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Area Life

Moving at the Lord’s pace

Have you ever had a light bulb moment? You know, when something becomes so incredibly clear you find yourself scratching your head and wondering why you didn’t think of it before? This happened to me a few weeks ago, with a little help from my doctor. Initially, hearing that my eating ...

Holland releases book on church and disability

The Rev. Rebecca L. Holland released her latest book “The United Methodist Church and Disability: Essays and Practical Tips for Churches, Clergy, and People with Disabilities.” The book is currently available in large print paperback and will also be available on Kindle on Monday, Nov. ...

Spiritual Notes

Thanksgiving services -- A Thanksgiving eve service —a night of praise and worship — will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Smith Corner Church, 1955 Johnstown Road, East Freedom. -- The Juniata Church of the Brethren, corner of 306 N. Ninth Ave., will host a Thanksgiving eve ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Nov. 22, 1969 John Monti, director of the ROTC and Penn State Altoona bands, was visited by father-son musicians Loy and Lee Appleman, who both attended Penn State. Loy was a music instructor and Lee was training for the U.S. Army Band. 25 YEARS AGO: Nov. 22, ...

All about the brass

About two years ago, a group of area school band directors got together to blow their own horn for concerts at all kinds of venues. So far, the 20 members of the Altoona Brass Collective who teach at schools from Altoona and Hollidaysburg to Johnstown to State College and beyond, say their ...

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 ...