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By Kevin Keen November and December are universally seen as months of thankfulness and giving. This holiday season, consider giving back in Happy Valley, or wherever you are in the world. Here are ten ways you can give the gift of time locally:  PAWS: Centre County PAWS always needs volunteers to help out with their pet shelters. Both dogs and cats need volunteers to help them, so... MORE
By Cara Aungst When the football season wraps up and all the leaves are gone from Mount Nittany, it's time for different kinds of fun in Happy Valley. There are Penn State's winter sports (see our article on page xx) – wrestling, hockey, and basketball. Then there is the snowy fun: skiing, sledding, and tubing at Tussey. But what happens when it is just too cold/wet/wintery to be outside, and... MORE
Mount Nittany Mount Nittany is one of the first hikes that most people take in Happy Valley. Some trails are relatively flat, and others are rocky and steep. The trail has a diverse assortment of trees, flowers and wildlife. On a clear day, you can see an awesome view of Beaver Stadium. Rothrock State Forest Head for the Alan Seeger Natural Area, follow the left-hand trailhead when facing... MORE
As the weather takes a favorable turn, local golf courses are gearing up for their busy months. Happy Valley has plenty of options for those looking to get out on the links this spring and summer. Blue/White Courses Penn State’s two courses usually maintain their beauty year-round and provide plenty of challenges. The Blue Course, a par-72 course, is marked by slightly changing elevation... MORE
Happy Valley is one the best places to be for those who love to fish. You’re just a short drive from some of Central PA’s best trout fishing locations. The limestone and spring creeks in our area are nutrient-rich and contain the necessary elements to sustain a healthy population of wild trout. People from all around the country travel to Centre County to fish in some of the streams the county is... MORE
By Scott McKee  Spring is a wonderful time to try new outdoor recreational activities and if fly-fishing has ever piqued your curiosity, this is the perfect season for wetting a line. As the length of daylight increases and temperatures, both air and water begin to rise, entire aquatic ecosystems kick into gear; insects become more active and trout’s metabolism increases, requiring... MORE
By Scott McKee  As the remnants of a long cold winter began giving way to the first signs of spring, I found myself humming a song that has a way of randomly popping into my head from time to time: “Happy trails to you, until we meet again, Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.” Happy Trails could easily be a theme song for the central Pennsylvania outdoors community. The... MORE
Events, Recreation, Camping and More Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer at local state parks. Get out this weekend and enjoy the great outdoors with activities that offer fun for the whole family.  Activities are planned Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, at popular Bald Eagle State Park, including sessions in kayak fishing, geocaching and the popular family fishing. For less... MORE
It's Spring and the Fun is Ramping up! It's spring in Happy Valley and our favorite place to live, work and play is coming alive, people! We've got historic concerts (we're looking at you, Bruce Springsteen), Broadway, outdoor fun and Blue-White weekend just weeks away. Here's some of our favorite stuff coming up!   Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band April 18 Along with his... MORE
The Blue Band Intramural Fields will once again come to life with musical beauty April 29. In its 41st year, the festival will feature Indie Rock band “Walk The Moon,” as its headliner. Other acts will include rapper “Nelly,” alternative rock’s “X Ambassadors and “MisterWives, along with pop artist Sammy Adams. The event was recently named one of the top five student-run music festivals by... MORE

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