On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Kiwanis fundraiser a berry good idea

You can enjoy them until you’re blue in the face.

There’s pie, of course, but also muffins, pancakes, crisps, tarts, cakes and bowls of vanilla ice cream, just waiting for their classic summer topping.

All it takes are blueberries, and the Bellefonte Kiwanis Club has got plenty of them.

Club members are selling “plump, juicy, ripe” berries, as they’re advertising, in 10-pound boxes for $27 each.

Orders can be placed by calling 355-5551 or emailing Proceeds will benefit the YMCA of Centre County’s Polar Bear Plunge.

All orders must be received by Friday. Payment is due when orders are picked up from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 26 at Nastase Beer Distributors at 1235 Zion Road in Bellefonte.

So don’t procrastinate and be left feeling, rather than tasting, blue.

Garden goodness

The Bellefonte Community Children’s Garden hopes to grow senses of wonder as well as vegetables this season.

As part of the garden’s summer series of monthly, free one-hour programs for children, young explorers are invited to “Touch, Taste and Feel the Garden” at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“Join us as we touch, taste, feel and smell our way through the garden,” organizers wrote. “We’ll use all the senses to explore what the garden has to share and learn how our insect pals see colors we can’t! Some even taste with their feet.”

The garden — a partnership of the Centre County Library, the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County and the Bellefonte Garden Club, part of Historic Bellefonte Inc. — is located behind the Centre County Library and Historical Museum at 203 N. Allegheny St.

Other events this summer, each starting at 11 a.m., will be “Spotted in the Garden” about bugs, on July 19, and “Mysteries Hiding in the Garden” on Aug. 16. For the August event, organizers promise that “successful sleuths” will receive rewards for finding “some of nature’s hidden treasures.”

For more information about these events and ones scheduled for September and October, call 355-4174 or visit

Exhibit focuses on food

The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County’s summer exhibition, “Food, Glorious Food!” continues with a true jam session.

On Thursday, local food author and instructor Anne Quinn Corr and Penn State Extension Associate Beth Van Horn will lead a workshop in strawberry jam making at the Food Lab in Penn State’s Henderson Building.

The event for all ages is open to museum members only.

Corr will sign copies of her book “Seasons of Central Pennsylvania: A Cookbook” July 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum at 133 N. Allegheny St.

On July 6 at the museum, Corr also will present a family program for all ages on edible flowers, such as violets for decorating lemon curd tartlets or dandelions for tasty cookies.

Other museum members-only events will be “Garlic, Myths and Miracles” on July 8, featuring a mobile pizza oven and a chance for participants to make their own pizzas; blueberry picking in Julian on July 30; a sunrise corn tour at Wasson Farm near Shingletown on Aug. 6; and a tomato festival and tasting on Aug. 16.

On Aug. 3, the general public can enjoy a popcorn workshop and tasting bar at the museum, featuring demonstrations of old-fashioned stove top and air popcorn machine preparation — no microwaves, thank you very much.

Food-themed art from 20 local artists is on display at the museum 1-4:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday. For event times and more information, call 355-4280.