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Look who is coming to downtown Johnstown

June 20, 2014

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

June 20--Events

Ready to rock

Styx and The Outlaws will give a double performance beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

Tickets range from $25 to $60.

Information: 536-5156 or

Rockin' the house

Disney's "Camp Rock, The Musical" will be onstage through July 5 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 270 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday and June 29.

The theater will be closed July 4.

Audience members will be transported to summer camp at Camp Rock -- the ultimate camp for aspiring musicians.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students younger than 18.

Information: 472-4333.

Bandshell bash

The AmeriServ Free Sunday Concert Series continues at Roxbury Bandshell, Franklin Street in the Roxbury section of Johnstown.

Circus Mutt will perform roots music beginning at 5 p.m.

Food and beverages will be provided by Holy Cross National Catholic Church in Moxham.

Proceeds will go to the bandshell's restoration fund.

Guests are advised to bring lawn chairs for seating.

Noon series

The Young Charlotte Aubrey Singers will perform at noon Tuesday for the final recital of the spring series at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

The singers are Megan Delaney, Jaymie Harclerode, Jeanna Harclerode, Nicole Khouzmani, Madison Kriak and Shane Malinish.

The ensemble will present a mix of classical and Broadway selections, and their accompanist will be Harriett Miller.

The free program will be followed by a light lunch and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Information: 536-7521.

Air music

Squonk Opera's "Pneumatica" will be performed at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot adjacent to the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The Pittsburgh-based group uses large, inflatable figures in its show.

There will be a special workshop for children after the 2 p.m. concert.

Admission is free.

Information: 535-2020.


The 10th annual Wheels & Wings will be held Thursday at Penn Eben Park, Julian and High streets and along North Julian and West Sample streets in downtown Ebensburg.

Vehicle registration for the car, truck and motorcycle show will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Vehicles will be judged by classes, with three bike classes, five car classes and one class for trucks.

The registration fee is $7, and vehicles will enter at Caroline and High streets.

Local restaurants and food vendors will serve their best wings from 5 to 10 p.m. in Penn Eben Park and along North Julian and West Sample streets.

Additional food items also will be available for purchase.

Adult beverages will be sold by Dauntless Fire Company, The Castle Pub and Ebensburg Main Street Partnership.

Live entertainment will feature local band Ghost Town Revelry from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at West Sample and North Center streets.

There will be a special appearance by the world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales on the 100 block of South Center Street, weather permitting.

The Ebensburg Main Street Partnership will sell this year's Wheels & Wings T-shirts, featuring a new logo design and other merchandise at its booth along West Sample Street.

Information: 472-8414 or

Heritage festival

South Fork Area Heritage Days will continue today through Sunday in and around South Fork Borough.

There will be historical exhibits, live music, children's activities and food and craft vendors.

Music will include polka, classic rock, Celtic folk and rock.

A wine tasting will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight at Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church hall, 550 Main St.

The cost is $10.

Jukebox musical

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" will take audiences to the 1958 prom through June 29 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $35, $29 and $20 for evenings; $25 and $15 for matinees; and $10 and $8 for students.

Information: 629-9201, option one, or

Worthy causes

A Mini Miracles Benefit will be held Saturday at Trophy's Bar and Grill, 1761 Goucher St., Lower Yoder Township.

Doors will open at 1 p.m., with a basket party and Pampered Chef auction from 2 to 4.

A spaghetti dinner will be served from 1 to 6, then six of Johnstown bands will perform.

Tickets are $10 at the door for the whole day and $7 for dinner only or bands only.

Mini Miracles supports differently disabled children.

Information: 691-4005.

The fourth annual event for domestic violence awareness, hosted by Walking in Her Shoes, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Greater Johnstown High School, 222 Central Ave.

T-shirts will be available for purchase from 8 to 9:25 a.m.

The walk will end at Central Park in downtown Johnstown, where Ms. Clem from Women's Help Center and Jeffrey Lees, chief deputy coroner of Cambria County, will speak.

This year, Walking in Her Shoes will introduce Walking the Beat.

There will be a bus available to take participants back to their vehicles at the high school.

"Cruisin at the Park," presented by the Blair County Antique Auto Club, will be held today, Saturday and Sunday at Lakemont Park in Altoona.

Activities will include classic cars and hot rods on display, a swap meet, custom truck display, car audio competition and car contests and live bands today and Saturday.

A BMX Stunt Show by the Dialed Action Sports Team will be presented at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will benefit the Mountain Lion Backpack Program.

Groovy grove

Resurrection Parish Car Show and "Groovin' at the Grove" will be held Saturday at the church's picnic grove at 926 Cooper Ave. in Tanneryville.

The car show starts at 11 a.m. with registration and continues until 5 p.m.

"Groovin' at the Grove" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. rain or shine, with music by Ribbon Grass.

Food and beverages will be available at both events.

Information: 539-5788.

Crochet meet

The crochet group Highland Hookers will meet at noon today at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

There will be a business meeting, demonstration, crochet time and refreshments.

Information: 266-5610.

All the marbles

A Date Night Marble Chute will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 tonight at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Instructor Barry Poglein will show couples how to build a marble chute as they embrace their inner child.

The cost is $10 a person or $15 per couple.

Information: 536-5399.

Planting fun

A Garden Day for Kids will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wagner-Ritter House and Garden, 418 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Children will be able to plant vegetables in the children's garden, take a tour of the historic house, learn about the life cycle of a tomato and make a craft to teach others, play the vegetable memory game and make a carrot collage.

Storytimes will be held at 2 and 3 p.m.

Admission is free to JAHA members or $3 for nonmembers.

Children younger than age 5 will be admitted free.

Information: 539-1889.

Outdoor concerts

The Concerts in the Park series will open with Johnstown Classic Rockers from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, downtown Johnstown.

Free water and popcorn will be available.

The 35th Summer Concerts-on-the-Green will open with the Civic Concert Band from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The Wally Gingers Orchestra will perform for the series of summer concerts sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce at 7 p.m. Sunday on the bandstand of the Ligonier Diamond.

The 10-piece big band plays the sounds of Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, the Dorsey Brothers, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.

Guests should bring a lawn chair for seating.

Admission is free, and donations are welcome.

In the event of rain, the performance will be held at the town hall auditorium.

Information: 724-238-4200 or

Northern Cambria Community Band will perform from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park, Indiana, as part of the 2015 Summer Concerts in the Park Series.

Summer readings

Sign-ups for the summer reading program, "Fizz, Boom, Read," will continue today and Saturday at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

This free six-week program, which will run Wednesday through July 30, will provide weekly programs for infants, toddlers, and school-age children.

Registration is required.

There also will be a brand-new program for teens, which will culminate in a "Silent Library" themed party.

Information: 266-5610.

Windber Public Library will kick off its summer reading program with a scholastic book fair Tuesday through June 28 at the library at 1909 Graham Ave., Windber.

Books will be available for purchase for preschoolers through grade 8, and books for these and higher reading levels also will be available for purchase online at

The online book fair will run through July 8.

Books purchased online can be picked up at the library upon notification.

All purchases will benefit the Windber Public Library.

This year's summer reading program, "Fizz, Boom, Read," will run from June 30 through July 26.

The goal is for every child to read as many books as they can during the month to help maintain their reading level.

There will be special story times at 10:30 a.m.July 11 and July 25 featuring stories, experiments, crafts and prizes.

Library hours June 28 through Aug. 30 are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Registration for this free summer reading program is required, and forms are available at the library.

Information: 467-4950.

Outdoor series

"Invasive Plant Species" will be presented as part of the series of 2014 Summer Outdoor Programs at 2 p.m. Sunday at Stackhouse Park.

Take a tour of Stackhouse Park with UPJ professor Bruce Robart to learn how to identify these invaders and discuss ways they can be controlled to improve the natural beauty of our woodlands.

The Summer Outdoor programs are open to everyone and begin at the fireplace pavilion (Shelter No. 2) at the bottom of Luzerne Path.

Canoe competition

The 2014 National Concrete Canoe Competition will continue today and Saturday on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown and at Quemahoning Reservoir and Recreational Area.

The event is being hosted by the Pitt-Johnstown Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Technical presentations will be made from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

Races will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and continue until completed at Quemahoning Reservoir and Recreational Area.

There will be food available for purchase for spectators.

Environment to learn

The 2014 Summer Learning and Environmental Program for grades 3-6 will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through June 27, meeting at the fireplace pavilion (Shelter No. 2) at the bottom of Luzerne Path.

The classes will be "It's a Small World," Monday; "All about Birds," Tuesday; "Natural Patterns and Expressive Art," Wednesday; "Every Living Thing Has DNA," Thursday; and "Sense of Smell," June 27.

The cost is free, but the program is limited to 20 students per day.

Each student or group of students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Registration: Email

Park programs

"Journey Around Lake Conemaugh" Van Tours will be held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily through Sept. 28 at Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork.

The one-hour tours begin at the visitor center and travel to the north and south abutments of the South Fork Dam, as well as the clubhouse building.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

The tour is included with park admission.

Information: 495-4643.

"30 Years of Bald Eagle Restoration in Pennsylvania" will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Summit Level Visitor Center Theater at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 10 miles west of Altoona off the Gallitzin exit of Route 22.

Wildlife Conservation Officer William Brehun of the Pennsylvania Game Commission will discuss bald eagle population recovery in Pennsylvania.

Admission is free.

A Heritage Hike of the Hollidaysburg Canal Basin led by a park ranger from Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Canal Basin Park parking lot on Bedford Street in Hollidaysburg.

The tour will begin at Canal Basin Park and wind its way through the streets and alleys of Hollidaysburg to canal-era houses and buildings, covering about two to three miles.

The tour will be held rain or shine, and hikers should wear comfortable, sturdy footwear.

The walking tour is free, but reservations are required.

Daily summer activities will be held through Sept. 28 at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.

Activities will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. at various locations around the Engine House No. 6 exhibit shelter.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see various activities important to the function of the Allegheny Portage Railroad performed according to the practices of the time.

Information: 886-6150 or

Performance venue

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

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight.

The five-piece progressive improvisational band journeys between funk, jazz, livetronica, space rock, reggae, bluegrass and progressive rock.

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


Civil War history

"The Civil War in Pennsylvania," an exhibit created by the Senator John Heinz History Center, will be on display through Aug. 8 at Somerset Historical Center, 10649 Somerset Pike.

The exhibit explores the Civil War from this region's perspective through four life-like museum figures, artifacts and photographs.

There also will be Civil War-related artifacts from Somerset County soldiers on display as well as journals, documents and photos.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 11.

Information: 445-6077.

Classic musical

"Annie Get Your Gun" will be performed by Bedford County Players tonight through Sunday and June 27-29 at Gardner Memorial Theater, Old Bedford Village.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $15.

Reservations: 623-7555.

Historical weekend

"A Children, History and the Environment Weekend" will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Compass Inn Museum, 1382 Route 30 East, Laughlintown.

Participants will learn about how the Huron Indians used the native environment in the 19th-century and have hands-on experience with gardening, recycling and composting.

Children's activities will include blacksmithing demonstrations and tours of the museum each day.

Admission is $9 adults, $8 for seniors and $4 students ages 6 -17.

Children younger than age 5 will be admitted free.

Information: 724-238-4983.

Book bargains

Children's books and more than 200 vinyl LPs and 45s which were donated will be featured for the month of June at Inclined to Read Bookstore in the lobby at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Children's books include board books through young adults.

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.

Summer theater

The comic farce "Boeing Boeing" will be presented by St. Vincent Summer Theater through July 5 at the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the college's Latrobe campus.

Seats are reserved at all performances except Thursday evening preview shows, which are general admission.

Tickets are $10 for preview performances, $19 for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, $22 for Fridays and Saturdays and $16 for matinees.

Senior citizens are eligible for a $2 discount Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and student tickets are $10.

Free van shuttle service will be provided to and from the parking areas adjacent to St. Vincent Basilica.

Information: 724-537-8900 or

Ceramic art

"A Sense of Peace," ceramic sculpture by Kevin Turner, will be on display Thursday through July 26 at the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Information: 536-5399 or 535-2020.

Indian art

"Face of India: Photography by Donald M. Robinson" will be on display through Aug. 22 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

Information: 269-7234.

Art's allies

The 2014 members-only summer exhibition of Allied Artists of Johnstown will be on display through July 5 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

This year's exhibition features 67 works from among 28 artists and includes a wide variety of media from photography to watercolor, acrylic, oil, metal, pastels, pencil and mixed media pieces.

Information: 255-6515.

Art in the family

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

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

Information: 536-5399 or

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's 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.

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

Information: 724-238-6015 or

Covering art

A summer echibit of coverlets will be on display through Sept. 12 at the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.

The exhibit features the artistry of local coverlet weaver, Henry Overholt, cousin of Henry Clay Frick and business partner of Andrew Carnegie, and other weavers.

This exhibit will feature coverlets and other items from the McCarl collections, the collection of West Overton Village, the collection of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and from the private collection of the Voggenthaler family.

The exhibit is a joint effort of the McCarl Coverlet Gallery and West Overton Village, and different pieces can be viewed at each site.

Gallery hours are from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

West Overton Village is open from noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through to Sundays.

Additional hours are available at both locations by appointment.

Information: 724-805-2569 or

Greek art

"From the Aegean to Altoona: Peter Calaboyias" will be on display through Aug. 9 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave., downtown Altoona.

The exhibition features more than 50 works, including the artist's popular aluminum and bronze sculptures, as well as a number of paintings and prints.

Calaboyias belongs to a dynamic group of American artists of Greek background who are able to blend their Hellenic past with a creative, contemporary and forceful style.

The artist derives much of his imagery from his Greek background, with ancient armor, stories from mythology and other Greek themes as a backdrop.

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

Information: 946-4464 or

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.

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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