Area Life

What is God telling you today?

Communication is an important thing. It’s so important in fact that when it isn’t clear, we can find ourselves in some hairy situations. I found this out at the hair salon. Getting a little tired of my lackluster style, I decided to get some layers for extra body and movement. While ...

‘Thankful Together’ a universal message

Food and family are a big part of Thanksgiving, a holiday that marks the day in 1621 when the Pilgrims and Native Americans shared a three-day feast and thanked God for his blessings. In Altoona, another tradition is associated with the holiday. It is the annual Community Interfaith ...

Spiritual notes

Anniversary celebration The 125th Anniversary of the consecration of St. Laurence Episcopal Church in Osceola Mills will be celebrated during a special service at 11 a.m. Sunday. “We’re so happy that our beautiful church has reached such an important milestone,” said the Rev. ...

Largest exhibition in SAMA-Loretto’s history on display

Nearly 200 selections of contemporary abstract art, pop art and optical art from a private collection are now on display at both main galleries of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, making it the largest exhibition in the museum’s history. More than 150 artists, including Andy ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Nov. 17, 1967 The Rev. Ralph W. Lind, 70, a native of Altoona, celebrated his 25th year as pastor of Fourth Lutheran Church, Howard Avenue and Third Street. In an interview with the Mirror, he recalled selling copies of the Mirror for a penny and being knocked unconscious by a ...

Night of nosh: Top chefs promise to please palates at fundraiser

More than a dozen of the region’s best chefs again will be cooking up a storm for this year’s March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction in Altoona on Nov. 20 at the Blair County Convention Center. “This is a great — and delicious — event that brings together lots of talented chefs ...

Tasty Words: Anticipation grows at Thanksgiving for pumpkin soup

Autumn is a great season to enjoy pumpkin in every shape and form. I certainly have my fair share of pumpkin-infused recipes, and they permeate my kitchen just about every week in November. Sometimes, I’m craving a sweet treat, like pumpkin cookies or cinnamon rolls. Other nights, I ...

Earth Matters: Farmers striving for conservation

The clouds of divisiveness, injustice and ecological degradation can often envelop us in gloom. So it is reassuring when the bright sunshine of unity, justice and environmental preservation manage to overshadow the frequent bad news. Such sunlight was recently shed upon me by two ...

Don’t be a Scrooge: Christmas activities abound around area

Editor’s Note: This story is part of an occasional travel series by Mirror staff writer Cherie Hicks. Maybe that first snow last week jolted you into the Christmas spirit after a warmer-than-usual autumn. But if it didn’t, there are plenty of festive activities upcoming in the region, ...

Clear thinking gift from God

There’s a lot to be said for clear thinking. That’s one of the main reasons I decided at an early age to never be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The way I see it, if I make a fool of myself, I want to be able to take full credit. Our daughter, Val, is that way, too, which is a ...

Evangelist, missionary to speak

Christian evangelist and missionary to the Muslims, the Rev. Dr. Jay Smith, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Canoe Creek Brethren in Christ Church, 348 Beaver Dam Road, Hollidaysburg. Smith was born in India to Brethren in Christ missionaries. Both his parents and grandparents were ...

Spiritual Notes

Evening prayer The pastors and parishioners of Zion Lutheran Parish and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish, both of Hollidaysburg, will gather for evening prayer at St. Michael Church at 5 p.m. Sunday to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The service will consist of the ...

Pennsylvania Consort celebrates Handel’s Messiah

The Pennsylvania Consort will celebrate 30 years of presenting Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford. This long-standing traditional event, anchored by the 50-plus volunteer choir assembled from Bedford, Blair and Cambria counties, ...

Former Deadhead now a one-man-jam band: Keller Williams coming to State College

For years, guitar player and singer Keller Williams couldn’t afford to hire accompanying band members, so he put technology to work for him by using live looping of multiple instruments to put on his one-man-jam act. Williams is bringing his music that combines elements of bluegrass, folk, ...

Elton John celebrates 25 years of AIDS foundation

NEW YORK — A teary and emotional Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation with a gala in New York City, raising about $4.4 million and telling the audience that they would end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. John’s efforts to raise awareness and fight against AIDS were ...

Garth Brooks is entertainer of the year

Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Brooks, who has won the top prize six times, also beat Chris Stapleton and Eric Church on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, ...

Garden Notes: Conference spurs writer to plan next year’s garden

On a cold, windy day in September, I attended the Grazing Conference and Cattle Evaluation, sponsored by the Blair and Huntingdon Conservation Districts through the PA Agricultural Ombudsman Program. It was worth every shiver to listen to Dr. Allen Williams and Jeremy Engh. Williams is a ...