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Area Life

Buffett tribute band to play March 21

By Patt Keith pkeith@altoonamirror.com Break out a loud floral shirt, pair it with a lei and take a trip down the Atlantic Coast via A1A — the "official and original" Jimmy Buffett musical tribute show — not the highway — slated for March 21 at the Mishler Theatre. Known for ...

Ministry warms the hearth

People’s basic needs are food, clothing and shelter. And staying warm. Winter can be a tough time for people who have little money to spare for energy resources to fuel their furnaces. Helping residents who may have to decide between buying groceries or wood to burn in a heater or stove ...

Concerts offered to help Christians reflect on Lent

By Linda Gracey lgracey@altoonamirror.com With busy schedules, finding time to pause and consider the meaning of the Lenten season is not always easy. To help Christians reflect on their faith and do some introspection, the Lenten “Bach” Concert Series will be presented at 1 p.m. ...

Stations of the Cross

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown invites the faithful to pray the Stations of the Cross at parishes during Lent. The following is a schedule for various Blair County parishes. A diocesan-wide schedule is available on the diocesan website and Facebook page. Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament ...

Leap Day provides more time

As most of you are no doubt aware, tomorrow is Feb. 29 — Leap Day. Leap Day, of course, is part of Leap Year, something that happens every four years. So, why do Leap Years exist? According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it all has to do with the discrepancy between astronomical ...

Spiritual Notes

Champion Life Center, 1314 12th St., Altoona, will host “Altoona, You Got Talent” auditions beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14. Dancers, musicians, arts and more are invited to take part. To preregister or for more information, visit www.championlifecenter.org/augt, call 942-9400 or ...

Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb shares stories behind iconic songs

Multi-Grammy-winning songwriter, two-time author, singer and advocate Jimmy Webb takes to the State College Theatre stage March 29 for a peak into one of modern music’s most prolific minds. While Webb might not be a household name, his hit songs have been performed by A-list icons for five ...

Keep your face to the sun

We all have problems occasionally and there are times when we feel like we’ve been punched in the gut. I felt like this a couple of months ago when one morning I went into my office to start my day and my computer would not wake up. I realize that hard drive failures are not the worst ...

Spiritual notes

- Shrove Tuesday pancake and sausage supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Geeseytown Lutheran Church. Meals are $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 and free to children 5 and younger. - Pancake supper will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO — Feb. 21, 1970 Douglas W. Wright, manager of the Tipton Pittsburgh Plate Glass plant, said that its multi-million expansion made it the world’s most modern automotive glass plant and added $3.5 million to the local Altoona Area economy last year. 25 YEARS AGO — Feb. 21, ...

Student of the month: Hannah Fitzsimmons Penn Cambria High School

Age: 17 School/grade: Senior Family: Matthew and Samantha Fitzsimmons, older sister Sabryna and younger brother Brandon. Chosen for: Being very hard-working, always positive, and always willing to assist with anything. She is an outstanding member of the senior class. Accomplishments: ...

In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin

By Andrew Dalton The Associated Press BURBANK, Calif. — Whitney Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that starts in England on Feb. 25 and runs through early April, with U.S. dates ...

Celebrate with the Irish!

Kegs, Corks and Kilts set for March 7 After sell-out crowds in the first two years, the third annual Kegs, Corks and Kilts event features more fun, more vendors and more space at the Altoona Grand Hotel on March 7. “We listened to our guests and we will be utilizing both the ballroom and ...

Wild Game Feast planned

Bagging a bull elk or trophy buck can be exhilarating for a hunter, but national wildlife speaker Mike Tison has learned that such adventures can deliver more than sustenance for the table and bragging rights. Tison, of Michigan, will talk about his books “Four Arrow Buck” and “Being ...

Hunters share bounty

A wild game feast isn’t a wild game feast without hunters sharing their bounty. Because of that, the menu varies from year to year at the Altoona Alliance Church’s Wild Game Feast. Although the church always has sufficient game, it is becoming more challenging, said Sharon Rydbom, who ...

Best Valentine ever given

Everybody sing; “Love, exciting and new. Come aboard, we’re expecting you…” If you spent any Saturday nights in the ’70s watching TV, you no doubt recognize the opening words of the theme song from “The Love Boat.” That particular topic resonates with me today on Friday, Feb. ...

Spiritual notes

A Polish Platter Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Polish National Catholic Church, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly. All meals cost $10 and takeout is available. The meal includes haluski, stuffed cabbage, homemade pierogis and dessert. The ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO —Feb. 14, 1970 About 50 members of the Presbytery Youth Sub-Committee gathered at the Broad Avenue Presbyterian Church in Altoona at 24th Street to leave for an overnight trip to Washington, D.C. with Tom Decker of State College in charge. 25 YEARS AGO — Feb. 14, 1995 The ...

Jewish Federation shows international films

The Greater Altoona Jewish Federation will begin its 21st annual Jewish Film Festival next week. The four-week, international festival will begin Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with wine, appetizers and dinner at the Agudath Achim Social Hall. At 7 p.m., the film will begin at the Penn State Altoona ...