The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 29, 2013

Events | Good Friday commemorations


— Various cross walks will be held in the area to commemorate Good Friday.

East Hills Ministerium’s procession of the cross will be held from noon to 3 p.m. today.

The procession will begin at Beulah United Methodist Church, 716 Bedford St., Johnstown, and end at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1000 Scalp Ave. in Richland Township.

Other stops are at Homestead Avenue United Methodist Church, 101 Homestead Ave.; Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren, 1068 Bedford St.; Oakland United Methodist, 1504 Bedford St.; Little’s Beverage Distributor, 2202 Bedford St., for Belmont United Methodist, 107 Coldren St., Richland Township; and Bel-Air Plaza, 890 Scalp Ave., for Bethany United Methodist, 112 Leventry Road, and Arbutus Church of the Brethren, 1201 Erickson Drive, both in Richland Township.

“Bearing of the Cross: Walk in Christ’s Footsteps” will be presented by Greater Conemaugh Ministerium churches beginning at noon today.

The cross walk will begin at Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, 217 Fourth St., where a blessing will be given, and end at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, 427 First St.

Other participating churches include Church of the Transfiguration, 220 Oak St.; Conemaugh Church of the Brethren, 1256 William Penn Ave.; Conemaugh First United Methodist Church, 414 First St.; Fountain of Life Full Gospel Church, 225 Second St.; Locust Grove Church of the Brethren, 1421 Clapboard Run Road; Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church, 111 Cambria St.; St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, 3513 William Penn Ave.; St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 1020 Caroline St., Nanty Glo; St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mundys Corner; Summit Chapel United Methodist Church, 2142 William Penn Ave.; Vinco Brethren Church, 123 Adams Ave., Mineral Point; and Nanty Glo Church of the Brethren, 915 Caroline St.

Windber Area Community Cross Walk will begin at noon today at Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave., Windber.

Stops include St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 605 Graham Ave., and First Assembly of God, 505 12th St.

The walk will end at the gazebo on Graham Avenue, weather permitting, or return to Calvary United Methodist.

Forest Hills Ministerium will hold a cross walk beginning at 9 a.m. today at Sidman United Methodist Church, 1108 Mill Road.

The walk will end at First United Methodist Church, 500 Maple Ave., South Fork, where lunch will be served and a Good Friday service will be held from noon to 3, with pastors from churches in the ministerium speaking.

Easter events

“The Living Last Supper” will be presented by the church choir and drama team at 7 tonight at Oakland United Methodist Church, 1504 Bedford St., Johnstown.

Prayer and anointing will be offered after the service.

The passion play “His Name Is Jesus, Lamb of God” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, 3429 Elton Road, Richland Township.

A Good Friday breakfast will be held at 8 today in the social hall at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

The featured speaker will be Greg Davis, executive director of Pine Springs Camp, near Jennerstown.

Tickets are $6.

Information: 536-8141.

Children can visit the Easter Bunny and get their pictures taken today and Saturday at The Galleria, Richland Township.

Folk band

The Wiyos, a high-paced band from New York, will perform from 6:30 to 9 tonight at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at 6 for an evening of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music.  

The band was featured in the BBC television documentary, “Folk America – Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers” and were chosen by Bob Dylan to open for his minor league baseball stadium summer tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.   

Admission is $10 per person, and guests may bring their own snacks and beverages.

Information: 535-2020.

Electrifying music

An “Electrify Your Strings” concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

International recording artist Mark Wood, an original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will perform with his wife, vocalist Laura Kaye, and son, drummer Elijah Wood.

After rehearsing with Wood on Monday and Tuesday, Richland music students will perform with him as a rock orchestra at the concert.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students.

Proceeds will go to school music programs.

Information: 269-0300 or

Worthy cause

A Baskets and Bands for Zimmie fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The benefit, which will be held on behalf of Ed Zimmerman of Geistown, will feature a basket party from 6 to 8, followed by the performances of three local bands at 9.

Zimmerman, a longtime Richland High School wresting coach and member of the District 6 Wrestling Hall of Fame,  received a left ventricle assisted device, which pumps blood into his aorta, in December.

Proceeds will help defray the cost of medical bills and travel expenses.

Monetary donations may be forwarded to First National Bank, 2459 Bedford St., Johnstown, Pa.  15904, in care of Zimmie’s Heart Fund.

Admission, which is $10, will include food and beverages and 10 basket chances.

Admission is $5 for children younger than age 12, who will be permitted to stay for the music if they are accompanied by an adult.

Additional basket chances may be purchased, and there will be a 50/50 drawing and cash bar.

Admission is $5 for the music portion of the benefit only.

Information: 242-7308 or 243-8424

Evening of music

“Grateful to Be Alive: An Evening of Music Inspired by the Grateful Dead” will be presented from 8 to 10 Saturday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.  

Local musician Jackie Kopco Shawley will open the show with a 25-minute set, and musicians Doug Wilkin and Mark Weakland will be joined by Pittsburgh’s Tom Valentine on bass.

The Grateful to Be Alive Trio will play tunes that were written by the Dead, such as “Brown-Eyed Women” and “Friend of the Devil,” as well as songs covered by the Dead, such as “Deep Elem Blues,” “Stop that Train” and “Iko Iko.”  

They will also present original music inspired by the Grateful Dead.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5399.

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight biographies and the classics such as Steinbeck, Poe, Chaucer, Whitman and Shakespeare during April at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1. Children’s books are 50 cents.

Bookstore hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

In shape

Daytime fitness programming is shaping up at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown with Monday Lunch Punch.

Pilates classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays through April 8.

These lunch-hour classes will focus on core exercises, stability work and arms and legs toning and finish with deep stretching and relaxation.

Circuit training classes, which will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through April 8, will mix low impact cardio with strength training, ab work and stretching.

A yoga after-work class begins at 5:45 p.m. Mondays.

The cost for a six-week session is $42, and drop-ins are $8 per class.

Registration: 536-5399.

Performance venue

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

The Frantic Heart of It, a pop punk band, will perform at 8 tonight, with doors opening at 7:30.

Tickets are $5.

The Blues Gathering featuring Scott Jeffreys will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $7 or $5 for VOMA VIPs.

Information: 410-2245.

Chocolate talk

“Chocolate: The Pa. Connection” will be presented by Commonwealth Speaker Susan McLellan Plaisted at 6 p.m. Monday at Somerset Historical Center, 10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset.

This program will connect the cultural use of chocolate from Meso-America to Europe and back to Colonial America, particularly Pennsylvania, and discuss the basics of cacao cultivation, harvesting and fermentation.

Participants will have an opportunity to grate chocolate cakes and sample a historic chocolate beverage, the favorite drink of William Penn.

Other chocolate refreshments also will be served.

A brief annual meeting of the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County will be held immediately following the program.

The program is free.

Information: 445-6077.

Healthy pets

A rabies clinic sponsored by the Humane Society of Somerset County and Somerset County Veterinarian Association will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Stoystown fire hall, 141 W. Forbes St., Stoystown.

The cost is $10 per animal.

Musical benefit

A concert to benefit the family of Daryl Etchison Jr. will be held from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Blair County Convention Center, One Convention Drive, Altoona.

Music will include Elvis Live, Moondog, Pocket Full of Change, Lights Out and Wlyde Syde.

Proceeds will benefit the Etchison family, whose 3-year-old son lost his life in an Altoona fire in November.

The cost is $25.

Information: 877-447-5621.

Financial help

“The Home Stretch to Retirement” will be presented by Susan B. Garland of Kiplinger’s Retirement Report as part of the fifth annual Personal Financial Planning lecture series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Since 2006, Garland has been editor of the monthly personal finance publication whose subscribers are retirees and those approaching retirement.

The program is a special public education series on current personal financial issues and concerns presented by the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government.

Admission is free but preregistration is requested.

Information: 724-805-2177.

Panel discussion

 “Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil” will be presented as part of the Six O’Clock Series at 6 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Timothy Mitchell, professor of history at Columbia University, will show how oil shapes political life in North African and Middle Eastern countries that rely on oil revenues and in western countries that consume it.

Parking in nonreserved spots on campus is free after 5 p.m.

The program is free and open to the community.

Industrial images

“An Industrial Revolution: The Photography of Amelia Patsy” will be on display through July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, located at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

The exhibit features 55 gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes chronicling much of western Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage and includes several Johns-town landmarks.

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

Information: 269-7234.

Comic art

“Saturday Morning Revisited” by Ebensburg artist Brian Dumm will be on display through Sunday at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

An artist, illustrator and art educator, Dumm focuses on Saturday morning cartoons, comic strips and comic books.

Information: 255-6515.

Student art

An exhibit of student artwork will be on display through April 12 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Students in grades 8-12 from Greater Johnstown, North Star, Forest Hills, Bishop McCort Catholic, Windber Area, Richland, Westmont Hilltop and United school districts have been encouraged to submit one art piece for the exhibit.

An awards ceremony for participating student artists and their families will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 12, with cash awards and certificates.  

Information: 536-5399.

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.

The traveling art exhibit, which features postcards, letters, photographs, documents and other artifacts, is on loan from the Sala Garncarz Collection of the New York Public Library’s Dorot Jewish Division.

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

Information: 539-1889.

Resident art

“We Are All in This Together,” an exhibition by resident artists, will be on display through April 6 at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibition will showcase a variety of pieces by artists-in-residence Holly Lees, professional photographer; Thomasa Pridgen of Thomasa Studio; Justin Guffrie of Guffrie Guitars; and Travis and Todd Stiffler, a father–son team delving in restoration and painting.

Information: 535-2020 or

Historic exhibit

“125 Years 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.

The exhibition illuminates the history, traditions and achievements of Johnstown’s Jewish community.

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

Information: 539-1889.

American art

“Red, White and Blue in Black and White: The American Scene in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs” will be on display through May 4 in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The exhibition includes approximately 35 works from the museum’s permanent collection.

Works range in date from 1890-1991, with the majority being American Scene subjects produced during the heyday of Regionalist art in the 1920s and 1930s.

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

Information: 472-3920 or

Student art

“Artists of the 21st Century,” an annual student art exhibition, will be on display through April 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University and through April 21 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South, Ligonier.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at both museums and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays at Loretto and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends at Ligonier.

Information: 472-3920, Loretto; 724-238-6015, Ligonier.

Abstract art

“Julie Bernstein Engelmann: Being Spirit” will be on display through April 20 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.

This retrospective will highlight Engelmann’s abstract canvases, which are renowned for their lush color and texture and have won many best of show awards throughout western Pennsylvania.

Information: 946-4464.



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