The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 17, 2013

Events | Whitewater bash


— Benscreek Canoe Club’s Stonycreek Rendezvous will be held today through Sunday on the Stonycreek River and Greenhouse Park, Route 403, Tire Hill.

New beginners events will include a basic paddle from Greenhouse Park to the Point beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and tube floats from noon to  4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The basic paddle is $50 and the tube float is $15.

Admission to the park is $10, and camping is $15.

Information: 243-3286, or

Terrific tribute

Juke Box Heroes will perform at 7:30 tonight at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets are $28, $31 and $35.

Information: 269-7200, 800-846-2787 or

Musical magic

“Way off Broadway” will be presented by Richland students in grades seven through 12 at  7 p.m. Sunday at Richland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Richland High School.

The musical tribute to Broadway’s greatest shows will feature selections from “Sweeney Todd,” “A Little Night Music,” “Song and Dance,” “Miss Saigon,” “Next to Normal,” “Little Shop of Horrors,”  “Wicked,”  “Jekyll & Hyde The Musical,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and  “Les Miserables.”

The production is produced by Kim Rauch, Scott D. Miller and Jacob St. Clair and student directed by Eden Mullins.

Richland alumni from all musical productions beginning in 1977 will perform in a finale.

Proceeds will benefit Richland Theater Boosters.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Information: 269-0300 or

Singing showcase

The fourth annual Showcase of the Stars will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Students from 10 area high schools will perform snippets of their musicals from their 2012-2013 season.

Information: 269-7200, 800-846-2787 or

Friday concert

Acoustic duo Crew of the Half Moon will perform at 6 tonight for Bonus Friday at the Ethnic Social Club on the fourth floor of the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The up-and-coming Johnstown band creates music by swapping around the guitar, harmonica, piano, bass guitar, mandolin and lap steel, and they are on the bill for the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival.

Doors open at 5:30, and there is no cover charge.

If weather permits, the concert will be held outside in the courtyard.

Information: 539-1889.

Comic bard

Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company will present “Spamlet” at 7:30 tonight at Boulevard Grill, 165 Southmont Blvd., Johnstown.

The original three-act comedy was written by company member Doug Meagher and is based on Shakespeare’s classic “Hamlet.”

There is some adult humor in the show, which may not be appropriate for children.

A light buffet will be served at 6:30.

Admission is $15, including the buffet and soft drinks, and a cash bar will be available.

Information: 539-5344 or

Worthy causes

Talent4Ta-Tas Talent Show will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at John Bracken Hall, Conemaugh Township fire hall, 1942 Kring St., Tire Hill.

The event will feature a catered dinner at 4:45, silent auction and talent show featuring local musicians, vocalists and comedians at 6.

Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, raising awareness and funds for breast cancer.

Tickets are $20.

Information: 659-0383 or email

A flag football tournament to support the Wounded Warrior Project will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Scalp Level Trinity United Methodist Church, 751 Horn Road, Windber.

The cost is $100 per team, but spectators may watch at no cost.


The first Maxwell Transportation Muddy Bloody Run will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Tenley Park, Everett.                                                                                                             

The run is a three-mile obstacle course, and participants can choose between the course or the walking path.

Registration is $30.

Proceeds from the race will be split between the Everett HS/MS Renaissance Foundation and the Tenley Park Recreation Board.


Story times

The children’s department of Cambria County Library will hold a drop-in storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday at Books-A-Million at The Galleria, Richland Township.

The event will feature stories, fingerplays, action rhymes and other discovery activities.

The program is free, and a percentage of Saturday’s book sales will be donated to the library.

Weekly Storytime Sessions will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Following storytime, children are invited to play and socialize in the library’s preschool discovery den playroom.

Drop-in storytime programs are free and will feature stories, songs, fingerplays and other early literacy development activities.

No registration is required, but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Information: 536-5131 or

Young musicians

Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Westmont Hilltop High School, 200 Fair Oaks Drive, Westmont.

The program will feature “Bacchanale” from “Samson and Delilah” by Saint-Saens, “A Trumpeter’s Lullaby” by Anderson, “Symphony No. 4, Fourth Movement” by Schumann, “Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 First Movement” by Beethoven and melodies from “Les Miserables” and “Titanic.”

Patrick Illig, 17, a junior at Cambria Heights High School, will be featured as a bassoon soloist in “Concert Piece for Bassoon and Strings” by Phillips.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Information: 535-6738 or

Sci-fi convention

Sci-Fi Valley Con Part II, a science-fiction, fantasy and pop-horror convention, will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Jaffa Shrine, 2200 Broad Ave., Altoona.

Local resident Sally Fink will host a slide show of her costuming career and a talk on the fantasy novels she has written from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

She will sell and sign copies of the first two published books in her fantasy series.

A one-day pass is $10 for adults and $5 for children, two-day pass for Saturday and Sunday is $15 for adults and $10 for children and a three-day pass is $20 for adults and $15 for children.

Children younger than age 5 will be admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased online via PayPal.


No-tech farm

“Click, Clack, Moo” will be presented by Theatreworks USA at 10 a.m. and noon today and Saturday at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jenners-town.

It tells the story of Jenny, who visits her grandfather, Farmer Brown, whose animals go on strike after he declares his farm is a tech-free zone.

Tickets are $8 per person.

Information: 629-9201, option 1 or

Great outdoors

A free Outdoors and Sportsmen’s Expo hosted by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria/Somerset will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Young Peoples Community Center, 300 Prave St., Ebensburg.

Typical sportsmen activities will be featured as well as information and displays for other outdoor activities, including hiking, bicycling, motorsports, swimming, camping and tourism.

There will be local and state officials from the state Fish and Boat Commission and Game Commission and outdoor vendors and organizations dedicated to the outdoors and sportsmen’s activities in attendance.

Burns and his staff also will be on hand to provide information on state services and answer questions.

 Food will be available, and door prizes will be awarded.

Information: 536-8400.

Spring planting

Penn State Master Gardeners in Cambria County will hold its annual plant showcase from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room at 499 Manor Drive, Ebensburg.

A selection of perennials, bulbs, herbs, grasses, ground covers and annuals will be available for a modest donation.  

Donations will be used to fund educational programs presented by the local master gardeners throughout the year.

Master gardeners will discuss growing hostas, new plants for 2013, starting your own seeds, care of perennials and butterfly gardening.

Used, clean, plastic pots, six inches or larger, will be collected to reuse in next year’s plant showcase.

Spring songs

“Our Faith, Our Heritage, Our Song” will be presented by Greater Johnstown Community Chorus at 7 tonight at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Westmont, and at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Richland Township.  

This spring concert will feature music of various religious and folk backgrounds, such as the Canadian “Song for the Mira,” the Irish “Riversong” and Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs.”  

The choir is under the direction of Mari Grace Lingenfelter and Christopher McAllister, with Jeff Hornick as accompanist.  

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance from a choir member and also at the door.

Sunday concert

The Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh will perform in a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 202 W. Union St., Somerset.

The ensemble features Peggy Greb on flute, Laura Gershman on oboe, Alex Jones on clarinet, Steven Ehrin on bassoon and Barbara Folb on horn.  

Their program will include music featuring various combinations of the five instruments, and together they will perform “Peter and the Wolf” by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, which will be narrated by St. Paul’s director of music, Bryan Lohr.    

After the program, a reception will be held.

Old times

The 2013 Antiques at Georgian Place will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and      11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Georgian Place, Somerset.

There will be more than 50 antique and vintage collectible dealers in the indoor and covered outdoor show.

Admission is free.

Information: 443-1244 or

Fairy tale

“Sleeping Beauty” will be presented as part of the Coal-ala Bear children’s series at 2 p.m. Sunday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets are $6.

Information: 467-9070.


The annual public photography exhibit of Greater Johns-town Camera Club will be on display today through Sunday at The Galleria, Richland Township.

Categories include scenic, floral, people, general and digital art, plus a new category for black-and-white photography.

In shape

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

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

A yoga class will be held at 5:45 p.m. Monday.

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

Registration: 536-5399.

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight paperback books during May at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

There also will be CDs, DVDs, cassettes and VHS tapes.

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

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

Information: 536-5131.

Dance benefit

The sixth Dance for a Cure to benefit Pennsylvania Cystic Fibrosis Inc. will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Bedford Moose, 123 S. Richard St., Bedford.

Doors will open at 6, with DJ Jim Miller starting at 7.  

There will be door prizes and raffle items, and sandwiches and refreshments will be served.

The cost is $7 per person or $30 for a family of five or more.

Information: 401-1038, 494-6717 or 494-5682.

Performance venue

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

Acoustic open mic hosted by Adam and Micah from Striped Maple Hollow will be held from 6:30 to 10 tonight.

Special guest will be Adam Mundok.

Admission is $3 or $2 VIPs.

A Pop Punk Show featuring Saving Elizabeth from Berlin and Aim Your Arrows from Detroit, Mich., will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-2245.

Consort concert

Pennsylvania Consort will present pianist Clipper Erickson in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford.  

Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door for adults and $4 for students through high school.

Information:733-2301 or email

History lesson

A program on the Springs Museum will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Folk Meeting House, 1711 Springs Road, Springs.

Museum curator Richard Yoder will present a program about some of his favorite displays, including local violin makers and a corner cupboard used to hide slaves as part of the Underground Railroad.

The museum will open for the season on May 25.

Admission to the program is free.

Information: 442-4594 or  

Hope floats

The fifth annual Float for Charity canoe and kayak event will be held Saturday with boaters paddling 10 miles down the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River from Tatesville to Hopewell.

Registration will start at 8 a.m. at the Joe Richey Bridge just north of Everett on Route 26, and launch time will be at noon.

T-shirts, live music, barbecue grill, bus transportation and free camping will be provided, and the event will be held rain or shine.

Proceeds will benefit the Diabetes Research Institute.

Information: 652-6563, 766-2802,

All aboard

Steam excursions through the Gallitzin Tunnels will be held Saturday and Sunday and May 25-27.

The train trips are sponsored by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

Food, refreshments and souvenirs will be available.

Information: 886-8871 or

Art muse

“Following the Muse – A Life of Art” by West End native Mari-Claire Charba will be on display through May 25 at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.

Art Bites, a lunch and gallery lecture with the artist, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Charba, who also is an actress, will present an overview of creative communities in America, detailing the different eras and genres of modern theater.

Admission is $10 per person, and reservations are required by today.

Information: 535-2020 or



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