The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 1, 2013

Events | Worthy cause

The third annual “Dancing Like a Star for Autism” gala, sponsored by Beginnings Inc. and Alternative Community Resource Program, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 302 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.  

The event raises awareness and funding for both agencies’ autism programming.

Last year’s event raised more than $10,000.

Guests will see a variety of dances, including the jitterbug, salsa, tango, waltz, hustle, rumba, cha-cha and swing.

Participants are Karen and Lou Taranto, Kim Fox and James Blough, Georgette Suskie and Carlos Carrasco, Rob Brown and Karen Anderson, Julie Lehman and Dr. John Ridella, Melissa and Brandon Bird, José and Alexandrea Otero and June Janakovic and Bo Moore.

Group dancing will be a new category in this year’s program.

Kulani, The Hip Hop Girls from Le Dance Academy, Happy Feet and the Out of His Mind adult tap class have signed up.

The public can vote for favorite couples or groups at the event or by sending a $1 vote to Beginnings Inc., 111 Market St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901.        

Tickets are $65 per person.

For those who want to come and watch, limited walk-in space will be available for $20 at the door on first-come, first-served basis.

Information: 539-1919 or email

Love in the air

“The Love of Broadway” will be presented by Richland Senior High School students at 7:30 tonight at Grand Halle of Broad Street, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Solos, duets and ensemble selections will have a love theme for Valentine’s Day.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Preschoolers will be admitted free.

Information: 536-7986 or

Musical sounds

“The Sound of Music” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Windber Area High School, 2301 Graham Ave.

The musical is the story of the singing Von Trapp family in pre-World War II Austria and their governess, Maria.

“Producing and directing ‘The Sound of Music’ really provided me with a chance to showcase the many talents of the Windber Area High School students,” said musical director Clarissa Thomas.

“Since the musical program is fairly new, it was truly a pleasure to have juniors and seniors with experience and dedication. I think the adminstration, teachers, students and community within Windber and the surrounding areas will be pleased with the effort many people have placed forth this year.”

Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door for adults and $6 at the door for students and senior citizens.

A complete roundup of high school plays will be published on Feb. 10.

Groundhog Day, again

Events will repeat themselves when two area celebrations are held to mark Groundhog Day.

The fifth annual dinner dance featuring music by Johnstown Classic Rockers and a spaghetti meal will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The cost is $10.

Information: 536-4176.

The prognosticator party will continue at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Crow’s Nest, Tire Hill, with live music by Cajun Norman and the Jam Session Band.

Information: 288-6378.

Allied for art

The annual Winter Show of Allied Artists of Johnstown will be on display through Feb. 23 in the lobby of   AmeriServ Financial, Main and Franklin streets, downtown Johnstown.

There are 72 works of art in the show, representing 41 artists.

Mediums include photography, acrylic, oil, watercolor, relief carving, mixed media, pastel, pencil and wood burning.

Information: 266-0874 or

Kitty, kitty

Mount Aloysius Art Alliance is seeking cat art for “The Feline Art Show,” which will be on display Sunday through March 8 at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

Feline art pieces should be brought to the gallery between 5 and 7 p.m. today.

Jurying will begin at 7, and artwork not selected must be picked up by 8 at the gallery.

Cat art, which must be of domestic cats only, can be photos or paintings done by the artist, pieces from a collection or antique cat art.

All work must be properly framed and ready for hanging for the juried show.

An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 in the gallery.

Information: 749-7341 or 977-3238.

Super Saturday

Super Bowl Saturday will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Johnstown Children’s Museum in Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Children will learn about some of the most famous football players in Johnstown history and make a football pouch snack craft at this fun football workshop.

Admission is free to JAHA members or with museum admission.

Information: 539-1889.

Dance fundraiser

The annual Dancing with the Dolls fundraiser to benefit Johnstown Concert Ballet will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Westmont.

There will be a Mardi Gras-themed dinner, live and silent auctions, live music by Jazz Factor 3 and a ballet performance.

The cost is $50 per person.

Information: 659-0030 or 717-503-9499.

Stretches & wiggles

Yoga classes for all skill levels will be held at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Classes taught by Judy Hunter will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays through March 11.

Classes taught by Adriann White will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 27.

The cost is $8 per class or $56 for an eight-week session.

White also will teach a four-week session of belly dance classes from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 27.

The art of American cabaret-style belly dancing will be taught, and participants will learn basic belly dance choreography and how to incorporate it into a dance routine.

The cost is $25 for the four-week session.

Hip scarves will be available for purchase for $15 at the first class.

Registration: 241-8122 for Hunter and 539-0924 for White.

Heart’s desire

A Valentine Gift Hunt will be held from 5 to 8 tonight at  the Gallery Shoppe at Laurel Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

Handmade gifts will include jewelry, pottery, framed art, scarves and glass art.

Prices start at $15.

There will be door prizes and free food, beverages and gift wrapping.

Information: 443-2433.

“Romeo’s Revenge Men’s Night Out” will be sponsored by Zepka Harley Davidson and Somerset Trust from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Gallery Shoppe at Artworks in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The men-only event will feature shopping assistance in the all-artisan gift shop, music, food and motorcycles.

Women are encouraged to come to the Gallery Shoppe before hand to fill out a “Sweetheart Hints Card” listing the items they desire.

Shoppers also can register to win an overnight getaway for two at The Balter House, a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home in Acme, Westmoreland County. No purchase is necessary to enter.

Information: 535-2020.

Performance venue

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

The Otis Wolves of Pittsburgh and Jon Creeden of Kingston, Ontario, will perform acoustic folk punk from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

There also will be a triple EP release party.

Information: 410-2245.

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight books about pets and animals of all kinds and books pertaining to wars that involved the United States at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1.

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

Information: 536-5131.

Beat goes on

A drum circle will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Those interested in joining the circle do not need experience in music to participate.

Facilitator Rachel Allen is trained in West African, Middle Eastern and many other cultural traditions.

The cost is $5 per person.

Information: 536-5399.

Local history

“The Civil War in Pennsylvania” will be on display through March 5 in the second floor gallery at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The traveling exhibit was created by the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh for its affiliate  program members and is expected to travel to 40 sites in four years.

The exhibit will feature five lifelike museum figures, artifacts, previously unseen photographs and large museum panels describing Pennsylvania’s contributions to the Civil War.

Admission is free to JAHA members or with museum admission.

Information: 539-1889, or

Free speech

Filmmaker, producer, director, writer and actor Spike Lee will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Penn State Altoona.

Free tickets will be available at the campus bookstore, the box office and at the door if available.

Information: 949-5000 or

Tropical show

The Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show will be on display through Feb. 24 at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. Fridays.

There will be elegant and vibrant exhibits of orchids in many hues and bonsai, the Japanese art of training dwarfed trees to take on the shapes of their larger counterparts in nature, all designed by Phipps staff.

Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $11 for children ages 2-18.

Members and children younger than age 2 will be admitted 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.

Historic exhibit

“125 Years of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johnstown 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.

American scene

“Red, White and Blue in Black and White: The American Scene in Prints, Drawings and              Photographs” will be on display through May 4 in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The exhibition includes approximately 35 works from the museum’s permanent collection.

Works range in date from 1890-1991, with the majority being American Scene subjects produced during the heyday of Regionalist art in the 1920s and 1930s.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or

Juried exhibition

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ 17th annual regional juried exhibition will be on display through Feb. 10 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane   and Route 711 South in Ligonier.

The exhibition will include 73 works from 73 individual artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania, featuring oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, wood, clay and photography.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

Information: 724-238-6015 or

“Tibetan Treasures: The Rezk  Collection of Tibetan and Nepalese Art” will be on display through May 11 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.

The exhibition includes approximately 70 objects of Tibetan and Nepalese art spanning eight centuries and all made within the context of Tibetan Buddhism.

It is one of the major collections of Tibetan and Nepalese art in the United States.

Personifying abstract ideas as gods, demons, monsters and saints, the objects in the exhibition bring Buddhist concepts to life in a resonant and  imaginative way.

To celebrate the exhibition, the museum will host a series of events throughout the winter.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 946-4464 or

Abstract art

“Julie Bernstein Engelmann: Being Spirit” will be on display through April 20 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.

This retrospective will highlight Engelmann’s abstract canvases, which are renowned for their lush color and texture and have won many best of show awards throughout western Pennsylvania.

Information: 946-4464.


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