The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 28, 2013

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Picture stories

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.


Fresh food

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

Dog-gone reads

“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.

Information: 536-5131.

Farm fresh

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.

Information: 243-0289.

Van tour

“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.

Information: 495-4643.

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.

Information: 886-6150.

Funny farce

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

Canadian farce

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


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