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Area Life

‘I’ve got one!’ Hunting neon scorpions in the Arizona desert

LOST DUTCHMAN STATE PARK, Arizona — As the setting sun left a yellow tinge on dirt-colored cactuses as far as the eye could see, park ranger Anna Roberts gave us a lesson on what we were about to hunt. “Scorpions know they will not kill us because we are much larger,” said Roberts, ...

Bringing Nashville to Altoona

A trio of A-list songwriters — Jenn Schott, Phillip White, and Mark Nesler — will grace the Mishler Theatre stage Oct. 11 as Round The Mountain, LLC, presents “From Nashville: Songs and Stories, Vol. 7” to kick off a brand new season. Altoona residents Dana Snyder and JT Garber are ...

Emmy Predictions: Amid newcomers, will ‘Thrones’ slay again?

In the Way Too Much TV Era, it truly is an honor just to be nominated. Imagine that you're working on a television series, one of the many actors, writers and others who give daily thanks for the rise of cable and streaming that has led to gazillions -- at least -- of shows and growing ...

‘The Testaments’ revisits dystopian world

LONDON — Margaret Atwood often gets asked if “The Testaments,” her sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is set in a dystopian world. “Let us hope so,” she says drily. The Canadian author noted as her new novel was published with a ferocious blast of publicity Tuesday that ...

Shinedown to play BJC Sept. 28

From Mirror reports Shinedown returns to The Bryce Jordan Center Sept. 28 along with Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria and Savage After Midnight. Known for the uplifting anthem “Get Up,” the stop is part of Shinedownás ATTENTION ATTENTION World Tour, produced by Frank Productions. “Get ...

Family: Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dies

A publicist for Eddie Money said the rock star has died after he recently announced he had stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was 70. Cindy Ronzoni provided a statement from the family saying Money died peacefully Friday morning in Los Angeles. The husky-voiced, blue collar performer was known ...

Spiritual notes

Champion Life Church will host a grand reopening of the church following renovations. A ribbon cutting will be held at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, with the service set to begin at 10:45 a.m. The church is at 1314 12th St., Altoona. The church was renovated after pastors James Baldwin and ...

Relief collection set

In an effort to help those feeling the effects of Hurricane Dorian, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has requested that a special collection be taken at all Masses in parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on the weekend of Sept. 21-22. All contributions will be forwarded to Catholic ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO — Sept. 13, 1969 The Altoona Fifth Wheeler Club, an organization for single people between ages 30 and 59, Joe Musto president, met at the Pleasant Valley Recreation Center and planned a “hobo supper” at the home of James Gallice after holding a luau there in August. 25 ...

Award-winning play

The Altoona Community Theatre (ACT) is bringing to the stage a classic piece with its upcoming show “Lost in Yonkers”. The Pulitzer and multiple Tony award winning play by Neil Simon will run at the Mishler Theatre from Sept. 19-22. The coming-of-age story is set in the 1940s and will be ...

With God, there is no luck

There’s an old song by the group named Three Dog Night called “One is the Loneliest Number.” With apologies to the band, I beg to differ. I think that the loneliest number, by far, is 13. It vacillates between being utterly reviled and completely ignored. After spending lots of time ...

Local and regional artists’ works shown in SAMA juried exhibition

“Artists in Our Midst,” an annual juried exhibition is on display through Dec. 7 at The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona and features the work of 20 local and regional artists who are members of Art in Common, an arts organization based in central Pennsylvania. Featured in ...

Little Big Town to reveal new album on historic theater tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country group Little Big Town always wanted to play Carnegie Hall, but it took more than just practice, like the old joke goes, to get them there. The Grammy winners have been in the studio for over a year working on their self-produced ninth studio album “Nightfall,” ...

Russian court dismisses case against famed director

MOSCOW — A Moscow court on Wednesday dismissed the case against an acclaimed theater director, two years after he was accused of embezzlement and put under house arrest. The court, which has been holding hearings in the trial of Kirill Serebrennikov and his associates for 10 months, ruled ...

Plan now for the best tomatoes in next year’s crop

A myth among tomato lovers is that home-grown tomatoes taste best. Not true! The best varieties of tomatoes are what taste best, whether they’re grown on a farm or in a backyard. What about growing conditions? You would think that tomatoes grown on a farm or backyard in a sunny, ...

Smartphone, Matchbox cars, and Risk and among Toy Hall of Fame finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— The smartphone is being considered for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame this year in recognition of its impact on how people play and interact. The other finalists announced Wednesday are: Care Bears, the coloring book, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Jenga, Magic the ...

Maddow sued by OAN

SAN DIEGO — A conservative television network sued Rachel Maddow for more than $10 million on Monday for calling it “paid Russian propaganda.” One America News filed the federal defamation suit in San Diego. The small, family-owned network based in San Diego is challenging Fox News ...

The Black Keys return after extended break

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When the Black Keys last played a festival together in 2015, there was no grand plan to go an indefinite hiatus. They just stopped booking shows and they went home to Nashville, Tennessee to sleep in their own beds. Now four years after their performance at Outside Lands ...

Local shepherds to appear at Mother Earth News Fair

William Churchill and Fred Stowell, Blair County shepherds at Underhill Farm, will be exhibiting their rare breed Leicester Longwool sheep and Angora goats at Mother Earth News Fair, Sept. 13 through 15, in the Livestock Conservancy tent at Seven Springs Resort. They will be representing The ...

Facebook tackles dating in modern age

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is tackling a new frontier: love. Facebook Dating, a matchmaking service the company already offers in Brazil, Canada and 17 other countries. It arrived in the U.S. last week. But after years of privacy missteps by the social network, will people trust it with their ...