Area Life

Overwatch esports league expanded

With eight new franchises and plans to take its regular season on the road, the Overwatch League is opening its second year a few steps closer to its goal of becoming a truly global, city-based esports league. The circuit’s inaugural season was an industry-shifting success. Launched with 12 ...

Club notes

AHS class of 1957 planning reunion aThe reunion committee for the Altoona High School Class of 1957 is planning its 62nd anniversary Reunion to be held Sept. 27-29. Friday there will be a get together at Park Hill Country Club, Saturday a buffet at The Blairmont Club and a brunch buffet is ...

A Celtic celebration: Kegs, Corks & Kilts set for March 9

The second annual Kegs, Corks & Kilts, March 9 at the Altoona Grand Hotel, is more than just a tasting event, according to organizers, it’s a get-away weekend experience. “We draw a decent mix of locals and out-of-towners from an average of an hour away,” said Lindsay Danella, ...

Days before the show, a revolt over the Oscars

Would anyone — anyone at all — like to thank the academy? This is normally the time of year when Oscar hopefuls are readying acceptance speeches that almost always begin with a few words of gratitude for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. But that sentiment has been hard to ...

CPHS will hold fundraiser Feb. 23

EAST FREEDOM — The Central Pennsylvania Humane Society (CPHS) will hold a night at the races, electronic horse races, on Feb. 23 at the Freedom Township Fire Hall. Only 100 horses are being sold. All proceeds benefit the animals at the CPHS. Tickets are $25 per person for a horse and ...

Arnold finds new sitcom home in ‘The Neighborhood’

LOS ANGELES — Tichina Arnold knew as a tot she was meant to perform. “I told my mom at the age of 3, ‘I want to sing.’ And of course my mom being a mother, she said, ‘Well, my baby wants to sing.’ So they put me up on a chair,” Arnold recalled. She’s been honing her talent ...

What will kitchens of the future look like?

Today’s home kitchen doesn’t look anything like it did a century ago. But for the most part, it doesn’t look a lot different than 50 years ago. Appliances are sleeker, materials are better, color palettes are broader. But the room is still the hard-working heart of the home. So what ...

Sales for Abramson book sluggish

NEW YORK — Days of relentless publicity, much of it unwanted, did not lead to many sales for Jill Abramson’s “Merchants of Truth.” The former New York Times executor editor’s media critique sold just over 2,800 copies through its first week of publication, according to numbers ...

For first time Rijksmuseum shows off its Rembrandts

AMSTERDAM — For the first time, and likely the last, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is showing off most of its works by Rembrandt van Rijn in a single exhibition. From imposing portraits to intimate sketches and prints that usually lie cocooned in the darkness of climate-controlled storage, ...

‘Entertain and educate’

Organizers of the Altoona International Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by the Greater Altoona Jewish Federation,are celebrating its 20th anniversary with special selections, including its “gift to the community” the multi-award winning, 1993 classic “Schindler’s List.” The festival ...

Faith makes a difference

The Inspirations will sing about how faith in God makes a difference in people’s lives when the group performs a concert in Altoona. They will also talk about how a relationship with Jesus has made a difference in their own lives. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Calvary ...

Spiritual notes

The 28th Street Church of the Brethren’s next free soup will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes vegetable beef soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and dessert. The church is at 2800 Union Ave., Altoona. St. Michael Catholic Church of Hollidaysburg, ...

God forgives and restores

We all stand on common ground when it comes to making bad choices and terrible decisions, but this does not have to be the end of our story. Missing the mark is common when we give our emotions the power to guide and lead us and we can make a mess out of things in a hurry. However, there ...

Day of Mourning set

A local event will be held in observation of the Day of Mourning, a response to the state of New York recently voting to expand abortion access up to the birth of the baby. The Day of Mourning is being held in cities nationwide and locally from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Altoona Alliance ...

Hold memories of loved ones close to your heart

There are times when the clock seems to stop. Certain moments become memories and time becomes a precious gift. You hold the things that feel comfortable close to your heart because they’ve always been a part of your world. Then you blink. Life happens and everything you once knew as ...

SFU Business Students Compete in Philadelphia Federal Reserve Challenge

LORETTO — Saint Francis University acknowledges Jared Barber of Duncansville, Maxwell Benzel of Altoona and Aaron Yasulitis of Altoona who helped the Shields School of Business Fed Challenge team compete in the Philadelphia Fed District College Federal Reserve Challenge competition on Nov. 7 ...

Are old seeds in packets worth sowing? Test them

Depending on where you store them and what types of seeds they contain, your old, dog-eared seed packets may or may not be worth using this season. Seeds are alive; they do not live forever. Sprinkling dead seeds out in the garden or into seed flats is a waste of time. When you buy a packet ...

Wonder, Legend headline Motown tribute

LOS ANGELES — Stevie Wonder jammed with his harmonica, John Legend crooned while playing the piano and Ciara pranced onstage dressed like Rick James on Tuesday night at Motown Records’ 60th anniversary concert. Wonder closed out the all-star lineup performing more than a half-dozen songs ...

Trombonists who died in 2018 to be honored

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The late American jazz great Urbie Green and three other accomplished trombonists who died in 2018 will be remembered Saturday at a musical event in Cleveland. Living trombone stars Jiggs Whigham and John Marcellus will be featured at the Memorial Trombone Festival at Case ...