Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight paperback books during May at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.
There also is a murder-mystery suspense room.
Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1. Children’s books are 50 cents.
Bookstore hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Music is on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The Blues Gathering with Scott Jeffreys will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $7 at the door.
StudioPM, a new monthly program offering step-by-step art instruction combined with a social event, will be held from 7 to 10:30 tonight at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
April’s painting inspiration is Georgia O'Keeffe, and the instructor will be Natalie Poldiak.
StudioPM will provide step-by-step instruction for all artistic skill levels, including beginners, while socializing and networking with others.
The program will be held the last Friday of each month and will vary in creative inspiration and art medium.
The cost is $35 per session, which includes all supplies.
Under the sea
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will be presented as part of the 12th annual Children’s Theater Arts and Education Festival at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday and May 5 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students age 12 and younger, and all seats are reserved.
An art party featuring mosaic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.
Joel Hoover will teach how to create mosaic projects.
Participants can bring shells, tile, glass or other items they would like to incorporate into a project or materials will be provided.
The cost is $16 for members and $20 for nonmembers, and light snacks will be served.
Dancing for dogs
A zumbathon to benefit Jager and Friends Dog Park in Somerset will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 918 Tayman Ave., Somerset.
The dog park opened in October and has a fenced-in play area and an on-leash half-mile walking trail.
There will be free T-shirts and door prizes at the charity event.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Information: 352-7882 or 724-984-2789.
The John Patrick comedy “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” will be performed by Bedford County Players at 8 tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m Sunday at the Gardner Memorial Theater, Old Bedford Village.
Admission is $12 for adults.
A Pink Moon Paddle from 8 to 10 tonight will kick off a moonlight kayak paddling series at the Colvin boat launch at Shawnee State Park, Schellsburg.
Participants will learn the basics of flat-water paddling, then go for an hour and a half guided interpretive paddle.
The fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth between the ages of 8 and 12.
Preregistration is required and space is limited.
“Around the World in 20 Songs,” the annual spring cabaret performance of St. Vincent College’s student-run theater group, will be presented at 8 tonight, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center on the college’s Latrobe campus.
Admission is free for all performances, and seating is general admission.
Doors will open one-half hour before each performance.
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will close the season for Altoona Community Theater with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday and May 3-4 and 2 p.m. May 5 at Mishler Theater, Altoona.
Tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for students.
Information: 944-9434 or www.altoonacommunitytheatre. com.
“Following the Muse – A Life of Art” by West End native Mari-Claire Charba will be on display Saturday through May 25 at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A free opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Charba has spent most of her life creating and performing throughout Europe and the U.S.
Art Bites, a lunch and gallery talk with the artist, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 18.
Charba will present an overview of creative communities in America, beginning with the Transcendentalists in Massachusetts.
She will then detail the Experimental and Caffe Theater movements of the 1960s in Greenwich Village and reveal the magic and creativity of different eras and genres, such as the modern American theater.
Charba also will do readings of her writings and cover various aspects of her work.
Admission is $10 per person, and reservations are required.
Information: 535-2020 or www.artworksinjohnstown.org.
“Treasured Memories,” an exhibit of oil paintings in the old masters style by Davidsville artist Daniel Helsel, will be on display through June 1 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Helsel enjoys painting in the style of Chardin, Vermeer, Rembrandt and Velazquez.
He paints on oil-primed linen canvas and prepares his own panels from Gesso using a Renaissance formula.
His paintings can be found throughout the United States and have been purchased by Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Westmont and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.
Helsel has participated in two-artist exhibits at Bottle Works and Dressler Center for the Arts in Somerset.
He has had solo exhibitions locally at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius, Bedford County Art Association and the Jenner Art Gallery at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.
Helsel has taught still-life classes at Community Arts Center and Bedford County Arts Center and will teach an oil painting class May 25 at Bottle Works.