The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 23, 2013

Fun in motion at Peoples Natural Gas Park


— Events

Dance party

A Dance for Joy fundraiser to benefit Kulani West African Dance will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., downtown Johnstown.

Johnstown’s largest, most diverse dance party is sponsored by Kulani, Greater Johns-town/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center and Johnstown Area Heritage Association.

Local dance and movement groups, including Kulani, will celebrate their passion to dance by performing, then the audience will have the chance to join in.

The fundraiser will help Kulani with expenses for a trip to West Africa, where they will experience an intensive dance and drumming immersion.

Featured groups performing are Kulani, Le Dance Academi, Fitness with a Twist, Praise in Motion Lyrical Dance and Belly Dancing with Adrienne White.

Admission is $5 at the gate.

Information: 322-5617 or email

Jazz fixture

Jazz in Your Face will perform at Jazz Along the River at 6 tonight at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church pavilion, Fifth Avenue and Power Street in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.

Drummer Mike Bodolosky will bring his 16-piece band and its signature interpretations of jazz, swing, Latin and bebop sounds.

Ethnic foods will be available for purchase beginning at 5.

Chairs will be set up, and those who attend also are invited to bring their own chairs.

Wine taster

The 21st annual Wine & Food Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort near Champion.

The festival will feature wines crafted by 30 participating Pennsylvania wineries, gourmet food, seminars, live entertainment, and a variety of arts and crafts.

The event’s live entertainment selection includes Unknown String Band, Runaway Dorothy, Drew Bentley, Allegheny Rhythm Rangers, Meredith Holliday and Mark Ferrari Duo.

Admission is $38 for Saturday and $28 for Sunday, but does not include the price of food.

Information: (800) 452-2223 or visit

Return engagement

 Beatlemania Now will bring the sounds of the Fab Four to Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Performing against a backdrop of video images that will evoke memories of one of the most turbulent decades of modern times, the cast re-creates more than 30 classic songs in a multimedia musical stage show.

Tickets are $39, $36 and $34.

Information: 467-9070 or

Ag showcases

The 113th annual Somerset County Fair continues through Saturday at the fairgrounds at 7842 Mount Davis Road, Meyersdale.

Fair highlights will feature a 4x4 truck pull at 7 tonight and the Jack Fullerton Destruction Derby at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Master chain saw sculptor Dennis Beach will demonstrate his craft at 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. today, with all woodcarvings auctioned at 8 tonight.

Admission is $8. It’s free for those younger than age 2.


The 151st Indiana County Fair will be held Sunday through Aug. 31 at the fairgrounds, 700 Carter Ave., Indiana.

Fair highlights will feature a preview with modified and farm tractor pulls at 7 p.m. Saturday; crowning of Indiana Fair Queen at 5 p.m. and Harvest Home Service with 2BTrue at 7:30 p.m. Sunday; country singer Craig Campbell at 8 p.m. Monday; Band Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday; stock gasoline and stock diesel 4x4 pickup pull at 7 p.m. Wednesday; Cheerleading Expo Night at 6 Thursday; limited pro stock and smoker series for tractors and big rig semis at 7 p.m. Aug. 30; and demolition derby at noon and stock-semi, tri-axle dump, performance gas and performance diesel 4x4 truck pulls at 7 p.m. Aug. 31.

A train show, miniature farm show and Kiwanis kiddie farm will be open daily.

There will be performances by the Junk Rock Band drumming ensemble Tuesday and Wednesday and the carousel band organ Monday through Aug. 31.

Also from Monday through Aug. 31, “K9s in Flight,” a doggy dock diving show and high flying frisbee dog show, and the Bar C Ranch Petting Zoo and camel rides will be on the football field.

Admission is free Sunday; $8 Monday through Aug. 31; and free for those younger than age 2. Parking is free.


Hilltop Days

Westmont Hilltop Recreation Commission will kick off its third annual Hilltop Days – Craft and Cruise Show with a free pre-fest community cookout from 6 to 8 tonight at The Ridge, 3984 Menoher Boulevard, near Pickin’ Chicken.

The cookout will be followed by a performance from Who’s Your Daddy, an alternative and classic rock band.

Activities during the remainder of the weekend, which will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, will include an expansion of the children’s area, expanded food court, a DJ and a large-basket raffle.

The annual car and motorcycle cruise will be held Sunday. A $5 registration fee will be charged to enter a vehicle.

Music will be provided Saturday and Sunday by DJ UC Bob, who will play classic rock.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a $1 parking fee.

Information: 539-1877.

Good cause

“The Brother Shamus Shuffle, which will benefit the Dorothy Day Center at St. Francis University, Loretto, will be held Saturday beginning from the Ghost Town Trail in Ebensburg at the memorial field. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

Bicycle riders, runners and walkers will depart at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 a.m., respectively, and there is not a minimum distance to travel.

The shuffle is named for the Rev. Shamus McGrenra, TOR, director of international admissions at the university and organizer of campus bike rides that have raised more than $34,000, which the center uses to assist local families.

Even though he is undergoing treatment for colon cancer, McGrenra plans to ride.

The registration fee is $20.

Registration: 472-3004, 472-3150 or

Bluegrass fest

“Pickin’ for Wishes,” a bluegrass festival to benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia will be held Saturday at Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, 1224 St. Joseph St., Loretto.

Gates will open at 10 a.m., with musical acts running from noon until 8:30 p.m.

 Featured acts are The Hillbilly Gypsies, Blue Shades, Mountain Therapy, Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers and Trains, Moonshine & Jesus.

There also will be food and craft vendors, a 50/50 raffle and bingo.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Rough camping will be provided with arrivals during the day today.

 The event will be held rain or shine.

Information: 674-8529 or 883-7390.

Summer art

“Tie Dye Workshop for Kids!”  for children ages 6 to 12 will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Johnstown tie-dye artist, Heather Nibert, will teach participants how to create their own wearable art in this hands-on workshop.

The cost is $15 or $12 for Art Works members, and T-shirts and supplies will be provided.

Instructions also will be provided on how to wash a tie-dye shirt.  

Registration: 535-2020 or email

Concert series

The free Concerts in the Park series will end with rock from the ’80s and other classic hits by Fuse from 6 to 9 tonight at Penn Eben Park, Ebensburg.

Concertgoers can bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks or a cooler.

Information: 472-8780 or www.ebensburgmain-

Drop-in stories

Back-to-School Story Time Sessions will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the Children’s Storytime Theater at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Information: 536-5131.

Bandshell blast

AmeriServ Free Summer Concerts at Roxbury Bandshell will continue Sunday at the bandshell at Roxbury Park along Franklin Street, Johnstown.

Apache Moon will perform acoustic from the ’70s and ’80s at 5 p.m., and Anderson Grove will play Christian rock at 6.

Saturday in the park

Jazz in Your Face will perform for the last of the 2013 Concerts in the Park series from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, downtown Johnstown.

Concertgoers can bring lawn chairs or blankets.

At the hop

The Oldies Record Hop, sponsored by Windber Area Visioning Experience, will be back from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Windber Recreation Park Ballroom.

Music will be provided on vintage jukeboxes, and food will be available. A car and motorcycle cruise-in will begin at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $5.

Performance venue

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

The Cash Review will perform from 7 to 10 tonight.

Doors will open at 7, with music at 7:45.

A teen open mic night will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 Tuesday.

Concessions will be available.

Information: 410-2245.

Outdoor music

Somerset County Community Band will perform for the last band concert at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond in Ligonier.

The concerts are sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, and guests should bring their own seating.

In case of rain, the performance will be held inside the town hall auditorium.

Information: 724-238-4200.