The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 30, 2013

There's plenty to see and do this Labor Day weekend


Fun festivals

The 25th anniversary of Cambria City Ethnic Festival will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.

The 43rd Log House Arts Festival will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The festival offers traditional crafts, food, entertainment and children’s activities.

Information: 255-6515 or

The 25th Forest Hills Festival will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Berwind Wayside Festival Park, along Locust Street in St. Michael.

There will be craft and food vendors and performances by local singers and dancers.

A fireworks display will light the skies at 9 Sunday.

Proceeds will benefit Adams Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 2.

Admission is free.

Parking is free along Locust Street and throughout St. Michael.

All’s fair

The 122nd Cambria County Fair will be held Sunday through Sept. 7 at the fairgrounds on old Route 219, a half-mile north of Ebensburg.

Country newcomers Maggie Rose and Charlie Worsham will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, and singer-songwriter Dustin Lynch will perform at 7 p.m. Monday.

High School Band Night will return at 6 Tuesday, demolition derbies and truck pulls will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday and a monster truck show will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 7.

Admission is $8, which includes grandstand shows, midway, parking, rides, livestock barns and agriculture and annex buildings.


The 151st Indiana County Fair will continue today and Saturday at the fairgrounds, 700 Carter Ave.

Fair highlights will feature limited pro stock and smoker series for tractors and big rig semis at 7 tonight and a demolition derby at noon and stock-semi, tri-axle dump, performance gas and performance diesel 4x4 truck pulls at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“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 $8 and free for those younger than age 2.

Parking is free.


Gospel time

The 28th annual Fall Harvest Gospel Music Festival will be held at 7 tonight and 1 p.m. Saturday through Monday at Camp Harmony, 1414 Plank Road, Hooversville.

Local and regional gospel groups and soloists will perform, and there will be family activities and food.

Parking for the weekend is $5.

Information: 798-5885.

English mystery

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” will be presented Thursday through Sept. 7 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.

Information: 472-4333 or email

Car cruise

The sixth annual Cruisin’ the Flood City car cruise, sponsored by Laurel Highlands Mopar Club, will be held at noon Saturday around Central Park in downtown Johnstown.

The show is open to all makes, models and years of cars, trucks and motorcycles.

The show will be held rain or shine, with no registration fees, judging or trophies.

There will be music with Walt McClelland.

Portions of proceeds from a 50-50 and a Chinese auction will benefit a local charity.

Summer art

“Get Artsy This Summer,” the summer art camp student show, will be on display through Sept. 13 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Campers from 3 to 14 worked on drawing, painting, mixed media, fiber, pottery and jewelry.

Information: 255-6515.

Tee time

The second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Golf Outing, sponsored by the Johnstown Branch of the NAACP, will be held Saturday at North Fork Country Club, 424 Country Club Road, Johnstown.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with tee times beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The format will be four-man teams with a shotgun start.

The event will raise monies to help disadvantaged youths with scholarships and other financial needs.

The cost is $60 per participant, which includes snacks, dinner and prizes.

Information: 418-1106, 327-7353 or 242-1866.

Pool benefit

The first Run for the Park, a 5K run-walk to benefit the Patton Pool Bathhouse Renovation will be held Saturday at Patton Park & Pool, Third Avenue, Patton.

Registration will be held from 8 to 8:45 a.m., with runners beginning at 9 and walkers at 9:30.

Awards will be given to the top finisher in each runner age group only.

Registration is $20 per participant.


Double art

“Inner Visions Photography” by Mark Eash and “Expressions of Native Plants and Flowers” by Donna Hess, Dolly Queer and Karen Sandorf will be on display through Sept. 21 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibit by Roxbury resident Eash will feature 20 photos in color and black and white taken within the past three years.

The native plant exhibit will feature watercolors, silk scarves, purses, watering cans and photographs.

Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 536-5399.

Performance venue

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

Pigeons Playing Ping-Pong will perform with a high-energy mix of funk, rock, electronica and jazz from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Information: 410-2245.

Hamming it up

Auditions for Cresson Lake Playhouse’s production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Ebensburg Rehearsal Hall, 526 W. Ogle St.

Roles are available for an ensemble of funny, sexy people, including men ages 18 to 70 and women ages 18 to 50. All roles will require singing and dancing.

Information: 472-4333.

Beat goes on

A drum circle will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The cost is $5 per person.

Information: 536-5399.

Croatian celebration

 The Croatian orchestra Dyaco and vocalist Gordana Ivanjek will present tamburitza music at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Croatian Hall, 612 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Steam power

The 61st Farmers & Threshermen's Jubilee will be held Wednesday through Sept. 8 in New Centerville.

The jubilee recreates harvest time with demonstrations of threshing, cider pressing and sawing logs into lumber.

It is sponsored by and for the benefit of New Centerville and Rural Volunteer Fire Co.


Book bargains

Religious books will be featured for the month of September 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 are 25 cents and children’s books are 50 cents.

Information: 536-5131.

Fresh food

Produce to People, a free feeding program for low-income residents, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, 445 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

To qualify, a household must earn income within 150 percent of the poverty lie, receive Medicare, Social Security or unemployment or be eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.

Participants are asked to bring bags or boxes because they will be given 35 to 45 pounds of fresh produce.

It is free to participate.

Information: 659-2109, 412-460-3663, ext. 727, or

Extended van tours

“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” Van Tours have been extended through Sept. 29 at Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork.

Tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily, beginning at the visitor center.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

This tour will not be offered Sept. 28, when the “Path of the Flood” Van Tour will be offered.

Tour is included with park admission.

Information: 495-4643.

Written auditions

STAR Productions at St. Francis University will host auditions for its upcoming production of “Voices from the Pages” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the studio basement of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on campus.

The production will use articles from newsprint and magazine tabloids and turn them into dramatic monologues as part of a theatrical presentation.

The audition will include a brief monologue writing exercise and then enacting the written exercise as an audition.

No previous experience or memorized reading selection is required.

Performances are scheduled for late fall.

Information: 472-3216.

Camp out

Garrison Weekend will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Fort Ligonier, 200 S. Market St., Ligonier.

There will be encampments, drills and musket-firing demonstrations.

Information: 724-238-9701.

Award-winning art

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

A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Center.

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

Worthy cause

Burgi’s Low Life Riders will host its 10th annual charity ride Sunday, with registration at 9 a.m. at Blair Candy Company, 3421 Beale Ave., Altoona.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 10:10 a.m., with kickstands up at 11 a.m.

An escorted ride through Central Pennsylvania will conclude with dinner and live bands at Brush Mountain Sportmen’s Club.

The Burgi’s Low Life Riders Chapter holds this annual charity run to raise funds to help support children of central Pennsylvania stricken with serious or debilitating illnesses.

This year’s charity ride benefits Jack Grassmyer and Evan Decker.

Registration is $20 per rider.

Donations also are being accepted by check made payable to Low Life Rider Chapter Inc. and mailed to Becky Russo, 480 Pinecroft Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16601.

Information: 937-5804 or 931-7136.

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