It's August already! Whether you are moving, are starting a new semester, have children going back to school, or something else-- don't forget to add some fun into your schedule! This may be a busy time for some, but it is important to add time for destressing. Make it your goal to pick at least 1 event to attend this month. Without further ado, here are our personal August picks.

40th Annual Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair

August 4th-5th | Bellefonte

These 2 days feature arts and crafts vendors of all ages, including a section of youth artists between the ages of 8-17. There will be children's activities, music, food, and more.

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Learn Bonsai Basics

$35 | August 5th | 2 PM- 4 PM | Martin's Garden Centre, Tyrone, PA

Learn the Bonsai basics in this two-hour workshop. History, tools, techniques, etc. will all be discussed. You only need to bring your questions. Space is limited, so sign up now!

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Ice Cream Fest

August 5th | 11 AM- 3 PM | 200 Block of S. Allen Street

The State College Rotary Club's annual Ice Cream Fest fundraiser will offer sample treats from a variety of local places, including Meyer Dairy Store, Vale Wood Farms, Sunset Slush Happy Valley, and many more! Tickets are $5 for 5 tickets or $20 for 25. There will be children's activities offered such as face painting, balloon animals, and a Pinewood derby. There will even be an Ice Cream Eating contest! All proceeds benefit local non-profits and organizations.

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The Bike Roost Family Glow Ride

August 5th | 7:30 PM- 9 PM | Boalsburg

All skill levels and ages are invited to join The Bike Roost for a glow ride around Boalsburg! Decorate your bike with glow-in-the-dark accessories which can be purchased at the event. All proceeds will go directly to the Boalsburg fire company.

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A Legacy of Service: Beyond 75 Years of Women in the Military

August 5th, 6th, & 12th | Pennsylvania Military Museum

Join staff, volunteers, and partners of the Pennsylvania Military museum in commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act of 1948, the law that allowed women to serve as members of the Army, Navy, and Marine corps. Speakers will include Brigadier General Weigl, the Deputy Adjutant General for veteran affairs. Discover how Women's military experiences of the past "inform the legacy of the present" in these series of lectures and panels spanning across two weekends.

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Intro to Kayak Fishing

FREE | August 6th | 9 AM- 12 PM | Bald Eagle State Park

This free program will introduce participants to basic kayak fishing equipment as well as basic paddling skills and safety. Participants will also have the chance to try kayak fishing on the water. Registration is required and space is limited.


Centre County Ballroom Dance

$10 | August 6th | 2 PM | Lambert Hall

Centre County Dance will be hosting a ballroom dance which will consist of a half hour lesson to start, and general dancing afterwards. BYOB and bring a snack to share.

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Clink and Think Quiz Bash Fundraiser

August 6th | 4:30 PM- 7:30 PM | Axemann Brewery

Test your knowledge of the Keystone State! Penn State play-by-play announcer Steve Jones will be hosting a quiz on all things Pennsylvania to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our State College bureau. Trivia teams can have 2-6 players and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams. Come play, mingle, and enjoy the outdoor deck! All proceeds will support Spotlight PA's investigative and public-service journalism in State College and North-Central Pennsylvania.


Draw Perspective Your Way

$80 |Tuesdays from August 1st-22nd | 6PM- 8PM | Virtual/Zoom

Want to learn how to give buildings more character? Struggling to make buildings look 3D? Come draw and discover tips and tricks on making a 2D surface look 3D!

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A Civil War Weekend

$20+ | August 11th-13th | Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion Museum

Enjoy history lectures, museum tours, a Civil War ball, food, and live music for the first Civil War Weekend in Boalsburg! View the flyer of events here.

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Samantha Fish Ft. Jesse Dayton

$40+ | August 15th | 8 PM | The State Theatre

The first collaborative album from Samantha Fish and Jesse Dayton, Death Wish Blues, pushes the limits of blues music. This duo combines their eclectic sounds to create an album of unique, emotional songs in an effort to open the Blue's genre to new listeners. Spend an evening experiencing the power of this duo right here, at the State Theatre!


Asleep at the Wheel

$40+ | August 16th | 8 PM | The State Theatre

Join the "ambassador of Western Swing music" for an intimate show celebrating the band's five decades of touring and creating music.


Centre County Grange Fair

$25+ | August 18th-26th | Grange Park

Experience the last remaining tenting fair in the nation. With a 149-year history, the fair is a home-away-from home for thousands of families. Be a part of the nostalgia and charm. More information and ticket prices can be found at their website linked below.

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Samuel S.C

August 19th | 7 PM- 10:30 PM | 3 Dots

After a 27-year hiatus, melodic punk/post-hardcore band Samuel has reformed as Samuel S.C., the added initials honoring their original home here in State College. Early in 2023 the band debuted their LP High Places, and anticipate more new music and shows to come. Join Samuel S.C as well as local supporting acts Cough Syrup, Crater and The Catalyst, and Adam Bugaj for a fun evening concert right in downtown State College. More information can be found below.

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Exploring the Armor

$15 | August 26th | 2 PM- 4 PM | Pennsylvania Military Museum

Take a private tour of the outside of tracked vehicles and discuss the history of armored vehicles with a local historian. Reservations are required and space is limited.


Food Truck Rally in the Valley

Free | August 27th | 12 PM- 3 PM | 200 Block of South Allen Street

Housing Transitions is hosting their annual Food Truck Rally in the Valley! There will be 10 food trucks to choose from as well as music by Hops and Vines, a raffle, face painting, games, and more! Proceeds benefit Housing Transitions, a non-profit providing housing programs and supportive services to those in need throughout Centre County.

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Rosecrans Falls

Sunrise to Sunset | Clinton County

Are you a hiker or someone looking to get out into nature more? Enjoy the sights and sounds of a 20-foot tall waterfall located just off Route 80 near Loganton, Clinton County! The hike from the parking area covers approx. 0.3 miles alongside Spruce Run. For a more extensive guide to ensure a smooth hike, follow the blog post from pabucketlist linked below!

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Poll of the Month

Vote in our monthly polls! Every month we will be asking a question and post the final results in the following month's newsletter. Have a question you would like us to put out to the masses? DM us your question on Instagram, @ARPMrents, and your question may be selected next month!

In July we asked what our reader's did for the fourth of July. Our most popular answer was:

Everyone loves a good BBQ. Is it really the Fourth of July if you don't have a burger, hot dog, or ribs fresh off the grill?

That being said, a good amount of responses indicated they do nothing for the holiday, and we just want to say we love your vibe. Sometimes you just need to take a holiday to relax. Or pretend we are comforting our pets during the fireworks. Whatever works.

Now that it is August, a new school year is upon us! So we have a new school related poll for you all. As always, feel free to email a response, and we will share it during our next newsletter!

What are you most excited for the new school year?
Evenings out with my friends
Taking interesting classes
Living with my friends
I'm graduating!
Partaking in club meets/events
Being with my sorority/fraternity

August Spotlight:

2023-2024 Apartments Newly Available & Apply Now for 2024-2025!

We have ONE Ivy Place room available, and a few Fall only semester leases for Fairmount Hills newly available. We anticipate these to go fast, so apply now!

If you have your space for 2023-2024 already, it is not too early to apply now for 2024-2025. This is a great way to beat the fall rush and gives you a better chance at getting the apartment/floorplan you want, as we assign based on order of application.

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