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Town&Gown July 2014

12 Months of Giving: Helping Other People Excel (HOPE), - Rebekka Coakley, Town&Gown

(Editor’s note: This is the seventh of Town&Gown’s yearlong series profiling organizations, groups, and individuals who do noteworthy work to help others — and who also could use your help in aiding those in need. Each month, you’ll have an opportunity to read about



Letter from the Editor

This month’s issue of Town&Gown is devoted, in large part, to family fun. Starting on page 28, you’ll read about some of the wonderful places to visit and great activities to enjoy with your family. The stories show, once again, how special Centre County is! But, if you’ll

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Taste of Month: Happy Valley Culinary Week

For the second consecutive year, the Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau is teaming up with local restaurants and businesses for Happy Valley Culinary Week, a seven-day celebration of the art of cooking, local foods, and the chefs who prepare them. During the week of July 14 to 20, 17

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Lunch with Mimi: Dan Carter

For the past 20 years, Dan Carter has been a professor and director of the School of Theatre at Penn State and artistic director of Penn State Centre Stage. Born in northeast Arkansas, he received a BA in theater from Illinois State and an MFA in theater directing from Florida State. He was

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5 Questions with Carolyn Surrick, one of founding member of Ensemble Galilei

Since its start in 1990, Ensemble Galilei has continuously worked hard to create and bring to life unique and innovative musical projects. In the midst of its traveling and performing all over the country, it will be making a stop at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in July, performing

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On Center: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a twenty-first-century dance company. While ballet’s a piece of its name, tutus aren’t a part of its game. And dancing en pointe is only a sometimes technique. The dual-city company, based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and on the southwestern plateau of New

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Health & Wellness: Pool (Fitness) Party

Khaki, a 120-pound Great Dane service dog, stands strong next to the edge of the YMCA pool in State College. Marsha Neiderer, of Centre Hall, who has been diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, braces herself against Khaki and maneuvers herself into the water. Once she is in the

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New Life for the Old Willow

Although it has long been commemorated with a campus historical marker, many modern Penn Staters do not know the story of Old Willow, the university’s oldest tradition. Two recent graduates, Brenden Dooley and Jordan Harris, hope that will soon change. The Nittany Valley Society happily

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Six Pack for the Week

Entertainment and sports highlights for the weekend and coming week: Jazzing It Up: JazzPA’s Summer Jazz Celebration began Thursday but continues through Sunday at various locations. The headliner this year is saxophonist Phil Woods, who will perform Saturday at the American Philatelic

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Snapshot: Susan Russell

He needed the meeting, so he got in his car on a recent morning and drove from New York City to Penn State to meet with his former theater professor, Susan Russell. He needed to hear that what he was doing in life was worthwhile and that she was right when she praised him in class last year. After

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