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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 Telescope 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! 

Check this listing for club meetings for the Central PA Observers. Also, check out their website for "In The Sky" info. about what you can see during the winter months!

Lastly, mark your calendars as the club has set some Star Watch Dates for 2017:
Fri., June 30 - 9:30-11:30 moon program at Oak Hall Regional Park
Fri., Aug. 25 - 8:30-10:30 at Tudek Park
Fri., Sept. 15 - 8:00-10:00 at Tudek Park
Fri., Oct. 13 - 7:30-9:30 at Circleville Park



Don't miss your chance for these inexpensive admission prices to our pools!

$1/person admissions on Father's Day Weekend (Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18) and on Tuesday, July 4 (pools close at 6:00pm).


CRPR Friday Night Lights

Both the William L. Welch and Park Forest Community Pools will be open until 10:00pm on Friday Nights in July!

Mark your calendars for July 7, 14, 21, and 28! After 5:00pm, admission rates apply or admission is FREE with your season pass!

June 24
Romantic Moonlight Walk
Wrap up your special evening with the one you love at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center for a romantic moonlight walk on the boardwalk! Join us on Saturday, June 24; 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 in inclement weather, including high winds. No registration is required. This is a FREE program, but a suggested donation is $10 per couple.
July 3

Bike Decorating for the Kids on Wheels Parade
Monday, July 3, 7:00-8:00 PM

Holmes Foster Park, Lower Pavilion

Join CRPR Staff to decorate your bike for the Kids on Wheels Parade, held the following day! Streamers and tape are supplied; you bring the creativity!

July 4

Annual CRPR Kids on Wheels Parade
Tuesday, July 4
9:30 AM line up; 10:00 AM step off

Hey kids, show your patriotism and be part of the annual CRPR Kids on Wheels Parade. Decorate your bike, scooter, stroller, or wagon and meet
us at the corner of Locust Lane and Foster Ave. The parade ends at Friedman Parklet where we celebrate our nation’s birthday with some
watermelon & parachute games. A fantastic way to start off the holiday!

July 8
Knee High Naturalist Reunion
Calling all Knee High Naturalists, Puddle Jumpers, and Marsh Monday/Wetland Wednesday participants, young and old!!! Come celebrate MMNC’s 20th anniversary and our longest standing program, Knee High Naturalists. This program led to the development of Marsh
Mondays, Wetland Wednesdays, Puddle Jumpers, and the Knee High Naturalist Camps. We would like to honor the participants that helped make our programs successful, with activities, refreshments, and a bit of nostalgia. Please consider attending on Saturday, July 8, 1:00-2:30 PM at the Marsh as we would love to see how everyone has grown! For more info. or to RSVP please contact Program
Coordinator Mandy Maguffey at or (814) 235-7819.
July 22

CRPR Youth Triathlon
This annual event is open to youth ages, 6-13 yrs., with varying distances! Swimming will take place at Welch Pool; the bike portion will use the bike path from Welch Pool to Blue Course Drive, and the run will be held on the SCAHS field above the pool. Participants must be equipped with appropriate swim wear, their own bicycle and helmet, and running shoes or sneakers. Parents/guardians should be present to assist their children with event transitions. Event will be held rain or shine; cancellation with full refund only in the event of thunder/lightning. Participants who register prior to Wednesday, July 12 will receive an event T-shirt!

The events break-down as follows:
•Ages 12-13: event includes a 200-yard swim, a 4-mile bike, and a 1-mile run.
•Ages 9-11: event includes a 100-yard swim, 2-mile bike, and a 1/2-mile run.
•Ages 6-8: event includes a 50-yard swim, a 1-mile bike, and a 1/4 mile run.

DATES: Saturday, July 22
TIME: 8:00 AM-11:00 AM
AGES: 6-13 yrs.
FEES: $10/participant
LOCATION: Welch Community Pool


July 23

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
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!

DATE: Sunday, July 23
TIME: 1:00-3:00 PM
AGES: All Ages
FEES: Walks are free, but donations are appreciated
LOCATION: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

August 16


Join CRPR for a late-summer evening at the pools! Our Dive-In Movie will be held on August 16, from 8:00-10:00pm and we're showing "Finding Dory!"

Don't miss this great tale from Disney Pixar Movies! Dory gets separated from her parents when she's very young, and we join her on her journey to find her family as she remembers all that has happened to her!

August 27
End of Summer Community Block Party!
In case we don't say it enough, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the community that helps to make the Centre Region such a great place to live, work and play! Join the CRPR staff for some fun at Tudek Park on Saturday, August 27th. (We had so much fun celebrating 50 years last year, we thought we would make it an annual event!) Details to come, so mark your calendars and watch our website, social media pages, and your inbox for information!
September 10


One of our most popular end-of-summer events is back under a new name and with new activities! Watch for more information; as we finalize the details, we'll post them here!

October 7
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
The International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day strives to encourage communities in the U.S.A. and around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids. Come help us celebrate the 14th TKMBD. Saturday, October 7, 2017 is the official ride date. We’ll review mountain biking basics and trail etiquette and head out for a short ride. Bring your bike and a drink. Parents ride free. Helmets are heavily encouraged (and legally required for the kids under 12 in PA). Stay tuned for more information at
Keep watching for other events throughout the year!

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