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Thank God It's Friday: State College Weekend Events

by on January 15, 2016 6:00 AM
State College, PA

Another week has gone by.

Another Friday is here.

And that means another weekend chock full of events in State College and the Centre region.

Some of the highlights this week include a holiday-themed play in Bellefonte, a live stream of the Met Opera at the State Theatre, and plenty of Penn State sports action.

So carpe the next three diems with help from this week's Thank God It's Friday guide to the upcoming weekend.


How about some Peanuts?

The classic comic strip and cartoon... not the grain legume.

A Charlie Brown Christmas will be performed as part of a double feature along with The Sleigh Team at Bellefonte Middle School this weekend. The pair of holiday-inspired shows are the middle school drama club's Winter Production.

"While many homes have packed away their holiday decorations and retailers are poised for Valentine’s Day, the Bellefonte Area Middle School Drama Club is hoping to keep the holiday season alive a little longer," the show announcement said. "Just as the temperatures outside are dipping, the drama troupe is aimed at keeping hearts warm with a special production featuring two holiday inspired tales."

In the first performance, the classic Peanuts characters will come to life. In the latter, a group including Frosty, Rudolph, Santa Claus, and Jack Frost are hired to help Ebeneezer Scrooge find his Christmas Spirit. 

Performances are at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. All tickets are $5 and are available at the doors, which open an hour before the show starts. 


Penn State hockey has a conference showdown. 

After a weekend in which the team split games with Minnsota, the Nittany Lions men's hockey team is back in action against Wisconsin at Pegula.

The No. 15 Penn State squad will face an unranked Badgers team that's 4-8-6 overall with a 1-3-2-1 record in the Big Ten. Penn State is 13-4-3 overall with a 3-1-0-0 conference slate.

Our own Ben Jones broke down the two-game series in this preview, detailing the matchup between the Nittany Lions and the Badgers. There are games at 6:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night. You can still buy tickets and reserve your spot in Pegula Ice Arena here.


That's not all.

The No. 1 Penn State wrestling team is also in action this weekend, hosting No. 11 conference rival Nebraska for a home dual at Rec Hall tonight.

The Nittany Lions are undefeated through eight matchups on the season, including a 3-0 clip in the Big Ten. Nebraska is 9-1 with a 1-1 Big Ten record. Penn State has three individual wrestlers ranked at the top of their weight class.

Tickets are single duals are available at $15 each only by calling 1-800-NITTANY. Watch the top team in the country wrestle tonight at 7 p.m.


Celebrate Mack Brady's life.

Mack Bady died unexpectedly from a blood infection four years ago, just a couple weeks away from his ninth birthday. And now, on what would have been the son of Schreyer dean Christian Brady's 12th birthday, the fourth annual Mack Brady Soccer Clinic is scheduled.

The clinic is for both boys and girls aged 16 years and younger with a special focus on goalkeeping, which was Mack's position of choice. The clinic will be held at Holuba Hall -- where the Nittany Lions football team practices -- from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 

Make sure you fill out the medical release form -- located here -- before you show up.


Go to the opera... kinda.

What's the second best thing to seeing the Peabody and Emmy-award winning Metropolitan Opera live in New York City? Watching a live high definition stream of the Met Opera at the State Theatre in State College.

George Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles will be streamed on Saturday at 12:55 p.m. "The drama itself remains within the conventional standards of the day, with a love triangle complicated by the true friendship of the two men involved in it," the State Theatre event description says.

There are plenty of tickets available starting at $17 for children and ranging to $25 for adults here.


Women's Gymnastics kicks off the Big Ten schedule.

The Nittany Lions women's gymnastic team is home for its Big Ten opener on Saturday 4 p.m. in Rec Hall. Penn State is 0-1, losing its first matchup of the season, and will face a 2-0 Nebraska team.

Both teams will be wearing their pink leotard's on Saturday for the annual Flip for the Cure meet to support breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink -- and those who do can buy discounted tickets for $4. (Fans 4-foot-10 and shorter can buy tickets for $3.) Tickets are normally $8 for adults and $5 for youth.

The Cornhuskers hold a 21-5-0 advantage all-time against Penn State dating back to 1983.



Well, you can learn to cook for yourself at the winter seasonal cooking workshop on Sunday.

Held at the Goldenrod Alley Farm, located at 156 W. Hamilton Ave., the workshop will be taught by local farmer and chef Laura Zaino. You will learn how to use seasonal winter produce in your home cooking.

Participants will be able to participate in the cooking (and the eating) at this event, which cost $12 and will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. To register, either call 814-237-0996 or e-mail [email protected]


Mozart fans, rejoice.

In celebration of Mozart's birthday and as part of the Unitarian Universalite Fellowship of Centre County's Music Series, you can attend a Mostly Mozart concern at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The UUFCC will host Penn State faculty musicians James Lyon on the violin, cellist Elizabeth Lyon Hall, and fortepianist Matthew Hall for a program including works by Mozart and his contemporaries. The UUFCC is located at 780 Waupelani Drive Extension.


Watch some basketball.

The Lady Lions will host the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The women's basketball team is having a rough season so far, with a 6-10 overall record and a 1-4 conference record, but the squad has been impressive on its home court. The Lady Lions are 6-3 at the BJC, winning all of their games in University Park while going winless on the road thus far.

This is the 10th annual Pink Zone game for the Lady Lions, honoring breast cancer survivors and those that care for them. There will be a special ceremony and plenty of pink in the arena, both in the form of clothing and glow sticks. It's a sight to see and supports a great cause.

Most sections are already sold out, so make sure you get your ticket soon.

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 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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