“Breathe for Dakota,” a basket party to benefit Dakota Boring’s double lung transplant fund, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Richland Volunteer Fire Hall, 1321 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.
Tickets are $8, which includes a light lunch and 25 chances. Additional chances are available for $5, and tickets will be available at the door.
Information: 525-0021, 525-0547 or 539-6149.
The fourth annual Empty Bowls Dinner, sponsored by the Key Club at Greater Johnstown High School, will be held from 6 to 9 tonight in the high school cafeteria, 222 Central Ave., Johnstown.
Guests will receive a simple meal of soup and bread in handcrafted ceramic bowls they can take home.
Equal shares of the proceeds will benefit the Women’s Help Center, St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.
Mother Goose Day will be celebrated from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
The storytime program is free and open to all children and families, and will feature Mother Goose rhymes, books, crafts and related activities.
Registration is required and may be done in-person at the library or on the telephone.
Weekly storytime sessions will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday and May 16, 23 and 30 in the children’s department.
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 www.cclsys.org.
A craft and vendor show hosted by the Prayer Shawl Ministry will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 605 Graham Ave., Windber.
There will be several local crafters and home party vendors, light refreshments and a Chinese auction with prizes donated from vendors.
Admission is free.
Free Comic Book Day will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Bent Wookee Comix, 127 Fairfield Ave. in the West End section of Johnstown.
Comic books will be given away free while supplies last.
Johnstown’s Spiderman will appear from 3 to 5, and there will be zombie and super hero face painting from noon to 5.
Information: 539-0085 or bentwookeecomix.blogspot.com.
Trivia Night will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ethnic Social Club on the fourth floor of Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The bar opens at 7, and the games begin at 7:30, with five rounds of themed trivia, including a Johnstown round.
The annual public photography exhibit of Greater Johnstown Camera Club will be on display Monday through May 19 at The Galleria, Richland Township.
Entries will be accepted from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and will be evaluated by nonclub judges.
Categories open to amateur photographers include scenic, floral, people, general and digital art, plus a new category for black-and-white photography.
There is a separate category for professional photographers.
A new best of show award will honor John D. Hesselbein, who founded the club in 1938.
A May Masquerade Ball and Benefit will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
There will be a steampunk-themed gallery show upstairs and an electronic music DJ rave downstairs.
Basic eye masks will be provided.
Part of the proceeds will benefit Dylan’s Heart Fund, which helps infants and young children with medical conditions.
There will be free finger foods and wine while supplies last.
General admission is $15, or $12 for VOMA VIP.
Girl Scout Troop 46587 will host a Classic Car Cruise-In from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Geistown Fire Hall.
This is the troop’s Take Action Project, and will benefit the United Way Day of Action project.
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.
Yoga classes will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays through May 20.
The cost for the four-week belly dancing session is $25, and drop-ins for either class are $8 per class.
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 is a murder-mystery suspense room.
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.
Music is on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
An evening of classic country with Bill Venet Sr. will be held from 7:30 to 10 tonight.
Doors open at 7, and tickets are $5 at the door.
A spring cookie tour will be held Saturday at various area businesses and organizations.
This event is a joint project of Venue of Merging Arts, Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Johnstown Area Heritage Association.
A free cookie will be available at each participating location.
Stops in Cambria City include Art Works in Johnstown, Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, Venue of Merging Arts, B&L Wine Cellars, Heritage Discovery Center and the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Downtown locations are Blaine Boring Chocolates, George’s Song Shop, Shear Magic, The Vault Spa and A&A Closet.
Brownstown and Westmont sites are Riek’s Country Store, the Inclined Plane, Sorella Sorella and Clark’s Corner Store.
A downloadable map will be available at jaha.org, and copies will be at the participating sites.
“Music Tours: A Geographic Perspective” will be presented as part of the Pitt-Johnstown Public Matters series at 2 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Ola Johansson, associate professor of geography at Pitt-Johnstown, will discuss the geography of touring by musicians across the United States, explaining how artists schedule tours and why they perform in some places but not others.
He also will talk about how he became interested in music and the connections between geography and music.
Admission is free.
Takes the cake
“Cake Decorating for Beginners: Learn to Make Fondant Roses” will be presented at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the 55-Plus Classic Corner at Cambria County Library 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
The free workshop is being done by Kevin Bean, activities director for The Atrium.
Reservations: 536-5131, ext. 211.
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.
Bright Beginnings Preschool will hold a bike-a-thon, bake sale and basket raffle fundraiser at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ebensburg campus of Beginnings Inc., 405 S. West St., near the Ghost Town Trail.
Bike riders ages 2-5 will navigate the racetrack and earn money to supplement programming for Bright Beginnings Preschool and Parent and Child Together activities by collecting pledges from family and friends and completing laps at the specially designed race course.
Each racer can ride at his or her own pace for the 15-minute endurance race.
Riders will receive safety coloring books and reflective stickers, and local police will perform bike inspections.
A basket raffle and bake sale will be held at the preschool following the completion of the race.
Under the sea
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will be presented as part of the 12th annual Children’s Theater Arts and Education Festival at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students ages 12 and younger, and all seats are reserved.
A Wildflower Walk sponsored by the Allegheny Mountain Woodland Association will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pavilion No. 1, also known as Children’s Play Area, at Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton.
Participants will learn some basic botany while examining live and preserved plant samples for this wildflower identification program.
Those who attend should bring a camera and walking shoes for an easy woodland hike scouting for spring wildflowers.
This program is free, and registration is not required. Light refreshments will also be provided at no cost.
Information: 472-8560 or www.amwa.treesofpa.com.
A rabies clinic and dog and cat grooming will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Patton Fire Hall, 408 Magee Ave., Patton.
Animals must be on a leash or in a carrier, and dogs must be at least 12 weeks old to receive a rabies shot.
Cash-only prices are $10 for rabies shot, $15 for distemper or parvo and $8 for grooming ears and nails.
Proceeds will benefit Patton Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.
“Treasured Memories,” an exhibit of oil paintings in the old masters style by Davidsville artist Daniel Helsel, will be on display through June 1 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Helsel enjoys painting in the style of Chardin, Vermeer, Rembrandt and Velazquez.
He paints on oil-primed linen canvas and prepares his own panels from Gesso using a Renaissance formula.
His paintings can be found throughout the United States, and have been purchased by Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Westmont and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.
Previously, Helsel participated in two-artist exhibits at Bottle Works and Dressler Center for the Arts in Somerset.
He had solo exhibitions locally at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius, Bedford County Art Association and the Jenner Art Gallery at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.
Helsel taught still life classes at Community Arts Center and Bedford County Arts Center, and will teach an oil painting class May 25 at Bottle Works.
“Community Day – Arts and History Through the Valley” will be held Sunday, with free admission to six of the Ligonier Valley’s historical and cultural landmarks.
Antiochian Heritage Museum, located on Route 711 North of Ligonier, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.
“Sacred Illuminations,” featuring artwork inspired by Slavic and Byzantine illuminated manuscripts, will be on display.
The Compass Inn Museum, Route 30 East in Laughlintown, will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.
Fort Ligonier, routes 30 and 711, will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Colonial Culture, Customs and Craftsmen” will be the featured programming.
The Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum, located in the restored Darlington Station on Idlewild Hill Lane, will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Lincoln Highway Experience, Route 30 East, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guests will include etiquette expert Emily Post and Lincoln Highway book author Brian Butko.
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art on Route 711 South, Ligonier, will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.
There will be family-friendly, educational programs such as a scavenger hunt, self-guided tours and puzzles.
Those who attend Community Day will receive a passport at the participating locations, and those visiting three or more sites will be eligible for a special prize drawing.
“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 Johnstown.
Charba has spent most of her life creating and performing throughout Europe and the U.S.
Information: 535-2020 or www.artworksinjohnstown.org.