The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 4, 2013

Events | Local history

“The Civil War in Pennsylvania” will be on display Saturday through March 5 in the second floor gallery at Heritage     Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The traveling exhibit was created by the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh for its affiliate program members and is expected to travel to 40 sites in four years.

The exhibit will feature five lifelike museum figures, artifacts, previously unseen photographs and large museum panels describing Pennsylvania’s contributions to the Civil War.

Admission is free to JAHA members or with museum admission.

Information: 539-1889, or

Down on the farm

The 97th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural showcase, will open Saturday and continue through Jan. 12 at the Farm Show Complex, located off Exit 23 of Interstate 81.

The theme for the 2013 show is “Made in Pa.: It Makes a Difference.”

The show has more than 24 acres under roof, boasts more than 16 acres of exhibits, food and entertainment and is spread throughout 11 buildings and three arenas.

Visitors will see youth livestock shows, cooking demonstrations, educational displays, celebrity contests and some of the state’s most delectable foods.

The show is expected to include nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors.

Admission is free to all farm show events.

Parking is available on the 60-acre site and costs $10 per vehicle.

There also will be free shuttle buses running from off-site lots.


Immigrant holiday

A new tour has been added to “Immigrant Christmas Traditions” presented by Johnstown Area Heritage Association at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Wagner-Ritter House & Garden, 418 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Traditional family Christmas activities will be offered at Heritage Discovery Center before the tours begin.

Swedish, Carpatho-Russian and German Protestant traditions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be spotlighted.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children for JAHA members and $12 for adults and $7 for children for nonmembers.

Reservations: 539-1889.

Sounds of silence

“The Voice of Silent Movies” will be presented at 7:30 tonight at the Grand Halle on Broad Street, formerly Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at 6:30, and seating will be limited.

Wayne Zimmerman will present a program on the silent movie era and the organ’s role in accompanying silent films, performing on the halle’s pipe organ.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Preschool children will be admitted free.


Free flick

The heist comedy “Henry’s Crime” will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5131, ext. 211.

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.

New year stretch

An eight-week session of yoga classes taught by Adriann White will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 and 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week in the Katter Theater at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

All skill levels are welcome.

The cost is $8 per class  or $56 for the eight-week session.

Registration: 539-0924.

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight a large selection of hardback fiction for January at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Hardback fiction books are $1 each or six for $5, and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1.

The store has a selection of nonfiction, including biographies, history and war, cookbooks, gardening, health and well-being and religion.

There also are audio books, CDs, DVDs and children’s books.

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

Information: 536-5131.

Bright lights

Holiday Lights on the Lake will be open through Sunday at Lakemont Park, 700 Park Ave., Altoona.

Hours are 6 to 10 nightly.

The cost is $10 for standard passenger vehicle; $20 for commercial van; $25 for school bus; $75 for motorcoach; and $34.95 for unlimited visits pass for standard vehicle only.

Information: 800-434-8006 or

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