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Area Life

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 ...

Patience often takes practice

Standing in line has never been one of my favorite activities. It’s not so much the fact that I’m impatient — although, admittedly, I can be — but mainly, it’s the fact that I inevitably get stuck behind incredibly slow people. Take couponers, for example. Now, before I raise the ...

The places it’ll go: Dr. Seuss exhibition hitting the road

BOSTON — Dr. Seuss is hitting the road this fall with a large interactive exhibit that will immerse visitors in some of the most iconic books by the beloved children’s writer. The exhibit is centered on a maze based on “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” the Dr. Seuss book that urges ...

Country’s Maren Morris leads CMA nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Maren Morris has a chance to win up to eight trophies including album of the year at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards thanks to her work as an artist, songwriter and producer. With the success of her album “GIRL,” which Morris co-produced, the Grammy ...

New Disney Park attractions will have Poppins, Wakanda

ORLANDO, Fla. — Mary Poppins. Wakanda. Rapunzel. A hodge-podge of beloved characters and settings would hardly fit in the same sentence if not for the fact they’re all coming to Disney parks or cruise ships within the next few years. Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek announced the new ...

Kentridge explores Africa’s history

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Evocative videos, graphic tapestries, charcoal drawings, woodcut prints, sculptures and immersive sound installations combine in the largest-ever show by South African artist William Kentridge to explore compelling themes including South Africa’s apartheid history ...

SAMA-Altoona collaborating with UPMC

ALTOONA — The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona is pleased to announce its recent collaboration with UPMC. The Museum installed 18 paintings by the late Sue Severson at the beginning of August in the UPMC Altoona hospital. These paintings were hung in order to make hospital ...

Elliott, Swift set to perform at MTV Video Music Awards

NEWARK, N.J. — 2019 is the year of Missy Elliott: The rap icon became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this year and she will also earn the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Elliott, who has released ...

US government issues Utah monument plan

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. government’s final management plan for lands in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn’t include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards ...

Rolling Stones get name on little Martian rock that rolled

PASADENA, Calif. — There is now a “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, and it’s giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction. NASA named a little stone for the legendary rockers after its InSight robotic lander captured it rolling across the surface of Mars last year, and the ...

Terracotta is making a color comeback

There was a time not that long ago when designers were tearing out anything terracotta-colored, whether it was tile, painted walls or upholstered furniture. A darling hue of the ’80s, the brownish orange — evocative of terracotta earthenware — was considered dowdy and done. But like so ...

Bridging the gap

Tanya Tucker’s latest album “While I’m Livin’” dropped today, and the original female country outlaw visits The State Theatre Sept. 18. At the age of 13, Tucker, now 60, was the youngest female to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, dubbed as the female Elvis and landed 15 ...

Called to serve — McCaulley embarks on new path

When he was a boy, Don McCaulley would sit in church and listen to the preacher, hoping someday to be in the pulpit himself. Through the years, he has done that by being bivocational. Now, in retirement from his medical career, McCaulley is able to continue his lifelong commitment to serve God ...

Calvary Baptist hosts Guy Penrod

An evening of music, community and prayer is what the audience will find during the upcoming Guy Penrod concert at Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday. The Grammy and Dove award-winning artist and inductee into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame will bring his blend of faith, song and invocation to ...

Blessed are those who believe

How do we know that God is real? I’ve been asked many times through the years, how do we know God is real when we cannot see Him, touch Him, or hear Him? There is a story in the Bible about a man who placed a high priority on being able to see Jesus before he could believe. Christ had ...

Spiritual notes

Commemoration St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, will commemorate and remember the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the Americas during a 3 p.m. service on Sunday. The church bells will toll and a service of repentance and reconciliation ...

Locally grown, ripe for the picking

“It’s the official sign of summer,” said Dave Macharola of Hollidaysburg as he selected fresh green beans from the produce offerings at Baronner’s Farm Market, Hollidaysburg. “When they open then I know it is summer — even if it is July.” Amid a steady flow of customers to the ...

Celebrating 25th anniversary of ‘Friends’ with merch

NEW YORK — See your “Friends” on the big screen. Deck out your place with “Friends” decor. Wear your “Friends” as jewelry. Heck, buy the “Friends” Lego set and pretend it’s for your kid. If you’re a “Friends” superfan, there are lots of ways to celebrate the show’s ...

Knowing when to prune is as vital as knowing how

Pruning is one of the most fundamental tasks in gardening, and knowing when to trim is as essential as knowing how. Pruning woody plants at the wrong time can interrupt bloom cycles and damage stressed plants. “It’s time to prune whenever your pruners are sharp” is an old adage that ...