Area Life

‘Big River’ brings American classic to Altoona stage

If you’re wondering whether Altoona Community Theatre has sanitized its upcoming production of “Big River,” it hasn’t. If the use of the N-word in a theatrical production bothers you, better not see the musical adaptation of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” While somewhat ...

Soulful sounds coming to State College

When you listen to St. Paul and the Broken Bones, you’ll swear Al Green or Otis Redding is in there singing. While lead singer Paul Janeway said he was influenced by those soulful greats, he can’t help what comes out. “I know my voice doesn’t match my body,” he said. “I fully ...

Canal Jam promises period music, stories

Period music and stories will be shared at Canal Jam II, scheduled for Sept. 23 at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site near Gallitzin. The event, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and is sponsored by the National Park Service and Penn State Altoona’s Center for Community-Based ...

PSCS opens new season with ‘Your Blues’

In choosing its season’s content, Penn State Centre Stage has a legacy of championing deep conversations — some happy, some tragic, but all with a depth that resonates. Opening with “Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine” pulls a double whammy — at least. If you were expecting a sendup ...

Seven Springs event adds new workshop

SEVEN SPRINGS — Julius Caesar coined the phrase, “Experience is the teacher of all things.” The Mother Earth News Fair agrees. At this year’s fair, attendees can try their hand at making their own foods, toiletries, pizza ovens, wood-burning heaters and more, with sustainability and ...

Sawyer Brown’s lasting appeal: Concert at PNG Field the first in a decade

Sawyer Brown owes its longevity to its fans, its choice of songs and its work ethic, says band leader Greg “Hobie” Hubbard. “We tend to give all the credit to the audience,” Hubbard said in a recent telephone interview with the Mirror. “That’s who kept us going from the beginning. ...

Garden Notes: Drainage is key to growing Cyclamen

Q. Is it true that there are kinds of cyclamen that will grow outdoors in our climate? I love the ones grown as houseplants and would enjoy having them as garden plants, too. A. There are two species of Cyclamen that overwinter in protected locations in western Pennsylvania that I have grown ...

Five more inducted into the Blair County Arts Hall of Fame

Michael Allison vaguely remembers taping paper together so he could draw poster-size dinosaurs while growing up in Altoona. It was the earliest of many “little signposts along the way” that he would become an artist, he said. For nearly five decades, Allison has advocated for and created ...

Mark Lowry on stage

Mark Lowry will tell funny stories and sing selections from his recently released album when he comes to Altoona next week. A Christian comedian and Southern gospel artist, he will present “An Evening with Mark Lowry” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Calvary Baptist Church, 810 Ruskin Drive. ...

Events honor 9/11, call for peace

In most communities, rallies and programs held on Patriot Day to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in America have ended. However, in Altoona, two events will be held Monday, the 16th anniversary of the day when militants associated with the extremist group al-Qaida hijacked ...

Roaring Spring Faith Assembly of God welcomes pastor, wife

The congregation of Faith Assembly of God, 4870 Cove Mountain Road, Roaring Spring, welcomed a new pastor earlier this year. Pastor Del Smith and his wife, Marvina, moved to the Morrisons Cove area from Bensalem, where Smith served as the lead pastor of Christian Life Center from September ...

God’s way not always easy

My husband, Bob, said a very nice thing to me the other day. “Kim,” he said with a smile, “At least you know how much we need you around here.” Coincidentally, our daughter, Val made a similar remark only hours before., Granted, that might seem like an odd comment. However, it ...

Spiritual Notes

Wedding Anniversary Liturgies Bishop Mark L. Bartchak will celebrate the first of two Wedding Anniversary Liturgies at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. During the Mass, Bartchak will recognize married couples who are marking milestone wedding anniversaries ...

Wide range of entertainment on tap for Penn State

Barely 28, Cecile McLorin Salvant already has a Grammy and some advice for aspiring musicians: Get off social media. McLorin Salvant’s award-winning jazz kicks off the upcoming season of 24 performances at the Center for Performing Arts at Penn State in University Park. They range from ...

Where art and agriculture meet: Huntingdon County fest to celebrate fiber arts

Learn how to make an “out- of-this-world” beaded necklace pretty enough for gift giving. Or figure how to tie decorative knots or make quilted tumbling triangles. Expand your knowledge or learn new skills at more than a dozen classes scheduled as part of the Pennsylvania Fiber ArtsFest on ...

Make your life meaningful

There are facts that can’t be denied. The sun rises and sets. Yin is the opposite of yang, and not everything is black and white. There’s one fact, however, that I’ve found to be more of a lesson than anything else. It’s the notion that life is a book with only so many blank pages. ...

Beyonce, Streisand to headline Harvey relief telethon

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey will headline a one-hour telethon to benefit Hur-ricane Harvey victims that will be simulcast next week on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CMT. The event will be telecast live at 8 p.m. on Sept. 12, and ...

Philadelphia offers binge-watching opera festival

PHILADELPHIA — In a downtown theater, five teenagers take refuge at a site once occupied by members of the radical group MOVE. Across the street, a serial killer terrorizes Victorian London. Up the block, the bird-catcher Papageno longs for true love. A bit further afield, spectators at two ...

Saving seeds saves money, plant history

Seed saving is precisely that. Gathering seed saves money for the next planting season and also saves genetic strains that may have originated generations ago in family gardens. But it takes planning and good timing. “Seed saving has always been a common way to save seeds that were ...