The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 26, 2013

Events | Christian concert


— Christian band Newsboys will rock the house with their “God’s Not Dead Tour” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

Singer-songwriter Britt Nicole, contemporary worship group All Things New and Christian duo We Are Campbell are the opening acts.

Tickets are $25 and $39, without fees.

Information: 536-5156 or

Beautiful ballets

The spring production of Johnstown Concert Ballet will be performed at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Dances will include “Les Patineurs” (The Skaters) and “The Wedding of Sleeping Beauty.”

Tickets are $12 and will be available at the door.

Information: 262-7200 or

Musical fundraiser

“A Little Night Music @ the Library” will be presented from 7 to 9:30 tonight at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Musical performances will feature Jazz in Your Face, the Celtic band Aran and Johnstown Classic Rockers.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Information: 536-5131 or

Pet circus

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The traveling animal show features cats, dogs, geese, parrots and doves.

Tickets are $25 and $15.

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

Top doo-wop

Kenny Vance & The Planotones, along with The Fabulous Hubcaps, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets are $38 and $45.

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

Breakin’ for spring

The 20th annual Oldies Spring Break Dance Party will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Local bands Johnstown Classic Rockers and The Tom Katz will perform.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Ace’s and The Galleria information booth.

Information: 536-4176.

Blooming art

The 15th annual Art in Bloom spring art show will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cambria County Courthouse, Ebensburg.

The show is for amateur and professional artists from Pennsylvania.

Admission is free.


Worthy causes

A leukemia fundraiser for Dominick Ianello will be held from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Conemaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company, 1942 Kring St., Tire Hill.

The cost of a basket party, which will be held from 3 to 5, is $5.

There also will be 50-50 tickets, and live music will feature Ole 97 from 5 to 7 and Octane from 8 to 11.

The cost is $20 per person, which includes food and beverages.

Donations can be made to the Franklin Johnstown Federal Credit Union, 310 Bloomfield St., Richland Township.

Proceeds will go to Dominick and Children’s Hospital.

Information: 262-8575 or 266-3682.

A basket raffle to benefit the Humane Society of Cambria County will be held Sunday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at noon and drawings will begin at 1:30.  

Proceeds will go toward the care of the thousands of homeless pets the shelter cares for and a cat room expansion project aimed to begin next year.  

Admission is $5, and tickets can be purchased in advance at the shelter or at the door.

Information: 535-6116.

The  Carrollian Gala will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the cafetorium at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, 728 Ben Franklin Highway, Ebensburg.

The gala is a dinner-dance, live auction and silent auction.

Cornerstone Awards will be presented to individuals who have been instrumental in the success of Bishop Carroll.

The Crusher Challenge, a 5K fundrun-walk, will be held at 10 a.m Saturday at Bishop McCort Catholic High School, 25 Osborne St., Johnstown.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

Awards will be given by age groups, and special Bishop McCort awards will be given to the first student, alumni and teacher-staff person to cross the finish line.

The registration fee is $25 and includes a post-race picnic.

Guests who don’t participate in the race may attend the picnic for $5.

Information: 536-8991 or

The first Polio Walk-a-Thon, sponsored by the Greater Johns-town High School Interact Club and a local Rotary Club, will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Trojan Stadium, Johnstown.

An initial $5 entrance fee will be required.

Entertainment and concessions will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Double duty

Local band Southside Strays will perform for Last Friday at 5 p.m. today at the Ethnic Social Club on the fourth floor of the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The group plays an eclectic blend of jam, rock and blues music and has performed at AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival, Thunder in the Valley, Cambria City Ethnic Festival and Roxbury Bandshell.

Music begins at 5:30, and there is no cover charge.

 “The DeMoulin Bros: Those Daring Young Men and Their Spanking Machines” will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday in the center’s education room.

The DeMoulin Bros manufactured an array of hazing devices commonly used by fraternal organizations around the turn of the century, including a spanker that belonged to the Johnstown branch of the Knights of Pythias.

Admission is free.

Information: 539-1889.

Learning games

“School House Rock Live” will be presented by Richland Junior High School students at 7  to-night and Saturday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

The production is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs.

The Richland cast will feature Shawn Roth, Colby Alexander, Zachary Valkovci,  Meredith Trabold, Harmony Eckroth and Kayla Dallape.  

The company ensemble will include Shalee Allison, Karsen Bailey, Abigail Bracken, Brianna Bray, Moira Casey, Harlan Chandler, Kaylee Davis, Benjamin Fisher, Gabrielle Garcia, Jadon Heider, Megan Herdman, Nebraska Hernandez, Sarah Houston, Bethany Jacobs, Nadia Khan, Alyssa Klein, Tori Kocsis, Kaley Learn, Rianna Learn, Eamon Mahood, Shane Malinish, Emily Mantini, Zachary Maser, Alayna Moore, Kristen Morello, Julia Mostoller, Brenna Mullins, Kaley Murray, Naomi Paluch, Mansi Patel, Niki Patel, Sheridyn Pawcio, Katelyn Petrosky, Chloe Pribicko, Parker Reckner, Shay Roth, Jacob Rovder, Justin Rovder, Kaylee Shook, Brittany Szczepanik, Megan Thomas, Maura Trabold, Ethan Wingard and Katlyn Yeager.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Information: 269-0300 or  

Hunger pangs

A free Christian rock concert by Sanctified from 6 to 9 tonight at the Hastings Memorial Building, 280 Beaver St., will kick off the National 30-Hour Famine Day sponsored by World Vision.

Youth Groups from Hastings and Bakerton United Methodist churches will participate by going without food for 30 hours to get a taste of what the world’s poorest children and families face every day.

The first 200 people in the door will receive a free Celebration of Jesus bracelet, and proceeds from a love donation will benefit World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine.

Prior to the event weekend, students raised funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raised can help feed and care for a child for a month.

Funds raised by 30-Hour Famine participants will help feed and care for children in communities in need around the globe through World Vision, and a portion of the funds raised will assist families in need in the United States.

Creative ideas

“Creative Brain Boost” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Activities such as explorations into mixed media special effects, memory building techniques and exercises for finding inspiration will strengthen abstract and realistic art skills.   

This workshop is good for beginners, the seasoned professional looking for a refreshing spark of renewed inspiration or the nonartist looking to increase memory and brain power. 

The instructor will be Marcene Glover.

A fee of $60 includes both days and materials.

Participants should bring a bag lunch.

Information: 536-5399.

In shape

Fitness programming is shaping up at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

A four-week session of belly dancing classes will be held Wednesdays beginning the first Wednesday of each month.

Yoga classes will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays through May 20.

The cost for the four-week belly dancing session is $25, and drop-ins for either class are $8 per class.

Registration: 536-5399.

Book bargains

A book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

There will be a large selection of art books, novels, nonfiction, cookbooks, children’s books and VHS tapes.

Information: 255-6515.

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight paperback books during May at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

There also is a murder-mystery suspense room.

Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1. Children’s books are 50 cents.

Bookstore hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

Performance venue

 Music is on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The Blues Gathering with Scott Jeffreys will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $7 at the door.

Information: 410-2245.

Art social

StudioPM, a new monthly program offering step-by-step art instruction combined with a social event, will be held from 7 to 10:30 tonight at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

April’s painting inspiration is Georgia O'Keeffe, and the instructor will be Natalie Poldiak.

StudioPM will provide step-by-step instruction for all artistic skill levels, including beginners, while socializing and networking with others.

The program will be held the last Friday of each month and will vary in creative inspiration and art medium.

The cost is $35 per session, which includes all supplies.


Under the sea

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will be presented as part of the 12th annual Children’s Theater Arts and Education Festival at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday and May 5 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students age 12 and younger, and all seats are reserved.

Information: 472-4333.

Art party

An art party featuring mosaic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

Joel Hoover will teach how to create mosaic projects.

Participants can bring shells, tile, glass or other items they would like to incorporate into a project or materials will be provided.

The cost is $16 for members and $20 for nonmembers, and light snacks will be served.

Information: 443-2433.

Dancing for dogs

A zumbathon to benefit Jager and Friends Dog Park in Somerset will be held from noon to  2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 918 Tayman Ave., Somerset.

The dog park opened in October and has a fenced-in play area and an on-leash half-mile walking trail.  

There will be free T-shirts and door prizes at the charity event.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Information: 352-7882 or 724-984-2789.

Tasty comedy

The John Patrick comedy “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” will be performed by Bedford County Players at 8 tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m Sunday at the Gardner Memorial Theater, Old Bedford Village.

Admission is $12 for adults.

Reservations: 623-7555.

Moonlight nights

A Pink Moon Paddle from 8 to 10 tonight will kick off a moonlight kayak paddling series at the Colvin boat launch at Shawnee State Park, Schellsburg.

Participants will learn the basics of flat-water paddling, then go for an hour and a half guided interpretive paddle.  

The fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth between the ages of 8 and 12.

Preregistration is required  and space is limited.

Information: 733-2203.

Spring concert

“Around the World in 20 Songs,” the annual spring cabaret performance of St. Vincent College’s student-run theater group, will be presented at 8 tonight, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center on the college’s Latrobe campus.

Admission is free for all performances, and seating is general admission.

Doors will open one-half hour before each performance.

Roman farce

 “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will close  the season for Altoona Community Theater with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday and May 3-4 and 2 p.m. May 5 at  Mishler Theater, Altoona.

Tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for students.  

Information: 944-9434 or www.altoonacommunitytheatre. com.  

Art muse

“Following the Muse – A Life of Art” by West End native Mari-Claire Charba will be on display Saturday through May 25 at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

A free opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Charba has spent most of her life creating and performing throughout Europe and the U.S.

Art Bites, a lunch and gallery talk with the artist, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 18.

Charba will present an overview of creative communities in America, beginning with the Transcendentalists in Massachusetts.

She will then detail the Experimental and Caffe Theater movements of the 1960s in Greenwich Village and reveal the magic and creativity of different eras and genres, such as the modern American theater.  

Charba also will do readings of her writings and cover various aspects of her work.

Admission is $10 per person, and reservations are required.

Information: 535-2020 or

Stylish paintings

“Treasured Memories,” an exhibit of oil paintings in the old masters style by Davidsville artist Daniel Helsel, will be on display through June 1 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Helsel enjoys painting in the style of Chardin, Vermeer, Rembrandt and Velazquez.

He paints on oil-primed linen canvas and prepares his own panels from Gesso using a Renaissance formula.

His paintings can be found throughout the United States and have been purchased by Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Westmont and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

Helsel has participated in two-artist exhibits at Bottle Works and Dressler Center for the Arts in Somerset.

He has had solo exhibitions locally at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius, Bedford County Art Association and the Jenner Art Gallery at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.

Helsel has taught still-life classes at Community Arts Center and Bedford County Arts Center and will teach an oil painting class May 25 at Bottle Works.

Information: 536-5399.


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