Area Life

Good Friday services

The following churches will observe Good Friday/Holy Friday in remembrance of the day Jesus Christ was crucified on April 14: The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, 315 40th St. — noon to 3 p.m. with the theme “Glory in the Cross” based on Galatians 6:14. The topics and preachers are: ...

Modern and classical dance coming to Eisenhower

Classical ballet and modern dance, as well as visual arts, are all a part of the Jessica Lang Dance production coming to the Eisenhower Auditorium stage at Penn State University on Wednesday. “We try to bring something fresh and new to the campus and the community each season, and Jessica ...

ASO brings Bruckner work to stage

Music lovers are in for treat Saturday when the Altoona Symphony Orchestra not only performs a major piece for the first time but uses rare instruments most people have probably never heard before. The Altoona Symphony will perform Anton Bruckner’s “Symphony No. 7 in E Major.” Maestro ...

Hefner’s Bunny business bared in docuseries

NEW YORK — Most Americans would hate living in a world untouched by Hugh Hefner. That’s a message from “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story,” which premieres Friday on Amazon Prime. It will come as no surprise that this docuseries treats its subject, the founder of the ...

Somerset County: Home to triumph, tragedy, peaks and a lot of history

Editor’s note: This is the 17th installment in a regular series on travel. In this installment, we visit Somerset County. SOMERSET — Somerset County is Pennsylvania’s seventh largest in size with 1,075 acres, much of it in beautiful, rolling hills of farmland and forests and the ...

Travelers cite politics as factor in US trips

NEW YORK — Some international travelers are citing politics as a factor in whether to visit the U.S. this year, according to survey research by the tourism marketing agency Brand USA. The findings add to existing concerns about the tourism industry. Other new data shows that a slowdown ...

Maine in NY: Marsden Hartley landscapes at Met Breuer

NEW YORK — A little bit of Maine has come to a Manhattan museum with the opening of “Marsden Hartley’s Maine.” And for travelers who want to see the places depicted in the paintings, there’s a companion itinerary for visiting Maine. The exhibition at The Met Breuer museum includes ...

Expeditions to send huge trash bags to help clean Mount Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Mountaineering expedition organizers in Nepal are sending huge trash bags with climbers on Mount Everest during the spring climbing season to collect trash that then can be winched by helicopters back to the base camp. Dambar Parajuli of the Expedition Operators ...

Travel briefs

South Carolina Wooden Swamp Fox roller coaster now a landmark MYRTLE BEACH — It’s been a wild ride for the Swamp Fox, a 51-year-old wooden roller coaster in Myrtle Beach that has been given a historic designation. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported the ceremonial proclamation was ...

‘Women’s Night Out’ to be ‘rollicking good time’

A night for women to laugh, relax, have fun together and appreciate their worth is all part of UPMC Altoona Healthy Living Club’s upcoming “Women’s Night Out.” The annual event for women of all ages will be held at The Casino at Lakemont Park on April 27. Nancy Witter, a Certified ...

Garden Notes: Marshmallow trees could suffer from crazy weather

If your marshmallow trees have been hit hard this spring, you’re not alone. That nice string of warm days in late February and early March brought on an early flush of marshmallow blossoms. Driving through the Cove, I was struck by the soft beauty of the marshmallow orchards, as they offset ...

‘Words can change a life’

What is said and what is not said can make a difference in someone’s life. Sharon Jaynes, featured speaker at the Spring Ladies Encounter event, will tell how words spoken to family members, friends and others can have a positive or negative effect on them and when it is best to say nothing ...

‘The Last Supper’ offers insight into all 12 disciples

When Jesus began his ministry, he selected 12 men to disciple in the ways of God. Yet, one of them was not as loyal as the others. On the night before he was crucified, Jesus prepared a meal for his disciples and said one of them would betray him. His remark upset the men as they wondered ...

Teen Encounter features pizza party and girl time

For Christian teenagers, living out their faith in a world filled with social media and pressures to act in accord with the attitudes and actions of their friends and peers can be a challenge. Sharon Jaynes knows it isn’t easy. She became a Christian during her teen years, but did not ...

Choose to marvel at blessings

There’s a lot to be said about the way people look at things. I started thinking about this the other day following a conversation with someone who regularly reads my column. “I just have to ask you one question,” she said. “Do all of those things you write about really ...

Spiritual Notes

Book collection Every Wednesday during the month of April, Grace Bible Church, 164 Laurel Lane, Hollidaysburg, will collect used Bibles and Christian books for shipment to India. The drop off location will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Other times are available by appointment ...

Pulitzer Prize Exhibition: PSU Libraries celebrate award-winning writing

UNIVERSITY PARK — You may know that Lin-Manuel Miranda won multiple Tony and Grammy Awards for his “Hamilton,” which remains a near-impossible ticket on Broadway after nearly 20 months. The musical also netted the composer and lyricist the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. An exhibit at the ...

Isaac Wood Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School Student of the Month

Age: 18 Grade: 12 Family: Mom, Cynthia; Dad, Dean; two older brothers, Jared and Eli; and black Lab, Remington Future goals: Hopefully attend the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., for education and service of country Achievements: Won District 6 Golf Individual Championships twice, Region ...