The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 8, 2013

Events | What's happening this weekend


JOHNSTOWN — Hard-court high jinks

Harlem Globetrotters will bring its You Write the Rules World Tour to the area at 7 p.m. Monday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

Tickets are $14, $19, $25 and $38, plus fees.

Information: 536-5156 or

Comic art

“Saturday Morning Revisited” by Ebensburg artist Brian Dumm will be on display through March 31 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 tonight.

An artist, illustrator and art educator, Dumm focuses on Saturday morning cartoons, comic strips and comic books.

Information: 255-6515.

Art and music

“Music in Pictures” will be presented by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Allied Artists of Johnstown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Artwork by members of Allied Artists will be featured, and Anthony Michael Cornet, winner of the symphony’s Young Artist Competition, will perform.

Tickets are $10, $25, $30 and $35.

Information: 269-7200.

Historical mail

“Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps” will be on display Sunday 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. Tuesdays through Sundays through March 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week after April 1.

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

Information: 539-1889.

Laugh it up

Comedy legend and author Bill Cosby will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., Johnstown.

Cosby was the first black to co-star in a television series when he appeared in “I Spy.” He also starred in “The Cosby Show,” a sitcom about a close-knit, upper-class black family.

Tickets are $35 to $55, plus fees.

Information: 800-745-3000, or at box office.

Hooray for ’Hawks

The first Fan Appreciation Weekend for the Johnstown Tomahawks will be held during the team’s final two home games against the Jamestown Ironmen at 7 tonight and Saturday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

There will be giveaways, prizes, in-game activities and a special team autograph session.

Tonight’s game will include $10,000 in prizes and giveaways, and one fan will compete for a chance to win a $50,000 grand prize with a shot from center ice.

There will be another $10,000 in giveaways on Saturday.

Friday music

Singer-songwriter Gerry Stanek will perform today at  Ethnic Social Club, on the fourth floor of Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., with music beginning at 5:30. There is no cover charge.

Stanek is a veteran of many bands, including western Pennsylvania favorites The Impostors and The Lost, and also has played with Pittsburgh rocker Norman Nardini.

Information: 539-1889.

On stage

“The Wedding Singer” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday through March 16 at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, 728 Ben Franklin Highway, Ebensburg.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door.


“All Shook Up” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday through March 16 at Conemaugh Township Area High School, 300 W. Campus Ave., Davidsville.

Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door.

For the March 15 performance, a five-course dinner will be available in the cafeteria at 5:30.

The cost is $25 for dinner and the show.

Information: 479-4014.


“Lil’ Abner” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday through March 16 at Northern Bedford High School, 152 NBC Drive, Loysburg.

Tickets are $8 at the door.

Information: 766-2221.

Noon series

Pianist Sarah Pruss will perform at noon Tuesday for the recital series at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St. in downtown Johnstown.

Her program will feature Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin.

Guests may meet the artist at a light lunch after the recital.

Pruss is certified by the American Guild of Organists and is the organist and choir director at Second Presbyterian Church in Moxham and a substitute pianist at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Windber.        

Information: 536-7521 or

Worthy cause

A fundraiser to benefit a  3-year-old boy with metachromatic leukadystrophy will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Camp Harmony, 1414 Plank Road, Hooversville.

 The rare and serious disorder affects the protective coverings around nerve fibers, and there is no cure.

The fundraiser is being held by Jen Saap, a stranger to the family who felt the need to help.

There will be Bible trivia games, a bake sale and other food items and a Chinese-style auction with gift baskets, jewelry, gift certificates and miscellaneous items donated by local companies and individuals.

Contemporary rock and praise band Calvary Cross will donate a live concert from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served. Donations, gifts for the auction, baked goods and food items of all kind will be accepted before and during the event.

Information: 536-0412.

Paper painting

“Explore the Limitless Possibilities of Alcohol Ink Painting” will be presented at the Second Sunday Antique Boutique from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The free workshop will feature the possibilities of alcohol ink painting, which can be used on acetate, plastic, vinyl and glossy paper.

The inks flow and blend, creating intense and glowing colors and complementing hues and tints.

 Participants will create a marbled paper, which can be used for scrapbooking, cardmaking and gift tags.

 No painting experience is needed.

Information: 536-5399.

 Art series

“Conversations with the Curator: A Lecture-and-Lunch Series for Art Lovers and Collectors” will be held at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

This will be the first in a series of lectures to offer insight and appreciations of art history.

The deadline for reservations is Monday.

The cost is $25, which includes a box lunch.

Information: 472-3920.

Chili choice

A chili buffet will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Somerset Ave., Windber.

The menu will feature nine different chilis, as well as cornbread, dessert and beverages.

The money raised will be given to local programs addressing hunger, such as Windber Area Community Kitchen.  

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.           

Take-outs will be available.

Snack attack

A book signing and reception for “Classic Snacks Made from Scratch” by Casey Barber will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight at  AW Gallery Shoppe at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The cookbook features more than 70 recipes for homemade versions of brand-name treats, plus full-color photos.

Recipes include Goldfish, Twinkies, Oreos, Fruit Roll-Ups, Pop-Tarts, Nutter Butter cookies, Cool Ranch Doritos, Sour Patch Kids and Klondike Bars.

The recipes have the added plus of having no additives or preservatives.

Wine and samples of the recipes will be available, and the book will be available for purchase for $17.95.

Information: 535-2020.

Furry photos

The first Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny fundraiser will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Humane Society of Cambria County Inc., 743 Galleria Drive Extension, Richland Township.

The cost will be $8 for one 4-by-6-inch photo or $15 for two 4-by-6 photos.

Proceeds will go toward a fence project this spring.

Information: 535-6116 or

Prom preview

The seventh annual Prom Fashion Show sponsored by the Junior Board of Beginnings Inc. will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.  

Junior board members, who are middle and high school students in Cambria and Somerset counties, will model, emcee and provide entertainment during the show’s intermission.

Supplying gowns and tuxedos for the show will be Deb Shops at The Galleria, Richland Township; Miller’s Formal Wear and The Cinderella Project, both in Johnstown; Modern Elegance, Ligonier; and David’s Bridal, Altoona.

An auction will be held during the show.

Tickets are $18 and include a chicken Parmesan dinner.

Proceeds will benefit the early literacy programs of Beginnings Inc., which helps children and families throughout the area.

Information: 539-1919.

Basket benefit

A Camp PARC Basket Party will be held Sunday at Conemaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company’s John Bracken Hall, Tire Hill.

Doors will open at 1 p.m., with drawings beginning at 2.

Ticket holders can attend a preview night from 6 to 8 Saturday when they can present admission tickets, pay $3 at the door and place chance tickets early.

Proceeds help with the maintenance and operations of Camp PARC’s office and storage facility.

Tickets are $7, which includes 25 chances on general-themed baskets, a door-prize raffle ticket and refreshments. Each additional set of 25 tickets is $5.


Gospel concert

Dan Schall will perform at 9 a.m. Sunday at Mount Hope United Methodist Church,

258 Mount Hope Road, South Fork.

His gospel music ministry focuses on encouraging others by sharing God’s love for man.

 Schall stutters when he speaks, but has been blessed with a singing voice to share God’s words through music.

Christian learning

An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Johnstown Christian School, 125 Christian School Road, Hollsopple.

The school provides students in preschool through grade 12 a Christian education, which prepares them spiritually, academically and socially.

Those who attend will be able to meet with teachers, board members and administrators.

Those unable to attend the open house may call the school for a personal tour.

Information: 288-2588 or

Peanut(s) gallery

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be presented by Mount Aloysius College Theater Department at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through March 16 and 1:30 p.m. March 17 at Alumni Hall at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

Tickets, which are $5, will be available at the door.  

Area high school and college students will be admitted free.

Information: 886-6409.

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 from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays through April 8.

The classes will focus on core exercises, stability work and arms and legs toning.

Circuit training classes, which will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays through April 8, will mix low-impact cardio with strength training, ab work and stretching.

The cost for a six-week session of either class is $42, and drop-ins are $8 per class.

Registration: 536-5399.

Book bargains

Friends of Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight health and wellness books and a large selection of books for children at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or 5 for $1. Children’s books are 50 cents.

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

Information: 536-5131.

Sign of the times

A Sign Jam with Rodney Watson will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Stokes Center Auxiliary Gym at St. Francis University, Loretto.

The event is hosted by the general education department and American Sign Language Club.

Participants will learn to sign and dance to “Rumor Has It” by Adele.

The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Moral lecture

“Five Dinners With Ahmadinejad” by Jim Walsh, an international expert in

terrorism and security, will be presented as a Moral Choices Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Alumni Hall at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

Walsh is a research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program.  

Walsh also is scheduled to visit several classes during his stay, and students can participate in roundtable discussions with him during several meals.

The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Information: 886-4131.

Historical film

“The History of the San,” the Cresson Sanitarium, will be presented from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in DiSepio 213 on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.

An Emmy Award-winning documentary will be watched, and Harvey Docchio, one of many children hospitalized at the tuberculosis hospital while it was in operation, will speak.

The event is free and open to the public.

Panel discussion

“Science or Religion: Must We Choose?” will be presented as part of the Six O’clock Series at 6 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Biology, anthropology and history specialists, along with a Presbyterian minister, will present their responses to the debate between science and religion.

Parking in nonreserved spaces on campus is free after 5 p.m.

The program is free and open to the community.

Movies and music

“The Salt of Life” 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

  This film is about a middle-aged retiree trying to generate a love life.        

Local acoustic pop band the FIVE6 will perform before each showing.

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

Admission is free.

Political lectures

Mustafa Akyol, newspaper columnist, political commentator and author, will give two presentations Tuesday and Wednesday in rooms 101-103 at Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona.

“Islam at a Crossroads” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and “Turkey at a Crossroads” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Akyol, who lives in Istanbul, is a columnist for two Turkish newspapers, and his articles have appeared in Newsweek, New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

The presentations are free and open to the public.  

Information: 949-5105.

Art education

A lunch a l’art program with artist Julie Bernstein Engelmann will be held at noon Wednesday at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.

The program coincides with the museum’s current exhibition, “Julie Bernstein Engelmann: Being Spirit.”

The cost is $13 per person or $12 for SAMA members, and reservations are required.

Information: 946-4464 or


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