“Great Opera for a Great City,” the 21st annual opera festival, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Pitt-Johnstown campus, Richland Township.
The opera festival is a major fundraiser for the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
A dinner reception will follow at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
Tickets are $60 for the concert only and $150 for the concert and post-concert reception.
The 29th annual New Germany Arts and Crafts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at New Germany Grove, 1635 New Germany Road, Summerhill, off New Germany exit of Route 219 North.
Admission is free. Parking is $2.
The annual harvest festival will be held through October at Faranda’s Farm, 1171 Penn Ave., Hollsopple.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 28, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 29 and 4 p.m. to dusk Fridays, 11 a.m. to dusk Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays in October.
Fun Farm admission is $11 for adults and youngsters and free for children younger than 2.
Barnyard admission is $7 for adults and youngsters and free for children younger than 2.
Information: 479-7109 or www.farandafarm.net.
The 55th annual Ligonier Highland Games will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Idlewild Park, Ligonier.
Gates will open at 8 a.m. for a look into the sports, music, dance, food and traditions of ancient Scotland.
There will be a Gaelic Mod featuring songs, poetry and storytelling in Gaelic; heavy athletics; dance competitions; piping and drumming; Scottish harping; children’s games; musical performers; Scottish breed dog exhibit; sheep herding demonstration; clan tents; storytelling; Highland cows and Shetland ponies; Scottish and Celtic delicacies; a historical military encampment; and vendors.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for children ages 9-15.
Admission for children younger than age 9 is free as well as parking at Idlewild Park.
A portion of the ticket proceeds goes to support the scholarship funds of the Clan Donald Educational and Charitable Trust.
No rides or attractions will be open at the park during the games.
Information: 931-4714, www.ligonierhighlandgames.org or email email@example.com.
Cambria County Historical Society’s Spirit Night will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight and Saturday throughout Ebensburg.
Ten-block walking tours of historical Ebensburg sites will begin at the Cambria County Courthouse.
This year’s theme is “The Nifty Fifties.”
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger.
Walk for food
The 15th annual Windber Area CROP Walk will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rummel Church of the Brethren, 3432 Graham Ave., Windber.
Registration will begin at 1:30.
Funds raised will be used for food and clean water internationally and also will be donated to Windber Area Food Pantry.
An oldies dance to benefit Windber Area Museum will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the ballroom at Windber Recreation Park, Route 160.
A cruise-in will be held at 4, and food and beverages will be available.
Music will be provided by DJ Lee Mack.
Admission is $5.
The farce “Let’s Murder Marsha” will be presented through Sept. 29 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $22 to $34 for evening performances and $17 to $30 for matinees. All tickets include $2 service charge.
Information: 629-9201, option 1, or www.MountainPlayhouse.com.
The first Camp Cadet of Somerset County Cruiser Ride-In will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Stoystown Auto Sales, formerly Watkins Chevrolet, routes 219 and 30.
Hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, classics, trucks, motorcycles, antiques, race cars and tuners are welcome.
There will be free Camp Cadet dash plaques to the first 200 entries, plus prizes, event T-shirts and Camp Cadet apparel for sale and police, fire and National Guard equipment on display.
Food will be available from the Chuck Wagon Restaurant. Music will be provided by Live Wire.
A blood drive in memory of Sgt. Rudy Flaim of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Courtney Rummell will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine.
Corks & Kegs, which will benefit Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the college, 101 Community College Way, Richland Township.
There will be wine tastings by B&L Wine Cellars, beer tastings by Tulune’s Southside Saloon and live music by Jazz in Your Face.
Hors d’oeuves will be provided.
Admission is $30 per person.
“Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition,” an adult painting workshop presented by Julie Bernstein Engelmann, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
The cost is $72.
Other adult workshops are “Colored Pencil Portraits” Sept. 28; “Watercolor with Bill” Oct. 5-6; and “Encaustics” Oct. 12.
A Fall Fest Craft and Vendor Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael Sportsmen’s Club.
A basket party will be held at 2 p.m.
The show is sponsored by Greater Johnstown Area Vo-Tech Alumni.
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