Area singers are invited to add their voices to the 32nd annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” on Saturday, Dec. 8, at a new venue, the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church, Fishertown.
Anchored by the 50-plus all-volunteer choir assembled from Bedford, Blair, Huntingdon, and Cambria counties, this popular event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Consort. The community chorus is joined by professional soloists, a chamber orchestra and a guest conductor for a grand program from Handel’s timeless oratorio.
The chorus is open to any area resident; no auditions required. Singers are encouraged to bring their own scores as a limited number are available for loan. There are three Thursday rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7, 14 and Dec. 5 at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, on the square in Bedford. The final rehearsal and performance will take place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, at the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church in Fishertown.
New singers should contact Deena Thompson at 585-2488, email deenathompson @gmail.com or visit www.paconsort.org.
Journey of Remembrance
The Blair County Chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship is sponsoring a “Journey of Remembrance,” a walk to honor victims of gun violence, on Saturday, Nov. 2. The event begins with a short walk at 2 p.m. from Wehnwood United Methodist Church, 2511 Juniata Gap Road, Altoona, followed by a vigil at 3 p.m. in the Edith Davis Eve Memorial Chapel on the Penn State Altoona campus. Participants in the walk will meet at the front of the church and travel for about 45 minutes, stopping to speak briefly, light candles and pause for reflection, before arriving at the chapel. In case of severe weather, participants will meet at the chapel at 2:30 p.m. and “journey in spirit.” There will also be a service of remembrance at 5:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, for the loved ones of children who were lost in any way.
Melanie Merkle Atha, the executive director of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, is traveling across the country this year to visit various chapters and will be participating in the Journey of Remembrance event. She will also attend the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Altoona, and speak at the 11 a.m. brunch.
The Faith Baptist Cafe will serve a free meal from 11:30 a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. The meal will be held at the Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona. The menu includes sloppy joes, tater tots, fruit salad and dessert. Call the church office at 944-2894 before 3 p.m. Today, Nov. 1, for transportation.
Prayer group to meet
The Cathedral Charasmatic Prayer Group and the BG Alive in The Spirit student group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.
– Spaghetti supper will be served from 3 to
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Raystown Brethren Church, Route 26, 8753 Raystown Road, Saxton. The meal includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs, soup, garlic bread, salad bar, dessert and beverage. Cost is by donation. The meal is sponsored by the Women’s Missionary Society of the Raystown Brethren Church. Take out is available. For more information, call 635-4116.
– St. Mary’s Christian Mothers and LCBA 1290 will serve a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in St. Mary Memorial Hall, 1420 Fourth Ave., Altoona. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Children younger than 3 can eat for free. Take out will be available. Tickets will be available at the door. There will also be a basket raffle.
– The Wehnwood Community String Ensemble will hold a free concert — “The Known and the Unknown” — at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Wehnwood United Methodist Church.
– Our Lady of Mount Carmel will host the Juniata Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Russ Shelley, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. The choir will be performing the Ramirez “Misa Criolla” and the Farias “Oceana.” The concert will also feature a duo using traditional Andes instruments. The concert is free and open to the public. An offering will be taken to benefit the Pipe Organ Campaign.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church will hold a holiday boutique from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. A pancake and sausage breakfast will be available as well as lunch.
The event will feature gifts, collectibles, crafts baked goods and jewelry. A prize-a-rama and an opportunity to win various gift baskets is planned. Among the fundraiser’s offerings will be the selling of raffle tickets at the craft table for a handmade Steelers quilt and pillow along with $100. A kids carnival is part of the day with kids having an opportunity to get their picture taken with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
– A Fall Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m.to
3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the 28th Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., Altoona. There will be good food, craft items, festive decorations, baked goods, home items and a clothing sale.
– Bethany Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 Third Ave. Crafts, baked goods, holiday decor and gift items, books, jewelry, basket raffle, and much more. Homemade food items will be available to purchase for lunch. Call the Bethany office at 814-944-7560 for more information.
Lunch, basket auction
A lunch and basket auction will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov., at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1200 Logan Ave., Tyrone. Doors will open at 12:30p.m.