Area Life

Chris Robinson Brotherhood to play State Theatre

The band carries the name of the former front man for the Black Crowes, but the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is a lot more than that popular 1990s rock band. “There is a nice blend of Chris’ previous style of music mixed with a psychedelic side that feels influenced by Pink Floyd,” said ...

Fold an old book into a piece of art

Books have more uses than might be obvious. Sure, you can press flowers in a heavy one and set out the pretty ones as decoration. You can read the darn things. But have you tried turning a book into three-dimensional sculpture? The process can be quite simple; the result a beautiful ...

Watch the eclipse online or on TV

LOS ANGELES — Ronald Dantowitz has been looking forward to Monday’s solar eclipse for nearly 40 years. An astronomer who specializes in solar imaging, he’s been photographing eclipses for more than three decades, and will be using 14 cameras to capture the Aug. 21 celestial event. ...

Health-O-Rama Friday at Logan Valley Mall

The 2017 Annual Health-O-Rama Health and Wellness Expo will return to the Logan Valley Mall on Friday, featuring health screenings, hearing and blood pressure testing, healthcare and nutritional information, samplings and giveaways. The 13th annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

Grapevine

Silent song popular NEW YORK — No, the volume is just fine. It’s the song. An unusual tune has found its way onto the top 50 on the iTunes charts, alongside Ed Sheeran and Keith Urban hits. The song is completely silent. “A a a a a Very Good Song” costs 99 cents for just under 10 ...

Tasty Words: Try vegetable fried rice for an easy, at-home ‘take-out’ meal

One of the joys of life that ties my husband and me together is definitely food. I love to cook and he loves to eat. We also enjoy sampling new foods and visiting local restaurants wherever we go. Although our opportunities to embark on food excursions now is limited with our growing family, ...

Exploring Wopsy: Trains to the top of the mountain ran for three decades

Shortly after Elaine Conrad and her husband, Tom, moved into a rental house on top of Wopsononock Mountain in 1972, a neighbor casually mentioned that a hotel once stood in her backyard and a train ran through the front. Conrad’s family ended up building a house nearby and living there for ...

Fear ‘N’ Beer debuts Oct. 14

Whether you are looking for something spooky or something hoppy this October, Fear ‘N’ Beer Brewfest has got you covered. The first Fear ‘N’ Beer Brewfest will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field. “The Altoona Mirror’s Event Marketing team and Altitude ...

Deft doodling: Area woman teaching classes on art of Zentangle

Many people doodle without thinking about it, but others doodle with purpose. They say it helps them relax, relieve stress and focus better at work. Mindful doodling has a name, Zentangle, coined by husband and wife Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas who live in Providence, Rhode Island. They ...

‘Dunk a pastor’ new at Faith Day

TYRONE — Pastors in the Tyrone area are hoping the last Saturday in August will be warm and sunny. It’s the date of the annual Christian Family Faith Day, and eight of them already know that no matter what the weather, they are going to get wet. The pastors are participants in the ...

Dreams impossible to ignore

Any way you look at it, dreams are a big deal. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an unforgettable speech about having one, and Dorothy Gale traveled all the way to Oz in one. The Bible tells us that Joseph got in a whole lot of trouble with his jealous brothers after recounting some he’d ...

Hollidaysburg church reports success with dinners

HOLLIDAYSBURG —The First Baptist Church of Hollidaysburg held free dinners every Tuesday during July and the first of August for anyone who wanted a hot meal and friendly conversation. Organizers said a bag lunch was provided for anyone who wanted to take the meal home. Church members also ...

Spiritual notes

Dixie Melody Boys The Dixie Melody Boys, a popular Southern Gospel quartet, will present a series of concerts at area venues in August. The group will present a concert at 4 p.m. Aug. 19 at Friendship Village Campground, 348 Friendship Village Road, Bedford. The Dixie Melody Boys will ...

‘Wax Man of Blair County’ and more: Baker Mansion hosts first art exhibit

For 36 years, John Skrabalak taught art at Altoona Area High School, staying on top of trends, but too spent to pursue his own art in depth. That changed when he retired in 2008, and just five years ago, he changed his preferred media from acrylics and watercolors to encaustics. His work, ...

Bruce Springsteen plans a series of Broadway fall concerts

NEW YORK — The Boss is coming to Broadway — but he’s ditching the E Street Band. Bruce Springsteen said Wednesday on his website that he plans to make his Broadway debut onstage this fall at the Walter Kerr Theatre in a solo show in which he performs songs from his career, interspersed ...

Wayne Haun, Lauren Daigle top nominations for Dove Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Producer-songwriter Wayne Haun, singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle and rock singer Zach Williams are the top nominees at the 2017 GMA Dove Awards honoring gospel and Christian music. The Gospel Music Association announced Wednesday that Haun is nominated for six awards, ...

Ex-UK spy chief: Parents should let their kids spend more time online

LONDON (AP) — A former British spy chief says parents should let kids spend more time online so they will learn vital cyber-skills, countering the conventional parenting advice. Robert Hannigan, ex-director of government electronic surveillance agency GCHQ, challenges “the assumption that ...

No sneak peeks, spoilers for ‘Thrones’ purists

NEW YORK— For many “Game of Thrones” fans, the routine spoilers are bad enough: You miss an episode, then stumble on an unsought plot twist before you’ve had a chance to catch up. Worse than that is the threat of leaked details, or even a whole episode, by hackers currently targeting ...

Gardening apps are getting better all the time

Gardening apps are getting better all the time, supplanting manuals and textbooks as the way people dig for information. Many university Extension services are developing the digital aids to extend outreach to clients. “Extension apps provide reliable, research-based information,” said ...