The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 13, 2013

'Sesame Street' coming to Napoleon Street


— Events

New friends

 Sesame Street Live will present “Make a New Friend” at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

Tickets are $18 and $10 for school or day-care groups with more than 10 children for the matinee.

A facility fee of $2.50 will be added to all ticket prices.              

Information: 536-5156, 800-745-3000 or

Summer’s music

Lake Street Dive will perform for the last Summer Concert Series tonight at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., downtown Johnstown.

Gates will open at 6:30 p.m., with local band Southside Strays at 7, Pittsburgh band Neighbours at 8 and Lake Street Dive at 9:30.

Tickets are $15, plus fees.

Information: 539-1889 or

Dog’s day

The eighth annual Bandshell Bark fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Roxbury Park along Franklin Street in Johnstown.

Registration will be at 10, with the bark at 11.

Dogs and their human companions will walk around the park to benefit Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance.

The cost is $25. Group discounts are available.

Information: 241-9004.

Summer blast

The 16th annual Last Blast O’ Summer Cruise-In will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Conemaugh Valley Elementary School, 1451 Franks-town Road, Conemaugh Township, Cambria County.

The nonjudged car show is sponsored by Cover Hill Auto Club.

Proceeds will be divided between Cambria County Humane Society and Conemaugh Valley School Activities Fund.

The rain date is Sept. 22.


Christian rock

The seventh interdenominational Rally in the Valley will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 425 Luther Road, Richland Township.

The event is geared toward youth from Grade 6 through their 20s and will feature local Christian band Crucified and national Christian band Rush of Fools.

Admission is free.

Information: 487-4295 or 495-4880.

Fun festival

Wang Dang Doodle Music Festival and Car Cruise will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday on Derby Street near Roxbury Park, Johnstown.

Derby Street will be closed  from Franklin Street to Roxbury Avenue for the rain or shine event with live music, children’s activities, food and a car cruise.

Admission is free.

Proceeds will benefit Dylan’s Heart Fund and Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance.

Information: Wang Dang Doodle on Facebook or

Murder mystery

The farce “Let’s Murder Marsha” will be presented Tuesday through Sept. 29 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $14 to $21.25 for preview night, $22 to $34 for evening performances and $17 to $30 for matinees. All tickets include $2 service charge.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

Americana rock

An Evening with the Kalob Griffin Band will be presented at 6:30 tonight at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The cover charge is $8 for Art Works members and $10 for nonmembers.

Information: 535-2020.

Jazz night

Don Aliquo Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Aliquo is a Johnstown native who is known on the Pittsburgh jazz scene.

He plays saxophone and was one of the first to play the flute as a jazz instrument.  

Aliquo has performed with Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Bob Hope, Johnny Costa and Joe Negri.  

The group also features Ken Karsh on guitar, Mark Perna on bass and John Schmidt on drums.  

The donation is $12 at the door.

The concert is a joint Venue of Merging Arts/Bottle Works production.

Information: 536-5399.

Good causes

Cambria-Somerset Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday at Windber Recreation Park, Route 160.

Registration will be held at 8 a.m., with the walk at 9.

The walk will benefit the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Information: 244-5594.

The 35th Birthday Basket Bash to benefit the Women’s Help Center Inc. will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Richland Firemen’s Banquet Hall, 1321 Scalp Ave.

The cost is $10, which includes 25 raffle tickets, one door prize ticket and lunch.

Photo shoot

The Greater Johnstown Camera Club will present its second annual photographic seminar from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, 101 Community College Way, Richland Township.

John Barclay, an award-winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County, will speak.

Barclay will discuss fine art photography and the various tools and methods he uses to produce his images and communicate his mastery of the photographic process and the magic of his vision to the audience.

Photographers, artists and students will benefit from the seminar.

Barclay’s work has been published in a number of magazines and books and by photo supply companies in their advertising campaigns.

Ticket prices are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Information: 539-5685, 266-9198 or 269-3876.

Ham radio

A “Ham in a Day” session to earn an amateur radio license will be held by members of Cambria Radio Club from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1000 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.

Admission is free. Lunch will be provided.

Information: 444-9460 or

Seasonal site

Hoover’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze will be open from 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday through Nov. 2 at 772 Carroll Road, Patton.

Flashlight tours through the corn maze will be offered Friday and Saturday evenings with the last admission at 8.

Admission is $5 to the corn maze and prices vary for pumpkins.

A portion of the funds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

Information: 674-5962.

Family movies

“Epic,” the computer-animated story of a teenager who finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and  evil is taking place, will be shown at 6 Tuesday for the Family Movie Night series in the children’s department Storytime Theater at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

The series will continue once a month through the fall.

Children are invited to dress  in pajamas and bring a favorite pillow, blanket or stuffed animal with them.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5131, ext. 205.

Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes are starting up this week 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.

Book bargains

Religious books will be featured 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.

Band competition

The annual Roof Garden Festival of Bands hosted by the Somerset Golden Eagles Marching Band will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the high school stadium, 645 S. Columbia Ave.

The competition will feature   bands from Windber, Southern Garrett, Mount Union, McKeesport, Youngsville and Westmont Hilltop.

As the host band, Somerset will perform but not compete, and special guests the Kutztown University Marching Unit also will perform.

Somerset Band Boosters will have a concession stand and baked goods table available as well as candygrams and a basket raffle.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.

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.

Park programs

A van tour of historic Portage Railroad will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the visitor center at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 10 miles west of Altoona off the Gallitzin exit of Route 22.

The tour is three hours long, and space is limited to 12 people.

The tour is free, but reservations are required.

“Enjoying the Night Sky” will be presented at 8 Saturday at the Summit Level visitor center theater.

There will be a brief lecture followed by an outdoor observing session to locate and identify constellations in the night sky.

 Admission is free.

A heritage hike of historic 6 to 10 Trail will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday beginning at the visitor center.

Participants should have water, a snack and good walking or hiking shoes for the nine-mile hike over moderately difficult terrain.

 The tour is free, but reservations are required.

Information: 886-6150 or

Family fest

The second annual family Oktoberfest will be held Saturday and Sunday at Idlewild & SoakZone Amusement Park, Route 30 East, Ligonier.

There will be traditional German-style music, ethnic food and a craft show.

Guests also will be able to enjoy the rides and attractions.

Admission is $29.99 plus tax when coupon is redeemed at participating Giant Eagle locations or $24.99 plus fees online.


Fair time

Berlin Brothersvalley Community Fair will wind down today and Saturday at Berlin Brothersvalley High School, 1025 Main St.

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.

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 offered.

The tour is included with park admission.

Information: 495-4643.

Lunchtime art

 A lunch a l’art program will be held at noon Thursday at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South, Ligonier.

Reservations are required by today.

The program coincides with the museum’s current exhibition, “Frudakis: Two Generations of Sculpture,” on view through Nov. 10.

The cost is $13 or $12 for SAMA members.

Information: 724-238-6015 or

Lecture series

“The Diversity of Spirituality across the Christian See” will be presented by John Aupperle as part of the Aging and Spirituality lecture series at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Fred M. Rogers Center at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Admission is free. Reservations are not required.

Information: 724-805-2522.

Author talk

Paul Tough, best-selling author of “How Children Succeed,” will give the next presentation in the Threshold Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Admission is free to the lecture, but reservations are required.

To request tickets, email

All reservations will be confirmed by return email, and tickets will be held at the box office for pickup until the time of the lecture.

Information: 724 805-2010 or

Vintage film

The 1936 film “Speed,” 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 7 will be admitted free.

Information: 724-349-6112.

Juried exhibit

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

Memorial show

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.

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.

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 showcase

“The Golden Age of Art,” an art exhibit showcasing works by area senior citizens, will be on display  Saturday through Sept. 25 at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

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.

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

Environmental art

“Layers: Places in Peril” will be on display Tuesday through Nov. 9  at the University Museum on the first floor of John Sutton Hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Artist Judith Waller and earth scientist James Brey have collaborated on several projects to explain and illustrate the environmental threats confronting many of the world’s natural landscapes and vital cities.

 The exhibition explains how the fragile environment in which we live can be dramatically impacted by the global climate and human interaction.

 Museum hours are 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 724-357-2397.

 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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