BY RUTH RICE
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.
The grounds will be closed Monday and Dec. 9.
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 eighth annual Light Up Night for Jackson Township will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Park, 200 Adams Ave., Vinco.
The Festival of the Trees, which features 20 entries, will be on display through Jan. 7.
After the tree lighting, there will be Christmas caroling, refreshments and a visit from Santa.
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.
A Toys for Tots event will be held Dec. 6, with admission of $5 and the donation of a new, unwrapped toy.
Regular 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.
The first bout of the Johnstown Roller Girls women’s roller derby league will be held Saturday at Windber Community Center, 1605 Graham Ave.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a bout between the Highland Heartbreakers and the Coal Miners Slaughter at 7.
Live music will be provided by the band Inside Out.
Admission is $5 at the door, with children younger than 12 admitted free.
Young rootsgrass band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys will perform Thursday at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in Cambria City.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., with opening act The Pilgrimage at 6:45 and Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys at 8.
The Flatbellys’ music is based on bluegrass traditions and swing jazz and is known for distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise and creative arrangements.
Guests may bring their own snacks and beverages.
Tickets are $10 for Art Works’ members and $12 for the public.
“The Art of Holiday Shopping” will be held Saturday at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A children’s time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature holiday crafts.
An adult reception from 2 to 6 p.m. will have a cocktail party atmosphere with appetizers, adult beverages and live entertainment.
Guests will browse a variety of handcrafted gifts.
Admission is free, and children’s crafts are $5 per craft.
Information: 535-2020 or www.artworksinjohnstown.org.
The 43rd annual Holly Bazaar will showcase holiday crafts through Dec. 24 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
Children’s author Judy Weaver will be available for autographs and woodcrafter John Sinosky will give demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
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.
The Christmas Town Railroad Display will be puffing away Saturday 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. Wednesday; 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12; 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15; 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 17, 19, 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.
Children can have cookies with Mrs. Claus and shop at the Christmas Craft Shoppe from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Laurel Arts’ Dressler Center, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.
Children can write a letter to Santa and mail it in the special mailbox to the North Pole and do Christmas shopping of their own.
Gifts will be $5 and under, and there will be free gift wrapping.
Santa will arrive in Ligonier by horse and sleigh at 6:30 tonight.
After Santa flips the switch to light up the Diamond, he will be checking his list and greeting children in the community room of town hall.
Sleigh rides will be available in front of town hall following the lighting of the Diamond.
Free vintage Christmas short features and cartoons will be shown in town hall auditorium.
Light Up Weekend will be held today and Saturday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
There will be children’s activities, caroling, holiday movies, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, music and fireworks.
Information: 800-452-2223 or www.7springs.com.
Beat goes on
A drum circle will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Those interested in joining the circle do not need experience in music to participate.
Facilitator Rachel Allen is trained in West African, Middle Eastern and many other cultural traditions.
The cost is $5 per person.
The Tales with Tails Reading Program with AKC Canine Good Citizen Dogs will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
Each child or family will be assigned an individual 15-minute time increment when registering.
Tales with Tails is a literacy initiative that encourages children of all abilities to read stories to dogs who love to listen.
All dogs involved in this program have passed AKC Canine Good Citizen certification and remain with handlers through the program’s length.
The goal of this program is to promote and foster reading skills of school-age children by providing a friendly and encouraging educational atmosphere.
Sign-ups are being held in the children’s department and are required for participation in this program.
Information: 536-5131, ext. 205, or email email@example.com.
“A Walk Through World War II,” a living history presentation, will be presented by Jerry Bellak and Kirk Shorts at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cochran Auditorium at Greater Johnstown High School, 222 Central Ave.
The event is sponsored by the school district and Greater Johnstown School District Alumni Association.
Admission is free.
Music will be on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The Blues Gathering with Scott Jeffreys will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Doors open at 7:30.
Admission is $7 at the door or $5 VIP.
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.
Santa’s elves will visit from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, with books for each child.
Baked goods from the Batter Bake Shop also will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.
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.
Let it snow
Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort will open for skiing and snowboarding this weekend.
The two resorts will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday.
Hours beyond Sunday will be available later this week.
Seven Springs will offer at least eight slopes and trails and the Santa’s Beard and Arctic Blast terrain parks, all serviced by two to three chairlifts and one surface lift.
Ski and snowboard tickets will be $51 per adult and $48 per child ages 6-11.
Skiers and snowboarders at Hidden Valley will have six to eight slopes and trails and one terrain park, serviced by two to three chairlifts and one to two surface lifts.
Hidden Valley ski and snowboard tickets will be $28 per adult and $25 per child ages 6-11.
Tickets and midweek season passes will be valid from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at both resorts this weekend.
Information: www.7springs.com or www.hiddenvalleyresort.com.
A Harvest Festival will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Johnstown Children’s Museum, Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
This drop-in event will include a variety of children’s activities with Thanksgiving and harvest season themes.
The cost is free to JAHA members or with admission.
“Evolutionary History and Taxonomy of Louseworts Plants: What’s in a Name?” will be presented by Bruce Robart, associate professor of biology at Pitt-Johnstown, at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 in Room 138 Blackington Hall on the Pitt-Johnstown campus, Richland Township.
The newly established Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Lecture Series is sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Resource Center and is free and open to the public.
Information: 269-7293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Francis University World Drumming Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at the JFK Auditorium on the Loretto campus.
The concert will feature special guest Sogbety Diomande from Ivory Coast, West Africa, who will perform stilt dancing and masked dancing.
The ensemble is a performance group directed by Jim Donovan and comprised of students, faculty, staff and members of the local community whose musical repertory is comprised of high-energy traditional drumming songs from all over the globe.
The event is free and open to the public.
“Likenesses and Loved Ones: Silhouettes, Miniature Portraits and Cased Photographs” will be presented at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
Reservations should be received by Monday.
The lecture is part of the new series “Conversations with the Curator: A Lecture-and-Lunch Series for Art Lovers and Collectors.”
The program will include a 45-minute talk by curator for visual arts, Scott Dimond, and an informal Q&A period.
The cost is $25, which includes a box lunch.
Yoga and belly dancing classes will be 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 next door at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave., at the same time 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.
“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.
The 81st annual Allied Artists of Johnstown Juried Exhibition will be on display through Dec. 13 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Information: 421-1523 or www.johnstownart.com.
“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.
The exhibition features around 60 paintings, prints and photographs from the museum’s permanent collection.
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 will be on display through Feb. 9 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.
The exhibition features 71 works by 71 individual artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania, spanning a variety of media.
This will be the 10th consecutive year the Ligonier museum has hosted the exhibition.
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 to 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.