Area Life

Marvel closes extensive story with ‘Avengers: Endgame’

LOS ANGELES — About five years ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige found himself on a retreat in Palm Springs plotting the future for the wild, experimental “cinematic universe” that he helped start in 2008 . He wanted to do something that they hadn’t done. He wanted an ...

Students follow the river

Passover celebrates the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt and the beginning of Israel as a nation. It is a story that the Bible instructs Jews to celebrate and recount during the Passover observance. The story is part of the Haggadah, a Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover ...

Soup kitchen celebrates 16th year

The Community Soup Kitchen at the Huntingdon Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 16th anniversary with a brief ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the lower level fellowship hall of the Huntingdon Presbyterian Church. During the ceremony, past directors, including Jane Brown, Deb Hetrick, ...

Financial seminar set

A seminar designed for church treasurers, financial secretaries and pastors will discuss some of the tax laws and best financial practices for congregations. The seminar will held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Clover Creek Church of the Brethren, 218 Rebecca Furnace Road, Martinsburg. ...

Area churches celebrate the promise of Easter

Easter Sunday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent — a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice — and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday, the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles, Good Friday, ...

Greek Orthodox services planned

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., Altoona, will hold a Palm Sunday service with divine liturgy at 10 a.m. followed by the sacraments of confession and Holy Unction. On Holy Friday, April 26, the church will hold Great Vespers of the Descent from the Cross at 4 p.m. and ...

Egg hunts scheduled

St John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg will hold an Easter egg hunt for all children in the community at 1 p.m. Saturday. Children will gather in the fellowship hall to complete an Easter craft and hear a short Easter message. Children then will be released by age groups to search for ...

Spiritual notes

An Easter production, “Forever — Jesus is risen from the grave and He is alive,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Central Assembly of God, 2020 Bedford St., Cumberland, Md. For more information, call 301-777-3105. Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference ...

Red Mass/Law Day set

Saint Francis University will host its annual Red Mass/Law Day on April 26 on its Loretto campus. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, J.C.D., will serve as principal celebrant. The keynote address will be given by Attorney Paul Michael Pohl of Jones Day, Pittsburgh. Red Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. in ...

Berry Gordy fulfills dreams — Motown reaches 60 years

LOS ANGELES — Motown Re-cords founder Berry Gordy looked out at the audience at a 60th anniversary tribute to his groundbreaking record label and saw his dream of making music for “all people” in the world fulfilled. Gordy told the packed Microsoft Theater at the “Motown 60: A Grammy ...

Story of freedom crosses boundaries

After sundown today, people of the Jewish faith will celebrate Passover. It is the beginning of an eight-day holiday that remembers how the ancient Jews were freed from the oppression of slavery in Egypt. The story of their path to freedom is told in the Haggadah, a Jewish text read at the ...

Final season is just the first ending

LOS ANGELES — Devoted “Game of Thrones” fans who’ve watched and re-watched all 73 episodes of the HBO series, and read and reread all 4,000 pages of the books by George R.R. Martin, will at long last get the ending they’ve craved with the series’ eighth and final season. But will ...

Getty announces plans to conserve LA’s Eames House

LOS ANGELES — The Getty Conservation Institute has announced plans to restore and maintain one of Los Angeles’ most stunning homes for generations to come. The institute said Wednesday it partnered with the Eames Foundation on an ambitious conservation plan for the Eames House. The ...

Nominations open for art hall of fame

Now through May 1, nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Blair County Arts Hall of Fame, according to the Blair County Arts Foundation. The Blair County Arts Hall of Fame is a partnership between the Blair County Arts Foundation and Allegheny Ridge Corporation, and is a bi-annual event ...

Bellwood group make it big

Three 2009 Bellwood-Antis High School graduates credit the solid academic and theatrical foundations received there for their L.A.-based company’s success. Called Black Coffee Produc-tions, they’ve worked with Lady Gaga, Pink, Ozzy Osbourne, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Migos and ...

Depp’s ex-wife asks judge to dismiss his lawsuit

FAIRFAX, Va. — Actress Amber Heard asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a $50 million defamation lawsuit her ex-husband Johnny Depp filed over an op-ed about domestic violence she wrote in The Washington Post, and provided new evidence toward her allegations of abuse. In the motion filed in ...

Polish novelist nominated for back-to-back Booker Prize

LONDON — Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk could pull off a Booker Prize double. Tokarczuk, who won last year’s Man Booker International Prize for “Flights,” was announced Tuesday as a 2019 award finalist for “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead.” Her environmental crime ...

‘Two Small Pieces of Glass’ to premiere at Hollidaysburg Planetarium

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The new fulldome planetarium show “Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope” is set to premiere at 8 p.m. April 18 at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School Planetarium. Make reservations at astroprof.com anytime. “Two Small Pieces of Glass” shows ...

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. ...