Area Life

St. Patrick’s fest is this weekend

NEWRY — St. Patrick School and Parish will hold its 37th annual Festival in the Shade from 5 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday and from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. There will be food, a craft booth, entertainment, a huge indoor flea market, a hay ride, 50/50 drawing, Balloons By Miss Choo, a handmade ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Aug. 9, 1969 The Altoona Jaycees was sponsoring a showing of the 150-cast member “Up With People” show at Mansion Park. It was a traveling musical show meant to inspire spirit and emotion. Mayor William Prosser presented the group a gold spike. 25 YEARS AGO: Aug. 9, ...

Amazon Prime’s ‘Hauk Machines’ to feature Ebensburg man’s work

The paint and body work of Matt Rosmus of Hometown Collision in Ebensburg will be featured in the second season premiere of Hauk Machines Monday to air on social media and Amazon Prime streaming service. The 1955 Chevy, nicknamed Big Window, is the second of three projects Rosmus has ...

Local singer-songwriter releases LP

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Singer-songwriter Conner Gilbert is releasing his first LP in 10 years, “Life in the Years,” Friday. The 10-song album was first announced in June, when it became available for digital pre-order on the iTunes Store and Amazon Music. Friday it can also be purchased or ...

‘Bizarre trip’ that was almost Woodstock 50

NEW YORK — Shortly after Woodstock organizers announced the shambolic 50th anniversary concerts were off after months of setbacks and holdups, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang summed up the drama in six words: “It’s been a really bizarre trip.” Over the last six months, Lang, 74, ...

Lorre brings his take on immigrant life to TV

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Chuck Lorre is bringing his take on immigrant life in America to CBS, and claims it has nothing to do with President Donald Trump’s hardline stance on the crisis at the southern U.S. border. The creator of such hits as “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young ...

Victim Services Program’s ‘Man Up’ and Stand Up at National Night Out

The Victim Services Program of Family Services Incorporated will have their “Man Up” and Stand Up campaign banner at Blair County’s observance of National Night Out on Tuesday at both Altoona’s and Duncansville’s celebrations. Community members are encouraged to sign the banners and ...

Final ‘Homeland’ season to debut in February

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Showtime says the eighth and final season of “Homeland” will debut in early 2020. The channel said on Friday that production on the acclaimed drama’s last 12 episodes is underway. Former CIA agent Carrie struggled last season to uncover an international ...

PSU to feature new books at Ag Progress Days

Penn State University Press will showcase new local interest and nature books inside the Pasto Agricultural Museum during the three-day expo Penn State University Press will showcase an exciting array of books that highlight Pennsylvania’s history and natural environment at Ag Progress ...

Crazy Horse family elder to visit SAMA Altoona

Crazy Horse family elder Floyd Clown Sr. will join author William Matson to discuss and sign their book “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy” based on the Family’s oral history from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Southern Alleghanies Museum of Art of Altoona located at ...

Creativity, functionality matter in playroom decor

Go bold. Stay practical. Think long-term. These are among the tips offered by interior decorators for creating a fresh, fun — even inspiring — playroom for kids. Foster creativity “I love bold choices in a playroom,” says Mel Bean, a designer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In one client’s ...

Convergence of time

In its 91st season, The Altoona Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestra Teresa Cheung, announced its 2019-2020 slate of concerts with a season theme based on the convergence of some significant event anniversaries. “We will be commemorating the ending of WWI (1919), the 75th ...

Change can be challenging

I have been thinking a lot about changing lately, primarily because I’ve been doing a lot of it. Changing, that is, not thinking. I try to keep thinking at a minimum because too much of it gives me a headache. It occurred to me that there exist two basic types of change — unavoidable and ...

Will to present organ concert

Our Lady of Mount Carmel will host an organ concert by Nicholas Will at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10. A native of central Pennsylvania, Will formerly served as the director of music at The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. In addition, Will began his organ studies at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Will ...

Spiritual notes

Vacation Bible Schools - Altoona Seventh-day Adventist Church, 509 25th St., Altoona, will host vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 6-9. “Lost at Sea” is geared toward children entering first through sixth grades. All children participating will receive a ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Aug. 2, 1969 Ardie J. Dillen of Altoona Enterprises helped cut the ribbon as a tire remanufacuring plant called Cordovan, parent company located in Ohio, opened in Bellwood yesterday. From 60 to 75 employees were expected at full capacity. Mayor William H. Prosser presented a ...

Bedford Springs Hotel to host World War II weekend Aug 2-4

The third annual World War II weekend Aug. 2 to 4 at Omni Bedford Springs Resort is expected to draw several hundred people during the war’s 75th anniversary year as events, renactors and historians provide local context to the conflict. “We had several hundred attend last year,” said ...

U.S. Hotel Tavern on PCN show Sunday

From Mirror reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — The U.S. Hotel Tavern is being featured in a segment on PCN’s Keystone Cuisine summer-long series featuring restaurants from around Pennsylvania. The 30-minute segment will air at 9 p.m. Sunday on PCN, according to Felicia Duger, spokesperson for PCN. ...