BY RUTH RICE
Christmas at Russell House 2013 will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Moxham Renaissance Community Center, 538 Park Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.
This year’s theme, “In the Beginning,” will depict significant events of the Old Testament leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ.
There also will be visits with Santa, a train display, sleigh rides through Moxham, children’s crafts, live music and a marketplace featuring handcrafted items.
Two area churches are presenting live nativities to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
A drive-through Nativity will be held from 6 to 8 tonight and Saturday at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave., Windber.
Visitors are advised to enter through the Stockholm Avenue entrance of the parking lot, drive past the Nativity, park in the rear lot, come inside for cookies and punch, then exit by the Veil Avenue exit.
The fourth annual drive-through live Nativity will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Westmont United Methodist Church, 1428 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
Carolers will give out free cookies, and visitors are welcome to come back to walk through the displays or sing with the carolers after cars exit the church parking lot.
A light supper will be provided for participants at 5.
“Joyful Holiday Celebration” will be presented by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, its chorus and Le Dance Academie of Salix at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Tickets are $42 and $37.
Information: 269-7200, 535-6738 or www.johnstownsymphony.org.
The annual Christmas Nativity Display will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church hall, 500 N. Julian St., Ebensburg.
More than 100 nativities will be on display.
Light refreshments will be provided, and a children’s play area will be available.
There will be a door-prize raffle for a Nativity.
Admission is free.
“Christmas Brasstacular” will be presented by River City Brass Band at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Tickets are $26, $24 and $22.
Information: 269-7200 or www.upjarts.org.
A Yuletide Festival will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Richland High School, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.
The festival will feature members of the high school’s performing arts, music, English and drama departments presenting a medieval and renaissance festival in the grand hall and theater.
A concert at 3 in the performing arts center will spotlight the high school’s concert choir, orchestra and band.
Refreshments will be available.
Admission is $9.
Information: 269-0300 or www.richlandpac.com.
A free holiday concert featuring Windber Area High School band, chorus and strings will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.
Tickets will be available at the theater’s box office only, and guests may take as many as they wish.
A Holiday Gift Make ’n’ Take Workshop for ages 3 to 12 will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johns-town.
The program will feature easy holiday-themed crafts that can be taken home as special gifts for friends and family.
Those who wish to participate may drop in any time between the stated hours.
All supplies and gift bags will be provided at no cost to participants on a first come, first-served basis.
The workshop is free, and no registration is required.
The third annual Coffeehouse Christmas by Sounds of the Season will be presented at 7 tonight at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Doors will open at 6.
Richland students performing are Lindsey Bost, Kaela Cardarella, Lindsey Dona, Hayley Lengenfelder, Evan Penrod and Shawn Roth.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Christian Home of Johnstown Inc.
Tickets are $5 per person or $12 for a group of four and will be available at the door.
The cantata “Rejoice in His Coming” by Susan Naylor Callaway will be presented by the church choir at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Somerset Ave., Windber.
The presentation will feature songs, drama and narration.
The seventh annual Rhythms of Christmas, a pageant of dance, instrumental music and theater, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday at Somerset Area High School, 645 S. Columbia Ave.
In addition to children, the show will feature several adult dance groups and Somerset County Community Band.
The show is free and open to the public, and donations will be collected for the Dorothy Dressler Scholarship Fund.
The Christmas classic “The Homecoming” will be performed by the Bedford County Players at 8 tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Gardner Memorial Theater in Old Bedford Village.
The play is based on the book by Earl Hamner Jr., which was the basis for the television show “The Waltons.”
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger.
“ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 21 and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 22 at Baker Mansion, Altoona.
The cost is $8 per person or $6 for groups of 15 or more.
The Pennsylvania Consort will celebrate its 26th consecutive presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St.
The presentation will be anchored by the 50-plus volunteer choir from Bedford, Blair and Huntingdon counties.
Tickets, which are $9 for adults and $4.50 for students through high school, will be available at the door one hour before the concert.
Information: 733-2301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Caring for Kids benefit basket party and concert will be held Saturday at Turner Hall, 632 Railroad St., downtown Johnstown.
The basket party, which will have as many as 100 baskets, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., and a concert featuring six area bands begins at 8.
Proceeds will benefit the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, which allows children to be treated regardless of ability to pay.
Tickets are $5 for each event and will be available at the door.
The Christmas Town Railroad Display will be puffing away through Jan. 1 at Arbutus Park Retirement Community, 207 Ottawa St., Richland Township.
The train schedule is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday; 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 21 and 23; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 25; 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 27; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 29; and 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 1.
Festival of the Trees
The eighth annual Festival of the Trees for Jackson Township will be on display through Jan. 7 at Veterans Park, 200 Adams Ave., Vinco.
A Festival of the Trees will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 29 at Windber Area Museum, 601 15th St., Windber.
Admission is a donation to the museum.
The 17th annual Holiday Lights on the Lake will be open nightly from 6 to 10 through Jan. 5 at Lakemont Park, 700 Park Ave., Altoona.
The 51-acre display is filled with holiday lights and animations and can be seen as visitors drive through.
Guests also can stop at Santa’s Village, which includes a gift shop, refreshments and model train displays by the Alto Model Train Museum.
Children can visit with Santa and get their picture taken every night through Dec. 23.
Admission is $10 per car, $20 per commercial van, $25 per school bus and $75 per motorcoach.
Unlimited visitor passes are available for $34.95.
Information: 800-434-8006 or www.lakemontparkfun.com.
Overly’s Country Christmas will be open through Jan. 1 at Westmoreland Fairgrounds, 116 Blue Ribbon Lane, Greensburg.
Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. today through Thursday, then 5:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5:30 to 9 p.m. weekdays.
After walking through the light displays, guests can visit the Christmas Village.
Admission is $12 per car Mondays through Thursdays, $15 per car Fridays through Sundays and $20 per commercial vehicles and vans, limousines and recreational vehicles.
The 43rd annual Holly Bazaar will showcase holiday crafts through Dec. 24 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
The 11th annual Basket Bonanza will feature 90 baskets, with tickets available for $5.
The annual book sale will include new and used books.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Admission is free.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” will be shown at 6 Tuesday for the Family Movie Night series in the children’s Department Storytime Theater at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
Children are invited to dress in pajamas and bring a favorite pillow, blanket or stuffed animal with them.
Admission is free.
Information: 536-5131, ext. 205.
Cory Benjamin Geishauser of Altoona, who portrayed Steamer, the sports mascot for the Altoona Curve for nearly 10 seasons, will sign copies of his children’s book, “Mascot With the Ascot,” from 7 to 9 tonight at Books-A-Million at The Galleria, Richland Township.
Geishauser will sign copies of his book and conduct a storytime, complete with drawings and activities.
He is planning to write and illustrate more books about sports mascots and other comical characters.
Information: 266-5107 or www.corbengeis.com.
The annual Christmas Social of Greater Johnstown Ski Club will be held at 7:30 tonight at Anthony’s, 735 Scalp Ave., Richland.
There will be food, door prizes and a cash bar.
The cost is free for members and $15 for guests.
“Adam’s Ambiguous Designs” by photographer Adam Hinderliter will be on display Saturday through Jan. 9 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Hinderliter studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has been an avid photographer since 2000.
His passion is nature, but cityscapes have been his focus in the past few years – not only elegant buildings, but the urban decay of graffiti and rusting bridge supports.
Hinderliter prints his pieces on archival paper and has the capability of printing each photograph on metal.
Every photograph is a limited edition, and all photographs are numbered and signed by the artist.
The Teen Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.
Teens will discuss “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green.
Participation is free and snacks are offered.
The library provides copies of the book to read on loan, and a valid library card is required to borrow one.
Registration is preferred, but not required, and new members are welcome.
Music will be on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Aqueous with special guest Glenn Henry will perform from 7 to 11 tonight.
The group combines funk, groove and rock.
Tickets are $10 in advance online and $12 at the door.
An evening of Christmas music with guitarist George Byich will be presented from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Refreshments will be served.
Information: 410-2245 or www.thevoma.com.
Holiday, religious, children’s and coffee-table books will be featured at Inclined to Read Bookstore at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
The store also will be filled with fiction and nonfiction, including art, biography, cookbooks, gardening, health and well-being, self-help, history, literature, sports, murder mystery and suspense.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
The store will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Coffee-table books are $3, hardback books are $1, children’s books are 50 cents and paperbacks are 25 cents.
Yoga and belly dancing classes are held at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A yoga class taught by Judy Hunter will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays.
Two yoga classes taught by Adriann White will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
The cost for either yoga class is $10 per class or $7 per class with the package.
A belly dancing class taught by White will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
Classes are $25 a month.
A children’s yoga class for ages 3-8 will be taught by Kristen Panek at Art Works in Johns-town! 413 Third Ave., at the same time as an adult class is held at 5:45 at Bottle Works.
The cost is $5 per class.
Information: 536-5399 or www.yogabykristen.com for children’s yoga.
“Comfort Zones: Pennsylvania and the ‘Foreign’ Landscape” will be on display through Jan. 25 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
Hours are 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 472-3920 or visit www.sama-art.org.
Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts 18th annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition is on display through Feb. 9 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.
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 visit www.sama-art.org.
“Christmas in America,” a holiday exhibit allowing visitors to experience the history and traditions of Christmas in the 19th century, will be on display through Jan. 10 at the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery on the first floor of the Fred M. Rogers Center, St. Vincent College, Latrobe.
Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
The gallery will be closed Dec. 24-26, and private tours during all other times are available by appointment.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Information: 724-805-2569 or www.mccarlgallery.org.
“Wonderful Whimsy IV,” a mixed-media exhibition, will be on display through Jan. 7 at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Information: 535-2020 or www.artworksinjohnstown.org.