The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 22, 2013

Look who is coming to downtown Johnstown


A Thanksgiving Day two-mile walk/four-mile run to benefit Project: Streetkids International will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at Shade-Central City Elementary School, 235 McGregor Ave., Cairnbrook.

The nonprofit provides assistance to at-risk youth in Honduras and locally.

T-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registered participants only.

Entrants should bring a canned or nonperishable food item to benefit the Central City Food Pantry.

Information and application: 244-6776, 535-6514, 754-4625 or

A basket party benefiting Eat ’n’ Park’s 2013 Caring for Kids Campaign will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Volunteer Fire Company, 1741 Bedford St., Johnstown.

Proceeds also will raise money for the free-card fund at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital.

Tickets, which are $6, are available at Richland Eat ’n’ Park.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit Laurel Arts company dancers will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 tonight at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 1845 N. Center Ave., Somerset.

Take-out dinners will be available from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at Laurel Arts Education & Dance Center at 601 Georgian Place, from company dancers and at the door.

Proceeds will help defray the costs of attending dance competitions.

Information: 443-1835.

Book deals

A used book sale will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Windber Public Library, 1909 Graham Ave., Windber.

There will be adult and juvenile hardcover and paperback books available.  

Information: 467-4950.

Library lessons

 Local author Robert Jeschonek will present information on indie publishing at 10 a.m. Saturday at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

Information will be provided on publishing ebooks, audiobooks and paperbacks for those who have ever considered publishing their own work.

Toddler Time, a free storytime program for children ages 2-5, which includes crafts, songs and games, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesdays.

Registration is required.

Baby Time, a free lap-sit program for babies up to 24 months and their caregivers, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursdays.

Registration is preferred.

Information: 266-5610 or email

Musical day

Musical duo Simple Gifts will hold a workshop and concert Saturday at St. Francis University, Loretto.

A workshop open to the public will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the JFK Auditorium, followed by a public performance at 7.

The cost for the workshop is $3 or a donation to the Dorothy Day Center’s Food Bank, and the cost for the concert is $5 or a donation to the food bank.

Information: 472-3000.

Holiday showcase

The 43rd annual Holly Bazaar will showcase holiday crafts through Dec. 24 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The 11th annual Basket Bonanza will feature 90 baskets, with tickets available for $5.

The annual book sale will include new and used books.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is free.

Information: 255-6515.

Welcome, Christmas

“Children’s Ho-Ho-Ho ... Here Come the Holidays” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the AW Gallery Shoppe at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.    

The workshops with the Learning Lamp will feature children’s holiday crafts and activities, and parents can shop while children are crafting.

The cost is $5 per craft, which will be suitable for gift-giving.

Information: 535-2020.

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