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March 26, 2011

IN BRIEF | Concert on Sunday to feature Celtic music

“Celebrate Cambria City,” a concert sponsored by Save Our Steeples and Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 308 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The fourth concert will feature Celtic music; bagpipers Jeff DeLisa and Tom Bogler; St. John Gualbert Music Ministry directed by Evonne Yanzetich-Homway; and the Irish Pretenders.

Paige Hockycko will dance to some of the music.

St. John Gualbert Music Ministry will perform several Celtic traditional selections.

The Irish Pretenders will play  upbeat traditional Celtic music.

Tickets are $10 and include a reception featuring food to be held after the concert at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave.

Information: 539-0181 or 535-2499.

Cresson Lake lists directors for season

Cresson Lake Playhouse has announced its directors for the 2011 summer main stage season.  

They are Brett Keith of Tyrone; Bryce Britton, an instructor at Penn State-Altoona; Robin Reese, assistant professor of theater arts at Penn State-Altoona; and Rick Vanevenhoven of Hollidaysburg.

Keith will direct the opening play of the season, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” which will be presented May 26 through June 4.

Britton will direct “Sweet Charity,” which will be presented June 23 through July 9.

He also will direct Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel” with Shepherd University’s music department and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at Penn State-Altoona.

Jeff Webb, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Pitt-Johnstown, will serve as music director for “Sweet Charity.”                         

Reese will return for her fourth season at the playhouse when she directs “The Wizard of Oz” July 28 through Aug. 13.

Vanevenhoven will direct “The Good Doctor” Sept. 1-10, rounding out the summer season as he makes his directorial debut at the playhouse.

 Season subscriptions for 2011 are $50 for adults and $30 for children younger than 12.

Flex passes are $55, and single tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.

There is a $5 handling and postage fee on all orders.

Information: 472-4333 or e-mail at

Pro-life dinner set for tonight in Everett

Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo, will speak during the seventh annual pro-life dinner at 6 tonight at Everett Assembly of God, 161 Blackstone Road, Everett.

Schiavo, who was in a vegetative state for years, came to national prominence when a court ordered her feeding tube to be removed.

Doors will open at 5 for guests to check out the silent auction and socialize with one another.

Tickets are still available.

Area pastors and their wives will be admitted free of charge.

Information: 623-1314.

Jars of Clay in concert Wednesday

Three-time Grammy Award-winning Christian band Jars of Clay will bring its “The Shelter Tour” to the region at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Word of Life Ministries, 4497 Route 136, Greensburg.

The concert also will feature worship leader Matt Maher and special guests, Derek Webb and Audrey Assad.

Maher is known as a worship leader, songwriter, singer and recording artist.

A founding member of Caedmon’s Call, singer-songwriter Webb’s newest release is “Feedback,” which has been described as an instrumental electronic album based on the Lord’s Prayer.

Arizona-based singer-songwriter Assad had her debut album “The House You’re Building” released last summer.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Information: or (724) 837-8790.

Luncheon will feature author, Pitt professor

Kathleen George, author and University of Pittsburgh professor of theater arts, will present “Stumbling Blocks to Success” at a Salute to Working Women program from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 15 at Heritage Hall in the Living Learning Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

Check-in is at 11, with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation at 12:30 p.m.

For the luncheon, guests will have a choice of artichoke gorgonzola wedge salad, citrus jumbo crabmeat salad or Waldorf salad.

George, a native of Johnstown, knew at an early age that she intended to be a writer. 

She has written a number of crime novels, including “Taken,” “Fallen” and “Afterimage,” as well as the short-story collection “The Man in the Buick,” scholarly theatrical books and articles and many short stories.

Her latest novel, “The Odds,” was nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel of the year by the Mystery Writers of America.

This year will see the publication of “Hideout,” another novel in the Richard Christie series, and “Pittsburgh Noir,” an edited collection of short fiction set in Pittsburgh.

George will hold a book-signing session before and after the event, and her books will be available for purchase. 

The registration deadline is April 1.

Because seating is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The cost is $24 per person or $207 for a table of nine.

Registration forms are available online by visiting and clicking on Salute to Working Women.

Forms can be mailed to Pitt-Johnstown Outreach, 114 Blackington Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, Pa. 15904, or faxed to 269-7075.

Information: 269-2099 or  e-mail

Rotary Club to host wine-tasting event

“Wine Time in the Mainline” will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Ebensburg from 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. April 9 at the Young People’s Community Center, 300 Prave St., Ebensburg.

Guests must be age 21 and older to attend.

Both sessions will include wine tasting from Allegheny Cellars Winery, Deer Creek Winery, Greenhouse Winery, Starr Hill Winery, Walnut Hill Winery, Volant Mill Winery and Yuengling Brewery Beer Sampling.

Music will be provided by Fremont McKenrick from 1 to 4 and by Old Skool from 5 to 8.

There will be chocolate fountains and cheese fondue, small games of chance, door prizes, food and chances to win $100 wine-related packages.

Entries for the third annual Home Makers Wine Contest will be evaluated by a panel of judges certified by the American Wine Society.

Winners will be announced at 3.

The entrance fee to sample the wine is $20 and will include an embossed wineglass or $10 to enter the event.

Tickets may be purchased at WorkLink Staffing, Long’s Mini Mall, the Ebensburg branches of First Commonwealth, Mainline National Bank and Northwest Savings Bank and Mid’s Candy or from any Rotarian and at the door.

Proceeds will help construct a brick Welcome to Ebensburg sign at the Lake Rowena entrance to Ebensburg and be used on other community projects the club sponsors.

First Presbyterian will host concert

Oak Grove Concert Choir of Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo, N.D., will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

The concert of sacred music will be performed by a 40-voice concert choir of sophomores, juniors and seniors who are selected by audition in the fall.

There also will be a 12-member Madrigal ensemble.

There is no admission charge, but an offering will be taken.

Information: 536-8141.

Columnist will lecture at Mount Aloysius

Neil McCarthy, a Huffington Post columnist, will lecture at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the McCauley Hall multipurpose room at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson.

His talk will center on the political, cultural and economic implications of the George Santayana quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

McCarthy also will conduct three workshops for students, one each with writers, pre-law society members and political science majors. 


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