BY RUTH RICE
Freezin’ for a reason
Laurel Highlands Polar Plunge will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Quemahoning Reservoir near Boswell.
Those who donate to Special Olympics Pennsylvania have the chance to jump into the lake.
The minimum donation is $50 per plunge, and those too chicken to plunge also can make a minimum donation of $50.
Spectators will be admitted free.
Registration: 9:30 a.m. Saturday or www.plungepa.org.
Improvisational comedy troupe Chicago City Limits will perform at 7:30 tonight at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Tickets are $29, $25 and $21.
Information: 269-7200 or www.upjarts.org.
Show me a story
“The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Storybooks” will be presented at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
The show is geared for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Tickets are $7.
The third annual Rotary Rockfest will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Doors will open at 8, and featured bands will be Maiden America and Rust, both from Johnstown, and Capture, a rhythm and blues band from Ohio.
Proceeds will benefit community projects and humanitarian efforts of the Rotary Club of Richland.
Tickets are $10.
High school production
“Beauty and the Beast” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Windber Area High School, 2301 Graham Ave.
The traditional love story tells the tale of a prince who was transformed into a hideous beast. In order to be transformed back, the beast must find true love before the last rose petal falls.
Advance tickets are $5. Adult tickets are $8 and student and senior citizen tickets will be $6 at the door.
The Pennsylvania Quintet will perform for the Grand Halle Performance Series at 7:30 tonight at the Grand Halle on Broad Street, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Doors will open at 6:30 for the acclaimed wind chamber-music ensemble, which is comprised of members of Pennsylvania State University music faculty.
Members are Naomi Seidman on flute, Tim Hurtz on oboe, Anthony Costa on clarinet, Lisa Bontrager on horn and Daryl Durran on bassoon.
The quintet’s program will include works from the Baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary musical styles by composers, including J.S. Bach, Mozart, Zemlinsky and Rubtsov.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door. There will be no advance ticket sales.
Information: 536-7986 or www.steeplesproject.org
“Friends of the Mount,” a concert by Mount Aloysius’ Vox Nova Choral Choir and Madrigal Singers, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel on the campus of Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.
The chapel is on the south end of the main building, and the entrance is located inside the main building up a spiral staircase to the second floor.
Admission is $5. The concert is open to the public.
Tales with Tails, a literacy initiative that encourages children of all abilities to read stories to dogs who love to listen, will continue in the children’s department of the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
The program will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday and continue March 17, April 21 and May 19.
Children ages 5 and older may participate in the program.
Each child or family will be assigned an individual 15-minute time increment within this period.
Dogs involved in the program have passed AKC canine good citizen certification and an obedience and training program and will remain with handlers through the program’s length.
Sign-ups are being held in the library’s children’s department and are required for participation in this program.
“Garfield: The Movie” will be screened in the children’s storytime theater at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Children of all ages and their families are invited to wear pajamas and bring pillows, blankets and stuffed animals for a slumber-party themed event.
Popcorn will be served.
Admission is free.
Information: 536-5131, ext. 205.
Slam poet Odd Rod will perform at 6 tonight in the lobby of the Cosgrave Student Center on the campus of Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.
Rod is a 26-year-old poet, author, recording artist and philanthropist.
His three poetry books are “Simply Put,” “Simple Still” and “Visions Thru the P.O.O.R. (Poetry of Odd Rod).”
Rod has spoken at rehabilitation centers, churches and schools, where he focused on what can be achieved through hard work and determination despite difficulties and obstacles.
In 2009, he became a children’s book author and recording artist with the release of the book, “Buddy and Bird,” and his CD, “The Art of Plain English.”
Admission is free. The performance is open to the public.
Great American Outdoor Show will wind down today through Sunday at the Farm Show Complex, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $6 for children ages 6 to 12.
A two-day pass is $20. Parking is $8 per vehicle.
Music will be on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Broccoli Samuari and Softwarewolf will perform from 7 to 11 tonight.
Band members are known for their positive vibe, energetic stage presence and psychedelic improvisation of progressive electronica with a heavy drum and bass groove.
Tickets are $10 in advance online and $12 at the door.
Pre-order tickets at www.facebook.com/events/530673703686340/?ref=5
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 during February.
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.
Always a bridesmaid
“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” will be performed at 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theater of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Penn State-Altoona.
During a wedding reception at a Knoxville estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with an excellent reason to avoid the proceedings below.
Parental discretion is advised.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and will be available before performances.
Information: 949-5838 or www.altoona.psu.edu.
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 Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s drama about the Salem Witch Trials, will be presented by Altoona Community Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 14-15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16 on the Benzel Stage at Mishler Theater, Altoona.
A special student matinee will be presented at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, with all tickets priced at $8 by showing student or educator ID.
Other tickets will range in price from $13 to $20, including box office fee and are available one hour prior to curtain times.
Information: 943-4357 or www.mishlertheatre.org.
“Late Winter Sky Show” will be presented at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium and Astronaut Exhibit in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.
The show will end with a 25-minute theatrically produced full-dome immersive video, “Dynamic Earth,” which explains what makes Earth different from Venus and the role that life plays in creating this difference.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Because of limited seating, advance reservations are requested.
Information: 724-805-2631 or www.stvincent.edu/planetarium.
An interactive panel discussion, “He Has a Name: Trayvon Martin and the Fight to End the Criminalization and Profiling of Black Youth” 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.
The program features Sybrina Fulton, mother of the late Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American from Florida who was killed in February 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer, and Michael Skolnik, an American civil rights activist.
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 p.m.
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.
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. Feb. 16.
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.
‘Projections on Paper’
“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.
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.
“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.
An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today.
Viewing hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
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.
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.