the “Superheroes for Kids Kick-off” on Thursday, June 25 any time between 2 – 4 p.m. to register for summer reading, pick up your “goodie bag”, play fun games and learn all about local heroes!  

Club events are designed for children ages Pre-K through 5th grade, but all family members are welcome. Visit www.centrecountylibrary.org for more information.

Mark these July Summer Reading events on your calendar:

July 2: Military Heroes – Civil War Re-enactment Artillery Unit & WW2 Airborne Division

July 9: Sports Heroes – Penns Valley Area High School Athletes & Pro Football Player Josh Hull

July 16: Service Heroes – Seeing Eye Puppy Club

July 23: Safety Heroes – State College Police Officers

July 30: Community Heroes – Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts of America

Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; 2-4 p.m.

Many thanks to one of our favorite local heroes: the library itself! :)

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How to Have a “Small Town” Day


(The girls enjoying bubbles at The Centre Hall Elementary School Carnival. Small pleasures!)

We’ve discovered that many people are exhausted by the hubbub of “the big city”.  

So we suggest that you declare a “small town” day, putz around the Valley, and enjoy some of these charming ideas:

1. Get your hair cut at The Barber Shop. Count on the best haircut around in a relaxing, vintage atmosphere. It’s the real deal.

2. Check a book out from The Centre Hall Area Branch Library. It’s the darling-est library you’ve ever seen and works in conjunction with the Centre County Library System, so you can use your library card and return your book to any of the Centre County libraries.  Librarian Kim Bair has enriched the children’s department with many high quality educational books and equipment. Ask about them at the circulation desk.

3. Go for a swim at the Millheim Pool. Instead of staring at plastic slides, while you splash about, you’ll look out at gorgeous mountains and maybe even see a cow grazing on the other side of the fence. Millheim Pool is simple, clean, and inexpensive with a wonderful little baby pool and a full-size lap pool and diving well. A classic swimming experience.

4. Bring home a delicious local dinner. On your way home from the pool, stop by the Millheim Meat Market for the best, most delicious, freshest, healthiest meat. We have loved every single purchase we have ever made at the Meat Market. Then, stop by The Garden or a produce stand for fruit, veggies, and a dozen eggs.

‘Tis the season for many wonderful visitors from State College, Lewistown, and beyond. State College Magazine recently published a great piece about the small lesser-known treasures in the Valley, mentioning many of our favorite spots. GoPennsValley.com welcomes you!

We want everyone – tourists and locals alike – to thoroughly enjoy our community.

Take a look at the list in the magazine, snag some ideas from our Penns Valley Bucket List, and enjoy our beautiful, beautiful community!

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What’s up this weekend: 6/12 – 6/14

You can save up your money and take your children around the world to see the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. But in the meantime, don’t miss out on the wonders that you probably won’t discover anywhere else in the world. Penns Valley offers its own unique enriching experiences… and this particular one won’t cost you a dime.

This weekend, your children are invited to the 2015 State College Delta Waterfowl Youth Event. They’ll learn calling, hunting, trapping, and shooting. Check out the poster below for all the details.

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Don’t miss out on the wonders that you probably won’t discover anywhere else in the world. Penns Valley offers its own unique enriching experiences… and this particular one won’t cost you a dime.

For a full list of everything going on this weekend, visit our free Community Calendar. Remember to add your yard sales, church events, political meetings, and summer fun. We’ll help you get the word out!

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