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CPO_Logo_2001-2.gifCommunity Sky / Star Watches
Expand your horizons and see the Universe from a new perspective! At SkyWatch events the public is invited to come and view the Moon, planets, and some of the brighter deep-sky objects through the variety of telescopes owned by CPO members. These free events are sponsored by the Central PA Observers Club and the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority. Please bring a flashlight.  FREE!  No advance registration is required. Dates and times of 2016 Skywatches at Tom Tudek Memorial Park, 800 Herman Drive (Ferguson Twp.), pending sky conditions:

  • Friday, Apr 8 @ 7:30-9:30 PM
  • Friday, May 13 @ 8-10 PM
  • Friday, Jun 10 @ 8:30-10:30 PM
  • Friday, Aug 12 @ 8-10 PM
  • Friday, Sep 9 @ 7:30-9:30 PM
  • Friday, Oct 14 @ 7-9 PM
11 Sep 2016

Aqua Dog DayCRPR "Aqua-Dog Day" at Park Forest Pool
to fund additional tree plantings at the future dog park area at Oak Hall Regional Park.  As a result of the 2014 and 2015 events, 4 shade trees have been planted at Oak Hall Regional Park in the site of the future dog park.

Sunday, 11 Sep 2016, 2-4 PM. For local dogs who love swimming pools and trees, this event is sure to please.  CRPR will again offer “Aqua-Dog Day” from 2-4 PM on the 1st Sunday after the pool has closed for the 2016 season.  For $5 per dog, humans of all ages can bring their dogs for a swim at the Park Forest Community Swimming Pool, 2100 School Drive in Patton Township (Google Map Link). Only dogs will be allowed in the pools, and human admission is free. Proceeds from the event will fund tree plantings at the new Oak Hall Regional Park.   Event Rules:

  • Prior to admission, all human entrants must sign a Release Waiver PLUS show proof of rabies vaccination and proof of a 2016 Dog License for their pet. Since a chip reader is not guaranteed to be available, paper is preferred.
  • One dog per owner; owners must be age 18+ and are responsible for their dog’s behavior. All minors (age 17 and under) must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dogs must remain on-leash when not using the pools. Only dogs are permitted in the pool (no humans). Lifeguards will be on duty to provide necessary assistance.  
  • Pet waste bags will be available; it is required that pet owners immediately clean up after their dogs.

Grandparent's Day"Grandparent's Day" Scavenger Hunt at Millbrook Marsh

Sunday, 11 Sept 2016, 2-4 PM at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center   

Enjoy Grandparent’s Day with this eco-friendly scavenger hunt with the grandkids! 

Families work together to explore the marsh for signs of nature and have a fun time together.

This event is free, but donations are appreciated. 

Puppet ShowCaptain Aesop’s All-Star Galaxy Games -
Puppet Show at Millbrook Marsh

Sunday, 11 Sept 2016 at 4 PM
Admission Fee: $5 per person (Kids 4 & under are free)!
Get ready to cheer for puppets from distant planets! Adam Swartz Puppets presents “Captain Aesop’s All-Star Galaxy Games,” an original, interactive show for all ages. Unique creatures of all kinds will need your help as they exercise their bodies, minds, and feelings in a variety of cosmic challenges based on Aesop’s Fables. Perseverance, sportsmanship, and of course imagination will be put to the test!

16 Sep 2016

Movie NightSunset Music & Movie at Tudek Park

Friday, 16 Sept 2016, 6-10 PM at Tudek Park. FREE.

Bring your blankets and spread out to enjoy a summer evening before the cooler temperatures set in. , “Enjoy live music and as the late summer sky turns to night, then join us for a showing of the Tom Hank's 1988 movie, "BIG" (Movie Info on Wikipedia)!

It is a great time for the entire family! Play some of our exciting lawn-games or snack on some delicious popcorn (available for purchase) - it truly is a perfect way to spend an evening with family and friends! Event is free, but donations are appreciated. All donations will support environmental education services at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. (This event is weather-permitting.) Please bring a flashlight for safe walking after the movie.

25 Sep 2016

Punt, Pass & KickCentre Region PUNT, PASS & KICK® Competition    

Sunday, 25 Sep 2016 FREE!  Hosted by Centre Region Parks & Recreation at Oak Hall Regional Park.

The NFL, Pepsi and the CRPR invite you to participate! PPK is a well-known youth sports competition worldwide. An entry form must be submitted prior to participation; form will be available HERE (PDF) or by visiting CRPR Offices.   Held at OAK HALL REGIONAL PARK, 120 Linden Hall Road, Boalsburg. Registration opens at 12:30 PM; competition starts at 1 PM. The top finishers in each age group advance to future competitions.  For more information on the local PP&K program contact Jeff Hall at CRPR (231-3071). Open to all Centre Region youth age 6-15 (as of 31 Dec 2016):

Competition Categories:      (Age as of 31 Dec 2016)

RESULTS:     2008 - 2013    2014 (PDF)     2015 (PDF)

16 Oct 2016

OakFall Foliage Walk at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Sunday, 16 Oct 2016, 2-4 PM. Come enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds fall has to offer! Walk the trails with a Millbrook Marsh Naturalist and learn about the changing seasons and how to track seasonal changes in your own backyard. Please dress for the weather! For ages 7 & older. FREE, but donations appreciations. Location: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

30 Oct 2016

Pumpkin The 70th Annual
"CRPR Halloween Costume Parade" 

SUNDAY, 30 Oct 2016, 6:30 PM LINE UP, 7:00 PM STEP-OFF. A FREE fall family tradition!  Centre Region Parks & Recreation and the State College Lions Club will cosponsor the parade through downtown State College. The parade forms on N. Burrowes St. off W. College Avenue (beside the PSU steam plant) starting at 6:30 PM with step-off promptly at 7:00 PM. Costume judging takes place at Memorial Field by the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Treats will be provided by the State College Lions Club.  

Please choose from one of the following costume categories (then stand with that signed group in the line-up row):

  • Halloween Tiny Tots #1 & #2 (Ages 2 & under w/ 2 identical groups due to the number of participants)
  • Cartoon Characters & Super Heroes
  • Witches & Monsters
  • Fairy Tale Characters
  • Zombies & Vampires
  • TV & Movie Stars
  • Animals on Parade
  • Sports
  • Open Class
  • Groups (of 3 or more) 
Rosters of winning costumers:



31 Oct

Trick or Treat Night2016 Trick or Treat Night

The following event schedule was proposed to the 5 participating municipalities by CRPR and the 3 Chiefs of Police (on 28 Mar 2016):

  • Sat., 29 Oct 2016 PSU Football Away at Purdue
  • Sun., 30 Oct 2016 CRPR Halloween Costume Parade (See above)
  • Mon., 31 Oct 2016 HALLOWEEN & the CENTRE REGION TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT, 6-8 PM. This designation will apply to the Borough of State College and the Townships of College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton. The official time in Halfmoon Twp. is 5:30 - 8:30 PM. 
2 Nov
Old BagsCheck out the "OLD BAG AUCTION" fundraiser for the Centre Region Active Adult Center scheduled for Wed., Nov. 2 at the Nittany Mall center stage.

6 Nov

BandState College Area Municipal Band Concerts

Dr. Ned Deihl, Principal Conductor, and 75 volunteer band members perform a variety of concerts for the community throughout the year. Concerts are held at the Mount Nittany Middle School Auditorium. Admission is FREE, but donations for the band are gratefully accepted at the door.   Band Web page.

  • Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at 3 PM: Veteran’s Concert at Mount Nittany Middle School Auditorium
Prior 2016 Events...
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6 Feb

Tea PartyMother/Daughter Tea  (for ages 5-8)

Saturday, 6 Feb 2016, 12:30-2:30 PM for Ages: 5-8. Daughters, mothers & grandmothers are all invited to attend! Event includes a tea party, craft project, photo station and yummy treats! Come dressed in your finest tea party attire - gloves, hats, and boas are absolutely encouraged! Register at least 1 week in advance. Fee: $20R/30N for one adult and one child. Each additional child is $8. Location: COG Building Forum Room, 2643 Gateway Drive, SC.
Program #41710  Registration Options.

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9 Jan
Snowy Trails

Celebrate "National Winter Trails Day"
at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Pop-Up Program!

Join us for the 21st Annual National Winter Trails Day this Sat. for an informal guided walk through the trails of Millbrook Marsh. We will look for wildlife while observing the numerous plants throughout the marsh. Bundle up and get outside! 1:30- 2:30 PM. Great for all ages! FREE, but donations are appreciated ($5 suggested donation) Location: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (meet at picnic pavilion)

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10 Feb

MMNC Logo Puddle Jumpers Open House

Wed., 10 Feb 2016, 6:30-7:30 PM at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.  Want to learn more about this CRPR nature program for preschoolers and visit the Nature Center? Join us to talk with Program Leaders, view the facility, and try out some exciting activities! For more information on CRPR Puddle Jumpers click HERE.

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23 Mar 2016

Easter Egg10th Annual "Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt for Teens" (Grades 6-8)

Wed. 23 March 2016, 8 PM at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (Google Map Link)  FREE! This is not your little sister or brother’s egg hunt. This is bigger, better, darker and perfect for 6-8 graders! Candy and prizes! Meet at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Barn for games, food, & music before the hunt and don’t forget to bring your flashlight! FREE, but advance registration is required. Rain or shine; remember to dress for the weather. Program #4221. Bulletin (18 Mar 2016): The 2016 event is fully subscribed.

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26 Mar 2016

Eggs58th Annual "CRPR Easter Egg Hunt" (for children through age 9)

Saturday, 26 March 2016 at 2:00 PM. FREE! The Centre Region Parks & Recreation’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt (with over 7,000 eggs) at Orchard Park, located at the corner of Bayberry Dr. & Blue Course Dr. Prize baskets are provided by the State College Rotary Club. The hunt begins at 2:00 PM SHARP, so please arrive in time to meet the Easter Bunny! Rain, shine or snow!
4 Age Group Areas: • 3 & under • 4 & 5 • 6 & 7 • 8 & 9. 

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17 Apr

Grow flower grow!10th Annual "Earth Day Birthday Celebration"
at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center 
  (Google Map Link)

Sunday, 10 17 April 2016, 2-5 PM. Earth Day Birthday is great fun for the whole family! Spend the afternoon outdoors with educational fun about the Earth and how to protect it. Visit displays from local environmental organizations, enjoy kids activities and crafts, games, food, entertainment and more! This event is planned in cooperation with Penn State Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management students as a class project. Free Event! Free Parking!

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22 Apr


50 Years Award Ceremony on Earth Day 2016

Please join us for a special, 45-minute award ceremony at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center at 10 AM on Friday, 22 April 2016: (In case of rain, the outdoor ceremony will be moved into the nature center barn).

  • Senior officials of the PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources will present their "2016 Green Park Award" to the CRPR Authority and municipal officials for their success at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. They will also dedicate a tree planted at the nature center in honor of the designation. The award was announced on 15 March 2016. (News Release - PDF).
  • Senior officials of the PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development will present the “2016 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence - Intergovernmental Cooperation” to each participating municipality and the CRPR Authority for providing 50 years of cooperative parks and recreation services to the Centre Region.
  • The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority will recognize the CRPR Authority as a "2016 Green Business Partner" as a result of CRPR recycling efforts at the local parks and pools.
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23 Apr

Leaf Raker"2016 CRPR Spring Spruce-Up / Park Partner Day"

Join CRPR on Sat. morning, 23 April 2016 for the 2016 CRPR Spring Spruce-Up Day / Park Partner Day (9 AM to noon) to prepare the local municipal parks and other facilities for another busy season! CRPR Park Partner Groups will also be asked to hold their Spring park workday on this morning c/o Staff Asst. David Barnett at the CRPR Park Operations Office (814) 234-1657.

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24 Apr

MMNC Logo Spring Scavenger Hunt at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
(Google Map Link) 
Sunday, 24 April 2016, 2-4 PM. Families work together to explore the marsh for signs of spring and have a fun time together with this eco-friendly scavenger hunt! This event is FREE, but donations are appreciated. Advance registration is not required.

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30 Apr

BirdsBirds & Bagels Program at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center  (Google Map Link) 

Saturday, 30 April 2016, 8:30 AM. Join us for an enjoyable morning of birds and bagels at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center! We’ll start by exploring the marsh on a bird walk, then gather in the Spring Creek Education Building for an informal presentation and refreshments. Registration is not required; program lasts approximately two hours and is open to birders of any age or experience level. This program is FREE, but donations are appreciated. Please bring binoculars if you have them; the Nature Center has a limited number to borrow.

Held on
8 May 2016
6:00 PM

Scott'sCentre Region Parks & Recreation
2016 Pitch, Hit & Run Contest - Local Competition

Sunday, 1 May 2016 at 2:00 PM  8 MAY 2016 at 6 PM (Mother's Day).
Scotts & Major League Baseball’s PITCH, HIT & RUN
is a FREE, national program that offers boys and girls ages 7-14 the chance to showcase their baseball & softball abilities. This free event is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the fun element of the sport. Boys and girls compete together in four age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Age is determined as of July 17, 2016. A Birth Certificate is required for age verification. For more info contact Jeff Hall at CRPR (231-3071).

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21 May 2016

Camera GuyCRPR "2016 Pool Pass Photo Day"

Sat. 21 May 2016, 11 AM - 2 PM (rain or shine).   The Pool Offices at Welch and Park Forest Pools will be open to sell season passes & to process 2016 season pass photocards.  Beat the early-season lines by getting your photo card ahead of time. Sorry, the pools will not be open for swimming until Sat., 28 May 2016.   2016 Pool Fees...


2016 "Centre Tennis Play Day"

Presented by CRPR & the Centre Region Community Tennis Association, "Tennis Fun for Everyone"  on Sat. 21 May 2016, 11 AM -2 PM (Rain date: 22 May) (both days were rained out) at Spring Creek Park Tennis Courts.   Also, Quick Start tennis, games and prizes for children 10 Under. Free snow cones and popcorn for kids. 

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22 May

TrackSummer Youth Track Meet

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 6 PM, at the SCAHS South Track. FREE!  This program introduces children ages 9-14 to physical fitness through basic track & field events, encouraging them to be the best they can possibly be. Age is determined as of December 31, 2016. Registration from 5:15-5:45 PM. Meet starts at 6 PM.

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18 June

TrucksCentre Region Parks & Recreation & Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.

Saturday, NOTE NEW DATE: 18 JUN 2016, 1-4 PM at the Mount Nittany Middle School Parking Lot. FREE!  Bring the kids out for an exciting afternoon of BIG TRUCKS, DUMP TRUCKS, FIRE TRUCKS, MOWING TRACTORS, BACKHOES and MORE! It’s a hands-on experience for the entire family.
BULLETIN 10 May 2016: Attendees are encouraged to bring earplugs. To better accommodate children who are sensory sensitive, the equipment operators will be asked to disable the vehicle horns from 3:30 to 4:00 PM. 

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25 June

Oak LeafRomantic Moonlight Walk at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (Google Map Link)

Saturday, 25 June 2016, 9-10:30 PMFREE! Wrap up your special evening with the one you love at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center for a romantic moonlight walk on the boardwalk! Stroll hand-in-hand in the moonlight, stop under the “kissing tree,” make a wish at the wishing well, and dance in the barn! The walk is open from 9-10:30 PM. Couples are greeted by staff and enjoy the lantern-lit boardwalk at their own pace. This event is not appropriate for children and will be cancelled for inclement weather, including high winds. No registration is required. FREE - suggested donation $10 per couple.       (45 couples attended this event.)

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4 July

USA FlagCRPR “Kids-on-Wheels” Parade             “A Centre Region Tradition”

Mon., 4 July 2016. 9:30 AM line-up / Step-off at 10 AM. Hey Kids! Show your patriotism and be part of the annual “CRPR Kids-on-Wheels” Parade. Bring your bike, wagon, scooter, stroller or skateboard and meet us at the corner of East Foster Avenue and Locust Lane (Google Map Link). The parade ends at Friedman Parklet where we will celebrate our nation’s birthday by singing “Happy Birthday to US” and eating watermelon.  FREE!

  • Sun. 3 Jul 2016: Bike Decorating for the Kids on Wheels Parade:  7:00-7:30 PM at Holmes-Foster Park, Pavilion #2 (off West. Parkway). Join CRPR staff to decorate your bike for the Kids on Wheels Parade. Streamers and tape supplied. Anything else is up to you!

Celebrating 50 Years“CRPR 50¢ Days" at the Pools

on Father's Day Weekend (June 18-19) and on Mon. July 4, 2016.
50¢ per person admission all day at Park Forest and Welch Pools! 2016 Season Passholders are admitted free.
The "CRPR Pool Rain Check Coupons" are not available on discounted admission days. The pools will close at 6 PM on Mon., July 4.     2016 Pool schedules...

In prior years these 3 days were "$1 Admission Days" at the pools. In March the CRPR Authority Board approved reducing the daily admission fee to 50¢ for these 3 days in 2016 as part of the 50th Anniversary events for the CRPR Agency.

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13 Jul

StarsMovie Night Under the Stars at Tudek Park

Wed. 13 Jul 2016, 8:45 PM at Tom Tudek Memorial Park, 800 Herman Drive, Ferguson Twp.  Spread out at the Park and enjoy a showing of "Mr. Popper's Penguins" with Jim Carrey, rated PG and shown on our inflatable screen. Movie starts at 8:45 PM and is FREE! Blankets and snacks are recommended. Enjoy a “summer evening” in the park. Event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather, check the CRPR Message Board during poor weather!

Held on
29 Jun -
27 Jul

Track Summer Youth Track Meets (Wed. evenings)

Dates: Wednesdays, June 29-July 27. Ages: 5-12. Registration Time: 5:30-5:50 PM. Event Time: 6:00-8:00 PM. Location: State College Area High School Track (behind the HS South Building). CRPR offers Track & Field events throughout the summer. FREE. Competitors register for the following events on the night of the meet: Softball Toss, Long Jump, 50-Meter Dash, 100-Meter Dash, 200 Meter Run, 1-Mile Run (11&12 yrs. only). Volunteers and sponsors are needed - please call 231-3071 to support the Youth Track Meets.

Held on
23 Jul

Triathlon12th Annual
Youth Triathlon

Saturday, 23 July 2016 (rain or shine, except for hazardous conditions > make-up on 30 July) at Welch Pool for ages 6-13 (as of race day).  Route Map (JPG image).  Entries will be limited so register today! Advance Registration Fee $10; Day of Race Fee: $20 (space-permitting).  The check-in at Welch Pool opens 30 minutes before each race.  Event Waiver Form (PDF)    Event registration options

Age (on event date)
Race Start
Program #
Age 12-13
8:00 AM
200 meter swim > 4 mile bike > 1 mile run
Age 11
8:45 AM
100 meter swim > 2 mile bike > 1/2 mile run
Age 10
9:15 AM
100 meter swim > 2 mile bike > 1/2 mile run
Age 9
9:45 AM
100 meter swim > 2 mile bike > 1/2 mile run
Age 8
10:15 AM
50 meter swim > 1 mile bike > 1/4 mile run
Age 7
10:30 AM
50 meter swim > 1 mile bike > 1/4 mile run
Age 6
10:45 AM
50 meter swim > 1 mile bike > 1/4 mile run
CLICK HERE for the 2004-2016 event results. The event was not held during 2010 due to the Welch Pool renewal.
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23 July 2016

ButterflyThe Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County, in cooperation with CRPR, present

"Wings in the Park - 2016"

10 AM-2 PM on Sat. 23 Jul 2016 at Tom Tudek Memorial Park, Ferguson Twp.  Join in the annual celebration of butterflies, bees, and blossoms with a day of family fun activities, exhibits, and presentations to celebrate butterflies, bees and all of our beneficial pollinators. FREE. Visit the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden website.

Held on
28 Jul

Wooden NickelThe Annual CRPR Day Camp Carnival         “A Centre Region Tradition”

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 6-8 PM at Park Forest Middle School Gym. Come one come all, to the 2016 CRPR Day Camp Carnival. Each year campers in the CRPR KIDVenture Camp programs help to design and run the carnival booths. At each booth, you can play all sorts of carnival games or pitches, and have a chance to win some great prizes! Free admission - then buy a pack of wooden nickets (needed to play the booth games). Since 2013 this CRPR Legacy Event has been a "peanut-free" zone.  All are welcome!

Held on
31 Jul

Hunt!Alphabet Marsh Family Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, 31 July 2016, 1-3 PM.  Explore Millbrook Marsh Nature Center with your family during our Alphabet Marsh
Scavenger Hunt! This eco-friendly discovery guides you though the marsh to see, touch, smell, and hear items found naturally in this exciting eco-system. Take your time, enjoy the day, work together as a team, and have FUN with this kid-friendly activity. No registration required! FREE, but donations are appreciated.


CRPR Family Fun Nights 2016

Events include games, prizes and theme music; come out and enjoy the fun! At the pools, the ‘After 5 PM’ admission rates will apply or enter FREE with a season pass. The pool will stay open until 9 PM on event nights!  Rain Dates: the next evening (Thursday)

  • Wed., July 6 – Welch Pool Sports Night (pool will be open until 9 PM)
  • Wed., July 13 - Bike-In Movie night at Tom Tudek Memorial Park at 8:45 PM FREE!
  • Wed., July 20 – Park Forest Pool-O-Ween Night. (pool will be open until 9 PM)
  • Wed., Aug. 3 – Welch Pool Hawaiian Night (pool will be open until 9 PM)
  • Wed., Aug. 17 - Park Forest Pool “DIVE-IN” MOVIE at 8 PM: "The Princess BrideLink to Wikipedia info.
Held on
27 Aug 2016

50th"The CRPR 50 Fest"

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the CRPR Agency

At Tom Tudek Memorial Park in Ferguson Twp. Come enjoy some family fun to celebrate 50 years as “Your Recreation Destination.” There will be a variety of fun games (with prizes!) and activity stations hosted by CRPR staff and local guests. Guests such as Schlow Library, Centre Soccer Assn., Healthy Kids Running, Centre Region Community Tennis Assn., PSU Extension Master Gardeners, the Central PA Observers & more! Food will be available for purchase from the "World’s Fare On The Go” Food Truck! With a 60' inflatable obstacle course and a bounce house (both sponsored by APArchitects, Lemont), this is an event for the whole family. Stop by Tom Tudek Memorial Park anytime between 10 AM-2 PM to celebrate 50 years of CRPR! Our thanks to Weis Markets for agreeing to provide the overflow parking area.

Don’t forget to also come later that evening for a movie in the same park! CRPR will be showing “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” at 8 PM. FREE!

Prior 2015 Events... Watch for the 2016 Updates!



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