BY RUTH RICE
The PIAA Southwest Regional AA Wrestling Tournament will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
The top wrestlers from districts 5, 6 and 7 will be in action, competing for berths in the PIAA state tournament.
There will 196 wrestlers from schools in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
Tickets will be available at the door.
See previews and predictions for the tournament here
“On the Town” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Richland High School, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.
Reservations: 269-0300 or www.richlandpac.com.
“Legally Blonde: The Musical” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Greater Johnstown High School, 222 Central Ave., Johnstown.
Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door.
“The Nifty Fifties” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday at Blacklick Valley High School, 555 Birch St., Nanty Glo.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students at the door.
Reservations: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Wizard of Oz” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday at Bedford Area High School, 330 E. John St.
Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door.
Reservations: 623-4250, ext. 1219.
“Guys & Dolls” will be presented at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at Purchase Line High School, 16559 Route 286 Highway East, Commodore.
Tickets are $5 at the door.
Civil War stories
Local authors Jim and Suzanne Gindlesperger will give an illustrated presentation based on their book, “So You Think You Know Gettysburg?” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The Gindlespergers will tell human interest stories and some of the lesser-known facts about this Civil War battle.
The event is free and open to the public.
“The Civil War in Pennsylvania” will be on display through Tuesday in the second floor gallery at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The traveling exhibit was created by the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh for its affiliate program members and is expected to travel to 40 sites in four years.
The exhibit will feature five lifelike museum figures, artifacts, previously unseen photographs and large museum panels describing Pennsylvania’s contributions to the Civil War.
Admission is free to JAHA members or with museum admission.
Information: 539-1889, www.jaha.org or www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
“It’s Classy, Not Classic,” an art exhibit by Ferndale senior Brenden Lovejoy, will be on display from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
This is the first art show for Lovejoy, who will be attending Edinboro University in the fall.
He has been influenced by pop culture, music and social issues as well as artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Kat Von D and considers himself to be part of the pop art movement.
Donations will be accepted for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The third annual fundraiser for Friends of the Steeples Project will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
There will be an ethnic buffet and raffles.
Music will be provided by Johnstown Classic Rockers, beginning at 8.
The cost will be $10 at the door.
The fifth annual spaghetti dinner and basket raffle to benefit the Cathedral Catholic Academy drama program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church social hall, 114 Lindberg Ave., Upper Yoder Township.
The cast and crew from the upcoming musical production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.,” which will be performed April 6-7 at Bishop McCort Catholic High School, will serve the meals, along with their parents.
There will be occasional cast performances of previews from the show.
Tickets, which are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-10, can be purchased in advance or at the door. Children younger than age 5 will be admitted free.
Take-out meals will be available.
An all-day fundraiser to benefit Pitt-Johnstown’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter will be held Saturday at Elton Zion United Methodist Church, 1089 Mount Airy Drive.
Pancakes and sausage will be served from 9 a.m. to noon, with pancakes and spaghetti from noon to 1 p.m. and spaghetti from 1 to 6 p.m.
The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for students with proper ID and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.
Proceeds from the year’s biggest fundraiser will go toward the cost of the annual collegiate challenge alternative spring break trip, which will go to Miami this year.
A meat raffle will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, 217 Fourth St., East Conemaugh.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and tickets are $3.
Drum and dance
Drumming and West African Dance Workshops will be held Saturday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Blissful Drumming, led by percussionist Bryan Fazio, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.
No experience is necessary, and drums will be provided.
Fazio teaches drumming at Community College of Beaver County, facilitates workshops throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area on hand drumming and spontaneous poetry, gives private lessons and accompanies yoga classes.
He performs regularly with Jim Donovan’s Sun King Warriors, Tertium Quid Percussion Ensemble and Faze 4 and as a solo artist.
West African Dance, led by Becky Bickford of Kulani, will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m
This class will incorporate liberating movement, an appreciation for community and a celebration of life.
There will be a warm up, dance instruction and a community dance circle, and no dance experience is necessary.
Bickford is a dance performer and teacher who has taught classes at Bottle Works and performed with the West African dance and drum ensemble Kulani.
The cost is $20 per workshop or $35 for both.
Participants may preregister or pay at the door.
UPJ Circle K Kid’s Day, sponsored by Circle K International at Pitt-Johnstown, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on the upper level of The Galleria, Richland Township.
There will be carnival games and craft activities.
Donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation or American Cancer Society.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be presented by Pitt-Johnstown Theater Department at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at the studio theater at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students.
Daytime fitness programming will begin Monday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Pilates classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays through April 8.
These lunch-hour classes will focus on core exercises, stability work and arms and legs toning and finish with deep stretching and relaxation.
Circuit training classes, which will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays through April 8, will mix low impact cardio with strength training, ab work and stretching.
Certified Fitness Trainer Brigitte Wilson, who has been teaching fitness for 15 years, will lead the classes.
She is certified in weight training, step aerobics, Pilates, Pilates-yoga blend, boot camp classes, spinning, weight management classes, Silver Sneakers and fitness for kids.
The cost for a six-week session of either class is $42, and drop-ins are $8 per class.
Yoga classes led by instructor Adriann White will continue from 5:45 to 6:45 and 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through April 24.
No prior dance experience is needed.
Participants will learn the basic dance movements used in belly dance and how to incorporate the moves into a complete choreographed dance.
Hip scarves are recommended, and coin-tipped scarves will be available for $15 at the first class.
The fee for the four-week session is $25.
Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight health and wellness books as well as a large selection of books for children at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.
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.
Music is on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A CD release party for Wine of Nails will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 tonight.
Doors open at 8, and tickets are $7 or $5 for VOMA VIPs.
Don Aliquo Quartet will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Doors open at 7, and tickets are $12 or $10 for VOMA VIPS.
Round Two, a Pittsburgh punk band, will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Doors open at 7, and tickets are $7 or $5 for VOMA VIPS.
Information: 410-2245 or www.thevoma.com.
“Back Home Again in Indiana” will be presented by operatic soprano and Indiana native Renee Fleming at 8 p.m. Saturday in Fisher Auditorium on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Fleming received her fourth Grammy Award Feb. 10 for “Poemes,” a collection of masterpieces by a variety of French composers.
She will be joined by pianist Richard Bado, also a native of western Pennsylvania.
Tickets range in price from $12 to $35.
Information: 724-357-1313 or IUPTickets.com.
“Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939-1949” will be on display through March 31 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The exhibition of iconic Hollywood film posters is on loan from Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion Museum.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for seniors. JAHA members will be admitted free.
“We Are All in This Together,” an exhibition by resident artists, will be on display through April 6 at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The exhibition will showcase a variety of pieces by artists-in-residence Holly Lees, professional photographer; Thomasa Pridgen of Thomasa Studio; Justin Guffrie of Guffrie Guitars; and Travis and Todd Stiffler, a father–son team delving in restoration and painting.
Information: 535-2020 or artworksinjohnstown.org.
“An Industrial Revolution: The Photography of Amelia Patsy” will be on display through July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, located at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown.
The exhibit features 55 gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes chronicling much of western Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage and includes several Johnstown landmarks.
Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
“125 Years of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johns-town Jewish Community Heritage Project, will be on display through September at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The exhibition illuminates the history, traditions and achievements of Johnstown’s Jewish community. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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