BY RUTH RICE
Down on the farm
“Pennsylvania Farms: Growing for You,” the 98th edition of the Pennsylvania State Farm Show, will be held Saturday through Jan. 11 at the farm show complex and expo center, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 10 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11.
The farm show will feature livestock exhibits and competitions, tractor pulls, entertainment and homegrown food.
It is billed as the nation’s largest, free, indoor agricultural exhibition under one roof, with 24 acres of space.
Admission is free, but parking is $10.
“Echoes of Brass and Organ” will be presented as part of the Grand Halle Performance Series at 7:30 tonight at the Grand Halle, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Johnstown Brass Works will perform festive holiday music, with Kim Rauch playing the Adam Stein pipe organ.
Brass members are Eric Pfeil and Tom Hiravi, trumpet; Jerrod Cannistraci, French horn; Joshua Brumbaugh, trombone; and Jason June, tuba.
The program will include “The Coventry Carol,” “Salvation is Created,” “Joy to the World,” “Christmas Fantasy” and “Fum, Fum, Fum.”
For refreshment, cupcakes and hot beverages will be offered for purchase from Batter Bakeshop.
Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Preschoolers will be admitted free.
Information: 536-7986 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Lifesaver’s Ball, hosted by the American Red Cross, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Richland Volunteer Fire Department banquet facility, 1321 Scalp Ave.
Those who donate blood also can bring new or slightly used prom gowns, shoes and accessories to donate to the YWCA’s Cinderella Project.
Information: 800-RED-CROSS, redcrossblood.org/lifesaversball or twitter.com/redcrossGAR.
The eighth annual Festival of the Trees for Jackson Township will be on display through Tuesday at Veterans Park, 200 Adams Ave., Vinco.
The 17th annual Holiday Lights on the Lake will be open nightly from 6 to 10 through Sunday at Lakemont Park, 700 Park Ave., Altoona.
The 51-acre display is filled with holiday lights and animations and can be seen as visitors drive through.
Guests also can stop at Santa’s Village, which includes a gift shop, refreshments and model train displays by the Alto Model Train Museum.
Children can visit with Santa and get their pictures taken every night through Monday.
Admission is $10 per car, $20 per commercial van, $25 per school bus and $75 per motorcoach.
Unlimited visitor passes are available for $34.95.
Information: 800-434-8006 or www.lakemontparkfun.com.
Art will be on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A StudioPM Guided Art Event will be held from 7 to 10 tonight.
In The Gallery, Dante Horvath and Taylor Swick, both of Johnstown, will host an open mic from 7 to 10 tonight. Admission is $3.
Information: 410-2245 or www.thevoma.com.
Beat goes on
A drum circle will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Those interested in joining the circle do not need experience in music to participate.
Facilitator Rachel Allen is trained in West African, Middle Eastern and many other cultural traditions.
The cost is $5 per person.
Vintage books from the early 1900s into the 1950s will be featured during January at Inclined to Read Bookstore in the lobby at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
The store also will be filled with fiction and nonfiction, including art, biography, cookbooks, gardening, health and well-being, self-help, history, literature, sports, murder mystery and suspense.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Hardback books are $1, children’s books are 50 cents and paperbacks are 25 cents.
Yoga and belly dancing classes are held at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A yoga class taught by Judy Hunter will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays.
Two yoga classes taught by Adriann White will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
The cost for either yoga class is $10 per class or $7 per class with the package.
A belly dancing class taught by White will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
Classes are $25 a month.
A children’s yoga class for ages 4 and older will be taught by Kristen Panek from 5:45 to 6:45 Wednesdays next door at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave., at the same time an adult class is held at Bottle Works.
The cost is $5 per class.
Information: 536-5399 or www.yogabykristen.com for children’s yoga.
“The Star of Bethlehem: Epiphany in the Planetarium” will be presented at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium and Astronaut Exhibit in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.
The tour will begin with a view of the season’s nighttime sky, followed by selected deep sky objects along with simulated trips to planets and moons in the solar system.
The show will end with time for questions from the audience.
“The Sky Over Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” a 30-minute show appropriate for children ages 3 to 10, will be presented at 12:30 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Because of limited seating, advance reservations are requested.
Information: 724-805-2631 or ww.stvincent.edu/planetarium.
“Adam’s Ambiguous Designs” by photographer Adam Hinderliter will be on display through Thursday at Bottle Works Ethnic Art Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Hinderliter studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has been an avid photographer since 2000.
His passion is nature, but cityscapes have been his focus in the past few years – not only elegant buildings, but the urban decay of graffiti and rusting bridge supports.
Hinderliter prints his pieces on archival paper and has the capability of printing each photograph on metal.
Every photograph is a limited edition, and all photographs are numbered and signed by the artist.
A student and teacher art show will be on display through Thursday at Art Works in Johnstown! and Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, both on Third Avenue in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The show will feature middle school and high school students and teachers from Windber Area, Richland, Greater Johnstown, North Star, Ferndale Area, Central Cambria, Forest Hills, Bishop McCort Catholic and United.
Admission is free.
Information: 535-2020 or 536-5399.
“Surrealities: The Graphic Work of William D. Davis and Peter Milton” will be on display through March 15 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Both Davis and Milton are graphic artists who work primarily in black and white.
“Wonderful Whimsy IV,” a mixed-media exhibition, will be on display through Tuesday at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Information: 535-2020 or www.artworksinjohnstown.org.
Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts 18th annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition will be on display through Feb. 9 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.
The exhibition featured 71 works by 71 individual artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania, spanning a variety of media.
This will be the 10th consecutive year the Ligonier museum has hosted the exhibition.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.
Information: 724-238-6015 or visit www.sama-art.org.
“Christmas in America,” a holiday exhibit allowing visitors to experience the history and traditions of Christmas in the 19th century, will be on display through Jan. 10 at the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery on the first floor of the Fred M. Rogers Center, St. Vincent College, Latrobe.
There will be 24 coverlets on display and an array of whimsical decorations, including decorated Christmas trees, greeting cards, Santa Claus figures and other vintage-inspired decorations.
Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
Private tours are available by appointment.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Information: 724-805-2569 or www.mccarlgallery.org.
Twice the art
Two exhibitions are on display at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.
“Rogues, and Colleagues: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” which will be on display through Saturday, features more than 35 paintings and photographs by dozens of local and regional artists.
“Artists in Our Midst: Art in Common Annual Juried Exhibition and Friends,” which will be on display through Jan. 11, features almost 80 works in a variety of media by members of Art in Common, an arts organization based in Central Pennsylvania.
Information: 946-4464 or www.sama-art.org.
“Comfort Zones: Pennsylvania and the ‘Foreign’ Landscape” will be on display through Jan. 25 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
The exhibition features around 60 paintings, prints and photographs from the museum’s permanent collection.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 472-3920 or visit www.sama-art.org.