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Area Life

Art In Bloom show to go virtual this year

EBENSBURG –– The Ebensburg Main Street Partnership and Art in Bloom Committee have made the decision to host a virtual Art in Bloom show this year on April 24 and 25. Applications are now being accepted for entry into Ebensburg’s 23rd annual Spring Art Show. Individuals are invited ...

Take a (virtual) trip across Pennsylvania with Penn State

Registration deadline is March 29 UNIVERSITY PARK — If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, then you do not want to miss out on an opportunity from Penn State Extension. Everybody Walk Across Pennsylvania is a free virtual walking program designed to help participants ...

‘Spring Into Books’ planned in Bedford

The Bedford Arts Cooperative is excited to present the first-ever “Spring Into Books” Book Festival featuring nearly a dozen authors and vendors along with special guest Ms. Pennsylvania USA Ambassador and founder of Bookworms Against Bullies, Typhani Russo. The festival will be held ...

Spiritual notes

Dispensation offered During this year of St. Joseph, in observance of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of Mary, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has dispensed all from the Lenten requirement to abstain from meat today, March 19. It is the practice of Catholics to abstain from eating meat on Ash ...

Sacrament of Reconciliation schedule released

The season of Lent is a time to receive God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The following are opportunities at parishes throughout Blair County leading up to Easter. For a list of opportunities at other parishes throughout the diocese, visit the Diocese of ...

Spiritual notes

Clothing giveway planned Grace’s Closet at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, will host a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 13. Spring clothing will be available, as will fall and winter clothing. Those attending are asked to wear masks and follow ...

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Novena to honor St. Joseph The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will honor St. Joseph in this year dedicated to him during the Novena that will begin on Thursday, March 11, and end Friday, March 19. All intentions submitted to the nuns will be entrusted to the powerful protection and ...

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Fish fry dinners available St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Altoona, will hold Lenten Fish Fry Dinners from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent through March 26, at Father Kelley Hall on 25th Avenue and Fifth Street. The menu includes choice of baked or fried fish, choice of two sides ...

Inkwell to hold Zoom meeting on March 2

The monthly meeting of the Inkwell will be held at 6 p.m. March 2 live via Zoom with guest speaker author Hilary Hauck conducting the live-stream workshop “All Is Lost.” Hauck will explore that bit in your story when your hero hits rock bottom. Participants will answer questions like: ...

Spiritual notes

Free lunch offered A free to-go bagged lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or while supplies last, Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona. Lunches will be handed out at the Second Street door. Those attending are asked to ...

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Spaghetti dinner planned The Altoona Alliance Church will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. The dinners will be take out only. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, roll, drink and dessert. All funds raised will ...

Catholic radio available

JMJ Catholic Radio, WMMH, 91.9 FM, affiliated with EWTN national broadcasting network, is available to Altoona listeners. The first JMJ station was started in Scranton in 2008 by a devoted Catholic couple, Ed and Carol Ann Niewinski. Since then, JMJ has expanded into five stations in the ...

Ministry reaches beyond tax assistance

Taxes. That word alone can strike fear and anxiety in people as they face the task of filing annual tax returns at the local, state and federal level. But assistance is available thanks to the New Life Worship Center Tax Team, headed by founder Scott Seifer. He has been helping local residents ...

Blessing of Throats will be offered

The traditional Blessing of Throats will be offered to assemblies this year as a safer alternative to individual blessings, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced. The Blessing of Throats is a sacramental of the Roman Catholic Church, ordinarily celebrated on or around Feb. 3, the ...

Martinsburg author writes ‘delightful’ children’s fiction book

Tale follows young girl on big adventure in a small town “Messy Bessy Goes to Town,” a new book by Annette Ritchey of Martinsburg, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. “Messy Bessie Goes to Town” is a delightful short tale inspired by author Annette Ritchey’s small ...

Spiritual Notes

Free lunch available Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will offer free to-go bagged lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Lunches will be handed out at the Second Street door. Those attending are asked to keep a social distance while waiting ...

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Virtual Christmas Day service set Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host a virtual Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. Participants can join the Zoom service at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89742957641?pwd=VDg1clh3WD MxWE8zeTg4aGpTa2hPQT09. The meeting ID is: 897 4295 7641; Passcode: 515261 ...