An 1889 Flood Commemorative Tour will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday beginning at the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

A bus and walking tour to commemorate the anniversary of the flood will follow the path of the floodwaters from the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Clubhouse in St. Michael and include the breast of the South Fork Dam, historic sites around Central Park and downtown Johns-town, including the Grand Army of the Republic building, Johnstown Flood Museum and Grandview Cemetery.

Tickets are $15 and include lunch.

Information: 539-1889 or

Sinatra standards

Vocalist Steve Lippia will present “Simply Sinatra” at 7:30 tonight at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets are $26 and $28.

Information: 269-7200, (800) 846-2787 or

Dancing loudly

“Get Loud,” a yearly recital by Concepts Dance Studio, will be presented at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

More than 150 students ages 3 to 18 will perform hip-hop, contemporary, tap, jazz and ballet.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Information: 288-4000.

Cruisin’ benefit

The sixth annual Cruisin’ for Courtney benefit car show will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. June 12 on the grounds of Conemaugh Township Area High School, 300 W. Campus Ave., Davidsville.

Classic cars, muscle cars, street rods and motorcycles will be on display.

This year’s show will benefit Birthright of Johnstown and the Wounded Warrior Project.

The day will begin at 11:30 a.m. when participants will meet near the Dunkin’ Donuts at the University Park Plaza along Scalp Avenue in Richland Township for a parade that will proceed south on Route 219 to the high school.

Highlights of the show will include replicas of "The Munsters" coach from the 1960s television sitcom, the mystery machine from "Scooby-Doo" cartoons and a restored classic Galliker’s milk truck.

Food will be available, and live music will be provided by The Characters.  

There also will be clowns, a rock-climbing wall and prizes.

Admission is free.


High school musicals

The second annual Showcase of the Stars will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Excerpts from high school musicals at Bishop McCort Catholic, Berlin Brothersvalley, Cambria Heights, Conemaugh Township Area, Conemaugh Valley, Greater Johnstown, Hollidaysburg Area, North Star, Penn Cambria, Richland, Windber Area and Westmont Hilltop will be presented.

Tickets are $10.

Information: 269-7200, (800) 846-2787 or

Hats off

The Fabulous Hat Show will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the West End section of Johnstown.  

The Hat Ladies, Pat Holifield and Marsha McDowell, will host a fast-paced program spotlighting vintage, over-the-top and contemporary hats in an entertaining and educational pageant.

A special show segment will highlight hats worn by well-known Johnstown dignitaries and notables.

Admission is $10.

A portion of the proceeds goes to scholarships for minority youth to attend the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center.

Information and tickets: 539-1059.

Broadway blast

“A Tribute to Broadway” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

Proceeds from the evening of Broadway musical performances from the past 50 years will benefit the Performing Arts Club at Richland High School.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students.

Information: 269-0300.

Vintage photos

“A Look Back at Johnstown: 30 Years of Photography by Russell Heffley” will be presented at  2 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Heffley was a noted Johnstown photographer from the 1920s through the 1950s, and his son will present a slide show of favorite photographs.

Admission is free.

Information: 539-1889.

Musical fundraiser

Breathing for Dean, a fundraiser for pulmonary fibrosis  research in  honor of Dean Schell, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Arbutus Church of the Brethren, Erickson Drive and Hostetler Road, Richland Township.

The concert will feature southern gospel music by Schell’s wife, Jerrie, and stepdaughter, Candie Rievel, as well as selections from members of the community.

The concert is free to the public, but donations will be collected for the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, the organization that does research to find cure.

For those unable to attend, checks can be made out to CPF and mailed to P.O. Box 65, Jerome, Pa. 15937.

Include an address to receive a tax deductible receipt.

Prayer presentation

The 17th annual Community Prayer Breakfast will be held at 6:30 Wednesday at Holiday Inn, 250 Market St., Johnstown.

The guest speaker will be Tim Rigby, a WJAC-TV broadcaster and executive producer.

Tickets are $12.

Information: 535-8202.

Civil discussion

Ryan Bixby, a visiting professor at Pitt-Johnstown, will talk about the role of Johnstown and Indiana County in the Civil War at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of Cambria County’s participation in Civil War 150, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  

Bixby is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Akron, and his dissertation study is the impact caused by the Civil War on border counties.

He will specifically investigate the war’s impact on our own region.

Information: 536-5131 or

Free fun

A variety of free activities will be offered this week by Classic Corner 55 Plus in the community room at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

The movie “Marley and Me” will be shown from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

A fly-casting workshop will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A program on the services offered by the Cambria County Association for the Blind and  Handicapped will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 536-5131, ext. 211.

Tunes and tractors

A combined Christian music festival and tractor show will be held Saturday and Sunday at Stoystown Lions Park, east of Stoystown on Route 30.  

The event is sponsored by Stoystown Lions Club and the Laurel Highlands Antique Power Branch Club.

Music begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and runs through 7:30 p.m.  

Musical groups slated to perform include Apostles Creed, Reign on Us, the Kantner United Methodist Church praise band, Somerset Church of the Brethren praise band, The Browns, Willing Vessels and Proclaiming Liberty.  

Tractor events, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, will include a wagon-backing contest, stock garden-tractor dead-weight pull and sawmill demonstrations.

Food will be available from noon to 6:30 Saturday and from noon to 2:30 Sunday.  

Admission and parking are free.  

Proceeds from food sales will benefit the mission of the Stoystown Lions Club.

Mystery theater

The Bedford County Players will perform Peter Colley’s mystery “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” at 8 tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Harrison Township Community Center, Manns Choice, west of Bedford on Route 31.

Tickets are $10, and seating is limited.  

Information: 623-7555.

Short Shakespeare

Open auditions for Altoona Community Theater’s production of a collection of “Scenes from Shakespeare” will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Barbara Titelman Spessard Rehearsal Hall, 1213 12th St., downtown Altoona.  

The production will include scenes from “Hamlet,” “The Tempest,” “Richard III” and “The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus.”

No memorization or preparation will be necessary for auditions, but those who audition are advised to pick up copies of the selected scenes, which are available at the theater office.

Information: 943-4357 or

Focused photos

“The Heritage,” a photography exhibit by Jill Marsh, will be on display through June 6 at Venue of Merging Arts, 307 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibit features black-and-white photographs focusing on children.

Collaborative art

“Catalyst,” a collaboration of 11 Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate students from the fine arts department, will be on display through June 6 at Art Works in Johnstown,  413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibition will showcase a variety of mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to ceramics and wood furniture.

Information: 535-2020.

Young artists

“Greater Johnstown Young Artists Exhibit” will be on display through Thursday at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The artwork of students in grades six through 12 from Bishop McCort Catholic, Central Cambria, Conemaugh Valley, Forest Hills, Northern Cambria, Portage Area, Richland and Westmont Hilltop will be featured.

Information: 255-6515.

Sign of times

“Memories of Johnstown,” an exhibit of sign paintings, will be on display through May 31 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Sign painters and artists Bob Hovanec and Pat Kerr, owners of Big City Signs in Ferndale, recreated a collection of signs from present and past businesses in Johnstown.

Information: 536-5399.

Nature lovers’ art

Two exhibitions celebrating the natural landscape will be on display through July 30 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South, Ligonier.

“Rita K. Haldeman: Seasons of the Landscape” features more than 50 of Haldeman’s rich and atmospheric landscape paintings worked in pastel or oil.

“Cliff McGuire: Nature in 2½ Dimension” showcases 10 of McGuire’s wooden wall relief sculptures.

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


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