BY RUTH RICE
The 29th annual Festival of the Nativity will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight and Saturday and 1:15 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St. in downtown Johnstown.
The festive weekend features nativities from around the world as well as musical and vocal presentations by area performers.
Admission is free.
Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” will be presented by Johns-town Concert Ballet at 7:30 tonight and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Tickets are $12.
Information: 269-7200 or (800) 846-2787.
The seventh annual “Dickens of a Christmas” will take place today through Sunday at various locations throughout downtown Ebensburg.
The light-up ceremony at 6 tonight will kick off the event, and the annual Christmas parade will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Cresson Lake Playhouse will present “Forever Plaid – Plaid Tidings” at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Cambria County Courthouse, 200 S. Center St.
Tickets for the play are $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.
Information: 472-8780 or www.EbensburgDickens.com.
“Bottled Up” will be presented by members of Songworks at 7 tonight at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Singer-songwriters Denise Baldwin, Roy Milstead, Sam Coco, Barry Poglein and Jackie Kopco will perform original compositions.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music beginning at 7.
A cash bar will be available.
Tickets are $5 at the door.
A community event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in Cambria City.
Two artisan shopping experiences at the AW Gallery Shoppe will include live music, food and artist demonstrations.
Children can talk with Santa and make a holiday craft.
Acoustic musician Jane West will perform Wednesday, and artist and musician Mark Ed will entertain from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8.
Gallery Shoppe artist Christopher Nix of Pittsburgh, who creates intricate pen and ink collages that include hundreds of tiny pictures within the drawing, will be the featured artist Wednesday.
His work primarily depicts Pittsburgh and collegiate sports teams or sports figures.
Nix will personalize a collage for each customer.
Other artists who will attend the two events include author Paul LaViolette, nature block printing artist Ruth Queer and painter Alan Rauch.
Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
“Miracle on 34th Street” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, 450 Schoolhouse Road in Richland Township.
Tickets are $48, $43 and $39.
Information: 269-7200, (800) 846-2787 or www.upjarts.org.
Tickets are available for Saturday’s 42nd annual Madrigal Christmas Feaste at Cosgrove Student Center, Mount Aloysius College, Cresson. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday’s performance is sold out.
The cost is $40 per person.
Information: 886-6525 or www.mtaloy.edu/madrigal.
Last Friday will feature Striped Maple Hollow at 5 tonight at the Ethnic Social Club on the fourth floor of Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The acoustic Americana band features two women vocalists singing in tight harmony over banjo, guitar and mandolin.
Music starts at 5:30, and there will be no cover charge.
“The Christmas Wish,” a holiday movie, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St,, downtown Johnstown.
Admission is free.
Information: 536-5131, ext. 211.
Hanukkah for Kids will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Johnstown Children’s Museum at the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The hands-on workshop for children of all faiths will feature a presentation to explain the origin and meaning of Hanukkah and a Hanukkah craft.
The workshop is free for JAHA members or regular admission of $8 for adults, $7 for seniors or $6 for students for nonmembers.
Johnstown Symphony Community Strings will perform at 7 tonight at the Noon-Collins Inn, 104 E. High St., Ebensburg.
The Community Strings is a volunteer orchestra group sponsored by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra to provide an opportunity for adults who play string instruments to participate in an orchestral setting.
Several members of the symphony also play with the group.
The concert is free to the public with a freewill offering to benefit the Cambria County Historical Society.
Local author Sally C. Fink will sign copies of her science-fiction fantasy “Ten Thousand Gods: Book One in Tales of the Lalloure” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
Fink’s novel of love and suspense tells the tale of two races at odds over the rich, verdant planet one calls home.
Local authors Jim and Suzanne Gindlesperger will discuss “So You Think You Know Antietam” and hold a book signing at 6:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Books-A-Million in The Galleria, 500 Galleria Drive, Richland Township.
Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center will collect donations of canned goods at several events in December as part of the Arts Coalition of the Alleghenies’ Pantry Project.
Donation opportunities are today, Sunday, Dec. 9 and 14 at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Before the goods are donated, a Bottle Works’ artist will create a sculpture with the donations on Dec. 14.
Donations also will be accepted at Bottle Works from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
“Christmas Stories 2012” will be presented by The Parlor Players at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Dillweed Bed & Breakfast, Route 403, Dilltown.
Dessert and coffee will be served at 7 tonight and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Chris Collins of Ebensburg will bring to life “Seven Principles of Christmas” by Garrison Keillor.
Theresa Patrick of Indiana will present the Christmas pageant excerpt from “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving.
Eric Shawley of Johnstown will interpret “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry.
Advance reservations are required, and seating is limited.
The cost is $16 per person.
The Christmastown Railroad will be on display through Jan. 1 in the community room of Arbutus Park Manor, 207 Ottawa St. in Richland Township.
The model train exhibit was put together by enthusiasts Ron Reinbold and Win Garland.
The railroad can be viewed from noon to 2 and 5 to 8 p.m. today; noon Saturday; noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday; 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9; 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11; 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 17 and 19; 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.
The 42nd Holly Bazaar will be held through Dec. 24 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
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.
The annual Christmas Craft Shoppe will open to the public through Dec. 19 at Laurel Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 443-2433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beat goes on
A drum circle will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Facilitator Rachel Allen is trained in West African, Middle Eastern and many other cultural traditions.
The cost is $5 per person.
Scott Jeffreys Triad will present jazz fusion from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The Inclined to Read Bookstore will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday for its annual holiday sale at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
Coffee-table books are $2, hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1.
The Friends of the Library will sell locally made baked goods and knitted items from the library’s knitting group, the Knit Wits.
Santa will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. with a special book for each child.
Information: 536-5131, www.cclsys.org or on Facebook.
Ligonier Christmas Town Wide Open House will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Ligonier.
Valley Players of Ligonier will perform “The All-New Ligonier Christmas Show” at 2:30 p.m. at Ligonier Theater.
Ligonier Valley Historical Society’s “Festival of Lights” will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the community room of Ligonier Town Hall.
Candlelight tours through the restored 1799 stagecoach stop at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown will be held from 3 to 7.
Nativities will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Heritage United Methodist Church on the Diamond.
Information: (724) 238-7580.
General information: (724) 238-4200 or www.visitligonier.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.
Art and music
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.
The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
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.
Singer-songwriter Hannah Bingman will lead a songwriting workshop at 3 p.m. Saturday at the arts center.
The interactive class will feature a short overview of Bingman’s songwriting process and opportunities for participants to bring songs they are working on and ask questions.
The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for students.
Information: 623-1538 or email email@example.com.
A Christmas tour will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Green Slopes Farm, 260 Green Slopes Farm Road, Imler.
Guests will be able to mingle with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and his cows and other farm animals, receive a Got Milk gift from Santa, view a live nativity by a local church and tour the farmhouse decorated for Christmas with antiques and the farm museum filled with mannequins and dairy show awards.
Kettle corn, homemade apple butter, local crafts and fresh cut trees and swags will be available for purchase.
The cost for the tour is $4 a person.
Information: Green Slopes Farm on Facebook.
Pennsylvania Consort’s 25th consecutive presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St.
This longstanding traditional event is anchored by the 50-plus member volunteer choir from Bedford, Blair and Huntingdon counties, conducted by Nicholas Will.
Tickets, which will be sold at the door one hour before the concert, are $9 for adults and $4.50 for students through high school.
Information: 733-2301or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local musicians Walt & Jackie with Denise Baldwin will perform at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Caffé Amadeus, 628 Philadelphia St., Indiana.
All donations collected will benefit WKYE’s 12 Wishes of Christmas.
All three musicians are songwriters and have been creating original holiday music to share with holiday favorites.
Before the concert, the trio will be guests on The Acoustic Hour with Anthony Frazier from 9 to 10 a.m.
Admission is free to the concert, but seating is limited.
Information: www.waltandjackie.com, www.denisebaldwin.com or www.caffeamadeus.com.
“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.
The 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 will feature 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.
“Seeing and Believing: Art Encounters Faith” will be on display through Dec. 8 in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
The 45-piece exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints and photographs representing Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and American Indian spirituality.
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.
“The Paintings of Dick Morrill” will be on display through Dec. 8 at the University Museum on the first floor of Sutton Hall on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Morrill’s work focuses on political commentary, portraying political spectacles and revealing portraits of individual personalities.
Hours are 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The museum is free and open to the community.
Information: (724) 357-2397 or www.iup.edu/museum.
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