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Collecting Christmas memories

November 12, 2014 We’d like to hear about how you celebrate Christmas. The Altoona Mirror’s Life department is collecting readers’ Christmas memories and traditions to appear in an upcoming story. more »»

Theater review: ‘Awakening’ affirms passion of living

November 11, 2014 Penn State Centre Stage’s rendition of “Spring Awakening” is captivating and has the urgency of a fire alarm ringing at 3 a.m., with strong connections to a time long past and the present. more »»

Botanical tradition: SAMA Loretto brings international traveling exhibition to museum

November 9, 2014 Before the invention of photography, artists would go with scientific expeditions to capture the images of plants and animals, said Scott Dimond, the curator at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at... more »»

Roots & Branches: Beware haphazard ‘carpenter trees’ found online

November 9, 2014 I am thinking of the old “Dragnet” intro line, in which it was solemnly intoned that “only the names have been changed to protect the innocent. more »»

Poker Basics: Politicians have varied takes on online poker

November 9, 2014 While you are basking in the silence of a post election Sunday, let me ruin your peace by bringing up politics again. more »»

Exhibit at Baker Mansion examines Pennsylvania’s role in Civil War

November 8, 2014 Pennsylvanians from all walks of life were highly involved and highly affected by the 1861-65 American Civil War, according to Leslie Przybylek, curator of history at the Senator John Heinz History... more »»

Earth Matters: Inhumane state of affairs hurting Ebola-stricken countries

November 8, 2014 The three worst national economies in the world are in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guine. more »»

Work key to attaining your goals

November 6, 2014 The word “work” can be defined many ways. It can be seen, heard and tasted if you’re a chef. more »»

Lambert dominates at CMAs, but Luke Bryan steals night’s top prize

November 6, 2014 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Miranda Lambert was the reigning queen of Wednesday’s Country Music Association Awards, but Luke Bryan marked a long-earned breakthrough by winning entertainer of the yea. more »»

Striking a balance

November 5, 2014 SEVEN SPRINGS — Helen’s Chef de Cuisine John Kradel doesn’t believe in perpetuating fine dining’s reputation for leaving its guests hungry. more »»

Expo brings options for those with diet restrictions

November 5, 2014 LEWISTOWN — The second annual Central Pennsyl­vania Gluten Free Expo will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College. more »»

Disney princesses get more independence

November 5, 2014 LOS ANGELES — A Disney princess no longer needs a prince to experience true love. Sisterhood saves the day in “Frozen.” Motherly love breaks an evil spell in “Maleficen. more »»

Cosmetic legend: New York museum tells story of Helena Rubenstein in art

November 2, 2014 NEW YORK — Judgmental, autocratic and wholly self-made after fleeing pre-war Poland and the prospect of arranged marriage as a teen, Helena Rubinstein built a cosmetics empire on the notion that... more »»

Two country stars help shape Chase’s TV persona

November 2, 2014 By Alicia Rancilio The Associated Press NEW YORK — Will Chase’s character on ABC’s “Nashville” is the quintessential superstar. more »»

Area writers gather for book event

November 1, 2014 Caged grave sites, the Vietnam War and the Amish community are just a few of the topics authors will speak on at the third annual Blair County Genealogical Society’s 2014 Book Signing Day. more »»

Garden Notes: Despite bad reputation, fresh Brussels sprouts are tasty

November 1, 2014 In August, Englishman Stuart Kettle climbed to the summit of Mt. Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, while pushing a Brussels sprout with his nose. more »»

WPSU doc chronicles pow-wow

November 1, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — Fewer than 200 Native Americans call central Pennsylvania home, but thousands have gathered in State College once a year for more than a decade to celebrate and embrace their... more »»

Altoona comics show is Sunday

October 31, 2014 The Altoona-Con 1, the first Altoona comics show, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Altoona Grand Hotel in Altoona. more »»

Special needs beauty pageant to be held Saturday

October 29, 2014 Angela Ebersole of Claysburg, who launched a pageant for special-needs women last year, never dreamed that when she and her husband pulled over to help a woman by the side of the road that they woul... more »»

Joel to perform at Jordan Center on Dec. 5

October 28, 2014 Live Nation has announced that legendary musician Billy Joel will perform at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park on Friday, Dec. 5. more »»

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