The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 1, 2014

Look what's happening this weekend


Country crowd

Country singer Chris Young will headline a performance at 7 p.m. Sunday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

The concert also will feature rising country stars Jerrod Niemann and Courtney Cole.

Tickets are $29.50 and $33.50, plus fees.

Information: 800-745-3000 or

Season finale

“The 125th Commemoration of the Johnstown Flood” will be presented by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets are $32 and $37.

Information: 269-7200 or

Senior comedy

The comedy “The Silver Whistle” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and May 10 in the studio theater space at Westmont Hilltop High School, 200 Fair Oaks Drive.  

The gentle comedy by Robert E. McEnroe is being directed by Rodney Eatman.

The play is set in a shabby home for the aged and features a group of forgotten senior citizens and a new energetic resident who claims he can enable even the most skeptical residents to enjoy a similar youthful vitality.

The nine graduating seniors who are in the cast are Rachelmae Pulliam, Alex Hockensmith, Emily Ward, Josh Livingston, Ben Mical, Dorothea Oller, Isaac Joseph, Madison Milligan and Abby Stern.

Other cast members are Jack Weidner, Thomas Messer, Helen Stern, Daniel Cooley, Leah Hockensmith, Madison Eppley, Sarah Elston, Vencat Gella, Chiann Malcolm and Fisk Lee.

Admission is $5.

Information: 255-8726.

Spring fling

Johnstown Symphony Auxiliary’s Springtime Serenade Fashion Show will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Westmont.

Tickets are $36.

Information: 535-6738.

Art in the family

“Family Works with the Ed Family” will be on display Saturday through June 30 at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

An opening reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The show will feature paintings, photographs, sculpture and other artworks from members of the Ed family.

Information: 536-5399 or

Saturday night fights

Gladiators of the Cage “The Road to Glory IV” will bring mixed martial arts to the area at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

Chris Dempsey, the 9-1 record professional MMA fighter who grew up in the area, will be the main event.

He is a two-time NCAA Division II All-American champion wrestler at 285 pounds.

Featured local fighters are Doug Haupt, Charlie Gathers, Ryan Glunt and Jeff Holmes.

Haupt is an amateur fighter who will turn professional on Saturday.

Instead of making money from his fight, Haupt has started the “Fight for a Cause,” which will support children with cancer through MMA.

Gladiators of the Cage is offering free tickets to any veteran who has served or is currently serving in the armed forces.

Tickets are $23 for general admission, $45 for reserved and $65 for floor.

Information: 536-5156 or

Photo ops

The annual public photography competition, sponsored by Greater Johnstown Camera Club, will be held Monday through May 18 at The Galleria, Richland Township.

Entries will be accepted from 1 to 3 pm. Sunday.

A maximum of seven entries per photographer may be submitted to the juried competition and must be the original work of the photographer.

Categories open to amateur photographers are scenic, floral, people, general, digital art and black-and-white photography.

There will be a separate category for professional photographer’s entries.       

Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each of the six amateur categories.

Judges will award ribbons only to the top three entries in the professional category.

The entrance fee is $6 per photograph.


Striped story

Author Susan Stockdale will read her book “Stripes of All Types” at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

This story, which is written and illustrated by Stockdale, explores how animals around the world benefit from their stripes. Each striped creature is described in action in its natural habitat.

It is this year’s book selection for Pennsylvania’s One Book, Every Young Child early literacy initiative, which highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3-6.

This event is free and open to the public.

Information: 536-5131.

Worthy causes

The Grand Old Lady 10K or 5K run and walk, sponsored by YWCA Greater Johnstown, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the YWCA, 526 Somerset St. in the Kernville section of Johnstown.

Registration will be held from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

The entry free is $20 in advance and $25 Saturday.

Proceeds will benefit the YWCA.

Information: 536-3519.

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