Area Life

Appreciating the past

Local Penn State Altoona instructor, historian and author Jared Frederick is among 25 “guest hosts” selected by Turner Classic Movies through a national competition conducted as part of the channel’s 25th anniversary celebration. Jared Frederick’s segment airs at 9:45 p.m. April 16. ...

‘Joy in the City’ prayer breakfast set

On the National Day of Prayer, Americans will gather in groups across the nation to pray. In Altoona, people are invited to start the day by attending a prayer breakfast. It will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. May 2 at The Casino at Lakemont Park, 300 Lakemont Park Blvd. The cost is $20 a ...

Passing through to heaven

Ready for a pop quiz? What do Abraham Lincoln, Grizzly Adams, the folks from Duck Dynasty and post-menopausal women have in common? Beards. I’ve been thinking about beards lately because my husband, Bob, recently decided to grow one. In the past, Bob flirted with the idea of a ...

Spiritual notes

Spring revival services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at the Raystown Brethren Church, 8753 Raystown Road, Saxton. Special music will be presented each evening. The Burn Service night of worship will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday with refreshments after the service. Van ...

Palm Sunday commemorated

The Sunday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and begins the series of observances focusing on the events of Holy Week. This Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of the passion or suffering of Jesus leading to ...

Cross walk, Good Friday events planned

The Blair County Pastors Network will host two Good Friday service. From noon to 3 p.m., the group will carry the cross to four city churches. At each location there will be worship and a brief meditation on the cross. The theme for the afternoon is “The 3 crosses of Good Friday.” At 7 ...

Maundy Thursday services scheduled

The following churches have set Maundy Thursday services: Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square — 7:30 p.m. (Adoration until 10 p.m.) Our Lady of Lourdes, 2716 Broad Ave. — 7 p.m. (Adoration until Midnight) Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 806 11th St. — 7 p.m. ...

Precious Blood offered

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has directed parishes in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to once again offer the Precious Blood at Mass beginning on Holy Thursday, April 18. Earlier this year, Bartchak directed parishes to not offer the Precious Blood due to the severity of the flu season. As ...

Used Bibles collected

Grace Bible Church, 164 Laurel Lane, Hollidaysburg, (Route 36, next to Garvey Manor) is partnering with Advance Global Literature to collect used Bibles and Christian books to be sent overseas. Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. every Wednesday in April at the church. ...

Iron Bridge Theatre presents ‘Godspell’

The Iron Bridge Theatre in Tyrone is once again preparing to wow audiences with its upcoming dinner theater production of “Godspell.” The performance of the musical by Stephen Schwartz and the book by John-Michael Tebelak will delve into religious themes during the Lenten and Easter ...

Penn State’s ‘Frozen Moments’ Ice Show Sunday

By Susan Field For The Mirror The sound of the blade gliding on ice. The wind in her face as she spins. Jumping high in the air and landing with grace. For Jessica McCormick, the joys of skating have never grown old. McCormick, co-director of this weekend’s 36th annual Penn State Spring ...

Dan + Shay win big at ACMs

Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay solidified themselves as the hottest group in country music with multiple wins at the Academy of Country Music Awards, where Keith Urban was named entertainer of the year and Kacey Musgraves won three honors. Urban won the top prize Sunday with his ninth ...

Wrestler Bret Hart tackled during WWE Hall of Fame speech

NEW YORK — Wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart was tackled by a spectator Saturday while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The attacker was promptly subdued by several people, including other wrestlers, who came to Hart’s defense. ...

Bennett among those honored at Apollo gala

NEW YORK — Tony Bennett had few words to say, but many more to sing. Bennett was among the honorees Thursday night at “A Great Night in Harlem,” the annual fundraiser for the Jazz Foundation of America. Introduced by Ben Stiller to a capacity audience at the Apollo Theater, Bennett ...

PSCS ‘Mockingbird’ resonates with courage and hope

The Penn State Centre Stage production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” delivers a powerful message on many levels. Its own history is telling: The tale set in 1935 began as a book by Harper Lee in 1960, became a film in 1962, and playwright Christopher Sergel began writing the play in 1970, ...

Encounter hosts ‘Duck Dynasty’ duo

Alan and Lisa Robertson had a story to tell before they and other members of the Robertson family became famous as part of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” reality show. It’s a story of love, brokenness and reconciliation, and the couple will talk about their lives, how forgiveness can occur ...

ASO welcomes Winter home

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s 90th season continues April 13 by welcoming home seven-time Grammy winner and Altoona native Paul Winter and three members of the Paul Winter Consort to the Mishler Theatre. The ASO and the consort will perform “In Celebration of the Earth,” including 14 ...

Spiritual Notes

Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., will host its annual indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Registrations for the Taking Control Scholarship Program will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the downstairs fellowship hall of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist ...

Central PA Missions Fair set

The Central PA Missions Fair will be held Tuesday at Calvary Church, 150 Harvest Fields, Boalsburg. The fair will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include multiple seminars, 11 top interdenominational agencies and unlimited ways to change the world. Participants can talk face-to-face with ...

Missions conference planned

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will be host a Missions Conference from April 13-17. The theme, “Sent To the Whosoever,” is taken from Romans 10:13-17. Conference guests include: Ruth Coleman with Baptist Mid-Missions in Honduras, Kevin and Trina Mayfield with Biblical Ministries ...