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December 14, 2012

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Two drive-through live Nativities will tell the Christmas story in the area.

“Operation Into the Fold” will be presented from 6 to 8 tonight at Westmont United Methodist Church, 1428 Menoher Blvd., Johnstown.

A drive-through living Nativity will be held from 6 to 8 tonight and Saturday at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.

Admission is free to both events.

Seasonal singing

A “Sounds of the Season” concert will be held at 7:30 tonight at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Area high school students will perform during the second annual charity event, which will benefit Peniel Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, 760 Cooper Ave., Johnstown.

Canned goods donated to the Arts Coalition of the Alleghenies’ Pantry Project will be made into a sculpture during the event.

Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Information: 536-5399.

Enchanted Christmas

Two productions of “Santa’s Enchanted Workshop” will grace the stages at area theaters.

The first production will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets are $6.

Information: 467-9070.

The second production will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mishler Theater, 1208 12th Ave., Altoona.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5.50 for children.

Information: mishlertheatre.org.

Immigrant holiday

“Immigrant Christmas Traditions” will be presented by Johnstown Area Heritage Association at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 26 at the Wagner-Ritter House & Garden, 418 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Traditional family Christmas activities will be offered at Heritage Discovery Center before the tours begin.

Swedish, Carpatho-Russian and German Protestant traditions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be spotlighted.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children for JAHA members and $12 for adults and $7 for children for nonmembers.

Reservations: 539-1889.

Youth symphony

The winter concert of Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra conducted by Maestro Istvan Jaray will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township.

The concert will include selections from “The Planets” by Holst, Schubert’s Symphony in C Major and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral,” as well as holiday favorites.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Information: 535-6738 or www.JohnstownSymphony.org.

Demonstrating art

Crafts and music demonstrations will be featured during the 42nd Holly Bazaar, which will be held through Dec. 24, at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Georgia Wild of Somerset will demonstrate crocheting using glass beads from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. Saturday.

Her work includes jewelry, placemats and ornaments, with patterns taken from her book “Learn to Crochet Using Glass.”

During the same time period, Paul Rizak of Central City will demonstrate wood burning of plaques that can be used as pictures.

His subjects include animals, nature, military scenes and water activities.

Visitors will have the opportunity to use his wood-burning tool.

Deese and Mark Smith of Johnstown will demonstrate Celtic music from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday using guitar, fiddle and flute.

They will play Celtic Christmas songs and other music and discuss the instruments that can be used.

Bazaar hours are 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The arts center will be closed Christmas Day and Dec. 29-31 and Jan. 1-2.

Admission is free.

Information: 255-6515.

Choral concert

An Advent of Christmas Concert will be presented by Greater Johnstown Diocesan Festival Choir and Cathedral Catholic Academy Chorale at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John Gualbert Cathedral, 117 Clinton St., Johnstown.

The choirs will perform an array of music, including works by Lauridsen, Rutter and Handel.

They are under the direction of cathedral music director Evonne Yanzetich-Homway and will be accompanied by Hilltop Brass and Vivace Strings.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Children’s Christmas

A Trojan Family Christmas will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Greater Johnstown High School auditorium, 222 Central Ave., Johnstown.

The free family event will include Christmas dinner, caroling, crafts, activities, door prizes and a visit from Santa.

All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Reservations are needed by Tuesday.

Information: 536-9818 or email awilson@pahouse.net.

Elvis Christmas

“Blue Suede Christmas” Elvis tribute by Scot Bruce will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets are $30, $37 and $39.

Information: 467-8070 or www.arcadiatheater.net.

Art and music

A Christmas Coffeehouse Concert and Art Show will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday in the cafetorium at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, 728 Ben Franklin Highway, Ebensburg.

The students’ artistic and musical talent will be showcased.

The choir, under the direction of Timothy A. Baacke, will perform “Gaudete,” a 16th century carol; “Jingle Bell Spectacular,” a mixed meter treatment of a Christmas favorite; “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”; Palestrina’s “O Bone Jesu”; and John Rutter’s “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

This year, the Bishop Carroll Brass Choir, only in existence since October, will play its premiere performance of “Silent Night.”

Coffee, cookies and mulled cider will be served.

Information: 472-7500.

Santa time

A visit from Santa Claus will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Johnstown Children’s Museum at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

In addition to visits with Santa, there also will be holiday games and crafts.

Admission is free for JAHA members or with museum admission.

Information: 539-1889.

Seasonal sounds

“The Sounds of Christmas!” will be presented by Conemaugh Valley High School Department of Music at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium, 1342 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

The concert will feature the In-U-N-Doze senior high chorus and junior high chorus and concert band.                       

Following the concert, a spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the band boosters, will be served in the cafeteria.

The meal will include spaghetti, salad, bread and butter, dessert and beverages, and take-outs will be available.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and younger.

Information: 535-5523.

Christmas skating

Holiday on Ice! will be presented by the Skating Club of Planet Ice at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the skating facility at 195 Jari Drive, Richland Township.

Tickets are $8 at the door or $5 in advance at Planet Ice until Saturday.

Information: 262-7465.

Somber season

A Blue Christmas service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Albright United Methodist Church, 608 Cooper Ave., Johnstown.

The service has a more quiet, somber feel than a traditional Christmas worship service and is geared toward those dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce, coping with the loss of a job or living with cancer or other conditions.

Scripture, music and meditations focus on the comfort God offers during dark times.

The service will be conducted by Pastor Carol Hickman, senior pastor for the United for God United Methodist Cooperative Parish, and Pastor John Hickman, senior pastor of the Bright Hope Charge of the United Methodist Church.

Beverly Griffiths from Cramer United Methodist Church will provide music.

 Information: 539-6514.

Santa snapshots

Pet photos with Santa will be available from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Humane Society of Cambria County, 743 Galleria Drive, Richland Township.

The cost is $8 per photo and will benefit the humane society.

Information: 535-6116.

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