Area Life

Microgreens: a tiny, nutritional, easy-to-grow crop

If you like munching on seedlings, consider directing your palate toward microgreens. These tiny vegetables burst with rich, leafy flavors ranging from spicy to sweet, and their nutritional power exceeds that of the adult plants. Use them as garnish, sprinkle them onto salads and soups, add ...

Penn State Centre Stage premiering new show

Altoona native and Grammy Award-winner Mike Reid has co-written a musical for Penn State Centre Stage entitled “The Last Day,” which debuts at 8 p.m. today and continues through June 22, at the Penn State Downtown Theatre. A former Penn State Nittany Lion defensive lineman, Reid ...

Putting women first in ‘Big Little Lies’

LOS ANGELES — Women dominate “Big Little Lies,” both on the screen and in the behind-the-scenes power of Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who are executive producers as well as stars of the HBO series. But how does Adam Scott, who plays husband Ed to Witherspoon’s Madeline, ...

Study: women underrepresented in animation jobs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women make up roughly half of all executives in animation, but a study released Monday says the numbers fall significantly when it comes to female directors and other leadership roles in the industry. The study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the nonprofit ...

Albuquerque eyes Route 66 upgrades in ‘forgotten’ area

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s largest city is the latest to embark on upgrades to its portion of the historic Route 66 Highway. Officials in Albuquer-que want to see improvements to a barren stretch of Route 66 in an area that some complain is a forgotten part of the city, KRQE-TV ...

Barenboim’s tenure in Berlin extended by five-year contract

BERLIN — Conductor Daniel Barenboim is getting a five-year contract extension as general music director of Berlin’s Staatsoper, which would keep the maestro at the opera house until 2027, the city government said recently. Klaus Lederer, Berlin’s state culture minister, said an ...

Roberts, Lee toast Washington at AFI event

LOS ANGELES — Denzel Washington was the man of the hour Thursday night with everyone from Julia Roberts to Spike Lee turning out to celebrate him as this year’s recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. But when he finally took the stage to accept the honor he did something unexpected: ...

Summer sensations

By Amanda Drumm For the Mirror Vibrations in downtown Altoona this summer will not just be from trains rolling through town. Instead, reverberations will also be heard from the music from bands who will perform as part of the Summer Sounds Concert Series. The returning concert series — ...

Local author likens life to glass

In her book, “Restoring the Shattered,” Nancy E. Head of Altoona looks at several facets of life that are like broken glass, but can be restored to a beautiful and colorful stained glass window in God’s hands. Her original goal in writing the book was to encourage Christian unity, but ...

Unique, wonderful children

I have a bone to pick with younger moms, and it involves names. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that each child is unique and wonderful. I certainly felt that way about my own two kids until they became teenagers — at which point I just thought they were scary. I guess ...

Missions Golf Classic set for Iron Masters club

The Alliance Men of Altoona Alliance Church will hold the 15th annual Missions Golf Classic on June 21 at Iron Masters Country Club, Roaring Spring. A lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., with tee times beginning at 1 p.m. Cost for the event is $75 a person and $300 for a foursome. The cost ...

Spiritual Notes

Grace’s Closet will hold a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood. Rise Up Sports and theater camps are available for children. Cost for one camp is $10 or both for $15. Scholarship funds and limited transportation is ...

Columnist is reaching for the stars, thankful of the help

Life is unpredictable. Sometimes you start something without knowing how it’s going to turn out. Other times, however, you find yourself having to admit you need help getting to the finish line. You might have an idea about how to get there. You might not even think it’s too far or too ...

County conservation district sets workshop

The Paint-to-Drip Rain Barrel Workshop is going to take place at 9 a.m. June 8 at Providence Presbyter-ian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona. The rain date for the event is set for June 22. This is a free-style instructional painting party that will be followed by refreshments and a learning ...

A grand donation

Courtesy photo The Rotary Club of Portage donated $2,000 to the Portage Public Library Association for renovations to their building. Pictured (left to right): Chris Bartoletti (Rotary Club president), Matt Decort (Rotary member and vice president of the Portage Library Association), ...

Nautical decor with modern panache

Designers are playing with the idea of nautical decor in new ways, with furnishings and style notes that say “classic contemporary” instead of “kitschy cute.” There might be life preservers on the wall, but they’re probably vintage, and paired with modern chairs. There might be art, ...

Around the area

NARVRE sets meeting for Wednesday DUNCANSVILLE — The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will hold their monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Prime Sirloin Buffet. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Mary from Doran and Murphy, Attorneys at Law speak. ...

Russians criticize heavily edited ‘Rocketman’ film

MOSCOW — Russian gay rights activists and cultural figures are criticizing the local distributor of a new movie about Elton John for cutting scenes in it depicting homosexual activity and drug use. The deletions became known last week after a Moscow screening of the film ...