The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 30, 2012

Events | Spirit gift

The 29th annual Festival of the Nativity will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight and Saturday and 1:15 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St. in downtown Johnstown.

The festive weekend features nativities from around the world as well as musical and vocal presentations by area performers.

Admission is free.

Sugarplum dreams

Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” will be presented by Johns-town Concert Ballet at 7:30 tonight and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets are $12.

Information: 269-7200 or (800) 846-2787.

Holiday weekend

The seventh annual “Dickens of a Christmas” will take place today through Sunday at various locations throughout downtown Ebensburg.

The light-up ceremony at 6 tonight will kick off the event, and the annual Christmas parade will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Cresson Lake Playhouse will present “Forever Plaid – Plaid Tidings” at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Cambria County Courthouse, 200 S. Center St.

Tickets for the play are $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.

Information: 472-8780 or

Bottled music

“Bottled Up” will be presented by members of Songworks at 7 tonight at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Singer-songwriters Denise Baldwin, Roy Milstead, Sam Coco, Barry Poglein and Jackie Kopco will perform original compositions.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music beginning at 7.

A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

Information: 536-5399.

Art adventures

A community event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in Cambria City.

Two artisan shopping experiences at the AW Gallery Shoppe will include live music, food and artist demonstrations.

Children can talk with Santa and make a holiday craft.

Acoustic musician Jane West will perform Wednesday, and artist and musician Mark Ed will entertain from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

Gallery Shoppe artist Christopher Nix of Pittsburgh, who creates intricate pen and ink collages that include hundreds of tiny pictures within the drawing, will be the featured artist Wednesday.

His work primarily depicts Pittsburgh and collegiate sports teams or sports figures.

Nix will personalize a collage for each customer.

Other artists who will attend the two events include author Paul LaViolette, nature block printing artist Ruth Queer and painter Alan Rauch.

Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Information: 535-2020.

Holiday classic

“Miracle on 34th Street” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, 450 Schoolhouse Road in Richland Township.

Tickets are $48, $43 and $39.

Information: 269-7200, (800) 846-2787 or

Popular party

Tickets are available for Saturday’s 42nd annual Madrigal Christmas Feaste at Cosgrove Student Center, Mount Aloysius College, Cresson. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday’s performance is sold out.

The cost is $40 per person.

Information: 886-6525 or

Friday fest

Last Friday will feature Striped Maple Hollow at 5 tonight at the Ethnic Social Club on the fourth floor of Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The acoustic Americana band features two women vocalists singing in tight harmony over banjo, guitar and mandolin.

Music starts at 5:30, and there will be no cover charge.

Information: 539-1889.

Free film

“The Christmas Wish,” a holiday movie, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St,, downtown Johnstown.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5131, ext. 211.

Cultural workshop

Hanukkah for Kids will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Johnstown Children’s Museum at the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The hands-on workshop for children of all faiths will feature a presentation to explain the origin and meaning of Hanukkah and a Hanukkah craft.

The workshop is free for JAHA members or regular admission of $8 for adults, $7 for seniors or $6 for students for nonmembers.

Information: 539-1889.

Musical strings

Johnstown Symphony Community Strings will perform at 7 tonight at the Noon-Collins Inn, 104 E. High St., Ebensburg.

The Community Strings is a volunteer orchestra group sponsored by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra to provide an opportunity for adults who play string instruments to participate in an orchestral setting.

Several members of the symphony also play with the group.

The concert is free to the public with a freewill offering to benefit the Cambria County Historical Society.

Book signings

Local author Sally C. Fink will sign copies of her science-fiction fantasy “Ten Thousand Gods: Book One in Tales of the Lalloure” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Fink’s novel of love and suspense tells the tale of two races at odds over the rich, verdant planet one calls home.

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