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Area Life

Spiritual notes

Champion Life Church will host a grand reopening of the church following renovations. A ribbon cutting will be held at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, with the service set to begin at 10:45 a.m. The church is at 1314 12th St., Altoona. The church was renovated after pastors James Baldwin and ...

Relief collection set

In an effort to help those feeling the effects of Hurricane Dorian, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has requested that a special collection be taken at all Masses in parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on the weekend of Sept. 21-22. All contributions will be forwarded to Catholic ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO — Sept. 13, 1969 The Altoona Fifth Wheeler Club, an organization for single people between ages 30 and 59, Joe Musto president, met at the Pleasant Valley Recreation Center and planned a “hobo supper” at the home of James Gallice after holding a luau there in August. 25 ...

Award-winning play

The Altoona Community Theatre (ACT) is bringing to the stage a classic piece with its upcoming show “Lost in Yonkers”. The Pulitzer and multiple Tony award winning play by Neil Simon will run at the Mishler Theatre from Sept. 19-22. The coming-of-age story is set in the 1940s and will be ...

With God, there is no luck

There’s an old song by the group named Three Dog Night called “One is the Loneliest Number.” With apologies to the band, I beg to differ. I think that the loneliest number, by far, is 13. It vacillates between being utterly reviled and completely ignored. After spending lots of time ...

Local and regional artists’ works shown in SAMA juried exhibition

“Artists in Our Midst,” an annual juried exhibition is on display through Dec. 7 at The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona and features the work of 20 local and regional artists who are members of Art in Common, an arts organization based in central Pennsylvania. Featured in ...

Little Big Town to reveal new album on historic theater tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country group Little Big Town always wanted to play Carnegie Hall, but it took more than just practice, like the old joke goes, to get them there. The Grammy winners have been in the studio for over a year working on their self-produced ninth studio album “Nightfall,” ...

Russian court dismisses case against famed director

MOSCOW — A Moscow court on Wednesday dismissed the case against an acclaimed theater director, two years after he was accused of embezzlement and put under house arrest. The court, which has been holding hearings in the trial of Kirill Serebrennikov and his associates for 10 months, ruled ...

Plan now for the best tomatoes in next year’s crop

A myth among tomato lovers is that home-grown tomatoes taste best. Not true! The best varieties of tomatoes are what taste best, whether they’re grown on a farm or in a backyard. What about growing conditions? You would think that tomatoes grown on a farm or backyard in a sunny, ...

Smartphone, Matchbox cars, and Risk and among Toy Hall of Fame finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— The smartphone is being considered for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame this year in recognition of its impact on how people play and interact. The other finalists announced Wednesday are: Care Bears, the coloring book, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Jenga, Magic the ...

Maddow sued by OAN

SAN DIEGO — A conservative television network sued Rachel Maddow for more than $10 million on Monday for calling it “paid Russian propaganda.” One America News filed the federal defamation suit in San Diego. The small, family-owned network based in San Diego is challenging Fox News ...

The Black Keys return after extended break

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When the Black Keys last played a festival together in 2015, there was no grand plan to go an indefinite hiatus. They just stopped booking shows and they went home to Nashville, Tennessee to sleep in their own beds. Now four years after their performance at Outside Lands ...

Local shepherds to appear at Mother Earth News Fair

William Churchill and Fred Stowell, Blair County shepherds at Underhill Farm, will be exhibiting their rare breed Leicester Longwool sheep and Angora goats at Mother Earth News Fair, Sept. 13 through 15, in the Livestock Conservancy tent at Seven Springs Resort. They will be representing The ...

Facebook tackles dating in modern age

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is tackling a new frontier: love. Facebook Dating, a matchmaking service the company already offers in Brazil, Canada and 17 other countries. It arrived in the U.S. last week. But after years of privacy missteps by the social network, will people trust it with their ...

Altoona Downtown Night Market set for Sept. 14: Event showcases goods and foods

An evening of strolling through downtown Altoona and perusing goods from local craft vendors and produce from farmers from the region will return to the area Sept. 14. The fifth annual Altoona Downtown Night Market — an outdoor event at the Heritage Plaza — will feature vendors from Blair ...

A new album and fresh hits for Gill

LOS ANGELES — Johnny Gill might be considered an old-school crooner these days, but age has only been a number for the R&B veteran who is still making his presence felt. Gill’s “Soul of a Woman” topped Billboard’s adult R&B songs chart in June and “Perfect” featuring New ...

Inventive take

The touring production of the funny, fresh and faithful Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” will be onstage at the Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State University from Oct. 8 through Oct. 13. The Center for Performing Arts is bringing the seven performance run — which brings humor and an ...

Sharing the faith

Arise Together in Christ, a renewal program being celebrated throughout the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will begin its second year with a convocation. The event will bring the program’s diocesan-wide team together, including parish coordinators and small group facilitators, as ...

Organ concert, meeting planned

Carol Williams will present an organ concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 806 11th St., Altoona. The public is invited. Williams will play the Estey/Viscount Hybrid Pipe Organ in a concert sponsored by Viscount North America to showcase the organ restoration ...