The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 25, 2013

What's happening in region this week


JOHNSTOWN — Club music

Stone Bridge Blues Band will perform for Last Friday at 5:30 p.m. today at the Ethnic Social Club on the fourth floor of the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The five-member band celebrates the tradition of classic blues by delivering its blues true to the spirits of the original blues masters.

Members are Mike Borstnar, guitar and vocals; Brian Moore, bass and vocals; Rick Rhodes, harmonica; John Mundy, drums; and Harold Hayford, keyboard.

Doors open at 5.

There is no cover charge.

Information: 539-1889.

Doo-wop magic

The Duprees will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets are $39, $36 and $34.

Information: 467-9070 or

Victorian comedy

Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” will be presented by Richland High School Drama Club at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the black box theater at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

Information: 269-0300 or

Spooky good time

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween Spooktacular Concert will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets are $37 and $35 for adults, $10 for students and children and $32 and $30 for senior citizens.

Information: 269-7200, 535-6738 for group sales or

Seasonal show

A paranormal presentation and magic show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Summerhill Township Volunteer Fire Company, 411 Cedar St., Beaverdale.

The presentation will feature magician Rodney Wisen of Portage and paranormal investigator, psychic and medium Ryan Michaels of Sidman.

Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for those younger than 18.

Information: Ryan Michaels on Facebook.

Reunion concert

A fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the community room at Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy, 119 Jari Drive in Richland Township, will help a local troupe expand on its love of dance in West Africa.

Kulani, the West African dance and drum ensemble from Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, is planning a three-week trip to the African nation of Guinea in January to study dance, traditional drum rhythms and songs with members of Les Ballets Africans, the national dance company of Guinea.

It will feature music from Rachel Allen and Bo Moore who are reuniting to play for the event.

There will be items for a silent auction, including Sabika jewelry, a spot at Jim Donovan’s Summer Rhythm Renewal at St. Francis University and services such as Thai massage, music lessons, photography lessons, Reiki sessions and math tutoring.

There also will be a wine auction and basket raffle.

Cost is $5 per person and includes two beverage tickets and a ticket for the basket items.

Light refreshments will be served.

For the children

Halloween at the Johnstown Area Heritage’s children’s museum will focus on animals associated with the holiday that live in the Johnstown region, including bats, rats, snakes and spiders.

The event will be held from  1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Animal-themed activities include a spider web game, where kids will balance on a large “web” and avoid obstacles while attempting to gather spiders.

Crafts will include making a bat kite.

In addition, kids will have the chance to make a glob of slime to take home.

All kids are encouraged to come in costume, and Johnstown-related costumes will get a special prize. Organizers suggest such characters as Clara Barton, a coal miner, a steelworker or Joseph Johns to name a few.

The event is free to JAHA members or with museum admission.

Noon series

Matthew Beckman, First Lutheran’s director of music, will perform for the last fall noon recital series on Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

He will play a recital designed to show off the variety of tonal colors of the church’s 3,000-pipe Skinner organ.

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

Information: 536-7521.

Family movies

“Casper’s Scare School” will be shown at 6 Tuesday for the Family Movie Night series in the children’s Department Storytime Theater at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Children are invited to dress  in pajamas and bring a favorite pillow, blanket or stuffed animal with them.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5131, ext. 205.

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

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.

For those looking for a good scare, Huston’s Haunted Hollow, 126 Woodland Road, Rockwood, will be open from 6:30 to 10 tonight, Saturday and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The four attractions included with admission are Haunted Boarding House, Twisted Barn 4D, Toxic Swamp Haunted Hayride and Dead End Cornfield.

Tickets, which may be purchased online or at the event, are $17.80 for general admission.

Information: 926-3133 or

Idlewild’s Hallowboo will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 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

A Historical Halloween Trick or Treat will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Somerset Historical Center, 10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset.

Staff and volunteers will give out treats and tell stories as participants in costume walk from building to building.

Anyone wishing to participate should bring a recyclable bag for treats and a flashlight.  

The evening will end with a bonfire, refreshments and a free hayride around the site.

Admission will be $5 per car, plus one canned good for the Somerset Salvation Army’s food pantry.

Information: 445-6077 or

Performance venue

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

Scott Jeffreys will lead the Blues Gathering from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The event is held the last Saturday of every month.

Doors open at 7:30.

Information: 410-2245.

Camelot sendup

Monty Python’s “Spamalot” will be presented at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.

Information: 472-4333 or

Supernatural play

STAR Productions will present Agatha Christie’s “The Last Seance” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the JFK Auditorium, Saint Francis University, Loretto.

This harrowing excursion into the supernatural also will feature dinner theaters beginning at 6 p.m.

The cast will featured Bronwyn Katdare and Anne Volk, both of Cresson; Anita Baumann of Glendale; Ethan Leydig of Portage; and Brian Davis and Alan Zajdel, both of Lilly.

Tickets for the dinner and show are $25, and tickets for the show only are $10 and available at the door.

Reservations are required for the dinner theater.

Information: 472-3930.

Brain talk

“Win Just One for the Gipper: Advances Toward Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury” will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday at the DeSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, St. Francis University, Loretto.

Mayland Chang, Notre Dame University researcher and professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, will present newly emerging approaches, including technology being developed at Notre Dame, detailing how additional cellular damage can be avoided following traumatic brain injuries.

This event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Notre Dame Club of Central Pennsylvania.

Information: 472-3027.

Homey exhibit

“Quilts & Other Home Furnishings” will be on display through Nov. 2 at Arts Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The show features quilts by Barbara Yerger of Westmont, pottery by Helen Gorsuch of Altoona and woodworkings by Terrence Werner of Johnstown.

Information: 535-2020.

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.

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.

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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