The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 19, 2010

Events | High-flying fun

Johnstown’s annual Light-Up Night and giant-balloon Christmas Parade will be held at 6 tonight on the streets of downtown Johnstown.

The highlight of the parade, which will march up Main Street to Clinton Street, will be almost a dozen giant helium-filled balloons depicting various holiday favorites.

Before the parade, festivities will start with members of Johnstown Symphony Chorus singing from 5:15 to 5:45 in Central Park.

The “Wings of Hope” Great Santa Two-Mile Race, which will benefit a cancer patient, will be held at 5:30.

After Santa lights up Central Park at the end of the parade, he will meet and greet the children and give out treat bags.

Cutting-edge comedy

“Liberal Shop of Horrors” will be presented by comedy troupe Capitol Steps at 7:30 tonight at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus in Richland Township.

The group claims to put the mock in democracy by satirizing both sides of the political spectrum.

One of their more recent routines sheds light on the public’s thoughts for health-care reform, “Cash for Codgers.”

Tickets range from $12 to $35.

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

An app for that

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” will be presented by (un)apologetic productions at 8 tonight and Saturday at Venue of Merging Arts, 307 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The edgy comedy explores our technologically obsessed world and closes the theater company’s 2010 season.

Tickets are $10 and are available in advance or at the door.

Information: E-mail or 244-3135.

Handcrafted holiday

Holly Bazaar and Gingerbread House Festival will be held through Dec. 24 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

There also will be a book sale and basket bonanza.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The arts center will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Admission is free.

Information: 255-6515.

Cheers for all

The 23rd annual Pennsylvania State Cheerleading Championships will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., Johnstown.

On Saturday, doors will open at 10 a.m., with competition beginning at 11. 

On Sunday, doors will open at noon, with competition starting at 1 p.m.

As many as 25 teams from across the state are expected to compete, from as far away as Erie to the north and Philadelphia to the east.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Adults may purchase a two-day pass for $15.

Information: 536-5156 or

Thankful praise

A Thanksgiving Hymn Sing to benefit New Day Inc. will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Oakland United Methodist Church, 1504 Bedford St., Johnstown.

Guests will be able to choose favorite hymns to sing, and a freewill offering will benefit New Day.

Special music will include solos by Matt Price, director of worship at Oakland, and Cheryl Keafer and Sis Link of New Day.

Choral selections will be performed by the choirs of Maple Spring Church of the Brethren and Oakland United Methodist Church.

There will be light refreshments, and child care will be provided.

Information: 535-8202.

Turkey trots

A Thanksgiving Day 2-mile Walk 4-mile Run to benefit Project: Streetkids International will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at Shade-Central City Elementary School, 235 McGregor Ave., Cairnbrook.

T-shirts are guaranteed for preregistered participants only. 

Participants should bring a canned or nonperishable food item to benefit the Central City Food Pantry.

Information: 535-6514, 754-4625 or

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