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Area Life

ASO to present 1920s silent film with original music

Just in time for Halloween and for the first time in the United States, the Altoona Symphony Orchestra is treating patrons to the 1922 silent vampire horror film, “Nosferatu,” set to the original music once thought lost. While showing the story of love, death and neck-biting on a screen, ...

Argonautika’ sails on a universal quest

As locally the winds of autumn begin to swirl, the mythical voyage of Jason and his crew, the Argonauts, in their search for the golden fleece, gets a fresh creative wind in its sails via Penn State Centre Stage. PSCS seems to delight in setting larger-than-life tales in University Park’s ...

Producer sentenced for bilking investors with fake play

NEW YORK (AP) — A Broadway producer who admitted scamming friends and others into investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into a nonexistent play about opera star Kathleen Battle has been sentenced to six months in jail. Prosecutors say 42-year-old Roland Scahill scammed at least nine ...

Grapevine

Documents go on display NEW YORK — The American public is getting a chance to view newly discovered Jewish documents that had been presumed destroyed during the Holocaust. Ten documents on loan from Lithuania’s national library went on display Tuesday at New York’s YIVO Institute for ...

Rock ‘n’ roll’s Fats Domino, 89, dies

NEW ORLEANS — Fats Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner’s ...

A bright Halloween night with Michael Jackson

NEW YORK — Here’s a chance to trick or treat with the eyes and ears. Catch “Michael Jackson’s Halloween,” a for-all-ages animated special airing Friday at 8 p.m. on CBS. It costumes Halloween as a life-affirming way to explore hopes and dreams. “This is just for fun,” summed ...

Garden Notes: A spooky story of a good witch and a bad witch

This is the story of two witches. The good witch is called Molly the Witch. Gardeners have given her that name because they can’t pronounce her botanical name. She’s yellow or white and smells nice. The second witch rides in on her broom, gets stuck in a tree and then abandons her ...

The quest to visit all 50 states

NEW YORK — I recently reached a goal that I’ve been working on for most of my life: I visited all 50 states. And I’ve been surprised by how many others I know who have been on the very same quest. “We’re seeing more and more people with this goal,” said Alicia Rovey, founder of ...

Virginia Creeper Trail invites bikers to take it easy

The Associated Press DAMASCUS, Virginia — It was an invitation even teenagers who had hoped to be watching college football or playing video games couldn’t resist: a mountain bike ride — all downhill. Visitors to the Virginia Creeper Trail will find a remarkably family-friendly ...

Harry Potter exhibit marks 20th anniversary of first book

LONDON — Harry Potter fans owe a debt of gratitude to Alice Newton. Alice was 8 years old when her father, a Bloomsbury Publishing executive, brought home a new manuscript for her to read. “The excitement in this book made me feel warm inside,” she scrawled in a note to her dad. “I ...

Free book giveaway: ‘Two Pretenders’ by Iva Forshey

From time to time, the Mirror receives complimentary copies of books, and we like to share these with our readers. This week, we are giving away “Two Pretenders,” by Altoona author Iva Forshey. This book is described as a “down-to-earth” romantic novel which follows widowed mother ...

Book signing: Fred J. Lauver

Former Altoona resident Fred J. Lauver will be the featured author during a book signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at Blair County Genealogical Society, 431 Scotch Valley Road, Hollidaysburg. A 1965 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a graduate of Penn State University’s School of ...

‘A clearing off period’

Editor’s note: The is the first of two articles taking a look at the role of and need for interim pastors in area churches. By Linda T. Gracey For the Mirror Intentional interim pastors are not new, but more churches seem to be requesting their services. Faced with the prospects of no ...

Recital to benefit Mount Carmel’s pipe organ campaign

By Holly Claycomb hclaycomb@altoonamirror.com A variety of French organ music will be presented during an organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 806 11th St., Altoona. The concert, to support the church’s pipe organ campaign, will be performed by ...

Program focuses on Shroud of Turin

Speaker Bill Wingard will present the history and science of the Shroud of Turin, an artifact Pope St. John Paul II has referred to as “the most splendid relic of the Passion and the Resurrection,” during a presentation at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Saint Francis University. The program is free and ...

A lesson on acceptance

The more, the merrier. At least that’s what we keep telling ourselves. Our family recently welcomed cat No. 4 into the Smith menagerie. Upon hearing that there was a kitten in need, our daughter, Val, launched a diligent campaign to convince us to adopt her. Considering two facts — ...

Spiritual notes

The senior class of Great Commission School, a non-profit, private school, will serve a spaghetti dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the school, 1100 Sixth Ave., Altoona. The dinner will feature DelGrosso’s spaghetti sauce and meatballs, and salad from the Olive Garden. Cost of the ...