The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 6, 2013

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— Events

Folk music

New Christy Minstrels will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The group, founded in 1961, is known for hits such as “Today” and “Green, Green.”

Tickets are $29, $25 and $21.

Information: 269-7200 or

Cruisin’ along

The fifth annual Johnstown Super Cruise will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, 3429 Elton Road, Richland Township.

Participating car clubs include Johnstown Street Survivors, Laurel Highlands Mopar, Cover Hill and Portage Area Cruisers.

Admission is free.

Fine films

The 2013 edition of Johnstown Film Festival will be held at 7 tonight at Johnstown Flood Museum, 304 Washington St., downtown Johnstown, and at 8 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Admission is $5 at the door for tonight’s showings and $8 for association members and $10 for nonmembers for Saturday’s showings.


Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes are beginning 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 through Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Two yoga classes taught by Adriann White will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Yoga classes are $56 for the eight-week session or $10 per class.

A belly dancing class taught by White will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 25.

Classes are $25 for four weeks.

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.

Bandshell blast

AmeriServ Free Summer Concerts at Roxbury Bandshell will close out the season Sunday at the bandshell at Roxbury Park along Franklin Street, Johns-town.

Hiram and the Walkers will play oldies at 3 p.m.

The Cash Review will perform a Johnny Cash tribute at 5.

Spiritual story

The music drama “It’s Not Too Late” will be presented at 7 tonight through Sunday at Oakland United Methodist Church, 1504 Bedford St., Johnstown.

The play follows the events of the Columbine shooting in 1999, with an emphasis on the spiritual perspective.

Tickets are no longer available for the dinner theater, which will be held at 6 each night, but those who wish may attend the performance only.

The donation is $5, and guests attending the performance only will be seated after those attending the dinner theater.

Proceeds will benefit the renovation of the Family Kitchen.

Information: 269-3678.

9/11 events

“Let’s Roll,” the annual memorial ride to Shanksville to honor the heroes of Flight 93, sponsored by Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education, will gather at 1 p.m. Sunday at Highland Harley Davidson, 802 N. Center Ave., Somerset.

Riders will leave at 2 and do not have to be members of ABATE to participate.

Donations will be given to Flight 93 Memorial.


The tragic events of 9/11 will be commemorated Tuesday and Wednesday at the Memorial Plaza near the Wall of Names at Flight 93 National Memorial, Shanksville.

Luminaria will be on display from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

An observance will begin at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, with the reading of names and ringing the Bells of Remembrance.


Reading fun

The Tales with Tails reading program with AKC Canine Good Citizen Dogs will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2 in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Each child or family will be assigned an individual 15-minute time increment when registering.

Tales with Tails is a literacy initiative that encourages children of all abilities to read stories to dogs who love to listen.

All dogs involved in this program have passed AKC Canine Good Citizen certification and remain with handlers through the program’s length.

The goal of this program is to promote and foster reading skills of school-age children by providing a friendly and encouraging educational atmosphere.

Sign-ups are being held in the children’s department and are required for participation in the program.

Information: 536-5131, ext. 205, or email

All’s fair

The 122nd Cambria County Fair will wind down today and Saturday at the fairgrounds on old Route 219, a half-mile north of Ebensburg.

A monster truck show will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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


Hockey registration

Sitting Bulls Disabled Sled Hockey Team will host new player registration and a first practice of the new season Saturday at Planet Ice, 195 Jari Drive, Richland Township.

Registration and equipment check will begin at 2 p.m., with practice at 4.

Trial equipment will be available for new players.

Disabled sled hockey is a competitive sport designed for youth and young adults with physical challenges.

Sled hockey follows all USA Hockey rules, but instead of using skates, players sit in specially designed sleds and use two sticks with picks on the ends.

Players range in age from 6 to 21.

Information: 244-1729.

English mystery

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” will be presented 8 tonight and Saturday at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

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

Information: 472-4333 or email

Story time

Drop-in family storytime sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Saturday’s session will be “Let’s Eat!”

Featured books will be “Hi, Pizza Man!” by Virginia Walter and “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff.

Children are invited to bring a favorite cookie or cookie recipe to share with others in a cookie swap.

Each Saturday will feature a special theme, with related stories, songs, finger plays, activities and a craft.

There is no age limit, and no registration is required.

The programs are free.

Information: 536-5131, ext. 205.

Stitch in time

Sit and Stitch, 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.

Art series

“Conversations with the Curator: A Lecture-and-Lunch Series for Art Lovers and Collectors” will continue at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The lecture, “A World of Wealth and Well-Being: Symbol and Story in Chinese Folk Art,” will be presented by museum curator for visual arts V. Scott Dimond in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, “Stories Joyfully Embroidered: Shaanxi Folk Textiles from Northern China.”

Dimond will give an overview of this art form and discuss selected textiles in the exhibition, touching on the meaning of their subjects as well as the symbolic language inherent in their many incidental details.

There also will be an informal question-and-answer period and box lunch.

The cost is $25, which includes lunch.

Reservations should be made by Monday.

Information: 472-3920.

Donate blood

An American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by Ebensburg Area Running Club and Fox Trot Runners will be held from 1 to 7 tonight at the Young People’s Community Center Gym, 300 Prave St., Ebensburg.  

Those who come to donate will receive a free registration for the annual Red Cross Vampire 5K held Oct. 19.

Information: 800-RED-CROSS or and enter: RUN.

Fair time

Berlin Brothersvalley Community Fair will be held Sunday and Wednesday through Sept. 14 at Berlin Brothersvalley High School, 1025 Main St., Berlin.

There will be youth exhibits, children’s activities, vendors, baked and canned goods, vegetable and fruit exhibits, pulling events and a barbecue.

Information: 267-3763.

Steam power

The 61st Farmers & Threshermen’s Jubilee will be held today through Sunday in New Centerville.

The jubilee re-creates 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.


Basket benefits

A basket party to benefit Project: Streetkids International will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Holy Family Church hall, 321 Sugar St., Hooversville.

Proceeds will help to purchase medicines, vitamins and educational supplies for the children in Honduras and also will help children locally in the Johnstown area.

The $10 entry fee will include lunch, a door prize ticket and 25 basket tickets.

Extra basket tickets and other raffle items will be available.

Information: 244-6776, 754-4625 or

 St. Ann’s Guild will hold a basket party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the church hall at Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, 217 Fourth St., Conemaugh.

Doors will open at 1.

Information: 242-2083.

Crafty days

The 43rd annual Mountain Craft Days will be held today through Sunday at Somerset Historical Center, 10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset.

More than 125 craft artisans, musicians and entertainers will interpret the frontier heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-17.

Children younger than age 5 will be admitted free.

Information: 445-6077 or

Book bargains

Religious books will be featured during 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 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.

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

Information: 536-5131.

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. and 1 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 conducted.

The tour is included with park admission.

Information: 495-4643.

Concert series

OC Times, a male a cappella vocal quartet, will open the concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center on the campus St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Season tickets are $150, and flex passes are eight admissions for $160.

Single tickets are $25, and non-St. Vincent student tickets are $15.

Children ages 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

Memorial art

Paul G. Whinnie Memorial Gallery Art Show will be on display through Sept. 28 at Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibit will feature Whinnie’s work, along with work by his former students and memorabilia.

Whinnie, a commercial art teacher at Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center, died in July 2012.

Summer art

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

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

Information: 255-6515.

Vintage film

The 1952 film “Carbine Williams” starring Jimmy Stewart will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the third floor of the Jimmy Stewart Museum, 835 Philadelphia St., Indiana.

Admission is free for museum members, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, military and students and $5 for children younger than age 7.

Children younger than age 7 will be admitted free.

Information: 724-349-6112.

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.

Senior art

“The Golden Age of Art,” a senior art exhibit to showcase the artwork of talented seniors in our area, will be on display Saturday through Sept. 25 at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

An opening reception with light refreshments will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 535-2020.

Mythic art

“Saints, Angels, Omens and Masked Men,” an exhibition of paintings by Mars native Zach Brown, will be on display through Oct. 6 at the gallery on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

A reception will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Brown’s works reference ancient mythology and religious imagery and are characterized by their use of gold, silver and copper leaf.

A centerpiece of the show will be his Archangel Michael, a triptych measuring 18 feet wide.

Regular gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Information: 724-805-2197 or

Award-winning art

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

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

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