The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 5, 2013

Events | Suite stories

BY RUTH RICE
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JOHNSTOWN — Neil Simon’s “Comic Suites” will be presented through July 21 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Playhouse producer Teresa Stoughton Marafino has selected funny scenes from Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” “California Suite” and “London Suite” for this production.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $22 to $34 for evenings and $17 to $30 for matinees and include a $2 service charge.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or www.MountainPlayhouse.org.

Pencil art

“From There to Here,” by still life artist Kathleen Kase Burk, will be on display Sunday through Aug. 10 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibit, which will have as many as 24 pencil and colored-pencil drawings, will show Burk’s progression from realistic to abstract drawing.

Burk will share some of her techniques during a workshop, “Structure and Surface,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27.

Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 536-5399.

Cruisin’ for a cause

The 29th annual Hope Fire Company’s Car, Truck and Bike Show and Cruise will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in and around Northern Cambria.

Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with awards at 4.

There will be live fire-rescue demonstrations, EMS and fire company equipment displays, classic rock music and a townwide yard sale.

A turkey dinner sponsored by the fire company will be available.

Information: www.hopefireco.org.

Bandshell blast

AmeriServ Free Summer Concerts at Roxbury Bandshell will continue Sunday at the bandshell at Roxbury Park along Franklin Street, Johnstown.

The Runaways will perform rock ’n’ roll from the ’50s and ’60s with a touch of country at 5 p.m.

Band members all from the Johnstown area will feature Kim Miller, lead vocalist; Vic Sabo, lead guitar and vocals; Gary Faidley, bass guitar and vocals; Chuckie Glacken, rhythm guitar and vocals; and John Kot, drums.

Reading right

The annual summer reading program, “Dig Into Reading,” will be held through July 27 at Windber Public Library,

1909 Graham Ave.

The program is open to children from preschool to grade 6 as of May, and the goal is to read as many books as possible during the free four-week program.  

Children will need cards from the library and must read books from the library’s collection.  

Only those books returned in person will be counted toward the goal.

Special programs held at 10:30 a.m. Fridays will feature digging, today; dinosaurs, July 12; and coal, July 19.  

There will be stories, educational talks and crafts along with prize drawings for those in attendance who earn tokens for each book read during the summer reading program.  

Registration is required, and forms may be picked up at the library.

Information: 467-4950.

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.

Information: 536-5399.

Comic bard

“Twelfth Night,” the 23rd annual production of Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company, will be presented Thursday and July 12-13 and 17 to 20 at the main pavilion in Stackhouse Park, Westmont.

General admission is $10, and tickets are $7 for students, seniors and military.

Information: www.BandofBrothersShakespeare.org.

Outdoor music

The 35th free summer Concerts on the Green will feature the Civic Concert Band from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

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Summer Music on the Square concert series will feature the Baltimore Mandolin Quartet performing old fashioned music at 2 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo in downtown Bedford.

Family musical

“Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

The family musical features four sets of parents and children.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.

Information: 472-4333 or www.CressonLake.com.

Nature days

Junior Ranger Nature Discovery Days will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and July 13, 20 and 27 at the picnic area at Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

The event is free and designed for children ages 7-10.   

Participants will learn about the natural surroundings enjoyed by members of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club more than 100 years ago.

Reservations are required, and a parent or guardian must accompany each child.

There will be a limit of 12 children per Saturday, and lunch will not be provided.

Reservations: 495-4643.

Performance venue

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

A teen open mic night will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The first half will be an open mic for anyone, and the second half will feature a local teen band performing.

Concessions will be available.

Information: 410-2245.

Picture stories

A weekly Caldecott Family Storytime will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays though July 22 in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

The program is open to children of all ages and will feature books by honorees of the Caldecott Medal, an annual award that recognizes distinguished American picture book artwork.

The program is free, and no registration is required.

Information: www.cclsys.org.

Walk for a cause

“Walking in Her Shoes,” an event to raise awareness of domestic violence, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Greater Johnstown High School, 222 Central Ave., Johnstown.

Participants will walk to Central Park in downtown Johnstown, where keynote speaker Johnstown lawyer Pamela J. Mayer will address the participants.

Representatives from Johns-town Police Department, Cambria County coroner’s office and Women’s Help Center will participate.

After the program, a basket raffle will be held with proceeds going toward domestic violence initiatives.

Transportation will be provided back to the high school.

Information: 253-363-1345 or www.walkinginhershoes.org.

Dog-gone reads

“Tales with Tails,” a special literacy initiative that encourages children of all ages and abilities to read stories to AKC Canine Good Citizen dogs, will be held Monday and July 15, 22 and 29 in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., Johnstown.

There will be 15-minute time slots to read to a dog between 4 and 5 p.m.

The objective of the program is to provide a friendly and nonthreatening atmosphere in which children may practice oral reading skills and ultimately become more confident to read and learn in other settings.

Registration is required and may be done in person or by phone.

Information: 536-5131.

Theater ready

A class in the art of theater and stage makeup will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Monday at Laurel Arts Dance Center, 601 Georgian Place, Somerset.

The fee is $19.20 for members and $24 for nonmembers.

For those who qualify, scholarship money is available.

Registration: 443-2433 or email tracey@laurelarts.org.

Park programs

Local favorite the Michael O’Brian Band will perform Irish tunes at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Summit Level visitors center theater at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 10 miles west of Altoona off the Gallitzin exit of Route 22.

The concert will be moved indoors in the event of rain.

Admission is $2.

Information: 886-6150 or www.nps.gov/alpo.

Gotta regatta

The Lake Glendale Pontoon Association will conduct its annual regatta from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Prince Gallitzin State Park.

All boat types and sizes are invited to participate, including pontoon boats, sailboats, run-abouts, canoes, bass boats and others.

The Regatta Parade, led by the Coast Guard, will start at 2 p.m. at the main marina.

There is an open theme this year, so participants may express their creativity or enter an undecorated boat.

Trophies will be awarded in the four best decorated boats categories.

Registration is free and will be held from noon to 8 p.m. today or noon to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the main marina hosts’ campsite.

Participants are invited to a covered dish picnic at 4 p.m. at the Pickerel Pond Area.

Information: 322-3357, 536-7138, 467-5203 or 322-4461.

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight children’s books and VHS tapes during July at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

The selection of fiction and nonfiction includes art, business, classics, cooking, gardening, health and well-being, history, religion and sports, and murder/mystery/suspense.

There also will be CDs, DVDs and cassettes.

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

Children’s books and VHS tapes will be 2 for $1.

Bookstore hours will be 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

Farm fresh

The fourth annual Farmers’ Market will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through mid-October at Strongstown Homecoming & Historical Society, 14895 Route 422 Highway East, Strongstown.

There will be locally grown and produced bedding plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, fresh produce, sauces, seasonings, baked goods, breads and pies and crafts.

Information: 243-0289.

Merton teachings

A two-day seminar on Trappist Monk Thomas Merton will be presented by the Ecumenical Studies Center at Mount Aloysius College on Thursday and July 12 on the college’s Cresson campus.

The seminar will begin with registration Thursday, and the opening session at 2:30 p.m. will be “Thomas Merton, Modern Mystic.”

Reflective time starts at 4:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 5:30 and a film will be shown at 7.

Breakfast will be served at 8 on July 12, with the morning session, “Thomas Merton on the Spiritual Life,” beginning at 9.  

Lunch will be served at noon, and “Thomas Merton and the Spiritual Life” will continue at 2.  

An evening prayer and dinner at 5:30 will complete the seminar.

 Presenter will be Bonnie Bowman Thurston, who wrote her doctoral dissertation on Merton.  

Information: 886-6510 or email hburns@mtaloy.edu.

In shape

Fitness programming is shaping up at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Summer yoga classes will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays and 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

Monday sessions are July 8-29.

Wednesday sessions are July 10 and 17 and Aug. 7-28, with no classes July 24 and 31.

Classes are held in sessions, but drop-ins are welcome.

Registration: 536-5399.

Summer Belly Dancing classes will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Summer sessions are July 10 to July 17 and Aug. 7-28.

There will be no classes held July 24 and 31.

The four-week sessions are $25.

Registration: 539-0924.

Van tour

“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tour will be held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. through Aug. 24 beginning at Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitors Center.

Visitors will board the van at the visitors center and travel to the north and south abutments of the South Fork Dam, as well as the clubhouse building.

They will learn the history of the dam, facts about the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club and its members and the events of May 31, 1889.  

Tours will not be offered July 14 and 28 and Aug. 11 and 25.

The tour is included with park admission, and reservations are encouraged, but not required.

Information: 495-4643.

Somerset art

The 26th annual juried show of Somerset County Artists’ Association will be on display through July 21 at Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 443-2433.

Portrait art

A portraiture exhibit by local artist Diana Williams will be on display through July 31 at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Williams’ exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and  Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

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.

Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. JAHA members are admitted free.

Information: 539-1889.

Historic exhibit

“125 Year 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.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Information: 539-1889.

Symbolic banners

“Stories Joyfully Embroidered: Shaanxi Folk Textiles from Northern China” will be on display through Oct. 12 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, on the campus of St. Francis University.

Information: 472-3920 or www.sama-art.org.

Art retrospective

A retrospective of the art of the late Sister Maria Josephine D’Angelo, RSM, will be on display through Sept. 20 in the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

The Wolf-Kuhn Gallery is open to the public.

Information: 886-4131.

Mystical art

“Seeing the Invisible: Paintings by Barbara Wachter” will be on display through Dec. 7 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or www.sama-art.org.

Donated art

“Highlights from the Permanent Collection: Celebration of the Wolf Family Donations” will be on display through Aug. 4 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South, 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 www.sama-art.org.

Registered artists

“Rostered Artists Revealed” will be on display through Aug. 10 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 Eleventh Ave.

The exhibition highlights works created by artists rostered with SAMA and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Featured artists are Michael Allison, Deb Bunnell, Peter Frantz, Rita Haldeman, Adrienne Heinrich, Terry Johnson, Jan Kinney, Evgeny Krayushkin, Lynne Magee, Tom McCarty, Martha Murphy, Susan Novak, Sue Pollins, Kathy Trexel Reed, Harriet Rosenberg and Ann Van Kuren.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 946-4464 or www.sama-art.org.

Photo shoot

“Journey of a Lifetime: The Photography of Christian James” will be on display through Sept. 7 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.

James has captured the most picturesque locations throughout the United States and Canada.

He is a self-taught photographer, receiving the award of Master Photographer from the Professional Photographers of North America.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 946-4464 or www.sama-art.org.

 

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