On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Children’s garden plants seeds of knowledge

This Saturday, why not take a chance to get a little closer to nature with the kids?

The Bellefonte Community Children’s Garden, a source for fun and education since 2007, is hosting “Planes, Trains and Ships” at 11 a.m.

Suitable for ages preschool through 99, you’ll learn the “many ways seeds travel.”

As an added bonus, everyone will have the chance to enjoy a snack around a campfire.

The garden is a partnership between the Centre County Library, the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County and the Bellefonte Garden Club, according to, and is located at 203 N. Allegheny St.

Reaching out to veterans

There’s still two weeks left to help those who served our nation to protect our freedom.

Through Sept. 30, the Red Cross will be gathering items through the Centre County Library in both the Bellefonte and Philipsburg locations through the Totes of Gratitude program.

The program will deliver a “a bag filled with ordinary things ... .bringing gratitude to veterans” of the community.

A thank you to a veteran can come in the form of (all new, please) socks, toothbrushes, soap, magazines or any of a number of other items that can be sent to a veteran in need.

Get carving

While Halloween is still a month and a half away, it’s not too late to start designing a winning pumpkin for the upcoming Pumpkin Carving Contest.

The first ever at the Centre County Library in Bellefonte, sign-up begins on Oct. 15.

Families and individuals who enter the contest will be able to pick out a pumpkin and carve it any way they would like.

The pumpkins will go on display until Halloween day and patrons can vote on their favorite.

Joining the contest is free, and there are a lot of prizes to be won.