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50 YEARS AGO: Sept. 6, 1969 The Altoona Key Club, David Jannetta president, was hosting a training conference at Penn State Altoona for about 100 different Key Clubs from the Pennsylvania District. Altoona Kiwanis Club member C. David Kimmel was chairman of the Pennsylvania Key Club ...

Spiritual notes

Concerts - JD Promotions LLC, in association with Altitude Entertainment, presents The McKameys in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Calvary Baptist Church, 810 Ruskin Drive, Altoona. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $25 for Artist Circle. Tickets are not required for children ...

Orpheus Singers announce new director, fall concert

The Orpheus Singers, a town-and-gown chamber choir established in 2012, has named Nathan Glocke as its new director. Glocke, who teaches general music and choir at Mount Nittany Middle School, received an undergraduate degree in music education and a master’s degree in choral conducting ...

Broadway secret: A theater ‘frequent flyer plan’

NEW YORK — This past spring, dance teacher Donna Cory and one of her students took in the new “Oklahoma!” revival on Broadway. They thought the musical was bold and historic and urgently current. But perhaps one of the coolest things about the experience was the cost — $0. Cory is ...

The right lighting can elevate your home

When you shop for a new sofa or another piece of furniture, it’s not hard to envision how it might look in your living room. And if you’re considering a new wall color, you can test pretty simply with swatches. But shopping for lighting can be more complicated. It’s easy fall in love ...

Shriner’s care impacted local writer’s life

There are moments in life when things come full circle. Something magical happens that brings you back to a special place — physically or emotionally. You remember the sights, sounds and even the feel of that moment or place. All of the reasons why it was so special come flooding back. At ...

Mirror seeks submissions for Blair County Proud

This year’s Blair County Proud edition will focus on the ways various organizations are “Lending A Hand” to benefit the community. The Blair County Proud edition will be published in the Sept. 23 Altoona Mirror. Nonprofits, service clubs, faith-based groups, businesses, police and ...

RZA dives deep into the Wu-Tang ‘Saga’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — RZA could have created a Wu-Tang Clan biopic like the NWA-based “Straight Outta Compton” film, but felt the nine-member rap group needed more room to tell their story. That meant heading to television and finding the right actors to reenact the influential ...

‘Dog’ Chapman wants viewers to see late wife’s bravery

NEW YORK — Duane “Dog” Chapman has had a difficult past year. But following in his wife’s example, he presses on. His wife, Beth Chapman, passed away in June in Hawaii after fighting lung cancer. Their new television series, “Dog’s Most Wanted,” airs on Sept. 4 on WGN ...

Johansson says new project about divorce ‘felt fated’

VENICE, Italy — When Noah Baumbach asked Scarlett Johansson to meet with him about a new film he was going to write about a divorce, he didn’t know she was going through one in real life. “It felt fated in a way,” Johansson said. “It came somehow at just the right ...

PSU professor publishes book

Brian Black, Head of the Division of Arts and Humanities and Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Penn State Altoona, recently published the book “Gettysburg Contested: 150 Years of Preserving America’s Most Cherished Landscape.” Beginning with the role that the landscape ...

Nittany writers meeting Sept. 10

The Nittany Valley Writers Network will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, in the Schlow Library Community Room in State College. Author and singer-songwriter Ken Baxter will share his process for writing prose and lyrics from his upcoming memoir, “The Philosophy of Arson” and its companion album, ...

Looney to read from his work Nov. 12

Poet and fiction writer George Looney will read from his work at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Looney’s reading will kick off the fall Hard Freight Cafe, an open mic event presented by Penn State Altoona's student literary ...

Atwood among 2019 fiction honorees

NEW YORK — Literary agent Lynn Nesbit and Margaret Atwood and some of the forces behind the Hulu adaptation of her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” will be this year’s honorees at the Center for Fiction’s benefit and awards dinner. The Center announced Tuesday that Nesbit would receive ...

Altoona native sets book signing events

Altoona native, Grace Topping, who still has family in the area, will be coming to Altoona Sept. 5 through 7 to promote her recently published book, “Staging is Murder.” She will be at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5 and she will be doing a book signing at ...

Diverse offerings

It’s a narrative found in TV shows like “Cheers,” but Rich McGarvey, bartender turned owner, has carved a niche for his eponymous Juniata bar and grill by bringing in local, regional and national live performers in music and comedy. McGarvey and his wife Kelly Markel purchased the venue ...

Season of Creation – Observance honors Earth

People worldwide will be part of a 34-day observance that begins next week to honor their home — the one that contains all the resources for life. It is the home called Earth. Known as A Season of Creation, the observance was initiated on Sept. 1, 1989, to celebrate the planet as well as ...

Spiritual Notes

The Faith Baptist Cafe will serve a free community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7. The meal is free and open to the public at Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona. This month’s menu includes Salisbury steak, parsley potatoes, mixed ...