Mother’s Day events in Centre County

Maybe you’ve been planning something to do for that special mother in your life for weeks or months. Or maybe you have no idea yet! Either way, take a look at some local events going on this weekend. There’s something here for every mom to enjoy.

Saturday, May 7:

  • Singing Onstage presents The Jungle Book: 2 p.m., The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave. Cost: $12.  – Members of Singing Onstage, aged 5-7, will perform this Disney classic.
  • The 50th Annual State College American Association of University Women (AAUW) Used Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., May 7-10, Snider Agricultural Arena on Penn State’s University Park campus. Cost: admittance is free, books can be paid for with cash or checks, no credit cards. – You’re sure to find something Mom will enjoy reading at this sale, which will feature more than 250 tables of books. Cookbooks, children’s and collectors’ books are perennial best sellers. Last year more than 9,000 people took advantage of the bargains offered here. Proceeds from the sale are used to support the AAUW’s goals of fostering positive societal change.
  • Women In The Wilds: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Black Moshannon State Park. Cost: $40. Pre-registration is required; call 814-342-5960 or email blackmoshannonee@state.pa.us to receive a registration form and class list. If mom is the outdoorsy type, bring her to a fun-filled day of activities and classes concerning fly fishing, fly tying, kayaking, canoeing, campfire cooking, bat box building, map and compass, native plant gardening, edible plants, auto mechanics 101, outdoor photography, painting in the outdoors, bluebird habitat, archery, and outdoor crafts for kids. The Women In The Wilds program is open to women beginning at age 14, though women from the ages of 14 to 17 must attend with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Home Depot – Build a Tulip Planter for Mom: 9 a.m. – noon, Home Depot. Cost: free. – This free family activity, designed for children ages 5-12, will allow children to create a gift Mom will love while instilling confidence in them and inspiring a sense of accomplishment. Kids will also receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
  • Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic – Heart Flower Vase: 10 a.m., Lowe’s. Cost: Free. Limited to the first 50 children who register. – Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build a great Heart Flower Vase for Mom, while building confidence in themselves.
  • Apple Blossom Festival, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Way Fruit Farm, 2355 Halfmoon Valley Rd. in Port Matilda. Cost: Admission is free. – If Mom is a fan of food and flowers, this is the event for her! The whole family can enjoy free wagon ride through the blooming orchard, storytime for kids, Way Fruit Farm’s applesauce, cider and bakery items and free samples from local vendors including ravioli and cheese.

Sunday, May 8:

  • Second Annual Bridge of Hope Mother’s Day Walk: 3:00 p.m. (check in at 2pm), the Military Museum in Boalsburg. Cost: Registration is $25. Register here or at the event. – Join Mom in supporting Bridge of Hope, an organization that seeks to end and prevent homelessness for women and children.
  • State College Area Municipal Band Mother’s Day Concert, featuring special guest trumpet soloist Dr. Langston J. Fitzgerald, III: 3 p.m., State College Area High School South Auditorium. Cost: Free, but donations are welcome. – If Mom loves live music, she’s sure to love this concert.
  • Howard Boy Scout Troop 353 Mother’s Day Dinner: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., JK Yearick Center, Walnut Street in Howard. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 ages 3-10, and under 3 are free. – Give Mom a break from cooking and support the Boy Scouts by attending this delicious meal that includes turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and all the trimmings.
  • The Mother’s Day Parade for Peace: 2 p.m., Central Parklet, in downtown State College on Fraser Street. Cost: Free.– If Mom wants nothing but world peace this Mother’s Day, this is where she belongs. Participants will call for peace, the way Julia Ward Howe, mother of the original Mother’s Day celebration, did in 1870 after she witnessed the devastation of the Civil War and international conflicts. Parade participants will walk on the sidewalk from the Parklet, down Allen Street, to the gates on Allen and College, where they will read the Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870. Everyone is welcome: mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, students, area residents, kids and babies too. Noisemakers, flair and signs with peace-loving slogans on them are encouraged.
  • Schlow Centre Region Library’s Mother Daughter Book Club: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. each month, Schlow Centre Region Library’s Children’s Department. Cost: Free. – For the mother and daughter who feel like staying in and reading this Mother’s Day Weekend, this book club is open to girls in grades 2 and 3 and their mothers. This month’s book is Judy Moody Saves the World by Meghan McDonald. The group will meet to discuss it on May 17, so you better get reading now if you want to participate!

Have a happy Mother’s Day!

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