Area Life

Punk show at McGarvey’s Bar

The U.S. Bombs just added a show at McGarvey’s Bar and Grill from 7 to 11:59 p.m. Jan. 2. The punk-rock band from California will be joined by Total Chaos and X’s for Eyes. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.altoonatickets.com.

Pastor’s ‘journey continues’

The Rev. Paul Johnson retired in November from his responsibilities as spiritual leader at Eighteenth Street Community Church, but that does not mean he is retiring from ministry. Johnson founded the church 23 years ago when he bought the building that had housed a neighborhood bar and ...

Groundhog Wine Festival set for Feb. 2

The Groundhog Wine Festival, from Starr Hill Vineyard and Winery, will be from 1 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2. The event will be held in Expo 2 Building Clearfield Fair Grounds, 5615 Park St., Clearfield. Seating is first come, first serve and tickets range from $10-$40. Tickets can be purchased ...

Irish anthems coming March 2

The Tossers will be playing at McGarvey’s Bar and Grill at 10 p.m. March 2. The six-piece Celtic punk band was formed in 1993 and is known for its Irish drinking anthems. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is standing room only and for 21 years of age and older. Tickets are $15 and can be ...

Germany ‘committed to spiritual walk’

Nate Germany has a heart for others and a desire to share his faith. It’s the right combination for a man who has been installed as the new senior pastor at Eighteenth Street Community Church. Germany, originally from Pittsburgh, previously served as youth pastor at the church for five ...

Christmas Day services planned

Area churches have set Christmas Day services: Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona — 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and noon. Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Altoona — 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Altoona — 11 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. at Assumption Chapel. Sacred Heart ...

Churches host Christmas Eve services

The following churches have scheduled Christmas Eve services: Baptist Faith Baptist Church of Altoona — 6 p.m. candlelight service. The theme is, “Jesus Christ was Born to Die that We Might Live.” The service includes congregational singing, special Christmas music by Faith Baptist ...

Spiritual notes

A Blue Christmas service, offering solace to the suffering, will be held at 7 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 21, at Grace United Methodist Church, 5428 South Main St., Westover. For those experiencing loneliness, grief, loss or hardship, the Christmas season is far from the most wonderful time of ...

Searching for one that is missing

Have you ever experienced times when you were excited and filled with anticipation but after it was over the expectation did not live up to the hype? It’s nothing to worry about because we all have our share of disappointments every now and then as this is just a normal part of life. ...

Churches team up

JOHNSTOWN — A group of area pastors and churches are teaming up to help ensure a warm and welcoming Christmas Eve for everyone in need. A Hometown Christmas Eve celebration will take place on Monday at the Holiday Inn in downtown Johnstown. “Everyone is welcome to attend this ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Dec. 21, 1968 The Salvation Army in Altoona held its annual doll dressing contest with volunteers dressing dolls in various costumes before they were given to needy children. Pat Hinton Grover of the Altoona Mirror acted as judge and a doll dressed as a bride by Tina Allaway won ...

Priest shows presence of God

LOS ANGELES — Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a simple mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds. That’s why the Roman Catholic priest found himself standing by the drive-thru of a popular Hollywood fast-food joint on a recent windy, rain-swept afternoon buying ...

Gray named Miss Universe 2018

ANGKOK — The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition held in Bangkok on Monday, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home nation. Gray wore a sparkling red dress that she said was inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was ...

Braxton is in the holiday spirit with new movie

NEW YORK — Toni Braxton has been nominated for Grammys again for her latest album, but these days the singer is also focusing on acting — and flexing her producing muscles. “I find that I really love everything about film and film-making,” the multiplatinum-singer said in a recent ...

Merriam-Webster announces ‘Justice’ as word of the year

NEW YORK — Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months. The word follows “toxic,” picked by Oxford Dictionaries, and ...

Entertaining in small spaces is an art

For those in small homes, holiday entertaining can feel daunting, or even impossible. But with a little planning, that needn’t be the case. “I don’t think anyone who enjoys hosting should stop themselves from entertaining just because of space constraints,” says Sarah Carey, editorial ...

Start the New Year off right: Resolution to exercise can lead to a better you

As the over-indulgences of December reach a crescendo, a New Year beckons pristinely like a sparkling, undisturbed, snow-covered mountain — 364 days of hope and promise untarnished by regret. For many, January signals an ideal time to eat healthier and exercise. Alison McMullen 43, of ...

Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

NEW YORK — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard. Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zom-bies will also be ushered in next ...

Spiritual notes

Free lunch - The Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., across from Tuckahoe Park, will serve a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Everyone is invited. - Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will serve a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 ...