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Thank God It's Friday: State College Weekend Events

by on January 08, 2016 6:00 AM
State College, PA

Welcome to 2016, State College.

We're a full week into the new year, and it's time to start having some 2016 fun in the Centre region.

As always, we've parsed through the community calendar to give you the highlights from the upcoming weekend in State College.

From a country concert at the Bryce Jordan Center to a First Friday celebration coming a week late, the weekend is packed with activities to keep you busy (and entertained).

Without further ado, here's the latest edition of Thank God It's Friday.


FRIDAY:

It's not just a new year... it's a new month!

While the first Friday of January was technically last week, State College was too busy celebrating New Year's Eve throughout downtown to hold the standard monthly First Friday festival. That means you're lucky enough for a downtown party of sorts on two Fridays in January.

As always, there's everything from music to art to food to sales throughout State College for First Friday. There's a poetry reading at Webster's, a magician roaming town, an artist reception at CommonPlace, and plenty more.

Check the official website for a detailed rundown of the festivities. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight.

 

Get your country on.

The Winter Jam is taking over the Bryce Jordan Center tonight at 6:45 p.m. For King & Country and Matthew West are headling the "Winter Jam 2016 Tour Spectacular" at the BJC tonight. Tickets cost just $10 and are available on a first come, first served basis at the door.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 6:45 p.m. show, so make sure you arrive early to get in the door for a concern that's sure to be in high demand. Find more details about the country music event on the Bryce Jordan Center's website here.

 

Head to Pegula.

 Just across the street from the Bryce Jordan Center, there's another high demand event going on. The Penn State Nittany Lions hockey team, off to its most successful season in team history, faces Minnesota at 6:30 p.m.

The Lions are ranked No. 15 in the country with a 12-3-3 record (2-0-0-0 Big Ten) before the two-game series against the Golden Gophers. Minnesota is 8-9-0 after a shaky non-conference schedule, but the squad is 3-1-0-0 thus far in the conference, holding first place. Through the same number of games, Penn State holds a 79-48 advantage in goals scored, while allowed eight less goals than the Gophers (44 to 52). Penn State is 1-7-0 all time against Minnesota, and lost 6-2 in their last meeting in March of 2015. 

The Nittany Lions certainly hold the edge, and you can still get your spot in Pegula see Penn State hit the ice. You can buy tickets for both the Friday game at 6:30 p.m. and the Saturday matchup at 3 p.m. on TicketMaster.


SATURDAY:

Make your own mandala.

According to the event listing, "mandala" is a Sanskrit word for circle and "a spiritual symbol for the universe."

"You will learn how to create your own mandala by using design and patterning techniques," the event listing says. "Mandalas can range from simple to complex; choose your own style. Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own sharpies, thin markers or colored pencils."

The class is taught by Liz Agler, who studied are education at Penn State and earned her masters in the same subject at Mansfield University. Pre-registration is required for this workshop, which is limited to 15 participants. This workshop will be held at 10 a.m. at the Serenity Wellness Centre, located at 2011 Cato Avenue in Suite 201 for the price of $20.

 

In the mood for a winter hike?

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is celebrating the 21st National Winter Trails Day on Saturday for "an informal guided walk through the trails of Millbrok Marsh."

The nature center said that it will be looking for wildlife and observing plants. Get your winter coat and gloves on before you head over to 548 Puddintown Road for the 1:30 p.m. walk.

 

Twice the gymnastics. Twice the fun.

Penn State is having a gymnastics double dual on Saturday afternoon. The men's team will take on Army West Point, while the women will face off with North Carolina State.

The double dual at Rec Hall will include a t-shirt giveaway for the first 400 fans, face painting, an air brush tattoo artist, and a caricature artist.

Tickets for the double dual cost $8 for adults and $5 for a youth ticket. 


SUNDAY: 

Sex trafficking is a problem.

 We apologize for bringing this lighthearted events post to a dark place, but an event at Congregation Brit Shalom on Sunday afternoon will bring awareness to sex trafficking, hosting Penn State professor and filmmaker Pearl Gluck.

Ms. Gluck will discuss her research on sex trafficking at local truck stops and will be screening clips from her new film,'"The Turn Out,'" the event listing said. "The film, set in Southern Appalachia and culled from interviews with survivors and truckers, tells the story of a bystander, a trucker, who meets an underage victim of trafficking at his local truck stop."

Head over to the synagogue, located at 620 E. Hamilton Ave., for the 3 p.m. event on Sunday

 

Conference play is here.

The Penn State men's basketball team has begun its conference schedule, dropping the first two games against Maryland and Michigan before topping Minnesota. The Nittany Lions will now take on Michigan State at noon on Sunday inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Nittany Lions are 10-6 overall with a 1-2 conference clip, and Brandon Taylor has led the way thus far with 16.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting at a .439 clip from the field. Shep Garner isn't far behind with 14.6 points per game thanks to a fiery hot .390 clip from beyond the arc, hitting three pointers at a higher percentage than other shots.

Michigan State is 14-1, with its sole loss coming against Iowa in its first Big Ten matchup. Like Penn State, the Spartan's lone conference win came against Minnesota, but the squad is ranked No. 5 in the nation and has a signifcant edge on Penn State despite what the Big Ten records say.

Reserve your seat in the BJC for Sunday's 12 p.m. game right here.


Of course, those aren't all the events happening in State College and Centre County this weekend. Check out our community calendar for more.



Zach Berger is the managing editor of StateCollege.com. 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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