The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


August 16, 2013

Free celebration in Richland Township


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 Township.

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.

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