“Chocolate, Hearts and Harmony,” first-time fundraiser for Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Bottle Works, will be held from 8 to midnight tonight at the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The joint fundraiser will feature chocolate delights, local art, music by symphony members, a silent auction, raffles and music by the Bachelor Boys Band.
Tickets are $25.
Information: 535-6738 or www.JohnstownSymphony.org.
YWCA Greater Johnstown’s sixth annual Death by Chocolate fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Anthony’s Restaurant, 725 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.
The reservation deadline is Tuesday, and no tickets will be sold at the door.
Doors will open at 5 with dinner at 6.
In addition to chocolate in all forms, the evening will feature comedian Doug Meagher and musician Sam Coco.
Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple.
Proceeds will go toward the YWCA’s general fund.
Hearts and flowers
“No School Fun on Valentine’s Day!” will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. today at Johnstown Children’s Museum at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Children can drop in anytime to learn about the tradition of giving and receiving Valentine’s Day cards.
They will learn how to say I love you in sign language and make a valentine that shows the sign.
The event is free for JAHA members or with admission.
A Valentine’s Day Fun Party for ages 6 to 12 will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Laurel Arts Education & Dance Center, 601 Georgian Place, Somerset.
The cost is $19.60 for members and $22 for nonmembers, which includes all supplies.
Information: 443-2433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dabbling in art
“The Tower of Dabble” will be on display through March 22 at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The exhibit features the blending of contemporary and caricature art by local artists Chris Tower and Duane Webb.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
“Smart Talk,” a professional workshop on how established community members found the courage and confidence to communicate and make a difference in the city, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Local leaders, including Mike Kane, Diane Kabo, Sylvia King, Brad Clemenson and Rosemary Pawlowski, will share their stories about how to talk smart enough to leave your legacy.
Participants will learn how to take initiative, communicate for a community, sell a project, work a room and use face-to-face marketing to inspire others to join the speaker in their dreams.
Those who attend should bring a lunch.
“Feed the Need with Wine,” a fundraiser to benefit St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Food for Families, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Living and Learning Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.
The cost is $30 per person.
The 29th annual Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show will continue through Sunday at Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd.
Hours are noon to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10 for adults. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free with a paying adult.
A comedy night to benefit Hope Fire Company will begin at 6:30 Saturday at the fire hall at 1023 Philadelphia Ave., Northern Cambria.
A buffet dinner will be available at 6:30 with a comedy show headlined by Ted Daniels at 8.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Information: 207-8394 or 948-6251.
Art and music will be on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.
A Valentine’s Day StudioPM event will be held from 7 to 10:30 tonight.
The Don Aliquo Quartet will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Romance novels and audio books on cassette will be featured at Inclined to Read Bookstore in the lobby at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
The store also will be filled with fiction and nonfiction, including art, biography, cookbooks, gardening, health and well-being, self-help, history, literature, sports, murder mystery and suspense.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Hardback books are $1, children’s books are 50 cents, paperbacks are 25 cents and audio books are 50 cents.
Yoga and belly dancing classes will be held at Bottle Works and the Art Works building of Bottle Works in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Belly dancing classes will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave.
Hip scarves are $15, and classes are $25 a month.
Adult yoga classes will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Bottle Works.
The session is $56 or $10 per class.
Yoga classes for children will be held at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Art Works building, 413 Third Ave.
Children’s yoga is $5 a class.
Dinner and show
The Bedford County Players will perform Peter Coke’s comedy “Fool’s Paradise” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-22 and 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant, 4407 Business Route 220, Bedford.
A Mexican buffet-style meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and at 2 for the Sunday matinees.
Tickets are $25 per person, which includes dinner and the show.
“Shadow, Image and Reality: Church Architecture as Sacrament of Heaven” will be presented by Denis R. McNamara at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.
The lecture is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Brother Cosmas Wolf, O.S.B.: Monk, Architect, Sculptor, Designer.”
Following the lecture, there will be a reception in the gallery, where the exhibition is being presented until Feb. 28.
Admission is free and open to the public.
“The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s drama about the Salem witch trials, will be presented by Altoona Community Theater at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday on the Benzel Stage at Mishler Theater, Altoona.
Tickets will range in price from $13 to $20, including box office fees, and are available one hour prior to curtain times.
Information: 943-4357 or www.mishlertheatre.org.
“Traveling While Black: My Experiences as an African-American Woman Researching in China” will be presented as part of the spring 2014 Six O’Clock Series from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Keisha Brown, a doctoral student in history at the University of Southern California, will discuss her research about China’s media depictions of and diplomatic exchanges with African-Americans during their struggle for freedom and equality from 1949 to 1972 and the response she received during her research.
All of the presentations are free and open to the community.
Parking at the Hadley Union Building and elsewhere on campus in nonreserved spots is free after 5.
The annual Emerging Artist exhibit will be on display through March 2 in the University Museum on the first floor of Sutton Hall on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Student works also will be on display in the Kipp Gallery and Kipp Annex Gallery on the first floor of Sprowls Hall through Feb. 27.
The show celebrates six students in the final stages of their graduate work in art at IUP, all enrolled in the master of fine arts program.
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 or www.iup.edu/museum.
Actor Giancarlo Esposito will speak as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Adler Gymnasium on the campus of Penn State-Altoona.
Esposito is an American actor, director and producer who is best known for his portrayal of Gustavo “Gus” Fring on the AMC series “Breaking Bad.”
He won the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama award at the 2012 Critic’s Choice Television Awards and was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards for the role.
Free tickets for the event are available at the campus bookstore, the box office at the Misciagna Family Center or at the door.
The 2014 ChiliFest & Wings to benefit Central Pennsylvania Humane Society will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Bavarian Hall, Altoona.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Information: 942-2477 or www.centralpahumane.org.
The annual Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show will be on display through March 9 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh.
The show will feature orchids planted in garden beds and hanging baskets as well as the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid Collection curated in collaboration with the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania as well as the public garden’s permanent collection of tropical bonsai.
For those wanting to start their own orchid and bonsai collections, public programs will be held free with paid admission throughout the duration of the show.
Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays.
Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Members and children younger than age 2 enter for free.
Information: 412-622-6914 or http://phipps.conservatory.org.
Allied Artists of Johnstown’s 2014 Juried Winter Exhibition will be on display through March 1 at AmeriServ Financial, 216 Franklin St., downtown Johnstown.
The exhibit has 33 pieces in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencil, tissue paper, photography, sculpture and jewelry.
“Transformation,” an exhibit of oil portraits by local artist Jamie L. Helbig, will be on display through March 7 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
Viewing hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Mount Aloysius Art Alliance will show a display of bovine art through Feb. 27 at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery on the campus of Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.
An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The display will feature 46 pieces, including paintings, folk art, photographs and antiques, featuring dairy, beef, Scottish Highland and Texas longhorns.
The youngest artist is a 9-year-old student from Penns Manor Elementary School, and the oldest piece is an oil painting from Ireland from 1964.
“Surrealities: The Graphic Work of William D. Davis and Peter Milton” will be on display through March 15 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Both Davis and Milton are graphic artists who work primarily in black and white.
“Projections on Paper: Abstract Prints and Drawings from the Permanent Collection” will be on display through May 3 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
The 35 prints and drawings taken from the museum’s permanent collection feature a number of noted artists working in a variety of abstract styles.
The exhibition will include the subtle calculations of color theorist Josef Albers, the playful forms of Alexander Calder, the mathematically complex Op Art compositions of Marko Spalatin and Helen Frankenthaler’s work, which delves into the personal, mysterious and evocative.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 472-3920 or visit www.sama-art.org.
Two new exhibitions will be on display through April 26 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona in the Brett Building at 1210 11th Ave.
“Dan Helsel: Creating Joy” will feature 50 of Helsel’s landscape and still life paintings.
“Robert E. Wedge: A Moment of Emotion” will feature 44 works by the Altoona photographer.
Wedge will speak at a lunch a l’art program at noon Wednesday, and Helsel will speak at a program at noon March 12.
The programs will include lunch and a presentation by the artist.
The cost for either lunch is $15 per person or $14 for SAMA members, and reservations are required.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 946-4464 or www.sama-art.org.