The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 15, 2013

Events | Fairy-tale finery


“All Shook Up” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday at Conemaugh Township Area High School, 300 W. Campus Ave., Davidsville.

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

For tonight’s 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 tonight and Saturday at Northern Bedford High School, 152 NBC Drive, Loysburg.

Tickets are $8 at the door.

Information: 766-2221.

Student art

An exhibit of student artwork will be on display through April 12 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Students in grades 8-12 from Greater Johnstown, North Star, Forest Hills, Bishop McCort Catholic, Windber Area, Richland, Westmont Hilltop and United school districts have been encouraged to submit one art piece for the exhibit.

An opening reception for artists and the public will be held from 7 to 9 tonight.  

An awards ceremony for participating student artists and their families will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 12, with cash awards and certificates.  

Information: 536-5399.

Wearin’ of the green

The documentary “Irish Stories & Glories” will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday at Rockwood Opera House, 450 Main St., Rockwood.

Sandy Mortimer, who created the film, will narrate the exploration of seldom-seen sites of Ireland, its rich history and present-day residents.

An Irish dinner will be catered by Chuckwagon Restaurant.

The cost is $25 per person.

Information: 443-2433 or 926-4546.

A St. Patrick’s Day Dance hosted by Portage Rotary will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Royal Ballroom.

Doors will open at 6:30, and music will be provided by PT Cruiser.

The donation is $20 per person, and food and beverages will be provided.

Information: 736-3447 or  241-9663.

Women’s history

The Johnstown Branch of American Association of University Women will hold a free showing of “The Invisible War” to celebrate Women’s History Month at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Richland Township.  

The film, which is about military sexual assault, received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

It was listed as the 10th movie and only documentary on Time magazine’s top 100 movies of 2012.  

Dancing demo

Laurel Mountain Square and Round Dance Federation will hold a demonstration Saturday at The Galleria, Richland Township.

The group will collect food and supplies for local pantries.

Historical program

“The African American Struggle Through Song & Dance” will be presented by Christ Centered Community Church’s youth group, Threads of Praise, at  3 p.m. Saturday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The program will feature 400 years of African-American history through song, dance and drumming, with narration.

The music director is Brandon King.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5399.

Photo trivia

A history trivia contest and photo presentation will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kimball Conference Center, 217 W. High St., Ebensburg.

Lisa Cacicia will present her favorite photographs and postcards from her website Vintage Johnstown, and the trivia contest will use photographs from around Cambria County.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

The evening wraps up the Winter History Talks season for the Cambria County Historical Society.

A Town-To-Town Tour featuring a bus trip to historic sites in northern Cambria County will be held in May.

Doll party

The story of American Girls Doll Kirsten: Life on the Frontier, 1854, will be presented from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the children’s department on the second floor at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Participants will celebrate pioneer life with Kirsten and her family as they travel from Sweden to America, create a yarn doll from scratch and enjoy a  Swedish rice dessert and homemade lemonade.

The last American Girls storytime session open to children in grades 1-6 will be held April 17.

Interested participants may register at the children’s department.

Information: 536-5131, or email

Art affair

An Art Party will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Laurel Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

Participants will make wool flowers under the direction of Nan Loncharich, who recycles and creates wool flower creations from wool found at the local thrift shop.

The cost is $16 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration: 443-2433.

Poetry reading

George Bilgere will be the featured poet at the annual Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Reading at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the Pitt-Johnstown campus, Richland Township.

He is the author of five books of poetry, which have been awarded numerous distinctions and has received honors from the Pushcart Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation.  

Bilgere was a featured guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and his poetry is frequently celebrated on National Public Radio’s popular program “The Writer’s Almanac.”

The event is presented by the university’s humanities division and is free of charge and open to the public.  

A book signing will follow.

Peanut(s) gallery

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be presented by Mount Aloysius College Theater Department at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday 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.

These lunch hour classes will focus on core exercises, stability work and arms and legs toning and finish with deep stretching and relaxation.

Circuit training classes, which will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 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 the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight health and wellness books as well as a large selection of books for children during March at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

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

Performance venue

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

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for an acoustic open mic night, which will be held from 7 to  11 tonight.

Tickets are $5 or $3 for VOMA VIPs.

Information: 410-2245.

Pet protection

A rabies clinic sponsored by East Wheatfield Sportsmen will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Armagh Fire Hall, 12095 Route 56 East, Armagh.

The cost is $10 per shot, and Indiana County dog licenses will be available.

Information: 446-6039 or 446-6520.

Historical mail

“Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps” will be on display 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.

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

Information: 255-6515.

Poster display

“Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939-1949” will be on display through March 31 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibition of iconic Hollywood film posters is on loan from Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion Museum.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Tickets are $8 for adults,  $7 for seniors and $6 for students. JAHA members will be admitted free.

Information: 539-1889.

Resident art

“We Are All in This Together,” an exhibition by resident artists, will be on display through April 6 at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibition will showcase a variety of pieces by artists-in-residence Holly Lees, professional photographer; Thomasa Pridgen of Thomasa Studio; Justin Guffrie of Guffrie Guitars; and Travis and Todd Stiffler, a father–son team delving in restoration and painting.

Information: 535-2020 or

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 Johns-town 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 art

“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.


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