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Look what's happening this weekend!

July 25, 2014

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

July 25--Events

Rock operetta

"Cosmic Cabaret" will be presented by Max Fedore at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Fedore, who is a junior at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, will be joined by vocalist Emily Felton and Dan Philibin on piano for the first half of show featuring his original music.

In the second act, the two singers will perform rock ballads of the '70s and '80s, accompanied by a band.

Tickets are $15 at the door.

Information: 269-7200.

British farce

The comedy "Funny Money" will be onstage through Aug. 3 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Curtain times 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 $20, $29 and $35 for evenings; $15, $25 and $30 for matinees; and $8 and $10 for students.

Information: 629-9201, option one, or

Bandshell bash

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

Rosie and the Jammers will perform polkas 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.

Double fame

"Tribute to Sinatra & Streisand" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets are $31, $27 and $23.

Information: 467-9070 or

Musical love story

"West Side Story" will be presented through Aug. 9 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Performance times will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays

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

Information: 472-4333 or

Good causes

The eighth annual Bike Show and Benefit Dice Run will be held Saturday beginning at Zepka Harley-Davidson, 960 Eisenhower Blvd., Johnstown.

The event is being hosted by Johnstown Harley Owners Group.

The bike show will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with voting at 1:30.

There will be awards and door prizes, and hot dogs and soda will be served.

The dice run will take off at 3, with proceeds benefiting the Windber Research Institute endowment supporting breast cancer research.

The cost is $10 per person, with the ride ending at Windber Research Institute.

Information: 262-7777 or

A Sweet Treats Basket Bonanza hosted by PAWS House Inc., a group of volunteers working together to bring an animal resource center and sanctuary to Cambria County, will be held Sunday at the Oakwood Restaurant in Davidsville.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with drawings beginning at 1 p.m.

PAWS also will accept donations of cat and dog food for St. Mark Episcopal Church'sAnimal Welfare Ministry Pet Food Bank.

When guests bring a bag of dry cat or dog food, they will earn an extra free ticket strip of 25 chances.

Only one free ticket strip is available per person.

Tickets for the event are $6 and include one card of tickets, all-you-can-eat sweet treats and light refreshments.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on the PAWS House website at

Information: 270-6550 or email

"Sunday Fundays" will be held from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 10 and 24 at Lakemont Park in Altoona.

There will be food from local restaurants and live music.

Beverage sales will benefit the LTD Gymnastics Booster Club.

Sunday's entertainment schedule will feature Left For Dead, The Sitch, Autumn's Wake, Jarrod Bartock, Ground Crew and Richard Edmundson.

Entertainment for Aug. 10 will be Dirtkicker, This Albatrass, Left For Dead, Acoustic Time with Donnie Burns and Mo and Melville Walback.

Entertainment for Aug. 24 will be 7th Gear, Flight 19 and Sky 2.0.

Admission is free.

Performance venue

Art and music will be on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.

A StudioPM Guided Art Social, featuring a beach getaway, will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the gallery.

Blues Gathering will be held from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Reservations are required for the art social.


Outdoor concerts

Whiskey River Panhandlers will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday for the Concerts in the Park series at Central Park, downtown Johnstown.

Jerry Intihar will perform for the 35th Summer Concerts-on-the-Green from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Penn Trafford Community Band 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.

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

Whiskey River Panhandlers will perform Americana from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park, Indiana, as part of the 2015 Summer Concerts in the Park Series.

All that jazz

Cajun Norm and the Session Band will perform for the Jazz Along the River series from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Pavilion, Fifth Avenue and Power Street in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Food will be available for purchase beginning at 5.

Admission is free, and shows go on rain or shine.

Homecoming preview

Before Saturday's Ebensburg's Homecoming, a Downtown Shutdown will close a few borough streets a free concert.

J.D. Eicher & the Goodnights will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday.

The quartet plays pop rock in the style of Coldplay, The Script and The Killers.

No place like home

The annual Ebensburg Homecoming will be held Saturday at various sites throughout Ebensburg and Lake Rowena.

There will be a community-wide yard sale, fishing derby at Lake Rowena and a farmer's market, plus an exhibition bout with Johnstown Roller Girls and live music with local band Fuse and fireworks.

Information: 472-8780 or

Library list

Several events are scheduled at at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

A silent library teen summer reading party geared for teens ages 13 to 17 will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The party will mark the conclusion of the library's summer reading program, and will feature exciting challenges designed to spark a reaction.

Participants will receive prizes, with one participant receiving a special prize, and refreshments will be provided by Quaker Steak & Lube.

The event is free, but registration is necessary.

Information: 266-5610.

The adult book club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss "Galileo's Daughter" by Dava Sobel.

Members may share their thoughts or just listen and pick up a copy of next month's title.

Participation is free and requires a current library card.

New members can sign up at the meeting or by emailing

Civil War signing

Johnstown authors James and Suzanne Gindlesperger will hold a book signing and discussion of their new book, "So You Think You Know Gettsyburg Vol. 2," at 6 p.m. Friday at Books-A-Million in The Galleria, Richland Township.

They also will sign and discuss their other releases "So You Think You Know Gettysburg" and "So You Think You Know Antietam."

Taste of art

Art Bites, a gallery talk and lunch, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Kevin Turner, a ceramics professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will be the featured artist.

Turner will lead participants on a tour of his exhibit, "A Sense of Place," followed by a lunch with the artist.

Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and explore the details of Turner's creative process.

The cost is $10 per person, including lunch.

Registration: 535-2020 or email

Outdoor series

"It's a Small World" will be presented as part of the series of 2014 Summer Outdoor Programs at 2 p.m. Sunday at Stackhouse Park.

UPJ biology professor Bruce Robart will explore microscopic nature.

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

Park programs

Journey Around Lake Conemaugh van tours will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 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.

Daily summer activities will be held through Sept. 28 at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 10 miles west of Altoona off the Gallitzin exit of Route 22.

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

B-ball tourney

A Ball over Bullets 3 on 3 tournament will be hosted by the Winner's Circle Basketball Academy at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Prospect Court at Prospect Community Center.

Age divisions are 10 and younger, 12 and younger, 15 and younger, 17 and younger, 18 and older and 40 and older.

There will be no cost for girls or boys high school age and younger.

The entry fee for other ages is $15 in advance and $20 the same day.

There also will be face painting and other activities.

Checks can be made payable to Winner's Circle Basketball Academy.

Register online at

Pulling power

The 14th annual Antique Tractor Festival will be held Thursday through Aug. 3 at Stoystown Lions Park, one-half mile east of Stoystown on Route 30.

Admission is free.


Summer story

There will be a special story time featuring stories, experiments, crafts and prizes at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Windber Public Library, 1909 Graham Ave., Windber.

Information: 467-4950.

Presidential talk

"An Evening with Thomas Jefferson" will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, 10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset.

The interactive program will feature Thomas Pitz portraying Jefferson dressed in authentic attire.

He has been performing as Jefferson since 1987.

The program is free, and refreshments will be served.

Information: 445-6077.

Food and music

The fifth annual Rib & Wing Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Drive, Seven Springs.

Festival hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The three-day event will feature ribs and wings, live music, games, crafts and a beer garden, with face painting, temporary tattoos and sand art for children.

Admission is $7 per person, with children age 11 and younger admitted free.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate, and admission does not include food.

Parking will be free, and the lots will be serviced by resort shuttles.

Information: 800-452-2223 or

Community day

A Community Appreciation Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, 10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset.

The visitor center and all historic structures will be open for tours.

An old-time baseball game will be held from noon to 1:30 and 2:30 to 4 p.m., featuring local teams the Frosty Sons of Thunder and the Addison Mountain Stars.

Somerset County Community Band will perform at 1:30.

There will be door prizes and children's games and activities.

Admission is free.

Information: 445-6077 or

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.

All's fair

Bedford County Fair will wind down Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds on West Pitt Street, west of downtown Bedford on business Route 30.

Midway rides will be open from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10:30 p.m.

The four-division, stock car race will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

One-price admission of $9 includes midway rides, exhibitions and grandstand shows.

Information: 623-9011 or

Book bargains

Children's books from board books through young adult which were donated will be featured for the month of July at Inclined to Read Bookstore in the lobby at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

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 6 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays 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 classes will be held at Bottle Works and the Art Works building of Bottle Works in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Yoga classes for children will be held at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays through July 30 at the Art Works building, for a $5 drop-in fee.

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 through July 25 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

Rodgers and Hammerstein's "A Grand Night for Singing" will be presented by St. Vincent Summer Theater from Thursday through Aug. 1 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

Double the art

"Double Vision," artwork by Kathy and Bob Reed of Shanksville, will be on display as part of the Family Works series through Sept. 1 at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Kathy Reed will display papercutting, while Bob Reed will display photography.

An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, with a suggested donation of $5.

Information: 536-5399.

Ceramic art

"A Sense of Peace," ceramic sculpture by Kevin Turner, will be on display through Aug. 9 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.

Glass art

Vintage and antique cameras, microscopes and optical equipment will be on display through Aug. 30 at Locality Gallery and Workshop, 142 E. Pitt St., downtown Bedford.

The equipment is from the Leitz Collection & Optical Museum, owned by Bruce Allen of Cessna.

The collection includes different Leica screw mount cameras made by Leitz, along with historic Leitz microscopes and camera systems for microscopes, cameras, binoculars, rangefinders and magnifying glasses.


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

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 Eleventh 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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