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Weekend events: Lots to do, see
OK, so the No. 4 team in the nation is on the road this week. Can’t make it to Evanston for the game? No worries, there’s lots to do in Happy Valley.
Here’s a closer look at what’s going on this weekend:
Thursday, Oct. 5
Wynonna & The Big Noise – There are very few artist who are known simply by their first name. Wynonna is one of the few. She and her band, the Big Noise, will perform at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. The five-time Grammy winner has enjoyed great success through the years. Wynonna & The Big Noise, led by husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016. Wynonna has described the new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.” It’s a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. For tickets, visit www.thestatetheatre.org.
Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall – The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be at Penn State’s Innovation Park beginning on Thursday. If you’ve never seen the traveling wall in person, this is a wonderful opportunity. The wall will be at Penn State for four days of community reflection and remembrance, wrapping up on Sunday, Oct. 8. The event is free of charge.
Friday, Oct. 6
Penn State women’s soccer vs. Michigan – The Penn State women’s soccer team will host Michigan at Jeffrey Field beginning at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit www.gopsusports.com.
“Sweet Charity” – Looking for something fun to do on Friday night? Meet Charity Hope Valentine, the optimistic dance hall hostess who sings, dances and pours her heart out to one undeserving man after another in her pursuit of finding true love. Emboldened by her girlfriends at the Fan-Dango Ballroom, she and the other hard-working women declare their intent to obtain the better lives that they deserve. The play runs from Oct. 3 through Oct. 8 at the Playhouse Theatre. Tickets range from $20-$25. Visit www.theatre.psu.edu for more information.
Saturday, Oct. 7
Penn State football at Northwestern – The No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0) travel to Evanston, Ill., to take on the Wildcats at noon. The Nittany Lions crushed Indiana, 45-14, on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. This will be a good test for the Nittany Lions, who have been on the road just once this season. If you can’t make it to the game, there are plenty of places to check out the game right here in town. Get your fill of the Lions, because they are idle next week.
Aaronsburg Fall Festival – The annual festival will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wert Memorial Park in Aaronsburg. There will be raffles, crafts, art, produce, antique vendors, food and more. There is also a puppet show and pony rides for the kids. Entertainment, parking and admission are free.
Penn State men’s soccer vs. Indiana – The Penn State men’s soccer team will host Indiana at 7 p.m. at Jeffrey Field. For tickets, visit www.gopsusports.com.
Rob Schneider – The “Saturday Night Live” alum is a familiar face when it comes to comedy. He’s been featured in several movies, including “Grown Ups,” “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,” “50 First Dates,” “Big Daddy” and “The Waterboy.” Schneider will bring his quirky brand of stand-up comedy to the State Theatre beginning at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit www.thestatetheatre.org.
Sunday, Oct. 8
Tussey Mountainback 50-mile Ultramarathon and Relay – The annual race starts and finishes at the Tussey Mountain Ski and Family Fun Center. This year’s race benefits the Mid-State Literacy Council. Even if you aren’t taking part, come out and cheer on those participating in the grueling course. The ultra division begins at 7 a.m. and the relay begins at 8.
Pumpkin Festival Giveaway – From 1 to 3 p.m., the Arboretum at Penn State will give out pumpkins (while supply lasts). The pumpkins can be carved and then returned to the Arboretum for the jack-o-lantern display on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14.
Penn State women’s soccer vs. Michigan State – The Penn State women’s soccer team will host Michigan State at 1 p.m. at Jeffrey Field. For tickets, visit www.gopsusports.com.
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