Area Life

Spiritual Notes

Concerts A free concert featuring the Kuhn Tunes will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hollidaysburg First Church of God. Light refreshments will be served. The KMI Community Center and Clearfield Alliance Church will host the Triumphant Quartet at 7 p.m. May 18. The concert will ...

Decisions based on God’s word

It’s that time again, folks. My list of TV and radio commercials that are annoying, ridiculous, and/or just make absolutely no sense. Here goes: 1. Parents Behaving Like Children. There’s a whole host of these. I get the point, I really do. Parents need to be involved with their ...

Concert to benefit ministry youth center

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Community Strings will perform a concert benefiting Northern Cambria’s Coal Country Hangout Youth Center at 7:30 p.m. on May 17 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1006 Chestnut Ave., Northern Cambria. The concert will include music by Bach, Charpentier and ...

Grace Bible Church Awana students attend Summit in California

Abigail Karn, with Grace Bible Church, Hollidaysburg, won the platinum award in the fine arts competition during Summit, held at Shadow Mountain Community Church, El Cajon, California, April 11-13. Karn played a flute solo, “Be Thou My Vision,” and in addition to receiving the award, she ...

52nd annual Blair County Arts Festival

By Patt Keith pkeith@altoonamirror.com Live entertainment, student art and juried art exhibits, children’s activity area, and artisan food vendors will draw people to the 52nd annual Blair County Arts Festival a two-day event at Penn State Altoona, presented by the Blair County Arts ...

In a labyrinth garden, every path is the right one

A labyrinth garden should not be puzzling — that’s a maze. A labyrinth and a maze were once the same, but the labyrinth has recently grown to become a totally different animal. Enter a labyrinth and every turn you make is the correct one, leading you to the center. The labyrinth might be ...

Faith can be a buffer for those with health issues

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of mental health articles. They will run on the Life section cover each Thursday in May. There is no doubt that in matters of physical and mental health, having a solid religious faith that is genuinely grounded in one’s philosophy of life can ...

Gay rights and looted art collide

WARSAW, Poland — A same-sex Los Angeles couple was dumbfounded when Homeland Security agents showed up at their home in 2016 with the news that a beloved old portrait hanging in their kitchen had been looted by the Nazis from Poland’s National Museum during World War II. With heavy ...

Harry, Meghan ‘thrilled’ about birth of baby boy

WINDSOR, England — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a healthy baby boy early Monday, a beaming Prince Harry announced to the world, declaring he’s “incredibly proud” of his wife. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces at birth and was born at 12:26 a.m. Harry said their son ...

Film about jazz pioneer Bolden opens

NEW ORLEANS — More than two decades after the seed was planted in Dan Pritzker’s mind to make a movie about jazz cornetist Charles “Buddy” Bolden, the world is finally getting to see the story he’s been trying to tell. The writer-director’s film “Bolden” reimagines the life ...

Central PA Pets Expo West has something for all animal enthusiasts

Our earth is full of beautiful animals. Some are feathered, some are furry, some are colorful, others are camouflaged, some are large and others are small. Their differences make them unique and they — in all of their glory — will be celebrated at the upcoming Central PA Pet Expo ...

Royal Caribbean cruise line rivals Broadway

MIAMI — In a non-descript building in North Miami, two dozen dancers in bouncing yellow skirts are high kicking the can-can, aerialists are spinning perilously high from silk cords and frantic seamstresses are hemming outfits in a 20,000 square-foot costume shop. They are all part of a ...

Nigerian singer ‘humbled’ over global music deal

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage says there’s a “revolution going on” in African music and she is “very humbled and excited” to take her music to a worldwide audience. “It’s a beautiful journey, it’s history in the making,” Savage said Thursday of ...

Capone’s roomie gets cot in new exhibit

PHILADELPHIA — When mobster Al Capone was jailed in Philadelphia in 1929, one newspaper portrayed his cell as a luxurious lockup, adorned with richly colored oriental rugs, polished wood furniture and other trappings the mob boss told the reporter were “very comfortable.” The Eastern ...

North Carolina lawyer Kryst named Miss USA

RENO, Nev. — Cheslie Kryst, a 27-year-old lawyer from North Carolina who represents prison inmates for free, won the 2019 Miss USA title Thursday night in a diverse field that included teachers, nurses and members of the military. Alejandra Gonzalez of New Mexico was the first-runner up, ...

Coming home

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s Principal POPs Conductor Nick Palmer reunites with vocalist Kaitlyn Lusk, formerly of State College, for “That’s Entertainment” May 11, the finale to the 90th Anniversary season-long celebration. “The ASO is one of the oldest orchestras in the ...

Praying, waiting on a miracle

I received a letter the other day from a reader who wanted to know more about praying for miracles and how long a person should keep asking. My first response is to ask, “Just how serious are you about receiving your request?” I realize the subject of faith is actually more complex ...

Spiritual notes

The Faith Baptist Cafe will serve the monthly community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The meal is free and open to the public at Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona. The menu includes salisbury steak, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, ...

Self-help, professional help are equally essential

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of mental health articles. They will run on the Life section cover each Thursday in May. In the field of mental health, the things that people can do to benefit themselves are sometimes of the utmost importance. Last May, in its third annual ...