BY RUTH RICE
Christmas is coming
Johnstown’s annual Light-Up Night and Hometown Christmas Parade will begin at 6 tonight in downtown Johnstown.
The parade will feature oversized balloons, bands, floats and Santa Claus.
After the parade, St. Nick will power up the lights in Central Park and hear children’s Christmas wishes.
Before the parade, there will be Christmas carols in Central Park and a Santa Run to benefit families coping with cancer.
2U Tribute to Irish rock band U2 will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.
Tickets are $16, $20 and $24.
Information: 467-9070 or www.arcadiatheater.net.
The 14th annual Night of Rock, Rhythm and Blues will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.
The fundraiser benefits Johnstown Free Medical Clinic and will feature The Billy Price Band.
Tickets are available at the medical clinic at 340 Main St. and George’s Song Shop, both in downtown Johnstown; Ace’s; The Little Shop at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center; and the Lee Shoppe at Conemaugh Memorial’s Lee Campus.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
“Paris on the Conemaugh” with Clelia Cicero will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown. Cicero will sing the music of French singer Edith Piaf.
Tickets are $10 for Art Works members and $12 for nonmembers.
Justin Giuffre & the Pilgrimage will perform folk and acoustic music for Next-to-Last Friday at 5:30 tonight at the Ethnic Social Club on the fourth floor of the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Doors open at 5, with music starting at 5:30.
There is no cover charge.
“Annie Juniors” will be presented by Johnstown Kids Onstage at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Westmont Hilltop High School, 200 Fair Oaks Drive, Johnstown.
Admission is free.
The fourth annual Trivia Night will be held Saturday at Christ the Saviour Cathedral Educational Center, 307 Garfield St. in the West End section of Johnstown.
Registration and dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., with game time at 7.
Teams of six to 10 people will compete during eight rounds of trivia questions.
Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward ongoing work at the cathedral.
Admission is $25, which includes food and dessert bar.
There will be a cash bar, and seating is limited.
The fall concert of Inclined to Sing and Apprentice Choir, the children’s choruses of Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1000 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.
Organist Ann Labounsky will perform for the Johnstown Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.
Labounsky is professor of music and chairwoman of organ and sacred music at Duquesne University and dean of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Tickets are $15 or two for $25 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students.
Information: 410-6144 or www.johnstownmusic.org.
The Pitt-Johnstown Music Department will present two free concerts at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Pitt-Johnstown’s concert choir and concert band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and the jazz ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
While admission is free to both concerts, collection cans will be available to make cash donations to the Cambria County Humane Society.
A benefit show for Moxham fire victim Ivori Achen will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Venue of Merging Arts, 307 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The evening of music will feature Ivori’s brothers’ band No Excuses, plus One Track Mynd, The Lux Republic and Painted By Millions.
Donation is $6 or two for $10.
A Thanksgiving Day two-mile walk/four-mile run to benefit Project: Streetkids International will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at Shade-Central City Elementary School, 235 McGregor Ave., Cairnbrook.
The nonprofit provides assistance to at-risk youth in Honduras and locally.
T-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registered participants only.
Entrants should bring a canned or nonperishable food item to benefit the Central City Food Pantry.
Information and application: 244-6776, 535-6514, 754-4625 or www.projectstreetkids.org.
A basket party benefiting Eat ’n’ Park’s 2013 Caring for Kids Campaign will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Volunteer Fire Company, 1741 Bedford St., Johnstown.
Proceeds also will raise money for the free-card fund at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital.
Tickets, which are $6, are available at Richland Eat ’n’ Park.
A spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit Laurel Arts company dancers will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 tonight at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 1845 N. Center Ave., Somerset.
Take-out dinners will be available from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are available at Laurel Arts Education & Dance Center at 601 Georgian Place, from company dancers and at the door.
Proceeds will help defray the costs of attending dance competitions.
A used book sale will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Windber Public Library, 1909 Graham Ave., Windber.
There will be adult and juvenile hardcover and paperback books available.
Local author Robert Jeschonek will present information on indie publishing at 10 a.m. Saturday at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.
Information will be provided on publishing ebooks, audiobooks and paperbacks for those who have ever considered publishing their own work.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical duo Simple Gifts will hold a workshop and concert Saturday at St. Francis University, Loretto.
A workshop open to the public will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the JFK Auditorium, followed by a public performance at 7.
The cost for the workshop is $3 or a donation to the Dorothy Day Center’s Food Bank, and the cost for the concert is $5 or a donation to the food bank.
The 43rd annual Holly Bazaar will showcase holiday crafts 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.
“Children’s Ho-Ho-Ho ... Here Come the Holidays” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the AW Gallery Shoppe at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The workshops with the Learning Lamp will feature children’s holiday crafts and activities, and parents can shop while children are crafting.
The cost is $5 per craft, which will be suitable for gift-giving.
The 16th annual Greater Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular will be held today through Sunday at Monroeville Convention Center, Route 22, 209 Mall Blvd., Monroeville.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5.50 for senior citizens and $1 for children ages 6-12. Children younger than age 6 will be admitted free.
“Under the Sea,” the annual gala of the auxiliary to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Westmont.
Tickets are $125.
The 17th annual Holiday Lights On The Lake will be open nightly from 6 to 10 tonight through Jan. 5 at Lakemont Park, 700 Park Ave., Altoona.
The 51-acre display is filled with holiday lights and animations and can be seen as visitors drive through.
Guests also can stop at Santa’s Village, which includes a gift shop, refreshments and model train displays by the Alto Model Train Museum.
Children can visit with Santa and get their picture taken every night through Dec. 23.
A Toys for Tots event will be held Dec. 6, with admission of $5 with the donation of a new unwrapped toy.
Regular admission is $10 per car, $20 per commercial van, $25 per school bus and $75 per motorcoach.
Unlimited passes are available for $34.95.
Information: 800-434-8006 or www.lakemontparkfun.com.
Overly’s Country Christmas will be open today through Jan. 1 at Westmoreland Fairgrounds, 116 Blue Ribbon Lane, Greensburg.
Hours are 5:30 to 9 tonight through Thursday, then 5:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5:30 to 9 p.m. weekdays.
The grounds will be closed Monday and Dec. 2 and 9.
After walking through the light displays, guests can visit the Christmas Village.
Admission is $12 per car Mondays through Thursdays, $15 per car Fridays through Sundays and $20 per commercial vehicles and vans, limousines and recreational vehicles.
Art and music will be on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A Studio PM guided art event will be held from 7 to 10:30 tonight.
Artists will paint an acrylic snowman on canvas and make painted glass ornaments.
Light snacks will be provided, and guests may bring a beverage of choice and other treats.
Advance reservations are required since seating is limited to 20 guests.
Matt Otis and the Sound and Painted By Millions will perform Wednesday.
Doors will open at 6:30, with complimentary snacks and sweets until 8.
The evening will start with a roaming open mic hosted by Matt Otis from 7 to 7:45.
Painted by Millions will perform from 8 to 8:45, then Matt Otis and the Sound will close the evening from 9 to 10:30.
Admission at the door is $9 for adults, $6 for students and $7 with VIP card.
Information: 410-2245 or www.thevoma.com.
Music and movies will be featured for November 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.
During November only, CDs, VHS tapes and sheet music will be $1 each. Vinyl records will be 3 for $1.
Hardback books are $1, paperbacks are 25 cents and children’s books are 50 cents.
Yoga and belly dancing classes are being 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 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 www.yogabykristen.com for children’s yoga.
Soprano Liesl Odenweller and noted period ensemble Chatham Baroque will present an evening of baroque music as part of Pennsylvania Consort’s guest artist series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students at the door.
Information: 733-2301 or email email@example.com.
“The Palace of Truth,” W.S. Gilbert’s three-act blank verse fairy comedy, will be presented at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.
Admission is free but donations will be accepted.
Eugenia Zukerman will perform on flute at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center on the campus St. Vincent College, Latrobe.
Single tickets are $25, and non-St. Vincent student tickets are $15.
Children age 12 and younger will be admitted free with adult supervision.
A dinner-concert package will feature dinner served in the Metten dining room and admission to the concert for $50 per person.
A free shuttle will run between the parking areas and concert venue.
Tickets also are available at the door one hour before each concert.
Information: 724 805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu.
“Wonderful Whimsy IV,” a mixed-media exhibition, will be on display through Jan. 7 at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Information: 535-2020 or www.artworksinjohnstown.org.
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 www.johnstownart.com.
“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 a.m.to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 472-3920 or visit www.sama-art.org.
Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts 18th annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition will be on display today through Feb. 9 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.
An opening reception, which will be open to the public free of charge, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
The exhibition will feature 71 works by 71 individual artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania, spanning a variety of media.
The exhibition has become known for the freshness and energy of emerging young artists and the presentations of established artists developing a new direction with their art.
This will be the 10th consecutive year the Ligonier museum has hosted the exhibition.
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 visit www.sama-art.org.
“Christmas in America,” a holiday exhibit allowing visitors to experience the history and traditions of Christmas in the 19th century, will be on display through Jan. 10 at the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery on the first floor of the Fred M. Rogers Center, St. Vincent College, Latrobe.
There will be 24 coverlets on display and an array of whimsical decorations, including decorated Christmas trees, greeting cards, Santa Claus figures and other vintage-inspired decorations.
Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
The Gallery will be closed Dec. 24-26, and private tours during all other times are available by appointment.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Information: 724-805-2569 or www.mccarlgallery.org.
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 www.sama-art.org.
Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.