The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 27, 2013

On Saturday, there's a spud for you in Ebensburg


— The Remarkable Reeds of Renaissance City Winds will perform for the first concert of the Johnstown Concert Series 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: 410-6144 or

In concert

Jay Siegel’s Tokens will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets are $30, $32 and $34.

Information: 467-9070 or

Potato heads

The 22nd annual Ebensburg PotatoFest will sprout from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Ebensburg.

The sixth annual Wine Extravaganza Wine Tasting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dauntless fire hall, 209, W. Sample St.

Admission for the wine tasting is $10.

Information: 472-8780 or

UPJ homecoming

Pitt-Johnstown is holding a Las Vegas-themed homecoming and family weekend today and Saturday on its Richland Township campus.

A grand opening ceremony for the university’s nursing and health science building will be held at 3 p.m. today.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Casey Weston, and fireworks on the campus mall will begin at 8:30.

The event will close at 9 with a screening of  “The Hangover” on the Owen Library lawn.

A Las Vegas-themed parade will march up Theatre Drive at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The afternoon will bring a live performance by David Willey, UPJ’s “Mad Scientist,” animals at the Pitt-Johnstown Zoo and an ice cream extravaganza.

The evening will close with a Casino Night in the Student Union and a concert at the Log Cabin featuring Dead Irish Blues.


Club music

Acoustic duo Scott Roberts and Kurt Weidlein will perform for Last Friday at 5:30 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 duo plays rock from almost every era of music from the ’60s through the ’90s with a few original tunes thrown in.

Doors open at 5, with music starting at 5:30.

There is no cover charge.

Information: 539-1889.

Musical serving

“Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping” will be presented Tuesday through Oct. 13 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

The sequel to the popular musical will feature the same actresses who first performed the roles at the playhouse in 2011.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with the exception of Oct. 8, and 2 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 4, 8, 9 and 11 and 3 p.m. Oct. 5 and 13.

Tickets are $14 to $24.95 for preview night, $22 to $39 for evening performances and $17 to $35 for matinees. All tickets include $2 service charge.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

Noon series

The noon recital series for October will begin with the Christ-Centered Community Church Choir at noon Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

The choir has performed with Johnstown Symphony Orchestra during Black History Month and is directed by Brandon King, the church’s minister of music.

The free program will be followed by a light lunch and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Information: 536-7521.

Man in black

The Cash Review will perform the music of Johnny Cash at 7 p.m. Saturday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

The Cash Review will star Bill Venet as Johnny Cash, Marianne Locher as June Carter Cash, Billy Venet Jr. as John Carter Cash and Lisa Ann Janoske as June from the South.

The band will feature John Wolfe and Nathaniel Stalnaker on lead guitar; Moe Newlin on bass; Dan Stonerook and Billy Miller on rhythm guitar; Michael DelGrosso on drums; and Randy Miller as drummer fill-in.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for students. Information: 269-0300 or

Cop shop

The police drama “A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 5 and Oct. 10-12 at Bottleworks Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Eric Shawley and Curtis Caldwell will play two Chicago policemen who are childhood friends and aspiring to move up from a shared beat to detective status.  

The two men’s drive to serve and protect will go up against the sobering backdrop of Chicago’s mean streets.

Rodney Eatman will direct the production, which is 90 minutes long without an intermission.

Tickets are $10, and the drama is suggested for mature audiences only.      

Reservations: 536-5399.  

Worthy causes

The third annual Johnstown Police Motorcycle Unit Fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Croatian Hall, 600 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

There will be chances on baskets and a Harley-Davidson leather jacket, with 50-50 tickets throughout the evening.

Kevin Dale will perform acoustic country, and food will be provided by Classic Catering and Parrot Bay Café.

Donation is $5.

Proceeds will go to the motor units of Johnstown Police Department.

The fall basket party to benefit the Nardecchia Spay/Neuter Fund will be held Sunday at Richland Firemen’s Banquet Hall, 1321 Scalp Ave., Richland.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with drawings beginning at 2 p.m.

Tickets, which are $7, will include 25 basket chance tickets and a light lunch.

A fundraising dinner for Westmont Family Counseling Ministeries will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Westmont.

Tickets are $45 per person or $79 per person to attend a private reception with guest speaker Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.

Information: 536-0798.

The third annual Sporting Clays Classic presented by Somerset Hospital Auxiliary will be held at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. today at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Registration will be held at 8 and 11 a.m.

Proceeds go to the hospital’s purchase of a full-field digital mammography machine.

Information: 443-5221.

Great skate

The J-town Roller Girls will hold an open house skate party from 6 to 9 tonight at Windber Recreation Center, 1605 Graham Ave., Windber.

Music will be provided by Brother Bruno DJ and Jimmy’s Pro Shop of Neville Island Roller Drome will discuss derby gear.

Admission is free.


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 led by Scott Jeffreys will be held beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Doors open at 7:30, and tickets are $7.

Information: 410-2245.

Murder mystery

The farce “Let’s Murder Marsha” will be presented through Sunday at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Curtain times are 2 and 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $22 to $34 for evening performances and $17 to $30 for matinees. All tickets include $2 service charge.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

Adult workshops

 “Colored Pencil Portraits” presented by Donna Housel will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Community Arts Center of Cambria Country, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The cost is $45, plus supplies.

“Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition,” an adult painting workshop presented by Julie Bernstein Engelmann, will conclude from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The cost is $72.

Information: 255-6515.

Fun fest

The Clymer Days Festival will be held today through Sunday at Sherman Street Park, Clymer.

Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. today, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

There will be amusement rides, Civil War reenactment, children’s activities, crafts, fireworks and food.

Admission and parking are free.

Information: 724-254-9207 or

Fall fun

The annual harvest festival will be held during September and October at Faranda’s Farm, 1171 Penn Ave., Hollsopple.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. to dusk Fridays, 11 a.m. to dusk Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays in October.

A Pumpkin Cruise, sponsored by Laurel Highlands Mopar Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with Sunday as the rain date.

Fun Farm admission is $11 for adults and youngsters and free for children younger than 2.

Barnyard admission is $7 for adults and youngsters and free for children younger than 2.

Information: 479-7109 or

Vale Wood Farms Pumpkin Patch will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Oct. 20 at the farm at 517 Vale Wood Road, Loretto.

Admission is $3 per person, with those ages 2 and younger admitted free.

Weekend hayride farm tours are an additional $2 per person, with age 2 and younger also admitted free.

Information: 886-7171 or

Seasonal site

Hoover’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze will be open from 10 a.m. to dusk daily through Nov. 2 at 772 Carroll Road, Patton.

Flashlight tours through the corn maze will be offered Friday and Saturday evenings, with the last admission at 8.

Admission is $5 to the corn maze, and prices vary for pumpkins.

Information: 674-5962.

Park programs

  A ranger from Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site will lead a heritage hike of the Hollidaysburg Canal Basin from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday beginning at the Canal Basin Park parking lot on Bedford Street in Hollidaysburg.

The tour will wind its way through the streets and alleys of town, covering about two to three miles.

It will be held rain or shine, and comfortable, sturdy footwear should be worn.

The tour is free, but reservations are required.

Information: 886-6150 or

Alpaca days

To celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days, an open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lilly Mountain Alpacas, 448 Mountain Road, Lilly.

There will be opportunities to visit with the alpacas, children’s alpaca walks and pictures with the animals.


Outdoor fest

The fourth annual Septemberfest hosted by the Friends of Yellow Creek will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Yellow Creek State Park, Penn Run.

Events will be centered at the day use area and beach.

There will be guided kayaking tours, canoeing, paddleboating, mountain biking, sailboat races, live music and arts and crafts vendors.

The day begins with the 9:30 a.m. mountain bike race.  

Free children’s games and activities will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The public outdoor festival serves as Friends of Yellow Creek’s primary annual fundraiser.

Admission is free.

Information: or email

Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes are starting up at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

 A yoga class taught by Judy Hunter will be held at 5:45 p.m. Monday and Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Two yoga classes taught by Adriann White will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Yoga classes are $56 for the eight-week session or $10 per class.

A belly dancing class taught by White will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 30.

Classes are $25 for four weeks.

A new children’s yoga class for ages 3-8 will be taught by Kristen Panek next door at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave., at the same time an adult class is held at 5:45 at Bottle Works.

The cost is $5 per class.

Information: 536-5399 or for children’s yoga.

Book bargains

Vintage books from the early 1900s will be featured for the month of October at Inclined to Read Bookstore at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

The store always has a great selection of fiction and nonfiction, including art, business, children’s, classics, cooking, gardening, health and well-being, history, and sports.

There also is a murder/mystery/suspense room.

Hardback books are $1, paperbacks and National Geographics are 25 cents and children’s books are 50 cents.

Information: 536-5131.

Stitch in time

Sit and Stitch, a laid-back time of quilting, knitting and cross- stitching will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 15 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The creative and relaxing times of working on independent projects for the holidays will be facilitated by Beth Elston.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5399.

Extended van tours

“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. today and Sunday beginning at the visitor center at Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

This tour will not be offered Saturday, when the “Path of the Flood” van tour will be offered.

Tour is included with park admission.

Information: 495-4643.

Consort series

Cellist Amit Peled will perform for the kickoff of Pennsylvania Consort’s 2013-2014 guest artist series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford.

His piano accompanist will be Noreen Polera.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students at the door.

Information: 733-2301 or email

Triple concert

New age band Never Shout Never, rock band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and indie rock group Maps & Atlases will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Robert S. Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets, which are $20 for the public and $15 for St. Vincent students and area high school students, will be sold at the door.

Information: 724-805-2415.

Tomorrow, tomorrow

Altoona Community Theater will hold auditions for its production of the musical “Annie” Sunday and Monday at the  Mishler Theatre, 1208 12th Ave., downtown Altoona.

Auditions for girls age 6 to 13 playing the title role and the orphans will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

No preparation will be necessary because a song from the show will be taught.  

Auditions for adults will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

 Those who audition should prepare a short portion of a Broadway song.  

An accompanist will be provided, and music should be brought in the proper key.      

The musical will be peformed Nov. 21-24.            

Volunteers also needed to work on backstage crews.

Information: 944-4357 or

 Vintage film

The 1937 film “Navy Blue and Gold” starring Jimmy Stewart will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the third floor of the Jimmy Stewart Museum, 835 Philadelphia St., Indiana.

Admission is free for museum members, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, military and students and $5 for children younger than age 7. Children younger than 7 will be admitted free.

Information: 724-349-6112.

Solo art

“Mazes to the Motherlode” by Westmont artist Brandon Locher will be on display Saturday through Nov. 5 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Locher will have more than 25 works in his first solo exhbition.

An opening reception plus a live music performance by Locher will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 536-5399 or

Allied art

The 81st annual Allied Artists of Johnstown Juried Exhibition will be on display through Dec. 13 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

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

Information: 421-1523 or

Memorial art

Paul G. Whinnie Memorial Gallery Art Show will be on display today and Saturday at Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibit will feature Whinnie’s work, along with work by his former students and memorabilia.

Whinnie was a commercial art teacher at Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center who died in July 2012.

Mythic art

“Saints, Angels, Omens and Masked Men,” an exhibition of paintings by Mars native Zach Brown will be on display through Oct. 6 at the gallery on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Brown’s works reference ancient mythology and religious imagery and are characterized by their use of gold, silver and copper leaf.

A centerpiece of the show will be his Archangel Michael, a triptych measuring 18 feet wide.

Regular gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Information: 724-805-2197 or

Environmental art

“Layers: Places in Peril” will be on display through Nov. 9  at the University Museum on the first floor of John Sutton Hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Artist Judith Waller and earth scientist James Brey have collaborated on several projects to explain and illustrate the environmental threats confronting many of the world’s natural landscapes and vital cities.

 The exhibition explains how the fragile environment in which we live can be dramatically impacted by the global climate and human interaction.

 Museum 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.

Information: 724-357-2397.

 Award-winning art

An exhibition of works by Jude Harzer and Margi Weir will be on display through Oct. 13 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona.

The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and before and during all performances.

Harzer has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in New York City and New Jersey. Her paintings belong to both national and international private collections.

Weir’s awards include first prize in the juried exhibition at the Las Vegas Center for Contemporary Art in 2012, the prize for Best Work on Paper in the first Southwest Biennial at the Albuquerque Museum in 2006 and Best of Show in New Directions in Fiber at CORE New Art Space, Denver, Colo., in 2004.

Information: 949-5452 or

Twice the art

Two exhibition are on display at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 Eleventh Ave., Altoona.

“Rogues, and Colleagues: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” which will be on display through Jan. 4, features more than 35 paintings and photographs by dozens of local and regional artists.

“Artists in Our Midst: Art in Common Annual Juried Exhibition and Friends,” which will be on display through Jan. 11, features almost 80 works in a wide variety of media by members of Art in Common, an arts organization based in Central Pennsylvania.

Information: 946-4464 or

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