The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 8, 2013

There's plenty to see and do this weekend


— Man in Black

“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The musical revue is produced by Troupe America Inc., and Cash is not impersonated during the show.

Tickets are $35 and $39.

Information: 269-7200 or

Holiday showcase

The 43rd annual Holly Bazaar will showcase holiday crafts Saturday through Dec. 24 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The 11th annual Basket Bonanza will feature 90 baskets, with tickets available for $5.

The annual book sale will include new and used books.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is free.

Information: 255-6515.

Taste of mystery

“Death by Dessert” will be served at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bishop McCort Catholic High School’s Bach Center gymnasium, Osborne Street in the 8th Ward section of Johnstown.

Audience members will be served a spaghetti dinner with dessert as customers in the restaurant in the play, and each table must cast a vote for whodunnit.

In addition to acting in the murder mystery, students will prepare and serve the dinner and perform dinner music.

Tickets are $20, and seating is limited.

Information: 536-8991.

Gymnasts meet

The fifth annual Pumpkin Patch Blast gymnastics competition will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Sunday at TNT Gymnastics at Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, 445 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

The event is hosted by TNT Rocket Boosters, and will feature individual and team gymnasts from five states.

Proceeds will allow TNT Gymnastics to purchase uniforms and equipment.

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with a weekend pass available for $12.

Information: 269-4101 or

Honoring veterans

The 17th annual Veterans Day Parade will begin at 4 p.m. Monday at Main and Union streets in downtown Johnstown and proceed up Main Street to Clinton Street, where it will disband.

The parade is organized by the Conemaugh Valley Veterans and will feature military vehicles, veterans organizations, marching bands and Scout troops.

A program will be held in Central Park after the parade.

Veterans of the Korean War will be honored because this year marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War.

A free spaghetti dinner for military veterans will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Rosebud Inn, 1654 William Penn Ave., East Taylor Township.

State Rep. Frank Burns, D-East Taylor Township, is sponsoring the dinner and will be on hand with information on programs benefiting veterans.

Veterans must show military identification to receive a meal.

Information: 536-8400.

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the East Taylor Township municipal building, 2402 William Penn Ave.

Geistown VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team and Cambria County Commissioner Thomas Chernisky will participate.

Patriotic pancakes

Operation Light-Up a Hero Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7 to noon Sunday at Gallitzin Sportmen’s Association, 71 McCoy St., Gallitzin.

Proceeds will benefit the lighting of the American flag at Lance Cpl. Ralph J. Fabbri Park in Gallitzin.

Tickets are free for active duty service members, $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and children ages 6-14.

Children ages 5 and younger will be admitted free.

Take-outs will be available.

Information: 886-7383 or 414-7119.

Songs and dance

The weekend will be full at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.  

Kulani will offer a West African dance class from 6:30 to 9 tonight.

Students will learn West African dances and songs accompanied by live music in this high energy, life-affirming class.

Those who participate should wear comfortable clothes and bring water.

The cost is $10, with an optional potluck following the class.

The dance group is staging events to raise money for an educational trip to West Africa.

“Bottled Up Deux,” the second concert by members of Song Works, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday.

 Members of the local group will perform original songs.

Tickets are $8 at the door.

Information: 536-5399.

Dramatic dreams

“The Dream Play” will be presented by Pitt-Johnstown’s Theater Department at 7:30 tonight and Saturday in the studio theater at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The drama is written by Swedish playwright August Strindberg and adapted by John Teacher, instructor of theater arts at Pitt-Johnstown.

Seating will be general admission only, and there will be no intermission.

Doors will close at 7:30, and latecomers will not be seated.

Tickets are $10.

Information: 269-7200.

Book bargains

Music and movies will be featured during November at Inclined to Read Bookstore at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

There is a large selection of music CDs, vinyl records and VHS tapes, as well as sheet music for bells, clarinet, organ, piano, polka band, trumpet and violin.

The store always has a 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.

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

During November only, CDs, VHS tapes and sheet music will be $1 each. Vinyl records will be three for $1.

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

Information: 536-5131.

Library lessons

A Teen Book Club will meet to discuss “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins as well as its movie adaptations at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

The group also will choose books for upcoming discussions.

 The club is free to join, but a valid library card is required to borrow books.

Toddler Time, a free storytime program for children ages 2-5 which includes crafts, songs and games, will be held at  11 a.m. Tuesdays.

Registration is required.

Baby Time, a free lap-sit program for babies up to 24 months and their caregivers, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursdays.

Registration is preferred.

Information: 266-5610 or email

Comedy benefit

The Steel City Comedy Tour will perform at 9 tonight at the Crow’s Nest in Tire Hill.

Proceeds will benefit the victims of a Moxham fire, which occurred on Oct. 9.

There will be a buffet from 6 to 8, followed by the show at 9.

The three comedians from the tour are David Michael, Lisa Dappich and Sean Collier.

Admission is $20.

Information: 288-6378.

Performance venue

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

Broken Fences, Justin Giuffre and the Pilgrimage and Apache Moon will perform from 7 to  11 tonight.

Admission is $7 or $5 with VOMA VIP.

Information: 410-2245.

Tasty fundraiser

“Not All Heroes Wear Capes,” a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit Windber Relay for Life, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Scalp Level Church of the Brethren, 270 Hoffman Ave., Windber.

Take-out dinners will be available.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-12. Children younger than age 2 will be admitted free.

Information: 695-9232 or

Sacred concert

The oratorio “Song of Songs of Solomon,” written by local composer Terry Osman, will be performed at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. David’s Lutheran Church, 401 N. Main St., Davidsville.

The concert is part of the Artists Connection of the Alleghenies’ Jackie Young-Flack Memorial Concert Series.

Osman has been pianist, conductor and copyist for Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown since 1978.

Guest soloists will be soprano Jessica Mary Murphy and baritone Corey Everly, both students at Westminster College.

Information: 724-388-2273 or email

Lecture series

“P.G. Wodehouse’s Challenge to Highbrow Seriousness” will be presented as part of the newly established Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 138 of Blackington Hall on the Pitt-Johnstown campus, Richland Township.

Ann Rea, assistant professor of English literature at Pitt-Johns-town, will present the lecture examining the work of Wodehouse, novelist and musical comedy librettist, in light of the recent critical discussions of middlebrow culture.

The series is sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Resource Center and is free and open to the public.

 Information: 269-7293 or

Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes are held 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. Mondays.

Two yoga classes taught by Adriann White will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

The cost for either yoga class is $10 per class or $7 per class with the package.

A belly dancing class taught by White will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Classes are $25 a month.

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.

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.

Comfortable art

“Comfort Zones: Pennsylvania and the ‘Foreign’ Landscape” will be on display through Jan. 25 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The exhibition features around 60 paintings, prints and photographs from the museum’s permanent collection.

Hours are 10 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or visit

Homey exhibit

“Quilts & Other Home Furnishings” will be on display through Saturday at Arts Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The show features quilts by Barbara Yerger of Westmont, pottery by Helen Gorsuch of Altoona and woodworkings by Terry Werner and John Sinosky of Johnstown.

Raffle tickets are available to win one of two quilts in the exhibit. A drawing will be held Saturday.

Information: 535-2020.

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

Twice the art

Two exhibitions are on display at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th 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 variety of media by members of       Art in Common, an arts organization based in Central Pennsylvania.  

Information: 946-4464 or

Sharing music

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will “Share the Music” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Centered Community Church, Somerset Street in the Kernville section of Johnstown.

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