BY RUTH RICE
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
“Free Pictures with Santa” for children and pets will be offered by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Pet Rescue Ministry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Variety Depot, Benscreek Plaza, Johnstown.
The church is asking for donations of cat or dog food for its ministry.
A free community dinner, sponsored by Windber Area Community Kitchen, will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.
The meal will be prepared and served by employees of the Windber Branch of AmeriServ Financial.
Christmastown Railroad will be on display through Jan. 1 in the community room of Arbutus Park Manor, 207 Ottawa St., Richland Township.
The model train exhibit was put together by enthusiasts Ron Reinbold and Win Garland.
The railroad can be viewed from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Monday and Wednesday; noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 22; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 23; and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 25, 27, 29 and Jan. 1.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Teen Open Mic Night hosted by Westmont Hilltop senior Dante Horvath will be held from 7 to 10 tonight at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The event is Horvath’s senior project.
He has performed in “Godspell,” “Pirates of Penzance,” “Lost in Yonkers” and “Rimers of Eldritch” at Westmont Hilltop, as well as working as stage manager, soundman and prop manager for other productions.
Horvath has acted in Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company’s productions of “Coriolanus” and “Julius Caesar,” and has participated in district and regional chorus, district band and jazz band and the American High School Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall.
He has served as drum major for Westmont for the past two band seasons.
The band Frostbyte will perform.
“Elly’s Song,” a benefit concert for 2-year-old Ellyana Dull, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Conemaugh Township Area High School, 300 W. Campus Ave., Davidsville.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a basket preview and raffle ticket sales.
The concert, beginning at 7, will feature past and present Conemaugh Township musicians and vocalists.
There will be light refreshments, and basket raffle winners will be announced at closing.
Ellyana was born with an enlarged heart, visual impairment and gastrointestinal problems and has gone through many tests and procedures to find a treatment.
Funds are needed for more medical tests and procedures, travel expenses, lodging costs and other financial burdens.
Tickets are $5, cash only, and will be available at the door and in advance at the elementary and high school offices as well as Township Pharmacy, Shoppe II and Davidsville Fuel.
Information: 479-7771, email@example.com or 479-4080.
Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will feature holiday, religious, vintage and coffee-table books at the library at 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
Coffee-table books are $2, hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1.
Bookstore hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
The annual Christmas Craft Shoppe is open to the public through Wednesday at Laurel Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.
The shop features local art, cards, jewelry, pottery and papercuttings.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Information: 443-2433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Breakfast with Santa will be served from 8 to 11 Saturday at Camp Sequanota, off Route 30, west of Jennerstown.
There will be an opportunity for photos with Santa, and treat bags will be available.
Information: 629-6627 or email email@example.com.
Holiday Lights on the Lake will be open through Jan. 6 at Lakemont Park, 700 Park Ave., Altoona.
Hours are 6 to 10 nightly.
The cost is $10 for standard passenger vehicle; $20 for commercial van; $25 for school bus; $75 for motorcoach; and $34.95 for unlimited visits pass for standard vehicle only.
Information: (800) 434-8006 or www.lakemontparkfun.com.
Overly’s Country Christmas will be open through Jan. 1 at Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Greensburg.
Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The cost is $10 per vehicle Mondays through Thursdays and $12 per vehicle Fridays through Sundays; $15 per limousine, extended passenger van or minibus.
Information: (724) 423-1400 or www.overlys.com.
An outdoor Winter Light Garden exhibit will be on display from 5 to 10 nightly through Jan. 6 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh.
Phipps will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 26.
Entry to the light garden is included in the price of conservatory admission, which is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and students and $9 for children ages 2-18.
Conservatory members and children younger than age 2 will be admitted free.
Other upcoming festivities at Phipps include Santa Visits, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23; Candlelight Evenings, through Jan. 6; Brunch in Bloom, Sundays through Jan. 6; Saturdays with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Saturday and Dec. 22; Family Fun Days, Dec. 26-30; and New Year’s Eve Family Celebration, Dec. 31.
B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The concert will benefit the Teddy Bear Fund Drive sponsored by Renda Broadcasting, which has generated funds for the Indiana Regional Medical Center Pediatric Unit and the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Tickets are $50, $30 and $25.
Information: (800) 298-4200 or www.kovalchickcomplex.com.
“Red, White, and Blue in Black and White: The American Scene in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs” will be on display through May 4 in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
The exhibition includes approximately 35 works from the museum’s permanent collection.
Works range in date from 1890-1991, with the majority being American Scene subjects produced during the heyday of Regionalist art in the 1920s and 1930s.
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.
Bedford County Arts Council will host a show and sale by Kevin Kutz through Dec. 30 at Bedford County Center for the Arts at the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt St., Bedford.
The exhibit includes landscapes and portraits.
Admission is free.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Information: 623-1538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Faces and Places” by Butler County artist William Perry will be on display through Dec. 31 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The Johnstown native’s watercolors show the diversity and emotion of faces as well as scenes painted in Italy.
Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ 17th annual regional juried exhibition will be on display through Feb. 10 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.
The exhibition will include 73 works from 73 individual artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania, featuring oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, wood, clay and photography.
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.
The 80th annual Allied Artists Juried Exhibition will be on display through Jan. 5 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.
Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Information: 269-7234 or www.johnstownart.com.
State of the art
“Biennial 2012” will be on display through Jan. 26 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
The exhibition features 131 works from nearly 100 Pennsylvania artists.
Hours are from 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.
The annual juried exhibition “Artists in Our Midst” will be on display through Jan. 19 in the Shirley and Fred A. Pechter Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 Eleventh Ave., Altoona.
The exhibition will have 77 works created by 27 local and regional artists who are members of Art in Common.
The wide variety of media will include photography, watercolor, wood, acrylic, oil, clay, fiber arts and mixed media.
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.
“Colleen Browning: Drawings” will be on display through Jan. 12 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.
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