The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 9, 2014

Look what's happening and at upcoming events


— Events

Art’s friend

Allied Artists of Johnstown has presented its Friends of Art award to The Learning Lamp.

Director Leah Spangler chose an oil painting by Allied Artists’ member Ann Dougherty titled  “Turning Pollock’s Key.”  

The Friends of Art program is an annual tradition which is part of Allied Artists’ community-related programs.

It provides donated funds to local nonprofits and organizations to purchase artwork, which is displayed in Allied Artists’ annual exhibitions.

The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization in the Greater Johnstown area, offering tutoring by certified teachers for children in           grades K-12.

The Learning Lamp also offers preschool curriculums, summer camps and child-care programs.

Scholarships are available to families who qualify.

“The Learning Lamp offers valuable and necessary services to the children in our community,” said Allied Artists’ president Diane M. Safko.

“Allied Artists of Johnstown proudly presented the Friends of Art award to The Learning Lamp for its outstanding work done in our communities for the children and families who need and benefit from its services.”


The junior high play “Scandal at Hampton Estate” will be presented by the Conemaugh Valley Drama Team at 7 tonight and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Conemaugh Valley High School, 1342 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.

Information: 535-5523.

Performance venue

Music will be on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Fletcher’s Grove and Mixing Numbers With Sounds will perform from 7 to 11 tonight.

Widely regarded as one of West Virginia’s most promising up-and-coming bands, Fletcher’s Grove weaves funk, rock and jazz.

The five-man band features Ryan Krofcheck on vocals and rhythm guitar; Matt Marion on vocals and percussion; Wes Hager on lead guitar and flute; Taylor Pratt on bass; and Adam Greene on drums.

Tickets:  grove.


Rebellion Without Cause and Paradigm will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Admission is $5.


Dinner is served

A free community dinner sponsored by Windber Area Community Kitchen will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.

The menu will feature chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, fruit cocktail, bread and rolls and dessert.

Worthy cause

The 17th annual Snowflake Ball, the main fundraiser of Lee Initiatives Inc. and Lee Auxiliary, will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Westmont.

Reservations are requested by Thursday.

Proceeds will be used to support scholarships for young people pursuing careers in health care.

The cost is $100 per person.

Information: 533-0751.

Book bargains

 Vintage books from the early 1900s into the 1950s will be featured at Inclined to Read Bookstore in the lobby at the 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.

Information: 536-5131.

Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes will be held at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

“Introduction to American Style Tribal Bellydance will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays during January.

“Let’s Get Bellydancing” will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in January.

Hip scarves are $15. Classes are $25 a month.

Yoga for all levels will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 or 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 26.

The session is $56 or $10 per class.

Information: 539-0924.

Surreal art

“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.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Information: 269-7234 or visit

Comfortable art

“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 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or visit

Regional art

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 will feature 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

Juried art

 “Artists in Our Midst: Art in Common Annual Juried Exhibition and Friends” will be on display through Saturday at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.

The exhibition 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


Western chiller

“Wild Wild West,” the 19th annual Fire & Ice Festival, will be held Jan. 17-19 throughout Uptown Somerset.

The icy event will feature ice sculptures, live music, hot food and a crafter’s marketplace.

Admission is free, but a fire-and-ice pin, which is $6, is required for some venues.

Information: 443-1748 or

50 shades of funny

“50 Shades! The Musical, The Original Parody,” a takeoff on the bestselling book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will be performed at 5 p.m.         Jan. 19 at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

A women’s book club decides to read the erotic romance novel and scenes from the book are brought to life onstage.

The adult-themed musical is not recommended for those younger than age 18.

Tickets are $39 and $35.

Information: 269-7200 or

Soup’s on

Soups and Breads of the World will be served at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Several hearty breads and more than 10 different ethnic soups will be served in pottery bowls created by a local artist.

Guests may take home the bowl of their choice.

The cost is $30 per person.

Reservations: 536-5399.

Actor call

STAR Productions at St. Francis University will hold auditions for its spring production of “If We Shadows” from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 17-19 in the studio basement of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto.

The play is a shortened innovative way to present Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The production needs actors to employ script-in-hand techniques to speak the lines of the text.

Their vocal performances will be accompanied by actors silently moving behind a shadow curtain portraying the action of the play.

Audition material and preparation time will be provided at the time of audition.

Due to the flexible structure of the play, various groups will be able to rehearse separately until the production moves to JFK Auditor-       ium.

Performance dates are April 1-5.

Information: Email

Worthy cause

The fifth annual Red Rose Charity Ball to benefit Windber Area Community Kitchen will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at Solomon Run           banquet hall, 146 Mount Airy Drive, Richland Township.

The registration deadline is Jan. 31.

The nonprofit serves more than 300 hot meals per month at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.

The cost is $45 per person.

Reservations: 242-6687, 322-8027 or 467-6590.

Empire rules

A Community Star Wars Celebration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

The free costumed character event will feature members of the 501st Legion and Garrison Carrida portraying Dark Side characters from the Star Wars universe.

There will be a trivia session, question-and-answer session, crafts and light refreshments.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5131 or

Double tribute

“Rave On: Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison Tribute” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets are $14, $18 and $22.

Information: 467-9070 or

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