New Exhibits at Bellefonte Art Museum

Artists and art lovers gathered at the Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County for January’s First Sunday event, which featured the opening of five new exhibits at the museum. Visitors enjoyed a spread of diner food, a nod to Chuck Fong’s new photography exhibit, and listened to his gallery talk at the end of the afternoon.

Centennial Women

AAUW State College Celebrates 100 Years

If you know anything about the State College branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), it’s probably that they hold an annual used book sale that attracts readers and collectors from far and wide. Maybe you know that they use the money raised by the sale to provide scholarships to women returning to college. But in the 100 […]

Cooking for a Cause

Thirteen years, eight charities, two owners, three editors, dozens of chefs, thousands of bites — the numbers for the annual Chefs on Stage dinner and auction add up to more than $612,000 raised since the event’s inception. Now in its 14th year, the event was dreamed up by then-publisher and owner of State College Magazine Jana King and then-editor Erika […]

Back In Time

As cell phones proliferated into every pocket, sartorialists everywhere proclaimed that time was running out for the lowly analog wristwatch. But fashion, like time, is cyclical. Watches are back in a big way, and we’re not just talking about ones that make phone calls and send texts. Trust us — it’s about time.Punch up your beloved Casio with this King […]

The Sweet Life

What’s not to love about chocolate? Nothing! From the chocolaty secrets science has unlocked to meeting some local chocolate makers, we took a look at one of the sweetest foods on earth — and its surprising benefits.

Spending every day surrounded by chocolate, taste testing to ensure quality control, selling truffles and bonbons to the neighborhood — that might sound like a child’s dream job. But for three local adults, it’s a sweet reality. Sam Phillips has been overseeing the production of thousands and thousands of chocolates every year since taking over Gardners Candies in 1992.  But […]

Knowing the Score

Retired executives give back to their community by mentoring the next generation of small business owners.

There’s a secret to starting a business in State College. It’s not catering to college students, securing the trademark for the Nittany Lion or even hiring a strong marketing team. It’s retirees. SCORE Central Pennsylvania, a chapter of the national Service Corps of Retired Executives, has been helping businesses — both startups and companies looking to expand — since its […]

At the Community’s Service

One Centre County Agency Supports Those Who Need It Most

There are two ways to view a wheelchair: You can see it as a sign of restriction and disability or as a tool of empowerment and independence. While both may be correct, the staff of Strawberry Fields, Inc. would no doubt focus on the latter. After all, their entire collection of services is based on the same premise. “It’s not […]

Eat Out

ASIAN CUISINEMr. Lu’s Bellefonte Wok 111 S. Allegheny St., Bellefonte814.353.8888 • bellefontewok.comAuthentic Chinese cuisine; Hunan, Szechuan, Cantonese, Mandarin; regular menu & buffet. Mon.–Fri. 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun. 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Open holidays.Ni Hao Asian Cuisine 289 Northland Center, State College814.238.8838 • nihaostatecollege.comChoose fresh vegetables, seafood, meats and sauces from the fresh ingredients bar and watch them being cooked on a […]

New Leaf’s New Year

In January, new and longtime members of the community innovation hub New Leaf Initiative gathered to enjoy catering by Webster’s Bookstore Café and learn about New Leaf’s newest offerings, including the GrowFund, a community crowdfunding platform they launched in December.

Wheels & Deals

with Dave Dix

As a little boy, Dave Dix always dreamed of flying. He liked to pretend that he was a pilot by putting a fan on a chair and sitting behind it on another chair, steering behind his “propeller.” When he retires next month from his 44-year career selling cars at Dix Honda, he will be able to pursue that dream full […]