Area Life

Relationship with God tempered with respect, awe

Our daughter, Val, asked her father and me an interesting question the other evening. “Mom and Dad, do you think people today are too casual about God?” “Why do you ask?” my husband, Bob, queried. “Well, I was listening to a sermon yesterday and the preacher was talking about all ...

Spiritual notes

Free soup lunch Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Duncansville, will host a free soup lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The lunch will feature homemade potato soup, applesauce or fruit cocktail, beverage, and cookies, cakes and cupcakes prepared by members of the ...

Deadlines for Lenten news

The deadline for Holy Week and Easter services is March 24. Email news to religion @altoonamirror.com; submit online using the Mirror’s website; or fax to 946-7540. For more information, call Holly at 946-7451.

Patinkin says ‘Homeland’ is trying to improve Muslim depiction

LONDON — Mandy Patinkin knows that his show “Homeland” hasn’t always shown Muslims in the best light — but he says that is changing with the award-winning show’s sixth season. “It’s deeply important to me,” he said in an interview this week with The Associated Press. “In ...

Local and organic: Bedford restaurant grows most of the food it serves

BEDFORD — Mandisa and Jeff Horn chucked their professional careers in sales and insurance for full-time work on the farm that has been in his family for four generations. They soon started selling their bounty, and not long after that, customers wanted to know how to prepare it. “I ...

Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake shine at iHeartRadio Awards

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards started with Justin Timberlake speaking about inclusion and dedicating his award to children who feel different, and ended with a rousing performance by Bruno Mars that included crowd participation from Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Ty Dolla $ign, Heidi ...

Harry Potter play gets 11 Olivier Awards noms

LONDON (AP) — Magical adventure “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” leads the race for British theater’s Olivier Awards, with nominations in 11 categories including best new play. Jamie Parker, who plays an adult Harry in the two-part drama, is nominated for best actor, and there are ...

Grapevine

Adele announces her marriage Adele has officially announced she and longtime partner Simon Konecki are married, weeks after hinting at a wedding. She casually dropped the news while chatting with the audience at her show in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday. She was discussing her song, ...

Going Dutch: Philly Flower Show promises to teach and awe

It is the largest and oldest flower show in the country, and scores of Blair Countians will be making the nearly four-hour trek to Philadelphia for this year’s version that will highlight the European country best known for its blooms. “Holland: Flowering the World” is the Philadelphia ...

Elvis Presley’s Graceland opens new complex

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Nearly four decades after Elvis sang his last tune, his legacy got a $45 million boost with the Thursday opening of a major new attraction at his Graceland estate — an entertainment complex that Priscilla Presley says gives “the full gamut” of the King of Rock ‘n’ ...

Railroad featured in movie chugs back to life

LOS ANGELES — Angels Flight, LA’s beloved little railroad, had its cameo in the hit musical “La La Land” and now it’s almost ready for its close-up. The narrow-gauge railroad that for more than a century hauled people 298 feet up and down the city’s steep Bunker Hill was shut down ...

Cyprus expects record number of tourists

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus expects to hit another record number of tourists this year, with visits to the east Mediter-ranean island expected to increase 5 percent over last year, a tourism official said late last week. That’s on top of a record-setting 2016, which saw almost 3.2 million ...

DC’s cherry blossoms could hit peak bloom in 2 weeks

WASHINGTON — A mild winter could mean the earliest bloom on record for Washington’s famous cherry trees, officials announced last week. National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Gay Vietzke said the peak bloom is expected between March 14 and 17. The National Park Service says the ...

Travel briefs

Utah Zion closes cliffs to protect falcons SPRINGDALE, Utah — More than a dozen climbing routes on rocky cliffs in southern Utah’s Zion National Park have been temporarily closed to help protect peregrine falcons. U.S. Park Service officials closed the routes early last week on ...

Rare comic books headed to auction

HARTFORD, Conn. — By day, Jon Berk is a mild-mannered civil attorney in Connecticut. But by night (well, really during most of his spare time for the past 45 years) he is known by some as a comic book-collecting super hero. Berk’s collection of more than 18,000 books and 300 pieces of ...

Deutch carves her own path in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES — To say actress Zoey Deutch is a regular at Art’s Deli is an understatement. Sporting an oversized sweatshirt, she breezes into the restaurant, a Studio City institution since 1957, and is immediately greeted with familiar hugs from the wait staff. One chimes in that he’s ...