The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 26, 2014

Look what's happening this weekend

Biker bash

Thunder in the Valley will roar today through Sunday in downtown Johnstown.

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Thunderbash, the official welcome party of Thunder in the Valley, will continue today and Saturday at Greenhouse Park, just off Tire Hill Road.

The adult-themed celebration will feature live music, biker games and tattoo artists.

Richland Bike Bash will continue today and Saturday at Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1321 Scalp Ave.

There will be live music, homemade food and family-friendly activities.

The seventh annual Pool ’n’ Pork will continue from 5 p.m. to midnight tonight and 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Nanty Glo Pool and Park, Lincoln Avenue.

The Miss Hawg Wild Bikini Contest will be held at 7 tonight, and the Boss Hawg contest for men will be held at 7 Saturday.

Information: 659-2396.

Thunder breakfast

An all-you-can-eat Thunder in the Valley breakfast will be available from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave., Windber.

The breakfast will feature scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, toast, coffee, tea and orange juice.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger, and take-outs are available.

Proceeds will go toward the ministry of Calvary United Methodist Church.

Information: 467-9811 or 242-6687.

Light the skies

Two early fireworks displays will light the sky before Independence Day:

n The Galleria, Galleria Drive, Richland Township, Thursday.

n Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, nightly Tuesday through July 6.

All that jazz

Harold Betters will perform for Jazz Along the River series from 6 to 9 tonight at St. Mary’s Pavilion, Fifth Avenue and Power Street in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Ethnic foods such as haluski, stuffed cabbage, pierogi, kielbassa and sauerkraut will be available, as well as hamburgers and hot dogs.

Food will be available for purchase beginning at 5.

Admission is free, and shows go on rain or shine.

The concerts will be held the fourth Friday of each month through September.

Sci-Fi convention

Sci-Fi Valley Con will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Jaffa Shrine, 2200 Broad St., Altoona.

The three-day event is the area’s only science-fiction, horror, fantasy, video game and anime convention.

A one-day pass is available for $10, two-day pass for $15 and three-day pass for $20.


Rockin’ the house

Disney’s “Camp Rock the Musical” will be onstage through July 5 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 270 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The theater will be closed July 4.

Audience members will be transported to summer camp at Camp Rock – the ultimate camp for aspiring musicians. 

Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students younger than 18.

Information: 472-4333.

Bandshell bash

The AmeriServ Free Sunday Concert Series continues at Roxbury Bandshell, Franklin Street in the Roxbury section of Johnstown.

The Birdhouse will perform easy listening at 5, and Midnight Graffiti will play classic rock at 6.

Midnight Graffiti includes husband and wife duo Natalie Kurchak on lead vocals and percussion and John Kurchak on guitar, Bernie Kralik on guitar, Andy Heinze on drums and John Penrod on vocals and bass.  

The band covers traditional and nontraditional rock ’n’ roll, blues and country. 

Food and beverages will be provided by Holy Cross National Catholic Church in Moxham.

Proceeds will go to the bandshell’s restoration fund.

Guests are advised to bring lawn chairs for seating.

Jukebox musical

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” will take audiences to the 1958 prom today through Sunday at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Showtimes are 8 tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $35, $29 and $20 for evenings; $25 and $15 for matinees; and $10 and $8 for students.

Information: 629-9201, option one, or

Man-eating plant

“Little Shop of Horrors” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors and students, including fees.

Information: 269-0300 or

Outdoor concerts

Walt Churchey will perform for the 35th Summer Concerts-on-the-Green from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

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Scottsdale Area Concert Band will perform big band, patriotic, marches and show tunes for the series of summer concerts sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce at 7 p.m. Sunday on the bandstand of the Ligonier Diamond.

Guests should bring a lawn chair for seating.

Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

In the event of rain, the performance will be held at the town hall auditorium.

Information: 724-238-4200 or

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Unknown String Band with Aaron and Eli will perform bluegrass and Americana from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park, Indiana, as part of the 2015 Summer Concerts in the Park Series.

Summer reading

Windber Public Library is kicking off its summer reading program with a scholastic book fair continuing today and Saturday at the library at 1909 Graham Ave.

Books will be available for purchase for preschoolers through grade 8, and books for these and higher reading levels also will be available for purchase online at 

The online book fair will run through July 8.         

Books purchased online can be picked up at the library upon notification. 

All purchases will benefit the Windber Public Library.

This year’s summer reading program, “Fizz, Boom, Read,”  will run from Monday through July 26. 

There will be special story times at 10:30 a.m. July 11 and July 25 featuring stories, experiments, crafts and prizes. 

Library hours Saturday through Aug. 30 are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Registration for this free summer reading program is required, and forms are available at the library. 

Information: 467-4950.

Outdoor series

This weekend, two programs will be presented as part of the series of 2014 Summer Outdoor Programs at Stackhouse Park.

“Spring Turkey Clinic” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The National Wild Turkey Federation and National Rifle Association clinic will feature Tom Hindman and Mike Horst as the instructors.

This clinic will focus on scouting and hunting tactics, ethics, safety and calling tips for novice and experienced hunters.

Turkey calls can be brought for a tune-up.

The cost of the clinic is $15 per person and is free for those younger than age 18.

The fee includes the textbooks, materials and lunch.

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“Introduction to Orienteering” will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Jim Wolfe will provide instruction in reading a detailed topographic map, orienting the map with a compass and then using the map and compass to find control flags placed in the woods. 

The focus will be on terrain association, matching the map with the land and having fun exploring the park. 

Instruction will last for about 30 minutes, with 60 to 90 minutes of practice using the newly learned skills.

The Summer Outdoor programs are open to everyone and begin at the fireplace pavilion (Shelter No. 2) at the bottom of Luzerne Path.

Environment to learn

The 2014 Summer Learning and Environmental Program for grades 3-6 will conclude with the class “Sense of Smell” from 1 to 3 p.m. today, meeting at the fireplace pavilion (Shelter No. 2) at the bottom of Luzerne Path.

The cost is free, but the program is limited to 20 students per day.

Each student or group of students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Registration: Email

Fresh food

Produce to People, a free feeding program for low-income residents, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the gymnasium at Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, 445 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

To qualify, a household must earn income within 150 percent of the poverty line, receive Medicare, Social Security or unemployment or be eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.

Participants are asked to bring bags or boxes because they will be given 35 to 45 pounds of fresh produce.

It is free to participate.

Information: 659-2109, 412-460-3663, ext. 727, or

Park programs

“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tours will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. daily through Sept. 28 at Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork.

The one-hour tours begin at the visitor center and travel to the north and south abutments of the South Fork Dam, as well as the clubhouse building. 

 Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

The tour is included with park admission.

Information: 495-4643.

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A Living History Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 10 miles west of Altoona off the Gallitzin exit of Route 22.

The event schedule includes children’s activities and games all day, special guided tours of the Lemon House and stone-cutting, log-hewing, rope-making and farm-to-factory demonstrations.

Soldiers from the Mexican War who served in Company B, 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment, will perform a firing drill at certain points throughout the day.

Admission is $4 per person for ages 16 and older.

Children ages 15 and younger will be admitted free.

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A hike on Staple Bend Tunnel Trail will be guided by park rangers from Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site at 2 p.m. Sunday, meeting at the parking lot at Staple Bend Tunnel Trail Head on Beech Hill Road in Mineral Point

The trail is mostly flat and even, and the hike is approximately five miles round-trip.

Hikers should wear good walking shoes or hiking boots and bring water, a snack and a flashlight.

This free hike will be led rain or shine, and reservations are required.

Daily summer activities will be held through Sept. 28 at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.

Activities will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. at various locations around the Engine House No. 6 exhibit shelter.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see various activities important to the function of the Allegheny Portage Railroad performed according to the practices of the time.

Information: 886-6150 or

Civil War history

“The Civil War in Pennsylvania,” an exhibit created by the Senator John Heinz History Center, will be on display through Aug. 8 at Somerset Historical Center, 10649 Somerset Pike.

The exhibit explores the Civil War from this region’s perspective through four life-like museum figures, artifacts and photographs.

There also will be Civil War-related artifacts from Somerset County soldiers on display, as well as journals, documents and photos.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 11.

Information: 445-6077.

Faith and fun

The annual Faith Day, sponsored by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will be held Sunday at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton.

Mass will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, bishop of the diocese, and concelebrated by diocesan priests at 3 p.m. at the park stage.

Vouchers for discounted all-day ride and slide passes are available through any parish or at Pavilion 2 the day of the event.


Classic musical

“Annie Get Your Gun” will be performed by Bedford County Players at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Gardner Memorial Theater, Old Bedford Village. 

Tickets are $15.

Reservations: 623-7555. 

Book bargains

Children’s books and more than 200 vinyl LPs and 45s, which were donated, will be featured at Inclined to Read Bookstore in the lobby at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Children’s books include board books through young adults.

The store also will be filled with fiction and nonfiction, including art, business, children’s, classics, gardening, health and wellness, history, sports and murder mystery.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Hardback books are $1, children’s books are 50 cents and paperbacks are 25 cents.

Information: 536-5131.

Keeping fit

Yoga and West African dance classes will be held at Bottle Works and the Art Works building of Bottle Works in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

West African dance classes will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and July 8 at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave., and the Art Works building, 413 Third Ave., for a             $10 drop-in fee.

Adult yoga classes will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays this week through July 30 at Bottle Works, for a $10 drop-in fee.

Yoga classes for children will be held at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays this week through July 30 at the Art Works building, for a $5 drop-in fee.

Information: 539-0924.

Stitch in time

Sit and Stitch, a laid-back time of quilting, cross-stitching and knitting, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays through July 25 at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

All are welcome, and admission is free.

Information: 536-5399.

Summer theater

The comic farce “Boeing Boeing” will be presented by St. Vincent Summer Theater through July 5 at the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the college’s Latrobe campus.

Tickets are $19 for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, $22 for Fridays and Saturdays and $16 for matinees. 

Senior citizens are eligible for a $2 discount Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and student tickets are $10.

 Free van shuttle service will be provided.

 Information: 724-537-8900 or

Ceramic art

“A Sense of Peace,” ceramic sculpture by Kevin Turner, will be on display through July 26 at the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Information: 536-5399 or 535-2020.

Indian art

“Face of India: Photography by Donald M. Robinson” will be on display through Aug. 22 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

Information: 269-7234.

Art’s allies

The 2014 members-only summer exhibition of Allied Artists of Johnstown will be on display through July 5 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

This year’s exhibition features 67 works from among 28 artists and includes a wide variety of media from photography to watercolor, acrylic, oil, metal, pastels, pencil and mixed media pieces.

Information: 255-6515.

Art in the family

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

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

Information: 536-5399 or

Glass art

Vintage and antique cameras, microscopes and optical equipment will be on display today through Aug. 30 at Locality Gallery and Workshop, 142 E. Pitt St., downtown Bedford.  

The equipment is from the Leitz Collection & Optical Museum, owned by Bruce Allen of Cessna.  

The collection includes different Leica screw mount cameras made by Leitz, along with historic Leitz microscopes and camera systems for microscopes, cameras, binoculars, rangefinders and magnifying glasses.  

An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. tonight, with music provided by Dave Howsare & Friends.


Art scraps

“Scrap Redefined: Works by Mei Greer and Ronald Nigro” will be on display through Aug. 10 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.

The exhibition celebrates two artists who explore non-traditional subject matter to create evocative, visually interesting works.  

Greer’s photography combines colorful, glistening metal and manufactured parts with repeating patterns, resulting in two-dimensional images having a texture of their own.

Nigro’s sculptural assemblage works are created from a vast assortment of unrelated found objects that involve moving parts.

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

Covering art

A summer echibit of coverlets will be on display through Sept. 12 at the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

The exhibit features the artistry of local coverlet weaver, Henry Overholt, cousin of Henry Clay Frick and business partner of Andrew Carnegie, and other weavers.

This exhibit will feature coverlets and other items from the McCarl collections, the collection of West Overton Village, the collection of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and from the private collection of the Voggenthaler family.

The exhibit is a joint effort of the McCarl Coverlet Gallery and West Overton Village, and different pieces can be viewed at each site.

Gallery hours are from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.  

West Overton Village is open from noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through to Sundays.

Additional hours are available at both locations by appointment.

Information: 724-805-2569 or

Greek art

“From the Aegean to Altoona: Peter Calaboyias” will be on display through Aug. 9 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 Eleventh Ave., downtown Altoona.

The exhibition features more than 50 works, including the artist’s popular aluminum and bronze sculptures, as well as a number of paintings and prints.

Calaboyias belongs to a dynamic group of American artists of Greek background who are able to blend their Hellenic past with a creative, contemporary and forceful style.

The artist derives much of his imagery from his Greek background, with ancient armor, stories from mythology and other Greek themes as a backdrop.

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

Information: 946-4464 or

Animal art

“Rachel DiAndrea: Dog and Pony Show” will be on display through Aug. 2 in the George A. and Herbert T. Wolf Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona in the Brett Building at 1210 Eleventh Ave.

The exhibition will feature 40 pet portraits in pastel, graphite and watercolor.

DiAndrea, an Altoona resident, is an award-winning local artist who is renowned for her ability to capture the unique personality of her furry subjects.

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

Information: 946-4464 or

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