The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 12, 2013

Events | Art's ally


— The 2013 spring juried exhibition of Allied Artists of Johnstown will be on display during regular banking hours through April 20 at AmeriServ Financial, Main and Franklin streets in downtown Johnstown.

The exhibition features 37 works from 21 artists and spotlights a variety of pieces, including photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, metal, clay, recycled glass, pencil and mixed-media.

Taste of West Hills

The West Hills Community Team will hold its inaugural Night of Community Spirits from 7 to 10 tonight at the former Johnstown Brewing Co., 942 Pinegrove Lane, just off Menoher Boulevard.

The event will feature a presentation of wine tastings by B&L Wine Cellars of Johnstown and beer tastings by Von’s Beverages.

Proceeds will be used to fund community events and needs.

Tickets are $25 per person and should be ordered in advance, and all attendees will receive a complimentary wine glass.

Tickets: 255-8943 or 255-6981 or visit

Strike up the bands

Ringgold Band and Messiah College Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The Ringgold Band is one of America’s first community bands with a heavy leaning to Sousa march tunes.

Messiah College Jazz Ensemble plays a mix of styles ranging from classic swing and traditional big band to modern arrangements.

Admission is free.

Information: 269-7200.

Artful benefit

“Art Defines You” fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The public is invited to bring a favorite piece of art they have created or collected to display for the event.

Those who wish to enjoy the one-day art show do not have to bring a piece of art to attend.

Guests will receive complimentary adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres.  

Johnstown Americana band Whiskey River Panhandlers will perform at 9:30.

Admission is $25 per adult for the entire evening or $10 for the concert only.

Information: 535-2020.

Song setting

Pitt-Johnstown jazz ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Pitt-Johnstown concert choir and concert band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Admission is free for both concerts.

“When I Sing” will be presented by Inclined to Sing and the Apprentice Choir, children’s choruses of Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

Information: 535-6738.

A choirfest and hymn sing to benefit United Methodist Human Services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Ebensburg United Methodist Church, 100 E. Highland Ave.

The public is invited to attend.

Healthful cooking

A Gluten Free Cooking Class will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The class will be taught by Jackie Kopco Shawley, who had the popular “Enjoying a Gluten Free Holiday” cooking class in December.

For this class, she will teach how to prepare pasta three ways through recipes and demonstrations.

Shawley has been gluten-free for five years and is excited to introduce people to the options and techniques they can use to prepare delicious foods.

She provides teaching, cooking, baking and shopping services through her in-home gluten-free consulting company Be Happily Gluten Free. (

Information: 536-5399.

Big brass

“Big Band and Doo-Wop Brass” will be presented by River City Brass Band at 7:30 tonight at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The concert will celebrate the music of America’s most famous band, with special guests Johnny and the Halos.

Tickets are $24, $22 and $10.

Information: 269-7200.

Doll party

The last American Girls storytime session featuring Kit, The Great Depression, 1934, will be presented from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the children’s department on the second floor at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Participants will see how Kit makes the most of her resources and grows up in the midst of tough times, craft an original journal or recording memories and enjoy a sweet fruity salad made popular in the 1930s.

Information: 536-5131, or email

On high school stages

“Beauty and the Beast” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Penn Cambria High School, 401 Linden Ave., Cresson.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children.

“Acts of God” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Cambria Heights High School, 426 Glendale Lake Road, Patton.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students.

“Footloose” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday and  4 p.m. Sunday at Conemaugh Valley High School, 1342 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, seniors citizens and Conemaugh Valley employees.

For a $2 discount on advance tickets, call 535-5523.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be presented at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at Johnstown Christian School, 125 Christian School Road, Hollsopple.

Tickets are $7.

“Guys and Dolls” will be presented at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at North Star High School, 400 Ohio St., Boswell.

Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door.

“The Sound of Music” will be presented at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at Somerset Area High School, 645 S. Columbia Ave., Somerset.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

“The Boy Friend” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Everett Area High School, One Renaissance Circle, Everett.

Tickets are $8 at the door.

Information: 629-6651.

Quick draw

“You Can Sketch,” a two-day workshop, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Local artist Marcene Glover will demonstrate and explain techniques to show participants how to draw accurate proportions and shade in a way that makes objects look three-dimensional.

Glover will focus on pencil sketches, then use charcoal and other materials.  

Participants should bring a lunch both days.

The fee is $60 for both days and includes materials.

Information: 536-5399.

In shape

Daytime fitness programming is shaping up at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Pilates classes will be held at noon Mondays.

These lunch-hour classes will focus on core exercises, stability work and arms and legs toning and finish with deep stretching and relaxation.

A four-week session of belly dancing classes will be held Wednesdays beginning the first Wednesday of each month.

Circuit training classes, which will be held at 11 a.m. Mondays, will mix low impact cardio with strength training, ab work and stretching.

Yoga classes will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays through May 20.

The cost for the four-week belly dancing session is $25, and drop-ins for all other classes are $8 per class.

Registration: 536-5399.

Performance venue

 Music is on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

John Wolfe, lead guitarist for the Cash Review, will perform country music at 7:30 tonight.

Doors will open at 7, and tickets are $5 at the door.

A House party with One Track Mynd and Black Cat Moan will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

There will be a $10 cover charge and free adult beverages with proper ID and free food.

My Idea of Fun will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Doors will open at 7, and tickets are $5 at the door.

Information: 410-2245.

Tough going

“Rough Water” will be presented by St. Francis University’s STAR Productions at 7:30  tonight and Saturday in the JFK Center on the campus of St. Francis University, 117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto.

This spring production is a stage adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock film “Lifeboat,” which is from the concept by John Steinbeck.

In this two-act World War II drama, nine people are adrift in a lifeboat on the ocean at the mercy of the elements and each other.

There is some rough language appropriate to adults caught in the extreme pressures and the intense stresses of a world war.

In addition to St. Francis students, the cast will include area residents, Anita Baumann of Flinton; Brian Davis and Alan Zajdel, both of Lilly; Ethan Leydig of Portage; Brady Saksa of Cresson; Jake Bowen of Gallitzin; and Rob Callis-Keiser of Johnstown.

Two dinner theater performances will be presented at 6 tonight and Saturday.

The Italian menu will include Parmesan-encrusted tilapia, linguine and tiramisu.

Dinner theater tickets are $20 and must be reserved 24 hours in advance.  

Show-only tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.

Information: 472-3930.

History opening

Fort Ligonier will open for public visitation beginning Saturday.  

A collection of five 19th century paintings depicting scenes of western Pennsylvania sites during the French and Indian War will be installed in the museum.

Fort Ligonier Association’s annual meeting will be held April 19, and members will have the opportunity to learn about the fort’s educational programs and special events scheduled throughout the year.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 16. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

Information: 724-238-9701 or visit

Music talk

“Spirituality and Music” by Father Stephen Concordia, OSB, will be the last of a lecture series on aging and spirituality at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Fred M. Rogers Center, St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Condordia is assistant professor in the music department at St. Vincent and has been the director of the St. Vincent Camerata, a mixed choir of 45 members, since 2008.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Information: 724-805-2522.

IUP itinerary

“Making Your Summer Work for You” will be presented as part of the Six O’clock Series at 6 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Employers and professionals will discuss how summer employment throughout college can shape students’ career paths and affect employment opportunities after graduation.

Parking in nonreserved spots on campus is free after 5.

The program is free and open to the community.

Movies and music

“Old Dog” will be shown as part of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s spring 2013 Foreign Film and Music Series at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall, on the IUP campus.

The film is a humorous but tragic allegory depicting life among the impoverished rural Tibetan community.

Si Lu Jia, an IUP student from China, will play Chinese music on the erhu, a traditional Chinese two-stringed instrument.

Films are in their native language, but have English subtitles.

Admission is free.

Industrial images

“An Industrial Revolution: The Photography of Amelia Patsy” will be on display through            July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, located at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

The exhibit features 55 gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes chronicling much of western Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage and includes several Johnstown landmarks.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Information: 269-7234.

Historical mail

“Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps” will be on display through Aug. 31 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The traveling art exhibit, which features postcards, letters, photographs, documents and other artifacts, is on loan from the Sala Garncarz Collection of the New York Public Library’s Dorot Jewish Division.

Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. JAHA members are admitted free.

Information: 539-1889.

Historic exhibit

“125 Years of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johns-town Jewish Community Heritage Project, will be on display through September at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibition illuminates the history, traditions and achievements of Johnstown’s Jewish community.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Information: 539-1889.

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight biographies and the classics such as Steinbeck, Poe, Chaucer, Whitman and Shakespeare during April at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1. Children’s books are 50 cents.

Bookstore hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

Student art

 Artworks by visual art studies students will be on display Thursday through April 28 in the McLanahan Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona.

A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Titelman Study.

The visual art studies program provides students with the opportunity for understanding and creating art through conceptual, technical and professional structures.

Galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and before and during all performances.

Information: 949-5452 or


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