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Area Life

A Sparkling opportunity

lthough the legendary performer/musician Neil Diamond stopped touring last year, area musicians bring his signature sound and showmanship to life at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Mishler Theatre. Presented by Sapphire Sky Entertainment, “The Music of Neil Diamond” features vocalists music ...

Calvary Baptist Church to host concert

Local Southern Gospel music lovers will have an opportunity to hear The McKameys one final time before the group retires next month. The McKameys will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Calvary Baptist Church, 810 Ruskin Drive. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for Artist Circle and $20 for ...

Spiritual notes

The Vienna Boys Choir will present a concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square. The concert is free, but an offering will be accepted. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 416 Sixth Ave., Altoona, will hold its ...

Simply because I don’t want to

Many will read this title and attach it to an unlimited array of personal issues and the problems that are associated with them. I remember a few years ago while talking with a friend about temptation and the constant struggles within the Christian life, he shared about how often he wilts ...

Blair Concert Chorale season opens Oct. 26

The Blair Concert Chorale will present its first all-pops concert in several seasons. The 2019-2020 season opener will be “A Night at the Movies,” an evening ranging from standards of movies past to favorite songs from current hits and from international films to Hollywood films. The ...

Sweet Adelines to perform Nov. 2

The Altoona Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present its annual show, “Back To Oz” at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Altoona Area Junior High School Auditorium. This musical comedy will feature the Altoona Chorus, with special guests, Cindy Baney and Tia Williams as the featured ...

Tips to make Halloween decor safer

Fake cobwebs and some other spooky, outdoor Halloween decorations meant as harmless fun can do real damage to wildlife. Halloween spending has skyrocketed in recent years, and the National Retail Federation says Americans are expected to spend $2.7 billion on Halloween decorations this ...

Amazon market features exotic trade

BELEM, Brazil — Exotic Amazonian fruits, medicinal tonics with natural ingredients from the rainforest that claim to cure it all and freshwater fish served fried with a side of thick, deep purple acai juice. Bands huddled in a circle that sing, tap on tambourines and bang drums to the ...

Smith leaves Fox News after being let out of contract

NEW YORK — Shepard Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on an outlet dominated by supporters of President Donald Trump, abruptly quit after signing off his final newscast last week. Smith, who had signed a contract extension last spring, said that he had ...

Some maples are more desirable than others

It’s not easy to figure out which maples you want on your property. The good ones are the sugar maples, their leaves ablaze each fall in yellow, red and orange. The less desirable ones are the Norway maples, their leaves green well into fall. I don’t hold that lingering greenness against ...

Entertaining and educational: Central PA Pet Expo set for Oct. 20 in Altoona

The 10th Central PA Pet Expo is making its way to Blair County on Oct. 20. The event will have new furry faces — and familiar ones — as it sets out to once again educate and entertain the public about caring for animals. New to the event this year will be Halftime Dogs’ Jonathan Offi, a ...

Hollidaysburg author announces readings at several local libraries

Author Tom Catalano is scheduled to read stories from his newest book, ‘The Edge of Imagination” at the following public libraries: — Bellwood-Antis Public Library at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 — Martinsburg Community Library at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 — Bedford County Library at 5 p.m. Oct 29 — ...

Ex-Altoonan McKelvey is a recent Emmy winner

From Mirror Reports Recent Emmy-winner Tim McKelvey of Manhattan once lived and attended school in Altoona. McKelvey, 54, is the son of R. Gene and Shirley McKelvey of Reedsville. R. Gene McKelvey was raised in Altoona and graduated from Altoona Area High School in 1951. “We’re ...

Jones to read from works Oct. 29 at PSU Altoona

Matt Jones, emerging writer-in-residence at Penn State Altoona, will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Jones has an M.F.A in creative writing from the University of Alabama. His prose has appeared in such journals as The Southern ...

SAMA launches 2019 annual campaign

LORETTO – The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art launched its 2019 Annual Campaign at the beginning of October. This campaign aims to ensure everyone in the southwestern region of central Pennsylvania has access to art. Every day, SAMA strives to support the people and communities ...

‘El Camino’ answers ‘What happened to Jesse?’

LOS ANGELES — Aaron Paul’s character in the popular series “Breaking Bad” was supposed to get killed off at the end of the first season. But producers had a change of heart after witnessing the strong chemistry between his Jesse Pinkman character and Bryan Cranston’s Walter White in a ...

Kidd’s next novel imagines a married Jesus

NEW YORK — Sue Monk Kidd’s next novel is very much a work of fiction. “The Book of Longings” is the fourth novel by the author known for such best-sellers as “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Invention of Wings,” a 19th-century slavery narrative that Oprah Winfrey chose for ...

Toy maker tests way to recycle bricks

NEW YORK — Lego is looking to keep its plastic bricks out of the trash. The Danish toymaker is testing a way for customers to ship their unwanted bricks back and get them into the hands of other kids. It said Tuesday that customers in the U.S. can print out a mailing label on its site, ...

Cathedral hosts Vienna Boys Choir

An international choir, steeped in tradition, will perform in Altoona later this month. The Vienna Boys Choir will be in concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square. The concert is free, but an offering will be accepted. First ...

Thayer finds calling in music

Leslie C. Thayer always knew she wanted to be a music director. She remembers directing a “pretend choir” at age 4 or 5. She also wanted to be an organist and got her first position at a Methodist church in Altoona at age 17. After high school, she left the area to attend college and ...