The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 19, 2013

Events | Country trio


— Country star Justin Moore will bring his “Outlaws Like Me Tour” to the area at 7:30 tonight at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

His special guests will be country music singer-songwriters Dustin Lynch and Jon Pardi.

Tickets are $37.25 or $22.25, plus fees.

Information: 536-5156, or

Fantastic fiddles

The DePue Brothers Band will perform at 7:30 tonight at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The family of virtuoso violinists blends several musical genres, including bluegrass, classical and rock.

Tickets are $28, $31 and $35 for adults and $10 for students.

Information: 269-7200, 800-846-2787 or

Benefit concert

Country singers Daryle Singletary and Justin McBride will perform for the Wounded Warrior Project benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Penn Highlands Community College, Richland Township.

The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid to meet the needs of injured service members.

Tickets are $25 at the door for adults and $20 for nonstudent adults, $15 for students with proper ID and $10 for all veterans with military ID in advance or at the door.

Information: 262-6463.

Classical trio

The Hugo Trio will perform as part of the Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

The performers, all seniors at Carnegie Mellon University, are Alexander Hettings on viola, Jessie Nucho on flute and Natalie Severson on harp.

Tickets are $15 per person or two for $25 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

Information: 467-7943.

At the hop

An oldies record hop sponsored by Arcadia Theater Guild will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., and music will be provided by the Vintage Jukeboxes.  

 The record hop is a “spin-off” of the oldies dances held at Windber Recreation Park during the summer.

Light refreshments will be available

Admission is $6, which includes a chance to win two tickets to “The Diamonds” show June 14 at Arcadia.  


Playing games

Beginnings Inc.’s fourth annual Super Sized Game Night will be held at 6 tonight at the John Bracken Hall of Conemaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company, Krings Street off Route 403 in Tire Hill.

Team games will include jumbo blitz, beat the clock, garbage can Yahtzee and giant Operation.

The registration fee is $25.

The event will provide financial support for Beginnings Inc.’s parent/child literacy programs.

Information: 539-1919.

School days

The Class of 1967 at Ferndale Area High School will hold an informal 45-year reunion from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Woodside Bar & Grill, 430 Highland Park Road in the Belmont section of Johnstown.

Reservations: 243-2043.

Good cause

A benefit spaghetti dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Johnstown Senior Activities Center, Main Street, downtown Johnstown.

Proceeds will benefit Birthright of Johnstown Inc.    

Dinner includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, three meatballs, breadsticks, salad, dessert and beverage.  

Admission is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children younger than age 12.

There also will be a basket raffle.  

Information: 535-5821.

Acting calls

Auditions for Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company’s production of “Twelfth Night” will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tioga Street Pavilion, Stackhouse Park, Westmont.

It is preferred that those who audition have a prepared piece.

The production will be staged July 11-13 and 17-20.

Information: 539-9500 or email

Auditions for Cresson Lake Playhouse’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at its rehearsal hall at 526 W. Ogle St., Ebensburg.

Those who audition should prepare a song of 32 bars in the style of the show and bring sheet music in the key the song will be sung.

This will be a vocal audition only, and an accompanist will be provided.

Performance dates are June 20 through July 9.

Information: 472-4333.

On the stages

“The Old, Faith, Hope & Charity” will be presented at 6 tonight and Saturday at Pike Grace Family Center, 541 Pike Road, Mundys Corner, for Cambria County Christian School.

Dinner and the play are $10 per person. The menu is stuffed shells tonight and a ham dinner Saturday.

“Medium Rare” will be presented at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at Shanksville-Stonycreek High School, 1325 Cornerstone Road, Friedens.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students.

Grand drive

A charter membership drive presented by the Friends of the Steeples Project, formerly Save Our Steeples, will be held at 6 tonight at Grand Halle, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Brent Labarko from 7 to 9.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $20 per person and include membership, food and adult beverages.

Proceeds will benefit improvements at Grand Halle.

Information: 322-5558.

Engineering feats

Steel bridge and concrete canoe competitions hosted by Pitt-Johnstown’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers will be held Saturday at the university’s campus in Richland Township and Sunday at Summer’s Best Two Weeks at the Quemahoning Reservoir.

Three hundred students from 14 colleges and universities are expected, and there will be five canoes and 12 bridges competing.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be canoe and bridge aesthetics judging, technical paper competition and canoe oral presentations.

From 8:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, there will be timed construction and load testing for steel bridges and swamp tests, slalom and endurance races and sprint races for concrete canoes.

Lunch will be available for purchase from noon to 1 p.m. from Boy Scout Troop 100 in the dining hall.

Dinner will be available for purchase from Clem’s BBQ from 4 to 6 in the dining hall, and an awards ceremony will be held from 6 to 6:30 at the amphitheater.

Information: 269-7250.

Kids sports

The annual Sports 4 Kids Day for students in pre-kindergarten through grade six will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Stokes Athletic Center on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.

Each Red Flash athletics team will host a sports station, and participants will enjoy a day of fun-filled physical activity and learn how sports can positively impact their lives.

All participants will receive T-shirts, pizza and prizes.

The annual Sports 4 Kids Day is held in memory of Alicia Richardson, a member of the St. Francis women’s volleyball team for three years, who was preparing for a career as a teacher at the time of her passing in January 2007.

Admission is free.

Information: 472-3177 or email

In shape

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 other classes are $8 per class.

Registration: 536-5399.

Book bargains

A book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through April 27 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

There will be a large selection of art books, novels, nonfiction, cookbooks, children’s books and VHS tapes.

As part of the sale, local author Sally Fink will sell and sign copies of the first two books in her Tales of the Lalloure series, “Ten Thousand Gods” and “Gods of Crystal, Gods of Dreams,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 255-6515.

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight biographies and the classics such as Steinbeck, Poe, Chaucer, Whitman and Shakespeare at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1. Children’s books are 50 cents.

Bookstore hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

Performance venue

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

A poetry reading and open mic will be held from 7 to 9 tonight.

There will be readings by performance poet Kevin Hostetler and published poet Barbara Purbaugh, followed by an open mic reading.

Guests are invited to bring a poem or story to share.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Information: 410-2245.

Tasty comedy

The John Patrick comedy “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” will be performed by Bedford County Players tonight through Sunday and April 26-28 at the Gardner Memorial Theater, Old Bedford Village.

Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees will begin at 3.

Admission is $12 for adults.

Reservations: 623-7555.

Concert series

Violist Veit Hertenstein will perform in the final presentation of the St. Vincent College Concert Series at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center on the Latrobe campus.

He will be accompanied on piano by Pei-Yao Wang.

Hertenstein was the first-prize winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and is known for his stage presence and virtuoso artistry.  

He has won numerous other competitions and will make his New York and Washington, D.C., debuts this season.

There will be a complimentary shuttle service between the parking areas and the performing arts center.

Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free with an adult admission.

A dinner-concert package is offered for $50 with advance reservations.

Information: 724-805-2565 or

Art students

“Student Exhibition Two” will be on display through May 6 at the gallery at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

The exhibit will show the work of Colleen Hanlon, an art education major from Hollidaysburg; Emily Latimer, a graphic design major from New Alexandria; Alex Policicchio, a studio arts major from Johnstown; Stacey Pydynkowski, a studio arts major from Mount Pleasant; and Brittany Reese, a studio arts major from Uniontown.

Policicchio, a graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School, will earn a bachelor’s degree from St. Vincent in May with a minor in art history.

He has worked in set design and construction for the college’s summer theater and earned honorable mention in the Latrobe Art Center Competition.

Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Information: 724-532-6600.

Choral concert

“Past and Present” will be presented by Penn State Altoona’s choral ensemble Ivyside Pride at 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts on campus.

The ensemble provides singers an opportunity to explore different genres of choral music from Broadway choruses to works by classical and contemporary composers, and students are exposed to music in other languages.

Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for Penn State students. Children younger than age 12 will be admitted free.

Information: 949-5452 or

Grappling greats

Stars from TNA Impact Wrestling will grapple at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The lineup will feature “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, “The Icon” Sting, TNA world heavyweight champion Bully Ray, Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, “The Phenomenal” A.J. Styles, Aces & Eights and the TNA Knockouts.

Tickets are $77, $47, $27 and $15.

Information: 800-298-4200 or                       

Presidential party

“An Inaugural Celebration” will be the last of the Six O’clock Series at 6 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The university will celebrate the inauguration of Michael Driscoll as president.

Parking in nonreserved spots on campus is free after 5 p.m.

The program is free and open to the community.

Stylish paintings

“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.

An opening reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

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 has 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.

Information: 536-5399.

 Large art

“Seeing the Big Picture: Larger than Life Work from the Permanent Collection” will be on display through June 15 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The 22 large-scale paintings feature several genres, including abstract, landscape, mythology, portraiture and realism.

Featured artists include a mix of local, regional and national talent.

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

Information: 472-3920 or

Art’s ally

The 2013 spring juried exhibition of Allied Artists of Johnstown will be on display during regular banking hours today at AmeriServ Financial, Main and Franklin streets in downtown Johnstown.

The exhibition features 37 works from 21 artists and spotlights a variety of pieces, including photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, metal, clay, recycled glass, pencil and mixed-media.

Industrial images

“An Industrial Revolution: The Photography of Amelia Patsy” will be on display through July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, located at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

The exhibit features 55 gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes chronicling much of western Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage and includes several Johnstown landmarks.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Information: 269-7234.

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. Tuesdays through Sundays through March 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week after April 1.

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

Information: 539-1889.

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