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Area Life

Hot to-go meals offered

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will continue its free Saturday hot lunch ministry through Saturday, May 16. The meal will be available for pick up each Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Saturday, May 16. A hot main food item as well as fruit and other items will be provided ...

SAMA brings art to a region staying at home

In just a month, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Arts has hosted more than 20 live streaming classes for children and adults, reaching new community members. Morgan Young, site coordinator of SAMA Bedford, said that she came up with the idea following Governor Wolf’s closure of ...

Pittsburgh Irish Festival builds following through virtual concerts

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Irish Festival Live Stream performances has had more than 225,000 total viewers worldwide. The festival has hosted more than 25 online shows in an attempt to further their mission of “preserving and promoting Irish culture and to support Irish musicians and ...

Church to host free food giveaway

Center City Church will host a free food giveaway at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the former United Methodist Church, 1220 12th Ave., downtown Altoona. “We will, again, be safely distributing around 30,000 pounds of food (fresh food, canned, dried goods) to anyone in need,” said Pastor ...

California Dreamin’

A director yells, “Lights...camera... ACTION!” before the camera rolls on a live-action movie. But what exactly happens for an animated film? Hollidaysburg native Lauren Kaczor works as a lighting artist for DreamWorks Animations. Her job is to make sure the lighting and shadows, which ...

Penn State, DeArmitt keep arts alive virtually

Penn State’s production of “Carmen” was canceled, yet would-be audience members still got to see the show’s star, Bellwood native Claire DeArmitt, perform. Penn State announced it would hold a Virtual Performing Arts Celebration which began Thursday and will end Sunday evening. The ...

This year’s Passover is different

In the days leading up to Passover, which began Wednesday night at sunset, my husband and I were doing what we usually do to prepare for the week-long festival marking the Jewish divine redemption from slavery in Egypt: cleaning the house, scalding and scouring the kitchen utensils we’ll use ...

‘Peace be with you’

It sounds so awkward to say Happy Easter this year. During the past month, people everywhere added new words to their vocabulary: Coronavirus and COVID-19. The dreaded virus that these words represent made us learn another dimension of living as we “shelter in place.” Two of my favorite ...

Luddy scholarship applications accepted

The Monsignor Joseph M. Luddy Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for its annual award. The following criteria will be utilized in the selection process: * Applicants must be current or former residents of Blair County. * Financial need, established scholastic achievement ...

Spiritual notes

Worship online St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg will offer worship online for Good Friday, Easter and each of the following Sundays, at least through the end of April. Pastor David Meckley will conduct each service. All services can be viewed by clicking on the “live stream” option ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: April 10, 1970 The Bishop Guilfoyle High School senior class team “The Grignard Reagents” won the third annual Bowl championship over the freshmen (The P.H. Dees), sophomore (Peace of Mind) and junior (Kwazy Kwazars) classes, contest sponsored by the National Honor ...

Nominations for ‘20 Under 40’ due Friday

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 13th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...

God is in control

I ran into a friend at Walmart yesterday and he mentioned that God is in total control several times. Then I went home and a sweet lady emailed me and said a worship song I had written years ago had been going through her head and it was called “Total Control.” I thought about these ...

Clothing giveaway canceled

Grace’s Closet, located in Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, is closed until further notice and planned clothing giveaways have been canceled. Clothing donations are not being accepted at this time, as the church is also closed due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s directives ...

Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh takes series online

In uncertain times, prejudices may take hold of otherwise rational people. Because of this, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, along with the national coalition #TogetherWeRemember, is offering a series of free virtual events to help connect the horrors of the Holocaust with injustices of ...

Remember to depend on God

God is able. On a wall in our church sanctuary there hangs a banner with these three words. In times like these, it’s tempting to resort to platitudes like “everything happens for a reason” or “Behind every cloud there’s a silver lining,” but “God is able” is not, from my ...

Most national parks open: Public reaction to the decision is mixed

SALT LAKE CITY — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of ...

Keeping the faith — Church leaders offer reassurance

Although most people willingly are abiding by the self-quarantine and social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it has also brought about unsettling reactions. People are told not to panic, yet some are emptying grocery store shelves of staples, stocking their ...

Spiritual notes

Area churches and religious organizations have canceled church services and events due to the coronavirus. The list of cancellations is below. As this may not be a complete list of canceled events, the Mirror advises readers to contact any organization to check on the status of any program ...