The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 12, 2013

Russell House in Moxham is all decked out for Christmas


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

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.


Holiday showcase

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.

Information: 255-6515.

Family movies

“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.

Reading curve

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

Ski party

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.

Reservations: 255-2918.

Photo art

“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.

Information: 536-5399.

Teens read

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.

Information: 266-5610

Performance venue

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

Book bargains

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.

Information: 536-5131.

Keeping fit

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 for children’s yoga.

Comfortable art

“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 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or visit

Regional art

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

Christmas art

“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

Whimsical art

“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


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