The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 16, 2013

Free celebration in Richland Township


— The sixth annual Richland Community Days will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight today and 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday on Schoolhouse Road and Theatre Drive, near Richland Township Municipal Building.

There will be music, food, a Richland alumni tent and children’s activities.

A parade, which will march up Theatre Drive, will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.

A fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Admission and parking are free.

Information: 269-0303 or 262-4848.

Charity cruise

BPOE Lodge No. 175 Cruise Classic V will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lorain Borough ballpark.

There will be live music and picnic-style food.

Proceeds benefit the Cerebral Palsy Home Service Program, one of the lodge’s main fundraisers.

Registration for the cruise is $5, and the public will be admitted free.

Information: 266-6501.

Books and blooms

“The Literary Gardener,” a biennial flower show of the Garden Club of Johnstown, will be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Entries will be displayed at four different locations in the library.

Admission is free.

Bluegrass bash

The sixth annual Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Hill State Park Complex, 1454 Laurel Hill Park Road, Somerset.

The annual bluegrass festival has a lineup of bluegrass bands,  re-enactors with hands-on demonstrations, a 5K run/walk, horse-drawn wagon rides, a climbing wall, food and craft vendors and children's activities.

Admission: Free.

Information: 445-7725 or

All’s fair

The 113th annual Somerset County Fair will be held Saturday through Aug. 24 at the fairgrounds at 7842 Mount Davis Road, Meyersdale.

Admission is $8, and children younger than age 2 will be admitted free.


Spy farce

The farce “Sin, Sex & the CIA” will be presented at 2 and 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Tickets are $22 to $34 for evenings and $17 to $30 for matinees, which includes a $2 service charge.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

Student supplies

A Back to School Bash will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., downtown Johnstown.

The event is for children from kindergarten through grade 12.

Giveaways will include school supplies, shopping sprees, free haircuts and hockey vouchers.

There also will be games, live entertainment and free food.

Admission is free.

Information: 539-1889.

A Back to School Blowout will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley Grace Brethren Church, routes 56 and 22, Armagh.

Giveaways will include school supplies, haircuts and backpacks.

There will be face painting, free fingerprinting, crafts, music, a bake sale and photo opportunities.

Admission is free.

Information: 322-2198.

Casting call

Theatre Matters will hold auditions for Neil Labute’s “The Shape of Things” from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Two males and two females are needed, all in their 20s.

Audition materials will be provided, and prepared pieces are welcomed, but not required.

The play will be performed in late October.

Information: 410-2245.

Firemen’s fete

The 121st annual Central District Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention & 100th Anniversary of the Nanty Glo Fire Department will be held today and Saturday at the fire company, 870 Chestnut St., Nanty Glo, and Blacklick Valley High School, 555 Birch St., Nanty Glo.

Today’s events include a car show at 11 a.m., battle of the barrel at 3 p.m., queen contest at 5:30 and the band Metro from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, there will be a pumping contest at 10 a.m., battle of the barrel for kids at 1 p.m., grand parade at 5, the band Fuse from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and trophy presentation at 8:30.

The convention will end with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.


Summer art

Several art camps open to children ages 6 to 12 will be held at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Play with Clay Mini Art Camp will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday.

Children will use their imaginations as they experiment with the techniques of hand building, coiling, pinching and slab work. 

The cost is $17 or $15 for Art Works members.

Tie Dye Workshop for Kids! will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 24.

Johnstown tie dye artist, Heather Nibert, will teach participants how to create their own wearable art in this hands-on workshop.

The cost is $15 or $12 for Art Works members, and T-shirts and supplies will be provided.

Instructions also will be provided on how to wash a tie-dye shirt.  

Registration: 535-2020 or email

Good cause

A garden party fundraiser for Westmont Family Counseling Ministries will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Geneva House, 639 Luzerne St., Westmont.

Tickets, which are $25, include music, light fare and refreshments, Hat Ladies of Johnstown, tours and door prizes.

Information: 536-0798 or 536-0796.

Drop-in stories

Back-to-School Story Time Sessions will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and Aug. 27 and 29 in the Children’s Storytime Theater at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

The drop-in storytime programs feature stories, songs, fingerplays and other early literacy development activities.

Following storytime, children are invited to play and socialize in the library’s Preschool Discovery Den Playroom.

The programs are free, and no registration is required, but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Information: 536-5131.

Concert series

The free Concerts in the Park series will feature traditional country and rockabilly with Black Horse from 6 to 9 tonight at Penn Eben Park, Ebensburg.

Concertgoers can bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks or a cooler.

Information: 472-8780 or

Bandshell blast

AmeriServ Free Summer Concerts at Roxbury Bandshell will continue Sunday at the bandshell at Roxbury Park along Franklin Street, Johnstown.

The Air Anchor will play bluegrass at 5, and Painted by Millions will play indie alternative pop rock at 6.

Dinner music

The last of a series of Songworks Acoustic Dinners will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Halle, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

An ethnic dinner will be served at 6:30, and Songworks members Walt Churchey and Jackie Kopco will perform and host an open mic at 7:30.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10.

Information: 536-7986 or email

Performance venue

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

A teen open mic night will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 Tuesday.

The first half will be an open mic for anyone, and the second half will feature a local teen band performing.

Concessions will be available.

Consider the Source will perform from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Information: 410-2245.

Outdoor music

Delmont Area Concert Band will perform during a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond in Ligonier.

The concerts are sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, and guests should bring their own seating.

In case of rain, the performance will be held inside the town hall auditorium.

Information: 724-238-4200 or

Traction action

Mountain View Antique Tractor Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply, near The Galleria, Richland‚ÄąTownship.

A tractor parade will be held at 11 a.m., with Kiddie Pedal Pull at 1 p.m. and tractor games at 2.

Registration should be completed by 12:30 p.m.

Information: 241-0505 or 659-9239.

Peachy time

The Flood City Region of the Antique Auto Club of America will hold a Cruise In/Peach Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the University Park Church of God grounds at Elton and Schoolhouse roads, Richland Township.  

The show is open to all antiques, street rods, muscle cars, trucks, customs, tuners and motorcycles.  

There is a $5 registration fee, and People’s Choice trophies will be awarded.  

Homemade food will be available, including peachy desserts.  

Back by popular demand, The Sharp Tones will perform pop music from the ’50s to the ’80s from noon to 3 p.m.  

A silent auction also will be held with a varied selection of items.

Information: 467-4296 or 536-7375.

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight books on gardening, pets and animals during  August at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

The selection of fiction and nonfiction includes art, business, classics, cooking, gardening, health and well-being, history, religion and sports, and there is a murder/mystery/suspense room.

There also will be CDs, DVDs and cassettes.

Hardback books are $1, paperbacks are 25 cents and children’s books are 50 cents.

Bookstore hours will be 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

Park programs

The Evening on the Summit series will feature “On the Main Line with Harriet Beecher Stowe” at 8 Saturday at the Summit Level Visitor Center Theater at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 10 miles west of Altoona off the Gallitzin exit of Route 22.

Park Ranger Margaret Speicher will portray Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and provide a glimpse into her journey on the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal.

Admission is free.

Information: 886-6150.

“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tour will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. daily through Aug. 24 beginning at Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center, South Fork.

The tour will not be offered Sundays when the “Path of the Flood” van tour will be held.

The tour is included with park admission, and reservations are encouraged, but not required.

Information: 495-4643.

Somerset fest

“Celebrate Somerset” will be presented by Somerset Inc. today and Saturday throughout Somerset.  

National Tell a Joke Day will be celebrated at 6 tonight with a family-friendly joke-telling contest at Trinity Park next to the Glades Court Mall complex on W. Main Street.  

First prize will be two tickets to either Kennywood Park, Idlewild Park or Sandcastle.  

On Saturday, there will be children’s games and activities at Trinity Park as well as a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest on the Uptown sidewalks and a Candy Counting Contest.

A Diaper Derby will be held in parking lot of Clothesline for Women at 112 N. Rosina Ave.  

Crazy Alice’s Café will sponsor a fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. at Trinity Park.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 443-6370.  

Information: 443-1748 or

Running in the dark

Mud on the Mountain in the Dark will be held Saturday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Drive, Seven Springs.

Participants in the popular adventure race series will take on 6.42 miles of mountainous terrain, 20 obstacles of varying difficulty and 1,551 feet of elevation gain – in the dark.

The event will start in 15-minute intervals beginning at 9 p.m.

Registration is open to the first 1,500 athletes at $85 per competitor.

Participants will receive an official Mud on the Mountain shirt and an LED headlamp.

Seven Springs will be gathering donations of gently used ski and snowboard gear to benefit the Wounded Warrior Patrol and the Somerset County Salvation Army.

The Wounded Warrior Patrol is a group of soldiers and their families who come to Seven Springs for a getaway every February and need gear because they have never skied or snowboarded before.

 Information: 352-7777 or

Happy 150th

Bolivar Borough’s sesquicentennial will be celebrated beginning at 5 p.m. today and ending at 7 p.m. Saturday at Burkey Park and Kelly Field in Bolivar.



The murder mystery farce “The Murder Room” will be presented by Bedford County Players at 8 tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gardner Memorial Theater at Old Bedford Village.

Tickets are $12.

Reservations: 623-7555.

Farm fresh

The fourth annual Farmers Market will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through mid-October at Strongstown Homecoming & Historical Society, 14895 Route 422 Highway East, Strongstown.

Information: 243-0289.

In shape

Fitness programming is shaping up at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Summer yoga classes will be held from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

Wednesday sessions are Wednesdays through Aug. 28.

Classes are held in sessions, but drop-ins are welcome.

Registration: 536-5399.

Summer Belly Dancing classes will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Summer sessions are Wednesdays through Aug. 28.

The four-week sessions are $25.

Registration: 539-0924.

Comedy habit

“Nunsense A-Men will be presented by Ligonier Valley Players at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Ligonier Theater, 210 W. Main St., Ligonier.

The little sisters of Hoboken, who will be played by men, are back for one last fun raising event.

Tickets are $18.

Reservations: 724-238-6514 Ext. 2.

Mystery night

“A Night at the Fort Museum” will be held at 7 tonight at Fort Ligonier.

Visitors can solve the mystery of the missing Washington pistols and take a flashlight tour of the fort.

The cost is $12 for members of Fort Ligonier Association and $15 for nonmembers, and reservations are required.

Information: 724-238-9701.

Musical comedy

St. Vincent Summer Theater will present Ken Ludwig’s comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” at 8:10 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:10 p.m. Sunday at the performing arts center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the college’s Latrobe campus.

Tickets are $22 for today and Saturday, $20 for senior citizens, $16 for matinees and $10 for students.

Free van shuttle service will be provided to and from the parking areas.

Reservations: 724-537-8900 or

Collected art

 “Friends, Rogues and Colleagues: Selections from the Permanent Collection” will be on display through Jan. 4 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 Eleventh Ave., Altoona.

The exhibition will feature more than 35 works from the museum’s permanent collection, including many of the country’s most significant artists, such as Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol, as well as more than 30 local and regional artists including Ron Donoughe, Scott Steberger and Michael M. Strueber.

A Blue Monday event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16, with light supper and libations and music by Bodacious B.

The cost is $20 per person.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 946-4464 or

Sculptured art

“Frudakis: Two Generations of Sculpture” will be on display through Nov. 10 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.

The exhibition will feature 15 sculptures by EvAngelos Frudakis; his daughter, Jennifer; and his brother, Zenos.

EvAngelos Frudakis, 92, has striven to express his own poetic humanism through the discipline and beauty of the ancient Greek ideal.

He has taught hundreds of students, including his daughter and brother.

The work of Zenos Frudakis is characterized by a central theme of action or the potential for action, as well as his reverence for the complex mechanism of the human form.

Jennifer Frudakis also is inspired by classical Greek sculpture, but her work,  abounds with her concerns as an environmentalist as well as her personal inclination toward the lyrical and fantastic.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, with members of the Frudakis family in attendance.

The reception is open to the public free of charge, but reservations are requested.

The Museum will host a lunch a l’art with Jennifer Frudakis at noon Sept. 19, with reservations due Sept. 13.

The program includes lunch and a lecture by the artist, and the cost is $13 per person or $12 for SAMA members.

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

Healing art

“The Art of Healing Exhibition: Reflections 2013” will be on display through Aug. 23 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

This exhibition will showcase some of the works created by patients from Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Arts for Healing program.

Information: 269-7234.

Historical mail

“Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps” will be on display through Aug. 31 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. JAHA members are admitted free.

Information: 539-1889.

Historic exhibit

“125 Year of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johnstown Jewish Community Heritage Project, will be on display through September at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Information: 539-1889.

Quilt art

“The Quilts of Theresa Kristof Prah” will be on display through Nov. 1 in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery on the first floor of the Fred M. Rogers Center at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Information: 724-805-2569 or

Symbolic banners

“Stories Joyfully Embroidered: Shaanxi Folk Textiles from Northern China” will be on display through Oct. 12 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, on the campus of St. Francis University.

The exhibition features contemporary fabric banners that were originally shown at Beijing’s National Museum of China in the mid-1990s.

Information: 472-3920 or

Mystical art

“Seeing the Invisible: Paintings by Barbara Wachter” will be on display through Dec. 7 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.

The exhibit includes 35 oil paintings of contemporary impressionism, featuring landscapes and figure studies.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or

Art retrospective

A retrospective of the art of the late Sister Maria Josephine D’Angelo, RSM, will be on display through Sept. 20 in the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

The exhibit will feature more than 20 pieces, ranging from watercolors and oils to wood engravings, woodcut prints, cardboard collage and mixed media.

The Wolf-Kuhn Gallery is open to the public.

Information: 886-4131.

Photo shoot

“Journey of a Lifetime: The Photography of Christian James” will be on display through Sept. 7 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 Eleventh Ave., Altoona.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 946-4464 or

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