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Look what's happening this weekend

May 2, 2014

By Ruth Rice, The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

May 02--Events

Country crowd

Country singer Chris Young will headline a performance at 7 p.m. Sunday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

The concert also will feature rising country stars Jerrod Niemann and Courtney Cole.

Tickets are $29.50 and $33.50, plus fees.

Information: 800-745-3000 or

Season finale

"The 125th Commemoration of the Johnstown Flood" will be presented by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets are $32 and $37.

Information: 269-7200 or

Senior comedy

The comedy "The Silver Whistle" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and May 10 in the studio theater space at Westmont Hilltop High School, 200 Fair Oaks Drive.

The gentle comedy by Robert E. McEnroe is being directed by Rodney Eatman.

The play is set in a shabby home for the aged and features a group of forgotten senior citizens and a new energetic resident who claims he can enable even the most skeptical residents to enjoy a similar youthful vitality.

The nine graduating seniors who are in the cast are Rachelmae Pulliam, Alex Hockensmith, Emily Ward, Josh Livingston, Ben Mical, Dorothea Oller, Isaac Joseph, Madison Milligan and Abby Stern.

Other cast members are Jack Weidner, Thomas Messer, Helen Stern, Daniel Cooley, Leah Hockensmith, Madison Eppley, Sarah Elston, Vencat Gella, Chiann Malcolm and Fisk Lee.

Admission is $5.

Information: 255-8726.

Spring fling

Johnstown Symphony Auxiliary's Springtime Serenade Fashion Show will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Westmont.

Tickets are $36.

Information: 535-6738.

Art in the family

"Family Works with the Ed Family" will be on display Saturday through June 30 at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

An opening reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The show will feature paintings, photographs, sculpture and other artworks from members of the Ed family.

Information: 536-5399 or

Saturday night fights

Gladiators of the Cage "The Road to Glory IV" will bring mixed martial arts to the area at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

Chris Dempsey, the 9-1 record professional MMA fighter who grew up in the area, will be the main event.

He is a two-time NCAA Division II All-American champion wrestler at 285 pounds.

Featured local fighters are Doug Haupt, Charlie Gathers, Ryan Glunt and Jeff Holmes.

Haupt is an amateur fighter who will turn professional on Saturday.

Instead of making money from his fight, Haupt has started the "Fight for a Cause," which will support children with cancer through MMA.

Gladiators of the Cage is offering free tickets to any veteran who has served or is currently serving in the armed forces.

Tickets are $23 for general admission, $45 for reserved and $65 for floor.

Information: 536-5156 or

Photo ops

The annual public photography competition, sponsored by Greater Johnstown Camera Club, will be held Monday through May 18 at The Galleria, Richland Township.

Entries will be accepted from 1 to 3 pm. Sunday.

A maximum of seven entries per photographer may be submitted to the juried competition and must be the original work of the photographer.

Categories open to amateur photographers are scenic, floral, people, general, digital art and black-and-white photography.

There will be a separate category for professional photographer's entries.

Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each of the six amateur categories.

Judges will award ribbons only to the top three entries in the professional category.

The entrance fee is $6 per photograph.


Striped story

Author Susan Stockdale will read her book "Stripes of All Types" at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

This story, which is written and illustrated by Stockdale, explores how animals around the world benefit from their stripes. Each striped creature is described in action in its natural habitat.

It is this year's book selection for Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child early literacy initiative, which highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3-6.

This event is free and open to the public.

Information: 536-5131.

Worthy causes

The Grand Old Lady 10K or 5K run and walk, sponsored by YWCA Greater Johnstown, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the YWCA, 526 Somerset St. in the Kernville section of Johnstown.

Registration will be held from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

The entry free is $20 in advance and $25 Saturday.

Proceeds will benefit the YWCA.

Information: 536-3519.

A book sale to benefit the education program at Community Arts Center of Cambria County will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at the arts center, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Information: 255-6515.

A fundraising concert to assist with expenses related to a recent cancer diagnosis of Julie (Migut) Hanlin will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday at Turner Hall, 632 Railroad St., Johnstown

Featured performers will be Jason DeWitt, Inside Out, UnDerCover and Wild Syde.

Tickets are $7 at the door.

The first Max Deitle Memorial 5K Run/Walk, hosted by the Max Deitle Memorial Foundation, will be held Saturday at Forest Hills Middle School cross-country track, 1427 Frankstown Road, Sidman.

Registration and check-in will begin at 9 a.m., with the race starting at 11.

A balloon release in remembrance of Max's second birthday will be held at 12:30 p.m.

Fifteen-month-old Max fell into the family swimming pool Aug. 29 and died eight days later.

Proceeds will go directly into a fund to provide pediatric-sized medical equipment to aid first responders in a pediatric emergency call.

Registration is $20 for adults, with T-shirts on a first-come first-served basis, and $12 for youth age 17 and younger.

A kid's dash for children ages 8 and younger is free.

Information: e-mail: or

An end-of-the-year bash to honor local veterans, hosted by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College's Beta Epsilon Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will be held at noon Saturday at the Richland campus auditorium at 101 Community College Way.

Entertainment will feature the Johnstown Classic Rockers and performers from the college's Got Talent Competition.

Admission to the event is free, but donations will be accepted for local veterans.

Information: 262-6463 or email

Egg-cellent art

A traditional Pysanki class for intermediate students will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The cost is $20 for nonmembers and $18 for members.

Information: 536-5399.

Saturday art

"Dimensional Designs," a spring series of children's art classes, will be held Saturday, May 10 and May 17 at The Learning Lamp, 2025 Bedford St., Stonycreek Township.

Children in pre-K and kindergarten will meet from 10:15 to 11 a.m., grades one through three will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and grades four and older will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Children will make their own African paper masks and learn the basics of two- and three-dimensional design.

They also will design 3-D relief sculptures and explore the element of texture in art.

Tuition is $25 per series for preschool through third grade and $38 for grade four and older.

Tuition covers the cost of supplies and all three classes in a series.

Registration: 262-0732.

Free comics

National Free Comic Book Day will be celebrated from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Bent Wokee Comix, 127 Fairfield Ave., Johnstown.

Johnstown's Spiderman will make an appearance from 1 to 4.

There will be zombie face painting by Gory Canvas and free comic books.

Information: 539-0085 or

Zombies on film

A premiere screening of "Zombie Dream" by local resident Blair Murphy will begin at 11 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Drive-In, 1664 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.

The film features local actors and scenes and stars Butch Patrick, better known as Eddie Munster, and Eric Roberts.

Information: 266-9177.

Seeing spots

Public performances of the children's theater production of Disney's "101 Dalmatians The Musical" will be held at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students younger than age 12.

Information: 472-4333?? or

Spring crafts

Mother's Day "Make It & Take It" Craft Day for children ages 5-11 will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Cambria County Extension Office meeting room, 499 Manor Drive, Ebensburg.

The event is sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners.

Children will decorate a flowerpot, hear a gardening story and plant a flower gift for Mother's Day.

Adults and caregivers are encouraged to attend to assist younger children with their craft project.

Space is limited to 15 children and registration is a must.

There is a $5 fee per child.

Information: 472-7986.

Workshop deadline

Reservations are required Wednesday for the workshop "Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder," which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.May 9 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The cost is $25 per person.

Information: 472-3920.

Crochet meet

Highland Hookers, a crochet group, will meet from noon to 1 p.m. today at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

Participants are making caps and hats for women experiencing hair loss due to chemo, and easy beginner-level patterns will be available.

The group will meet at noon the first and third Fridays of the month.

All levels of crochet experience are welcome, and registration is not required.

Information: 266-5610.

Solemn speaker

Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson will speak to the public at several area high schools.

She will speak Monday at Cambria Heights High School, 426 Glendale Lake Road, Patton; Tuesday at Harmony Area High School, 5239 Ridge Road, Westover; and Wednesday at Central Cambria High School, 204 Schoolhouse Road, Ebensburg.

The 89-year-old survivor of Nazi death camps and hate crimes will speak at 6 each night.

Treasured paintings

"Pleasures and Treasures," paintings by self-taught artist Lori Perrine-Miglioretti, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Information: 255-6515.

Keeping the beat

Dancing and drumming for children ages 4 and older will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The cost is $5 per class.

Information: 536-5399.

Fresh food

Produce to People, a free feeding program for low-income residents, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the gymnasium 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 line, 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

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.

Those interested in joining the circle do not need experience in music to participate.

The cost is $5 per person.

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.

DMV will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

With a rock sensibility, jazz chops and three-part harmonies, DMV presents original music and covers tunes in the fine tradition of guitar power trios such as Cream, Robben Ford and the Blue Line and The John Scofield Trio.

Doors open at 7:30, with music starting at 8.

Admission is $6.

Information: 410-2245.

Book bargains

Children's books which include board books through young adult will be featured at Inclined to Read Bookstore in the lobby at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Local history books, including some on the 1889 Johnstown Flood, and a selection of travel books also will be featured.

The store also will be filled fiction and nonfiction, including art, business, children's, classics, gardening, health and wellness, history, sports and murder mystery.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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

Information: 536-5131.

Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes will be held at Bottle Works and the Art Works building of Bottle Works in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Belly dancing classes will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave.

Hip scarves are $15, and classes are $25 a month.

Adult yoga classes will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Bottle Works.

The session is $56 or $10 per class.

Yoga classes for children will be held at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Art Works building, 413 Third Ave.

Children's yoga is $5 a class.

Information: 539-0924.

Stitch in time

Sit and Stitch, a laid-back time of quilting, cross-stitching and knitting, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

All are welcome, and admission is free.

Information: 536-5399.

Sky shows

The late spring sky show "Oasis in Space" will be presented at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium and Astronaut Exhibit in the Sis and Herman Dupre Science Pavilion on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Because of limited seating, advance reservations are requested.

Information: 724-805-2631 or

Theatrical performances

The Stephen Sondheim musical thriller "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" will close the season for Altoona Community Theater at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday on the Benzel Stage of the Mishler Theater, Altoona.

Tickets range in price from $13 to $23, depending on location.

Reservations: 944-9434 or

Golden tour

Country singer Jake Owen's "Days of Gold Tour" will come to the area at 7 p.m. tonight at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Since releasing the chart-topping album "Barefoot Blue Jean Night, Owen has emerged as one of country music's leading vocalists.

He will be joined by family band Parmalee and The Cadillac Three.

Tickets are $23 to $43.

Information: 800-298-4200 or

Student art

An art display by two Indiana University of Pennsylvania students will be on display through May 17 in the Classic Corner on the main floor of Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Christina Sassone works in both two- and three-dimensional mediums to explore the various possibilities of materials and to broaden her knowledge in both areas.

Her pieces include an oil-on-canvas titled "Post-Flood 1889."

She has had her work displayed in "Beyond the Surface" at the Artworks building.

Elizabeth Sherrier held her first solo art exhibit in Cumberland, Md.

She has illustrated in magazines, created commissioned pieces and taught students of the National Art Education Association.

Information: 536-5131.

Current art

"Maps, Scotch Bonnets & Snallygasters: Current Works by Michael Allison" will be on display through May 31 at the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Allison's exhibition demonstrates his method of using borrowed, computer-generated, layered images and a variety of techniques.

From traditional painting techniques to pin striping and contemporary automobile painting, Allison's current work explores the edge between image, meaning and identity.

Information: 535-2020.

Reflective art

"The Art of Healing Exhibition: Reflections 2014" will be on display through June 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland.

The museum collaborated with Conemaugh Health System's Healthcare Partnership Program to conduct an exhibit of work stemming from an initiative to help area residents experiencing mental and physical disabilities.

Information: 269-7234.

Information: 472-3920 or visit

Art scraps

"Scrap Redefined: Works by Mei Greer and Ronald Nigro" will be on display through Aug. 10 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.

The exhibition celebrates two artists who explore non-traditional subject matter to create evocative, visually interesting works.

Greer has worked in the metal recycling industry for more than 12 years, which has proven to be the perfect backdrop for her artistic endeavors.

Her photography combines colorful, glistening metal and manufactured parts with repeating patterns, resulting in two-dimensional images having a texture of their own.

Nigro's sculptural assemblage works are created from a vast assortment of unrelated found objects that involve moving parts.

Through the repurposing of these discarded, disassembled materials, Nigro creates mysterious, futuristic subjects that often take on anthropomorphic characteristics.

Nigro is a retired art educator and adjunct instructor at Seton Hill University whose work has appeared in juried, solo, group and invitational exhibitions at locations throughout the region.

He is a member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Society of Artists and Society of Sculptors.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

Information: 724-238-6015or

Animal art

"Rachel DiAndrea: Dog and Pony Show" will be on display through Aug. 2 in the George A. and Herbert T. Wolf Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona in the Brett Building at 1210 Eleventh Ave.

The exhibition will feature 40 pet portraits in pastel, graphite and watercolor.

DiAndrea, an Altoona resident, is an award-winning local artist who is renowned for her ability to capture the unique personality of her furry subjects.

She has won awards at the prestigious Art Show at the Dog Show, a national juried fine arts competition dedicated to canine art in Wichita, Ka.

Her first book, "The Art of Being a Pet," is a gallery collection of fine art illustrations and describes pets in a rhyming, whimsical style.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 946-4464 or

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