Area Life

Marilyn’s ‘Happy Birthday’ gown going to auction in the fall

NEW YORK - The flesh-colored, skin-tight beaded gown Marilyn Monroe wore during her breathless rendition of "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy is going on the auction block this fall.Julien's Auctions is offering the sequined stunner at a sale in Los Angeles on Nov. 17. The auction ...

Nonprofits invited to be part of Mirror’s Blair County Proud

Local nonprofit organizations and service clubs have until Friday to submit information on their activites for inclusion in the 2016 Blair County Proud edition.A link to a survey form for collecting the information can be found under the Quick Links on www.altoonamirror.com.A link to the survey ...

Worth the drive: The Way Cafe near Port Matilda uses local ingredients

PORT MATILDA - It's not easy finding your way to the restaurant about three miles southeast of here on Route 550. The sign out front just says Way Fruit Farm.But it will be worth the trouble to find The Way Cafe, which, as the menu says, serves "simple country food using fresh, local ...

Nonprofits invited to be part of Mirror’s Blair County Proud

Local nonprofit organizations and service clubs have until Sept. 9 to submit information on their activities for inclusion in the 2016 Blair County Proud edition.A link to a survey form for collecting the information can be found under the Quick Links on www.altoonamirror.com.A link to the ...

Garden Notes: Ornamental grasses can dress up a garden year-round

"A garden without grasses is like a face without eyebrows." So says William Cullina in his comprehensive book "Native Ferns, Mosses and Grasses."He's not talking about the grass we mow every weekend. That's a "functional grass" we use to frame our homes and gardens. He's talking about ...

Edgy comedy coming to Altoona: Things Unseen presents ‘Bad Jews’

"Bad Jews" isn't just for adherents of Judaism."You don't need to be Jewish or religious to enjoy and appreciate this play," said Valerie Stratton, co-artistic director for Things Unseen Theatre Co., which is bringing the modern, edgy comedy to a central Pennsylvania stage for the first time ...

Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Eric Church lead CMA nods

NEW YORK - Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and budding newcomer Maren Morris are the leaders at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards.The three performers received five nominations each Wednesday.The awards show, in its 50th year, will air live Nov. 2 on ABC in Nashville, Tennessee at the ...

Family opens their hearts and their lives

They say you can't choose your family - that you can't 'fit in' with a crowd that isn't your own.But my family did choose me, and they've come to accept me in their own way, all 125-plus of them.My mom comes from a huge family, and every time I'm around them, they jokingly say, "There's the ...

What’s cooking?: Taste of Home show returns to Bedford on Sept. 24

Many people have eaten food derived from a Taste of Home cookbook and didn't even know it. The nationally renowned brand has existed for generations and helps its readers prepare tasty appetizers, meals and desserts using ordinary ingredients.Drawing from recipes inspired from its books and ...

Fun for the family: BCAF announces Family Theatre schedule at Mishler

The Blair County Arts Foundation's Family Theatre at the Mishler is celebrating its 30th anniversary season and will present six live theatrical productions for young people."The BCAF is extremely proud that these delightful educational programs have impacted over a half-million students and ...

Society celebrates 110 years with gala

The "Roaring Twenties" is the theme of the 2016 Blair County Historical Society's Gala to be held on the lawn and inside the restored rooms of the Baker Mansion on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 6.Tickets are $75 each or $150 per couple. VIP tickets ...

Earth Matters: More strides must be made in our recycling efforts

Management of environmental resources of all kinds evolve and mature as the decades pass. What we did 40 years ago should seem woefully inadequate in 2016.While our region has made great strides on many of these fronts, our recycling would appear to be stuck in the 1980s.By contrast, we have ...

Art exhibit coincides with today’s zombie event

In conjunction with ZombietownUSA, local artist Michael Long has teamed up with 321 Gallery to curate the Dark Art Exhibit, giving artists a chance to show their artworks that are dark in mood and subject.Expressing this style of creativity provides a certain therapy, Long said, as it often ...

First nations: SAMA-Loretto displays early American Indian photographs

Edward S. Curtis is renowned for his early 20th century photographs of Native American portraits, landscapes, village scenes and community activities, and a sampling of his work is now on display at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto."First Nations: American Indian Photographs by ...

Brain injuries reported in domestic assaults

CHICAGO - There are no bomb blasts or collisions with burly linemen in Susan Contreras' past. Her headaches, memory loss and bouts of confused thinking were a mystery until doctors suggested a probable cause: domestic violence.A former partner repeatedly beat her, she says."He would hit me ...

Beer benefit: Rails & Ales Fest raising funds for Altoona Community Theatre

Beer lovers can celebrate a night out Saturday while tasting the finest regional brews and benefiting a local cause.Altoona Community Theatre's 2016 Rails & Ales Brewfest will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Railroaders Memorial Museum rail yard, 1300 Ninth Ave.Tickets are $25 ...

Fireball Run: Clearfield County winery a stop on road rally with a cause

The Fireball Run is an eight-day, 2,000-mile road rally that brings attention to missing children and remote places through its televised series. And it's coming to Clearfield County next month, thanks to the owners of Starr Hill Vineyard and Winery in Curwensville.It's similar to reality ...

Love tears Helen McCrory apart in ‘The Deep Blue Sea’

LONDON - You might not think there's much overlap between Amy Winehouse and the work of playwright Terence Rattigan, chronicler of upper-crust British stiff upper lips.But the troubled diva is one of the influences behind Helen McCrory's searing performance in Rattigan's play "The Deep Blue Sea ...