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June 22, 2012

Events | Days of thunder

The roar of motorcycles will fill the air as Thunder in the Valley once again takes over the region today through Sunday.

Ongoing activities will be held in downtown Johnstown, Windber, Richland, Greenhouse Park and Ebensburg.


Concert series

Tuesday Noon Recitals will conclude this week at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

Robin Malloy of Indiana will play classical and contemporary  works on the Steinway grand piano in the chapel.

Malloy has a degree in music education from Penn State and a master’s degree in music performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

She teaches piano and organ students and has held numerous positions as a church organist and music director.

A complimentary lunch will follow the recital at 12:30.

Another recital series will resume in October.

Information: 536-7521 or

Young actors

“13 the Musical” will be onstage through July 7 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Curtain times are 8 tonight  and Saturday, Tuesday through June 30 and July 5-7 and 2 p.m. Sunday and July 1.

The middle-school musical is about growing up.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students ages 18 and younger.

Information: 472-4333 or

CD celebration

A CD release party featuring Johnstown-based acoustic duo Walt & Jackie will be held at  7 p.m. Tuesday at the Warehouse at Boulevard Grill, 165 Southmont Blvd., Johnstown.

Walt Churchey and Jackie Kopco are known for playing popular cover songs, but their debut album, “Bare,” is a full-length collection of original music that showcases each writer.

CDs will be available Tuesday.

Information: or email

Artful fundraiser

Come As You Art, the sequel to the fundraiser Art Defines You, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section.

Guests are asked to come as a favorite piece of art, artist, movie star or performer.

Costumes are not required, but there will be prizes for the most artful costumes.

Professional artists will paint or sketch their renditions of the night, which will be bid during a silent auction.

There will be food stations, beverages and a live band.

Tickets are $30 for individuals and $50 per couple. 

Information: 535-2020 or email

Bandshell blast

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

Felix and the Hurricanes will sing the blues at 5, and Who’s Your Daddy will perform alternative country at 6.

Cool jazz

Jazz Along the River series will continue with Harold Betters Quartet at 6 tonight at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church Pavilion, Fifth Avenue and Power Street in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Betters, who is from Pittsburgh, is known as Mr. Trombone and plays a rhythm-and-blues style of jazz.

Ethnic foods such as haluski, stuffed cabbage, pierogi, kielbasa and sauerkraut, as well as hot dogs, hot sausage, hamburgers and gobs will be available for purchase beginning at 5.

Admission is free, and the show will go on rain or shine.

Outdoors concert

Civic Concert Band will perform as part of the free Summer Concerts on the Green at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Those who attend should bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.

Information: 255-6515 or

Historic heritage

South Fork Area Heritage Days will be held today through Sunday throughout South Fork Borough.

Historic exhibits will be on display in the community room next to South Fork Public Library, 320 Main St.

Music will include classic rock, polka, Celtic folk and rock.

Food vendors will be located at Wesley United Methodist Church parking lot, 511 Church St.

Admission is free.

Basket benefit

A YWCA basket party will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Laugh ’n’ Learn Daycare, 1001 Broad St., Johnstown.

An $8 admission includes lunch, dessert, 25 tickets for bidding and door prizes.

Information: 254-4570.

Man in black

Encore performances of “Ring of Fire,” the life of Johnny Cash set to music, will be presented through July 1 at Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and

3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $12 to $20.50 for preview, $17 to $35 for matinees and $22 to $39 for evenings.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

Book bargains

Inclined to Read, the Friends of the Cambria County Library bookstore, is holding a paperback sale through June 30 in the lobby of Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

 Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

To the hop

A record hop will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Ballroom at Windber Recreation Park, Route 160, Windber.

A car and motorcycle cruise-in will begin at 4, and food and soft drinks will be available.

Music for each dance will be provided by Vintage Jukeboxes.

The record hops are sponsored by Windber Area Visioning Experience.

Admission is $5.

Scientific laughs

“Stunt Lab: Flexible Comedy Show” will be presented at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Comics Mark Hayward and Jonathan Burns will show the audience their “scientifically tested” comedy.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Information: (412) 254-6258 or

Mount weekend

An Alumni Weekend 2012 will be held today through Sunday at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

Tonight, the golden graduate reception will be held at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery in the main building, with an Hawaiian luau from 6:30 to 11 in the Ihmsen Hall breezeway.

Comedian Bill Boronkey will perform at 7:30 at Alumni Hall, with an Elvis impersonator at 8.

A bonfire will begin at 9:30 on Ihmsen lawn, with the first annual Mountie Jam at 10.

On Saturday, breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9, with an all-alumni meeting from 8:15 to 9:15 in the McAuley Hall meeting room.

Golfers can tee off at 7:30 a.m. at the Summit golf course, and a nature walk will be held on campus from 8 to 9.

Campus tours leave hourly from the St. Aloysius statue at 9, 10 and 11.

Seminars include self-defense from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Cosgrave Student Center and service and health promotion: A unique fit in higher education from 1 to 2 p.m. in the main building, Room 322.

A special panel discussion “Mount Aloysius College – Past, Present and Future” will be held from 2 to 3:30 at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery.

Two game times will be held from 2:30 to 3:45 Saturday – the H-O-R-S-E Game in the Health and Fitness Center and the “Roomywed Game” in the McAuley meeting room.

Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, and the recognition dinner will be held from 6 to 7:30 at Cosgrave Student Center.

On Saturday night, there will be a choice of a ballgame at the Blair County Ballpark, the Rise Band show at Cosgrave Center or a movie night at McAuley Hall.

Activities end Sunday morning with a continental breakfast.

Information: 886-6319 or email

Church benefit

A $2,000 Money-rama will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel pavilion, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly.

A chicken dinner will be served from 1 to 3 p.m., with  snacks from 3 to 5.

There will be beverages, door prizes, DJ music and chances to win money.

The donation is $20.

Information: 886-2375 or 937-7053.

Nature’s call

Junior Ranger Nature Discovery Days will be conducted from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday through July 28 at the picnic area at Johnstown Flood National Historic Site, Sidman.

The free events are for children ages 7 to 10, and a parent or guardian must accompany each child.

Children should bring their own lunch.

Reservations are required, and there is a limit of 12 children per Saturday.

Information: 495-4643.

Performance venue

 Mike Dillon & Friends will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Dillon is a professional vibraphonist from Philadelphia who is involved in Les Claypool’s Fancy Band, Garage A Trois and the Dead Kenny G’s.

He will perform with Matt Miller and Dave DiStefano.

Admission is $12.

Information: 410-2245.

Flood tours

 “Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tours will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. daily through Aug. 26 at Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork.

The one-hour tours will begin at the visitors center and travel to the north and south abutments of the South Fork Dam, as well as the clubhouse building. 

Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

Tours are included with park admission.

Information:  495-4643.

Railroad tours

A van tour of the Portage Railroad will start at 1 p.m. Saturday beginning at the visitor center at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, off the Gallitzin exit of Route 22.

The tour follows the entire route of the Portage Railroad from the canal basin in Hollidaysburg to the canal basin in Johnstown and is three hours.

Visitors will learn how the railroad was built and hear the compelling stories of the men and women who built and operated what was the most important route westward from 1834 to 1854.

In many places, the route will follow the exact path of the old Portage Railroad and will take visitors to the Skew Arch Bridge, the reconstruction of Engine House 6, the historic Lemon House and several historic culverts.

A Heritage Hike of the Historic 6 to 10 Trail will start at 11 a.m. Sunday beginning at the visitor center.

This nine-mile hike led by a park ranger over moderately difficult terrain will show visitors remains of the Portage Railroad.

The hike will last about five hours and will be led rain or shine.

Hikers should bring water and a snack, wear good walking or hiking shoes and prepare for the weather.

Both tours are free, but reservations are required.

Information: 886-6150 or

Summer music

The gospel ensemble Joyful Notes will perform as part of the free Summer Music on the Square concert series sponsored by the Pennsylvania Consort at 2 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo at Pitt and Penn Streets in downtown Bedford.

Information: 733-2301 or email

Sunday concert

Me & Mr. Jones will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond in Ligonier as part of a free series of Sunday band concerts.

This two-man show features Josh Rutter and Carl Jones, who will entertain with a variety of music from the ’50s through today.

Donations are welcome, and those who attend should bring their own seating.

Information: (724) 238-4200.

Abstract art

“Along Came a Spider,” an exhibition by Scott Miller of Westmont, will be on display through July 2 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Information: 536-5399 or

Summer art

 Allied Artists of Johnstown’s summer exhibit will be on display through June 30 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Information: 255-6515.

Somerset art

The 25th annual Somerset County Artists Association juried exhibition will be on display Tuesday through Aug. 3 at Laurel Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

An open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 29.

Information: 443-2433 or

Slave quilts

A collection of slave quilt collages by Penelope Wilson of Hollidaysburg will be on display through June 30 at the Bedford County Arts Center at the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt Street, Bedford.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Information: 623-1538 or email


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