Area Life

How to keep your garden growing

Working with numbers has always made my eyes cross, but when I read that a cold frame can capture the heat of the winter sun and change the temperature in a spot in my garden from a Zone 5 to a Zone 6, I decided to reexamine my aversion to numbers.* Fall is a good time of year for planting ...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ draws immigrant parents to movies

When “Crazy Rich Asians” surpassed expectations and grabbed the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, the film also pulled off another surprising feat: It put Asians of a certain age in theater seats. Younger Asian-Americans have been flocking with their parents to see the ...

A version of Alexa skirts some kid questions

NEW YORK — A version of Alexa won’t tell kids where babies come from or spill the beans about Santa. It also won’t explain some things kids might have heard on the news — like what Stormy Daniels does for a living. Amazon updated its voice assistant with a feature that can make Alexa ...

Marla Frees book signing events set for Bedford and Blair counties

Author Marla Frees will be at Omni Bedford Springs Resort from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 to hold a group reading and book signing in the Colonnade room for her book, “American Psychic: A Spiritual Journey from the Heartland to Hollywood Heaven, and Beyond.” The evening will include coffee and ...

Community Band hosts renowned artist

The Hollidaysburg Community Band presents a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Canal Basin Park and features Zach Collins, an accomplished soloist, composer and arranger, who serves as a professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Hollidaysburg Community Band is ...

Fan favorite

Country music’s rising star Dylan Scott’s signature, sexy, deep baritone doesn’t strike the country crooner as “anything special” but his fans sure think differently. His newest single “Hooked” ranked No. 7 on the Billboard Country Music chart Aug. 14 — and was expected to ...

Heritage Festival planned for Cambria County

The Cambria County Arts and Heritage Festival will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 at Duman Park, 157 County Park Road., Ebensburg. A weekend full of music, dance and food is planned. More than 120 vendors are set, two stages for music are ready and there will be a church sermon ...

200 Club benefit for Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind

The 200 Club, 300 Fifth Ave., Altoona, is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind beginning at 3 p.m. Oct. 7. Dinner will be served at 4 p.m. and a 200 Club drawing is set for between 5 and 7 p.m. The grand prize is $1,500 and an additional $2,400 of prize ...

Human trafficking topic of summit

A program on how to spot and stop human sex trafficking will be held this weekend in Altoona. Regenerate, an awareness and action summit, will educate people on the problem and its prevention. Rachael and Caleb Miller of Altoona are co-founders of the event, which will feature Rachael, a ...

What are you waiting for?

Summer is winding to its inevitable close — kids are headed back to school, autumn-themed merchandize is appearing on store shelves and there’s that little tell-tale nip in the early morning air signifying changing weather soon to come. That being noted, it’s time for my annual “how ...

Spiritual Notes

Element Church, 3415 Pleasant Valley Blvd., will offer Financial Peace University, a course on family finance, this fall. Classes for the nine-week digital course begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the church, located in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. The course was created by financial ...

A new take on Shakespeare’s works

“A raucous romp” is how Cresson Lake Playhouse director Kate Kale Wolf describes Cresson Lake Playhouse’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” that runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 8. The three-actor cast runs through 37 of the Bard’s plays in 90 ...

Post Malone’s jet blows 2 tires, lands safely

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — A private jet carrying rapper Post Malone blew two tires during takeoff at a small New Jersey airport on Tuesday but made a safe emergency landing hours later in upstate New York, prompting the rapper to thank fans who prayed for him and diss those who “wished death” on ...

Driver says he had KKK neighbors in Indiana

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — “Star Wars” actor Adam Driver is bringing his northern Indiana hometown’s hate group history to light after saying Ku Klux Klan rallies were frequent during his childhood. The Mishawaka native made the comments during a USA Today interview about his role in the new ...

Teens and parents feel tethered to phones

NEW YORK — Parents lament their teenagers’ noses constantly in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen time habits. A study out Wednesday from the Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of parents are concerned about the amount of time their teenage children ...

Grammy-winning country star Gretchen Wilson arrested at airport

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — Grammy-winning country music star Gretchen Wilson has been arrested at a Connecticut airport after police say she became “belligerent” toward troopers. The 45-year-old “Redneck Woman” singer from Lebanon, Tennessee, was charged with breach of peace Tuesday ...

Comic Carl Reiner jokes about Emmy nomination

LOS ANGELES — Ask 12-time Emmy Award winner Carl Reiner how it feels to be nominated again, and he fires back a wisecrack. “I’m impressed with myself,” says the droll, 96-year-old creator (or “96 and a half,” per his exacting count) of the TV classic “The Dick Van Dyke ...

Jagger-Simon duet found after 45-plus years

LONDON — A lost Mick Jagger duet with Carly Simon has been found more than 45 years after it was first recorded. The song, apparently never heard in public, appears to have been recorded in 1972 and was found recently on a tape owned by Rolling Stones collector Matt Lee. Believed to be ...

Jailed, beaten Ugandan pop star in ‘a lot of pain’

KAMPALA, Uganda — A pop star-turned-lawmaker is in “a lot of pain” after being beaten while in custody, the deputy speaker of Uganda’s parliament said Wednesday, as dozens of top musicians including Angelique Kidjo and Chris Martin condemned the “vicious” treatment. Pressure was ...