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Chance meeting sets up Mr. Rogers film

NEW YORK — Tom Hanks has never played a superhero. But when the actor recently donned a very simple cardigan sweater, and the slacks to go with it, he felt like one. “I felt like Batman. It felt like I was wearing the cape and the cowl of the Dark Knight detective,” Hanks says. ...

Nerf gun, Power Rangers cited by watchdog

BOSTON — A Nerf dart gun, ice cream-scented Nickelodeon slime and a plastic Power Rangers claw are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s list of worst toys for the holidays. World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) unveiled its annual list Tuesday at a Boston children’s ...

Disney Plus blames past hacks for user accounts sold online

Disney said Disney Plus account passwords being sold in underground hacking forums are coming from previous breaches at other companies, predating last week’s launch of its streaming service. The company reiterated Wednesday that it found no evidence of a security breach and that account ...

Several binge-worthy options for holiday gift season

NEW YORK — Chances are there’s at least one TV binger on your gift list. Why not go all in for the holidays and wrap up something on-point? Some ideas: Popcorn: So many gifty options are out there, including sets of seasonings and artisanal corn. But nobody loves popcorn quite like ...

Tips for hosting Thanksgiving dinner

Hosting Thanksgiving isn’t for the faint of heart. There are more dishes than you might usually serve. More timing concerns because of that. More pots and plates to wash. And perhaps more family dynamics, buried deep below the surface for the other 364 days a year, that threaten to bubble up ...

Unique holiday finds and fun: 4th annual HoHo Expo event set for Dec. 1

The holidays are quickly sneaking up on us. Every day forward on the calendar is one day closer to needing to have all of the holiday chores done — from decorating to baking to cleaning to shopping. With all of the activities there are to accomplish, one way to join others for fun — and get ...

Christmas fan

Looking to enliven your holiday spirit? Shane Sedlemyer of Altoona recommends attending a performance of “Elf The Musical” presented by Altoona Community Theatre Nov. 21-24 at the Mishler Theatre. The cast of 30 is a mix of veterans and fresh faces, said Sedlemyer, who is directing his ...

Spiritual Notes

Adoration and Festival of Praise with the Cathedral Charismatic Prayer Group and the St. Joan of Arc Charismatic Prayer Group will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Loretto. - The churches of Southern Morrisons Cove will hold a community ...

Parolee is no hometown hero in TV comedy

LOS ANGELES — An actor who can provoke belly laughs with grunts clearly is gifted. Fans of the show business comedy “Episodes” will fondly recall Daisy Haggard’s skill at unleashing a symphony of nasal grumbles, effectively underscored by a sourpuss grimace. A far different Haggard ...

Author to hold signing for book about Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Author Chris Rodell is releasing, “Growing Up in the REAL Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Life Lessons from the Heart of Latrobe, Pennsylvania” and will be holding a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Altoona Barnes and Noble, Nov. 23. The book tells about how Latrobe influenced the ...

Stoltz to sign books at genealogical society

Randy Stoltz, author of “Civil War and The Hearts of Morrison’s Cove” will have a book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Blair County Genealogical Society, 431 Scotch Valley Road, Nov. 18. The book lists soldier’s names, known rank, company regiment, birth and death dates, and the ...

Matchbox Cars, Magic make Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Matchbox Cars, the coloring book and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering were inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame, recognized for an enduring appeal that keeps them on store shelves today. A panel of experts selected the Class of 2019 from among ...

SAMA Loretto to host Teaching Artist Workshop

LORETTO — Please join the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto for a Teaching Artist Workshop featuring Deb Bunnell, SAMA Teaching Artist. The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14. There will be a $20 fee for artists not currently on SAMA’s Artist in ...

Homecoming

The acclaimed and award-winning rock musical “Rent,” restaged by Evan Ensign for the 20th anniversary tour, comes to Eisenhower Auditorium Nov. 19 and brings Penn State alumna Maggie Swahl back to University Park. “Rent,” created by the late Jonathan Larson, tells the story of ...

Spiritual notes

Veterans Day celebrations - Abundant Life Church will host a Veterans Day celebration during the 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, service. The church is at 231 Howard Ave., Altoona. The celebration will feature the presentation of the American and military flags. Patriotic song selections, ...

Start counting your blessings

I confess; I’ve been a little cranky lately. If you don’t believe me, just ask the poor people who find themselves hopelessly trapped in my presence — my family. Not to make excuses for bad behavior, but there is a reason for my discontent. I’m currently on an 1800 calorie per day ...

Way of Truth Ministries celebrates 30 years

What started as a desire to share God’s message through radio in 1989 has expanded into a multifaceted ministry that supports Christian outreaches worldwide. They include sharing the gospel with children, military personnel, truck drivers and people living in Africa and Asia, as well as ...

Local columnist inspires others with her words

The world often seems small. It can make us feel like we’re in our own little bubble and no one is paying any attention. It might even feel like we’re carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. I used to feel this way. I thought that it was OK if I was constantly in my own space, ...

Perlman to play at PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Itzhak Perlman will return to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, for a special evening of live music, stories and projected film and photos celebrating a storied career launched with his televised U.S. debut more than 60 years ago. He will be joined ...