Area Life

District 12 of ‘The Hunger Games’ is now a historic place

RALEIGH, N.C. — What would the folks in the Capitol think? District 12 is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Henry River Mill Village, which served as the home of the three main characters from the original “The Hunger Games,” was named a historic place last month and ...

Ink is art: Altoonans first tattooists with SAMA exhibit

Two Blair County tattooists make The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona history to have an exhibit showing their artistic influences in a mixed media exhibit showing through Sept. 7. “Inside the Outsiders: Timmy Ickes and Robert “Bob” Hecker,” showcases their differences ...

Nicktown native publishes first book

Nicktown native Gerry Stanek, now of Greensboro, North Carolina, recently published his first book “They Came Here Looking for Light: The Plattsville Stories” a fictional work inspired by the culture of coal mining families and towns in Cambria County. Published by Bitum-inous Press, the ...

‘Wild Rose’ heralds arrival of rising star

NEW YORK — The Irish actress Jessie Buckley grew up in County Kerry and lives in London but she’s lately been traveling so much that she gives her present address as Heathrow Airport and New York’s JFK. But regardless of her physical location, her mental state is much the same. “I ...

5 innovative takes on the martini

LONDON — The martini’s heyday began almost a century ago, but today’s bartenders have some innovative takes on the classic cocktail. “People have become much more educated in what they’re drinking” and don’t just go for the “obvious choices,” says Anna Sebastian, bar manager ...

‘Yarn Bombers’ use craft to make a statement

PHILADELPHIA — Jessie Hemmons did her first public “yarn bombing” in 2009, crocheting a 12-inch cozy around a bike rack in downtown Philadelphia. It was small but colorful, tangible. She knows that most who walked past didn’t notice it. Her more recent works in the city have been ...

Dream come true

STATE COLLEGE — Altoona actor Christopher Cook portrays Judas Iscariot in Lloyd-Webber and Rice’s classic rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” June 20-22 at Schwab Auditorium. “What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s happening,” chants the ensemble of “Jesus Christ Superstar” as ...

Trans4mation Station

Kids and their instructors are on board with the new education wing at Trans4mation Church. Known as Trans4mation Station, it is a welcome addition to the church, which began worshipping in the former Blue and White bus garage in 2015. Junior church on Sundays and Family Nights on ...

Finding sanctuary in God

There are several definitions for “sanctuary” — refuge, haven, shelter, and retreat, just to name a few. I have my own definition-nook. Last week, I decided to redecorate our bedroom by sectioning off a part of it and creating something special. Before going further, allow me to ...

Spiritual notes

Rummage sale Temple Treasures/Rummage Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27-28 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30 at Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Ave., Altoona. There will be toys, books, games, clothing and household items avaliable. Organ recital An organ recital will be held ...

Making a rain barrel

Repurposing rain water through the use of a water barrel offers a cascade of benefits according to area experts, and to encourage their use the Blair County Conserva-tion District presents three “Paint to Drip” sessions to turn nondescript plastic drums into works of art. Local artist ...

Harjo first Native American US poet laureate

NEW YORK — Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named U.S. poet laureate, has been ready for a long time. “I’ve been an unofficial poetry ambassador — on the road for poetry for years,” the 68-year-old Harjo wrote in a recent email to The Associated Press. “I’ve often been ...

Paul Simon, Alice Quinn honored by Poetry Society of America

NEW YORK — Paul Simon doesn’t care much for requests, but he might ask you to sing along. The singer-songwriter’s latest honor came from the Poetry Society of America, which celebrated him Tuesday during a dinner benefit at the New York Botanical Garden. Simon and longtime poetry ...

Fever’s McCall performs with Underwood

NEW YORK — Erica McCall is still in a state of shock. She can’t believe that she got to perform on stage with Carrie Underwood at a concert. The Indiana Fever center sang the guest verse of “The Champion” at the country music star’s show Sunday at Bankers Life ...

Comfrey a ‘companion’ plant for garden

This spring I was hauling five gallon buckets of fertilizer down the Buckhorn Mountain when a skunk ran out in front of me. I hit the brakes hard rather than hit the skunk, the guardrail or a tree. Three heaping buckets of horse manure spilled in the bed of my truck. The “fragrance” ...

The Rock promotes positivity at awards

LOS ANGELES — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson didn’t make a household name for himself by conforming to someone else’s idea of who he should be, an approach he encouraged others to take while accepting a top honor at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. The actor, producer and former ...

Tree that some say inspired Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ falls

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A century-old tree with a long trunk and bushy branches that some believe was the inspiration for fictional Truffula trees in Dr. Seussá âThe Loraxã has fallen in a coastal San Diego park. Officials are investigating why the wind-swept Monterey cypress toppled in Ellen ...

Levi’s nerves growing before MTV Awards

LOS ANGELES — Zachary Levi plays a bulletproof superhero in “Shazam!,” but the actor’s nerves of steel are being tested leading up to his hosting duties for the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Levi knows those anxious feelings will be amplified when he first steps onstage to tape the ...

Pa Roundhouse Rally set for June 20-22

Don't worry if you're not a motorcycle enthusiast, there's sure to be something you'll enjoy at the second annual Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally in downtown Altoona this week, organizers said. That's because in addition to the motorcycle demo rides and cycle displays, there's plenty of other ...