The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 4, 2013

Things to do in region this week


Wine and dine

The Sandyvale Inaugural Wine Fest will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and Conservancy, 80 Hickory St. in the Hornerstown section of Johnstown.

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist Kenny Blake will perform.

Tickets are $25 or two for $40 in advance or $30 or two for $50 at the gate.

Information: 536-7993 or

Musical serving

“Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping” will be presented through Oct. 13 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

The sequel to the popular musical will feature the same actresses who first performed the roles at the playhouse in 2011.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with the exception of this Tuesday, and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Oct. 11 and 3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 13.

Tickets are $22 to $39 for evening performances and $17 to $35 for matinees. All tickets include $2 service charge.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

Noon series

Pianist Henry McKenzie Davis will perform for the noon recital series Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

Davis received a Peabody Award for his arrangement and recording of the classic gospel song “Peace in the Valley,” and his work has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution.

He founded the Howard Gospel Choir, the first African-American gospel choir in the country, while a student at Howard University.

He is an administrator with the Peniel Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Johnstown.

The free program will be followed by a light lunch and an opportunity to meet the artist.

Information: 536-7521.

Performance series

Organist Bryan Lohr of Hooversville will kick off the 2013-14 season of the Grand Halle Performance Series at 7 tonight at the Grand Halle, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Lohr will give a musical tour of pipe organ history that will demonstrate the resonance of the Halle’s Adam Stein pipe organ as Kim Rauch, the facility’s music director, narrates.

Lohr will play organ works by Bach, Handel, Frescobaldi, Franck and Ives which illustrate various cultures and innovations that played a part in the history of organ building.

Tickets, which will be available at the door at 6:30, are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Concerts will be held the first Friday of each month through April.

Information: 536-7986 or

Fall brews

The third annual Windber Oktoberfest will be held from noon to midnight Saturday at Windber Recreation Park, Route 160.

The event, which features fall beers, is presented by Windber Volunteer Fire Company and Windber Area Municipal Authority.

Admission is free. Parking is $5 a vehicle.

Information: 467-6696, 467-7111 or 525-0726.

Heritage days

The 16th annual Cresson Area Heritage Days, sponsored by the Cresson Chamber of Commerce, will be held today through Sunday along Front Street in Cresson.

There will be music and craft and food vendors.

A car show, sponsored by the Portage Cruisers Car Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free.

Information: 886-5751 or

Fall foliage

The 49th annual Bedford Fall Foliage Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 12-13 in downtown Bedford.

There will be crafts, music and food.

Admission is free.

Information: 623-1771 or

Racing fun

The 38th annual Johnstown Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K Fun Walk/Race, sponsored by the Greater Johnstown Community YMCA, will be held Sunday in downtown Johnstown.

The marathon begins at 9 a.m. at the Inclined Plane and finishes at Point Stadium.

There also will be relays, a corporate challenge, lollipop races for children and an all you-can-eat spaghetti dinner.

The YMCA is looking for boys and girls ages 6 to 15 to participate in the local NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition. 

The program is a national skills competition for boys and girls in five separate age divisions – 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15.

They will compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum. 

The program is free.

Winners of the local competition will continue to the sectional competition to be held Oct. 19 in Uniontown.

Information: 535-8381.

Roundball lessons

Greater Johnstown Community YMCA is taking registrations for the Y-Winners instructional basketball program. 

Children will learn the fundamentals, skills and drills to play the game of basketball. 

Classes for ages 5-7 will begin Monday from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.,  and classes for ages 8-12 will begin Wednesday from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. 

Information: 535-8381 or

Fall fun

The annual harvest festival will be held during October at Faranda’s Farm, 1171 Penn Ave., Hollsopple.

Hours are 4 p.m. to dusk Fridays, 11 a.m. to dusk Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

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

Vale Wood Farms Pumpkin Patch will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 20 at the farm at 517 Vale Wood Road, Loretto.

There will be family-friendly activities such as a straw bale maze, giant corn box, meet the baby calf, corn maze and games.

Locally grown fall decorations will include pumpkins, gourds, mums, cornstalks, straw bales and Indian corn.

Dairy store treats will feature pumpkin pie and apple pie ice cream and apple dumplings.

Admission is $3 per person, with ages 2 and younger admitted free.

Weekend hayride farm tours are an additional $2 per person, with ages 2 and younger also admitted free.

Information: 886-7171 or

Hoover’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze will be open from 10 a.m. to dusk daily through Nov. 2 at 772 Carroll Road, Patton.

Flashlight tours through the corn maze will be offered Friday and Saturday evenings, with the last admission at 8.

Admission is $5 to the corn maze, and prices vary for pumpkins.

A portion of the funds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

Information: 674-5962.

Idlewild’s Hallowboo will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 at the amusement park on Route 30  in Ligonier.

There will be trick-or-treat through Story Book Forest and themed rides and attractions.

Shows will include “Rock the Graveyard” at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. at the Hillside Theater; “Molly’s Wacky Witch’s Brew” at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at the Gazebo Stage; “Hallowboo Hoedown at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at Story Book Forest entrance; and “Monster Mash” at the Hillside Theater immediately following the 6 p.m. Rock the Graveyard show.

Tickets are $29.99 plus tax or $24.99 for general admission and $22.99 senior citizens online.

Information: 724-238-3666 or

Reading fun

The Tales with Tails Reading Program with AKC Canine Good Citizen Dogs will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Each child or family will be assigned an individual 15-minute time increment when registering.

All dogs involved in this program have passed AKC Canine Good Citizen certification and remain with handlers through the program’s length.

Sign-ups are held in the children’s department and are required for participation in this program.

Information: 536-5131, ext. 205, or email

Cop shop

The police drama “A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff will be presented at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and Thursday through Oct. 12 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Eric Shawley and Curtis Caldwell will play two Chicago policemen who are childhood friends and aspiring to move up from a shared beat to detective status. 

The two men’s drive to serve and protect will go up against the sobering backdrop of Chicago’s mean streets.

Rodney Eatman will direct the production, which is 90 minutes long without an intermission.

Tickets are $10, and the drama is suggested for mature audiences only.     

Reservations: 536-5399.

Worthy causes

A Lego-themed fundraiser to benefit Brayden Yorchek, a first-grader at Richland Elementary School who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in August, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the school’s cafe-gym-torium.

There will be Lego racetracks, oversized Legos, bridge building, a Lego gallery and games and raffles.

Proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House and Brayden’s medical expenses.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Information: 241-0591 or 421-5971.

The 14th annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday on the Pitt-Johnstown campus, Richland Township. 

Pre-walk food, entertainment and children’s activities will begin at 5 behind Blackington Hall, with the walk beginning at 7.

Blood cancer patients and survivors will carry white illuminated lanterns on the two-mile noncompetitive walk, and each team walking in memory of a loved one will carry a gold lantern.

Registration: 412-697-2852 or

A benefit concert in support of the Penn Cambria football team will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the newly renovated Admiral Peary Ballroom at Cresson American Legion.

The evening will feature the Fabulous Flashbacks performing classic rock ’n’ roll oldies, plus a full bar and food menu.

Those who attend must be age 21 or older.

Advance tickets are $5.

Information: 886-8427 or 886-7421.

The 22nd annual Great McCort Benefit Auction will be held today at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

Cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and a program at 7:30.

A live auction will begin at 9, following dinner.

Proceeds will support all Crusher programs.

Tickets are $50.

Information: 536-8991 or

Tumbling art

“Tombola 2013, Fortune Smiles on You Too!” a fundraiser, is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

A cash bar reception will start at 6, followed by a Tuscan dinner provided by Joey Del’s 2001 Caterers. Ferguson and Friends Jazz Combo will provide live entertainment.

The tombola, or tumbler, will make its first spin at 7:15, with the first ticket holder drawn able to pick from more than 100 artworks on display, each valued at or above $100.

The tumbler will keep spinning throughout the evening until each ticket holder’s name is called to choose a piece of art.

Each piece has been donated to Art Works by artists or art owners. 

Tickets are $80 per person, or two tickets for $150.

Information: 535-2020 or

Chef sale

“Our Community, Our Children,” the sixth annual chef auction for Conemaugh Health Foundation, will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

Proceeds will benefit pediatric and teenage trauma and surgical patients at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.

There will be an open bar, appetizers and silent auction, with the live chef auction at 7:30.

The cost is $75 per person.


Aviation presentation

“Amazing Black Boxes: The Story of Why Planes Crash or Arrive Safely” will be presented by aviation author and researcher Craig “Buzz” Conroy at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Summit Lodge No. 312 F&AM, 755 Rubisch Road, Ebensburg.

Conroy will show an actual black box during his presentation.

He was in Somerset one hour after Flight 93 crashed and his recollections will become part of the Flight 93 Permanent Memorial of the United States Park Service.

The presentation is open to the public and the media.

Story time

A drop-in family storytime session will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

“Exploring Space: Star Wars Reads Day” will feature books, activities and a craft about stars, planets and galaxies.

Those who dress up in a Star Wars costume can win a special Star Wars prize.

There is no age limit, and no registration is required.

The programs are free.

Information: 536-5131, ext. 205.

Gardening workshop

A Fall Gardening Symposium presented by Penn State Master Gardeners of Cambria County will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the meeting room at 499 Manor Drive, Ebensburg.

The five topics of interest to gardeners are the Tranquility Gardens in Johnstown, cooking with herbs, confronting lyme disease, hybridizing Asiatic and daylilies and growing blackberry and black raspberry bushes.

All sessions will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

A gourmet lunch, snacks and door prizes will be included in the $25 fee.

Information: 472-7986.

Performance venue

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

An acoustic open mic session with Adam and Micah from Striped Maple Hollow will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday.

Doors will open at 7, and admission is $3.

Information: 410-2245.

Adult workshops

  “Watercolor with Bill” presented by William Perry will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Community Arts Center of Cambria Country, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The two sessions will be “Pennsylvania Rural Countryside” Saturday and “Seascapes” Sunday.

The cost is $70, plus supplies.

Participants also should bring a lunch both days.

Information: 255-6515.

Fore charity

St. Francis University’s ninth annual Lilian Kennedy Memorial Golf Outing will be held Sunday at Iron Masters County Club, Roaring Spring.

A lunch will be provided at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Beverages will be provided throughout the day, and mulligans, powerballs, raffles, prizes and 50-50s will be available.

A meal will follow the scramble at the club house.

The university’s Social Work Club is sponsoring a best ball scramble to benefit the families of spinal muscular atrophy.  

Registration is $300 per team.

Information: 472-3316 or email or

Fall fests

The 29th annual Autumnfest will be held Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

There will be music and novelty acts, an arts and crafts bazaar, chairlift rides and food.

Information: 800-452-2223 or

The second annual Old School Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Strongstown Homecoming & Historical Society, 14895 Route 422 Highway East, Strongstown.

There will be crafts, door prizes, fall produce and food.

Children’s activities will feature cookie decorating and a pumpkin weight guessing contest.

The 56th Springs Folk Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at Springs Historical Society, 711 Springs Road, Springs, four miles north of Grantsville, Md.

There will be handcrafts, live music, hayrides, sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations and Pennsylvania Dutch foods.  

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-18. Children younger than age 6 will be admitted free.

Parking is free.

Information: 442-4594 or

Confluence Pumpkin Fest will be held today through Sunday in Confluence, located along routes 281 and 523 in southwestern Somerset County.

Vendor booths will open at 2 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Information: 395-5080 or

Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes are starting up for fall at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

 A yoga class taught by Judy Hunter will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays.

Two yoga classes taught by Adriann White will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week.

The cost for either yoga class is $10 per class or $7 per class with the package.

A belly dancing class taught by White will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Classes are $25 a month.

A new children’s yoga class for ages 3-8 will be taught by Kristen Panek next door at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave., at the same time an adult class is held at 5:45 at Bottle Works.

The cost is $5 per class.

Information: 536-5399 or for children’s yoga.

Book bargains

Vintage books from the early 1900s will be featured for the month of October at Inclined to Read Bookstore at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

The store always has a great selection of fiction and nonfiction, including art, business, children’s, classics, cooking, gardening, health and well-being, history, and sports.

There also is a murder/mystery/suspense room.

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

Information: 536-5131.

Stitch in time

Sit and Stitch, a laid-back time of quilting, knitting and cross- stitching will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 15 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The creative and relaxing times of working on independent projects for the holidays will be facilitated by Beth Elston.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5399.

Beat goes on

A drum circle will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Those interested in joining the circle do not need experience in music to participate.

Facilitator Rachel Allen is trained in West African, Middle Eastern and many other cultural traditions.

The cost is $5 per person.

Information: 536-5399.

Solo art

“Mazes to the Motherlode” by Westmont artist Brandon Locher will be on display through Nov. 5 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Locher will have more than 25 works in his first solo exhibition.

Information: 536-5399 or

Allied art

The 81st annual Allied Artists of Johnstown Juried Exhibition will be on display through Dec. 13 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Information: 421-1523 or

Environmental art

“Layers: Places in Peril” will be on display through Nov. 9  at the University Museum on the first floor of John Sutton Hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Artist Judith Waller and earth scientist James Brey have collaborated on several projects to explain and illustrate the environmental threats confronting many of the world’s natural landscapes and vital cities.

 The exhibition explains how the fragile environment in which we live can be dramatically impacted by the global climate and human interaction.

 Museum hours are 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 724-357-2397.

Award-winning art

An exhibition of works by Jude Harzer and Margi Weir will be on display through Oct. 13 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona.

The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and before and during all performances.

Harzer has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in New York City and New Jersey. Her paintings belong to both national and international private collections.

Weir’s awards include first prize in the juried exhibition at the Las Vegas Center for Contemporary Art in 2012, the prize for Best Work on Paper in the first Southwest Biennial at the Albuquerque Museum in 2006 and Best of Show in New Directions in Fiber at CORE New Art Space, Denver, Colo., in 2004.

Information: 949-5452 or

Twice the art

Two exhibition are on display at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 Eleventh Ave., Altoona.

“Rogues, and Colleagues: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” which will be on display through Jan. 4, features more than 35 paintings and photographs by dozens of local and regional artists.

“Artists in Our Midst: Art in Common Annual Juried Exhibition and Friends,” which will be on display through Jan. 11, features almost 80 works in a wide variety of media by members of Art in Common, an arts organization based in Central Pennsylvania.

Information: 946-4464 or

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