Light the skies
The following are fireworks displays in the region in celebration of Independence Day:
The Galleria, Galleria Drive, Richland Township, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Point Stadium, downtown Johnstown, Thursday, following an 8 p.m. concert by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
Idlewild Park, Ligonier, 10 p.m. Thursday.
Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, nightly, Sunday through July 5.
Peoples Natural Gas Field, Altoona, Thursday, following the 7 p.m. Curve game.
Lakemont Park and the Island Waterpark, off Interstate 99, Altoona, 10 p.m. Thursday.
Indiana County Fairgrounds, Mack Park, Indiana, dusk Thursday.
DelGrosso Amusement Park, 4352 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Tipton, Thursday.
Central Pennsylvania 4th Fest, Bryce Jordan Center, State College, 9:15 p.m. Thursday.
Independence Day Extravaganza featuring Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday at Point Stadium, downtown Johnstown.
Danny Conner of Rockwood will perform “God Bless the USA” and the national anthem as well as leading patriotic sing-alongs with the audience.
The symphony’s Youth Orchestra Brass Ensemble also will perform.
JSO’s performance of “The 1812 Overture” will be the cue for the fireworks to begin, and the orchestra will continue playing as the fireworks light the sky.
In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
There is no admission charge.
A Flood City Music Festival preparty will be held at 7 tonight at Heritage Discovery Center courtyard, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A concert will feature local musicians and past festival artists Jeff Perigo and South Side Strays.
There will be opportunities to purchase discounted music festival tickets.
The bar and Galliker’s Café will be open for purchases.
There is no cover charge.
American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Johnstown will be held from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday at Greater Johnstown High School athletic field, 222 Central Ave., Johnstown.
The 24-hour event celebrates cancer survivors and raises awareness about the progress against cancer while raising funds to fight the disease.
The event’s goal is to raise $59,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Team members will take turns walking or running on the track, and there will be food, music and entertainment.
Information: 695-9232 or www.relayforlife.org.
The annual Midsummer Madness 3 vs. 3 Soccer Tournament to benefit Young Life Johnstown will be held Saturday at KidSport, 241 Glessner Road, Johnstown.
Games featuring youth soccer teams will begin around 8 a.m. and end around 4 p.m.
Seating is limited, so folding chairs are recommended.
There is no charge for admission, and a concession stand will be available throughout the day.
A Johnstown Community Day Event will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the newly renovated West End Playground, Brush Avenue and Duwell Street in the West End section of Johnstown.
There will be food vendors, arts and crafts, music, face painting, cooking demonstrations, garden art and demonstrations by Miller Karate, HT High Flyers and West African dance by Kulani dancers.
Under the sea
“Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Way, Richland Township.
The production features students ages 11 to 18 and is the result of a theater camp conducted by the arts center and The Learning Lamp.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
Information: 269-0300 or www.richlandpac.com.
At the hop
The Oldies Record Hop, sponsored by Windber Area Visioning Experience, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Windber Recreation Park Ballroom.
Music will be provided on vintage jukeboxes, and food will be available.
A car and motorcycle cruise-in will begin at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $5.
Cruise for cause
The third annual Mini-Miracles Cruise In will be held at noon Sunday at Jerome Volunteer Fire Department grounds, 1885 Penn Ave., Jerome.
This year’s cruise-in will benefit the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association and the family of Jason and Merissa Beam of Central City.
Music will be provided by Your Dad’s Friends.
Admission is $5 a person, which includes food.
Camp PARC will hold its annual live and silent auctions Saturday at the grove of Benscreek Lutheran Church near Thomas Mills.
The auction will begin with breakfast and a yard sale at 8, followed by the auction at 9.
Lunch will be available at 10:30 and will feature homemade food.
Proceeds will benefit the summer camp for mentally challenged youths and adults.
Admission is free.
Information: 479-4739 or www.campparc.org.
“Dig Into Reading,” the annual summer reading program, will be held Monday through July 27 at Windber Public Library, 1909 Graham Ave., Windber.
The program is open to children from preschool to grade 6 as of May, and the goal is to read as many books as possible during the free four-week program.
Children will need cards from the library and must read books from the library’s collection.
Only those books returned in person will be counted toward the goal.
Special programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. the first three Fridays of “Dig Into Reading.”
There will be stories, educational talks and crafts along with prize drawings for those in attendance who earn tokens for each book they read during the summer reading program.
Programs will feature digging on July 5, dinosaurs on July 12 and coal on July 19.
Registration is required, and forms may be picked up at the library.
The first Firecracker 5K Run/Walk to benefit the 2013 Portage Area Summerfest fireworks display will be held Saturday at Crichton-McCormick Park, Portage.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Summerfest pavilion, and the race will begin at 9 near the Stuart A. Leman Memorial Pool entrance, travel through the streets of Portage and end near the pool entrance.
The cost to participate is $15 a person, $25 per couple and $50 for a family of four before race day and $20 for each participant on race day.
Summerfest will take place Aug. 9-11.
Information: www.PortageAreaSummerfest.com, www.PortagePA.com or email PortageSummerfest@yahoo.com.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be presented at 8 tonight through Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The comedic musical is being performed by Triple Threat Theatrics, a new local theater company.
Tickets are $10 at the door.
“Pump Boys and Dinettes” will be presented at 2 and 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.
Tickets are $14 to $39, depending on day, time, seat location and discounts.
Information: 629-9201, option 1, or www.MountainPlayhouse.org.
The 2013 Concerts in the Park series begins with Johnstown Classic Rockers from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, downtown Johnstown.
The group plays classic rock, blues, rhythm and blues, rockabilly and theatrical rock.
The 35th free summer Concerts on the Green will feature Jerry Intihar from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
His styles include polkas, waltzes, country, American standards, Latin music, big band, Jimmy Buffett cover songs and oldies.
The Scottdale Area Concert Band will perform a free band concert at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond in Ligonier.
The band plays marches and show tunes.
The concerts are sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, and guests should bring their own seating.
In case of rain, the performance will be held inside the town hall auditorium.
Information: 724-238-4200 or www.visitligonier.com.
The 50-piece Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Fort Ligonier, 200 N. Graham St., Ligonier.
Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
Admission is free.
Summer Music on the Square concert series will feature The Community Singers of Bedford County at 2 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo in downtown Bedford.
The free concert will feature patriotic and summertime musc.
“Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented through July 6 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.
Information: 472-4333 or www.CressonLake.com.
AmeriServ Free Summer Concerts at Roxbury Bandshell will continue Sunday at the bandshell at Roxbury Park along Franklin Street, Johnstown.
Flood City Brass will perform horn-based rock at 5 p.m.
The nine-piece band plays a variety of rock, soul, funk, ballads, pop and rhythm and blues.
Music is on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Blues Gathering with Scott Jeffreys will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 7:30.
Admission is $7 at the door or $5 for VIP admission.
A teen open mic night will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 Tuesday.
The first half will be an open mic for anyone, and the second half will feature a local teen band performing.
Concessions will be available.
The third annual 5K run/fun Walk for Vets will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Forest Hills High School, 547 Locust St., Sidman.
Registration will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. and is $20.
Runners will race on Forest Hills’ cross-country course, and walkers will be on the track with no separate timing.
Awards will be given for men and women in the top three overall and separate age groups.
Proceeds will benefit Veterans Community Initiatives.
Information: 254-4441 or facebook.com/5kforvets.
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A weekly Caldecott Family Storytime will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through July 22 in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johns-town.
The program is open to children of all ages and will feature books by honorees of the Caldecott Medal, an annual award that recognizes distinguished American picture book artwork.
The program is free, and no registration is required.
Produce to People, a free feeding program for low-income residents, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, 445 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.
To qualify, a household must earn income within 150 percent of the poverty lie, receive Medicare, Social Security or unemployment or be eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.
Participants are asked to bring bags or boxes because they will be given 35 to 45 pounds of fresh produce.
It is free to participate.
Information: 659-2109, 412-460-3663, ext. 727, or www.pittsburghfoodbank.org.
“Tales with Tails,” a special literacy initiative that encourages children of all ages and abilities to read stories to AKC Canine Good Citizen dogs, will be hosted by the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
At a kick-off party which will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, children and their families will meet dogs participating in the program, make a dog bone picture frame and sign up for an individual 15-minute time slot to read to a dog.
The objective of the program is to provide a friendly and nonthreatening atmosphere in which children may practice oral reading skills and ultimately become more confident to read and learn in other settings.
Scheduled dates for a 15-minute time slot to read to a dog are between 4 and 5 p.m. July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29.
Registration for the kick-off party and for all individual time slots is required and may be done in person or by phone.
The fourth annual Farmers Market will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through mid-October at Strongstown Homecoming & Historical Society, 14895 Route 422 Highway East, Strongstown.
There will be locally grown and produced bedding plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, fresh produce, sauces, seasonings, baked goods, fresh breads and pies and crafts.
“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tour will be held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. through Aug. 24 beginning at Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center.
Visitors will board the van at the visitor center and travel to the north and south abutments of the South Fork Dam, as well as the clubhouse building.
They will learn the history of the dam, interesting facts about the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club and its members and the events of May 31, 1889.
Tours will not be offered Sunday and July 14 and 28 and Aug. 11 and 25.
The tour is included with park admission, and reservations are encouraged, but not required.
History in person
A Living History Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Gallitzin.
The event schedule includes children’s activities and games, activities and special guided tours of the Lemon House and stone-cutting, log-hewing, rope-making, farm-to-factory and other demonstrations.
Soldiers from the Mexican War who served in Company B, 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment will perform a firing drill.
Visitors will learn about how the Allegheny Portage Railroad served a significant role for the Underground Railroad.
Archaeologist Paula Zitzler will host a hands-on table for children, showcasing some of her finds at Allegheny Portage Railroad.
Admission is $4 per person for those age 16 and older. Those younger than 15 will be admitted free.
The Indiana Players will present the comedic farce “Love on the Cusp” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse, 725 Philadelphia St., downtown Indiana.
Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students.
Reservations: 724-464-0725 or www.indianaplayers.com.
St. Vincent Summer Theater will present the Canadian farce “Too Many Cooks” at 8:10 p.m. tonight, Saturday, Monday through Wednesday and July 5-6 and 2:10 p.m. Sunday at the performing arts center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the college’s Latrobe campus.
Tickets are $22.
Senior citizens are eligible for a $2 discount, and student tickets are $10.
Free van shuttle service will be provided to and from the parking areas.
Reservations: 724-537-8900 or www.svst.org.