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Thank God It's Friday: State College Weekend Events

by on January 19, 2016 6:00 AM
State College, PA

Happy Friday, State College.

The weekend is here, and unless you plan on taking a 48-hour nap, you might need help with your impending adventures in town.

As you know, there's always plenty to do in State College and something different is happening each weekend.

That's where our weekly Thank God It's Friday guide comes in, keeping you up to speed on all the happenings in this small slice of central Pennsylvania.

Here are the highlights from the upcoming weekend.


Spaghetti dinner.

Everybody likes a good spaghetti dinner -- especially when meatballs are included.

It's even better when that spaghetti dinner supports a good cause, like the Grace Lutheran Church's medical mission trip to Nicaragua.

The fundraiser dinner will be held at 5 p.m. tonight until 7 p.m. at the church, with an option to dine in or take out. The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for children. The dinner includes spaghetti and sauce, meatballs, bread, salad, and dessert.


Happy birthday, PAWS!

Centre County PAWS, the animal shelter on Trout Road in State College, has officially turned 35 years old. 

To celebrate the shelter's birthday, you can stop by during their open hours from Jan. 23 to Jan. 31, with cupcakes and punch available for anyone who stops by to join the party.

You can also purchase raffle tickets to win one of 20 baskets of goodies available. The drawing will take place on Sunday, and tickets are available during their open hours, so be sure to stop by the shelter, get a slice of cake, and buy your ticket.


Women's hockey.

The Penn State woman's hockey team is taking on RIT this weekend, with games on Friday and Saturday. Tonight's game will start with a 7 p.m. puck drop, with Saturday's matchup slated for a 2 p.m. start. 

The first 200 fans to arrive at tonight's game will receive free drawstring bags, and the first 200 at tomorrow's game will receive free lanyards. Saturday is also a 4 Pack Game, meaning that you can get four tickets, four hot dogs, and four soft drinks for just $30. 

There will also be a variety of family-friendly activities on the concourse, including photo-ops and kids crafts.


Get your STEM on.

That's science, technology, engineering, and math in case you didn't know what STEM stands for.

Penn State is hosting the Expanding Your Horizons STEM Career Day for Girls on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.

"Join us on campus for a full day of science enrichment that includes a mini career fair, break out sessions with hands-on activities, speakers, and a chance to work with Penn State students, graduate students, and faculty," the website says. "Young women have a chance to ponder their future in STEM disciplines. It will be a day to remember!" 

Visit the event website for more information on the event and how to register to reserve your spot.


Do you like to run?

Kids grades Kindergarten to fifth can join the Penn State Track & Field team and the Nittany Lion himself to run a lap around the indoor track this Saturday.

The event is free to participate in, and all runners will receive a Little Lion Lap ribbon and get to take a photo with the Nittany Lion. You can pre-register for the 2 p.m. event by e-mailing [email protected]

The Little Lion Lap takes place in the Penn State Multisport Building as part of this weekend's track and field meet.


Young writers, unite.

Schlow Library is hosting a Young Writers Workshop on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Downsbrough Community Room. 

The workshop is in preparation for the Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest. You'll find out what the book contest judges are looking for in the competition while improving your writing skills and learning about mistakes to avoid when writing.

Register online for the workshop, and after you'll be able to bring your book for a brief personal evaluation at 3:30 p.m.


Groundhog Day is coming.

And while Sunday is just a couple days early for the holiday, Schlow is still celebrating the furry rodent named Punxsutawney Phil that determines the length of our seasons.

Stop by the library Children's Department from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday to make shadow puppets, a groundhog that pops out of a hole, and more. 

No registration is necessary for the event.


See some art.

The Palmer Museum of Art's weekly series of docent-guided tours continues this Sunday at 2 p.m.

Each tour is led by a different docent for a unique experience dictated by your guide's area of interest. 

This week's tour is led by Sally Mahan and covers "California Artists of the 50s: Bay Area Configuration." The tour will be followed by light refreshments and is open to people of all ages for free.


Planning a wedding is hard.

But it doesn't have to be that hard. Not with some help from the Central PA Bridal Expo, which has helped thousands of people plan their perfect wedding since 1982.

The expo is on Sunday at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center. "The top wedding professionals from our area showcase their products at the event, as we promise to have everything you need and more to plan the wedding of your dreams," the expo says.

The Central PA Bridal Expo will have help in selecting photographers, videographers, limousines, florists, invitations, favors, travel, china/cookware, bridal registries, and more.

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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