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Area Life

AP: ‘To Live and Die in LA’ is top podcast of ’19

NEW YORK — The top 10 podcasts of the year picked by The Associated Press. 1. “To Live and Die in LA,” Tenderfoot TV & Cadence 13. What makes this podcast from journalist Neil Strauss so riveting is how organically it all came together. Strauss was asked to help out in the search of ...

US Christmas trees supplies tight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Customers searching for the perfect Christmas tree typically glance at Sandy Parsons’ limited offerings, then keep walking. Parsons never got her order for 350 trees from a North Carolina farm. Supplies were short, she was told. Instead, she was shipped some smaller ...

Mill might become a Grammy champ

NEW YORK — On “Oodles O’ Noodles Babies,” a song on Meek Mill’s latest album, he raps about childhood struggles battling everything from poverty to violence, and proclaims: “We couldn’t afford no clothes/It was hand me down/Who would think a (dude) get a Grammy now?” The ...

Wilde defends her role in ‘Jewell’

NEW YORK — Olivia Wilde said Thursday she does not believe the real-life journalist she plays in the new film “Richard Jewel” “traded sex for tips” despite that insinuation in the movie. In a series of tweets, Wilde called late Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs ...

Special Collection

The 33-work exhibition “William H. Rau: Connecting to Community,” presents a unique view of the albumen landscape photography collection at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona on display through May 9. Eight guest curators selected the featured photos from the nearly 600 prints ...

Spiritual notes

The Wehnwood Community Orchestra will present “The Wonder of Christmas” at the 9:15 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 22, at Wehnwood United Methodist Church, 2511 Juniata Gap Road. There will be no 8 a.m. service this day. Shepherd’s service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the ...

Service geared toward special needs

At First United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg, special needs individuals weren’t just hearing a story about the Good Shepherd looking for lost sheep, they were out in the sanctuary searching for lost sheep. Instead of just standing and singing songs, worshippers and family members ...

Cross-town Basketball League teams forming

TYRONE — The Cross-town Basketball League is just one of the programs Joshua House offers to youth in the community. The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for youth — 7th through 12th grade — to play in a non-school affiliated basketball league. “The Cross-town ...

National Film Registry announces diverse Class of 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — More films directed or co-directed by women than ever before have been added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Among the 25 selected are Patricia Cardoso’s 2002 “Real Women Have Curves,” Gunvor Nelson’s 1969 “My Name is Oona” and the ...

Big Bird celebrated at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON — Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire shared the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts. Also in this year’s class were conductor ...

SAMA extends invitations for photography exhibit

The Southern Alleghenies Museum (SAMA) of Art is accepting submissions of work for possible inclusion in the museum’s Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial 2020. The exhibition will take place from April 17 through June 6. It’s an opportunity for artists to be recognized for their ...

Christoff to sign books Dec. 14

Author Katherine R. Christoff of Mount Union will hold a book signing at Barnes and Noble at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 for her new children’s book “Beautiful You.” The book looks beyond appearances and asks readers to think about what character and personality traits make them beautiful. Kat ...

Local author reading at Hollidaysburg library

Local author Tom Catalano will be reading stories from his newest book, “The Edge of Imagination,” at the Hollidaysburg Public Library, 1 Furnace Road, Scenic Pine Drive (next to the Hollidaysburg Senior High School), at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Adults and teens are invited. Registration is not ...

Design-friendly holiday gifts sure to be loved

Home decor accessories can make great hostess gifts or holiday gifts, but how do you choose something you know the recipient will want? Unless you’re sure of someone’s personal style, it can be hard to choose larger things like vases or candlesticks, says New York-based interior designer ...

Ball Brothers to present Christmas concert

Christmas is a special time for many people, and the Ball Brothers are no exception. During its Christmas tour, the Christian music quartet transforms its concerts into festive events that sparkle with a light show and a holiday-themed video. Area residents are invited to join in the fun ...

Community invited to ‘Journey to Bethlehem’

Journey to Bethlehem will be presented from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 115 East Penn St., Martinsburg. This is the 14th time the St. Matthew congregation will present this unique journey since its first presentation ...

Lasting impressions

I’ve been thinking about impressions lately. According to an online dictionary, impression is defined as “producing a strong effect on one. This phrase is often qualified with an adjective such as good, bad, strong and the like.” As we go through life, there are people who will ...

Messiah performance set

The Pennsylvania Consort will celebrate 32 years of presenting Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.14, at the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church, 1486 Quaker Valley Road, New Paris. This long-standing traditional event, anchored by a large volunteer choir assembled from ...