Area Life

Offering a second chance

Everyone deserves a second chance, even a restaurant. Operating on that principle, the other evening my husband Bob, daughter Val, and I went to a local restaurant we hadn’t visited in a few years. While we’ve patronized pretty much every food establishment in the area, we hadn’t ...

Spiritual notes

Roast beef dinner Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly, will serve a roast beef dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost to eat-in is $9 for adults, $4.50 for children 12 and younger. Takeouts are available for $9. For more information, call 884-0205. Concerts Timothy ...

‘HMS Pinafore’ docking at IUP in May

A New York City repertory company is bringing its Gilbert and Sullivan expertise to an Indiana stage with its production of the funny “HMS Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved a Sailor.” Accompanied by its full-pit orchestra, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will perform the comic ...

Bells ring out the good news on Easter

The bells of St. Laurence Episcopal Church in Osceola Mills, which have not sounded together in some time, rang out the good news of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, thanks to the work of master bell restorationist Brian Michaels of Good Vibrations Audio & Video, Morrisdale. Delivery ...

Outside downtown venue to host Ivyside Off the Rails

If you’re looking to find the fun in Altoona this weekend, Ivyside Off the Rails on the grounds of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum could be your plan. It’s a festival put together by Penn State Altoona students. Jessie Hurkes, assistant director for Student and Civic ...

Former ‘Buffy’ star making food fun for kids

NEW YORK — As a vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar learned the value of an old-fashioned wooden stake. As a mom of two children, she’s still pretty handy with a good stick — only this time it’s in the kitchen. Gellar skewers all kinds of things in her new cookbook, “Stirring ...

Soprano Nadine Sierra wins 2017 Tucker Award

NEW YORK — Soprano Nadine Sierra has won the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, dubbed the Heisman Trophy of opera. The 28-year-old Florida native is “an American singer at the threshold of a major international career,” according to the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. That’s the condition ...

Don’t ask where Vogel is; ask where she isn’t

NEW YORK — You can find new work by Paula Vogel on Broadway at the Cort Theatre, where her play “Indecent” opened Tuesday. But if you look a little harder, you can find Vogel’s work pretty much everywhere. A few blocks away, former student Lynn Nottage has opened “Sweat.” A ...

Richard Simmons addresses fans in statement to People

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After an absence from the spotlight, Richard Simmons is speaking out directly to his fans, saying, “Hope to see you again soon!” Simmons issued a statement to People magazine Wednesday, and his spokesman, Tom Estey, confirmed its authenticity. The statement marks ...

Prince’s estate sues sound engineer over unpublished music

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince’s estate is claiming a sound engineer who worked with the musician on five tracks in 2006 is threatening to release the unpublished material and has no right to do so. The estate and Paisley Park Enterprises have sued George Ian Boxill, alleging he’s trying to ...

Tasty Words: Trial and error leads to an easy enchilada recipe

Like most working moms, I rotate through the same dinner meals from month to month. Quick, easy and healthy is my dinner mantra. Sometimes, I like to explore outside my comfort zone and try out a new dish. I started experimenting with enchiladas about two years ago, and the journey has been ...

‘Guerrilla’: drama of love, revolution in ’70s London

LOS ANGELES — John Ridley’s projects always have something to say, and it’s always worth considering. The writer, director and producer works a big canvas and does it thoughtfully, whether in his Oscar-winning screenplay for “12 Years a Slave,” his ABC anthology series “American ...

Garden Notes: Storied red beets thrive in mild spring temperatures

Red beets look like radishes on steroids. They’re a necessity when Easter preparations are in full swing. Beets create the vibrant scarlet hue that pickled eggs sport, as do some Easter basket eggs dyed pink, red or purple. Unless the Easter basket eggs are plastic — that's another story. ...

Spreading the light

There’s a moment at the Roman Catholic Easter Vigil Mass that seems to almost transcend time, a scene that could be of present day or long ago. It’s when the only light at first glows from the tall Paschal candle. Then it spreads as the priest lights his taper and turns to another to ...

New church to make ‘impact’

While Center City Church could be considered a non-denominational church, Pastor Jim Kilmartin said a more appropriate way to define the church would be to say it’s a “life-giving” church that aims to see the Kingdom of God demonstrated on Earth as it is in Heaven. That new ...

Collection shares God’s love through books

Every Wednesday during April, the Grace Bible Church in Hollidaysburg is collecting used Bibles and other Christian books as a mission project to India. “A lot of people have old Bibles and don’t know what to do with them,” church member and Bedford resident Karen Diehl said. Diehl said ...

Temporary annoyances

After careful rumination, I think it’s time the Smith family got rid of its land line. Granted, I’ve sort of wanted to hold on to it, just for old time’s sake, but some of the phone calls we’ve been getting are really starting to bug me. First, there are all the estate planning ...

Easter services

The following churches will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ with Easter services on April 16 including sunrise services: Baptist Logan’s Valley Baptist Church, 335 Main St., Bellwood — 8 a.m. sunrise service, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school and 10:45 a.m. worship with Pastor ...

Spiritual notes

Red Mass In celebration of Law Day on April 21, Saint Francis University will hold its annual Red Mass for all faiths. The public is invited to attend the Mass, which will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Bartchak, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. in ...