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Thank God It's Friday: Another Rainy Weekend Events

by on October 02, 2015 2:30 PM

After a week filled with rain, you'd expect a light at the end of the tunnel for Saturday and Sunday.

Unfortunately, that's not looking like the case, as the latest AccuWeather forecast is calling for rain tonight, rain on Saturday, and a damp and cloudy Sunday.

The bad weather, however, doesn't mean that there won't be anything to do in State College and the surrounding area this weekend.

As you likely already know, Penn State will face Army this Saturday at Beaver Stadium, but what else is going on in town?

We have you covered with this edition of Thank God It's Friday, breaking down some of the highlights from the coming weekend's events.



Celebrate the 10th birthday of Schlow Library's Allen Street building.

Saturday is the official anniversary of Schlow Library's opening in 2005 at its Allen Street location, but its celebration is being held a little early. You might have missed last night's sportswriter panel, in which the library partnered with Town & Gown Magazine to bring in some of the best writers in the nation, but you can meet those writers at the birthday party tonight. 

The list of writers includes Harvey Araton (New York Times), Nancy Armour (USA Today), Filip Bondy (New York Daily News), and Michael Weinreb (Rolling Stone). It costs $50 to get in the door for the 7 p.m. celebration, with all funds going to the Schlow Library Foundation. Check out our preview of the event for more information.

First Friday is here yet again!

State College's initiative to bring more people downtown has seen a lot of success, and some of that can be credited to First Friday. The monthly celebration takes place, as you likely picked up from the name, on the first Friday of each month. The October edition is here from 5 to 9 p.m. this evening.

You can win tickets to see Paul McCartney, listen to some live music, create a hand-painted print of Beaver Stadium, and more. Stop by the First Friday website for a complete list of the events, deals, and performances taking place in town tonight.

Football isn't the only sport in town.

Penn State women's hockey will play the second game of its season-opening series against top-ranked Minnesota tonight at the Pegula Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and the Nittany Lions will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss last night. Tickets are available for just $5 by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

The No. 1 Penn State women's volleyball team will continue its undefeated season with a match against No. 4 Nebraska tonight at Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions are 13-0 with a 2-0 conference record heading into this weekend. The team will also face Iowa on Saturday night at Rec Hall. 



It's gameday in Happy Valley!

Penn State vs. Army kicks off at noon at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions are heavy favorites over the West Point squad and will be aiming for their fourth straight win after a season-opening loss to Temple. Catch up on all of our pre-game coverage here, including our weekly video series, an opponent preview of Army, a recap from James Franklin's weekly radio show, and more.

Build your own firetruck.

As part of the Home Depot's series of hands-on workshops, you can recognize Fire Safety Month by building your own model of a firetruck with your kids. This workshop is designed from those ages five to 12, and the activities take place on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. You'll leave the store with the model, a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin. 

Hunt for some monsters.

The 4th Annual Black Moshannon Monster Hunt takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the state park in Philipsburg. This scavenger hunt race includes stations where participants will get clues and it's all Halloween-themed. There will be prizes awarded for the first place finisher and the best costume. You can call the park at 814-342-5960 to register for the race.



Run for cookies.

The Girl Scouts will hold their second annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K on Sunday morning at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. The event also includes a Tagalong Half-Mile Trot and a Do-Si-Dos Dash for the less serious runners. The 5K is for walkers and runners of all ages, while the half-mile trot is for those aged six and up and the dash is a 20-yard run for those five and under.

"This timed race and fun run provides a healthy living opportunity, not only for Girl Scouts, but the entire community," the group said.

You can register to run, walk, trot, or anything in between on site at 10 a.m. All proceeds go to the Girls Scouts Heart of Pennsylvania.

Let worms eat your garbage.

Hosted by the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center in State College, this educational experience will dive into the world of vermicomposting... and yes, that is a portmanteau of vermin and composting. 

"This program introduces families to the concept of vermicomposting and waste reduction through organics recycling," the center said. "Participants will learn about various worms, observe worm behavior, tips for constructing a worm bin, and the beneficial uses for vermicompost."

Be sure to call the center at 814-235-7819 to register in advance for the program as space is limited. The event runs from 1 to 2 p.m.

Jam out at the State Theatre.

Dopapod is coming to town. The Boston-born jam band will play a Sunday night show at the State Theatre. Dopapod combines jam music and electronic music for a unique jamtronica experience. The high-energy performance costs just $18 for a general admission floor spot.

Buy tickets and read more about the band at the State Theatre website.


If all that isn't enough for you, there's more happening in State College. Check out our calendar page to explore the weekend's events, and feel free to add your own if it isn't listed.

Zach Berger is the managing editor of He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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