The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 16, 2012

Events | 'Tis the season


— Johnstown’s Light-Up Night and Christmas parade will begin at 5:15 today in downtown Johnstown.

The celebration starts with members of Johnstown Symphony Chorus singing holiday music from 5:15 to 5:45 in Central Park.

The parade at 6 will feature large holiday-themed, helium-filled balloons floating up Main Street, ending with the man of the hour – Santa Claus.

Before the parade, Wings of Hope, a Hooversville charity, will hold a two-mile run or walk at 5:40, beginning at Point Stadium.

Registration is $18 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger accompanied by an adult.

Holiday crafts

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 Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Dec. 29-31 and Jan. 1-2.

Admission is free.

Information: 255-6515.

Fragile drama

Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” will be presented at 7:30 tonight and Saturday in Alumni Hall at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

Tickets are $5 for adults at the door. Students admitted free.

Information: 886-4131.


The political humor troupe Capitol Steps will perform at 7:30 tonight at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets are $28 and $35.

Information: 269-7200, (800) 846-2787 or

Sinatra songs

“It Was a Very Good Year: Tribute to Frank Sinatra” will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $22 for students and senior citizens.

Information: 269-0300 or

Medicinal music

Johnstown Free Medical Clinic will host the 13th annual Rock, Rhythm and Blues Wednesday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment starting at 7.

Tickets, which include food and entertainment, are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Information: 534-6242.  

Rail jam

The fourth annual rail jam competition will be held beginning at noon Saturday at Ski Den Sports, 1231 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.

The rail jam will feature off the mountain skiing and freestyle snow boarding.

Registration is $5 in advance and $10 the day of the event.

Information: 266-7669.

Chamber concert

Hoodlebug Brass Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

Tickets are $15 or two for $25 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

Information: 467-7943 or

Thankful praise

A Thanksgiving Hymn Sing, sponsored by Friends of New Day, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Oakland United Methodist Church, 1504 Bedford St., Johnstown.

Choirs from Oakland and Maple Spring Church of the Brethren will perform.

Song leaders for hymn selections will be Cheryl Keafer of New Day and Matt Price of Oakland.

Dave Hirko is the organist.

An offering will be taken to benefit New Day Inc.

Refreshments will be served.

Choral concert

Inclined to Sing and the Apprentice Choir, the children’s choruses of Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, will present a fall concert at 7 tonight at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 425 Luther Road, Richland Township.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $5 for adults, and children younger than age 12 will be admitted free.

Information: 535-6738.

Early Christmas

A miniature balloon parade will mark the arrival of Santa at The Galleria, Richland Township, at 10 a.m. Saturday near the food court.

Overly’s Country Christmas will open for the season today at Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Greensburg.

The lights will be on display through Jan. 1.

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

The annual Christmas Craft Shoppe will open to the public through Dec. 19 at Laurel Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

In celebration of the opening, Saturday’s extended hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Performance venue

“Two Artists One Night of Performances: Ryan George and Matt Otis and the Sound” will be presented by Gotham on Stage from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Ryan George, writer, playwright and humorist, will premiere his new stand-up routine. Pittsburgh indie-acoustic singer-songwriter Matt Otis will perform.

There will be a silent auction, and light desserts and refreshments will be provided with admission. 

Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students at the door.

Advance tickets are available online at

Proceeds will benefit Gotham on Stage.

Information: 241-9004 or (412) 554-5698.

Holiday homecoming

A “Come Home for Christmas” open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Dillweed Bed & Breakfast, Route 403, Dilltown.

Admission is free.

Information: 446-6465 or

Worthy causes

A spaghetti dinner and dance to support Kathy Heilein’s liver transplant will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at West Taylor Firemen’s Hall, 712 Cooper Ave., Johnstown.

Dinner will be served from 2 to 4, and music will be provided from 3 to 5 by Rosie and the Jammers.

The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Children younger than age 3 will be admitted free.

A Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, a two-mile walk or four-mile run, will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at Shade-Central City Elementary School, 235 McGregor Ave., Cairnbrook.

The race benefits Project: Streetkids International.

Information: 244-6776, 754-4625.

 The third annual Ebensburg Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk, presented by Ebensburg Area Running Club, will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at Dauntless Fire Station, West Sample Street, Ebensburg.

Registration is $20 per person, and T-shirts will be provided while they last.

Race-day registration is available for $25 starting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the fire hall.

Registration is available online at

A Band & Basket Bash hosted by Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company will be held tonight at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with music at 7, followed by the basket raffle.

Admission is $5, with additional tickets which include 25 chances on the baskets, a door prize raffle ticket and an entry into a grand prize drawing, available for $5.  

Information: 534-8393 before 5 p.m., 536-2401 after 5 p.m. or email

A fundraiser to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Family Kitchen will be held Sunday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the event features food, basket raffles and entertainment.

Basket raffles will be held at 4 and 10 p.m.

The cost will be $15 per person or $10 if nonperishable food items or cleaning supplies are donated.

Information: 539-7811.

A basket party will be held to benefit the Greater Johnstown YWCA at noon Sunday at The Grove, 1000 Edgehill Drive, Westmont.

Drawings begin at 2 p.m., and admission is $8.

More events:

Cheering on

The 25th annual Pennsylvania State Cheerleading Championships will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. All tickets will be sold at the door.

Free music

The Pitt-Johnstown music department’s concert choir and concert band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Admission is free.

Information: 269-7200.

Artistic kids

Saturday Art Classes for Kids will be held Saturday at The Learning Lamp, 2025 Bedford St., Stonycreek Township.  

In “Playing in Clay,” students will learn how to cut, mold and bond stoneware clay and render a sculpture using a variety of carving tools.

Children in prekindergarten to kindergarten will meet from 9 to 10 a.m., and children in grades 1-3 will be in session from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuition for both age groups is $25.

Extended classes for grades 4 and older will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., and tuition will be $38.  

All tuition includes cost of supplies.  

Information: 262-0732 or

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will feature art books and cookbooks for the month of November at the library at 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

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.

Information: 536-5131.

A book sale will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m today and Saturday at Windber Public Library, 1909 Graham Ave., Windber.

There will be adult and children’s hardcover and paperback books and an assortment of VHS tapes, craft books and magazines.  

Information: 467-4950.

Benefit dance

The sixth annual Tom Hoover Sr. Memorial Scholarship Dance will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Seward VFW Post 7022, 628 Route 56, Seward.

The donation to attend is $5 per person, and all those attending must be at least 21 years old.

All money raised goes toward the Tom Hoover Sr. Memorial Excellence Award, which is issued to a United High School senior basketball player each year in memory of United’s late coach, Tom Hoover.

Organizers will accept food donations, covered dishes or desserts, and beverages will be available at the VFW.

Information: 446-5162.

Mature drama

“The Zoo Story,” a one-act drama, will be presented by Star Productions at St. Francis University at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the JFK Center on the Loretto campus.

Written by American playwright Edward Albee, the play, which is recommended for mature audiences, centers around a disturbing encounter between two men in Central Park.

The cast will feature Rob Callis-Keiser of Johnstown and Brian Davis of Lilly.

Admission to Culture Vulture Koffee-Klotches at 6 p.m. tonight and Saturday is $5, and reservations are required.

Admission to the play is free, but a donation is requested.

Information: 472-3930.

Painted art

“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.

An opening reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

Information: 536-5399.

Regional art

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ 17th annual regional juried exhibition will be on display today 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.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, which is open to the public free of charge.     

Serving as exhibition juror is Roberta K. Tarbell, adjunct associate professor in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware.

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

Art’s allies

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‚ÄąTownship.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Information: 269-7234 or

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

Artistic faith

“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

Varied art

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

Lifelong art

“Colleen Browning: Drawings” will be on display through Jan. 12 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.

Political art

“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

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