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On Centre: Centre Region | If you love Centre Region parks, vote for them online

What do Veterans Memorial Park, Mason Neck Park, Thompson Park, Eldridge Park and Rancho Jurupa Park have to do with the Centre Region?

Nothing. Except they currently are leading in the America’s Favorite Park contest, online at

The contest, which gives large cash prizes to the top vote-getters, pits all parks against each other — as long as residents nominate and vote for them.

So far, Circleville Park in Patton Township has three votes. Those are pretty much the only votes garnered for any Centre Region park as of the writing of this column.

Spring Creek Park in College Township? Nothing. Tom Tudek Memorial Park in Ferguson Township? Zero. Orchard Park or Sunset Park in State College? Zippo.

For a list of Centre Region parks, visit

Imagine what those parks could do with a little extra money? The first-place winner earns $100,000 from Coca-Cola; second place gets $50,000; third $25,000 and the wild card $15,000.

The (much-deserving) leading park, Veterans Memorial Park in Moore, Okla., which was just devastated by tornadoes, has garnered more than 18,000 votes. But in third place is East Liverpool, Ohio’s Thompson Park, with only 6,600 or so votes. We could bump them off. Besides, I hear they are all Ohio State fans...

Could a Centre Region park make a run to place? We’ll see.

Penny lemonade, music with the fireflies

Where else can you get a glass of lemonade for a penny and an evening of free music?

The South Hills Music Picnic Series continues Sunday evening on the North Lawn of the South Hills School, 480 Waupelani Drive in State College.

The lawn opens at 5 p.m., and residents are urged to bring a picnic supper, beverages — that is, unless you want a cup of lemonade for a penny — chairs or blankets.

The music begins at 6 p.m., and this Sunday is Nittany Knights barbershop choir & Anything Goes.

The concert series continues through Aug. 25, rain or shine. Below is a list of entertainment:

•  June 30: Bellefonte Community Band

•  July 7: Deacons of Dixieland

•  July 14: no concert (Arts Fest)

•  July 21: State College Municipal Band

•  July 28: Jay T. Vonada Quartet

•  Aug. 4: The Les Shaw Band

•  Aug. 11: Keystone Society of Swing

•  Aug. 18: The Little German Band

•  Aug. 25: Zeropoint Big Band