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Area Life

Biographical one-man show set

Area native to stage ‘Meatballs and Music’ Feb. 21, 22 and 23 By Patt Keith pkeith@altoonamirror.com Altoona native Tom Sweitzer, a prominent Virginia music therapist, advocate, author and screenwriter, returns to a local stage in “Meatballs and Music” his biographical, one-man ...

Church focuses on special needs

Kids and adults with special needs or chronic health conditions usually don’t go to church. But, First United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg is changing that. On the third Thursday of the month, the church is holding a service called Journey with Jesus. It is specifically geared to ...

Production mixes classic styles with modern sounds

ACT presents "Midsummer Night's Dream" By Patt Keith pkeith@altoonamirror.com ltoona Community Theatre aptly presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Valentine’s weekend. “It’s a great comedy and is a funny and very entertaining show about love and how people ...

Spiritual notes

Altoona Aglow Lighthouse will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Center City Church, 801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. Participants will study an Aglow Fireside Chat, “We Are People of Obedience.” In addition, the group will discuss the relationship between obedience and love. ...

Church to host prom night for people with special needs

Catalyst Church, 206 W. 12th Ave., will hold Night to Shine 2020, a complimentary prom for special needs people ages 14 and older. It is one of nearly 750 churches around the world already registered to host tonight’s event, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Catalyst is part of this ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO — Feb. 7, 1970 The Salvation Army Girl Guards, Patricia Edwards leader, and the Salvation Army Sunbeams, Catherine Evans leader, met at their headquarters at 2204 11th Ave. to plan the start of their annual candy sale fundraiser. 25 YEARS AGO — Feb. 7, 1995 The city of ...

Life filled with blessings, choices

We had a power shortage the other day for several hours, and it reminded me of how dependent we are on electricity. The house was dark and every time I went to do something, I realized there are no lights and I could not see. Finally, I turned off the flashlight and just sat down in my ...

A simple act can result in a ripple of change

We live in a world where things can change in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it’s something we’re expecting to happen. Other times, however, the world and the change that comes with it seems too much or too fast. We do our best to ignore headlines and social media, but their impact is ...

Obsession with Lord not troubling

If you don’t mind me asking, what are you obsessed about? A lot of people might be thinking, “What’s this wacky woman talking about? I’m not obsessed with anything.” (Yeah, right, and I’m not wacky). The truth is, most of us are obsessed, at least mildly, by something. ...

Spiritual notes

Free lunch - St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., will host a free community lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the parish hall. All are welcome. For more information, call 942-1372. - The Faith Baptist Cafe will serve the monthly Community Meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ...

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

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 ...

Spiritual notes

The Sacred Music Library, located in the First Presbyterian Church, Hollidaysburg, will reopen at 1 p.m. Feb. 3. The library has Easter music available. For more information, call 614-4191 and leave a message for a return call. Champion Life Center, a nondenominational church located in ...

Book teaches power of prayer

Bethany Marshall wants kids to know that even if they don’t see results right away, God answers prayer. To demonstrate her point, she has written a children’s book with illustrations by Sarah Vogel, titled, “Pickles and Prayer.” To introduce their project to children and their ...

Listen to God before praying

Many people who are not familiar with having a personal relationship with God, do not understand the fundamentals of prayer. Praying has more to do with listening to God and knowing Him than pleading with Him to fix what is broken. He already knows everything about the situation and is ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Jan. 24, 1970 Working out of the Artificial Limb Co. at 1125 9th St., 330 students from Altoona Area, Keith and Roosevelt Junior highs were selling loaves of bread to benefit the March of Dimes. 25 YEARS AGO: Jan. 24, 1995 The Altoona Housing Authority, John L. Wingard ...

Will Grammy voters take the ‘Old Town Road’ on Sunday?

By Mesfin Fekadu and Nekesa Mumbi Moody The Associated Press NEW YORK ä The 2020 Grammy Awards are shaping up to be the night of the new kids, with Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X leading in nominations. Those acts, who all released huge No. 1 hits in the last ...

Portrait found in gallery’s walls verified

PIACENZA, Italy — Art experts have confirmed that a painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery’s walls last month is Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady,” which was stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago. The authentication of the painting announced Friday solved ...

Grammys CEO put on ‘administrative leave’ following allegations

NEW YORK — The Recording Academy has placed Deborah Dugan, its president and CEO of just six months, on administrative leave following an allegation of misconduct by a senior leader at the organization. The move announced late Thursday comes 10 days before the 2020 Grammy Awards will be ...